Jolly Monday — Again, Already

Monday-sleepy-2Good {yawn} Monday morning folks … didn’t we just {yawn} do Monday a few days ago?  Seems like the older I get, the faster Monday comes ‘round.  I wish there were some sort of a switch we could use to slow down time!  We still have our Christmas decorations up … the girls took down the tree a week ago, but all the what-nots, village houses, and lights are still up, and I’m wondering if I should just leave ‘em up, for at this rate, Christmas will be back around by the time I get everything packed away!

So, how was your weekend?  Mine?  Peaceful, and I’ll settle for that at the moment — no police standoffs, no shootings here in da ‘hood, and no major cat fights — life is good.  Joyful has been ‘cross the pond visiting Roger’s girls, Karlyn, Trelli, and Arketre, and she just got back last night, so she hasn’t had time to do any baking this morning, but she promises me she made bacon for the bacon-lovers in the group, and that she’d whip up something with Jolly’s help.  I always cringe when Jolly goes near the kitchen … you remember the episode last year, right?  But, Joyful has promised not to let him near the stove or oven, so it should be alright.  So, let’s go see what’s on the table and then we’ll find something to start our week out with a smile.

Give me the peanuts🥜, or else!

I’ve taken great delight the past month or two from the squirrels that visit each day.  I buy 3 pounds of unsalted, unshelled peanuts every week and feed them every morning.  They delight me, watching their antics, watching them stalk birdies, and I think they’re beginning to trust me, for they only move a foot or two away when I come out in the morning to feed them and the birds.  But if I ever see one of them wielding a knife, I might have to re-think this!

That’s what happened to Andrea Diamond, who lives in the Rosedale area of Toronto.  One morning Andrea stepped out into her backyard and spotted a squirrel that had picked up a paring knife she had left near a tent outside her home.

squirrel-knifeShe said the squirrel gnawed on the knife handle for a while before abandoning the tool. She said the animal returned a short time later to chew on the knife a little longer.

Fortunately, neither Ms. Diamond nor the squirrel were injured in the incident!


Da dog has empathy!

Russell Jones of London (the one in the United Kingdom, not Kentucky) broke his ankle not long ago, and is using crutches to walk without putting wait weight on the broken appendage.  Now, Russell has a dog, named Billy, and he noticed that Billy was favouring one leg, refusing to put weight on it as he walked alongside Russell.

Concerned, Russell took Billy to the vet, and after X-rays and an exam, the vet could find nothing wrong with Billy.  The veterinarian told Jones his dog was imitating the way he walks with his broken ankle. Jones said Billy had been limping since the day after his ankle injury.  And this only cost poor Russell £300, or about $400 USD.

I always enjoy seeing humorous signs, don’t you?  Here are a few …


I’ve had a harder time finding ‘toons this week, partly because Phil over at Phil’s Phun didn’t post very many … but here are a few, plus some fun memes.



Oh I can so well relate to this one!!!



And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for … {drumroll} … a cute critter video — I love the hedgehog … and the bear in the sidecar!

I hope you found something here that helped to start your week off with a smile, and if you did, what say you share that smile?  The fun thing about smiles is that they’re rather like love … you can give and give, and your own share gets even bigger as you do!  Have a safe and happy week, dear friends!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!

Jolly C-c-cold M-m-monday!

Good Monday morn, my friends!  Oops … looks like Joe slipped on the icy sidewalk … I salted it, but I guess I missed a couple of places!  Hope you’re okay, Joe … come in and warm up!  Brrrrrrr … it’s so cold … I’m ready for Spring!  And speaking of which, it is only a short 60 days until Spring arrives!  Well, another weekend has come and gone … why is it they go so fast?  Anyway, to start the new week Joyful and I have baked up a few sweet treats and found a few things to kick the week off with a smile, while Jolly went in search of ‘toons.  So, help yourself to a fresh-baked treat and a cuppa something warm, and let’s start this week off right!

And who doesn’t love Pooh?

yawn-poohToday is National Winnie the Pooh Day, in honour of author A.A. Milne’s birthday in 1882.  Milne’s lovable Pooh Bear, as he was fondly called, is a fictional bear inspired by a black bear named Winnie. Winnie lived at the London Zoo during World War I. The author’s son, Christopher Robin, would visit the bear often and named his own teddy bear after her and a swan named Pooh.

