Giving a Helping Hand & Gaining Inspiration

Blog Mar 18, 2014 Comments Off on Giving a Helping Hand & Gaining Inspiration

When you’re in someone’s home on a regular basis, you really bond with them over time. The years just roll along. Sometimes bad things happen, like illness and death. When I see my clients go through tough times, I try to help out in any way possible. Sometimes I adjust their schedule or squeeze in extra cleanings. For Betty, who is a recent widow, I bring her food and check on her. She is so sweet and I’m happy to be someone she can turn to.

elderly-helping-hand1Another client, Sandy, also a widow, is such an inspiration to me. I truly love her with all my heart. A while back her husband was diagnosed with cancer and passed on very quickly. It would be perfectly understandable if she was depressed and didn’t want to leave the house, but she is completely the opposite. She’s so positive and active. She really inspires me to try my best and never give up even when I don’t feel like it.

Recently, a client who has always been active and healthy started having horrible back problems. We helped her clean and reorganize so it was easier to reach what she needed. I felt bad that she was going through a tough time but glad that I could be of assistance.

The bottom line: We want to help our clients. I care for my clients, especially the ones who are in need of help, support and companionship. I have been cleaning for many clients for years and have developed special relationships with them. I’m always willing to take on clients who are suddenly in need of a cleaning service.

My clients have taught me to stay strong, ask for help, and be appreciative of all kinds of relationships and support. My hope is that we can help ease the burden of any family going through a difficult time. If you know of someone who I can help, please let me know.

Restroom Diaries: Milner’s American Southern

Blog Feb 25, 2014 Comments Off on Restroom Diaries: Milner’s American Southern

milnersAnyone who’s lived in Winston for at least 18 years might remember the old Rock Ola Cafe. It’s easy to forget that Milner’s is on the same spot because it looks completely different. I love the charm of this neighborhood restaurant with delicious Southern cuisine. It’s as cozy and comfy as your good friend’s house.

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Milner’s American Southern is a family owned and operated full-service restaurant in business since 2005. The menus boast a delicious variety of Southern American classics re-imagined using contemporary culinary techniques. Brother Chefs John and Buddy create inspired dishes and their wine list earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. It’s always a wonderful dining experience.

 

MilnersNow onto what’s important – the bathrooms! Not only are they nicely decorated and fit with the rest of the décor, but more importantly they are nice and clean. One homey touch is the dividers in the stalls are wallpapered. Additionally, there is extra TP, baskets, a pretty mirror, plenty of paper towel, and a great granite counter top with an attractive fabric covering below. A pleasing look and super clean. Again, the atmosphere, food and restrooms all fit to provide a warm and comfortable environment.

I love to support locally-owned restaurants. The inviting atmosphere and yummy food keeps me coming back to Milner’s.

What do you think of Milner’s?

Why I Love of Quilting

Blog Jan 13, 2014 Comments Off on Why I Love of Quilting

The first quilt I ever received was made with love by my mom. It’s not fancy but it’s beautiful and comforting and will always be my favorite. If I need some comfort, it’s the first thing I grab for because my mom made it. Without knowing, she started my love of quilts.

Good Lincoln 021Fast forward to a rainy trip to the beach with by best friend Kelly. When were out antiquing – supporting the locals – we came across a flyer about a quilting show at a local rec center. Unsurprisingly the room was full of older ladies sharing their handmade works of art. What was surprising was that the quilts were beautiful – even awe-inspiring.

Kelly was so inspired that she took a quilting class then came by house to show me how. She even bought me a kit to get started. Two hours later I was ready to go and have pieced together 14 quilts in the two years since (three shown here). I truly enjoy choosing the fabrics and patterns and giving quilts to the people I love.

Good Lincoln 109What’s so special about quilts? They provide comfort. Whether you’re not feeling well, chilling out watching a movie or just having a bad day, wrapping yourself in a quilt – especially one made just for you – is like a big hug. That comfort is started from the time you are born until the end of life.

