Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bibliotel



Yesterday I had some time and browsed through some old books that I hadn’t looked at in years. I opened one of the books and out came a bookmark that instantly caught my attention.  On the top of the bookmark there is a symbol that is reminiscent of an opened book and next to the symbol it says Bibliotels – lesend reisen – reisend lessen (travelling while reading – reading while travelling).  There are actually hotels out there that cater to the avid reader. And I thought, we were the only place on this earth that offered tons of book to be enjoyed by our guests. Since this bookmark definitely  predates e-readers and the whole online internet craze, I used my modern technology and googled ‘bibliotels’ (a nice example for a portmanteau word btw) and  wahoooo, there are still many, many bibliotels in existence. To be found all over the world and one of them is right here in Oklahoma (The Stone Turtle)!!!!!  It makes me so happy to know that there are still people out there who enjoy a good book. Nothing can come close to the feeling of being totally enchanted by a good read, holding a real book in your hand while comfortably curled up on the sofa. It’s even better when it is rainy and dreary outside, or, as in Oklahoma, too windy.


So that is how I remembered many, many years ago – before the modern technological age had started, when a book was published called ‘The Never-ending story’ by Michael Ende. It was on my booklist to buy as soon as I had the time to get to a bookstore. This was in the 1980s. It was the age before instant gratification became the norm and I still remember how sweet the anticipation was to wait for something that one really desired. So, one evening, I came home from work and walked into the kitchen and opened the fridge. I was looking for stuff to make dinner and my eyes saw something totally foreign in a refrigerator:  ‘The Never-ending Story.’ Oh my, I was soooo happy  to see that book. But since my husband had been so sweet to go out and buy this book for me and create such a sweet surprise for me, I thought that he deserved some kind of dinner. Cooking dinner seemed to take forever.  We ate and cleaned up the kitchen and NOW, I could finally start with my new book. Oh what a joy! It was a rainy and dreary day outside, we didn’t have a fireplace so there was no fire crackling, but, nevertheless,  it felt so unbelievably good to curl up on the sofa with a nice warm blanket and a fluffy pillow and that much-anticipated book and begin to read. I read until the wee hours of the next morning when I finally decided it was time to get some sleep; after all, I had to go to work in just a few hours.

Often I wonder, if people still get to experience this simple pleasure in the day and age of instant gratification. When you miss out on the ‘Vorfreude’ (the pleasant anticipation while waiting for something you desired so much), miss out on the curling up on a sofa, miss out on having a real book in your hand where you can actually turn the pages, mark the pages, highlight areas, add notes. And strangely enough missing out on all the pleasant memories reading can give you. I never thought that something as mundane as reading a book can leave you with those warm pleasant memories that last a lifetime.


So, if you have the need to create memories that involve books and coffee, feeling warm and fuzzy, book a weekend in a bibliotel and enjoy every second of it. And remember – there is a bibliotel right here in Oklahoma – just call us for a reservation.

Happy Reading, my friends!

Ingrid

Friday, January 9, 2015

January 9, 2015



Another January day! So thankful the sun came back out! We've been staying busy at the Stone Turtle. Still working on the Alice in Wonderland wall. It's about to get mad as a hatter! Quite literally as there's a mad hatter hat tutorial screaming to be tried out. I'll probably be the one screaming (I'm not a patient crafter...). 

We did pick up a copy of Stage Coach (with John Wayne!) and a beautiful illustrated book with tales from Hans Christian Andersen. Both of which are now residing in Hope.

Who's ready for some warmer temperatures? I know I'm ready to get some projects started in the common garden of Faith and Hope. Enchantment shouldn't be limited to the indoors, right? Right.
Have a wonderful weekend and fun travels,

Danielle
The Stone Turtle - Lodging

By the by, have you checked out our updated website? New year, new look! 


This blog is brought to you by the lovely (biased opinion, we know) Stone Turtle – Lodging, a small family owned and operated hotel / lodging business near Lawton, Oklahoma, Fort Sill,  the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Meers and Medicine Park. Yeah, that’s right we’re a small lodging business close to all the awesomeness Oklahoma has to offer!!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Hello, 2015!

Hello lovely readers!

Please accept our heartfelt wishes for the year 2015! We hope everyone of you has a wonderful, healthy and happy year!

As many of you may know, Hope's theme is fairy tales. It's such a fun project turning one of our vacation homes into something whimsical and special. It's a never-ending project of a small touch here, a small touch there and occasionally a larger project thrown in (like painting the exterior of Hope...). We have so much fun thinking of new ways to put love into our business. Our concept is different from all the other lodging places in the area. Most hotel chains in Lawton do not have a theme. They're chains after all. And the lodging in Medicine Park tends to be rustic (perfect for Medicine Park), but that's just not us.


Personally, I'm all about whimsy and spunk. And, I love bright colors! I also like thinking outside of the box, so there's a lot of upcycling at the Stone Turtle - Lodging. Sometimes I find furniture pieces that don't quite fit yet, so they get a temporary spot. Some furniture gets swapped between homes. Some stuff just fits right off the bat. Some pieces of furniture get a makeover. Most furniture and deco pieces get moved around many times before they find a permanent home. 

Here's a little upcycle project you could find in Hope's Beauty and the Beast room if you booked a weekend stay at the Stone Turtle Lodging, or if you're in town for a Fort Sill Graduation!



Greetings from the Stone Turtle!

Danielle




This blog is brought to you by the lovely (biased opinion, we know) Stone Turtle – Lodging, a small family owned and operated hotel / lodging business near Lawton, Oklahoma, Fort Sill,  the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge, Meers and Medicine Park. Yeah, that’s right we’re a small lodging business close to all the awesomeness Oklahoma has to offer!!