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    David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.[6] When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2.[6] In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol.[7] In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

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Happy Like You’ve Never Seen Him

Posted by djafan on Friday, April 25, 2014


A lively understandable spirit
Once entertained you.
It will come again.
Be still.

Theodore Roethke

Hallo, hallo, hallo, hallo, hallo! What? Been taking a bit of a breather and reading P.G. Wodehouse’s humorous novels to relax and restore my sanity from a month of just. one. damn. thing. after. another. It began with a summons to jury duty for District Court for the entire month (never had to serve). Tornado ripped through my yard and uprooted several nearby trees (I slept like a baby through the entire thing). Husband left me (staying with his 91 year old mom who broke her hip and lives 80 miles away). Suspected of cancer (found not guilty by surgery). Uneventful recovery from surgery, excepting a one-way, rather spirited discussion with the commode that was so compelling it lasted well into the wee hours. I recall earlier that day hearing the nurse from recovery, as she wheeled my bed back to my waiting husband that she had given me Morphine, Dilaudid, Zophran, Valium, blah…blah…blah…” and she is STILL AWAKE AND TALKING TO ME!” She seemed to take it as an insult to her euthanasia skills. More nerve than a bad tooth, which incidentally, and you will laugh when I tell you, I developed the very next morning from an abscessed rear molar that had to be pulled after a week of excruciating pain. I don’t like to complain but really, that is a bit thick for one month to pile on. Well, April showers, bring May flowers and at long last, all is well at La Casa de Angelica. In fact, for the first time in a long time, I feel like this.

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David is home. David is happy. David is dancing.  90l and sending food tweets.Fullscreen capture 4252014 23322 AM.bmp

And apparently thoroughly enjoying being a chick magnet. Why, his first words when disembarking from the plane to meet his family were, “Wow, you’re the first women I’ve given a hug to in two years.” Where was his head? If P. G. Wodehouse’s Bertie Wooster had put that question to Jeeves, he would have replied, ‘Well Sir, “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” and I rather doubt the right honorable David Archuleta, RM, will prove the exception.’




37 Responses to “Happy Like You’ve Never Seen Him”

  1. Abrra said

    Angelica, It seems like you have lived out a lifetime of “When life hands you lemons” scenarios in a month’s time!

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    Any one of those difficulties would have been quite enough for a mere mortal. You have weathered the storm and come out stronger than ever. I am so happy to have you back!

    A tweet full of intrigue:

    Victoria Horn @LadyVMusic 10 min ago
    I’m smiling as a dear friend i’ve not spoken to for a few years has dm’d me.. #happy

    Sounds like David might be dipping his toe back into the music pool.



  2. tawna21 said

    Angelica! Thank you for lightening my load!! You know the saying…. ‘somebody else has it worse’… yep, yours was a bigger one. Glad you’re back and putting the proverbial one foot in front of the other. 🙂

    Going back to the previous thread for a second… Bluesky’s #51 comment brought me the thoughts that I needed to have. It will come, give it time. Then the quote by Theodore Roethke, that you put up top, cemented it for me. I can do this. I can be patient. I can do those things in my life that need to be done while I wait for ‘breaking news’ in the world of David Archuleta.

    Love you guys. Love this place. Thanks.



  3. sweetonda said

    Wow, Angelica, you have been through some month! Glad you are doing better now. I’m waiting patiently and will continue to do so.

    I’ve been so busy with caring for my mom and having family in for what looks like their last visits with her, that I haven’t been able to enjoy David’s homecoming and first month home like I’d have liked to, but I’ve been trying to keep up with things the best I can.

    Abrra, that lemonade looks so good. I must be thirsty!

    Had a short dream about David last night, or I should say early this morning. I was talking to some friends, not sure who they were or where we were in the dream, and all the sudden I heard this familiar voice say, “this is a song for all my senior fans”. I heard him say senior fans and I had to giggle. Then I heard this amazing voice singing, You Are My Song. I turned around to see were it was coming from and I woke up! Dang it!!!

    Don’t know the meaning behind it but I will take any dream where I hear his beautiful voice, and YAMS is a great choice as a dedication for us “seniors”, right? I Must really be missing him. 😦


  4. jans11 said

    Wow, Angelica, you have had a super full month! Glad you have a sense of humor to keep you going. 🙂 Always enjoy reading your posts. ♥ David is enjoying his return and it makes me happy to see him happy and things moving along his way..maybe the song “My Way” should be his song. 🙂 He has an immovable tenacity about him that makes him a strong person no matter what he thinks.

