Sunday, July 01, 2007
"ladies who lunch" - part 2

So there we were, sitting at the table with our lovely salads before us. Jacquie and Bridget.....next to me on my left was Lee, just out of sight....But more pictures coming of her..... And then, Bridget and Kim was next to her.....And Dianne was next to Kim, and Seemah was on my other side....And those GOREGEOUS Flowers from Terri were in the center of the table.... And there is Seemah, with her salad in front of her....So then, we ate our lunch and just had the best gab fest.....'talking shop', as they say....everyone there having worked in all areas of the biz....."show biz" that is....then, Will cleared the luncheon plates and brought in the Birthday Cake with the candles already lit..... And everyone sang Happy Birthday to me..... This adorable very very rich chocolate cake came from Sweet Lady Jane, here in West Hollywood.....A dense fabulous cake with a touch of coffee flavor.....And Dianne took a picture of me with the cake! And then....I blew those three sweet little candles out! Sweet Lady Jane put these candles on the cake at their darling little shop on Melrose Avenue..... With only three candles it certainly didn't wind me to blow them out! (lol). I have on my "Entourage" T-Shirt....I've Got Gold....named for the ubber agent, Ari Gold, played by Jeremy Piven....a fun show.....And then Will took a picture of the seven of us ladies....A wonderful keepsake, indeed! Bridget, Dianne, Me, Lee, Jacquie, Kim and Seemah....Dear Seemah has her hair in the style of the play they are doing at Theatre West...which takes place in the late 1930's....normally she looks more stylish....So we ate our cake, had our coffee and tea, and just sat around the table, continuing to laugh talk and laugh..... The Beautiful Lee.....no make-up.... Sweet Jacquie.... Adorable Bridget..... Stunning Kim...... The delightful and oh so pretty, Dianne, whose husband Mark, (Remember?) saved my 'tush' with the DMV.....and,The ever lovely and serene, Seemah....this was the group....Around 4:15pm three of the ladies had to get ready to go to Theatre West for rehearsal....luckily it is only about twelve minutes from me....but before they left, there was a lot of fun with shoes and feet.....! There was a lot of interest in Kim's "walking" shoes, which she had gotten in San Francisco....Bridget actually got down on the floor to look at them very closely...! Then Bridget took off one of her shoes, followed by Seemah and Lee, and then Jacquie and Dianne, too....They were comparing the length of their second toes....lol.
Kim and I were the only ones who kind of didn't get into it....Dianne really got a kick out of the whole thing....And here below, are their feet! Lined up, like "A Chorus Line".....Dianne, Bridget, Lee, and Jacquie....And then here they all are, still lined up, but now we see their faces....well, sort of.....! Then, it was time for the ladies to leave....So Lee, (who stayed a bit longer), and I, walked them out to their cars..... Lee was pointing up the street where Jacquie's car was parked....and we all waved bye bye to her..... And she waved back....As you can see, the late afternoon sun was beginning to go down in the west, (and it was Garbage Day on Friday Morning....thus the cans in the street....) as the last of the ladies waved bye bye to me, too..... Lee actually did come back in and we got to talk for a bit before she too left for Theatre West....It was a lovely sweet warm afternoon with dear old friends...As I said, we have all known each other for so long....I met Lee in 1962....at Theatre West, in it's very first year of existence, and it is still going strong....Amazing......And one more picture of that adorable Birthday Cake to close out this years lovely celebration.... Oh, and if you are wondering why I don't have any pictures of the opening of the presents...well, it's because there weren't any. Well, that's not precisely true....there were a few little things. But I had expressely requested no presents and that their presence was the only 'present' I wanted....And everyone complied, mostly....I'm happy to say.





More To Come......








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42 Comments:
had this to say:

you ALWAYS have the best birthday get togethers!! But that's because you have such wonderful and caring friends.. you are right about "no presents", you can't really ask for more then having such great and long lasting friends!!

Everyone looks simply MAHVALOUS DARLING!

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 5:24:00 AM PDT 

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I truly feel like "I" was there with all of you....right down to the goodbye waves. Thanks so much for sharing all of this with us, Naomi.
That cake was gorgeous and I bet it was yummy!
A special celebration of women for one woman in particular. And you deserved it!
Again....Happy 76 and a great year ahead to you.
(The flowers DID look spectacular on the table!)

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 6:24:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

May you and the "ladies who lunch" be able to meet in your home for many, many more happy and healthy birthdays, Naomi.

You look great in the pic; at least you got into a couple of them!

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 6:48:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I agree with the "no presents" rule. These days, the last thing I need is another bibelot to sit around and gather dust! Your party ws a success, the food good, the company scintillating and I wish I was there!

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 6:58:00 AM PDT 

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What a perfect celebration with your youthful friends! You all look so full of life....and so well put together too! I can almost taste the cake and am drooling.

