Last Jolly Monday of 2021!!!

Good morning and welcome to the final Jolly Monday of the year!  Joyful worked so hard in the kitchen preparing Christmas dinner that I’ve given her the day off from cooking, so …

HEY … I worked hard too an’ you dinna give me the day off!

Sorry, Jolly, but being the “Official Taste Tester” doesn’t require much actual work … just opening and closing your mouth!  Anyway, friends, we’ve got a few take-outs if you’re hungry, and then a bunch o’ cartoons to give you a end o’ the year chuckle!

I DID work hard, too … I found all da ‘toons here!

And my contribution was a few fun memes!

And last, but certainly not least, the last cute animal video of the year!

I found it first, Gwammie!!!

Yes, yes you did, Jolly … my humble apologies!!!

We wish you all a safe and happy New Year and an even better year in 2022!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly ‘n Joyful!

Holiday Lights & Queen — A Winning Combination!

Tonight I am too tired, too depressed, too frustrated by the news of the day to write a coherent post.  And besides, it’s almost Christmas, a time to find joy rather than listen to a crotchety ol’ Filosofa rant … right?  I came across this video of a holiday light display that goes above and beyond any I’ve seen before.  It is pretty awesome and I thought you guys might enjoy it, too, especially those of you who are fans of Queen. but even if you’re not, just turn the volume off and watch the lights.  I must say, however, I’m really glad these people don’t live across the street from me!

Just A Couple Of Short Snippets … 🥱

Today I managed to fold a load of laundry, rinse a container of raspberries, chop cabbage for coleslaw, and tidy the kitchen.  That said, I might have done more than my body wished, for tonight I am a bit shaky and very tired, so this will be a short post with only a few very short snippets.  Hopefully I can do better tomorrow!

The headline in The Washington Post read: “The demise of BBB comes at a dark moment for Democrats”.  But that is wrong … it is not only a dark moment for Democrats, but rather for every man, woman and child in the U.S. who doesn’t have the benefit of being wealthy.  Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia single-handedly killed a bill that would have helped millions of people in the coming year, many of whom live in his own state, the second poorest state in the U.S. with a poverty rate of nearly 20%.  Not only that, but the bill would have made significant progress in the fight against the forces that are destroying our environment and given future generations the chance to continue living and breathing on Planet Earth!  Manchin is now among the top candidates running for the ‘Asshole of the Year’ award.

In Williamson County, Tennessee, a chapter of Moms For Liberty, a right-wing dark money group, filed a complaint with the Tennessee Department of Education. The complaint alleges that the language arts curriculum for second graders in Williamson County school violates the law banning Critical Race Theory.

Specifically, Moms For Liberty objected to the inclusion several books, including Martin Luther King, Jr. and the March on Washington, and Ruby Bridges Goes to School, an autobiography of the first Black child to integrate a New Orleans school, adapted for young readers.


The group claims that the inclusion of these books “reveals a heavily biased agenda, one that makes children hate their country, each other, and/or themselves.”  Horse hockey!!!  Facts is facts, folks, and maybe these parents actually realize their own guilt in America’s racist past and want to hide it from their children, want to head off any questions their kids might ask about their parent’s views and behaviour during that time.  Facts is facts, whether these lily-white ‘moms’ choose to acknowledge it or not.

If we don’t teach our children the truth about our past, how will they know not to repeat the same mistakes?  If there is hope for this nation to come out of the dark ages of collective ignorance and bigotry we have descended into, it lies in the education of our children.  We cannot lie, re-write history, or cover up the dark parts of the nation’s past, for those dark parts are just as much a part of who and what we are today as the shining parts are.

And I conclude with a short video by Parody Project by Don Caron …

Jolly Monday Before “The BIG DAY!”

