Saturday, July 31, 2010

Saturday July 31, 2010

Here we are the last day of July. My goodness were has the last two months gone. It seems just like yesterday we were in Virginia and hating it. Now were are in Branson, MO and loving it.

The last few days here have been a bear. Not only has the weather been hot and muggy, all of the cabins have been rented for a family reunion, and they all took sheets and towels. Not not normal. The cabins will be checking out tomorrow and most of the lodge will be also. When we left today I was able to see what kind of work load we will have for tomorrow and there will be over 25 check outs. I was able to find out which rooms will be rented for Monday and there are seven of them, so Sherry and I will hit those first. Today was pretty bad so i asked I Joel if he would come in and help and he did. Thanks Joel. It was his day off so he only worked a half a day.

Here is a picture of our managers Roger and
Heidi. They are great people.

Well I have to admit that we had our first boo boo in the trailer a few days ago. We have a range cover that adds extra counter space when you don't need the stove. I opened only half of it to use the front burner and when I started that burner the back one was turned on. I didn't realize it at first and you guessed it it burned a mark on the cover. I would show you a picture of it but the computer is acting stupid right now. Maybe later.

Well that's about it for now so until next time have a good one.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Well here it is Sunday, July 25th already. I can't believe that we have been on the road and living in the trailer for about 7 months now. Some would think that with 3 people living in such small quarters that we would be getting on each others nerves. We all have our spaces and there seems to be plenty of room.

The weather for today says that we will be getting some rain. That's fine with me as long as it cools off for a bit. The temps have been around the lower to mid 90's with high humidity. I like when I have two days off, I don't have to sweat that much.

I should be grateful that I can come home from work to an air conditioned trailer. We got to know another couple here named Daniel and Rachel. They keep the bathrooms clean. They live in a tent. No a/c but only a fan. I haven't heard the whole story but Hurricane Katrina did their house in and later Daniel lost his job. They are in good spirits and are looking for a Pop-Up.

Thursday night was our pot luck dinner. The theme was that you had to bring a dish that started with the first letter of your last name. So since our last name is Lambros we brought "Lemon cake". We had a good mix of food and the managers provided us with steaks. The owner's last name began with the letter S so he brought fried Spam. I was going to try it but darn it it was all gone. Thank God. Overall it was a pleasant evening and we all stuffed ourselves.

Joel and Linda were off Friday and Saturday, the work load busy but not too bad. Today is going to be the kicker. Almost every room has been rented and they are all checking out today. That means about 20 plus rooms need total cleaning. Now Sherry and I can clean one from start to finish in about 30 minutes, now you do the math. Joel and Linda with be taking care of the main campground motel and they will busy over there.

We just have to concentrate on the turn arounds and the rooms the will be rented for Monday. If we can at least get that done we can work on the other rooms at a later date. This also includes the cabins as well.

Maybe I should explain what I am talking about.
Refresh: Go in collect and put new towels as needed, make the beds, empty the trash.
Turn Around: This means that one guest is checking out that day and another is checking in same day. These have to be done first.
Arrivals: The easy ones means some one is checking in that day and make sure the room is prepared for them.

I think that I have caught you up now. Well it won't be long now that I have to wake the family to get started on this day. So until next time have a good one.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Hi there. It has been a couple of weeks now so I better let you know what's been happening

Since I last posted we have had some changes here in the house keeping area. Just in one week we have had two couples leave and head back home. Now that just leaves Joel and Linda and us to do the house keeping.

Here is Joel and Linda. Not a bad picture if I do say so myself. We also had a schedule change as well. We are off on Wednesday and Thursdays and Joel and Linda are off on Friday and Saturdays. Not a bad setup because most of the check outs occur on Sunday and all four of us will be on then.

We were off yesterday and went to go pick up our new sign. Unfortunately it was wrong. Instead of the apostrophe being after the "S" he placed it before the "S". He made it like this "Lambro's" Sooooo Wrong. The maker was out to lunch so we decided to have lunch as well and wait for him to get back. While having lunch he called me and I told him that it was incorrect and that it needed to be fixed. I also told hem that we will be back next week to pick it up. We were disappointed.

I have a few pictures of the area that I would like to post here.

We went and did some shopping and I think Sherry said that she has completed one of the grand kids gifts. Cool get that Christmas shopping done early. Way to go Babe. We decided to try this one Mexican restaurant just down the street for dinner. It was not bad, we both had mixed fajitas and they were good. We probably will be back.

Today we will be grocery day so off to WalMart. Joel calls it the $100 dollar store. Good one Joel, you're right.

Tonight we have the Campground pot luck dinner. We are looking forward to it. I will need to remember to take my camera.

