Friday, October 26, 2007

Lunch with the Empty Nesters


(left to right, me, Maureen, Renee, Sandy, & Tricia)

I've been fortunate to have made some friends with a group of ladies who all live in the same neighborhood. You remember our Southern Living lunch at Tricia's house? Since none of us have children at home, we have dubbed ourselves the Empty Nesters, and last week I had lunch with them. We ate at a fun girly-girl place in Mountain Brook called Olexa's. Good food, fun place to go for lunch, but leave the boys at home. They would not like the salads or the quiche! We all got yummy salads & yakked away. I was on my lunch hour, so had to get back to work. They, on the other hand, did not! We don't get together as much as we'd like, but it sure is fun when we do. I don't know what my right arm is doing, I think I was trying to scoot back to get in the picture...looks like I'm a spaz!

We actually met again this week after work for Mexican and brought our hubbies. That was so fun too, getting to meet each other's spouses. We're going to plan an evening real soon for all the couples to get together & go out to eat & socialize. That's always fun to do!

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My buddy, Willzmom at Lots of Little Things, has tagged me to post 5 Things I Remember, that start with I Remember When......so here goes:

  1. I remember when I got my first car and promptly put in an 8-track player...I thought I was SO cool! Some of you will not even know what I'm talking about. That technology is something you've only heard about in passing. Others of you will be right on board, baby!
  2. I remember when gas was 27 cents a gallon, back when I first started driving. Boy, have times changed!

  3. I remember when we got our first TV, when I was 6 years old. It was a big black & white console and the first thing that came on was the old cartoon of the big rooster & the little baby rooster. I can't even remember the name of it. Anyone remember that one? The daddy had a deep voice & called the baby...Boooyyyy. Refresh my memory, please?!
  4. I remember wearing clothes my mom sewed for me. She always sewed our clothes growing up and it was a big deal for me when I got to be a teenager and earned some money, so I could buy real store-bought clothes. Wooooo-hoooooo!

  5. I remember going on family vacations and my sister and me making pallets in the backseat. Sometimes one would lay on the big bench seat (we always had HUGE 4-door cars) and the other would be on the floor, with lots of blankets of course to make the hump in the floor even. I would even lay back on the flat part under the back window sometimes. Seat belts were not a big deal back then. Can you imagine doing that today?

That's enough good ole' memories for now! Hope ya'll have a great weekend. I'm the Social Director for our neighborhood now & we have a Halloween Festival planned for Sunday. Hope we have a decent turnout. I've got the local fire department bringing out a truck for the kids to look at & we'll be doing pizza & dessert. I'll try to post some pics next week!

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Diane said...

Hi Rhoda. Looks like your girl's lunch was lots of fun. I enjoyed the "old memories", lol. Diane

Deb said...

I love the idea of the Empty Nesters club! Your "5 Things I remember" list was fun to read. I remember 8 track tapes & the 8 track tape holder (that looked like a suitcase):-} Great memories!
Have a wonderful weekend Rhoda.

Abbie said...

Rhoda, you look so beautiful in that picture. Love the idea! Do all your friends have blogs as well?

Carrie said...

Your girly get togethers suond like fun. Also, enjoyed your remember when segment. Brought back similar memories for me.

Sandi McBride said...

Looks like you guys had a grand time!

Steph said...

I remember traveling that same way! Hope your Halloween festival turns out well. We are having our first ever Pumpkin Walk in our neighborhood on Sunday, I'll have to post pictures on Monday.

The Decorated House said...

Looks like the ol' neighborhood has gotten much friendlier.
That a good lookin' bunch there.

Have a great weekend!
Donna

melissa @ the inspired room said...

Rhoda,
Oh, an empty nesters club? I am going to start one. In like 11 or 12 years. Rats!
Yes, even I remember 8 tracks. And those big ol' bench seats you could lay down on, with no seatbelt.
Have fun with your neighborhood social directors job, sounds right up your alley! Maybe you could arrange some garage sale outings too! No end to the fun you get to have!
xo,
Melissa

Angela (Cottage Magpie) said...

Sounds like such fun, and you are such a lovely lady! Good luck with the Halloween Festival! ~A :-)

joan said...

Rhoda,

Love the idea of the empty nesters! Only mine keep coming back to the nest. LOL You all look like you're having fun! Love having girlfriends and going out. Have a great weekend and good luck with the festival!

PlumWater Cottage said...

Loved reading your "remember whens"...we must be in the same age group! My first car also had an 8-track, and the people I got it from gave me a tape to listen to...In A Gadda Da Vida! The name of your cartoon character is Foghorn Leghorn, I believe.

Teresa @ PlumWater Cottage

Nunnie's Attic said...

Do you mean Foghorn Leghorn? Lunch with the girls and a night with everyone sounds absolutely divine.

You look beautiful in your picture!

