Smile! It’s Jolly Monday!!!

Good morning, my friends, and welcome to …

Now now … it’s not all that bad.  We’ve had Mondays before and survived them.  Tell you what … I bet that we can all find something to start this week off with a smile, and then I challenge you to share those smiles with at least as many people as you have fingers on both hands!  Remember that the thing about sharing a smile is it benefits both the giver and the receiver, so the more you share your smile, the bigger it gets!  I see that Joyful has laid out a spread for us, so let’s grab a bite to snack on and a cuppa something warm and see just how big we can make those smiles this morning!

                       


Now, I like macaroni and cheese … homemade, not that crap that comes out of a box with the fake powdered excuse for cheese.  I make mine using aged white cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheeses, a bit of heavy cream, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, and plenty of pepper, and it’s a favourite around here.  I also like ice cream, though it doesn’t like me too much, and being diabetic it’s a rare treat for me.  However, I do not think the sound of the two combined holds much appeal.

Brooklyn-based Van Leeuwen Ice Cream is rolling out a limited edition of their product combining Kraft Macaroni and Cheese (that boxed crap) with their ice cream to create the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese-flavored ice cream, according to a Kraft Heinz Company statement.

“We know that there is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than ice cream. That is why we wanted to combine two of the most iconic comfort foods to create an ice cream with the unforgettable flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese we all grew up with.”

Blech.  I will stick with chocolate, thank you! 


I found this really cool picture while I was over at Phil’s Phun snagging some ‘toons and I just had to share it with you …


And now … the moment you’re all waiting for … da ‘toons!

And some fun memes …


Just a few cute pictures to make you go “Awwwwww” …


I usually include a couple of Maxine ‘toons in case our friend Hugh is able to drop in, and also because several readers seem to love Maxine (as do I, for she and I are of like minds!).


And last, but never least, let’s have a cute animal video!  These raccoons made me laugh and I think they’ll make you laugh, too!  Or at least grin.


Well, folks, it’s time for us to all do those things we do on the weekdays.  I’m lucky in that these days I’m my own boss and nobody complains if something didn’t get done, but I well remember the days when I had to march to the beat of somebody else’s drum.  I hope you all have a wonderful week and that you’ll share those smiles.  If you run out of smiles, there’s a basket by the door … just pop in and grab a few!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

The Week’s Best Cartoons 7/17

I haven’t re-blogged TokyoSand’s weekly cartoon posts for the past couple of weeks because the ‘toons seemed just too dark.  Not TS’ fault at all, but just a statement of the way things are these days … it’s hard to find humour in things some days.  However, I found this week’s to be grin-worthy and wanted to share them with you. This is just a sampling, so be sure to head over to TokyoSand’s place to see the rest!  Many thanks, TS, for all you do in always finding us the best and most relevant ‘toons!

See All The ‘Toons Here!

Jolly Monday … Again? Already?

Wh-What???  It’s Monday again already?  Where does time go?  I just wanna go back to bed!  Sigh … okay … I’m up … stop shaking me, Jolly!  Go help Joyful in the kit … um … never mind … stay out of the kitchen … just tidy up something and let me get awake here …

Oh!!!  Hello friends!  I didn’t realize you were here already!  Sorry … I seem to have overslept!  So, another Monday, eh?  How was your weekend?  Mine was rainy, but that’s okay … the grey rainy days matched my mood to a ‘T’, and … the rain meant I didn’t have to go out and water the flowers every morning!!!

Since I just woke up, I don’t know what Joyful has cooking, but something smells pretty good, so let’s go see what’s on the Monday buffet, shall we, and then we’ll find something to start this week out with a smile or two.


I don’t generally pay any attention to advertising billboards, but there is one in Tokyo that would definitely get my attention!  The 1,664-square-foot curved LED screen billboard, situated atop a building in the Shinjuku district, shows a high-definition, 3D video of the cat walking around, napping and meowing from 7 a.m. until 1 a.m. each day.

Take a look …


We found just a few cute pictures to make you go “Awwwwww” …


And your favourite part of Jolly Monday … da ‘toons!


