Jolly Monday Once Again!

Welcome, friends!  Did you notice what was in the front yard as you came in?  No?  Then come … you simply must see!  Yes, there … see them?  The crocuses are coming up!!!  It will be a while before we get blooms, but I am so happy to see their fresh green sprouts! crocus-sprouts.jpgSo, how was your weekend?  Mine?  Meh.  It was very cold this weekend, and I’m still not quite up to snuff these days, tire too easily, so while we went out for lunch and the bookstore, that was about enough for me.  I was ready to come back home and put on my warm, cozy sweats and thick book socks.  Daughter Chris’ band played in the St. Patrick’s Day parade downtown on Saturday, but Miss Goose and I stayed home where it was warm.  Apparently not many people did, though, for it was so crowded it took her over an hour to be able to make her way back to her car after the parade!

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Chris, my li’l drummie girl, is 3rd from the right, front row

Well, since it is Monday, let’s make it a jolly one with a bit of humour, shall we?  Grab a snack and a cuppa.  I put extra tea out for you, rawgod, since you said somebody sipped yours last week.  And David … there’s BFG just for you!


Playing music for … cheese?

Say What???  This one doesn’t come from a satirical site, but you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking it did.

A team of Swiss researchers has been studying the effects of music on cheese.  Yes, you heard me right.  Nine wheels of Emmental cheese weighing 10 kilos (22 pounds) each were placed in separate wooden crates last September to test the impact of music on flavor and aroma.

One wheel was played Mozart 24/7, while another was subjected to Led Zeppelin, and yet another to some hip-hop group of whom I’ve never heard and don’t care if I never do!  One lone wheel was left in peace and quiet.

According to the researchers from Bern University …

“The most obvious differences were observed in strength of flavor, smell and taste. The hip hop sample topped the list of all cheese exposed to music in terms of fruitiness … [it] was the strongest of these in terms of smell and taste. The differences were very clear, in term of texture, taste, the appearance, there was really something very different.  All the energy is directly resonating inside of the cheese.”

cheese-3.jpgInteresting, but my question is … taste varies from person to person, so the cheese I might prefer might well (likely would) be the one that had Mozart playing in its … um … what does cheese have in lieu of ears?  Who comes up with these ideas, anyway!  And why?

Ghost or Gimmick?

ghostThe Habitat for Humanity Restore of Rowan County is a second-hand furniture store in North Carolina.  They recently acquired a queen canopy bed frame and highboy chest of drawers that the previous owners said were haunted.  Store Operations Director Elizabeth Brady says she felt obligated to advise potential customers of the possibility of a ghost or ghosts residing within, so she posted photos on Facebook, along with the disclaimer …haunted furniture sign.jpg

And suddenly there was a flurry of interest in the pieces, culminating in a sale for $1,000 just last week.  Now, perhaps I just have a suspicious nature, but I have a funny feeling it was an intentional tease to pique the public interest and have people vying to own these ‘haunted’ pieces, thereby raising the going price. haunted furniture.jpg

Turn some lights out, Bud!

I’ve had a few eye-opening electric bills in my time, but I think the highest ever was probably under $400.  I would love to have seen the look on poor Tommy Straub’s face when he opened his monthly bill from Con Edison in New York and found this …electric bill.jpgHis average bill is $74.  Tommy took it all in stride, however, tweeting …

“I own a 600 square foot apartment in Astoria. I do NOT own the entirety of Manhattan Island. THIS IS INSANE. FIX IT.”

I think I would have been on the phone to Con Ed, rather than on Twitter, but that seems to be where everybody heads when things go amiss!  Happily, the problem was quickly resolved with a phone call, but if I had been the one to get a bill like that, it would have been too late to resolve, for I would likely have suffered heart failure right then and there!

ATM mobbed?

Back in November in Houston, Texas, I think perhaps the men who loaded an ATM near Interstate 45 and Farm to Market Road 1960 in Harris County, may have been a bit hungover or somehow distracted.  Perhaps there was a pretty little filly trotting down the FM road?  Anyway, where they were supposed to place $20 bills, they instead placed $100 bills! atm-fight.jpgCustomers contacted Bank of America, to whom the machine belonged, when it was discovered that the machine was dispensing extra cash, but not before a few people grabbed the money and ran, and a few fights broke out!  No word yet on the amount of excess cash that was distributed, or on whether those found having taken the cash will be charged with some criminal offense.

Personally, I would have waited for the cops and turned the extra money over.  No, really, I would have!  I’m he one who drives back to the store and goes back in to tell the clerk she gave me 25 cents too much change!

Dragonlord the Pig … or CAT???