Love,
Julie

Simply Me Art said...

Looks Like Fun was Had by All!! Have a Great Weekend. Jamie

Wanda said...

I was going to say Foghorn Leghorn, too. Sounds like Howell Heflin. (A long time Alabama Senator that we may or may not be proud of.)

You're a busy girl, aren't you? I can't imagine being the neighborhood Social Director!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

That's it! Foghorn Leghorn...I couldn't think of it!

Yep, somedays I wonder why I volunteered to be on the board & do the social activities for the neighborhood. We haven't had anyone doing it for over a year now, so it was time to get something going, so I raised my hand. I don't think it will keep me too busy, I hope anyway! My hubby is the Treasurer.

Thanks for stopping by!

Rhoda

Terri and Bob said...

Hope your halloween gig is great! I love your empty nesters club, such a great way to keep in touch with your kids' friends' parents!

Robin~Thrifty Miss Priss said...

Rhoda, you really brought back some memories for me! Around 1967 we drove (with five kids) two days straight to North Dakota to visit my grandparents. We had a big ole buick I think but one thing is for sure...blankets were on the floor of the back seat so someone could lay there without the hump and yes, I was the youngest, so I sprawled out in the flat area of the back windshield! I can't imagine driving to the mailbox now without a seat belt but we sure did it back then!

justabeachkat said...

That's a great photo of everyone, especially you Rhoda. You're looking good girl! I wouldn't have noticed your arm if you hadn't mentioned it. Too funny! Lunch with girlfriends is always fun.

Enjoy your weekend.

Hugs!
Kat

Nathan's Uncle said...

I remember reading every single one of the thousands of comic books Renee and Rhoda had stacked in the laundry room one summer. My dad used to be Uncle Al's supply pastor when the Vickers went on vacation every summer, and we would stay in their house.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That was a fun list of memories... We were there in the same era!
Have a fun weekend.

Maureen said...

Rhodie, it looks like a great bunch of gals and I am happy you have a new Maureen friend too! ;)
Love all the holiday finds. Can't wait to see what you come up with this year. We're gearing up for all the holiday tours! Will B'ham have a Southern Accents home this year?

the feathered nest said...

Social Director for you neighborhood - that sounds like fun (and a good way to know your neighbors). I agree with Donna cause I remember your open house you tried to have for them :-)

Have a great weekend!

Manuela

Joy said...

I remember having an eight track player in our families' VW Rabbit. We only had one eight track so we would listen to it over and over again! lol

Little Town Big Life said...

Aren't we lucky to have girly-girl friends? I have a group that meet some too, and we have such a good time. That's one of life's blessings!!

I think you remember Foghorn Leghorn. He would also say "I say, I say boy"!!!

Your six things remembered could have been mine also!!! I remember when we got our color TV--I was 10 and we watched something where they sang "Lavender Blue Dilly Dilly". ????? Good memories!! 8 Tracks--wouldn't we love to show those!!!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Sounds like a fun and tasty lunch! we love this remember when tag. We were tagged, but keep blogging and reading others, so we haven't written ours yet! Loved yours!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Bonnie said...

Hi Rhoda....So glad you have a fun ladies bunch to hang out with too! We have one down here also with an average of 30 ladies showing up once a month. I always look forward to lunch with the girls, just like you do. The picture of all of you looks great........and you do not look any thing but naturally beautiful! Bonnie

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Rhonda, I love getting together with my girl friends too. We women need these friendships. Women like to share and men keep things inside. Even though we are about the same age, my nest is not empty. We've been married over 26 years, but have a 20 year old and 13 year old. We got a late start and then the Lord had us wait for 7 years to bless us again!!

Speaking of being about the same age. . . are you sure gas was .27 a gallon? I remember 8 tracks and got a player for my car too, but I remember gas being like .70 a gallon. I remember being a child and my dad paying .24 cents, but not when I was driving. I would put in $3 of gas at time. Oh, were those not the days???

Blessings!

Sher

OldBagNewTricks said...

I love your remember whens... my first 8-track tapes were Carol King's tapestry and Janis Joplin's Pearl... a sort of yin and yang if you will. Glad to see someone chimed in with Foghorn Leghorn. (My mother sewed my clothes too.) Darling picture of you with The Empty Nesters.

Jenny

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

I'd almost forgotten about making the hump on the floor even. Thanks, I needed that giggle :) You are so lovely by the way.


Hope you had a blessed Sunday.

Dena

Rick said...

We got the same B/W TV. Are we related? :)

http://www.organizeddoodles.blogspot.com/

willzmom said...

Oh boy-the old 8 track! Wow, does that bring back the memories.Remember when something would happen to the tapes and you had to wedge a peice of cardboard or something under it so it would still play? I think it was when they were left in the sun!

Rona's Home Page said...

You ladies look gorgeous. And salad and quiche sounds great for lunch.