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Weekend Entertainment for Jefferson, Texas July 21 – 24

July 20th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Graceful Ghost Steamboat

 

JEFFERSON, TEXAS
WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT
JULY 21-24, 2011

*       AUNTIE SKINNER’S RIVERBOAT CLUB & RESTAURANT
Thursday,  July 21:  “Karaoke”  @ 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Friday,  July 22:  “Auntie Skinner’s has Talent” Preliminary Round II @ 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 23:  “The Voodudes”  (Classic Rock N’Roll)  9:00pm-1:00 a.m.
(903) 665-7121

*        KARAOKE
Saturday, July 23 @ 8:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight
Location:  The Sandwich Shop, 123 W. Austin
(903) 601-2211

*      BINGO!
Location:  Pine Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation, 1307 MLK
Each Monday in July @ 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Prizes & refreshments  -Free-
(903) 472-841

*      TURNING BASIN RIVERBOAT TOURS
200 Bayou St.
Tuesday-Friday @ 12:00 noon & 2:00 p.m.
Saturdays @ 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
(Weather permitting)
Closed:  Sunday & Monday
(903) 665-2222
www.jeffersonbayoutours.com

*      LONE STAR CARRIAGE COMPANY OF JEFFERSON
Historical tours of Jefferson by horse & carriage and Mule Drawn Wagon
Specializing in weddings
Friday-Sunday, July 22-24
(Weather permitting)
Groups and special events available by appointment
Departs from corner of Austin & Market (across from the Jefferson Historical Museum)
(903) 926-8216
www.jeffersontexascarriage.com
Call for reservations

*      HISTORIC JEFFERSON GHOSTWALK
Wednesday-Saturday, July 20-23 @ 8:00 p.m.
Departure location:  Corner of Austin &Vale St.
(903) 665-6289
www.jeffersonghostwalk.com

*     HISTORIC JEFFERSON RAILWAY
Friday, July 22 @ 8:00 p.m. -  Free Ghost Stories & 9:00 p.m. – Ghost Train
(Note:  due to heat conditions, the train may not run on Friday evening.  Final
determination will be made each Friday @ 5:00 p.m.  Please call to confirm.
Saturday, July 23 @ 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. (Day Excursions)
8:00 p.m. -  Free Ghost Stories & 9:00 p.m. – Ghost Train
(903) 665-6400 or (866) 398-2038
www.JeffersonRailway.com

*    LAFAYETTE STREET VINTAGE VEHICLES CAR MUSEUM
112 W. Lafayette
Friday & Saturday, July 22-23 @ 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
(903) 240-6180
Call for additional tours

*    CULBERSON HOUSE HISTORIC HOME TOUR
403 N. Walnut
(903) 665-7888
www.culbersonhousebandb.com
*  By reservation.  Call for tour times

*    HOUSE OF THE SEASONS HISTORIC HOME TOUR
409 S. Alley
Daily @ 11:00 a.m.
(903) 665-8000
Reservations required
www.houseoftheseasons.com

*    SINGLETON’S VIRGINIA CROSS HISTORIC HOME TOUR
401 Soda St.
Saturday, July 23 @ 1:00 p.m.
(903) 665-3938  (903) 665-8518 or (214) 725-6232
Call for reservations & additional tour dates and times

*   THE GROVE HAUNTED HISTORIC HOME TOUR
405 Moseley
Saturday, July 23 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 24 @ 11:00 a.m.
(903) 665-8018
www.thegrove-jefferson.com
Call to confirm tour

*   EXCELSIOR HOUSE HOTEL & JAY GOULD RAILCAR TOUR
211 W. Austin
Tours:  Monday-Friday @ 2:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday @ 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
(903) 665-2513
Call to confirm tour times
www.theexcelsiorhouse.com

*   JEFFERSON HISTORICAL MUSEUM
223 W. Austin
Open daily:  9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(903) 665-2775
www.jeffersonmuseum.com

