Okay, I’m back! I had a great 50th birthday celebration. In fact, about 30 minutes after I made my last entry on the blog on my birhtday, Bill surprised me with our very good friends from Baltimore, Teresa and Gary Gerstacker. They now live in New Jersey and we hadn’t seen them in about nine years. What a surprise! We had a great weekend with them and did lots of touristy things like taking a carriage tour,
watching the Pirates on the Run 10K Saturday morning, (this running pirate was on a bit of a break but at least he was out there….),
and taking a Segway tour. Bill also surprised me with a fabulous gift – a treadmill. So now, even if the weather is lousy or it’s late, I don’t have to miss a walk or a run. Don’t worry, I won’t take pictures from my treadmill. I’ll still be outside a lot.
We watched the Superbowl with our friends Sunday night and then as soon as we dropped them off at the airport, we left for a
Select Registry conference in Charleston. We had a great conference and were inspired by some of the best innkeepers in the land but I managed to pick up the flu while we were there and I came home with a 104 degree fever. Needless to say, it’s been a slow recovery and I’ve had a lot of catching up to do but you can expect regular entries from here on out.

I’d like to thank all of you for your support over the last year and especially to those of you who sent me birthday wishes, cards and e-mails. I was truly touched. It sounds as though you enjoy the blog and you’d like me to keep it going so it’s a match made in heaven because I love doing it. I feel like a tourist every day and get to enjoy what our guests come from around the world to see. And feel free to leave comments. It looks like I’ve finally got that working. Don’t forget to look for the periodic opportunities to win gift certificates too.