Saturday, May 30, 2009
ladies who lunch - part 2

When we left off last time....The Birthday Cakes had just arrived at the table.....Both Betty and Lee blew out the candles on each of their cakes and then, Will G. served each of us......

Our favorite cakes...the dense dark Chocolate from Sweet Lady Jane and the fantastic Lemon Cake from Will's 'secret' place....He won't tell any of us where this cake comes from....lol.....It is truly fantastic!
Betty's cousin Carol, who lives on San Jose, had sent down these two boxes of See's Candy..... She decorated them herself and everyone thought they looked fabulous....Betty opened one of the boxes---like we needed more chocolate...lol...But, there is something about See's Candy that makes one feel it is a true Celebration! I loved that Bridget had put her little Dolphin there in the top of her blouse.....He looked so cute just sitting there, as if he too, might join us for some Birthday Cake.....! And here above, a closer look at those very fancy jeweled rings....Those are Jacquie's hands.....I loved that everyone put their rings on and wore them all afternoon....they seemed to be a Big Hit! (lol) Then it was time to open the presents....Here is Bridget with one of the beautiful bags she put together....She loves wrapping, and it really shows....Here below, a closer look at how truly pretty this package is...... And Bridget has her ring on, too....Now, the two Birthday Girls were all ready to open their presents.... So.....here we go! Lee began. This was her gift from Jacquie.....And here it is below..... A lovely bracelet with pretty little green stones....Lee loved it! Then it was Betty's turn..... This card was from Seemah....as was the present you are about to see....It came all the way from Bali....Seemah had spent a few weeks there visiting her son and daughter-in-law and the baby.... Betty adores scarves and wears them all the time....So this was a perfect gift and it didn't hurt that her favorite color is Blue! She took off the scarf she was wearing and put on this brand new one, right away....Meanwhile...... Lee was about to open her present from Seemah....(Isn't that a cute card?) It was a beautiful Photo Album....Seemah knows that Lee travels a lot and she had just come back from a trip....So, a Photo Album was a perfect gift! This was a wonderful pin that Jacquie gave Betty.....And Betty loved it! She put it on almost immediately, too.....Take a closer look, in case you can't read it...... This was Betty's gift to Lee....Well, I should say 'gifts'....That black & white bag on Lee's lap was filled with all sorts of little goodies...But, the one that Lee and all of us were really taken by, was this one.... A Fold-Up Sun Hat.....! Betty put it together for Lee, as Lee took out all the other little goodies..... And there it is....... And there she is.....! She looks great! Now Betty is about to open Bridget's gift....Lee is reading the card to Betty and look at those darling little jewels on that envelope....Bridget really knows how to do it! Bridget's gift to Betty was this lovely Candle Holder and she gave Betty 90 Candles to go with this....I wish I could have gotten a better picture of it...But....Alas, it was not meant to be, but if you click on it you will be able to see it much much better..... Here is Bridget's card to Lee.....Best Girl Friends.....! And below, her gifts to Lee...... And here we see a Beautiful Key Ring Bauble...(Bridget is known as someone who is always loosing her keys---I'm not sure that Lee is...lol...but it sure is pretty.)...And that little picture with words that Lee can hang on her Office Door....Click on this picture to see what those words say...... This is what Dianne gave both Betty and Lee....We all had a really good laugh over these...truly truly hilarious....! But, actually they are useful, too.....! This was my gift to Lee......She has always supported me as an Artist...buying, I think, four paintings over the years.....I knew she liked this series of color drawings and these colors, in particular...... Above, a little closer look.......And, what did I give Betty? Well, I didn't take a picture of it....But part of it did appear in one of my pictures.....And here it is, below..... See where it say 'appy day' down in the left hand corner....Well, this was a whole box filled with 90th Birthday goodies.....I told her to open it at home when there was more time because some people had to leave at 5pm, including Betty..... And then, Betty opened Lee's gift. Lee read her what the card said.....and then we saw the two very beautiful gifts that Lee gave Betty......But first.....here is the picture on the card.... A truly funny card....As some of you may recall....Betty & Lee & Dianne & Bridget did the show "NUNSENSE" together....so, this was very appropriate. Inside it said....'NO! None Of The Above'! LOL! This is a truly beautiful artful necklace made in Costa Rica....the wood is very very special and only found in Costa Rica....Lee's second gift to Betty was this incredibly lovely and unusual scarf....... There was one more 'gift'.....I will write about it at another time...but here is a picture of it, below. And then.....it was time to leave for some of our little group.....Mainly, the two Birthday Girls. Well...the truth is...Betty had to get home and Lee had picked her up and driven her here to my house......So, another really special "Ladies Who Lunch" has come and gone.....What a sweet day it was.....And what great fun we had, too....Happy Birthday dear Betty and Lee, and many many more...... And there they go.....Two very Happy Wonderful Women...... So long, my dear Birthday Girls......till next time.......








