Jolly Funday Monday!

Good Monday morning, friends!  I hope you all had a fun and/or relaxing weekend.  Mine?  Oh, nothing much … you know, hiked up Mount Everest, paddled down the Amazon … just the same ol’, same ol’.  Okay, okay … I did next to nothing!  The girls and I did our usual lunch/bookstore trip on Saturday … I took a break from my blog on Saturday, by the way!  A whole day without writing a single post!  That’s the first time since sometime late 2018, I believe!  But, now begins another week, and I’m trying to psych myself into getting back into my household chores routine, because for the past several weeks I have seriously lacked motivation to do more than the absolute essentials.

Anyway, enough of that … there are treats on the table … I have no idea what, since I let Jolly prepare the table, though I baked the treats (you remember how Jolly is in the kitchen!)  So, grab a bite and let’s start this week off with some fun!

 

 

 

 

Note to rawgod:  Note that all three plates of bacon are uniquely different.  Take whichever you wish, but take only one, please, for the others are for Emily and Larry!


When you go fishing, you expect to catch … er … fish, right?  Sure, you might get a surprise by catching a mollusk of some sort, or these days you might well pull up a net full of plastic bottles ‘n such.  But what you really do not ever expect to catch is a …bobcat.pngThat’s right … a bobcat!

Bob Hereford was out fishing on Flathead Lake in Montana, with his wife, son Brett, and the family pooch, when they heard something thrashing around in the water.  Bob very carefully steered the boat in the direction of the splashing for a closer look, and there he was, struggling to stay afloat, the little bobcat.  Son Brett gently scooped him up in their fishing net, and they drove the bobcat back to shore, releasing him on dry land.Brett-bobcatExperts say that while bobcats can swim, they typically avoid bodies of water, and they speculate that it is possible an eagle had picked up the bobcat and dropped him over the water.  Either way, all’s well that ends well, and this fish story had a happy ending!


It’s no secret that cats like to get ‘in’ things.  Leave a cardboard box lying around … before you can turn around, there’s a cat in it … well, if you have cats, that is.  When Orange was still alive, his favourite place was the fruit bowl!  A laundry basket full of clothes left unattended?  There will soon be a cat in it.  Every time daughter Chris is packing for a band trip, the cats love getting into her suitcase.Candy-mom-dadLast week, Nick and Voirrey Coole – a couple from Isle Of Man, the United Kingdom – had scheduled their 40th birthday celebrations in New York.  When they went through airport security with their carry-on baggage, the security staff repeatedly asked them if that was their bag after it had gone through the scanner, they were puzzled.  They had purposely put very little into their carry-ons, for they intended to use them to bring back souvenirs.

The security staff unzipped the bag in question, and out climbed the Coole’s cat, Candy!  Nick later posted on Facebook …Candy-1

“You know that feeling when you get ushered into a side room at airport security because you’ve got a cat in your hand luggage? Candy decided to sneak into our hand bag, thanks Barry and Lorna for picking her up so we can head off on our holiday. Fair play to airport security for helping to get her home so we could catch our flight.”

Candy-2.jpg

As one commenter, Richard Lee said, “Cat was obviously thinking, ‘I fits, I sits, I fly’”


How about a few houses, all decked out for the spooky season…

spooky-1spooky-2spooky-4spooky-5  spooky-3spooky-6

spooky-7

Oopsie … my bad … wrong scary holiday!


Shay Bradley died earlier this month, and his funeral was held on October 12th in Kilmanagh, Kilkenny, Ireland.  As friends and family stood around the grave where the casket had just been lowered, imagine their surprise when, from down in the hole, came a knocking sound and “Hello … hello!” … more knocking … “Hello.  Let me out!  Where the f*** am I?” … knocking … “Let me out.  It’s f***ing dark in here.”

His daughter, Andrea, posted on Twitter …

“It was his dying wish that we played this at his funeral. What a man, to make us all laugh when we were incredibly sad. He was some man for one man. Love you forever Poppabear.”


I think we have time for just a few cartoons …

toon-1toon-2toon-3toon-4toon-5


Alright, folks … time for us all to go forth and be useful … no, Joe, not multiply … you’ve already done your share of that!  Oh, but first … how could I forget the cute animal video?  This one comes to us courtesy of Colette … she saw it, and knew we would all love it!  It’s short, but guaranteed to bring a smile to your face!


jollyAnd now, we must really go.  Jolly and I have so enjoyed spending time with you this morning.  Share those smiles, friends … some people seem to have lost their own!  Keep safe and have a wonderful week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Jolly Sleepy Monday!!!

Monday-sleepy-2Good … {yawn} … Monday mor {yawn} ning, friends.  Sorry ‘bout that … I’m super {yawn} sleepy this morning for some reason.  Maybe it’s the season change, for it was definitely autumn here this weekend.  Hugh tells me they even had a bit of snow out there in Minnesota!  So, did you all have a good weekend?  Anybody do anything exceptionally fun?

And now, it’s back to the grind … er, um … the joy of the work week!  But first … there are treats over there on the table, and then let’s see what fun adventures we can find to get into today, okay?

Bacon — the one on the left is Larry’s, the one in the middle is rg’s, the one on the right is Emily’s.  Now guys — she’s younger and doesn’t have to worry so much about her cholesterol.  I’m just looking out for you guys.

baconbaconbacon

Coffee or tea?

coffeehalf-and-halfcuppa-tea

Benjamin’s donuts ‘n juice

halloween-donutsjuice-box

A few holiday treats!

halloween-cake        halloween-cupcake


A night in a blimp?

blimp-3You all know the Goodyear blimp that flies over football games and such, right?  Well, guess what?  Now, you can spend a night in the famous dirigible!  Goodyear listed one of its blimps on Airbnb for three separate one-night stays October 22 through 24.

