Tuesday, August 20, 2013

"They say it's your birthday..."

Today is Dan's birthday!!!!!!!!
Dan is such an important part of this blog (always reminding me to take photos for you, offering post ideas, editing my writing, being in photos, encouraging and supporting me and the time it takes to write the blog, reading my comments, etc..) that I wanted you to know that today is his birthday!!!
 And, it's a big one... the big 6-0!!!!  
I met him just days before his 32nd birthday.... where do the years go?!!

Dan's birthday present.... a riding lawn mower!  Evidently Big Blue's tire tracks in the meadow weren't making the groundskeeper (i.e. Dan;) happy, so we've added Little Red to the family!  
(for you husbands out there whom I'm told read the blog it's a Ferris with a Kawasaki engine, details here:)



Happy 60th birthday to my best friend!!!!
So happy to be on this adventure with you!
I love you!
xxojoan


Update:
This is Dan... I want to thank each of you for your heartwarming birthday wishes.  I was truly touched by each and every comment,  Joan read them to me throughout the day when she checked the blog.  It was a perfect day and all of your comments and wishes have been the icing on the cake!
Still blowing out candles...
Dan


92 comments:

  1. Happy birthday Dan and thank you for being a great help meet

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  2. Happy Birthday to your hubby Dan.
    Bet he does a bang up job on the yard........
    and this was a great gift for his 60th birthday,
    something about a man with a tractor.........lol

    Birthday Blessings
    Nellie

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  3. Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday Superman {cause you really are}, happy birthday to you.

    Dan - enjoy the new toy and the celebration with your beautiful lady.

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  4. Happy Birthday Dan!! Congratulations on the mower. I envy anyone with a zero turn radius. :D

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  5. well a big and wonderful day to Mr. Dan!

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  6. Happy Birthday to Dan!! Perfect gift for a man. ;) It sounds like he is such a blessing to you! :)

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  7. Happy Birthday Dan.....60 but still going strong ...LOL !!
    Enjoy your day with all your love ones.

    A hug from Holland ;)
    Stella

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  8. Happy Birthday Dan...and I'm jealous of your new birthday present!

    Kat

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  9. My hubby has indeed admired big blue, so I will have to show him little red too :) Happy Birthday, Dan!

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  10. Bravo!!! Well done!!! And congratulations on your long happy relationship, too! Take the day off - both of you!

    Cheers,
    Jonn

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  11. Happy birthday Dan! You can pop a few wheelies on little Red to celebrate!

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  12. A big Happy Birthday to Dan! Love Little Red. Your blog parallels our life so much, I love reading it. And I get it about the tractor marks, as we own one, too. DH needed to get a new zero turn for speed and ease of mowing. I don't think ego had anything to do with it! Do you??? :)
    It's a New England thing! Kind of like those roof rakes!~ Anyway, Happy Birthday, Dan. So admire what you both have done with your home.

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  13. Happy Birthday! I like you both even more now that I know we're in the same age group (ha ha). Just followed you on Instagram too! Fun!

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    1. Don't forget that I am MUCH younger than Dan, Janet:):)

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  14. Happy 60th Birthday Dan! That's a real nice lawnmower! You will have a ball making those fancy spins with it!

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  15. Happy Birthday Dan!!! A young 60 years! Enjoy your yard time on your new toy!

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  16. Happy Birthday Dan!!! I hope you have great time on your picnic and come back home for a spin on Little Red! Tina

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  17. much older sister SusanAugust 20, 2013 at 11:26 AM


    HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our DAN! WE LOVE YOU VERY MUCH!!!!!!!!!! We will call later tonight!

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    1. much older sister SusanAugust 20, 2013 at 8:53 PM

      It was so much fun talking to you both tonight! Love you three and miss you!

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  18. Aw, how sweet! Happy birthday to Dan The Man. :)

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  19. Happy birthday Dan! My favorite birthday wisdom: "You may be older than you've ever been before, but...you're younger than you'll ever be again!" Hallmark. Best, Beth C.

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  20. And you thought three garage spaces was going to be plenty! Ha Ha
    Will be watching for that new barn you'll be building soon!
    Have a great birthday.

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    1. You are very astute! The second it was driven off the deliver truck I said "Where are we going to put it?!" I hadn't thought of that prior. Luckily it fits in front of my car in the garage for winter storage... but it was close!

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  21. Happy Birthday Dan,
    I am always amazed at the projects you take on. You really inspire so many of us and when the project is done...it looks fabulous. Hope you have a wonderful day and a great birthday. You look great on your new toy!

