Jolly Holiday Monday!

Good Monday morning, folks!  And for most of you, it is a better-than-average Monday, for here in the U.S. it is the Memorial Day holiday, and in the UK it is a bank holiday.  Holidays, no matter the occasion, tend to be good things, yes?  Nonetheless, since tomorrow will be a back-to-the-grind day, I thought I’d get your week off to a fun start.  If necessary, you can put this aside until tomorrow and come back for your weekly smile tomorrow when you’re grumbling about returning to the salt mines!

Pull up a chair … snacks are over on the table, so help yourself!  I’ve been negligent on the snacks lately, forgetting rawgod’s tea and Benjamin’s juice boxes, so Jolly and I made a checklist and hopefully we got everything in order today.


Some people just don’t think …

The State of New York, like several other states, requires vehicle owners to purchase an annual safety/emissions sticker.  The sticker costs $21, and if you are caught driving a vehicle with an expired sticker, you can be fined between $25-$50.  One driver, Manuel Muniz, had a unique idea for saving money and decided to create his own sticker!


Official sticker


Hand-drawn sticker

Now, the idea wasn’t bad … if Mr. Muniz had done it on the computer, he could likely have created a reasonable facsimile that would have passed at casual glance, but he didn’t even use a ruler to draw the lines straight!  A Montgomery County Sheriff’s Deputy with a keen eye noticed the sloppy handiwork right away and Mr. Muniz is now in possession of a citation.  This happened last Monday, so I guess that for Manuel Muniz, it wasn’t a very Jolly Monday, was it?

A heartwarming ‘duck tale’ …

It happened in Littleton, Colorado on Wednesday.  A family of baby ducks somehow got separated from Mama Duck and slid into a curbside storm drain.  Somebody noticed the mother duck frantically pacing back and forth by the drain and called the fire department.

These guys are heroes in my book.  One firefighter climbed into the storm drain and scooped all ten ducklings into his helmet, then another carried the helmet over to where the Mama Duck was pacing, wringing her … webbed feet, the ducks exited the helmet and there was a joyful reunion!  Watch …

And speaking of storm drains …

In Houston, Texas, a storm drain became clogged and when crews went to check on it, they found …tv-in-storm-drainYep, a rather icky 40-inch flat screen television.  Neighbors said that while it is the largest thing they have seen pulled out of the drain, it is not at all unusual to find backpacks, articles of clothing, and other things.  Do people not understand the difference between a storm drain and a trash receptacle?

A welcome intruder …

Imagine Nate Roman’s surprise last week when he returned home with his 5-year-old son to find an intruder had been in his house!  But imagine the look on his face when he discovered that nothing had been taken except, perhaps, a bit of dirt, for the house had been cleaned from top to bottom … except the kitchen.

Now, I’m puzzled … I always start in the kitchen, so how did they miss the kitchen???

According to Mr. Roman …

“It was terrifying to know someone was in your house. You could smell the cleaning chemicals.I could tell something was wrong so I started looking around the house, and I found that my bathrooms had been cleaned.”

But it gets even better.  The intruder left behind toilet paper folded into origami roses.rose

“It was really the roses that really got me thinking that some professional cleaner had accidentally stumbled into my house. If I was going to judge the quality of a toilet paper rose I would call this high quality.  It’s funny now, but didn’t feel funny at the time. I kept the toilet paper roses as souvenirs.”

When I told my daughter about this story, she suggested that perhaps Mr. Roman has a secret admirer.  Makes as much sense as anything, I suppose, but I’m still puzzled how they missed the kitchen.

And it just wouldn’t be Jolly Monday without a funny animal video, now would it?

jollyWell, folks … I hope you enjoy your holiday immensely and that you have a wonderful week.  Please remember to share those beautiful smiles you’re wearing, for I’ve seen some people who don’t seem to have one of their own.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!


27 thoughts on “Jolly Holiday Monday!

  1. I especially liked the story of the baby ducklings returned to their mother. We have had wood ducks nesting nearby several times and have watched the ducklings appear (as many as fifteen!) and trail behind their mother the two blocks to the drainage ditch that leads to the lake. You simply must love ducks! They are a delight to watch. Entire lines of traffic on the interstates in Minnesota stop to allow moms and their ducklings to cross! It’s a sign that there are still civilized people among us!

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    • The baby ducklings were hands-down the most popular … I liked them best, too! The park where I walk has a small pond … really more of a puddle … and sometimes we see ducks there, but not often for the children frighten them off. We do see lots of squirrels though, and I love those also. I love it when I occasionally see traffic stopped for ducks or other animals to cross … you’re right … it’s a sign that people do still have hearts. Have a great week!!!


