Jolly Monday! 👻 🏚️ 👻

Good Monday morning, friends. Well, that’s something of an oxymoron, isn’t it … ‘Good’ and ‘Monday’ really don’t seem to belong in the same sentence.  However, for me, Mondays are special, for it means that I get to see all of you and spend a bit of time with you!  So, did you have a wonderful weekend?  Mine was fine … it was nice to have the cooler temperatures and be able to get out and about without struggling to breathe.  Now, I know it’s a little early yet, but it is October, and so I did a bit of Hallowe’en-themed baking for you guys.  Jolly helped, but after the time he set the kitchen afire, he’s only allowed to help with supervision.  So, grab a bite of something, a cuppa, and let’s see if we can find something to smile about!


Legally haunted???

See this house?haunted-house-1

This house can be yours for a mere $1.9 million!  It’s a large house … 4,628 square feet, with five bedrooms, five bathrooms, stained glass windows, arched doorways, a three-car garage, a sun room and a saltwater pool overlooking the river.  Oh … and it comes with one other accoutrement:  ghosts.  👻

It all began in the late 1960s when Helen Ackley and her family moved into the Victorian house at 1 LaVeta Place in Nyack, New York. Side note but here’s a fun fact: Nyack sits on the West bank of the Hudson River, and right across the river rests none other but the legendary Sleepy Hollow.

According to Ms. Ackley, there were ghosts sharing the house with them.  She said that one ghost woke her daughter, Cynthia, up every morning for school by shaking the bed. It gets better. When Spring Break rolled around, Cynthia made an announcement that there was no school and she was planning on sleeping in. Turns out the bed did not shake that next morning. Despite all of these instances, Mrs. Ackley says that it was a “peaceful coexistence with the spirits”.haunted-house-2The Ackleys would live in the house for more than 20 years before deciding to sell, not because of the ghosts, but simply to move to a warmer climate.  They sold the house to Jeffrey and Patrice Stambovsky, who placed a $32,500 deposit into an escrow account.  But, turns out the Ackleys rather forgot to mention that one pesky little detail about the ghosts.  Well, it wasn’t all that strange that the Stambovskys would hear about the ghosts, since Ms. Ackley had submitted an article to Reader’s Digest that was printed in 1977 detailing the paranormal experiences inside her home.

When the Stambovskys learned of the ghosts, they decided to call off the purchase, but the Ackleys refused to refund their deposit, so the case ended up in court.  Long story short, in what would come to be known as the “Ghostbusters” ruling in 1990, the appellate court ruled that, because a routine home inspection would never uncover it, sellers must disclose that a house is haunted to potential buyers.  And thus, this house is now considered to have been declared ‘legally haunted’.

In 1993 paranormal researchers were able to contact the ghosts and published a book on those events.

Since then, the house has had two more owners, but is once again up for sale for a mere pittance ($1.9 million).  Any takers?


Notice anything?

eakin-1eakin-2eakin-3eakin-4Take a look at these pictures.  Notice anything?  Some pretty detailed photography, right?  Wrong.  These are not photographs but are portraits done by artist Dylan Eakin.

“I’ve been training myself in photorealism since 2016. It’s been a bit of a journey, but I’m finally at a place, where I’m truly proud of my work. Charcoal is the main medium I used, with graphite for the finer details. Every once in a while, I’ll use tiny points of white paint for the highlights.”

I am in awe … but then, my artistic skills are zip, nada, zilch.  You can see more of Mr. Eakin’s work at Bored Panda.


Pics ‘n ‘toons

Here are a few cartoons and funny pictures I snagged …

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Adorable Lions

What’s your favourite critter?  Mine is … lions, tigers, bears, kitties, elephants, hedgehogs, giraffes, cougars, ducks, dogs, geese, camels, peacocks … well, you get the picture … I’m a critter-lover, so I loves ‘em all!  For today, let’s watch some baby lions having fun!


jollyThat is about it for me this week, folks.  Have a safe and awesome week, and remember to share those smiles with people you run into, people you work with, people you live with … we all need smiles … and yes, Roger Jacob, this means you too!!!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

43 thoughts on “Jolly Monday! 👻 🏚️ 👻

    • I love pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin soup, well, you guys get the idea.

      If I might humbly request a treat for jolly Mondays as well for the season, perhaps some pumpkin muffins? I appreciate it.

      I hope you all have a good week ahead.

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      • Hmmmm …. now let me think about this one for a minute … would it be safe to assume that you like most anything made from pumpkins? Have you tried Starbucks’ pumpkin-spice latte? It’s not my favourite, but it is pretty good. Now, about those muffins … yes, I do believe I could arrange to add some pumpkin muffins to the mix next week! Just for you, my friend! You have a good week also! Hugs!

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    • Thanks Keith!!! Hallowe’en is always a fun holiday to do things with … so many fun images to use that I thought I’d better get an early start this year! Glad you found something to tickle your funny bone! We need laughter in our lives. 😊

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  1. When we lived in Rhode Island we had neighbors who had ghosts in their attic. Every now and again the lights would go on for no apparent reason (they had the electricity checked out). But they were also friendly ghosts and the managed to live together peaceably. (I missed Maxine this morning!). Have a great week!

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    • How cool! I want a ghost in my house! Perhaps it would keep the kitties in line? OH!!! I am so sorry I forgot Maxine! I also forgot Larry’s and rg’s bacon! I was very, very tired when I was putting Jolly Monday together … I promise to make up for it next week! Have a wonderful week … enjoy the weather, for the snow is not far behind!

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  2. Halloween season..oh yeah forgot….For a moment I was wondering ‘Why has Jill got a picture of Ann Coulter headlining her post?’
    Dylan Eakin’s work is absolutely amazing, good choice Jill, those are true portraits.
    As for the cub dozing and sucking a thumb….seriously cute.
    (No damn ghost had better come and start shaking me awake in the morning…..Exorcism!!)

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  3. Ha, I would like to live in a highly haunted house for a week, if only to prove to my scoffing hubby, that ghosts do exist. Well I don’t actually believe they exist in form, but the people who have died, leave behind an energy imprint that replays itself. I have sensed ghosts which have later been confirmed. I even wrote a ghost short story once!

    Eakin, is an amazing artist. Most impressive. I have seen the work of some very good artists lately. One especially, a lady who lives on a boat (like me) does portraits of people’s pets. Like Mr Eakin, she is so accurate, you can see every individual painted hair. Her creations take a month to do, so not cheap, but her talent is so amazing.

    Well, those Halloween treats look quite fun, but I cannot eat gluten and eschew too much sugar, so I will just sit and admire them while I drink my cuppa tea 🍵 and watch the lion cubs. 🦁😊❤️

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    • I can’t say as I have ever sensed a ghost anywhere that I’ve lived, but that is not to say I don’t believe something like a spirit doesn’t exist, for I do. However, I think I would not mind sharing a house with a ghost, as long as he wasn’t a mean ghost.

      Yes, I was in awe of Eakin’s art … I could have sworn they were photos at first glance.

      Awww … I’m sorry you couldn’t indulge in any of the treats. I accidentally bought a gluten-free muffin mix not long ago, and I was not pleased with them at all. Hope you enjoyed the lions!!! Have a great week, my friend!

      P.S. Your Brexit guest post will be out tomorrow morning! Thanks again! ❤

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