Saturday, August 01, 2009

Happy Birthday, Happy Thoughts

I'd like to take a minute to wish my dad Bill a VERY happy 82nd birthday!

We all know and love Bill for his infamous Bill-isms as well as the many mostly-relevant comments he leaves on this blog. Bill has been reading this blog since my first post back in 2005 - and I look forward to every one of his comments. I like to tease him that they are "mostly-relevant" because he has a knack for slipping off topic every now and then, which to me is hysterical. I also like to tease him because I'm a smart ass... which is completely relevant because I got that from him.

So anyway... Happy birthday dad. I hope you have a fantastic day!

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And speaking of happy things... I just stumbled on this post sitting in my drafts folder collecting dust. It happens to be part two of my Happiness Is post and somehow I had forgotten to publish it back in March when I wrote it.

These uplifting comments were provided by you as a result of my request for your happy thoughts. Turned out that so many people submitted entries I needed two posts to list them all. So then... here are the rest.

Happiness is...
having good mates

hugs from my children

a good book and time to read it

sunshine on my back

- Mooselet

zyedeco music

listening to your child read his/her first book

15 uninterrupted minutes in the library
- Ed

a night out with the hubs

a pile of kids in my bed or recliner

a cat purring just 'cause I'm near
- Gette

1. Downloading songs onto my ipod.

2. Catching up with my favorite bloggers (Jeff, JD, and Jaffer).

3. that first cup of coffee in the morning.

4. Happy Hour with my husband.

5. My daughter baking a cake.

6. Looking out my window at the trees.
- Ann of the Junk Drawer Blog Family
1) a quiet house with children napping

2) a nice bubble bath with a glass of wine

3) the feeling of a job well done.

4) baking fresh cookies

5) picking a tomato off the bush

6) finding something you've been looking for

7) a good snuggle

8) getting mail you didn't expect from someone you love

9) chocolate
- Michelle
coming home from girls' night out and seeing my family cleaned the whole house while I was out. : -)
- Jen

My own real happiness and my own true thing that makes me smile every time is a child. Things can be at their very worst but it's always the children who bring light into my life ~ no matter how dark it gets.

I’d rather kiss the face of a baby than do anything else in the world. It is the children that matter.

- Cathouse Teri

my family

comments on my blog

sales in my etsy shop


polite people

unexpected gifts (especially the little things)

warm weather


when I don't
have to go anywhere

good music

a pen that writes smoothly

aromatic flowers

- Heather
Snuggling with Peter, getting unexpected hugs from Emma, and baking in my kitchen!
- Jacki
Happiness is: a Beatles' lyric (or two). They warm you like an old best friend.

God, I'm getting soft in my old age.
- Prefers Her Fantasy Life

the freshness after a summer rain, a slight breeze on a warm summer day, admiring how our one sun is keeping life on earth, and is equally shared by all people, and of course being with the one you love for 59 years.
- Bill
I think happiness is a guinea pig!


Discovering a brand new book by a favorite author.

Coffee (or whatever!) with your best friends.

Johnnies football. Eagles wrestling. River Bats baseball.

A perfectly grilled steak and a great glass of wine.

Stephen says a perfect grilled cheese sandwich.

The sound of your husband coming home for the night.

- PatKG

My kids
My pets and farm animals
The Woods
The Lake
The Ocean
Birdsong esp. the call of the loon and thrush
A job well done
- Windyridge

Happiness is... riding your motorcycle after a really bad day at work, and feeling all the stress blow off you!

Happiness is... Lobster with warm butter!

Happiness is... a long hot shower after a weekend of camping!
- Lady Ridesalot
Seeing seven smiling faces after a hard day at work - soon to be eight, but that might still be gas.:)


Hiking in the Mountains

Riding the TTA(Tomorrowland Transit Authority)at the Magic Kingdom.

Reading a good book, in front of a fire on a snowy day.

Reading a good book, curled up on the couch, on a rainy day.

Snuggling with my wife.

Finally, having a job.
- Roger


Unknown said...

I feel so happy now!

rick said...

I just got into town, and read your last blog. I feel the need to defend myself. I didn't hear you call Bill "Jim" until I was walking toward the car to leave. Too late. Happiness is watching your little brother put his foot in his mouth.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

gette - Then my work here is done. :-)

rick - Have you ever tasted size 11 shoe? It's not too bad.

April said...

Happy bday, Bill!

Mom Thumb said...

Happy Birthday, Bill! I was going to mail you a card but we just got back from the Boundary Waters and are now in the process of helping Jess and her roommate move. But I was thinking about you. :-)

Michelle said...

Happy birthday, Bill! It's a good one -- today is MY husband's birthday... and tomorrow is Little Miss's :)

And oddly, I SOOO don't remember writing those happiness things, but I can see me saying ummm most of them!

Heather said...

I'm thinking Flowers more than lowers, but apparently I am picky.

Happy birthday to Mr. Bill!

Charli said...

Happy Birthday to my favorite, oh thats right, my only Father in law. Bill you have the greatest day, okay because you are seriously one of the best of the best and I love you for it. Love Charli

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

april - I 2nd that!

mom thumb - Sounds like fun!
... the Boundary Waters thing that is, not the moving thing.

michelle - Sure you did. Check it out here. I don't make everything up you know.

heather - Picky picky picky. I suppose you like to pick lowers too.

charli - I agree, you got pretty lucky when you married me. Uh... to get him for a FIL that is. ;-)

JD at I Do Things said...

Happy birthday, Bill!

My dad's birthday is coming up (8-11), but sadly he passed away 7 years ago. I know he'd love my blog and would have made lots of funny comments. I'm happy to see how much you love and appreciate your dad. He's awesome!

Babs-beetle said...

Happy birthday to Jeff's dad.

Happiness is getting back online after you've been down for a few days :)

Anonymous said...

Happy belated birthday to your dad and thanks for the happy thoughts. A good way to start the weekend.

Janna said...

Awww! How sweet!
This makes me want to compile a happiness list of my own.

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

jd - I have no doubts your dad would love your blog. *I* love your blog and we've never even met IRL. :-)

babs - Yes... that is a happy feeling!

unfinishedrambler - I agree. A good dose of happiness never hurt anyone.

janna - Please do. And let me know if you need an entry.

Maureen said...

Happy belated birthday Bill! My dad is 82 too, (May 11th). He reads, but never comments on my blog. I love your input! Hope you had a great one with lots of cake and good company.

Jason said...

This is a great site you have here. I have a humor blog myself and I would like to exchange links with you. Let me know if this is possible. Until then, I look forward to reading some more of your posts. Take care.

Happy Birthday!

Roger Miller said...

Happy Birthday Bill! May you celebrate many, many more!