Jolly (Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr) Monday!!!

Good Monday morning, friends!  I almost skipped Jolly Monday because I was so exhausted last night, but Jolly offered to help out more than usual, saying, “Gwammie … EVEWYBODY needs to have somethin’ to laugh ‘bout to start da week!”  Realizing he’s right, Joyful fixed me another cuppa coffee and Jolly went in search of ‘toons while I dug up a funny critter video!  Meanwhile, Joyful has been a busy beaver in the kitchen this morning, so let’s go see what she’s got for us, shall we?

Breakfast Feast – Photographed on Hasselblad H3D2-39mb Camera

Mmmmm … that was delectable!  Thank you, Joyful!

I had to laugh at this story, as I can so well relate to it!

On Black Friday, Jessica and Nikii Gerson-Neeves bought a blender. It was a Vitamix blender, a professional-grade splurge, and the couple was looking forward to a winter of smoothies and soups.

It arrived on Dec. 16 at their home on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Jessica put the hefty box down on the floor in the kitchen, just for a second. Her 4-year-old tuxedo cat, Max, otherwise known as the “sentient soccer ball,” jumped up on the box. Jessica thought it was funny and snapped a photo.

Then Max’s 13-year-old feline siblings, George: Destroyer of Worlds (“sentient potato”) and Lando Calrissian (“the questionably sentient dust bunny,”), demanded their turn on the knee-high box.

That was three weeks ago. Since then, the cats have refused to leave the box, fighting over who gets to perch upon it and taking turns standing guard while the others eat or are busy elsewhere. The blender remains ensconced inside.

And now, let’s go see what fun ‘toons Jolly found over at Phil’s Phun …

Wait, Gwammie … I found some funny memes, too!

And last, it just wouldn’t be Jolly Monday without a cute animal video, now would it?  If you ask me, the Pandas won this round, but then the human was outnumbered by 5-to-1 …

Well, friends, it’s c-c-cold out there today, so be sure to bundle up warm if you must be outside.  Don’t forget to share those smiles, and maybe throw in a few kind words if somebody looks like they need them.  Have a wonderful week ahead … Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!


Saturday Surprise — Just A Little Of This ‘N That

In the wake of a truly rotten day yesterday, I am once again suffering from a severe case of mind bounce, so I make no promises about how today’s Saturday Surprise will work out, but I’m gonna try, okay?  My initial thought was, in honour of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, to fire up the Filomobile and take you on a return journey to the moon.  But, with mind bounce, it could be dangerous and we could end up somewhere totally unexpected, like Tahiti!  So, we shall keep our feet firmly planted for today.Saturday-2

I liked this story from New Zealand via The Guardian


“Waddling vagrants” in the form of two little blue penguins have been released by police after they were detained for setting up home under a Wellington sushi outlet.

Their cover was blown after a shop worker heard them making a cooing, humming sound. It is understood that the penguins were hiding near the grills beneath the sushi shop, where it was warm.

penguins-1Constable John Zhu responded, “after sensing something fishy,” Wellington police confirmed on their Facebook page. The penguins were described as “little and blue”.

“This was not the first report police received about the fishy birds.”

They were spotted on Monday at dawn outside the Wellington railway station before taking shelter under the nearby Sushi Bi.

The Department of Conservation (DOC) had been monitoring the site as it was thought that they were likely to return.

Wini Morris, who works at the sushi shop, told Radio NZthat she heard the birds making a “cooing, humming sound”.

“It’s pretty insane the idea that some penguins are camping out under your shop,” he said. “But it’s adorable I think – they’re probably terrified but it’s adorable.”

penguins-2The little blue penguins conservation status is considered to be “at risk” to “declining”.

Constable Zhu removed the penguins and with some help from the public. DOC and Wellington Zoo were then contacted.

“With some inter-agency cooperation the adventurous pair were released back into Wellington Harbour,” police said.

