Jolly Almost-Spring Monday!!! 🌺

Good Monday morn, my friends.  I hope you all had a fine weekend, good weather and did something fun.  Spring is on its way … no, it isn’t in the air yet, at least not where I live, for the air is still cold and shadowed by clouds.  But there are signs.  The first was these tiny crocuses  that sprung up in my postage-stamp front yard.  We also saw some lovely daffodils growing in front of a restaurant on Sunday, and I thought it would be a great idea to gently dig them from the ground and relocate them to my own yard, but a kick in the posterior from Miss Goose convinced me otherwise.  Then the second sign of spring … ants!  One of the Significant Seven had, unbeknownst to me, tossed its cookies in the hallway floor, and by the time I noticed it, there was a trail of ants going to and fro!  And the third sign came Friday when I gave the outside of my refrigerator a good cleaning, bleach and all!  Bye-bye old drawings, photos, receipts, coupons and scraps of paper, cute fridge magnets, et al … just a pristine, bright white fridge now!  And so, spring is on its way.  Remember that when the work week starts to wear on your good zen!

I may have spent all my energy on the fridge project, for I did not feel up to baking this morning, so you’ll just have to settle for what I could find in the pantry to go with your coffee this morning.  So, grab a cuppa and relax for a few, for I have something awesome for you this morning! I am taking a brief departure from my usual jokes, funny stories, etc., because I thought these pics and this man’s talent were worth an entire post.  I hope you’ll agree!

With spring on its way, as I noted above, one would not think I would be featuring, of all things, S-N-O-W this morning, right?  But I came across something that I found truly amazing and I just had to share it with you guys!  Think of it as my last tribute to winter, if you wish.

Meet Simon Beck …Simon BeckSimon Beck is an artist, though his medium is not paint or clay.  His medium is snow. The world’s first snow artist, Beck first began his work 2004.  At the time he was a freelance orienteer map maker and wanted a form of exercise that didn’t hurt his troubled feet.  Living in the French Alps, the snow presented a natural canvas, though Beck, prior to that moment, didn’t consider himself much of an artist.  “I only do snow drawings.  I wouldn’t take paint brushes and paint a picture if I didn’t have good snow. Lots of people are much better at a painting than I am.”

Les Arcs Ski Resort in the French Alps

His drawings are created by running in snowshoes across freshly laid snow. Each image takes him up to 11 hours to make and covers an area about 100m x 100m, requiring him to travel up to 25 miles as he marks out the pattern.Beck produces about 30 snow drawings every winter in the northern hemisphere, mostly in the Alps. He started out doing it for fun and now it is his main occupation. “When you have a blank piece of paper you draw on it. So drawing on a blank snowfall seemed like a natural thing to do.”

The drawings are made using only a compass, and by counting paces. “Normally you want to start in the middle but of course you can’t start in the middle because you have to get there somehow. If it is a star you have to walk in a straight line to the middle, then take a compass bearing, and then work out the other bearings.”Simon wears snowshoes, and by running in them makes a path. He cannot step outside the path since this will disturb the fresh snow. “It is actually quite a puzzle to work out the best way of doing it. Usually you will do a way which is passably good, but you will know you could have done it a slightly quicker way. Once you have been going about an hour you get quite a network of tracks going through the area of the drawing and you can get from A to B quite easily. You will always end up backtracking because you get hungry to go back to the start to get your food.”

Just last month, Beck transformed Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, into a snow art installation for The Great Northern, an annual 10-day winter celebration in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.There is only so much I can include in a single post, so if you’re interested in seeing more of Mr. Beck’s art or learning more of his technique, here are a couple of links:

Snow Art Showcases Beauty of Winter – Simon Beck

Simon Beck’s astonishing landscape and snow art illustrates the cold beauty of mathematics – in pictures

The Story Behind Simon Beck’s Stunning Snow Art

Tsunami memorial design on the reservoir at Arc2000 in Savoie, France

I hope you’ve enjoyed these pictures.  Have a wonderful week, and remember that spring is definitely on the way! 🌷  Remember to share a smile today … your smiles are far too gorgeous to keep hidden!  Love and hugs from Filosofa!


Jolly Daylight Savings Time Monday!!! 😴

Good Monday morning and welcome, dear friends!  I know you all must be extra tired this morning, having lost an hour’s sleep this weekend!  Me?  Oh sure, I’m perky, but then … I don’t have to put on a suit and head out to work today, so I can afford to be a bit perky, knowing that a nap lies waiting for me in an hour or two!  Anyway, I do hope you all had a good weekend!  I mostly stayed in, just a brief foray out yesterday evening for supper.  Daughter Chris had to play and march in the St. Patrick Day parade downtown on Saturday, and the poor girl fell walking from her car to the parade route and skinned her knee terribly!  She is short … just over 5 feet … and had her drum attached to her front, so she wasn’t able to see that the pavement rose in front of her.  The drum is pretty well dinged up, too!  I took a picture of her knee and was planning to include it here, but … um … well … I was more or less informed that it was a bad idea if I wished to continue to live in this household, so … sorry, folks, no bad knee pics today!

Since I knew how tired you would all be this morning, I made the coffee extra strong and tried to make the humour extra fun!  So grab a cuppa and settle in for a bit of fun before you have to head on out the door.

Pancake jammies?

