zzzzzzzzzZZZZZzzz … MONDAY???? Already???

Wha … huh … OH!  If you’re here already, I must’ve overslept!  Hold on just a minute … somebody hand me my glasses, please?  So sorry about that, but I’ve been keeping some pretty late hours lately.  So … this must mean it’s Monday, right?  Okay … Monday, Monday … can’t trust that day … rainy days and Mondays … YAWWWWNNN.  I’m afraid I didn’t bake any cinnamon rolls this morning, but I’ll have the coffee up in two shakes of a lamb’s tail …


There we go … that’s better, isn’t it?  What, Hugh?  Oh yes … just a sec …


Now, are we all set and ready to get this week off to a start with a bit of humour?  Who said that my bedhead was humorous enough???  Might have known it would be you, Jack … alright … here we go … prepare to chuckle or at least give me a smile …

When you go to a restaurant what is your favourite thing to order?  For me, it depends on the restaurant, but generally it is some sort of fish … either batter-fried cod, or salmon, or sometimes shrimp-fried-rice.  So, say you order salmon with a side salad and perhaps some rice pilaf, but when the server returns with you food in 20 minutes or so, she brings you fried chicken tenders and fries.  What do you do?  Send it back, or keep it and be satisfied?  Well, at The Restaurant of Order Mistakes (yes, that is its real name), you should be prepared to get something other than what you ordered!  The restaurant is in Tokyo’s Toyosu district, and its mission is to hire servers with dementia.

Monday-restaurantThe restaurant is what is called a ‘pop-up’ restaurant – one that is temporary for anywhere from a few days to a few months.  This particular one was located inside Maggie’s Tokyo, the Japanese version of the UK’s Maggie’s Centers, which are support centers for cancer patients and their families. The pop-up lasted for three days, and another is planned in September for World Alzheimer’s Day. I think it is a great and fun idea, and I would love to try it once … assuming, that is, that there are no utterly disgusting things on the menu that I might inadvertently get stuck with, like eel, snake eggs, or snails!  Yes, I have a non-adventurous palate.

I am not sure if this gal just really, really wanted a drink, or if she had already had a tad too much and was just another obnoxious customer, but she sure as heck busted up the liquor store!  She strutted into a Southern California liquor store Monday and refused to go quietly, leaving behind aisles of shattered bottles that were knocked from shelves in a spirited encounter with an enforcement officer.  The damage is estimated at about $500, mostly champagne … the dame has expensive tastes.

Monday-peahenOh, and did I happen to mention that the customer in question was a … peahen?  (In case you don’t know, that is the female version of a peacock.)  Store manager Rani Ghanem was unaware of the peahen until a customer said, “Hey, uh, you have a bird inside your store.”  Rani deals with birds on a daily basis, but usually his encounters are limited to Wild Turkey and Grey Goose, so he was a bit unsure what to do, especially when the bird swooped right over his head!  So, he called the Pasadena Humane Society and SPCA, and an animal control officer arrived shortly.  What ensued was a 6 minute struggle between man and beast … er … bird … but eventually the man won.  The peahen was last heard singing, “♫ I fought the law ♪ and the law won ♫” as she was carried out the door.  Yep, I believe she had a bit too much of the bubbly! You can watch the struggle between man and bird here.

Ever hear of a police officer being fired for being too friendly?  Well, such was the fate of Gavel, a German Shephard who was attending the police academy in Queensland, Australia.  See, Gavel much preferred getting belly rubs and tickles to tackling hardened criminals.  Police in Australia felt he “did not display the necessary aptitude for a life on the front line”.

Monday-GavelNow, in government jobs, as we are all well aware, it isn’t so much what you know as who you know.  Turns out that Gavel knew people in high places, for he had been fostered at the official residence of the Queensland governor since he was six weeks old. So when the governor heard that poor Gavel was facing a lifetime of unemployment, he gave him a job … a much cushier job than chasing criminals, as it happens.  Gavel is now the official greeter and public relations canine at the Queensland’s Government House.  He welcomes guests, helps guide tours, and participates in ceremonial occasions.  Plus … he gets a really cool uniform to wear with the state emblems of Queensland.  And fringe benefits?  All the snuggles, belly rubs and tickles he can handle!  Way to go, Gavel!!!


Gavel with the Governor … Gov & Gav

In April, one of my ‘Jolly Monday’ posts included two stories about strange museums, an Ice Cream Museum and the Museum of Failures. Today I bring you another oddish museum, the Museum of Moist Towelettes.

Monday-museumHoused in the planetarium of the University of Michigan, the display features moist towelettes from all over the globe, all but one unopened.  The one that has been opened has historic value … it was used by Tom and Ray … you know, the car guys? Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the hosts of the radio program Car Talk. I used to read their column faithfully.  Other ‘interesting’ specimens include one called “Finger Pinkies,” which is advertised as “the secretary’s hand cleaner,” a few from the Hard Rock Cafés in Beijing and Kuala Lumpur, and a series with Star Trek-themed packaging from the show’s original run.

The display is said to be the least visited on campus … um gee, I wonder why?

Joke of the week:

laugh ani2A husband and wife were driving through Louisiana. As they approached Natchitoches, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the town. They argued back and forth, then they stopped for lunch. At the counter, the husband asked the blonde waitress, “Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce where we are very slowly?” She leaned over the counter and said, “Burrr-gerrr Kiiing.”

