Archive for March, 2008

Sometimes I wonder — is it just me being cranky or does the food in too many restaurants leave something to be desired?  Two nights ago Megan and I ate dinner at a restaurant in Campbell River.  The server was extremely attentive, the decor was nice and we enjoyed our window booth overlooking the harbour but sadly the food was less than mediocre — and wayyy too expensive. 

I don’t think I’m asking for too much.  I’d love to be able to go to a cute little cafe that’s airy, bright and clean.  A place locals love because of its simple menu.  Basic – meals where things are made from scratch using fresh ingredients.  Imagine sandwiches on homemade bread with a crisp pickle on the side and then maybe a piece of homemade pie & ice-cream instead of a slab of cheesecake trucked in from somewhere else.  Of course since it’s my dream I’ll include a weekly special of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy !! And talk about go big or go home let’s include exceptional customer service.   Imagine a place where servers bring you a glass of water before you even ask and you don’t have to beg for a second cup of coffee.   The kind of service that won’t made you feel neglected but you won’t feel rushed either. 

So don’t be surprised people if when I retire from the bed & breakfast business you see me selling burgers & fries in a small converted bus sitting in a parking lot near you.   Beautiful grilled homemade burgers with all the toppings you can imagine, crispy fries and fresh coleslaw.  And this is why it’s not a good idea to blog before dinnertime 🙂

Blessings from the beach…Karen


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I have a friend who sends me the most interesting articles and website links.  I feel so strongly about this www.earthhour.org that I forwarded it to family & friends. 

On March 31, 2007, 2.2 million businesses and households in Sydney Australia turned off their lights for just one hour – Earth Hour – sending a message that individuals can make a difference.  I am not trying to be a poster child to prevent global warning but I really think we should be better stewards of the earth.

So on March 29th at 8:00 pm I’m going to join the global effort and turn off all the power to our house for one hour.  I signed up our business and I know that the Town of Port McNeill has signed up and our Chamber of Commerce sent my email to all its members.  In Sydney last year they equated the energy savings to taking 48,000 vehicles off the road.  How can that be a bad thing?

Last year I started composting (I’ve learned that corn cobs are very slow in breaking down and that if you’re not careful you’ll end up with millions of fruit flies — yuck !!) and we’re also using cloth grocery bags.  I have a very hard time remembering to bring the bags into the store but I’m getting better.  

On a bulletin board in Port McNeill is a recycling list.  If you have an item to give away or need an item it’s a way of making that happen.  Not sure what to do with old eyeglasses?  Our Port McNeill Lioness Club collects them and they are tested and sent overseas to help someone else see.  Ladies of the Eastern Star collect used stamps as a fundraiser.  One of our local elementary schools is part of the Campbell Soup Labels for Education program — save soup labels and help the school buy musical instruments, sports equipment or computers. 

I’ll let you know how our hour of darkness goes on March 29th.  We have family visiting and it’s my sister-in-law’s birthday that day.  Maybe cake and ice-cream by candlelight??

Blessing from the beach…Karen

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