Somehow, Goodyear squeezed a bed, a couch, two chairs, several tables, a potted plant and plenty of football knicknacks into the tiny blimp gondola, and it looks surprisingly cozy.  And imagine the views you’ll have … why, I would stay awake all night just looking at th … what???  It won’t be leaving the ground? blimp-1Bummer.  The blimp will remain grounded in an air hangar minutes from Goodyear’s headquarters in Akron, Ohio.  Guests can step outside the blimp into an open entertainment center complete with a TV and open bar.  Heck, I can stay home and have television and a glass of wine.  I wanted stunning views!

Anyway, if you’re interested, it’s only $150 for a one-night stay.  Goodyear advises those interested to monitor its Airbnb listing on October 15 for a chance to make a reservation.


Tough luck …

A Japanese businessman traveling on business in Paris had his watch stolen last Monday.  Now, normally I would have empathy … I mean, it’s rather an invasion of person to have your watch snatched right off your wrist, yes?

The man had stepped out of the Hôtel Napoléon, near the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées, around 9 p.m. on Monday evening to smoke a cigarette, when he was approached by a man who asked him for a cigarette, but when he put his hand out, the thief seized the timepiece and ran away.

But, there’s a reason I’m not terribly empathetic here … the watch was valued at $830,000.  Obviously, if he could spend that much on a watch, when one that costs $30 would keep time just as well, then he isn’t in need of my compassion.  Perhaps at least the thief will find a way to do good, to help others, with the money he gets for the watch.

What, you may ask, does a nearly million-dollar watch look like (for nobody reading this post has likely ever seen one!)?  Well, it was a Richard Mille Tourbillon Diamond Twister, and it looks like this …

fancy-watch

Seriously???  And people pay almost a million dollars for THAT???


Pumpkin carving … glub blub

jack-o-lantern‘Tis that time of year, when people are carving pumpkins into scary faces and other things.  Where do you carve your pumpkin?  Chris is the pumpkin carver in our house.  She used to do it in the kitchen, but now she usually just sits on the floor out here in the living room and carves away.  But there is a group of people who have a unique pumpkin-carving place this year … underwater!

Nearly two dozen artists of all ages, working in teams of two, used dive knives and fine carving tools to transform their orange gourds into sea creatures Saturday. The divers also were challenged to keep the hollow, naturally buoyant pumpkins from floating off while they carved their critters.  Take a look …

Josephine Walker and Stephanie McClary from Detroit, Michigan, placed first with their representation of two moray eels encircling a heart.  Their prize?  A dive trip for two at Key Largo’s Amoray Dive Resort, the contest’s organizer.


And now for a few ‘toons ‘n pictures …

pic-1

pic-2

I had to think a few minutes to get this one, but once I did, I chuckled

pic-3

This is soooooo me!

toon-1toon-2toon-3


And this one is for Hugh, with a little something extra, since I forgot Maxine last week!

Maxine-autumnMonday-famous-grouse


jollyWell, friends, I’ve really enjoyed spending a bit of time with you this morning, but I know you have things to do, places to go, people to see.  Please remember to share those gorgeous smiles you’re wearing … remember that some people didn’t make it over for Jolly Monday and they might need a smile.  Have a wonderful week all!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Saturday Surprise — Birds’ Tongues!

A nice crisp, cool autumn weekend … at long last!  You guys have big plans?  I have no idea if we do or not … the girls usually decide what we’ll do on a Saturday, and I’m just along for the ride, the bank card, and the driver.  I can’t believe that October is already half over … seems like it only started yesterday!

A few days ago, a friend and I were having a conversation about whether birds have tongues, and if so, whether they have taste buds.  Of course … a perfectly normal conversation!  What?  You don’t discuss such things?  Anyway, naturally the question kept burning in my mind, keeping me awake far into the wee hours, and I simply had to satisfy my curiosity.  Well … turns out they do have tongues, and this ferruginous hawk just had to prove the point!ferruginous-hawkJust as birds come in all different shapes, sizes and varieties, so do their tongues — long tongues, short tongues, spiky tongues, curly tongues, forked tongues, frayed tongues, brush-like tongues.  Care to take a look at a few?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

This rainbow lorikeet has a brush-like tongue

These hummingbirds have forked tongues that are rolled up inside their beaks until submerged in liquid, at which time they partly unfurl.  As the hummingbird drinks, the forks of his tongue furl and unfurl, so it’s almost as if he is drinking through two straws.hummingbird-1

hummingbird-2Isn’t this guy pretty?  He’s a purple honeycreeper (looks blue to me) and has a very long tongue, to enable him to drink nectar from flowers (or the hummingbird feeder you have on the back porch).purple-honeycreeper.jpgWoodpeckers also have very long tongues that are also sharp and spiky … the better to get the bugs out of the holes in trees!  And here you thought they just liked waking you at 6:00 a.m. on a Saturday!  This guy decided to take the easy way out, though, and drink from the hummingbird feeder.woodpeckerWhile we’ve established that birds do have tongues, what they don’t have is teeth, so birds of prey, such as fish-eating birds, have tongues with little rear-facing hooks or spikes to prevent a captured fish from slipping away from them.  Penguins have very spiky and partially keratinized tongues, meaning that parts of the tongue are made strong and stiff by keratin.

gentoo-penguin-chick

Gentoo penguin chick

Geese and ducks also have spiky tongues, as well as hairy tongues and tongues with hard flat surfaces that, from a distance, seem to resemble a human’s tongue.  However, they are really nothing like our tongues, for they are covered with hairs and spikes that act like a sieve, allowing the bird to filter food particles from the water.

