Monday, November 2, 2020

The Perfect Guest Room

Make your guest room feel like that getaway vacation retreat that every visitor of your house hopes for. You wouldn’t want an invited guest to feel unwanted and uncomfortable in your home, so spice it up any way that you can. I promise you won’t regret it. Think about how you would want to be treated as a guest. You would want to feel special and appreciated. Create a guest room that won’t make you have to give up your own room temporarily. When you are having a guest stay with you, you will want to eliminate any unnecessary awkwardness by letting them know the good and bad factors of the room. Point out the fun details, but do not forget to make them aware of any unusual faucets in the room.

How to Get Your Guest Room Ready

One of the most essential pieces of a cozy guest room is the bed. Ensure that your bed is not a squeaking mess for your welcomed guests. Think about the type of bed you would expect in a five-star hotel. Do not allow your guests to sleep on the most worn-out mattress in your home. Even if you have to obtain some kind of an air mattress so your visitor can sleep comfortably, do not let them sleep on something that you wouldn’t even let your dog sleep on.

An xl twin mattress is a perfect size for one guest. Ensure they are sleeping on a comfortable cloud full of decorative materials and vibrant colors. Here are some other factors that make a guest room livable:

• New Linens

• Cleared Deck Areas

• Relaxing Seating Area

• A Bright Space

• Clean Closet

• Empty Drawers

Family members and friends will rave about your home and the wonderful experience they had staying temporarily in your home, so take every step you can to create the perfect aura for this guest room.

It is very important that you leave plenty of room for your guest to place their things temporarily. Make sure that they have an area for their suitcases to go to. You could place a luggage rack or a small bench table in the room to accommodate this need, and if push comes to shove, you can use a chair.

Don’t forget about the basic necessities that come with staying somewhere new for a short period. Provide an alarm clock so that your guests can keep up with the time accurately. Everybody might not have a phone to look at the time on. It also would not be a bad idea to provide a hairdryer, robe, shampoo, snacks, and writing utensils.

Entertainment

It would be wise to leave your Wi-Fi passcode somewhere in the room for easy and consistent access to the internet. Your guest might have run out of data on their phone, or they might have some work to complete on their laptop, even though they might be on a short vacation at your house. Do not make this information hard to access. It would be a shame for your guest to need this information while you are asleep. You would not want to be disturbed, and I’m sure your visitor does not want to disturb you either.

Another way to provide some good entertainment options for your guests is to have a TV in the room with the remote nearby the bed. Nobody enjoys looking endlessly for a lost remote. Do not make watching television harder than it has to be. It also would not be a bad idea to keep some type of travel guides and good reads by the bedding area. Travel guides make guests aware of all of the places that they could visit in the city with or without you, and it is never a bad idea to keep an interesting book at the bedside.

Privacy

Protect your guests by ensuring that they are protected from outside eyes. Your windows should have curtains and proper shading to stop predators and nosey neighbors from looking at the parts of your home you do not want them to see. Blinds will work great to solve this privacy issue, and it also adds to an amazing ambiance and aura to your extra bedroom. You wouldn't want any harassment coming to your guest after leaving them exposed to your neighborhood.

Another important factor to consider is to not keep too much privacy. Your guests should know how to work your security systems in case of an emergency and any other guidelines that will help them navigate around the house better with minimal trouble.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

How To Survive The Pandemic & Keep Your Sanity

Folks, believe it or not, but it's me again. Your favorite retired blogger's retired blogger. Yes, this site does still exist, and yes, on rare occasions I use it when I've got no place else to say what I need to say.

This yeah, obviously, has been like no other. Vacations are a thing of the past. The concept of "quality time" with your family doesn't really exist because you're literally spending all your time with them. Like everyone else (I hope) me and mine have simply adopted to the smaller world inside the confines of our residence. We only venture out for groceries and essential stuff. Recreation is a thing of the past. Zoom schooling is in, playgrounds are out. It's a harsh new reality and one highly unlikely to change anytime soon. The current abnormal will likely just become the new normal, until there's a vaccine. And even then, who the heck wants to be first to get said vaccine?

I don't mean to get all Andy Rooney on ya'll, but keeping your sanity in the midst of all this containment can be a challenge. I'd love to go to Nats game, spend a day at the Bay, or maybe a weekend at the beach. All of those things have to wait, because they mean nothing if you're dead. So, we adjust, we adapt, we pivot. But that doesn't come without a price.

