Jolly Monday Awaits!!!

Good morning, friends!  It’s Monday again … yay.  Oh, no, of course I’m happy to see you!  This is often the highlight of my week … I’m just not quite ready to face another week just yet … I was enjoying the more laid-back-ed-ness of the weekend.  But, a new week it is, and that means we need to kick it off with some fun and funnies, right?  … … What’s that noise???  JOE … wake up … you’re snoring!!!  Go grab a cuppa coffee, for Pete’s sake!

Joe-Monday-coffeeSo, how was your weekend?  Mine was quiet with a capital Q!  Daughter Chris had four separate band performances on Saturday and two on Sunday, so she was largely either gone, or napping on the sofa, for she was marching outdoors in a wool kilt, wool socks, and the temps were in the 90s!  Needless to say, she was t-i-r-e-d!  So, Miss Goose and I did our own thing and few words were spoken, except for Saturday evening when we collaborated on a Chinese supper … she made the Chow Mein, I made the cream-cheese Rangoon, and we had Pandora frozen Eggrolls.  It was both fun and tasty!

Well, I know you all have places to go, people to see, and all that, so let’s get this show on the road and find some fun stuff to start the week off right.  Snacks over on the table … help yourself!





Larry’s celery

Roomba with a ‘tude …

You know those self-driving little disc-shaped vacuums called ‘Roomba’?  I don’t have one because I can only imagine what it would do to the hearts of our poor little already traumatized fur babies.  Well, back in May, a young man named Michael Reeves, a techie sort of guy, decided to have some fun and do a bit of back-door programming on a Roomba.  What he did … he taught it to scream obscenities!  Now, maybe I’m getting interested in a Roomba after all!Roomba-1He took the modified Roomba to the Target store where he originally bought it for what he refers to as a bit of “market research” and turned it loose.

Roomba-3Roomba-4The store manager, however, failed to see the humour, and ultimately Michael concluded that the general public is not ready for his invention.Roomba-2

“It appears as though our invention is simply too far ahead of its time. The world isn’t ready for the Roomba that screams when it bumps into things and I’m okay with that.”


Lindsey and Mark Lashley recently had a baby … well, Lindsey had it, Mark stood by and watched.  They named the baby Cason Knox (yes, really), and Mark’s mother got down to the business of letting everybody in the family know.  She must have thought the easiest way was to send a text message to everyone on her contact list, but one of those people had changed their phone number.  The old number for the cousin had been re-assigned, and a stranger named Dennis Williams received the text message.

Imagine his puzzlement, but nonetheless, he and his brother, Deorick, decided to pay a hospital visit to the new parents, and they even brought gifts!  This, folks, is something you don’t see everyday … just a random act of kindness that started as a wrong number!Dennis-Deorick

Little things …

It’s a little thing, and some might think it’s a waste of time, or not very important, but … I think it’s a sign of hope in more ways than one.

This tortoise, dubbed Helix, was born with a congenital deformity, whereby the bottom of his shell is twisted upside down. Its front half was perfectly normal there was no deformity in his face or front legs. He was able to properly eat, and he could scoot itself around using its front legs, though at times he struggled.

Enter Randy Betz, a medical sales consultant with a side business of … helping people hatch tortoises!  Who knew?  Betz said Helix was in danger of being euthanized, as he was unable to walk. Betz was inspired by a mini skateboard to come up with a unique solution.

“I took some glue, some superglue, and I glued it right on the back end of it.  Very heartwarming to see him as happy as he was able to move around.”

Take a look for yourself …

Lightning strikes again … and again … and again …

I found this picture over at Phil’s Phun, and I have no idea where this was or when, but isn’t this an amazing display of lightning?lightning

Funnies …

How about a few funnies?funny-1funny-2funny-3funny-4

And, I must stop here, but one last bit of fun … I cannot conclude Jolly Monday without a cute animal video!  I disappointed young Benjamin again on Saturday, and promised to make this extra special for him, so … let’s watch some baby polar bears take their first steps …

jollyAnd that wraps up yet another Jolly Monday, my friends!  Please … share those gorgeous smiles with everyone you see this week … we all could use a kindly smile, a touch on the shoulder, a hug.  Keep safe and have a wonderful week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Jolly’s Surprise Monday!

Good morning, friends … come in, come in … and welcome to yet another Monday morning!  I hope you all had a marvelous weekend!  Mine?  Well, daughter Chris had scheduled a day off on Friday, as she was expecting to be gone all weekend with band commitments and wanted us to have a family day.  But then on Thursday night at band practice, she found out she had the dates wrong and it’s actually next weekend that she’ll be gone, but by that time it was too late to change her day off, so she had a relaxing three-day weekend!  Miss Goose and I enjoyed having her home for an extra day, but as always, the weekend went by way too fast.

Now, let’s have some fun before you have to go back to the salt mines, okay?  Grab a snack … and then Jolly has a surprise for you!

jollyHi … it’s me, Jolly!  Guess what?  I been waitin’ all weekend to tell you dis … I gots me a puppy!!! Gwammie says it’s a kitty just like da Feral Five, but to me, it’s a puppy.  But … I gots a problem … I don’ know what to name ‘im.  Can you guys help me?  If you think of a good name, just tell it in da comments, ‘kay?  Isn’t he cute???  You kin pet ‘im if you wanna …Jollys-kitty

He’s been dying to tell you that all weekend … ‘bout drove me nuts, saying, “Is it Monday yet, is it, huh huh?”  Oh, and please … don’t tell Jolly it’s a girl kitty … he’ll freak!

