A Jolly Pre-Thanksgiving Monday To YOU!

Welcome, dear friends … quick … come in out of the cold, for it is freezing out there!  (Okay, Gronda, Hortie, Don and the rest of you down in Florida … hold your laughter, please!) Did you all have a good weekend?  I did a dumb thing.  I have had to stop driving after dark, for a couple of weeks ago, I could not see the entrance to my street, drove the car up over a sidewalk and into a ditch, so that was the end of my night-driving.  Since I don’t have a car, I have to use daughter Chris’ car after she comes home from work or on weekends.  So, that left me to do the grocery shopping this weekend.  Do you have any idea how many people go to Kroger on the Sunday before Thanksgiving?  NEVER AGAIN!  Anyway, that experience is behind me, and I am now going into winter hibernation, for it was freezing today, and my old bones are still, some 12 hours later, feeling the chill.  So let us settle in with something warm to drink and have a few laughs to start the week out right, shall we?


For some reason, I always tend to associate bagpipes with funerals. A New Zealand man apparently intended to make it necessary to hold a funeral … his own … when he took a notion to drive his car while playing the pipes!

bagpipes“The driver didn’t have their hands on the wheel at the time, and he was clearly playing the instrument while driving the car. His fingers were going a million miles an hour,” Acting Sergeant Bryce Johnson said.  The man denied the charges, claimed he was only playing “air pipes”, and was let off without a fine.  Sergeant Johnson must have been in a good mood, else he had no evidence.

Most people put their children in the bathtub when they are dirty, but one enterprising mom in China may have thought it would be quicker to clean her 10-year-old son in the clothes washing machine.  Long story short, the boy became stuck and it took firefighters nearly half an hour, during which they had to take the washing machine apart, to rescue the boy!


Think twice before you toss your kid into the washer, okay?

And speaking of getting stuck in strange places, this one also took place in China.  This one is really hard to figure, and the story did not elucidate on how, exactly, she got her leg stuck.  Perhaps it is for the better …


What is it with the Chinese and plumbing fixtures?

When I was in junior high school, or what they now call ‘middle school’, there was no such thing as a “Family & Consumer Sciences” class, but times have changed and apparently now there is.  Administrators at Carter G. Woodson Middle School in Hopewell, Virginia, found themselves in a wee bit of hot water last week over a “Family Quiz” worksheet that a teacher downloaded from the internet for her 7th grade class.  It may be that the teacher should have looked more closely at the questions, or the disclaimer that read, “Please remember that this worksheet may not be appropriate to teach to younger students and can be adapted to your own needs.”

Family quizNeedless to say, parents were in a bit of a state, and one parent issued a statement:

“No one in the schools system needs to be teaching my daughter what a mistress is or a trophy wife or boy toy. It’s inappropriate for a school. Period. We send our kids there to learn math, reading, science and history not to learn this other stuff that goes on in the world that they eventually going to learn anyways.”

Hmmm … could be that this mother could benefit from a grammar class refresher? The school district apologized to parents.  No word on whether the teacher, unnamed in the articles I read, remains employed, but if I had to guess ….

job wanted

With Thanksgiving coming in just a few days, the gifting holidays aren’t far behind, so it’s time to be thinking about that special gift for that special someone, right? Well, never fear, for this year Filosofa has taken it upon herself to help you out, take some of the work out of scouring the stores and the internet in search of, so I will, from time to time apprise you of the ‘to die for’ gifts that I find.  And starting with this week …

Is there someone who does embroidery or other forms of crafts using yarn on your list?  This Sterling Silver Yarn Ball is sure to delight them!

Tiffany yarn


This limited-edition piece is one of five handcrafted by Tiffany artisans in New York in 2017. A ball of yarn is reimagined in handspun strands of textured sterling silver, rendering the ordinary extraordinary.

