Jolly Pizza Monday!

Good Monday morning, my friends!  Come in out of the heat … it’s brutal out there, isn’t it?  And, in the usual way of humans, it won’t be long before we’re cursing the cold!  So tell me … how was your weekend?  Did you do anything special or fun?  Daughter Chris’ band had two outdoor performances on Saturday and they were all miserable in their wool kilts and knee-length thick wool socks, so she was pretty much tuckered out by the time she got home around 7:00 that night.

Today is … pizza day here on Jolly Monday, so Joyful and I have put together a few concoctions that we think you’ll like.  So, grab a slice or two, then let’s see what we can find to start this week with a smile!

This past weekend was the 38th anniversary of the New Jersey balloon festival, and I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the unique balloons that took part in the festival.  The festival is the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America.

And now for the ‘toons you’ve been waiting for all week!

Throw in a few memes for a few chuckles …

While Joyful and I were baking pizzas, we sent Jolly in search of a cute animal video to round out Jolly Monday … I think he did a great job with this one …

Well, my friends, it’s time for us to be productive in some way.  We hope we helped you start the week with a smile and that you’ll share those smiles throughout the week!  I hope you all have a wonderful week ahead.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

Smile! It’s Jolly Monday!!!

Good morning, my friends, and welcome to …

Now now … it’s not all that bad.  We’ve had Mondays before and survived them.  Tell you what … I bet that we can all find something to start this week off with a smile, and then I challenge you to share those smiles with at least as many people as you have fingers on both hands!  Remember that the thing about sharing a smile is it benefits both the giver and the receiver, so the more you share your smile, the bigger it gets!  I see that Joyful has laid out a spread for us, so let’s grab a bite to snack on and a cuppa something warm and see just how big we can make those smiles this morning!


Now, I like macaroni and cheese … homemade, not that crap that comes out of a box with the fake powdered excuse for cheese.  I make mine using aged white cheddar and Monterrey Jack cheeses, a bit of heavy cream, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, and plenty of pepper, and it’s a favourite around here.  I also like ice cream, though it doesn’t like me too much, and being diabetic it’s a rare treat for me.  However, I do not think the sound of the two combined holds much appeal.

Brooklyn-based Van Leeuwen Ice Cream is rolling out a limited edition of their product combining Kraft Macaroni and Cheese (that boxed crap) with their ice cream to create the Kraft Macaroni & Cheese-flavored ice cream, according to a Kraft Heinz Company statement.

“We know that there is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than ice cream. That is why we wanted to combine two of the most iconic comfort foods to create an ice cream with the unforgettable flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese we all grew up with.”

Blech.  I will stick with chocolate, thank you! 

I found this really cool picture while I was over at Phil’s Phun snagging some ‘toons and I just had to share it with you …

And now … the moment you’re all waiting for … da ‘toons!

And some fun memes …

Just a few cute pictures to make you go “Awwwwww” …

I usually include a couple of Maxine ‘toons in case our friend Hugh is able to drop in, and also because several readers seem to love Maxine (as do I, for she and I are of like minds!).

And last, but never least, let’s have a cute animal video!  These raccoons made me laugh and I think they’ll make you laugh, too!  Or at least grin.

Well, folks, it’s time for us to all do those things we do on the weekdays.  I’m lucky in that these days I’m my own boss and nobody complains if something didn’t get done, but I well remember the days when I had to march to the beat of somebody else’s drum.  I hope you all have a wonderful week and that you’ll share those smiles.  If you run out of smiles, there’s a basket by the door … just pop in and grab a few!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

Jolly Monday … Again? Already?

Wh-What???  It’s Monday again already?  Where does time go?  I just wanna go back to bed!  Sigh … okay … I’m up … stop shaking me, Jolly!  Go help Joyful in the kit … um … never mind … stay out of the kitchen … just tidy up something and let me get awake here …

Oh!!!  Hello friends!  I didn’t realize you were here already!  Sorry … I seem to have overslept!  So, another Monday, eh?  How was your weekend?  Mine was rainy, but that’s okay … the grey rainy days matched my mood to a ‘T’, and … the rain meant I didn’t have to go out and water the flowers every morning!!!