Now, hold onto your hats, folks, ‘cause I found a deal I know you’re gonna jump at!  Those of us of a certain age remember Elvis Presley and his penchant for fancy cars, right?  His cars have become a part of his legend, in fact.  Some are on display in the Automobile Museum at his Graceland home in Memphis.  Others have been sold, such as his 1971 Mercedes-Benz sold just last year for over $100,000.  And another of his cars, a 1967 Lincoln Continental limousine, which once served as something of a royal carriage for the Presley family, will be auctioned this week at Mecum Auctions in Monterey, California.

Any of my West Coast readers might want to consider hopping on down to Monterey and putting in a bid …Elvis-car-exterior

Elvis-car-interiorOkay … well … it hasn’t exactly been kept in tip-top condition, but nothing a little cleaning and a few replacement parts won’t take care of, right?  And the car has history and … AND … it comes with amenities!

‘Colonel’ Tom Parker, Elvis’ agent, bought the car for Elvis for a wedding present in 1967 when he married Priscilla Beaulieu, and it became their family car for a time.  And amenities … it comes complete with a license plate that reads “1-ELVIS” in red letters, and it also comes with a copy of the car’s original title application, which registered the vehicle under the name E.A. Presley.  Now who could pass up a deal like that???

Now here’s a job for you, Larry Paul Brown!  A West Coast restaurant chain announced it is seeking a “bacon intern” to make $1,000 in a single day by taste-testing bacon.  Think of it, one day spent eating one of your favourite foods, and getting paid a cool grand to boot!bacon-1.pngbacon-2.png

Farmer Boys announced the opening for the dream job on its website, stipulating that applicants should use a photo or video on their Instagram accounts to explain why they would be best suited to the position.  Check it out and let us know how you fare, but be quick, for all applications must be in by August 20th, so you have just over a week.

Now, I use my share of emojis and overall, I think they’re cute, and sometimes they even serve a purpose, for electronic communication can be misleading without the eye contact, vocal intonation, and body language to help understand when a person is kidding vs when they are angry or put out.  Misunderstandings happen easily … I know, for I’ve had more than a few.  But, would you want to live in this house?Emoji-houseThe house is the source of an ongoing controversy in Manhattan Beach, California.  Neighbors accuse the owner, Kathryn Kidd, of adopting the unusual decor as retribution after she was fined $4,000 for illegally using the house for short-term rentals, such as Airbnb, which is banned in Manhattan Beach.

An Instagram post from the artist who painted the home originally featured the caption: “Are your neighbors constantly ratting you out? Have they cost you thousands in fines? Have you wanted to tell them off lately? Why risk a case, when you can hire me to paint them a pretty message?”

Kidd denied the emoji paintings were intentionally designed to irk her neighbors.

“It’s a message to me to be positive and happy and love life. I have eyelash extensions. The eyes are like a Mona Lisa eye. They kind of follow you.”

Um … not sure I believe her.

And finally, if it’s Jolly Monday, there must be a cute animal video, yes?  Take a gander at these adorable lion cubs … guaranteed to melt your heart!

Well, folks, that’s a wrap for today.  Time for you guys to get on out there and earn a living, and time for me to earn my keep ‘round here by doing some laundry and some cleaning, and I’ve got to get a beef roast in the crock pot.  Have a great week, my friends, and share those smiles, okay?  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!  Oh … and the ‘puppy’!Jollys-kittyjolly

Jolly Funday Monday

Huh?  woman-coffeeWhat are you guys doing here … you’re a day early … it’s not Monday yet!  It is?  Whoa … I’ve lost a day … I thought it was still Sunday … where did Sunday go?  Okay, well … give me just a minute … luckily, I did some baking last night, so let me see what I can rustle up …

{Pssst … Jolly!  Run down to Krispy Kreme and get Benjamin’s sprinkled donuts for me … and be quick!}

Okay, well, while I throw a few things together here, tell me all about your weekend!  Mine? One word describes it well:  H-O-T.  I cannot believe it’s August already, though!  The kids here will be going back to school in just 10 days … much as I love seeing all the kids here in da hood out having fun, I’m frankly ready to see them climb back on that big yellow bus, ‘cause they’ve been picking my flowers, and throwing their trash on my patio, and … they just need to get back to school.

Okay, I think we’ve got a few snacks and some fresh coffee now, so grab a bite and let’s find something to start the week off with a smile, okay?

Not in MY freezer …

Remember last week … or was it the week before … when we had ice cream for Jolly Monday … or was it Saturday Surprise?  Anyway … remember when I featured ice cream?  Well, here’s one ice cream you’ll never find in my freezer!  It’s made by Oscar Meyer … yeah, the people who make bologna and hot dogs … and it’s called an Ice Dog Sandwich. Oscar-Meyers-ice-cream-sandwich-includes-bits-of-candied-hot-dog-meatThe sandwich, which features cookies as “buns,” contains bits of candied hot dog meat and spicy mustard ice cream.  The company said its Wienermobile will drive around Manhattan during the week of Aug. 12 to distribute free samples of the unusual dessert.

