‘Toons To Brighten Your Sunday …

It’s Sunday afternoon, and I decided that instead of something dark and depressing, I would give you something to chuckle about … ‘TOONS!  Well … now that I think about it, some of these might be a bit dark and depressing … but at least there’s an element of humour in them.


The most crucial issue facing the nation … the globe … today is the environment, and frankly the U.S. is doing damn little to improve it.  Still, the cartoonists find food for the grist mill …

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Ol’ Jeffrey Epstein, the monster who has committed heinous crimes against women and children, who got off with a slap-on-the-wrist once before, who has long been a close personal friend of another sex abuser who happens to sit in the Oval Office, has once again been arrested for sex-trafficking, and so is back in the news …

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Although Trump claimed this week that he is giving up the fight to have a question about citizenship added to the 2020 Census, I suspect we haven’t heard the end of it.  

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There was never any doubt that Trump would run for re-election in 2020, especially given that he registered to do so on the day of his inauguration in 2017!  

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The thing that I find most frightening about the Trump presidency circus is the fact that he believes himself to be above the law, his hand-picked Attorney-General, William Barr, confirms that he is above the law, the Senate allows him to be above the law, and the republicans both in and out of government see nothing wrong with him being above the law …

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And I end with a few random ‘toons just for kicks …

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Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Today’s Snarky Snippets …

I’m feeling snarky today.  “What’s new?”, I hear you asking yourself as you shake your head.  Nothing much, I suppose, and I have a feeling I will continue feeling snarky for at least the next 16 months, probably longer.


A double standard?

Peter-YarrowIn the news this morning, I read that Peter Yarrow of the famed folk group Peter, Paul and Mary, was to perform at a 2-day music festival in Norwich, Connecticut in September, but that his scheduled appearance has been canceled.  Why?  Because of an “indecent liberties” conviction in 1969.  What happened was two teenage girls, sisters aged 14 and 17, snuck past hotel security and went to Mr. Yarrow’s room, seeking his autograph.  When he answered the door, he was naked.  Yep, that’s all.  He did not touch the girls, did not invite them in, did not “grab them by the {ahem}”.  For this, Yarrow was convicted of taking “indecent liberties” and sentenced to three months in jail.  In 1970.  Again, he did not know who was at the door, the girls went unannounced to seek his autograph, and he did not touch either of them.

While I think answering a knock on your hotel room door while stark naked is a really stupid thing to do, I also think sneaking to a celebrity’s hotel room is a stupid thing to do.  I am a supporter of the #MeToo movement, and make no mistake, I think every sexual predator should receive the Lorena Bobbitt treatment.  However, I do not see this as a case of sexual assault, abuse, harrassment, or anything more than stupidity.  Fifty years later, Mr. Yarrow is still paying the price for an episode of bad judgment.  But, on the other hand …

At least 17 women have accused Donald Trump of varying inappropriate behavior, including allegations of sexual harassment or sexual assault, the latest being a credible accusation by E. Jean Carroll who has provided details in her autobiography of the assault, which took place in the mid-1990s.  He has cheated on all three of his wives.  He has admittedly gone into dressing rooms of underage girls to view their naked bodies.  And then there was his infamous mic-drop moment when he bragged that “when you’re famous, they let you do it … you can grab them by the {ahem} …”  And yet, nearly half the adults in this nation are willing to allow this ‘man’ to sit in the Oval Office, are willing to ignore or overlook his words and actions … words and actions that far exceed Mr. Yarrow’s on a scale of atrociousness.

Peter Yarrow, when informed of the decision to drop him from the roster of the Norwich festival, bowed out with grace.  When Trump hears criticism based on his sexual exploits, he responds with rants and vitriol.  Make of it what you will.


Say WHAT???

I realize that not everyone is a history buff, and some people have never read a book of history since leaving that European History class in their senior year of high school.  No problemo … we all have our own interests.  One of mine happens to be history, primarily U.S. history and post-WWI European history.  However, I cannot imagine anybody in this country whose jaw didn’t drop when, in his speech yesterday, Trump, speaking of the time of the Revolutionary War, said …

“Our Army manned the air, it rammed the ramparts, it took over airports, it did everything it had to do.”

