It is New Years Eve. We are hosting a Murder Mystery Dinner Party at the Munro House in Jonesville, and it's 41 degrees outside. That is just too nice a day to not be able to enjoy because of work, so I took 30 minutes and rode my motorcycle around town. I got a snapshot of me in front of the time and temperature at the bank, in front of the Jonesville Water Tower, at the local gas station, and in the Wal-Mart parking lot. So this is my time capsule of what it was like on this day. The price of gas was reasonable, my town was progressive, the parking lots were full, and the weather was outstanding (for December). Now I've got a house full of nice people and everyone is having a good time. Lady Gaga will be on the countdown from Times Square. We'll pour champagne at midnight and I will have to work on day 1 of 2012. It is all good. Life is good in Jonesville.
Jonesville Michigan Bed and Breakfast Innkeeper
"Life is good in Jonesville"
There is a Manufacturers Outlet Mall about 45 minutes from the Munro House B&B in Jonesville, MI. It is located just across the border in Fremont Indiana at I-69 and I-80-90. Levi's, Jockey, Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Coach are a few of the brands that are represented.
Lori likes the trendy brands and knows her stuff when picking out a quality item at a good price. On this trip, she scored a blue leather Coach Bag.
The Christmas tree is up and fully lit. Santa has just left. The presents are neatly arranged under the tree. Based on the number of boxes, I must have been a very good boy and Lori must have been a very good girl. Merry Christmas everyone!
A group of kids came by tonight singing Christmas Carols. First, there was a knock on the door. Then we heard the youth chorus begin to sing. We went outside to enjoy their performance. They moved on from house to house as they brought Christmas cheer to the neighborhood. Thanks kids. We enjoyed it.
I have collected some pretty cool Christmas ornaments over the years. We consistantly add new bangles that may be trendy, memorable, or commemorative for our life experience. My son gave me a "Dandy Dad" ornament when he was in 1st or 2nd grade. That inspired me to want to relive important things in my life. Now when we put up the Christmas tree, it is like opening a diary or history of who we were, what we did, and what we enjoyed about our life.
The Facebook and the Words with Friends logo ornaments remind me of how I stayed connected on the internet and sharpened my Scrabble playing skills. The Michael Jackson ornament helps me remember an entertainer who ruled the world of music while being within weeks of being the same age as my wife. The Seoul Tower ornament commemorates our trip to South Korea that was our first travel experience to the Far East. The Titletown Ornament brings back great memories of my experience as a sponsor of the Green Bay Packers when I lived in Wisconsin and the fun I had being the holder of my company's season tickets for most of the 1990's.
New ornaments will be purchased or constructed to continue displaying the good things about our life.
The fruit basket is as big a part of our house as the fruit bowl is a part of our breakfast. This bed and breakfast in Michigan offers healthy choices along with decadent choices. Bananas are almost always available along with apples and oranges. When peaches plums and grapefruit are in season, they make their way into the basket, too.
The breakfast bowl of fruit is our signature item. I always try to cut too much fruit so that everyone gets as much as they want. We don't mess up the mix with cream or yogurt. Whatever fruit is left over becomes my secret home-made recipe mixed fruit jam. Guests like it.
On the 15th of December, the Village of Jonesville experienced unseasonable weather. The temperature went up to a balmy 55 degrees. It was a comfortable Spring-like day in mid-December. It was too wet to take a bike ride or enjoy the unusual weather outside, but it was pleasant enough to open the windows and let some fresh air in the house.
The next day, December 16, the weather was back to normal with the temperatures in the mid 30's--which brings to mind the old saying, "Don't like the weather? Wait a little while--it'll change."
Urging citizens of Michigan to recycle bottles and cans, our state has had a deposit law for years. Many states have a voluntary recycling program, some states charge $0.05 deposit on various bottles and cans, but Michigan charges $0.10 deposit on carbonated beverages to coax people into getting their deposit money back and keeping these items out of land fills.
Most grocery stores have automated machines in which bottles and cans are inserted one at a time. A scanner reads the bar code to be sure that only brands sold at the location are refunded the deposit. The machine tallies the number of items inserted and prints a receipt that is redeemable for cash at the registers.
The scanner now reads an extra code that differentiates cans sold in Michigan with cans sold elsewhere at half the deposit or no deposit at all. Non-Michigan cans are rejected. The aluminum cans and plastic bottles are immediately crushed and dropped into a bin for the beer and pop companies to return to facilities for recycling. Glass bottles go in a separate machine and are returned intact.
With bottled water sales now surpassing pop sales, Michigan is considering putting the deposit on water bottles, too. I am doing my part by voluntarily recycling all of my bottles and cans whether a deposit was paid or not. Inserting all those items into the machines is just too time consuming.
It is a bit of a hassle, but it is a good deed worth doing. Recycling is more nature-friendly than natural decomposition, and the refund is like bonus money to me. I save the empties and store them in 30 gallon garbage cans. Each can nets $12-$15 in mad money that I try to spend on stuff I wouldn't buy otherwise, rather than putting the money back into the general fund.
Gift cards make great gifts. B&B gift cards purchased onsite are personalized with a picture of the Munro House bed and breakfast in Michigan on the front. However, if the receiver would rather go to another location, this card is welcomed at over 4,000 properties around the world.
Some gift cards have handling and processing fees attached. These gift cards have no additional fees.
Michigan gift card laws say that gift cards in Michigan expire after 5 years. These international gift cards have no expiration date.
Many gift certificates come with stipulations about blackout dates. These gift certificates are honored 365 days a year and are treated like cash.
These gift cards are available onsite, online, or can be ordered by phone in any denomination. (517) 849-9292.
We get a diverse cross-section of people at the Munro House B&B in Jonesville, MI. Very often, we compliment guests on their clothes or accessories. A few weeks ago, a large box arrived in the mail. Inside was a fur coat and a note. The note mentioned how Lori mentioned how nice the lady looked in the coat. The lady wore it home, had it dry-cleaned, and sent it to us as a gift. Lori loves the coat and looks great in it. People are so nice!
Folks from Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio can enjoy a winter getaway at a bed and breakfast in Michigan without going all the way to the Great Lakes or to the Mackinac Bridge. The Munro House is a full time B&B in Jonesville Michigan that is just 20 miles from the Indiana/Ohio border where out of state folks can go "up north" by just crossing the Michigan border.
The winter getaway package includes 2 dinners at 2 restaurants that are just 2 blocks away, 2 on-site massages by a world class masseuse, and 2 tickets to see a new release movie at the local theater. An easy walk to Saucy Dog's Barbeque and Olivia's Chop House on snowy days makes the location ideal for a winter getaway.
On the first 2 weekends in December, ancestors of the Ebenezer Grosvenor House host an old time Christmas Party in the museum that bears his name. All of the rooms are decorated by various organizations, clubs, and individuals to create a nostagic look at Christmas past. Soft drinks and snacks are served while live entertainers perform in the parlor.