Jolly Monday — 🎃Happy Halloween!!!🎃

Good Monday morning, my friends!  How was your weekend?  Mine was a bit more fun than usual this time, for we had a get-together with our friends Maha & Ali yesterday evening.  Today is daughter Chris’ birthday (the BIG 5-0, but I’m not supposed to tell you that!), and Tuesday is Maha’s birthday … about 5 years shy of 50 … so we decided to celebrate both on Sunday.  As always, time spent with them is precious and has been sorely lacking for the past seven months or so.  And now, it’s back to the grind with a cloudy Monday morning, so let’s grab a snack — Joyful started baking at midnight, and has turned out some awesome treats, but sorry bacon-lovers, no bacon today — and find something to start the week out right!


eyes👻 Since Hallowe’en is just 5 days away, I thought I’d make this week’s Jolly Monday post Hallowe’en-themed!  I found some fun things related to Hallowe’en that I think you’ll like.  Let’s start with a couple of Hallowe’en jokes.

Chiseling with Fear

Two men were walking home after a Halloween party and
decided to take a shortcut through the cemetery just for
laughs. Right in the middle of the cemetery, they were
startled by a tap-tap-tapping noise coming from the misty
shadows.

Trembling with fear, they found an old man with a hammer and
chisel, chipping away at one of the headstones.

“Holy cow, Mister,” one of them said after catching his
breath. “You scared us half to death — we thought you were a
ghost! What are you doing working here so late at night?”

“My family are such fools!” the old man grumbled. “They misspelled my
name and here I have to correct it!”

A Bat Story

batA vampire bat came flapping in from the night covered in fresh blood and parked himself on the roof of the cave to get some sleep.  Pretty soon all the other bats smelled the blood and began hassling him about where he got it.  He told them to knock it off and let him get some sleep but they persisted until finally he gave in.  “OK, follow me,” he said and flew out of the cave with hundreds of bats behind him.  Down through a valley they went, across a river and into a forest full of trees.  Finally he slowed down and all the other bats excitedly milled around him.  “Now, do you see that tree over there?” he asked.  “Yes, yes, yes!” the bats all screamed in a frenzy.  “Good,” said the first bat, “Because I DIDN’T!”

Halloween Groaner

A man was walking home alone one night when he heard a “BUMP….BUMP….BUMP…” behind him. Walking faster, he looked back, making out an image of an upright coffin banging its way down the middle of the street towards him….”BUMP…BUMP…BUMP…”

The man began to run toward his home, and the coffin boiunced  after him faster….faster…BUMPBUMPBUMP.

He ran up to his door, fumbled with his keys, opened the door, rushed in, and locked it behind him. The coffin crashed through his door, with the lid of the coffin clapping BUMP…BUMP…BUMP… on the heals of the terrified man. The man rushed upstairs to the bathroom and locked himself in, heart pounding.

With a CRASH, the coffin broke down the door, coming slowly toward  him.  The man while screaming, reached for something, anything….all he can find was a box of cough drops which he hurled at the coffin…and suddenly “the coffin stops.”  ⚰️


eyesOkay, granted that last one was pretty bad, but I bet you at least grinned.  Now here are some riddles that are sure to make you groan and roll your eyes!

What do goblins and ghosts drink when they’re hot and thirsty on Halloween? Ghoul-aid!!!

What is a Mummie’s favorite type of music? Wrap!!!!!

What do you call a witch who lives at the beach? A sand-witch.

Why did the game warden arrest the ghost? He didn’t have a haunting license.

Why didn’t the skeleton dance at the party? He had no body to dance with.

Where did the goblin throw the football? Over the ghoul line.

Why is a ghost such a messy eater?  Because he is always a goblin.

What do you call a goblin who gets too close to a bonfire? A toasty ghosty.


And you know we’ve got to have some ‘toons …

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I found this cool Halloween candy quiz … answers are below … see how many you can get.  I’ll give you a hint, I got 8 out of 28 … but then, I’m not very good at these things, so I’m betting you guys will do better!