Sterling silver

Available exclusively at Tiffany.com, the New York flagship and select Tiffany stores

The price?  Oh piffle, you know your friend is worth whatever the price.  But really, at $9,000 it’s a steal, don’t you think?

Or how about this … a Sterling Silver Tin Can makes a great pencil holder …


Tiffany artisans transform utilitarian items into handcrafted works of art. Sterling silver and shining vermeil upgrade this classic tin can.

Sterling silver and vermeil with Tiffany Blue® enamel accent

4.5″ high

Instantly recognizable, the signature Tiffany Blue® hue of this design’s enamel accent has been as iconic as the brand itself since its founding in 1837

A true bargain at only $1,000!

And last one for today … a Sterling Silver Paper Plate for only $950!  Now who wouldn’t love this?

Tiffany paper plateDESCRIPTION & DETAILS:

Tiffany artisans transform utilitarian items into handcrafted works of art. Reimagined in sterling silver, this plate is infused with modern wit.

Sterling silver

9.7″ diameter

Available exclusively at Tiffany.com, the New York flagship and select Tiffany stores

All of these are part of Tiffany’s ‘Everyday Collection’ that I just know you’ll want to check out!  Oh, and by the way, engraving is also available, at an extra cost, I imagine.

In my Saturday Surprise feature, I told you about some rather oddish Thanksgiving-themed foods and beverages.  Today I have one that, while not turkey & dressing flavoured, nonetheless qualifies as oddish.  What would you think of Fried Chicken Beer?  I like fried chicken fine, and I like beer okay every once in a blue moon, but the combination … just thinking about it does odd things to my stomach.

Fried chicken beerVirginia’s The Veil Brewing Company teamed up with New York-based Evil Twin Brewing to create Fried Fried Chicken Chicken beer, an IPA-style beer made using trace amounts of fried chicken.

“The idea came to us after eating a significant amount of fried chicken at various establishments in our beautiful city of Richmond,” Veil Brewing said. “We actually put a very small amount of fried chicken in one of two of the mashes (less than .4% of the total weight of the mash contents).”

If any of you decide to give it a try, be sure to stop by and let me know how it tasted … better yet, bring me a sample!

And now, dear friends, I’m sad to say our time together must come to an end.  I shall miss you all, but I’ll see you during the week, and we will all meet back here next Monday and you can tell me all about your Thanksgiving!  I’ve decided to end with a song … one of my favourites, Mack The Knife sung by Bobby Darin.  (Keith … you may remember I mentioned payback?  😉 ).  Have a great week … for my U.S. readers, it will be a short work week.  Keep safe, keep warm, and be happy.  And remember, if I have made you smile even a little bit today, please share that smile as you go about your day.  They grow when you share them, y’know.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!





37 thoughts on “A Jolly Pre-Thanksgiving Monday To YOU!

  1. An early happy Thanksgiving to you Jill. I have already written a reply, but I notice that several from yesterday all disappeared into the ethers somewhere (as might this one). Something wrong with my WordPress App perhaps?
    Funny post and some amusing comments too…great stuff!

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the post! I think I just found all your missing comments for some unknown reason imprisoned in my Akismet spam folder! I have no idea why, but I shall free them shortly and respond. I’m so sorry … don’t know how that happened, but every now and then it does, which is why I always try to look through it before I empty it. Thanks again, my friend!


  2. Jill, to sum up, don’t bathe a child in the washer, don’t clean your foot in the toilet, don’t drive while playing the bagpipes….and since you passed the ear worm along, “when the shark bites…” Great old song. By the way, I wrote a post several years ago about Bobby Darin’s “A Simple Song of Freedom,” that is getting more hits today than when I first wrote it. It just kind of laid there. Keith

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    • I didn’t think you’d mind that one too much. I planted it in my own ear also, for I have been singing it all day! Funny how those things work, isn’t it? I have a post about Roger Stone that got almost no attention when I first wrote it two years ago, but every time his name is in the news, it gets mega views, and now numbers several thousand views in total.


