A year ago I dedicating my first blog to my mother at age 100, and today we are celebrating her 101stbirthday. Unfortunately my mother- in -law that I considered my second mother passed away last month at the age of 106. God Bless These Ladies. This year I wish to dedicate my blog to all my sister friends that have been with me through the years, without minimizing in any way the wonderful men in my life that helped me be who I am today, especially my husband, sons, and family members. But there is something special about girlfriends. Could it be that “feel good hormone called oxytocin?” Shelley Taylor In her book The Tending Instinct, seems to think that the need for a sisterhood of friends may be biological. I do not know what it is but strong social ties with my female friends make me feel good.
Our combined annual birthday celebration, thanks to our daughters
First and foremost are my two blood related sisters, Rose and Mary who have been by my side through thick and thin and never let me down
Laila, my roommate for 3 weeks while traveling together in August. Great time with my oldest grandchild, 13 years old, the new generation of ladies.
Our daughters continue giving love, attention and time whenever needed.
Fun with sister-friends from Italy to California, I apologize to the many that are not represented here but are always in my heart.
Not a bad price for our new purchases, warm neck wear for one euro.
There is always a party planned for me when I return to the States. When I expressed my wish for no party, Janet suggested at least a little breakfast group of close friends. This is what happened.
Have no idea who he is? Honest Jorge I never met him before. Not sure if it was Julie Argyros or my daughter Michelle but following him as he walked into the house and picked me up and hugged me tightly were the two giggling ladies walking behind him.
Photographer Yana gets into the picture
Called the Tuscany sisters are my 5 Scandinavian sisters and me who some 30 years ago got together and began this sisterhood of monthly meetings, membership closed, where we talk the night away discussing life happenings, family, children, social life and problems never to be discussed out of our meeting. The meetings often end with Anita our psychologist giving a closing solution. Happy to say after all these years she asked me a few months ago for advice. I shall never tell.
We have been together In Sweden, Norway, ( suppose to be visiting Karen in Denmark this year). We have all been together in Tuscany a few times. I met Eva at the one and only medical wives gourmet group I attended in 1970. Both busy woman we had no time for tennis that is, unless we could hit some balls at 6 in the morning which we did for a few years. Then she introduced me to Mona, Anita, Berit and Karen and one night out for drinks was so much fun we decided we needed to do it every month.
Karen joins me for a week long international, cooking competition in Liguria,
Fun even on a rainy day
Fun even in the rain.
Mary, who I always call when needing advise.
Different political views yet sister friends Mary and Barbro for some 40 years
Who but Barbara Venezia could have a bar like this? Invited for a luncheon in my honor we had a great day with more wonderful friends. Barb and I met when she interviewed me in the 70’s when I opened What’s Cooking Bistro.
Berit never fails to organize a ride in the harbor for me and my friends every trip back. Then there is the ladies luncheon to follow. Great food, conversation, beautiful setting, what more can one ask for?
It is impossible to not bond with these ladies that have experienced the vicissitudes of life with me since coming to California in 1968. We have dined together, played together, laughed together and cried together but always there for each other. Even when differences cause disagreements it seems with true friends social bonding is only enhanced.
They are always full of surprises like this. How can I not love them all?
To all my female friends of every age, from my mother, 101 today, to the newest addition to our family, granddaughter Kara Ann Luhan, born on June 1, 2014, may I wish you all the best of health and happiness . I wish to thank everyone for all their kindness and friendship through the years. May you all have sister friends, that biological need in our DNA, that can help you through good and bad times . Let the oxytocin flow.
Three sisters singing to Mom a year ago on her 100th birthday. Happy 101 Mom.
Still making raviolis at 100
Kara Anne Luhan, one day old
A difference of 100 plus years