Oh, and the ‘spicy mustard ice cream’ is a creation of famed mustard-maker French’s, and will be available at select locations during the summer.  To celebrate National Mustard Day last Saturday, the “French’s Mustard Ice Cream Truck” rolled around various hot spots in New York City.  Oh, and French’s also has plans for a ‘pretzel cookie’ to serve with the mustard ice cream. mustard-ice-cream

One word:  blech  🤢

There’s a snake in my bed!

My father-in-law once told me a story.  He said that long ago, back when he and my mother-in-law were young and newly married, they lived in a little house in the mountains of Virginia.  He said that one night he had a dream that a snake had slithered across his body, then went into an open dresser drawer on the other side of the bedroom.  The next morning, he said, they got up and when he looked in that open dresser drawer, there was in fact a snake coiled in the drawer.  Now, I loved both of my in-laws dearly, but Quinter could spin a yarn, so I was never quite sure if I believed him, though he swore it to be the truth.

Last week, Melinda Major of Nashville, Tennessee, was staying overnight at the Hampton Inn Walnut Grove in Memphis, Tennessee, and when she woke on Friday morning, she said she first felt something on her arm and opened her eyes to discover a green snake slithering across her body.  She flipped the snake off of her, jumped out of bed and called the hotel’s front desk. snake-in-bedNow, I’m not sure … I suppose it would be a bit off-putting to wake up to a snake crawling around on you, but … a little green snake is very unlikely to be of a harmful breed, likely just a little garden snake … seems to me she might have over-reacted a bit.  Still, the hotel gave her the night’s stay for free, so I guess she was happy … and they didn’t kill the snake, but led him back out into a grassy area, so the snake is likely happy.

Now that’s a mouthful!!!

I first came across this story on UPI (United Press International), and I thought it to be questionable.  I ran it by daughter Chris, my frequent Jolly Monday editor, and in her professional opinion, she agreed that it seemed a bit far-fetched, so I tabled the story.  But then, it kept popping back up in other places, reputable news outlets such as NPR, CBS News, etc.  So, I share this ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ story.

A 7-year-old boy in India had a very swollen and achy jaw. In fact, his jaw had begun swelling when he was 3 years old, but his parents felt he was too young to visit a dentist at that time.  Four years later, they finally took him to the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital in Chennai, India, where surgeons were amazed at what they found.

The boy’s condition, known as compound odontoma, is not unheard of.  It involves a “bag-like mass” in the mouth that contains teeth … extra teeth.  But what did amaze surgeons was the number of teeth they extracted from the mass … 562!!!  It took the surgeons five hours to remove all the teeth from the mass.  Each tooth, which varied in size from 1 mm to 15 mm, displayed a crown covered by enamel and with a rootlike structure.teeth.jpgNobody has mentioned a Guinness World Record yet, but it is said to be “the first ever case to be documented worldwide, where so many minute teeth were found in a single individual.”

I dropped in over at Phil’s Phun and found a few funny pics ‘n toons …


And of course I must finish with a cute animal video … today’s choice is Polar Bears!!!

And ‘specially for our friend Hugh …

jollyAlright, folks, that wraps up another Jolly Monday.  I hope you all have a wonderful week, and friends … remember it’s hard times these days … share a smile with someone who’s having a hard time right now.  They will feel just a bit happier, and so will you.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa & Jolly!

Jolly (and Joyful) Monday!

Good Monday morning, friends!  It sure seems like Monday rolls around far too quickly these days, don’t you think?  So, how was your weekend?  Mine was okay … I seem to be in a bit of a funk lately that I cannot shake off, but still, the weekend was okay.  Daughter Chris went to a Celtic Festival yesterday, while Goose and I stayed home in the air-conditioning!  Jolly wants to tell you about his special surprise …

jollyJollys girlfriend Joyful

Hi, it’s me, Jolly!  Guess what?  My girlfriend, Joyful, is here today to help with Jolly Monday!  Grannie dared us to go anywhere near the kitchen though, if you remember what happened last, with Joyful’s help, this should be a very Jolly Monday!  Grab a snack from the table (yes, Larry, I remembered your bacon today) and let’s find some fun things to start the week off right.  Jolly!!!  What happened to the coffee???

Cuddling what???

We all know that when you’re a bit down, there’s nothing quite like the warm snuggles from your cat or dog, but who ever heard of cuddling a … COW???cuddling-cows-2Apparently, cow-cuddling has been popular in Europe for some time, but only found its way to the U.S. recently, thanks to Suzanne Vullers, a native of the Netherlands who, along with her husband runs the Mountain Horse Farm.  Mountain Horse Farm is a 33-acre retreat in upstate New York, the center of which is a bed-and-breakfast.

During a recent visit back home to the Netherlands, Vullers said she began hearing about the health benefits and stress relief that came with cuddling cows.cuddling-cows

“Cows have this wonderful quality that when they are processing their food they like to lay down. They become really quiet, and it’s a beautiful opportunity to connect with them. To be honest, we did not know that it was so unknown in the US. A lot of people are familiar with therapy dogs or cats … people don’t associate this with larger animals, like cows.”