Pooh1This friendship inspired a collection of books starting with Winnie-the-Pooh in 1926. E.H. Shepard beautifully illustrated the books.  Their adventures took them and millions of children through the Hundred Acre Woods. Each character played a unique role in the books. Whether the wisdom of Owl or Rabbit leading the group awry, a celebration ensued and the story’s characters became beloved around the world. 

In the 1960s, Disney bought the rights to the Winnie-the-Pooh characters dropping the hyphen from Pooh’s name. The illustrations were a bit different, too.

Pooh-headerMilne’s stories have been translated into over 50 languages and are considered classic children’s stories today.  National Winnie the Pooh Day has been observed since at least 1986, though nobody seems quite sure who the originator of the day was.  Today is also Martin Luther King Day, but I will have a separate post on that later today.

My kind of job!

A U.S. website is offering $500 for an unusual short-term job: a “professional binge watcher” willing to watch Netflix and eat pizza.  BonusFinder, a website dedicated to reviewing and offering deals for legal gambling sites, said the “professional binge watcher” will be called on to watch and review three series on Netflix while eating pizza takeout from various locations.

The selected candidate will be required to review each series based on story and plot lines, “Netflix and Chill” suitability, acting quality and cheesiness, satisfaction of episodes and series endings.  The person will also rate the pizzas they sample for appearance and color, base texture and taste, topping ingredient quality, flavor, cheese gooeyness and value for money.

The “professional binge watcher” will be paid $500 for completing the tasks.

Now, if I watched television, I would certainly apply for this job, for I do eat pizza!  However, I find that television typically bores me and I need to be doing something with my mind … that, coupled with my near deafness make television pretty much taboo for me.  But, if any of you guys are interested, you can apply on BonusFinder’s website.

And now, for some fun & funny ‘toons!


"Between you and me, I thought the whoopie cushion on the throne gag was hilarious."

“Between you and me, I thought the whoopie cushion on the throne gag was hilarious.”


Our friend Hugh has been under the weather, so Maxine brought him a little something to cheer him …

Feel better, dear Hugh!  We love you!!!  💖💖💖

And of course there must be a cute critter video.  Since our friend David likes parrots, and since today is his birthday, but don’t let on that I told you …

I hope you all have a decent week, and that you can keep those smiles all week long.  Hey, how about sharing a few of them, too?  Everybody could use a bit of good cheer these days!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!

Jolly Monday Returns!!!

Well my friends, once again it’s {drumroll} Monday!  Yes, the weekend has gone … but there’s some good news … only 5 more days ‘til the next one!  Hey!  Who threw the tomato???  Our apologies for skipping Jolly Monday last week, but we’re back this week with some stories, toons and a critter video that we hope will help you start the week with a smile!  So, grab a snack and a nice warm drink, and let’s see what we can find.

Yummy or Yucky?

McDonald’s is selling a sandwich made of Spam topped with crushed Oreo cookies Monday in China in an attention-grabbing move that has raised eyebrows.

Global brands from restaurants to automakers sometimes roll out offbeat products to appeal to Chinese tastes in the populous and intensely competitive market.

This is undoubtedly one of them.

“I thought it was delicious,” said a comment signed Feifei Mao Enthusiast on the Sina Weibo microblog service. “Is that because I love McDonald’s too deeply? Or is something wrong with my taste?”

The sandwich is made of two slices of Spam, a product of Hormel Foods LLC, and Mondelez International’s Oreo cookies, topped with mayonnaise.


McDonald’s Corp. said the sandwich was part of a series of “members only” promotions to be released on Mondays in China.

“There is no need to release unnecessary products,” said a comment left on the company’s microblog account. It received more than 2,000 “likes.”

McDonald’s said it planned to sell no more than 400,000 of the “Lunchmeat Burgers.” It wasn’t clear how many have been sold or how many people who flooded social media with scathing comments had eaten one.

“When you hate someone but have to invite him to dinner, you can ask him to eat McDonald’s Oreo lunchmeat burger,” said a separate comment on Sina Weibo.

A century old tradition …

The headline caught my eye … “Celebrate 100 Years of Sawing People in Half!”  Um … okay.  Turns out that one hundred years ago next weekend, an English magician called Percy Thomas Tibbles literally and laboriously sawed through a sealed wooden box that contained a woman.

