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 – 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.

 

221 B Baker St

221 B Baker st is The Tibbetts House Sherlock Holmes themed room.  It is the only room where the bathroom is separated, but still private.  The bathroom is located at the top of the stair way when coming up to the rooms.  It is the most spacious of the three bathrooms and features a lovely view of the back yard and a wonderful shower with great water pressure.  The window has simple currents and although the bathroom features modern amenities it has a much older fell to it.  Once outside the bathroom one only needs to go down the hall about 10 feet on the left to get to the 221B Baker St room.

Inside the room on the wall to the left is the only light for the room and the closet.  On the right side of the closet hangs a shelf with old vials and an old clock.  In the window cove across from the door sits a comfy pull out couch and an end table with Scientific America magazines from the 1880’s.  On the wall above the end table and opposite the hanging shelf is the silhouette of Sherlock Holmes on the wall about two feet tall.  The two windows behind the couch look out on the side yard with the two large pine tress.

 

There is a second cove in the room to the right of the silhouette and this is where the full size post bed is tucked away.  Above the bed on the far wall is a sign that says “Shhh…I’m in my mind palace!”  On the wall at the head of the bed is a steam puck style clock with gears showing neatly.  Next to the left side of the bed is a very old chest of drawers that holds up an oval mirror.  On top of the chest of drawers sits 3 small elephants, a tiny reading lamp, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and some small candies for snacking.

 

221B Baker St is a favorite among many because it is a darker room so it provides for later sleeping.  It also is a much calmer room because of the time period in which it is set.  Most guests enjoy the room just because of the Sherlock Holmes look and feel.

The Loop

The Loop is named for the Loop of 3 September 1940 from the book Mrs. Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom RiggsThe room sports a comfy queen bed, an amazing view, and a private bathroom. When you walk in the room most people notice the blue patchwork quilt on the queen size wooden sleight bed. The wall behind the bed is an accent wall painted a blueish gray, all other walls are white. To the right of the bed sits a simple square night stand with an alarm clock, a small dish with gold foiled toffees, and a lamp with a lantern shade for bedside reading. Above the table on the white wall hangs a hand painted picture that reads “I use to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.”-Ransom Riggs. To the left of the bed is about three feet of open space before you come to the three large windows. Through the windows is a breathtaking view of the Masonic Lodge that hosts many of the areas weddings and events.

Opposite the foot of bed is an old wooden dresser with a tall rectangle mirror and three drawers. To the right of the dresser sits the radiator and an old wooden rocking chair with a brown lap blank it draped over the back. It is set so the person sitting in it has their back to the radiator for warmth and can either look towards the door to the left or towards the widows to the right. To the left of the dresser hanging on the wall is a clock that looks like an elongated pocket watch. Next to it is the door to the bathroom followed by the entrance door.

When walking into the bathroom to the right hangs two fluffy towels and directly below and perpendicular to the towel rack is the sink. A simple sink with a silver faucet and plain plastic knobs. Above it hangs a rectangular mirror at about the average adults chest height and that is because the ceiling is slopped with the roof.  To make up for this minor inconvenience is a mirror hanging on the opposite wall.  Next to the sink is the traditional commode but above it sits a shelf with a few toiletries and hanging below the shelf is a basket with rolled wash cloths and hand towels.  In a cove opposite the entrance door is a tall walk in shower with a curtain of an out door scene. The shower head features 3 different settings for varied preferences. To the right of the shower is a hook for hang the towel or a robe. Next to this is the mirror that is hung to the average Americans height.  Below the mirror is a shelf with the shower toiletries and space for hair brushes and combs.  On both sides of the mirror is the bathrooms lights.  Glass bell covers over soft white lights.  The bathroom rugs are soft memory foam rugs for comfort. 

The West Egg

West Egg

The West Egg suite is the most reserved room at The Tibbetts House.  It has the big soft king size bed, whirlpool tub, and beautiful view of the Peacock Bakery, previously known as the House of Plenty.  It truly is a romantic room but just describing the amenities does not give you a true feel for the room.