More To Come.......




Note: I am sorry to say that I had word late yesterday that someone I am very very close to has killed himself. This is devistating in the extreme, to me.....I cannot quite take it in yet....so, if I am scarce in blogland....please forgive me.....Sometimes, life is just too hard. I understand completely why he left this 'mortal coil', or as he said..."this vale of tears"....but still, I am devistated, and he knew I would be......He took the time to write me and ask me to understand---Oh I do, my dear dear, John, I truly truly do.

And, he asked me to forgive him...And I do that, too, my dear sweet friend......

Until we meet again........


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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
the ladies who lunch

The two Birthday girls being wonderfully silly.....! This is part of what makes each of them so delightful....they still love to 'play'.....These "fancy" rings (Not!) were part of the silly and fun goodies in every one's gift bags.... This time, the little squeezable soft cuddly creature was a Dolphin because Betty loves Dolphins and since this was her 90th.....Well, it only seemed right! And this time I had a little Terracotta pot of Flowers for each lady....I thought it would be a sweet remembrance of this special day that they could take home....they all loved their flowers...... And this was my centerpiece....it had '90's all over it and it looked very festive and colorful.....And those little things all over the tablecloth brought more festiveness and color to our table..... Our group was just seven. Dear Annie Guilbert wasn't feeling well so she couldn't come...we missed her, but we had a great time anyway..... Betty and Seemah and Jacquie---sitting on the couch, before lunch....looking out the window at something...Actually, I told them to look out there so the picture wouldn't look too posed...lol..... And above...Best-Girl-Friends, Bridget and Lee.....It had been quite a week for dear Lee....She had just returned from Costa Rica and while she was there, her Ex, Frank Aletter died---it was expected, but still....tough on her girls....And even though they were divorced, the two family's were very very close....(I did a play with dear Frank back in 1970....the one where I had to take off my brassiere......) And below.....Dear Dianne..... And that was our group on Thursday....plus me, of course.....We had some little goodies to start our party---Will G. makes this fantastic Curried Chicken stuff that is my favorite.....And before you know it, it was time to go to the table.... We decided to open our Gift Bags while Will and his cohort Chuck were readying the "special" lunch, ordered especially for the wonderful 90th Birthday Girl...... One of the first things at the top of the bag were these very "rare" chocolate bars....Rare, because they were personalized for our two Birthday Girls..... Above..this is the front of Betty's Hershey Bar and then here below is the back.... And then, Lee looked at her "special" Chocolate Bar.....These were in every bag, by the way....In fact, all of us had two of each of this personalized bars in our gift bags..... And then below, the back of Lee's bar...... And each of the Birthday Girls had over a dozen chocolate bars to take home and share with their family's....Of course, as always, I have to find lots of different and fun things for the Gift Bags....Here below is the silliest pair of Sun Glasses ever....lol...... These are Flamingo Sun Glasses....And each lady had a colorful Heart shaped lollipop, too.....And here below is Bridget in her glasses with her darling little yellow Dolphin sitting on her shoulder...... And below, dear Jacquie, wearing her Flamingo's.....Cute, aren't they? They are not very good....but, who cares....It's all in fun! Then....our 'special' lunch was served.....! Every one's favorite, Eggs Benedict....It was almost a year ago that we had this 'Brunch' Lunch...in fact it was at my Birthday Celebration.... They were soooo yummy.....And Betty was thrilled, because she gets up very late and had not had any breakfast.....So, my thought was that this was the perfect 'lunch' for someone turning 90 who would not have eaten breakfast yet and I was right! She loved it and in fact, everyone loved it.....! There was a salad of Bibb Lettuce, Avocado and Jicima with a lovely light Vinaigrette dressing....it all was so delicious! And then....it was time for the Birthday Cakes......! First there was Betty's....... And then out came Lee's........ And here below, a closer look at both of these beautiful birthday cakes....And they were both incredibly yummy, too.......Part 2 will be coming along next time......And as I always say....there will be.....




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