Otis and Gus-Gus Show – 14 Apr 19

Hello people, Gus-Gus back again. This week mom and dad went to the Earth day the Owl Creek Way event and mom told me a little about it I’m going to share with you.  I also got this super easy beef jerky recipe from mom’s new diet as she tries to figure out if she is allergic to one of the major foods.  I also get to tell you all about The Little Prince since we finished reading. So many exciting thing I could go run laps in the kitchen and dinning room.

Earth Day the Owl Creek Way

So mom and dad left us home to guard the house while they went to the Earth Day the Owl Creek Way event at Patriots Park. Can you believe that they went to the park without us? Anyway mom says not too worry I would not have been able to go around the park because there was too much going on and she and dad had to take turns watching the booth they had set up. Mom says the honey people were there, the butterfly lady, a guy with fishing stuff that dad kept wandering over to talk to, a solar energy guy, and few others.  She said they had good chili and some other foods.  I asked if I could go next year but she said it would not be good for me to be there with so many people coming and going.

The Beef Jerky

This is really good I got a small piece the other day.

Ingredients – 1 pound sirloin, trimmed, cut in thinly sliced small pieces; 1/2 Cup coconut aminos; 1 Tablespoon sea salt

Place all ingredients in a resealable bag and refrigerate for 2 hours. Line two large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Preheat oven for 200 degrees. Then spread the jerky out in a single layer on the baking sheet, leaving a little space between pieces.  Bake for 2 hours, flipping halfway, or until dry. Store in an air tight container. Enjoy!

The Little Prince

Well me and mom finished reading The Little Prince. It was really good. It made me realize the adults are crazy.  This book is a must read.  Mom says that it made her think about how over complicated adults make things and how children simple as they are.  The characters were easy to love even the snake. I highly recommend this book.  We are now on to Anne of Green Gables,  it is already starting good.

Thank you for reading and next week I’ll tell you about the book dust dad makes.  I will also tell you how mom makes pudding out of avocado’s, not fully sure about this but she like it.  I will also tell you about game nights and my favorite part. Until then Laters.

The Otis and Gus-Gus Show – 7 Apr 2019

Hello good people, its Gus-Gus back again. This week I get to tell you about the new appliances mom got as her retirement gift. As I mentioned last week she’s retiring from the Air Force this summer and we are super happy. I got dad’s coffee chocolate chip cookie recipe, which mom is working on perfecting as it is slightly different. Oh and I will tell you know all about The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy that me and mom just finished along with letting you know what next months book for the book club is.

New Appliances

So mom got a new oven, microwave, refrigerator, and and dishwasher. Something about the other appliances being decades old.  Dad says because of the house being as old as it is these appliance are not coming out without some serious help.  Mom had to run new outlets for 3 of the appliances and dad had to fix the plumbing for the dishwasher since as dad said, “it was not at all standard.”  The oven and the dishwasher play little tunes when they are done that dad says are the gnomes happily doing their jobs in the kitchen.  Mom says it sounds like fairy tunes, I just know the noise the oven makes means food is done.

Coffee Chocolate Chip cookies

Dad got this out of the Necronomicon Cook Book so that is why mom is still working on perfecting it.

Ingredients – 4 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour, 2 teaspoons baking soda, 2 Cups Butter, 1 1/2 Cups packed Brown Sugar, 1 Tablespoon Coffee, 4 eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, and 4 Cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour and baking soda and set aside. In a large bowl cream together butter, brown sugar, and ground coffee.  Then stir in the eggs and vanilla.  Slowly add in the flour mixture.  Once it’s all mixed add the chocolate chips (this is my favorite part, mom almost always drops one.)  The you drop them by spoonfuls on to a cookie sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes.  You will have to tell me how they are as mom will not let me try them and she said the flour needs to be cut back.  She says I can’t have them because the coffee and chocolate will make me sick.

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

I thought this was a very funny book. The part about the president and how he is just a figure head or distraction from something else going on was very funny.  There was a lot of shocking moments especially when we found about the mice.

The Mice

That was just none sense, if anyone is running the Earth through humans it’s us dogs, pretend like I did not say that.  And the ending was another big shocker for mom since she has seen the movie, I thought the ending was very good. Overall the book was a lot of fun and I would recommend it.

