The SpaceThis is just an ordinary upstairs bedroom in an 1874 working-class home on a quiet residential street in the Capitol City of Minnesota. It is upstairs in a very old, small working-class house that is under gradual rehab and improvement (as funds and time permit). The sleeping room itself is private, but I may need to enter to water the flowers in the window box, or get something from the bureau where I store my sewing supplies.
The shower, sink, and toilet are DOWNSTAIRS in a bathroom shared with the rest of the household, which includes my daughter and her 2 children - ages 2 and 6 years, and an long-term roommate/friend, Andrew. This is not as convenient as guests may prefer, but for a price commeasurate to that of a campsite in a state park, where you would bring your own tent and sleeping bag, I hope this inconvenience is tolerable. I provide fresh, clean sheets, pillows, and blankets, heat, light and internet access, indoors! Towels are freshly laundered, tumbled briefly in the dryer to fluff them and then dried in the sunshine and outdoor breezes (weather permitting) on the clothes line, and I never use scented dryer sheets.
I do not use commercial of chemical-based air fresheners in the home, as they make me ill.
The dog is a boisterous barreling bull of a boy named "Boss". He will most likely greet your first knock on the door with ferocious barking, but once he sniffs you, he soon calms down - unless you keep him stimulated by giving him too much attention. He has run of the whole house and he sometimes gets lonely and wanders upstairs to visit guests. There is a gate at the top of the stairs which my roommate likes to keep closed to keep the dog out of his space. The dog, Boss, will dash out the door and run around the neighborhood if he gets the chance, and therefore precautions are taken when guests might be coming and going.
I don't make breakfast. I just interpret B&B to be Bed and Bathing facilities. Guests do not have any access to kitchen facilities.
Common spaces in the house are often cluttered and couches mussed up- due to the dog spending most of his leisure time on them, and children not always putting away their things. When I am home, I clean, and pick up things frequently, and sweep all the floors guests have access to, and wipe down the bathroom daily, scrubbing the floor whenever I see it needs it. When I am not home, my daughter does not do these things, and The house can become unpleasantly messy. I have not been sleeping overnight at the house since June 2016, but I do stop in several times a week to clean and check on guests. Guest AccessGuests will have access to the room itself, the front entry, and the downstairs bathroom. I do as much as I can to keep the living room comfortable for guests, but my housekeeping habits need improvement, and I often dump laundry and sorting projects in progress in the living room on and around the couches, which render the room less welcoming and relaxing. I am working on this. The bedroom itself is presently also storing some items: book, blankets, craft supplies, and a there is a nice bureau, but I have claimed it, and use it for photography, craft, and sewing supplies., A second bureau is full of my own camera equipment. and some family members', stuff. These are not available for guest use. There is a closet in which clothing can be hung, but no hooks for towels, coats, umbrellas, etc. (This will come as I get all the details figured out.) I need access to the room daily during warm season so that I can water the flowers in the window box.
Guests need to be aware that the back of the house (which includes the kitchen) is off-limits to guests, as it is in rough shape, and although the family uses it, it is simply not suitable for guest use. I have renovation projects in varying states of completion throughout the house. Interaction with GuestsHow much I interact with my guests will depend on what else I have going on any particular evening or day. I work full time in Minneapolis and have been juggling several projects.
My livingroom is set up with 2 couches and a piano, but no TV or stereo. Guests are welcome to relax on the couches whenever they like, but the dog thinks he belongs on the couch, too. I wash the couch covers frequently to keep ahead of the dog hair.
I'll always try to be present personally to orient guests to the home - the sleeping and bath facilities, but other than that, I may often be away from the house. Guests who stay more than one night will be provided a key to the front door.
My daughter and her children are staying with me at this time. My daughter Hayley does not usually talk to guests at all. She is rather introverted, and simply not comfortable with engaging in conversation with guests. Her children, however, are often excited and curious about guests and do like to interact. The NeighborhoodMy neighborhood is quiet and pleasant. It is well mixed ethnically, and I do not personally know all my neighbors. Rice Street has a few small businesses where people can go for a drink or a bite to eat - nothing extravagant, and no 5-star, amazing pubs or eateries, but there is a little ice-cream and pizza shop, and a sub sandwich shop attached to it. I would love for my guests to patronize those shops as I would love to see them succeed. There are bars, and a variety of very working-class restaurants, such as Tin Cup's and Mama's Pizza. Getting AroundThere is on-street parking in front of my house. It is rare that one would have any difficulty finding a spot - maybe when one of my neighbors hosts a large party, but that is super rare.
I am near 3 bus routes, with a 1-1/2 block walk to one route, and a 2-1/2 block walk to the other 2 routes. Metro transit has a web site that you can use to look up bus schedules for the 3A and the 62, which run along Rice Street, and the 68 (?) that runs along Jackson Street. Schedules can be found on the metro transit website. Other Things to NoteGrandchildren are present some of the time. There is a 6-year-old girl, and a 2-year-old boy. Sometimes they are noisy and get cranky around bed time, and this can disrupt the peace. They sometimes stay up late as their mother works varying hours and gets home late with them.