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!

Jolly Monday … P.W. Edition!

Good {yawn} Monday morning, my friends!  Sometimes it’s hard {yawn} to get back into the groove after a {yawn} long weekend, isn’t it?  What’s that you say?  It wasn’t a long weekend?  Maybe not for you, but for me it was.  First, on Friday afternoon a water main at the top of our street burst and we were without water for about 12 years hours.  Then on Saturday, granddaughter Natasha and I had to go for the first jab of our coronavirus vaccine.  That turned out to be no big deal at all, but I had spent days and sleepless nights dreading it.  And then Sunday was the day I’ve dreaded for the last 20 years … my 70th birthday.  My gorgeous girls and a two very special friends across the pond, David & Yvonne, went all out to make it a special day and indeed it was!  However, no matter how much fun, how much delicious food and absolutely delightful gifts, ultimately enough celebrating is enough and it’s time to return to the daily grind.  Hence, after these past three days, I am exhausted and feel like I could sleep for at least a week!  Now that I’ve told you about mine … how was your weekend?

But now it is time for us to begin a brand new week, so let’s see if we can kick it off with a smile, shall we?  Grab a snack and a cuppa something from the table and we’ll go in search of a laugh or two.

 


I put Jolly in charge of finding the ‘toons this week, so let’s see what he’s come up with …


And we have just a few funny signs …


And a few memes to make you laugh, or at least chuckle …


And of course we cannot let you go out into that cold, cruel world without first warming your heart with a cute animal video!  This is one I stumbled across a week or so ago and I’ve been saving it to share with you today … it’s guaranteed to make you laugh!  You’re going to just love Moya!


Well, my friends, the time has come … I have a load of Goose’s clothes in the washer and a basket full of dirty towels waiting in the wings, so I really must get to it!  I hope you all have a wonderful (or at least tolerable) week ahead and remember … share those smiles, and if you run out, there’s a basketful by the door!!!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!

The Week’s Best Cartoons 6/5

One thing I love about Saturdays is the collection of the week’s best political/editorial cartoons that our friend TokyoSand publishes weekly.  This week’s topics range from Pride Month to the ignominious senate filibuster to racism to the current state of freedom in the U.S. to the killing of the January 6 commission and more.  Thank you, TS, for this great collection!


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

Saturday Surprise — In Pictures

I started the Saturday Surprise feature in late August 2017, and this post was only the third one I ever did — the first one featuring unique animals.  I don’t typically redux Saturday Surprise, but frankly this week I drew a blank in whatever direction I tried to head.  So, those of you who are long-time readers — pretend you didn’t see this one in September 2017!  For the rest of you it will be new and I hope you enjoy these critters!  (The header image is, for me, like looking in the mirror first thing in the morning!)


One of the suggestions for the new Saturday Surprise feature came from Eschudel of Zombie Flamingos who suggested a ‘Snapshot Saturday’ with unusual or interesting pictures from the week.  Sounded like a good idea, so I went in search of and found a hodge-podge of unusual, touching pictures, but as I was loading them onto this post, I concluded that there needed to be a theme.  So, I sat down and ate dinner, responded to comments from the day, chatted a bit with the family, and then when I came back to work, a theme hit me!  (No, it didn’t hurt … at least not much.)  What about unusual animals?  So, I once again went in search of … and I found some really, really strange creatures (no, I wasn’t in a bar!!!).  So … sit back and take a look at some of these guys!

The Panda Ant

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The Mutillidae are a family of more than 3,000 species of wasps (despite the names) whose wingless females resemble large, hairy ants. Found in Chile, they are known for their extremely painful stings, hence the common name cow killer or cow ant. Black and white specimens are sometimes known as panda ants due to their hair coloration resembling that of the Chinese giant panda. (Image credits: Chris Lukhaup)

Hummingbird Hawk-Moth

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As this hawk-moth feeds on flowers and makes a similar humming sound, it looks a lot like a hummingbird. What’s interesting is that it is surprisingly good at learning colors. (Image credits: Jerzy Strzelecki | unknown)

Glaucus Atlanticus (aka Blue Dragon)

