The Bluebird of Happiness, Part Three


“An optimist is someone who figures that

if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck,

it’s the bluebird of happiness.”

Robert Breaut


Let’s be optimistic about this.

12 thoughts on “The Bluebird of Happiness, Part Three

  1. JenniferNennifer says:

    Decided long ago I would rather be happy and optimistic and turn out wrong than be miserable – right or wrong. It’s definitely a blue bird.

    Made cookies with my sister yesterday, still cruising on the combined delights.

  2. Jenny says:

    It’s gorgeous here today. And I bought a shovel on Amazon that arrived yesterday and it’s gorgeous, too. I don’t know why it took me so long to realize that cheap garden tools, like all other categories of tools, are not a savings. And I made sugar free chocolate cake last night and noodle soup and chicken and gravy, so I’m set for meals for awhile. Except I want to make quiche today and pumpkin custard. Thank god for freezers.

    • Jenny says:

      For the pumpkin? About a quarter cup of sugar for the large can. If you’re not baking something that needs to brown, you can cut sugar WAY back. If I’m cooking from scratch, I use whole wheat pastry flour. It’s so finely ground you can’t really tell the difference. I use that for gravy, too.

  3. I’ve been under the weather for over a month now (think I’ve finally got it figured out, and I have Lyme Disease, but it will take some convincing of my primary physician and then a test that’s known for false negatives before it’s official), and mostly unable to do anything, but I’m so, so, SO happy that my editor loved the final (for now) book in the Farmers’ Market Mysteries that are coming out this summer, so there were hardly any revisions, and I was able to get them done this week and send them in today.

    I’d committed to a ridiculous set of deadlines for these three books, and there were plenty of times when I didn’t think I’d make the deadlines, so it’s particularly happy-making to have them behind me (except, of course, for the actual launches and related promotion), despite feeling so terrible for so long.

    • Kim says:

      I recommend that you research the Cowden protocol. I have chronic Lyme and was on 2 antibiotics for 2 years. When I relapsed, I went with herbs, which have been as effective as the antibiotics, plus I am doing the herbs on my own without a doctor.

    • MJ says:

      Yikes, Gin, hope you can get help with the pain. Congratulations on what’s clearly a Herculean effort to meet those deadlines.

  4. Started the day off with yoga – I concentrated on my breathing and felt rejuvenated after the class. After several months of lunch time yoga, I seem to be moving and breathing more easily through my practice. Good motivation to keep going. Working in my garden which always make me feel peaceful and relaxed.

  5. MJ says:

    Extremely happy that the back muscles I annoyed on July 4 are themselves happier.

    Have also been drawing daily (“Art Before Breakfast” is my inspiration), which makes my brain feel better.

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