Here’s To A Jolly Monday … 🥂

Monday-sleepy-2G’mornin’ friends … welcome {yawn} to Monday.  No, I didn’t have a ‘wild weekend’.  I look like this every morning … I just got up too late to hide the ugly before you got here today.  Jolly helped me whip up a few treats to start the morning out right …

juice box                 coffee              cuppa tea

Now let’s see if we can find something fun to start this week off, shall we?

Cabbage is not my favourite veggie, though I can tolerate it in such things as coleslaw (Miss Goose calls it ‘funny salad’) or in an egg roll.  Otherwise, I leave the cabbage in the produce aisle for someone else.  But Rosemary Norwood and her husband, Sean Cadman, who live in the Tasmanian valley of Jackeys Marsh, Australia, have grown a cabbage that I think would feed the entirety of Australia for a few months, at least!huge cabbage.pngNorwood said she kept hungry wallabies and possums out with a wire fence, and had to place the cabbage under a fine net to stop slugs and butterflies. The toil has been worth it, however — the cabbage ended up large enough to provide almost two weeks’ worth of coleslaw, German rotkohl and salads for their guests.  Personally, I would have let the wallabies have it …

You all remember the Smurfs from Saturday morning television, right?smurfs-toonPer Wikipedia …

The Smurfs is a Belgian comic franchise centered on a fictional colony of small, blue, human-like creatures who live in mushroom-shaped houses in the forest. The Smurfs was first created and introduced as a series of comic characters by the Belgian comics artist Peyo (the pen name of Pierre Culliford) in 1958, wherein they were known as Les Schtroumpfs.

And an interesting tidbit …

The word “smurf” is the original Dutch translation of the French “schtroumpf”, which, according to Peyo, is a word he invented during a meal with fellow cartoonist André Franquin when he could not remember the word salt.

smurfsBut I digress.  In the town of Lauchringen, near the German border with Switzerland, an unusual gathering took place on Saturday.  2,762 living human smurfs attended a gathering dressed and painted blue in the regulation smurf attire — curly hats and all.  They set a record previously held by Welsh students who managed to unite 2,510 regulation smurfs in Swansea back in 2009.

The rules of the game are strict: the only people counted as the genuine article are those with any bare skin painted blue and the rest of the body clothed in smurf attire.

I did not watch the Grammy Awards show last week.  I don’t watch television except to catch a few bits and pieces of the British shows my daughter watches on weekends, and even if I watch television, I’m bored by awards-type shows.  But, I keep seeing pictures of some of the … um … costumes?  Get-ups?  I mean, seriously, some of these garbs are cringe-worthy.  They remind me of something out of a bad sci-fi movie.  Take a look for yourselves …

For the record … I would not be caught dead in any of those abominations!

A few fun things I stumbled across on the ‘net last week …



Pizza Pals



Bath time, Human!!!

This video is proof of that old expression, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” …

I sent Jolly out last night in search of a really cute animal video.  I told him to make it extra special, something guaranteed to make our friends laugh.  I think he did a pretty good job …

And now, my friends, I hope you have a lovely week and that you remember to share those smiles, have a kind word for someone who needs one, and be happy.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!toon-Maxine

36 thoughts on “Here’s To A Jolly Monday … 🥂

  1. Dear Jill,

    Thanks for sharing a video on Manami Ito playing the violin as she is beyond amazing.
    I always enjoy the at / animal videos. They do entertain us.

    Can you believe that those outfits worn by celebrities, probably cost thousands of dollars. You couldn’t pay me to wear those get-ups?

    I keep threatening to take a trip up North as soon as the winter storms end. It may be awhile.
    Thanks for another jolly Monday morning.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • My pleasure! I was beyond impressed by the resourcefullness of Ms. Ito. Yes, I’m sure those gowns, if one can call them that, cost into the thousands, and I much prefer my $20 pair of jeans or my $14 pair of sweats!!! I guess that’s why I’m not famous (or rich).

      Yes, best wait before you head north! Herb in Pennsylvania got 8″ of snow just yesterday!


