Jolly Monday With Popcorn!

Good Monday morning, friends!  Come on in and take a load off.  For obvious reasons, I shan’t ask how your weekend was, but take heart … Jolly and I spent several hours last night searching the neighborhood (the Internet, that is) in search of things to (hopefully) bring a smile, or maybe even a chuckle!  But first, I attempted to make a strudel, and jolly made popcorn … and of course, there’s bacon for the bacon-lovers and a sprinkled donut & juice box just in case Benjamin happens to drop in, so grab a snack and then we’ll go have a bit of fun.

Oops … forgot the tea …

tea  Monday-tea

popcorn-3Teeny Tiny Critters

Take a look at this adorable hedgehog midget …tiny-1

And these owls …


No, they aren’t real, but I bet you can’t guess what they’re made of!  They are made of stones!  Akie Nakata, is known as the Stone Artist.  She has been drawing adorable animals on stones since 2010 and over time, she has built quite a solid collection.

tiny-3For her, stones are not just materials or canvases that she just draws on. First, on her usual walk along the riverbank, she finds a stone that catches her eye:

popcorn-3“When I find a stone, I feel that stone, too, has found me. Stones have their own intentions and I consider my encounters with them as cues they give me that it’s OK to go ahead and paint what I see on them. So the stones I decide to paint on are not arbitrary, but my significant opposites with whom I have established a connection, who inspire me to work with them.”

tiny-4The artist leaves the shape of the stone untouched. She neither grinds nor smooths them, as she likes to stay true to the stone that inspired her.

“In my encounters with the stones and in my art, I respect my opposites in toto, so I never process stones and would never cut off an edge to alter the shape. The art I want to create is a life newly born in my hands through my dialogue with the stone. I want to paint the life I feel inside the stone. I consider my work completed only when I see that the eyes are now alive and looking back straight at me. To me, completing a piece of work is not about how much detail I draw, but whether I feel the life in the stone.”

You can see lots more of Ms. Nakata’s work if you head over to Bored Panda.

Elephants are afraid of … WHAT???

Recently, India has been having a problem with elephants wandering onto the railroad tracks and getting themselves … well, smushed.  But, the owners of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), found a solution.  Guess what, it turns out, elephants are afraid of?elephant-beepopcorn-3Yep, you got it … great big ol’ elephants fear little teeny-weeny bees!  So, Northeast Frontier Railway’s Moradabad division installed honey bee sound systems at various points along the railway tracks.  Once an elephant herd is sighted, villagers at once inform the local staff about their presence, the buzzing sound is then played near the tracks to scare them away. “Till now the project has been a success,” said the Divisional Railway Manager. Elephants have been long known to be frightened by the buzzing sound of bees and stings.

Who would have guessed?

A dangerous criminal …

The Pembroke Pines Police Department in Florida have been after an elusive criminal since January, and she led them on a merry chase, but finally, on March 19th, they were able to capture her.


The Pembroke Pines Police Department said the cow was spotted in the area of Sheridan Street and Interstate 75, causing officers to respond and guide the animal toward an enclosed field in Davie.

The property owner agreed to allow the cow to stay until it could be safely moved.

popcorn-4“We wish the cow well on its future adventures,” the department said.

The police department said last week that the cow had been wandering the area since January, and repeated failed capture attempts revealed the animal is “faster than it looks” and is a “talented fence jumper.”

Shall we have a few ‘toons ‘n memes for a laugh or two?


popcorn-4And of course, I cannot end a Jolly Monday without a cute animal video!

jollyOkay, folks, that’s a wrap for yet another Monday!  I hope you guys all manage to find some good karma this week, keep your cool, and for Pete’s sake keep safe!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa & Jolly!

61 thoughts on “Jolly Monday With Popcorn!

  1. I might not have seen these in the morning but they brought joy to my night!!
    Those animals made out of stones are amazing!
    LOL at the wandering cow, wonder if its name was Betsy!
    Thanks for the laughs, always appreciated!


        • Well, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I used to have a border-collie/rottweiler mix … gentlest, sweetest 130-pound mass you’d ever hope to know. He loved popcorn … couldn’t get enough of it. And potato chips. Smart dog. I worked long hours back then, and I would come home from work, fix myself a sandwich and sit down at the table to study (I was also in grad school at the time). All of a sudden, he would go running to the front door, barking his fool head off as if somebody was at the door. So, I’d get up to go see … nope, nobody at the door … come back to the table and … poof! Sandwich was all gone, and Gomer was licking his lips. I won’t embarrass myself by telling you how long it took this human to catch on to his tricks, but suffice it to say he had many, many sandwiches! 🤣

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  2. Sorry, I’m rather late for breakfast and am delighted that coffee and my favorite half & half plus are still available. Since fruit is a scientifically proven healthy choice as a snack and with any meal, a slice or two of the apple strudel is much appreciated. Popcorn while tasty, especially when drenched in melted butter which in my opinion (though ruining the healthy aspects) is the only way to eat it, gets lodged in the teeth and is both annoying and unsightly. Akie the Stone Artist is a gifted woman, in touch with herself and nature. I came across her when Benjamin and I began collecting stones on our “Adventurings” several years ago and wanted to learn to paint them. Our early works of art were little more than splashes of color on rocks, but we left them here and there for people to find anyway…most were gone when we returned so we hoped that they had found loving homes. It was after I found Diane Alber’s books “Scribble Stones” and “Scribble Stones Art Guide” in Jan. 2019, that we began adding art to our works. Lin Wellford has a many good books on the subject for all age groups, we have her “Rock Painting For Kidss”. Sigh…how I miss those days! Though Benjamin has not been here for several weeks and will not be for the foreseeable future, he will enjoy this Jolly Monday when the joyful day of his return arrives…this will be saved! Jolly and You have done a fantabulous job of improving this Monday! Thank-You!!

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    • I fully agree with you on the only way to eat popcorn … lots of butter and lots of salt! I find that as I age, my taste buds are falling down on the job, and it requires more salt and pepper than it once did in order to make food palatable. For me, it isn’t so much a problem of it getting lodged in my teeth as in my throat, which is not a nice thing. Funny, when I was getting the pictures of the stone art, I thought of you and bet myself that this artist would not be a stranger to you … I wasn’t wrong! I’m happy to know you’ll save this Jolly Monday for Benjamin … Jolly Mondays are always written with him in mind. Have a great week, my dear friend.


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