Jolly Monday — Squirrels ‘n Hugs!

jollyHi … it’s me, Jolly!  I’m lettin’ gwammie sleep dis morning ‘cause she’s weally tired, but she’ll prolly be up inna few minutes.  I’m not ‘lowed to use da stove or oven after … welllll, you ‘member what happened last time, so I jus’ went out an’ got some donuts an’ Starbucks, if dat’s okay.  Oh … and Benjamin’s juice boxes … or is it milk now?  Anyway … go gwab a snack an’ I’ve found some things!

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Benjamin’s juice boxes — but he’ll share if you ask nicely!


Now, do you like some cartoons?  I found some …

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And den I found …

JOLLY!!!

Uh-oh … sounds like gwammie’s up … see ya bye  💨Monday-sleepy-2Oh … hi … I’m so sorry … I was really exhausted and … I see Jolly started without me … he should have woken me.  Just let me throw some clothes on …

Okay … again, I’m really sorry!  At least Jolly bought donuts and … Starbucks???  Now where did he get the money, I wonder?  Oh well, let’s get this show on the road!  Tomorrow there are two national days that I want to celebrate today, for they are both very ‘jolly’ sort of days!


A little birdie told me about this first one, Squirrel Appreciation Day … who knew? Let’s learn a bit about the day …

squirrel-appreciationIn 2001, wildlife rehabilitation specialist, Christy Hargrove, founded National Squirrel Appreciation Day in Asheville, North Carolina. Christy created this day to encourage kind attitudes towards our bushy-tailed neighbors by setting out food and water for squirrels, and even allowing them to play with that bird-feeder you normally don’t want them touching. We might generally look at squirrels as being an unnecessary nuisance, but their existence is actually beneficial to the environment, and in urban areas, assists in park beautification. Albeit by accident, squirrels plant seeds (initially meaning to store away nuts to come back to when they’re hungry) which eventually grow into trees, thus assisting with forest renewal. They’re natures gardeners!

And some fun facts about squirrels …

  • The front four teeth of squirrels grow about 6 inches a year. It’s only the squirrel’s constant gnawing that keeps them under control.
  • A group of squirrels is called a scurry.
  • There are 265 squirrel species all over the world.
  • There are 44 species of flying squirrels.
  • Wild squirrels will eat out of a human’s hand.
  • Grey squirrels will build nests called dreys, high up in trees.

Some special tips for feeding squirrels in your backyard …

Many people leave out a birdbath filled with water for squirrels in the backyard because squirrels are always in need of a clean source of water. Many people will also leave out a variety of nuts for the squirrels in their backyard. These nuts include acorns and hazelnuts. Some people also plant a variety of trees and shrubs to give squirrels in their backyard the cover and food sources they need. Some of these trees and shrubs include oaks, pines, hazelnut bushes and smooth sumac trees.

And a few special squirrel pictures …

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If you just can’t get enough and want more adorable squirrel pics, head over to Bored Panda

And wouldn’t you know … I just happened to come across a video about a most delightful squirrel named Gibby … take a look!


Now, I mentioned two special days tomorrow … the second one is National Hug Day!  Some calendars refer to it as National Hug Day, while others call it National Hugging Day … either way, the concept is the same.  According to the National Day Calendar people …

National Hug Day or National Hugging Day occurs on January 21st and is officially recognized by the United States Copyright Office but is not a public holiday. The purpose of the day is to help everyone show more emotion in public. The only way to celebrate the day is by offering a hug to anyone and everyone you want.hugsWhether you hug a family member or a stranger, the mental and physical health benefits are the same. From the day we are born, hugs or touch improve our sleep. Hugging, like cuddling, releases oxytocin. On its own, this hormone provides tremendous health benefits. Not only does it give us feel-good hormones, but it reduces pain. Receiving a hug helps reduce stress, lowers blood pressure and lowers the risk of heart disease. It also eases anxiety.

Now, if that isn’t enough reason to hug someone today, then I don’t know what is!  And just in case you don’t have enough hugs to go ‘round … here’s one from me to you that you can share!hug-2


Now, I see that Jolly found a few cartoons … not the ones I would have chosen, but I do encourage him to think for himself, to use his own creativity.  Anyway, here are a few funny ‘toons ‘n memes to bring a chuckle …

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And finally, I came across this short ‘snow art’ video that I thought was just too cool to pass up!

 

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Now, friends, remember that tomorrow is National Hugs Day, and go out there and hug some people … see how great it feels, and see if you can bring a smile to someone’s face that matches that gorgeous smile on your face.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Jolly Day After Sunday!

How, I ask you, did it get to be Monday so fast?  And … do you realize that January is almost half over?  That means the year is 1/24 over, or 4.1% … gone … poof!  In another month, we will all be one full month older! arghAnyway, it is Monday, so … it must be time to start your week with an all-new Jolly Monday!  Today’s food theme, for no other reason than that Jolly and I deemed it to be so, is … blue.  Take heart, though, we didn’t dye the coffee & tea blue!  So, grab a blue snack and let Jolly and I put some smiles on those faces, ‘k?

And, two special treats … a blue sprinkled donut for Benjamin, and a promised Black Forest Gateau for David!

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Chicken?  Or spinach?

I’ve written a few times about Popeye’s Chicken restaurant … they seem to be in the news a lot these days!  Well, the latest … have you ever seen that game show called “Family Feud”?  I saw it once or twice way back in the day, probably the 1980s or so, and thought it was dumb just like all the game shows, so I never watched it again.  But, they pair up two families, and each are asked trivia-type questions, the family that collectively scores the most points by getting the questions right, wins.

So, earlier this month, a woman named Eve Dubois and her family were competing against the Tomlin family, and the score was tied … it was the final question.  Whoever answered this one correctly first would take home $10,000!  The question was …

What is Popeye’s favourite food?

popeyeNow, of course the question meant Popeye the Sailor Man, who we all know eats spinach by the canful, but Ms. Dubois yelled out excitedly … CHICKEN!  So sure of her answer, she began doing a victory dance … until her opponent correctly answered, Spinach!