Mountain Horse Farm has two cows, Bella and Bonnie, available for snuggling and … it only costs $75 for an hour-long snuggle!  Now, if that’s a bit steep for your tastes, I found another place … Whispering Hope Farm in Gastonia, North Carolina, that only charges $35 an hour for a bovine snuggle!  They have only one cow at present, Bread, whose mother, Butter, died shortly after his birth. (No, I swear, I am not making that up!)cuddling-cows-3

Astronauts on your popcorn, anyone?

As you all know, July 20th marked the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon.  The occasion has been commemorated in a number of ways, but perhaps the most unique was at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Ohio.

Cincinnati artist Paul Brooke and a team of sculptors created a sculpture of the three Apollo 11 astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins … out of butter!butter-sculptureNeil Armstrong saluting the American flag and the famous footprint left on the surface of the moon are also recreated with butter.butter-sculpture-2.jpgAccording to Alexander Balz, one of the artists involved in the project …

“The space suits were a real challenge, to be honest. It’s easy to sculpt things that you know. When you sculpt a human being you memorize it, so this was a challenge.”

I have to wonder how they kept the butter from melting in the 90° temperatures!  But take heart, if you’re worried about what happens to the thousands of pounds of butter used every year. The fair exclusively uses butter that is past its expiration date for the carving and recycles it for use in biodiesel fuel and cosmetics upon the display’s conclusion.

So, um … that new makeup you buy next month might have been a part of Neil’s buttery knee!

A … cake???

Waylon McGuire’s wife Emily had a birthday last week, and he set out to get her a special cake.  Turns out Emily’s favourite thing in the world is when she gets a package from Amazon, so …Amazon-birthday-cakeSweet Dreams Bakery was happy to oblige Mr. McGuire’s request, and for only $50.  Emily was thrilled …

“I laughed so hard. I thought it was a real box at first.”

Signs ‘round the world …

You all know I love funny signs, right?  Well, I found some signs and other things from all ‘round the world that made me chuckle, and hopefully they will bring a smile to your face …













Montreal, Canada


U.S. (go figure)

I came across this a while back, and … somehow it resonated with me.  I’ve been meaning to share it for a couple of weeks now, but I kept forgetting.  I think the thought is a good one to start the week with, don’t you?sea shells with sand as background

Now, to wrap it up today, I have not only one, but two funny animal videos, mainly because the first one is very short and I didn’t want a certain young man to feel cheated, especially since I let him down on Saturday when I skipped over Saturday Surprise.

I hope you all have a wonderful week filled with things to smile about.  And remember to share your smiles … they multiply when you do!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

Jolly ICE CREAM Monday!!!

jollyGood morning, friends, and welcome!  It’s Jolly Monday time … the best way to start the new week!  Guess what!  Yesterday was National Ice Cream Day, but since you weren’t here yesterday, but you’re here today, we will have a slightly belated celebration!  I’ll have a bit of trivia for you in a minute, but first, the treats today are all different sorts of ice cream treats that Jolly and I spent half the night putting together!  Except, of course, for Benjamin’s sprinkled donut and juice box.  And David’s rhubarb crumble.  And Larry’s bacon.  So, grab whatever appeals to you and let’s learn a little bit about … ice cream!





Larry’s bacon

The origins of ice cream … here and there

cone-1Thousands of years ago, people in the Persian Empire put snow in a bowl, poured concentrated grape-juice over it, and ate it as a treat. Even when the weather was hot, they would savor this sweet treat. Their trick? They placed snow in underground chambers known as yakchal where the temperatures kept the snow from melting. The Persians also hiked to the mountain tops by their summer capital to gather snowfall.

The Chinese, under the Tang Dynasty around 697 AD, took to freezing dairy with salt and ice. However, the results aren’t exactly the ice cream we enjoy today. Frozen treats and beverages later, culinary folks point to Naples, Italy as the birthplace of the first ice cream. They give credit to Antonio Latini. He was born in 1642 and created a milk-based sorbet.

In the United States, the Quaker colonists earn the nod for bringing their ice recipes over with them. They opened the first ice cream shops, including shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.  It was in 1984 that President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in July.

cone-2And now that you know how it all came about, here’s a bit of trivia for you …

  • Ben Franklin, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson enjoyed ice cream.
  • 1813 -First Lady Dolley Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball.
  • 1832 – African American confectioner, Augustus Jackson, created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream.
  • 1843 – Philadelphian, Nancy Johnson, received the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer.
  • 1920 – Harry Burt puts the first ice cream trucks on the streets.

Thomas Jefferson’s recipe for Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream is believed to be the oldest recipe for ice cream in the USA. The recipe below is provided by the Library of Congress.


I figure since we’ve come this far, we might as well make the theme of this week’s Jolly Monday be ice cream … that okay with you guys?

Moving on then, here’s a funny story I found about ice cream …

A complaint was received by the Pontiac Division of General Motors.

“This is the second time I have written to you, and I don’t blame you for not answering me, because I sounded crazy, but it is a fact that we have a tradition in our family of having ice-cream for dessert after dinner each night, but the kind of ice cream varies. Every night, after we’ve eaten, the whole family votes on which kind of ice cream we should have, and I drive down to the store to get it. It’s also a fact that I recently purchased a new Pontiac and since then my trips to the store have created a problem…..