*    H & D EXOTIC DEER FARM AND OTHER EXOTIC ANIMALS
359 P.R. 5730 & Hwy 729
Open:  Sunday-Friday (Closed:  Saturday)
(903) 665-2238
Reservations required
www.hddeerfarmtours.homestead.com

*   THE GRACEFUL GHOST PADDLEWHEEL STEAMBOAT ON CADDO LAKE
Tuesday-Friday @ 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Saturday @ 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Sunday & Monday:  Closed
Pontoon Boat tours at any time with prior  reservation
Location:  Shady Glade Marina, 510 Cypress Drive, Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-2238
www.gracefulghost.com
Call for reservations & additional tours

*  BILLY CARTER’S GO-DEVIL TOURS ON CADDO LAKE
Location:  Johnson’s Ranch in Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-3213
Call for reservations
www.caddoguideservice.com

CADDO OUTBACK BACKWATER TOURS
Personalized Tours of Caddo Lake
Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-3384 or (903) 679-9138
Call for reservations
www.caddooutback.com

*   CADDO LAKE PADDLEWHEEL TOURS “THE SWAMP THING”
Uncertain, TX
(888) 325-5459 or (903) 789-2101
Open:  Tuesday-Saturday
Closed:  Sunday & Monday
Call for reservations

*   JEFFERSON CARNEGIE LIBRARY
301 W. Lafayette
Monday-Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday @ 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday @ 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Closed:  Sunday
(903) 665-8911
www.jeffersoncarnegielibrary.com
Free internet access

For Better or For Worse, For Richer and For Poorer and Now For an Even Dozen

July 3rd, 2011 by carriagehouse

It was twelve years ago today (around 2pm Central Time) that Tom and I stood in front of God, our family and our friends and said our I Dos.  Neither one of us had any idea of the adventure that we were just beginning or the path that we had just begun.

I am sure some of you have heard the story.  Tom and I met on July 3rd 1997.  He proposed to me July 3rd 1998 and we were married on July 3rd 1999.  There is no way that either one of us could forget our anniversary.

By the way, it is twelve years later and I still see fireworks on our anniversary!

Happy Anniversary, Honey!!

Having Fun Playing with the Photographer’s Camera

July 2nd, 2011 by carriagehouse

   Tom the Photographer

So while we were in Natchez, Mississippi, I grabbed Tom’s camera and played photographer for a while.  I had been toying with the idea of taking up photography for sometime and wanted to see what it was like being on the other side of the lens. 

It is a lot harder then it looks.

My college sweetheart was a photographer whose name was also Tom.  Apparently today, he is on the Dallas Morning News photography staff and his work has earned him a Pulitzer Prize amongst manyother awards.  I obviously didn’t marry that Tom but later met a different photographer by the name of Tom and married him.  It is clear that I have a type that I am attracted.  Tom’s who carry cameras.  I have spent my entire adult life around photography and can compose a shot as good as any one but I can’t shoot the picture.  I don’t know the mechanics of a camera. 

So this week while in Natchez, I picked up Tom’s camera and took my first photo.  I would love your honest feedback.  How did I do?  Let me know on our Facebook page

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A Beautiful Plantation for a Better Way to Stay on our Wedding Anniversary

July 2nd, 2011 by carriagehouse

At the insistence of our BFFs, Joe and Vickie, we booked a room at the beautiful Monmouth Plantation in Natchez, Mississippi for our wedding anniversary trip.  We knew we were in for something special when we drove up and saw the impressive Greek Revival Mansion sitting on the hill overlooking the town surrounded by huge old trees draped in Spanish Moss. 

We checked in and were immediately greeted by Hal who went to great lengths to make sure we knew how to use the TV remotes and where the best places to eat in town were.  To be honest, Hal was one of the reason this place is great.  Every time I saw him, he was smiling.  Hal always went out of his way to say Hi and greet us.  At one point we were loading up the car for the day and he offered to get us a bag of ice for our cooler.  Score one for the BnB.  That is not something you ever see at a hotel.