So, ‘bye-bye’ Dubois family, no prize for you.  Until … the video clip went viral on social media and came to the attention of somebody in the upper echelons of Popeye’s Chicken.  I’m sure they figured it would be a great publicity stunt, and cost them relatively little, so they offered the Dubois family a little consolation prize …Popeyes-DuboisUmmm … $10,000 worth of fried chicken?  🤢  A heart attack looking for a place to happen!


Technology run amok?

Just because you can isn’t always a good reason to do something.  Now, I admit that most technology has a use, serves a purpose … I’m definitely not one of these people who wants to go back to the days of horse & buggy, no electricity, no indoor plumbing, etc.  I’m even grateful for computers and cell phones, though I dislike the venues the technology has opened for scammers & hackers.  But, I am not a fan of drones.  Unmanned flying machines that can … and often do … kill unsuspecting, innocent people with a blink of an eye.  But … are you ready to ride in an unmanned flying taxi?flying-taxiAccording to United Press International …

A flying taxi with no pilot made its first U.S. test flight in North Carolina with an audience of about 100 people, including several state officials.

Gov. Roy Cooper, state lawmakers and North Carolina Department of Transportation officials were among the more than 100 spectators at Tuesday’s demonstration of the EHang 216 autonomous aerial vehicle.

The two-seat drone is designed for use in cargo delivery and human transportation.

Seriously?  They think people are gonna ride up in the air in something with no bloomin’ pilot?  Not me!  I don’t even like the idea of them flying over wherever I might be!  You know, and I know that sooner or later, somebody will make a mistake and … kerthud.  Sigh.  Why can’t they just work on developing things like a cure for AIDS, or a way to help homeless people grow food in their refrigerator, or socks that never wear out, or light bulbs that never burn out, or headlights on cars that don’t blind the other drivers … something useful!


A sporting wedding …

Quick question … where did you get married?  No, I don’t mean the town or city, but was it a church, Justice of the Peace, family home …?  I got married by a Justice of the Peace … we were both on our lunch hour from our respective jobs, met at the courthouse, quick got married more or less in dual languages, then we each went back to work.  All very romantic, don’t ya know.  Neither of our sets of parents would agree to attend our wedding, mine because they didn’t approve of him, and his because they didn’t approve of him, either.  Yes, seriously!  More than a few times during our marriage his mom would say to me, “Honey, I don’t know how you put up with him.” So, anyway (I get easily sidetracked these days) …

Last week, Lonnie and Pam Harris of Kodak, Tennessee tied the knot … at Bass Pro Shops, a sporting goods store!  Turns out that Pam works at the local Bass Pro Shops and wanted her co-workers to be able to attend her wedding.  Says Lonnie …

“I asked her out on a date 37 years ago and she told me no. It took me 37 years to get her to say yes.”

wedding-1The manager of the location said the store previously hosted a wedding about seven years ago.  Well, I guess it’s no worse than a quick wedding at the courthouse on your lunch hour!


HELP!  HELP! CAW!

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a Lake Worth Beach resident who heard what sounded like a distressed woman calling for help from a neighbor’s house.  When the deputies arrived, they found the owner of the house working on his wife’s car in the driveway while someone can be heard shouting, “Let me out! Let me out!”

The homeowner introduced the deputies to the origin of the cries — his pet parrot, Rambo, on an outside perch.parrott

“I was changing the brakes on my wife’s car and had my 40-year-old parrot, Rambo, on his outside perch where he sings and talks. Sometime later four police officers showed up saying a neighbor called because she heard a woman screaming for help. I promptly introduced the officers to Rambo and we all had a good laugh.”


I found just a few funny signs a couple of weeks ago that I’ve been meaning to share …

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Just a few fun cartoons & memes …

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And that’s it … what?  Oh!  I forgot the cute animal video … how dare I?  Wait just a sec …


jollyNow, that’s a wrap, folks.  Go forth and have a productive week and remember to share those million-dollar smiles I see on your faces this morning.  People need them now maybe more than ever.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

First Jolly Monday Of The Decade!!!

Welcome to yet another Monday, my friends … actually, though, it’s the first Monday in the new year and in the new decade, so I guess that makes it a special Monday.  Take heart in that there are only 51 more Mondays in the year!  There, don’t you feel better now?  Anyway, Jolly’s girlfriend, Joyful, is here to help bring joy to this special Monday, so … a special treat!  We were all sitting around last night, trying to decide what special treat to offer you guys today.  We all agreed that we had just about burned out on cookies, fruitcake, and other holiday treats, so it was Joyful who came up with the idea of … PIZZA!!!  It’s a switch from the ordinary, but we made enough variety to please everyone – even our bacon lovers!  So, grab a slice or two and let’s just see what we can find to bring a smile to start the week off! 

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Bacon-lover’s Pizza

Now … in addition to everything else, this is indeed a special Monday … I would like to take this opportunity to wish a …

happy-birthday… to our young friend Benjamin, who will turn a big 6 years old tomorrow!!!  Happy Birthday … Feliz Cumpleaños … Benjamin … We Love You!!!

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Benjamin’s Birthday Cake, WITH SPRINKLES!


Now, speaking of Monday …

Several months ago, thanks to our friend Ellen, I signed up to get daily notifications about the “national days”.  Some days have numerous events or memorable dates, others only a few, but it’s usually interesting, and often I find myself scratching my head, wondering who the heck came up with that one.  Well, today’s is no exception, for today is “National Thank God It’s Monday” Day.  No, I am not joking … serious as a dead horse!NATIONAL-THANK-GOD-IT’S-MONDAY-DAY-–-First-Monday-in-JanuaryNational Thank God It’s Monday Day encourages us to celebrate the first Monday of the new year with vigor and energy.

