Friday, March 26, 2010

Forcing Spring

After many great days of warm weather and the garden beginning to peek through - it has turned cold and gray again today. But Amy has a solution to keep spring alive. She noticed that a branch of her magnolia tree was half broken when she was out on one of the warm days. And no, I did not do it. The tree is out front and I am not allowed out there much since there is traffic. Anyway, she brought the branch in and stuck it in water and now the flowers are beginning to emerge. It is slow but will look great once they bloom. I posted a pic so you can see how far along they are - hopefully it will bloom for Easter - that would make Amy very happy.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Kitchen is Finished!

After months of hard work (well not necessarily me doing the work) the kitchen is finished. Yes, there are still the details but overall the big work is done - painting, floor installation - and it looks great. I am happy to report the new floor is just as comfortable for me and my favorite spot to lay in works just as well with the new floor as with the old. I have posted some pictures so you can see the new colors but it is better to visit in person to get the full effect of what has been accomplished. I finally can lay in peace in the new digs but the weather has turned warm and sunny so I am spending much of my time outside on the patio. Lots of big sticks have come down with the last big storm and the wind this past weekend and I am doing my best to help clean them up. I noticed Amy putting fencing in the garden so that must mean plants are beginning to peek through - I can be a bit clumsy and step on them when they are small so she does her best to protect them early in the season. I so do love the garden in the spring to she has her work cut out for her. I'll be out all week in the good weather so I will be posting some signs of spring next.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Trials of Renovation

At first I didn't understand why my masters where so frustrated by the kitchen renovation but then the floor went in and now I get it. It is taking much longer than the contracters said and that makes my life a bit uncomfortable. The kitchen and the back stairs are my domain but not for the past week. I have either had to be outside (thank goodness the weather is good) or go with Amy to run errands, go to her part-time job (luckily they like dogs there) - it will be nice to be able to lay of the finished floor and to have all the stuff back where it belongs. They say they will finish today - I am hopeful and will post pictures if this really happens!

My Favorite Kitchen Spot

My Favorite Kitchen Spot
I love laying right here in the kitchen - this is the old floor that is going to be replaced soon.

Our Journey to Bath

Before Amy and Mark ever even thought about making me a part of their family, they were thinking about being innkeepers. About a year and a half after they adopted me, they left me in Erie, PA and took a trip to explore possible towns in New England to open their new business. While I patiently waited at home with a dog sitter, they journeyed to Bath ME, their first stop on the trip. It was December of 2004 so it was cold and raining in Maine but they fell in love with the town and the people they met. Driving to the next town in New Hampshire in a snow storm, they knew in their hearts that Bath was going to be our new home. They went ahead and looked at the other places as planned, but Bath was it. In February of 2005, they left me once again to look at a house on the market in Bath. It had been a B&B but had gone to a private home for the past couple years. Well, lucky us, they loved the house and put in a bid. It was so exciting when the realtor called us in Erie to say the Benjamin F. Packard House was ours! Things started moving quickly then. Packing up the house in Erie, making long distance arrangements for licenses, sprinkler systems and all the things that go with opening a new business. On May 14th, they packed the car and this time took me along too. We closed on the house on May 16th and in six hectic weeks, opened the new Benjamin F. Packard House B&B! My life as a bed and breakfast dog had begun.

Relax on my private patio

Come and enjoy a fabulous gourmet breakfast in my diningroom

Cozy up to warm fire with my complimentary afternoon tea

Enjoy the morning paper along with a cup of fresh brewed coffee in our parlor