Friday, December 08, 2006

Happiness Is….

I don’t really remember where this came from. It seems like some 70s, cutesy, positive affirmation thing. Does anyone else remember the “Happiness Is…” thing? Well, I thought I’d update it for HouseBloggers.

All of us go through moments where it’s hard to find the silver lining. Some of us have those moments in a more brutal fashion than others. Somehow, though, you must find something that you can look to and say, "That could have been much worse". Or even if it is as bad as it gets, you need to trick yourself in to thinking that some good will come out of it. Otherwise, you’re likely to end up in a clock tower with a high powered rifle.

So here is “Happiness Is…” HouseBlogger style.

Happiness Is…
Burping in your respirator after a good lunch. Hmmmm!

Happiness Is…
Stepping in dog poop just before you climb a ladder and not realizing it until your on the way down. It’s like a little treat waiting for you on each rung.

Happiness Is…
Waking up to find that the septic tank has not backed up in to your house, but has only backed-up part of the way under your house.

Happiness Is…
A contractor who only shows up one hour late. He's practically on time!

Happiness Is…
Realizing a lot of the wood for the floor is milled wrong and can’t be installed. This means you get to quit early for the day!

Happiness Is…
Getting the cast iron beauty from Ebay delivered broken in to 5 pieces. You get your money back!

Happiness Is…
Windows that let in fresh air even when they’re closed.

Happiness Is…
Toilets that never stop running. If only your car was that good.

Happiness Is…
Knowing that you can answer the question, “What’s plaster taste like”.

Happiness Is…
Knowing that because you own an old house, or one going through major renovations, you always have an excuse to drink.

Happiness Is…
The sweet smell of lead paint bubbling and burning.

Happiness Is…
Having a complete mental map of every isle at the hardware store. Why, most of the employees don't even have that.

Happiness Is…
A plumber that over charges you, but does do good work.

Feel free to add your own.

5 comments:

Bill said...

:) Good stuff!

I'll play...

Happiness is...squinting until the cracks go away.

Happiness is...a day without drawing blood.

Happiness is...having everything roll to the center of the room.

Happiness is...finding hair in your plaster.

Happiness is...a ceiling that's not on the floor.

ben said...

Happiness is... knowing that the roof only leaks if the rain comes from the south.

Happiness is...knowing water won't seep into the basement until the creek hits flood stage, at least twice a year.

and Happiness is ... knowing that the sump pump installed by the PO in the highest spot WILL kick in before the water crests over the platform the washer and dryer sit on.

Jocelyn said...

Happiness is...the sweet smell of sawdust in the morning, afternoon and evening.

Happiness is...getting really really dirty and not caring.

Happiness is...gazing into the wood grain and feeling bliss.

Happiness is...the satisfaction from a really hard days work.

Happiness is...only having to do a job once!

Thanks for making me remember why I do these silly things at my house. I miss the work in the work in the winter- we do much less in the winter...

StuccoHouse said...

Happiness is....see the blood on your hand and knowing your tetnus shot is current.

Happiness is....knowing the bats are eating the carpenter ants and the shrew will probably ultimately eat the bats.

Happiness is....finding a deal of the century buried in dust at your local salvage place.

Mei said...

Happiness Is…
Windows that let in fresh air even when they’re closed.


I laughed until I choked on that one.

Happiness is...knowing the slant in the floor makes indoor bowling so much easier.

Happiness is...being able to write your name in the plaster dust on the closet floor.

Happiness is...contractor donations.