Not only does the observance focus on the first Monday in January, but on every Monday throughout the year. Mondays are often full of new beginnings. New jobs often start on Mondays. Couples usually marry on weekends and a Monday represents the first work week of their new lives together. Many federal holidays take place on Mondays and therefore special occasions frequently take place on Mondays throughout the year.

Besides the scheduled events, many random events occur on a Monday. When Monday repeats between 52 and 53 times out of the year, important things will happen. It’s 1/7th of our life. Blaming Monday for our woes (traffic) doesn’t improve our personal track record in life (being late). Stop shaming Monday and look at what Monday has to offer.

    • Freshly brewed coffee to keep us perky
    • Opportunity for a bright future
    • 52 chances to see a beautiful sunrise
    • A new week share your talents with the world
    • 52 opportunities to teach someone a new skill that will better their lives
    • Each Monday offers the potential of meeting new people

Bah humbug, Pollyanna!  Give me Friday over Monday any day of the week!


Let it snow???

Over here we call them sweaters, the Brits call ‘em jumpers.  Either way, this is a case of a sweater/jumper that cause giant retailer Wal-Mart a bit of a red face.

The product’s description on the Walmart Canada website said:

“We all know how snow works.

It’s white, powdery and the best snow comes straight from South America. That’s bad news for jolly old St Nick, who lives far away in the North Pole.

That’s why Santa really likes to savour the moment when he gets his hands on some quality, grade A, Colombian snow.”

cocaine-sweaterWal-Mart quickly took the product off of their website when someone pointed out the error …

“These sweaters, sold by a third-party seller on Walmart.ca, do not represent Walmart’s values and have no place on our website.”


A ‘Kissmobile’? Who knew???

wienermobileNow, we’ve all heard of the Oscar Meyer wiener mobile, but last night I discovered that there is also a Hershey’s Kiss mobile … well, there was a Hershey’s Kiss mobile.  Turns out the company had three of them, and they are retiring them all.  They will be on display at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania for an unspecified period of time.kissmobile-2But, that made me wonder … have other companies utilized similar mobiles to promote their product.  Silly me … of course they have!

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And every now and then, they all meet up for a cookout!

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Okay, folks … how about some fun memes and ‘toons to make you chuckle?

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And, of course, if it’s Jolly Monday, we must have a cute animal video, yes?


jollyJollys girlfriend JoyfulAnd on that note, I’m sad to say, it’s time for you guys to head to work or whatever you have on your dockets today, and I have promised Jolly and Joyful a special surprise … I’m going to let them clean out the refrigerator!!!  So, please keep those smiles on your faces and share them whenever you can.  I think this is likely to be a tough week in more ways than one, so … give a smile, or even a hug to someone each day this week, ‘k?  Love and hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!

Just Another Tequila … er, Jolly … Monday!

I don’t know about you guys, but Jolly and I are just about holiday-ed out … so don’t expect a bunch of New Year’s humour here … I gave you that on Saturday’s Surprise.  The only thing I really like about New Year’s Eve is that the girls and I all contribute to making a smorgasbord of appetizers, which is always both fun and tasty.  The tradition, for us, hails back to the day when the kids were little, and we had a variety of friends and family dropping by at various times throughout the evening to share a cup o’ cheer.  Today, we rarely have people visiting, but we maintain the tradition … if nothing else, it gives us plenty of leftovers to munch on for the following couple of days.  Anyway, Jolly and I have put out a few things, though given that we are both tired, not as much as usual, so grab a cuppa and a cookie and let’s see what we can find to start this week out with a smile or two, shall we?

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You guys are gonna have to share this week!


It’s not unusual to hear about firefighters rescuing a cat from a tree, but it isn’t everyday that you hear about firefighters rescuing both a cat and its human from a tree!  The South Burlington (Vermont) Fire Department said the cat’s human called on Christmas Eve to report their cat was struck up a tree, but the department’s only ladder truck was assisting another fire department with a fire at the time.

The human decided to take matters into their own hands and climbed the tree until they also became stranded on a branch.  When the fire department arrived with the ladder truck, they were able to rescue both feline and human, and I’m sure they probably had a good laugh at the human’s expense.  They even posted about it on the department’s Facebook page …Cat-human-rescuecat-human-rescue-2


So, that one was embarrassing enough for the human, but wait ‘til you hear this next one …

In the wee hours of the morning on Christmas Day, a North Carolina couple thought they heard a burglar downstairs, and promptly called 911.  They then hid in the bedroom closet until the deputies arrived.  Well, it didn’t take the deputies too long to find the burglar …robo-vacYep, the couple had recently acquired a robotic vacuum cleaner, and it had decided that the middle of the night was a good time to clean up and was apparently none too quiet about it!  The couple was interviewed for the local news and said the deputies asked him how long he had the robo-vac, and when he said just a couple of days, they all cracked up with laughter! Ah well, it probably gave them something to tell their family and friends over Christmas dinner later.


Oh!  I almost forgot … for Larry, Emily and rawgod … today is the official Bacon Day!  According to the National Day Calendar Company …

Danya “D” Goodman and Meff “Human Cannonball” Leonard founded Bacon Day in 1997 as the one great day to bond everyone together.

BACON-DAY-–-December-30.pngIn the United States and Canada, bacon is made from the pork belly. Elsewhere in the world, the side and back cuts of pork are used. The meat is cured in either a salt brine or in a salt pack. It is then either dried, boiled, or smoked.

Bacon is a very popular food in the USA.  You can find many items also flavored or scented with bacon, including popcorn, soap, candles, air fresheners, and much more. While these uses are options, we suggest cooking with bacon.

It’s not just for breakfast anymore, either. Bacon improves everything from beverages to dessert. Some cocktails such as the Bloody Mary and Caesar add bacon to the olives, pickles, and other assorted ingredients. Bacon improves the flavor of many appetizers, sandwiches, and soups. Incorporate bacon into salads as a topping or mix it into the dressing. When it comes to dessert, bacon pairs well with maple frosting or maple ice cream. Thanks to the salty, smoky flavor of bacon, it compliments sweet quite well. The possibilities are endless.

