Jolly Monday With Smiles 😊

Welcome to yet another Monday, another excuse to be jolly!  Okay, so maybe that’s a stretch, but … I think we might be able to find something to chuckle about, don’t you?  But first, grab a snack and a cuppa … after last week’s fiasco with Jolly in the kitchen, I did all the cooking this morning.


Cardening anyone?

Some people, idled by the pandemic, are finding creative things to do around the house.  John Brayshaw of Spen Valley, West Yorkshire in the UK was one such person.  He bought the house where he lives just six months ago and had been planning to build a deck in the garden.  So, last week he began digging post holes and … you’ll never guess what he found under his garden … c’mon, take a wild guess!  Nope, not a dead body.  Nope, not a stash of drugs.  A car!  Yep, that’s right …

“I had all the materials ready and I needed to do something to put my brain back into action. I was just sat in the house watching the news and it was frying my brain. So I thought let’s start this decking, I never for a second thought I’d find anything like this. I was digging post panels for my decking and I hit something hard, so I started doing some digging around it. I’d say the hole it is in 7ft deep, 10ft long and 5ft wide. car-1It’s really weird. It’s not something you find every day – it is literally in the middle of my garden. It’s one of those things that you literally have to see it to believe it. I was like ‘what on earth is this?’ I thought it was an old air raid shelter at first, then I saw the roof and I thought ‘who’d bury the roof of a car?’ Then I kept digging at saw the door, the steering wheel and realised it was a full car complete with the registration plate. The only thing that was missing was the wheels.car-2I’ve been told that at the end of world war two there was an influx of people that used to work for the Secret Service. It has also been suggested to me that the colour of the car is known as ‘RAF grey’. The house has got a full cellar, which is under a trap door. I can’t find a trace of the registration plate anywhere and there seems to be no record of the car available, which is weird as well.”

I sense a story here!


Making the best of the situation

A bakery in Finland says business is rolling in after it introduced a cake shaped like toilet paper. The bakery in Helsinki was at risk of financial ruin last month after all its orders were canceled. The coronavirus pandemic took a serious toll on business at the same time people in Finland were hoarding toilet paper.tp-cakeThe bakery’s owner did some quick thinking and turned things around. You might say it’s cleaning up. The first five toilet paper cakes sold within an hour and the cake became a social media hit. The bakery now has hundreds of orders. Its owner was even able to add two extra people to her nine-member team.

Baker owner Sanna Lampinen said, “For us it’s a game changer and I am relieved because I know that all my employees are safe for months now and I am hoping that the situation will stay.”cake-2The toilet paper cake is made of oat batter, passion fruit mousse and covered with white fondant, a thick, creamy sugar paste.


Happy kitties …

Cats are natural born climbers.  I know this because we have five of them, used to have ten, and it is not unusual to see them atop a bookshelf or other horizontal surface.  We used to have one who could jump all the way to the top of a 7-foot door and lie there for hours.  Our cats have a small condo, just two stories, and it’s only about 2 feet tall, so not enough of a challenge for them.  Most mornings I come downstairs to find pictures just slightly askew, or a bite out of the leaf of the house plant atop the entertainment center.  So, when I saw this creation …cat-condo-1… I was mesmerized.  This creation was designed by Rob Coutu from Windsor, Connecticut, who has two cats, a red tabby and a Savannah cat.  Rob says that the Savannah likes the towers so much, she has taken over both of them and doesn’t want to let the tabby use them!  Sounds like our Tiger Lily.  Now, when Rob’s creation made the news on Bored Panda, many people owned by cats expressed such an interest that Rob decided to start selling the building plans.cat-condo-2I know my way around a hammer, saw and nails, and have built some decent bookshelves in my day, so I considered ordering a set of those plans and seeing what I could do.  Until I found out that the material cost for the project is still mounting, and currently stands somewhere around $3,500 plus the tons of labor he has put in.  We love our furry family members and there’s not much I wouldn’t do for them, but … $3,500???  No … just no.  Still, it is a marvelous creation, don’t you think?

