A Jolly, Soggy Monday …

Good Monday morning, friends!!!  I trust you all had an excellent weekend?  Ours was a bit on the soggy side, but otherwise fine.  Did I tell you about my dishwasher?  No?  Well … pull  up a chair … hmph … the damn thing has been acting oddly for a few weeks, and we have had to wedge a broom handle against the lever to get it to stay on.  No biggie, right?  And then came Friday, and broom or no broom, that piece of #$%& was not about to run.  Naturally, it was full of dirty dishes, so I ended up taking them all out and washing them the old-fashioned way, in da sink with soap and hot water.

Now, you are saying to yourselves, “well, she rents, so why doesn’t she just call for maintenance?”  HAH!!!  First, after my last appearance at the rental office, where I had just a few choice words … and … maybe … threatened to rip somebody’s head from its moorings, I am not allowed to go over there anymore.  Nor am I allowed to call them.  And so, I have to rely on Miss Goose, with her charming, dimpled grin, to go play on their sympathy.  On average, if you report a problem, it takes anywhere between 3 weeks and 6 months before maintenance will respond, and then they may … or may not … fix the issue.  But, for only $1,056 per month in rent, what can I expect, right?  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Anyway, enough about my problems.  I am keeping the treats simple this morning, for I’m just a tad under the weather and didn’t much feel like doing a lot of baking.  Now grab a cup of coffee or tea … leave the juice for the kids, please … and let’s find something to make us smile, shall we?


A villager in the Nanning City area of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (China) was cleaning plastic bottles one day last week, but he must have used just a bit too much soap, for next thing he knew … well, take a look

Apparently the rains came and stirred up the suds to create a foamy mess!soapy mess


How would you like to come home after a hard day’s work and find … THIS?broken house

broken house-2It happened in Baldwin Park, Florida, where a crane (the machine, not the bird) suddenly turned over, splitting the house literally in two!  Ivan Fogarty, corporate safety director for crane owner Beyel Brothers Crane & Rigging, said the machinery likely fell over because the ground under it was wet.  Well, um … shouldn’t they maybe have thought of that before setting up there?

The homeowner and his family were not home at the time, thankfully, but the house is currently uninhabitable, and the damage is being assessed to determine if it is reparable.  Methinks that either way, ol’ Beyel Brothers are going to have one hefty lawsuit on their hands if they don’t voluntarily make this right.


Clean Soles shoe store in Roanoke, Virginia, was burglarized on August 25th.  The really odd thing about the burglary was the thief took only right-foot shoes, leaving the left … left behind!  Get it … left behind?  Okay, never mind … 🙄

Now, my first thought was that the guy probably had only one leg … the right one.  But the footage from security cameras shot that notion in the foot … get it … foot … shoes … 🙄

This was obviously not a well-planned heist, else he would have at least brought a bag to carry it all in.  I would have loved to see his expression when he arrived back home, only to find that he had all right shoes!  At least we know he doesn’t have two left feet … get it … left feet … right shoes … sigh 🙄

Now you see why I don’t write comedy for a living.


Sumiko IwamuraSumiko Iwamura is a DJ in Tokyo, Japan, and she recently set a Guinness World Record.  The record?  Oldest Professional Club DJ.  Just how old is Sumiko-san?  She is, as she says, 83 years and six months.  She was a spry 77 years of age when she decided to take up something new, so when her friend Adrien suggested DJ school, she was gung-ho for the idea.

By day, Sumiko-san works as a cook at the Chinese restaurant she owns, but two nights a week she transforms into DJ Sumirock where she plays at the DecaBarZ nightclub in Shinjuku.  She is so good that she has been invited as a guest DJ in places like Paris and New Zealand.

Despite all this fame, she hasn’t lost her humility …

“You get feedback from your customers quickly in both cases.  If you’re playing tracks and they don’t like it, they’ll leave the floor and start drinking at the bar. If the tracks are danceable, then they’ll stay on and dance their heart out. Restaurant customers are the same — if it tastes good, then they look happy, and they’ll tell me that they like it. For me, it’s easy to work out how people are feeling in both cases.”


Remember back in January when as a part of a Saturday Surprise, I posted a tidbit about some people actually eating Tide Pods?    Well, it didn’t take long for a New York pizzeria to capitalize on the idea, offering mini pizzas created to resemble the laundry detergent pods.

Vinnie’s Pizzeria announced on Twitter that customers looking for an edible alternative to laundry detergent should order the eatery’s “PIEd Pods.”Tide pod pizza

“Listen, we’re concerned about the youths. They’re eating laundry detergent pods. Our Pied Pods (filled w/cheese and roni) have that bright, alluring colors that youths crave BUT are 100 percent edible and 100 percent not soap. Plus they’re delicious.”

Okay, then … I don’t think I’ll be rushing out to Vinnie’s anytime soon.


And that’s all I’ve got for today … oops, wait … I caught some flak last week for not including a cute animal video … and so, I present to you, a short clip about a baby hedgehog … and I guarantee you will laugh, for it made me laugh for the first time in at least 4 days!