    From the previous post, thanks to Bluesky and Tawna for the nice comments. ♥ Watching over these younguns’ is a grandma thing, I guess.

    Sweetonda, any dream of David is a nice thing! 🙂 And a singing dream is even better!

    Patiently waiting for David to sing…………………………………


  5. MT said

    Wow, bless your heart, what a month you had! {{{Hugs}}} I’m so glad everything turned out ok in the end. You and David need to get together and put on HAPPY and Dance! haha I’d pay to see that! 😉

    I’m glad to see that David is making the rounds enjoying friends and food. He must have really missed his family and friends. But knowing he’s a foodie, I’ll bet he also missed all his favorite foods as well. It looks like he’s making up for lost time in every way he can.


  6. emilyluvsarchie said

    Angelica, I’m so glad everything turned out okay for you! What a month!


  7. bebereader said

    So glad to have you back and on the mend! Things are just not the same when you’re away. Your article and words of wisdom are always a welcome breath of fresh air.

    Fans are missing David even though he’s back home.
    As in:

    Good Heart ‏@yellow4good 2h
    Hello David Archuleta. Today is Friday. Another week had passed and you are nowhere to be found..Are u missing us. We missed you.

    Your article and Bluesky’s comment from the previous thread helps put things back into perspective. 🙂

    Emilyluvsarchie#8 Welcome Back!!


  8. Abrra said

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    Courtney Ivie ‏@Courtneyivie
    I met David Archuleta today. What did you do?

    Courtney Ivie @Courtneyivie
    So I was kinda David Archuleta’s waitress today. No big deal.. #BestDayOfMyLife @psimmy3

    Brooke✌️ ‏@brookelswarts 1h
    My friend who is a waitress at her family restaurant in Utah, served David Archuleta today. That’s the dream

    Mckenna Irene ‏@mckenna_brown33 1h
    Just had the best date with @McTy_bride And also got to meet and talk with David Archuleta!!

    kim @kimak
    @Maureen_abms ha at a improv.. bet he is having fun!!

    David sighting tonight! Here:

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    Whitney Binks ✌️ ‏@whitneybinks 16m
    Yup my BFBFF just ran Into @DavidArchie cooooool. They are cute though❤️



  9. fenfan said

    Angelica, what a month you’ve had! Glad you are ok now. Time to do the Happy dance with David!

    Our guy seems to be having a good time. He’s a spiffy dresser these days. And he is wearing a belt! Does he have only one? LOL

    I must apologize to everyone for posting and running two threads back. I was visiting friends in Japan and they did not have any internet at their home in the countryside.


  10. marlie7 said

    Angelica – what a heck of a month for you! I hope it all calms down and the net few months are glorious for you (to make up for this past one).

    David still looks so skinny.

    I’m just speeding through getting any news of David while at my son’s wedding. Thursday night dinner with just family at Poogan’s Porch in Charleston, Rehearsal dinner last night at Magnolia’s, and the wedding this evening at Legere-Waring House Plantation. I’m having such a blast – even so I will miss being at chat tonight 🙂


  11. bluesky4home said

    Dear Angelica:

    Do I hear echoes of “I’m feeling better!!” as you protest being lifted onto the cart? (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
    As well you should. We need you around here and you are not done yet.

    Thank you for being thankful. I am thankful for you. ^_^

    Some of you referred to my previous comment in the other link, so …. here we go.


    I know for sure that he is just as mentally, physically, and spiritually involved as ever he he as been.

    At this particular time, he has the chance to assess all that has gone before and muse on how to build what may come. This break – a two year mission, which seems a strange life to most of us – was for him the first bit of normality he had had in his life for a long time. The pressures surrounding him could not have been more opposite.

    What a way to gain perspective.

    And DA, who has always been introspective, and a long-term planner, a person who definitely cares as much about the way things are done as the fact that they get done, has to be considering the grand view of the life he is choosing and it’s consequences – here and now, as well as for the future.

    While he had to get great fun and helpful insight from his new “You Tube” friend, he also had to be reminded of the lack of privacy that is an inherent part of the entertainment industry.