Is there anybody in the U.S. who hasn’t eaten at an IHOP restaurant?  I just read that IHOP is planning an expansion into the UK and Ireland, but I don’t think they are there yet.  Anyway, here in the U.S., it is the numero uno place to go for breakfast.  Pancakes, french toast, omelets … you name it.  Sadly, of course, I am unable to have pancakes and must settle for eggs, but still the food is good and it is a fun treat. IHOP has now decided to branch out, however, and they have rolled out a breakfast-themed clothing line called PancakeWear!

The colorful, one-of-a-kind lineup features adult- and child-sized one pieces and lounge pants as well as socks.  According to Stephanie Peterson, Executive Director, Communications at IHOP …

“Breakfast and laid-back loungewear just go together at IHOP so we thought it would be fun to design a limited-edition merchandise collection that reflects the spirit of the brand and what we see in our restaurants all the time – people in pajamas enjoying pancakes.”

What?  Wait a minute … I’ve never gone to IHOP in my jammies, and have never seen others there in theirs, either.  What am I missing?

But the best news …

“PancakeWear by IHOP was launched to celebrate our 60th anniversary as a brand, but also to do a lot of good for our largest charity partner Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. A portion of proceeds from every sale of our breakfast-inspired one pieces, lounge pants and socks directly supports CMN Hospitals and the more than 10 million kids that are treated every year at their 170 affiliated facilities.”

The company plans to raise $5 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the sales of clothing and other events.  A fun thing for a good cause, yes?

R.I.P. Target …

I remember when my favourite book shop, Borders Books, closed at the end of 2010.  I was crushed, for we used to go there every weekend.  They had the nicest staff, and the best kids’ area of any book shop I have ever been in.  But, alas, they were shortsighted and did not keep up as they should, with Amazon and Barnes & Noble snapping up the online and e-book markets, so ultimately they failed.  But even crushed though I was, I did not do what the people of Hutchinson, Kansas, did when their local Target store closed.  What did they do?  Why, they held a candlelight vigil, of course!The mourners included some who identified themselves as Target employees and a couple of the participants dressed in the store’s khaki pants and red shirt combo.  And while some of the participants in the vigil made their candles the last purchase they ever made from the Target location, others admitted they bought their candles at competing store Wal-mart.  GASP!!!  😲

As a tribute, the mourners played “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie Titanic.

This must be some new trend, for back in January, in Montgomery, Alabama, the community turned out in force for a candlelight vigil to memorialize a Taco Bell restaurant that had been destroyed by fire earlier in the month. Personally, if my Target store closed, I wouldn’t care much one way or another.  If my local Wal-Mart closed, I would cheer and hold a celebratory parade!  Have I mentioned before that I refuse to shop at Wal-Mart?

Stuffed or not?

Imagine that you are finally, after years of dreading it, getting ready to go through your child’s collection of stuffed animals and donate the ones that aren’t missing body parts, to a charity.  Your child has just graduated college and is off on a hiking tour somewhere in the Alps, so what better time, right?  So, you go through the stuffed critters one by one and put them in large trash bags … these for charity, those for the rubbish.  Just as you finish, you notice that one of the bags is … moving!  Cautiously, you open the bag to find …A ferret snuggling in amidst the teddy bears!!!  No, not a stuffed ferret … a real, live, warm-blooded ferret looking up at you with cute little dark eyes.

The anonymous woman was in her garage in Woldingham, England, when this happened, and she immediately contacted the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  They took the ferret to the vet, who determined she was underweight, but otherwise healthy.  She was named Honey, and is now available for adoption.  If I had been that woman, I would have kept her, bought her a bed, some toys, and called her Missus Beasley.  But then, I’m an animal lover, in case you didn’t know.

Where have all the chickens gone? 

Some restaurants are known for solely one thing.  Earlier I talked about IHOP, and they are known mostly for pancakes, but they have a wide variety of offerings to choose from.  Even Burger King is known mostly for burgers, but they also do chicken and fish sammies.  But Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC, is known for one thing and only one thing:  chicken.  So how do you explain KFC running out of … chicken???It happened in the United Kingdom where not just a few, but hundreds of KFC restaurants were shuttered for days because they ran out of chicken.  How did this happen?  They changed their distributor from a company called Bidvest, to DHL.  DHL, it turns out, had promised to “set a new delivery standard”.  🤣  I’m sure KFC managers aren’t laughing, but you’ve got to admit there’s humour here.  DHL promised a new delivery standard and then didn’t deliver any chicken … that is certainly a new standard!  🤣 🤣 🤣

Fully 562 of the 900 KFC’s in the UK were shuttered.  The company did offer a uniquely humorous apology, however …

Although I was not able to confirm, it appears that most stores are now back in the business of frying and selling chicken!  This is the stuff that corporate ulcers are made of, and I would be willing to bet a few heads rolled.

Alright, friends … um … friends? 😴  WAKE UP!!!  It’s time to go to work!  Sheesh … and I even added a few shots of espresso to the coffee!  Listen up now … I need you to do me a big favour and be sure to share those beautiful smiles with someone today, okay?  Tough times … we all need a bit of a boost, especially on a Monday.  Keep safe and have a wonderful week!!!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!


Jolly Monday … Sans Jolly


The missing Jolly

Welcome, friends!  I hope you all had a marvelous weekend!  The sun shone here, which was a welcome relief after weeks of clouds and rain.  Sadly, I must report that Jolly still has not returned.  He was last seen somewhere in the western UK, after my friend Jeannie found him playing with her boys in the Netherlands last week and sent him on his way home.  I’m not sure if he got lost, or simply distracted, but a friend in Western England said she spotted him frolicking in the snow on Friday.  Nonetheless, life goes on and I have a commitment to my readers to start the week out with humour and smiles, so I shall do my best to proceed sans Jolly.  Oh, and if anybody sees him, would you please tell him that he is needed and send him on his way?

