Monday, August 30, 2010


dear emily,

i have already written a post on my precious mother in law, peggy, but
today she said so many darling 'peggy-isms' i had to pass them along.
hans and i were driving peggy and walt, my father in law, to see the
progress of the new "anthropologie" installation.  as we were passing
through one of the pretty neighborhoods on the way, peggy says,

"oh, look at those sweet naked ladies!"

hans almost had a wreck and was very disappointed to see that the
naked ladies were actually lovely pink flowers with no leaves.

en route, she also told us about a friend whose mother was a devoted
bridge player.  if she ever needed a fourth, the mother would call the
school to say that her daughter had a dentist's appointment.   then she
would send her chauffeur to pick up  the daughter and deliver her to
the bridge game, and no one thought a thing about it.  they probably
even let her have some sherry.

that story then somehow reminded peggy of her favorite little red sports
car on which she had a bumper sticker that said, "you toucha' my car, i
smasha' your face!"  apparently, in addition to the bumper sticker, one
night at the dinner table with her husband and FIVE sons, she read to
them the mafia application:

1.  what'sa your name-a'?
2.  what'sa your favorite-a' pasta?
3.  who'sa your momma'?

i know this is terribly politically incorrect, but she can DO these accents
hysterically well, having been trained to do so.

anyway, back to the "anthopologie" tour:

this amazing store  has a team of designers who fly from city to city to
oversee the installation of each store.  it was fascinating to see how clever
and creative the designers are.

these are just two examples of background displays inserted even before
the walls are painted or the reclaimed wood floors finished.  while we
were there, hans made his mom pose for a pic.  can you believe that
figure at 81?

here's another time she posed in a similar 'fashion'.  sorry it's so tiny and
blurry.  you can see lots of her movie photos here.

that'sa all i have to say about-a' that-a',

ps.  "when she heard in moab that the Lord had come to the aid
of His people, naomi and her daughters-in-law prepared to return
home."  ruth 1:4


Farm Girl said...

Your Mother-in-law is Peggy Dow??? Wow, That is just incredible. I bet she has peggyisms. Wow, Lea, Your life just amazes me. Being a old movie buff, that is just so cool.

I don't know why it makes me giggle but it does. Have a great week!

Michelle said...

Incredible! Now I'll have to go dig up a copy of Harvey! This world is so, so small!
Be blessed!

Sonja said...

She is a knockout! And funny too... what a fun mother in law!! Does Sunday Lane look like her? When I clicked on her pics, she reminded me of S.L.... I can tell you that she is MY kind of woman!!
I love spunky women!

Single and Sane said...

How fun to see the picture of Peggy and the progress of Anthropologie! It's bonus Monday!

Cheri Bunch said...

Wow!!! Had so much fun stopping by here! Thank you for a great post! Loved the "peggyisms"! :0


Meg said...

Wow, that is a really awesome connection! Little naked ladies... that's hilarious! Thanks for stopping by.:)

myletterstoemily said...


sunday lane does look a lot like
peggy, but other two daughers
do, too.

Anonymous said...

What a fun post! Love the naked lady story! Sounds like a fab MIL and the Peggy-isms are great.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I've always loved the movie "Harvey"! How neat that your mother-in-law is the actress Peggy Dow!

When I hear people make fun of a broken English accent I often wonder if Europeans are making fun of our attempts to speak their languages. I can just imagine how bad my broken Italian sounds to an Italian! :)

Together We Save said...

Wow -I am impressed!! Now you are even cooler!!

Elyse said...

so fun!

still chuckling over your comment on maryjane's latest post. :) thanks for the smiles.


His Song To Sing said...

I would love to meet Peggy and you, of course! What a fun pair you two must be.

I know exactly what you mean about how the Anthropologie stores come together as I got to see one in progress when I visited Debi in London last fall.

As always, I love your scripture tie-ins!

koralee said...

She sounds like my kinda her!

Now if only I can look like that when I am her age.


Rosie said...

Oh my dear...
She is a treasure for sure! She must just keep you in stitches...does she know how entertaining she is?...You my dear are so blessed.
Am still checking the mail anticipation of the sweet songbird that I will find.
Thanks so much for popping in once is just CrAzY and will continue this way for some time I fear...if there is anything worth seeing, I will take a wee snappie...I will stop back when I can...I am so grateful for you, my dear friend...have a JOY filled Rosie

Julie Harward said...