You see, every time I buy a vanilla ice-cream, when I start back from the store my car won’t start. If I get any other kind of ice-cream, the car starts just fine. I want you to know I’m serious about this question, no matter how silly it sounds. What is there about a Pontiac
that makes it not start when I get vanilla ice-cream and easy to start whenever I get any other kind?”

The Pontiac President was understandably skeptical about the letter, but sent an Engineer to check it out anyway.

The latter was surprised to be greeted by a successful, obviously well-educated man in a fine neighborhood. He had arranged to meet the man just after dinner time, so the two hopped into the car and drove to the ice-cream store. It was vanilla ice-cream that night and, sure enough,
after they came back to the car, it wouldn’t start.  The Engineer returned for three more nights. The first night, they got chocolate. The car started. The second night, he got strawberry. The car started. The third night he ordered vanilla. The car failed to start.

Now the Engineer, being a logical man, refused to believe that this man’s car was allergic to vanilla ice-cream. He arranged, therefore, to continue his visits for as long as it took to solve the problem. And toward this end he began to take notes: He jotted down all sorts of
data:  Time of day, type of gas used, time to drive back and forth etc.

In a short time, he had a clue: The man took less time to buy vanilla than any other flavor. Why? The answer was in the layout of the store. Vanilla, being the most popular flavor, was in a separate case at the front of the store for quick pickup. All the other flavors were kept in
the back of the store at a different counter where it took considerably longer to check out the flavor.

Now, the question for the Engineer was why the car wouldn’t start when it took less time. Eureka – Time was now the problem – not the vanilla ice-cream!!!!

The engineer quickly came up with the answer: “Vapor Lock”.

It was happening every night; but the extra time taken to get the other flavors allowed the engine to cool down sufficiently to start. When the man got vanilla, the engine was still too hot for the Vapor Lock to dissipate.

Humans are not the only ones who like ice cream, y’know …







I cannot finish up Jolly Monday without a funny animal video, and I just happened to find one that ties in with the theme of the day!

I think I might like to try this flavour …ice-cream-7.jpg

Even Maxine loves ice cream!


jollyAnd now, folks, it is time for you to go start your week off.  First, I might suggest that you walk or jog to work, to work off all those calories from the ice cream!  Remember to share a few of those smiles … um … wipe the ice cream from your mouth first, though!  Have a wonderful week, my friends!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Jolly Hot Monday!

Good Monday morning, friends, and welcome!  Just put your coats over there on the … oh wait … it’s 90° out, so you’re not wearing coats, are you?  So, how was your weekend?  Those of you on this side of the pond were hot, I know, but our friends across the pond are having much cooler temps!  I’m thinking next Saturday, perhaps we should fire up the Filomobile and go visit them, for there is no relief in sight this month from the searing temps and high humidity here.

I’ve set out a few snacks … since it’s so hot, I thought some fresh fruit and veggies were called for, but remember, the donut and juice box are for Benjamin!  I made a fresh pot o’ coffee, and brewed some fresh tea, so grab some and let’s try to get this week started with something fun!

Four-legged long jump!

Occasionally I include somebody or some group of bodies that have made their way into the Guinness World Records, but until now, those have always been of the human species.  Yesterday, a unique bit crossed my radar when I read that a pooch had actually earned a Guinness record!  The dog’s name is Slingshot, and he earned the record by leaping 35 feet and 3 inches from a dock into the water.  Not only that, but Slingshot managed to set 12 world records in the sport of dock diving in the 2018 season, though this one is his first entry into the Guinness book.

Now, since this was the first time I had heard of a non-human in the Guinness record book, I took a quick look to see if there had been others.  There have.  From ‘fastest tortoise’ to ‘oldest manatee’ to ‘tallest cow’, animals are a class all their own within Guinness!  Even one for the world’s ‘loudest purring cat’ …

Who knew?

Flying in your hotel room?

Those of you who work, or have worked, in the business world and have had to travel from time-to-time, know how boring those hotel rooms can be.  Well, if you happen to travel to Tokyo on business, try to arrange to stay at the Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu, located near Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport, and ask for a room with a … flight simulator!

That’s right, folks, a flight simulator. Tokyo-hotel-offering-room-with-a-flight-simulator.jpgYou’re sitting in your room, dinner is done, nothing to do until morning … but didn’t you always dream of being a pilot, flying through the friendly skies, bringing that 747 in for a perfect, three-point landing?

I hope, though, that you are one of those highly-paid executives, for the room costs $234 for a one-night stay, but a 90-minute flight simulator session with an expert costs an additional $277.  Oh, and one other small detail … guests staying in the room are not allowed to use the simulator without supervision.

Pot Cake?

Kensli Davis of Milledgeville, Georgia, celebrated her 25th birthday last week.  She told her mother she would like a cake decorated like a certain Disney character named ‘Moana’.  So, the mother ordered just that, a Moana ice cream cake, from the local Dairy Queen bakery.

Imagine her surprise, when she picked up this cake …moana-cake.jpg

According to Kensli, when she walked into the house, her mother was laughing hysterically …

“My mama called and ordered me a cake telling them how much I loved Moana. (Because really I do) Well needless to say these people thought she said marijuana. That ice cream cake was still good though. The whole family thought it was the funniest thing ever and said it would definitely be a birthday to remember.”

On a not-so-jolly note, The Hill reports that Cassandra Walker, the Dairy Queen employee who made the cake, was terminated, even though it was her manager who actually misunderstood the order, and approved the design.

