Good Monday morning, my friends! Come in … come in out of the cold! Can you believe this? A week ago, the temps were in the 90s and this past weekend the highs were in the 50s. No fall again this year, straight from summer to winter! So, tell me, did you have a great weekend? Are you rested and ready to face the week ahead with gusto? Nah, me neither. But, I have found some fun things for us to start the week … I think you’ll find something to smile about here this morning! So grab a snack and a cuppa whatever you prefer and come have a seat by the imaginary fire 🔥.
Dr. Claire Simeone, director of the Ke Kai Ola Marine Mammal Center, a monk seal hospital in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, began receiving disturbing mysterious phone calls when she was away from the hospital on October 3rd. She received 9 calls within a 15-minute period, all from a phone located in the hospital. Concerned, she immediately returned to the hospital. When she arrived, she found many confused employees, for several had gotten calls similar to Dr. Simeone’s.
Simeone said she contacted Hawaiian Telecom, which confirmed there had been “a bazillion calls” originating from the hospital but could not explain them or tell her from which line they originated. Simeone put on her detective hat 🕵🏼 and went in search of the prank caller. And she finally found him …That’s right … a gecko had somehow gotten into the facility and, using his tiny little paws, made hundreds of calls to people on the hospital’s contact list. I do not know the gecko’s name, but I really, really like geckos and so I shall name him Ralph. Ralph was safely relocated to an outdoor plant where he will no longer be able to call his friends … guess the party’s off, fellas!
Who’s Da Fattest Bear?
Katmai National Park & Preserve in Alaska was asking Facebook fans to use their likes to vote on which of their bears, which have been putting on weight to prepare for their upcoming hibernation, is the fattest, in a contest that ended last Tuesday.Facebook users were asked to choose between “Round-Rumped 32 Chunk” and “The Jelly-Bellied Jumbo Jet, 747 (Bear 747 for short)”. The winner of the showdown would then go on to the finals and face down a bear known as “409 Beadnose”Turns out that Bear747 was the one who went to the finals …But 409 Beadnose was able to hold on to his title … albeit bearly … 🤣 🤣 🤣
Dr. Seuss Runs Late …
It was 1998 when Vera Walker of Orlando, Florida, ordered a set of Dr. Seuss books for her four-year-old granddaughter. The books finally arrived just last month … Vera’s granddaughter is now 24 with a 4-year-old son, Cameron, of her own! The postal service claims the package was found in an old, abandoned mailbox. The nice thing about Dr. Seuss books is they never go out of style and Cameron will get every bit as much pleasure as his mom from them.
Rewind twenty years to an ad for books in the mail.
And a grandmother, with a smile, and an eye for a sale.
“I ordered some Dr. Seuss books for my granddaughter, and they never came,” Vera Walker, a great-grandmother described.
A box that would not, could not get here.
Not in a car, not in a year!
Twenty times over it failed to show.
Until one day it was ready to go!
“And when I opened it up and saw the date – it was October 1998,” said Walker.
How and why is certainly weird.
Inside an old mailbox is where it appeared.
A mystery that just goes to show, there’s truth in “Oh The Places You’ll Go.”
Timeless at twenty, the books have survived.
Bought for a girl at four, with a son now almost five.
Perhaps he’ll start with just a little bit.
Little words like “if” and “it.”
So one day he’ll be able to read big words, too.
Like Constantinople and Timbuktu.
That is a story no one can beat.
And to think that it all happened on Mulberry Street.
(No, I did not write that, and I’m not sure who did, but I’m guessing David Belleville, the writer of the article.)
The Greatest Skater – Benny!!!
Meet Benny, a 5-year-old yellow field lab who was rescued from a shelter in Utah where he was on the schedule to be euthanized. A Las Vegas rescue group saved him, and days later, a woman named Cheryl DelSangro adopted him. Now, Benny leads a full life, thanks to Cheryl, and he has a new talent … just watch (Gronda, get your tissues!)
Thnif. Didn’t that just make you want to get out there on the ice and give Benny a big ol’ hug?
And that’s all I’ve got for today, my dear friends! Please remember to share those gorgeous smiles with others who didn’t get to see Benny! I’ll leave a few extras by the door for you to share. Keep safe and have a wonderful week!!! Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!