And just a few funny signs …


I put Jolly in charge of finding this week’s cute/funny animal video, so let’s see what he found …


Well, my friends, I hope you found something to smile about and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.  Remember when you leave here to share those gorgeous smiles with someone who didn’t get to come for Jolly Monday … who knows, you might just make somebody’s day a bit brighter!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

Just Two Snarky Snippets

I could write at least 50 snarky snippets tonight, for my mood is dark, but in the interest of not steaming up my glasses any more than they already are, I’ll settle for two …


Bye-Bye Mr. Saul

Sometimes you have to look at things and just laugh.  Take, for example, the case of this man …

Andrew Saul was the Trump-appointed Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, fired on Friday by President Joe Biden.  First, Saul was asked to resign … a request which he refused.  Then, left with no other choice, the President terminated his employment.  You’re still waiting for the funny part, right?  The funny part is that Saul refuses to leave!  He claims his term lasts until January 2025, that he is “term-protected”, and he plans to be at work on Monday morning.  In the words of the late, great Forest Gump … “Stupid is as stupid does.”

Typically, the position of head of an independent agency such as the U.S. Postal Service or the Social Security Administration is protected from a change in administration, but in this case, both a recent Supreme Court ruling, followed by a Justice Department memo affirmed the President’s authority to terminate Mr. Saul’s employment.  According to a statement issued by the White House …

“Since taking office, Commissioner Saul has undermined and politicized Social Security disability benefits, terminated the agency’s telework policy that was utilized by up to 25 percent of the agency’s workforce, not repaired SSA’s relationships with relevant Federal employee unions including in the context of COVID-19 workplace safety planning, reduced due process protections for benefits appeals hearings, and taken other actions that run contrary to the mission of the agency and the President’s policy agenda.”

A wealthy former women’s apparel executive and prominent Republican donor, Saul, 74 — who served on the board of a conservative think tank that has called for cuts to Social Security benefits — had overseen one of the biggest operations in the federal government since his 2019 Senate confirmation. The Social Security Administration pays out more than $1 trillion a year to about 64 million beneficiaries (yours truly is one of those), who include seniors, the disabled and low-income Americans.

Now what in this man’s past qualified him to head the Social Security Administration … selling clothes to women somehow doesn’t get it in my mind!  And to add insult to injury, he was known for calling for cuts in Social Security!  I spent a lifetime paying into Social Security so that now, in my post-employment days, I could have a bit of income — not enough to live on, but it helps.  I’ll be damned if I want some bozo who sold panties and bras for a living controlling my hard-earned retirement income!

Much like the aforementioned DeJoy, Saul was not initially hired to promote and enhance the work of the agency he was charged with overseeing, but rather was tasked with that agency’s destruction.  I hope that on Monday Mr. Saul finds his computer access cut off, Metro Police waiting to escort him off the property, and his paycheck stopped.  Oh … Saul’s response to his firing?

“I quite frankly feel I’m doing an excellent job there.”  🤣🤣🤣

I hope Louis DeJoy is next.


CPAC Again???

There is yet another Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) taking place in Dallas this weekend.  No wonder the Republican Party hasn’t got the time to actually do their jobs, for they are always busy preparing for and attending these ‘conferences’ where nothing is ever accomplished except tooting their own horns and airing their grievances.

The ‘star’ of the show on Friday seems to have been Representative Madison Cawthorn, a genuine nutcase from the word ‘go’.  He has a theory about President Biden’s plan to have volunteers go door-to-door offering information and assistance to people about the COVID vaccine.  Says ol’ Madison …

“Think about the mechanisms they would have to build to be able to actually execute that massive of a thing.  And then think about what those mechanisms could be used for. They could then go door to door and take your guns. They could go door to door and take your Bibles.”

If only.  I honestly don’t know where the Republican Party finds these nuts … they must be shaking the trees really hard.

Kevin’s Slim Pickens

Clay Jones is, as usual, spot on with this one about the House Committee to investigate the events of January 6th.

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A friend of mine used to hold a July 4th pool party every year…until one attendee got drunk and pooped in the pool. I’m sure it’s just a coincidence the pool pooper is a Republican. But nevertheless, no more July 4th pool parties. And pooping in the pool is exactly what House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy plans to do in the January 6 Committee.