Mom says next months book is Anne of Green Gables. Guys I tried to talk her out of it as it sounds girly but she wanted to do something different.  So hopefully we will see you on Star Wars Day, May the Fourth be with you, for out next book club.

Next week if mom is not too exhausted from the Earth day event hopefully I will be able to tell you everything they did.  I’ll also tell you about one of the new recipes mom has started eating, shes trying to figure out if she is allergic to one of the major foods.  Dad says she get no good stuff and he gets it all, I’m good with that if he shares.  And by next week mom should be done reading me The Little Prince and I can tell you all about it. Until next time, laters.

The Otis and Gus-Gus Show – 31 March 2019

Hello good people, Gus-Gus here.  It’s been a good month with the pretty weather, we got to go on longer walks.  Which means I got to see more of the town like St. Paul’s church and city hall. It’s always a good day when I get to go on a nice long walk.  Well I guess I should let you know if dad made his goal to sale 1,000 books in March, he was almost to 800 last week. I did get mom’s grapefruit cake recipe for you all. And I want to tell you about the Earth day thing mom and dad are going to that sounds fun.

The Book Sale

Well when last week dad was almost at 800 books sold and he had this awesome goal of 1,000 books for the month of March. Mom just ran the report so I could have accurate numbers and well dad sold 1,075 books in the month of March.

Thank you to everyone who helped dad sale that many books.  It was awesome meeting so many new customers.  It was really great seeing our regulars more often.  We do hope to see you all again in April.

Mom’s Grapefruit Cake

Okay I was just informed that it’s not mom’s grapefruit cake she found it on Pinterest, either way its awesome. Here is the link http://www.lifeisbutadish.com/grapefruit-yogurt-cake/. Mom has made it several times and it has come out super good each time, I know I get lots of crumbs.

Earth Day

I’m jealous mom is going on 14 April to “Earth Day the Owl Creek Way.” It’s at a park and they will have lots of vendors showing you great ways to recycle and reuse things.

There will be stuff about dehydrating food, raising bees, butterfly gardens, and mom and dad will be showing ways to reuse books.  I know we have some tickets for sale and dad talks about it to the customers. I made sure mom got me a picture of their flyer and here is the link https://www.owlcreekgazette.com/ there is more info. Mom says she will tell me all about it and get some pictures.  Someone please remind her she usually forgets.

Well until next week lets hope for more sunny days.  Next week I get to tell you about the new appliances mom is getting, it’s her retirement gift. She’s retiring from the Air Force this summer and we are super happy. I will get you dad’s coffee chocolate chip cookie recipe mom is working on perfecting. Oh and I will tell you all about The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy that me and mom just finished, I should know what the next book is by then too. Laters.

Otis and Gus-Gus Show – 24 March 2019

Hello people, Gus-Gus here again finally. Mom got this new toy called a cricut and she has not been sharing her computer with us. So I had to explain to her the importance of what I was doing here. I’m trying to keep people informed on what we have going on, and we got a lot going on. To start with there is the Book club and what book we chose to go with.  Then there is the changes to the third room of the book store. Oh and the Murder mystery dinners that mom and dad are starting.

The Book Club

Well the book club did not have as many people show up as I had hoped. We had one person so mom and I sat and discussed different books with her.  Then we picked The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Dad says this is classic Sci-fi, I don’t care I’m enjoying mom reading it to me. We are just getting into and it’s very exciting and interesting.  I’m not sure what some of the creatures are, mom says they are just different aliens, I still don’t know what that is. But what they say is still very funny. I’m hoping more people come to the next book club meeting I want to hear what they thought of the book.

The third room of the bookstore

We are moving things around in the house. The couch that has been with us for a very long time and was sitting in the third room of the bookstore has been moved out. Dad says he can now pull out the last of the overstocked books he has on hand.  He also says once the book sale this month is over they are going to change that room into a consignment shop. It will have a lot of moms crafts that she has been working on with that cricut thing.

There will also be some of dad’s re-purposed wood signs. I know there were other things they mentioned but so many people come in the bookstore these days I have trouble listening and greeting people.

Murder Mystery Dinner

Okay so this is super cool.  Mom and dad did a dry run with some close friends to help figure out cost, flow of events, and meal options.  All the people came dressed up and had a character to play with a book that told them things about the character.  There was 4 rounds of food. I know I got some chips from the first round, mom says she is going to change that round.

