Friday, October 6, 2017

The Comfort Zone of 'rote' and the beauty outside of the box...

While there is certainly much to be said about the discipline and efficiency of routine there is a 'flip side' to that organizational coin.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dog Days of Summer...gettin' a bad rep!

Summer time on Marylands Eastern Shore....every year as we roll towards the middle of July ...and into August we all respond in seeming shock to the heat ...The infamous HUMIDITY...the arrival of the 'nettles (aka jellies, jellyfish).



It's all the talk around town, on the street, at the market...As if we have never experienced this before....as if it's a new phenomenon. 

We say, BRING IT ON!!!  

 Bring on the most incredible golden pink sunrises!  Bring on that cool brackish water spray up on the bow of the boat, or from your jet ski! 






Bring on the frozen glory of  that ice cream cone at a shady table on the street!  Bring on those spicy steamed crabs and that COLD COLD  beer!  

Bring on those breathtaking hot pink sunsets night after glorious night...the most beautiful of the year!  



Really, these are the days that we wait for all year long, summer on the Eastern Shore...

So Come on Over and celebrate them with us..


The Dog Days of Summer!





Sunday, June 18, 2017

It's all about the people

 It's all about the people....have no doubts about this.

Starting the Lazyjack Inn 26 years ago was a 'second go-round' from a career standpoint. Truth be told, it just was one of those things that manifested...Mike 'retired' from the Architectural and Home building industry, we did the dance of huge life transition . We shifted to the Eastern Shore, a place that we had great love for after years of sailing the Chesapeake.  We were just going to sail for a year...or more and then a good friend said  "open a B&B, you're perfect for it"
 

Thus began our time on Tilghman Island, a place like many other small villages, that is really all about the people.  As we 'grew' the Lazyjack Inn (literally, starting with two guest rooms) we quickly realized that our connection to the guests, the opportunity to get these short 2 or 3 days glimpses into the lives of others was  the key to it all....a gift.

Over the years there have been some guests that have become the dearest of friends, some guests who have shared incredible personal stories, passed on powerful words of wisdom (usually without realizing it), and yes, some guests that we didn't quite hit it off with (we are all humans after all!) but even those times offer a lesson and growth!

One of the very best times operating the B&B is that time after the breakfast is served, when we are in the kitchen getting things back in order ....it's the sound of the guests, in dialog, laughing , sharing their stories, finding common interests, or not....that time when we are just observers of what might be a fleeting human connection.  
What happens when the guests leave us?  Have they exchanged numbers? Will they reconnect? Become friends?  Will they talk about each other in the car on the way home...but never see each other again?

So I suppose that this Blog entry is really a little selfish, a conversation with ourselves, a reminder that we are sharing with you....it really is our connection with people that is our purpose here...not just 'here' as in Tilghman Island, but 'HERE' in this world.  
 
It's too terribly easy to get caught up in the hustle, to run through our daily tasks by rote, to miss those moments with the people around us.

So this Father's Day we say Thank you  ...to the hundreds of folks who have stayed here and given us that gift of human connection...

GO BE WITH YOUR PEOPLE, PEOPLE!!






Monday, May 29, 2017

Never a Dull Moment, unless .....

Never a dull moment, unless that's what you're looking for...

Some folks come to the shore for a special event, family wedding , reunion, art festival....Some come to do absolutely nothing, on purpose!

Live at The Avalon Theater...Jennifer Knapp
For those traveling by boat Talbot County is known for some of the best 'stop-overs' on The Chesapeake.   Back in the day, when our kids were small and we loaded up to sail every weekend, Tilghman Island, Knapps Narrows, St Michael's (for a grocery run!) and Oxford were all well known haunts for us.  Some great memories!



 
St. Michael's Brew Fest 2017      
 
No matter your intention for your get away....there are endless options of every ilk here in Talbot County...music, festivals, farmers markets, lighthouse's, sailing, kayaks, biking, SUP....and OH the food!!!!!
Plein Aire Concert Series Easton





What you do and what pace you choose to do it are all up to you
Whether wandering the back streets of the historic district, people watching at one of the outdoor waterfront restaurants, poking around in the boutiques, or paddling the creeks and shorelines...you'll be making memories of your own to look back on over the years!  Let us know how we can help you with your plan...and enjoy your time here in Talbot County!

 




Saturday, May 13, 2017

Some times you just need a rain day



The yard work needs attention, the deck needs staining, your cousin has an outdoor wedding or you planned  a 'get- away' to stroll the streets of St. Michael's .....but mother nature has a different plan in store.

RAIN DAY!


Buck up!  You can either make the most of it ...pull those weeds while it's wet, buy some crazy colored umbrella's for that wedding...or new galoshes for your small town explorations...or 'flip it around', maybe today is the day that you write those letters that you've been putting off, dig into that book that's been on your nightstand for 3 months


 

 The sun will come out eventually, 
in the meantime it's ok to roll with the rain


Saturday, April 15, 2017

Stopped in Time

Carols Apple Tarts

 

 Stopping Time....



It's a tricky business this thing called 'time'.
We want more, we struggle to 'manage' what we have, on Monday we wish it was Friday...but then what happens to the days in between?  Balance.
Coming Soon to the garden
Hundreds of research projects have been done to confirm what we have known all along.  
You've got to stop and 'smell the roses'.
Take a walk, visit friends, go to the woods, pack up your rod and creel, learn a language, take an art class, a yoga class....LAUGH, a lot!  
What's the point of sticking around if you spend every moment wishing for the next one.

Time...it really is yours for the taking!

Happy Easter & Spring,
Carol

Sunday, April 2, 2017

The Shift to Spring

 
 Winter Camelia's & Spring Daffodils










Last night was a big one for our local high school students, the Senior Prom.  A fairly significant event for most High School seniors, the beginning of their final weeks of classes, exams and preparation for graduation ceremonies.  For those of us whose High School Days are a long ago memory, there is still significance in these spring 'rites of passage'.  Yet another harbinger of the change of seasons and the promise of what is to come here on the shore as we move towards the summer season.
This past week also marked the official close of The Oyster Harvest for the year.....the local watermen have already been working diligently to get the work boats ready for the spring crabbing season.  Restaurants that took a break for winter repairs (and much needed holiday by their staff!) are preparing to re-open.  
Chatter of upcoming spring and summer events is heavy, St. Michael's Wine Festival, 'Brew Fest' a fairly new event spot lighting our local micro brewery and many from around the region, The start of the Log Canoe racing season, St. Michael's Running Festival....the list goes on.

We will be sure to share details and web site links for the upcoming events for our readers to follow...be sure to check in with us for reservations for these events as they tend to go quickly!

Until then we wish each of you an amazing transition into spring!