It was a sensation and has since become one of the best known magic tricks, performed with all manner of tools and varying degrees of blood – always involving someone cut in half and nearly always with them miraculously put back together.

I’m happy to say that I never saw this trick performed.  Heck, as a child I was freaked when my uncle, an amateur magician, pulled a coin out of my ear!  But, I gather this is a very popular ‘trick’.  According to The Guardian

On Sunday 17 January, the Magic Circle will mark the centenary of sawing someone in half, an illusion as iconic, its president Noel Britten said, as pulling a rabbit out of a hat.

It has a “rich and fascinating” history, Britten said, although the reasons for its almost instant popularity in 1921 may not be the noblest. Suffrage was the hot topic of its day so was it “for every person who thought it was great that women were getting the vote there were other people who thought it great that a woman was being put in a box and sawn in half?”

The US magician David Copperfield will show viewers round his magic museum in Las Vegas and talk about his interpretation, using a huge “death saw” which cut through him after he failed to escape the table.

The evening will also see Debbie McGee, the partner of the late Paul Daniels on stage and in life, recounting her experiences of being regularly dismembered. “Debbie has been sliced, diced, cremated, crushed, divided and decapitated more than most so has a great story to tell,” said Britten.

Details of how to watch the Facebook streamed event will be on the Magic Circle Unlocked Facebook page.

Personally, I’ll pass … I’m just really not a fan of blood ‘n guts!

And after that, I think we need some ‘toons, don’t you?



And we can’t end Jolly Monday without a cute animal video …

Well, folks, let’s hope for a calmer week this week than last, shall we?  Remember to share those beautiful smiles … we all need them right now!  We hope you have a good week … keep safe and warm!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!

Jolly New Year Monday!

Happy Monday morn, my friends!  Come on in out of the cold … just toss your coats over there … Jolly is the coat keeper for the day!  This is always a weird week, I think.  Christmas is over, all except the cleaning up, putting away, etc., and it’s a short week, with New Year’s Eve on Thursday.  When I laboured outside the home, I always hated this week … trying to catch up from the previous week, but not really being able to because most people took a vacation week, and I couldn’t get the answers I needed.  I’m very much a creature of routine, and when my routine is wrecked two weeks in a row, I tend to get rather dark ‘n grumpy.  This year, however, I’m trying to be laid back … with everything else happening in the world, the small stuff really just doesn’t much matter.

So, did you all have a nice holiday?  I know many of you, especially in the UK where very strict lockdown regulations are in place, missed spending the holiday with your families or friends, but hopefully by next holiday season things will be vastly improved.

So, if it’s Monday it must be time for some humour to start the week out, right?  Grab a snack – Joyful wouldn’t let me in the kitchen, so I have no idea what she’s cooked up this morning – and we’ll go in search of a few chuckles.

tea              baconJollys girlfriend Joyful

good-xmas-donuts-2     juice boxes

The secret to a longer life?  Math!

Kane_TanakaI found this both interesting and the last bit highly humorous.

The world’s oldest person, Kane Tanaka, turns 118 on Saturday.  She was born in 1903, and lives in a nursing home in Japan, where she wakes up at 6 a.m and enjoys playing board games. Her secrets to longevity: eating good food and practicing math.

Practicing math???  Whoa … I better stop using the calculator on my phone to add 2+2 and start using my noggin a bit more, yes?

Uh-oh Santa … should’a stuck with the reindeer!

An unidentified Northern California man thought it would be cool to dress as Santa Claus and deliver candy canes to children in his community … via a motorized parachute.  Neighbors say he flies around the neighborhood often in his vehicle, but this time there was a bit of a hitch … ol’ Santa got entangled in a set of electrical wires!

He flew into a maze of power lines and wound up suspended in them, according to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.


The man, who wasn’t identified, was not injured. Video from the rescue shows the red-white-and-blue aircraft dangling overhead as Santa sat fastened to the pilot seat. Neighbors watched from the ground as crews worked.

Santa-wires-2Power was shut off during the rescue to about 200 customers in the Rio Linda area, according to Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District spokesman Chris Vestal.