I did not get any of the green stuff from the second round. But some of the rice from the third round made it to me. And mom dropped some raisin she tried to get to before me but I’m super fast. They was all laughing and having a good time.  Mom says she will start selling tickets on Wednesday for the next one which will be April 13th. I can’t wait to see the new costume’s and the food changes.

Well that’s all the new stuff we got going on here.  Next week I’ll let you know if dad made his goal to sale 1,000 books in March, he is almost to 800 so it’s getting close. I’m also going to get mom’s grapefruit cake recipe. Until next week I hope to see you in the book shop.

Otis and Gus-Gus Show – February 26th 2019

Hello people, Gus-Gus back again.  I realized I did not fully introduce myself in my last post.  Well, I’m the youngest resident of The Tibbetts House, I just turned 5 years old back in November.  Mom and Dad say I’m a Beagle and Jack Russel mixed dog. Not total sure what that means but that’s how mom and dad describe my background.  I like to play fetch, wrestle with my toys and cuddle.  I also like to keep tabs on what is happening around The Tibbetts House.

Well Otis is growling at me right now cause he wants to write about our trip to Metropolis, IL.  I told him he could do that after I was done with my weekly post. It was a super cool trip and a long car ride for us. Which is always a little scary for me but we got to stay at an awesome Bed and Breakfast, The Riverview Mansion. Alright, Otis I will stop telling them about it so you can, I’m going to remind you to later. Anyway on to the important stuff of our up coming book club that I’m super excited for, cause that means you all come to visit. I want to make sure I tell you all about me and Otis’ favorite walking path through Highland.  Then since I love food so much I’m going to finish by talking about some of my favorite breakfast foods.

The Book Club

So, the Book Club is coming up this Saturday.  Mom says it looks like we should have a good turn out.  I really can’t wait to see what book they pick. I’m hoping mom will read it to me, she use to read to us when I was little and the kids were still at home. I like the stories that have horse riding in them or the ones about kids, like The Series of Unfortunate Events.  That was a long series but I liked hearing about the kids.  So I’m really excite to see the people and to see what they pick for a book.

Around Highland

So, here is a picture of Otis and I out on our favorite route through Highland.  We like to start by going straight down Walnut street that way we get to smell the Peacock Bakery’s awesome food as we start up the street. Then we go left or as dad says “left turn Clyde,” that’s what he tells us when he wants us to turn that way.  Next we go past the Lory Theater which has that amazing popcorn smell.  I know mom and dad take us this way to see what’s playing.  Mom says next week Captain Marvel will be out and she is determined to go.  After that we head down to the town square. We love to wander through the park and we get good smells from the cupcake place, I think its Patty Cakes. Then I can get my fill of chocolate smells from our friend Jen’s shop, The Chocolate Affair.  I know I should not like chocolate but it is my weakness.  Once we have done a lap or two of the park we usually head towards the 9th Street Cafe which is a wonderful smell to have after an outing just before we head back home.  Some days we go further like past the pizza places on Broadway and then to the library. I only know about the library cause dad and mom love to talk about books and mention it a lot.

Mom’s Breakfasts

Mentioning books makes me think about the books mom pulls out that tell her how to make yummy foods like the breakfast’s.  Sometimes she does not use the books but sometimes she has to.  One thing she looks in a book for is the apple french toast thing she makes for the guest, I add a picture.  I love this one cause mom gives me the scrap apples and it smells so yummy when it’s in the oven, so that I like to sit in the kitchen and smell it the entire time.  That and she usually makes bacon and sausage with it.  Another thing she makes that is really good is over easy eggs. I know these cause she gives me and Otis over easy eggs a couple times a week.  Then there is the human biscuits she makes, they are too soft for me but they taste really good so I will not turn down a piece of one.

Next week I’ll tell you all how the book club went and what book they chose to go with.  Then I can tell you about some of the other things mom is working on. I might be able to get one of her recipes to share with you all.  Let me know in the comments if there is anything else you want to know about The Tibbetts House.  I’m always glad to share.

 

Otis Bartholomew Casto

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Otis – The Bookstore manager

Otis Bartholomew Casto was born in 2007. His exact birthday is unknown as we adopted him from a dachshund rescue on Aug 8th 2011. We were told that his family had gotten a divorce and living conditions changed to where they could not keep him. We could tell right away the he had never been mistreated or neglected. The rescue had him for about two days where we applied to adopt him and he was very plump and affectionate.