In case there are any Trump supporters reading this who may not understand the gaffe … the Revolutionary War ran from April 19, 1775 to September 3, 1783.  Wilbur and Orville Wright flew their first airplane on December 17, 1903.  Doesn’t it seem that, even if he didn’t know the exact dates, he would have realized the airplane did not exist at the time of the Revolution?  120 years later, after the end of the war …

Y’know … I don’t mind so much if the president of the country makes a bad decision that gets us all killed, as I mind that such an ignorant person has my life and yours in his hands.  Just imagine how much danger such ignorance puts us all in.  Sigh.  At least the meme-makers had fun with it.

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And my favourite …

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Have a great evening, and remember friends …

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‘Toons From 4th Of July …

I do not know what the damn fools in my neighborhood think they are celebrating, but they are still putting off loud fireworks at midnight!  Every single time one goes “BOOM”, my heart tries to leave my chest.  My poor kitties have taken up residence under the sofa.  I have a headache, despite 4 ibuprofen.  I’m debating whether to call the cops, or grab my solid wooden rolling pin and go bash some heads.  Next year I’m either leaving the country the first of July, else going camping deep in the forest.  Bah humbug.  That said, I am incapable of writing anything coherent tonight.

So, I was thinking it has been a while since I’ve done a ‘toons post, and with the utter ridiculousness of Trump’s July 4th campaign rally / ego-stroking circus, there must surely be some great, mocking ‘toons out there.  I wasn’t wrong.  I’m sure there will be even more out later today, but for a few Friday morning laughs, check these out!


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The baby trump blimp arrived in good time for the festivities, but wasn’t allowed to fly, nor to be anywhere in Trump’s sight.  Turns out, the entire government quakes in their little shoesies at the thought of Trumpie becoming upset.  Le gasp!  But, the blimp nonetheless was there … and it’s on video!

I, for one, did not watch his speech, did not even seek a transcript, nor do I have any intention of doing so at this time.  I know without even being told that he said nothing of relevance, nothing truthful, and nothing that wouldn’t make my blood pressure rise, which I do not need right now.  I’m sure we’ll all hear enough of it on every media outlet later today.  The girls and I ‘celebrated’ Chris’ day off by going out for Chinese, and visiting our local Barnes & Noble.

I shall return this afternoon, hopefully with something of substance.

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Jolly Monday Smiles

Good Monday morning, my friends!  Another rainy one, eh?  Don’t worry about tracking the mud in … we’ll clean it up later.  Just come on in.  How was your weekend?  Did you do fun and exciting things?  We are finally now officially in summer.  On the first day of summer, parts of Colorado saw up to two feet of snow! snow-colorado.jpgWe, on the other hand, have had fairly mild temps, but I do wish the bloomin’ rain would quit.  Then again, at least I haven’t had to water the flowers for over a week now!  So, are you guys in the mood for a bit of humour to start this week off right?  Grab a snack and a drink and pull up a chair … let’s get this show on the road, shall we?


Long arm of the law …

Amy Rush is now 45 years of age, but back in 1990, at age 15, she tried to run away from home.  She was apparently hitchhiking when an older man picked her up (no, don’t worry, this isn’t a story about sex, drugs and alcohol) and gave her a ride.  Well, the man was stopped for speeding, and young Amy was also ticketed … for not wearing a seat belt!  The ticket was for $35, and the officer didn’t question why Amy was with the man, or what relationship there was.

Fast forward to last week when Amy, much to her surprise, received a letter from a debt collection agency looking to collect that $35!  According to Amy …

“I’ve almost considered driving down there the two and a half hours to talk to a judge to tell him how absolutely ridiculous this is and what a waste of taxpayer money this has been for the 15 years. I can’t imagine the postage they’ve paid on following me around trying to get this $35.  I told them they can keep sending me mail and wasting more money because I’m not paying it.”

