Tryin’-To-Be-Jolly Monday

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the first day of a new {yawn} week.  Now, I want to start by reminding you all that today is Earth Day!  I tried … I really tried to find a way to combine Jolly Monday with an Earth Day post, but it just wasn’t working out, and finally I had to admit that it was about as much fun and as interesting as a trip to the dentist.  Part of the problem, of course, is that Jolly is in the shop for repairs and without him I’m … well … Jolly-less.  Sigh.  I may have an Earth Day post this afternoon if I can quell the mind bounce and focus later on, but for this morning, I think we shall just try to have a bit of humour with which to start our week, okay?

I did not bake this morning, so you’ll have to settle for treats from the local donut place.  Leave the one with sprinkles for Benjamin, okay?  It’s the only kind he likes. Grab a bite and let’s see what we can find to bring a smile to our faces. 


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Okay, well … um … that worked out well, didn’t it?  Tell you what … how ‘bout I dig up some jokes?

A man and his pet giraffe walk into a bar and start drinking. As the night goes on, they get drunk, and the giraffe finally passes out. The man decides to go home.

As he’s leaving, the man is approached by the barkeeper who says, “Hey, you’re not gonna leave that lyin’ here, are ya?”

“Hmph,” says the man. “That’s not a lion — it’s a giraffe.”

Um … yeah … fell flat, huh?  Let me try again …

Q: What do you get when you cross a bear with a deer?

A: Beer.

Not even a chuckle, eh?  One more try … lawyer jokes are always good for a grin at least …

Farmer Joe decided his injuries from his recent accident were serious enough to take the trucking company responsible for the accident to court. In court, the trucking company’s fancy lawyer was questioning farmer Joe.

“Didn’t you say, at the scene of the accident, that you were fine?”

”Well, I’ll tell you what happened. I had just loaded my favorite mule Bessie into the–”

”I didn’t ask for any details,” the lawyer interrupted. ”Just answer the question. Did you not say, at the scene of the accident, that you were fine?”

”Well I had just got Bessie into the trailer and was driving down the road–”

”Judge, I am trying to establish the fact that, at the scene of the accident, this man told the Highway Patrolman on the scene that he was just fine. Now several weeks after the accident he is trying to sue my client. I believe he is a fraud. Please tell him to simply answer the question.” By this time the Judge was fairly interested in Farmer Joe’s answer and told the lawyer so.

”Well,” said the farmer, “as I was saying, I had just loaded Bessie, my favorite mule, into the trailer and was driving her down the highway when this huge semi-truck and trailer ran the stop sign and smacked my truck right in the side. I was thrown into one ditch and Bessie was thrown into the other. I was hurting real bad and didn’t want to move. However, I could hear ol’ Bessie moaning and groaning. I knew she was in terrible shape just by her groans. Shortly after the accident a Highway Patrolman came on the scene. He could hear Bessie moaning and groaning so he went over to her. After he looked at her he took out his gun and shot her between the eyes. Then the Patrolman came across the road with his gun in his hand and looked at me. He said, ‘Your mule was in such bad shape I had to shoot her. How are you feeling?'”

Ah, at least a few grins, so I think I’ll quit with the jokes while I’m ahead … kinda sorta.  Okay.  I have no choice but to revert to my old standby … cute critters.  {Oh Jolly, please get well soon … I NEED you!}

According to one site … a couple, actually … these are the ten cutest animals in the world:


Fun Fact: Hedgehogs are largely immune to snake venom.

Hedgehogs are spiny mammals that can be found in Asia, Africa and Europe. Although they look more like a rat but are undeniably cute and harmless too. Which is the reason they are increasing in popularity as exotic pets. If you are looking for a cute pet which is also unique in itself, go get a hedgehog.


Fun Fact: Penny the Little Penguin was the mascot for the 2007 FINA World Swimming Championships held in Melbourne, Victoria

What could possibly be anything cuter than penguins, it’s their little version. These penguins are absolutely similar to normal penguins except for the size. Their small size make them much more cute than normal ones, so much so they can be said one of the top 10 cutest animals on earth.


Fun Facts: Northern little owls often take prey same size or larger than themselves.

