‘Joyful’ Monday

Jollys girlfriend JoyfulGood morning, folks … c’mon in … please forgive the mess … the kitties decided to shred a couple of cardboard boxes last night, and I haven’t had a chance to vacuum yet.  I’m sad to tell you that Jolly is still not up to himself, but his girlfriend Joyful, to whom I introduced you back in October, has volunteered to fill in for him!  I couldn’t have done it without her!

Now, I let Joyful help me prepare the snacks for this morning, so I know you’ll all be nice and overlook a few … um … shall we say … burnt offerings.  (I made the coffee myself) Grab a snack and let’s get this week off to a happy start, shall we?

coffee            juice box               tea-2

This really happened in China last week.  A woman named Li had just withdrawn ¥2500, an amount of yen equal to about $371 USD from an ATM machine, and as she turned to leave, a man named Deng came up behind her, armed with a knife, and demanding she hand over the cash she had just received.  She did as told, but when he counted the cash, Deng apparently wasn’t satisfied and told her to go back into her account to withdraw more.  Apparently, Li had withdrawn all, or mostly all, of the funds she had, and when Deng saw the balance in her account, guess what he did?  He started laughing.  And then, he handed the money back to Li.  Now, we don’t know what was said because all we have is video footage, but I can imagine him saying, “Here, lady, you need this more than me!”

Deng surely must have known he was on candid camera, and that is how police caught up to him.  Almost makes you feel sorry for him, doesn’t it?

Now, imagine that you are house-sitting for a friend and you suddenly hear strange sounds coming from one of the bathrooms.  That is exactly what happened to a woman in Portland, Oregon.  Now, I have to ask, why does anybody need a ‘house-sitter’?  I can understand a pet-sitter, for pets need to be fed, groomed, pottied, and kept an eye on, but a house isn’t going anywhere, it doesn’t eat, it doesn’t poop!  Anyway, this woman was house-sitting, when she heard really odd noises coming out of the bathroom.  The door to the bathroom was closed, but she could see movement under the door, so she drew the conclusion that there was a thief in the bathroom.  And she did what anyone would do, right?  She called the cops!  (Note, here, that I am an aberration and likely would have opened the bloomin’ door, because … a), I’m not right bright, and b) why would a burglar be holed up in the bathroom???!)

Well, the cops show up in force, guns drawn, and burst into the bathroom … to find …criminal roombaYep, one of those Roomba thing-a-mah-doos that vacuums the floor by itself.  Apparently, this Roomba decided the floor had become dusty … now who in the heck vacuums the bathroom, anyway?  According to Sergeant Danny DiPietro …

“In 13 years, this is my first Roomba burglar.”

It’s been a while since I’ve done a piece with some funny road signs …

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Yo … Joyful … I’m struggling here … what do you have to share with our friends?

Jollys girlfriend Joyful

I gots some cartoons, ‘cuz Jolly tol’ me dey like cartoons.  Okay?

Okay, Joyful … take over for me … show us what you’ve got!

toon-1toon-2toon-3toon-4Those were great Joyful!  Thank you, honey!  Now go back and see to Jolly … here, take him a fresh cup of tea …

cuppa tea

Wait … I gots one more thing I liked, ‘k?  Lookie …cat-dog-meme.pngAwww … that’s so cute, Joyful!  Thank you!

Folks, I’ve got just one more thing for this morning … it’s a short one, but so funny it even made me laugh!

And that’s a wrap for this Monday, I’m afraid.  Without my Jolly … well … I’m just not very good at this on my own.  I hope you all have a wonderful week, and please, take a smile on your way out to share with somebody who might need one this week.  Love and Hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!Monday-basket-smiles

Jolly Monday, Alegre Lunes!

Good Monday morning, friends!  Come in, come in … I see you’re wearing jackets this morning … I guess I better drag the coatrack back out, eh?  It has definitely gotten nippy out there, and I heard that someplace in Michigan had snow already this past weekend.  And rawgod who lives somewhere way northier in Western Canada, had snow a month or two ago!  I rather hope we get at least one decent snow this year, for last year I missed watching the kids build snow people and having snowball fights with my neighbor Ali!