Good for her!  I wouldn’t pay it either, especially in this day and age where some can commit murder and not be held accountable!  Twenty-nine years it’s been, and they’re still trying to collect.  🙄


What to do with those pesky pennies?

I am not a big fan of spending hours … even days, months or years … building something for the sole purpose of proving that it can be done, or in this case, setting a Guinness World record, and then destroying all that work.  However, Cory Nielsen of Phoenix, Arizona, has built something that is really rather cool, and I couldn’t help but share it with you. penny-pyramid-2.jpgIt is a pyramid made of pennies.  1,030,315 pennies, to be exact.  It weighs 6,360 pounds and stands 44.6 inches tall.  At the base, it is 65 rows wide by 65 rows long, and stands 65 rows tall.

About three years ago, Nielsen built a small one on his desk at work (nothing else to do?), using only a few pennies … 41,000 to be precise.  He showed pictures to some colleagues at work, and they wondered if that was a world record. Nielsen replied to them, “I don’t know; if it isn’t, I’ll make it one.”penny-pyramid-1.jpgOriginally thinking the world record was made of only 626,789 coins built by a man in Colorado a couple of years ago, Nielsen knew he could beat that, and so the building process began.

Once the pyramid construction began, he found out that the actual world record was set in Lithuania.

“I was already committed, and so I went ahead and beat that one too.”

And what do you think Mr. Nielsen plans to do with the pyramid that has more than $10,000 worth of copper in it?  Destroy it and take it to the credit union.  Somehow … I’m just not sure it was worth all that time, but it is rather cool … in a way.

Mr. Nielsen has a few YouTube videos …

Congratulations to Mr. Nielsen  … I guess … on fulfilling his life’s goal?  I wonder what’s next for him?


A new job for Filosofa?

I have been in an Ikea store just once, and once was enough.  It was a frustrating, painful experience, and even prompted a post on this blog some five years ago … wow, has it really been that long?  I still remember it as if it was only yesterday!  I just went back and looked … it was in the early days of this blog, and I had exactly one ‘like’ and two comments on that post!  Anyway, I don’t like to shop there, but I have a friend who works there, and I do know they treat their people very well.  So, I think I might just have found myself a job, folks!

According to United Press International (UPI) …

Furniture chain Ikea posted an unusual job opening for a “happiness hunter” willing to temporarily live in Denmark and get paid in money and meatballs to study what makes a home happy.

The company said the winning candidate will live for two weeks at a temporary home in Copenhagen and will experience “home visits, guided tours, talks and dinners” in a bid to determine the ingredients for a happy home.

The person will document the experience on social media.

The winning candidate will be paid a salary that corresponds to the average Danish living standard and receive free meatball meals from Ikea.

Applications are being accepted online through July 1.

What do you think, guys?  Sounds good, yes?  Guess I better update my résumé!


As you know, for me the only way to kick off a new week is with a cute animal video …

And I came across these …

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And lastly, I promised this song, The Rainbow Connection, sung as only Kermit The Frog can sing it, to a special young reader …

And that’s it for today, my friends.  Be sure to share those smiles this week, for not everybody got to hear Kermit singing!  Keep safe and have a great week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

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Humour To End The Week …

It’s Friday … finally!  The end of a loooooong week for us all.  Let’s start the weekend off on the right foot … let’s laugh at some of the stupidity of our government.  We can effect change over time, but there is no immediate solution, so that which you cannot change … you laugh at!


One of the two biggest stories of the week was Trump kicking off his 2020 campaign.  Now, I don’t understand why this is a big deal, considering he registered to run for re-election on the very day he was inaugurated after stealing his first election!  But, a big deal was made by the trumpians, so it made the news.

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And the democrats mostly launched their campaigns already, though with somewhat less fanfare …

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The second big news item was the escalation of tensions between Trump and Iran.  Note that I did not say ‘between the U.S. and Iran’, for this attempt to bully Iran into a war is solely a creation of team Trump-Pompeo-Bolton … the rest of us have no interest in starting a new war in the Middle East, especially one that is built on lies and false premises.