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How about some fun ‘toons for a few chuckles?toon-1toon-2toon-3toon-4toon-5toon-6toon-7toon-8toon-9


And lastly, a cute animal video …


And now, sadly, our time together must end, for I have chores to do, and I’m sure you do too.  Remember to share your smiles today, for these are tough times for everyone and you’d be amazed how much something as simple as a smile can brighten the day.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!jolly

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60 thoughts on “Jolly Monday With Smiles 😊

  1. Your Jolly Monday certainly gave me more than one smile. It is said that smiles are contagious, so let’s infect everyone and set off the best pandemic ever! Benjamin would really enjoy these donuts, the video and the cat condo too. “Daddy” is becoming quite the craftsman these days, mayhaps he will build one for Benjamin’s fur-brother! I appreciate the coffee and the best half & half ever, but due to the increased fat and calories will forego the treats. I especially love the Toilet Paper Cakes, a scathingly brilliant idea on the part of the owner/baker! Imagine, if you will, now one can have their toilet paper and eat it too! Hope Jolly and You had a jolly Easter! Thank-you!

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    • I’m so glad it gave you more than a single smile! I only wish Benjamin had been able to come ’round and have a donut and give me and Jolly his famous neckbuster hugs! 😥 You should have had a small piece of quiche … very healthy … high in protein! I liked the toilet paper cakes, but I’m not sure I could bring myself to eat one! We did, indeed, have a Jolly Easter … well, sort of.

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    • Definitely … thanks! ‘Tis a sad statement of our society that so many are so easily manipulated. Advertising convinces people they have an absolute “need”, when in fact there is none. I find that for years now, I have been immune to glitzy ads, and in fact swear off a product or store if they annoy me with ads, but … not everyone is so. Thanks for sharing this one … I may use it as the basis for a post this week.

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  2. Oh, I’ve lived through the luscious chicken or sublime salmon when my cat was alive and I got beans on toast.Moggie Towers are so good I swear you could advertise Rooms to let 50c online.Or maybe you could start a cattery. Oh yes, you already did,
    Cwtch

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  3. Ah, now those toilet paper cakes are pure inspiration. Love the pussy cat towers… I have seen shelves taken all the way up a wall (like a mini staircase) for cats. Makes them very placid when they can sit up high and survey their territory.

    Hope you had a lovely Easter Jill. Thanks for the Jolly Monday. ❤️🤗

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    • Indeed they are, though I’m not quite sure I’d want to eat one. Yes, our moggies like to be up high … it’s a bit offputting when your sitting here reading or writing and suddenly you sense a presence … a moggie atop the bookshelf staring at you from 4 feet above your head! I’m glad you enjoyed Jolly Monday! Have a good week, dear friend! ❤

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    • They were well-done, weren’t they? I have no idea why people are hoarding toilet paper … and pasta! There has not been a box of pasta on the shelves of my local Kroger in over a month! I’m glad you liked Jolly Monday … try to have a good week, my friend!

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  4. Hi Monday Jill and Jolly.
    Cat: Well of course my servant would spend $3,000+ on amusements for me? Why the surprise?
    Those cartoons are pure gold.
    The little polar bear, seriously cute, particularly at 1:15…oh my I just had to come down from my tower!#
    Keep on supplying us with Jollies you two.

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      • Hello Jill, or a body or other incriminating evidence. In my view that car was used for some illegal activity that they did not want to come to the light of day.
        Oh as for your cats, we take old worn socks, fill them with fresh catnip, tie them off, throw them out on the floor and watch the cats go full play mode.
        If you want to grow indoor catnip that the cats can eat but not kill get an 8 inch plastic pot and an orchid metal hanging basket. Punch three or four hold in the rim of the plastic pot. Plant the catnip, and then put the hanging basket over the top of the pot and use plastic ties or such to secure it to the pot. The catnip grows out through the wire basket, the cats can eat as much as they will, but can not eat it all the way to kill the plant as they can only eat what pokes through. We did this for years. Makes for very happy cats, helps their digestion and is a natural flea repellent. Hugs

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  5. If one is up late catching up on BBC News 24, at midnight you find yourself with World News and from Singapore a while back there was a whole item on high rise cats who fell off balconies. To entertain these cats who never saw trees an enterprising company would redesign your apartment’s interior with shelves and pretend trees etc. for your fluffy darlings to run and climb.

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