And on that note, I think it is time for you guys to head on out to the salt mines, the office, or the chores your wife has on the ‘honey-do’ list on the fridge, and I will … sigh … wash laundry.  And now, dishes.  On a serious note, my friends … I am usually pretty much an optimist, but this past week has me wondering why I bother to get up in the mornings, and I know from chatting with some of you that I am not alone.  Please take just a minute sometime today to share your gorgeous smile with somebody who hasn’t one of their own.  Believe me, it will lift their spirits a bit, and it will lift yours, also.  And remember … I love you all!!!  Keep safe and have a great week!toon-1

toon-Maxine

33 thoughts on “A Jolly, Soggy Monday …

  1. Sorry to read about the bad scene with the appliances Jill….. Jeez what a way to run a railroad!
    That little hedgehog is seriously cute, I loved the one where they did not want to have the cardboard roll taken off their head.
    My tip for the week. Don’t read or listen to the news for 3 days and nights, it allows the ill-humours to be cleansed away. It works, trust me on this. Anyway why bother listening to or watching it for those 3 days and nights, it’s all the same old…..sproggle.…….

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    • Really? Awesome … they are so cute, but I had no idea they made good pets. But then, most people don’t think wolves make good pets, but I have a friend who raises them and they are actually very good pets. She was going to give me one, and I really wanted it, but with 10 cats at that time (down to 6 now) it didn’t seem like a wise idea. Anyway … have a great week!

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  2. Benjamin is giving you a “Gold Star” today, he is all about gold stars since starting the new preschool! He is very happy with “real juice, a sprinkled donut and the bestest video”…high praise indeed, from the toddler critic! Good luck with the dishwasher. I’m probably the only person who washes dishes before putting them into the dishwasher…even I have forgotten why I do it, but it is a habit that began long ago. It is a soggy Monday here too, temps in low to mid 60’s and then up to 85 tomorrow…can anyone say, climate change?! Thank-you for the jolly, but where is Jolly?

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    • Awwww … please tell young Benjamin that I am wearing my gold star with pride! He is one tough critic, I tell ya!

      The dishwasher is going to be a pain. We have, thus far, reported it twice, and are told that it will be fixed “as soon as possible”. Last year, we went though a similar issue with our fridge, and I finally spent over $200 to have it fixed by a HVAC company in order to keep my frozen meat from spoiling. My neighbor has been waiting 6 weeks for a leak to be repaired!

      Jolly is … hiding under the bed … listening to Peter, Paul & Mary, and intermittently howling like a wolf. I think something has traumatized the poor li’l fella.

      Have a great wee, and please give Benjamin a hug for me.

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  3. Dear Jill,

    I fell in love with the hedgehog video. How adorable!

    I hate it when an appliance breaks down. It is one more inconvenience, expense, irritant. Good luck with getting the dishwasher fixed.

    I feel like Maxine this morning.

    But for me, the star of this show is Sumiko Iwamura, the DJ at 83 years young.

    Thanks for another great Monday post.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Ha ha … so did I! I was sitting here last night at 1:00 a.m., giggling over that video!!! I’m glad you liked it!

      I feel like Maxine most days anymore. I have to ask you, my friend … how do you keep it from getting you down? I am to the point this week that I just want to become an alcoholic and live in a stupor! I couldn’t even write a post yesterday afternoon … not a single paragraph would come out.

      Yes, I loved Sumiko!!! She puts me to shame, though!

      Have a terrific week, my friend. Hugs! ❤

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  4. Good luck with your dishwasher, Jill.
    Hope you feel a bit better soon too. Hope you aren’t feeling too under the weather.
    And, I have to ask…. Why are young people eating Tide Pods??? I never heard anything so weird as that…. Are they getting soap high? 😂😂😂

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    • Thanks Colette! My ‘under the weather’ is more mental than anything. The constant barrage of Trump takes a toll after a while, and I’m just really in a funk at the moment, realizing, I guess, that this will not be resolved and repaired in my lifetime.

      Why are young people eating Tide pods. Well, as best I recall, some anthropologist determined it was the pretty colours that attracted them! But no … no soap high … turns out it is quite toxic. So … that is why I now have to remove the lid of a new container of Tide pods with a knife, one that hopefully will not end up embedded in my palm in the process … and then leave the bloody pods lidless for the rest of the month! Remember when some fool put cyanide in Tylenol capsules a few decades ago, and now we cannot open OTC medications without the aid of a butcher knife, scissors, and a machete? Sigh.

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  5. Oooh….. I LOVED the hedgehog video! Need to show it to my boys when they come home from school. Big boy might be a teenager (aka the coolest being on earth), but when it comes to small animals, he melts 🙂
    Good luck with your dishwasher! (Maybe if you give it a well deserved kick? … But I guess you have already tried that…)

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    • I’m so glad you loved the hedgehogs!!! So did I … you should have seen me, 1:00 in the morning, sitting in my chair with headphones on and giggling! I hope the boys liked it too!

      Oh yes, I kicked, I punched (I have a swollen knuckle to prove it) and … nada. Reported it to the office for the 2nd time today:

      Candi: We will get to it just as soon as possible
      Me: Could you be more specific?
      Candi: As soon as possible. We hope the maintenance men will finish what they are doing and then we will let them know about your problem.
      Me: Can you at least give me a day?
      Candi: As soon as possible.

      I bet money it doesn’t get fixed this week. Went through this last year with my fridge, and finally ended up paying an outside HVAC company over $200 to come replace the defrost timer and thermostat so that my freezer full of meat wouldn’t spoil. Grrrrrrrrrrrr ….

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