The Year of the Rooster

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
With Joshua Summers (rooster masked man)
Rooster Mask Portrait by Chia Chong

Happy Chinese New Year!
2017…the year of the rooster…are you a rooster…do you know a rooster?
Roosters, Origami, Fun with Paper, Paper Crafts, Paper Decorations
(watch this video from Origami Time to learn how to make this rooster origami)

People born in a year of the Rooster (1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017) are observant, hardworking, resourceful, courageous, and talented. Roosters are very confident in themselves.

Roosters are always active, funny, and popular within a crowd. Roosters are talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. They like to be the center of attention.

Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering. They enjoy the spotlight and will always be charming.

Roosters are a little self absorbed. They expect others to listen to them while they speak, and can become agitated if they don’t. Roosters like to brag about themselves and their accomplishments.

Their behavior of continually seeking the unwavering attention of others annoys people around them at times.
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Roosters are loyal and make devoted friends. They ALWAYS keep their promises and are true to their word. Sensitive individuals may find it hard to get along well with Roosters, because they always brag about themselves and their accomplishments, which may make others uncomfortable.

Roosters are typically healthy people. They are active and enjoy sports. Roosters don’t get sick very often because they tend to fight illness well. Even when they do become ill, they feel better quickly. Are you a rooster?
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If you are a rooster, or know a rooster, or wish you were a rooster, here are a few things you need to know.

  • Lucky numbers: 5, 7, and 8
  • Lucky days: the 4th and 26th of any Chinese lunar month
  • Lucky colors: gold, brown, and yellow
  • Lucky flowers: gladiola, cockscomb
  • Lucky directions: south, southeast
  • Lucky months: the 2nd, 5th, and 11th Chinese lunar months
  • Unlucky color: red
  • Unlucky numbers: 1, 3, and 9
  • Unlucky direction: east (what????)
  • Unlucky months: the 3rd, 9th, and 12th Chinese lunar months

Party Decorations, Over the top parties, Libbie Summers Parties, Chinese Lanterns
Happy Chinese New Year!!! Celebrate the rooster or any new beginning with a party like THIS!

Eat This and Keep Your Eyes on the Horizon

By Libbie Summers

Photography by Chia Chong


A Food-Inspired Life, Libbie Summers, Oranges, Stories

Disclaimer: The healing power of the Mandarin oranges noted in this article are not substantiated by any medical authority aside from a surly retired oral surgeon and a novice yacht chef.

I could hear his laughter as he came down the dock so I was a little less anxious. This was one of my first professional jobs as a yacht chef and I was eager to make this boat owner happy. I had heard stories about him –a retired oral surgeon, nearly 80 years old who snow-skied, played tennis and yacht raced better than men half his age. Dr. “K” had the reputation of being aloof, thrifty and more than a little hard on the crew. I was confident I could win him over. Back then, what I lacked in brains, I made up in false confidence.

As he stepped on the boat, I chuckled to myself, “I got this.” He looked like Bjorn Borg (circa 1977) was his wardrobe stylist. Cream colored tennis shorts (that were just that much too short for a man of dangling participle age) and a white tennis shirt topped with a tattered FILA sweater vest. I couldn’t help notice that his Aspen Mountain backpack weighed more than he. What was so scary about this toothpick of a man? This was going to be a piece of cake. I’d wine and dine this old bastard and have him eating out of the palm of my racket hand…boy was I ever wrong. In the week we spent on the boat he never said a word to me. Actually going out of his way to not look me in the eyes and a couple of times even pushed me out of his way. On our last day offshore and just when I thought my ego couldn’t take any more punishment, the seas around us started getting rough and I was feeling queasy. I came up on deck and walked past the rest of the crew to the aft of the boat and promptly threw up over the side. As my spinning head hung over the life lines, I got a gentle tap on the shoulder. Dr “K” was standing there with a concerned look on his face and a Mandarin orange in his hand. “Here, eat this Libbie and keep your eye on the horizon.” I can’t say if it was the orange, horizon or just knowing that the good doctor knew my name, but somehow I was cured.

Too Much Fruit

By Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong
Production Assistant: Candace Brower 

One of the many good things about living south of the Mason Dixon line is the ability to be a citrus farmer…if only in your backyard. My current home in Savannah is no exception. On this modest piece of ground overlooking the Forrest River, there grows one yellow grapefruit tree, 2 orange trees, and one clementine tree. About this time every year all of the trees are heavy with fruit. 

For the first month after the fruit ripened, my husband and I made ourselves drunk with vitamin C consumption. Each day, our diet consisted of a large glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and half a grapefruit for breakfast. Lunch included a just picked clementine or two acting as a dessert. And, cocktail hour always involved a twist.

A Food-Inspired Life, Libbie Summers, Too Much Fruit

Between the two of us, we had eaten more citrus than a rally full of frenzied Anita Bryant supporters hopped up on self-righteous morals and misinformation.  Yet still, we had made no dent in our citrus spoils.

On day 32, I started giving the fruit to anyone who would take it. Baskets full were left at the food bank, my yoga studio and dentist’s office. I handed out citrus like advice. And, like my advice, no one wanted it.

Last week my neighbor had a large construction crew at her home working on a new seawall and I saw and opportunity. 

“Hey boys, can I give you some fruit from my citrus trees to take home?” I asked. While they were shaking their heads “no”, I was putting bags stuffed with the candy colored fruit in the back of each pick-up truck. I told myself it was for their own good…scurvy still being a thing and all.

Now some 40 plus days after the first juice was squeezed, I can finally see an end to our citrus bounty. A ladder is needed to reach the last plump orbs and for some reason the fruit just doesn’t taste as sweet.

It saddens me to think I won’t see the spectacular colors dotting the view from my windows or smell the citrus perfume that fills the air for another year. If I’m smart, I’ll use this time from now until that first fruit ripens to devise a plan on how to dispose of them.


It’s Citrus Season

By Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong

Polka Dots. I love them. Always have –it’s probably why I love winter time in the South. In the days from January to March, the fruit trees around my beautiful city are painted with polka dots. Bright oranges, yellows and greens. Oranges, lemons and limes are ripe for the picking, pickling, jamming and using to make a citrus smiley mouth. Join me as I celebrate the polka dots of nature in all their beauty on and off the tree.
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Libbie Loves: Birthday Gifts

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Just a few of the many things I’m crushing on this birthday week. I asked for them all (because why not) and hoped that I’d get one…and I did. Follow my instagram stories and see which one!

Fun Gift Ideas, Birthday Gifts, Fun Gifts,

1. Because I plan on being able to play the ukulele by Christmas.
Orange Ukulele from @reverb 

2. Because my current knife case has shit the bed.
Billy Reid Knife Case @Billy_Reid 

3. Because I tried these on in Paris and fell in love.
Endora Mary Jane in Dream Blue Patent Leather from @RepettoParis

4. Because I have 4 recipes in the book and it’s the coolest cookbook!!
The Short Stack Cookbook @shortstackeds 

5. Because I love a beanie and I love cashmere and I love pink.
Pink Cashmere Beanie  available @shopbop 

6. Because these are the COOLEST candles ever made and they are made in the USA (Kansas City)
Metallic Taper Candles from @creative.candles

7. Because I love doing basic chalk art.
Sargent Art Square Chalk Pastels @sargentart

8. Because I hate plastic.
Takenaka Bento Box @takenaka_bento_box 

9. Because I already have a set of these and I need another and this is the coolest store owned by the most adorable person on the planet.
Yoshi Bath Towels in Grey available @portofraleigh