A Dust-in-the-Wind Monday

Today is the 21st Monday of the year 2018.  Do you realize what this means???  This means that we are more than halfway back to Hallowe’en!!!  And I still haven’t gotten all the Hallowe’en decorations put away!  Yes, they are taken down and boxed, but the boxes are still sitting in my bedroom floor, which is definitely not where they belong.  Don’t ask.  Anyway, welcome once again to … Monday … the day where all good things are possible, but most likely won’t show up until Friday.  Yes, I’m a little bit gloomy today.  Don’t ask.  So … let’s try to find something fun to smile about before plunging head-first into the work-week, shall we?  Pull up a chair and grab a … grab a … oops … I forgot the coffee and donuts.  😞  I’m so sorry … I promise to make it up next Monday.

All for the love of ice cream …

On the surface, it seemed like one of those “awwwww” moments – cute and harmless.  Meet Berkeley the bearberkeley-bear-1.pngBerkeley was born in the U.S. in January 2017, and had to be separated from her mother when she was only a month old for her own safety (cub abuse by the father).  Berkeley was cared for there until April 2017, when she was transferred to Discovery Wildlife Park, a private zoo in the town of Innisfail, Canada.  When Berkeley arrived, she weighed only 8.6 pounds, and Serena Bos, Discovery’s head zookeeper and animal trainer, immediately took her under her protective, nurturing wing.

And Berkeley is a happy bear and much loved by all.  Maybe … a bit too much loved?  Last week, Berkeley must have been craving ice cream, so owners Doug Bos and Debbie Rowland decided to take her to … where else?  Dairy Queen!

Berkeley obviously enjoyed her treat!!!  And so did Doug and Debbie … so much so that they posted the video on their Facebook page.  Oops … big mistake.  Alberta Fish and Wildlife were not so much amused, for under the terms of the zoos operating permit, they are to notify the provincial government prior to taking any of the animals out of the zoo.Berkeley-bear-2The owners are now facing charges, to which they say they plan to plead guilty as charged, and additional restrictions have been attached to their permit.  The facility will now be required to provide more details when requesting permission to transport animals and will have to keep the animals in a cage, crate or kennel during transport.  But still … Berkeley enjoyed her ice cream!

Some tasty gossip …

Guess who asked who to the prom this year?  Burger King asked Wendy’s!!!  Isn’t it exciting?  Could this lead to something … bigger?  Do we hear … wedding bells?bk-1Well, Wendy’s, naturally, was a bit more discreet and she tweeted her response …bk-2And Burger King was beside himself …bk-3Awwwwwww …

And with just a few little plastic blocks …

Iouri Petoukhov likes Lego blocks … a lot.  Living in Canada, Iouri is an inventor or sorts. He has designed some amazing creations that are showcased on his YouTube channel, The Brick Wall  He has even built a working lawnmower from Legos … you can see it on his site.  But his latest invention tops everything.  Recently, he and his son built, as a gift to his father, a machine that … wait for it … cooks breakfast!!!  I cannot describe it … you simply have to watch the video!

“My son Michael and me are the two people behind The Brick Wall YouTube channel. We have designed and built a Lego machine that can assist in cooking a real egg and bacon breakfast. The idea was to build a remotely controlled machine that will automate breakfast cooking process and pick the egg off the frying pan. We also wanted it to be able to make several different variations, ‘sunny-side-up’, scrambled, and ‘sunny-side-down.’ We are extremely happy with the result.”

And to think how I used to struggle just to build a simple square building when playing Lego with my children all those years (decades) ago.

And once again, dear friends, it is time for us to take a nap get to our work.  My poor daughter Chris is short-staffed by 4 people and has been having to work 12-14 hour days, so I wish her a better week than the last!  And I hope you all have a wonderful week.   You know how to make it even more wonderful, right?  By sharing those smiles, spreading a little happiness and some hugs.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!

