Saturday Surprise — Hodge Podge

Happy Saturday and welcome to the …weekendSo, do you all have big plans, or just a nice relaxing day around the house?  Miss Goose and I are “baching it” this weekend, as Chris is in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada for a band competition.  Yesterday, what that meant was that we didn’t do a darn thing around the house, but today we will try to get a bit more ambitious and at least sweep the floors … or something.  Maybe.

Today’s Saturday Surprise is truly a hodge-podge, rather matching the way my mind works today.  I think this past week required so much concentration on so many topics that my brain has simply said, “I’m done – go away and leave me alone!”  So, let’s have a bit of this and a dab of that, shall we?

Happy face bologna?

Ask anyone from Sydney or Melbourne if they’ve ever tried a slice of “fritz” and they’ll give you a puzzled look. Ask a South Australian, however, and their face will light up with memories of childhood trips to the deli and smiling meat behind the glass.SmileyFritz_JamesRuddSmiley fritz, the cheeriest lunch meat you’re likely to come across, is a thinly sliced and smooth-textured sausage commonly found in supermarket delicatessens and local butcher shops across South Australia. Each slice of the meat appears to have a tidy mop of dark hair, two big eyes, and cheeky grin. For South Aussie kids, no trip for groceries is complete without receiving a complimentary slice to eat on the spot or wear as a mask.

Fritz is unique to South Australia, thanks to the influence of German immigrants in the greater Adelaide region. Though the sausage’s origins are uncertain, local legend suggests it began with a butcher by the name of Fritz who lived in the city of Adelaide or the nearby town of Lobethal in the 1880s. The sausage is also known by the not-so-flattering full name of “bung fritz.” Why? Because the sausage uses a sheep’s appendix as the casing that houses the lightly smoked mince trimmings of pork, lamb, beef, or, in rare cases, kangaroo.

Um … well … I suddenly find I’m not really all that hungry …

Name a country … any country …

I love Jimmy Kimmel.  Well, most of the time anyway.  You know how sometimes he takes to the streets and asks people questions … simple questions that should be no brainers, like “name a book”.  Well, based on this short segment where he had a large map of the world and asked people to identify a country … any country … on the map, I think we are in deep trouble.  Take a look …

At least the little guy knows his geography, yes?

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww …

You guys all know what a sucker I am for a cute animal, right.  This one comes from The Dodo and if it doesn’t simply melt your heart, then you probably have no heart to melt!

Bee-utiful drawings …

Camilla d’Errico is a Canadian urban temporary painter, toy designer, character creator and comic artist. She’s been interested in art since she was a little girl, and her textbooks were full of cartoons, comics, manga and fantasy-like doodles.

“I am a hopeless romantic that loves the planet, French bulldogs, watermelons, vampires and zombie hunters! I also paint big-eyed beauties surrounded by melting rainbows and lots of animals.”

Her recent paintings of adorable bees that portray iconic cartoon and movie characters are exactly that.





Harbee Quinn

Harbee Quinn

Jason Voorbees

Jason Voorbees



Luke Skyflyer

Luke Skyflyer

Minnie and Mickey

Mickey & Minnie



Sailor Buzz

Sailor Buzz



Ahhh … to have such talent!  Miss Goose is the artiste in this house … perhaps one day I will share  some of her work!

Well, friends, I don’t want to take up your entire weekend … I know you have chores and fun stuff planned, so I ask only that you keep safe and have a wonderful weekend!

25 thoughts on “Saturday Surprise — Hodge Podge

  1. Benjamin has been my weekend companion and we are Bee-witched by this hodge podge of delightful entertainment. Good Grief, Benjamin can point out countries on the globe and states on a map…at 4 1/2 yrs. old. This is the result of TEACHING!! Whenever we visit a blog from another country, we go to the globe and discover where it is located in relation to the USA. If it is in a different state, we find it on the USA map. We loved the animal video and the bee art. Thank-you x 2!!

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    • What a treat for you, having young Benjamin for the entire weekend! Yes, most kids can at least point out their own country, for Pete’s sake! I was appalled by that display of ignorance, but pretty impressed with the kid at the end — he put them all to shame! I knew Benjamin would love the baby animals video! Glad you two got to enjoy it this weekend! You are most welcome! And I will try to remember his juice box tomorrow!!!


  2. Saturday, in the Park, I think it was 4th July
    Camilla d’Errico, created super bees, oh, oh, my
    bees were dancing
    bees were laughing
    And clever cartoon hero bees can fly!

    I love the lighthearted theme, Jill , but don’t think I’ll be eating Fritz… thhppppt! 😛

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  3. Yes, sweeping floors goes right along with my last comment, don’t you think? That picture would be….
    Take care. Keep the cute animsls coming. And the music too, please…

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  4. Thanks for sharing!… enjoyed it!.. what am I going to do this weekend, one asks?..well, I believe I will stop the world and get off for a brief period in history, have a leisurely weekend keeping a eye out for rainbows while contemplating my tomorrows… 🙂

    “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last chapter.”

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  5. Dear Jill,
    I just so loved this post. The bulldog puppy and kitten story is so heart warming. They looked adorable together.

    I am going to make sure that my 4 year old granddaughter and 15 year old grandson will not be like the Jimmy Kimmel folks who couldn’t even point to one country on the map. When we were growing up, we were better educated. Geography was a subject that was studied in school.

    As for the art by Camilla d’Errico, I fell in love. I’m going to check out if her art is for sale.

    If I ever take a trip to Australia which is on my bucket list, I think I’ll skip the “smiley fritz.”

    Thanks for the song “Saturday in the Park” by Chicago and for an outstanding post.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I’m so glad you liked the post! The Smiley fritz just looks like bologna to me, but when they said “and sometimes kangaroo”, that was the end for me.

      The Kimmel clip was a jaw-dropping moment for me. Can there really be that many people who cannot even point to one single country??? I mean … they couldn’t even point to the U.S., the country they live in? Or Canada? I was just astounded, and a little depressed to think that this is how dummied-down our nation has become.

      I adored the puppy & kitten video … about the 3rd time I watched it, I had to force myself to stop, for I did have other work to do! 🙂

      Have a great weekend, Gronda! Hugs!!!

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  6. Thanks for the Saturday delight. We need that as we are still trying to put things back together after sudden rains resulted in water in the basement where we tend to spend most of our time! Its good to take a break!

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