So, pull up a chair and grab a cuppa and let’s try to find something fun or funny to start our week, shall we?


Through the roof …

Imagine that you are lying on the bed in your  home, chatting on the phone with a friend, when suddenly an 80-pound life raft crashes through the roof of your house and lands on your bed!  That is exactly what happened to Luce Rameau of Miami, Florida last week, and at first she thought a bomb had gone off in her home.

Turns out a Royal Canadian Air Force helicopter was passing overhead when something must have snapped, and the life raft dropped from the bottom of the helicopter, through Ms. Rameau’s roof and onto her bed.  The Canadian Air Force had been conducting an off-shore training exercise and somehow the raft “separated from the helicopter”.

The Canadians are good guys and are planning to help Ms. Rameau with accommodations and other support.  Ms. Rameau was shaken, but not injured.

Homeless …

For Fran Clarke, it was just another day, showing up early for her job at Cobden Technical School in Victoria, Australia.  Until she discovered that the school had sheltered one of the homeless overnight …

koala-schoolYes, this cute little critter sheltered for the night in the school, apparently sleeping on the couch

“Sitting up right on the couch was the koala. He didn’t want to leave.”

Now, some thought he looked like he was ready to attend classes, but I thought he looked more like he was patiently waiting for breakfast to be served.

What would you do?

If you were a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service, and part of your route was a nudist colony, would you feel comfortable delivering their mail?

One substitute postal worker in Florida refuses to enter the RV complex where octogenarians are not wearing clothes.  To be sure, she does put the mail in the boxes, but when there is a package or other item that cannot be left in the box, she leaves a notice in the box and returns the item to the post office, where the recipient can either travel to the post office to pick it up – presumably after donning clothing – or re-schedule delivery for a time that the regular carrier is on duty.

Since she is a substitute carrier who only works two days a week, it seems to me a minor problem, and the USPS apparently agrees, saying, “Carriers are not required to deliver beyond the centralized delivery units. We can assure all customers that mail and packages are being delivered according to national centralized delivery requirements.”

I suppose one’s point of view varies based on which side of that fence one sits.  I take the side of the carrier on this one, though … I prefer, with an exception or two, to see people with appropriate clothing.  I am old and I can tell you that old bodies are not exactly a sight for sore eyes.

I found it interesting that other reasons for carriers refusing to deliver to certain locales include aggressive wild turkeys in Rocky River, Ohio, and fear of contracting bedbugs at a Detroit apartment building.

Whimsical Artwork

Hakan Keleş is an architect, academician and illustrator in Turkey.  He has done some amazingly fun artwork … I will let him tell you about it in his own words …

I started to draw big characters on street photos I took with my smartphone, named “Lilliputs series”. The name comes from the novel “Gulliver’s Travels”, the city of dwarfs. Here, we, real people, become dwarfs.

Some of them are kind of monsters, some of them are influenced from real people and the others are a bit humorous. They are from different urban areas I visited in Turkey.

And here are a few of his drawings …

drawings-6drawings-5drawings-4drawings-3drawings-2drawings-1Aren’t those fantastically fun?

And now, my friends, I am afraid that you must go off to work, and I must tackle some chore or another.  Did I do okay without Jolly?  With any luck, he will return home soon! I hope you have found a bit of something that brought a smile to your face this morning, and I hope you will share that smile with somebody who needs one today.  Give smiles, give hugs – they cost you nothing and may mean so much to the receiver.  Keep safe, keep warm, and have a great week!  Hugs ‘n love from Filosofa!



Jolly – Missing in Action

Well, folks, I have bad news.  Monday came, as it always does.  And, as Monday peeped over the horizon, I was just about to settle in to write my Jolly Monday post, but … when I went in search of Jolly, he was GONE!  Jolly is missing in action, my friends!  Here it is Monday, and there is no Jolly!  I looked high and low, narrow and wide, shallow and deep, but there is simply no sign of Jolly!

I am quite certain he did not run away, for Jolly is a pretty … well, jolly … sort.  So, I have come to the conclusion that he may have been abducted!!!  I think I may know by whom, and I will just have to wait for a ransom letter.  Meanwhile, I must sadly tell you that there can be no Jolly Monday today, but I am giving you all a raincheck, and as soon as Jolly is returned, hopefully in the next few days, we will have Jolly Monday.

rain checkMeanwhile, I didn’t want to send you away empty-handed, so I baked the usual array of treats … except they don’t look quite the same as usual, do they?

I am sorry … must be something wrong with my oven.  Anyway, I promise you a Jolly Monday soon, and I send you off with hugs ‘n love, despite the missing Jolly.


Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz … Jolly … zzzzzz … Monday

sleepyhead      Yawwwwnnnn …

OH!!!  You startled me!  Is it that time already?  Well don’t just stand there … come on in where it’s warm … just let me go turn on the coffee pot

coffeeSo tell me, dear friends, did you have a great weekend?  Mine was pretty good.  I was chuffed on Saturday afternoon when we went to Barnes & Noble and I was actually able to read the book jackets without using the magnifying glass, so I spent Saturday with a smile on my face!  And I’m sure you guys aren’t exactly looking forward to going back to the salt mines today, right?  Well, let’s see if we can find some fun things to put smiles on those gorgeous faces!  Pull up a chair, grab a cuppa …

Text dividersA tasty prank …

Y’know, I’ve often wondered what would happen if I called the local pizza place and ordered pizza sent to somebody else … just for a prank.  Mind you, I wouldn’t do it, but the thought has occurred to me a time or two, and likely it has to some of you too!  I know I’m not the only devious mind in this bunch!

