Jolly Monday … Yes, Again …

Good Monday morning, dear friends!  I apologize in advance, but I am somewhat overwhelmed these days, between trying to stay on top of the news, this blog, my normal routine, and the added ‘stuff’ that comes with it being just over a week until Christmas — shopping, planning, baking, wrapping, decorating, and trying to remember to smile when the family suggests we take a drive through town to look at Christmas lights.  So, today’s treats are somewhat meager, I fear, but know that they are made with love.

So, did you all have a wonderful weekend?  Hey Hugh … did you get a snow person built yet???  Post pictures!  Our snow has been minimal thus far, but it has been cold as a witch’s … well, there are young readers here, so I better not use that old expression … suffice it to say it’s been cold.  And rainy.  Friday, by the way, is the beginning of winter.  Joy.  Well, grab a cup and pull up a chair, for I have a few tidbits that I hope will bring a smile to your face!


The streets were paved with …

Chocolate???  A storage tank overflowed at a chocolate factory in Germany, causing liquid chocolate to flow out into the street.

The Werl Fire Brigade said a storage tank at the DreiMeister chocolate factory in Westonnen spilled about one ton of chocolate Monday and the liquid confection streamed through the gates outside the factory and into a road.chocolate-steetThe fire brigade said the chocolate solidified into a 33-square-foot “choco-pancake” that firefighters pried up from the ground using “shovels and muscle power.”

Markus Luckey of DreiMeister said the factory was back up and running Wednesday and would be able to recover from the loss. He told the Soester Anzeiger newspaper it “would have been a disaster” if the spill had taken place closer to Christmas.


A great deal … gone wrong!

The headline piqued my curiosity when I saw it …

Burger King Is Selling 1-Cent Whoppers, But You Have To Go To McDonald’s To Get One

According to Burger King’s press release …

whopperToday, the BURGER KING® brand is turning more than 14,000 McDonald’s into BURGER KING® restaurants. Sort of. For a limited time, when you go within 600 feet of a McDonald’s restaurant you can order a flame-grilled WHOPPER® sandwich for only 1¢ on the newly revamped BK® App. It’s what we call a WHOPPER® Detour.

The WHOPPER® Detour works by geofencing McDonald’s locations across the country. If a guest is inside one of these geofenced areas and has the new BK® App on their device, the app will unlock the WHOPPER® sandwich for a penny promotion. Once the 1¢ WHOPPER® sandwich order is placed, the user will be “detoured” away from McDonald’s, as the app navigates them to the nearest BURGER KING® restaurant for pick up.

The WHOPPER® Detour promotion is part of the newly relaunched BK® App which now offers order-ahead functionality. The WHOPPER® Detour promotion can be redeemed one time only, from December 4th until December 12th, at participating BURGER KING® restaurants nationwide. The offer is unlocked when a guest is within a 600 feet radius of most 14,000+ McDonald’s restaurant locations.

Hmmm … not a bad deal, eh?  Well … maybe for one person it wasn’t such a sweet deal …

In Los Angeles, Boyce Harvey attempted to take advantage of the deal, but when he went to the nearest Burger King to pick up his one-cent Whopper, the manager at Burger King told him the order wasn’t showing up in the system.  Boyce, not wishing to quibble over the price of a burger, placed another order, paid for his food and left.  But when he looked at his receipt …BK receiptThat’s right … his one-cent burger had cost him nearly $1,100!!!  Poor Boyce – his account lacked sufficient funds, so he was hit with a huge overdraft.  Last word is that …

“Burger King officials are working with Harvey to figure out what happened and correct the error.”

Um … it isn’t rocket science … you reverse the bloomin’ charge!  Boyce is, perhaps, more patient than I would be.  I wonder where his next burger will come from?


Smarter than your average bear …

I have no idea how this bear knew exactly where to find the bag of dog food, but watch …

It happened at the DeLand, Florida, at the home of Chelsea Hyder where her home security camera caught the bear in the act.  Unfortunately for her and her pooch, but luckily for the bear, he was long gone by the time she reviewed the video!


I hope you can forgive me for a shorter-than-usual Jolly Monday, but tonight I am suffering from holiday exhaustion after 3 hours of Christmas and grocery shopping today, and my head keeps falling sideways.  But never fear … I have one more trick up my sleeve.  This short video actually made me laugh when I thought my reservoir was dry, and I hope it makes you laugh, too!


jollyRemember to share a smile with someone today … a smile can set the world to rights, even if only for a minute.  Keep warm and safe, and have a happy week, my friends!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa … and Jolly!

27 thoughts on “Jolly Monday … Yes, Again …

  1. Dear Jill,

    My cats used to give me massages too as they purred in my ears, pulled off my curlers. They know how to get your attention. Can you imagine a bear popping in and out of your house? I would definitely keep my doors shut. There’s no way Burger King would make a $1100 overcharge without the whole world hearing about it. As much as I love Chocolate, I don’t think I could eat it off the street. What a waste.

    Thanks for a jolly Monday.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • Every time my cats give me massages, I end up with rivulets of blood, holes in my clothes, and life-long scars!!! I’m glad you enjoyed Jolly Monday … and the next Jolly Monday will be on Christmas Eve … where in the heck has time gone???

