Happy birthday, Bob

In the seven years since the bluebird of bitterness was hatched, it has gone from an obscure little blog that no one had ever heard of to an obscure little blog that most people have never heard of. More importantly, it has provided more or less steady employment to Bob’s brother Otto and his sisters Nan, Ada, Hannah, and Eve. Bob was even able to hire a few new employees this year, which made the annual office party a lot more fun for his siblings, since they were able to leave all the planning and preparations to the new hires.

Sylvia volunteered to handle the refreshments. There’s nothing Sylvia enjoys more than feeding people, unless it’s trying out new recipes on her unsuspecting kids.

Lamar and Lucille helped by gathering ingredients for her.

Trisha and Victoria made the party hats…

Doreen did the floral arrangements…

… and Virgil and Artemis were in charge of games, even though everyone knew what the games would end up being if Virgil and Artemis were in charge.

Cleo and Mimi were the entertainment committee. Their cousin Cicilia is an up-and-coming opera singer, currently starring in “The Thieving Magpie,” and they persuaded her to come and warble a few arias.

Everyone said the cupcakes Sylvia made were too pretty to eat… then went ahead and ate them anyway.

Arnold took first place in the skateboard competition…

… and Cicilia’s singing was a big hit with everyone!

Well, almost everyone. Otto grumbled because there were no English subtitles…

…and Lamar and Lucille got into an argument over whether “The Thieving Magpie” or “The Barber of Seville” was Rossini’s greatest opera. It ended the way Lamar and Lucille’s arguments usually end.

Bob had to threaten to fire the both of them if they didn’t stop their squabbling, and he told Lamar to go soak his head.

Which Lamar did.

In spite of all that, it was a great day. There was a congratulatory call from Mom and Dad down in Florida…

…and one from second cousin Schlomo in New York…

…and even one from third cousin Robin in Dorchester-on-Thames!

All in all, an anniversary to remember.

57 Responses to Happy birthday, Bob

  1. You’ve truly outdone yourself this time, with the family album, BoB.

    Bitter Birthday to Blue
    Bitter Birthday to Blue
    Bitter Birthday to Bluebird
    This really doesn’t sound right.

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  2. So clever. Left me smiling, Bob.

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  3. Wally Fry says:

    Happy birthday!

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  4. Well-done. This is absolutely hilarious. Love it!

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  5. Embeecee says:

    Aw. Glad to be able to share in the festivities this year BoB. My now deceased hubby’s name was Bob and now I understand more fully certain things about his personality! 😉 Thanks! 😀

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  6. Cyranny says:

    Happy bloggaversary!! xx

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  7. Thank you so much for all the laughs

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  8. Yvonne says:

    My life has been made complete, with the addition of you, BoB, and your motley crew of relations. Happy Birthday.

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  9. stymie82 says:

    Happy Birthday! What a fine feathered fest!

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  10. stymie82 says:

    BTW, who is doing the clean up?

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  11. Tricia says:

    Well that sounds and looks like one heck of a party! This was outstanding BoB, Happy Birthday!

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  12. Linda Lee/@LadyQuixote says:

    Yaaay! Hurray! Happy 7th Birthday, BoB! 😀

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  15. Happy Birthday, Bob. I loved the post. 😀 — Suzanne

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    Thank you for bringing always a lot of laughter into this, sometimes dark world!
    Have a great weekend1 Michael 😉

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  17. Abigail says:

    Happy birthday, Bob! The office sounds like a fun, if messy, blast. I liked that Bob included his reprimanding of Lamar to “soak his head” in the album. He has one crazy family.

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  18. RobbyeFaye says:

    Such a creative post, too!

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  19. Happy birthday! ♥

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  20. Rae Longest says:

    Dee-lite-ful! Happy Birthday to you.

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  21. Will S. says:

    Happy lucky seventh blogversary!

    We’ll be having our seventh ourselves later this year.

    Enjoy, cheerfully bitter one! 😉

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  22. Sorry I missed the fun, but belated Happy Blogversary, Bob! Your birdhouse has always been a real delight.

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  23. Hap-hap-hap-py birthday. Love birds. Outstanding pictures.

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  24. Made my day!! Love this 🙂 Bob looks so grumpy Lol

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  25. Citizen Tom says:

    Congratulations! And thank you for the howls, squawks, and tweets of laughter.

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