A fool and his money are soon parted …

Take a look at this bunch of grapes …grapesLook pretty nice, eh … plump, probably juicy & sweet.  There are 24 grapes in that bunch.  Now, remember that grapes don’t have a very long shelf life … probably a week, tops.  What would you be willing to pay for that li’l bunch of 24 grapes?  Me?  Oh, I’d likely pay 50 cents, maybe.  But guess what this little bunch of grapes went for last week in Kanazawa, Japan?

Was it W.C. Fields, or P.T. Barnum who said, “There’s a sucker born every minute”?

The grapes were sold at auction to Takashi Hosokawa, manager of a chain of hot spring hotels in Ishikawa Prefecture, on the northern coast of the main Honshu island.  For $11,000.  That’s $459 per grape.  Sigh.  Sometimes people have more money than sense.

I try to include a cute animal video every Monday, and today’s, I think, will make you smile and warm your heart.  Take a look at this little guy who was born with no front legs …

And that’s all we’ve got time for today, folks!  Jolly found something he wants to share with you, though I tried to talk him into waiting until the winter holidays, but … well, Jolly can be stubborn, y’know (it’s a male thing, but don’t tell him I said so).

jollydancing elf

Please, my friends, share those beautiful smiles I see on your faces, for there’s a lot to be frustrated about these days, and sometimes just a smile can ease the angst.  Keep cool and have a great week ahead!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Jolly Monday … Only Jolly Is AWOL!!!

Welcome friends … it’s Monday … again.  Sigh.  Jolly is not here … the fireworks on Thursday … and Friday … and Saturday nights frightened him so badly that he has gone.  But not to worry, I have had a call from a friend who lives out in the country saying that Jolly is with her and she will send him home as soon as the #@$%? idiots here in da hood learn a little respect … or run out of firecrackers.  So, I will do my best to entertain and find something to start your week off with a smile, but I make no promises, for my own mood is sour at the moment.  Perhaps I can make my ownself laugh?

Last week, I had several comments about the level of sugar in the treats I put out, so I promised that this week would be a fruity one!  There is an exception, however, for young Benjamin who is counting on his sprinkled donut … don’t anybody else so much as look at Benjamin’s donut!  Now grab a cuppa and a piece of fruit, and let’s go in search of a bit of humour, shall we?

The Canadians have a flair for things.  On the last weekend of June, some 3,942 Canadians got together in the Canadian town of Trenton, Ontario, and made a maple leaf.  Confused?  Just watch …

Why?  It was to capture the Guinness record for largest human maple leaf.  Who knew such a record even existed?  Organizers said they were hoping to break the record with 5,000 people, but the 3,942 participants were enough to beat the previous record of 1,589 people, set in 2017 in Grouse Mountain, British Columbia.

Lest you think it was just a bit of fun without a purpose, the event was aimed at raising awareness of Solider On, a program that helps veterans and active duty military personnel participate in sports as part of therapy for permanent physical injuries and mental illness.  So, all in good fun and for a good cause!

Now, speaking of Guinness world records and such, some things are just too ridiculous.  Like this one … David Rush said he trained for three years and three months before attempting to break his own previous record.  Record for what?  For balancing a running lawnmower on his chin.  Um … yeah.  His previous record was 3 minutes and 1 second, and this time ‘round he managed 3 minutes and 52 seconds.  Take a look, if you must …

It occurs to me that some people just have too much time on their hands!  And please, friends, don’t any of you get the brilliant idea to try to beat Mr. Rush’ record, okay?

You guys remember Steve Irwin, the Crocodile Hunter, right?  Take a look at this pic …


Pretty cool, don’t you think?

Since my sense of humour is

{knock, knock, knock}


Just a second folks … let me see who’s at the … JOLLY!!!!


Oh Jolly, I am soooo glad to see you, for I’m falling flat on my face here … go grab something to eat, then come help me with some jokes or something …

Hey everyone!  Jolly’s back … meanwhile, I found some funny signs that I thought you might enjoy …



Must be some potholes!


So, Jolly has some jokes he dug up for you guys … Jolly?

Q: Knock! Knock!

A: Who’s there?

Q: Scold.

A: Scold who?

Q: Scold outside, let me in!


Q: Knock, knock.
A: Who’s there?
Q: Wooden shoe.
A: Wooden shoe, who?
Q: Wooden shoe like to know!


Q: Knock, knock!
A: Who’s there?
Q: Wire.
A: Wire who?

Q: Wire you always asking ‘who’s there’?

 Okay, Jolly … that’s really good, but I think you need to go lie down for a while, for you’ve been out all night. Say g’nite to our friends …

And now, before I say g’nite to our friends, how about this funny bear video?

And now, I must bid you adieu.  Please don’t forget to share a smile and a kind word as you go about your week.  Keep safe and have a wonderful week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and the sleeping Jolly!Maxine

Jolly Monday Smiles

Good Monday morning, my friends!  Another rainy one, eh?  Don’t worry about tracking the mud in … we’ll clean it up later.  Just come on in.  How was your weekend?  Did you do fun and exciting things?  We are finally now officially in summer.  On the first day of summer, parts of Colorado saw up to two feet of snow! snow-colorado.jpgWe, on the other hand, have had fairly mild temps, but I do wish the bloomin’ rain would quit.  Then again, at least I haven’t had to water the flowers for over a week now!  So, are you guys in the mood for a bit of humour to start this week off right?  Grab a snack and a drink and pull up a chair … let’s get this show on the road, shall we?

