HOORAY For Jolly Monday!!!!

Happy Monday morning and welcome to … yet another … week.  Sigh … do we really have to do this week?  Could we not just … skip ahead a few weeks?  Wait … what am I saying???  I’m wishing away a few weeks of my life?  Nononono … let me reboot …

Happy Monday morning and welcome to what is going to be a great, fantastic, stupendous week for us all!  And do you know what is going to make it so wondrous?  You, my friends!  You guys ‘n gals always make me smile, and so this morning, I shall attempt to make YOU smile, and then you will go forth and share those smiles, and pretty soon, we will all be smiling … bigly.

I have so much material for smiles, chuckles and laughs today that I cannot even use it all, so grab a chair and help yourself to coffee and a bit of breakfast while I regale you with a tale!


Oopsie …. and OOPSIE …

Monday-targetI have been considering a new vacuum cleaner for the past few months.  With 7 furry-purries, I must vacuum daily, so mine gets quite a workout, and this one is about 5 years old.  I do hope, however, that when I decide to invest in a new one I have a better experience than Annie Banerjee of Houston, Texas!  Annie spent $300 on a Dyson (too pricey for Filosofa!) at her local Target store.  But when she arrived home and opened the box, she discovered that instead of a vacuum machine, the box was filled with rocks, dirty towels, and a can of bean-free chili!!!

Monday-Annie BBanerjee said she returned to the store about an hour later, but a store manager refused to refund her money and called the police on her!  I do not know the reason, but one might presume racial profiling, as Ms. Banerjee is an Indian-born U.S. citizen.  She also just happens to be an immigration lawyer and knows the law, so in the end, Target not only refunded her money but also gave her the Dyson vacuum – this time a real vacuum – for free.  No word on whether the store manager is still employed at Target, but I have doubts.

Fellow was axing for trouble …

Monday-car-axeSomeone called the Wyoming County (New York) Sheriff’s Office to report a suspicious vehicle.  It wasn’t all that hard for them to find, as it had no doors, no windshield, no windows at all, in fact, and no license plates.  But the really eye-catching thing was that there was an axe sticking out of the roof!

Monday-Jared-PriceThe driver of the car, 21-year-old Jared Price, also did not have the required insurance … GASP – I AM SHOCKED!!!  He was arrested on charges of driving while impaired by drugs, driving while impaired by a combination of drugs and alcohol, driving without license plates, operating an unregistered and uninspected motor vehicle, operating without insurance, lacking a front windshield and driving without safety glass. Phew … wears me out to even type all of that!  But what I still want to know is … how and why is the axe in the roof???

World Santa Claus Congress … who knew?

Monday-Santa-Congress“The World Santa Claus Congress at Bakken [Denmark] is both a professional forum and social meeting place for real Santas from all around the world. The Santas from around the world have the opportunity to meet and exchange experiences and to network.”

Monday-TrebiniThe Santa Congress is a four-day event that dates all the way back to 1957, and is the brainchild of ‘Professor Tribini’ (Christian Jørgen Nielsen), a legendary entertainer at the Bakken amusement park.  Events include an ever-important discussion of reindeer parking rules and ideal chimney dimension, followed by baking, storytelling, and even a footbath. Because, so we hear, all that scrambling up and down chimneys can make even the nimblest toes rather sore. But the most popular activity so far has been Zumba, the Latin-inspired dance fitness program. Blame it on all those cookies!


Um … discussing reindeer parking rules, eh?

Give an alpaca some dance shoes …

Monday-alpacaHave you ever dreamed of dancing with … an alpaca? Well, now’s your chance! A farm in Canada is offering “alpaca dance classes” for anyone looking to get fit and cut a rug with the wooly mammals. ‘313 Farms’ in Manitoba is offering six weeks of dance and fitness classes including hip-hop, barre, cardio, pilates, mommy and me and boot camp with the company of friendly alpacas.

Each class lasts about 45 minutes and is followed by a 15-minute “Alpaca Meet and Greet” session for students to feed the animals and snap a selfie. Classes cost $10 for guests who register in advance and $15 at the door. Not bad … I’d pay that just to spend an hour with an alpaca instead of humans!

Full of hot air …

I might have enjoyed being in France last Friday, when 456 hot air balloons were released into the air all at once!  The occasion was the Mondial Air Balloons festival at an airbase in Chambley-Bussieres. Poor weather in the area postponed the record attempt twice throughout the week until the colorful balloons representing pilots from 45 different nations successfully launched at about 9 a.m.Monday-balloons-2It was a record-breaking event, the previous record of 433 having been set at the same festival in 2015. It took about 45 minutes for all of the balloons to rise into the formation. The balloons are Cloudhoppers, or one-person hot air balloons. The short clip below shows the prep & take-off in a compact, time-lapsed format and is super fun to see:


And speaking of mermaids …

The top mermaids in Great Britain gathered this weekend to determine who will earn the title of Miss Mermaid U.K.  Wait … mermaids???  I thought those were imaginary creatures?


Those wishing to compete must be between the ages of 18 and 32 … why 32???  And they must be female … I was just about to say that is sexist, but then I realized … mermaid?  A male would have to be a merman or a mersir.  Hmmm …

Grace Page, the 25-year-old reigning Miss Mermaid, explained to the BBC about the skills she thinks are necessary to do well in the competition:

“If you want to be a professional mermaid it is essential that you train as a free diver and hold a free diving qualification. This will allow you to be able to hold your breath for longer periods of time and, more importantly, you will be able to do so safely.”