For me, I get so much satisfaction and relaxation making quilts. I look forward to quilting every night; it’s become my religion. I feel relaxed and happy quilting and feel even better when I give a finished product to a dear friend or family member.

058Quilting is really in. I’ve seen teenagers and older folks quilting as well as everyone in between. If you’d like to learn more about how to quilt, where to shop for fabric or connecting with other quilters, just let me know. I’d love to hear from you about quilting or your passions.

~ Esther

Restroom Diaries: Fratellis Italian Steakhouse

Blog Dec 06, 2013 Comments Off on Restroom Diaries: Fratellis Italian Steakhouse

Fratellis front entranceWho remembers Staley’s, the old steakhouse on Reynolda Road? Today it looks COMPLETELY different as the site of Fratellis – an upscale and inviting restaurant.

When I took a look around, the manager told me the comfortable leather chairs came from the old Noble’s Grill in High Point. They definitely add to the warm ambiance. Additionally, the large historic photos of 1930s Winston-Salem police detectives, an old Krispy Kreme delivery truck and a tobacco warehouse provide a unique touch.

What I love most about this restaurant and bar is how clean it is, especially the restroom! It’s so different too – dare I say sexy – with all that black tile. Even the toilets are black. The décor is elegant, simple and feels special. And the vanity is so nice it makes me want to set up my blow dryer and get to work.

Beautiful tile

Beautiful tile

It definitely checks a few boxes on my “must have” list.

  • Privacy
  • Dim lighting
  • Clean smell
  • Beautiful decor

Check, check, check and check!

The whole experience is an elegant package – the wonderful atmosphere, the décor, the service, the tables and yes, the restrooms, all go together for an unforgettable evening!

Did you know the name means “brothers” in Italian? You can tell a family has put a lot of time and passion into the place. If you’ve been to Fratellis, did you go to the ladies room and what did you think?

Luxurious black sinks

Luxurious black sinks

Love the black tile and toilet

Love the black tile and toilet

Restaurant Restrooms – Do you critique them too?

Blog Nov 12, 2013 Comments Off on Restaurant Restrooms – Do you critique them too?

I’m a clean freak! There, I said it. I can’t help it. Everywhere I go I notice the cleanliness of my environment. Call me crazy, but lately I’ve been noticing restaurant bathrooms. Some are fabulous and some are a mess. I notice everything about them – the look, the lighting, the smell and even the details.

women's roomI love to go out and treat myself (or better yet have someone else treat me) to a fabulous meal. I enjoy every aspect – the atmosphere, the décor, the service and of course the food. And you know what is just as important to me? You guessed it: the lav, the WC, the powder room, the ladies … the BATHROOM! It speaks volumes about my overall impression of the restaurant.

Here are some of things I look for:

  • 013Are the stalls nice and private? … not a fan of the wide cracks
  • Is there enough TP and is it easy to get out? Also, I don’t want to see pieces of it stuck to the toilet, the floor and especially not my foot!
  • Are the doors easy to open, close, lock and look germ free?
  • You have to notice the toilet seat, right? You want it to look as dry and clean as possible. Don’t get me started on those paper seat covers that never flip the right way.
  • Isn’t it nice when there’s a discreet and neat trash receptacle in the stall for that time of month? Also, the main trash should not be overflowing onto the floor.
  • How could I not mention the smell? Love the smell of fresh lemons, not the city sewer! Nothing is more of a turn off after a lovely meal than a stinky bathroom.
  • 5 points sinkIsn’t it nice when there are hooks for bags in the stalls?
  • When you get to the sinks, don’t you love when you can wave on the water to wash hands? I prefer a nice strawberry soap – creamy smooth, not the cheap stuff.
  • Finally, dim lighting, music, amenities (hand lotion and mints), flowers, and upscale décor are always a plus!

If you’re obsessed like me, you’ll appreciate my upcoming blogs where I actually critique local Triad business restrooms. So, if you’re an owner, hold your breath or better yet let me know if you have a bathroom that’s as clean your kitchen. If you’re an observant diner like me, comment below to let me know about some of your faves – or least favorite local bathrooms.