Canada-geese

Canadian geese

Mallard-duck

Mallard duck

So, we’ve seen that birds have tongues, but do they have taste buds?  Now, this whole conversation started because my friend’s budgie had stopped liking one food that he was once very fond of, and nearly gobbled another that he never used to like at all.  Turns out that yes, birds do have taste buds, but not very many, and not on their tongues, but rather in their bills!fieldfareTaste buds in birds haven’t been the subject of much research, so not as much is known, but what is known is that birds have far fewer taste buds than we humans.  Depending on the species, birds may have fewer than 50 or up to roughly 500 taste buds, while humans have 9,000-10,000 taste buds. Birds can taste sweet, sour and bitter flavors, and they learn which of those tastes are the most suitable and nutritious food sources. The sensitivity to different tastes varies by species, but most birds use other senses—sight and hearing most prominently—to locate the best foods.

And now you know more than you ever thought you wanted to know about birds’ mouths!  Hope you enjoyed the pictures and the mini-lesson!  Now go forth and have a fun & wonderful weekend, my friends!

For more fun reading about birds and their mouths, here are the sources I used:

Let’s talk about bird tongues  (Research on Dark-eyed Juncos and why animals do what they do)

Bird Senses and How They Use Them  (The Spruce)

How Do Birds Taste Their Food?  (Audubon)

STOP The World … I Wanna Get Off!

(Note to Readers:  I had already finished this post when I realized what day it is … gasp … Wednesday … good people day!  I am too exhausted tonight to spend 4 hours or so working up another post, so ‘good people’ will be pushed back one day and will appear right here on Thursday morning.  My apologies.)


Just when you think it can’t get any crazier, any more chaotic … it does.  You know it’s gotten bad when you read that the human species will become extinct soon and you breathe a sigh of relief and hope it’s tomorrow.

I no longer know if I’m being snarky or just outright ranting, so I didn’t call this post Snarky Snippets, but it is some cross, some combination of snarky & rant.  Hmmm … maybe I should come up with a new category … Snark & Rant.


The shape of things to come …

From the Moorhead, Minnesota police department …

Schumacher

Joseph Schumacher

On Monday, October 7, 2019, at approximately 12:08 pm, officers were dispatched to the area of 24 Ave and 8 St S. for a disturbance call. The female caller stated she was driving southbound in the 1000 block of 8 St S when the suspect pulled up next to her and rolled his window down. The male began yelling at the female expressing his dislike for the political bumper sticker the female had displayed on her car. He then pointed to his bumper sticker and further expressed his difference in national political views. The male eventually continued past the victim’s vehicle, and once in front of her, he held up a handgun inside his vehicle.

Officers were able to locate the suspect in a nearby business. After seeing a box for a handgun in plain view inside the suspect’s vehicle, officers found a loaded handgun in the center console during a further search. A passenger in the suspect vehicle also confirmed the actions of the suspect driver.

Joseph Schumacher, age 27, of West Fargo, was booked in the Clay County Jail on two counts of Felony Terroristic Threats and Misdemeanor charges for having a loaded handgun inside a vehicle without a permit.

He is a Trump supporter, she was sporting an Elizabeth Warren bumper sticker.  I fear that given the increased venom and vitriol in Trump and his supporters’ rhetoric these days, we are going to see a lot more of these incidents until that inevitable day when …


Death of the innocent

My friend Carolyn lives in a very rural area just outside of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, in the Smoky Mountains.  Like me, she is a lover of nature and a lover of all critters, large and small.  Two days ago she posted this on Facebook …

“It’s days like this (very rare) that make me hate Appalachia. Some #$%& drove by and shot a young tame doe and her baby in my front yard and left them lying there together dead. The little doe had raised the fawn close to my house. I saw them every morning and evening.

If anyone knows who did this, tell me and I will report it so they will get in serious trouble. Thanks for any help.”

Speaks for itself, doesn’t it?  😢


Two thumbs up for da judge

On Monday, Judge Victor Marrero of Federal District Court in Manhattan ruled against Trump, dismissing a lawsuit that had been filed by Trump seeking to block a subpoena for eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns.  A win for the good guys, but the best part was how the judge stated his decision.  The judge said Mr. Trump’s lawyers were, in essence, arguing that the president, along with his family, associates and companies, were above the law.

“This court finds aspects of such a doctrine repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values …”

Hooray … finally somebody understands that Trump cannot, must not be allowed to be above the law.  Of course, Trump’s attorneys, knowing full well what the verdict would be, already had their appeals ready, so for now … no tax returns.  I reiterate what I have said time and time again:  if there is nothing to hide, then what’s the big deal?  Obviously, there is something very serious being hidden, for them to go to so much trouble.


Where are the courageous?

Gordon Sondland, the United States’ ambassador to the European Union, had been expected to testify yesterday morning as part of the expanding impeachment probe by three House committees related to Trump’s efforts to press Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.  Notice I said, “had been expected”.  Trump forbade Sondland to testify, and Sondland, apparently unable to find his cojones, caved.  He did not have to … he could have defied Trump & Co, gone right on up to the Capitol and given some honest answers.  Instead, he cowed in the face of Trump’s bombast.

Wouldn’t it be nice if he, or any republican in Congress, stood up to Trump and said, “There comes a point in every person’s life where they have to make a choice between doing what’s right or wrong, and that time has come for me.  I will do what I believe is right, even though there may be consequences.  I will put my country before my own self-interest.”?

