Morning ramblings from the Innkeeper: Now there's a Cyber Monday?

Shopping on-line

I opened my email this morning and there they were...80 emails, not in my spam... there were only 20 there, but in my regular mail. And half of them were ads for Cyber Monday. I'm pretty computer savvy, but I'll have to admit I missed this one...Cyber Monday, I mean. It's probably been going on for years and I wasn't paying attention, busy writing for hub pages I guess. But I thought Black Friday was the big after-Thanksgiving shopping day. Now it appears, with just about everyone hooked on the Internet, Cyber Monday is as big a day as Black Friday.

Well, I don't go out into the stores to shop anyhow, except for grocieries, so I guess Cyber Monday should be my big day. I actually hate shopping. And besides, I don't have much time with all the writing I do. I have four blogs and write for several sites and now I am working on a book.

That's why I'm not around here very much anymore. I know some of you have missed my wonderful hubs ( just joking :=)) and my score has gone down lower than it's ever been. But never mind, I'm writing my memoir. BTW, that was your idea, so you are somewhat responsible. Many of you kept telling me to collect my Tales From An Innkeeper's Crypt into a memoir, so that's what I'm doing. Now I don't even have time to run the bed and breakfast. In fact, it's running itself...sorta.

Lately, I'm a little worried about the Inn. I got a lowered score on TripAdvisor. It seems all my scores are going down, even my credit score. Anyhow, about TripAdvisor. For years my reviews were all 5-star, now I'm getting 4-stars. And I found out why. It's because I don't serve fresh fruit at breakfast anymore. And here's why...because it's too damned expensive.

For years I served a gorgeous two-course Gourmet breakfast starting with fresh fruit and home-made scones or muffins. Then, the economic crunch hit us. And, honestly, I had to start finding ways to cut back. And so I cut out the first course of my breakfasts and that included all that expensive fresh fruit, some of which would always end up rotting and being thrown in the garbage anyway.

I also found other ways of cutting back on supplies, etc. and it really did make a difference in my expenses. Anyhow, don't come to stay at my Inn if you're just coming for the fresh fruit...unless you call ahead and request it, of course. Then, I wouldn't be able to turn you down. Well, I feel a lot better...so have to go work on those 80 emails and maybe do some on line shopping.

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Comments 28 comments

chirls profile image

chirls 5 years ago from Indiana (for now)

Yup, they just keep inventing new days. Sounds like you missed Support Small Business Saturday, too. It's totally ridiculous!


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks, chirls, for the comment. Actually, I like this one: " Support Small Business Saturday", since I have a small business.


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VioletSun 5 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Its good to read you Inn Keeper's tales, and when you publish your book I will be sure to buy a copy! I understand about cutting expenses; we used to offer free juicers and sportswater bottles with our diet products, but that went away this year. It was nice to be able to offer the customer something extra.

And Cyber Monday? LOL. We missed it too!

Rated up!


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Erin LeFey 5 years ago from Maryland

I love reading your hubs if I haven't already told you - you are living my dream. A bed and breakfast and a writing career. I've also just noticed this cyber Monday - so you aren't the only newbie - have you noticed in your area that all the decorations went up well before Thanksgiving too? It seemed so early this year. I can't wait to read your book. Rated up!


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

When I'm away from home, I always carry along a little fresh fruit of my own! Have an insulated soft bag to carry it. Since I only eat fresh fruit for my first meal of the day, and seldom do other people keep much, or any, on hand, I at least take an orange for each morning and some dried apricots. At home, I eat something more after awhile, so whatever they're having later suits me too. It is expensive, but it's cheaper than meds, which I don't have to take. Those green bags that "breathe", along with some other ideas to prolong produce's life work wonders. Usually the only produce I have to dispose of is whatever came directly home from the store with me! But to serve in your Inn, I can well imagine the expense, as well as the loss. Maybe you could offer it as an option for just a little bit more in fee. I'd go for that if I were offered it.

Have been missing you! But I'm most empathetic with your wanting to focus on writing and especially your memoirs! Can't wait till it's published!!

By the way - I hate shopping too. Not too bad online. But I knew about Cyber-Monday and avoided it almost as assiduously as Black Friday. I'm thinking of just making fudge for some of my gift-giving! hehe. (fudging a bit, right?)

Hugs.


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Marie, I love your new avatar...very cute. I hear you about the sports bottles...very expensive if you're buying them for more than two people. We don't give away bottled water anymore...can't afford it, besides the plastic is bad for the environment.

You'll never know how much it means to me to hear you you say you'ld like to read my book. I don't even have an agent yet, or editor for that matter. It'll be at least a year 'til I see it in print. I may even have to self-publish. Quien sabe?


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Erin, Thanks for the kind words. If you want to buy a B&B, mine's for sale. All I want to do now is write.


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Nellianna, I really appreciate your comments and your support. As I told Marie, to have people tell me they want to read my book is music to my ears. Actually, I want to read it too...if it ever gets published. It's such a long process. Writing it is only half the battle.

You need to write a smashing query letter in order to get an agent interested. Then send them a 30-50 page proposal of how you're going to accomplish the writing and sale and promotion of the book, etc, etc. Then, if they're interested they have to find you an editor and publisher...and on...and on.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

My pleasure, but - OH MY - Getting published sounds grueling. But I've no doubt you can do it if anyone can! And your life seems to have been - and still to be - so interesting. Not a run-of-the-mill story in the least! And now that you've found writing to be your main passion, you've so much to share!