Saturday-1I came across this on Bored Panda and thought it was pretty cool …

Artist and photographer Christian Spencer was spending the day on his verandah in Rio de Janeiro when he noticed something wonderful. The sun striking the wings of a Jacobin hummingbird, producing a beautiful prism effect. At that moment, it looked as if the tiny birdy was a tiny flying rainbow.  Naturally, he had a camera at hand …hummingbird-1hummingbird-2hummingbird-3hummingbird-4hummingbird-5hummingbird-6hummingbird-7hummingbird-8hummingbird-9

And I thought you guys might enjoy seeing a few adorable baby pandas in action …

And that, my friends, is the best I’ve got for this hot Saturday morn.  I hope you all have a great weekend!!!Saturday-5

Goeie Maandagmore !

farmers almanacWelcome to another week!  For those of us in the eastern half of the U.S., the temperatures are predicted to be a welcome 5-10 degrees cooler than the last several weeks, but the bad news is that the Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a more ‘brutal’ winter with heavier than usual snowfall.  No surprise, really, given the hot, humid summer we have had.


I start out the week with arguably the cutest animal on the face of the earth … baby pandas!  You simply must watch   this short (2 min) video!


Pandas are harder to raise in captivity than some other species, and 30 years ago only some 30% survived.  Since then, however, China has successfully unlocked the secrets to breeding these adorable critters and now the survival rate is closer to 90%.  They also found that offering the females a choice of mate as well as enriching panda diets leads to a better chance of successful mating.  (Duh).  There is a short, but informative article about pandas in National Geographic  that I encourage you to read.

A Honeymoon … Apart?

I have never had a honeymoon, as my late husband and I got married by a JP on our lunch hour, then returned to work. Thus, I cannot speak from experience, but I always rather thought the purpose was to go somewhere together soon after the wedding.  One couple in India, however, did things a bit differently and the groom, Faizan Patel, went on the honeymoon while the bride, Sana, stayed home.

Two weeks before the scheduled honeymoon, Sana discovered she had lost her passport and would need to get a new one.  Passports are not generally replaced overnight, and when the departure date arrived, she still had no passport.  So hubby decided to go it alone!  He wasn’t completely thoughtless, however, as he sent her a photo of himself, traveling with Sana’s picture placed over an empty seat.  What a great guy, huh?


All is not lost, however.  Sushma Swaraj, India’s minister of external affairs has stepped in and is trying to expedite the replacement of Sana’s passport, and she hopes to be able to join Faizan for the last few days of their honeymoon.  Suffice it to say that Sana is more … understanding … than I believe I would be.

A Case of Mistaken Identity

29-year-old Mr. Wang was in the hospital waiting room while his wife was undergoing a C-section.  After a long night, he was tired and dozed off briefly, but was awakened by doctors insisting that he come with them.  You might imagine he is nervous, wondering if something unexpected happened to his wife or baby, so he goes along quickly.  Expecting to see his wife when he entered the operating room, instead he was given the order to take off his pants!  He asked why, but was told by the nurse “I told you to take them off, so just do it!” Remember, folks, this is China, so he did as he was told and climbed onto the operating table.  Doctors administered an anesthetic and proceeded to perform hemorrhoid surgery on poor Mr. Wang!

Turns out that Mr. Wang had been mistaken for another patient who was scheduled for the surgery.  Let this be a lesson, folks … it pays to ask questions of your doctor!  They are not infallible!  Anyway, as it happened, Mr. Wang, though he was not aware of it, did in fact have hemorrhoids and so I guess you could say that the surgery was a success, though he was none too happy when he awakened and found himself in too much pain to go see his new baby!

Ms. Wang gave birth to a healthy baby, and the hospital has offered Mr. Wang ¥5,000 (approximately $650) as compensation for their mistake, though no agreement has been made as of 11 August.

Well, folks, that wraps up another Happy Monday post … time to get out there and do our part to make the world a better place!  Smile at somebody today … it will make you both happy!  The language of the title, by the way, is Afrikaans … did anybody guess it?