Northern Pygmy Owls are small owls native to western north America. These little birds are the smallest species of owl. Adults are 15-17 cm in overall length (nearly 6 inches) and are gray, brownish-gray or rufous in color.


Fun Fact: Koalas do not drink much water as they get most of their moisture from the leaves they eat. Even the word “koala” means “no water”.

Koalas are easily recognizable animal by its stout, tailless body and large head with round, fluffy ears and large, spoon-shaped nose. The koala has a body length of 60-85 cm and weighs 4-15 kg. Koals are very cute animals, and their face has innocent kind of expression, which just enhances the adorableness.


Fun Fact: Arctic foxes can survive extreme cold, they won’t start shivering until temperature go lower than -70 degree Celsius.

Arctic foxes also known as polar foxes or snow foxes are the breed of fox adapted to live in extreme cold environment. Their round body shape is good to minimize heat escaping from the body, and it also give them a very cute fluffy look.


Fun Fact: They are Herbivorous Carnivoran, means genetically they belong to carnivore group but are more similar to Giant pandas (which are herbivorous).

Red pandas are mammals native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. Even though, their name consists of Panda, genetically they are not closely related to Giant Pandas.

They have reddish-brown fur, a long, shaggy tail, and a waddling gait due to its shorter front legs, and is slightly larger than a domestic cat.

They are an endangered species. Habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching, and inbreeding depression, although red pandas are protected by national laws in their range countries.


Fun Fact: Two dogs were rescued from Titanic wreckage and one of them was a Pomeranian.

Pomeranians are also known as toy dogs due to their small size and cute teddy bear like appearance. They are continuously going smaller in size. But their smaller size is rapidly increasing their popularity.

In terms of registration figures, since at least 1998, the breed has ranked among the top twenty most popular breeds in the USA, and the current fashion for small dogs has increased their popularity worldwide.


Fun Fact: Rabbits have a lot of babies. Mommas can give birth as much as nine babies each year.

Rabbits are small cute herbivorous mammals that are some of the most popular pet animals on earth. Rabbits come in many different colours and patterns, just like cats and dogs, and are family friendly. Although require some special measures around kids due to those little teeth, that can easily pierce human skin.


Fun Fact: Those oversized ears are not only excellent for listening purposes but also serve as a way to dissipate heat and keep cool in the desert environment.

Fennec Foxes are exotic animals that you can also have as pet, though they require different treatment than domestic cats and dogs. They are extremely playful and family friendly, even look more like a mix of cat and dog than a fox. Their furry body, small size and big ears make them one of the cutest animals on earth.


Fun Fact: Persian Cats‘ long hair look may look like it requires high maintenance. But in reality, they are considered to be one of the most low maintenance and friendliest cat breeds.

Even though almost all of the cat breeds are cute. Watching a playing kitten in the early morning puts a big smile on your face. If you’re are an animal lover, you most likely have a cat or dog in your home or around you right now. If you own a cat and it’s not Persian, so please don’t be upset. But we’re choosing Persian cat for this entry as they’re tiny bit more cute than other cats.  Note:  We have a part-Persian and she is the meanest darn cat I’ve ever known.  We named her Tiger Lily before we knew how ornery she was!

Friends, this isn’t much of a Jolly Monday post, and for that I apologize.  I’ve had the wind knocked out of my sails in the past week, between the Mueller report and related reactions, the Notre-Dame fire, and yesterdays horrific bombings in Sri Lanka and I just can’t find my humorous side, especially with Jolly gone.  Next week … I promise to do better.  Meanwhile, have a great week, and please, find a smile and share it with someone this week.  Love and hugs from Filosofa … and the missing Jolly!Maxine

32 thoughts on “Tryin’-To-Be-Jolly Monday

  1. “Namaste, Miss Jill! It’s me, Benjamin! I love the sprinkled donut and the juicebox and the animals. I was so hungry an firsty cause we were adventuring after I did my civil duty. Do you know what that is Miss Jill? It is the bestest fun and we find lotsa treasures. I’m happy that you liked my Benjabunny picture. Isn’t that funny, I fought it up myself with my own brain! I’m sending a kiss and a neckbuster hug to you and Jolly. Bye!” I tried to type this just as it was dictated to me and as I was about to press post comment Benjamin grabbed my arm and said : “Gem, wait, I have a question!” Lately he almost always says that prior to a question about anything and everything, it amuses me! “Excuse me, but Miss Jill where is Jolly? I miss Jolly and I didn’t say thank you.” Good Luck with that one!!

