Last Sunday we celebrated our granddaughter Campbell's second birthday. Dorothy and Will set up the fun at Dubois Park. The park, as I have said before, is a great place for children's parties. The weather was perfect, and the playground was full of happy children. The favorite spot is the shrimp boat of course.
We dined on cupcakes washed down with juice. There were balloons and prizes for each guest. Pearl Giltner, Eli Epps -- who has just learned to walk -- cousins Patterson and Lili Guscio, and Campbell's big brother Jes had lots of fun.
Also celebrating his birthday at the park was Rex Richard. The adorable child was holding his own at his first birthday party. His whole family was on hand to help. His big sister 6-year-old Elena had been baptized earlier at First Baptist Church and 4-year-old sister Samantha was just plain having fun. Rex's Aunt Vicky came down from Charlotte for the special weekend to visit Mike and Dotty Jo Webb, who live in Rose Hill.
Happy Birthday to both chicks. If you have ever been in the garden center at Home Depot you've probably seen the black cat named "Depot." Depot has lived there for 13 years and has been taken care of by my friend the "cat lady," who comes by every morning, rain or shine, to feed him and his friends. Now Home Depot would like to rid themselves of the cat because they say it sets off the alarm at night and has become a nuisance. Employees at the store say the cat is getting old. I have been there many times, and I think the cat is fine. I think the cat's being there adds something to an otherwise mundane setting. I think if it is removed, the animal will be miserable and find its way back to the store. There is a petition to sign if you think Depot should stay put. There are more than 1,000 signatures so far. Go to www.change.org. They are also looking for someone to adopt him. A man in Japan was arrested recently for burglary. He was charged with stealing $185,000 in cash and jewelry. He became a burglar in order to feed his 120 cats. He only liked to feed them gourmet food, such as chicken and fresh fish, never canned cat food. He took care of 20 cats in a warehouse and fed 100 more neighborhood strays. He told the police it made him very happy to rub his cheeks against their fur.
Some people just like animals, what can I say? This recent cold snap might have done my lemon tree in. This year I had a bumper crop on my Meyer lemon tree. I was so proud because this year was the first time there were more than three or four lemons to pluck. I am hopeful that the tree survived so I'll wait to see if it bounces back. It is 4 years old, and I love to see the lemons growing on it. I am going to plant a tangerine tree this spring to see what it will do. The Island Rec Center will host an after-school junior golf program from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 3-March 3 at Old South Golf Links. Students in first grade and older are welcome to participate. The fee is $25 or $100 for the series, which will include a USGA rule book and snacks. Clubs and balls are included too. Time to sign up for Bluffton Youth Sports. Tee ball, coach pitch and darlings age groups cost $65. AA, minors, majors, dixie, angels and ponytails cost $85. There are discounts for more than one child in a family. Sign up before Feb. 1 because after that there is a $35 late fee. Go to www.blufftonyouthsports.com. Spring will be here before you know it.
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.
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