Jolly Mon … Er, Um … Toosday!

Good Monday Tuesday morning, my friends!  Sorry we’re a bit late starting this week out … circumstances beyond our control and all that, y’know.  Anyway, Joyful has made pizza for your Tuesday morning palate and we’ve got some ‘toons and other fun stuff for you today, so grab a bite and let’s start this week out … better late than never!



And now, bring on the ‘toons!!!


I found some weally funny signs to share with you …

I just LOVE this one!!!


And finally, it just wouldn’t be Jolly Monday Tuesday without a cute animal video, now would it?  This one’s a little longer than usual, but I thought it was well worth the extra few minutes …


We hope you have a good week ahead and that you share your lovely smiles with others who might need them even more.  Keep warm and safe, dear friends.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!

Jolly Cold Monday Afternoon!

G-g-good M-M-Monday a-afterrnoon my friends!  It’s c-c-cold here with temps in the single digits and a few inches of snow outside!  Are any of my friends in Australia in need of some company this week?  Brrrrrrrrrr.  We’re having Jolly Monday a few hours later than usual this week, because it is Martin Luther King Day and I wanted to lead with that this morning, but never fear, we are here!

Well, here it is, the beginning of another week.  Do you realize that January is already more than halfway over?  Before you know it, it’ll be time to start planning the Thanksgiving meal again!  My girls still have their Easter baskets out from last year … not much point in putting them away now, is there?  Anyway, Joyful has some nice warm treats to help you stave off the cold today, while we all have some fun things in store for you.  So, grab a snack and a cuppa something warm, and let’s have a few laughs, shall we?


We have a few cute pictures that made us go “Awwwwwwwwwwwww”, and we think you will too …


And of course, the staple of Jolly Monday is always the ‘toons …


I was in the mood for a ‘knock-knock’ joke or two …

  • Knock! Knock!
    • Who’s there?
    • Mikey
    • Mikey who?
    • Mikey isn’t working, can you let me in?
  • Knock! Knock!
    • Who’s there?
    • Scold
    • Scold who?
    • Scold outside, let me in!
  • Knock! Knock!
    • Who’s there?
    • Needle
    • Needle who?
    • Needle little help getting in the door!
  • Knock! Knock!
    • Who’s there?
    • I am.
    • I am who?
    • You tell me!!

Okay, corny I know, but every now and then I just like a good knock-knock joke!  Now, because we have a few very dedicated bacon-lovers here on Monday mornings, here’s a bit of bacon humour …


And last but never least, it just isn’t Jolly Monday without a cute critter video …


I hope you all have a great week … keep warm and safe, and share those beautiful smiles I see on your faces!  Until next Monday, love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!

Saturday Surprise — Fun Facts!

I realized too late last week that Saturday had come and gone and I hadn’t even thought of a Saturday Surprise post, so I vowed not to make the same mistake this week!  I hope you are all having a safe and relaxing weekend so far.  We are, as usual, staying in this weekend, with daughter Chris going out to pick up a few things and a carryout dinner later this evening.

I found some interesting and fun facts over at Bored Panda and I picked 10 of them to share on this post, but if you still want more, I suggest you head on over and see all 50 of them!

I can ABSOLUTELY believe this one!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that you find something to bring you laughter and joy!

Good People Doing Good Things — Stuck In The Snow!

When a sudden snowstorm hit Virginia, Washington D.C., and other surrounding areas on January 4th, the roads and interstate highways quickly became a mess, stranding some drivers for as long as 24 hours in their cars on icy, snow-covered roadways. Today’s good people emerged from that situation.


Life-saving bread

Casey Holihan Noe and her husband John, along with many other motorists, had been stranded on I-95 for over 20 hours and noticed that a Schmidt Baking truck was also stuck out on the road with them.  Said Casey …

“After almost 21 hours of being stuck on 95 South, sleeping here over night, not having access to food or water, and all of the nearest towns being out of power we were tired, frustrated, and hungry. Many of the people stuck out here had small children, were elderly, had pets in the car, and hadn’t eaten in almost a whole day.”