Long arm of the law …

Amy Rush is now 45 years of age, but back in 1990, at age 15, she tried to run away from home.  She was apparently hitchhiking when an older man picked her up (no, don’t worry, this isn’t a story about sex, drugs and alcohol) and gave her a ride.  Well, the man was stopped for speeding, and young Amy was also ticketed … for not wearing a seat belt!  The ticket was for $35, and the officer didn’t question why Amy was with the man, or what relationship there was.

Fast forward to last week when Amy, much to her surprise, received a letter from a debt collection agency looking to collect that $35!  According to Amy …

“I’ve almost considered driving down there the two and a half hours to talk to a judge to tell him how absolutely ridiculous this is and what a waste of taxpayer money this has been for the 15 years. I can’t imagine the postage they’ve paid on following me around trying to get this $35.  I told them they can keep sending me mail and wasting more money because I’m not paying it.”

Good for her!  I wouldn’t pay it either, especially in this day and age where some can commit murder and not be held accountable!  Twenty-nine years it’s been, and they’re still trying to collect.  🙄

What to do with those pesky pennies?

I am not a big fan of spending hours … even days, months or years … building something for the sole purpose of proving that it can be done, or in this case, setting a Guinness World record, and then destroying all that work.  However, Cory Nielsen of Phoenix, Arizona, has built something that is really rather cool, and I couldn’t help but share it with you. penny-pyramid-2.jpgIt is a pyramid made of pennies.  1,030,315 pennies, to be exact.  It weighs 6,360 pounds and stands 44.6 inches tall.  At the base, it is 65 rows wide by 65 rows long, and stands 65 rows tall.

About three years ago, Nielsen built a small one on his desk at work (nothing else to do?), using only a few pennies … 41,000 to be precise.  He showed pictures to some colleagues at work, and they wondered if that was a world record. Nielsen replied to them, “I don’t know; if it isn’t, I’ll make it one.”penny-pyramid-1.jpgOriginally thinking the world record was made of only 626,789 coins built by a man in Colorado a couple of years ago, Nielsen knew he could beat that, and so the building process began.

Once the pyramid construction began, he found out that the actual world record was set in Lithuania.

“I was already committed, and so I went ahead and beat that one too.”

And what do you think Mr. Nielsen plans to do with the pyramid that has more than $10,000 worth of copper in it?  Destroy it and take it to the credit union.  Somehow … I’m just not sure it was worth all that time, but it is rather cool … in a way.

Mr. Nielsen has a few YouTube videos …

Congratulations to Mr. Nielsen  … I guess … on fulfilling his life’s goal?  I wonder what’s next for him?

A new job for Filosofa?

I have been in an Ikea store just once, and once was enough.  It was a frustrating, painful experience, and even prompted a post on this blog some five years ago … wow, has it really been that long?  I still remember it as if it was only yesterday!  I just went back and looked … it was in the early days of this blog, and I had exactly one ‘like’ and two comments on that post!  Anyway, I don’t like to shop there, but I have a friend who works there, and I do know they treat their people very well.  So, I think I might just have found myself a job, folks!

According to United Press International (UPI) …

Furniture chain Ikea posted an unusual job opening for a “happiness hunter” willing to temporarily live in Denmark and get paid in money and meatballs to study what makes a home happy.

The company said the winning candidate will live for two weeks at a temporary home in Copenhagen and will experience “home visits, guided tours, talks and dinners” in a bid to determine the ingredients for a happy home.

The person will document the experience on social media.

The winning candidate will be paid a salary that corresponds to the average Danish living standard and receive free meatball meals from Ikea.

Applications are being accepted online through July 1.

What do you think, guys?  Sounds good, yes?  Guess I better update my résumé!

As you know, for me the only way to kick off a new week is with a cute animal video …

And I came across these …


And lastly, I promised this song, The Rainbow Connection, sung as only Kermit The Frog can sing it, to a special young reader …

And that’s it for today, my friends.  Be sure to share those smiles this week, for not everybody got to hear Kermit singing!  Keep safe and have a great week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!


Monday Is For … Being Jolly!

Good Monday morning, friends!  Come in, and welcome!  Did you all have a wonderful weekend?  Mine?  Meh.  Chris was out of town with her band at a competition in Chicago, so Goose and I just chilled out.  Other than the tornado warnings throughout the night Saturday night, nothing much to report.  I am dying to show you guys the new bumper sticker I got for my van, but … um … it’s slightly political, and the only rule for Jolly Monday is no politics, so I’ll sneak it into this afternoon’s post!  You’ll love it!  Now, grab a bit of a snack and something to drink, and let’s have a chuckle or two!

More money than good sense

Get a load of this one.  A lock of Beethoven’s hair is going on the auction block at Sotheby’s in London and was initially expected to bring between $15,000 and $19,000, however it sold for £35,000, or $44,082.50 USD!  The auctioneer said the hair was given by Beethoven to contemporary Anton Halm as a gift for Halm’s wife.  Say WHAT???  Who gives a lock of their hair to a friend for his wife … who gives a lock of hair to anybody, for that matter.  Apparently, Mr. Halm had previously bought what was supposedly a lock of Beethoven’s hair from a third party at some point, but it turned out to be goat’s hair.

