Tears from her, tears from Dad and tears from me. It was late Sunday night when we took her back up to her apartment and had to leave her. Fortunately her 2 roommates were there so we all remained semi composed. We gave each other a final hug and I choked out "we can do this, we can do hard things." And with that I turned to leave. I knew she was safe, I knew she was going to be OK, I knew it was time to go. It was really hard. Scott and I haven't really talked about that goodbye. It was a quiet drive back to my parents, and I think all of our emotions are still raw.
The next day we left before the sun came up. It was a very long day over 14 hours in the car. Megs is great. I haven't talked to her on the phone yet without it sounding like a giant party is going on in the background. Her roommates seemed sweet, she was happy, it's been good.
Yesterday I got the kids off to school and tried to get back into my regular routine. I just felt a huge emptiness and was out of sorts. It wasn't until around 11:30 that I realized Panini was missing.
Panini is one of our cats, we have 3. I know that seems like 3 too many to some of you but to us she is a very important part of our family. Panini looks like this. She is so funny, everyone who meets her just loves her!
Panini has special needs. So when we go out of town we board her or one of Meg's friends watches her for us. When we brought her home on Monday night, I forgot to close up the kitty door that I had left open for the other cats while we were gone. Sometime during the night Panini the fragile little cat that she is decided to venture out on her own.
Needless to say I panicked. I headed out with her bag of kitty food. Panini comes running when we shake her bag of food. I walked the block shaking and calling. No Panini. It was 116 degrees, it was very hot. No Panini. I got on my bike, looking and looking calling and calling. No such luck. I made a flyer, called all the shelters, checked the pound. No Panini. I was worried someone may have taken her. She is really that cute.
I texted the family, let them know what was going on. I was worried about telling Meg. She is funny about our animals. I didn't want to throw her off of her groove. Our search party was called off because of a monsoon. It was a HUGE thunder and rain storm. Cormie and I were caught up in it on our bikes. We were soaked, dripping and still no Panini.
We had dinner then Corm and I decided to head back out and distribute flyers door to door. The rain had subsided. We had covered 1/2 the block when I came to a house that was all dark. I was hesitant to ring the bell, but I did. A man came to the door, I gave him the flyer and he said that he had her in his back yard. I started bawling and he told me to be quiet, his baby was sleeping. I sniffled that I was sorry. He led me through his home and out the back door. There came my little Nini, running up to me. She was soaked, muddy and panting because of the heat. I hugged her close and the man led me out his back gate. I think I scared him. I didn't even care.
She came home and sat and drank water for 20 minutes straight! I texted the news to the fam and we all felt so relieved!
So now today I feel like we can handle this. Meg is happy and making herself a new home. We are safe and home. Life is good!
Mark your calendars for November 5th and 6th, I am participating in my first boutique as Mamie's Treasures. I got in to the Believe A Holiday Boutique! I am so excited. I had to make a few adjustments to what I will be selling, but that was ok. Considering I will have my etsy shop up by the end of the month. That was my goal!
I am proud of myself for sticking with this. When I first conceived the idea of Mamie's last summer my goal was to have etsy up in a year and have a boutique under my belt by the end of the year. I will have done both of those things and for me that is a step up. I am not always good at the follow through.
Some of the things the Believe directors wanted to see sold at their boutique are:
My steampunk jewelery
my felted cupcakes
my rev ed up candlesticks, antique jars and the vintage finds that makes Mamie's well......Mamie's.
I will also be working on some new designs......it's an idea I cooked up this summer. Called Golden Burlap. Hmmmmm got your mind thinking? Mine too! I will give you a sneak peek soon!
On a more personal note, I am taking this week off. I am off to Utah to take my oldest monkey to school.
Ignore Aunt Marge's freakishly wrinkly hand, she can't help it. I can make these rings any size, if you don't know your ring size, next time you are at the mall swing by the jewelery store and have them measure your finger, they should do it for free and it takes less than 5 seconds!
The ring on the right is from the International Silver Company. It is the Daybreak pattern that was popular in the 1940's. The one of the left is Rodgers Oneida, same era its the Harmony pattern. The man in the picture is my Great Uncle Clifton....just kidding I don't have a Great Uncle Clifton, I got this picture at a swap meet.
I have 2 rings of each of these patterns and also 1 ring in the Daffodil pattern I featured in the spring. It looks like this.
I'm happy to report that the kids are all home from school safely. They are tired but their first day went well. It was so hot that when I walked up to get McCormick the heat was burning my legs as it radiated off of the sidewalk. Blistering hot I tell you, blistering. Ugh!
I am still waiting to hear from the Believe Boutique, keep your fingers crossed!