  1. A famous swashbuckling trio of old.
  2. Indian burial grounds
  3. Galaxy
  4. What bees make
  5. Round flotation device
  6. Twin letters
  7. Red Planet
  8. Not laughing out loud
  9. Can’t hold on to anything
  10. A famous author
  11. Famous former baseball player
  12. Famous New York Street
  13. A sweet sign of affection
  14. A favorite day of working people
  15. Nut happiness
  16. Pleasantly plumb
  17. Two female pronouns
  18. A feline
  19. Single women look for him
  20. Sun explosion
  21. Bite with a crunch noise
  22. Dry cow
  23. Children of the cane
  24. A lottery amount
  25. Lactic flops
  26. Determines who wins the game
  27. Home of movie stars
  28. Superman’s favorite hangout

Answers …

  1. Three Musketeers
  2. Mounds
  3. Milky Way
  4. Bit O’Honey
  5. Life Savers
  6. M&Ms
  7. Mars Bar
  8. Snickers, Chuckles
  9. Butterfingers
  10. O’Henry
  11. Babe Ruth
  12. 5th Avenue
  13. Candy Kiss
  14. Pay Day
  15. Almond Joy
  16. Cunky
  17. Hershey
  18. Kit Kat
  19. Goodbar, Millionaire, Sugar Daddy
  20. Star Burst
  21. Krackle, Crunch Bar
  22. Milk Duds
  23. Sugar Babies
  24. $100,000 Bar
  25. Milk Duds
  26. Skor
  27. Holywood
  28. Clark Bar

What’s your favourite Hallowe’en candy, by the way?

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Check out these pooches in their Hallowe’en finery …

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And, as always, we must have a cute critter video.  Typically, I am not a fan of putting clothing on animals … unlike humans, their fur gives them a natural beauty that is not enhanced by human attempts to “dress them up”.  However, Hallowe’en is the exception, and these will definitely make you chuckle … I hope, anyway.


And now, sadly, our Jolly Monday time has come to an end.  I have a birthday cake to bake, homemade spaghetti sauce to get started (the birthday dinner request), laundry to do, and a house to clean.  I hope you all have a wonderful week, and that you’ll share those beautiful smiles I see on your faces.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!

The Week’s Best Cartoons 10/24

I thought it was time to lighten it up a bit, and while the political cartoons these days often aren’t exactly funny, they are brilliant in the way they can sum up a situation with few or no words.  How I wish I had artistic talent!  So, instead of the post I had planned for this afternoon, I am sharing instead TokyoSand’s weekly collection featuring the ‘best of the best’ cartoons from the past week.  Thank you, TS, for this excellent collection!


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Saturday Surprise — More Squirrels!

Conversation between me, myself, and I, with name-calling and profanities removed:

Me:  It’s 11 days before the election … surely you can’t expect me to manage a Saturday Surprise post this week?

Myself:  Okay, fine, so go to bed, then, lazy.

I:  Look, you write about politics all week … don’t you want a break?

Me:  No, the political situation is important!  It’s the thing weighing most heavily on my mind, the thing that has wrecked my appetite and my sleep!  I can’t find humour today … I just can’t.

Myself:  Oh great, feel sorry for y’self, why don’t you?

I:  Look, maybe you don’t want a break, but maybe your readers would be grateful for one, don’t you think?  Think about them, not yourself.  They’re worried too, and they need something to smile about.

Me:  Well … since you put it that way …

Myself:  Then get busy, you lazy sod.

Me:  I’m going, I’m going … would you please shut up!

And so … I went in search of something to give us all a reason to smile!  And I found – squirrels!!!

Geert Weggen is a Dutch/Swedish international awarded photographer specialiced in photographing Red squirrels.  In December 2018, I did a Saturday Surprise post featuring some of his squirrel photography.  This week, he put out a new collection of adorable photos, but first, I’ll let Geert tell you a bit about himself and how this all came about …

“15 years ago, I built a house with a balcony in a small village in the middle of Sweden beside a forest. I never expected that my balcony would become a photo studio for wild animals. Now I make my living with red squirrel photography.

It all started with a fox standing in front of my door. I started to take photos of the fox. After 2 weeks of daily visits, the fox started to climb onto my balcony and climb into boxes. This was the start of creating scenes on my balcony where I would lay out food for wildlife and capture them with my camera.

The studio is built 1 meter from the ground and is directly connected with my kitchen window and the forest. This is how I make compositions at eye level, 3 meters from my window. I use food to lure animals.

