This next present was from Dianne....Well, actually there were two presents from Dianne....But this one below is a beautiful wooden apple that has this lovely cinnamon aroma to it.... And the idea of an apple as a gift comes from a great theatrical tradition. The Barrymore Family always gave apples to each other on their Opening Nights when they were in a play....And Betty has always loved that idea and always given all the cast members apples---real apples that you can eat---on opening night, weather she was in the play or not. This play was no exception. So, Dianne, knowing what this means to Betty found this really wonderful sweet wooden painted apple for her....Dianne also gave her three incredibly beautiful scarves and here above is one of them....Blue is a favorite color of Betty's.
By the time we finished opening the presents and shmoosed a bit more, Annie had to leave....and it was about 5:30pm....and we had begun at 1:00pm, so everyone kind of started to get ready to depart.....But first, there were a few more laughs to be had.....I don't even remember what it was about, but I know we all were enjoying whatever it was.... And the laughter continued to grow, the way those things do..... And then the 'goodbyes' were being said.... With a big hug by Bridget and Annie..... Annie left and we all stood around a bit more, planning our next "LWL" and then I walked everyone outside and there were further goodbyes......Dianne and Kim hugging with Seemah standing by...each with some Birthday Cake in hand....
Everyone took some cake home, I'm happy to say...Above, that is Bridget facing us and Betty--The Birthday Girl's back is to us....And then just a few more words with Kim & Seemah.... We talked about choosing a play we'd like to read and then getting together here at my house and "reading" it! Now that would be a really fun thing to do, for all of us, but particularly for Kim and for me....
Then, Bridget had turned her car around and I caught the last of the "Ladies Who Lunch" as she went round the curve, going on up over the hill to Betty's House...... What a lovely afternoon we all had, celebrating Betty's 88th Birthday. I know Betty enjoyed herself tremendously, as did we all....And we are already planning the next "Ladies Who Lunch" celebration, which will be for my Birthday, which is towards the end of June....We are all looking forward to that.....! And here is a picture of Betty taken about 6 months or so ago, performing in a Musical done at Reprise, here in Los Angeles....She is amazing and deeply inspiring, too.....!
Lest We Forget......
More To Come.....
Wow. That's a very well chronicled birthday party, Naomi. I'm impressed you were able to get a good shot of Betty with so much light behind her. The indoor shots were great. It's amazing how much history y'all have together. I was a little shocked to see the pictures of your friend, Annie. She looks so much like an older version of my ex-wife that I almost ran away! LOL
Michele sent me over to see you!
Inspiring indeed!!! Betty Garrett certainly is, and in spades!!! :)
What a lovely afternoon you ladies had, and what a beautiful birthday!!! I'm glad. :)
Thanks for letting us peek into your special "ladies who lunch" afternoon!!!
PS: still not blogging, have the flu now, grrrr....!!!
Very neat and interesting presents! And that is a gigantic cake! What a zestful gal.
It is a thrill to see Betty and her dear friends together in such a warm and relaxed gathering. If you knew nothing about this fabulous group of ladies whose lives in the theatre and their friendships span decades, you would think they are photos from any family album. And in so many ways that's what they are...Ladies who Lunch Celebrating a very special friend on a very special occasion. Happy 88th Birthday Betty from across the miles.
You're pretty amazing and inspiring too, Naomi. I feel like I was right there with you all, thanks to your extraordinary ability to weave words and images into a rich narrative.
I hope Betty reads your blog, because she needs to know what a gifted friend you really are. This is the kind of storytelling that I wish I could pull off. Yet you seem to do it with such ease.
Michele sent me. Again! That looked like a really good time. I bet Betty had tons of fun.
Absolutley faulous! Happy Birthday Betty!!!! Thank you somuch for shairing with us! The pitucrues were butiful! I felt like i was riht in the rooom with you..thank you so much....what a lovely gathering and celbration....
Have a wonderful day!
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Another wonderful post, Naomi. I am still laughing at what Utenzi said about Annie (looking like his ex-wife, although an older version). Tell Annie I love her jacket! I find it funny that Kim (who is very thin) was the only one to eat all the cake!
Naomi... you are sO blessed to have so many dear dear DEAR old friends! And we are blessed to have you sharing them all with us! If all of these ladies were "nobodies" you're story would STILL be just as entertaining! It's just the love of the group involved! I LOVE that!
Oh... and did I mention I'm terribly jealous of that big big round table you have!? Imagine seating 8 - easily!
