As I wrote earlier this week, we had the honor of taking a trip with friends to New York over the July 4th holiday. One of the friends own a home in a lovely place known as The Sedgewood Club in Carmel, New York. BTW, there are homes for rent on VRBO.com there if you are ever interested.
Because we were invited to celebrate my husband’s birthday, our guests gave us their garage cottage, which was a private little home of its own. In Savannah, they are over the garage and are called a “Carriage House.” My son stayed in one on someone’s property while he attended The Savannah School of Art a few years back. This one, however, was beneath the unused garage. I don’t know if there is a special name for that or not.
It was complete with a fold out sofa and let me tell you, they not only had a great mattress but on top of the mattress they had a luxury foam mattress, much like I have told you I do when I turn my day bed into a King bed for guests with the trundle popped up. It was so comfortable.
Our cottage had it’s own covered porch with rocking chairs overlooking the quiet lake and our bed faced the double sliding doors that went across the back. So we had a gorgeous view from our sleeping quarters.
Inside was a a stone fireplace, a bookcase stashed with great reads. Photos of family and of course the “guys” who have been friends since childhood. We had a lovely bathroom with walk in shower and a little kitchenette with a built in booth. There was even a writing nook in the back which was so exciting to me…especially when I know that one of the authors I read has actually sat there or in the canoe I was in and completed his latest book coming out soon.
Here is the one he finished there…just released! But, seriously you may want to start at the beginning of the series if you love this kind of genre. Affiliate Link. The Woman in the Water!
Arrival “Thank You”
Anyway, we bought a couple of things to give to our host and hostess as we arrived to say “Thank You.” However, we did not want to check bags so that limited our selections. Yet, while at the airport, here were two items that were local from our state that I was able to add to the mix. So in the end we brought:
BBQ Sauce locally made, ours was Pappy’s Original
Hot Snack Mix from our favorite shop, The Smoke House
Kaldi’s Coffee, apparently local? Who knew?
and Homemade Jam, really ours was from Persimmon Hills way out past Branson, MO.
They were so very appreciative of the gifts. That was the first “Thank You.”
Another couple had made zucchini bread. Funny note: I had purchased a fresh blueberry loaf from The Smoke House but it wouldn’t fit into my luggage, so I gave it to my Mom, who was watching our pets.
Post Stay “Thank You”
After three nights and days of just relaxation, eating, drinking, gabbing and laughing, I was overwhelmed with their hospitality.
My husband and I are usually the ones offering the hospitality and we love it, but it has been a long time since we were in such a setting with such a great group of friends and had zero responsibility. That is what a vacation is about by the way. Zero responsibility. If everyone is looking to you to know where you are going, what you are doing, when are we eating, well that is a weight that subtracts from the joy of just hanging out with friends.
So this week I grabbed a card that I made the first week I started blogging. I had them on my woo commerce site, but I realized I could probably make a digital copy for FREE for you instead and closed down that site. Ok, I made one…if you would like personalized cards with a different color, design or your initial, let me know and I will set up my site again for you. Here is the FREE thank you note. Just print it on card stock and fold!
I wrote a nice short note to them again thanking them for their kindness, hospitality and the time they took off work to be with us. I wanted to make it more than just the words even though a handwritten note goes a long way in my opinion to saying thank you. I had toyed with the idea of a gift and decided it was too much.
Then it occurred to me. Why not send them some photos of our time together that I took. NOT DIGITAL ONES, but photos ready for framing!!!
I had not printed a photo in YEARS. I simply went to Walgreens.com and signed in and uploaded my photos and then they offered me a collage…well that was the real special gift I was looking for. They were ready within hours and I popped a few singles along with the collage in with my note and sent it off in the mail today.
I am excited to just imagine them opening it. Reading our note, looking at the photos and reliving a moment or two of our weekend together. Now they have something to frame to keep track of a group of guests they hosted the summer of 2017.
What do you do to say “Thank You” when words just don’t seem enough?
How have you been blessed by someone lately? Think about it. I would love to hear about it as well, but if you haven’t thanked them, it is never too late to just say, hey, remember when? I was just thinking about that today and really wanted to express my heartfelt thanks to you…It makes my day to bring a smile to someone’s face. How about you?
Can I say, Thank You for reading?! Yes, I just did.
BTW, in case you haven’t noticed. I just got my amazon affiliate! My state was not offered it until just recently and it really hampered my ability to earn enough just to pay for my blogging. So I am very appreciative of every link you use. Thank you again!