According to the founders of Bacon Day, we are encouraged to eat a variety of bacon while watching Kevin Bacon movies, or movies with bacon in the title. Since Bacon Day was created before the Discovery Channel show How It’s Made debuted, it’s safe to say, we can eat our bacon and watch those, too. Giving and receiving gifts of bacon is also recommended. Other suggested traditions such as bacon toasts and kissing under pork fat mistletoe are mentioned as well.

Um … I like a bit of bacon every now and then, but you can keep the “pork fat mistletoe”, and I don’t think I care for the idea of showering with bacon-scented soap.  Blech.


Now, here’s the dream job for one of you coffee lovers out there!  Only trouble is, it lasts only one week, but still …Gevalia-coffee-queen.pngGevalia, the coffee company, is offering $5,000 and a free trip for an unusual one-week dream job: serving as the “Coffee Queen.”  The Coffee Queen will spend one week living in Scotland’s Carlowrie Castle with a full compliment of servants including a chef and a butler. The company said the winning applicant will receive free travel to and from Scotland and will be paid $5,000, plus $2,000 in spending money for the week.  Not a bad gig, eh?

“Gevalia believes a queen is anyone who transforms into the most confident version of themselves after that first cup of coffee — they speak their minds, are self-aware, and aren’t afraid to make fun of themselves.”

Interested prospective monarchs are being asked to submit 250-character mini essays on why they would be ideal for the position.  I would apply myself, but …


Jolly came across a few memes he wanted to share with you … Jolly?

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And so, we come to the end of another Jolly Monday … but, not before we have a cute animal video!  I recently found out that our youngest reader, young Benjamin, has a  favourite animal — a Moose!  And so …


jollyHave a safe and happy week, my dear friends, and remember to share those smiles … I see far too few of them when I am out and about, so I think it’s our duty to share some, don’t you?  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Jolly … Ho Ho Ho … Monday 🎅

I debated whether I wanted to do a Jolly Monday post today, for my motivation seemed to have disappeared and taken my inspiration along with it.  But then, I was doing a bit of online shopping, browsing for some unique stocking stuffers and I came across some things that just seemed to call out to be shared!  So, I got a smidge of motivation and a tad of inspiration, though this may well be a shorter than usual Jolly Monday, and I hope you will be forgiving of that.

As we are only nine days from Christmas now, Jolly and I thought themed treats were in order …


Now, let’s start off this “week-before-Christmas” post with something I can definitely relate to!xmas-poem-cat


As I said, I was doing a bit of online shopping.  See, I went out stocking shopping tonight for a bit, but I was so tired that I only got enough to fill the girls’ stockings about halfway and didn’t even make a start on the boys’ stockings … we always do stockings for our friends’ boys, Tholfaqar, Ibraheem, and Yousif.  Though Tholfaqar is 19 years old now, it’s a tradition and it seems unfair to leave him out of the stocking exchange!  I was planning to hit another store to try to finish up, but when I came out of the first one, after about an hour or hour-and-a-half, everything had turned white!  Yep, s-n-o-w!  The roads were already slick, and I just didn’t feel like going anywhere else, so I came home in hopes of finishing up online.  I was looking for some warm socks for daughter Chris and I found this lovely pair … fleece lined and everything …

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And only … $49.95!!!  Well, with tax it actually comes to $53.20 … a mere pittance, right?  WRONG.  Daughter Chris is NOT getting those socks in her stocking!


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And then, one of Amazon’s recommendations for me was this …xmas-pooping-poochesThe description reads …

Do you know someone who loves dogs…too much? This 12 month calendar of pooping dogs will be the most memorable gift you give this year. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving; each month reveals yet another beautiful pooch answering nature’s call. And who doesn’t like a good cause? $1 FROM EACH CALENDAR is donated to the Maui Humane Society to support animals in need!

Um … a good cause, but no … thank you but no.


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And then, looking for cat-themed gifts brought up …xmas-cat-gun-safetyWHO KNEW???  I had no idea I needed to have this talk with our moggies!  Thank goodness I stumbled ‘cross this book, else our poor little moggies (yeah, the ones who never leave the house and scurry under the sofa whenever there is a knock on the door 🙄) might have … gulp … come to a horrible end!

Long gone are the good old days when a cat’s biggest worries were mean dogs or a bath. Modern cats must confront satanists, online predators, the possibility of needing to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and countless other threats to their nine lives.

Needless to say, it was a bargain for only $9.18!


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And then there was this … I mean, who doesn’t want a yodeling pickle???xmas-yodeling-pickle

  • Hours of mindless entertainment
  • Batteries included
  • Great gift for the person who has everything except a yodeling pickle

A steal at only $14.95!!!


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And last, but not least … I know Jolly Monday is supposed to be 100% non-political, but I hope you’ll forgive me just this once, for this one is too good to pass up! xmas-farting-donnie.jpgIt’s a “Pull My Finger Farting Donald Trump Plush Figure Doll -With Animated Hair-10.5 Inches Tall”, described as …

Press the button to hear hilarious phrases come from the PMF POTUS’s mouth while it also plays a farting noise. President Trump has never been funnier with his hair flopping and his mouth yapping and his butt farting. Excellent sound quality and animation. This would be a great item to buy along with the Donald Trump toilet paper, Donald Trump Sound button, Donald Trump Talking Pen. This is a great version of a Trump talking figure. Sounds just like trump, it will have you laughing as soon as you press his finger. He loves to tweet and twitter and fart a lot. Take a Dump with Trump. MAKES A GREAT STOCKING STUFFER! NO FAKE NEWS HERE!


