Who Says It’s A … Jolly Monday?

Welcome friends!  I can’t believe it’s Monday again already!  At least it’s warm enough to be out without coats, hats, and gloves!  I’m so happy to see flowers starting to bloom and buds on the trees.  I haven’t seen a single bee yet, and that disturbs me a bit.  Plenty of ants, though!  Did you all have a wonderful weekend?

Grab a bite and a cuppa and let’s kick off this week with some fun, shall we?  Sorry rawgod, but I ran out of tea … have a juice box for today and I’ll get some tea before next week, I promise!


A lot of love … and patience

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this one.  D.W. and Willie Williams just celebrated their wedding anniversary.  Their 82nd wedding anniversary!dw-willie-williams

D.W. (left) is 103 years of age, and Willie is a mere 100.  What a beautiful couple!  When asked the secret to the long success of their marriage, Willie answered …

“I don’t have a secret, just be nice to each other.”

Hmmm … sounds like excellent advice, don’t you think?  Congrats to D.W. and Willie!!!


Hee Haw …

Payton Dankworth is a high school student in Ballinger, Texas.  One day not long ago, she received a call from a friend who had been out riding (horses — it’s Texas, remember) and stumbled across a baby donkey.  The donkey was not well … malnourished and dehydrated.  The friend’s parents absolutely put their foot down and refused to keep the little donkey, so he asked Payton, knowing she had a soft heart.Jack-1

Jack-3Payton took the little guy in, bottle fed him and nursed him to health, and from that day forward, she was his momma!  She named him ‘Jack’, a fitting name for a donkey, although I likely would have named him Eeyore.Jack-2“He became really playful and now loves playing with my dogs. Right now he sleeps inside with me since he’s still so little and I give him a bottle about every two hours and then take him outside to use the bathroom. Jack also will not go to sleep unless my dog is with him. He will cry all night instead. I grew up showing steers and I’ve had my fair share of what you would call life on the farm. I don’t actually live on a farm but we do have property with other livestock animals on it.”

Since Jack came into her life, she has been inspired by his transformation to the point that she is now determined to look after animals for a living.Jack-4“Jack’s transformation has been the greatest thing ever to watch. It’s been so heart touching watching him thrive.  From watching him barely have enough strength to stand up to watching him run around and play with my dogs has been the greatest thing ever!”Jack-5There’s a saying that they grow them big in Texas … I think this young lady’s heart is proof enough of that!


Dance On, Wika!!!

Wirginia Szmyt, also known as DJ Wika, is eighty years old and still going strong.  She is Poland’s oldest DJ.  Donning yellow trousers, shiny platform shoes, red lipstick and headphones, she stands behind the decks, mixing party music in a huge Warsaw club.DJ-wika-2

“I don’t care if someone likes it or not that I am dancing or jumping behind the console, because I cannot play and stay still. When I play, I feel the melody, I feel the rhythm.”

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Every Monday night, she entertains about 1,000 people at the Hula Kula club, smashing stereotypes and empowering seniors as she plays everything from disco and rock to samba and ballads.

“I do not fit the stereotype of an elderly person. I don’t see a reason why my age should determine my life norms.  I used to work with young people and I kept this youthful outlook and youthful expectations … My message to youths is that your life does not end when you are 70. They would say ‘Miss Wika we are already 40, we are so old’. And I am twice as old as you and … I am not old, by no means.”

What an awesome outlook, don’t you think?


Here are a few humorous memes I happened across last week …

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And what would Jolly Monday be without a cute animal video?


jollyAnd on that note, I shall send you off to your Monday duties, hopefully with a bit of a smile on your face, one which I will no doubt relieve you of later today with my next post.  Sigh.  Have a great week, my friends, and remember to share your smiles & hugs … we all need a few extras these days!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

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A Short Jolly Monday

Good morning, friends and welcome on this cold Monday morning!  You may want to keep your jackets on, for my furnace is not working and while I’ve tried to warm the place up with the oven, it is still quite chilly in here.  I brought down a few blankets for any who would like one.  Yes, I called the emergency maintenance number several times, starting at noon yesterday, but … well, I guess they had better things to do than come fix my furnace.  But enough of that … how was your weekend?

Since I’m in a bit of a funk this morning and feared my humour might turn out to be a bit macabre, I’m turning Jolly Monday over to … well Jolly!  Let’s see what he can come up with, shall we?  Snacks, coffee, and tea are on the table, so help yourselves!


jolly Hi everyone!  You like cartoons?  I like cartoons a lot.  I find some funny cartoons dis morning I think you’ll like, okay?

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Look at dis cute li’l video I found with an owl lookin’ at hisself in da mirror …


Oh!  I know!  I heard a joke da other day … wanna hear it?

A lawyer was just waking up from anesthesia after surgery, and his wife was sitting by his side. His eyes fluttered open and he said, “You’re beautiful!” and then he fell asleep again. His wife had never heard him say that, so she stayed by his side.

A couple of minutes later, his eyes fluttered open and he said, “You’re cute!” Well, the wife was disappointed because instead of “beautiful,” it was “cute.” She asked, “What happened to ‘beautiful’?” His reply was “The drugs are wearing off!”


