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The Easter Dress

The Easter Dress

I’m the third child. The third daughter. If you are a third, you know that new things don’t come often to you. This particular Easter we were shopping for a new dress just for me…not a hand me down that Jesus had seen two Easter Sundays already. My Mom took me to a small boutique about 30 miles from our rural home. I don’t remember how many dresses I tried on, I only remember the one I fell in love with. A navy blue dotted swiss party dress. The fabric was so soft and had enough layers of crinolines that it made seeing my feet impossible. This special dress cried out for twirling. I never wanted to take it off…twirling my way through the boutique until my mom insisted I remove it so she could purchase it.

That night, as my new Easter dress hung in the closet, I remember hearing my Mom and Dad get in a huge argument…over my dress! Funny, because I never remembered my Mom getting upset when Dad bought me a new fishing pole or ball glove. So what was it with this particular dress that upset him so? As a four year old, I forgot about it as soon as I fell asleep and it wasn’t until many years later that my mom divulged that my beautiful Easter dress…the dress of my four year old dreams…had cost $50! Using a current inflation calculator, today’s price would be $317.74!

As a mother, I know why my Mom spent our family’s monthly food budget on one special Easter dress for her third daughter. As for my Dad…he still doesn’t get it.

Eat Something Homemade and have a very happy Easter,
Libbie

PS The picture above is me with my sisters on Easter Sunday ready for church and wearing THE Easter dress in question. Clearly there was no money left for a coat.

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Moving up the coast

Family in Rancho Cucamonga…Food in Santa Barbara.

Peggy and Andrew...cocks and Guacs

Peggy and Andrew...cocks and Guacs

Andrew and just a couple of the birds under the big top

Andrew and just a couple of the birds under the big top

Josh, Don...one half of the best hosts ever and Leslie smiling

Josh, Don...one half of the best hosts ever and Leslie smiling

Outing to the Huntington Library

Outing to the Huntington Library

Gainsboroughs

Gainsboroughs

Cat that thinks it's a dog (the ONLY reason I took a photo)

Cat that thinks it's a dog (the ONLY reason I took a photo)

Finally…brunch around the corner from Oprah’s house in Montecito.  I don’t know what was better…the food…drink…or seeing Gayle working the Sunday morning gate house shift.

CAVA Rocked.  Thank you for great service and UHmazing food.      http://www.cavarestaurant.com

brunch-at-cava-in-santa-barbara

The blood of Jesus...that's with an "H"

The blood of Jesus... with an "H"

California Catch Up

I regret to inform you that I have not blogged in two months…I hope that you don’t regret that I have started again.  I’ll try and catch you up….first stop California.   Inspiration and family found.  Patience nearly lost.

Leaving Dana Point for a day of yachting...Josh going to the dark side on a motor yacht

Leaving Dana Point for a day of yachting...Josh going to the dark side on a motor yacht

Yacht Captain and United Airlines Captain...which is which?

Yacht Captain and United Airlines Captain...which is which?

Sea Lions

Sea Lions

Terri, Josh and the Pinatas

Terri, Josh and the Pinatas

Kaley and Camille

Kaley and Camille

Mexican Herbage

Mexican Herbage

Mexican Brioche

Mexican Brioche

She’s Old, She’s Beautiful and She’s Mine

My very beautiful and talented friend Meriwether tells me that all of these wonderful things happen to me because I am “present”. I want to believe she is right..I listen to what people want and what they want to get rid of…emotionally and physically. This is another example of how great it is to be present and to get a fab Christmas present! Her name is Evelyn after Evelyn Champagne King of the same era. She is a pristine 1987 BMW 325i Convertible…champagne in color…BMW called it Bronzette at the time…perfect tan leather seats and a tan rag top. Her provenance has been kept to Florida. I found out about her through her second owners and my good friends Mark and Laura and she is stunning. Always clever Brandon pulled up behind her in his new amazing 2009 Mercedes convertible and hit the nail on the head when he said “Evelyn is old money…my car is new money.” LOVES!!!! Meet Evelyn and thank you Josh for making her and my life a little more shiny each day.

Evelyn looking a little pale in the hot Florida sun where she was living

Evelyn looking a little pale in the hot Florida sun where she was living

Her new home...a cozy garage in Savannah

Her new home...a cozy garage in Savannah

Christmas day with Evelyn, Anthony and a new slightly ghetto Mizzou Tigers plate

Christmas day with Evelyn, Anthony and a new slightly ghetto Mizzou Tigers plate

Bonus!  Even the boys look cute behind the wheel

Bonus! Even the boys look cute behind the wheel

Holiday Highlights

What the F? FOOD, FAMILY, FESTIVITIES and FUN!

Multi Racial Gingerbread boys and girls...we don't discriminate

Non Discriminating Gingerbread Boys and Girls

Food Network Magazine Shoot

Food Network Magazine Shoot...I like fancy pants the best

Spreading Ham and Holiday Cheer with the troops at Ft. Bragg

Spreading Ham and Holiday Cheer with the troops at Ft. Bragg

Atlanta Family

Atlanta Family before the Summers' arrival

The Click Two Cousins

Anthony and Kyle...The Click Cousins

Asian Rock Star Napping with the dogs

Asian Rock Star Napping with the dogs after a big dinner NOTE: Subject not in Asia...dogs not on menu

The Boss And My Boys

The Boss And My Boys

Last Minute Holiday Website Shoot

Last Minute Holiday Website Shoot....NOTE: Photographer, lighting assist. and stylist ate it all after the shot...DElicious

Photo taken by my dad early in the morning after Christmas in Atlanta...tired but happy and in love

Photo taken by my dad early in the morning after Christmas in Atlanta...tired but happy and in love

Peace on Earth

I sent out 100 Holiday cards and I was still 40 short…to all of you that didn’t receive the hard copy on beautiful Crane paper with the fuchsia(my holiday color this year) print done by Gary at La Paperie http://www.lapaperie.net ….this one’s for you…it’s cheesy, but still funny and poignant…right? Happy Holidays to All!

Peace on Earth

Peace on Earth