The Inn’s property is just amazing with incredible gardens that go on forever.  That is one of my musts for a B&B …beautiful gardens.  I think when people come to stay at a Bed & Breakfast or in this case an Inn, they expect to be surrounded by beauty.  It doesn’t matter whether the BnB is a an old historic house or a trendy bungalow, people want amazing gardens.  Monmouth Plantation did not disappoint.  Both Tom and I wandered for hours through rose gardens with angels keeping watch, and over walking bridges that provided safe passage from fountained duck ponds.  The walking paths seemed to lead to every part of the property… even an old cemetery.

Hotels often talk about service with a smile but let’s be honest, that is just marketing speak to try and get you to book a room with them.  A BnB or an Inn lives customer service.  It is what we do every day for every one.  We don’t just talk customer service, we live and breath it every moment just like our friend Hal does in Natchez.

Hotels are sometimes beautiful stately properties but just as often dingy buildings along the side of the highway.  B&Bs are almost never anything but amazing properties with the owners taking great pride in every detail of your stay all the way down to the flowers out your window.

These are the things that distinguish us from them or a Bed & Breakfast from a hotel.

That is why we say that we are a Better Way to Stay.  The hospitality industry should be about providing gracious, courteous service to every guest that walks through the door.  At a B&B or an Inn every person is treated special and with personalized attention.  When was the last time you can say that about the big chain hotel on the highway?

So next time you are looking for someplace to stay, chose a Better Way to Stay.  Choose a B&B or an Inn.

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Walking Bridge

There is no place like home…or the BnB

July 1st, 2011 by carriagehouse

The Bug

Tom and I ran away for a few days to Natchez, Miss to celebrate our anniversary.  Technically, our wedding anniversary is this Sunday (July 3rd) but this is a busy holiday weekend in BnB land so we took off a few days early.  We are back in Jefferson now and although it is great to go off for vacation.  It is even better to be home.

Already my phone is lighting up with texts from friends checking to make sure we are back.  We will get together this weekend with everyone to catch up on the news of the town and here all of the latest goings on.  It seems that it was a very active week for Jefferson this week.  I can’t wait to hear all of the details.

Dixie and The Bug are both back home as well.  They loved their new boarding place in Marshall but were overjoyed to see us come and pick them up this afternoon.  The Bug literally jumped for joy, she was so happy to see us.  They both got baths and had a lot of play time in the yard.  They were so cute sporting their July 4th bandannas at pick up.  All of the proper dogs will be wearing one this weekend.  

As I write, they are both fast asleep at my feet but if I get up to go anywhere they follow me.  It will take a few days before they let me out of their sight again.

I will post some pictures and musings on the trip over the next few days.  My favorite photographer, Tom, is still post processing all of the photos from our vacation.  He took some really awesome ones and even I dabbled with the camera a little bit. 

The photo above was not one of his.  That one was taken in the car on my phone of a very happy Bug who wanted to climb over the seat and get into my lap for the ride home.  It is a bit blurry but the car was bumping along a country road.

Stay tuned.  More to come.

July 4th Weekend Entertainment for Jefferson Texas

June 30th, 2011 by carriagehouse

July 4th Weekend Celebrations

 JEFFERSON, TEXAS
WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT
JUNE 30-JULY 4, 2011

*       “JEFFERSON SALUTES AMERICA” 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Monday, July 4 @ 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Location:  Otstott Gazebo & Bandstand (Lafayette & Vale St.)
Decorated Bicycle/Tricycle contest, homemade ice cream contest, cake & pie auction,
Live music, Fireworks Extravaganza and much more.
(903) 665-2672
www.jefferson-texas.com

*         AUNTIE SKINNER’S RIVERBOAT CLUB & RESTAURANT
Thursday,  June 30:  “Leon Vines”  (Classic Acoustic Guitar)  @ 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday,  July 1:  “Donnie Dodson & the White Trash Wannabees” (Classic Rock) @ 8:30
p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Saturday, July 2:  “Richard Stuart & One Night Stand” (Classic Rock N’Roll) @ 9:00
p.m.-1:00 a.m.
(903) 665-7121

