Jolly ‘n Joyful Monday

Monday-sleepy-2Good morning … yawn … and welcome to Monday, the day of budding dreams and vast swathes of … disappointment, angst, and exhaustion.  Weekends can be so draining …

jolly Don’t mind her, fwiends … she hasn’t been sleeping so good and she’s not quite at herself.  But, we got some fun stuff fo’ you today an’ a bunch of ‘toons ‘n stuff, too, an’ the cutest animal video … me ‘n Joyful picked it out!  So, you can get a snack an’ somethin’ to dwink and we’ll all have a chuckle, ‘k?  An’ Joyful made the snacks, since Gwammie kept fallin’ asleep.

bananas                   Jollys girlfriend Joyful

Sanitized martini?

The Apollo Bay Distillery in Victoria, Australia, made a bit of an ‘Oops’.  They filled gin bottles with … hand sanitizer!  Their recall notice speaks for itself …ApolloIn an update, they say that all nine bottles have been successfully recovered …

“We are very sorry this occurred. Rest assured we will be following up our procedures to ensure this does not occur again. We’d like to thank those who were affected for being so understanding. We are in the process of fully refunding and providing a replacement product to those impacted.”

I’m not sure how it happened, but I’d be willing to bet that somebody no longer works for Apollo Bay!

A house for $1???

You can buy a house for €1, or a little over a dollar!  I want one!  Yes, there are some catches, the first one being that the houses are in Italy and I’m not.  Now, mind you I wouldn’t mind at all living in Italy, but a) my passport expired years ago and right now, the State Department isn’t processing passports, or so I’m told; b) it would cost money that I don’t have to get to Italy; c) daughter Chris doesn’t have a job in Italy, d) None of us speak Italian; and e) the kitties.  But it is a tempting offer, if I could work through those roadblocks.Cinque-1The houses are in the village of Cinquefrondi that bills itself as “COVID-free” and is desperately attempting to attract new residents by selling homes for almost nothing — but the new owners must promise to renovate the houses.  The aim is to reverse a depopulation trend caused by younger folk heading off in search of work. In Cinquefrondi, Mayor Michele Conia considers the task so serious he’s given it a code name: “Operation Beauty.”Cinque-2

Cinque-3Despite being surrounded by the natural beauty of the rugged Aspromonte National Park and overlooking both the Ionian and Tyrrhenian coasts, Cinquefrondi’s urban scenery is scarred by ramshackle, abandoned dwellings.  Cinquefrondi merely requests an annual €250 policy insurance fee until works are completed.  New owners are only liable to a fine of €20,000 in the unlikely event they do not complete the restyling within three years.

“We’re just asking for some kind of certainty once a new buyer commits to the project. The policy fee is very low and the cost of a restyle here is within €10,000 to €20,000, given the dwellings are cozy and tiny.”

Heck, for the price, I could afford to buy two houses side-by-side, knock out a few walls, and have a house big enough for us!  Take a look … what do you think?


Two stories caught my eye this week, both about cows in trouble in the UK.  Makes me wonder what they feed them over there.  The first may have been a case of the cow needed to go on a diet.

Name unknown, this 13-year-old British white cow apparently attempted to pass between two trees near its owner’s farm and became wedged.


¡¡¡Pobre Vaca!!!

The Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said an Animal Rescue advisor was sent to the wooded area in Hightown to assist with the rescue.  The specialist restrained the cow and kept it calm while its owner, whose farm is nearby, used an ax to cut through one of the trees. The cow was freed after about 10 minutes. It was given food and water before being loaded onto a trailer and taken back to the farm.

I just love a happy ending!

The other cow was happily grazing when somehow she managed to fall into the River Avon on Friday morning.  The water rescue team ventured out in a boat and used specialist safety equipment to guide the cow back to the shoreline and haul the animal back onto dry land.cow-2The cow was not injured, so another happy ending … but I think you guys ‘cross the pond might better stop giving the cows so much beer!

Let’s head over to Phil’s Phun  and see if he’s got any ‘phunny’ cartoons for us today, shall we?  By the way, Phil has tons of phun things on his weekly posts, beautiful photography, memes, jokes, ‘toons, and more … you should pop over and take a look!


Skunks 🦨  get a bad rep, and I’m pretty sure that once you watch this video, you’ll think differently about the little critters.  They are, after all, not much different than kittens!  And notice the one playing with the orange cat … think maybe humans could take a lesson here?

Well, folks, I’m sad to say that our Monday morning has come to its conclusion.  I’m really happy that you dropped by, though, and just seeing you all here has improved my mood a lot!  Please, friends, remember to share those smiles.  Everyone is so stressed, so on edge, so angry these days … you’d be surprised how much good a smile can do.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!

jolly    Jollys girlfriend Joyful

39 thoughts on “Jolly ‘n Joyful Monday

  1. My dog Bentley would argue with you about skunks Jill, as he’s been sprayed at least 3 times over the years!! But…they are cute. Can’t deny that

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  2. the skunk story brought to mind a limerick I heard or read decades ago, oh the things I remember. lol.

    “There once was a man from the city

    who saw what he thought was a kitty

    he gave it a pat and said nice little cat

    and they buried his clothes with a pity”

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  3. there’s a reason houses go for $1 or free. blighted areas all over the world are giving away abandoned houses, buildings, factories but no takers. this area in southern italy is nice, better than the slums of detroit or calcutta, but there’s literally nothing to do but fix up old houses. then what? very little tourism these days so can’t even rent it out as air b&b. if this town has internet you can even work from home, but i highly doubt it… lack of infrastructure is a sad deal breaker.


  4. Our friends moved to a French village years ago and the mayor not long ag offered a free house to any YOUNG family that would come and live there. The Italian offer sounds great for some enterprising person or peoples. Now everyone has discovered they can work from home there’s no reason not to go and live in a beautiful spot without a mortgage.

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    • Good point … work from home in a beautiful setting, save the cost of a $2,000 a month mortgage … I’m in! Might be a problem if the boss called a “all hands on deck” meeting, though. 😉


  5. Thanks for the strand bacon this morning, never eaten it sweet before. I’m very sorry about the unruly behaviour of some of our cows. First sign of sunshine and there;s no stopping them. I’d love to take one of those houses in Italy, how perfectly sited are those.I love the baby skunks though I’m not sure I’d like them in my house,
    I enjoyed the cartoons. Made my day better Jolly.

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    • I’m glad you liked the bacon … Joyful fixed it for you bacon-lovers. I just felt bad for the poor cows and wondered how many more had found themselves in dire circumstances. I agree … the houses in Italy … a dream. Heh heh … if you have their scenting organs (I forget what they’re called) removed, they make great pets! Perhaps Joey would even enjoy one! I’m glad we made your day better … you needed some cheering!

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