So, they decided to call Schmidt Baking Company in Baltimore in the hope that maybe it would be willing to offer whatever products were on the truck.

“We reached out to Schmidt Baking Company and begged them to open their truck that was stuck out here with us. We didn’t think it would actually work, but less then 20 minutes later we got an incredible surprise.”

Chuck Paterakis, one of the owners of H&S Bakery, which operates Schmidt Baking Company, called the couple directly.

“We received a personal call from the owner of the company Chuck who contacted the driver. This driver Ron Hill opened the back of the truck and with the help of some people close by passed out bread to more than 50 cars who were all incredibly thankful.”

About 300 packages of bread were handed out that day. Some families had children who had not eaten for hours on end.

“Some people said this was a saving grace for them. This was one of the kindest moments I have ever witnessed. Thank you Schmidt.”


An Uber dude with a big heart

An Uber driver who was stranded on I-95 in Virginia is being praised for his kindness and determination to get a young passenger home safe.

DaVante Williams was stuck on I-95 near Washington, D.C. for nearly 6 hours with an “overwhelmed” teenage passenger who was trying to get home to Williamsburg, Virginia — about 150 miles away. The teenage girl was originally going to take a train, but it was canceled due to a derailment, so she turned to Uber. Williams said she was “very, very emotional” after first having attempted to get home on a canceled train ride, only to become stranded on the highway.  According to Mr. Williams …

“She would call her mother or call her father here and there to communicate what was going on. She was overwhelmed, and I totally understood because all she wanted to do was get home.”

He also spoke to her parents to let them know he would take care of their daughter. Williams finally found a way to exit the interstate around 7:30 a.m. the next morning. Exhausted from sitting in traffic all night and still a long way from home, Williams booked a hotel room for the young rider to get some sleep and make alternative travel plans. He even offered to drive her the rest of the way home once the roads were clear, at no charge. Ultimately, a family friend was able to pick her up and drive her safely home.

An Uber representative later called Williams, thanking him and asking for a receipt of the hotel room to reimburse him.


Not all heroes are humans!

Grga Brkic was with two other hikers and his eight-month-old Alaskan Malamute, North, in the Velebit mountains in Croatia when he fell 150 meters down a slope and was unable to move. The other two hikers could not reach him and called for help. North didn’t leave his side.

North curled up on top of Brkic and kept him warm for the entire time it took for the high-altitude rescue mission which lasted 13 hours. 27 first responders eventually reached Brkic where he was stranded, nearly 1,800 meters above sea level.  Says Brkic …

“The minutes and seconds before they arrived were so slow. This little dog is a real miracle.”

Jolly (Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr) Monday!!!

Good Monday morning, friends!  I almost skipped Jolly Monday because I was so exhausted last night, but Jolly offered to help out more than usual, saying, “Gwammie … EVEWYBODY needs to have somethin’ to laugh ‘bout to start da week!”  Realizing he’s right, Joyful fixed me another cuppa coffee and Jolly went in search of ‘toons while I dug up a funny critter video!  Meanwhile, Joyful has been a busy beaver in the kitchen this morning, so let’s go see what she’s got for us, shall we?

Breakfast Feast – Photographed on Hasselblad H3D2-39mb Camera

Mmmmm … that was delectable!  Thank you, Joyful!


I had to laugh at this story, as I can so well relate to it!

On Black Friday, Jessica and Nikii Gerson-Neeves bought a blender. It was a Vitamix blender, a professional-grade splurge, and the couple was looking forward to a winter of smoothies and soups.

It arrived on Dec. 16 at their home on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Jessica put the hefty box down on the floor in the kitchen, just for a second. Her 4-year-old tuxedo cat, Max, otherwise known as the “sentient soccer ball,” jumped up on the box. Jessica thought it was funny and snapped a photo.