Sigh.  Is it over already?  Do you have to go?  Couldn’t you just stay for an hour or so?  Sigh … okay, go if you must.  I’ve so enjoyed having you, and next Monday I promise to be awake, perky and have hot cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven!  I hope your week is good, that you don’t face any major crises, and that nobody switches the buttons on your telephone!  Keep safe, my dear friends, and remember to share that beautiful smile!!!


Somebody actually carved this avocado.  Pretty, but …. why???


And speaking of Simon & Garfunkel …





36 thoughts on “zzzzzzzzzZZZZZzzz … MONDAY???? Already???

    • Hahaha … the first time I went hiking with my friend H, I fell no less than 6 times, was literally covered in mud from head to toe, and had, as we later discovered, broken my foot falling on the rocks. And then … on the way back home, don’t you know he wanted to stop at a bar for a drink??? And me covered in mud! And yet, I keep on trying. Last time I only fell once. In the mud. Sigh. 🙂


  1. I reckon Gavel would have been a great psi-ops dog.
    Imagine him at demonstrations, defusing the situation as protesters and counter protesters all kneel down going ‘Awww’ and fussing him.
    Hardened criminals on the run, stopping to stroke him and say ‘Hello mate! Who’s a good boy then?’ 😃

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  2. Love the smiles Jill…😄

    But, remembering the tongue lashing you got over ‘cotton picking minute,’ in two shakes of a lamb’s tail …’ is likely to fall into the same derogatory genre of sayings where we have forgotten the meaning. ‘Lamb Tail’ is a reference to genitalia, usually male, but can be in reference to a female and is a bit insulting for the latter, giving the receiver of such a name, the same status as a ‘loose woman.’
    Of course, if you were off for a bit of ‘rumpy pumpy’ while the coffee was brewing, it makes perfect sense! 😂

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    • 😀 😀 😀 ….. No ma’am, no ‘rumpy-pumpy’ was going on, I swear! 😀 And seriously? I had no clue about the meaning of ‘lamb tail’ … I just thought it meant the time it took for a cute, fluffy little lamb to wag his tail twice! Words are becoming a minefield to navigate! But this one I will let stand, since the post is already a day-and-a-half old and it isn’t likely to be viewed many more times. Perhaps some will get a chuckle over this! 😀

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  3. Dear Jill,
    I would love to be greeted by Gavel. He obviously had simply been assigned the wrong job. WOW, who would want to eat that avocado to destroy the art work. I always enjoy your Monday blogs.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Thanks Gronda!!! Yes, I wouldn’t be able to bring myself to ruin the artwork, but I’m sure the air did so very quickly. And Gavel? Oh yes … I fell in love with him … so glad he found the right job! Glad you enjoyed the Monday post … they are fun to write, but I have to be in just the right mood, else I feel like they fall flat.


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    • Yes, I have thought perhaps the people making the signs might have been tippling just a bit! But I’m glad, because it gives me something to chuckle over! 😀 If you start your sign-making business, let me know … perhaps I shall join you! 😀

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  4. Thanks for remembering me — I thought it was only to be coffee today! When birds fly in the liquor store, by the way, don’t forget “Famous Grouse” the very best scotch whisky I have ever tasted! And I must add that my favorite sign of all times as seen in a canyon in the Rockies with sheer rock faces on either sides of the narrow road. The sign said “In the event of sudden floods climb to safety.” Really???!! Have a great week — better than last week, I hope.

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    • I always remember your preference, dear Hugh! Just wasn’t quite awake yet, y’know? I must admit that I never heard of Famous Grouse before today! I love your story about the sign in the canyon! I guess one must carry a grappling hook at all times! 🙂 You have a good week also, my friend … as shall I! 🙂


  5. The avocado looks amazing! I normally just mash it into guacamole 🙂 A happy Monday to you! No rain here, but a lot of wind. But we had a lovely weekend, so I am not complaining (at least not too loudly). – Anyway, I promise to answer your email soon!! Hugs!

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    • Yes, I usually either mash it for guacamole, else slice it to add to a hamburger, or a salad. No rain here either, but it is bloomin’ HOT! 93 F (39C) for the third straight day, and it isn’t even officially summer yet! Somehow it doesn’t sound so very hot when you look at it in Celcius 🙂 Will be looking forward to your email whenever you have time … I know you’re busy and fully understand! Hugs back to you , my dear friend!


      • 39C is a lot!! We never get it that hot over here. If we would for once, I guess they would call it a national crisis. They get fidgety the moment it gets over 30C, call it a “heat wave” which always gets my Australian friends to start laughing hysterically. – But of course, most people do not have airco here, and in these old houses you get to baking temperatures pretty quickly. But, as I said, normally it stays cooler. And we also mostly have at least a small breeze from the sea.

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        • Old houses, cooler temps and a sea breeze … sounds divine! I am always charmed by the pictures I have seen of the Netherlands, and of course I always think of you when I see them! Yes, it is still hot today, albeit not quite as bad since we had two thunderstorms earlier. Very humid, though … the air feels thick when one tries to breathe it. I shall just stay indoors in the air-conditioned house and write! 🙂


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