A Short Jolly Monday

Good morning, friends and welcome on this cold Monday morning!  You may want to keep your jackets on, for my furnace is not working and while I’ve tried to warm the place up with the oven, it is still quite chilly in here.  I brought down a few blankets for any who would like one.  Yes, I called the emergency maintenance number several times, starting at noon yesterday, but … well, I guess they had better things to do than come fix my furnace.  But enough of that … how was your weekend?

Since I’m in a bit of a funk this morning and feared my humour might turn out to be a bit macabre, I’m turning Jolly Monday over to … well Jolly!  Let’s see what he can come up with, shall we?  Snacks, coffee, and tea are on the table, so help yourselves!

jolly Hi everyone!  You like cartoons?  I like cartoons a lot.  I find some funny cartoons dis morning I think you’ll like, okay?




Look at dis cute li’l video I found with an owl lookin’ at hisself in da mirror …

Oh!  I know!  I heard a joke da other day … wanna hear it?

A lawyer was just waking up from anesthesia after surgery, and his wife was sitting by his side. His eyes fluttered open and he said, “You’re beautiful!” and then he fell asleep again. His wife had never heard him say that, so she stayed by his side.

A couple of minutes later, his eyes fluttered open and he said, “You’re cute!” Well, the wife was disappointed because instead of “beautiful,” it was “cute.” She asked, “What happened to ‘beautiful’?” His reply was “The drugs are wearing off!”

I think I’m puttin’ you to sleep … wanna look at some really neat critters?Bush-ViperDis is a Bush Viper.  It lives up in the trees of the tropical forests of Africa, and does most of its hunting at night.  I think it’s cute, but kinda scary.


Giant-Isopod-2.jpgThis one’s a Giant Isopod, one of the largest of the existing isopods. “The enormous size of the giant isopod is a result of a phenomenon known as deep sea gigantism. This is the tendency of deep sea crustaceans and other animals to grow to a much larger size than similar species in shallower waters.”  I would be scared of it, wouldn’t you?

These are named Glaucus Atlanticus, but they’re usually just called Blue Dragon.  I think that’s easier to say.  They are a species of blue sea slug. You could find it in warm waters of the oceans, as it floats on the surface because of a gas-filled sac in its stomach.  I think they’re pretty!

Goblin-sharkDon’t be a-scared!  It won’t hurt you.  It’s a Goblin Shark!  It’s really rare, and they sometimes call it the ‘Living Fossil’.  “… the only extant representative of the family Mitsukurinidae, a lineage some 125 million years old.”  Goblin sharks inhabit around the world at depths greater than 100 m (330 ft), with adults found deeper than juveniles. Given the depths at which it lives, the goblin shark poses no danger to humans.   See, I told ya it won’t hurt you!

Mantis-shrimpThis one is a Mantis Shrimp!  Also called the “sea locusts“, “prawn killers” and even “thumb splitters”, this is one of the most common predators in tropical and sub-tropical waters; little is known about them, however, because of how much time they spend hiding in their burrows.  Isn’t it beeeeeooootiful?

Panda-antHow can you not love this cute little Panda Ant?  This one will hurt you, though!  The Mutillidae are a family of more than 3,000 species of wasps (despite the names) whose wingless females resemble large, hairy ants. Found in Chile, they are known for their extremely painful stings, hence the common name cow killer or cow ant. Black and white specimens are sometimes known as panda ants due to their hair coloration resembling that of the Chinese giant panda.

red-lipped-batfishYou like dis Red-Lipped Batfish?  It looks like it has lipstick on, doesn’t it?  Found on the Galapagos Islands, this fish is actually a pretty bad swimmer, and uses its pectoral fins to walk on the bottom of the ocean.  I don’ think I wanna meet up with dis one!

Umbonia-SpinosaDis is the most interesting one, I think.  Umbonia Spinosa is its name.  These thorn bugs are related to cicadas, and use their beaks to pierce plant stems to feed upon their sap. Their strange appearance still poses many questions to scientists.  I think it’s pretty, but kinda scary, too.

Okay, Jolly … I think that’s about all we can do for this morning, don’t you?  Remember that cute baby animals video you found last night?  Let’s show ‘em that, shall we?

