A Full-Service Home-tel

The Blessings and Pitfalls of this daily life.

The pandemic has made this happen more often than not. Your life has turned into a full-service home-tel.

You deal with the following on a daily basis:

  1. You cook three times a day or more for the residents. (Food service)
  2. You make sure they have a clean/safe environment. (Room service)
  3. You pay the bills on-time to keep the home-tel running. (Financial service)
  4. You wash clothes, mend, sew for the residents. (Laundry service)
  5. You make sure public relations are top-notch. (Marketing service)
  6. You shop to keep provisions available. (Food service)
  7. You live in the home-tel. (In-house customer service 24/7)
  8. You have internet connections for all needs. (Business services)
  9. Environmental/outside maintenance (Groundskeeper)
  10. Animal protection advocate (Pet management services)


You can now add this to your resume: Full-Service Hotel Manager.


There are three of us living here, my twin sons (26) and me, their manager.

They are good men and they don’t get into trouble. They don’t do drugs or drink which is itself a huge blessing. They both bring in income to keep the home-tel running. So with their income and my social security income this all works out. They also help a bit with housekeeping and paying bills.

What would I do without them? But I know they will leave sooner or later so I have a writing career while retired. I used to be an office manager, taking care of everything under the sun so the staff could get their most important work done. My work was called “dumb” work by some of them. I wonder how they are doing now without support.

So with being in the support staff /office manager arena this all comes as second nature to me after dealing with this for fifty years.

I can only imagine how difficult it is for some people that have not had this training. It is the same as being a full-time mom or dad who is now a stay-at-home worker. Oh, you should add, teacher’s assistant and child development expert to that list when you have kids at home. (Special services)

I fear that more divorces are in the future because of this pandemic and being more shut-in.


There aren’t too many pitfalls except for a sleep schedule that is crazy. Sometimes, I don’t see them for a few days, because I sleep at night like a normal person. They usually sleep after second shift. One might be up all night, one might be up all day because he is scheduled to work, then they both sleep all day and are up all night. If I need help with something I have to grab them when I can. Crazy!

With these weird schedules they have to schedule car repair, medical appointments, etc. and plan to be up to deal with it. Things take longer to care for. They drink a lot of coffee and energy drinks to keep up sometimes.

This is my life right now and it keeps me going. I will be seventy in May. I don’t have any health problems and I get around fairly well. I shop on my own and don’t need assistance. I have a boyfriend going on four years now and he also helps with things when I need them.

Bless all and stay safe.

Jo Ann Harris is an author, parent, book devotee, writer, copywriter, and film fanatic. She is an autodidact who learns about everything and rows her own boat. She grew up and worked in Atlanta, Georgia and lived there sixty years. She writes articles about love, hope, personal life stories, advice and poems. She is a published author with an article published in Woman’s World magazine in October, 2017.

Multiple genre writer. Writer for Crow’s Feet, Family and Children, Illumination. Honesty & integrity count. Editor for Wreader. A specialist in eclecticism.

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