Then Max’s 13-year-old feline siblings, George: Destroyer of Worlds (“sentient potato”) and Lando Calrissian (“the questionably sentient dust bunny,”), demanded their turn on the knee-high box.

That was three weeks ago. Since then, the cats have refused to leave the box, fighting over who gets to perch upon it and taking turns standing guard while the others eat or are busy elsewhere. The blender remains ensconced inside.


And now, let’s go see what fun ‘toons Jolly found over at Phil’s Phun …


Wait, Gwammie … I found some funny memes, too!


And last, it just wouldn’t be Jolly Monday without a cute animal video, now would it?  If you ask me, the Pandas won this round, but then the human was outnumbered by 5-to-1 …


Well, friends, it’s c-c-cold out there today, so be sure to bundle up warm if you must be outside.  Don’t forget to share those smiles, and maybe throw in a few kind words if somebody looks like they need them.  Have a wonderful week ahead … Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!

 

Jolly First Monday Of 2022!

Good first-Monday-morning-of-the-year, my friends!  Joyful is off helping Roger do something with his tower this morning, so the food prep was left up to me.  You know what that means!  Jolly offered to help, but as you’ll remember, in years past he has set the kitchen afire twice, so he is effectively banned from the kitchen!  Anyway, grab yourself a snack and a nice warm cuppa something and let’s see if we can bring about a few chuckles to start this week off on the right foot, shall we?

Those of you who know me well know that I consider peanut butter to be nature’s most perfect food.  If I had to live my life out on a desert island with only one food available, I would choose peanut butter!

And because I know we all need to eat lots of fruits and veggies for our continued well-being …

Sorry, friends … you had your fill of bacon last week on National Bacon Day!  This week, you’re on the wagon!


Have any of you ever heard of a movie, produced and released in 2010, about a tire (tyre for our UK friends) named Robert that goes on a murderous rampage in the California desert?  I had not heard of it until I saw this meme over at Phil’s Phun and had to investigate to see if it was a joke or not.  It’s not – it’s an actual movie, although it was never a box office hit (gee, I wonder why?)

Naturally, my curiosity was piqued and I just had to go find a short trailer for the movie …

The movie starts with Robert (the tire/tyre) standing upright and discovering that he has psychokinesis. He tests his newfound powers by making animals and inanimate objects explode. Robert spots a woman drive by and attempts to use his powers on her, but he only succeeds in making her car stall before he is run over by a truck. The woman manages to start her car and drive off while Robert kills the truck driver that ran him over.  I won’t tell you any more just in case you decide to watch the flick yourself, though I wouldn’t waste my time if I were you, but at the end, Robert is killed and then reincarnated as a killer tricycle!  I do believe this has to be the strangest movie plot I’ve ever heard of!  You can catch it on Amazon if you’re so inclined …


And now, let’s leave the bizarre behind and go see what fun ‘toons Jolly has chosen for us today!


I found a few memes that made me chuckle and I hope you will too …


Today’s cute animal video is a short one but cute and funny.  Be sure to see the surprise ending!


Well, folks, it’s that time when we all have things to do and places to be, so we thank you for spending a bit of your Monday morning with us.  Keep safe & warm and have a great week.  Oh, and be sure to share those delightful smiles I see you wearing!  After all, not everybody was able to see the cute polar bears!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!

Last Jolly Monday of 2021!!!

Good morning and welcome to the final Jolly Monday of the year!  Joyful worked so hard in the kitchen preparing Christmas dinner that I’ve given her the day off from cooking, so …

HEY … I worked hard too an’ you dinna give me the day off!

Sorry, Jolly, but being the “Official Taste Tester” doesn’t require much actual work … just opening and closing your mouth!  Anyway, friends, we’ve got a few take-outs if you’re hungry, and then a bunch o’ cartoons to give you a end o’ the year chuckle!


I DID work hard, too … I found all da ‘toons here!


And my contribution was a few fun memes!


