Hello Kittens and Toms,

This is your on-the-prowl ghost cat Thomas Becket. Summertime is here, and it’s time to get out and enjoy the weather. On my wanderings I have noticed that the Old Time Soda Fountain is now open for the summer on Saturdays again. They are nice and give me an occasional bowl, not of cream but of vanilla malt. Mmmmm. If you haven’t stopped by yet you should.

The warm days have found me out exploring. I may be a ghost, but I am still a cat and love to explore my territory. I encourage you to do the same. Take a visit to the Round Barn, Prairie Trails Museum, Amish country or Bob White Park. Don’t forget in your travels to visit me at the Inn of the Six-Toed Cat. On top of a great place to get-a-way for a weekend, the inn is a wonderful place to have your birthday parties, anniversaries, graduation open house, reunions etc. Pick up the phone and give us a call at 641.873.4900. Celeste, Kay and I would be happy to welcome you.

Have a memorable summer.
May your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong!  .
Thomas Beckett

Christmas Season Was Purrrrrfect!

Welll, the new year is here and not that time matters to a ghost cat, but where in the world did last year go?! We are looking forward to new and wonderful things in 2018. 

I hope you and yours had a good Christmas. The Christmas season was pretty busy around here. Bev and Gary Thomas had their family Christmas gatherings and Ziggy's had their company Christmas party with us. Games were played, presents unwrapped, ribbons everywhere (sigh...I love playing with ribbons!) & let us not forget about the food! 

Speaking of food, though Celeste didn't get pictures of it, we had tons of food. 60 people shared our free will donation Christmas dinner–the largest crowd to date. I have to say I headed for cover. I mean a cat can get trampled in a crowd like that. Well, don't take my word for it check out the pictures!

Seriously! Mom does this to me every year.

Seriously! Mom does this to me every year.

And what year wouldn't be complete without humiliating that dog that I put up with. Gotta love it! It's so funny I coughed up a hairball laughing so hard.

Well toms and kittens, keep your eyes and ears open for the events coming up this year. The next is Valentines Day dinner. If you really want to impress your Valentine come spend the night or weekend.  We will be advertising a romance package for Valentines soon.

May your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong! 

Christmas Time Is Here!

Schneider family's 2017 Brothers & Others Hunt on the steps of the Inn.

Schneider family's 2017 Brothers & Others Hunt on the steps of the Inn.

Hello Cats and Kittens, it's Thomas Beckett your ghost-cat-on-the-prowl here. The Inn is taking a short break from hunters to get ready for Christmas. We are all decorated up and looking forward to our annual free will donation Christmas Dinner. There is going to be lots of fun, stories and goodies to eat. 

Hunting season has been pretty good this year and of course I am persona non grata at the inn around this time. Despite some of my live cohorts sneaking in when hunters left doors open, it didn't keep them from killing there deer. Happy hunters, happy hunting lodge! We had some great groups come this year. One family, the Schneider family, was on their "2017 brothers & others" hunt. They even had a little pin to commemorate it. Out of their group of 11, eight killed their deers. We are looking forward to our last hunters of the season coming up and after Christmas.

Celeste, Kay and I hope that this Christmas season finds you and yours well and happy. So from the Inn of the Six-Toed Cat...Merry Christmas!!!

Till next time, May your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong! 

A Catch up on the Summer

Well Cats and Kittens, it has been a while since I have been online. The summer has been like bad catnip...crazy! I know I have been napping lately and I will try to be better. 

This summer we hosted the Compass Creative Dramatics for a week. They came in on a Sunday, Monday they auditioned kids for The Wizard of Oz and put on a show Friday and Saturday. It was just amazing to see what could be accomplished in just a week. The Children of Allerton did a great job! Cathlyn Melvin and David Smith did a great job with the kids and we want them to know how much their coming and teaching the children is appreciated. They travel the country doing these workshops and opening young people up to the theater. I encourage you to check them out in the link above.

Just this last weekend we had our 5th annual Ladies and Princess A Brunch and Fashion Show. There were a few less ladies than last year but the food and fashions were awesome and everyone had a real good time. Celeste and Kay worked extra hard to get all of the little tasty finger foods done with a bit of help from Linda Murphy. This Kitty sat back and took some pictures to share. We had ladies and princesses from Walnut, Leon, Humeston, Corydon and Allerton. I hope I didn't miss any towns. A huge thank you to everyone who came. The ladies didn't leave this kitty hardly anything to snack on. Oh well.

Until next time....May your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong! 