*        KARAOKE
Saturday, July 2 @ 8:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight
Location:  The Sandwich Shop, 123 W. Austin
(903) 601-2211

*      BINGO!
Location:  Pine Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation, 1307 MLK
Each Monday in July @ 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Prizes & refreshments
(903) 472-841

*      TURNING BASIN RIVERBOAT TOURS
200 Bayou St.
Tuesday-Friday @ 12:00 noon & 2:00 p.m.
Saturdays,  @ 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Sunday & Monday, July 3-4:  12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
(903) 665-2222
www.jeffersonbayoutours.com

*      LONE STAR CARRIAGE COMPANY OF JEFFERSON
Historical tours of Jefferson by horse & carriage and Mule Drawn Wagon
Specializing in weddings
Friday-Saturday, July 1-2
(Weather permitting)
Groups and special events available by appointment
Departs from corner of Austin & Market (across from the Jefferson Historical Museum)
(903) 926-8216
www.jeffersontexascarriage.com
Call for reservations

*      HISTORIC JEFFERSON GHOSTWALK
Thursday-Sunday, June 30-July 3 @ 8:00 p.m.
Departure location:  Corner of Austin &Vale St.
(903) 665-6289
www.jeffersonghostwalk.com

*     JEFFERSON PEDAL POWER
122 E. Austin
Bicycles, Trikes, Tandems, Surreys & more
By reservation
(903) 926-5167

*     HISTORIC JEFFERSON RAILWAY
Friday, July 1 @ 8:00 p.m. -  Free Ghost Stories & 9:00 p.m. – Ghost Train
Saturday, July 2 @ 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. (Day Excursions)
8:00 p.m. -  Free Ghost Stories & 9:00 p.m. – Ghost Train
(903) 665-6400 or (866) 398-2038
www.JeffersonRailway.com

*    LAFAYETTE STREET VINTAGE VEHICLES CAR MUSEUM
112 W. Lafayette
Friday & Saturday, July 1-2 @ 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
(903) 240-6180
Call for additional tours

*    CULBERSON HOUSE HISTORIC HOME TOUR
403 N. Walnut
(903) 665-7888
www.culbersonhousebandb.com
*  By reservation.  Call for tour times

*    HOUSE OF THE SEASONS HISTORIC HOME TOUR
409 S. Alley
Closed:  June 27-July 5
Daily @ 11:00 a.m.
(903) 665-8000
Reservations required
www.houseoftheseasons.com

*    SINGLETON’S VIRGINIA CROSS HISTORIC HOME TOUR
401 Soda St.
Saturday, July 2 @ 1:00 p.m.
(903) 665-3938  (903) 665-8518 or (214) 725-6232
Call for reservations & additional tour dates and times

*   THE GROVE HAUNTED HISTORIC HOME TOUR
405 Moseley
Saturday, July 2 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 3 @ 11:00 a.m.
(903) 665-8018
www.thegrove-jefferson.com
Call to confirm tour

*   EXCELSIOR HOUSE HOTEL & JAY GOULD RAILCAR TOUR
211 W. Austin
Tours:  Monday-Friday @ 2:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday @ 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
(903) 665-2513
Call to confirm tour times
www.theexcelsiorhouse.com

*   JEFFERSON HISTORICAL MUSEUM
223 W. Austin
Open daily:  9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(903) 665-2775
www.jeffersonmuseum.com

*    H & D EXOTIC DEER FARM AND OTHER EXOTIC ANIMALS
359 P.R. 5730 & Hwy 729
Open:  Sunday-Friday (Closed:  Saturday)
(903) 665-2238
Reservations required

*   THE GRACEFUL GHOST PADDLEWHEEL STEAMBOAT ON CADDO LAKE
Tuesday-Friday @ 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Saturday @ 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Sunday & Monday:  Closed
Pontoon Boat tours at any time with prior  reservation
Location:  Shady Glade Marina, 510 Cypress Drive, Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-2238
www.gracefulghost.com
Call for reservations & additional tours

