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Sundays With Tabs the Cat, Makeup and Beauty Blog Mascot, Vol. 304

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Tabs the Cat for CATEX Claw and Nosetint

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Have you ever done any sort of genealogy research into your background to find out more about where you came from? Tabs actually did some of that this weekend, and what we found was fascinating! — although not altogether a surprise.

Apparently, Tabs comes from a long line of kitty models and entertainers, like his great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather cat, Franklin, who starred in one of the very first print ads for feline cosmetics. Catex Claw Polish and Nosetints were all the rage among fashionable felines in the late 1930s and ’40s.

No kidding, but we found evidence of his feline family ties working in the kitty modeling business from the ’20s through the ’70s, but that’s when the trail went dry… It seems that his ancestors got out of kitty modeling for a while, for some reason, and went into the shipping business.

Weird…

I don’t know if you’re into this kind of thing, but if you are, here are some of the vintage kitty modeling advertisements we found. :)

Tabs the Cat for Ray-Cat Sun Glasses

Tabs the Cat for Boardwalk Blue Eye Shadow

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Tabby in the Garden

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I spent my afternoon 10-minute break chillin’ with your kitty nephew and a camera at the local salad bar, aka “the deck garden.”

Saw a couple of new tomatoes and a bell pepper.

Exciting times, my friend… Exciting times. :)

Cat grass for Tabs

Cherry tomatoes

Roma tomatoes

New bell peppers!

I liked the cutout detailing on this dried leaf I found

The Monkey Flower Group

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Peach, Pink and orange flowers from The Monkey Flower Group in Napa (2)

After our anniversary dinner up in Napa the other night, El Hub and I walked around the Oxbow Public Market, which is like a fancy Wine Country food court and gift shopping area, where I saw this lovely little flower cart by The Monkey Flower Group.

It was in the evening around 8, so the cart was unmanned (no monkeys either), but the flowers were still on display.

Now I know who to call for cute floral arrangements in Napa if I ever need them. I’ll call The Monkey Flower Group. :)

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Bruschetta and Bubbles

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Three cheers to eight years!

I’ve been craving pizza lately, and El Hub is always craving pizza, so for our wedding anniversary dinner last night, we drove up to Ca’ Momi, the yummy Italian restaurant we discovered last month in Napa.

We ordered some things we knew we’d like (bubbles and bruschetta), tried some new things we weren’t sure about (baccalà), and then walked around downtown Napa to let our tummies settle.

Not a bad way to celebrate eight years. :)

Bruschetta. Yeah…hard to go wrong with cherry tomatoes, garlic and basil.

The Baccalà mantecato alla veneziana appetizer. Creamy whipped cod dip served with crispy polenta crostini (I didn’t much care for this one. Kind of tasted like a slightly bland tuna salad.).

The Margherita Pizza from Ca’ Momi Restaurant in Napa. San Marzano DOP tomato sauce (here’s what the DOP signifies), mozzarella di bufala Campania DOP and fresh basil.


El Hub’s dish, the Calabrese pizza with organic raw onions, zucchini, buffalo mozzarella and Alle Pia spicy salame Calabrese. Yes, he inhaled it, whereas I could only finish half of mine.

The Oxbow Public Market, where Ca’ Momi is located.

Downtown Napa at dusk. It was actually a pretty hopping place, even on a Monday night.

It’s Not Bucking Broncos That Make the Waves at Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands

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Don’t you just love the smell of the beach?

The sand, the saltwater, the sunscreen…

I’d bottle it if I could.

(NOTE TO SELF: Try adding a few drops of sunscreen to a bottle of seawater one of these days.)

Yesterday El Hub and I drove out to Rodeo Beach at Fort Cronkhite, a picturesque spot on the Pacific side of the Bay just north of the Golden Gate in the Marin Headlands (if you’re ever out this way, it’s right next to the awesome Marine Mammal Center).

It gets a little chilly and windy there sometimes, even when everywhere else around here is hot, so bring a sweatshirt or jacket if you’re visiting from out of the area.

Yup, a jacket even in the summertime. Welcome to the Bay Area. :)

I watched the waves for a bit, breathed deeply, snapped some pics, and found a few lovely pieces of driftwood (don’t you love it when you find a piece that’s really smooth?).

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Any day you make it out to the beach is a good day.

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This pic right above is a saltwater lagoon right next to the beach. There’s a little footbridge there that’s a great picture spot.

Brown pelicans rest there before heading out to sea to go fishing.

P.S. I’m not sure why the place is called Rodeo Beach, but to the best of my knowledge, rodeos are not held there.

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