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The immigrant situation at the southern border continues, or perhaps worsens as Trump announced that he is going to deport some 11 million immigrants … the fact that it isn’t true matters not to his base, for as long as he says it, they lap it up like a cat laps up cream …

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The media was its own news this week, when the New York Times announced the firing of its political cartoonists (baaaad move) and when Trump announced that his primary mouthpiece, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, would be leaving at the end of June (YAY!!!)

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A few ‘toons about the abomination that is Trump …

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Have a great weekend, my friends!

Monday Is For … Being Jolly!

Good Monday morning, friends!  Come in, and welcome!  Did you all have a wonderful weekend?  Mine?  Meh.  Chris was out of town with her band at a competition in Chicago, so Goose and I just chilled out.  Other than the tornado warnings throughout the night Saturday night, nothing much to report.  I am dying to show you guys the new bumper sticker I got for my van, but … um … it’s slightly political, and the only rule for Jolly Monday is no politics, so I’ll sneak it into this afternoon’s post!  You’ll love it!  Now, grab a bit of a snack and something to drink, and let’s have a chuckle or two!


More money than good sense

Get a load of this one.  A lock of Beethoven’s hair is going on the auction block at Sotheby’s in London and was initially expected to bring between $15,000 and $19,000, however it sold for £35,000, or $44,082.50 USD!  The auctioneer said the hair was given by Beethoven to contemporary Anton Halm as a gift for Halm’s wife.  Say WHAT???  Who gives a lock of their hair to a friend for his wife … who gives a lock of hair to anybody, for that matter.  Apparently, Mr. Halm had previously bought what was supposedly a lock of Beethoven’s hair from a third party at some point, but it turned out to be goat’s hair.

Personally, I think there’s something wrong with anybody who wants a lock of someone else’s hair, except maybe their own child!Beethoven hairThe hair is held together by a genuine silk thread, and is encased in a 19th century glazed oval frame.  That amount of money … for a lock of hair of a dead person, albeit a famous dead person … is further proof, if any were needed, that people with money to burn are people of very little brain.


Name that baby!

Did you have trouble choosing a name for any of your children?  My late ex and I fought over a middle name for our first child, daughter Chris, and thus she has no middle name.  Her first name is Christina, and I wanted her middle name to be ‘Maria’, but Donnie (the late ex) said it sounded too Spanish.  So, we left it for her to choose her own, and she never did.  The next one, a boy, I chose Michael, and Donnie insisted on “Frank” for the middle name, after his favourite uncle.  Never mind that Uncle Frank had made passes at me on multiple occasions!  Then, when the third one came along, I chose Thomas, and Donnie ranted that I had named the first two, this was the last one, and it was his turn, so the poor kid ended up with the name “Clifford William”.  Anyway … to the point …

If you’re having trouble settling on a name for your baby, there is a start up company, Future Perfect, that will do it for you … for a mere $350!  Founded by two moms who met on a playground and bonded over their children’s unique names, the company offers a variety of packages ranging from the $100 “The Riff” package that includes a 15-minute “namestorming” session via phone, to the $350 “The Works” package that features a 15-minute consultation that leads to a list of 10 suggested first names and 10 suggested middle names for the baby.

I repeat what I said in the last piece … some people have a lot more money than common sense.


Climate Change ahead …

You know those digital traffic signs that road crews use to warn of various road conditions ahead?  Well, in Houston, somebody got the idea of hacking one such sign.  The sign originally read “Reduce Speed Now”, but one morning last week, motorists were seeing a variety of messages, including …

  • Global warming at work
  • Warning: Hurricane Human
  • Triassic weather ahead
  • We are the asteroid

sign-hackedPersonally, I think the messages are relevant and timely.  The original message might have been intended to save lives that day, but … the replacement messages might save lives over a much longer term.

Apparently, this is not a new phenomenon, for in North Carolina last month, somebody changed a digital sign to read, “Idiots on bikes”, and in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, an extremely obscene message replaced the original that warned of a detour.