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    • Namaste, Benjamin! I am so happy to see you … I’ve missed you!!! Ah yes, adventuring IS great fun!!! But tell me, what was your civil duty? I LOVED your Benjabunny picture! Don’t worry about Jolly. Do you remember a while ago when you were sick for a few days? Well, Jolly is sick now, but trust me … he will be good as new very soon! I will tell him you were asking about him. Kisses and neckbuster hugs back to you, my young friend! 🤗

      Thanks for doing the typing for him, Gem … his letter brought the biggest smile to my fact that it’s had in days!!! Love that kid!


  2. That’s OK Jill. I think you did a fine post. I am not a fan of exotic pets. However, it has been a rough week and animals always make us smile. I liked the last of your jokes, it made me smile. 😁
    Hope you managed some relaxation over the weekend?❤️

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    • Thanks Colette! Indeed it was a rough week … let’s hope for a bit of a calmer one this week. I’m glad you liked the animals and the last joke … I did think it was funny! Physical relaxation – yes, mental relaxation – no. My mind has forgotten how to shut down, I think. Ah well, such is life. Hope you have a great week ahead, my friend! 💕


  3. My Monday morning should have been jolly challenged as well. I am so jolly filled that I might burst! I’m sure you want to know the causes of my overly jollied day…I’m so glad that you do (assumption here)! My present jollyment is only intensified by what appears to be a Starbuck’s holiday Chestnut Praline latte and the yumalicious Krispy Kreme donuts! While Benjamin is not here today, my Benjaminless Days will soon be over thanks to the end of the Stop and Shop strike late Easter night…JOLLY good for the strikers and incidentally for me too! My Easter had held sufficient jolly already…indoor Egg Hunt, scrumptious dinner, my best made Easter Baskets ever (I say that every year, but it’s true) and most importantly, all of my family! There was a small event that might have dampened the day, but I would not let it. Benjamin was content on my computer as Mommy and I were cooking up a storm in the kitchen. I was distracted, busy and tired…Easter Bunny assistants get little sleep on the eve of the day. So when he decided he wanted to try a bottle of Disani water, I popped a straw in the bottle and let him have it while at the computer. Mistake! Mommy heard him say “Uh-oh!” and went to investigate. Then I heard “Ben-Ja-Min, what did you do?” What had happened was obvious and should have been expected, the bottle tipped over and some of the water went into the lower part of the keyboard and run across the desktop under the mouse! Poor Benjamin was so upset and I assured him ( and Mommy) that it was more my fault than his, it was an accident. It is a “thing” and things can be replaced if need be. I turned off the computer and turned the keyboard over to shake out as much water as I could and left it upside down after removing batteries from it and the mouse. I then came up with the scathingly brilliant idea to try drying it out with my hair dryer set on cool, not bad for a computer challenged being! We decided to let it continue to dry and when eldest daughter arrived home, she said to let it that way overnight to avoid “frying” in case any water remained. As you can tell, all is well…another jolly good moment! Total side, and one of the reasons that I shared the whole tale with you, Benjamin was enjoying the Filosofa’s Word post from April 13th Saturday Surprise – Who Knew? The JECKA bricks cats enchanted him and presumably distracted, him leading to the water spill! Now were I the finger pointing sort, I might suggest that YOU have some small measure of responsibility for the accident too! Perish the thought, I take full responsibility. Then, lastly, if not least…today is National Jelly Bean Day! Jelly beans earliest reference seems to back in the mid-1860’s when a Boston candymaker, William Schafft, is said to have encouraged families to send his jelly bean treats to Union soldiers during the Civil War. Though this is not a substantiated story, I like and repeat it. They did not become part of the Easter tradition until the 1930’s. I could regale you at greater length with more jelly bean trivia, but my comment is even beyond a normal discourse by my propensity for loquacity. But I must include one last tidbit about the well known love of jelly beans by President Reagan. He took up eating jelly beans in the 1960’s in an effort to quit smoking his pipe and came to love Jelly Belly brand after they debuted in 1976. For his 1981 inauguration the company sent 2 1/2 tons of their red, white and blue to Washington, D.C., although he loved the licorice ones best! Moving on to this post, perhaps it is my already jollyful status, but I find today’s post overflowing with jolly…jolly good Jill! The only thing that I find fault with is the line about Persian cats being low maintenance…I am owned by two full blood Persians, they require daily high maintenance! Benjamin will be delighted with his sprinkled donut, juicebox and the animals! Thank-YOU!!