I think I’m puttin’ you to sleep … wanna look at some really neat critters?Bush-ViperDis is a Bush Viper.  It lives up in the trees of the tropical forests of Africa, and does most of its hunting at night.  I think it’s cute, but kinda scary.

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Giant-Isopod-2.jpgThis one’s a Giant Isopod, one of the largest of the existing isopods. “The enormous size of the giant isopod is a result of a phenomenon known as deep sea gigantism. This is the tendency of deep sea crustaceans and other animals to grow to a much larger size than similar species in shallower waters.”  I would be scared of it, wouldn’t you?

These are named Glaucus Atlanticus, but they’re usually just called Blue Dragon.  I think that’s easier to say.  They are a species of blue sea slug. You could find it in warm waters of the oceans, as it floats on the surface because of a gas-filled sac in its stomach.  I think they’re pretty!

Goblin-sharkDon’t be a-scared!  It won’t hurt you.  It’s a Goblin Shark!  It’s really rare, and they sometimes call it the ‘Living Fossil’.  “… the only extant representative of the family Mitsukurinidae, a lineage some 125 million years old.”  Goblin sharks inhabit around the world at depths greater than 100 m (330 ft), with adults found deeper than juveniles. Given the depths at which it lives, the goblin shark poses no danger to humans.   See, I told ya it won’t hurt you!

Mantis-shrimpThis one is a Mantis Shrimp!  Also called the “sea locusts“, “prawn killers” and even “thumb splitters”, this is one of the most common predators in tropical and sub-tropical waters; little is known about them, however, because of how much time they spend hiding in their burrows.  Isn’t it beeeeeooootiful?

Panda-antHow can you not love this cute little Panda Ant?  This one will hurt you, though!  The Mutillidae are a family of more than 3,000 species of wasps (despite the names) whose wingless females resemble large, hairy ants. Found in Chile, they are known for their extremely painful stings, hence the common name cow killer or cow ant. Black and white specimens are sometimes known as panda ants due to their hair coloration resembling that of the Chinese giant panda.

red-lipped-batfishYou like dis Red-Lipped Batfish?  It looks like it has lipstick on, doesn’t it?  Found on the Galapagos Islands, this fish is actually a pretty bad swimmer, and uses its pectoral fins to walk on the bottom of the ocean.  I don’ think I wanna meet up with dis one!

Umbonia-SpinosaDis is the most interesting one, I think.  Umbonia Spinosa is its name.  These thorn bugs are related to cicadas, and use their beaks to pierce plant stems to feed upon their sap. Their strange appearance still poses many questions to scientists.  I think it’s pretty, but kinda scary, too.


Okay, Jolly … I think that’s about all we can do for this morning, don’t you?  Remember that cute baby animals video you found last night?  Let’s show ‘em that, shall we?


Sorry, folks, but Jolly and I seem to be a bit short on humour this morning, but I hope we at least brought you a small smile.  Perhaps by sharing that small smile, you can grow it into a bigger one, yes?  I do apologize and we will try to do better next Monday.  Have a great week, my friends, and keep safe.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Jolly Monday Once Again!

Welcome, friends!  Did you notice what was in the front yard as you came in?  No?  Then come … you simply must see!  Yes, there … see them?  The crocuses are coming up!!!  It will be a while before we get blooms, but I am so happy to see their fresh green sprouts! crocus-sprouts.jpgSo, how was your weekend?  Mine?  Meh.  It was very cold this weekend, and I’m still not quite up to snuff these days, tire too easily, so while we went out for lunch and the bookstore, that was about enough for me.  I was ready to come back home and put on my warm, cozy sweats and thick book socks.  Daughter Chris’ band played in the St. Patrick’s Day parade downtown on Saturday, but Miss Goose and I stayed home where it was warm.  Apparently not many people did, though, for it was so crowded it took her over an hour to be able to make her way back to her car after the parade!

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Chris, my li’l drummie girl, is 3rd from the right, front row

Well, since it is Monday, let’s make it a jolly one with a bit of humour, shall we?  Grab a snack and a cuppa.  I put extra tea out for you, rawgod, since you said somebody sipped yours last week.  And David … there’s BFG just for you!

 


Playing music for … cheese?

Say What???  This one doesn’t come from a satirical site, but you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking it did.

A team of Swiss researchers has been studying the effects of music on cheese.  Yes, you heard me right.  Nine wheels of Emmental cheese weighing 10 kilos (22 pounds) each were placed in separate wooden crates last September to test the impact of music on flavor and aroma.

One wheel was played Mozart 24/7, while another was subjected to Led Zeppelin, and yet another to some hip-hop group of whom I’ve never heard and don’t care if I never do!  One lone wheel was left in peace and quiet.

According to the researchers from Bern University …

“The most obvious differences were observed in strength of flavor, smell and taste. The hip hop sample topped the list of all cheese exposed to music in terms of fruitiness … [it] was the strongest of these in terms of smell and taste. The differences were very clear, in term of texture, taste, the appearance, there was really something very different.  All the energy is directly resonating inside of the cheese.”