Now, I don’t know who pranked German Attorney Guido Grolle, but it certainly wasn’t me!  Whoever it was … or rather is … they are doing it up right!  Guido’s office has received more than 100 pizzas that they did not order over the course of the last two weeks, and they keep on coming.  Apparently, the toppings are becoming increasingly disgusting, as one of the more recent ones had something called ‘currywurst’ – I don’t even know what that is, and am fairly certain I’m better off not knowing! And there have occasionally been orders of sushi, sausage and Greek food!

pizza-GuidoPolice have opened an investigation into the orders, but investigators said fraud charges are unlikely, as Grolle is not required to pay for the unwanted food.  Whoever it is, has Guido’s email address, for he gets notifications of the deliveries via email, sometimes starting first thing in the morning.

Guido email

EAttorney Guido Grolle’s email directory is full of announcements of pizza deliveries he did not order. Much was actually delivered. Photo: Oliver Schapernter a caption

So, any guesses as to who the perpetrator of this crime is?  I would guess a disgruntled former client, or perhaps a lawyer from an opposing firm who lost a case to ol’ Guido!  Then again … could be an angry ex-wife!

And speaking of pizza …

Steve Mallie, the owner of Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate, Michigan, broke a Guinness World Record last July by cooking up the biggest hamburger, weighing in at 1,794 pounds!

hamburger recordBut then he decided to shoot for another, this time with pizza.  He and his crew cooked up a 72 x 72 inch pizza … for those who are mathematically challenged or don’t have your calculator handy, that is six-feet long and six feet wide.

Now, that’s all well and fine, but frankly, it doesn’t look all that tasty to me, and by the time anybody got to eat it, it was no doubt cold.  So, I ask the question:  why?  And the answer, I’m sure, would be “because we can”.  Sometimes, just because you can do something doesn’t necessarily mean that you should.

Best use of a lottery win …

Bill Pendergast of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, lost his home in the summer of 2016 when wildfires swept through the area, relentlessly destroying nearly 1.5 million acres of Boreal forest, residential areas, and oil sands. 2,400 homes and other buildings were destroyed, among them Mr. Pendergast’s house.

wildfireWhile the Pendergasts have been struggling financially to re-build their home, it is still only partly complete, due to a lack of funds, among other things.  But last week, Bill was on his way to visit his father when his father called and asked him if he would stop and pick up a cold soft drink for him.  He did, and while he was in the store, he bought a lottery ticket.  Well, guess what, folks?  He won!!!  A cool $1,000,000 USD, $800,000 Canadian dollars!

I don’t write about lottery winners very often, but every now and then there is a winner who I think is truly deserving, truly in need.  Now Bill and his wife can finish that house, and just in time to welcome their first grandbaby!

pendergast wins

All in favour, say “woof”

Now, I know I have long promised to keep Jolly Monday free of politics, but I couldn’t resist just one tiny exception … I hope you’ll forgive me.

In a town in Kentucky called “Rabbit Hash”, the mayor has been of the canine persuasion for as long as I can remember.  There have been several different mayors, but all of them have been dogs:

  • First Mayor: Goofy Borneman- Calhoun
  • Second Mayor: Junior Cochran
  • Third Mayor: Lucy Lou
  • Current Mayor: Brynneth Pawltro
  • Ambassadors: Bourbon & Lady Stone

rabbit hash mayorIt’s never been a problem … Rabbit Hash, a thriving metropolis of 315 people, functions quite nicely.  Now, over in Kansas, another four-legged fellow, Angus, filed the paperwork in a timely fashion to get his name on the ballot as a candidate for governor.  Hey, why not?  If it can work for the city of Rabbit Hash, why not for the state of Kansas?


But nooooo … Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who also just so happens to have thrown his hat into the same gubernatorial ring, says, “Officially, we will not allow a dog to run for governor.”  Spoil sport.  Some have speculated that Mr. Kobach felt threatened by the competition from Angus.  Perhaps so. My own opinion is that Angus could not possibly be any worse than Kris Kobach, and now I will drop this topic before I ….


Angus not happy.  Angus maybe challenge Kris Kobach to duel.

Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy …

Last but not least, this one is for Roger, the master of the British Oak Pogo Stick!

Who knew that there are serious pogo stick competitions?  Earlier this month, Russian professional Xpogo athlete Dmitry Arsenyev traveled to Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania to break the Guinness World Record for most consecutive no-handed back flips on a pogo stick and highest jump on a pogo stick as part of Whistle Sports’ Chronicles of a Record Breaker series.  Roger … you are NOT to even attempt this, understand?  I will call your wife!

pogo-1First Arsenyev attempted the no-handed back flip record which required him to complete more than seven consecutive flips on his pogo stick and release his hands from the handlebars while upside-down, without falling off or losing control.

He narrowly topped the previous record by completing eight no-handed back flips before landing outside of the cushioned area provided for him.

pogo-2Next Arsenyev attempted the record for highest jump on a pogo stick, which Xpogo co-founder Nick Ryan described as “the mother of all pogo records.”

