Jolly Joyful Monday …

Welcome!  And good Monday morn’ to you, our friends!  I hope your weekend was awesome  lovely  decent not too bad.  Ours was same ol’ same ol’.  We did find out the hard way that our favourite fish ‘n chips restaurant is now open for take-out, but they aren’t serving … fish ‘n chips!  ‘Splain that one!  Oh well.  Joyful and I did a bit of baking this morning … nothing much, just a few things.  Jolly wanted to help, so we sent him out to count the clover in the back yard … I don’t think he’s back in yet … guess I better go find him.  Meanwhile, help yourself to a treat and a cuppa and as soon as I find Jolly, we’ll find something to start our week out with a smile.

Not quite what they expected …

Two stories crossed my radar this week about people receiving packages that were … not quite what they expected.

A woman in Glendale, California, returned home one afternoon to find an Amazon box waiting on her front porch.  Since she was expecting a shipment of printer ink, she thought little about it until she took the box inside and cut it open to find …drugs-1The box was filled with bottles of oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and other narcotics and it was accompanied by an invoice from the Drug Enforcement Administration!  The woman contacted law enforcement and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) was brought in to investigate.  Their explanation sounds a bit fishy to me …

Bill Bodner, DEA special agent in charge in Los Angeles, said a preliminary investigation found the package had originated at a New York pharmacy that enlisted the services of a Texas pharmaceutical company to dispose of the drugs, and that the reason for the invoice is that the disposal process has to be approved by the federal government.  He claims there was likely an error in the shipping process …

“Likely, they used a third-party shipper to ship this package and somehow the shipping labels were switched at this third-party shipper.  Let me be clear, this package was not sent by DEA and these drugs were never in DEA custody.”

Mmmm hmmm … but then ‘splain why the drugs were in an Amazon box???  Amazon has opened its own investigation to try to figure that one out!

And then in Houston, Texas …

Another family received an unexpected package containing 32 bags of marijuana!  The Harris County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and are attempting to solve the mystery.  They put out an Instagram post saying …

“If it is yours please contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to claim it.”

Um … yeah, sure they will.  It’s funny, I had trouble getting my insulin delivered last week, but other people can get all sorts of drugs in the mail!  What am I doing wrong???

Teddy Bears just wanna have fun!

In light of many businesses and recreation areas being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, people have been coming up with unique ways to entertain themselves.  I ignore most of them, but this one caught my eyes … I love teddy bears, and anything involving them will always get my attention!

The Dutch theme park Walibi Holland put 22 oversized teddy bears onto a roller coaster and filmed the ride ― and it almost looks like they’re coming to life out of sheer happiness.

The coaster is named “Untamed” and true to its name, Untamed has five inversions and a 116-foot drop with maximum speeds of 57 mph.  Where I would have had my eyes closed tightly and been hanging on for dear life, the bears really seemed to be enjoying it … eyes wide open!

And speaking of bears …

With fewer people out and about due to coronavirus restrictions, in many places animals have felt free to explore areas they would otherwise avoid.  Last month in Fort Myers, Florida, a black bear decided to do some exploring, much to the dismay of the were called and debated the best way to lure the bear away from populated areas.  Tranquilizing wasn’t an option, for it takes some time to work and they weren’t sure what the bear would do in the interim.  Well … these are police, remember … they came up with a solution:  Donuts!!!

bear-donutThey bought donuts from Krispy Kreme (probably already had a dozen or so in their cruiser) and set a trap with donuts as the bait, and for extra measure sprayed some blueberry pie-scented air freshener.  It worked, the bear was quickly and painlessly captured and returned to a state-managed wildlife area.

I dunno, though … now that he’s had a taste of Krispy Kreme, he might be back for seconds!

Before we get to the cartoons, I found this picture over at Phil’s Phun and thought it was so fascinating I just had to share it.  I don’t know what or where this is, for though I did a reverse photo search, I was not able to get any reliable information on

And now for some fun cartoons!


And this one’s for you, Hugh!


Well, I guess it’s time … what’s that, Jolly?  OH!!!  Thanks for reminding me!  Time, that is, for a cute animal video to wrap things up.

Jollys girlfriend JoyfulJolly

Now, go forth and try to have a wonderful week.  Remember, folks … everybody needs a smile these days … now more than ever!  So share those lovely smiles, let people know that there is hope for tomorrow, that you care.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly ‘n Joyful!