And last, but certainly not least, the last cute animal video of the year!

I found it first, Gwammie!!!

Yes, yes you did, Jolly … my humble apologies!!!


We wish you all a safe and happy New Year and an even better year in 2022!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly ‘n Joyful!

Happy Boxing Day!!!

This Boxing Day post has become somewhat of an annual tradition here at Filosofa’s Word.  Occasionally I ponder doing a new one, but this one pretty much covers all the bases, so why re-invent the wheel?   So please join me in wishing all our friends in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK the very Happiest Boxing Day!!!


BoxingNo no no no no … not that kind of boxing!  Boxing Day is on December 26th, the day after Christmas, and it is a bank holiday in the UK and Canada.  A brief bit about the origins of Boxing Day …

There are a few competing stories for the origin of the name, and while none are definitive, the one that seems most commonly accepted is that the day after Christmas was when servants of the wealthy were given time off to visit their family, as they were needed to work on Christmas Day. Each servant would be given a box to take home with food, a bonus and gifts. In Britain, it was a custom for tradespeople to collect “Christmas boxes” of money or presents on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for good service throughout the year.

boxing-day

Now, that said, last year our friend rawgod gave me his explanation of the Canadian celebration of Boxing Day, at least in his household as a child …

“Each year an xmas tree was brought to the house, often on xmas eve. All the decorations were brought out of storage, and hung to decorate the tree. In those days baubles were not made of plastic, but rather blown glass. They were very delicate, and much too easily broken, as my poor bum learned every year. Moving on, the tree was the centrepiece of our home xmas day, and the next day, we put all the unbroken decorations into their special boxes so they could survive to the next xmas. By suppertime everything was boxed, and stored–thus Boxing Day.”


And this is what my house looks like on this Boxing Day!boxing-day


So how do our friends up north and across the big pond celebrate Boxing Day?  I went ‘in search of …’ and came up with some fun things, though I strongly suspect that most people spend the day recuperating from Christmas.  Let’s look at a few …

There is an annual barrel rolling race in Grantchester, Cambridgeshire

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Until 2004 when the UK imposed a ban on fox-hunting, it used to be a tradition on Boxing Day.  Last year, Colette commented that legal or not, fox-hunting …

“As for fox hunting (despite tradition, I hate it), it still occurs. Meets go out following scent trails by people sent up ahead. The hounds are supposed to follow that and eventually find the people. Horses follow. But the hounds very often find real foxes which they tear to shreds if found. I am opposed to this horrific practice. The whole industry (and it is a lucrative industry) is a travesty akin to Bear Baiting or Cock Fighting, both long outlawed in Britain.”

Boxing-Day-2.jpgI understand that sports are big on boxing day, with horse racing and football.  But remember that what they call ‘football’ is actually what we in the U.S. refer to as soccer.  I asked one of my friends across the pond once, when he mentioned ‘football’ if he was referring to the kind with an ovoid pigskin ball where large people try to kill one another, or the kind that is played with a geometric-patterned black & white ball.  I was informed in no uncertain terms that he was referring to ‘real’ football and that what we called football was but a cheap knock-off. I never made that mistake again!

soccerAnd then there is shopping.  One article I read compared Boxing Day shopping with Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, in the U.S.  Apparently all the stores have huge sales.  But my question here is … who has any money after Christmas?

shoppingAnd so, to our friends across the big pond, however you spend Boxing Day, I hope it is a fun and/or relaxing day for you!  Happy Boxing Day!!!

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Jolly Monday Before “The BIG DAY!”

Well, folks, it’s almost here … that’s right, Christmas is just 5 days now and if you still have shopping to do, I would suggest you grab a snack and head on out that door NOW!!!  For the first time ever, all my shopping and wrapping are done, thanks to daughter Chris and granddaughter Natasha who have done double duty to make up for my lack these days!  Perhaps I should have let them take over years ago!!!  I’m still planning to cook a turkey … the girls brought home a 24-pounder yesterday and he is thawing in the fridge as we speak!  And now, to start this busy week off on the right foot, Joyful has baked up some holiday treats and Jolly went on a hunt for some fun ‘toons, so grab a bite to snack on and find something to smile, chuckle, or even laugh about before heading out to the stores and work!


