The Bluebird of Happiness, Part Two

Blue skies Smiling at me

Nothing but blue skies Do I see

Bluebirds Singing a song

Nothing but bluebirds All day long”

Irving Berlin


Or, you know, whatever makes you happy.

18 thoughts on “The Bluebird of Happiness, Part Two

  1. I’ve made a good start on tackling my backlog of unsorted digital photographs, and am a quarter of the way through (there were 5,500 when I started). So feeling happier about that; and also clearer that I need to buy myself a proper camera once that’s done.

    I’ve started losing weight again, which feels great. Want to lose the stone and a half (20 lbs) I’ve regained.

    And after a string of unengaging/downbeat novels, I’ve just started rereading Loretta Chase’s ‘Dukes Prefer Blondes’, and it’s cheering me up no end.

  2. Diane says:

    I love the style of the illustration. Reminds me of children’s books from when I was young.

  3. Oh, and I’m just back from visiting some allotments (open for charity), and am excited by the idea of possibly having an allotment again, if I can’t find a house with a big enough garden. I used to do a lot of photography on my allotment, and really enjoyed the sociability of it, as well as the abundance of fruit, veg and cut flowers I could grow.

  4. Jenny says:

    I’m taking it easy since I did something that’s giving me a pain in the chest. No, not a heart attack; I googled and it appears to be pleurisy, so I’m taking aspirin for the pain (which is more of an ache whenever I breathe in or cough) and if it’s not better, I’ll hit the doctor next week. It’s an excellent excuse to just sit and read (and eat) so I’ll be dieting with Jane shortly. And then there’s Nita which is shaping up to be so much more than I thought it would be. Well, it always does. It’s gorgeous here, and since it’s a holiday weekend in the US that’s going to last four days, I’m socked in with plenty of food, water, diet coke, tea, and the makings for pumpkin custard, spaghetti, cake mix cookies, tuna salad, sugar-free brownies, and steak sandwiches, along with a freezer full of ice cream pints. Be with you in a minute, Jane.

  5. Take your time – I don’t believe in dieting, anyway. I’m just trying to eat (and drink) a bit less, and exercise a bit more: that’s what worked last time. It’s just so easy to creep back into overeating.

  6. Janet says:

    I am sitting in my hammock swing in my now dry backyard while the fire dept finishes pumping the remains of the flood water from my basement. We had two storm systems yesterday with tons of rain and there was flooding everywhere. They called for a mandatory evacuation of the entire area last evening. Fortunately, my ex husband and I are on good terms and he and his SO took me (and my 2cats) in for the night. I am extremely grateful it wasn’t as bad for me as it was for my neighbors several houses away and that whole area; many of their homes were flooded worse than mine and my immediate neighbors, and several had their homes condemned due to basement walls collapsing under the weight of the water.

    So I have a lot to be grateful for right now.

  7. Eileen says:

    I was told by my doctor to take ibuprofen for pleurisy, That lessens the inflammation of the lining and makes it less painful. It’s not fun Jenny.

  8. Eileen says:

    I spent much of last week in Chicago visiting family and friends. We got together with my college roommate & her husband and it was like no time had passed instead of lots and lots. Also we met up with one of my hubby’s college buddies & his wife. Again it’s been years since the four of us have been together but it seemed like yesterday. We also had dinner with my aunts and some of my cousins & their spouses. That was wonderful, especially since I hadn’t seen my aunts since my mom’s funeral. Revisiting the old stomping grounds made me remember why I enjoyed living in Minnesota. Despite missing all of the family and these friends, it did feel good to return home.

  9. MJ says:

    Yikes! Glad you’re okay. We went through that about eight years ago and downpours still make me twitch.

  10. JenniferNennifer says:

    I should be joining Jane, but I am putting off my diet for a few more weeks. Bacon and tomato sandwiches for dinner tonight to celebrate summer.

    Had an unexpectedly productive couple of days in the office when no one else was there. An easy week this week with the holiday and leaving early most days.

    Happy 4th for those in or from the US.

  11. MJ says:

    Family reunion in northern Wisconsin saw more grey skies than blue (think: kids racing from water-skiing to warm themselves at the campfire). The 30 of us dared not discuss politics, and I stayed offline, which helped me finally shake a low-level funk…or maybe it was the day I had nothing to do except putter around baking 12 dozen cookies. Mmmmmm.

  12. Thea says:

    I left an exercise group a couple years ago, but my friends still invite me to Coffee Wednesdays and I have a fine time catching up.

    Friday indulgence: dinner from the lobster shack a block over. Double-loaded lobster roll with lobster bisque for dipping. Chips and slaw. Cheap, icy white wine.

    Took down the floral armament, rescued half-a-dozen tillandsias to add to the collection.

    Bonus: Island celebrates the Fourth in a Big Way, and tourists swarm. They don’t know, evidently, how to bike, drive or walk. They do spend money, which keeps little shops like the lobster shack afloat so I can enjoy the wares. And I have a gate behind which are food, books and family.

  13. Janet says:

    They make me twitch too; this is the second flood I’ve had at,this house. The other one was 4 years ago. This time is worse since they shut off my gas so I don’t have hot water, can’t cook (gas stove) and my central air unit seems to have given up the ghost (it was on the side of the house where the water was deepest). But I still have a house, my cats are safe and I have electricity. I also hav nice neighbors who let me take a warm shower at their house tonight so I am all set to go to work clean and fresh tomorrow morning.

  14. Holiday weekend in Canada. My SIL, her husband and dogs came for the weekend. Despite lots of rain, we had an enjoyable weekend and got out to enjoy the celebrations. Hoping to see more blue sky this week.

  15. Bridget says:

    For the Americans among us, what’s an allotment?

    Or the clueless, if everyone else already knows. ; )

  16. Bridget says:

    Jenny, when you googled pleurisy, where did it say to not go to the doctor?

    Pleurisy can be a symptom of other things as well as a condition. Don’t you have asthma?

    Please call your doctor.

  17. Bridget says:

    Spent the last six weeks trying to make the Nationals in nosework with the dogs. We didn’t.

    So now I’m looking forward to cleaning the house, the car and finding what I’ve lost on the desk.

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