Jolly Monday Rides Again!

Good Monday morning, dear friends!  I wasn’t feeling well last night, so I asked Jolly ‘n Joyful to take over and finish up Jolly Monday for me.  Now mind you, I had visited Phil’s Phun earlier in the day and harvested some good ‘toons and such, so all the kids had to do was pull it together, add in some cuteness factor, and find a cute animal video.  Well, long story short, I sat in my lounge chair and read for a few hours, had a bit of a snooze, and when I woke up, I went in search of Jolly ‘n Joyful to see if they had finished.  It sat right where I had left it in the early afternoon, and I found the kids playing ping pong in the basement!  Kids today!!!  But anyway, I’m not complaining … I needed to get up and do something anyway.  So … how was your weekend?  Did you do anything interesting?  We were thankful to see cooler temperatures, finally, with highs only in the upper 70s.  The air quality is still horrible, though.

Joyful tells me it’s pizza week this week and she assures me there are enough pizzas with bacon for our bacon lovers!  So, let’s go find something yummy to feed our bellies, then we’ll find something funny to feed our spirits!

             

And for a special friend …


Since ‘toons is just about all we have today … let’s start out with a few of those …


And some memes …


I really like this ‘chore chart’ I came across!  Why, I think I could live by this one!


And now, the best part of Jolly Monday … a cute animal video!!!  It’s a short one, but oh so cute!


Well, my friends, the time has come for you to go do your things and for me to try to do mine … now where is that chore chart … ???  I hope you’re leaving with a full belly and a smile on your faces, and please, my friends, share those smiles this week.  The world is a scary place these days … we all need a smile.  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly ‘n Joyful!

The Week’s Best Cartoons: Texas’ Abortion Ban

I haven’t re-blogged TokyoSand’s Saturday cartoon post for the past two weeks, for there is so much deeply wrong in this country today that the cartoons seemed to somehow fall flat with me.  However, given my own malaise and the primary topic of this week’s cartoons — women’s rights, which is near and dear to my own heart — I’ve decided to re-blog this week’s post.  The main topic, of course, is the new Texas law, currently upheld by the white-male-dominant Supreme Court, that has set women’s rights back a hundred years or more.  And then, there’s climate change — no longer is it possible to reject the science of climate change when we’re had uncontrollable wildfires, floods, and mega-storms, not to mention killer heat all summer long.  So, sit back and enjoy the ‘toons … you’ll find the entire collection over at Tokyo’s place (link at end).

Note to readers:  I have been having health issues for some 3 weeks now and my energy levels are on a roller coaster ride, mostly at the bottom of the track.  Therefore, I have not posted much and have not responded to comments at all, nor am I likely to try to catch up at this point.  I have read all comments, and appreciate those of you who have helped out by keeping the conversations going.  I shall pick up here and try not to fall behind again.  I appreciate your patience and apologize for my laziness.


See The Rest Of The ‘Toons Here!

Jolly {HOT} Monday!!!

Good Monday  morning, my friends!  I know you’re all thankful to see the weekend gone and return to the routine of the work week, yes?  Not that it much matters these days, for with temps hovering at around 100° and air quality at an all-time low, I cannot leave the house anyway, so … Monday, Friday, Saturday … all about the same!  This is one year that I will be happy to see summer end and a return to breathable air, though we must all be aware that this is our new norm.  Anyway, did you guys do anything fun and exciting this weekend?

Jolly ‘n Joyful scouted out a new International Market this weekend, and I think you’ll find some interesting things on the treat table today.  So, grab a bite and a cuppa, and let’s find something to turn our lips upward and start the week with a smile.


Jolly and I took turns seeking this week’s ‘toons ‘n memes, so we hope they’ll bring a chuckle …


And the memes …


And finally, the moment you’ve all waited for … this adorable beaver loves kayaking!


We hope you’ve all found something to bring a smile to your faces this Monday morning, and that you’ll share those smiles with family, friends, and strangers!  If you run out, pop back in, for there’s a basket by the back door!  We hope you have a beautiful week ahead … love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!


Jolly Monday-Tuesday!