*  BILLY CARTER’S GO-DEVIL TOURS ON CADDO LAKE
Location:  Johnson’s Ranch in Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-3213
Call for reservations
www.caddoguideservice.com

*   CADDO OUTBACK BACKWATER TOURS
Personalized Tours of Caddo Lake
Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-3384 or (903) 679-9138
Call for reservations
www.caddooutback.com

*   CADDO LAKE PADDLEWHEEL TOURS “THE SWAMP THING”
Uncertain, TX
(888) 325-5459 or (903) 789-2101
Open:  Tuesday-Saturday
Closed:  Sunday & Monday
Call for reservations

*   JEFFERSON CARNEGIE LIBRARY
301 W. Lafayette
Monday-Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday @ 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday @ 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Closed:  Sunday
(903) 665-8911
www.jeffersoncarnegielibrary.com
Free internet access

July 4th Activities in Jefferson Texas

June 29th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Gaston the Green Nose Gator Cake

It was Jefferson’s July 4th celebration where Tom and I fell in love with this wonderful small town.  We were sitting and watching all of the festivities in Ostott Park in downtown Jefferson and marveled at this Mayberry on the Bayou celebration. It was unlike anything that we ever experienced in the big city of Dallas.  The locals were all sitting under the trees with fans fanning themselves, drinking lemonade and sampling home made ice cream.  Unlike the big over the top events in the big city, this small intimate event bred community and civic pride.  There were bicycle parades, duck races, and a firework display so close that it made your ears ring.

It was Jefferson’s July 4th celebration that charmed us, but to be more exact, it was the pie and cake auction that really got our hearts pounding.  You have no idea how competitive this auction is in Jefferson.  That first July 4th, Tom and I sat in awe as pies and cakes went for thousands of dollars.  We kept muttering under our breath, “you have got to be kidding me…how much?”

The good news is that every penny that is raised goes to support the Carnegie Library in Jefferson.  We have the only fully operational Carnegie Library in the state of Texas and one of the few left in the nation.  When you are in town, you must stop by and see the place.  It is gorgeous.

So last year, our first as locals, I proudly entered my cake into the Pie and Cake auction.  I wanted to do something really creative so I made a gator cake.  I thought my cake was appropriate for my new life in the swamps. 

The cake took three tries.  The first one was my practice run and it ended up as a birthday cake for a friend.  Everyone oohed and aahed so I knew I had a hit.

The second was eaten by Dixie, the Golden Retriever.  Tom came into the kitchen.  Looked at the counter where the missing red velvet cake and cupcakes used to be and without ever saying a single word he put Dixie in the car for a trip to the emergency vet.  The Dr gave Dixie some medicine to make her throw up.  He put a trash can under the table, leaned Dixie over the edge while Tom held her ears back.  The Dr was relieved to know it was Red Velvet cake since everything coming out of her was bright red.

The third cake made it to the auction.  I had some VERY tough competition but I am proud to say that my cake brought in $400.  YAY.

I have big plans for this year’s cake auction already.  I will get my favorite photographer to get some pictures of it for me and I will post them next week.

The Moy Grande Hibiscus Blooming at the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast

June 27th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Moy Grande Hibiscus

This is one of my favorite flowers and it is putting on it’s annual summer show right now in the gardens of the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast.   This showy flower is a great perennial for our hot and steamy summers in East Texas and has caught the attention of many guests the last few weeks.  Heck any plant that can hold up to this summer is worthy of my garden! 

This huge bloomer has been deemed a Texas Super Star by the Texas A&M’s AgriLIFE Research & Entension Program.  This is one of the many plants that we have planted in the newly restored gardens here at the Carriage House B&B.  We have spent a ton of time ripping out the all of the weeds and invasive non-native plants that the previous owners had planted and have replaced them with native or hybridized plants that want to live here in this soil and climate.

