Saturday, November 20, 2010
The quiet or off season has started. Last weekend was our last big weekend of having a no vacancy and now things have definitely quieted down. You would think I would have more time to blog then but I have been working hard helping Amy and Mark get the gardens to bed for the winter and cleaning up all the leaves. You would think that with only two small birch trees on the property there would not be too many leaves but with neighbors' trees and wind there are always plently to rake and bag. Most of the patio furniture has been stored away so more room for me to run around and with it being cool out - I kinda enjoy having the patio to myself. If the outside is looking a little bare, the inside is in full bloom. The Christmas cactus is flowering (a little early but it has never really bloomed at Christmas time) and Amy is experimenting with bringing herbs in over the winter. So far so good but may have to move them so they can have more sunlight during the day. We are all adjusting to the time change and the fact it starts getting dark here around 3:30-4:00 p.m. but that is what candles are for - create a warm glow inside. Just the time of day to take a break and curl up with a good book or, for me, a comfy nap.
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.