45 thoughts on “Jolly Joyful Monday …

  1. Teddies bears on a roller coaster?
    Man…that takes me right back to the 1960s, like far out.
    Leaving those daze behind….
    Onwards to the 21st century
    Yep! I can believe a bunch of narcotics in an Amazon box going to the wrong place. That’s what happens when you get a third-party involved in the despatching system, they gotta a big pile of Amazon boxes for use and a big pile of shipping labels, not enough minimum wage staff to the job…and pow! There ya go!

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  2. Namaste, Miss Jill! Surprise, it’s me your friend, Benjamin! Mommy had to go back to work and I am at Gem’s house. Mommy is going to be very very careful cause of the bad virus, it’s everywhere. You know about the Covid-19 thing. right? You have to wear a mask, don’t touch your face and wash your hands really really good all the time. Don’t forget, okay? It’s very important! I’m happy that you didn’t forget me, and my juicebox and sprinkled donut, cause I was gone a long long time. It is so funny that the black bear likes donuts like me! The Teddy Bear video is awesome and the Koala video is so cute. I have a Koala from Australia, it’s not a real one, it’s a fuzzy toy one. Did you know that Koalas are not bears, they are Marsupials. Gem and I learned all about Marsupials. I love that word. Australia has all kinds of them, kangaroos and wombats are Marsupials too. I want to visit the castle on the island that has a big sea serpent all around it, that is so cool! I’m sending some kisses and neckbuster hugs, but it’s okay cause I’m not really touching you. Thank you and Jolly and Joyful. I love you guys! Bye!

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    • BENJAMIN!!!! I am SO HAPPY to see you! I have missed you so much! Every Monday, Jolly and I make sure to put out donuts and juice boxes, just in case you show up. And now … here you are! YAY!!!! Yes, Benjamin, I am very careful not to catch the coronavirus … I mostly stay home, so I’m pretty safe. I’m glad you’re taking good care, washing your hands lots! Yes, I did know that koalas are marsupials … isn’t it funny that we call them bears? I thought they were adorable, and I also thought the teddy bears on the roller coaster really looked like they were having so much fun! By the way … thank you so much for the gift of Benjamin 2! I love him so much. He sits by my computer while I work, and we talk to each other sometimes. Thank you for the neckbuster hugs and kisses … I have really missed those! Jolly, Joyful and I all love you very much, and we send you hugs and kisses back! Have a fun week with Gem!!! ❤


  3. Jill, my wife said a box of Krispy Kremes would lure her out. Since we have been counting carbs, the Kremes had to go. Plus, we no longer have kids sleeping over, so the donut runs stopped. They always wondered why the box of two dozen had only 22 donuts!! Go figure. Keith

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  4. This just made the sun shine inside the apartment which makes the rain outside more bearable Jill. Did the Teddy Bears get a picnic to go with their roller coaster ride? I wonder. I love the photos but they can have my turn on the roller coaster. And the black bear? Glad I didn’t have to round it up. They take exception to interference by humans. My daughter gets deer in her backyard but I think this was the first time I’ve heard of a black bear visiting. Did he knock on that door and ask for a handout? More research for you there. Now I’m gonna finish my strawberry ice cream and get back to my sewing machine — after I watch the Burns and Allen show! Hugs my friend!

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    • Awwww … I love hearing that Jolly Monday brought sunshine into your home, despite the rain outside! I don’t know about a picnic, but they also got a ride on the swings. I’m with you on the roller coaster … I like rides that stay on or close to the ground! Not sure if the black bear knocked or not … he might have rung the bell instead 😉 Burns & Allen … as in, George Burns and Gracie Allen? I used to love that show! Enjoy! Have a great week, my friend!

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          • Leave it to Beaver follows Father Knows Best and I know Donna Reed is there but since they are early morning I’m usually busy before she comes on.. The Doris Day show is there along with the Partridge Family. It’s called Antenna TV — the station that is. You might be able to find it on your own cable. If you like the old shows. Personally I love them.

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            • We don’t have cable … only BritBox, which is only British television. But, I may be able to find access to it on my computer. I’ll check. ‘Twould be fun to see some of the oldies again. Do they have Ozzie and Harriet? I used to love that one!


    • The teddy bears actually looked like they were having fun, didn’t they? The real bear might have upped his cholestrol a bit, but I bet he enjoyed the donuts! Oops … we forgot the bacon! So sorry! But, you probably didn’t need it today anyway … you’d just have to exercise more! 😉

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