Well, good Tuesday morning, my friends!  Come in out of the heat … early morning and already it’s sweltering out there.  So tell me, did you have a wonderful weekend?  Mine?  Meh.  Next weekend will be better, though … I’ll have my energy back and will be ready to run a marathon!  Or at least walk up the street and back.  Joyful has laid out a nice spread this morning, so let’s go see what’s on the feasting table, then we’ll find some things to start this week with a chuckle, a smile, or maybe even a laugh!


Jolly is chomping at the bit to show you the cartoons he picked out, so let’s start there …


I came across a host of humorous signs in my internet travels this past weekend that I think might give you a chuckle …


I also found something that made my jaw drop and I think it will yours, too …


And now, we’re sorry this is a bit shorter than some weeks, but as you can see, we’re running a bit behind here!  So, this animal video is a bit different … I knew absolutely nothing about the sand cat until coming across this video.


And now, sad to say, our time has come to an end for today.  But we’ll be back next week, hopefully on time and in better form!  Remember, my friends, to share those precious smiles … they are worth more than gold.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

Jolly Monday — Late & Short

Good Monday morning afternoon, my friends!  My humble apologies for the lateness of Jolly Monday and its brevity today.  Joyful, Jolly and I haven’t felt well since last Thursday, and I just haven’t been up to the task of using my brain … in fact, I think it’s stored away in mothballs at the moment.  But, when I awoke to a text from a friend who was very worried when there wasn’t a Jolly Monday post to be seen, I figured I should at least round up some ‘toons ‘n other fun stuff to help start your week with a smile.  Sorry, slim pickings on the treat table today, but we’ll make it up to you next week!

JOLLY!!!!!!  Did you take a bite out of that apple?????  You put that back RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


And let’s head on over to the ‘toons, shall we?


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


And a few funny memes that Jolly came across …


And finally, just a short animal video today, but it’s a fun one!


Well, we’re sorry we weren’t here earlier to help you start the week out on the right foot with a smile, but we hope you’ve enjoyed this slightly late, slightly short version of Jolly Monday.  Remember to spread those smiles around, my friends … funny thing about smiles is they tend to regenerate two-fold every time you use one!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!

Good People Doing Good Things — Super Kids!

Just two ‘good people’ today, but they are small fry with huge hearts!


Let’s start today’s good people with a small, very cool young person. His name is Rowyn Montgomery, he is all of seven years old, and lives in Tiverton, Rhode Island.  Young Rowyn … this kid is gonna knock your socks off … he’s smart, he’s compassionate, he’s got more sense than a great number of adults I know.  And he’s even got his own YouTube channel, “Rollin’ with Rowyn“.

Rowyn first came up with the idea of making inspirational videos after being bullied himself.  Says Rowyn …

“When I make videos, it makes me feel happy that other people can watch them and feel happy. If they’re getting picked on or if they’re shy or something, they can watch the videos.”

Take a look at this one …

Rowyn’s mother, Michelle, helps him post videos to his YouTube channel …

“He’s so funny. He’s an old soul. You can talk to him about such deep things.”

Just watching his videos, I have no trouble believing that!  This kid is going places, and he’s going to do it with kindness and by helping others.  Check out just one more short one …

I laughed at the part where he threw his hands up and said, “God knows how many grades there’s gonna be …”

Rowyn will start second grade this fall, and hopes to follow in his mom’s footsteps when he grows up. She currently works in the behavioral health field as a case manager and helps people with mental illness.


Orion Jean is just ten years old, lives in Fort Worth, Texas, and last year, when he was a fifth-grader, he was the winner of the National Kindness Speech Contest.  Orion wrote, practiced, and gave this 90-second speech all within 24 hours, for that was all the notice he had.  Take a look at his 90-second speech …

Orion received over 2,800 votes in the contest, and the prize was $500 … a lot of money for a then-nine-year-old kid!  But, Orion didn’t buy himself a new bicycle or anything else with his prize money.  Instead, he put his money where his mouth was, for Orion didn’t just write and speak about kindness, he IS a kind young man who wanted to do something for others.

