Finding the Glasses

Jun. 14th 2013

While I was back in Chesapeake today, I decided to do some quick antique shopping. I decided to head over to an antique mall in Virginia Beach that I have found several other items at.

To this point, I had yet to find the glasses and flatware we want for the plantation. But today we finally…. finally found the glasses. I got three sets.

Glasses Crystal

The first set was 25 glasses that are wine, sherry and champagne glasses. I can us the champagne as a fruit or dessert cup too.

Glasses 47

The second set was 47 glasses that are tea, wine, champagne and juice glasses.


The last set came as I was checking out. One of the booth owners came over and asked me to look at a set of 12 sherbet glasses. They had been her personal set. She gave me such a good deal I couldn’t say no. We can use them for our Ice Cream Socials.

But the best part of the trip wasn’t finding the glasses!

This antique mall has a resident feline named Bootsie. He is a very friendly cat. He has a box on the counter with bubble wrap in it and his name on it. There are even signs all over the store that asks you to check you car before leaving. I guess Bootsie likes to jump in when you aren’t looking. Today he was just hanging on the counter. As they wrapped up my glasses, Boostie became interested in one of my boxes. I guess he needed to put his “Paw of Approval” on my purchase.

I think I passed…..

Bootie the Cat 2

“Hey what’s in this box?”

Bootie the Cat 3

“Did I inspect this purchase?”

Bootie the Cat 4

“You know, this is kind of comfortable”

Bootie the Cat 5

“I think I could get use to this”

Bootie the Cat 6

“Ah yes, time for a cat nap”

Bootie the Cat 1

“Excuse me, did I speak to you?”

Bootie the Cat 8

“This is my box!”

Bootie the Cat 9

“Go find your own box. I was here first!”

Bootie the Cat 10

‘Hey wait, it that another box?”

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The Mission Continues

Jul. 20th 2012

Agent Log 1.2

Hurley, Plantation Dog here.

Mom and Dad are out to dinner so I have a chance to catch up on what is going on with my mission.

The Mission is progressing. We have had lots of humans visit my post, lots of humans like my post and some even went to my family’s Indiegogo site to donate a bone or two and leave comments!

(My favorites are the ones that are done in honor of that human’s special dog or family member)

I even had one done in honor of me! Two bones up for that one!

Thank you!

But our mission isn’t complete yet! We are down to 4 days! We are just a few bones away from $1,000! But here is what I was thinking.

Recently on this Indiegogo site, another human who sells recycled toilet paper had a campaign where he was going to sit on a toilet for 50 hours to raise $50,000.00. And you know what? He did it! Now I don’t think I want to sit on a toilet for 50 hours, but if he can do that in 50 hours, we can raise allot of bones in 4 days! And it won’t be going to buy toilet paper either! It will be going to save three very old, historic buildings located on my plantation!

(it’s going to be my new hide out from my arch enemy, Mille the Cat!)

Th Cat
Arch Enemy of Hurley

So please, take a moment and go to my family’s site at

and share a few bones for me!

Do it in honor or memory of your favorite human or dog or even

… gulp

… cat.

I will make sure that it will show up on our Patron page for all to see! We can even include a picture of them!

So please don’t just read my post or just like my post…

visit my family’s site and share it with friends!

P.S. I have a video shoot tomorrow so watch for my video debut in the next day or two!

So have a heart and share a bone!

I’m beggin you!

Love and Licks

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Springtime in Williamsburg

May. 16th 2012

One of our favorite places to go and visit for the day is Williamsburg, Virginia. Here are some Springtime photos from our last trip there.

(hint- our bed and breakfast isn’t in Williamsburg)

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