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Wow, Nellianna, what a nice thing to say ;=).

BTW, I mixed up a batch of your sugar cookies yesterday...didn't have time to bake so am doing that today. The dough tastes scrumptous...I know the cookies will be amazing. Also, forgot to ask, how was Thanksgiving in Austin? My Austin daughter is coming to Louisville for Christmas...can't wait!


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

alek - sometimes I wonder about the whole hub score thing. Plenty of people here make good money but do not have a high score. They are too busy writing hubs and marketing themselves and not engaging in community activity. Good luck with the book - it should be an interesting one.


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

You're probably right about that


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chirls 5 years ago from Indiana (for now)

I feel I should mention that I do support small businesses... I just wish they would stop making up more and more new days! I suppose if they have to make up new days, then I prefer that one to Love Day and that sort of thing. :)

The fruit does sound delicious, but your breakfast sounds great even without it so it sounds like you made the smart choice.


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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

I am glad you are concerned about what your visitors think so much. However, I would also keep in mind people might not think much about these things when they rate a trip, and other things could be causing lower ratings. With the bad economy it seems it has clouded many peoples' outlook about everything, if you know what I mean.


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Chirls, Yes, a love day would be nice...the world could use more of those.


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Julia, I suspect you've got a very good point there.


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Nellieanna 5 years ago from TEXAS

Hope those cookies turn out as yummy as I remember them! They are quite delicate and break more easily than most sugar cookie recipes. But oh the taste! And your lovely icings will help hold them together, I'll bet.

Didn't make the Austin trip. George Jr.developed an excruciating sciatica, affecting all down his leg and knee. He considered attempting the trip anyway but I strongly urged him not to. Not only the trip down and back but all the demands of two days of visiting and staying in his daughter's home, etc. Turned out to be very well that he gave up that idea.

He invited me and the lady he's been dating to a lovely Thanksgiving buffet at Mignon, a wonderful restaurant in Plano. I'm in southeast Dallas, though so he came to pick me up and of course, brought me back afterwards. Even that was anguish for him after standing through the buffet line and generally being quite uncomfortable. He didn't complain and we all enjoyed it, but by the time he had me home, the expression on his face told the story.

I'm eager to find out how it's going now. They wanted to give him an MRI but he was really hesitant - between severe claustrophobia and the general inability to stay in any one position for long was not appealing. A slightly different position for MRI - standing - is not really welcomed by doctors, because it is less thorough. It is distressing to say the least.

Still we had a lovely Thanksgiving and I really enjoyed meeting Diane. Thank you for asking about how it turned out.


ralwus 5 years ago

I think this environment we are in is not conducive for small businesses to survive. Best of luck to you dear friend. Charlie


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks, Charlie, I'm hanging in there


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kimh039 5 years ago

I'll have to learn more about this inn keeper theme. I like the inn keeper/writer persona....and that you hate shopping. me too! I don't know if you noticed, but I do have a hub on cyber monday (How we shop now: post recession shopping behaviors) with a link to my online store when you're ready to shop! There is also a small business saturday, the day after black friday, for the benefit of small business owners vs large chain retailers. get with the times alekhouse! I enjoyed your hub a lot. It's very cheerful and upbeat, yet down to earth and real! Happy Holidays!


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Hey Kim, thanks for the comments...I thought I was with the times...but just not with assigned shopping days LOL. I only shop when I have extra.money, which is not very often, since I'm an innkeeper...


Grandma's House 5 years ago

I'll be in line for your book when it comes out! Yes, I've heard it is getting very difficult to be published and it seems everyone in the business is trying to find a footing because things in publishing are changing so much!

As for the cyber Monday, that's a new one for me, too. I'm shopping less and less so I guess it really doesn't matter so much.


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

You're right about the publishing business...all the changes that are going on. Some big publishing houses are closing and the smaller Indie ones are gaining some foothold... but I'm beginning to think ebooks is the way to go. They're getting a lot of hype lately.

I've put my book aside until after Christmas. I have to start re-writing the chapters and also have to finish up my proposal. It's almost done.

You sound like me when it comes to shopping...less is more. I was just struck by the big deal everyone made out of Cyber Monday...I could care less.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Yup. Cyber Monday is big.

I can see where it would be tough to keep giving the same perks such as fresh fruit in these tough economic times and of course, if you raise prices people would complain about that.

But you seem like you have a great, upbeat attitude and take everything pretty much in stride. Good luck with your memoir.


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Thanks so much for the support...Today is one of those days when I could use a few extra hugs. It's the season...but I really don't get to enjoy it much. We have a house full of people we are responsible for...meals...comfort...answering a myriad of questions...etc. Yes I am pretty up most of the time...but I guess right this minute isn't one of those times. Your comments actually helped.

Happy holidays...Ho, Ho, Ho...


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

alek - if you can't get an agent for your book and go with the ebook thing, you have one leg up - you already have a following here, and what with writing for other sites have the know how to market your book! You must keep us posted! This will be a very interesting story. Also, I am sure that your friends at HP will be happy to throw a few links your way.


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alekhouse 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky Author

Wow, Dolores, I can't tell you how it means to me to hear you say something like that. I was hoping I could pick up a little support here when I start to market my book.

I think it'll be a while though, I have some pretty heavy duty re-writing to do before it reads like I want it to. I haven't sent out any queries`to agents yet...letting the query and my proposal stew for a while, since before Christmas. Have been doing mostly networking and blogging and publishing a few short articles...still writing every day though.


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