That was a wonderful post, Naomi, with a good narrative and perfect pictures. It made to occasion really come to life.
Michele sent me here.
Hi there, thank you for visiting my blog. To clear up the confusion, burntofferings has two contributors, me (L) and my husband B. At the moment I do most of the posts.
A delightful post, I love the way you describe everything and what fun to get to see all those neat birthday presents!!!
OOOps, I think I did it this time, wrong account!
I read them both and as always, I felt as if I were there. And, let me tell you, I would have hopped on a plane for that cake! Wowsa! A very Happy Birthday to Betty!
On a day like today, I always think of Shakespeare's St. Crispen's speech from Henry V.
I'm telling you Naomi.. my b'day is in March and I want that cake! lol.
I love the photo's of the gift opening and all the laughter. Makes me smile to see everyone laughing so much!
I adore the photo of Betty holding the blue glass gift! And the one from the play too!! I think you gals energize each other!!
Thanks for letting us be part of your party for Betty!!
I love a circle of women friends. It's just so special to grow up together and have all that history.
So glad you had fun..and that cake sure looked wonderful! Yum.
What a wonderful LWL day and birthday for Betty!! She got some lovely gifts. It's amazing that she is so full of life at her age. That is a true blessing! I love the picture of her doing the musical too! She is an inspiring lady!!
That cake looks so good. Looks like it has layers of like a chocolate pudding inside! Yum!!
Wonderful post as usual dear Naomi. I really enjoyed reading about Betty's party and seeing all the pictures of your wonderful friends!
I spun my mouse wheel at Michele's and your name came up randomly. (That is fun and I'm meeting a few new friends.)
You throw some party!!! And that lady that can't have chocolate...send her share to me and I'll send her a letter telling her how wonderful it was.
Terrific second half to Betty's party.
I believe I COULD have finished a piece of that cake along with Kim. Yummy chocolate!!!!
Betty truly is a gem.
Along with you, I thank all those who have given their lives in service to our nation. Many selfless men and women have served on our behalf. I am so grateful to them.
Naomi, my birthday is in September. Who can you round up to help celebrate my 46 years in the world?! ;)
It seemed like a truly lovely afternoon among such good friends. May you share many more days such as that one!
Two very wonderful posts - thank you so much for sharing that with us! There is nothing like getting together with our girl friends is there? :)
Michele sent me back, Naomi, and I meant to tell you earlier that my daughter is in LA with our nephew this weekend. They attended the Star Wars Convention yesterday, and the little guy (11) was mesmerized! I wish I had gone with them, so I could come and visit you!
What a orchid! A very well told birthday party tale.
One of my Grandmother's best friends had Macular Degeneration, a very scary situation I have to say.
Thank you for your good wishes on my upcoming events & for stopping by my blog.
Sounds like a trulyu lovely way to celebrate a birthday!!! Betty is a very lucky lady to have such wonderful friends!
Happy day to you my friend!
Betty is certainly an inspiration and sure doesn't look her age! TO think, she's still working and acting. So I guess it's very true...if you love what you're doing, it's not "work."
What a wonderful birthday celebration you had for her. And the gifts were all so personal. Oh and that cake....what do you think? About a million calories? LOL It looked spectacular!
Thanks so much for sharing all of this.
I can almsot taste that cake from here....and what fabulous presents! :-) Loved the wooden apple, so clever :-)
Michele sent me to check on Part Two of LWL celebrating Betty's magnificent birthday.
And I hope her show goes from strength to strength.... :-)
That poem sums up the ideal vs the reality of war.....
'You have to be there to know war' I was told once.
[tips invisible hat] to all those who served and supported during peace and war.
Naomi I'm back again for part 2 via Michele and I have to say again how wonderful these pictures are. You've captured the excitment and marvellous friendship of this occasion so well! Thanks again for sharing.
Hi Naomi, just nipped back to say I have included your question on my weekend answers thingy.
You're always welcome and, as they say - better late than never. :-)
Right [looks at watch] it's 1215am so I'm off to bed.....
What an amazing birthday party, Naomi ! Thank you for showing part 2 of Betty's Birthday LWL. party as well !
The glasses and china you had on your table were LOVELY !!!
I adore orchids, so it was fun to see that again...
And the expressions on everyone's faces were so vivid -- the happiness, the mock greed/excitement at the presents, the interest in each-other/what was being said, and how comfortable they all appeared in that group !
The blue pyramid was gorgeous. Blue is my favorite color !
The scarf was VERY nice, too, so fragile and delicate. I like transparent fabrics like chiffons...