Well, folks, it’s almost here … that’s right, Christmas is just 5 days now and if you still have shopping to do, I would suggest you grab a snack and head on out that door NOW!!!  For the first time ever, all my shopping and wrapping are done, thanks to daughter Chris and granddaughter Natasha who have done double duty to make up for my lack these days!  Perhaps I should have let them take over years ago!!!  I’m still planning to cook a turkey … the girls brought home a 24-pounder yesterday and he is thawing in the fridge as we speak!  And now, to start this busy week off on the right foot, Joyful has baked up some holiday treats and Jolly went on a hunt for some fun ‘toons, so grab a bite to snack on and find something to smile, chuckle, or even laugh about before heading out to the stores and work!

Hi … it’s me, Jolly! I found some cool ‘toons … I hope you like ’em!

An’ me ‘n Joyful worked together to find these memes …

I had to think about this one for a minute!

Last, but not least, it wouldn’t be Jolly Monday without a cute critter video, would it?

We wish you all a very safe and Merry Christmas from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!!!

The Week’s Best Cartoons 12/18

These days the political ‘toons have a darker nature than they once did, or perhaps my memory has become faulty in my old age.  Still, they show remarkable talent in being able to say with a picture what the rest of us would need 1,000 words to convey.  As always, TokyoSand has scoured the ‘Net to find the best of the best and today I am sharing her post.

By Mike Luckovich I hope you all can get rested and recharged prior to the new year. I’m looking forward to doing some planning for what Political Charge will do in 2022. In the meantime, here are some of the best editorial cartoons I found this week. By Bill Day By Clay Bennett By Kevin…

See all the ‘toons at TokyoSand’s Political Charge!

Saturday Surprise — Comedy Wildlife Awards 2021

I’m a little behind this year, but I figured there was no better topic for my first Saturday Surprise post in three months than some funny critters!  The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards“began its life modestly in 2015 as a photographic competition. Since then, steered by its founders, Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam, it has grown into a globally renowned competition seen by millions of people every year, and always with wildlife conservation at its heart. The free competition, open to wildlife photography experts and novices, celebrates the hilarity of our natural world and highlights what we need to do to protect it. From a surprised otter to a swearing turtle, Comedy Wildlife’s photographs transcend cultures and ages to bring a smile to everyone’s face.”  What better way to start the weekend than with a smile, yes?

If you’d like to look back at previous year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography posts, here are the links:




Ken Jensen — Ouch! — “A golden silk monkey in Yunnan China – this is actually a show of aggression however in the position that the monkey is in it looks quite painful!”

Arthur Trevino — Ninja Prairie Dog! — “When this Bald Eagle missed on its attempt to grab this prairie dog, the prairie dog jumped towards the eagle and startled it long enough to escape to a nearby burrow. A real David vs Goliath story!.”

John Speirs — I guess summer’s over — “I was taking pics of pigeons in flight when this leaf landed on the bird’s face.”

Chee Kee Teo — Time for school — “A smooth-coated otter “bit” its baby otter to bring it back to and fro for swimming lesson.”

Vicki Jauron — The Joy of a Mud Bath — “An elephant expresses his joy in taking a mud bath against the dead trees on the shores of Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe on a hot afternoon.”

Andy Parkinson — Let’s dance — “Two Kamchatka bear cubs square up for a celebratory play fight having successfully navigated a raging torrent (small stream!)”

Chu han lin — See who jumps high — Mudskipper, Taiwan

David Eppley — Majestic and Graceful Bald Eagle — “Bald Eagles will use the same nest for years, even decades, adding new material to it at the beginning and throughout the nesting season. Normally, they are highly skilled at snapping branches off of trees while in flight. Possibly tired from working nonstop all morning on a new nest, this particular Bald Eagle wasn’t showing its best form. Yes, sometimes they miss. Although this looks painful, and it might very well be, the eagle recovers with just a few sweeping wing strokes, and choses to rest a bit before making another lumber run.”