I have to ask … is there one single republican in Congress with the guts, the courage to do what’s right and put this nation ahead of their slavish devotion to Trump, damn the consequences?  I think we have the biggest bunch of wusses and wimps on the right-hand side of the aisle on Capitol Hill that I have ever seen.  Gordon Sondland should be at home sucking his thumb and cuddling his dolly if this is the best he can do … we need some people with integrity and strength in our government, not a bunch of cowards.

In light of Sondland’s cowardice, Democrats have subpoenaed Sondland for his testimony and documents that they say are being withheld by the State Department. The subpoena demands those documents be turned over by October 14th, and that Sondland sit for a deposition on October 16th before three congressional panels.

Then later yesterday, White House lawyers called the impeachment investigation “illegitimate” and “constitutionally invalid” and said they will block any and all cooperation with the ongoing inquiries and investigations.

THEY CAN’T DO THIS!!!

Except … they can if nobody will stop them.  Who will stop them?  Will the republicans in Congress finally wake to the fact that Trump is rapidly escalating his position to that of a dictator?  Will they finally hold Sondland and others accountable by giving them a nice cozy jail cell where they can have plenty of time to think about their actions?  Will they finally provide the oversight that is mandated by the Constitution of the United States?  Will the Courts keep up the pressure, and as Judge Marrero did, say “No, the president is NOT above the law”?  Will the trumpeters out there in La-La-Land finally wake up and see what they have wrought?

If none of the above happen, people … if Trump is allowed to virtually render the impeachment investigations dead in the water, then we have lost any semblance of a free nation, we will have become a dictatorship.


Every day seems to get crazier and crazier.  I miss having a government I can trust, miss going to bed at night feeling that at least my corner of the world is in capable hands.  I want this crazy world to stop, just let me off, let me find a quiet corner, find some peace, sleep without night terrors.

Jolly Monday! 👻 🏚️ 👻

Good Monday morning, friends. Well, that’s something of an oxymoron, isn’t it … ‘Good’ and ‘Monday’ really don’t seem to belong in the same sentence.  However, for me, Mondays are special, for it means that I get to see all of you and spend a bit of time with you!  So, did you have a wonderful weekend?  Mine was fine … it was nice to have the cooler temperatures and be able to get out and about without struggling to breathe.  Now, I know it’s a little early yet, but it is October, and so I did a bit of Hallowe’en-themed baking for you guys.  Jolly helped, but after the time he set the kitchen afire, he’s only allowed to help with supervision.  So, grab a bite of something, a cuppa, and let’s see if we can find something to smile about!


Legally haunted???

See this house?haunted-house-1

This house can be yours for a mere $1.9 million!  It’s a large house … 4,628 square feet, with five bedrooms, five bathrooms, stained glass windows, arched doorways, a three-car garage, a sun room and a saltwater pool overlooking the river.  Oh … and it comes with one other accoutrement:  ghosts.  👻

It all began in the late 1960s when Helen Ackley and her family moved into the Victorian house at 1 LaVeta Place in Nyack, New York. Side note but here’s a fun fact: Nyack sits on the West bank of the Hudson River, and right across the river rests none other but the legendary Sleepy Hollow.

According to Ms. Ackley, there were ghosts sharing the house with them.  She said that one ghost woke her daughter, Cynthia, up every morning for school by shaking the bed. It gets better. When Spring Break rolled around, Cynthia made an announcement that there was no school and she was planning on sleeping in. Turns out the bed did not shake that next morning. Despite all of these instances, Mrs. Ackley says that it was a “peaceful coexistence with the spirits”.haunted-house-2The Ackleys would live in the house for more than 20 years before deciding to sell, not because of the ghosts, but simply to move to a warmer climate.  They sold the house to Jeffrey and Patrice Stambovsky, who placed a $32,500 deposit into an escrow account.  But, turns out the Ackleys rather forgot to mention that one pesky little detail about the ghosts.  Well, it wasn’t all that strange that the Stambovskys would hear about the ghosts, since Ms. Ackley had submitted an article to Reader’s Digest that was printed in 1977 detailing the paranormal experiences inside her home.

When the Stambovskys learned of the ghosts, they decided to call off the purchase, but the Ackleys refused to refund their deposit, so the case ended up in court.  Long story short, in what would come to be known as the “Ghostbusters” ruling in 1990, the appellate court ruled that, because a routine home inspection would never uncover it, sellers must disclose that a house is haunted to potential buyers.  And thus, this house is now considered to have been declared ‘legally haunted’.

In 1993 paranormal researchers were able to contact the ghosts and published a book on those events.

Since then, the house has had two more owners, but is once again up for sale for a mere pittance ($1.9 million).  Any takers?


Notice anything?

eakin-1eakin-2eakin-3eakin-4Take a look at these pictures.  Notice anything?  Some pretty detailed photography, right?  Wrong.  These are not photographs but are portraits done by artist Dylan Eakin.

“I’ve been training myself in photorealism since 2016. It’s been a bit of a journey, but I’m finally at a place, where I’m truly proud of my work. Charcoal is the main medium I used, with graphite for the finer details. Every once in a while, I’ll use tiny points of white paint for the highlights.”

I am in awe … but then, my artistic skills are zip, nada, zilch.  You can see more of Mr. Eakin’s work at Bored Panda.