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  2. Benjamin and I spent 2 hours constructing a snow fort on my deck. It took a little ingenuity and some intensive labor, but it passes muster with the Little Mister…that was my only goal! The ice covered snow from yesterday’s Winter Storm Oren would not mold into a Snowman, no matter how hard we tried. Rather then admit complete defeat, we decided to work with the stuff instead of against it. By pushing snow with a shovel up to the railing on portions of two sides and than making a wall across from the ends of those two, we ended up with a triangular shaped fort. I could step over the wall, but for Benjamin’s stature a small depression was cut into the top of the triangle and he loves his own entrance. Then we had a misshapen snowball fight with Benjamin in the fort and me outside…of course he was the victor! After returning inside and him having a nice warm bath, we came to visit. He’s very happy with his donut and juicebox, playing in the snow builds an appetite. The cabbage did not impress him, he “doesn’t like big or little ones”. The smurfs brought some smiles, especially the people dressing up like them. I tried to quickly scroll through the Grammy gowns, but he wanted to look at them and his only response was : “Can they sit down in them?” Good question, no answer! Both the dog and cat videos were enjoyed, but it was the Manami Ito video that had him spellbound. He recognized her, even though the video that we had watched last year was not the same one : “I love her, she is so brave and plays so good! A neckbuster hug to Miss Jill, but “where is Jolly?” Thank-you x 2!!

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    • Oh, bother! For the last week or so, every time I want to add a comment on any blog I have to fill out the details of email and name before hitting the post comment button. When I come to write the comment the little picture is a blue square until I add the details and it becomes the green one that I have had forever. This is the first time that I neglected to add the details before hitting post comment. Now, I find myself a sad shade of blue and Anonymous! I would fix it if I knew why or how it happened in the first place and of course, I don’t! Thank-you from Anonymous and I!!

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    • Even without seeing the name “Ellen” at the top, I immediately knew it was you by the first word in the sentence! None of my other readers even mention Benjamin! 😉 I am so happy that you and Benjamin finally got some halfway decent snow to play in and even got in a snowball fight! Truth now … did you let him win? ⛄ I’m thrilled that Benjamin liked the Manami Ito video! I thought the cats would be more to his liking, but I should have known, with his kind heart, that he would like this. Please tell him that Jolly was so worn out from all the errands I sent him on that he fell asleep, but he’s fine and will be back next week! And thank him for the neckbuster hug!!! I do love those huge hugs he gives! Namaste, Benjamin. And hugs, Ellen!


  3. Wow, who would have thought that Lady Gaga would end up looking the most conservative and normal! U’r right, the dresses look more like Halloween costumes, not appropriate for an award show.
    Thanks for a really enjoyable post, I really like the kitty balloon video. Have a lovely Presidents Day! 🙂


  4. I was introduced to the magnificent Manami Ito back in October of 2018 through a post from InspireMore called Morning Smile, that is delivered to my inbox every morning. This woman lost her arm in Nov. of 2004, began swimming in 2007, came in 4th in the 100m breaststroke at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and 8th in the 2012 London Paralympics. She was a nursing student at the time of the accident has since become Japan’s first nurse with a prosthetic arm. All of this is in addition to her musical talent as portrayed on this video…she is the poster child for triumph over tragedy through sheer determination! My eldest daughter was, actually still is, a devoted Smurf Fan. She has a huge stuffed limited edition on her shelf that has never been opened and countless videos. Benjamin will watch them with her, but prefers the movie “Trolls”! He will love the cat video and “breakfast” when he comes tomorrow. The Grammy Awards are of no interest to me, I have no idea who most of these ?artists are and have no desire to be introduced. Do they actually pay for these hideous ensembles or get paid to parade around the show in them? I much prefer my sweatshirt, jeans and Crocs! Having recently completed my second snow shoveling of the day, I couldn’t agree with Maxine more. It must be time to indulge in National Drink Wine Day somewhere, so please excuse me as I nab a croissant, my wine is finished breathing and is calling! Thank-you!

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    • Thank you so much for the additional info about Ms. Ito!!!! What an inspiring and amazing woman she is! As re the outfits worn at the Grammy’s … I don’t know half of them either. The one with the dark roots showing is Lady Gaga, and I know a few of the others. You won’t be surprised to know that they not only pay for those costumes, but likely pay thousands of dollars!!! Like you, I prefer my jeans or sweats and a t-shirt. I think that perhaps sometimes the designers give them substantial discounts just to have their “creations” aired in that venue, but still … blech. Enjoy your glass of wine, my friend … you’ve earned it after all your shoveling!!!


  5. My particular favorite was the mosquito trap. I will have to try that this Summer! But the garb those women were wearing beggar belief, as the Brits say. Have a great week! (I’m with Maxine. Winter can end any time now….)

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    • I definitely agree with you about the garb … I just kept shaking my head and rolling my eyes. And the thing that really stunned me is that those things cost thousands of dollars!!! Some people have more cents than sense! You have a great week also! Hopefully your neck o’ the woods warms up soon!


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