There can be a total of 14 squirrels visiting my garden, but mostly, there are 6 coming daily. I do not give them much food, so that they are not dependent on me.

I have won prizes, published books, and been published in many newspapers and magazines, TV and radio broadcasts, as well as worked together with publishers and artists. I have also done commercials and organized workshops. I’ve also been featured on Bored Panda many times, and you can find the links to these articles hereherehereherehere, and here.

Although there can be many squirrels coming in my scenes simultaneously, they are rarely all perfectly in focus or the right composition; therefore, I sometimes capture 2 photos with the animals in different positions and stack them together. Another thing I do is cloning out wires, pins, or food buckets if needed.”

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Me, myself, and I all hope that the cute, furry squirrels brought a smile to your face, and we wish you a wonderful weekend!!!

Jolly Monday … OCTOBER!!!

Good morning friends!  Come in out of the cold … it’s been a while since I’ve had to say that, hasn’t it?  Yep, jacket season is back, and soon you’ll be digging out those extra blankets, winter coats, long johns, scarves & mittens!  Brrrrrrrrrrr.  Worse yet, the holidays will soon be upon us and frankly, I wouldn’t mind if we just skipped over them all this year.  But that’s a worry for another day.  Now, there aren’t as many snacks today as usual, for Joyful has been helping Roger build and decorate his new tower, and Jolly … well, Jolly tells me he’s been on an important mission, but won’t give me any details.  Do any of you have any idea what ol’ Jolly has been up to?  Anyway … it’s the start of a new week, so grab a snack from the table and let’s try to find something to start the week off with a smile, okay?


Making mask wearing palatable

Now here is one for the bacon lovers among you – Larry, David, Larry, rawgod, and Emily, sit up and take note!

That’s right … a bacon-scented face mask!  According to Hormel, the Black Label Breathable Bacon mask uses the “the latest in bacon-smell technology” to give the wearer the experience of smelling bacon anytime they don the protection accessory.

You can register to win a bacon-scented mask until October 28 here!  I had to laugh at the warning on the website that cautioned against trying to eat the mask!  Go on, guys … enter the contest … you know you want to!


The BIG pumpkin

Every year around this time, there is a Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off contest held in Half Moon Bay in Northern California.  The prize goes to the entry having the heftiest pumpkin and is paid at $7 per pound.pumpkin-winnerThis year’s grand prize winner was Travis Gienger and his pumpkin weighed a whopping … wait for it … 2,350 pounds!  Wow … just think how many pumpkin pies and loaves of pumpkin bread you could make with that!  But … it wouldn’t even fit in my kitchen, and I surely couldn’t lift the thing!

Travis is now $16,450 richer and now owns the title of 2020 Pumpkin King of Half Moon Bay.


Jokes, jokes, jokes!

How ‘bout a few jokes, courtesy of Reader’s Digest?

  • An exercise for people who are out of shape: Begin with a five-pound potato bag in each hand. Extend your arms straight out from your sides, hold them there for a full minute, and then relax. After a few weeks, move up to ten-pound potato bags. Then try 50-pound potato bags, and eventually try to get to where you can lift a 100-pound potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. Once you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.
  • My daughter received this e-mail from a prospective student prior to the start of the semester: “Dear Professor, I won’t be able to come to any of your classes or meet for any of the tests. Is this a problem?”
  • Scene: With a patient in my medical exam room Me: How old are your kids? Patient: Forty-four and 39 from my wife who passed away, and from my second wife, 15 and 13. Me: That’s quite the age difference! Patient: Well, the older ones didn’t give me any grandkids, so I made my own.

And now, the moment that you all like best … the ‘toons!

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Well, I don’t suppose it would be quite right to sign off without a cute animal video, now would it?  This one is guaranteed to melt your heart.


Okay, folks … I’ve got a house to clean, laundry to do, and I’ve got to try to figure out what I’m cooking for supper tonight.  You guys have jobs to go to, and other important things that keep your world right-side-up.  Thanks so much for spending a bit of your Monday morning with us, and please remember to share your gorgeous smiles with others you meet this week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

The Week’s Best Cartoons 10/17

As she does every week, our friend TokyoSand has searched high and low for the week’s best political cartoons.  While these days, the cartoons may not make us laugh very much, I still find it amazing how the artists can sum up a major news story with a drawing and few or no words!  Sigh.  Would that I had that kind of talent …

So, without further ado or verbiage from moi, I ask you to hop over to TS’ site and check out her selection!  Thank you, TS, for your diligence in always finding the cream of the crop!