Pics ‘n ‘toons

Here are a few cartoons and funny pictures I snagged …

pic-1pic-2pic-3pic-4toon-1toon-2toon-3toon-4


Adorable Lions

What’s your favourite critter?  Mine is … lions, tigers, bears, kitties, elephants, hedgehogs, giraffes, cougars, ducks, dogs, geese, camels, peacocks … well, you get the picture … I’m a critter-lover, so I loves ‘em all!  For today, let’s watch some baby lions having fun!


jollyThat is about it for me this week, folks.  Have a safe and awesome week, and remember to share those smiles with people you run into, people you work with, people you live with … we all need smiles … and yes, Roger Jacob, this means you too!!!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Corporate Profits Over Life?

There is yet more evidence that corporate profits matter more than life in the U.S.  Last November one of the issues on the California ballot was Proposition 12.  In a nutshell, Proposition 12, the Prevention of Cruelty to Farm Animals Act …

“…  outlaws the most extreme forms of animal confinement throughout the Golden State. Once it’s implemented, egg-laying hens, baby calves raised for veal, and mother pigs will no longer be confined in cages. Additionally, all eggs, veal, and pork sold in the state will meet this standard.”

Some 60% of voters approved the measure, and it was signed into law.  The Humane Society of the United States backed the measure, while People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals opposed it, saying it did not go far enough.

However, the meat industry claims that it violates the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause by requiring out-of-state producers to comply with California’s rules or face a sales ban. The North American Meat Institute, whose members include processors such as Tyson Foods, Cargill, Smithfield Foods, and retailers including Wal-Mart, Chipotle, Target, and Whole Foods, said enforcing Proposition 12 would hurt producers and consumers by significantly increasing their costs.  And so, on Friday they filed a lawsuit (isn’t that the answer to everything these days?) in Los Angeles federal court seeking an injunction against the sales ban targeting out-of-state veal and pork.

The law, if enforced, would …

  • Prevent egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and veal calves from being housed inhumanely in small cages for their entire lives.
  • Reduce the risk of people being sickened by food poisoning and factory farm pollution by preventing overcrowding of animals in small spaces.

It would also likely cost producers more to comply, and thus raise the consumer prices for eggs, pork and veal, for we all know that companies like Tyson and Wal-Mart aren’t going to eat a single penny of that increased cost but will pass it on to consumers.

My take?  Thanks for asking … if these producers cannot treat the animals humanely, then they can go out of business for all it matters.  People should eat less pork and veal anyway, and fewer eggs as well.  We would all be healthier.  I’m sick and tired of the big corporations putting their profit ahead of lives, whether human, animal, plant, or the planet.  And speaking of the planet …

CaliforniaCalifornia seems to consistently be ahead of the pack on trying to improve such things as the environment, human and animal welfare, etc.  California has the strictest emissions standards in the nation for autos and trucks, and recently the state worked with auto makers to maintain those standards, but last month Trump & Co revoked the state’s authority to set state-level standards.  Why?  Because Trump & Co are in the pockets of the fossil fuel industry.  Higher emission standards like California’s mean the oil companies will sell less fuel and … GASP … may lose some of their multi-billion dollar profits!  ¡Ay, pobrecitos!

But then … wait for it … the Environmental Protection Agency last week followed up with letters to California that threatened to wield rarely used provisions of environmental law to withhold federal funding from the state if it did not take specific steps to clean its air and water!  That’s what they were trying to do, for Pete’s sake!!!

Legal experts say this amounts to weaponizing environmental laws intended not only to undermine California’s liberal government but to send a message to other states that might defy Trump.

The Clean Air Act specifically offered states the ability to set their own environmental standards if Washington grants them a waiver.  This move infringes on states’ rights, is a threat to the very principle of states’ rights.

Andrew-Wheeler

Andrew Wheeler

Andrew Wheeler, who now heads the EPA, worked in the law firm Faegre Baker Daniels, representing coal magnate Robert E. Murray and lobbying against the Obama Administration’s environmental regulations.  Conflict of interest???  It seems to me that under Wheeler, just as under Pruitt before him, the Environmental Protection Agency is doing the exact opposite of protecting the environment!

Are we to sit quietly while big corporations and Trump’s gang of thugs abuse animals and destroy the air we breathe, the water we drink, and everything else under the sun only for the sake of lining their own pockets?  Think about it.

Saturday Surprised — Ingo & Poldi

Hey friends!  It’s finally here … it’s theweekend

The temps are 20° cooler here than they were a week ago, so I am happy.  In fact, it is predicted to drop to almost freezing in the coming week … I hope they bring the part for our furnace before then!  I stumbled, literally, across something this week that melted my heart, and … I think carries somewhat of a message, as well.  There seems to be a lot of people who think they shouldn’t associate with or care about another person because they look or act a little different than they do, but I think these two critters have a lot more smarts about them than many of those people.

Meet Ingo and Poldi …dog-owl-1

Ingo is a beautiful Belgian Shepherd and is rather large, and Poldi is, of course, a tiny owlet.  Professional animal photographer and artist Tanja Brandt from Germany took dozens of incredible pictures of Ingo and Poldi, putting their friendship on display.  Poldi is only one year old and the photographer describes their relationship as “protector-protected”.dog-owl-2

Ingo always wants to keep Poldi close by and always offers his love and protection. Poldi “doesn’t know how to live free”, according to Tanja.

