The Otis and Gus-Gus – 28 Apr 2019

Hello people, Gus-Gus back again. I apologize for not writing to you all last week but mom has been very distracted and won’t share the computer.  Still I intend on filling you in about the book dust dad has been making.  Also have moms pudding recipe made out of avocado’s, not fully sure about this but she likes it.  I will also tell you about game nights, my favorite parts, and the new stuff coming to The Tibbetts House soon.

Dad’s Book Dust

Lately dad has been re-purposing books because he has so many and he needs to make space for all the incoming games, there is a lot. Anyway he uses the Dremel tool, it’s way noisy, to cut a box out of books that have not been bought.  He says its so people can hide things in them.  Mom does the same thing with and exacto knife but it does not cause all the book dust or the loud noise.  Dad came in from outside one day and mom made him turn around and go back out because he missed a bunch in his hair and on his back.  See when mom makes them there is just a small mess of the pages she removed.

Avocado Pudding

So, mom made this avocado pudding that smells pretty good. Dad said it was okay and he was very surprised at how good it was.  So here’s the recipe:

Ingredients – 1 1/2 Cups coconut milk, 1/4 Cup protein powder, 1 avocado, 1 tablespoon cocoa power, 1 tablespoon maple syrup

So you place all the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth.  Then you refrigerate until ready to eat. For me that step is really not needed.

Game Nights

We have game nights the 3rd Saturday of every month. mom makes some snack foods for the people that show up to play. This is my favorite part because people always drop food especially when they are playing games.

I do a super good job of keeping the floors clean.  They play different games and take breaks which is when I get lots of attention from the guests.  We always have at least a couple of people.  Oh yeah and dad is expanding into Games Workshop games and Steve Jackson Games.  I’m not super familiar but I heard that he ordered more zombie dice and munchkin games.  That’s just what I heard and I got really good ears.

Well people that is all for this week. Next week I will tell you more about the games coming.  I will also get the fig balls recipe from mom. Then I will tell you about some of guest since we have been super busy. Until next week, Laters.

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.

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.

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.