Personally, I think there’s something wrong with anybody who wants a lock of someone else’s hair, except maybe their own child!Beethoven hairThe hair is held together by a genuine silk thread, and is encased in a 19th century glazed oval frame.  That amount of money … for a lock of hair of a dead person, albeit a famous dead person … is further proof, if any were needed, that people with money to burn are people of very little brain.

Name that baby!

Did you have trouble choosing a name for any of your children?  My late ex and I fought over a middle name for our first child, daughter Chris, and thus she has no middle name.  Her first name is Christina, and I wanted her middle name to be ‘Maria’, but Donnie (the late ex) said it sounded too Spanish.  So, we left it for her to choose her own, and she never did.  The next one, a boy, I chose Michael, and Donnie insisted on “Frank” for the middle name, after his favourite uncle.  Never mind that Uncle Frank had made passes at me on multiple occasions!  Then, when the third one came along, I chose Thomas, and Donnie ranted that I had named the first two, this was the last one, and it was his turn, so the poor kid ended up with the name “Clifford William”.  Anyway … to the point …

If you’re having trouble settling on a name for your baby, there is a start up company, Future Perfect, that will do it for you … for a mere $350!  Founded by two moms who met on a playground and bonded over their children’s unique names, the company offers a variety of packages ranging from the $100 “The Riff” package that includes a 15-minute “namestorming” session via phone, to the $350 “The Works” package that features a 15-minute consultation that leads to a list of 10 suggested first names and 10 suggested middle names for the baby.

I repeat what I said in the last piece … some people have a lot more money than common sense.

Climate Change ahead …

You know those digital traffic signs that road crews use to warn of various road conditions ahead?  Well, in Houston, somebody got the idea of hacking one such sign.  The sign originally read “Reduce Speed Now”, but one morning last week, motorists were seeing a variety of messages, including …

  • Global warming at work
  • Warning: Hurricane Human
  • Triassic weather ahead
  • We are the asteroid

sign-hackedPersonally, I think the messages are relevant and timely.  The original message might have been intended to save lives that day, but … the replacement messages might save lives over a much longer term.

Apparently, this is not a new phenomenon, for in North Carolina last month, somebody changed a digital sign to read, “Idiots on bikes”, and in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, an extremely obscene message replaced the original that warned of a detour.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

You just have to see/hear this beautiful, talented young lady play the song …

Isn’t she amazing?

How about a few cartoons to bring a chuckle?


And, what is Jolly Monday without a cute animal video?  I actually came across this one a few weeks ago, put it away for safekeeping, and of course forgot where I put it … rather like the bunch of fresh parsley I lost this weekend.  Anyway, prepare to smile …

jollyAnd that’s a wrap for today, my friends!  Please don’t forget to share those gorgeous smiles I see on your faces … I left a few extras by the door, so feel to grab one on your way out in case you lose yours sometime this week.  Love ‘n Hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!


Jolly Monday — Slightly Short

jollyGood morning friends!  I’m so happy to see you, for Jolly and I have missed you!  I must admit that I am fairly exhausted this morning and have struggled to even pull together this pathetically small Jolly Monday post.  In fact, I considered saying “to heck with it” and going to bed, but … Jolly reminded me that you guys count on our humour to get your week started.  So, it may not be much, but hopefully you will find something to bring about a smile this Monday morn … grab a snack and a the beverage of your choice …

What would you do if you were craving tacos, went to your local Taco Bell, only to find that they had run out of taco shells?  Personally, I would then head to the grocery, pick up a pack of taco shells, go home and make my own.  It takes 15 minutes and it ain’t rocket science.  But a patron in Slidell, Louisiana, had other ideas.  He … or she … called 9-1-1!!!Taco-Bell-Slidell-policeNo word as to whether the caller was cited or not, but I certainly hope so.  And perhaps Taco Bell should have been cited, too … I mean, that’s like Ben & Jerry’s running out of ice cream!  It’s like Burger King running out of ground beef!  It’s like … it’s like Starbucks running out of coffee!

Ben Burville said he was deep sea diving off the coast of Northumberland, England, when a curious grey seal took an interest in first his face mask, then when he couldn’t get that off, his headwear.  Ben sat mostly still, letting the seal give it his best shot, and eventually the seal lost interest and left.

Topdezigners is an Instagram page that reposts gorgeous sleek, modern, and innovative furniture, room, and even outdoor architectural designs.  Some of these are truly amazing, and I thought I’d share a few of my favourites.  You can find many more by just hopping over to Bored Panda.


I must have this!!!

design-Ćernośice Villa

And this … what a brilliant idea for using otherwise wasted space!!!


A wooden slide alongside the staircase … it would make getting the basket of laundry downstairs SO much easier!!!


Imagine falling asleep at night looking up at the stars … I love it!


A goat toilet tissue holder … COOL!


Imagine this room, with all the skylights, on a snowy day …


What a way to spend a summer day, eh?

A teacher had her Pre-K class contribute recipes for a cookbook.  Here are some of the results …


And of course, we cannot end Jolly Monday without a cute animal video …

Have a wonderful week, my dear friends, and remember to share those smiles with people you meet who don’t have one of their own.

Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and …