And the "sketch" went on...it turned out that Mrs. Waterfall sang! And People threw money at her....but, not very much because as she said.... Mrs W: "I'm a lousy singer." She then kind of begs Nan Ray to let her sing for her and Nan Ray says..."Let's hear 16 bars". Now, the whole reason Betty chose this sketch was because she saw these two vaudevillian's waaaaaaay back in the 1940's and loved the song that Mrs. Waterfall sang.....It was a kind of Pig Latin version of "Alexander's Ragtime Band"......"Come onika here ka lere ka dere, Come onika here ka lere ka dere,Alekazackas racka dacka Backs lacka.....".....Then ending with a kind of show biz ending, when you don't actually have a band playing for you....."Ta Plata Plunk!"......Nan Ray doesn't know what Ta Plata Plunk is and Mrs. W is so disgusted with her she says, "You sure you are a show biz agent?" And Nan Ray kind of blows her off.....Mrs W. then proceeds to say: "Cheap agent! Probably would have charged me 10% of my take----well I don't need her." Nan Ray leaves in a huff, and Mrs. Waterfall skips off singing "Come onika here......". And that was the show. You had to ne there...lol.....
Now just to remind you what Betty had on before the show..... And somewhere right after Bridget came on, Betty disappeared---she was behind me so I didn't see her go....And when she came on in the sketch she was dressed in her "costume"! All the pictures were taken when they did the sketch for a second time--I had asked them to do it so I could take pictures....These were all during the performance (And there are a lot more...but I figured, you might get bored....)---nothing is posed. I took the one above after they did the sketch for the second time, and then this last one which I asked them to sit there so I could take it. They both were adorable! And we all had a lot of laughs wuth this sketch! And there you have it! My "Ladies Who Lunch" Birthday Celebration....I hope this was worth waiting for.....(lol). It sure was a lot of fun to see....!
What a wonderful surprise birthday present for you!
Love the photos - can just picture the whole show if they did it on film....hmm, maybe when you upgrade your camera?!! LOL
Once again, great post.
Oh my that's so wonderful. I can't stop laughing when I read the limerick! I have a weakness when it comes to fart jokes or anything that involves farting lol.
I wish I was there and be part of the magic. So nice.
Great friends you have there. You're so fortunate.
BTW, I would've paid good money for tickets to that show!
Youh are such a fabulous group of girlfriends - I know how lucky you know you are. I only hope when I reach your age I too have a group of girlfriends like yourself...
You are such a delightful bunch! you know how to enjoy life and that's a lesson to be learned.
Have a wonderful day, Naomi. I will be in France tomorrow and Mr Mar will be rowing the day after, I will just sit in the canoe and enjoy life :)
Close friends are a blessing and my dear, you are most blessed. I loved every minute of Ladies Who Do Lunch and enjoyed reading every related posts
I always enjoy your "Ladies Who Lunch" episodes, and when a birthday's involved, so much the better! You're a fantastic storyteller, and your photos are marvelous, too. I'm so glad you share your life and history with us in your blog -- bravo!!!
Oh, that is absolutely priceless! To have such good friends give you gifts of their time, creativity and thoughtfulness is beyond special. You have been truly blessed in life! Thanks for sharing. I love seeing your pictures and reading the descriptions of the events. It's almost like being there.
you always have so much fun at your birthday parties, Naomi! today is my daughter's 21st birthday. She's out with friends this evening, but we had a lovely time with her on Sunday.
So spontenous and forthcoming for presenting a wonderful show for you and we get to enjoy it just as much ;D
Wondeful Naomi. What a great surprise and so much beter than a present that you dont really need. You are a talented bunch of women. I love Betty's blue eyes - they are a gorgeous colour - she has a gorgeous face. Next time you must video them doing their perforamnce. It will give you reason to smile whn you remember their performances. Loved the photos very much and you are clearly loved a great deal by your friends. Oh I love the phone story, imagine!!!! Um something a lot of us could be guilty of. Thank you for sharing your birthday with us. Even though we are on the other side of the world it felt like being right there in your living room.
What fun! I love Betty's hat and transformation. I guess you got no "chachka." That's what my friend Alwyn said she wanted none of for her birthday. I had to look it up.
how absolutely wonderful! I do believe that if Betty were a good friend of mine like she is yours, I would actually like having birthdays!
what a great bunch of friends you have Naomi. You are blessed! Thank you over and over again for sharing your friends with all of us.. I for one cherish your moments of joy with them always.