Otis is a pure bred long hair dachshund and at 11 years old he still acts like a puppy. He is affectionately referred to as the book store manager. He loves to sit in the window and greet the customer’s. He also likes to clean the front glass door by continuously licking it. We are not completely sure what the purpose is.

A day for Otis is getting up for breakfast, which is usually frozen berries in oatmeal. Then he prefers to go back to bed until dad gets him up to go work in the bookstore. At which point he goes from greeting customer’s to napping away his day. When Mom arrives home he gets his meatloaf dinner and evening walk. His favorite part of the walk is sniffing every five feet where other dogs have been. On evenings when there are guest he loves to cuddly up next to them and lay limp until they stop petting him at which point he will looking at them, lick their hand or fidget until petting commences again. He never gets more aggressive then a bark at greeting or a nudge to be petted.

Otis also loves playing in the kiddy pool on the back deck in the summer and running through piles of snow in the winter. He loves to roll in the dirt and behaves nicely in the tub after said rollings. He is a teddy bear and loves the kids that come in the bookstore.

Fluxx by Looney Labs

To kick the year off we’d like to share with you one of our favorite games that we carry, Fluxx!

Fluxx is a simple, fun, and family friendly game of ever changing rules. You can always play a New Goal card to fit your hand and strategy to win the game.

At the start of the game everyone gets three cards and the rules begin as Draw One, Play One. Nearly every card played after the start of the game manages to change or add new rules to the game. And then people start playing things like Draw Four, Play Two, Hand Limit of One. That’s when things start to get fun! And maybe just a bit chaotic, too. But in a good way!

And not only is Fluxx fun, but it’s educational, too. For example there’s Math Fluxx, which gives you the option to win through using math to reach the goals, but even the good, old plain Fluxx teaches reading, comprehension, and socializing skills! (Actually there’s over a dozen different flavors of Fluxx, such as Doctor Who Fluxx. We’ll be expanding our selection here in the shop soon!)

The only real side effect that our family has noticed is an ever increasing amount of time we spend together playing it!

Fluxx is currently available in our shop for $16.00, but for the first week of January it’s on sale for $14.00! (January 1 – January 6, 2018)

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100 Days

Well its been 100 Days since we opened the doors as The Tibbetts House: Bed, Breakfast, and Books. On August 2, 2017 we opened the doors with a just over 1,000 books in stock and one functional room, 221 B Baker street. With in two weeks we could no longer pay people for the books they were bringing, we had not planned on books coming in so fast. At three weeks we were finally able to open the West Egg with its newly renovated bath room featuring a comfy whirlpool tub. At the same time we opened The Loop, but it was still light on the decor. During the first month we hosted eight guests and the bookstore was overflowing with books. We had received great initial reviews and Highland as a whole seemed quite happy the the Bed and Breakfast was staying and that a bookstore was in town.

During our second month we started off with our ribbon cutting and open house on September 6th. For four hours we did continuous tours through the house. We hosted four guests during the month and the bookstores profits doubled, but were still in the red. Most of the bookstores success was attributed to a week long sale where the books were half off.  The Tibbetts House had been featured in four news papers and we had put out ads in two others which aided in the bookstores success.

During our third month of operation we hosted seven guests and participated in the local trick or treat trail. We received our first three start review and it include some things we needed to fix and it pushed us to change The Loop from a full size bed to a queen size.  We also learned a valuable lesson in sticking to the the business rules we set.  For one we should not accepted reservations with less than 24 hours notice, this caused us not to check everything out as well as it should have been.  Two, we always do payments when people arrive as breakfast is already bought and usually already partially prepared.  Not doing this made it seem like there was a chance for a discount when breakfast is skipped at last minute.  The feed back was all very useful and we were able to improve things for the future.

During the last 10 days of first 100 days in operation we have expanded into selling games and consigning local authors books in the bookstore. For the games we are specifically focusing on Looney Labs games like Flux, Just Desserts, Pyramid Arcade, and Tree House Pyramids at this time and may expand into other companies later. We want all games we carry to be things that are fun for the whole family to play but also able to be taken any where. The Tibbetts House Co is finishing our first 100 days holding our second sale which is our first annual Veterans Day Sale.