November UpdatePosted on: November 30th, 2014 by Archie Kirk
Here it is, Thanksgiving 2014. As I got a chance to spend the day with my family, I started to reflect on this past year. Twelve months ago I was going through some rough times thinking that this year could go down as the worst year of my life. I also realized that I had a choice to make. Go down the path of despair or continue on and make a bad situation as good as I could. I chose the latter. First if it wasn’t for my faith in God and the continued support from all my friends and family I don’t think I would be writing this blog today. I realized that life is a choice. Things happen that seem like we have no control over anything but we do. We have a choice. That choice will determine which path of life we go down. Once you make that choice, in my opinion, the only way to get through it is by faith. So I am so thankful for all of the support and prayers that have come my way. Without them, this time would have been WAY more trying than it was and may have turned out much differently.
That brings me to my next point which is – I see light at the end of the tunnel. Although we have hit a huge bump in the road, that could change the outcome, I do see light. The inn is finally coming together very nicely. All the major construction is done. We are now in the final phases of the rebuilding process. There are still some minor task to be completed such as hardware on doors, trim work and other odds and ends. I have to say that Joe Schleifer Jr of Schleifer Construction in Whippany, NJ has gone above and beyond to make the Bedford Inn as nice as it was and even nicer. He and his crew have stepped up to the plate and their attention to detail will have you staring in amazement when you see the final product. I am very excited about the possibility of reopening on Valentine’s Weekend 2015. They are working very hard to make that happen. The painters are moving along completing most of the ceilings and trim throughout the inn. The task of picking out colors was overwhelming. It is one thing to do a couple of rooms at one time but the whole inn – well that was quite a task. This Monday, December 1st, scheduling has the carpet and floors being installed. It has been so nice having heat and electric since the temperatures have started to drop significantly. I am starting to review the possibility of having some of the appliances scheduled to be returned from storage along with some of the other contents that were removed. The muralist is scheduled to start this coming week or maybe next week depending on the progress of everything else that is currently scheduled. So if all goes well on Monday, I will start the process of updating my booking engine, updating the web site and getting all the final tasks needed to start taking reservations again. I won’t be able to post pictures of rooms as we do have a ways to go for their completion but I hope to have preliminary information up for the reservation process to begin. Again, I would like to thank God for giving me the strength to hang in there and for giving me such a great support system with all my friends and relatives. I couldn’t be doing this without you. I can’t wait to be welcoming you back to the Bedfod Inn of Cape May, NJ again!