Since I just woke up, I don’t know what Joyful has cooking, but something smells pretty good, so let’s go see what’s on the Monday buffet, shall we, and then we’ll find something to start this week out with a smile or two.

I don’t generally pay any attention to advertising billboards, but there is one in Tokyo that would definitely get my attention!  The 1,664-square-foot curved LED screen billboard, situated atop a building in the Shinjuku district, shows a high-definition, 3D video of the cat walking around, napping and meowing from 7 a.m. until 1 a.m. each day.

Take a look …

We found just a few cute pictures to make you go “Awwwwww” …

And your favourite part of Jolly Monday … da ‘toons!

And just a few funny signs …

I put Jolly in charge of finding this week’s cute/funny animal video, so let’s see what he found …

Well, my friends, I hope you found something to smile about and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.  Remember when you leave here to share those gorgeous smiles with someone who didn’t get to come for Jolly Monday … who knows, you might just make somebody’s day a bit brighter!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

Jolly Monday — Smiles Galore!

Good Monday morn, my friends!🌻  No, I’m not bright and cheerful, I’m just trying to put on a good act … is it working?  So, how was your weekend … do anything special?  Miss Goose and I were reminiscing a day or two ago about the last time we went to the book shop and out to eat at a restaurant … over 15 months ago.  That was the weekend that the governor of our state announced that all non-essential businesses must close, and I remembered how I turned to my daughter and said, “Well, it better not last past next weekend!”  We laugh about that now, some 64 weekends later!  Ah well, we’re alive and surviving, and in truth, Miss Goose and I have gotten quite comfortable with staying home in our jammies all day every day!

I promised after last week that there would be a better spread this morning, so Joyful and I have been busy li’l beavers in the kitchen this morning rustling up some grub!  Grab a plate and a cuppa and then we’ll see if we can’t start this week out with some humour, eh?


Fred Flintstone is alive and well in Hillsborough, California!  Well, sort of anyway.  Property owner and retired publishing mogul Florence Fang has quite an interesting home and outdoor décor in this ‘posh’ subdivision of San Francisco, including sculptures of Fred, Barney and the gang from the Flintstones cartoon series.  Take a look …

The house itself is shaped like … well, I’m not sure what that shape is, exactly … and the décor is whimsical, to say the least!  Well … the people of Hillsborough apparently didn’t like whimsical, but preferred stodgy, brick and mortar homes that looked just like their own, so they complained to the city and the city filed a lawsuit against Ms. Fang.  She counter-sued and the whole thing turned into a comical brouhaha, but at long last (this has been going on since 2019) the lawsuits are settled and the important thing is that Fred and the gang get to stay!  I’m sure the neighbors are green with envy!

And now, we have some cute pictures to share with you today!

So, are you ready for this week’s cartoons, courtesy of Phil over at Phil’s Phun?

And I couldn’t resist some of these memes …

I hope you have … what … oh yes!  Thanks for reminding me, Jolly!  It just wouldn’t be Jolly Monday without a cute animal video now, would it?  Jolly picked this one, for he loves baby critters!

And, as they say in the movies, that’s a wrap, folks … for today, anyway.  We hope you have a safe and happy week.  Remember to share those smiles when you see someone who looks like they need one, okay?  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

Jolly Monday Strikes Again!

Good Monday morning, friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend … yesterday was the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere and I get the feeling it’s gonna be a long, hot one in more ways than one.  Today’s Jolly Monday might be a bit shorter than usual, for I am under the weather, Joyful has gone to try to lure Uncle Roger out of his basement with chocolate ice cream, and Jolly … well, Jolly found the ‘toons and such, but as you probably remember, he’s not allowed in the kitchen, so today’s treats are courtesy of a few local fast food places.  So, grab a bite and a drink and let’s see what ‘toons ‘n such Jolly has in store for us.

JOLLY!!!!  Where are the drinks???