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jollyWell, folks, that’s all I’ve got for the moment, but there is one Jolly Monday left before Christmas, so I’ll see what I can come up with before then!  Meanwhile, I hope you all have a great week ahead, hope you don’t have to be overwhelmed with holiday-related chores, and … most of all, I hope you are happy.  Be sure to share those smiles with all you see, for that’s really what the spirit of Christmas is all about, isn’t it?  I leave you with one last Christmas poem that is from me and Jolly, to all of you …xmas-poem-end

Jolly Monday

Good Monday morning Friends, Romans, Countrymen … oh wait … forget those last two … I don’t know what got into me … I didn’t come to bury Trump Caesar, honest.  Well, Jolly has returned from his mission … a mission in which he was unsuccessful, so he’s a bit feverish and under the weather today, however he wants to do his part for Jolly Monday.  Just overlook him if he’s a bit … erm … out of sorts.

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Well, let’s have a little snack to start our visit … don’t worry, I didn’t let Jolly help with the baking this morning … and then lets find us some chuckles!


The value of a banana?

How can you not click on a headline that reads …

Banana artwork that fetched $120,000 is eaten by ‘hungry’ artist

Now, I had no idea what “banana artwork” was before delving into this article in The Guardian, but when I saw it … my jaw hit the floor.  No, I wasn’t amazed in the way that I might be over a Monet or Van Gogh.  I was speechless in the way of … well, take a look for yourself …banana-art.jpg

The piece, titled Comedian, by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, was on show at the international gallery Perrotin at Art Basel in Miami.  It was hailed as “a symbol of global trade”.  And somebody paid $120,000 to own … an overripe banana duct-taped to a wall.  Only one question, really, comes to mind:

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On further investigation, I find that there were actually three of these “limited-edition” pieces, each sold for between $120,000 – $150,000, and each accompanied by a “certificate of authenticity” and instructions for installation.  Just goes to prove what I’ve been saying for years now … some people have more money than good sense!

But back to the story …

Shortly before 2 p.m. on Saturday, a New York City-based performance artist, David Datuna, peeled the taped banana from the wall and devoured it, raising the half-eaten banana as if making a toast.banana-art-eatenGallery officials replaced the banana with another one, saying that the artwork was not destroyed and that the banana was simply an “idea.”  Okay, fine, but what about the poor fool who paid $120,000 for that banana?


And speaking of art …

A Florida city unveiled an unusual beachfront artwork — a life-sized recreation of a traffic jam sculpted from sand.

The City of Miami Beach commissioned Argentinean artist Leandro Erlich to create Order of Importance, an installation consisting of 66 sand sculptures of cars and trucks lined up on South Beach.  According to Erlich …

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“It’s a poetic version of a traffic jam, and it’s open to the public in a public space. It addresses an issue that is linked to our relationship to the natural order, the environment and how important it is to remain in balance in order to survive.”

Hmmmm … I’m not so sure I would call a traffic jam “natural order”, but I acknowledge both the effort and skill it took to make all those sand sculpture cars!  It took Mr. Erlich two years, and 330 tons of sand to complete this scene, and there are 66 life-sized sculptures of cars and trucks stuck in an imaginary traffic jam on the oceanfront of popular Lincoln Road.traffic-jam-sand-artist-2traffic-jam-sand-artist-3The installation cost over a million dollars, but the city paid only $300,000 thanks to sponsors and donations.


Weary Willie …

Today is Weary Willie Day … this came to my attention as a result of the nightly email I get apprising me of the next day’s ‘National Days’.  Never having heard of Weary Willie Day, I was intrigued and had to go check it out … I did so with some trepidation, figuring there was a chance it was something a bit kinky. Don’t worry – it’s not.

Weary Willie Day on December 9th recognizes the art of clowning and the impact it has on our lives. This holiday was named for the character made famous by Emmett Kelly, who was born on this day in 1898.

Weary-Willie Weary Willie was a unique character in the art of clowning.  Kelly had developed Weary Willy at a time when the white-faced, goofy clown was the norm, and selling the idea for a sad, down-on-his-luck clown did not fit the formula most circuses were seeking.  For the time being, Kelly put back on the white face and the brightly colored costume. 

 Times and attitudes changed when the country was in the depths of the Great Depression.  Downtrodden and world-weary was the face of the nation.  People could identify with Weary Willie like never before. Weary Willie, his frowning, whisker-shadowed face and his dirty, torn and worn costume, went on to become an American icon.Weary-Willie-2His son, Emmett Kelly, Jr. carried on Weary Willie’s persona well into the modern era until his death in 2003, at the age of 83.


Are you in the mood for some ‘toons today (not the political kind, just the make-you-laugh kind)?

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I thought this guy was just too cute to pass up …cute-pic-1


And of course, I cannot wrap up Jolly Monday without a cute animal video, now can I?  Let’s take a look at some adorable baby … elephants!


jollyAnd, that’s about it for another Jolly Monday folks!  I hope you have a wonderful week ahead, and remember … your smile goes such a long way toward bringing joy to others … please remember to share it this week!  Love and hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!!!

Jolly Monday … Sans Jolly

Good Monday morning, friends!  I regret to inform you that Jolly has gone AWOL, so this might be a shorter than usual Jolly Monday.  I never realize how much I rely on his help until he’s not here!  I made a disaster in the kitchen trying to get the treats ready, the house is a mess, and I’m just not sure if I can go it alone this morning, but I shall give it my best shot.  Jolly, I’m pretty sure, has gone in search of two of our special friends who’ve been missing lately, and I hope he finds them …

Anyway, grab a snack, if you can find something salvageable in that mess, and let’s try to find some humour in this morning, shall we?

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Some days, it seems that nothing goes right … sigh.


Scratch the surface …

At first glance, this sounded like one heck of an opportunity!  Heck, I was about ready to pack up and move to London for this job!  The headline read …

British couple offering $40,000 for full-time dog-sitter

Nov. 25 (UPI) — A British couple are offering nearly $40,000 a year for a full-time dog-sitter to take care of their two golden retrievers.