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Ghost or Gimmick?

ghostThe Habitat for Humanity Restore of Rowan County is a second-hand furniture store in North Carolina.  They recently acquired a queen canopy bed frame and highboy chest of drawers that the previous owners said were haunted.  Store Operations Director Elizabeth Brady says she felt obligated to advise potential customers of the possibility of a ghost or ghosts residing within, so she posted photos on Facebook, along with the disclaimer …haunted furniture sign.jpg

And suddenly there was a flurry of interest in the pieces, culminating in a sale for $1,000 just last week.  Now, perhaps I just have a suspicious nature, but I have a funny feeling it was an intentional tease to pique the public interest and have people vying to own these ‘haunted’ pieces, thereby raising the going price. haunted furniture.jpg


Turn some lights out, Bud!

I’ve had a few eye-opening electric bills in my time, but I think the highest ever was probably under $400.  I would love to have seen the look on poor Tommy Straub’s face when he opened his monthly bill from Con Edison in New York and found this …electric bill.jpgHis average bill is $74.  Tommy took it all in stride, however, tweeting …

“I own a 600 square foot apartment in Astoria. I do NOT own the entirety of Manhattan Island. THIS IS INSANE. FIX IT.”

I think I would have been on the phone to Con Ed, rather than on Twitter, but that seems to be where everybody heads when things go amiss!  Happily, the problem was quickly resolved with a phone call, but if I had been the one to get a bill like that, it would have been too late to resolve, for I would likely have suffered heart failure right then and there!


ATM mobbed?

Back in November in Houston, Texas, I think perhaps the men who loaded an ATM near Interstate 45 and Farm to Market Road 1960 in Harris County, may have been a bit hungover or somehow distracted.  Perhaps there was a pretty little filly trotting down the FM road?  Anyway, where they were supposed to place $20 bills, they instead placed $100 bills! atm-fight.jpgCustomers contacted Bank of America, to whom the machine belonged, when it was discovered that the machine was dispensing extra cash, but not before a few people grabbed the money and ran, and a few fights broke out!  No word yet on the amount of excess cash that was distributed, or on whether those found having taken the cash will be charged with some criminal offense.

Personally, I would have waited for the cops and turned the extra money over.  No, really, I would have!  I’m he one who drives back to the store and goes back in to tell the clerk she gave me 25 cents too much change!


Dragonlord the Pig … or CAT???

What would Jolly Monday be without a cute animal video?  I say I post these for the young set of readers, but in truth, I have a ball with them!  Last night, I was sitting watching animal videos to find just the right one for this post, and literally laughing!  I really think we ‘oldsters’ enjoy the animals as much as the youngsters, don’t you?  Dragonlord is a pig who, having been raised with house cats, thinks he is one of them.  Watch …


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jollyAnd now, folks, I am sorry to say that we must all get this show on the road.  I, of course, have laundry, bathrooms & a kitchen to clean, and a nap to take email to answer.  And you all … well, some of you anyway … have a job to go to so you can pay the electric bill next week.  I do so love seeing your beautiful smiles, and I hope you will share them with everyone you see this week!  Thank you for sharing part of your morning with me and Jolly!  Hugs ‘n love from Filosofa and Jolly!

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Is It Monday Yet?

Good Monday morning, my friends!  I’m so glad you could drop by this morning.  How was your weekend?  Mine?  It was fine … we went out for a bit on Saturday and it started pouring rain as soon as we walked out of the house, so after being drenched numerous times, we gave up and came home to the warm, dry, and furry house!

I must admit that I am anything but jolly this Monday morning, so please forgive me if the humour falls a bit flat.  No, no … nothing wrong … just too much of … well, you know what.  And perhaps a bit too much of this grey and gloomy winter.  But, good news lies ahead, for according to the forecast, it is supposed to top 70° on Thursday!  Perhaps if I can resume my daily walks, my humour will improve (not to mention the shape of my winter-worn body!).

Well, grab a donut and cup of coffee or tea (yes, rawgod, I remembered the tea this morning!), and let’s see if I can pull off a bit of a smile.  Oh … by the way … today is National Napping Day, so let’s all do our patriotic duty and catch a midday snooze, eh?

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The mayor is a …

I’ve written before about towns that have dogs, and even cats for mayors.  The first one I had ever heard of was Rabbit Hash, Kentucky where the first elected mayor in Rabbit Hash history was Goofy Borneman-Calhoun, who was inaugurated in 1998 for a four-year term.  Since that time, Rabbit Hash has never had a mayor that wasn’t a canine.

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Goofy Borneman-Calhoun

Then there was Stubbs, the feline mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, for nearly 20 years until her death in 2017.StubbsBut I really think that the town of Fair Haven, Vermont, is the first in history to have elected a goat as mayor!  Yep, folks, you heard right … a g-o-a-t.Lincoln.jpegMeet Lincoln, the new mayor of Fair Haven!  With 13 votes, Lincoln eked out a victory over Sammie the dog, who received 10 votes.  Talk about voter apathy!  The town has approximately 2,500 residents, and only 23 of them bothered to vote?  Sheesh!

Well, people might laugh at a goat for mayor, but heck, we live in a nation that elected a jackass for president, so what else can be said?


The price of beauty …

Now, I don’t go to a hairdresser … I trim my fringes and ends, and that’s the extent of my ‘hairdressing’.  And we don’t take our kitties to the groomer … they get frequent brushings right here at home.  So, I am not familiar with what hairdressers and pet groomers charge, but apparently groomers charge more than hairdressers do.