Poldi is a bit more vulnerable than his brothers and sisters. He hatched two days later than his siblings and is quite tiny compared to other owls. In short, he needed more attention and care than others. That is in sharp contrast with Ingo, who has experience protecting others. The Belgian Shepherd comes from a family of police dogs and has definitely had his tough moments in life.dog-owl-3

Ingo might be the more protective of the two, but it’s absolutely clear in the photographs that owlet Poldi likes to take care of his loving four-legged friend as well. You can see that Poldi always snuggles up to Ingo and keeps him very close. Tanja captured some nice, playful and absolutely heartwarming moments of the two together and it’s an incredibly sweet sight to behold.dog-owl-4

Tanja regularly posts updates about Ingo, Poldi and their families on her website and Instagram account. All of the pictures are truly stunning and unique.dog-owl-7

Tanja took a photography workshop for beginners years ago and has always been a huge animal lover. She’s especially keen to canines and birds of prey. In other words, Ingo and Poldi aren’t only perfect for each other, but for Tanja as well.dog-owl-5

She also takes care of other birds such as hawks, falcons, and tons of other owls. Even though Tanja refers to the owlet as “Poldi”, it’s actually short for “Napoleon”.dog-owl-6

Of course, Ingo and Poldi both lead their separate lives, but the best friends regularly hang out together and Tanja is always close by to capture their beautiful moments on camera.

dog-owl-8dog-owl-9dog-owl-10dog-owl-11dog-owl-12dog-owl-13dog-owl-14dog-owl-15

Now, if that didn’t warm your heart, then you don’t have one!  I had hoped to post a video clip of the two, and I found a few, but none that called to me.  I hope that Ingo and Poldi brought a smile to your face this morning.  Now go forth and have a marvelous fall weekend!

Jolly Monday … A Smidge Of Humour

beeGood morning, friends, and welcome to another episode of … Jolly Monday!  Fall may have officially rung in last Monday, September 23rd, but in reality, fall will arrive where I live this coming Thursday night.  Mother Nature has a mind of her own and scoffs at our calendar!  Until then, the daytime highs are predicted to be consistently 93° F, but on Friday, it drops to 69° and stays in the low 70s for the foreseeable future.  I will welcome it with open arms, for I will once again be able to get out for my daily walks … I am turning to a lump of clay here!  So, how was your weekend?  Ready to get back to the ol’ salt mines?  Hmmm … methinks you all don’t look too happy to be going back to work … tell you what … let’s find something to put a smile on those dour faces, shall we?  Jolly and I did some baking over the weekend.  Oh, and Larry?  Please share your bacon with rg, so he doesn’t try to eat it all … there’s plenty for two!  Grab a snack and a cuppa something, and we’ll get this show on the road!

 


A breathtaking job …

Now here’s a job I wouldn’t mind … if only I lived in Australia.  Domino’s Pizza posted a job opening for a $20 an hour position as a Chief Garlic Bread Taster.  Phew … I imagine no amount of toothpaste and mouthwash would make your breath sweet again for a few days anyway, but … might be tasty and fun!garlic-breadOh, wait … it’s just a single day job.  Well, bummer … if I’m going to travel all the way to Australia to be a Garlic Bread Taster, I’m going to have to work more than one day to recoup my travel expenses!

The posting requires the candidate to have …

  • minimum of 5 years’ experience in garlic bread consumption
  • a detailed understanding of the pizza and garlic bread relationship
  • working taste buds
  • burned their fingers at least once not being able to wait for the garlic bread to cool down
  • a history of reviewing other people’s food choices (solicited and/or unsolicited)

Well, apart from being several thousand miles away, I am disqualified on a few other counts, too.  My taste buds are definitely not what they once were, which is why my family now forbids me to salt things that they will be eating.  And I never knew there was a “pizza and garlic bread relationship”.  So, guess I’ll just keep doing what I do for a living … nothing.


Careful at the gas pumps …

beeWe all know there are some intrinsic dangers to pumping gas.  If you’re a smoker … well, just abstain while you’re standing over that hose with gasoline flowing through it.  And cell phones are a no-no while pumping gas.  But, I bet you never thought of this one.

Lynda-TennentIt happened in Brunswick, Georgia, where Lynda Tennent had just finished pumping her fuel and was headed into the gas station to pay, when out of nowhere came a deer who jumped all the way over her head, accidentally kicking her in the head with one of his rear hoofs!  She was a good sport about it, though …

“I thought I was being robbed.  I reached up and grabbed my head… I thought I was bleeding. You know the funny thing? I was just worried I was going to be late for work.”


And speaking of Georgia deer …

I wonder if these deer are related?  Chris Dorsey was on her usual morning jog in Stone Mountain Park when she came across a young doe with its body caught between the bars of the fence.  Now, Ms. Dorsey is an athletic woman and was strong enough to pull the bar just enough to allow the deer to go free.  But, as the deer ran, Dorsey walked back over to where she had left her cell phone recording the event, and when she looked up, the deer had gotten stuck again!  This time was a bit tougher, for the bars were thicker and not as easily bent.  Take a look …

Something not quite right with the deer in Georgia … maybe they’ve been eating too many of those fermented Georgia peaches?


Cute li’l critter …pygmy-marmoset-1I came across this picture and, as the picture was not labeled, I did a reverse photo search to find out just what sort of critter this is.  Turns out, it’s a Pygmy Marmoset, also known as the ‘finger monkey’.  Look at those tiny, yet long tails … and those little faces, not even as big as the person’s fingernail!

beePygmy marmosets are the smallest monkeys in the world, weighing in at an average 4 ounces.  Adult pygmy marmosets have tails that are longer than their bodies and marked with conspicuous black rings. The fur on their faces sweeps back over their forehead and ears and they have two white marks on either side of their mouth and a white, vertical line on their noses. In several states it is illegal to own one as a pet.

