Green is where the Heart Is for June 15th, 2016

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 15 June 2016 04:00

“The ornaments of your home are the people who smile upon entering time and time again.” ~Maralee McKeeby

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

As I opened my computer to write this week’s column, I received an email from a new resident of the island.  She said, “Mo, help.  We just had our first guests and someone told me you had ‘beach rules’ for guests.  
Randy and I are entering the twelfth year of living on Pleasure Island.  One of the reasons for our great escape to ‘paradise’ was to enjoy beach living at its finest and share an opportunity to offer our home and short walk to the sand with friends and family producing the perfect respite created by the negative ions of the ocean.   
A few years ago I had lunch with a good friend who had retired and moved here from a busy area of the country.  She was lamenting the fact that it was getting pretty expensive and tiring to entertain so many houseguests during the summer months, some returning several times.  Owning a beach house makes you very popular, you know.  I shared with her the “Beach Rules” that we instituted years ago.  We knew that we would be overwhelmed with visitors and we wanted it that way but only by developing an equal energy exchange could we handle “being on vacation” for 6 months straight.  
RULE 1 - You can stay as long as you like but you have to feed us while you are here. Like to cook? We have a grill. Don't want to cook? There are LOTS of great restaurants on the island. Where would you like to take us? If you cook you don't have to do dishes. (Teenagers take heed.)
RULE 2 - Please feel free to help yourself to anything in our kitchen (since you probably purchased it yourself) but please don't make me get it for you.  Please don’t buy and open another peanut butter if there are already 4 in the cupboard.  Use what is already here.  Varsagod.
RULE 3 - While you are here at the beach, shoes and underwear are optional. TMI for Jimmy Lippard.  It just means that some put on a bathing suit when they get here and never get dressed for the rest of the week.  
RULE 4 - If you purchase alcohol and there is some left in the bottle at the end of your stay, don't even think about taking it home with you.
RULE 5 - Additional thank you gifts like Berardi's coffee (thanks Joann Waggoner and Steve) or toilet paper (Julia Baker you are always one step ahead of the game) put you on a preferred list and you will get the 500 thread count sheets when you are here AND the new towels in your room.
RULE 6 - Children age 6 and under belong in their bedroom at 9pm. Vacations are more fun when kids are rested and adults can have conversations uninterrupted.
We love it when family and friends come and visit and it is usually a steady stream from April through October. Without the cost of a hotel BEACH RULES make it affordable and FUN for everyone.
My Facebook friends supplied a few more. Lyrnn Carter added, “I so love this and will share....but will add one more thing....MOM does not live here (even if she does she is not the maid) so please respect our home and pick up after yourself!!!”
Naomi Paine added RULE 7 - Children must consume all food and drink at the eating table. If they leave the table, they leave their food and drinks at the table. Camille Perotti encouraged short visits.  She reminded me of a song by Rita Coolidge, “I'd rather leave while I'm in Love."
Living with a green heart attitude shares the love.  Who wouldn’t be in love with Pleasure Island?  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology. Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success. To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at  FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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