Jolly ‘n Joyful Monday!!!

Good Monday morning, friends!  It’s a gloomy, stormy one here.  Yesterday the temps reached 70° (21° C) but by next weekend the high temps will only be around freezing.  I keep saying that spring is on it’s way, but it seems to be playing games with us.  Ah well … soon enough I’ll be complaining about the heat – never satisfied, are we?  Well, since Joyful has declared today to be “Sandwich Day”, let’s go grab a sandwich and something to drink, and find some things to start the week off with a smile, shall we?

  And a bacon-topped donut for the bacon lovers to share!


The title of a recent newsletter from Atlas Obscura read, “How to Save Collard Greens from Disappearing”Say WHAT???  Why on earth would anybody want to save collard greens from disappearing???  Let ‘em go, I say!  Never has there been a more disgusting excuse for a vegetable!  The article began …

“IN THE AMERICAN SOUTH, MANY people have fond memories of a pot of collard greens simmering on the stove for hours, seasoned with a ham hock and stirred by a parent or grandparent.”

And now we know what’s wrong with some people!  And that’s all I’m gonna say about that!


And now, I’ve got ‘toons, ‘toons, and still more ‘toons!


There’s almost nothing like a few cute pictures, the kind that make you say, “Awwwwwww” to bring a smile …


I haven’t posted ‘Amazing Facts’ for a while now, so I went to the “Amazing Fact Generator” over at the Mental Floss website and thought you might enjoy some of what I found there:

  • Stalin plotted to kill actor John Wayne.
  • Bela Lugosi was buried in full Dracula costume—cape and all.
  • Goldfish can distinguish the music of one composer from another.
  • Sharks have existed longer than trees.
  • When Disneyland was opened in 1955, “Tomorrowland” was designed to look like a year in the distant future: 1986.
  • In 1964 a pre-fame David Bowie was interviewed on the BBC program Tonight at age 17 as the founder of The Society For The Prevention of Cruelty to Long-Haired Men.
  • Mark Twain was born in 1835, a year in which Halley’s comet was visible from Earth. In 1909, he said, “I came in with Halley’s comet…and I expect to go out with it.” When he died on April 21, 1910, the comet was again visible in the night sky.


And last, but never least, if it’s Jolly Monday, there must be a cute critter video!


I hope you all have a good week ahead and please remember to share those gorgeous smiles with someone who doesn’t have his/her own!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!

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  1. Queen bees can live 3 to 6 years, depending on the hive. Spring- and summer-born workers live 3 to 8 weeks. They gather and make the food. Autumn- born workers live 4 to 6 months. They care for the hive in winter.
    And then there are the drones. They live 2 to 4 months. They do no work. Their only purpose is to fly with a new queen, if there is one, and give to her all their sperm, after which they die. But there is a strangeness about drones unlike anything else in nature. They come from unfertilized eggs. They only have 16 chromosones on their DNA helix. They have no fathers. But they do have grandfathers.
    “The queen who laid the drone eggs, is the offspring of an egg fertilized by a drone (male). Drones themselves, however, are the offspring of eggs that have not been fertilized by a male, and they are therefore, fatherless.” Yet they live. A real mystery of nature!

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    • I had no idea!!! Thanks for the bee-ology lesson, rg! I would swear my favourite bumblebee comes back every summer, but obviously that cannot be the case, so perhaps he leaves notes for his offspring to come visit me each year … he (or they) and I have some delightful conversations on summer mornings when I am out watering the sunflowers and sometimes they even land on my nose so we can chat more amiably.

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      • As I told Michael, you inspired the research. And it reminded me of the houseboat lady from England whom I have not heard from for quite a while. She too was a bee-lover. My memory has unfortunately misplaced her name. Colette?

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        • Ah yes … Colette! We used to email regularly, but I haven’t heard from her for just about a year — February 2021. Last I heard she and her hubby had split up.

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          • Oh, I never heard that, but it does not surprise me. I think he was politically opposite to her. I am wondering if she fell victim to Covid? She disappeared so suddenly! I hope she is okay.

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            • I think it only just happened in late 2020 and yes, they were political opposites and he was, in many ways, cruel to Colette. I’m sure she told you about the story at the airport where he got drunk and told her to get on the plane, then he took off with a barmaid. I don’t know how she put up with him as long as she did! But now you’ve got me thinking … I’ll write to her this week and see if she answers … I’ll keep you posted.

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              • No, she never told me that story, guess it was reserved for woman-to-woman talk.
                But here is a totally new item to tell you. We have a new artival in our family, born at approx. 9:00 AM today. Her full name is Halory’s Blue Jeans, with her nickname being Venus. Gail is going to send you some pictures/videos of the darling little girl on Fb. I’m sure you will fall in love with her. That makes 5. girls in the family now. I know sex is determined by the father, but it seems pretty strange all of Halory’s living children and grandchildren are fillies and mares. Very suspicious!

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