Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cookies and Community

Back in December I told you about Amy's holiday cookie baking for a local food pantry. Well that idea exploded at the neighborhood New Year's Eve Fiesta and our neighbor, Michelle, took the idea and ran with it! Now a new group, Just BEcause, has formed and they held a Valentine's Day Cookie Swap with a Twist. Michelle explains the concept wonderfully in her blog, but basically Michelle and Amy got together to plan with another neighbor, Kate. They invited a bunch of neighbors to bring 50-60 cookies to our house where they bagged them up in cute holiday bags with pretty twine and specially made tags (thanks Michelle!). Of course, we served a special Valentine's Day cocktails and had appetizers to complete the afternoon. Everyone had a great time and they took some time to brainstorm future projects. It is a neighbors looking out for neighbors concept - something that is sometimes lacking these days but not here in Bath! My contribution - well of course I cleaned up all the crumbs left on the floor after everyone left!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Winter Beach

Yet another monster snowstorm is on the way but Amy and Mark decided a trip to Reid State Park and the beach was the order of the day. I stayed home on my warm bed and watched the snow from the window. They did take lots of pictures to share with me which I am passing on to you. The beach is gorgeous any time of year.

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