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Also known as the blue dragon, this creature is a is a species of blue sea slug. You could find it in warm waters of the oceans, as it floats on the surface because of a gas-filled sac in its stomach. (Image credits: unknown | unknown | paulhypnos)

Venezuelan Poodle Moth

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Discovered in Venezuela in 2009, this new species of alien-looking moth is still poorly explored. Waiting for more info about them! (Image credits: Arthur Anker | imgur)

The Blue Parrotfish

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This bright blue fish can be found in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, and spends 80% of its time searching for food. (Image credits: imgur | depalmadise)

Okapi

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This mammal is native to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. Despite the zebra-like stripes, it is actually more closely related to giraffes. (Image credits: marylandzoo.org | baynews9.com)

Sea Pig

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Scotoplanes live on deep ocean bottoms, specifically on the abyssal plain in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean, typically at depths of over 1000 meters. They are deposit feeders, and obtain food by extracting organic particles from deep-sea mud. (Image credits: imgur | thedailygreen.com | realcoldfish)

Aye-aye

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Due to its bizarre appearance and unusual feeding habits, the aye-aye is considered by many to be the strangest primate in the world. It is the world’s largest nocturnal primate. Unusual physical characteristics include incisors that are continually growing (unique among primates), extremely large ears, and a middle finger which is skeletal in appearance, and is used by the animal as a primary sensory organ.

Aren’t they all just adorable?  Which was your favourite?  I am torn between the Okapi and the Aye-aye.  I had fun finding these guys … there are many, many more, so we shall do this again sometime soon.

Stay tuned for next week’s Saturday Surprise!

Jolly Monday … Just A Little Bit Late

Well, it’s Monday once again, but a different sort of Monday for most here in the U.S., for it is a holiday, meaning the third day of a three-day weekend!  Daughter Chris’ band played in a parade this morning – their first live public performance since the start of the pandemic.  She found out just how out of shape she’d gotten these past 15 months or so, as I suspect most of us have.  So, are you guys enjoying your holiday Monday?  I’m afraid we don’t have any funny news stories to start the day out, but we have lots ‘n lots of cartoons and as always, Joyful has been in the kitchen whipping up some special treats, while Jolly did a bit of grilling out back for us!  So, grab a snack and let’s start this week out with some smiles, shall we?


What say we start with two cute pictures Joyful found this morning?


And now for some ‘toons to bring a smile or a chuckle …


And a few funny memes that Jolly’s been collecting all weekend …


And what would Jolly Monday be without a cute animal video?  I think you’ll enjoy this one about Milo and Cracker …


Well, that’s a wrap for this Jolly Monday, my friends!  I hope you all have a wonderful week, and don’t forget to share those beautiful smiles you’re wearing today!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

Just A Bit Of This ‘N That

I’m not ranting tonight, but just have a couple of little things that crossed my radar …


The cost of a letter

I remember when it cost a nickel, 5 cents, to mail a letter.  And then it was a dime.  Through the years, the cost of mailing a letter or a package has increased, which is to be expected as the cost of delivering the mail has increased.  However, the announcement yesterday that the cost of mailing a letter will soon become 58 cents, more than half a dollar, rattled me a bit.  Gone are the days when I can afford to buy and mail 50 Christmas cards to send to friends ‘n family.  Thankfully, there is email.  However, we still like to send physical cards to friends and loved ones at birthdays and holidays, and not all of us can sneeze at 58 cents to mail a damn card.  Worse yet, on average it costs $30 or more to mail a package from the U.S. to the UK … that will, no doubt, also increase to the point of costing an entire day’s pay just to mail a package.

I might not mind the cost increases so much if there were some signs that efficiency is being restored to the United States Postal Service (USPS), but instead, the current head of the USPS, Louis DeJoy, has ‘promised’ to slow down the mail, to cut efficiency … in exchange for charging us more!  DeJoy took over the job as Postmaster General in May 2020, appointed by the former guy and given the mandate to slow the mail in order to discourage and interfere with postal voting in the 2020 election.  Despite DeJoy’s best efforts, a large number of us did manage to post our postal votes either by dropping them in ballot boxes or mailing them early enough that even DeJoy couldn’t delay them past the deadline.  DeJoy should have been fired long ago, but the USPS Board of Governors seems to be pleased with his denigration of what was once a highly efficient operation serving the people of this nation well.

