Good Monday morning, friends! It sure seems like Monday rolls around far too quickly these days, don’t you think? So, how was your weekend? Mine was okay … I seem to be in a bit of a funk lately that I cannot shake off, but still, the weekend was okay. Daughter Chris went to a Celtic Festival yesterday, while Goose and I stayed home in the air-conditioning! Jolly wants to tell you about his special surprise …
Hi, it’s me, Jolly! Guess what? My girlfriend, Joyful, is here today to help with Jolly Monday! Grannie dared us to go anywhere near the kitchen though, if you remember what happened last time.So, with Joyful’s help, this should be a very Jolly Monday! Grab a snack from the table (yes, Larry, I remembered your bacon today) and let’s find some fun things to start the week off right. Jolly!!! What happened to the coffee???
Benjamin’s Star Donuts
We all know that when you’re a bit down, there’s nothing quite like the warm snuggles from your cat or dog, but who ever heard of cuddling a … COW???Apparently, cow-cuddling has been popular in Europe for some time, but only found its way to the U.S. recently, thanks to Suzanne Vullers, a native of the Netherlands who, along with her husband runs the Mountain Horse Farm. Mountain Horse Farm is a 33-acre retreat in upstate New York, the center of which is a bed-and-breakfast.
During a recent visit back home to the Netherlands, Vullers said she began hearing about the health benefits and stress relief that came with cuddling cows.
“Cows have this wonderful quality that when they are processing their food they like to lay down. They become really quiet, and it’s a beautiful opportunity to connect with them. To be honest, we did not know that it was so unknown in the US. A lot of people are familiar with therapy dogs or cats … people don’t associate this with larger animals, like cows.”
Mountain Horse Farm has two cows, Bella and Bonnie, available for snuggling and … it only costs $75 for an hour-long snuggle! Now, if that’s a bit steep for your tastes, I found another place … Whispering Hope Farm in Gastonia, North Carolina, that only charges $35 an hour for a bovine snuggle! They have only one cow at present, Bread, whose mother, Butter, died shortly after his birth. (No, I swear, I am not making that up!)
Astronauts on your popcorn, anyone?
As you all know, July 20th marked the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. The occasion has been commemorated in a number of ways, but perhaps the most unique was at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Ohio.
Cincinnati artist Paul Brooke and a team of sculptors created a sculpture of the three Apollo 11 astronauts, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins … out of butter!Neil Armstrong saluting the American flag and the famous footprint left on the surface of the moon are also recreated with butter.According to Alexander Balz, one of the artists involved in the project …
“The space suits were a real challenge, to be honest. It’s easy to sculpt things that you know. When you sculpt a human being you memorize it, so this was a challenge.”
I have to wonder how they kept the butter from melting in the 90° temperatures! But take heart, if you’re worried about what happens to the thousands of pounds of butter used every year. The fair exclusively uses butter that is past its expiration date for the carving and recycles it for use in biodiesel fuel and cosmetics upon the display’s conclusion.
So, um … that new makeup you buy next month might have been a part of Neil’s buttery knee!
A … cake???
Waylon McGuire’s wife Emily had a birthday last week, and he set out to get her a special cake. Turns out Emily’s favourite thing in the world is when she gets a package from Amazon, so …Sweet Dreams Bakery was happy to oblige Mr. McGuire’s request, and for only $50. Emily was thrilled …
“I laughed so hard. I thought it was a real box at first.”
Signs ‘round the world …
You all know I love funny signs, right? Well, I found some signs and other things from all ‘round the world that made me chuckle, and hopefully they will bring a smile to your face …
U.S. (go figure)
I came across this a while back, and … somehow it resonated with me. I’ve been meaning to share it for a couple of weeks now, but I kept forgetting. I think the thought is a good one to start the week with, don’t you?
Now, to wrap it up today, I have not only one, but two funny animal videos, mainly because the first one is very short and I didn’t want a certain young man to feel cheated, especially since I let him down on Saturday when I skipped over Saturday Surprise.
I hope you all have a wonderful week filled with things to smile about. And remember to share your smiles … they multiply when you do! Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!