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  22. Happy Birthday to Dan! What a coincidence, I married my guy when he was 32 and he turned 60 last month! Wow! :)

    XO,
    Jane

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  23. Happy Birthday Dan!

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  24. A new mower and German Chocolate Cupcakes, what a nice birthday! Happy Birthday.

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  25. Sto Lat to Dan and welcome to the 60's club. I just joined last year. We get the impression you are retired and now are enjoying life in New Hampshire fixing and always improving your home. It's beautiful and it is wonderful that you and Joan share the same passion!

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    1. ha! Dan "wishes" he was retired Judi, but alas he is not;)

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  26. Happy birthday, Dan. I have to admit I'm a little jealous of your new zero turn. I think we need something in between the push mower and the tractor at our place.

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  27. Happy Birthday to THE MAN! And congratulations on the newest member of your family. Now you can write love letters in the meadow!

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  28. Happy Birthday Dan! Enjoy "little red." Cheers to good health & the next 60!!!

    Ron is still envious of "big blue," but he is happy with his "mean green machine!" LOL

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  29. Happy Birthday Dan....have fun with the new toy.

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  30. Happy Birthday Dan!!! So glad you share the blog. It's a must read that I check everyday and get so excited to see a new post. Your journey together in life is full of blessings to each other and to us. xo

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  31. Happy Birthday Dan!! Can't share this post with hubby. He'd be so jealous of your new gift! Sara, Ohio

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  32. Happy Birthday---have a wonderful day!

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  33. Happy Birthday, Dan. I'm always admiring your ingenuity and handiwork.

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  34. Happy birthday to Dan! Enjoy your special day!
    Claudia

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  35. Happy Birthday Dan! Looks like the right tool for the job! Enjoy those cupcakes too...
    Layne

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  36. Happy Birthday Dan!! And, many more to come. You look great on your new riding mower! ;)

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  37. Happy Birthday, Dan...Thanks for sharing Big Blue, Little Red and the many things that you do.

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  38. HAPPY birthday to Dan!!!!!!!!! The big 60 is a biggie, I know, I am past it:(:( Also, please thank him for being so supportive of your blog. You are a lucky woman, and must have robbed the cradle:):) Thanks for taking US along on this wonderful journey. XO, Pinky

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  39. Awesome present! Happy Birthday, Dan!!!

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  40. Happy BDay to your main squeeze! I asked hubs, who has a Husqvarna, if he had heard of Dan's lawnmower...he said *Of course*.....obviously, I am out of the lawnmower loop!

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  41. Men and their toys....all the better to help with the honey-do list. Have a very happy birthday! Love your house and love the blog.

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  42. Happy, happy birthday to Dan!! Congrats on the new addition :)
    x Loi

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  43. No Way is he 60! NO WAY!
    Happy Birthday Dan, may you continue to always look 1/2 your age!
    Artie & Scott

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  44. How fortunate you are to have such a talented and willing hubs! Happy 60!

    Your wonderful home has such a welcoming quiet elegance -- thank you for sharing -- I love soaking in each photo . . .

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  45. Happy Birthday to Dan and many more!
    xo Heidi

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  46. Happy Birthday Dan !
    I won't tell my husband about this because so far he is content with his Big Green Thing ( John Deere )
    Have fun celebrating !

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  47. Happy birthday Dan...hope you both have a great day celebrating!

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  48. It is so important to have a supportive and caring partner in life. I'm blessed myself with a wonderful husband, so I know how lucky you feel. Happy Birthday Dan!

    Warmly,
    Christine
    http://antiquenehomes.blogspot.com/

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  49. Happy birthday Dan! And thanks for your input into this blog. Have fun on your new toy :)

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  50. Happy Birthday to Dan! It's my birthday too and 60 will be here before I can count to 12. My husband would like that lawn mower too :)

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  51. Happy birthday to your hubby! Seems like you've got yourself a good egg :)

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  52. I don't know, I think Little Red looks a little small for Dan. I think it's more Joan sized.

    Happy Birthday, Dan!

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  53. oh happy day, oh happy day.......have a good one Dan!

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  54. Happy Birthday to Dan! From his photo -- and from all of the energetic things you've done with your wonderful home -- I would have thought you two were in your thirties or forties!! Kudos to you both.

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    1. Barbara, I'm close to forty, but it's in my rear view mirror;)

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  55. Happy birthday to Dan! And many, many more!