      Hugs!!!

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  2. P.S. Benjamin was on his way out the door with Mommy and said : “Gem, did you forget to tell Miss Jill to tell Jolly that I’m still being the bestest boy in the World and be sure to tell Santa!” I don’t know how I forgot, he repeated it often enough. P.P.S. My tired arthritic fingers hit M instead of N! “Namaste” from Benjamin, not Mamaste!! Good Grief, doesn’t that mean “you sucked” in Spanish? I’m glad that I came back to add a message from Benjamin…just in case you actually read my missive. Yikes!!

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    • I knew just what you meant … I overlook all typos, for I make many myself! And no, ‘chupaste’ is sucked in Spanish … I think mamaste means you chewed in Romanian, though. 😀 And please tell Benjamin that Jolly has already spoken to Santa on his behalf and I am pretty sure he will have a wonderful Christmas! 🎅

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  3. I am completely empathetic with your plight! Have you ever had a scathingly brilliant idea that, in practice, fell short of it’s mark? I’m certain that you have no time for my propensity for loquacity, so just proceed to the next comment and save yourself the trouble…I’ll never know if you simply comment, “too bad” or some other innocuous words. Way back in time, when my children were Santa believing tots, I began having a theme for each Christmas. On New Years Day, we would decide what to have as the theme for that year’s Christmas. We then spent the year slowly accumulating and/or making tree and house decorations. Over the years there were some delightful choices and it gave each child a sense of partnership in the enterprise, one of the best was the year it was about integrating each one’s beloved childhood toys that we called “Inside Santa’s Sack”. Another was “Gingerbread” that featured a tree filled with homemade cookies that were decorated by themselves, that was my favorite theme of all the themes. So, for Benjamin’s First Christmas in 2014, I revisited that theme. It was prompted by my finding a brand new 18 month size Gingerbread man costume at a yard sale earlier that summer. He was beyond adorable and Auntie’s photograph was made into his family Christmas card. Now, since this is his 5th Christmas and he has been so into making cookies…another revisit seemed in order. Auntie and I searched everywhere for a child’s gingerbread man costume to no avail. The scathingly brilliant idea was to sew one myself (I made all of my children’s costumes, as well as many others for the children that I cared for), but I had not made one in many years. Auntie found an old McCall’s pattern for the costume online, paying far more than the original price, but it was mint in the package and she made the purchase in October. The wise move would have been to start sewing back then, but Halloween was the priority and I waited until this past Friday to begin. Total aside, cloth and sewing notions are exorbitantly priced these days! At any rate, I began with faith in my seamstress prowess and was making reasonable progress…amidst a few setbacks that were overcome without too much difficulty. I worked from 10:30 PM until 2:30 AM on Saturday morning, feeling a bit smug! Saturday, I worked at the project off and on all day, breaking inbetween for Christmas shopping and a return to Joanne’s Fabrics for the zipper I had forgotten was needed. By 9:30 PM, I was zooming along until at 11 PM, my old Singer Sewing Machine bobbin case broke! I was better than 3/4th of the way to a completed costume. I was supposed to have the costume ready for a Sunday afternoon photo shoot with Auntie! How could this be happening, I was beyond tears and swearing. On Sunday morning it was back to Joanne’s Fabrics to look for a new sewing machine…”Merry Christmas to me”, “Just what I wanted”, “I shouldn’t have”, but I did! Construction of the costume is complete, but the finishing touches by hand are time consuming and the arthritic fingers are slow. The photo shoot is postponed until Wednesday morning. I have come up with a few conclusions : 1) Never put off until tomorrow what you should have done last month. 2) Any idea that on the surface sounds scathingly brilliant, probably isn’t. 3) Pay a young nimble fingered seamstress, it will cost far less in the end. If you don’t mind, I will bypass the gingerbread cookies and stick with the coffee; but Benjamin is thrilled with them and his juicebox. He loved the videos and says : “Mamaste, Miss Jill.” Thank-you x 2!!

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    • Ha ha … I have VERY OFTEN had those ideas that seemed truly brilliant, but in practice were much less so! And I always have time for your propensity for loquacity, for it adds humour and value to my day! Your project turned into a monumental undertaking!!! At least you got a new sewing machine out of it all! And I so wish I could see the results!!! This is what we grannies do … sigh. I’m trying to scale back this year, but so far it just isn’t happening! Give your poor arthritic hands a rest now! Good job, Ellen!!! And I’m so glad Benjamin liked the gingerbread men and juice. “Namaste, young Benjamin! And Merry Christmas!” And to you, also, my friend … Merry Christmas!

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    • We humans are a gullible breed … let someone utter the word “free”, and people will step on their own feet trying to be the first to get there … doesn’t matter what is free, just so long as it’s ‘free’. Glad you smiled … and I hope your week is a great one also! Now go make snow angels and people!

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    • Indeed! I got home from the grocery one day to find, upon checking my receipt, that I had been charged $12 for a bunch of celery. When I took the receipt back to customer service, they immediately refunded the entire price, thus my celery ended up being ‘on the house’. 😉 I loved the one of the cat stealing the smoke, too … looked like he was actually gonna smoke it!

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