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PostPosted: Thu 14 Oct, 2004 11:05 pm    Post subject: Things that make me happy Reply with quote

Subject: Things that make me happy
originally posted by David on Jul 19, 04 - 4:07 AM

I'm feeling in particularly high spirits at the moment. These are some of the reasons:-

Bacon lettuce and tomato sandwiches.
Bubblewrap.
Waking up before the alarm clock rings.
CD-R
Dinner for two in a quiet restaurant.
Eating vegetables from my own garden.
Blue sky after days of rain.
Playing frisbee with all four boys at once.
High speed broadband internet connection.
Hearing the sound of rain on the outside of my tent.
Receiving a handwritten letter from a friend.
Being the first person to stick a knife in the peanut butter.
Bonfires.
Watching teenagers' faces when they realise that the loud music is coming out of the old guy's car.
Fried eggs with runny yolks.
Hearing my kids laugh at the same cartoon I laughed at 30 years earlier.
My kids getting great school reports.
A sober Ozzy Osbourne looks worse than me with a hangover.
Futurama.
Flipping through a magazine, starting at the back.
Lowest bank rate ever.
The way I jump everytime my cell phone goes off when set on vibrate.
Going on holiday soon.
Instant Messaging.
Living with 5 people who will walk up to me and hug me for no reason.
Going to a live outdoor music fesival next month.
Being in love.
Mullet haircuts - how could anyone not smile when they see one?
The noise my espresso machine makes.
Bright sunshine streaming through my bedroom window in the morning
The cold side of the pillow.
Finishing work on Friday
Being able to walk to work (4 miles) when I want to
cooking curry
Popup blockers.
The smell of cloves and newly cut lawns.
Cabernet Sauvignon
Surrealism.
Knowing that there are five toads and 4 bats living in my garden
Tangy Cheese Doritos
Going down stairs on Saturday to find the kids have made their own breakfasts and cleared away.
Discovering new bands who are really good.
Having the whole sauna to myself.
Having dinner with the whole family
Being woken up by being kissed on the neck

What's making you happy at the moment?


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PostPosted: Thu 14 Oct, 2004 11:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Things that make me happy Reply with quote

Subject: Re: Things that make me happy
originally posted by CAM on Jul 21, 04 - 1:02 AM

Grilled hamburgers with fried onions and mushrooms with corn on the cob, eaten with family and friends.


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PostPosted: Thu 14 Oct, 2004 11:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Things that make me happy Reply with quote

Subject: Re: Things that make me happy
originally posted by llizard on Jul 21, 04 - 7:33 AM

Potted plants that I thought I killed over the winter have miraculously releafed in the middle of July: Gingko tree, Bay Laurel, Hibiscus, Fuschia.

Nasturtiums that flower in our garden even though they are in deep shade.

Bicycling and discovering a new neighbourhood with a house that has the most wonderful front garden absolutely full of flowers and plants, complete with a little running stream. The crowning glory are the plaster dwarves, Snow White, Santa Claus(!), monkey, frogs, lambs, swans standing in amongst the greenery.


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PostPosted: Thu 14 Oct, 2004 11:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Re: Things that make me happy (secret garden gnome lover Reply with quote

Subject: Re: Re: Things that make me happy (secret garden gnome lover)
originally posted by CAM on Jul 21, 04 - 7:33 PM

I have always LOVED garden gnomes, although only the anonymonity of llizard's forum, and llizard's admission allows me to confess this. We have only a discreet bird bath in our garden. But no birds visit -- I think it may be too near a fence and a tree where Cats Could Conceivably Lurk.


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PostPosted: Thu 14 Oct, 2004 11:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Re: Re: Things that make me happy (secret garden gnome l Reply with quote

Subject: Re: Re: Re: Things that make me happy (secret garden gnome lover)
originally posted by llizard on Jul 22, 04 - 9:54 AM

CAM wrote:
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: I have always LOVED garden gnomes [...] We have only a discreet bird
: bath in our garden. But no birds visit -- I think it may be too near a
: fence and a tree where Cats Could Conceivably Lurk
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I have always loved them too but wouldn't want to actually have plaster gnomes, flamingoes or deer in my own garden (unless they were very very small). Our shady garden is a bit of a jungle. It has several mirrors for reflecting the rare sunlight that sneaks in to each part of the garden for a few moments each day, a very elegant cast iron bird sculpture, an elegant bird bath that we no longer fill, 4 birdfeeders that we no longer fill, 4 very small plaster fairies hiding (they're not very good at hiding though - one can see them easily!) in the ground cover, some castmetal and/or stone lizards (I wish we had real ones!), several windmills (faded) and a copper pennyfarthing bicycle weathervane.

A recent acquisition from a lawn sale has made us particularly happy - it is a ceramic wide mouth frog with the most ludicrous grin on its face.

But still with all that in our small garden, we can't possibly compete with the even smaller garden with the stream and SnowWhite etc. etc.


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Alas, I had to stop feeding the birds after coming out into the garden early one morning to hear sounds of bird distress and to see a very forlorn tailless male cardinal limp quickly away from me into the underbrush to die. The wicked cat (it's not as if all the cats around here aren't fed enough by their owners!) was nowhere to be seen. We love the cardinals and so decided that we couldn't risk their lives any longer.

The wide mouth frog reminds me of a joke that I simply refuse to repeat because it will get lost in the translation to the written word.


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PostPosted: Thu 14 Oct, 2004 11:08 pm    Post subject: wide mouthed frog Reply with quote

Subject: wide mouthed frog
originally posted by Mrs MEF on Jul 23, 04 - 6:40 PM
Related Website: [url=http://ashycook.topcities.com/cartoons/widemouthfrog.htm[/url]

For those who aren't familiar with the wide mouth frog story, the cartoon on the related website has a brief version. But I agree with llizard that it's a story best told in person.

(Recalling the first time I heard it - the teller was brilliant. I can still here the final barely articulated "oh, I see".)


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PostPosted: Thu 14 Oct, 2004 11:09 pm    Post subject: Re: wide mouthed frog punchline Reply with quote

Subject: Re: wide mouthed frog punchline
originally posted by llizard on Jul 23, 04 - 6:44 PM
Related Website: http://ashycook.topcities.com/cartoons/widemouthfrog.htm

Yes, Mrs.MEF, that cartoon is close but the punchline is wrong wrong wrong.

(I too heard the story years ago - I think it was on TV - I want to say "Merv Griffin". The final words were indeed "Oh I see.")


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Subject: Re: wide mouthed frog
originally posted by CAM on Jul 24, 04 - 12:44 AM
Related Website: http://members.doubleknot.com/NCACGooseCreekDistrict/docs/a_campfire_collection_pdf.pdf

For those of us dying of curiosity about the wide-mouthed frog story, I found a skit version of it at the linked site (pdf). Search for "frog." In this version, the punch line is "oh."


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PostPosted: Thu 14 Oct, 2004 11:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Things that make me happy Reply with quote

Subject: Re: Things that make me happy
originally posted by meow =^.^= on Aug 5, 04 - 6:12 AM

wow nice list David happy

made me think of the song ...

Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles
And warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages
Tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the dog bites,
When the bee stings,
When I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad

Cream-colored ponies
And crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleighbells
And schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly
With the moon on thir wings
These are a few of my favorite things

When the dog bites,
When the bee stings,
When I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad

Girls in white dresses
With blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay
On my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters
That melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things!

When the dog bites,
When the bee stings,
When I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad

meow =^.^=


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