(I also got a glimpse of a neat old stove in the kitchen!)

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 6:58:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

It looks like you had a wonderful day with the ladies...Those salads look delicious, what a treat. The ladies look wonderful, make-up or not. I enjoy having my closest friends over and just sitting around on the sofa with our shoes off and curled up and comfey.

I'm glad you had such a wonderful birthday.....

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 7:14:00 AM PDT 

Anonymous Lyn M.
had this to say:

Just as described, a lovely and inviting warm afternoon shared with dear old friends, a delightful lunch, a perfectly decorated chocolate birthday cake and every moment together filled with memories.

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 7:32:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

What a lovely birthday celebration you had! It's always nice to just spend an afternoon with "the girls"!

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 8:48:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Dear Naomi, I have just read both posts about your wonderful birthday lunch!! The food looks wonderful and I'm sure that cake was quite delicious as well!! I loved all the pictures of your sweet and dear friends that came to visit. Too bad Betty or Annie couldn't be there. I'm glad Betty is doing better now. The flowers Terri sent are lovely!!

I noticed in one picture, is that an old antique cook stove you have there? It looks really pretty!

So glad you had a wonderful time with such lovely friends! Yes, their visit and friendship is the best gift of all. xxx

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 10:38:00 AM PDT 

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What a delightful set of pictures to share with us so we get to be there too. Those ladies are all so beautiful and examples of sexy women of a 'certain' age

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 11:04:00 AM PDT 

Blogger srp
had this to say:

What a fabulous cake, so unique and original! I hope your birthday was the grandest one ever!

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 1:28:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Michele sent me back, Naomi. I'd love to eat chocolate cake with a hint of coffee flavor! My two favorites.

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 3:37:00 PM PDT 

Blogger 'B'
had this to say:

Hi Naomi,
Thanks for stopping by our site, and yes, whilst we had to much food, I think that you have way to much cake there for yourself, how about you send some my way!!! lol
Hope that you had a wonderful day (and whilst I am here from Michele's, I am replying to your visit!!)
Cheers for now
Bernie

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 3:57:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

What a lovely group of women you are. Good friends and family, what more can one want out of life--ok, a few million bucks wouldn't hurt, lol. I'd settle for getting my book published, lol. Happy Birthday again!

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 5:11:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi,
You have left me with a broad smile on my face. What beautiful friends! I actually waved at the photo of them waving. I felt like I was there! Thank you for sharing this.

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 5:39:00 PM PDT 

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How exciting to have YOU in the photos too! You guys look like you are having so much fun I was just taken right in with you....the goodbye waves made me just feel apart of your birthday celebration too. Thank you for sharing with us!

You all looked SMASHING!!!!

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 7:37:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Looks like everyone had a wonderful time. Happy Birthday!

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 8:08:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

What a great time & thanks for letting us in on it! I hope I look as good as you when I hit 76!

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 9:08:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

People truly are the greatest gifts. :) I'm so glad you had some wonderful time with your friends.

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 9:34:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh wow! I felt like I was there with you Naomi. You have a wonderful ability to share your life with us like we are all of your best friends. Thank you. (The cake looked stunning and so do all of your friends! I only wish I get to make and keep friends like you.)

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 10:10:00 PM PDT 

Blogger mar
had this to say:

What a lovely birthday celebration, Naomi!! everything was just perfect! I love your t-shirt and all your pictures, particularly the ones of you because you are almost always behind the camera, lol!
The bday cake is some creation, it looks delicious too, mmmmhhhh!

Monday, July 2, 2007 at 1:05:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Hi Naomi! Wow...you all look like super-stars! -- better looking than the screen or tv stars! Beautiful ladies! How did you keep yourselves so youthful huh?

Each one at the party there is the gift! Many happy returns of the day again.

Monday, July 2, 2007 at 4:15:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Who needs presents when you have such good friends?! That is what being rich really is adn you are so lucky to be blessed in that area. Actually, I don't really think it comes down to luck but your own lovely personality!

I love the look of the cake - kind of 'messy' looking but sumptious and decadent too.

I am so glad you had a lovely day. Thanks for sharing it with us :)

Monday, July 2, 2007 at 5:45:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi, we saw your crew in the final performance of "Morning's at Seven" yesterday at Theatre West. It was a magnificent production, as you know, in my opinion better than the two Broadway revivals I've seen in 1980 and 2002. How great to see Betty in the part of Cora. She was perfect but I was also blown away by Seemah Wilder and Diane Travis as Ida and Aaronetta. WOW, they were just fantastic. What a great show, and beautifully directed too. I am so glad that I was able to see this before it closed. And then to see folks like Kim and Ann Morgan Guilbert in the audience, I felt like I was spending the afternoon inside your blog! That is one performance I'll never forget, I only wish you could've been there with us.