People must frequently complain about their groomer’s charges and ask why they charge more than the hairdresser down the street.  Now, personally, if I were a groomer, my comeback would be, “Because we make your dog/cat look beautiful, but look what your hairdresser did to you!”  However, that would likely cause me to go out of business quickly, wouldn’t it?

One groomer in Copenhagen,  Laura Gedgaudaite , came up with her own witty solution, and placed this sign in the window of her shop …groomer-signHmmm … makes perfect sense, don’t you think?


Elephant!  Cover thyself!dressed-elephant

Elephant!  You’re on the wrong side of the road!

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Road signs …

It has been a long time since I’ve included funny road signs in my Jolly Monday, so let’s take a look at a few new ones …

sign-1Edinburgh’s streets are old, narrow and extremely crowded, especially near Waverley Railway Station where this photo was taken.  This can make road-crossing treacherous for drivers and pedestrians alike.  But what exactly is this sign getting at?  Is it warning pedestrians to be vigilant, or telling drivers to aim for the tourist?sign-2Ya think???sign-3Seriously???  Somebody needs to go back to school!sign-4Seems like sound advice.sign-5Um … perhaps the sign painter had one too many?sign-6.jpgWhatever for???sign-7Well drat!


Anybody up for a couple of jokes this morning?

I’ve heard this joke before, but it never fails to make me chuckle …

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson decide to go on a camping trip. After dinner and a bottle of wine, they lay down for the night, and go to sleep.

Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend.

“Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see.”

Watson replied, “I see millions of stars.”

“What does that tell you?”

Watson pondered for a minute.

“Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets.”

“Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo.”

“Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three.”

“Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant.”

“Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.”

“What does it tell you, Holmes?”

Holmes was silent for a minute, then spoke: “Watson, you idiot. Someone has stolen our tent!”

And …

A Policeman Is Interrogating 3 Men Who Are Training To Become Detectives.

To test their skills in recognizing a suspect, he shows the first guys a picture for 5 seconds and then hides it. “This is your suspect, how would you recognize him?”

The first guy answers, “That’s easy, we’ll catch him fast because he only has one eye!” The policeman says, “Well…uh…that’s because the picture I showed is his side profile.”

Slightly flustered by this ridiculous response, he flashes the picture for 5 seconds at the second guy and asks him, “This is your suspect, how would you recognize him?”

The second guy smiles, flips his hair, and says, “Ha! He’d be too easy to catch because he only has one ear!”

The policeman angrily responds, “What’s the matter with you two?? Of course only one eye and one ear are showing because it’s a picture of his side profile! Is that the best answer you can come up with?”

Extremely frustrated at this point, he shows the picture to the third guy and in a very testy voice asks, “This is your suspect, how would you recognize him? He quickly adds, “Think hard before giving me a stupid answer.”

The third guy looks at the picture intently for a moment and says, “the suspect wears contact lenses.”

The policeman is surprised and speechless because he really doesn’t know himself if the suspect wears contacts or not.

“Well, that’s an interesting answer. Wait here for a few minutes while I check his file and I’ll get back to you on that.” He leaves the room and goes to his office, checks the suspect’s file on his computer, and comes back with a beaming smile on his face.

“Wow! I can’t believe it. It’s TRUE! The suspect does, in fact, wear contact lenses. Good work! How were you able to make such an astute observation?”

“That’s easy,” the third guy replied.” He can’t wear regular glasses because he only has one eye and one ear.”


Who doesn’t love to watch those adorable koalas in action?


Well, friends, that’s about all the humour I can muster this morning, and besides, some of you have to get to work, and some of you have to rake the snow off your roofs so the roof doesn’t cave in!  Hey Hugh … here’s a little something to keep you warm while shoveling …

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jollyRemember, folks, spring IS on its way!  There will soon be flowers!  Keep those gorgeous smiles on your face this week, and spread a few of them around … some people have lost their own and it would be nice if you gave them one!  Have a safe and happy week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

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It’s Another … Jolly Monday!

Good Jolly Morning, my friends!  Yes, it’s Monday, and yes, it’s cold and there’s snow on the ground, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be jolly, now does it?  And yes, I am so faking all this upbeat stuff, but hey … you guys have to go out there and do stuff, like go to work, shovel snow, feed the cows … and all I have to do is stay in where it’s (relatively) warm, wash a few loads of laundry, find 32 missing socks, and write this blog!  So, I have much to be thankful for, including great friends like all of you.  As usual, treats are over there on the table and once you’re settled, we’ll see if we can find a bit of humour to start this week out right.


Now, as we all know from our friend Hugh, Minnesota has been particularly hard hit with frigid, sub-zero temperatures and snow measured in feet, rather than inches.  So, of course the people in Jordan, Minnesota, were concerned when they saw this man standing outdoors, coatless, and holding a pillow. Mike-LindellNot quite sure of his mental condition under these circumstances, they were none too eager to get close, but after all, the temperature was -4° (F) or -20° (C), so they did the sensible thing and called the police.

From the Jordan PD Facebook page …

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***Call Of The Day – a little humor for everyone***

Jordan-MN-FacebookOfficers were called to check on the welfare of an adult male in one of our local neighborhoods standing motionless outside and near a home wearing no coat in the cold and hugging a pillow.