So, did you all have a nice weekend?  Mine was a bit hectic and frustrating, but then I tend to have less patience these days.  We attended an Arabic birthday party next door on Saturday night, and I have to tell you … our Arabic friends  know how to enjoy life, how to have fun, and they do it all without a smidge of alcohol or drugs!  They just take pleasure in each other, in music, in camaraderie, in just being alive.  We could take a lesson or two from them!

I put Jolly in charge of treats this morning, so let’s go see what he has for us …

JOLLY!!!!  WHAT THE …kitchen-disaster-2

Oh Jolly … what have you done?

What has gotten into you?


Ahhhh … that explains it!  Folks, meet Jolly’s girlfriend, Joyful.  He’s never quite right when she’s around, for some reason.  But now, I’m sorry, there are no treats to offer today.  I’m so so sorry, and I’m sure Jolly is too.  Sigh.  Young love.

Location, location, location …

It is the mantra of real estate agents around the world, meaning that the value of a home depends more on its location than its construction.  Last Wednesday, as most of you probably know, Canada’s ‘Cannabis Act’ went into effect, opening numerous marijuana shops in the provinces. Elina ChildsElina Childs is a 9-year-old girl scout in Edmonton, Alberta, who was selling cookies for her Girl Guides troop, and she must have been advised of that old real estate mantra, for she found the perfect location, right outside an Edmonton dispensary.  Elina sold all 30 boxes of cookies she had within a matter of minutes.  The line to enter the shop was long, and patrons waited as long as four hours, so … why not buy a box of cookies to munch on while you wait?Nova Cannabis

Da nose, knows …

Y’know … I actually despaired tonight, not sure whether I could pull myself into the right mindset to write Jolly Monday, but determined not to let my friends down, I persevered.  Thankfully, there are enough bloomin’ eejits in the world to keep me in fodder for this gristmill, even when I’m not feeling humorous!

walking spiderThe headline read:

Family Pleads for Return of 50-Pound Nose Sculpture

What the … ???  The Albert family, of Portland, Oregon, had a giant nose on their porchgiant noseThey came by it last October, when Mr. Albert, an advertising guru, plucked it out of the trash at his ad agency where it had been used in a photo shoot, and then discarded like so much trash.  The Alberts have three children, ages 5,7, & 11, who were devastated to find the nose had disappeared overnight one morning last week.  The kids initially wanted to offer a $2,000 reward, but mom & dad said any reward would be limited to whatever the kids could collect from their piggy banks.  The reward stands at $6.27.  I guess the piggy banks weren’t exactly overflowing.lost nose posterLast Halloween, the family placed a bowl of candy beneath its nostrils with a sign that read, “pick one please.” This year, they had plans to decorate it with a mustache and pair of giant black-rimmed glasses.  I wish them the best of luck in getting their nose back.  The oldest son has vowed to bolt the nose to the porch if it finds its way back home.

And speaking of noses …

Winter is on its way, and there are certain body parts that just seem to get cold quicker than others.  For me, it is the hands, ears and nose.  A British woman, Sally Steel-Jones, has come up with a solution (and is making a bit of money for doing so).  Knitted nose-warmers!

“I got the idea in 2009 when I had a genuine cold nose (is that as opposed to a fake cold nose?). Our business started small, with one nose warmer made specifically to do the job of warming up a nippy nose!”

The company is called, predictably, The Nose Warmer Company, and is based in Sheffield, UK. The nose mittens sell for about $10 each, and come in a variety of colours, falling spiderpatterns and materials.

And because I think you still need a bit of something more to bring those smiles into full bloom … take a gander at this bear cub … it is an older video, but so very heartwarming

And that’s all I’ve got for today, my friends!  Please share your smiles, be compassionate toward your fellow humans this week, for it’s tough times for many of us.  Keep safe and have a terrific week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!