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    • Whew! Your P for L is on a roll today! I’m so glad you had the whole family for Easter … it sounds like a great time, despite the minor near-disaster. I will gladly accept a portion (very small portion,mind you) of the blame for the keyboard soaking, since you were able to salvage it. Now, if it didn’t work and you had to buy a new one, I would NOT accept any blame, for then I would feel responsible for helping fund the new one! Actually, I am amazed that it still works … perhaps the blow-dryer did the trick! I was aware that today is National Jelly Bean Day, but was determined to ignore it, for I do not like jelly beans. I do not like gummy worms or gummy bears, either. I don’t like chewy, gummy stuff, in fact. I like ‘crunch’. However, I am fascinated by the tale of the role of jelly beans in the Civil War. I did know of Reagan’s peculiar attachment to jelly beans, but not that he used them as a means to stop smoking his pipe. Personally, I’d prefer the pipe. 🙃 I am SO HAPPY that the strike has been resolved … I hope the Union was able to get much of what they were asking for? I’m happy for the striking workers, but most of all happy that you will be seeing Benjamin most days once again! I’ve missed the little guy, as I KNOW you have! Have a great week, my friend!


      • Yet again, I am incredulous! YOU don’t like jelly beans?! Or Gummy Bears and other gummy creatures?! Benjamin will be so surprised, he loves anything gummy and thinks that everyone does…everyone here does, except his Daddy and he doesn’t count as he does not have a sweet tooth anyway! My children were raised on Russell Stover, of chocolate fame, pectin jelly beans. Eldest daughter still loves them, but along with the other siblings has switched her preference to Jelly Belly. They are Benjamin’s favorite, especially the orange and tangerine because they are orange and orange is his favorite color. That’s why he eats sweet potatoes and carrots! Apparently the Union was able to procure a very good contract for the workers. No need to shoulder any of the blame, it is as son-in-law told my daughter when she was upset with Benjamin : “Your Mother said it was her stupidity that’s to blame.” I had not put it quite that way, but if the shoe fits… Now excuse me while I grab another handful of jelly beans even though the celebration was over a few minutes ago. Thank-you!

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        • Somehow I was pretty sure that revelation on my part would disappoint you, but I simply never found any joy in gummy things that stick to one’s teeth and pull out one’s fillings! I also don’t chew gum, just for the record. Remember, too, that I am insulin-dependent Type I diabetic, so sweets are a rare treat for me, and I save those for my favourite things … dark chocolate, peanut butter, apple pie, and such. I am glad, however, if Benjamin enjoys them and I hope he won’t be too disappointed in me. Perhaps you could just … not tell him? Hmph … your son-in-law was needlessly brusque, I think. However, I agree that Benjamin wasn’t really to blame. When Miss Goose was little, there was a firm rule … no drinks around the computer. She still only uses cups with lids around the computer, and she’s 24 now! Enjoy your jelly beans!


  4. It may not have been your jolliest post ever but it was a good one. Have a great day, Jill, and don’t worry about the Mueller report. Let the politicians battle that one out. People just need to go out and vote in the 2020 elections. There have been arrests in Sri Lanka, and a lot of money has been donated to rebuild the damaged parts of Notre Dame de Paris. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • Thank you, Suzanne! You’re right … not much I can do about any of those things, but they’re all depressing … perhaps that’s the goal. However, I am determined to pull out of my slump, for the sun is shining, the sky is blue, and if I’m still alive I might as well be of some use, yes? 😉 Have a great week!

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