The position, which requires work Monday through Friday and some weekends, pays $38,676-$41,254 a year, plus room and board.

golden-retreiversThe posting said the dog-sitters would also be called upon to perform some light housekeeping duties.  Note to readers:  red flags should go up with you hear “light housekeeping duties”.  A visit to the actual employment service site where the full ad was posted put it all in a bit of a different light.

job-adA six-storey townhouse … daily housekeeping to a “high standard” … laundry … cooking???  Who the heck has a six-storey townhouse???  I can barely climb the stairs in my two-storey townhouse!!!  Suddenly $40,000 doesn’t sound like nearly enough.  And what the heck is ‘dairy management’?  Guess I’ll cancel that trip to London, eh?


When in Rome … er, France …

If you move from the city to the country, then you should be prepared for a bit of adjustment.  You certainly don’t expect your neighbor, who has lived in the countryside for a long time, to change his lifestyle to accommodate your own.  But that was just what a couple who moved in next to retired farmer Dominique Douthe in the foothills of the Pyrenees, southwestern France, did.  In fact … they took her to court … or was it the ducks they took to court?

Farmer Douthe has some 60 ducks on her farm, and the people who moved in next to her, about 50 meters away, took umbrage at the quacking!  Ducks quack.  Dogs bark.  Cows moo.  Get over it … all of these are more pleasant sounds than those made by most humans!

The unnamed couple, seeking peace and quiet in the French countryside, took Farmer Douthe to court, saying the quacking of the ducks was making their lives miserable.  I’m confused … after the honking of car horns 24/7, the yammering of hoardes of humans, the stench of unwashed bodies, the sound of jets flying overhead … they are made miserable by the sound of ducks taking joy in life?

The court ruled that the sounds made by the ducks and geese are within acceptable limits, and the city folk wasted their money on lawyers to sue ducks!  Score one for common sense and justice.  Said Mme Douthe …

“The ducks have won. I’m very happy because I didn’t want to slaughter my ducks.”


I told you I’m not much good without Jolly’s help, so … how about a few ‘toons, memes, ‘n pictures to round out the morning?

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Y’know … friends don’t always have to look or act just like us to be friends … I think these guys prove that point …

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I found this over on Phil’s Phun, advertised as the season’s best holiday ad, and while I’m not a fan of any ads, especially holiday ads, I have to admit this one stole my heart!

I apologize for Jolly’s absence, and for my ineptitude in being a “jolly sub”, but hopefully by next week Jolly will return and we can get back to normal.  Meanwhile, please remember to share a smile with someone who needs an extra.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa … and Jolly in absentia.

Jolly Monday Before Thanksgiving

Welcome to the Monday before Christmas Thanksgiving, my friends!  Today is partly a redux of a post I did in 2017 just ahead of Thanksgiving, with a few humorous additions!  Thanksgiving is 3 days away, and I have not prepared a menu, a shopping list … nothing.  I’m lacking motivation and inspiration this year, for reasons that are no doubt obvious to most of you.  Still, however, I tried to rally to the cause this morning, and with Jolly’s help have prepared you a mini-Thanksgiving snack array, so help yourself and then lets find a reason to smile, shall we?


turkeyNext week brings Thanksgiving here in the U.S. Most of us both in the U.S. and abroad know about the traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, that “officially” kicks off the Christmas season, and the turkey/stuffing/mashed potatoes and all the rest, topped off by traditional pumpkin pie, followed by football and people falling asleep with their mouths open.  But I thought it would be fun to kick it up a bit … see some of the stranger parts of the holiday … and top it off with a bit of history.FRANKLIN, LINUS, SALLY, CHARLIE BROWN, PEPPERMINT PATTY, SNOOPY AND MARCIE


Food:

 

turkey-gravy-sodaTofurkey & Gravy Soda – If you’re a big soda drinker who loves Thanksgiving dinner, then your wildest dreams have come true. Jones Soda Co., which is famous for its limited-edition holiday concoctions, offers Tofurky & Gravy Soda this season. Based on the vegetarian Thanksgiving meal, the Tofurky flavor is vegan-friendly and sugar-free.

turkey-dinner-layer-cakeTurkey dinner layer cake – The ultimate one-stop Thanksgiving meal. What looks like a cake is actually alternating layers of stuffing and ground turkey mixed with instant oatmeal, “frosted” with mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, and topped with lightly browned mini marshmallows.

pumpkin-pie-fortune-cookiesPumpkin Pie Fortune Cookies – If you’re feeling lucky this Thanksgiving, try these pumpkin pie–flavored fortune cookies from Fancy Fortune Cookies. Made with real pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, the cookies come covered in dark, milk or white chocolate and contain one of five custom fortune cookie messages inside.

turkey-gravy-cranberry-cupcakeTurkey Gravy Cranberry Cupcake – Made by Los Angeles–based Yummy Cupcakes, the treat features a turkey-flavored cake that’s baked with savory turkey gravy, filled with cranberry relish and topped with cranberry cream cheese.

Lays-turkey-potato-chips.jpgLay’s Turkey Potato Chips – This savory chip is only available in China, and according to a contributor at Taquitos.net: “They really do taste like turkey with gravy…It’s like combining the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner, all in one bag.”

roasted-turkey-doritos.jpgRoasted Turkey Doritos – What’s better than roasted turkey? Roasted turkey-flavor Doritos. What’s better than roasted turkey-flavor Doritos? Roasted turkey–flavor Doritos in the shape of a Christmas tree, of course! Though these festive snacks aren’t available in the U.S., you can easily find them in Taiwan.

jelly-beansMashed Potatoes And Gravy Jelly Beans – Part of the unusual Harry Potter Bertie Bott’s Jelly Beans Bag, the Mashed Potatoes and Gravy beans are just two unusual flavors in a mix that includes everything from ketchup to sausage.