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Assuming you're a longtime reader, you'll know this blog is nearly a teenager at this point. I kicked it off in 2007, because I loved reading other people's blogs and figured "how hard can that be?" Turns out, it was hard AF, especially in the first year or so when my daily readership consisted of my then-sister-in-law and me. Over time, I caught some fortunate breaks, some people told other people and before long, AB.com was a full fledged daily community with guest posters, several thousand daily unique viewers, and a comment section that felt like the neighborhood watering hole, assuming such a thing still exists. I made friends here that I still speak with daily.

Of course, social media changed the landscape of where people went to exchange opinions, and blogs quickly fell out of favor. This one is no different. I keep the lights on here because, well, there's financial incentive to, but my daily thoughts have migrated elsewhere along with the rest of the world.

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People keep talking about how awful 2020 has been, and there's some truth to that. A lot of beloved people have died, the economy has cratered, people are protesting (and getting killed at protests) continuously, and of course, there's the elephant in the room that's taken many lives and altered others permananently. But the overarcing menace here is the same one that's been around since 2016. And I sincerly hope that part of this horrible year ends, come November 3rd.

Be good to yourself, and those around you.

-Jay

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Summer Drinks for Entertainment

Summer is almost upon us, and that means evenings of frivolity. Whether your backyard is large enough and inviting enough to entertain a group of your friends, or you prefer an intimate affair indoors, you will be sure to delight when you make one of these summery cocktails. We give you seven ideas that are just as fresh as what they are made from and taste delicious on a warm summer's day. These drinks can be made individually or in large batches out of a pitcher. They are perfect for a steamy summer garden party.

1. A Sweet Authentic Mojito

There are so many mixers available for this Cuban favorite, but nothing can quite compare to making one from scratch, just raw ingredients to make the perfect drink. A good rum will give it the sweetness it needs. When mixed with a bit of sugar and club soda, poured over ice, and garnished with some lime wedges and sprigs of fresh mint leaves, it is sure to please everyone. This is a great drink for a summer evening because it is fresh, it is light, and the mint works perfectly to make it a summer staple.

2. Use Blackberry Syrup in a Bramble

As almost anyone with even a passing interest in bartending lore can tell you, the bramble is a British cocktail that pairs a gin sour with the refreshing, tart bite of blackberries. For a more modest and time-sensitive host or hostess, a bramble can be made by preparing a gin sour and some blackberry syrup in a tall glass over ice. Add another dash of lime juice for an ultra summery twist on a modern classic.

3. Daiquiris to Use Up All the Fresh Strawberries

While it may seem like the ultimate in girly drinks, daiquiris are just plain delicious, no matter how they appear. This drink, as a cocktail packs quite a punch of rum, but the slush, when made with fresh strawberries, is delicious on its own. Simply mix a cup of strawberries (fresh is preferred) with 1/2 cups of sugar and lemon juice in the blender. Blend it to your preferred consistency and pour it in a glass over ice with half as much lemon-lime soda and a few ounces of rum if you like. To preserve the beach day vibe of this drink, use light rum.

4. Use Seasonal Fruit in a Sangria

Wine does not really have a season. A fresh bottle can be opened and enjoyed at any time in the year. However, summer calls for the fresh, light taste of fruit to be added in the form of a sangria. Adapted from the Latin for blood,  a "sangria" is meant to be made with red wine, staining the fruit it contains as blood can stain. With the advent of summer, you want to use the summer fruits that are now plentiful. Things like strawberries, watermelons, or orange slices are welcome and delicious additions. The fresh fruit in this drink just adds to its benefits. Sangria is an excellent addition to any gathering you throw for the relaunching of a sport or anything else you think is worth celebrating.

5. Mix Up a Frozen Summer Slush Treat

Sometimes when the weather is warm, nothing will refresh us and cool our bodies like a frozen slush treat. This is a sweet, flavorful slush that is very versatile, not being tied to just one type of drink. In fact, you can change up the drink with whatever you would like to have in it, but it is recommended that you have this with clear liquors. Simply mix some cans of frozen orange juice and lemonade concentrates with a few spoonfuls of sugar and some water in a blender, add your favorite drink (gin is recommended), and serve it in a glass with a straw. This is a drink that tastes like a dessert.

When you are entertaining your friends and family during the summer, you want to be able to serve them something that is light and refreshing and captures the taste of the season. Mix up a cocktail that is perfect for a warm day and uses all the fruits around you at this time. No matter what a person's drink of choice is, you can find something that delights them.