So how does it feel to visit the West Egg. For starters it is at the end of the hall on the second floor and such a beautiful room it is where all tours of the house are concluded.  As you come past 221B Baker St. you notice the handmade sign with it’s black and gold declaring the West Egg and just beyond that you glimpse the windows but can not quite see the full view. You walk through the doorway and on your right you notice the white stone tile and white radiator just inside the bathroom.  You continue through the bathroom doorway and next to the radiator on the wall papered walls you notice a simple chrome towel rack with two white fluffy towels. Continuing to turn right you see a small three foot by two foot closet and next to it you see a bathtub built into the cove of the attic space with black walls and gold angled lines. The tub you see has jets and four pronged porcelain hot and cold knobs attached to what appears at first to be an antique telephone, all in shiny chrome. Upon further inspection you realize that what appeared to be the receiver for this telephone is really the removable shower head for washing while sitting in the whirlpool tub. On each side of this faucet are the wash clothes rolled and tied with white silk ribbons which makes them look like small rabbits.  Next to the whirlpool tub sits a simple white cabinet with two doors that have small bronze lion door knockers for access under the sink and on the top of the cabinet rests a white porcelain sink. The faucet to this sink is the same shiny chrome that the bathtub faucet is made of and the hot and cold knobs are single pronged but matching porcelain.  Behind the faucet on the wall you notice a boarder with a square almost hieroglyphic design that goes the length of this wall just above the sink and commode that sits to the right of the sink. The mirror above the sink is a rectangle framed with a simple gold boarder. Above the mirror is the only light for the room, three bulbs with a gold base plate. Above the simple white commode sits a shelf about eye level with any toiletries you could possible need for a one or two night stay.  Just above that on the wall is what looks like a piece of a Greek wall with cherubs hanging a wreath.  Here as you continue to your right you come to the door again and turning right out of the bathroom draws you into the West Egg room.

As you enter the room on left wall above a warm radiator hangs small round mirrors and a hand painted picture of a young girls silhouette in a swing, her hair being blown forward as the swing takes her backward. In the thought bubble above her head it reads “I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” at the girls swing feet it gives credit to the author -F. Scott Fitzgerald. Just past the warm radiator sits a small wooden table with a simple tray for water and wine glasses, a white metal wine bucket, a modern alarm clock and below is a power strip for USB and three prong plugs. Next to the wooden stand is what looks to be a door with a mirror on it but after further inspection you notice it is a sealed off door to a world only one can imagine.  Above this mirror is three strings of pearls and at each end of the pearls are charms that proclaim the word “Love.”  The small round mirrors continue on the wall past the door mirror leading to the dresser which is an old wooden three drawer with a round mirror on top. Sitting on top of the dresser are several eccentric items of the 1920s. To start there is an extremely long string of pearls draped around the mirror and the items on the dresser. Then on the left there is a white glass basket with black and white feathers. On the opposite side sits a black bottle with gold speckles that holds white flowers, feather, and dangling beads. Next to the black bottle about the middle, but more to the back right, of the dresser is a white vase with more black and white feathers. Resting in the front center of the dresser are different books and a journal for guest to write about their stay. On the right side of the dresser is three large windows with old rope anchors for opening. Through the windows you have a lovely view of the Peacock Bakery, the corner of 9th and Walnut streets, and Rosemary’s Quilts.

Rounding the corner past the windows is a comfy brown couch with gold trim pillows. The couch is a traditional fold away couch. Above the couch is an old 1920s Columbia bicycle photo. To the right of the couch is the focus of the room, the metal framed king size bed. It has gold bed posts, eight fluffy pillows, microfiber sheets, and a beautiful comforter. The comforter is maroon with silver connect circles trimmed in a soft purple. Draped across the head board railing is a thick silver ribbon. Above the bed hands a hand painted sign that reads “I love her and that’s the beginning and end of it.” -F. Scott Fitzgerald. On the right side of the bed is a small night stand with a magazine rack on the bottom and a lamp coming up out of the table. On the table sits a dish of gold wrapped toffee candies. Rounding the room off is a plain wooden sliding closet door to the right of the table. In the closet hangs old dresses for fun dress up.

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.