What would Jolly Monday be without a cute animal video?  I say I post these for the young set of readers, but in truth, I have a ball with them!  Last night, I was sitting watching animal videos to find just the right one for this post, and literally laughing!  I really think we ‘oldsters’ enjoy the animals as much as the youngsters, don’t you?  Dragonlord is a pig who, having been raised with house cats, thinks he is one of them.  Watch …



jollyAnd now, folks, I am sorry to say that we must all get this show on the road.  I, of course, have laundry, bathrooms & a kitchen to clean, and a nap to take email to answer.  And you all … well, some of you anyway … have a job to go to so you can pay the electric bill next week.  I do so love seeing your beautiful smiles, and I hope you will share them with everyone you see this week!  Thank you for sharing part of your morning with me and Jolly!  Hugs ‘n love from Filosofa and Jolly!


28 thoughts on “Jolly Monday Once Again!

  1. Haunted or not … if I had it, I’d be tempted to pay $1000 for those pieces (provided they were genuine and not copies/restorations). Very impressive.

    As usual, Maxine nails it!

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    • Sure Scott! No, BFG is Black Forest Gateau, it’s rather like a dark chocolate layer cake interspersed with cream and cherry filling. The dude’s electric bill was $37,974,401.35! Nearly 38 million dollars! Big hugs!


  2. That cheese study is cute, it’s all vibration… as the quantum physicists say. DragonLord is so adorable, talk about nurture vs nature, he was definitely a cat in his previous life! 🙂


  3. Loved this! Was smiling the whole way through! Just when I think I heard it all, really testing cheese??? LOL! Like you said, where do people come up with these ideas. Is there really nothing else more important to study?? 🙂
    Animal videos are always adorable! Gotta love them.
    Maxine nailed it for sure! Gotta share that one with my hubby.
    Happy Monday to you, hope its a great one my friend!

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    • I’m so glad you liked it!!! Still no Ellen and Benjamin, and Jolly Monday just isn’t quite the same without them. I did get the picture of the little leprechaun, though, and I saw she sent it to you, too. Have a great week, my friend! Hope your hubby likes the Maxine ‘toon! I try to keep politics out of Jolly Monday, but that one was just too good to pass up! 😀


    • Hmmm … now there’s an interesting question! I hadn’t thought of it. I just wonder who came up with this anyway. In a million years, I would not think of playing music for my cheese! Next thing you know, refrigerators will come with piped in music! ♫


        • Ha ha … you are funny! I was thinking music from the internet. Since they already make refrigerators that can be online and do things like let you know when you’re running low on something! Now if only they would make one that cleaned itself out, purged the leftovers and washed the containers and put them away!


  4. There is evidence that plants will respond to friendly or angry words spoken to them. But cheese? Not hardly. And, just so you know, I’m not sure there is anything green under all the snow that still surrounds us here in Southwest Minnesota!! Enough is sometimes too much! Anyway, the prize goes to maxine (again!) Thanks for the usual fun!

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    • Yes, way back when, I used to always talk to my house plants, but since they always up and died, I finally decided they didn’t like the sound of my voice, so I quit. Still can’t keep ’em alive! But, I’m with you … cheese??? I had hoped that much of your snow would have melted by now! Heck, you might still have some around come June! Glad you liked Maxine! Have a great week!


      • We may indeed. There are still six or seven feet of snow in plow ridges and spots where the winds piled it up. Generally speaking it is slowly shrinking. That is good because it means less of a flood! Never a dull moment.

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        • WOW!!! That would be way over my head! Do you sometimes open your door and the snow is so deep that you can’t get out of the house? I do hope the snow is done, except maybe a little squall here and there, and that spring can come to Minnesota! I think you need some sunshine and warmth! Not too fast, though. 😉

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  5. A great post, Jill. That’s a lovely picture of your daughter with the band. I have high school pictures from when my kids were in the band. My son trained and played with a drum and bugle corps one year. He played these large cymbals, they all trained every day, and he ended up with muscles and a smaller waist. They played in “The Music Games at the end. My daughter nicknamed him a drum god. I loved the pig who thought he was a cat. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Thanks Suzanne! Yes, Chris is in the Caledonian Pipes and Drums band … they compete all over the eastern U.S. and Canada. When she was in high school, she played first the trumpet … we made her go into the woods to practice! Then she switched to the big bass drum, and as she is only about 5 feet 0 inches, she couldn’t see over the top of the drum and fell often! She’s persistent, though. Yes, I adored the little pig!

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  6. Green tea is my thing, and British Racing Green sports cars, but in this part of England we do not celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. ❤ ❤ ❤
    Utilities companies just suck, and their billing systems suck worse. 😉

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