    Dear DA,

    I love and trust you. You are coming back to us, to a life that in some ways is at odds with your nature and yet completely essential to it.

    I wouldn’t want it any other way than on your own terms.



  12. bluesky4home said

    Dear DA:

    May your inherent shyness continue to be a blessing to you and act as a gentle ballast. The enormous heart you share was cultivated in privacy, lit from within and above, and blessed with a desire to share.


  13. Angelica said

    Thanks all for the warm words of support for my “series of unfortunate events.” I’m calling that Lemony Snickets-aid Abrra. 🙂

    My hairdresser yesterday told me April is always a horrible month for her and this one was no different, so we commiserated each other and are both looking forward to the coming of May. Yay!

    Bluesky, no, I am not done yet by a long shot. Thank you for bringing your comment over from the last post. Well and truly said.

    Tawna, glad Bluesky’s words and the quote from Roethke helped. There is just no one like him. He is to poetry what David is to song.

    Jan, glad you are being so kind to the elders. I know they appreciate you so much. (((hugs)))

    Fen, welcome back!!!

    Marlie, glad you are having such a blast!

    SweetonDa, good to see you! Thanks for sharing your dream. I like that choice of song he sang for his older fans in it. ♫ “We can share tomorrow and forever.” ♫

    Emilyluvsarchie, good to see you again too!

    MT, “You and David need to get together and put on HAPPY and Dance! haha I’d pay to see that! ;)” haha, So would I! Let’s all take up a collection and make it happen. At least we might finally get to see him dance. That tweet, “dancing like you’ve never seen me” is right. We have yet to see him really turn it loose! Oh to have been a fly on his wall at the time.

    Speaking of flies, I see he is still attracting the females like flies wherever he goes. That belt looks similar in style to the belt in the gif walking on stage on the top right side bar. Next to the “this here beauty” spaghetti. Thanks djafan for pointing out that well-turned phrase. He cracks me up.

    Did I miss anyone? Oh, hey Bebe. *waves*

    Well, off to seize the day and spend some much needed time with my husband. Going to lunch and then a movie. Ciao! Everyone have a great day and weekend!


  14. MT said

    Wishing you and yours a joyous celebration! We’ll miss you in chat.

    If you and David dance to HAPPY, I wanna come too! I’ll take video. 😀


  15. Abrra said

    W O R D!

    David Archuleta @DavidArchie
    It’s been a nice week. A highlight: We got a Spanish song (the first one..) written. Never thought I could’ve done that before 🙂

    Some happy fans out there now 🙂



  16. MT said

    Love the tweet!!!! Spanish song! ♥ and …. first one???? Will there be more? a Spanish album maybe? (And who is “WE”?)

    Woo hoo! Excited 😀 Whatever it is, it’s music to my ears.


  17. jans11 said

    Happy about his first Spanish song! Hope the Spanish album that I sent him helped him out some. 🙂 Can’t wait to hear it!

    The Elders came by today and cleaned out under my deck. Was so nice of them…but it was the service thing that David was talking about. 🙂 They informed me tho that they might be transferred on May 1. 😦 But they would still come by and see me! 🙂


  18. Abrra said

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  19. Abrra said

    A few more pictures from Friday

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    Autograph: To: Casa Vieja Restaurant, the food was so good! Thank you. God Bless You.

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    David with Jacobo Escobar.

    Note: David enjoyed a delicious meal at the Casa Vieja restaurant. He went with Jacob Escobar, a songwriter. They got to write a Spanish song together!!!
    (this is from the FB page, not my words)
    I did see a picture of Jacobo as a missionary posted on twitter. I suppose they had met in Chile?

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    David with the Casa Vieja crew.
    All images found at David Archuleta Venezuela ‘s Facebook page



  20. djafan said


    What a month!!! Glad for all the positive outcomes and love your sense of humor. Thank you for writing in spite of your plate being so full.

    The David tweets are sending me over the edge! Who says “this here beauty”? Well David of course lol. He seems to have a new way with words. And this “dancing like you’ve never seen me”? haha well I wnat to see it like yesterday! That Happy song has such a dancy beat. I want David to do a cover of this song and do the dance like never before!

