ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Keeping it all together: Tales from an Innkeeper's crypt: Second in a series about Kari

Updated on March 21, 2010

This article in the second in a series about my housekeeper/assistant Kari, who has worked for me for a year. You can find the first article at: House for sale.

Besides being my housekeeper, Kari is also my assistant in the bed and breakfast. She asked me to teach her the business so she and her husband could buy it, along with the house. So I said okay. I've been doing that for a year now. But it aint goin' that well. Wait a minute...that's not exactly right. Some times it does go well. But I never know when those times will be, she's so inconsistent.

I knew from the moment I hired her that she was ADD, OCD, LD and also took medicine for depression. All of these affect your personality and work. But I never hesitated for a minute to hire her as she's bright, personable, easy to get along with, and I knew with her OCD she'd be really good at cleaning toilets. I figured, since I'd had experience as a learning specialist in Chicago, and with persons who were OCD, LD, BD and ED, I'd find a way of working with Kari.

Kari has problems with her memory, attention span, concentration, and making decisions. I figured, with a little guidance from me, she would function fairly well. And she does....most of the time. The trouble is that she's very inconsistent and needs a lot of checking up on. I need to be careful what I throw at her, especially when we're crunched for time as we frequently are at the bed and breakfast.

I too have some learning disabilities (LD) and a bit of ADD (attention deficit disorder); however I am totally aware of it and have worked on it for years, using it to my advantage. With Kari, she is aware that she functions a little differently from the norm, but she doesn't know what to do about it if it gets in the way. We're very busy at the bed and breakfast, so I need a lot of help which means I spend a lot of time with Kari.

It can get pretty crazy around here, especially when we have ten or so guests to take care of over a few days. We make a full breakfast and serve it in our dining room each morning, which is no easy task for this many people. I was doing all the cooking prior to hiring Kari, along with running the operation, the cleaning, the marketing, the buying and ordering of supplies and the reservations. Obviously I needed some one to help me. Kari was a culinary arts student at Sullivan University, which has one of the finest culinary arts schools in the nation.

I figured she must have pretty good skills for working in the kitchen. In fact, when I hired her she told me she did. She has since said repeatedly, she's learned more about cooking and baking from me in six months than she did in a year at Sullivan. I must say, I whipped her into shape pretty fast.....out of necessity, if nothing else.

When she started with me, she didn't know how to make Belgium waffles, omelets, decent scrambled eggs, baked french toast, quiches, or muffins....the mainstay of a B&B breakfast. I wondered just what they were teaching her at that school. But now, she can whip up all of these and serve them to the guests in record time.

Definitions (I know, I really hate labels too. But this is what the clinicians use. It just makes it easier to talk and write about).

OCD: obsessive compulsive disorder

LD: learning disabled

BD: behavior disordered

ED: emotionally disturbed

ADD: attention deficit disorder


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)