He decided to start by donating toys to sick kids at Children’s Medical Center Dallas. “These kids are my age, and they’re just kids like me,” he recalls thinking before he launched a drive for five hundred toys in August 2020. Jean’s parents had helped him set up social media pages, and he filmed videos about the toy drive for them to post on his behalf. Donations began streaming in, and he collected and donated 619 toys to the hospital in only a month.

An avid reader, Jean says he saw a statistic stating that two out of three kids living in poverty have no books of their own. He decided to collect 500,000 books for disadvantaged children. So far, he has gathered some 120,000 books and hopes to have the rest by the end of August.

“Kindness is a virtue we can all possess. If we are willing to. So why not start today. Because right now, it’s what we need more than ever.”

Ain’t it the truth!

Orion Jean has done even more, and you can read more about him and learn how you can help, in an article from last month in Texas Monthly.


These two young men are inspiring to all, I think.  If these guys are our future, then perhaps there is hope for humanity after all!

Jolly Monday — 138 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Good Monday morning, my friends … {yawn}.  Yes, you read that right … just 138 days, just over 1/3 of the year left until Christmas.  And I have yet to buy the first Christmas gift, don’t even have a tree yet!  HORRORS!!!!  Seriously, though, the stores are already filled with Hallowe’en stuff, more than two months before Hallowe’en, which may well be largely ignored this year in light of the pandemic.  Ah well, time marches on and doesn’t let such silly things as a pandemic stop it, yes?  Did you all have a wonderful weekend?  Mine was … meh.  Daughter Chris picked up dinner on Saturday from our favourite Chinese place, so that was nice, but otherwise I have been battling the doldrums and a headache that seems resistant to ibuprofen, so nothing too exciting here.  But, today is Monday, the start of a new week, and we should really start it with a smile, maybe even a chuckle or two, don’t you think?  Joyful has made some yummy-looking treats, so let’s hop over to the table and grab a bite, then on to some cartoons, memes, funny signs, and more!


Now that you’ve got something to munch on, let’s see what ‘toons Jolly has in store for us today …


And some of these signs are sure to bring a smile to your face …


I found a few bits of historic trivia over at Phil’s Phun this weekend that I thought you might enjoy …


And lastly, of course we simply must have a cute animal video to make our smiles just a bit wider, yes?  There is no way … NO WAY that you can watch this one and not smile!  And notice how the different species are playing together, snuggling, loving each other without prejudice …


And that’s another Jolly Monday down, my friends.  I hope you all have a great week … let’s keep our friends on the west coast in our hearts as some are losing their homes, their livelihoods, and even their lives to the wildfires that are raging there, as well as in Greece, Turkey, and other areas around the globe.  And remember, my friends, share those beautiful smiles you’re wearing right now … so many people don’t have much to smile about these days.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

The Week’s Best Cartoons 8/7

As she does every Saturday, our friend TokyoSand has scoured the ‘Net for the best political cartoons of the week.  There are a couple of really great ones this week.  As you might guess, the big topics of the week are the COVID surge and Andrew Cuomo.  Here are a few, but be sure to head over to TokyoSand’s place, Political Charge, to see the rest!  The very last one on TokyoSand’s page is especially touching.  Thank you for all your hard work in finding these, TS!

Be sure to check out the rest of the ‘toons over at Political Charge!

Snarky Snippets From A Bouncing Mind

Today’s snippets cover a wide … and I do mean wide … range of topics, from making fun of Mike Pompeo to cursing Andrew Cuomo.  So, fasten your seatbelts and come along for the ride!


Thanks a lot, anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers!

Worldwide, the number of new cases of COVID increased last week by 11% over the preceding week.  In the United States, cases increased by 41% … almost four times the worldwide average.  Need I tell you the reason?  Surely you understand that the refusal of some 30% of the people in this nation to be vaccinated plays a role, but perhaps even more importantly is the happy-go-lucky, not-a-care-in-the-world attitude of those who congregate on beaches, at music festivals, in theaters, shops, restaurants and bars, and refuse to wear a damned mask.  Oh yes, the U.S. claims to have a position as a world leader … we’re a world leader, alright … in spreading a lethal virus intentionally!