Where’s da ‘Joy’?

It would seem that DeJoy, just as is the case with Republicans in Congress, is still taking his marching orders from the irrelevant former guy.  Yesterday, the Senate finally managed to confirm President Biden’s three nominees to the Board of Governors.  They are Anton Hajjar, former general counsel of the American Postal Workers Union, Ron Stroman, a former deputy postmaster general, and Amber McReynolds, who leads the nonprofit National Vote at Home Institute.  It is my fondest hope that the addition of these three to the USPS Board of Governors will result in the firing … or at the very least hamstringing … of Mr. DeJoy.  We the People deserve better.


An update …

Last month I wrote about Nicole Poole Franklin, the white woman who intentionally ran down two children, one Black and one Hispanic, with her car because she didn’t like the colour of their skin.  That happened in December 2019, and Ms. Franklin was only charged last month.

On Friday, Franklin was sentenced to two 25-year sentences, one for each child she attempted to kill, to be served concurrently.  She also faces two federal hate crime charges for hitting the children because of their race and national origin. She is expected to be sentenced on August 19th for those charges and faces up to life in prison and up to a $250,000 fine for each offense.  I have no empathy for this woman and frankly hope she never walks out of prison.


This Seth Meyers clip brought me a few chuckles … perhaps it will do the same for you.

The Week’s Best Cartoons 5/29

Naturally the main topic of this week’s editorial cartoons was the Republican filibuster that put the brakes on the much-needed investigation into the origins and events of January 6th.  As I have said previously, those who voted to kill this bill must have had some role in the attack, something they are desperate to hide.  The cartoonists had a field day with this one!  There was other news, however, such as mass shootings, the new Texas open-carry law that allows any fool to carry a gun without even having to register it or pass a background check, the ‘Matt Gaetz-Margie Greene show, and more.  And so, as she does every week, our friend TokyoSand has searched the world over and found for us the best of the lot!  Thank you, TS!

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

Jolly Monday — Jolly ‘n Joyful Take Over

Hi fwiends, it’s us, Jolly ‘n Joyful!  Gwammie says she’s ‘under da weather’ today, so we gots to take over an’ make your Monday morning fun!  We don’ know what she means by under da weather, ‘coz she’s in da house, but anyway … she’s old so we gots to do what she says.  Joyful made some yummy snacks … she wouldn’t let me help … wouldn’t even let me in da kitchen!  So, have a snack and den Joyful says we should start out with some cute pictures we found …



An’ we got lots ‘n lots of funny ‘toons (I don’t get some of ’em, but Gwammie says dey are funny)


An’ Joyful found some funny signs last night … at least, I think they’re funny …


An’ I guess you guys want a cute animal video too, huh?  Well, I founded one for you!  I like da beaver eatin’ da snow bestest … what’s your favourite?


Well, dat’s all me ‘n Joyful gots for today, but we hope you ‘joyed it!  As Gwammie always says, share your smiles and make other peoples happy too!  Oh … an’ have a wunnerful week!   Love ‘n hugs from Jolly ‘n Joyful … an’ Gwammie!

The Week’s Best Cartoons 5/22

This week’s editorial cartoons, needless to say, largely focused on the topic of the proposed January 6th commission and the attempts by congressional Republicans to block any such investigation.  Odd, don’t you think, for it seems to me that being so dead set against finding the answers to the ‘who, what, how’ questions is a sign of guilt in and of itself.  It makes me wonder how many Republican members of Congress had a hand in the insurrection/attempted coup.  And then, of course, there is the cease fire between Israel and Palestine, and the new threats to women’s rights coming up in the Supreme Court.  Never a dull moment, is there?  Our friend TokyoSand has, as she always does, found the best of the political cartoons for your Saturday afternoon pleasure!  Thanks again, TS!

 

See The Rest Of The ‘Toons Here!