“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.”-Albert Einstein

I read this quote recently and it made me think of my many hobbies I long to hone but never have the time to do more than be passionate about them. Some of these hobbies include knitting, crocheting, tatting, cross stitching, quilting, wood burning, writing, and numberous other things I’m passionately curious about. I think what makes me so passionate about all these crafts is the ability to create something beautiful and useful with my own hands.

I learned many of these crafts on my own from reading books on them. Cross stitching is something I learned from a friend of my father’s when I was 10 years old and have made many great pictures and gifts through this craft. I like to think that it is the one craft I have come close to honing, but I know in truth I need to spend more time on it to truly hone it. But at last that is why they are hobbies, because we choose to do them and enjoy learning from them.

Wood burning is also one I actually learned from someone and did not read about. I learned it in woodshop class in the 7th grade. I have burned many beautiful pictures into wood. This is a craft I would enjoy more if only I had a readily supply of good wood. The smell is something I rather enjoy and brings back memories of camp fires from my youth.

Most of my hobbies have something to do with string. Which to me is odd because for years the Air Force has taught us that in the course of paying attention to detail you will not have strings on your uniform. So upon buying a new uniform I always go meticulously through each piece to ensure there are no stray strings. It is an annoyance to me to have a stray strings on my uniforms, yet I love to sit and create things out of string and yarn. I find it relaxing, the rhythm of the knitting needles or the tatting shuttles over under flow. To have stray strings on my everyday clothes is a fond reminder of a recent project and there for aloud to linger.

Writing is another craft I hope to build a talent for but know that there is no innate talent in me. It is something I have learned through reading and enjoy through traditional letter writing. Though I have no special talents I will continue to be passionately curious about all these things and prehaps some day I will have the time to hone them, enjoy them, and share them.

Gus-Gus Casto

Gus-Gus Casto was born on 9 November 2013 to a mother that is a Jack Russel and Beagle mix and a father that is a Jack Russel and Chihuahua mix.  He entered this life as a lifeless runt of the litter of 5.  Fortunately for us they were able to breath life into his lifeless body and upon further inspection noticed this little black and white puppy was  quite a bit fatter than his siblings. The young children of his parents owner affectionately gave him the name Gus-Gus because of how much he reminded them of the mouse on Cinderella.   When Gus was 4 weeks old Mindy meet him for the first time and instantly feel in love with him.  He came home with her on New Years eve of 2013 just in time to start off the new year.

Gus-Gus has always been a perfect addition to the family as he loves to play fetch and tug o war.  He has his own toy box full of toys that he has “surgically” removed all the squeakers from.  We realized rather early that he was extremely smart as he would manage to pull just the squeaker out of a stuffed toys.  He learned to sit, fetch, and he learned the names of all his toys.  We often tell him to go get his mouse or horsey and he knows exactly what to get.  He also loves to cuddle to the point he will curl up under any blanket or pillow he finds.  He is not bothered by sweaters or his hoodies as he always acts as though he is cold.

Gus-Gus is referred to as the head of security here at The Tibbetts House and this becomes quite obvious when a customer comes in the bookstore or the bed and breakfast.  He has a bark that seems to belong to a dog twice his size.  Once the customer is greeted he tends to quite down and stand on his hind legs to say hello. There is far more bark than bite in him as he does not even attempt to bite when Brett is playing rough with him.  Most times he will turn and start giving kisses.

Gus-Gus is a unique dog as he clearly understands everything going on in his environment.  He understands the conversations that concern him such as dinner, treats, walks, and the dread vet appointment.  He often looks sad or or gives those cute puppy dog eyes when waiting for attention.  He lets us know he needs outside by getting in our face and kissing and snuggling his head up to us until you can no longer move, I would say until you can no longer stand it but it is far too cute and adorable not to stand for a long time.


Gus and Otis have been best pals since they first meet.  It is a friendship filled with humor and affection.  I say humor because they have been known to sit on each other either because Gus has willing crawled under a pillow and Otis has found this to be prime real-state for seating himself of because Otis had gotten to the seat between Mindy and Brett and Gus has deemed it necessary to sit on him because he has a belief that he can wedge himself in between any to bodies.