Oops … sowwy!  Here dey are …


An’ dis one is for Miss Ellen …

Okay, well, let’s move on to some cartoons, shall we?

And, he found some funny memes, too …

Ol’ Maxine seems to have become a regular on Jolly Monday …

And let’s wrap things up with a cute critter video …

I hope you all have a beautiful week ahead … and remember to share those smiles and maybe even a hug or two with those who look like they need one, ‘k?  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and the temporarily errant Joyful!

Jolly Monday … P.W. Edition!

Good {yawn} Monday morning, my friends!  Sometimes it’s hard {yawn} to get back into the groove after a {yawn} long weekend, isn’t it?  What’s that you say?  It wasn’t a long weekend?  Maybe not for you, but for me it was.  First, on Friday afternoon a water main at the top of our street burst and we were without water for about 12 years hours.  Then on Saturday, granddaughter Natasha and I had to go for the first jab of our coronavirus vaccine.  That turned out to be no big deal at all, but I had spent days and sleepless nights dreading it.  And then Sunday was the day I’ve dreaded for the last 20 years … my 70th birthday.  My gorgeous girls and a two very special friends across the pond, David & Yvonne, went all out to make it a special day and indeed it was!  However, no matter how much fun, how much delicious food and absolutely delightful gifts, ultimately enough celebrating is enough and it’s time to return to the daily grind.  Hence, after these past three days, I am exhausted and feel like I could sleep for at least a week!  Now that I’ve told you about mine … how was your weekend?

But now it is time for us to begin a brand new week, so let’s see if we can kick it off with a smile, shall we?  Grab a snack and a cuppa something from the table and we’ll go in search of a laugh or two.


I put Jolly in charge of finding the ‘toons this week, so let’s see what he’s come up with …

And we have just a few funny signs …

And a few memes to make you laugh, or at least chuckle …

And of course we cannot let you go out into that cold, cruel world without first warming your heart with a cute animal video!  This is one I stumbled across a week or so ago and I’ve been saving it to share with you today … it’s guaranteed to make you laugh!  You’re going to just love Moya!

Well, my friends, the time has come … I have a load of Goose’s clothes in the washer and a basket full of dirty towels waiting in the wings, so I really must get to it!  I hope you all have a wonderful (or at least tolerable) week ahead and remember … share those smiles, and if you run out, there’s a basketful by the door!!!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!

Jolly Monday … Just A Little Bit Late

Well, it’s Monday once again, but a different sort of Monday for most here in the U.S., for it is a holiday, meaning the third day of a three-day weekend!  Daughter Chris’ band played in a parade this morning – their first live public performance since the start of the pandemic.  She found out just how out of shape she’d gotten these past 15 months or so, as I suspect most of us have.  So, are you guys enjoying your holiday Monday?  I’m afraid we don’t have any funny news stories to start the day out, but we have lots ‘n lots of cartoons and as always, Joyful has been in the kitchen whipping up some special treats, while Jolly did a bit of grilling out back for us!  So, grab a snack and let’s start this week out with some smiles, shall we?

What say we start with two cute pictures Joyful found this morning?

And now for some ‘toons to bring a smile or a chuckle …

And a few funny memes that Jolly’s been collecting all weekend …

And what would Jolly Monday be without a cute animal video?  I think you’ll enjoy this one about Milo and Cracker …

Well, that’s a wrap for this Jolly Monday, my friends!  I hope you all have a wonderful week, and don’t forget to share those beautiful smiles you’re wearing today!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

Jolly Monday — Jolly ‘n Joyful Take Over

Hi fwiends, it’s us, Jolly ‘n Joyful!  Gwammie says she’s ‘under da weather’ today, so we gots to take over an’ make your Monday morning fun!  We don’ know what she means by under da weather, ‘coz she’s in da house, but anyway … she’s old so we gots to do what she says.  Joyful made some yummy snacks … she wouldn’t let me help … wouldn’t even let me in da kitchen!  So, have a snack and den Joyful says we should start out with some cute pictures we found …

An’ we got lots ‘n lots of funny ‘toons (I don’t get some of ’em, but Gwammie says dey are funny)

An’ Joyful found some funny signs last night … at least, I think they’re funny …

An’ I guess you guys want a cute animal video too, huh?  Well, I founded one for you!  I like da beaver eatin’ da snow bestest … what’s your favourite?