Upon arriving on-scene, Officers discovered the adult male in need of possible assistance was actually a cardboard cutout of MyPillow CEO and inventor Mike Lindell. Those cardboard cutouts sure can look real from a distance and the caller certainly was not wanting to get too close thinking who is this deranged person standing outside in the cold hugging a pillow; always better to call the police.

As for the lingering question:  WHY? … I have no answer.  Advertising gimmick? Or perhaps Mr. Lindell is a bit eccentric?


The waiters at the Enjoy Budapest Cafe can do it all – they can serve up food and drink, tell jokes, dance with the kids or just hang out for a chat with customers.  The cafe, opened by IT company E-Szoftverfejlesztő (don’t even think about asking me to say this word!) in the Hungarian capital, has a unique wait staff … they are all robots!robot-waiter.pngThe robot waiters follow fixed paths to deliver food and drink orders to customers, who are asked to keep out of the robots’ way.  Others serve up entertainment, such as Pepper, a “receptionist” robot that can hold a conversation and also dance with customers.

Developed by Japanese company Softbank, Pepper needed to be modified to be able to hear customers in the noisy environment of a cafe, owner Tibor Csizmadia says.  Despite fears that increasing automation and artificial intelligence will take away employment from humans, Enjoy Budapest Cafe’s robots aren’t putting anyone out of a job yet.

“We actually employ twice as many people as before, because to operate 16 to 20 robots from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. we need to have IT specialists in the background.”budapest-cafe.pngI’m not sure, though … how much should they be tipped, and in what currency?  A can of WD-40?


I stumbled across this commercial from the 2016 Super Bowl a few days ago, and I found it made me smile, so I thought you all might enjoy it too!


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And what would Jolly Monday be without a funny animal video?  I think it’s time for one with animals playing in the snow, don’t you?  Just watch …


Well, folks, it seems it’s been a short visit together, but I know you have lots to do this morning, so I will bid you adieu and start counting down the days until we can do this again next Monday!  Remember, please, to share those beautiful smiles you’re wearing, and have a safe and happy week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and, of course, Jolly!

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Jolly Monday!!!

Good Monday morning, friends!  I bet you’re all glad to have that pesky weekend behind you and eagerly looking forward to the next five days, otherwise known as “the work week”, yes?  Hey!  Don’t throw that!  I was only joking!  Okay … so how was your weekend?  Do anything fun and exciting?  Yes, Hugh … I know what you did all weekend … shoveled snow!

Grab a bite and a cuppa and let’s find fun things with which to start our week, shall we?


Speaking of donuts …

gold-donutThis is the world’s most expensive donut.  Last week, a Florida doughnut shop celebrated its grand opening with a $100 donut containing 24-karat gold and Cristal champagne.

Bjorn Delacruz, pastry chef at Enter Through the Donut Shop, in Miami Beach, said the Gold Cristal Ube Donut is loaded with luxurious ingredients.

“It’s created from a base of ube, which is a sweet purple yam from the Philippines.  Within the ube mousse we suspend little bits of Cristal gelee, basically Jell-O shots made from Cristal. We cover it with Cristal icing. I airbrush it with some gold, and then I guild it with about with six to nine sheets of edible gold.”

The donut costs $100, or if you’re shopping for a bargain, you can get a dozen for $1,000.  Please do not buy me one, for I don’t eat anything that costs that much, and I don’t eat gold and I don’t like champagne!


Snow, snow, and still more coming …

I mentioned that poor Hugh has been snowed in for most of the winter, with record snowfall totals.  Look at some of the cool pictures I found of the snow in his state …snow-1These guys were having fun playing on the Ice on Lake Superior near Duluth, Minnesota in the wake of a blizzard that dumped a foot of snow in many places.

Some people used the snow as an opportunity to show off their creative talents …

I look at these pictures and can only be thankful for our relatively mild winter …

But the dogs don’t seem to be minding it too much …


A joyful reunion …

hugo.pngThe parrot’s name was Hugo, despite the fact that he was actually ‘she’, and she was found on a runway at the Dublin (Ireland) airport during a routine inspection.  The airport launched a social media appeal to reunite the African grey parrot with her owner, but four people came forward claiming she was theirs!  But only one, a man named Lubomir, claimed that the parrot speaks Slovak.

Airport management then had the idea of recording an audio clip of Lubomir talking to the parrot in his native tongue and sending it to the animal shelter in Kildare, where the bird was being kept.  When they played the recording for Hugo, she got so excited that it was obvious that was her daddy!

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And speaking of parrots …

This one’s name is Rocco, and he was living in comfort at the National Animal Welfare Trust sanctuary in Berkshire, UK.  But Rocco had a bit of a problem with … um … his language.  Oh no … Rocco could speak quite well, plain as day, and that was the problem.  He was rather like my late brother-in-law John, who could not speak without using profanity!

Finally, as Rocco’s language was becoming a problem with the visitors, staff member Marion Wischnewski took Rocco home to live with her in Oxfordshire.  Well, at first it all seemed harmless and even rather cute that Rocco took up with Alexa, Marion’s Amazon smart-device that can be used for all manners of things.  Rocco would ask Alexa to play music or tell jokes, and that was all fine & dandy. Rocco-AlexaBut one day when she returned from work, Marion found that her Amazon shopping list was … hefty!  Turns out that Rocco had ordered strawberries, ice cream, and a kettle!  She canceled that order, and a few days later checked to find that Rocco apparently had a hankering for watermelon and raisins!  Over the next few days, Rocco tried to order broccoli and a light bulb, among a number of other things.  Marion has learned to check her Amazon account each day!