Candles and Soap and Kittens...oh, my!

Hello Kittens and Tom Cats! New and exciting news here at the Inn. Now, instead of just cups and our book, we have candles and soaps for guests to purchase as mementos of their stay. Each candle and soap has a little cat charm, after all we are the Inn of the Six-Toed Cat. We have postcards in the works as well, and hopefully they will be available soon. 

We like to reuse things here at the inn, so that very little goes to waste. In that spirit, all of the soap and candles come from recycled materials and old dishes. Celeste is a bit of a Tinker Bell in that she likes to make things out of "lost things." We hope that our guests will like having a bit more of a variety of souvenirs to choose from. I believe the goal is to have an Etsy account for the products. I will of course keep you updated on that. 

May your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong! 

Murder Madness

Hello All! Your on-the-prowl ghost cat, Thomas Becket reporting on the Murder Mystery dinner here at the Inn of the Six-Toed cat. We had 4 guests that stayed the weekend with us enjoying our country goodies welcome platter, breakfast and the murder mystery dinner. Next year we hope that we will have a full house. Those that didn't take advantage of the weekend package really missed out. Everyone had such a good time.  

We had a total of 12 people for dinner, which made it cozy and fun! I spent most of my time in the kitchen with Celeste so we only got to hear the laughing, gun shots, screaming of the dying victim and the conversations at the table as the guests played out their parts. A couple people even dressed for the event having been sent their parts early.

The food was wonderful as usual. Me, the Pounce and the Glare (words for a groups of cats) in the back got left overs...Yummmmmmmy! There was Reuben Cups, bangers in a blanket with a Guinness dipping sauce, corn beef and cabbage, chicken skewers, apple cake with custard sauce and a chocolate Guinness cake. 

I am thinking next year should be a civil war murder mystery. What do you think?
May your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong! 

2016 Small Business of the Year Award!

Well, hello Kittens and Tomcats! Thomas Becket, your ghost cat on-the-prowl here. It has been a while, I know, but trying to get a photo of the ladies for this blog is impossible! I have some very good news to share though. The yearly Chamber of Commerce dinner held quite the surprise for the girls. Kay wasn't feeling well, so her and Celeste came home right after the food but before the speaker and awards started. 

Celeste and I were in the kitchen making some eggs and she was getting into full relaxation mode. You know, shoes off, wig off, etc., when first a bellow came from Kay's direction quickly followed by screaming for Celeste to "get in here quick!" As soon as Celeste asked her what in the heck she was screaming for, Kay told her she had to get back over to the Chamber dinner ASAP. Well, both her and I figured this could only mean we won an award. The person presenting the award had kindly texted Kay to find out where she was.

Celeste's ASAP was to put her wig and shoes back on...Kay's ASAP was for her to forgo that and fly down the street. The hair was put back on, naturally, and then the peddle was put to the medal...or is that the other way around? I can never remember.

Kay, Celeste and I would like to thank every one in the chamber for this award. We were very happily surprised. Celeste and I really consider this Kay's accomplishment since she has only been here a year and I of course am a ghost.

May your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong! 



A New Terrifi-Cat Year!

Wow, can't say I am sorry to see the end of 2016! Talk about a year that went to the dogs! On to bigger and better things this year at the Inn of the Six-Toed Cat. This kitty can't wait to see what's in store. 

Now, I am not one to spread any rumors (especially after hitting the cat-nog at Christmas...and New Year, but I heard from a very reliable source that there are some special package offers for the end of January and Valentine's. Right now Celeste is just offering them to past guests before she goes public with it. You can be sure your ghost cat on-the-prowl will fill you in just as soon as that happens.

A couple updates on the Cat front. One of our Pounce has been adopted! Yea!!! Garfield has a new home with one of our wonderful hunters, Jeff Pyle. We thought Jeff might be living with us after the wife found out one of the things he was bringing home didn't have antlers. Nope, we are happy to say Jeff and Garfield still have a home. We couldn't be more pleased! The second isn't quite as joyful. Spotty went to that big catnip field in the sky just before Christmas. I expect to see him on the porch in ghost form anytime now. 

So if you feel something rub up against your leg at the Inn, don't be afraid, it's just me, Thomas Beckett and Spotty. If we get pictures of Garfield and Jeff we post them.

Until next year, may your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong! 


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Whew! Just got back from playing ghost cat of Christmas present, well, if your reading this now then I am at the moment playing ghost cat of Christmas just past. Thomas Beckett, as always, your ghost cat on-the-prowl. Meowy Christmas!

