Header taken from "Messenger" - Art by Kurt Vonnegut

Well we've been open for a while now & already had our first Art Show. It was a great success & I can't wait to have more! We've got more cleaning up in the back half of the bottom floor that we should be finished with soon & then we can start on the top floor, again. Our goal is to remodel the small bathroom that is already upstairs, so that we can go ahead and move in! So in about 6 months, we should be living Downtown!!

The Loft
Before & After
Our Wedding



Cat vs. Dog?

Our little Wicket is continuing to go against the natural order of things…Normally a dog sees a cat in its back yard and what does it do? Chases that stupid cat out and scares it so bad it doesn’t come back for some time right? Well not the case for Wicket. About a week ago Joe and I noticed Wicket standing the backyard just staring at something and barking every now and again, so we went out to investigate and there was a cat just sitting along the bushes on the back fence. We stood at the door telling Wicket “Go get it…make it leave your backyard” So he started to move a little closer and bark a little bit more fiercely and then run back to the front of the yard…he did this little circle for a while before the cat FINALLY decided to make its move. It got up and started to come towards Wick at little bit…by this time Wicket was standing in the dirt area were all the monkey grass used to be…and dirt went flying!! I’ve never seen that little dog move so fast!! His poor little back legs couldn’t even keep up and he was dragging his butt behind him! I will say it was the most pitiful thing I have ever seen!! Once the cat was out of the yard he went to the fence where it jumped over and started barking as if saying….”yeah…and never come back” as if it was him who had finally scared the stupid thing away and not his Daddy heading out the door. So you would think…maybe that will build up his confidence and next time he will try a little harder to scare the cat away…but NO. I went to let him back inside this morning and noticed he was just laying in the dirt staring towards the back fence…he was actually just laying there and not barking, staring at that same dad gum cat! The whole scene played out just the same; me having to tell Wicket to “get ‘em” and the cat finally running off when I headed out to scare it off. This time he went though the bamboo and Wicket followed to keep him moving. The cat jumps the fence and that should be the end of the story right. Well Wicket got so far back in the bamboo he started acting a little freaked out when he tried to come back out...but a few seconds later he finally made his way out of the bamboo and back into the house. I think it is clear that I am the proud owner of the most chicken dog in the world!!


Tour de Paris

Well sorry it’s been such a long time since I have made a post and I still haven’t gotten those loft pictures up that I promised...but I've had an excuse!! :) The 22nd Annual Tour de Paris was the 15th and all last week Joy, Brendan and I were "training", except for Tuesday and Friday. The tour started at 8:00am Saturday at Paris High School. Michael, Connor, Crystal, Brendan, and Joy all meet here at the house and we just rode to the school since it was so close! Brendan, Joy and I did the 9 mile trail while the rest did the 25. Brendan is only 7 years old so the 9 miles was pretty impressive!! He did an awesome job and says he had a great time, he came in third place!!! Joy and I also had more fun than we thought we would and are already planning on getting new bikes and participating again next year. We hope to be able to do the 25 mile, but we will just have to wait and see. On our way to the finish line Josiah meet up with us on his roller blades and took some pictures! Here we are on our way to the finish!

Almost there!!

Brendan toughing it out to the very end!!

"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"

Mahatma Gandhi    

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