Tulips?  Or Turnips?tulipsYou’ve got to feel just a little bit sorry for Allan Harris of Hartford, Kentucky.  The guy’s heart was in the right place, but his hearing … maybe not so much.  A few days before Valentine’s Day earlier this month, he was trying to get an idea what his wife might like, when she (Nina) mentioned that she would like to have some tulips to plant in the yard this spring.  Easy enough, right?

But Mr. Harris somehow misunderstood and thought her heart’s desire was actually turnips, so …Valentines-turnips.jpgCute little container though.  According to Nina …

“When I got up, I had my first cup of coffee, and he said, ‘Oh, your turnips are here!’ And I said, ‘Turnips?!'”

And Allan says …

“I went and got the bucket and put the turnips in the bucket that says ‘I love you’ on it. I went in there, got her coffee — and here you go!”

You’ve really got to feel sorry for him, but maybe next time he’ll pay attention?  After that fiasco, Mr. Harris went back out, got the tulips, some candy & balloons to make up for what he calls his “boo-boo”.


Instead of an animal video today, I came across this and I think you will find some of these people truly amazing!


jollyWell, friends, I see gorgeous smiles on your faces and I hope they stay in place all week long!  I also hope you share them with others who aren’t wearing their own.  Keep warm, keep safe, and have a great week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!!!

Here’s To A Jolly Monday … 🥂

Monday-sleepy-2G’mornin’ friends … welcome {yawn} to Monday.  No, I didn’t have a ‘wild weekend’.  I look like this every morning … I just got up too late to hide the ugly before you got here today.  Jolly helped me whip up a few treats to start the morning out right …

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Now let’s see if we can find something fun to start this week off, shall we?


Cabbage is not my favourite veggie, though I can tolerate it in such things as coleslaw (Miss Goose calls it ‘funny salad’) or in an egg roll.  Otherwise, I leave the cabbage in the produce aisle for someone else.  But Rosemary Norwood and her husband, Sean Cadman, who live in the Tasmanian valley of Jackeys Marsh, Australia, have grown a cabbage that I think would feed the entirety of Australia for a few months, at least!huge cabbage.pngNorwood said she kept hungry wallabies and possums out with a wire fence, and had to place the cabbage under a fine net to stop slugs and butterflies. The toil has been worth it, however — the cabbage ended up large enough to provide almost two weeks’ worth of coleslaw, German rotkohl and salads for their guests.  Personally, I would have let the wallabies have it …


You all remember the Smurfs from Saturday morning television, right?smurfs-toonPer Wikipedia …

The Smurfs is a Belgian comic franchise centered on a fictional colony of small, blue, human-like creatures who live in mushroom-shaped houses in the forest. The Smurfs was first created and introduced as a series of comic characters by the Belgian comics artist Peyo (the pen name of Pierre Culliford) in 1958, wherein they were known as Les Schtroumpfs.

And an interesting tidbit …

The word “smurf” is the original Dutch translation of the French “schtroumpf”, which, according to Peyo, is a word he invented during a meal with fellow cartoonist André Franquin when he could not remember the word salt.

smurfsBut I digress.  In the town of Lauchringen, near the German border with Switzerland, an unusual gathering took place on Saturday.  2,762 living human smurfs attended a gathering dressed and painted blue in the regulation smurf attire — curly hats and all.  They set a record previously held by Welsh students who managed to unite 2,510 regulation smurfs in Swansea back in 2009.

The rules of the game are strict: the only people counted as the genuine article are those with any bare skin painted blue and the rest of the body clothed in smurf attire.


I did not watch the Grammy Awards show last week.  I don’t watch television except to catch a few bits and pieces of the British shows my daughter watches on weekends, and even if I watch television, I’m bored by awards-type shows.  But, I keep seeing pictures of some of the … um … costumes?  Get-ups?  I mean, seriously, some of these garbs are cringe-worthy.  They remind me of something out of a bad sci-fi movie.  Take a look for yourselves …

For the record … I would not be caught dead in any of those abominations!


A few fun things I stumbled across on the ‘net last week …

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Pizza Pals

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Bath time, Human!!!


This video is proof of that old expression, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way” …


I sent Jolly out last night in search of a really cute animal video.  I told him to make it extra special, something guaranteed to make our friends laugh.  I think he did a pretty good job …


And now, my friends, I hope you have a lovely week and that you remember to share those smiles, have a kind word for someone who needs one, and be happy.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!toon-Maxine

A Jolly Cold Monday …

Good Monday morning, friends!  Come on in … don’t worry about tracking snow in … Jolly will sweep it up in a minute.  Did you all have a wonderful weekend?  Mine?  Oh, well, since it stayed well below freezing all weekend, and since I’m still doing battle with a respiratory ‘thing’, I stayed in all weekend, but I did get to spend some time reading and sleeping, so that was nice.  I’ve simply got to get some energy back this week, for as you can see, we still have Christmas lights and decorations up in the living room.  I managed to ‘un-decorate’ the rest of the house, but the living room is still pretty Christmas-y.  I gave some thought to just leaving them up, since we’re already a month-and-a-half through the year, but no … they must come down this week!