Canada and Turkey are the only other western nations with increase rates higher than our own … 59% and 71% respectively.

President Biden has done as much as any president could be expected to in encouraging sensible behaviour, encouraging mask-wearing by example, encouraging vaccination, but there is only so much the president can do … he cannot sign an executive order to eradicate stupidity.  I’ll report on the numbers again next week … I wonder how long it will be before we are back to 1,000 or more deaths a day?


I dunno where it {burp} went

Mike Pompeo was Secretary of State under the former guy.  I had many issues with Mike – his ‘diplomacy’, the fact that he was loyal to the madman, the useless trips he made on our dime, his slavish devotion to Benjamin Netanyahu, misuse by both he and his wifey of government resources, his bringing his religion into his job, and more.  So, I am taking this opportunity to have a laugh at his expense.

Turns out that on June 24th, 2019, the Japanese government gave Pompeo a bottle of whiskey valued at $5,800.  Now, I may be but a peon who knows nothing whatsoever about expensive wine & spirits, but I think there’s no bottle of whiskey worth nearly six thousand dollars.  None.  Sheesh, you drink it, it’s gone, and what do you have to show for it but a massive headache the next morning.

Now, allegedly the bottle was given to an aide, since Pompeo was actually in Saudi Arabia, not Japan on that day, and the aide was to give it to Pompeo.  Presumably he or she did just that.  First problem here is that diplomats and other oversees workers are only allowed to keep gifts that are valued at less than $390.  I’m an accountant, so I know that $5,800 is way more than $390!

The second problem is that now the booze has done a runner, it seems.  It’s gone.  Probably gone into Pompeo’s rather massive belly, but … who knows?  At any rate, the State Department is investigating the whereabouts of the missing booze.  Apparently, they have nothing better to do?  Pompeo’s lawyer, William A. Burck, says that “He has no idea what the disposition was of this bottle of whiskey.”  And most likely he doesn’t recall, for he may have been a bit too … um … inebriated … to remember drinking it.

Okay, I’ve had my fun … in the grand scheme of everything happening today, this is such a minor story that it has little relevance, however every major news outlet seems to have carried it, so I couldn’t resist jumping on that bandwagon.  Now, on to other things …


Mexico is suing us … rightly so

The Mexican government is suing several U.S.-based gun manufacturers including Smith & Wesson Brands, Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Beretta USA, Glock and Colt’s Manufacturing Co.

The lawsuit maintains that the U.S. arms manufacturers “are conscious of the fact that their products are trafficked and used in illicit activities against the civilian population and authorities of Mexico,” according to a document from the Foreign Ministry. “Nonetheless, they continue to prioritize their economic benefit, and use marketing strategies to promote weapons that are ever more lethal, without mechanisms of security or traceability,” it continued.

In addition to financial damages sought — which Mexican officials estimated could run to $10 billion if the lawsuit is successful — it also seeks tighter controls on sales and better security features on weapons. It calls on the companies to undertake studies and media campaigns to prevent arms trafficking.

In the past, gun manufacturers have denied responsibility for crimes in which their weapons were used, claiming that they try to ensure that guns can be purchased only by those legally allowed to own them.  Bullshit!  As long as they’re making those huge profits from the sale of killing machines, they don’t give a royal hoot who uses them or for what purpose!

And they have profited greatly from the pandemic.  Smith & Wesson, for example, saw net profit of $243.6 million in 2020 as compared to only $27.7 million the prior year.  Profiting from other people’s death and pain.  The ‘American Dream’, eh?

I would like to see Mexico win this suit and the gun manufacturers have to pay until they are twisted in knots!  Unfortunately, a federal law that took effect in 2005 shields gun manufacturers from most civil liability claims, making it difficult for lawsuits like Mexico’s to succeed.  This case should be tried under international law, perhaps by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in order to be ruled on fairly.  Yeah, I know … not a snowball’s chance in hell.  Sigh.  I can dream, can’t I?


Resign, Andrew! 