Facts:

Thomas JeffersonPresident Thomas Jefferson thought making Thanksgiving a National Holiday was “a ridiculous proposition.” – Thomas Jefferson was not a fan of Thanksgiving. Despite being first proclaimed by George Washington in 1789, Jefferson believed a national day of thanksgiving was not consistent with the principle of separation of church and state and refused to recognize the holiday in any of the eight years in which he was president of the United States.

ben franklinThe Turkey was Ben Franklin’s vote for the national bird. – After the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, it next tasked Benjamin Franklin—along with John Adams and Thomas Jefferson—with designing a seal to represent the new country. Given the opportunity to choose a national symbol, the Founding Father never suggested a turkey.

beerThe night before Thanksgiving is the single biggest day for bar sales in the U.S. – Four reasons:  1) Nearly all Americans have Thanksgiving off; 2) No one wants to entertain the night before hosting a big Thanksgiving meal; 3) Everyone is home for the holidays and wants to see old friends; 4) Thanksgiving dinner is a perfect hangover cure.


The first-ever Macy’s Day Parade actually took place on Christmas of 1924.

Macys 1926 paradeMacy’s employees dressed as clowns, cowboys, and other fun costumes, and traveled with Central Park zoo animals and creative floats a lengthy six miles from Herald Square to Harlem in Manhattan.

The parade was meant to draw attention to the Macy’s store in NYC, and the gimmick worked – more than 250,000 people attended the inaugural Macy’s Day Parade. It was decided that this NYC parade would become an annual NY event in Manhattan.

In 1927, Felix the Cat became the first giant balloon to ever take part in the Macy’s Day Parade. In 1928, Felix was inflated with helium, and without a plan to deflate this massive balloon, NYC parade organizers simply let Felix fly off into the sky. Unfortunately, he popped soon thereafter.

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The Macy’s Day Parade continued to let the balloons fly off in subsequent years, only these balloons would have a return address written on them, and whoever found the balloon could return the balloon for a prize from Macy’s. However, the results of this experiment weren’t exactly successful.


Then there’s the time a lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store, but couldn’t find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, “Do these turkeys get any bigger?” The stock boy replied, “No ma’am, they’re dead.”


The Turkey Popped Out of the Oven

The Turkey popped out of the oven
and rocketed in to the air;
It knocked every plate off the table
and partly demolished a chair.
It ricocheted into a corner
and burst with a deafening boom,
Then splattered all over the kitchen,
completely obscuring the room.
It stuck to the walls and the windows,
it totally coated the floor,
There was turkey attached to the ceiling,
where there had never been turkey before..
It blanketed every appliance,
it smeared every saucer and bowl;
There wasn’t a way I could stop it;
that turkey was out of control.
I scraped and I scraped with displeasure
and thought with chagrin as I mopped,
That I would never again stuff a turkey
with popcorn that hadn’t been popped.

Written by Jack Prelutsky


And, we cannot have Jolly Monday without a ‘toon or two, can we?

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I even found a video of cute animals enjoying their own Thanksgiving feast!


And with that, I must be off, for Thursday is Thanksgiving, in case you didn’t know, and we will be sharing ours with our friends & neighbors, Maha, Ali, and their three boys.  So … this ol’ Filosofa needs to get to the grocery and buy ingredients, plan a menu, and try to find some inspiration somewhere.  I hope you all have a wonderful week, and please, remember to share your gorgeous smiles with others!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!thanksgiving-maxine

Jolly Monday … Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Good Monday morning, my friends!  Come in, shed those coats for it’s nice and toasty in here.  Jolly and I have had the oven on all morning, baking up some special goodies for our friends, so it’s almost hot in here.  How was your weekend?  Mine was just a bit hectic, but no complaints.  My only complaint is that I need to find a way to slow down time by about 50%!  Here Thanksgiving is just over a week away, and Christmas only about 4 weeks after that!  I do have a few … well two … Christmas gifts bought, but … I cannot even take credit for those, as Miss Goose found them and picked them out for the boys … all I did was provide the money.  Anyway, if any of you know where the knob is to dial back the speed of time a bit, would you please let me know?

I hope you brought your appetite along, for we really have been baking all morning. I apologize in advance, though, for I got a late start, and Jolly Monday may be just a bit shorter today than some other weeks.  But, as long as it starts your week off with a smile, then that’s the important thing, yes?

And, for you bacon-lovers …


A most undesirable job …

A friend sent me this the other day …

‘Hallmark Dream Job’ offers $1,000 to watch 24 Christmas movies

“We’re looking for a lover of all things Christmas, G-Rated romcoms, and too-close-to-home family dramas to watch 24 Hallmark Christmas movies in 12 days.  We want you to have opinions-lots of them! Think the grumpy Grandpa turned jolly Santa was a little overdone? Felt like the plot was a bit half-baked? Be as honest as possible in your review.”

Applicants have to send a short video explaining why they would be perfect for the job.  The winner will receive $1,000, a streaming service subscription and a “movie watching kit” including cookies, cocoa, a mini Christmas tree and some Hallmark merchandise.

Sorry, folks, but there would have to be a much bigger prize at the end of the day than $1,000 to get me to sit through 24 sappy Hallmark Christmas movies … I’m thinking I might consider it for a half-million dollars … might.


World’s most polite firefighters

Parts of Australia, just like California, have been suffering dreadful wildfires this autumn.  Paul Sekfy’s home in New South Wales, Australia, came into the line of the fires last week, but luckily firefighters were on the scene.  They fought valiantly, and while they were unable to save his outbuildings, they did manage to save the main house.

When Mr. Sekfy was able to return to his house, he found a note from the firefighters …milk-noteThe firefighters, exhausted, hungry and thirsty after hours without food or water, had helped themselves to the milk in Mr. Sekfy’s fridge.  It seems they also ate some peanut butter and cheese, but Mr. Sekfy doesn’t mind one bit …

“They don’t have to pay back the milk, I’ll just sort them a couple of cases of beer.”


And it’s only 10,000 calories!

