J-j-jolly M-m-monday, F-f-friends!

That sound you hear is my teeth chattering, and all the typos in the forthcoming post are a result of my hands shaking.  It’s c-c-cold!!!  And it isn’t even winter yet!  I am ready for spring … perhaps I’ll plant some flowers here …flowers-2I presume you are all surviving this harrowing season?  I have given up on trying to convince the girls that we ought to skip it this year, and am rather just going with the flow, trying to keep up with baking, shopping, decorating, wrapping and so forth while carving out a bit of time to breathe.  It’s about the best I can hope for at the moment.

Grab a warm drink & a Christmas cookie (I baked them just for you guys!) and let’s go find something to start the week out with a smile, or possibly even a chuckle, shall we?

It has been cold here, with temps in the teens the past several days, but not nearly as cold as it is for our friend Hugh out  in Minnesota!  Last Wednesday in southern Minnesota, a tractor-trailer got stuck on an icy hill.  Luckily for driver Craig Helgeson, Lizzie and Jacob Hershberger enlisted the help of their team of 13-year-old Belgian draft horses, Molly and Prince, to give the stuck truck a hand.  I was actually amazed that only two horses were able to pull that much weight on an icy slope, but they did it.  See for yourself!

Remember a few weeks ago when I told you about some ugly food-themed sweaters out for Christmas … I think one was Taco Bell and I don’t recall the other.  Today I have found yet another, but frankly, I kind of like this one.Dough Boy sweaterAfter all, who doesn’t love the Dough Boy? General Mills said the sweaters are available in two designs that each feature the Pillsbury Doughboy enjoying the Christmas season. The first sweater (pictured above), titled “Let it Dough,” features the Doughboy and Pillsbury crescent rolls, while the other, dubbed “It’s Lit,” features the mascot with a decorated Christmas tree.Dough Boy sweater 2.jpg

You can get on on Pillsbury’s website for a mere … well, scratch that, for both sweaters are temporarily unavailable, but you can sign up to be notified when they become available.

From the annals of really, really bad ideas comes this …
bacon vending machine.jpgYep, folks, it is exactly what it looks like … a bacon vending machine.  Now, I know at least one person who I shall not name here who would likely think this is a great idea and that there should be one on every street corner.

The Ohio Pork Council, a trade group for Ohio pork producers, installed a vending machine at Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences that dispenses cooked, ready-to-eat Smithfield, Hormel and Sugardale bacon.  For just $1, you can get either a slice of fully cooked bacon or a handful of fully cooked bacon bits.  Now, I dug out the ol’ calculator and concluded that at that rate, it brings the cost of a pound of bacon, for which I typically pay $4, to somewhere around $16.  That’s some markup just for the convenience of clogging your arteries with the push of a button!

There is a bright side … proceeds will be donated to Ohio State’s meat science program.

I always enjoy some of the strange, yet humorous signs that are out there … here are a few that are guaranteed to make you either shake your head and roll your eyes, or chuckle.






I wouldn’t want to live here … self-fulfilling prophecy, etc.




I’ll take my own shower, thank you very much!



And what would Jolly Monday be without one funny animal video?

jollyHave a great week, my friends … keep warm, smile a lot and share your beautiful smile!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

juice boxOops!  I almost forgot … sorry Benjamin!

17 thoughts on “J-j-jolly M-m-monday, F-f-friends!

  1. Glad to see the Newcastle Transit Authority are having a no-nonsense approach to this sort of behaviour. Quite right to! That’ll teach people to get frivolously killed.
    Cute pups. How can they fail?
    Oh I love that noble pair pulling free the lorry. ‘Heavy Horses’ by Jethro Tull sprung to mind:

    Thanks for you Monday cheer Jill

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    • Indeed … I’ve always wondered when I hear it said that suicide is against the law … what’re they gonna do … kill him again? So much common sense about, don’t you think?

      I had never heard that song … a most interesting and different one for sure, and now the tune seems to be stuck in my head! Thanks!

      Happy Monday and have a great week, dear friend!

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  2. Benjamin says : “Namaste, Miss Jill!” He even assumed the proper yoga position, too cute! Needless to say, he noticed that the juicebox was missing and laughed when we reached the end of the post : “Good one, you tricked me!” No complaint about the absence of a sprinkled donut, but he does suggest Gingerbread man cookies as “they are my favorite”…ever since we made and decorated them last week, some to eat and some for my tree. Gingerbread Men are this year’s theme, revisited from Benjamin’s First Christmas. We both enjoyed watching those Belgian draft horses, Benjamin says Molly and Prince are “super strong”! The puppy videos are greatly loved and he likes the last sign with the tree crushed car too! I went to the Pillsbury site to check on the “Let it Dough” sweater, no price but the waiting list is almost 1,000 customers…maybe by next year?! At that price, I’ll make my own bacon. The coffee with half&half and cookies added makes this post positively the best! Benjamin wants Jolly to remember to tell Santa that he is being the “bestest boy ever”! Thank-you x 2!!

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    • How adorable! I wish I could have seen it! I was truly expecting him to make note of the absence of sprinkled donuts and I was prepared to tell him there were sprinkles on the cookies. I truly did forget the juice box and I could have inserted it at the top, but I thought I’d give him a bit of humour. I’m so happy you both enjoyed Jolly Monday, and tell Benjamin that I have put a good word in with Santa … Santa will bring him a case of juice boxes!!! I hadn’t noticed how many were waiting for the sweaters … yeah, sounds like it will be next year for sure! Drat … I was hoping for the blue one. Have a great week, my friend! Hugs to both you and Benjamin!


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