He built up momentum with several bounces before vaulting over a pole set at 11 feet 0.99 inches high, about a half-inch higher than the previous record of 11 feet and half an inch. 

Well, folks, a look at the clock, and the obnoxious buzzing of my dryer tell me that our Jolly Monday time is up.  I like seeing that you have beautiful smiles on your faces, and I ask only that you go out and share those smiles with people you run into today who have none.  I admit that mine has been faltering a bit lately, and I can tell you from experience, that if somebody smiles at me, it lightens my heart just a bit.  I hope you all have a terrific week – remember that spring is getting closer by the day!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!


An All-New Jolly Monday!!!

Good Monday morning, friends, and welcome to Filosofa’s Jolly Monday!  For those new friends who have only recently stumbled upon Filosofa’s Word, let me explain.  All week long I write ‘down & dirty’, mostly political.  One day a friend, who happens to no longer be a friend, asked if I could devote just one post a week to humour and leave politics out.  I tried it, and it is now my second most popular weekly feature.  A while back, I started  serving refreshments with my humour, so feel free to grab a cupa Joe, a donut, and enjoy a few chuckles, laughs and lots of smiles.  By the way … hugs are always welcome!

So, did everyone have a good weekend?  Did anybody – besides Eschudel – actually see the sun this weekend?  I am convinced that the sun has been kidnapped and is being held for randsom, for I have seen it precisely 4 times all year so far!  And now, grab your coffee, pull up a chair, and let us spend a few minutes together before you have to leave for … w-o-r-k.

Text dividersBeware the comma …

Those pesky commas!  I tend to overuse the comma, as a college professor told me many decades ago, and my editor shakes his head over my comma usage quite often.  But in this story, it was a missing comma that led to a $6 million class-action lawsuit.

The defendant was Oakhurst Dairy in Portlant, Maine, and the plaintiffs were 127 of the company’s drivers who claimed that a written statute about overtime was unclear.

The offending document included this phrase …

“…marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution of”

And without the comma before the word “or”, drivers claimed that it meant something other than management intended.  I can see where the comma, known as an Oxford comma, would have changed the meaning slightly, but I’m not sure to the tune of $5 million!

The drivers claimed that the packing and distribution were a single act, and since they didn’t actually do any packing, they shouldn’t have been exempt from overtime pay.  Judge David Barron wrote at the beginning of his 29-page ruling: “For want of a comma, we have this case.”  Twenty-nine pages???  Seriously???  The company agreed to pay the $5 million, not wishing to incur further legal costs or waste additional time. Text dividersNew breed of golf caddies?

golferMy dad always wanted a son.  Instead he got me.  I’m sure he was disappointed at first, but he learned to love me despite my shortcomings, and went merrily about the business of trying to teach me to do all the things a son would have done with him, such as playing golf.  Now, frankly I hate golf, and being visually challenged even as a child, I was never much good at it.  I would swing 30-40 times at that tiny little ball, trying to earn an ‘attaboy’, until the line of golfers began to back up and grumble loudly, then we moved along without me hitting the ball.  Anyway, that was in the 1950s when golfers walked the 9 or 18 holes, and when young boys were thrilled to earn a dollar or two being a ‘caddy’, carrying the golfers clubs, handing them the proper club, and advising them.

Nowadays, since almost nobody walks around the course anymore, but they all ride in those little golf carts, presumably there isn’t as much need for a caddy, and young boys who were born with iphones in their diapers do not value a dollar or two as they once did.

The Retreat & Links at Silvies Valley Ranch in Seneca, Oregon, has a new and unique solution to provide caddies to those golfers who wish one … GOATS!

goat caddy“We’ve been developing an unprecedented caddie training program with our head caddie, Bruce LeGoat, to ensure that he and his team are ready for the opening of The Gauntlet this summer. We’re truly redefining both goat and golf operations at the ranch. Can you think of another course where its caddies were literally born, raised and fully educated on-property? We will get you a caddie who really knows the course and won’t give you any bad advice — and they work for peanuts!”Text dividers

How many eggs is too many?

We go through a lot of eggs in my house, ever since Miss Goose learned to boil her own and to make potatoe salad and cookies.  I buy 18 eggs most every week.  But the chefs traveling with the Norwegian Olympic team were in for a bit surprise when they ordered 1,500 eggs to feed the hungry athletes, but due to an error in translation, they actually received 15,000 eggs!  There’s that pesky comma again!

eggsApparently, changing one syllable in “1,500” in Korean changes it to 15,000!  Who knew?  Fortunately, the chefs were able to return the additional 13,500 eggs, else the Norwegian athletes might have started growing feathers before long.Text dividersThey pulled over a what???

Police are trained to be alert for unsafe driver behaviour, and erratic vehicle movement is usually a clear sign that something is not right.  Typically, officers pull over vehicles that are on the ground, but last Tuesday, the Yucaipa Police Department in San Bernardino Country, California, pulled over a couple of … wait for it …

hot air balloons … yep, you guessed it … hot air balloons!  The Sheriff’s department had been receiving calls about hot air balloons flying too close to the homes, and one report of a balloon colliding with a home.  Deputies responded to the Chapman Heights neighborhood, where they observed the two hot air balloons hitting trees and coming within 5 feet of rooftops.

