A Jolly Autumn Monday …

witchGood Morning, folks, and welcome to Jolly Monday!!!  How was your weekend?  I don’t know about where you live, but once again this year it appears that fall is non-existent.  Oh sure, it looks like fall with the leaves all various shades of red, orange and gold, and the flowers dead or dying.  But the temperatures … yesterday it was 80°F/27°C and by the middle of the week, the high temperature is to be 48°F/9°C.  From air-conditioning to heat in one easy flip o’ the switch.  But anyway, here we are together, celebrating the start of a brand new week, new opportunities and new adventures.  Yeah, okay … a bit of overkill, huh?  Anyway, folks, grab a cup of coffee and a piece of fruit, and let’s find a bit of humour to start this week.

Law Enforcement via Facebook …

Now talk about an honour system.  A Facebook user, Matthew Zaydel, who goes by the screen name of Champagne Torino had several misdemeanor warrants out against him.  Rather than wait for the Redford Township (Michigan) police to show up at his front door with a warrant someday, he took the bull by the horns and posted the following message on the police department’s Facebook page.Facebook-post-1Apparently none of Mr. Zaydel’s crimes were of a serious nature, for the police responded with …


Mr. Champagne Torino has issued the RTPD a challenge. As you can see below, if we can have this post SHARED 1000 times, he will turn himself in to RTPD on his existing warrants, clean up blight on public school property, and bring us a dozen donuts. Donuts!!!! He promised us donuts! You know how much we love Donuts!

Help us win this challenge and clean up blight in Redford at the same time! It’s as easy as a SHARE of this post.

Within an hour, the post had received the requisite 1,000 shares and Zaydel, true to his word, turned himself in at 6:30 p.m. Monday. He brought police a box of doughnuts — and one bagel.  Think about it, folks … we could save a bundle if all warrants were served so easily.  Plus, the officers would be happy to have the donuts.



Some motels and shopping places advertise themselves as being “pet friendly”.  But how does one define “pet”?  I have a friend who has a boa constrictor and considers it a pet.  Another friend has a bunny for her office companion.  I suspect that in the future, the Super 8 Motel in Geogetown Kentucky may re-write their “pet-friendly policy” to be a bit more specific.

Lindsey Partridge checked into the Super 8 Motel on the evening of October 4th, along with her pet named Blizz … a retired racehorse!  Imagine the desk clerk’s surprise when she looked up to see a horse standing at the front desk!

Ms. Partridge is a trainer and founder of Harmony Horsemanship in Ontario, Canada, where her goal is to show others that if you create a calm connection with your horse, they can go virtually anywhere.

The motel staff, though likely a bit surprised, found it all in fun, and nothing was said, even after Partridge took Blizz into the motel room for a bit of television-watching.  However the next day, the hotel manager was, shall we say, less than thrilled with the whole thing.  There is some question as to whether Ms. Partridge will be welcomed back next year.

A Pricey Bagel …

If you buy a pack of six bagels at the grocery, you pay about $2.40, or 40 cents per bagel.  Now sure, if I am eating out, I expect to pay more … a dollar, two dollars …  But if you stay at the Westin New York hotel in Times Square, you are going to pay just a bit more than that.  Take a guess … no … nope … higher … give up?  $1,000!  Hugh … pick your jaw up off the floor now.  Gronda … you okay?  Yes, I did say $1,000.

This same bagel was introduced for a brief period in 2007.  What?  No, not this exact same bagel … although bagels do seem to have an almost unlimited shelf life.  It is a very limited edition item and will be available only from November 1st until December 15th.  What makes it so special, you ask?  Take a look …

BagelToppings include goji berry infused Riesling jelly, gold leaves and Alba white truffle cream cheese. So, as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t even sound tasty!!!  And who in their right mind would pay $1,000 for a bloomin’ bagel?  Gold leaves … you’d break a tooth on those!

Pound for pound, the white truffle is the second most expensive food in the world, next to caviar.  I don’t like caviar either … I wonder what this says about me?  I’ll stay at home with my 40-cent bagel topped with some plain ol’ Kroger brand cream cheese and a handful of raisins, thank you.  Obviously this one is for people with more money than common sense!

The CIA Fired … WHO???