Somewhere Over the Rainbow

You just have to see/hear this beautiful, talented young lady play the song …

Isn’t she amazing?


How about a few cartoons to bring a chuckle?

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And, what is Jolly Monday without a cute animal video?  I actually came across this one a few weeks ago, put it away for safekeeping, and of course forgot where I put it … rather like the bunch of fresh parsley I lost this weekend.  Anyway, prepare to smile …


jollyAnd that’s a wrap for today, my friends!  Please don’t forget to share those gorgeous smiles I see on your faces … I left a few extras by the door, so feel to grab one on your way out in case you lose yours sometime this week.  Love ‘n Hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

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Time For ‘Toons!!!

Ever have one of those days where nothing goes right?  It started with getting up late, finding that the kitties had knocked over my flowers and water was everywhere, then trying to quickly get a beef roast into the crock pot for supper took me nearly an hour for some reason.  So, long story short, I am in a time crunch today and thought … what a perfect opportunity to showcase some cartoons!  Political cartoons sometimes make us laugh, sometimes shake our heads, and sometimes make us want to cry, but they say so much with a simple drawing.  So, let’s see how the cartoonists have viewed the past week or two …


Trump does love tariffs.  Too bad he doesn’t understand them.  

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One of the biggest issues dividing this nation … one of the few hundred, that is … is guns.  Every time there is a multiple-death shooting as there was in Virginia Beach on May 31st, the debate becomes more vocal, with the gun nuts saying “this isn’t the time to discuss it”, and the rest of us positing that this is exactly the time to discuss it. 

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Of course, regardless of political party, the “I-word” is on everybody’s mind these days …

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Who can resist poking fun at ol’ 2-faced Lindsey Graham?

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And just for kicks …

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Have a great week, folks … remember, humour helps us maintain perspective in these troubled times!

Sigh … More Snarky Snippets …

Some nights the mind bounce simply does not allow me to focus on my more in-depth projects … I have three of them in-process at the moment … and so nothing will do but a few snarky snippets.  Sorry, folks … I simply cannot help myself.  Sigh.


Underpaid???

I want you to get out your box of tissues and don your sympathy hats, for this one’s a real tear-jerker.  Members of Congress have not had a pay raise … not even so much as a cost-of-living increase … since 2009 – ten years!!!  The horror!  I mean, the majority of them only earn a paltry $174,000 per year!  How on earth are they managing?  So, two republican representatives, Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise, have quietly proposed a pay increase … just about a 2.5% increase … ballpark $3 million per year in total … nothing to break the bank.

But wait!  The minimum wage rate of $7.25 also has not been raised since 2009.  The full-time minimum wage worker earns $15,080 per year.  Um … that is a mere 8.67% of what those members of Congress are earning.  All of which might not cause a raised eyebrow except … back in March there was a bill in Congress to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in increments by 2024.  Guess what?  The bill ran into a bit of a snag, with every single republican, including Representatives Scalise and McCarthy, committed to voting against it, and even some democrats refusing to support it, saying it would place an “unfair burden” on small businesses.  Unfair burden?  Unfair burden???  What about the burden of all those people working second jobs just to survive???

The very people who are poised to grant themselves a $4,500 per annum pay increase, would deny the minimum wage worker an increase. The bill hasn’t garnered the 218 votes needed to pass the House, and even if it passes the House, Mitch McConnell has indicated that he will not bring the bill to a vote in the Senate.  And even if it passed both the House and the Senate, in all likelihood Trump would veto it.

Think about that one … the people who are making 11.5 times as much as minimum wage earners, most of whom are already millionaires, want a raise for themselves, but none for the man or woman who is struggling every day to feed their children, pay the rent, pay the doctor’s bills, and keep the electricity from being shut off.  My answer to the members of the U.S. Congress is do what the minimum wage earners are having to do … take a second or even third job!!!