I love coming to your blog and seeing your photos and the fun times you have, and then share with us.
I hope that doesn't pukey, but I mean it.
I can feel the fun radiating from your blog!
How fun and what a great idea instead of physical gifts to give themselves.
Well, I don't know if my comment came though or not. I hit something and it all disappeared, so I don't know it if disappeared or went to a comment. Arghh!!
Anyway, I LOVED the post and I can just imagine the laughter that you all shared, which is so wonderful. I really cracked up at the limerick!!
How delightful that they did a skit for you and entertained you and each other!! Wonderful times Naomi!!! xxoxx
What an incredibly sweet thing for your friends to do for you! I loved seeing the photos of everyone in costume.
What a wonderful Birthday, Naomi! Sounds you all had much fun! It's so great to have such a lovely friends.
Really I'd love to have been there!
Thanks for sharing your
Naomi, I think that was the best present they could ever give you, right? And too bad no one videotaped it!! It sounds like it was so funny. How precious it must be to know they love you enough to do all that for you.
What a rare and wonderful performance! Like Randall I would have paid a lot to see it but it was very special for the most intimate of friends and you must feel very blessed. If I had been there I would have laughed until I cried and then got hiccups. I love those rare times.
Great post really beautiful.
That was so worth the wait. You really know how to pick your friends. What a marvelously fun and talented bunch.
Perfect gifts they gave you, just the right size and color. I too hope you video taped it.
Think you may have started a trend of "no gifts".
Thanks for letting us be the fly on the wall.
I'm sure it was absolutely impossible to keep a straight face through all those shenanigans, not that you'd want to anyway! I'm surpised I didn't hear the howls of laughter all the way to Canada.... but wait a muniute.... I think I did hear something.... far away and in the distance! It must have been "The Ladies Who Lunch"!
Ha! Great limerick!
Definitely a birthday you'll never forget!
Let me start out by saying you have the most amazing friends, Naomi! You are all so different and unique, but you share your zest for life and a wonderful sense of humor...and who can grow old with friends like these???
Betty is so animated and fun, and her outfit was a crack-up, not to mention her line about the t*tties. Just priceless! LOL
Btw, I love how "foamy" rhymes with Naomi, and the skit was fantastic! I could just picture the scene with all the wonderful dialogue and pictures you shared. It's as though we were right there with you in your living room.
Yes, my friend, it was worth the wait!! Although I consider you ageless, I hope you have many more birthday celebrations with your beautiful friends!
This has been so much fun. You said "no gifts" and yet got gifts that are probably the best of your life and absolutely priceless. Thanks for sharing all of this with us!
And I guess you know by now that "Grey Gardens" got 17 nominations. But you saw that coming.
Happy Birthday, beautiful! I love this - and am happy Scarlet said to visit. My pal Rabies the monkey may wish to come see these lovely ladies in person soon....
Naomi, that was a BLAST to read and I absolutely love the pictures....so expressive!! They would look so amazing as a framed series.
I can't think of any better medicine than to have your beautiful friends surround you with joyful laughter. What a terrific birthday present.
You have some mighty fine friends Naomi! What a fun thing to do. You ladies are so blessed to have one another.
I hope I have a quarter of the creativity and spirit you girls have! Such fun!
I laughed just reading your narration. :)
Those skits, poems, and songs are FAR better than any "thing" they could have given you.
I cracked up over the skit!! How funny the picture is when Betty is looking down at her t*tties. I bet you laughed yourself silly!!
GREAT fun was had by all, and that makes it a wonderful birthday celebration.
You are indeed loved, and your friendships with these ladies is priceless. Many people go through life not ever knowing the kind of closeness you have with these dear friends.
Such wonderful memories!! You will cherish this birthday even though and maybe because it came at a very sad time in your life. I think the way your friends lifted your spirits will make this a birthday to cherish forever.
That was not a typical birthday party. When does anyone get to have all that talent displayed in one setting and given as a gift to one person?
I hope you feel VERY special indeed!!!!
Thanks for letting us peek in and share the joy along with you.
pls, next time invite me as the writing flie on the wall.
I do think, my dear, what i mean;))
btw. cats and kittens are well.
we will leave for southern Europe tomorrow. Iæll keep ypu informed of course.
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