I can only eat about ½ of a burger (hamburger/beef burger) at a time anyway, especially if it’s accompanied by a few fries (chips), so I’m probably not the best judge, but it seems to me this is an awful lot of burger …Bangkok-burgerNo, it wasn’t done as some promotion, nor was it done for a Guinness record … this is actually on the menu at a restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand.  Chris Steaks and Burgers is offering a 10,000 baht ($330) prize for anyone who can finish the mammoth snack in nine minutes.  So far, three people have actually succeeded.

The burger consists of a 13-pound patty (beef or pork), covered in fried onion rings, bacon and mayonnaise.  The cost for the beef burger is 2,500 baht ($82.75) and the pork one 3,500 baht ($115.86).  Any takers on that challenge?


I found a few ‘toons ‘n funny pics for your Monday morning viewing pleasure …pic-3pic-4pic-5pic-6pic-7pic-8pic-9toon-1toon-2

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And one especially for you, Hugh …

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And, I cannot forget the cute animal video … this week’s is critters playing in the snow!


jollyAnd that, my friends, is all we’ve got time for today!  You guys need to go earn a living, and I need to go earn my keep here by doing laundry and cleaning the house, plus Miss Goose is insisting that I get out some Christmas decorations today.  Sadly, they are all buried somewhere in the mess of my closet.  If you don’t see any further posts from me for a few days, you can assume I never made it out of the closet.  Keep safe and have a wonderful week, my friends.  And, as always, please … share a smile and maybe even a hug with someone who might really need one today.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Jolly Monday Wishes A Happy Birthday To Sesame Street!!!

Welcome to another episode of Jolly Monday on this cold Monday morn.  This is a special day in many ways, but one of those ways is that it is Remembrance Day (Canada and the Commonwealth countries) and Veteran’s Day (in the U.S.), a day to remember and honour those who died while in military service.  I’ll have more about that in a later post today, but I just wanted to mention it here.  Well, toss your coats over there, and grab a nice hot drink and a snack off the table, for I have a couple of cool things to bring smiles to those blue lips this morning!

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Sorry guys, no bacon today!  I forgot to buy any, and I used the last of it last week!


🎈 Happy Birthday Sesame Street!!! 🎈

The anniversary was actually yesterday, November 10th, but since yesterday was Sunday, there was no appropriate venue for me to celebrate, so we are celebrating this event one day late.  Do you know what the event is?  I’ll give you a hint … 1969.  Still don’t know?  Okay, how about this … Cookie Monster, Big Bird, Elmo, Bert & Ernie … NOW you got it?  That’s right, folks, it was fifty years ago yesterday that Sesame Street made its television debut!

The show was the brainchild of Joan Ganz Cooney, a former documentary producer for public television. Cooney’s goal was to create programming for preschoolers that was both entertaining and educational. She also wanted to use TV as a way to help underprivileged 3- to 5- year-olds prepare for kindergarten. “Sesame Street” was set in a fictional New York neighborhood and included ethnically diverse characters and positive social messages.  There was Linda, the librarian who taught sign language, and Tarah who taught us about wheelchairs …

Sesame Street taught ABCs and 123s, but also much more … it taught our children about diversity and acceptance, taught them how to deal with tough situations and emotions.  And most important of all, it made learning completely painless and even fun!

They had a foster child character, an HIV-positive character, and once Elmo even testified before Congress! Elmo-CongressWhen Will Lee who played the shopkeeper Mr. Hooper, died unexpectedly of a heart attack, Sesame Street tackled the concept of death …

Well, okay, now I’ve gone and made you cry on Jolly Monday.  But, say ‘Hi’ to the gang over at Sesame Street, wish them a Happy 50th Birthday, and then I promise to make you laugh!Sesame-Street


Big Foot has been STOLEN!

Police in Florida are seeking information on the disappearance of an unusual piece of property — a 300-pound Bigfoot statue.Bigfoot-missing.pngThe Boynton Beach Police Department said the 8-foot-tall Sasquatch statue was stolen from in front of a store called Mattress Monsterz in October.

“Bigfoot is missing,” the department tweeted.


But if you think that’s bad …

In Marysville, Ohio (I used to work at the Honda plant in Marysville!) thieves made off with a roller coaster!!!kiddie-coaster-2The Union County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a white, Dodge Ram with a flatbed that was spotted by a traffic camera taking the roller coaster.coaster-thievesThe roller coaster, which is worth about $50,000, has alligator-themed cars that measure 20 feet in length.

Who the heck steals a roller coaster???  What are they thinking they can do with it … give it to their kids for Christmas?  Set it up in the back yard?  Sheesh.


Campus parking fines payable by … WHAT???

This one caught my eye, and while I expected to find humour, and I did, I also found something kind of nice.  I never had to pay parking fines during my undergrad years, but when I went to grad school, I racked up quite a few.  They were all written off thanks to a couple of kindly profs, but still …

This happened at University of Alaska in Anchorage.  Students can pay outstanding parking fines with donations of peanut butter and jelly for fellow students facing hunger.

“Any nut butter-almond, cashew, peanut butter- or any flavor jam, jelly, marmalade, preserves, etc. will be accepted. All donations must be commercially produced (no home canning), unopened and not expired.”

The jars will be distributed through the UAA Emergency Food Cache at the UAA Student Health and Counseling Center.  Two jars can erase $10 worth of fines, while five jars eliminates $60.

I think that’s really nice, don’t you?


Time for a few ‘toons, don’t you think?toon-1

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And a few cute or funny picturespic-1

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I’m sorry guys … I just couldn’t resist!  You know I don’t mean it, right?  Right?  Guys???

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And that wraps up another …

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Oh … Jolly just reminded me … how could I possibly end Jolly Monday without a cute animal video???


jollyOkay, folks, this is really it for this morning, for some of you have jobs (you know, the kind where they pay you to go there and do work?), and others of us have … um … jobs that pay only in the currency of personal satisfaction!  Please, remember to share those lovely smiles with others you see today … speak kindly, for you don’t know what people are dealing with.  Have a great week, dear friends!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!