Jakub Hodan — Treehugger — “This Proboscis monkey could be just scratching its nose on the rough bark, or it could be kissing it. Trees play a big role in the lives of monkeys. Who are we to judge…”

Jan Piecha — ‘Secrets’ — “The little raccoon cubs are telling secrets to each other”

Lea Scaddan — Missed — “Two Western Grey Kangaroos were fighting and one missed kicking him in the stomach.”

Nicolas de VAULX — How do you get that damn window open? — “This raccoon spends his time trying to get into houses out of curiosity and perhaps also to steal food.”

Pal Marchhart — Peekaboo — “ A young bear descending from a tree looks like he/she is playing hide and seek.”

Roland Kranitz — I got you — “I spent my days in my usual “gopher place” and yet again, these funny little animals haven’t belied their true nature.”

I hope you all have a great weekend … no doubt with this being the final weekend before Christmas, most of you will be doing last minute shopping, decorating, baking, wrapping, etc.  Have fun!!!  🎄🎁🎅

🎄 Holly, Jolly Monday 🎅🏾

Good Monday morn, friends!  Less than two weeks now until Christmas … I’ve done all my shopping online this year, as I’ve not been well enough to go out shopping, and the girls are doing all my wrapping, as well as the holiday baking.  I’m determined to roast a turkey with all the trimmings for us to share with our dear friends the al-Dabbaghs on Christmas, but more and more I think that may be an unreasonable goal to set for myself.  Well, I’ve got two weeks to whip myself into shape, so we’ll see.  But for today, Jolly ‘n Joyful and I have some fun things to help you start this week with a smile, or perhaps even a chuckle or a giggle!  So, grab a snack and a cuppa something warm to drink and let’s find some fun, shall we?

What say we start the morning with a few ‘toons?

Joyful found a few cute animal pics to share with you …

And Jolly went in search of some funny signs …

My contribution is a few memes that made me chuckle …

And last, but not least, a new cute animal video that I think you’ll enjoy!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Jolly Monday and that we helped start your week off with a bit of a smile.  Speaking of smiles … please share that beautiful smile you are wearing with others this week … remember that for many the holiday season is not necessarily filled with joy and goodwill.  Have a great week, keep safe and stay warm!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly ‘n Joyful!

The Week’s Best Cartoons: The End of Roe v Wade?

Since I’ve largely been absent from the blogging scene for a couple of months, I haven’t shared one of TokyoSand’s political cartoon posts for a while.  Given the events of the past week, I figure there’s no time like the present!  Thank you, TS, for your efforts at finding the best of the best in political cartoons — drawings that say as much as a 1,000 word essay could!

There was a lot of big, shattering news this week, starting with the Supreme Court hearing an abortion case that could bring the end of Roe v. Wade to yet another school shooting. Brace yourselves, as some of these cartoons are pretty tough.

See all the ‘toons at TokyoSand’s Political Charge!

Jolly Monday — We’re BAAAAAACCCCKKKK!

Hi Everybody!  Me ‘n Joyful talked to Gwammie yesterday and we tol’ her it’s been too long since we saw our fwiends, too long since we did a Jolly Monday post.  Gwammie agweed and said if we’d do the cooking and find the ‘toons, she’d help us put it all together.  So … HERE WE ARE!!!

First, though, we want you all to know how much Gwammie has appreciated your love and support during these past nearly three months that she’s been sick.  She’s getting’ just a little bit of her strength back now, but it’s slow an’ she gets tired weally easily. 

An’ now … let’s see what Joyful has cooked up for us!  We need to feed Gwammie lots, ’cause she’s lost over 30 pounds and looks like a scarecrow! 

Me ‘n Joyful dropped in over at Phil’s Phun and found some fun ‘toons and memes to share with our fwiends …


Gwammie found this cute critter video that we think will make you smile!

We hope you found somethin’ to smile about this Monday morning!  Have a wunnerful week an’ remember to share your smiles with others this week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly ‘n Joyful!

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!