"if you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much room"

Sunday, April 22, 2012

"if you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen"

Saturday morning we were up early and headed to the cafe'. We open at 8am and to make sure everything is ready to go we arrive at 7:30, fire up the griddle and get the coffee percolating. The temps were a little cool so I built a fire in the fireplace to warm the dining room up a little. Our first customers came in shortly after 8am. Rudee played waitress while I handled the kitchen and things started off well. We had a steady flow of customers but no big "rushes". Pancakes seemed to be the most wanted item this morning, The park offers an all you can eat pancake special and children under 12 get free pancakes with each paying adult. The work campers start arriving between 9 and 9:30 for their breakfasts which are provided as part of our compensation. Rudee and I were able to sit down and have our breakfasts with them and then it was time to get everything cleaned up. Dishes had to be washed, floors swept and mopped and the entire kitchen cleaned and sanitized. We finished around 11am and Rudee headed home, she was coming back on duty at 3pm because she had agreed to switch shifts with one of the other ladies. I still had another 1 1/2 hours to work so I headed to the shop to assemble a new portable sprayer. I got that little project completed just in time to fill some propane tanks and escort an early arriving camper to their site. Once that was done my day was over and I headed home.
Rudee went to work in the office at 3pm and the whole operation went to heck in a hand basket. Campers rolled in one right after another and she was busier than a one armed paper hanger! The park has 6 cabins and all of them were taken by families in town for a softball tournament as well as quite a few of the RV spaces. The park was the fullest we have seen it since we arrived and was well over 3/4 full. We expected it to be like this during the warm summer months but not on a cold, wet April weekend. The evening crew handled it well until the Pepsi machine decided it wanted to expel all of the Sierra Mist it had inside it and flooded most of the cafe' with fizzy, sticky puddles of Pop! Rudee called me up to help stop the flood and I was able to get it shut down and helped clean up the mess. This was about the most excitement we have had since we arrived here.
With the increase in business and having to deal with the flood in the cafe' we didn't make it back to the 5er until after 9pm. Rudee was bushed and neither one of us stayed up very long.

Sunday was our day off and our grand kids came for a visit. We had a great day spending time with them and showing them around our new "home".
Monday morning I start cooking breakfasts in the cafe' for the next 7 days straight since the boss man is going to be gone. Should be an interesting week ...... "how do ya want them eggs"? I'll keep you posted.


  1. All these curves thrown at you two..but you are handling it like pros!

  2. Wow! That sounds like a very crazy weekend. A day in the life of a workamper is never dull.