“It’s unfortunate, but we all need to remember that there’s still a lot of good out in the world, there are people doing good things and to look at the brightness of the holiday season.”

“W/o a scratch & full of good cheer we made sure Old St. Nick will use his reindeer when he sees you later this year,” the fire department said in a tweet after the incident.

So, how about some New Year’s themed ‘toons?


"I told the downstairs neighbors they had to take their tree down by New Year's."

And, I have a few cute pictures to share with you …


The highlight of my life the past month or so has been a pair of grey squirrels that appear every morning outside my ‘office’ (kitchen table where I write this blog) window.  After a couple of days watching their antics, I started putting a handful of unsalted, unshelled peanuts out every morning for them, which they take great joy in.  Then, wanting to give them a more nutritious diet, I did some research and ordered a bag of “Critter Crunch” from the Audubon Society, which they also enjoy, but they still prefer the peanuts.  They hop all around the patio, jump from the wrought iron rocking chair to the top of the grill, to the handlebars of Miss Goose’s bicycle!  They are beginning to trust me a bit more, I think, and I smile every time I see them through my ‘window on the world’.  Their latest antic is teasing one of our cats, Pandi.  If she is sitting in the windowsill, they jump up on the outside window ledge and … I swear I think they laugh at her!  Her tail twitches, then quivers, she bats at the window, and the squirrels just sit there.  It is, truly, the highlight of my day.  So, I went in search of a cute squirrel video for this week’s Jolly Monday …

Well, my friends, it’s that time … time for us all to be about our appointed chores.  But take heart … it’s a short week!  Meanwhile, as you go about your week, please take time to lend a helping hand wherever you can, and share those gorgeous smiles with people who look like they need one.  Have a safe and happy week.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!

Jolly HollyDay Monday!

hollyGood … {is it really?} … Monday morning, friends.  It’s been somewhat of an exhausting weekend here … how was yours?  I had to actually physically go out shopping yesterday, which of course meant I had to wear a mask for nearly two hours … damn near impossible for a severe asthmatic!  By the time I left the store, I was near to passing out, sweating as if it were summer instead of a mere 35° (F), and I still, some 9 hours later, haven’t quite recovered.  Now I remember why I just stay home … simpler and for me, healthier.  I’ll be happy when the holidays are over.  But anyway, here it is Monday morning, and Joyful and I have been hard at work preparing a few holiday-themed treats for you today!  Sorry guys, no bacon today … I thought I had some in the freezer, but … oops, I forgot I used the last of it in the bacon-ranch chicken last week!   So, grab a bowl, a plate, and a cuppa, and then we’ll try to start this week out with a chuckle, ‘k?

A holiday ‘good people’ …

I reported on a similar story last year about this time.  It seems that Christmas brings out the best in people — some people, anyway.

Last week, in Bristol, Tennessee, somebody walked into a Wal-Mart store and spent $65,000 … not on purchases for him/herself, but to pay off every outstanding lay-a-way balance for all customers!  Now, I remember when my three children were young, I would choose their gifts for Christmas in October and put them in lay-a-way, paying $5, $10, or maybe $15 as often as I could, just hoping to be able to pay off the balance before Christmas.  So, I can imagine the joy, the relief of some parents, knowing that their kids’ Christmas is take care of.

Somebody with a huge heart did a great thing for these families this Christmas.  Doesn’t it warm your heart, just thinking about it?

holly-4Singing potties???

There’s more than one way to sell a toilet, I guess.

An Indiana portable toilet company shared a festive video of what it calls ” a world record for the most animated faces on a single holiday light display.” Service Sanitation posted a video to Facebook showing 32 portable toilets adorned with animated faces “singing” the song “Hallelujah.” “The Jingle Johns have officially set a world record for the most animated faces on a single holiday light display,” the post reads.

I have to admit, it brought a smile to my face … they’re actually kinda cute, don’t you think?  For toilets, that is.

A Guinness representative said the record-keeping organization does not monitor records involving animated faces in holiday light displays, and Steve Dykstra, director of marketing for the company, clarified the feat was not an official Guinness World Record, but the company considers it to be a world record because they could not find any other videos online to dispute the claim.

And now, how about some fun ‘toons ‘n memes, courtesy of Phil’s Phun?



