Good Monday morning, friends! Come in, come in … I see you’re wearing jackets this morning … I guess I better drag the coatrack back out, eh? It has definitely gotten nippy out there, and I heard that someplace in Michigan had snow already this past weekend. And rawgod who lives somewhere way northier in Western Canada, had snow a month or two ago! I rather hope we get at least one decent snow this year, for last year I missed watching the kids build snow people and having snowball fights with my neighbor Ali!
So, did you all have a nice weekend? Mine was a bit hectic and frustrating, but then I tend to have less patience these days. We attended an Arabic birthday party next door on Saturday night, and I have to tell you … our Arabic friends know how to enjoy life, how to have fun, and they do it all without a smidge of alcohol or drugs! They just take pleasure in each other, in music, in camaraderie, in just being alive. We could take a lesson or two from them!
I put Jolly in charge of treats this morning, so let’s go see what he has for us …
JOLLY!!!! WHAT THE …
Oh Jolly … what have you done?
What has gotten into you?
Ahhhh … that explains it! Folks, meet Jolly’s girlfriend, Joyful. He’s never quite right when she’s around, for some reason. But now, I’m sorry, there are no treats to offer today. I’m so so sorry, and I’m sure Jolly is too. Sigh. Young love.
Location, location, location …
It is the mantra of real estate agents around the world, meaning that the value of a home depends more on its location than its construction. Last Wednesday, as most of you probably know, Canada’s ‘Cannabis Act’ went into effect, opening numerous marijuana shops in the provinces. Elina Childs is a 9-year-old girl scout in Edmonton, Alberta, who was selling cookies for her Girl Guides troop, and she must have been advised of that old real estate mantra, for she found the perfect location, right outside an Edmonton dispensary. Elina sold all 30 boxes of cookies she had within a matter of minutes. The line to enter the shop was long, and patrons waited as long as four hours, so … why not buy a box of cookies to munch on while you wait?
Da nose, knows …
Y’know … I actually despaired tonight, not sure whether I could pull myself into the right mindset to write Jolly Monday, but determined not to let my friends down, I persevered. Thankfully, there are enough bloomin’ eejits in the world to keep me in fodder for this gristmill, even when I’m not feeling humorous!
The headline read:
Family Pleads for Return of 50-Pound Nose Sculpture
What the … ??? The Albert family, of Portland, Oregon, had a giant nose on their porchThey came by it last October, when Mr. Albert, an advertising guru, plucked it out of the trash at his ad agency where it had been used in a photo shoot, and then discarded like so much trash. The Alberts have three children, ages 5,7, & 11, who were devastated to find the nose had disappeared overnight one morning last week. The kids initially wanted to offer a $2,000 reward, but mom & dad said any reward would be limited to whatever the kids could collect from their piggy banks. The reward stands at $6.27. I guess the piggy banks weren’t exactly overflowing.Last Halloween, the family placed a bowl of candy beneath its nostrils with a sign that read, “pick one please.” This year, they had plans to decorate it with a mustache and pair of giant black-rimmed glasses. I wish them the best of luck in getting their nose back. The oldest son has vowed to bolt the nose to the porch if it finds its way back home.
And speaking of noses …
Winter is on its way, and there are certain body parts that just seem to get cold quicker than others. For me, it is the hands, ears and nose. A British woman, Sally Steel-Jones, has come up with a solution (and is making a bit of money for doing so). Knitted nose-warmers!
“I got the idea in 2009 when I had a genuine cold nose (is that as opposed to a fake cold nose?). Our business started small, with one nose warmer made specifically to do the job of warming up a nippy nose!”
The company is called, predictably, The Nose Warmer Company, and is based in Sheffield, UK. The nose mittens sell for about $10 each, and come in a variety of colours, patterns and materials.
And because I think you still need a bit of something more to bring those smiles into full bloom … take a gander at this bear cub … it is an older video, but so very heartwarming
And that’s all I’ve got for today, my friends! Please share your smiles, be compassionate toward your fellow humans this week, for it’s tough times for many of us. Keep safe and have a terrific week! Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!