Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Mint Cafe

Anyone who reads this blog regularly or knows me well has heard me refer to The Mint Cafe. It is our favorite local diner and we frequent it often. Once a week for the last 5 years.

Here is a recent layout I did about The Mint. Scout is less than a week old in the photo. Now the staff know her by name.

JOURNALING: Good food and good friends. That is the Mint's motto and we couldn't agree more. It's our favorite local diner. With classic food and historic charm, it's our special place. At least once a week we are greeted by the staff with warm smiles and our regular order that they know by heart. Tuna melt add tomato and clubhouse substitute bacon for ham. Bennet and Scout are treated like celebrities with loads of attention. The Mint has that personal touch that is hard to find. That makes the good eats even better.

This year my sister Katie asked for my name in the gift exchange this year. I had no idea what she was planning. Her college roommate Renee grew up here in Wausau. Renee's good friend, Melissa Clay, is an Art teacher at a high school in town. Renee has a similar print at her house. Katie saw it there and wanted to have one made for me. She contacted Melissa and commissioned one just for me! I think she used charcoal but I'm not 100%.

To say I love it is an understatement. I held back tears as I opened it. I'm pretty sure Katie cried a little bit (Blame the hormones :)) The fact that Katie put so much thought, time and energy into something so special just made me feel so loved. I mean what a wonderful sister to go above and beyond and have something so personal made for me. I just feel so lucky.

It's absolutely perfect. It now has a permanent spot in our kitchen. Every time I walk past it I get another little wave of happiness.

After I opened it I showed Bennet and asked, "What is this?" Without missing a beat she said, "The Mint". She knows- without any prompting she knew exactly what it was. That also made me tear up a little bit.

I can't wait to tell the ladies at The Mint about my rock star, one-of-a-kind artwork. Thanks again Katie. I love it- and I love you!!


jenney said...

This is such a sweet gift! I love that Bennett immediately recognized the restaurant. =)

charlotte said...

That is so cool Kari! What a special gift. i can even see you beaming with joy every time you pass it in your kitchen

Brenda said...

What an awesome gift!

Jayne said...

What a sweet and considerate gift - the best kind! Love the pic of you also!