The first attempt to have a commission to investigate the white nationalist MAGA terrorist insurrection on the Capitol Complex passed the House with very little GOP support, and died in the Senate. Republicans claimed they voted against it because the commission, with equal representation by both parties and each having full subpoena powers, would be too partisan. Before the vote, Democrats gave Republicans EVERYTHING they demanded before they could vote for it…and they still voted against it.

It’s kinda like taking your kids shopping for back-to-school…

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Jolly Monday … On Tuesday!

Good Monday Tuesday morning, friends!  Come in out of the cold heat and make yourselves comfortable.  Sorry Jolly Monday is a day late, but Jolly, Joyful and I took some much-needed “me time” Sunday and yesterday … rather a mental health break.  I hope those of you in the U.S. had a peaceful and enjoyable three-day weekend.  I have no idea what Joyful has been cooking up this morning, but let’s go see, shall we?

It appears that David already helped himself to the BFG!


Grab a snack of your choice, and let’s find something to kick off this week with a grin, a smile, or maybe even a chuckle!


What say we start out with some funny ‘toons?


Jolly found some signs here ‘n there that are sure to make you roll your eyes or outright laugh …


And Joyful helped me pick out some memes that we both found humorous …


Now what would Jolly Monday be without a cute animal video, right?  You’re gonna love these birds!  I had no idea birds had so much personality … and rhythm!!!


And just in case our friend Hugh is able to drop in …


Well, my friends, the time has come for us to get on with the business of the day, I’m sad to say.  I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead and please … remember to share those smiles with everyone you meet!  You just never know how much your smile may mean to someone else.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

 

Jolly Monday — Smiles Galore!

Good Monday morn, my friends!🌻  No, I’m not bright and cheerful, I’m just trying to put on a good act … is it working?  So, how was your weekend … do anything special?  Miss Goose and I were reminiscing a day or two ago about the last time we went to the book shop and out to eat at a restaurant … over 15 months ago.  That was the weekend that the governor of our state announced that all non-essential businesses must close, and I remembered how I turned to my daughter and said, “Well, it better not last past next weekend!”  We laugh about that now, some 64 weekends later!  Ah well, we’re alive and surviving, and in truth, Miss Goose and I have gotten quite comfortable with staying home in our jammies all day every day!

I promised after last week that there would be a better spread this morning, so Joyful and I have been busy li’l beavers in the kitchen this morning rustling up some grub!  Grab a plate and a cuppa and then we’ll see if we can’t start this week out with some humour, eh?

Oops!


Fred Flintstone is alive and well in Hillsborough, California!  Well, sort of anyway.  Property owner and retired publishing mogul Florence Fang has quite an interesting home and outdoor décor in this ‘posh’ subdivision of San Francisco, including sculptures of Fred, Barney and the gang from the Flintstones cartoon series.  Take a look …

The house itself is shaped like … well, I’m not sure what that shape is, exactly … and the décor is whimsical, to say the least!  Well … the people of Hillsborough apparently didn’t like whimsical, but preferred stodgy, brick and mortar homes that looked just like their own, so they complained to the city and the city filed a lawsuit against Ms. Fang.  She counter-sued and the whole thing turned into a comical brouhaha, but at long last (this has been going on since 2019) the lawsuits are settled and the important thing is that Fred and the gang get to stay!  I’m sure the neighbors are green with envy!


And now, we have some cute pictures to share with you today!


So, are you ready for this week’s cartoons, courtesy of Phil over at Phil’s Phun?


And I couldn’t resist some of these memes …


I hope you have … what … oh yes!  Thanks for reminding me, Jolly!  It just wouldn’t be Jolly Monday without a cute animal video now, would it?  Jolly picked this one, for he loves baby critters!


And, as they say in the movies, that’s a wrap, folks … for today, anyway.  We hope you have a safe and happy week.  Remember to share those smiles when you see someone who looks like they need one, okay?  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

Jolly Monday Strikes Again!

Good Monday morning, friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend … yesterday was the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere and I get the feeling it’s gonna be a long, hot one in more ways than one.  Today’s Jolly Monday might be a bit shorter than usual, for I am under the weather, Joyful has gone to try to lure Uncle Roger out of his basement with chocolate ice cream, and Jolly … well, Jolly found the ‘toons and such, but as you probably remember, he’s not allowed in the kitchen, so today’s treats are courtesy of a few local fast food places.  So, grab a bite and a drink and let’s see what ‘toons ‘n such Jolly has in store for us.