Ignorance

In year’s past, a president might be applauded for a brilliant speech, or criticized for one that wasn’t so good, but it tells you all you need to know about Don Trump when he is praised for not veering off-script.  The speech he gave at the ceremony for the 75th anniversary of D-Day was praised by two of Trump’s media antagonists, Jim Acosta and Joe Scarborough, not for it’s content (Trump didn’t write it) or sincerity (there was none), but because he stayed on script and didn’t go off on a tangent as he is prone to do.

“This is perhaps the most on-message moment of Donald Trump’s presidency today. We were all wondering if he would veer from his remarks, go off of his script but he stayed on script, stayed on message …” – Jim Acosta, CNN

“I’m also glad the president chose to have the discipline to stick to script …” – Joe Scarborough, MSNBC

Sorry, guys, but given that he spent three full days making an ass of himself and of this nation while visiting our allies, he gets no kudos from me for managing a few minutes reading from a paper without veering off course.  Two and a half years in office, and this is his crowning achievement – being able to read a speech that somebody else wrote???  That’s sad.  That’s really, really sad.


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Trump’s Travels ‘Toons

Trump traveled to the UK for an official state visit this week, and much to nobody’s surprise, he disgraced and humiliated us just as we knew he would.  Delusional as always, he came away thinking the crowds of protestors were adoring fans and that “everybody loves” him in the UK.  The cartoonists had a slightly different take on it.  Let’s take a look …

His staff tried to prepare him for the visit …

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Apparently he tuned it all out, for ….

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And with signs like these, it is unimaginable that he still believes he is loved on the other side of the pond …

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And those were actually some of the … um … shall we say less vulgar signs!  🤣

Jolly Monday … sans Jolly

Wha … what?  It … it’s Monday???  Nobody told me!  I thought it was … I dunno what day I thought it was, but … Monday never crossed my mind.  Hold up … have a seat … let me … let me just go get some clothes on, okay?  Um … I’ll be back in a jiffy.

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Okay … that’s better … I don’t have much to offer today, but there’s coffee ‘n donuts over on the table … help yourself and then let’s find something to help us start the week off with a laugh, shall we?

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You’re how old???

I came across a story in The Guardian that caused my jaw to drop.  Did you know that in South Korea they tally a person’s age a bit differently than we do?  Every newborn baby turns one on the day they are born and two on the next New Year’s Day.  This means that a baby born say just a few minutes before midnight on December 31st, would be counted as being two-years-old when it was but a few minutes old!

When asked their age by a foreigner, many South Koreans give both their “Korean age” and “international age”.  The system’s origins are unclear. One theory is that turning one year old at birth takes into account time spent in the womb – with nine months rounded up to 12. Others link it to an ancient Asian numerical system that did not have the concept of zero.

Now think about this … if the age for a child to start school is five-years-old, then the kid born on New Year’s Eve is going to have to start school at age three!  Of course, there is a benefit on the other end … you could retire two years earlier!


Where did I leave my brain?

I came across some fun things over at Bored Panda … things that make you think maybe somebody wasn’t thinking too clearly …

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Did Brian not ever notice?  I’m not sure who is dingier, Rachel or Brian.

 

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Didn’t they mean the date it was installed?

 

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Where’s da panda?

I came across this brain teaser created by Hungarian artist Gergely Dudás last night.  Can you find the panda among the sea of snowmen?  I couldn’t, but I do know where it is, so later today I’ll post the answer in comments.

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Is it a horse … or a dog?

Last, but not least, we must have our cute animal video of the week, yes?  We’ve all seen or heard of miniature horses, but this little girl named Martha is said to be the tiniest, fuzziest horse in the world!  Take a look …


I know this is a short Jolly Monday, but frankly Jolly has buried his head under the covers and is refusing to come out … I think he’s missing our young friend Benjamin … and I just can’t do humour so well without my Jolly.  So, let’s wrap up with a few funny ‘toons, and a wish that you have a great week ahead!  Be sure to share your smiles this week, okay?  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and the pouting Jolly!

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And for our dear friend Hugh …

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