This year's human Christmas dinner was a small, cozy affair with only 18 people attending.  I, of course, was on my best behavior, hower that can't be said of Ghost who snuck in and had to be booted out.

Along with the wonderful food (Kay's apple salad being quite a success), there was a Christmas quiz and musical stylings of Larry Murphy who sang a couple creatively funny new twists on some favorite classic Christmas songs.

Celeste almost forgot to get up and take pictures. She knows I always like to have pictures with my comments. She did manage to get a picture of Roxanna and Kevin Wolfe who won the quiz game with 11 out of 15 right. Congradulations Roxanna and Kevin! Hey, do you know "what carol contains 'the everlasting light'?" 

Until next year, may your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong! 

Christmas Dinner at the Inn

Well, unbelievably, it is Christmas time again. Thomas Becket, your ghost cat on-the-prowl reporting in that the Inn of the Six-Toed Cat is all decorated, Missy Mouse is in her Christmas jammies, cookies have been made and most all the hunters have gone home.

In the spirit of Christmas, the Six-Toed Cat is putting on it's 4th annual Christmas Dinner. If you don't have anywhere to go for Christmas, family is away or even if you just don't feel like cooking and want some good food and great company, come on over and have Christmas dinner with us. Stay for games, football, movies on TV or just good ole fashioned conversation.  

Where: Inn of the Six-Toed Cat
When: December 25, 2016
Time: 12 noon
Reservations required – call 641-873-4900
Cost – Free Will Donation

Oh, and don't forget if you are wanting to give a kitty for Christmas we have plenty that need homes, including two young ones. Ooh, ooh, ooh I almost forgot, don't forget to bring some catnip for me!

May your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong! 

A Hunting We Will Go

Hello Cats and Kittens! It's Thomas Beckett again, your ghost cat on-the-prowl. It is that time again -- hunting season. I know some of you can't appreciate that, but to a wild animal like me it's life's blood...okay, okay, maybe just a house cat with wild longings. 

Getting ready for the invasion of hunters means Missy Mouse has to go into lock down. No more free roaming for her. Inn has to be made shipshape, menus made, laundry baskets and towels out for them, bedding changed from fru-fru to manly...or as manly as our in can be, etc.

The only other exciting thing that has happened lately is that Celeste felt it her civic duty to help an elk commit suicide. Her poor car, but I have to say it's car 1, elk 0. And last night we had to evacuate the building for a few hours for mysterious reasons. Other than that not much to tell. Life at the Inn of the Six-Toed Cat goes on and lazily. 

So, until next time, May your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong! 

Dinner with General Ulysses S. Grant

Uploaded by Celeste Bivin on 2016-09-18.

Thomas Beckett here, your ghost cat on the prowl. This weekend we had quite a thrill as General Ulysses S. Grant had dinner at our little inn. He was with a some of his officers, their wives and a few guests. They all looked very smart in their uniforms and beautiful dresses. I wonder if they make the officer's hat in cat size?

General Grant told a few stories, and everyone ate dinner complete with his favorite dessert of rice pudding, mmmmmm. We even had the excitement of Ghost sneaking into the inn and being chased around. You should have seen it at least 3 people on the floor calling and trying to catch him. He lead Celeste on a merry chase!

As you can see everyone had a good time, but sadly he didn't need a mouser. The job was already taken. General Grant has left the building, I repeat General Grant has left the building.

In all seriousness, we at the Inn of the Six-Toed Cat really enjoyed having this lovely group of people at our inn and look forward to having them visit again.

Until next time, May your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong! 


The Brunch and Afterwards

Thomas Becket...ghost cat...dun, dun, duuunnnn. Some things I just do for myself.

Sorry for the lack of an August blog, but we have been busy around here. Someone, we won't mention any names, was busy watching the olympics and making head dresses, so I had very little access to her computer.

Well, we had quite a time at the Ladies and Princesses a Brunch/Fashion Show. I just remembered to get a couple snap shots, but silly me forgot to get pictures of the fashion show. Everyone had a very good time. I tried to stay out of the way, too many feet about the place. There were 31 guests and models...a complete success. 

Afterward, Kay and Celeste were both taking catnaps so I curled up beside them and took advantage of the quite myself. I did feel a bit bad, as I distracted Celeste the night before when she was making the little pies and she burnt 2 batches....oops!

Now we are getting ready for a Dinner With General Ulysses S. Grant on Sept.16. It should be fascinating, so get your reservations in. Mmmm, I wonder if he needs a good mouser?