I almost forgot. A couple of days ago Sherry found a large copperhead snake near a tree by the parking lot. I call Roger on the radio and asked if he had a plan for snakes and he said he did. He showed up with Robert and a .22 rifle. Robert killed the snake and boy he was big and fat. We think he got done eating and was taking a nap or something. Now we have to be on the look out for snakes.

Well I think that about wraps it up so until next time have a good one.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Yesterday was a great day. We were off and Sherry wanted to go see some craft shops. We drove through the main strip and found the first one and boy it was big. The shops around here just seem to go on forever. We stumbled onto a man who makes outdoor signs so I talked to him about making a sign for us to hang outside on our trailer. He makes them out of ceder and I know it will hold up in the weather. It will say "Lambros' Est. 1981". We also told him that we will be hanging a horseshoe on it as well. He said that it will be ready in about a week and that works great for us since we will be off at that time to pick it up.

After that we went to a place for lunch that was a buffet. This was a real nice place and also had a petting type animal show that Sherry thought would be nice to take Brianne. We will investigate that in the near future. The food was very good but somewhat pricey.

We took off to locate where this one show was going to be because we get free tickets to see them tomorrow night. They are called the "Heygoods". We found the theater and went to find another craft store. Nothing new there pretty much the same as the other one but what we did find was a card that had the correct spelling for Brianne's name. The first time ever that we found something that had the correct spelling of her name. Pretty cool. After that we went grocery shopping and went home.

Today we had to go back to work. Now mind you that this work is not hard at all. Come on how hard is it to make a bed and vacuum? And be in the a/c? Well sometimes the a/c isn't on when we go in but it is not bad. We found out that one of our cleaning couples had left to go back home so that leaves just us and Joel and his wife Linda who starts back working again we think tomorrow.

Joel and Linda will be working over at the main campground which has a motel with 5 rooms and a mobile home that will sleep up to ten people. Basically a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. They will keep that up and cleaned and do laundry over there. Sherry and I will be handling the lodge that consists of 25 rooms and laundry. Now don't think that we got the short end of the stick here we prefer doing the lodge, it has a better washing and drying machines than the other side. We all work together and help each other out.

Today Sherry and I cleaned 4 rooms which is what we call a check out and did 3 refreshes, which are towels, make the beds and trash gathering. After that we do the laundry and anything else that needs to be done within our capabilities. Sherry likes to clean the outside doors to the rooms so there you go.

Tomorrow we were scheduled from 11 to 6:30 but asked the manager, Roger if we could come in early so we can get off early to make the show and he said fine no problem. What a relief, now we have a little time to get cleaned up before we go to the show. I am looking forward to it. I just hope I can bring my camera in to take pictures.

Well I think that's about it for the last two days. We really do like it here and we may even think about coming back next year if they will have us. I have to get up early tomorrow so until the next time have a good one.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New Job in Branson, MO

Well I know that it has been awhile and I apologize for it. There has been a lot going on so I better get to it.

The job in Bracey, VA did not work out at all. We were working at a place called Americamps. It started well but when they wanted us to "just" clean the two bath houses for eight hours and have three split shifts, it became too much. In a nut shell, if you like to party every night and kiss a** then this is the job for you. If you want to do your job correctly, well and stay to yourself then stay away from this place. Oh I almost forgot, they shorted us about 9 hours of pay.

We left there June 9th and headed towards Springfield, MO. Sherry has a neice there and she said that we can park at her house for however long it will take to get ourselves another job. After attempting to park the trailer in her backyard, which was too soft, we ended up using the driveway instead. More solid and safer.

We set up the trailer and in the next few days we headed for Branson to do some cold calling. That was on a Saturday, the day after we arrived. We decided that the next day was Father's Day and would not be a good day to prospect for jobs and would go on Monday. Father's Day was nice and I grilled steaks for everyone.

Monday morning we received a call from a place called Compton Ridge Campground and Lodge. The owner said that he would like to meet with us that afternoon at 4. We went down there and had a talk with him, his name was Robert. He gave us the low down and a breif tour of the place. The job is in house keeping and laundry. We clean the lodge rooms and do laundry. I located an Olive Garden so we went to dinner to discuss the job. We decided to take it and called Robert back to accept. He asked when we can be there and we said Friday.

We drove down to Branson on Friday and set up in a great sight by the manager Roger. He said to come to the main office to sign the papers and meet his wife Heidi. She said that we will start the next day on Saturday.

We started at 9:30 and met a gentleman named Joel. He is to show us what to do on the rooms and laundry. Joel works by himself and he was a very good teacher. The next day he let us clean a room by ourselves and he said that we did a very good job. We also work with another couple named Bernie and Wilber they clean the other rooms at the main campground.

Well that is about it for now. We have been here for about 2 or 3 weeks now and the job is nice. I like the part that we can clean a room with a/c. It doesn't get better than that. Until next time have a good one.