Monday-mermaid-1The winner will be adorned with a special crown and receive the opportunity to compete in the Miss Mermaid International final in Egypt in November. She will also receive a mermaid tail courtesy of Magictail, a free diving and mermaid swim course, a one-year contract with Hire A Mermaid U.K. and an underwater photoshoot.

I spent 30 minutes last night trying to find out who won, but information is sketchy. As best I can figure, a young lady named Laura Siddall took the crown & tail, but don’t quote me on that, as I culled the information from a Facebook page.  Well, congratulations to whomever won!


And on that note, my friends, I must bid you adieu and send you on your merry ways.  Please keep safe, stay cool (in more ways than one!) and share those wonderful smiles with others today.  Love & hugs from Filosofa!


'Mary, I've got meetings all day so I'm going to be unable to have my scheduled happiness moment at 3:01. You have it for me, OK?'

'The trip into the wilderness strengthened our team very much because the worst salesmen got eaten by wild animals.'Monday-toon-3


41 thoughts on “HOORAY For Jolly Monday!!!!

  1. I highly recommend the BISSELL PowerEdge Pet Hard Floor Corded Vacuum. It doesn’t move as smoothly as a Dyson, but it’s better than anything else I’ve had, plus its ability to really get around the edges of furniture is awesome. Happy Friday now 😉

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    • I will look into that one! I currently have a Hoover that is supposedly designed for pet hair, but I really cannot tell that it does any better than the Dirt Devil I had before. It does okay, and it’s been sturdy for 5 years now, despite me dropping it down the stairway once! 😀 Thanks for the suggestion!

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  2. Another wonderfully jaw-dropping and funny collection.
    I would have loved to have been the senior manager at and get the idiot manager of the local store to try and explain to me why ‘he did that’.
    As for the kid with the axe in the car; yep looks just the sort of poseur who would do that kind of thing, hoping he was making a statement….sad really.
    Father Christmas conventions, Mermaid competitions, balloons being realised….ahh there’s hope for the World yet.
    (PS…there are supposed to be mermen, guess they’re not as half interesting as their lady equivalents)

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  3. I don’t want to dance with an alpaca, I’d prefer to dance with a Jill.
    And, I can’t get excited about what we still call hoovers…
    But I love the hot air balloons ~ that’s something I’m up for… hahahaha
    Great Monday fun Jill.
    You make me feel good ~ almost always. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • I would be happy to dance with you, Jack!!! And yes, I have a Hoover also … her name is “Big Bad Bertha” 🙂
      I’m glad my humble little post made you feel good … and I note that word ‘almost’ 😀 Well, nobody can get it right all the time. Love ‘n hugs, Jack! 💘💘💘


  4. I do like our Dyson (we got it with airmiles),although I would have preferred the canister and we got the upright. It’s a bit awkward, especially on the stairs. Which is my excuse for avoiding vacuuming them as much as possible! As for the cartoons – stress-management at work is when the boss is away 🙂 (and a couple of others too, but let’s not go there as I am on holidays!!) Have a good Monday my friend 🙂

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  5. Jill, A Dyson vacuum cleaner can be both expensive and heavy. I have the small portable, that comes with all the tools needed to do the job. It has a nice rechargeable battery that is refilled in about 30 mins and carries enough charge to vacuum my whole apartment. My sister can do her whole house, on one charge. It is very light and no chord except to the charger. Cleaning out the debris, the whole unit will come apart and the roller in the power head comes out also. The one thing I find annoying. Is a filter on the top, that falls out if you’re not looking. So, expensive but very efficient. Cheers Jamie

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    • Yep, I did a housesit with four very hairy and mud tracking pets… The lightweight Dyson rechargeable was a breeze to use and very effective on pet dander…but I did have to empty the small canister twice for each house clean (every day).

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      • Well, so far three readers have given very positive reviews of the Dyson, especially the lightweight canister. I generally prefer an upright for reasons of storage, but … I guess I need to do some research soon. Thanks, Colette! 🙂


        • PS Dyson V6 cordless… Like models Jamie and I mentioned, sits upright on its charger in a broom cupboard, taking up no more room than a mop and small bucket. It is lightweight and can do a small house on a single full charge. It is detachable from its floor mode to become a hand held for furniture, but the canister is small. It is still expensive at £200 or so here in UK. Our vacuum cost us £5.00 years ago and is going strong 😄

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    • Hi Jamie! It sounds like a great little machine! However, I balk at spending more than $100 for a machine that does nothing but pick up dust and cat hair and isn’t even fun to use 😀 But, perhaps I will give it some consideration …

      Cheers, my friend!

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  6. Dear Jill,
    I loved this mornings post. It does help my lift my spirits. I would love yo visit the Llamas. I wonder if the Dyson is worth the cost. I’ve seen scenes of those balloons in France and they are gorgeous. Seeing is believing as in the case of the Santa Claus convention and the mermaid contest. It reminds me that there is a lot more out there than politics.
    I admire Maxine as well..
    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Thanks Gronda — I’m so glad you liked it! I, too, would love to visit the alpacas. A local farm here has a couple of llamas and a couple of alpacas that I always go talk to when we visit to buy fresh produce … I think they remember me each time 🙂

      Dyson may be worth the price … some are even as high as $800!!! But I refuse to pay over $100 just to vacuum my carpet. I am a miser in some ways … I’d rather buy a cheaper vacuum and have money left over for BOOKS! 🙂

      And yes, we need to take our mind off politics and the current environment of so much hate, just for a little while a few times a week!

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