    I am so excited and grateful that he is tweeting almost daily continuing his relationship with us 🙂 Letting us in on the transition in his own way. Eating out, visiting friends, going to church, giving us quotes, going to comedy clubs, writing and finishing songs and in Spanish no less. These are exciting times and I’m so glad to be on this journey. Can’t wait to hear David’s lyrics and melodies in espanol 🙂


  21. Abrra said

    Sunday puzzle! Some things never change 🙂



  22. beloirti said

    Abs, guess you noticed the fellow on the left in the Casa Viejo was Jacob. It wasn’t a date–a business meal….


  23. emmegirl14 said

    My goodness Angelica, bet you kinda hated to wake up in the morning… wondering what else could possibly happen! Glad your wit and sassy spirit survived!

    And I am thoroughly enjoying the idea of him possibly dating, getting out and enjoying the things that young adults his age do.

    PandasMama, really enjoyed your article on the changes in the music industry, I really had no idea! You did your homework girl!

    bluesky, I have muchly enjoyed your musings.

    dja, I loved the wording of the spaghetti tweet too 🙂
    And I hope he ate the whole thing, dessert too…. put a little meat on those bones.

    You musn’t even THINK about cutting that hair D, lest you desire a revolt of your entire fandom!

    Know we have a ways to go so I have been working hard to keep any excitement, expectation and anticipation in check. But Spanish songwriting….. oh baby!!!!!


  24. beloirti said

    Oh, and I wanted to say, “Dancing like we’ve never seen him”. Was that the line? Well, he had to keep 4 ladies that I know of all busy. Mom and 3 sisters probably wore him out!!


  25. skydancer1x said

    Thanks for the puzzle Abrra Happy Sunday to everyone! My computer has deleted my comments the last few days ugh. before I get finished typing so I am typing faster today! lol

    So Angelica,
    Good golly,you have had a REALLY trying month! Bless your sweet southern pea-pickin’ heart. Glad to hear that little black cloud that’s been hanging around is drifting away from you and things are getting better. Thanks for sharing ,things just aren’t the same without your humor and words of wisdom. I think having a sense of humor helps us get through things alot better.

    so good to see D out and doing stuff,seeing his food tweet ..(does that look good or what?) made me fix some spaghetti last night!

    Bluesky,♥ love way you express yourself. You make me smile with your comments.

    Jan, that kind thing you did for the missionaries…,that was so sweet!

    Marlie , thinking about you, and the big event!♥

    Unplugged so was fun last night.
    love ya’ll.


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  27. Abrra said


    I think the “date” that was referenced to by those on twitter was at night on Friday at the comedy club. I have no personal knowledge 🙂



  28. bluesky4home said

    Cute puzzle, Abrra!!


  29. MT said

    Fun puzzle, thanks Abrra!

    As for the dating, he said he went on dates before he left, no reason he wouldn’t now. He’s 23. He should be dating. Just sayin’

    But more importantly, he’s doing music!!! Yay! Can’t wait to hear that Spanish song. haha Still excited about it! 😀


  30. jans11 said

    Love the puzzle! A is for Archie Adorable and Abbra!!!!!! 🙂


  31. Abrra said

    I am glad that my puzzle selections are fun for those who do them. I try to pick something that is interesting and may keep you guessing until the end.

    It’s starting to feel like old times again with David talking about music. That’s my favorite topic, with HAIR!!! being a close second, of course. It’s nice to see him out and about on his own with no handlers tagging along. It makes the pictures more “real” where in the past so many were posed with celebs rather than “just folks”. I am all about the pictures as everyone knows by now. Feels great to be able to share them here.



  32. MT said

    We’re so glad you are all about the pictures and share with us. ♥ And this: “with HAIR!!! being a close second” Yep, Music first, then the hair. LOL


  33. TOfan said

    Angelica, LOOOOVE P.G. Wodehouse books! No better way to LOL and de-stress. 🙂


  34. Abrra said

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    Great HAIR!!!



  35. bluesky4home said

    Praying for all of our friends in Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, with the tornados there today and tonight. Please, be safe.


  36. jans11 said

    34, top picture, is one of my favorites of David. So pure and serenely happy!

    I live in Kansas City and we had a lot of storms, hail and tornado warnings, but thank God none hit us or close around! Prayers to those that were hit and lost everything.


  37. bebereader said

    New article ——->


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