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.

The Otis and Gus-Gus Show – 2 March 2019

My adoring readers, it’s Otis here, and I have not forgotten about you, it’s just I really like my naps and those visitors that come in to see us.  I do so want to tell you all about the visit to Metropolis, Illinois. We had a lot of fun for such a small town.  As you can see here, me and Gus got to check out the super symbol. Don’t worry I did not mark it.  All though now looking back I should have.

 

The reason I should have marked the symbol

So, here is the reason I should have marked the symbol.  We went down to the big piece of kryptonite. As you can see I stood on it with no problems. I actually look pretty handsome if I do say so myself.  So it stands to reason that if I can stand on a piece of Kryptonite with no problems then I am stronger than Superman and therefore it should be my symbol not his.  With that logic I should have marked the symbol. Well, I was feeling pretty tough after standing on the big piece of Kryptonite and decided to run through some puddles on our way back to the Riverview Mansion Bed and Breakfast.  Mom was so upset with me for getting all wet that she used my blanket to dry me off and would not let me go see the Superman statue.  She also said it was raining.  Now I can’t be too upset with her for drying me with my blanket she said she was not going to get their towels all dirty from me.

The Riverview Mansion

The bed and breakfast we stayed at had two awesome owners Lori and William.  They were super nice to me and Gus.  We made sure to listen to mom and dad, staying to the room unless we were told we could come out.  The room had a nice fireplace I kept sitting really close to in order to warm my back side. This and mom would come move me every time I got close to the fireplace, which was very funny. There was tons of nice smells through the house and lots to look at. The breakfast was amazing. I got a piece of their sausage that they have made special and it was amazing.  Also, I got a small piece of Lori’s caramel apple scones which was so yummy I sat and drolled while mom finished eating it.  I can’t wait until we go back, dad promised me we would.

The Town

Well Metropolis, Illinois is now one of my favorite places.  The town had all these really cool shops, most of the windows were short enough for me to look in.  They had really neat murals on the walls and statues of both Superman and Lois Lane, which I did get to see from the car window as we drove through town.  Dad wanted to stop in town to get more marbles at a shop called Super City Antique’s.  I remember the marbles cause mom keeps make jokes about dad losing them. She finds this very funny and dad does not.  He just keeps looking and mumbling about how mean she is to tease him.  He did find them again, so I think he is all good.

The Road Trip

The trip from home to Metropolis was just over 2 hours.  So I got to see lots out the windows.  Sometimes dad would let me sit on his lap up front and I could sniff the outside air coming in from vent’s in the car. I could smell the open fields and the frosty air. We had a nice relaxing ride through southern Illinois.  Well that’s it from me I will try to write to you more and nap less, but I will not make any promises.

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.

 

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.

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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.

 

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.