Monday, July 2, 2007 at 6:56:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh, you charming ladies know how to celebrate and bear age with grace. I would so have liked to be a flie on the wall to see you all and listen to your talks. And steal something of the wonderful meal. LOL.

Thanks for sharing this moment with us all.

Monday, July 2, 2007 at 7:36:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

What a wonderful Birthday commemoration, Naomi! Sounds you all had a lovely lunch! The cake looks very creative and yummy! I love all photos and you look really great! Many hugs!

Monday, July 2, 2007 at 8:06:00 AM PDT 

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That was a pretty cake, Naomi. The candle number was well chosen. 76 candles would have taken a long time to blow out.

It's not often one gets to see so many bare toes in one post. LOL Thanks, I think.

Monday, July 2, 2007 at 3:04:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

You can chalk up another wonderful birthday and another divine luncheon at your place.

That cake was so cute! Very festive!!

Suddenly, I'm hungry for Cobb Salad and chocolate cake for dessert.

Your friends are lovely ladies.

I really like the picture of you blowing out the candles. That's a Hollywood ACTION shot!!

Monday, July 2, 2007 at 4:05:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Thank you Naomi, for sharing this wonderful day with us. What a happy place is your home, and happy friends in your life.

Monday, July 2, 2007 at 4:50:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I hope you had a lovely birthday, Naomi...sorry I haven't been by in awhile...super busy.

Love,
Kendra

Monday, July 2, 2007 at 5:12:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

There is no way anyone could look at these photos, read your words and not be happy! All the joy you all have together is so obvious. And I feel quite privileged to be able to feel like I was there too. So do you only do Ladies Who Lunch for birthdays? I noticed a painting on the wall behind the closeup photo of Bridget - the face in the painting has so much character. did you paint it? (Sorry if I'm being nosey - I tend to really look at photos and happened to notice it. I hope it's not too hot down there, up here in the Bay Area we are coming on some HOT temps.

Monday, July 2, 2007 at 8:07:00 PM PDT 

Blogger rpm
had this to say:

What a wonder afternoon with friends! Your cake looks so sweet! I love birthday cake. In the picture of you blowing out the candles, what is that piece of furniture behind you? Looks like a stove?? I love how your house is filled with light. My house is dark because of the layout and lack of windows in the living area. My dining room has light but I don't spend much time in there.

You had commented on the beach here and they are all mostly wide here in Northwest Florida. We have been having more erosion from the hurricanes and I can tell a difference in the size of the beachfront in some places. When we were little, the sand dunes were very high, but over the years and with the storms, they are washing away. But I feel so blessed to live in this beautiful place.

Monday, July 2, 2007 at 9:42:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall listening to you guys discuss "the biz." It looks like everyone had a great time. Bravo should do a reality show about you!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at 12:36:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

I'm so sorry I'm late... :-(

I wasn't very well over the weekend and busy at work so far this week.

I love the Ladies What Lunch - and I adore those beautiful portrait shots of them.

But most of all, I love the photo of you blowing out your candles...

:-)

btw - SO glad Betty is feeling a bit better.

cq

Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at 11:31:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

OMG You have gorgeous visitors and they all look lovely indeed. The cake and the food look scrumptious as well! It is so nice seeing you having a wonderful bday lunch!

Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at 4:56:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

My 16-year-old daughter is wearing a short pant with spenders. She thinks of herself as Indie kid. You are stylish all the time. haha.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007 at 6:23:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

You know how I love to blog about special cakes! Terri has one too. So do I still on my front page.

This reminds me of one of my family gatherings. We usually take pictures of feet or some other unlikely photo op.

What a great looking group!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007 at 10:47:00 AM PDT 

had this to say:

Looks like a fun party (as always!)! And that cake looks yum-meeeeeee!!!!!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007 at 7:41:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Naomi - I am so sorry I missed your birthday. That's what happens when one is in a boat without access to the world! It looks like your day was just as fabulous as you!

Thursday, July 5, 2007 at 1:46:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Sure looked like a wonderful way to spend your birthday. Happy Belated Birthday.

Thursday, July 5, 2007 at 11:48:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Ohhhhhhh DEAR Naomi! I have been SO naughty not to get over here to visit you!!! I've been SO busy lately and then staying with Daisy for 4 days... But I'm here now - and read PART DEUX and I will be back to read the upper posts tomorrow! I PROMISE! (after work and grocery shopping...) LOL! I'm SO glad you had such a lovely birthday -- and that cake really IS adorable! Looks like we BOTH had some great "girl time" recently!

Monday, July 9, 2007 at 8:58:00 PM PDT 

had this to say:

Oh, I love that Bday cake, Naomi!
Would you recommend Sweet Lady Jane? My bday is coming up, and if they're great, I can tell B to get my cake there. :)

What a wonderful time you must have had.

~S

Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 12:21:00 PM PDT 

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