  2. No holiday in the Netherlands today … BUT we have one coming up on Thursday (Ascension), and schools are off on Friday too … looooog weekend, yes!!! 🙂
    We had a pretty important election week: EU elections! (some countries voting last Thursday already, most voted yesterday) All in all, it was not too bad: environmental parties in the up, luckily (we need some people talking seriously about climate change in the EU parliament!), right-wing parties getting a bit stronger 😦 but not too much. In the Netherlands, annoying Wilders got kicked out of the EU parliament 🙂 (a new right wing party got most of their seats, but hey, nothing is perfect … at least they did not win more). Stupid Brexit-party in Great Britain won as predicted, as everyone over there is fed up with the government. Can’t blame them for being angry, it seems to be complete chaos there – but Brexit-party??? Really? Sigh.
    Talking about political chaos: Full marks for Austria in that area, sigh. Not sure if any of our home-made mayhem got carried over the Atlantic, but it is pretty embarrassing, although (sadly) not really surprising. – So we are going to have elections for parliament coming up in September. Not sure what will be coming out of that. At the moment, I do not see any of the big parties being fit for governing my country!! Sigh again.
    But you have a good week, my friend! Hugs + cheers!

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    • I have thus far only skimmed the election news from the EU, but was definitely pleased that the right-wing populists didn’t make quite the sweep some had predicted. Still, I don’t like the trend I’m seeing. I am truly thrilled that Wilders is out!!! I’m concerned now, though, that the UK seems poised to put Boris Johnson in to replace Ms. May. How many nutcases are out there??? I only heard about the ‘Brexit Party’ a few days ago … I’m not even sure what to think there. It seems that chaos is the defining word of the moment in the UK, just as much as it is here in the U.S. Two years ago, I hoped that people would look at the results of our horrendous mistake and learn from it, but instead they seem to wish to emulate it. Sigh. And now Austria too? I hadn’t paid any attention there … will have to do some homework on that one. You notice we all seem so ‘sigh’ a lot these days? Sigh rhymes with cry, by the way. Have a great 4-day weekend in a few days! Hugs, my dear friend! Cheers too! 🤗


  3. Gee, I have a T-shirt with that saying on it, just like Maxine. She must have seen me wearing it, lucky girl.
    And hear I thought the guy in New York was complaining about the world since Trump’s election in 2016. That would have been a much better use. The air has been toxic for the past few years…
    Thank you for remembering the tea, Ms Jill. I enjoyed it immensely.
    But tomorrow is not a holiday for Canadians, we had ours last Monday. What we used to celebrate on May 24th each year, then on the weekend closest to May 24th has now become the last Monday before the 24th unless it falls directly on that Monday. Supposedly we are celebrating Queen Victoria’s birthday, but she’s been dead for over a century. Wouldn’t it make sense to celebrate Lizzy’s birthday, she has only been our queen for 67 years. Go figure!

    The wind is finally turning the fire towards High Level today. We should know in the next few days if our homes whill be safe, or ashes.

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    • 🤣🤣 Why am I not surprised? I think I’ll have to go in search of a t-shirt like that. When I saw that ‘toon, I considered changing my blog byline to it. 😉

      I’m glad you liked the tea, but sorry it isn’t a holiday for you. You’re like me, though, in one sense every day is a holiday, and in another sense there are no holidays anymore.

      I wish I could send some of the rain we’ve been having to High Level. You know my fingers remain crossed that the fires can be controlled, from what I read yesterday, one of them is considered under control, the not the other. When you first had to evacuate, I thought it would be for a day or two … now it’s almost a week, with no end in sight. How are you, Gail and the furry babes holding up in the hotel room? I cannot even imagine it! Sending you all big hugs … wish I could send you rain instead.

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      • Rain would be nice, but when even the rain god (me, I have ended many droughts in my day just by going to an affected area) can’t find sufficient water vapour in the air to form a raindroplet, things are serious beyond belief. I have been trying to attract rainclouds for weeks, but there is none to be had. Town officials are suggesting we might be able to come home this weekend, since the fire is spreading away from town, but I don’t believe them. Certainly the fire is spreading, growing faster than it has yet. But flames are not the only problem, smoke can make it impossible to breathe. And a smouldering fire is but a breath away from flaring back into flames.
        They are the experts, not me, but I’ll take my assessment over theirs anyday. They don’t know how to talk to the earth. I do.

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        • And somehow, I believe you when you say you know how to talk to the earth. Definitely listen to your own intuition and keep safe. The house can be replaced … you, Gail & the kitties cannot. 😥 LuL


            • I think I hear that sound from time to time. Tonight, the only sound I hear is a horrible rattling sound emitting from my chest, for our air conditioning has gone out again and I cannot breathe. Sigh. GASP!


              • Yes, we heard you are suffering through an unexpected heat wave. So are we, where we are, and High Level is even worse. Southern Canada is cool and rainy. Northern Canada, where we supposedly live in igloos, is hot and dry… BUT THERE IS NO CLIMATE CHANGE!

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                • Oh no … no climate change, no global warming, no species extinction. It is all a hoax made up by the Chinese with the assistance of Filosofa! Sigh. We have tornado watches again tonight, and it is pouring rain. As I stood looking out the window, I thought how I wished I could send even just half this rain to High Level tonight. Hugs, my friend.


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