I applied to work for the CIA one time.  Took a 7-hour test and did well enough that they called and wanted me to go to Washington to meet with some people and proceed to the next step of the hiring process.  I don’t know exactly what possessed me to even start the process, for at the time I had three young children.  A lark, I suppose.  But by the time I was invited to proceed to stage 2, common sense had returned and I declined their offer.

The CIA is a tough taskmaster … they do not put up with whining and a lack of interest in the job.  You do that and you’re O-U-T!!!  Imagine how hurt poor Lulu must have been then, when last Wednesday the CIA announced that she was being relieved of her duties in the explosive detection program.  Lulu is young, perhaps too young to fully understand what she did wrong, at a mere one-and-a-half years of age.  Oh … did I forget to mention that Lulu is a canine, as in dog?

Lulu was a part of the “puppy class” training program that teaches dogs to sniff out explosive odors.  “A few weeks into training, Lulu began to show signs that she wasn’t interested in detecting explosive odors,” the CIA said in a news release.

LuluBut don’t feel too sad for Lulu, for the story has a happy ending.  Lulu was a adopted by her loving handler, who had the chance to work with her during imprint training. She now enjoys her days playing with his kids, sniffing out rabbits and squirrels in the backyard, and eating meals and snacks out of a dog dish.  Um … sounds a lot better than sniffing out explosives anyway, don’t you think?

One Heck Of A Wine-Tasting

On October 7th, Celina Dally, a college student in  Louisiana attended a wine-tasting whereby she apparently imbibed a bit too much and ended up being arrested for public intoxication.  Somewhere along the line, Dally passed out and when she awoke, she found out that she was also charged with assaulting an officer, for she had tried to bite Officer Guillory.

Last week, apparently recovered from her hangover, she made it up to the officer by taking him a cookie-cake with “Sorry I tried to bite you” written in icing.

celina dally.jpgIf the picture is any indication, all is now well, and we can only hope that Ms. Dally learned a lesson.

Well, dear friends, I am sad to say that our time has come to a close, for we all have important work to be doing.  I’ve really enjoyed seeing you today, enjoyed sharing some fun and chuckles, and as you go about your business today, please share your beautiful smiles with those around you, for we all need a few extra these days, don’t we?  Have a safe week, a good week, and remember to take a bit of time to just enjoy life!  Love and many hugs to you all!!!



(Sorry … I couldn’t resist)


19 thoughts on “A Jolly Autumn Monday …

  1. Ah a $1,000 bagel. Thanks Jill, gives me a great opportunity for a good old fashioned socialist Hrrrrrrrummmph!
    Sheila is very happy that Lucy found a good home, to each their own she says.

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    • Haha … the bagel story had me “hmmmppphhh”-ing too … you know what they say about a fool and his money. how many hungry kids could have a hot meal for $1,000? And I am glad Sheila liked the Lucy story … so did I, but then you know of my soft spot for any critter. I’m pretty sure that in my last life I had fur and walked on all fours. 🐯

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  2. Dear Jill,
    $1000.00 FOR A BAGEL…If I had seen that price quote, people would have heard me a mile away. .
    The horse was going too far. I don’t think you can train a horse when they can do their job.
    The woman who tried to bite the officer is fortunate to have been able to make peace. Justice was done and Lulu found a great family and home.
    Thanks for another jolly Monday and Hugs, Groda

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    • Yes, the bagel story had my jaw dropping too! And to think that obviously some people are willing to pay that much for a bit of extravagance, when they could help so many people with that $1,000. Have a great week, dear friend! Hugs!!!

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  3. Jill, skipping past the humor which is greatly appreciated, I was struck by the name and idea of “Harmony Horsemanship.” Love it. Have a great week and don’t blow your money on truffled bagels. Keith

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    • Not liking the cold too much, Jack? Take heart … spring is just around the corner! Well … almost. 😉 Yes, the donut guy has to be weird, but at least he keeps his promises! Love you too, Jack!!! Have a great week! Hugs!!! ❤ ❤

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  4. Mmmm…..Picture instantly prompted the well-known refrain…..’Double, double, toil and trouble….’ Super way to start the week…hoping the witches will prove somewhat more friendly…. 😉
    Love the wine-tasting episode. Mind the Wine…especially midweek…. 😉 Have a Super Week! ❤

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  5. $1,000.00 for a Bagel! You’ve got to be joking! Your are right on both counts: my jaw dropped and there are folks that have more money than sense! Have a terrific week and try not to pay too much attention to what is going on in Washington! 😀

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