Great Quotes About Houseguests

If it were not for guests all houses would be graves. ~Khalil Gibran

If you are a host to your guest, be a host to his dog also. ~Russian Proverb

I always feel that I have two duties to perform with a parting guest: one, to see that he doesn’t forget anything that is his; the other, to see that he doesn’t take anything that is mine. ~Alfred North Whitehead

Staying with people consists in your not having your own way, and their not having theirs. ~Maarten Maartens

Visits always give pleasure — if not the arrival, the departure. ~Portuguese Proverb

The ornaments of your house will be the guests who frequent it. ~Author Unknown

Santa Claus has the right idea: Visit people once a year. ~Victor Borge

When hospitality becomes an art, it loses its very soul. ~Max Beerbohm

Mankind is divisible into two great classes: hosts and guests. ~Max Beerbohm

Every house where love abides And friendship is a guest, Is surely home, and home, sweet home For there the heart can rest. ~Henry van Dyke

Visitor’s footfalls are like medicine; they heal the sick. ~African Proverb

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

We dare not trust our wit for making our house pleasant to our friend, so we buy ice cream. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not the quantity of the meat but the cheerfulness of the guests which makes the feast. ~Edward Hyde

Mighty proud I am that I am able to have a spare bed for my friends. ~Samuel Pepys

We labor to make a house a home, then every time we’re expecting visitors, we rush to turn it back into a house. ~Robert Brault,

The only advantage of not being too good a housekeeper is that your guests are so pleased to feel how very much better they are. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Very sorry can’t come. Lie follows by post. ~Charles Beresford, telegram reply to a dinner invitation

Guests bring good luck with them. ~Turkish Proverb

Fish and visitors smell in three days. ~Benjamin Franklin

Guests stay where you’ve put them, and carry on doing whatever you suggested they do, until you suggest they stop and do something else. If you leave them drinking a cup of tea and looking through your holiday slides, they’re supposed to sit tight till you ask them to come and string beans in your kitchen. ~Anne Fine

We flatter those we scarcely know, We please the fleeting guest, And deal full many a thoughtless blow To those who love us best. ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox

People are far more sincere and good-humored at speeding their parting guests than on meeting them. ~Anton Chekhov

Keeping one’s guests supplied with liquor is the first law of hospitality. ~Margaret Way

Dessert is probably the most important stage of the meal, since it will be the last thing your guests remember before they pass out all over the table. ~William Powell

A dinner invitation, once accepted, is a sacred obligation. If you die before the dinner takes place, your executor must attend. ~Ward McAllister

If you would have guests merry with your cheer
Be so yourself, or so at least appear.
~Author Unknown

Hospitality, n. The virtue which induces us to feed and lodge certain persons who are not in need of food and lodging. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary, 1911

Modern carpet designs may provide endless entertainment for your guests. ~W. Heath Robinson and K.R.G. Browne, How to Live in a Flat, 1936

Hospitality is making your guests feel at home, even if you wish they were. ~Author Unknown

Few enjoy noisy overcrowded functions. But they are a gesture of goodwill on the part of host or hostess, and also on the part of guests who submit to them. ~Fannie Hurst

Ask Auntie Linda, Straight Talk from a Straight Shooter

Auntie Linda

Dear Auntie Linda,  We were going to be out of town for the holidays, so we got a young man who grew up with our son to and whose parents are our best friends to housesit and care for our dogs.  We’ve known him for years and felt comfortable having him stay even though he’s college age.  We paid him well to watch the dogs  and maintain the house.  The neighbors told us later he had a girlfriend over the whole time, though he told us he wouldn’t have strangers in the house.  They had to call the police on a loud party.  We got a frantic call that one of our Dachshunds had to go to the vet with a broken leg on Christmas Eve.  Evie is an older dog and not able to move fast enough to get out of people’s way.  I suspect she was kicked or hurt by rough play at the party the neighbors complained about. A good bit of alcohol is missing from our cabinet and we can tell someone was in our bedroom.  We are very upset about the way things went.  We foolishly paid Jerome before we left, knowing he needed the money for Christmas.  We tried to reach Jerome, but he won’t return our calls.  Should we tell his parents? We feel he should make good on damages.  Mad

Dear Mad,  If this guy is in college, he is responsible for himself.  I’d make a point to let him know what a rotten job he did, but unless you are willing to sue, he is not likely to make good.  I wouldn’t hesitate to tell his parents about the bad experience if they asked, but they aren’t responsible. However, they don’t need to recommend him to anyone else.  He may just be a kid who exercised bad judgment, but I’m sure you won’t need his services again.  If anyone asks you for a recommendation, be sure to say there were problems. Auntie Linda

Bears Just Ain’t That Bad

Repost of an old post



Growing up way,way in the country the last place bordering a game reserve, the nearest neighbor a mile away, I was always aware we didn’t live in the sticks, but I hoped to someday. The woods were full of wild pigs, deer, coyote, foxes, alligators, a few black bear, snakes, birds, and a plethora of other wild creatures.  It wasn’t a great idea to go stumbling around in the dark out there, especially without knee-high boots, a pistol, and a light.  

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Some Laughs About Having or Being a Houseguest

'George! Did you tell Mother we're in tornado ally?'

‘George! Did you tell Mother we’re in tornado ally?’


'Mmmm...more laps to sit on...!'

‘Mmmm…more laps to sit on…!’

'It's a guest tooth brush!!! You're not the only guest we've ever had, Dale!'

‘It’s a guest tooth brush!!! You’re not the only guest we’ve ever had, Dale!’

'Wow, Geraldine, when you said you were redecorating with an outdoors motif I didn't think you meant this...'

‘Wow, Geraldine, when you said you were redecorating with an outdoors motif I didn’t think you meant this…’

Some laughs about having or being a houseguest this holiday season