I will only briefly touch on the report released on Tuesday saying that Governor Andrew Cuomo had sexually harassed at least 11 women.  Now, as a native New Yorker, I must admit I’ve always liked Cuomo, thought he did a good job and cared, truly cared, about the people of his state.  However, in light of the charges, I have no choice but to join the masses calling for his resignation, for contrary to what our friend Scott believes of me, I am no hypocrite.  Women’s rights … damn, why do we keep having to fight for them???  WHY the hell can’t men just understand that we don’t WANT their uninvited lecherous passes?  We are … listen to me … WE ARE every bit as deserving of respect as you guys are!  WE ARE NOT sex objects for you to toy with as you please, grabbing our boobs or other body parts.  WE ARE PEOPLE TOO!

Whew … I didn’t realize quite how angry I was about this until I started writing! 🤬  I’m a firm believer of that old adage, “Where there’s so much smoke, there’s bound to be a fire somewhere.”  Yes, I firmly believe that Governor Cuomo is an abuser of women and I join in the calls for his resignation.  That said, he’s a stubborn ass and unlikely to resign, thus impeachment is the next likely step.  My heart breaks for the people of New York that have stood behind Governor Cuomo, only to be slapped in the face by him.

Jolly First Monday In August!

Good Monday morning my friends!  Wh-wha … first Monday in August???  Where has this year gone?  Just a few days ago it was March!  Sigh … the girls are already talking about Hallowe’en decorations and Christmas shopping … STOP the world!  I wanna get off!  I’m not ready to plunge back into the holidays yet!

I hope you all had a great, relaxing weekend and now you’re ready to put those noses back to the grindstones and … sigh … who am I kidding … it’s Monday, and none of us are likely eager to get back to the salt mines, but hey … who knows but that something wonderful might come your way this week!  Tell you what … Jolly, Joyful and I will do our level best to try to help start your week off with a smile, a chuckle, or maybe even a laugh, and perhaps that will set the tone for the entire week!  For starters, let’s go see what surprises Joyful has whipped up for us today.  She didn’t confide in me, but when she went to the store on Saturday, she bought 2 or 3 bags of lemons, so be prepared …


When a big mouth isn’t a bad thing … maybe

Who knew that having a big mouth could get you into the Guinness Book of Records?  Samantha Ramsdell, 31, went viral multiple times on TikTok when she showed off the size of her mouth, leading her to seek the Guinness record for the world’s largest mouth gape (female).  So, a ‘Guinness adjudicator’ accompanied Ramsdell to her local dentist’s office in South Norwalk, Connecticut, where her gape was measured at 2.56 inches.

Ramsdell has 1.7 million followers, and has even done duet videos with Isaac Johnson, whose 4-inch gape earned him the male version of the record.  Says Ramsdell …

“If I had advice for anyone who had a large body part, or something really unique, and they wanted to go for the Guinness World Records title, I would say do it!”

Okay then … moving right along …


Fun facts

Every now and then it’s fun to pop over to Mental Floss’ Fact Generator and learn something new, so that’s what I did while Joyful was cooking and Jolly was over at Phil’s Phun finding cartoons.  I found a few interesting facts …

  • Trained pigeons can differentiate between the paintings of Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet. (Whoa!  Smart birds!)
  • Citizens of the Soviet Union began celebrating the defeat of Germany in World War II as soon as it was announced. Less than 24 hours later, the entire country was out of vodka. (Those Russians sure know how to celebrate!)
  • When Disneyland was opened in 1955, “Tomorrowland” was designed to look like a year in the distant future: 1986.
  • The ancestor of the modern chainsaw was invented to facilitate childbirth. (Um … I wish I could ‘un-see’ this one!)

Okay then … let’s see what kind of cartoons Jolly brought back from Phil’s …


Jolly forgot the Maxine toons.  Luckily I had a few in reserve …


And we can’t let you leave without a cute animal video, now can we?  Meet Dash, the tiny rescued baby tiger …


Well, folks, I hope you all have a wonderful week and that you find a few special moments this week.  Be sure to share those smiles … they seem extra bright this week — must have been all the lemon treats!!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!