Reasons to Celebrate: cats, Anniversaries, and Showers

For such smart creatures, cats are pretty dumb. I think of them as that kid in school who gets straight A’s but believes there’s a pool under the gym.  I happen to think that my cat Buschkii is exceptionally smart. She actually comes when I call her name, she seems to understand that the red dot comes from the laser pointer, and she knows that when it’s time to get a treat, she has to bring her treats through the cat door so the dog won’t get them. I’d say that’s pretty smart. Yet while Matt and I were away, Buschkii was accidently let out and was missing for 5 days. These weren’t just any 5 days. These were 100 degree, can’t breathe humidity, sweltering sunny days. I wasn’t just worried about the heat. There are a lot of cats in my neighborhood, and they love to hang out in my yard, fight, and potentially spread diseases to my pure and innocent pet. I didn’t blog last week because I spent all my free time looking for her.

I called the animal shelter, but she wasn’t picked up. My sisters helped my hang posters in my neighborhood, and my neighbors had a sighting of her on day 4, but it was almost midnight and we couldn’t find her in the dark.  Day 5 was mine & Matt’s 3 year wedding anniversary. Before we left for dinner, I checked the side of the house and there she was, except when I ran to her, she ran deeper into the thorn bushes.  Now why would she do that? It’s not like I’m a stranger. I feed her. I love her. I braved my bare legs to thorns and poison ivy, and she ran. She wanted to be found. She meowed like crazy whenever I’d search in the wrong area. But she still initially ran from me. Because she’s a cat, and cats are the dumb smart kids. But I love her, and the dog and I celebrated her return with a mini dance party.

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Buschk got out because we were away for the weekend for our anniversary. We stayed at Renault Winery. We took a short tour and tasting. Seeing the old equipment and learning how wine and champagne is made was fascinating, but the best part was at the end of the tour when we tasted the wines. Dinner was at their gourmet restaurant. The decor was a bit dated, but the booths were inside giant wine barrels. It was very cool, and the food was absolutely delicious. On our actual anniversary, we had dinner at Cafe Italia, one of our favorite places. Between finding Buschk and all the good food, it was a fabulous anniversary.

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I also celebrated the future wedding of my cousin AnneMarie to my friend Kevin at AnneMarie’s shower. AnneMarie and Kevin are two people I can’t imagine with anyone but each other. I remember when my Mom and sisters had the idea to set them up, and I’m so excited to finally see them tie the knot! My sister Maria will be the maid of honor at their wedding, and she enlisted me to help her with AnneMarie’s shower favors. We made tiny towel cakes. It’s a pretty easy process. For a 2-tiered cake, you need a dishtowel, a washcloth, ribbon, and 2 miniature wooden utensils.

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1: Fold the washcloth in half lengthwise, then fold in half lengthwise again for a long panel.

2: Roll the cloth into a cylinder and set aside.

3: Roll the dishtowel lengthwise, but stop at the middle of the towel.

4: Roll the other end of the towel towards the middle. The dishtowel will look like two tubes.

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5: Now place the rolled washcloth on top of the dishtowel tubes. Make sure the washcloth is sticking out over the dishtowel.

6: Begin rolling the dishtowel towards the other end (with the washcloth inside of it).

7: Stop when you are almost finished rolling. The dishtowel will have what looks like two little legs sticking out.

8: Tuck the “legs into the top and bottom of the roll.

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9: Now you can stand the towels up. This is the basic look of a cake.

10: Now to dress it up, hot glue (or double stick tape) a ribbon around the base of the dishtowel. Make sure you don’t get any glue on the towel – Remember that your fold should hold the towels together, not the ribbon.

11: We also used the Cricut machine to make pink circles with white hearts on them to cover up where we glued the ribbon.

12: Finally, stick the utensils into the top washcloth, and there you have it!

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My mom, sisters, grandma, cousin, and I got AnneMarie & Kevin their kitchen table, which was a bit big to bring to the shower, so I left a note that said we got it inside a menu box I made. I usually make take-out menu boxes for people’s house warming gifts and showers. It’s super simple to make. I have the Cricut machine and use the Lite Fast Food Cartridge to make the food items on it, but you can also use scrap booking decals you can get at Michael’s.  Just Modge Podge the decals onto a wooden box, and either paint the phrase “Let’s Order In” on the box, or use decals again. I like to match the box to the kitchen. The red and beige box I made for myself. Make one for yourself in whatever style you like 🙂

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