The thing that makes the Moy Grande Hibiscus such an interesting and fantastic plant is it’s blooms which are the size of dinner plates and are a very vibrant hot pink color.  Trust me, you will notice these flowers when you are in the gardens.  The plants at maturity are huge at seven foot tall and wide so you have to give them a lot space for them to be happy.  They usually start blooming around July 4th but got an early start this year because of the early and hot summer.  These big bloomers will keep up their show until early fall.

My favorite photographer, Tom, took this picture early morning recently.  He was as happy as a school boy to see the Moy Grande Hibiscus had started it’s summer show and had put on it’s first bloom.  He ran back into the house and grabbed all of his camera gear to get set up for just the perfect picture.  I hope you enjoy this picture and it brings you as much joy to look at as the plants in my garden do me.

Final Set of Pictures of the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest

June 26th, 2011 by carriagehouse

First of all… Thank You to my two favorite photographers, my darling husband, Tom and his BFF, Craig Swancy. These two guys did an amazing job of capturing all of the wonderful action at the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest.  I think you will agree that they are phenomenal photographers.  I just wish I had a thimble full of their talent. Yucky things happen when I get behind the lens.

Here are the final set of pictures. I hope you enjoy them!!!

The Peterson Brothers Band The Peterson Brother Band Ezra Charles Band Ezra Charles Omar Shariff Omar Shariff performs Boogie Woogie DieDra and the Ruff Pro Band DieDra and the Ruff Pro Band Buddy Flett Buddy Flett Bobbie Oliver and the Jam City Revue Bobbie Oliver and the Jam City Revue

It’s a Bug’s Life!

May 13th, 2011 by carriagehouse

The Bug  
 
 
I stood there and proudly surveyed my work…piles of sorted laundry.  With a sense of accomplishment, I gazed at my piles, whites and unmentionables, dark colored clothes, The Bug, towels, light colored cloths.  My head snapped back…The Bug.  Gleefully and with joyful purpose, the puppy was busy scattering my piles. Grrr!  I angrily stomped my foot and sternly said “OUT” and pointed in an arbitrary direction.   Not to be out done, The Bug grabs one of Tom’s smelliest socks and takes off for the door to our quarters.  She quickly pops the door open with her snout and merrily takes off through the main house. 

Let the games begin!

What happened next was the Carriage House’s version of the 2011 Puppy Olympics with all of the usual events, Track and Field (The Bug), Cross Country (The Bug), the High Jump (The Bug), Gymnastics (me).  Into the dining room we went, with the Bug in front and me in a not so hot pursuit.  Under the tables, around the server, through the chairs and then into the parlor.  The Bug defiantly stops between two guests sitting in the parlor and grins at me from ear to pointy ear with a twinkle of mischief in her eye.  A gentleman, who had been trying to quietly enjoy his morning coffee,  reaches over and tries to grab The Bug, the sock, anything, but comes up with only air.

I, however, have the advantage.  She has to get past me to get back into the dining room and then into the back of the house.  She tries to dart past me.  My reflexes kick in and I grab at her.  I am able to get one finger around her collar.  Game over.   I get the sock from her mouth and then escort her back to our quarters embarrassed that I had disturbed our guests perfect morning peace.

It is not easy raising a puppy in a Bed & Breakfast.  The Bug wants a life with no limits and I want a room with no toys scattered.  She wants free reign of the property and I don’t want her in the guests room.  She wants the freedom to do what she wants, when she wants, and I don’t want her underfoot when the guests are checking in.  We can both be stubborn but I have wisdom and cunning over her.  She has speed and agility over me.

It is not a that tough of an existence for her though.  She has a large piece of property to play on and plenty of squirrels to chase.  Every day, new friends check in and they always have a willing hand to scrunch an ear or rub a belly.

It is the end of another busy day.  All of our guests have checked in and are out enjoying their evenings.  Breakfast has been prepped and the morning table has been set.  Dixie and The Bug have been out for their evening walk and had their dinner.  Tom and I are finally settling in for the night.

Tom sits down in his recliner and without any encouragement, The Bug jumps in next to him.  She nuzzles up close and gazes at him with heavy lidded, sleepy eyes. 

It is a Bug’s Life!

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