Thanks for your visit. I guess i am in the dark, I didn't know of this lady but she sure was pretty...very cool that she was your MIL! :D

Bree said...

How funny! What a beautiful mother in law-inside and out :) thank you for your sweet prayer-feeling it already! Bless you :)

Just Be Real said...

Interesting post. Enjoyed the read and the humor as well. Blessings to you dear.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Hah, naked ladies herald autumn here too. I got lots of hits on my blog for while because of my post titled exotic naked ladies.

Vee said...

She sounds like the most amazing lady and I bet that her children and grands think the world of her. Thank you for sharing these fun stories. (My mother holds this reputation in my family with my nieces telling story after story on her that make us all howl with laughter.)

Jenners said...

Peggy sounds like a pretty fun mother in law!! Glad you didn't wreck looking for the naked ladies.

Southern Lady said...

She sounds like an incredible lady. Carla

Anonymous said...

Who is Peggy Dow?? I have been to Anthropologie..spelling! It is a pretty neat store!

Sandra said...

Oh Lea, how funny! What a wonderful woman is Peggy, you're blessed to have her as a beloved MIL. Sassy women are the BEST!

myletterstoemily said...


peggy dow was a movie star from the
1950s who played in about nine movies,
including the beloved, "harvey."

Anonymous said...

So she is your mother in law?

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

That's it.

Mountain Mama said...

I am loving that Peggy-girl! She is soooo darn cute and hilarious. Sassssy. Love it!!

myletterstoemily said...

emily: yes!

Anonymous said...

Woah! Your mother in law is a actress? I cannot believe it! How cool!

myletterstoemily said...


Jo said...

Peggy Dow is your mother-in-law??? Good Grief...! I saw "Harvey" just recently, and I thought how cute she was a Nurse Kelly. She was funny and charming, and it sounds as if she is that way in real life too.

And yes, she still looks fabulous at 81.

Maria said...

What a special lady ~ what a special life you have with her.
Laughter is such a gift... it makes life light and wonderful!
Enjoy your family Lea!

Rosie said...

Oh my dear, if there is a "skirmish" between the boys at the border, it is because they have heard your little songbird sing...and know the value of this parcel...:)...sweet dreams my dear friend...Rosie

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Peggy Dow must be one kind of a lady, sweet Lea.
Wishing you a lovely happy and sunny Wednesday. We have the sun again after days of rain, tons of rain.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

OH my goodness!!! How gorgeous is she!!!! Then and Now :o) (Ah!!! I (my mom did too) love, love, love watching old classics!)

And hilarious! haha...good thing Hans kept it all together after his mom said that! haha

And It sounds like she would be so fun to be with.

Blessings & Aloha!
(I always look forward and appreciate your sweet comments! Thank you for popping over. You have such a blessed & beautiful family :o)

myletterstoemily said...

jo: she is just darling. i have seen her
get after her boys, though, just like
she laid into the negligent young doctor
on "harvey." so cute.

Julie Gillies said...

Wow! What a rich (and hilarious!) heritage! I love, love, loved the naked-lady comment. Thanks for the peggyism laughs!

Kerry O'Gorman said...

My daughter took me to the anthropologie store in Toronto when I was there. I fell in love with just about everything there but my wallet didn't! I did come home with a lovely drawer pull and some heavenly hand cream...lucky you to have one close by!

Anonymous said...

She sounds like a LOT of fun! And she's gorgeous!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh I just loved this!! May I be as spirited at that age...or may I start now!!! What a delight!!! My mother-in-law is 95 and we just crack up at some of her sayings....the grandkids get to kid her the most!
What a joy!!!!

Gloria said...

Thatsa one beautiful Mom-in-law!!! How fun to share in her zest for life...:)
Cute story to read!!!
Have a blessed night....xoxo Gloria

Liz said...

I so adore reading your blog! I just caught up and had a wonderful time reading through your posts! You are a delight as always!!

Ronda said...

The naked lady comment is a CLASSIC. That one goes in a leather bound book on the coffee table. When Anthro opens may I go with you, I'm so excited, I was praying and fasting for this for 5 years. JK. Okay not JK.

Girl Meets Paris said...

I am in shock that you have a famous mother-in-law!!!!! Somehow I missed the memo! This post was the best. Thanks for the smiles!!