The deputies were able to contact both pilots, presumably by loudspeaker, since they weren’t very high anyway, and request that they land immediately, which they did.  Both pilots landed safely and there didn’t weem to be an issue of FUI (Flying Under the Influence).

balloons“Deputies identified both pilots, and will be forwarding a report to the Federal Aviation Administration for further review of any possible FAA violations.”Text dividersI haven’t done any jokes for a while, so I went in search of something funny, a few good ‘knock-knock’ jokes, since those are my favourites, or something clean, yet funny.  I didn’t find anything that made me laugh, but I did come across some of what I call “dumb customer” stories, so I thought I’d share a few of those for your morning chuckles!

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And now, my friends, it saddens me to say this, but you must leave.  You have jobs, careers, you are contributing members of society!  Well, except those of us who are retired, but even we have things to do.  For me?  Probably laundry and grocery shopping, as I got lazy yesterday and didn’t go.  Keep safe and warm out there, my dear friends, and have a great week.  As always, remember that I ask you to share those gorgeous smiles with somebody who might need one today.  It makes a world of difference in somebody’s day sometimes, and makes you feel happier too!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!

Note to readers:  This morning is my scheduled eye surgery, and I am not sure how much of my day that will take up, so please forgive me if I am slower even than usual responding to comments, but I will respond as soon as I can!




Once Again, It’s … Jolly Monday!!!

Good Monday morning, friends … come in where it’s warm!  I hope you all had a fun-filled weekend, or at least a relaxing one.  You guys are looking a little sleepy this morning … I’m going to have to work extra hard to get a chuckle from you, I think.

paragraph divider 2A new twist for an old game?

My husband used to cheat on me.  Oh no … not in that sense … to the best of my knowledge, he never had an affair with another woman.  But he hated to lose at games … hated it so much that he was not beneath shortchanging other players, hiding their game pieces, or moving a hotel from somebody else’s property on to his own.  If all else failed and he lost anyway, he would lock himself into the bathroom and refuse to come out, so that eventually our guests would have to leave and go home to their own bathroom.

Hasbro, makers of the world-famous game Monopoly, has announced a new version of the game that rewards cheating and features handcuffs for those caught in the act.  According to senior vice president of Hasbro, Jonathan Berkowitz ….

“A recent study conducted by Hasbro revealed that nearly half of game players attempt to cheat during Monopoly games, so in 2018, we decided it was time to give fans what they’ve been craving all along – a Monopoly game that actually encourages cheating,”

Monopoly: Cheaters Edition, which is set for release this fall, offers 15 cheat cards with five placed in the middle of the board that ask players to carry out nefarious tasks including removing hotels, moving another player’s token, and stealing extra money from the bank that is without an assigned banker.

monopoly.jpgRewards for carrying out the cheat cards successfully without getting caught include extra cash or free properties while those caught will be sent to jail and potentially handcuffed to the board.

The game will be available this fall at a price of $19.99.  Board games in the era of Trump?

paragraph divider 2Van Gogh downgraded to graffiti??? 

Starry Night Van GoghNancy Nemhauser and Lubek Jastrzebski appreciate fine art, and decided to paint the wall outside their Mount Dora, Florida home, to resemble ‘Starry Night’, one of Vincent Van Gogh’s most famous works.  Who could have guessed that before long the city would find the couple in violation of the ‘graffiti law’ which states that any outside wall must match the house?

starry house2starry night houseWell, the couple did exactly what I would have done … they painted the house to match the wall!  The city dropped the graffiti violation, but then ruled that the house was “a sign” and failed to meet code. The couple has been fined $100 per day, and while the fines were to be capped at 31 days, a magistrate, David Tegeler, ruled last week that the fines could continue unabated.

Now what, you ask, does the city care?  According to unnamed city officials, the house is considered a sign, the artist who painted the house and wall, Richard Barrenechea, is getting business, and the house is a distraction for drivers.

Nemhauser and Jastrzebski, a Polish immigrant, have obtained an attorney who says they will exhaust all options in the courts before the couple will pay any fines.  I am no legal expert, but this seems a case of harassment on the part of the city.  If you ask me, the house adds character to the neighborhood.

paragraph divider 2How many plumbers does it take …?

Flight DY1156 from Oslo to Munich on Saturday January 27, returned to Oslo due to a technical fault with the toilet. The aircraft was repaired and continued with the flight later that day.

The irony?  There was a group of 85 plumbers onboard the aircraft!

“We would have liked to fix the restrooms, but unfortunately it had to be done from the outside and we did not take the opportunity to send a plumber [out] at 10,000 meters,” said Frank Olsen, a passenger and CEO of plumbing company Rorkjop.

paragraph divider 2How long does it take a ‘tuga to cross the street?

We all know that turtles, tortoises, tortugas, are slow, right?  ‘Tis how I came by my nickname of Tortuga, or ‘Tuga for short, for I am sometimes slow.  In Oxford, England last year, Leanna Morris’ pet tortoise somehow took off on an adventure when left in the yard for a bit of exercise.  Morris was bereft at the loss of the tortoise, Tallulah, and spent weeks searching and posting flyers around the neighborhood.