JOLLY!!!!  Where are the drinks???

Oops … sowwy!  Here dey are …

  

An’ dis one is for Miss Ellen …


Okay, well, let’s move on to some cartoons, shall we?

And, he found some funny memes, too …


Ol’ Maxine seems to have become a regular on Jolly Monday …


And let’s wrap things up with a cute critter video …


I hope you all have a beautiful week ahead … and remember to share those smiles and maybe even a hug or two with those who look like they need one, ‘k?  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and the temporarily errant Joyful!

Just Two Short Bits of Snarky

Yes, yes … Filosofa is still snarking and ranting … there is just so much wrong in this world, every bit of which could be so easily fixed with just the three ‘C’s – common sense, compassion, cooperation.  I did have more snippets than just these two short ones, but … I’m out of time, so I shall save them for later or tomorrow!  Gives you something to look forward to, eh?


Cosa Nostra rides again?

William Braddock is a Republican candidate from Florida who is hoping to be elected to fill the seat currently held by Democrat Charlie Crist, who is resigning to run for governor to (hopefully) replace the ignoble Ron DeSantis next year.  William Braddock is short on name recognition, but one thing he has plenty of is audacity.

Also running in that same GOP primary race is Anna Paulina Luna, an Air Force veteran who went on to become a conservative activist and won a crowded GOP primary in the state’s 13th Congressional District last year but lost the general election to Crist.

Apparently, Mr. Braddock has a unique plan for winning the Republican nomination next fall … kill off Ms. Luna!  Yes, you heard me right!  During a 30-minute call with a conservative activist, Braddock is heard saying the following …

“I really don’t want to have to end anybody’s life for the good of the people of the United States of America. That will break my heart. But if it needs to be done, it needs to be done. Luna is a f—ing speed bump in the road. She’s a dead squirrel you run over every day when you leave the neighborhood.”

And later in the conversation …

“I have access to a hit squad, too, Ukrainians and Russians. Don’t get caught out in public supporting Luna. … Luna’s gonna go down and I hope it’s by herself.”

And still more …

“My polling people are going to charge me $20,000 to do a poll right before the primary. And if the poll says Luna’s gonna win, she’s gonna be gone. She’s gonna disappear.  For the good of our country, we have to sacrifice the few. … For the better or the good of the majority of the people, we’ve got to sacrifice the few.”

My jaw dropped when I read this.  WHO THE HELL talks like that and hopes to win a seat to the U.S. Congress???  Does he fancy himself Don Corleone?  If so, he’s watched The Godfather a few too many times!  Even the mob don’t talk like that, especially in a phone call where they may be recorded!

This jackass belongs either in a mental institution or a prison cell, but definitely NOT in the U.S. House of Representatives!  Until reading this, I didn’t think it was possible to sink any lower than the likes of Margie Greene and Matt Gaetz, but obviously I was wrong!


DESTROY THE DAMN GUNS!!!!!!!!!!!

We’ve got another mass shooting here in the U.S., this time in Chicago.  I could give you the details, but you likely already know them, and … if you don’t, you can just Google “latest mass shooting”.  But, I will tell you that four human beings, people minding their own business, people who were husbands, wives, parents … are now dead, thanks to the gun culture in the not-so-United States.  Yesterday, I decided to check the local news for my own area, Cincinnati, Ohio.  I don’t often read the local news, but about once a week I try to catch up.

A few days ago, in a suburb a few miles from where I live, a little 6-year-old boy left his bicycle in a neighbor’s yard.  When he went back to retrieve it a while later, the neighbor shot him.  The little boy will be okay, the shot went straight through his arm, but WHO THE HELL SHOOTS A KID for nothing more than leaving his bike in their yard?????????

And on Sunday night, in another subdivision that is just a few miles from where I live, two children – a 6-year-old and an 8-year-old – were shot, as well as two teenagers.  Both of the younger children, last I heard, were in critical condition, while the teens suffered non-life-threatening injuries.  Again, the details are irrelevant, but what is relevant is that 4 young lives were nearly snuffed out, two may yet die, and FOR WHAT????