Take a look …


Well, folks, I must go, for there is much work to be done, and never enough hours in which to do it.  But first, I want to remind you of something very important.  Here in the U.S., but also in Canada and the UK, things are tough right now.  People are angry, people are sad, people are under a lot of stress.  You know the best cure for all of that?  It’s so simple … it’s a smile.  You can add a hug if you like, but so often just a smile will lighten somebody’s load.  Oh!  And speaking of smiles … I can’t tell you what, for it is a surprise, but stay tuned on Friday for a special post!

beejollyKeep safe and have a great week, my friends!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Saturday Surprise — Critter Tales ‘N Stuff

Hey folks … it’s the weekend!  The last weekend in September, as it were, and fall is in the air, right?  Right?  Wait a minute … if fall is in the air, why is the air 92° F (33° C) outside?  Forecast to be above 90° through at least Tuesday.  Sheesh.  Well, anyway, fortunately my a/c finally … after 5 tries … did get fixed, for which I am thankful.  I am in critter-mode today … yeah, yeah, I know … what amn’t I in critter mode?  (And yes, I do know that ‘amn’t’ is not legit, but I liked it) Anyway, you’ll get a kick out of what I’ve found to start your weekend with a smile …


You all may have seen this story already, for it has been making the rounds on the Internet … I had seen he headline numerous times, but hadn’t actually read the story until last night when I was trolling the ‘Net looking for ideas for this post.  It’s about a couple and their dog, Katie, and I don’t know about you, but it brought tears to my eyes.katie-3Katie, a seven-year-old border collie, escaped from a hotel room in July during a trip to Montana with owners Carole and Verne King. Though she’s a social and friendly dog, she’s also skittish and the couple believes the pup was scared by thunder and fled the My Place Hotel while they were out for dinner.katie-1They searched the hotel grounds, calling for Katie until early morning. Nothing.  The next day, King continued her search, putting up fliers, knocking on doors and posting on social media. In total, King thinks she put up about 500 flyers in the town and surrounding area. She and her husband also brought game cameras and night-vision goggles to their search.

“It was devastating. I got sick to my stomach. I never gave up. I never lost hope.”

To continue her search, King even gave up her job as a postal worker. Complete strangers were keeping her spirit high, sending encouraging texts and crafting sincere Facebook posts.

“I think what I got out of this was the kindness of strangers.”

Early on Sunday morning, Sept. 15, King got a call from a man in the Country Estates neighborhood. He said there was a dog matching Katie’s description in his yard. Just the day before, King and her friend Jan Leland posted fliers in the same neighborhood. Once again, she called Leland for help and rushed out the door. By the time they arrived, however, the dog was already gone.katie-5The pair decided to take a walk in the neighborhood, scanning the area with binoculars. They encountered a couple walking and asked if they’d seen a runaway border collie. They hadn’t. But the man said he saw a black dog heading north. King gave the couple a flier and was about to continue on her way.

“As the lady was walking back, she points over to the tree where it’s real dark and says, ‘Is that your dog?’  And I turn and it’s Katie. I just bear-hugged her, I wasn’t going to let her go. Tears were flying, we were screaming, everybody is high-fiving, hugging each other. People are stopping in their vehicles, getting out and hugging us. I think the whole neighborhood knew that we found her.”

katie-2After taking Katie to a local emergency vet clinic to assess her condition, King learned that her pup had lost 12 pounds and was severely dehydrated and in starvation mode.

“The doctor walked up to her and she said, “Is this the famous Katie? And her eyes welled up with tears. That touched me.”

The 7-year-old pup received fluids and orders for a special diet of two tablespoons of food every two hours to help retrain her stomach. Even though she’s skin and bones, everyone’s in good spirits as she is expected to make a full recovery.

Now that’s what I call love!


Leave it to big box store Target to start trouble.  They have come out with a new Hallowe’en product, and I made the mistake of letting the Feral Five see it.  According to the ad …

“One of the most perfect ways to put your cat in the Halloween mood without putting them into uncomfortable outfits (that they most likely aren’t very big fans of) is to get them something spooky to party in! And Target has something just like that to offer.  These haunted cat houses are a perfect treat for a cat (or other small critter) and are here just in time for Halloween.”

cathouse-3And then … as I was scrolling through looking at the pictures, I saw Tiger Lily looking over my shoulder with some strange look in her eye.  She must have called to the rest in that way of silently communicating that they have, for within 30 seconds, I had Oliver in my lap, Boo atop my desk, Pandora on the arm of my chair, and Tiger on the back of my chair.  I was scared, let me tell you.  No, Izzy didn’t come out of hiding … actually, I think at that time she was in the kitchen taking advantage of a fresh bowl of kibble. cathouse-4I’ve got to admit that it is pretty cute.  The ‘Haunted Mansion Cat Scratcher’ combines a cat’s favorite thing in the world – a cardboard box – with black and orange Halloween elements of a scary house riddled with cobwebs and ghosts.  It comes with a two-floor design that includes a perch pad on top and features a scratcher floor on both levels for “endless entertainment”.

“No, guys … just no.  The thing probably costs $50 and I can’t afford it!”

But, I sometimes forget that Boo is quite capable of reading for himself, and he opened his mouth, let out a hiss, and said …

“Gwammie … you lyin’ to us … lookie dere … it only costed $16.99 … dat’s not a wot of money, Gwammie.  Can we … pwease, pwease, pwease???”  😺😺😺😺😺

cathouseSigh.  I will be making a trip to Target tomorrow.


Take a look at this lemon …lemon-cakeBut it’s really …lemon-cakeA cake!!!

And here are a few others …Doritos-cakeeggs-cakelatte-cakepack-cakePretty cool, yes?