“After a month or so I thought, OK, I need to put all her things away. So I kind of took down her box. I took down her light. I put her food back. It felt empty.”

sadAnd then, this …

tortoiseYep, a microchip confirmed that the turtle found at the school was indeed Tallulah.  The school is across the street, precisely 1,056 feet from Morris’ house.  Tallulah and Leanna are once again  reunited … well, almost.  Tallulah is currently spending a bit of time at the vers being treated for malnutrition and a swollen eye.

turtleI just love happy endings, don’t you?

paragraph divider 2And now, my friends, as much as I am enjoying your company and wish we could spend the entire day together, I have laundry calling me, and you have jobs calling you, so we must part ways for a while.  Please remember to share your smiles today … they are much too beautiful to keep to yourselves!  I wish you all a wonderful week ahead … keep warm and safe!  Hugs ‘n love from Filosofa!

Jolly Monday #91

Good Monday morn, my wonderful friends! I was looking back through my archives and realized that I started this Jolly Monday feature in March, 2016, nearly two years ago, and that this is my 91st Jolly Monday post! I hope you are all well and happy, relaxed after your too-short weekend, and ready to tackle another week, do some great things, make the world a little bit better place.  What’s that?  Oh … a bit too much for so early on a Monday, eh?  Yeah, I think I agree with you.  Let’s then start the weekend with some fresh coffee and … I made fresh bagels for you this morning … blueberry and cinnamon crunch.  Speaking of cinnamon … I was out with the girls this evening and we stopped to pick up kittie food and litter, and I noticed a new flavour of Oreo cookies on the shelves

oreo.jpgI like hot ‘n spicy cinnamon, like Mexican chocolate, but when I showed them to Miss Goose, you would have thought I was showing her fresh road kill by the look on her face.  Anyway, grab a cup of coffee and a bagel … sorry, Hugh, but I’m all out of wine, for it’s been a rough week, y’know?  And let’s try to have a bit of fun before we start another week, shall we?

Oopsie … Wrong Number …

If you want some marijuana, perhaps you shouldn’t be texting the request to police.

drug-text.pngThe person sending the initial text, once realizing his misstep, typed:

“oh my god.  I’m so sorry”

Wouldn’t you have just loved to have seen the look on his or her face when she received the text showing the badge?

Grumpy Cat Is Rich

Grumpy Cat arrives to ride in the 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California.We all know and love Grumpy Cat, right?  Well, Grumpy Cat just won $710,000 in a lawsuit over copyright infringement.  Long story short, Grumpy Cat had a contract with coffee company Grenade Beverage LLC., giving them the rights to use her picture on its Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino iced drink.  The company ultimately used Grumpy’s picture on other products as well, and the matter has been bouncing about in the courts for a few years now.  Did the money make Grumpy Cat finally smile?  You be the judge …

Colorado Rockies v Arizona DiamondbacksThat is one cat that won’t be stuck eating kibble any more.  Meanwhile, though, in reading the article about the lawsuit, I found some interesting trivia about Grumpy Cat:

  • Grumpy’s real name is Tardar Sauce
  • Grumpy is actually a ‘she’ … I would have sworn it was a guy, with that level of grumpiness!!!
  • Grumpy and her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, live in Morristown, Arizona.
  • Grumpy Cat has her own company and an extensive list of merchandise and has had cameos in films and on TV.
  • She also has 1.42 million followers on Twitter, 2.4 million on Instagram and almost nine million likes on Facebook

Grumpy Cat arrives with his owner Tabatha Bundesen at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles

French Riots Over … Nutella?

I like Nutella, the chocolate-hazelnut spread that can be found alongside the peanut-butter in your supermarket.  I don’t often buy it, but I do use it in a couple of recipes, and I like it on an English muffin every now and then.  But never in my life have I seen people go as crazy over the stuff as people in France did last week!

Riots … riots, they say, ensued after retailer Intermarché slashed the price for a jar of Nutella from 4.50 euros to 1.41 euros — from $5.60 to about $1.75.  I have to ask why it was $5.60 to begin with, for it is only about $2 here.

nutellaIn at least three cases, police were called after customers came to blows in the frenzy for Nutella.  “At 8:15, there was already a waiting line of 200 people in front of the store” said one Intermarché employee. “After a few minutes, the director had to intervene. He distributed one pot per person, next to a security guard. The pallet was empty after 10 minutes.”

Describing customers running and fighting, a manager of a store in Metz said: “People were aggressive. They were trying to tear the pots out and menacing us.”  All over a jar of Nutella … who knew?

Lastly, an article in a UK publication tells of some of the stranger things people have called 999 (the UK equivalent of our 911) for, and I found them funny …

  • A concerned woman dialled 999 for help because her pet cat looked unwell.
  • One caller phoned 999 because they had a dry mouth, and one woman complained of irritated eyes from false eyelashes she had done five days previously.
  • Another man demanded an ambulance because he had been coughing for two weeks.
  • The East Midlands Ambulance Service even received a call from a woman asking if a broken egg could be left overnight in the fridge.

ambulanceMethinks that some people need to learn the definition of ‘emergency’.  Back in the day, when some of my staff would call off work for an emergency, I gave them my definition, which I still hold to today:  If somebody is dead or likely to be in the next 24 hours, it’s an emergency.  Everything else can wait until the end of your shift.

Okay, folks, I hope you are relaxed now and in a good frame of mind to face the week ahead.  I wish you all a wonderful week.  Keep safe and warm, and please, my friends … share a few smiles this week.  Not everybody got to come here for coffee, bagels, and my strange sense of humour!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!



