Many Happy Returns of the Day Dad!

November 1, 2023

Dad, Father, Daughter, Toddler, Child,


Today is my Dad’s birthday and so there is absolutely nothing else I could write about on this day.

I was so lucky to have had the most wonderful Dad. He was a quiet and gentle man. He was solid as a rock dependable, loyal and trustworthy. I miss him every day.

“Many Happy Returns of the Day” is what my Dad always said to me on my birthday.

So today, I say to you in heaven, “Many Happy Returns of the Day to you Dad!” I know you hear me.

Today you’d have been turning 93. I hear you saying “Really? Gee that’s bloody old!” and yes it would certainly be getting up there! Instead you’re forever 87. However, I believe that once you cross over you can choose to be whatever age you want to be, so most likely you will have chosen a younger age when your body was strong and nimble and life was more fun.

I’ll be over staying with Mum today, on your birthday, and we’ll be sure to do something special to celebrate the occasion.

Much love to you now and always!

P.S. You can see and read more about my Dad here and here.

NOTE FROM MIN:  I wanted to thank everyone for your support and enthusiasm for our new #WWWhimsy !  It means the world to me! We had 12 posts linked up last week for our first time which was fabulous! One of them was mine LOL but I was still thrilled. This week I will be over caring for my mother when the linkup goes live. Please be assured though that I will eventually, once I’ve returned home, read and comment on all posts linked up. I will try and respond to any comments on this post while over there but if not, I will do so on my return home. Thank you and have a wonderful week! 

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  • Reply Sue from Women Living Well After 50 November 1, 2023 at 5:38 am

    A lovely tribute to your Dad, Min. My Mum will forever be 63 although last month was her birthday and she would have been 97. My Dad will always be 66 but in December it will be 107 years since his birth. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to have our memories and also record them now on our blogs and elsewhere. They are always in our hearts. Thanks for the link up which has started really well with numbers hasn’t it? Thinking of you today and sending love and best wishes. xx

    • Reply Min November 1, 2023 at 9:16 pm

      Thanks Sue! Just a brief acknowledgement of Dad’s birthday. I didn’t want to waffle on too much or I end up getting too emotional and soppy. I’m so sad for you that you lost your Mum at 63 and your Dad at 66. They most certainly are always in our hearts. There’s not a day goes by I don’t think of my Dad. The linkup had great numbers last week. Hope it continues! Thanks again Sue. xo

  • Reply Joanne Tracey November 1, 2023 at 9:11 am

    My Dad says toe same “many happy returns of the day to you Joey …” Take care x

    • Reply Min November 1, 2023 at 9:17 pm

      It’s lovely isn’t it, ‘Joey’?! 😉 xo

  • Reply Rena November 1, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    What a sweet tribute to your father.


    • Reply Min November 1, 2023 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks Rena! xo

  • Reply Cathy November 1, 2023 at 3:23 pm

    Hopefully you’re enjoying your time with your mum this week- reminiscing about your Dad, remembering the good times you both had with him. He sounds like a lovely fun man – a nice person. No wonder you are proud of him
    Take care

    • Reply Min November 1, 2023 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks Cathy. Mum and I had some cake and wished Dad a happy birthday. He was a gorgeous man. Quiet & calm, funny, loving, solid as a rock dependable, a really, really good hands on Dad when we were little, and a wonderful Dad when we got older too. I miss him alot. xo

  • Reply Jennifer Jones November 1, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    This is a lovely tribute to your Dad Min. These special days never get easier but sounds like you have lovely memories. My best wishes x

    • Reply Min November 1, 2023 at 9:23 pm

      Thanks Jennifer. Blogging day fell on his birthday and so how could I write about anything else? I have loads of wonderful memories of my Dad. He was wonderful. xo

  • Reply Debbie Harris November 1, 2023 at 4:49 pm

    Hi. Min, we both ‘lost’ or fathers at a similar time so I understand some of the feelings you are going through. A lovely tribute to your dad, wishing you and your mum a gentle day together today. Thanks for the linkup 🙂

    • Reply Min November 1, 2023 at 9:25 pm

      Hi Deb, yes we did! I know you know how it feels. 1:15am on 2 December 2017 for us. I can’t believe it will soon be 6 years ago! Mum and I had a fairly quiet day. I did a grocery shop and watered plants. We had some cake for Dad’s birthday and I cooked up a nice meal for dinner. Thanks Deb. xo

  • Reply Natalie November 1, 2023 at 10:50 pm

    A lovely tribute to your Dad and very nice photo of him, Min. I can relate to some of your feelings about the loss since my Dad just passed away last month. I didn’t mean to share sad news in my first entry to #WWHIMSY link-up. I hope you see it as a celebration of life.

    • Reply Min November 2, 2023 at 4:18 pm

      Hi Natalie, I’m so sorry to read you’ve just lost your Dad. It’s early days for you and I remember very well how that feels. Don’t you worry about sharing the news in your first entry to #WWWhimsy – we’re all friends here and that is a very significant event that has happened in your life. It changes things. It’s hard. Lots of hugs from me to you and thank you for linking up today. xoxo

  • Reply Joanne November 2, 2023 at 2:46 am

    What a sweet tribute to your dad!

    • Reply Min November 2, 2023 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you Joanne!

  • Reply sherry November 2, 2023 at 3:33 pm

    how lucky you are to have had such a wonderful dad! my parents have both been dead for many years, and i still miss them. Sorry, I can’t see this week’s wednesday linkup!?? Have I missed the post somehow?

    • Reply Min November 2, 2023 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks Sherry. I was very lucky. I’m so sorry both your parents have been gone for many years. I understand completely how you’d still miss them. Each week’s linkup is at the end of the post I publish each week. I only post once a week.

  • Reply sherry November 2, 2023 at 3:34 pm

    oops! silly me- i guess this IS the linkup!!

    • Reply Min November 2, 2023 at 4:20 pm

      So glad you worked it out eventually! lol

    • Reply Min November 2, 2023 at 5:33 pm

      Hi Sherry – I just read and commented on all linked up posts but didn’t see yours. If you need help to understand how to link up – just let me know and I’ll see if I can help! x

  • Reply sherry November 2, 2023 at 3:36 pm

    me again! you’ll think I’m nuts (as I am an inlinkz host) but i can’t see how to add my post here!!

    • Reply Min November 2, 2023 at 4:20 pm

      I see you eventually worked it out Sherry. It will be at the end of the post I publish each week. I only publish one post per week and that will be that week’s linkup.

      • Reply sherry November 2, 2023 at 6:44 pm

        yay! I think I did it Min!!

        • Reply Min November 3, 2023 at 10:06 am


  • Reply Denyse Whelan November 21, 2023 at 5:48 pm

    Congratulations on the success of your new link up Min. You sure have been tested recently health wise and with care for and of your dear Mum. Nevertheless here you are, and I am glad you have helped make Wednesdays better for bloggers now that I stopped blogging. Well done you…and all those who are following you.

    Take care.


    • Reply Min November 22, 2023 at 12:38 pm

      Thanks Denyse, I have sure been tested in just about every way possible lately. I’m still ‘here’ because I like to have something from my regular life as an anchor of normality to hang on to through times as turbulent as those that ‘m currently going through.Thank you! xo

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