Well, folks, that’s a wrap for today … oh … can’t forget the cute animal video now, can I?  This is an alpaca named Capudo.  Capudo was born on a farm into a herd of about 8 alpacas, but sadly his mum died when he was only a few days old, so the farmer took him home to let his daughter tend to him for six months until he could be weaned from the bottle and returned to the herd.  But, turns out Capudo loved the family and especially the family’s dogs so much that, while he visits the herd several times a week, he always seems to want to return to the farmhouse at the end of the day.  Watch … you’ll fall in love with him!


Have a great weekend, my friends!weekend

Jolly (Almost) Monday

Good morning, friends, and welcome to …

Jolly and I are both in somewhat of a grey mood today, but we agreed that it’s important to help our friends start the week off with a smile.  So, we hope you’ll forgive us if this week’s Jolly Monday falls a bit short, but we hope that you’ll find something to laugh about anyway!  We didn’t do much baking this weekend but have found a few odds ‘n ends to go with your coffee & tea, so grab a bite and a cuppa, and let’s see what’s fun in the world today!

coffee-mate


Send in the clown …

His name is Joshua Jack, and until recently he was employed by a New Zealand ad agency, FCB.  One day a week or so ago, he received an email from his bosses telling him a meeting was being held to discuss his future at the company and he could bring a friend or family member as a support person.  That sounds rather ominous, don’t you think?

Jack decided that since it was pretty obvious he was about to get the axe, he would indeed take along a support person, but not a friend or a family member.  Instead, Jack felt a bit of humour was in order, and he took along … a clown!clown-meetingThat’s right … even knowing that his income was about to come to a screeching halt, Jack hired a clown for the equivalent of $127 USD to accompany him to his meeting.  It is said that the clown spent the time blowing up balloons and folding them into a series of animals throughout the meeting, and even mimed crying when the termination paperwork was handed over to Mr. Jack.  No worries, though, for within a week, Mr. Jack had found a position with another ad agency and is scheduled to start this week!  Gotta love a guy with a sense of humour!


Love on fire!

I didn’t know people still wrote love letters … like, on paper and with a pen … I thought love letters today were all electronic, but then what do I know?  When was the last time I got a love letter?  Um … let’s see … perhaps if I were more loveable?  But, a woman in Nebraska seems to have accumulated quite a few paper love letters from her man-of-the-moment, and then … he was no longer the man of her dreams.  Naturally, she did what any of us would do … she burned his love letters!

letter-burningThere must have been a few hundred at least, to have caused the fire that caused $4,000 worth of damage to her apartment!  Yep, the fire department had to be called, and she was charged with ‘negligent burning’.  Now, it is my opinion that the writer of those letters should share the cost, for obviously he did something to make her want to burn the letters, right?


It started as a joke …

Carson King, 24, said he thought it would be a funny joke to attend the College GameDay broadcast at Iowa State University and hold a sign saying his “Busch Light needs replenished” and including his account information for money transferring app Venmo. beer-sign

“I just thought as a joke, maybe I could make a sign asking for money to get some Busch Light.  You know, buy some lattes. My mom was like ‘this is going to be a proud mom moment. My son is going to be begging for money for beer on national television.'”

But what Carson didn’t expect was that people would actually send money … lots of money, as it happens!

“I looked down at my phone. My friend kept asking ‘Hey man, who keeps texting you?’ and I looked down and I had about $400 on my Venmo account.”

Soon it grew to $600 … $800 … and by the end of Tuesday, it had reached $20,000!!!  Yes, you heard me right … Twenty. Thousand. Dollars.  But wait!  At last count, viewers had sent Carson a total of $100,000 and counting!  It just goes to prove what I’ve been saying for years now … people got no sense!!!

But, there’s a really great upside to this story.  Carson King is a good guy, and he decided to keep only enough to buy a single case of beer and is donating the rest to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital in Iowa City.  And … better still … both Venmo (a PayPal mobile payment service) and Busch Beer will be matching Carson’s contribution!  So, what started as a joke, has ended as a wonderful moment of generosity.


An emotional parting …

Who would have thought it would be so hard to say … good bye  😢 … to a utility pole???  In Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the city’s power company is updating its technology, and the ancient, staple-riddled post on the corner of 3rd and Federal is due to be replaced with a newer wooden pole in order to support the new infrastructure by the end of the month.  The pole had something to say first, though ..phone-pole-2-e1569212745600.png

“I just wanted to say it’s been my pleasure to be your corner telephone pole for many years now. It looks like I’ll soon be replaced. Probably by the young pole there on the ground,” said the note. “The neighborhood has changed over the years but I’ve always been here—holding street signs, electric wires, telephone wires, cable, a light, and lately this transformer.

The many staples are a reminder of the garage sales, flea markets, and hundreds of lost pets,” it continued. “Sox, Cinnamon, Poncho and the rest, I hope you made it home. I hope I do too.

It’s been fun! Maybe a few months from now you’ll say to yourself ‘I remember the old pole.’ Thanks, The Corner Pole.”

If that doesn’t just bring a tear to your eye …


Here are just a few funny pics I stumbled across yesterday …

pic-1

Very credible note from teacher, don’t you think?

pic-2

Oopsie!  I think the cake decorator goofed!

pic-3pic-4pic-5

pic-6


And a few cartoons …

toon-1toon-2toon-3toon-4toon-5toon-6

toon-7


And last but not least, today’s funny animal video features squirrels!  I tell you, folks, the cats in this video are much kinder than our own Feral Five, for except for Miss Izzy, all of ours would torment the poor squirrels to death!


jollyAnd that’s it for today, folks, for we all have work to do, yes?  I must go back into the rabbit hole and see what the latest atrocities are in our world, and you must go make some money!!!  Have a great week, my friends, and remember to share those lovely smiles you’re wearing … everybody could use an extra these days!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!