Until next time, May your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong! 

The Mouse Patrol of the Six-Toed Cat

Thomas Beckett here, your on-the-prowl ghost cat. So, it's breakfast time at the Inn...for the mouse patrol. The sound of the doors opening in the morning brings them all running. My feline family is growing and we are on a search to find homes for some of them. There is a pounce of cats in the front – they are the greeters. Then there is the glaring of cats in the back – they are the rear guard and mostly feral, hence the two different terms for the groups.

Let me introduce you to our pounce: Ghost, because you turn around and there he the inn; Garfield, well, he's light orange and constantly wants your attention; Tiger, he is dark orange with stripes; Spotty, who is quiet, and, well, spotty; finally, Midnight, he is new and I believe the poor guy is happy to have found the Six-Toed Cat. All of them are fixed.

The glaring: Momma Cat, so named because she is always pregnant (she is fixed now); Grey Girl, she is gray in color obviously; Noisy, who has has moved from the front to the back and loves to talk; the three kittens, Little Red and Wings (haven't named the third); finally, one last male that is also orange, Goldie.

My hope is that good homes can be found for the kittens and four or five of the pounce. So please pass the word. Who Can say no to these faces?

To adopt one of our cats or make a donation for their care just call 641-873-4900.  If you are from out of state, we will get the cat to me, we will make it happen.

May your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong! 

Last Few Summer on the Squares

Thomas Beckett your on-the-prowl ghost cat here. The Inn of the Six-Toed Cat has really been feeling the lazy days of summer. Tomorrow brings Summer on the Square in Corydon, IA. There are 3 more left – July 7, 14 and 21. If you don't know, this is a free concert series not to be missed. What with food, music, people selling home-grown produce and did i forget my favorite part?....Dessert! I think I am definitely going to have to check this out followed by the Ole Time Soda Fountain this weekend in Allerton. It is nice to have a fun nostalgic place to go to right down the street from the inn.

A couple days ago we celebrated the 4th of July. I moseyed on down to Corydon with Linda, Kay and Celeste to the Prairie Trails Museum of Wayne County to hear their guest speaker, Becky Bell-Greenstreet. She was sharing memories of her dad, Al Bell, who brought the far off places of the world to life for thousands of rural, Iowan, school kids from 1949-1979. I think Celeste was wishing she could have seen one of his assemblies, and Kay and Linda were wishing they had grown up here too.

Well, as Mr. Bell would say, "This is a grrreeeeaaat day!" And with that I am on my way to the Square. 

May your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong!

Full House

Thomas Beckett here, your on-the-prowl ghost cat. You learn a lot of lessons at the Inn of the Six-Toed cat in Allerton. Celeste learned a valuable one a few moments ago....always know how old the cake you're cutting into and eating is – a month old, not so good. Talk about hacking up a hairball! That was the funniest thing I have seen in 50 years! 

Speaking of 50 years, my people hosted a 50 year class reunion of the ACL Eagles class of 1966 (Allerton, Clio, Lineville). Everyone had a wonderful time. If I may brag, my girls (Celeste and Kay) put out a delicious spread. Judging from the plates, the humans thought the food good too. No scraps for my fellow live cats. Kay made a very tasty colorful pasta salad, that really stood out and Celeste tried a couple new desserts. A great bunch this class of '66, a very friendly & lively group. It is always nice to see people enjoying the Inn. All-and-all it was a total success, and a beautiful day to meet with old school friends.

Rock on Class of '66! It was wonderful having you visit our inn. We would love to have you back anytime.

Until next Cat's Comments....May your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong!

Queer Things the Cat Sees and Hears Continued....

As I stated in the Cat's Comments from May 27th, queer things can happen here at the Inn of the Six-Toed Cat...hold on, I need a good stretch before I get started....Ahhhhh. Now, where was I, yes, queer things....

During this past hunting season, the head guide, Perry, was talking on the phone and looking out the window onto Central Ave. when I playfully grabbed the blind and pulled it down. You should have seen his eyes bug out. You would have thought he saw a ghost! I had been doing this for two weeks, but he was the first to see me at it. I have been on my best behavior since. But really, I am a cat, I can't resist objects that dangle.