Dust in the Wind
I close my eyes, only for a moment, and the moment’s gone
All my dreams pass before my eyes, a curiosity
Dust in the wind
All they are is dust in the wind
Same old song, just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do crumbles to the ground though we refuse to see
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
Oh, ho, ho
Now, don’t hang on, nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away
And all your money won’t another minute buy
Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind
Dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind
The wind

20 thoughts on “A Dust-in-the-Wind Monday

  1. Unfortunately, I can’t watch the YouTube’s, but I love the bear story. Jill, I think you do a great job finding nice stories of the day. There is so much negative stuff around that these little nuggets of life put a perspective of sanity on struggling society. 😊

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  2. Dear Jill,
    The lego machine was fascinating and mesmerizing to watch. I’ve watched it 3x as it is just amazing.

    If I ever visited Berkeley, I would bring some ice cream. He looks like he is easily bribed. So if Berkeley ever gets loose, we all know what to do.

    This “Dust in The Wind” song out to sent to all GOP in US Congress.

    This prom date between Burger King and Wendy’s could develop into a longer term merger.

    Thanks fora great Monday start.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I’m so glad you liked it!!! The Lego machine seems to have been a big hit! One reader said her 4-year-old grandson watched it over and over. And of course I fell in love with Berkeley! Hah! I actually put Dust in the Wind on the post due to a personal angst, but you’re right … it fits our current political situation as well! Have a happy week, my friend! Hugs!!!

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  3. Jill, at least you left us with a good ear worm. “Dust in the Wind” is a nice song to him all day. Question – if she goes with Burger King does that automatically make Wendy Prom Queen? Keith

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    • Glad you liked the ear worm, Keith! 😊 I told my daughter one day last week that you hadn’t sent me any ear worms lately and I was going to have to ask you for one, as Fool on the Hill was once again stuck in my head! As to your question … I hadn’t thought about it, but yes, I would presume so! 😉 Have a great week!

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      • Jill, one of my favorite Kansas’ stories was when the show “Where are they now?” that chronicled what happened to old bands did one of Kansas. But, it never aired. Why? The group lived normal lives and were not drug ridden, so it made for too boring a story. “Carry on our wayward son….” Keith

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        • Ahhh yes … normal, well-adjusted people are NOT news! I remember that show, by the way!

          Now, I have to say that I never heard that song! I did go grab a YouTube version and listened to it, and guess what? I thought they had disbanded, but while I was listening, a pop up informed me that they are coming to my city in November! I was surprised … especially since I thought they were long since gone. Thanks for trying, but since I’m not familiar enough with the song … Fool on the Hill is still there. I cannot imagine why that one keeps coming back 🙄

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  4. You have gained a new follower! My 4 yr. old Grandson, Benjamin, loves this morning’s post. He has watched the video of Berkeley the Bear twice. Posting the video, while quite entertaining, caused their “mea culpa” moment.The Brick Wall video of the Lego Breakfast machine was viewed three times. From there, we went on to watch their Burger Factory video too. He was not as thrilled with the Kansas video, but I was as it’s a favorite of mine. This was the best of Monday mornings! Thank-you x 2!! P.S. I must save this post…Benjamin wants to go back to the Lego video again.

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    • I am so honoured by young Benjamin’s interest and appreciation!!! I’m so glad that you both found something to love here … that is my only goal on Monday mornings — to entertain, to bring a chuckle or a laugh! I will try to keep Benjamin in mind next Monday, now that I know what he likes! Give him a hug for me, and one for you, too!


  5. Kudos! You did very well given the fact that your heart was elsewhere. You do realize we all look forward to your Monday posts?? I love the bear. We have a neighbor who had a pet bear until she got too big and too expensive to keep any more so she was donated to a local zoo. But, then, there’s always Maxine to brighten the day!!! 😘

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    • Thank you, dear Hugh! Yes, I do realize that the Monday posts and Wednesday’s ‘good people’ posts are the most appreciated, so I always try never to miss them and to do them well, even when I don’t much feel like it. But with this one, I even found myself laughing a few times! And I always think of my buddy Hugh and include a Maxine to start your week off right! 😉

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