Here are a couple of samples, but please be sure to head over to The Week’s Best Cartoons 10/17  for the full collection!

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Jolly Monday — ALREADY???

Monday-sleepy-2Wh-wha-what???  It’s M-m-Monday already?  Says who?  ‘Cording to my calendar it’s … um … oh.  Well, from the smells coming from the kitchen it smells like Joyful has been up and at it already, so … how ‘bout you guys go see what’s for breakfast while I go get my teeth brushed, and then we’ll see what fun things we can find to start our week out, ‘k?


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A Canadian business, Gaze Seed Company of St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador submitted an ad to Facebook for publication.  But Facebook found the ad too “overtly sexual” to be posted on the social media platform.

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WHAT … did they think the onions were mating in the basket???  According to Jackson McLean, manager at Gaze Seed Company …

“We got notified the other day that it’s an ‘overtly sexual image’ that they had to ban from the site. I guess something about the two round shapes there could be misconstrued as boobs or something, nude in some way.

I just thought it was funny. You’d have to have a pretty active imagination to look at that and get something sexual out of it … ‘Overtly sexual,’ as in there’s no way of mistaking it as not sexual.”

Amazing … simply amazing, given some of the offensive crud I’ve seen on Facebook!  A spokesperson for Facebook said …

“We use automated technology to keep nudity off our apps, but sometimes it doesn’t know a walla walla onion from a, well, you know. We restored the ad and are sorry for the business’ trouble.”


Police in Alberta, Canada, were called to the scene of a gas station after receiving a call about a python that had somehow gotten loose inside the store.

pythonPicturing the worst, for pythons can be rather large & lethal, they cautiously entered the station.  The clerk told them it had slithered under a display of potato chips.  They began trying to coax the python out … then suddenly, he slithered back out and …

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Yep, folks, a plain ol’ harmless garter snake, about 1/50th the size of what a python would have been.  They could have picked it up, given it a bit of loving and sent it on its way … no need for the police!  🙄


It seems that while Joyful was preparing this feast for us, Jolly was over at Phil’s Phun picking out some cartoons and memes for us …

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And what would Jolly Monday be without a cute animal video???  I think you’ll laugh over this one with a meerkat … who knew they were such energetic critters?


And especially for our friend Hugh, a double dose of Monday joy …


Well, folks, it’s that time again … time to go about our duties and try to accomplish something.  I’m always sad to see you go, but I know you’ll be back soon and we’ll have more fun!  Be sure to share those beautiful smiles I see you wearing … lot’s of people seem to have lost theirs.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

Saturday Surprise — Critter Love

Given the events of the past week, I thought there couldn’t possibly be a Saturday Surprise post in me this week, and was preparing a post about … well, you’ll find out this afternoon.  But then, I came across a post on Bored Panda and … by about the 7th picture, I found a funny thing happening to my face.  The corners of my mouth were turning up and I was saying, “Awwwwww …” repeatedly!  So, long story short, I decided that I could step away from the drama & trauma of the world for just a bit and share some “awwwww … “ moments with you guys.

It seems these days that some people cannot accept any who look different from themselves, say have a different skin tone or accent.  But these critters prove that looks, fur colour, size, gender, and even species are irrelevant in the grand scheme.

According to Arizona Humane Society’s Pet Behavior and Pet Training Manager Jenny Dagnino, social relationships and friendships between animals of different species are common.

Take a look at some of these guys … I guarantee they’ll bring a smile to your face …

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This pelican befriended the dog who kept hanging out and seemed lonely.  The man who took this picture adopted the dog, but brings him back every day to visit his pelican friend.

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Even height doesn’t matter to these two!

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Wasn’t there once a book or a film titled “The Owl and the Pussycat”?

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And I know there is both a novel and a Disney film about “The Fox and the Hound”!

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You may remember these two, Herman the pigeon who can’t fly, and Lundy the chihuahua who can’t walk, for I wrote a post about them in February.

