Jolly Monday With Bacon, Benjamin, And Smiles!

Welcome, my friends!  Once again it is … Monday.  Do you realize that we are halfway through 2020 already?  Halfway back to Christmas?  🎄


Where does time go???  At any rate, I hope you are all well, that you had a wonderful weekend, and that you’re ready to hit the ground running this Monday morning!  To get you started on the right foot (or the left one, whichever you prefer), Jolly and I have found some fun things that we hope you’ll enjoy!  First, though, let’s see what we have to munch on.  Last week I forgot the bacon and was promptly reminded, so this week I made sure there is plenty of bacon.  OH!  And my favourite youngest reader is back with us this morning after a three-month hiatus, so there will be donuts and juice boxes for Benjamin!  Welcome back, Benjamin!  Good to see you again!

Never too old!

Gordon Precious was just 59 days shy of his 95th birthday when he decided to go heli-skiing.  Now, in my book this sport is misnamed, for I was picturing a skier attached to a helicopter and the helicopter dragging him up or down the slopes, but in fact it only means that the skier is delivered to a remote mountain top via helicopter, then skis down the slope on his own power.  Nonetheless, Mr. Precious is far more courageous and athletic than I, and I’m only about 2/3 his age!

Says Gordon of his adventure …

“It was my first run by helicopter in five years. When the helicopter takes off, you think oh my goodness how am I going to get down from way up here. Then you recall that you have a very experienced guide with you, and you know that its within your scope.”

Take a look …

Stinky …

In the Bavarian town of Schweinfurt, Germany, the municipal post office was evacuated recently after a dozen people because ill from the smell emanating from a package.  Police, firefighters, and emergency services were called to the post office to investigate.

After some 60 people who were working in the building evacuated, officials went in to check the contents of the package, and found …


Yes, fruit!!!  Specifically, durian, a Thai fruit famous for its strong odor, which has been compared to rotten food, dirty socks and vomit.  🤢

Turns out that a 50-year-old resident of the town had the fruit sent home from his friend in Nuremburg.  Six people were hospitalized, six ambulances, five first-responder cars and two emergency vehicles attended the incident. Three different fire departments were also involved.  All for 4 little fruits.

The spiky fruit’s flavor and creamy texture has made it popular throughout Southeast Asia, but its infamous odor has gained it many detractors. Singapore has prohibited the fruit in its subway system, and many hotels ban durians because of the smell.  Poor fruits!  Such a bad rep they have.  And this isn’t the first time …

Last year, staff at the University of Canberra library were forced to evacuate the building due to a suspected gas leak, but a search revealed the stench was in fact caused by the fruit.

And in November 2018, a cargo of durian caused an Indonesian plane to be temporarily grounded after passengers complained about the fruit’s room-clearing stench in the cabin.

The fruit was eventually successfully delivered to its intended recipient, who I hope enjoyed every last morsel!

Squirrely sounds …

Dani Connor, a zoologist and wildlife photographer from London, UK, currently lives in Sweden where she recently became a temporary foster mom to four baby red squirrels after their mother was unfortunately hit by a car. The little critters have already learned to trust her and even recognize Dani’s voice.

As they remain in the wild, Dani visits them every day and not only makes sure they have plenty to eat and drink but captures them growing up as well. During one of the photoshoots, Dani came up with the idea to record one of the babies munching. She put her microphone right next to it and … well, listen for yourself …

Says Dani …

“I was very lucky to find where the baby squirrels were! I spoke to several wildlife sanctuaries and the advice I was given was that the baby squirrels are too small to survive on their own and if their mother had been killed by a car, they need to be captured and raised in captivity. I watched over the baby squirrels and I was so happy to see them eating the food I had left them, I decided that if they have teeth and that they can eat, they should be able to survive in the wild.”

Dani-squirrelShe spends 4-6 hours every day in the forest, photographing wildlife and looking after the baby squirrels.

And now for a few toons, memes & signs to bring forth a chuckle …





And last, but never least, a cute critter video … actually I have two today … both are short and both featuring emus!  Who knew emus were so darn cute?


And now, my friends, it’s time for us all to be productive.  I hope you’ve found your smile to start out the week and that you will share that beautiful smile with others as you work your way back to the weekend!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly (Joyful is visiting her grandmother this week).


40 thoughts on “Jolly Monday With Bacon, Benjamin, And Smiles!

  1. Always always smiles when I come to your Jolly posts! Thank you!! Yes that older gentleman is a lot braver than me! I had heard about that fruit before. They say its really good, but I don’t think I could get it past my nose! LOL at the comics! Great ones! Betsy showed up I see. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Indeed, how many people his age would try that? A few years ago, I wrote about a woman who parachute jumped for the first time for her … I think it was 90th … birthday, and I was in awe. I don’t think I’ll be trying either of those things! I have had durian, and it is really tasty. I don’t remember it smelling bad, but that was many, many years ago, so perhaps I’ve forgotten. Glad you enjoyed Jolly Monday! Glad you noticed Betsy sitting on the table!!! 😄


    • I’ve never smelled nor tasted one, so I cannot say. Rather like sardines, though, I suppose it’s hard to get past the smell in order to objectively judge the taste. Now have some bacon … I told the guys to save you some, so hopefully they did! Have a great week! You still working from home, or back at the office?