Grab a snack and a cup of java or tea, and let’s see if we can find something to help us start the week out with a smile, shall we?

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Coca-Cola is rolling out a new flavour for the first time in over a decade.  I don’t drink soft drinks more than three or four times a year, but I’m likely to try this one … Orange-Vanilla. orange-vanilla-cokeThe company also considered raspberry, and lemon-ginger, but after a test run of the orange-vanilla in Canada proved successful, they chose that.  Said a company spokesperson …

“We wanted to bring back positive memories of carefree summer days. That’s why we leaned into the orange-vanilla flavor combination — which is reminiscent of the creamy orange popsicles we grew up loving, but in a classically Coke way.”

It will be in stores on Monday, February 25th, so mark your calendars!  And if you try it, let me know what you think.


Perhaps I’m old-fashioned, but … I find the concept of online dating services to be just a bit creepy.  First, it seems to me an act of desperation.  Second, I’m leery of strangers, especially in this day and age.  But even with that said, this next story is just about beyond weird in my opinion.

Samsung has rolled out a new ‘dating app’ with a unique twist.  Instead of seeing a picture of the person they are trying to hook you up with, you see a picture of the inside of their refrigerator!  According to Samsung’s website

refrigerdaterDating where the inside is all that counts

Refrigerdating is a service that helps you to find love based on the content of your fridge. By uploading an image of your food, you can get in contact with others who have realized that you are what you eat!

Thanks, but no thanks.  And anyway, if I uploaded a picture of the inside of my fridge, anybody with an ounce of sense would run in the other direction very quickly!


You’ve all heard the expression, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”?  Well, David Aguilar, who is studying bioengineering at Barcelona’s International University of Catalonia, proves that to be true.  Born with only one arm, David combined his love of building with Lego blocks and his need for a second arm, and … well, watch him show you what he has done …

Pretty awesome problem-solving skills, wouldn’t you say!  I love the “can-do” attitude!


I came across a few funny meme’s on a friend’s Facebook page and decided to snag them to share with you this morning …

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By the way … before I forget!  Thursday is Valentine’s Day, so if there’s someone special in your heart, don’t forget to send a card, or just call and say, “Hey … I love you!”  You don’t have to spend a lot of money on flowers or jewelry … a card will mean just as much.Valentines


And finally … what’s not to love about these adorable Red Pandas?


jollyI hope you’ve found something to bring a smile to your face this morning, and that you’ll share those smiles with those who need them most.  Keep safe & warm, and have a great week, my friends!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa & Jolly!

Kind Of A Jolly Monday …

Happy Monday morning, my friends.  I’ve been a bit under the weather for a few days now, so I’m afraid I didn’t do any baking, but had Jolly run out in the Filomobile for some donuts … I hope you’ll forgive me.donuts-1donuts-2


Last week we had some of the coldest temperatures I can remember.  But then, I can’t remember why I went into the kitchen.  Still … it must have been pretty darn cold for this …pic-1

Or how ‘bout this one … Cowgirls and their horses in the Midwest?pic-2

And this …pic-6

And then yesterday, after a morning low of -6° on Wednesday, we had temps of 50°!  Needless to say, when 6” to 8” of snow melts that quickly, it has nowhere to go, so then you get flood warnings.  But no … nothing unusual about all this, is there now?


I had to laugh at this one yesterday …

Husband ‘calls police on own wife after she refuses to split bill for Chinese’

It happened in Sydney, Australia, where an unnamed man, apparently balked at having to foot the dinner bill, called “000”, Australia’s equivalent of the U.S.’ 911, or the UK’s 999.  The police arrived and reminded the man that the emergency number is for actual emergencies.chinese food“Police are unsure of who eventually paid for the remainder of the succulent Chinese meal,” North Shore Police Area Command said in a statement.

I wonder if he had egg … foo yung … on his face?


And speaking of husbands … how about this one …

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Adam Hemsley feeding lemur.  Look at that tail!!!  (The lemur’s, not Adam’s)

The Hemsley Conservation Centre, located southeast of London, is a small zoo & conservation center started by Adam Hemsley in 2015.  They are said to have several animals you don’t see everyday, and if you check out the Centre’s website  you’ll see they have some very positive reviews and adorable pictures.

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Precious little meerkats … I would take one for a Valentine’s Day present if anybody felt so inclined.  Though I’m not sure how they would fare with the Sig Six

For Valentine’s Day, they are offering a real deal … for a small donation of about $2, they will name a cockroach after your ex-husband!  Names will appear on the roach board next to the zoo’s cockroach enclosure. Money raised through the endeavor will go toward future zoo projects.

cockroach“For those that don’t quite require revenge, there’s another way to make you feel better about getting back at your ex this Valentine’s Day,” said the zoo in a statement about the program.

Participants will receive a certificate that reads, “I’ve named a cockroach at the Hemsley Conservation Centre in the not so loving memory of my worthless ex!”  A bit harsh?  Perhaps, but I’ve known a few who deserved it. The certificate also grants the holder half-price entry into the zoo!