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Yet another Fox and Hound!

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Growing up together

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♫  So Happy Together

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Giving comfort in the time of need

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“Hey!!!  Give us back our brother!”

critters-15Now, if all these adorable critters didn’t warm your heart, then … I just don’t know what will!  Perhaps a cute critter video?

Now that you’re smiling and feeling all warm ‘n fuzzy inside, go forth and have a terrific WEEKEND!!!

Jolly Monday … Smile 😊

Monday-sleepy-2Good Monday morning, friends … {yawn}.  Did you all have a lovely weekend?  Mine was terribly exciting!  I got up, did laundry, cleaned, researched, read, wrote, ate, did more laundry, read some more, went to bed, repeat from step 1.  Lots of variety!  I notice the trees are starting to turn, so I guess autumn really is upon us.

Well, since it’s Monday, there must be some snacks out, and we must seek something to help us start the week with a smile, so help yourself to a treat and let’s see what we can find.

OOPS!!!  We almost forgot the most important part …


Do something nice!

Today is ‘National Do Something Nice Day’.  Now, I don’t need to tell you how to observe this one, but the folks over at the National Day Calendar place had a few simple suggestions that I thought I’d share:

  • Noticing someone’s signal in traffic and allowing them into your lane
  • Picking up the neighbor’s newspaper on your daily walk and placing it within easy reach
  • Opening a door for another person
  • Giving your place in line to the person with only three items
  • Tipping your service staff an extra dollar or two more than you usually would
  • Give a compliment
  • Encourage a student with an idea for a solution
  • Read to a child
  • Listen to someone who is lonely

As you can see, it doesn’t have to be anything big … little things mean a lot!


Costly review!

Wesley Barnes is a teacher from the U.S. who was working in Thailand.  Back in June, Mr. Barnes and a friend stayed at the Sea View Resort in Koh Chang, Thailand.  Turns out, he wasn’t very pleased with the service.  He says the staff tried to charge him a ‘corkage fee’ for alcohol he and his friend had brought on to the premises, and when he complained to the manager, the manager became aggressive and rude.  So, Barnes did what a lot of people would have done … he wrote a negative review of the hotel and published it on Tripadvisor, an online travel company.

End of story, right?  Not quite …

Last month, much to his surprise, Mr. Barnes was arrested and spent two days in jail until he was able to make bail, and he now faces a possible two-year prison sentence!  Why?  For writing a negative review!  The Sea View Resort accused Wesley Barnes of “a slanderous campaign” over the reviews, and filed a police complaint under the country’s harsh defamation laws.  Defamation is a criminal offense in Thailand, carrying a maximum sentence of two years in prison, along with a 200,000 baht (£4,915 or $6,363) fine.

The latest news this month is that the hotel has reached out to Mr. Barnes hoping to mediate a settlement and they are scheduled to meet this week.  Best guess is that if Mr. Barnes offers them enough cash, they will drop the case.

Let this be a lesson if you travel to Thailand … don’t complain!!!


I found these cool pics over at Phil’s place when I went in search of some ‘toons … yes, photoshopped, but still cool …

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jollyHi, it’s me, Jolly!  Gwammie let me pick out some cute animal pictures … I hope you likes dem …

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And now … the moment you’ve all been waiting for … ‘TOONS!!!!

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And a few fun memes …

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And of course, since we now know the health benefits of watching cute animal videos … we must have one to make this Monday really jolly!


Well, folks, that’s all we’ve got for this Monday morning … I hope we’ve managed to start your week off with a smile and … well, I wish we could make sure those smiles stay with you throughout the week, but since we can’t, there’s a big basket of smiles by the door … take a few extras as you leave, and feel free to pop back in for more if you need them!

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Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

The Week’s Best Cartoons 10/3

Most of us are finding it difficult to find much humour these days, but political cartoonists are a different breed … they can put a humorous spin on even the most dire news events.  Every week, our friend TokyoSand searches the ‘Net for the weeks best ‘toons, and this week is no exception.  Thank you, TS!


Editorial cartoonists from around the nation cover the biggest news stories of the week including the president contracting COVID, Justice Ginsburg’s SCOTUS seat, the 1st debate, and the release of Trump’s tax returns.

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