A friend was recently telling me about a book she reads to her children, and I quickly exclaimed, "I had that book when I was a kid!"

It was about an anthropomorphic duck who is trying to prepare a nice dinner for his friend Clara when he spots an ant. He does everything in his power to rid his residence of the ant, but chaos ensues, and in the end, the ant survives and the duck wrecks his home. And of course, dinner never gets cooked.

Sometimes I feel like that duck. Good intentions aside, I find myself in a big mess. And that would be the jumping off point today.

Last week I mentioned that Catie Morrow of Cakes by Catie is going to take some time off this winter. Unfortunately, I may have made it sound as if she was going out of business, and that is not the case.

Cakes by Catie is sticking around permanently, although Catie will take a few weeks off. I’m not going to go through the whole story again, as I don’t want to be that duck two weeks in a row.

To Catie’s credit, I will say that she was incredibly gracious to me when I apologized for making such a bone-headed move. I have been deleted from Facebook for less, so I do appreciate Catie’s kindness.

I heard a rumor that Parris Carpet was closing its doors, so I drove by during business hours and found it locked up tight. Then I searched its Facebook page and discovered that Chrissy Parris had reported just a few days ago that she and her husband are going to pursue a new line of work.

Someone will probably wonder about Melt, the small shop they opened next to the carpet store selling a line of handmade bath and body products. Melt is made by a family member of the Parrises, and it has other locations around the country and a website. You can view the site at www.meltproducts.com.

The Pasta Grill, which will be located in the former Pia’s building on Front Street, has applied for a private club license, according to the Arkansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The application was received in the past week, so it will likely be a few more weeks before a decision is delivered.

(Rachel Parker Dickerson is a freelance columnist/journalist. Send your questions and comments to rachelpdickerson@gmail.com)