Well, dat’s all me ‘n Joyful gots for today, but we hope you ‘joyed it!  As Gwammie always says, share your smiles and make other peoples happy too!  Oh … an’ have a wunnerful week!   Love ‘n hugs from Jolly ‘n Joyful … an’ Gwammie!

Jolly — Ho Ho Ho — Monday!

Good morning, and welcome once again to Jolly Monday where our whole raison d’etre is to help you start the week off with a smile!  So, how was your weekend?  Mine?  Meh … weekend, weekday, they’re all pretty much the same for me these days, but I’ve got no complaints.  I caught the little kids from down the street eating the unsalted, unshelled peanuts – shell and all – that I put out for the squirrels yesterday and had to tell them not to take the squirrels’ peanuts, for they would make them sick.  Which is probably true, considering the squirrels and birds walk all over the peanuts all day long, and the birds are not particular about where they poop!

Well, let’s go see what Joyful has cooked up for us this morning, and then we’ll go find some fun stuff to get this week rolling on the right foot … er wheel?


Sometimes I like to just play around with the Amazing Fact Generator over on the Mental Floss website.  I always learn something useless but interesting and fun!  A few samples from this week …

  • Floccinaucinihilipilification—one of the longest words in the English language—is the act of estimating that something is worthless.
  • Honey hunters in Mozambique use special calls to recruit the services of birds known as honeyguides. The birds lead the humans to bees’ nests and in return, they get the leftover beeswax.
  • In 1998, a Georgia student was suspended for wearing a Pepsi shirt to “Coke in Education Day.”
  • In her will, author Dorothy Parker left her estate to Martin Luther King Jr. and the NAACP following his death. The organization still owns the rights to her work today.
  • Opossums don’t “play dead.” When frightened, they become overexcited and pass out.

I found a few jokes that actually made me chuckle yesterday.

  • When my local barista handed me my change, one coin stood out. “Look at that. You rarely get one of these old wheat pennies nowadays,” I said, tapping the sheaf of-wheat design. I handed her the penny. Turning it over and over in her hand, she said, “You know, I always thought they were made of copper.” —Linda Neukrug

  • I tried having my mother’s phone disconnected, but the customer-service rep told me that since the account was in my dad’s name, he’d have to be the one to put in the request. The fact that he’d been dead for 40 years didn’t sway her. Then a solution hit me: “If I stop paying the bill, you can turn off the service, right?” “Well, yes,” she said reluctantly. “But that would ruin his credit.” —Jeannie Gibbs

  • To resolve conflicts between management and staff, I brought both sides together and asked employees to jot down key words on a flip chart. One participant complained about management’s tendency to interfere and wrote the word nitpicking. A manager leaped to his feet to ask, “Shouldn’t there be a hyphen between nit and picking?” —E. Howson

  • It was my first night caring for an elderly patient. When he grew sleepy, I wheeled his chair as close to the bed as possible and, using the techniques I’d learned in school, grasped him in a bear hug to lift him onto the bed. But I couldn’t clear the top of the mattress. So I grabbed him again, summoned all my might, and hoisted him onto the bed. When the night shift nurse arrived, I recounted what had happened. “Funny,” she said, looking puzzled. “Usually I just ask him to get in bed, and he does.” —Erin Dockery

And now, it’s … the moment you’ve all been waiting for … drumroll please 🥁 … ‘TOON TIME!!!!

And last, but never least, if it’s Jolly Monday, we must have an adorable critter video!  I think you’ll fall in love with this one — I did!

And for our good friend Hugh … feel better soon, dear friend!

Well, folks, that’s a wrap for this Monday morning.  I hope you’ll share those beautiful smiles this week as you see people who seem to be lacking one of their own.  A smile is one of those things that multiplies when shared!  Have a wonderful week ahead!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!