♫ Have a Holly Jolly … Monday? ♪

Good Monday morning, friends!  I hope the weather has finally gotten warmer where you live (except for my friends down under, where the mercury was already breaking heat records) … it has been above freezing for two whole days now!  I finally ventured out of my lair on Saturday, as did every other human being in the country!  But it was nice, and according to the 10-day forecast, it is supposed to stay relatively mild for a while, anyway. I know, I know … you guys have to go back to work, back to the office intrigue and the ol’ nine-to-five … so let’s see if we can start this week out with a laugh, or even just a chuckle, so it won’t seem quite so bad.  Yes, Steve … there are donuts and fresh coffee, too.  I apologize for last week … grab a cuppa and a donut, and relax for a few minutes …


A little bit of hedgehog love?

There is a new café in Tokyo called Harry.  No, not Harry’s … just Harry.  It is a play on the Japanese word for hedgehog, Harinezumi. And by the way, don’t go to Harry with an appetite, for no food is served.  So what is Harry?  It is the latest in the recent trend of animal cafés, the Hedgehog café.  Remember the Owl café and the Snake café I wrote about back in 2016? The owners of Harry, by the way, own a rabbit café in the same building, called Ms. Bunny.

hedgehog-cafeSo here’s how it works …

You go in, take your seat, and then either ask for a specific hedgehog or pick one you’d like and the staff will bring it to you. Once you’ve had enough, you can swap it with another one.

hedgehog-1When you handle it, you’re supposed to cup your hands – they said as if you’re cupping water – and let it sit there. Once it settles, you can stroke it and let it move around on your hands.

Living conditions are crowded in Tokyo, and I think not many families have room for pets such as dogs ‘n cats, so this is how they get their fix of cute, fluffy critters. The cost?  On weekdays they charge 1,000 yen ($9.20; £6.40) for 30 minutes, on weekends 1,300 yen. When I think about it, that is less than food, kitty litter, vet visits, calming fluid, and hairball medicine for the Significant Seven … hmmmm … anybody in the market for an autistic cat, or the cat from hell?


And yet another ‘Harry’ …

Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle are all over the news these days, and wouldn’t you know people will find ways to profit from them.  The latest is designer Shirley Corsey, who has designed Harry & Meghan dolls that look absolutely nothing like … Harry and Meghan.

In fact, the dolls are just a little bit creepy, if you ask me.  And they seem even creepier when you check out the price tag! You can buy them on Etsy for a mere … wait for it … £130, or $180.35 … plus tax & shipping, of course.

The dolls elicited quite a Twitter-storm …

“Let me list the things that are wrong with these new ‘Harry & Meghan’ dolls. Everything.” – 8:17 AM – Jan 18, 2018

“These “Harry” and “Meghan” dolls really are off their clackers.” – 8:32 AM – Jan 18, 2018

“Dolls freak me out anyway, but there’s something especially creepy about the lifelike face on the Harry, and his eyes! Looks nothing like him though.  And the Meghan looks like the face from the original Chucky doll. 😂 – 7:59 AM – Jan 19, 2018

‘Nuff said.

Beware the donut man!

Bradley Hardison of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, can eat a lot of doughnuts, but he really is not too smart.  In August 2014, Hardison entered a police-sponsored contest in Elizabeth City to see who could eat more donuts in a two-minute period than the police.  You know, of course, that police nationwide are known for their ability to put away the donuts.  Hardison won that contest by eating eight donuts in two minutes … yuck.  But his victory celebration was short-lived, for the very next day, after seeing his picture in the paper, the local Sheriff’s Office caught up with him after months of investigation, and arrested Hardison on charges related to break-ins at two grocery stores in 2013. He was convicted and received a suspended sentence of three years, which ended last October.

HardisonWhich brings us to last week, when Hardison returned to a life of crime, this time robbing … A Dunkin’ Donuts shop!  He has been charged with felony breaking and entering, felony safe cracking and felony larceny, and is being held on $7,000 bond.  I’ve always heard that donuts were bad for you!

‘Sno Car …

Okay, I’ve built snowmen … or, to be more politically correct here, snow people, and snow forts, snowballs and the like.  But Simon Laprise of Montreal, Canada, decided to take snow sculpting to a new level when he built a quite realistic looking snow car! And not, I might add, just any car, but his snow sculpture was modeled after the DeLorean, such as the one featured in the movie Back to the Future.

snow car“It was a beautiful day. So I decided to do something out of the mountain of snow, to do a little joke to the snow guys, and have fun sculpting a car. It’s not my first one, just the first I do in the street on snow removal day.”

Laprise sculpted the car to look like it had been parked throughout a snow storm for days. He even added indentions for the wheels and windows — and then threw a spare windshield wiper he found lying around for a special touch.

Now, there are two versions about what happened next, and I really have no idea which is true.  The first, according to UPI, is that when police came around to look for cars parked on that side of the road during snow plowing hours, they wrote a ticket and left it on a windshield made of snow.  But, according to CBSNews, VOX, and other sources, the ticket was a joke, as the officers realized the ‘car’ was made of snow.

snow-car-noteEither way, I suspect Mr. Laprise had a lot of fun with this one!

Well, my dear friends … I hope I’ve at least brought a smile to your faces this morning that you can share with others, for times are tough for so many these days … please remember to share that gorgeous smile!  Now get thee to the office to work!  Keep safe and warm, my friends.  Love and Hugs from Filosofa!

I was never a huge fan of Elvis, but this song always touches something in me …

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This is our Tiger Lily … cruel, vicious, but oh so adorable!

'Thanks, but my homework is a little beyond your skill set, Mom.'


This one’s for you, Hugh!