The other day I heard a very interesting tale told to Celeste by a guest who literally grew up at the inn. During ole Finley's time (It was Mr. Finley who restored the inn), her mom worked as the cook. Upstairs, at the end of the hall, was a rocking chair by what is now the Rosalie room. One evening she heard the a creaking, like someone rocking, coming from upstairs. She started up the stairs, and just as she could see all the way down the hall she stopped. There, rocking gently in the chair was a woman aglow in a blue dress. Naturally, she did not go any further and came right back downstairs.

I almost forgot. One of our most recent guests was up very late in her room, her husband sleeping soundly next to her. All-of-a-sudden she heard "hey." "Just like someone was greeting you," The guest said. "So, I said 'hey' back."

Do you have a story of my Inn that you would like to tell? Just email my people and I will add it on an upcoming Cat's Comments under the title of Queer Things The Cat (me) Sees and Hears.

In the meantime come pay us a visit here in Allerton. We have wonderful packages for people who just want to get away.

Until my next comments,

May your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong!

Big Bikes on the Square

Your friendly ghost cat on the prowl here. The other day I was roaming around some of the local towns here in southern Iowa. There was quite the activity on the square in Centerville. Lot's of noisy bikes, music and food. I was able to find some good scraps....sigh....sometimes, I forget I can't eat.

From May through August the last Friday of each month Centerville hosts Friday Night Thunder Bike Nights. All are welcome and like I said there is live music, food and fun things for adults and kids alike. You don't have to own a motorcycle to come out and there is no charge for the event. 

The Inn of the Six-Toed Cat in Allerton, IA, is only about 30 minutes away from the square in Centerville. Bring your bike or just yourself, come stay with me for the weekend and enjoy Bike Night on the square.

Sorry, but I have to get back to sunning myself.

Until my next comments,

May your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong!

Another Great Southern Iowa Day

It is another cat-tacular day at the Inn of the Six-toed Cat and your on-the-prowl, friendly, ghost cat is sunning himself in the grass.

The countryside here in southern Iowa is absolutely picturesque this time of year. Lush and brilliant green, it is the perfect blend of artifice and nature that you could hope to see, with peaceful little farms and lazy historic towns dotting the Iowa landscape. It all calls for a day on the lake at Bob White Park and a chocolate malt at the Olde Time Soda Fountain on the main street here in Allerton. 

But thanks to one of my people, my idyllic day and catnap has been disturbed. Checking to see what all the commotion is about, I find Celeste arm deep in mortar making, to my mind, a complete mess. Apparently, a leak in the shower of the Settler's bathroom means a complete redesign of the bathroom is in order.

I like the new look. Celeste calls it modern country or cowboy chic, but I think she is just being a bit on the pretentious  side. Of course, I had to mark the new room as mine. It's what we cats do by rubbing ourselves along an object. This is a little difficult for a ghost cat as I tend to go right through the walls.

Before I get back to my catnap I want to invite you to visit me here at the inn. Our No Worries get-a-way package (click here to see package details) is perfect for these lazy days of summer. Book It Now and tell Kay and Celeste I sent you. Don't forget to put the name of the package in the subject line.

May Your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong!

Queer Things the Cat Sees and Hears

Let me introduce myself, I am Thomas Beckett "THE ghost cat" of the Inn of the Six-Toed Cat. And, yes, I am that six-toed cat that the inn is named for. I have been haunting this bed & breakfast ever since the last of my nine lives was surrendered.

Being a ghost cat, I see many strange things while on the prowl looking after the inn. My inn has been here in Allerton, IA since 1909, so naturally there are some interesting happenings to tell.

The first tale is the mysterious disappearance of the dish soap from its regular place in a virtually empty sink. Both Kay and Celeste (my people) looked for it thoroughly, only to have it reappear about seven minutes later in its right spot. All Celeste said was, "That's really weird!"

Sometimes I can't help but play little tricks on them, like a few weeks ago when Celeste was up late baking. I jumped up and rang the bell on the front door. Don't they know things like that are cat toys? My fun, however, was cut short by that pest of a dog of hers, Missy Mouse. She saw me and started her usual barking. This in turn ended up making Celeste quite on edge as she checked the main level and didn't see anyone. I tried to let her know it was just me, but she can't see me and I ended up having to go outside just so that stupid little mutt would be quite.

Another time she heard one of our past guests walking around up stairs late at night. I do my part to keep things lively by knocking things off counters, but it is all in good fun.

If you have some great tales about our inn please feel free to email us. I know my people would just love to here them, and i will share them in a forthcoming Cat's Comments....Oh drat! Here comes that dumb dog! I'm out of here!

To be continued.......

May your catnaps be long and fanciful & your catnip strong!