      Liked by 1 person

    • Giggles, eh? I’m honoured … I figured I’d be lucky to get a lopsided grin from you! I’ve spoken to that nameless person about his greed and I think he will behave now. Yes, I’ve missed young Benjamin so much!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. WOW ! All that bacon….must I share it? Years ago I had adult emus for neighbors. One of them would run with me on my daily jog. I never was sure whether he was running with me or chasing me. 😁 They have nasty dispositions.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Namaste, Miss Jill! It’s me, BENJAMIN! I have a humongous smile on my face cause of my letter from you! Guess what? I am going to eat some of the pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream, I love pancakes so much! I will have a juicebox now and save a sprinkled donut and another juicebox for my snack later. OK? You know what else? I love all of the videos. That man skiing down the hill is awesome, he is a really good skier. The baby red squirrel is so cute. I have some books with Mr. Geert’s photos of real red squirrels in Sweden doing funny things. I love the baby emus too, ‘specially the video of the little boy and his very own emu. That is so cool! Gem was singing the song to me, she knows all the words. She told me it’s from an old TV show and we watched the video two times and she sang the song two times. Sometimes Gem is so silly! Jolly and You get lots of neckbuster hugs and kisses today, cause you made this the bestest Monday. Thank you and Bye!

    Liked by 2 people

    • Namaste Benjamin!!! So great to see you, and I’m happy you liked my letter! I didn’t know you loved pancakes, but now that I know, I will make sure to include them sometimes … but not all the time, for they might not be the healthiest snack! I’m so glad you enjoyed the videos! I thought you might like the emus … they’re different, but oh so cute! That Gem … she is the best, isn’t she? Singing the song to you twice! Give her a hug for me and tell her I love her! And I love YOU, my young friend! Thanks from both me and Jolly for the neckbuster hugs and kisses and we’re glad you enjoyed this week’s Jolly Monday! ❤


  4. Happy new week and thanks for the squirrel. That was so darn cute. The emus too but I miss a good old red squirrel 😁. I won’t be particularly productive this week unless being sick 🤢 from chemotherapy is productive. It fights cancer so maybe it does count??? 😂
    And please keep the bacon. There are some vegetarians in your readership. No, no don’t keep the bacon from the carnivores. I don’t want to be called “baconist” 😎🙋‍♀️🐝

    Liked by 1 person

    • I loved the squirrel … his little voice melted my heart and I had to watch it multiple times! There is a grey squirrel who visits my backyard where the birdseed is about once or twice a week and he never fails to delight me. My hope for you this week is that the chemo won’t cause you to be sick, but if it does, just remember you’re getting well again! Heh heh … there are a few here who don’t let me hear the end of it if I forget the bacon. I used to put out only one plate, but then they would fight, and poor Emily wouldn’t even get any, so now I put out plenty! And they still fight! I promise never to call you a ‘baconist’! Love you, Bee!!!! 🙋‍♀️ ❤


      • 😎 that is very kind of you. It would go against my religion 🤣. Ok, actual chemo situation: 8 hours after chemo only feeling sick but not being sick. Took a different tablet that I knew would work. Brain fog coming in from the sea or wherever brain fog comes from and I re-discovered a QiGong video that helps move my qi or in my case gets my lymphatic clock up going. Happy days is all I can say or in my case happy nights. Please take good care of yourself and don’t let the covidiots and corrupt politicians get to you. Love you too 🙋‍♀️🍓🐝


        • If I ever get to the UK … and it is my hope to do so someday … you and I are going out for a fabulous dinner one night and we’ll paint the town red! You’re such a special friend, sweet Bee. Take care, rest and feel better. 🙋‍♀️ 💕

          Liked by 1 person

          • Oh that made me laugh. I would love to paint the town red. I might add some Marx and Che faces just for good measure (and it just dawns on me that this saying meant something else 🤣). Night went well sick wise but I was up til 2 and enjoyed some tv. Feelings mutual for the special friend. Happy Tuesday despite everything 🙋‍♀️🐝

            Liked by 1 person

  5. Plenty of smiles there my friend. Much needed. It’s absolutely chucking it down here and the forecast is it’s probably like this on and off for at least 14 days. If you get a chance check out some of the latest joke posts about Johnson. He did a photo shoot of him doing press-ups, that’s right in the middle of deadly pandemic where he has gone missing. Trying to copy Putin on the fitness front, just Putin does it so much better. Anyway some absolute belting posts about it. The one I liked is on a Twitter account called Parody Boris Johnson. It’s currently the 2nd last tweet. The video above is one I hope Trump sees before the visit, Boris goes for him…..

    Liked by 3 people

    • I’m so glad you found smiles here! I saw those ominous storm clouds on your post earlier … do you guys ever get a full week of sunny days? I did check out the Parody Boris Johnson Twitter page … some great fun there, at Boris’ expense. I scrolled and scrolled but couldn’t get to the 2nd last tweet, but I found plenty of other humour! I’ll look for the video you mention … perhaps I can find it on YouTube. Have a happy week, dear friend.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Gotta love fjords. They were the only things I could draw with any ability as a kid, except for leafless trees in winter. But Fjord Explorers? That takes the Slartibartfast Award for Nordic puns.

    Liked by 2 people

      • Not an artist. Never was, never will be. But the only things I would draw were dead trees, fjords, and, almost forgot, aerial views of freeways that crisscrossed ten levels or more. And I had never seen a picture of freeways or fjords yet.

        Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.