  3. Yes. Those children will one day learn sexism on their own! Although, from what I’ve seen, I’m not too sure they are learning math, reading, science or history these days either. Thanks for the laughs, and Happy Monday!!

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  4. The pipes, as shown, generally known as bagpipes. Are actually war pipes. That is to say, they used to be played by Scots only into battle. Then after, they were played over the fallen in battle. Now it seems for anybody who dies? Witnessing social changes? Although, the bagpipe is an ancient instrument, hailing from Asia. There are many types of pipes and many popular tunes written for them. My favourites are the Northumbrian pipes and Irish. Though as many versions of pipes, are now lost to time. Pipes are still played in countries such as Pakistan and Greece. Cheers Jamie

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    • Thanks for the additional info … I didn’t know there were different types of pipes! My daughter plays in a band called the Caledonian Pipes and Drums Band, so after reading your comment, I asked her what kind of pipes they play, and she said the ‘great Scottish’ pipes. She, however, is a drummer, not a piper. Thanks again … very interesting! Cheers!


  5. Super Intro to Thanksgiving! Happy Thanksgiving…..Have a Super Time!
    By the way I also have to take care driving at night…..Still manage, though. 😉
    Super Jolly Monday/Thanksgiving! Love and Hugs. ❤

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  6. ‘Hey youse guys! I wanna speak wit Tif-fanny hersoilff!…. Waddya mean der an’t no Tif-ffany!! Jeeze-Louise! Wadda way to run a roilroad! Listen ‘ear den youse monkey inna a suit…I spends Nine Hundred an’ fifty dollars on did plate!…What’s wrong wit it?…I tell ya wats wrong wid it! It says in da catalogue….Infoised with wit!!…..Well I looked an’ I don’t see not one lousy joke enscribed anywhere!! Wadda ya take me for, some kinda eu-ro-pee-on dat can’t speak English!!’
    Well, it could happen, couldn’t it?
    Happy Thanksgiving Jill

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    • Earlier this evening, while I was working on another project, my daughter began laughing so hard that I had to ask her why she was laughing. She said, “I’m reading Roger’s comment on your Jolly Monday post!” You are a hit in this household, Roger, for I also laughed when I read it just now! Chris and I both thank you for the much-needed humour! So, does this mean you won’t be ordering a Tiffany plate for Sheila for Christmas? 😀

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  7. Ha, ha, ha.
    I know that Asian people take cleanliness seriously, but …

    Seems the child must have been so dirty that Mom didn’t even take his clothes of first… Why not wash them all together? 😉

    As for the young girl with her leg stuck in the pipe of a squat toilet, was either trying to wash her feet, or slipped when she stood up after her ablutions (I almost did that once)… How embarrassing! 😛


    • Glad you got a laugh from it! Actually, many moons ago, my son got so dirty after playing in mud, that I stuck him in the shower … the shower, not the washing machine … clothes and all!

      As for the lady with her foot stuck in the toilet …even if she slipped as she was standing up, I cannot imagine how … how the heck … she got her foot in there and stuck. It is a mystery to me! Only thing I could figure is perhaps she dropped something in there and didn’t want to use her hands to retrieve it?

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  8. Ah yes, both wine and Maxine. You are on top of things! As you can imagine I especially liked the piece about the teacher who took a test off the web for her “Family and Consumer Sciences” class. I do suspect that class replaced Civics in her curriculum. It’s a sign of the times. The test itself was simply a stupid move on her part, but I suspect she hadn’t even read it before she handed it out! Have a great week and an especially Happy Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for — especially good friends.

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    • Aye, I thought of you when I came across that story … and I’m certain she did not read the test … probably in a hurry, glanced at the first few questions and thought, “yeah, that’ll work”. Glad you liked the wine and Maxine … I chortled aloud at that particular Maxine! You have a great holiday also, and yes, we do still have much to be thankful for, including good friends … that includes you, dear Hugh.

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