Hi … it’s me, Jolly! I found some cool ‘toons … I hope you like ’em!

An’ me ‘n Joyful worked together to find these memes …

I had to think about this one for a minute!


Last, but not least, it wouldn’t be Jolly Monday without a cute critter video, would it?


We wish you all a very safe and Merry Christmas from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!!!

Saturday Surprise — Comedy Wildlife Awards 2021

I’m a little behind this year, but I figured there was no better topic for my first Saturday Surprise post in three months than some funny critters!  The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards“began its life modestly in 2015 as a photographic competition. Since then, steered by its founders, Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam, it has grown into a globally renowned competition seen by millions of people every year, and always with wildlife conservation at its heart. The free competition, open to wildlife photography experts and novices, celebrates the hilarity of our natural world and highlights what we need to do to protect it. From a surprised otter to a swearing turtle, Comedy Wildlife’s photographs transcend cultures and ages to bring a smile to everyone’s face.”  What better way to start the weekend than with a smile, yes?

If you’d like to look back at previous year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography posts, here are the links:

2018

2019

2020


Ken Jensen — Ouch! — “A golden silk monkey in Yunnan China – this is actually a show of aggression however in the position that the monkey is in it looks quite painful!”

Arthur Trevino — Ninja Prairie Dog! — “When this Bald Eagle missed on its attempt to grab this prairie dog, the prairie dog jumped towards the eagle and startled it long enough to escape to a nearby burrow. A real David vs Goliath story!.”

John Speirs — I guess summer’s over — “I was taking pics of pigeons in flight when this leaf landed on the bird’s face.”

Chee Kee Teo — Time for school — “A smooth-coated otter “bit” its baby otter to bring it back to and fro for swimming lesson.”

Vicki Jauron — The Joy of a Mud Bath — “An elephant expresses his joy in taking a mud bath against the dead trees on the shores of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe on a hot afternoon.”

Andy Parkinson — Let’s dance — “Two Kamchatka bear cubs square up for a celebratory play fight having successfully navigated a raging torrent (small stream!)”

Chu han lin — See who jumps high — Mudskipper, Taiwan

David Eppley — Majestic and Graceful Bald Eagle — “Bald Eagles will use the same nest for years, even decades, adding new material to it at the beginning and throughout the nesting season. Normally, they are highly skilled at snapping branches off of trees while in flight. Possibly tired from working nonstop all morning on a new nest, this particular Bald Eagle wasn’t showing its best form. Yes, sometimes they miss. Although this looks painful, and it might very well be, the eagle recovers with just a few sweeping wing strokes, and choses to rest a bit before making another lumber run.”

Jakub Hodan — Treehugger — “This Proboscis monkey could be just scratching its nose on the rough bark, or it could be kissing it. Trees play a big role in the lives of monkeys. Who are we to judge…”

Jan Piecha — ‘Secrets’ — “The little raccoon cubs are telling secrets to each other”

Lea Scaddan — Missed — “Two Western Grey Kangaroos were fighting and one missed kicking him in the stomach.”

Nicolas de VAULX — How do you get that damn window open? — “This raccoon spends his time trying to get into houses out of curiosity and perhaps also to steal food.”

Pal Marchhart — Peekaboo — “ A young bear descending from a tree looks like he/she is playing hide and seek.”

Roland Kranitz — I got you — “I spent my days in my usual “gopher place” and yet again, these funny little animals haven’t belied their true nature.”


I hope you all have a great weekend … no doubt with this being the final weekend before Christmas, most of you will be doing last minute shopping, decorating, baking, wrapping, etc.  Have fun!!!  🎄🎁🎅