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I can't believe it's been over a year since I posted! Where in the world does time go? 2021 has been a happy time here at MVGH; lot's of guests coming and going. Each guest is so interesting and has their own stories of life. I have to say I love meeting them all! I've met couples on their anniversary, families arriving for a wedding and others staying to attend a surprise birthday for a sister that lives in our small city.


This is a very happy house where guests have been known to sing in the living room and play their guitars or sit out on the veranda in the soft light of lanterns and enjoy a bottle of wine. I had a lovely couple from Mississippi, Emily and Todd who were here to attend a family reunion. I was invited to join them one late night on the veranda and enjoyed a great conversation with the lovely couple; their stay ended much too early!


Of course once in awhile you get a demanding guest, but that never flusters me, I just see them as a challenge and I would do anything within reason to make a guests stay comfortable and memorable. I just had two woman that came to Oswego to do some investigating into their family tree. They found out about each other on Ansestry.com ; cousins united! Then there was a writer who vis


ited with her husband. She writes children's b


ooks and one morning at breakfast belted out a tune from her animated story she's presently working on and wow what a voice! She could be on Broadway!



You never know what to expect. I had guests that were going to be late arriving; 7ish, so I kicked back in my recliner, in my own living room and fell asleep; it was early so why not? I woke up a few minutes later to a couple standing in front of me saying hello and asking if this was the door they were suppose to enter for the guest house. "Umm, no." I was half asleep, so relaxed and didn't feel alarmed finding two strangers in my living room. The side door had been left open and here they were! We laughed about it during their stay. They certainly made themselves at home!


I've had guests help resetting the circuit breaker, kicked off by the toaster, hot water pot and coffee pot being in use at the same time (old houses; you never know...). And then there was Andrea who's grandfather who was a doctor that had lived just down the street in the stone house I have long admired. She lived on this street as well and played in the Richardson Bates House Museum across the street; fond memories.


The guests come and they go bringing happiness to this old house and making more memories. I am just the present caretaker who shares this historical house welcoming them and then before I know it it's time to say goodbye. Time is fleeting and memories are so precious.


Best wishes to all my guests. Praying you have a happy and healthy life.











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  • Joy

Updated: Jul 28, 2019

Many times when I look at the gardens here at the Merriam Vincent Guest House I think about my Great Aunt Mary's garden. She loved to garden and although I never met her I have seen many photos of her garden and I later lived on the property as a young girl. I don't think as a young girl I appreciated the array of flowers as much as I would have today.


Woman sitting in front of Hollyhocks
Great Aunt Mary Sitting In Front of Her Hollyhocks

Her garden was so extensive that when I told others about the flowers she had, they were a little skeptical. Many of her flowers made me think of the victorian era; bleeding hearts, lily's of the valley, bluebells, morning glories; it was just breathtaking. Unfortunately all the photos I have of her and her gardens are in black and white, but you can imagine the colors-red, pinks, yellow, pure whites, purples, shades of blue....


Colorful Hollyhocks
Hollyhocks in with Their Glorious Colors

Here at the Guest House the flowers are just as glorious as Great Aunt Mary's with an abounding variety. Everyday is a new garden delight; lilacs in the spring, bleeding hearts in early summer and hydrangeas in different colors a long with exotics coloring the summer garden. The garden has a bit of formality, but a cozy cottage feel in the "Secret Garden" out back.


So come sit out on the veranda surrounded by flowers while you have your breakfast. It's a great way to start your day.



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  • Joy

Updated: Jul 24, 2019

As the host of MV Guest House I'm excited to start this blog about the B & B and about

MV Guest House Interiors. I'll be doing blog posts about the day to day life of being a host at a small B & B. Also, I will be blogging about my business;" MV Guest House Interiors."


My Interiors business offers interior decorating, styling and organizing. I offer an array of services to enhance your home making it an oasis in your hectic life. So grab a cup of tea and put your feet up; just let me paint a picture for you, a picture of how your home can look and feel.




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