Sorry, folks, but Jolly and I seem to be a bit short on humour this morning, but I hope we at least brought you a small smile.  Perhaps by sharing that small smile, you can grow it into a bigger one, yes?  I do apologize and we will try to do better next Monday.  Have a great week, my friends, and keep safe.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

31 thoughts on “A Short Jolly Monday

  1. A not so short jolly note from Benjamin : “Namaste Miss Jill! I’m sorry that you are cold in your house. Can’t you start a fire, like in your fireplace, that’s what Daddy does at my house. Be careful, you can burn your house down if you are not very careful. Daddy didn’t do that yet, even Gem didn’t yet. I don’t want to make you sad but I don’t like juiceboxes or donuts anymore – APRIL FOOL, did I fool you and Jolly? I still love them and the videos and the weird things and you too. Neckbuster hugs and kisses from me, I’m better now. Thank-you!” Benjamin has been playing April Fool’s tricks all day and he laughs so hard that he can hardly say the words. He put a small package of snacks in a lunch bag with a note saying April Fool’s for his Auntie H. this morning. He smiled and said : “I packed your whole lunch for you” and burst into laughter. Together we baked the best Peanut Butter Marshmallow Thumbprint Cookies this morning. Then we put them in little bags that said “From the April Fools” on them, went to several houses, rang the doorbell, scurried away as quickly as we could and only got caught one time! We loved your Jolly Monday post, it really wasn’t short at all. You made us smile and if smiles could warm a house, yours would be toasty right now…no apologies needed! Thank-you x 2!!

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    • Dear Benjamin … You got me with your April Fool’s joke!!! I was thinking that perhaps next Monday I would need to make you a pizza! No, honey, I cannot start a fire like your dad does, because I don’t have a fireplace. But you know what? Last week, I accidentally started a fire on my stove! I was cooking dinner, and I turned my back for a minute, and when I turned back, there was a big fire on my stove! Luckily, I put it out before anything was damaged. I am so glad you are feeling better … I was worried about you, my young friend! Thank you for the neckbuster hug, and I love you too … very much!!! Namaste, my friend.

      Dear Gem … I think I didn’t realize just how much I had missed you and that darling young man, for my heart nearly burst when I read his message! Peanut butter marshmallow thumbprint cookies … you have made my mouth water! I, meanwhile, am munching on the forbidden Girl Scout cookies I picked up a week or so ago. A bit of extra insulin will offset my indulgence. I’m so glad I made you and Benjamin smile … I love you both dearly!


    • This is so true! When I first started doing these posts, I was amazed by how many of these critters I had never even heard of. This is, I think, my favourite way to spend a Jolly Monday or Saturday Surprise. ‘Tis my pleasure, my friend!

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        • Thanks Roger! I have learned, over the years, how to replace parts of toilets, how to replace an electrical breaker, how to change the oil in my car, and a number of other useful skills, all self-taught! 😉

          Fortunately, it has warmed up to 16 Celsius today, and supposed to be even warmer tomorrow, so while I have somehow made the furnace work again, I actually had to turn it off today! Even opened a window for a few hours!

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              • Hi Jill…I’m back…(Been deep in bookland)…Anyway…No I didn’t I have two other laptops, I’m keeping the screen/keyboard for something else, while I laugh maniacally every time I pass the damaged hard drive (Chew on that Skynet!)

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                • I figured you were happily ensconced in your ‘alternate universe’ and would come up for air soon! I’ve learned not to worry when you are off the grid for a few days. I might worry about that maniacal laughter, however! 😱 Good to have you back!

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                  • Thanks Jill.
                    Yeah Vol I underwent another revision, not of plot, just tightening up dialogue, adding a bit of narrative, clearing up explanations.
                    What can I say? I just love writing about that world.🤗
                    Anyway…don’t worry, it’s only selective maniacal laughter.🙃

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  2. Hey Jill! Good Morning to you and you did bring smiles my way! No apology is needed! You are creative and I enjoyed your post and I really hope you can get your furnace working soon!!! i especially loved the owl! Made me think of Odessa 🙂 Warm hugs to you! ❤

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  3. No apologies necessary! It’s hard to be happy on demand — especially when you are cold and the furnace isn’t working! Hope things are back to normal by now? The critters were a bit weird … and creepy. But the owl peering into the mirror was delightful! Have a good week, my friend.

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    • Nope … still no maintenance man more than 24 hours after our first call, and they haven’t even bothered to call us back. I was able to get it to come on for a little while late last night, but then it quit again. I’m glad you liked the owl video … so did I! You have a good week also! Hope it’s finally warming up where you are?

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