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  56. Happy Birthday to Dan! When I lived in Ohio and had a couple of acres to mow, I sure could have used something like this!

    Incidentally, I view this as a sentimental (as well as practical) present, because it reflects a lot of thought, gives Dan what he really will ove, and also by helping to maintain your house and grounds, it symbolizes what you two both love and have in common.
    --Road to Parnassus

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    1. Love that Jim, so true. We had a great lark today;)

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  57. I want to thank each of you for your heartwarming birthday wishes. I was truly touched by each and every comment, Joan read them to me throughout the day when she checked the blog. It was a perfect day and all of your comments and wishes have been the icing on the cake!
    Still blowing out candles...
    Dan

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  58. Happy Birthday, Dan. What a great looking ride. We love your and Joan's home and grounds.
    Karen

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  59. Dear Dan, may all your birthday wishes come true as you blow out the candles tonight...which you may have already done.....I'm in CA so it's about 7. Hope this year is the best one yet.

    I love the blog and truly enjoy when Joan posts a new topic.
    The best to you both!

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  60. Happy Birthday Dan! I'm also a 1950s baby, soon to be 58, 8-25. To a fellow Boomer best wishes! Laura da Long Beach '55 model with the big bumpers *wink*

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  61. Happy Birthday Dan! ("Feliz Cumpleaños" here, in Spanish). And congratulations for your gorgeous home. You and Joan make a great team.
    Today is my youngest son's birthday too: 14 years old, and I have prepared his favorites dishes.
    Besos from Argentina!
    Silvina

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  62. Happy Birthday Mr. Dan!!! Hope it's been a great day!!! Thank you so much for sharing, and for allowing sweet Joan to share your life and your home with us. It's been a great blessing and encouragement>
    Blessings~~Shine

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  63. Happy Birthday Dan! I hope that you enjoyed a wonderful with your two special ladies!

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  64. I hope you had a fabulous birthday, Dan. The mower is great, but you already have the best gift...a wonderful marriage to your best friend.
    XO, Victoria

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  65. Happy Birthday Uncle Dan! Hope you are having fun with "Little Red"!
    Love you, Jenny

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  66. Happy birthday Dan ! What a awesome birthday gift !!!

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  67. Just catching this and Happy Birthday!! Here's to many hours enjoying the man toy and gazing at a manicured lawn! :)

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  68. And a very happy birthday to Dan! 60? You look so much younger! Thank you for all you do to help make for the love of the house so special!

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  69. you two are an inspiration! Happy Year Dan!

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  70. Joan, Dan, and Ella: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Dan! Cindy and Mike

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  71. I so enjoy your blog, and now to find out that your Dan and my Jim share a birthday!

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  72. Dan is seriously the MAN!!

    And I agree- looking quite robust there :-) 60 ain't got nothin' on ya!

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  73. Sorry for the delay but we can still celebrate if we want to! Happy Birthday Dan! You are a huge part of Joan's blog. Together, you are amazing. We miss you here in Texas even if we didn't know you when you lived here. My loss!

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  74. Happy Birthday Dan!! Love the gift!! Great minds must think alike because my hubby added a sweet new zero turn to our stable this year also. Boys and their toys! Now we have more mowers than cars- ahhh, country life. The hired help (the kids) are happy that the chores get done at lightning speed, and the hubs is happy that this one has a beer holder. Its the simple things. ;)

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  75. Oh, a belated happy birthday! I hope it was a lovely day. How could it not be in such a beautifully cultivated home.?Thank you for all your inspiration.
    Cassandra

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  76. Happy Birthday,
    I think you must be every woman's idea of the "perfect" husband. Hope you had a nice birthday!!
    I enjoy this blog so very much!
    Best Wishes, Wenda

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  77. Such a sweet post, you are a wonderful wife!! Love the photo of Dan on Little Red- cant wait to see the beautiful grouds that will be taken care of by his new present :) Happy belated birthday Dan!!

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  78. A little late (news travels to Texas sllloooowww :^)
    Happy birthday and I KNOW you will enjoy Little Red!! My brother and nephew ride theirs around for the fun of it :^)
    Blessings in your "new" year!
    J

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  79. I think you should have another blog "for the love of Dan" - because truly we do love Dan and all his handy dandy love that he gives to you, the manse, the property and to us via you. It's impressive how much you accomplish.
    Keep sharing good things and wishes to Dan for a wonderful year ahead.
    xxoo
    pve

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