DESTROY THE DAMN GUNS, PEOPLE!!!  I’M SICK AND DAMN TIRED OF PEOPLE DYING BECAUSE OTHER PEOPLE THINK THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO OWN A KILLING MACHINE.  THEY DON’T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Jolly Monday After … Yesterday?

Good Jolly morning, my friends, and welcome to … um … Jolly … um … Monday!  Yes, that’s it, it’s Monday!  The day we all love because that pesky weekend is over and we can finally get back to the grind of work, right?  Okay, okay … I’m fooling nobody, not even myself.  But, it is within each of us to make this a jolly day if we so choose, and Jolly, Joyful and I are here to help!  So … grab a snack and a warm (or cold) beverage and let’s just see what we can find to start our week off with a smile.

              


That herding instinct …

Linda Oswald and her family were out for a drive one Sunday a couple of weeks ago when their vehicle collided with another and the family dog, a border collie named Tilly, was ejected through the window.  By the time everybody got their bearings and began searching for Tilly, he was nowhere to be found.  Ten hours of searching, but not a sign of Tilly anywhere.

Meanwhile, on a nearby farm owned by Tyler Potter and her brothers Travis and Zane, their border collie Hooey was herding the sheep as usual.  Except, something seemed a bit off.  Zane noticed that the dog’s fur seemed slightly darker than usual.  Zane called Hooey’s name, but rather than come running, he shied away.  Long story short, since you’ve already figured out the punch line, the shepherding dog was actually Tilley!  Says brother Travis …

“Hooey really comes right away when you call him, and this dog put its ears back and started running off.”

The Potters said they soon realized the dog they had thought was Hooey was actually Tilly, the canine their grandmother in California had seen on social media and told them to watch for after the crash, which occurred only 1.5 miles from their property.  The Potters captured Tilly and turned him over to a Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office deputy who was searching for the missing dog in the area.  Tilly was reunited with the Oswald family late Tuesday morning.  Tilly’s mom, Linda, says of Tilly …

“He’ll herd anything. When I go to the dog park, he tries to herd the people into one group.”

All’s well that ends well, but I’m not sure where the real Hooey was!  Perhaps taking a break since he had someone to cover his shift for him!


Man & squirrel bond …

For the past 8 months or so, I have been feeding three local squirrels.  One comes twice daily for the unshelled, unsalted peanuts I buy in bulk to put out on the patio for him, and the other two are less frequent visitors, but generally make a few appearances each week.  The main guy I’ve named Cedric (per David’s suggestion) and I truly delight in watching him in the afternoons as I sit at the kitchen table pounding the keys on my laptop.  So, it should come as no surprise that I found this series of photos delightful, and I hope you will too …


And now, that moment you’ve all waited for … ‘TOONS!!!


And a few funny memes I found while wandering the ‘Net …

Perfectly logical, don’t you think?


Is it a llama or a sheepdog?


How ’bout a few jokes that Jolly found funny the other day?

Girl: Ick! Why does this sandwich have bacon on it? 

Friend: You ordered a BLT. 

Girl: Whaaaat? I thought the B stood for bread.

At an art gallery, a woman and her ten-year-old son were having 
a tough time choosing between one of my paintings and another artist’s work. They finally went with mine. “I guess you decided you prefer an autumn scene to a floral,” I said. “No,” said the boy. “Your painting’s wider, so it’ll cover three holes in 
our wall.”

Scene: A radio newsroom. 

Caller: I just wanted to let you know you’re off the air. 

Host: Yes, we know. The engineers are working on it. 

Caller: It would be nice if you put something on the air that says that.


Well, my friends, that’s just about all we’ve got for this Monday morning, but … we must always have a cute critter video, yes?  Well, we have two for you today!  The first is an adorable baby polar bear born in captivity … watch as he grows and learns about the world.  The second is a bit about sloths.  Now, I generally think that sloths are cute li’l critters, but after seeing this video … I’m not quite as sure!

And last, but not least, a bit of Maxine humour just in case our friend Hugh feels up to dropping in this morning …

We wish you a productive, fun, and peaceful week ahead, dear friends.  Remember to share those smiles and a kind word whenever you can … little things can mean so much.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!