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I told you a few days ago that I am trying to make note of what the ‘National Day of ______’ is this year, right?  Partly that is because our friend Ellen goaded me a few times, saying, “I can’t believe you missed National _________ Day”.  Well, today marks a newly designated day, National Hemp Day!  Mark it on your calendars, folks!  It also happens to be National Football Hangover Day (I’m assuming this has something to do with last night’s Super Bowl which yours truly did NOT watch!  And it is National Thank-A-Mail-Carrier Day, as well as National Homemade Soup Day!  And finally, it is National Create A Vacuum Day, and I have no idea what that means!

I do apologize for the shorter-than-usual Jolly Monday, but how ‘bout a cute animal video to finish off the morning?


jollyHave a great week, folks, keep safe & warm, and please share those gorgeous smiles I see you wearing.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

It’s Monday … Be Jolly … Or Else

jollyWelcome friends!  It’s that day of the week again … Monday!  Back to work, back to school, laundry piled up in every hamper, a whole week ahead.  Jolly, jolly Monday, yes?  Did you guys have a good weekend?  My friend Emily, who lives on the West Coast of Canada, already has flowers coming up in her yard.  Another friend, Gary, who lives in Yorkshire in the UK, recently posted pictures of flowers that have already bloomed in his garden.  NO FAIR!!!  It is cold here, with 7 straight days of snowfall predicted starting next weekend.  There is nary a crocus in my yard and likely won’t be for at least another 8 weeks or so!  I’ve been CHEATED!!!

Okay … now that I’ve got that out of my system, let’s see if we can rustle up a bit to eat and a few laughs, shall we?


Jackpot!!!

Tyler Heep won the lottery in his home state of Iowa!  He won a biiiiiig check!tyler-heep-lotteryWell, the check was big, but the amount was likely worth less than the paper the check was printed on.  You see, Tyler actually won $1 on a scratch-off ticket last week.  Instead of turning it in, he went to the Iowa Lottery Headquarters, and asked for one of those big ceremonial checks.

“The guy came down the stairs and they took me into the back room where the camera was with the Iowa Lottery logo. Sure enough they wrote me the one dollar check and had me hold it up and took the picture.”

So, what did Mr. Heep do with all that money?  He says he bought almost a half-gallon of gas.


Oh I’d love to be an Oscar Mayer wiener (mobile) …

Remember the wienermobile?  According to Wikipedia …

“Wienermobile” is a series of automobiles shaped like a bun which are used to promote and advertise Oscar Mayer products in the United States. The first version was created in 1936 by Oscar Mayer’s nephew, Carl G. Mayer, and variants are still used by the Oscar Mayer company today. Drivers of the Wienermobiles are known as Hotdoggers and often hand out toy whistles shaped as replicas of the Wienermobile, known as Wienerwhistles.”

Here’s one of the very first, circa 1940 …

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And here’s one circa 1952 …

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Well, the wienermobile is still around today!  Who knew?  Best news yet, though, is that they are hiring drivers!  The job, which begins in June and lasts for one year, would involve driving the iconic sausage across the United States, visiting locations including stores, military bases and charity events.wienermobileThe company’s website states applicants should have a four-year degree in public relations, journalism, communications, advertising or marketing.

The “condiments” that come with the job are listed by Oscar Mayer as a competitive salary, benefits, clothing and a company car “guaranteed to turn heads.”

I’ve gotten the details for you and the address to send in your résumé, but hurry, for they are only accepting applications through January 31st … that’s Thursday … so get yours sent in now!

jolly♫ I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Weiner
That is what I truly wish to be
Cause if I were a oscar mayer weiner
Everyone would be in love with me


Pick your brain …

sudokyRecently I’ve begun checking to see what day it is … no, no … not day of the week, but national _______ day, such as National Hot Dog Day, etc.  Why, you ask?  Because it’s fun, only takes a few seconds, and I’m always on the lookout for fun things to include in my posts.  Now, the one I want to include today doesn’t actually occur until tomorrow, January 29th, but tomorrow isn’t a Jolly Monday, and while I don’t yet know just what I’ll write about on Tuesday, it’s doubtful that National Puzzle Day will fit in very well … you see the dilemma, right?  Oops … I just gave it away!

rubik-cubeNational Puzzle Day … who knew there was such a thing?  Puzzles are great mental exercise and help keep our minds sharp, whether your choice is a crossword, jigsaw, trivia, word search, brain teaser or Sudoku.  I used to do the New York Times crossword and a Sudoku or two each day, but lately I spend so much time writing that I rarely tackle one.  National Puzzle Day has an interesting origin, though.

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Jodi Jill

National Puzzle Day celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and was the brainchild of a writer/columnist, Jodi Jill.  Now, Jodi’s story is not one for a Jolly Monday post, but I strongly urge you to read about her life, for it is a story I cannot even begin to imagine.

crosswordMeanwhile, though, be sure to work a puzzle on Tuesday in honour of National Puzzle Day!  Puzzle.net is offering free puzzles through the month of January, including one I’ve never heard of, Brain Baffler, which was created by Jodi Jill herself.  Have fun! puzzle-1


And now, my friends, we all have things we have to do.  Think of our friend Hugh on Wednesday when temperatures where he lives are going to dip to a low of -27° (F), which is -33° Celsius.  All of you keep safe and warm and have a great week!  Don’t forget to …share-smile

Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa & Jolly!!!

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This one’s for you, Hugh!!!  Keep warm!