Great idea for the book in large print. Do any of the vitamins the opthamologists recommend nowadays help slow the macular degeneration ?
Where did you get the cake ???
I'm partial to the ones at the Ivy, myself (or used to be, that was 10 years ago...)
You know that Shephard's wonderful remark to me was where he had agreed with you -- you had been the comment right before his, and I think he used yours as the 'base' for what he told me...
I appreciate your help, Naomi, truly.... I hope you know it --
Happy Memorial Day !
I stop by every so often(from Long Island!!) I love your Birthday party for Betty, she looks wonderful!!!! I wish to age that gracefully!!! Such great friends! :) :) :)
Looks like ya'll had one fun time:-).A Happy belated birthday wish to Miss Betty.
I have to say I just love all art that I see in the backgrounds. I see some goodies up on a shelf on the wall that look like pottery or pitchers.
The Orchid was just beautiful. You have a really lovely home Miss Naomi.
Thanks for sharing this special day and your special friends with us :-).
That was so heartwarming! I can only hope that my friendships will grow and merge in such an endearing way as I get older....what an awesome group of friends you have!! That cake looked scrumptious. I would like to just shove my face in that sucker! =) And that tote bag you gave her is TO DIE FOR. Gorgeous, gorgeous! That would be great for a day at the park or waterslide....imagine all the snacks I could shove in that thing! Geez, I must be hungry...talking about cake and snacks...hahah
You would love the festival - it's a Shorts Festival - none longer than 20 minutes and shown in blocks of 3 or 4, so it's quite easy to see them all. A great support for the students as well. And you would love Sedona! Did you know Donald O'Connor and Ann Miller lived here? I had the pleasure of meeting them both - she was always "dolled up" even at the grocery store and he was - well, he was swell!
Ooh! How wonderful. That party sounds like such a friendly warm adn comfortable event full of celebration and fun. You convey it so well in your words and pictures that I feel I have been allowed to sample just a tiny taste of this experience which is richer than that cake! Oh, and the cake looks sumptuous! :)
Of course, coming from the theatre world myself I do appreciate how special that apple is as a present. The giving of openeing gifts is something I miss.
BTW - the city I live near is famous for it's blue glass. I will send you a link!
Another wonderful post, Naomi! Love seeing all your dear friends and the beautiful Betty's gifts! Great pictures, too!
Happy Memorial Day! (Belated)
Thanks so much for your kind words about the photos on Venice's post! So sweet of you!
Thanks for sharing the pictures.
I'm so glad you had a great party. :)
Betty is so fiesty! I love seeing the pics of her!
Wow, what a lovely get together.
I loved the story about the apples, and anything patterned after Joseph's Coat (wink). :)
What great pictures! I especially liked the "greedy" one of Betty, too funny! You're so fortunate to have such great friends and to have so many close enough to get together with. I have one of those pyramids like Betty's. My sister gave me a clear one. I also like to collect cobalt colored glass. Old bottles are the best when I can find one in cobalt.
What a wonderful post! So many great photos of such a fun time~ you ladies do look like you enjoy each other's company!
Don't you just love people who are good gift getters! Those ARE lovely gifts... :)
Wow 88! She still looks fit and good. You seemed to have lots of fun and pictures are beautiful. I agree with you .... Sheemah is beautiful.
What a great party! I remember Betty from her "All in the Family" days, and I think I also may have seen "My Sister Eileen."
I passed your blog address on to my mom, who might be interested to see that she and Betty share a birthday (although she is about 14 years younger).
Happy belated birthday to Betty! That cake is really something....!!!! Was it called "death by chocolate"? Never have I ever seen so much chocolate in or on one cake!!
I felt almost like I was there. Betty and all are good sports to be such good blog characters. I love the one of her holding up the blue glass and her new scarf is pretty. The big laughing shots make me feel happy to look at. Happy Birthday to Betty!
so beautiful that i cried. thank you so much for sharing your beautiful friendships with us.
My gosh, she is an amazing woman. That's exactly what "work" should be though, something we love to do.
I'm totally in awe of you "ladies who lunch" and your long friendships. I'd imagine that is so rare.
I have never seen a chocolate cake like that, I can't even imagine how you'd be able to cut it! lol
Nothing like seeing a bunch of "ladies" of a certain age together having fun. They don't call us "old broads" anymore, do they?
Thanks for including the poem in tribute to Memorial Day. Would like to read anything more you might want to share about "Spoon River Anthology."
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