I think people are bored this holiday season, and I somewhat get that … the pandemic has put paid to holiday parties, in-person shopping, and many of us just aren’t really in the mood for the usual festivities.  But some people have used their time stuck at home to come up with some rather strange ideas for Christmas trees …


And last, but not least, today’s cute animal video … if only hoomans were more like critters …

And for our friend Hugh, who has been laid low for a while but is, I hope, on the mend now …

holly-2Love you, Hugh!!!  Get well and feel better!  We miss you!

And on that note, you must go do what you must go do, while I must go do … laundry.  Sigh.  It never ends, does it?  Please, friends, share those beautiful smiles I see with others this week.  This is not, by any stretch, the most joyous holiday season we’ve seen, and I can tell you that many people are depressed right now.  Give them a smile … it costs you nothing and might give them a reason to share a smile or two, too!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!

Jolly Monday … Widout Gwammie!

It’s funny how Monday sort of creeps up on you, isn’t it?  I mean, just yesterday it was Friday, the start of the weekend, and now the weekend is gone?  Where did it go?  I don’t remember it!  I had big plans to clean out my closet over the weekend, but … only thing I did was open the door and throw yet another package into it!  I had plans to wrap some presents I need to send across the pond for Christmas … they are somewhere in my clos … oh no, wait, they are in a stack at the foot of my bed … still not wrapped!  Sigh.  Can I get a do-over on the weekend, please?  I must get these cards addressed tonight so Chris can mail them on her way to work in the morning.  Sigh.  I’m tired.  Can I just go to bed and start over on January 20th, please?

jollyGwammie … GO TO YOUR ROOM!!!  Okay fwiends … enuf of her whining … Joyful made some yummy things for you an’ I went over to Phil’s Phun and found some funnies, so Imma send Gwammie to her room until she can be nice, okay?  GO GWAMMIE … you’re spoilin’ da fun for our fwiends!  Me ‘n Joyful will finish Jolly Monday an’ you can go pout ‘n whine.

Okay, fwiends … Joyful worked weally hard on da snacks, so we hope you likes ‘em.  Gwab a snack an’ we’ve got lots o’ toons ‘n other stuff to make you laugh!

First, some ‘toons from Unca Phil … he lives in a pwace called Oz, ‘cept it’s weally called Oztralia.


Wasn’t dey fun?  Gwammie found some funny (weally, weally bad 🙄 ) jokes before she got all pouty …



Isn’t dis picture neat?  It’s somewhere in Japan an’ dey had a LOT of s-n-o-w!!!!


An’ Joyful found us a cute animal video ‘bout a kitty who makes a doggie feel better.

We hopes you liked Jolly Monday an’ we’re sowwy ‘bout Gwammie … she don’t usually get like dis, but she’s tired and don’ feel so good, ’cause she’s weally upset dese days, we think it’s about da ‘lection an’ dat weird guy dey call da Donald, or summat like dat.  Until next Monday, we all send you our love ‘n hugs!

Jolly Monday — Snacks ‘n Laughs

Monday-sleepy-2{yawn} Good Monday morning, my friends, and {yawn} welcome to … um … where are we again?  Oh yeah, welcome to Filosofa’s {yawn} castle for a Jolly Monday morn.  Sorry I’m not quite on my game this morning … shots fired here in da ‘hood late last night kept me awake … four shots in rapid succession, raised voices, a person running very fast, and then silence. And no, I’m not kidding – I wish I were.  Sigh.  Forgive the clutter, but I haven’t done much in the way of housework over the long weekend.  You know what I’ll be doing today and tomorrow!  Speaking of which … did you all have a good Thanksgiving?  I know for most of you it was a bit sad not getting together with friends and family, but I hope your day was good and that you now have a freezer stuffed with leftover emu … er, turkey.  Before I went to bed last night, I carefully instructed Joyful not to put turkey in any of the treats today, for we are likely all getting somewhat tired of it.  So, let’s go see what she has cooked up for us, and then we’ll find something to start the week out with a smile …

Who knew???

Now here’s a sign you don’t see every day …


The signs were put up by officials of Jasper National Park, in the western province of Alberta, to try to stop moose from licking road salt off idling cars — a serious problem that can present dangers to the vehicles, the drivers and the moose.


According to Jasper National Park spokesman Steve Young …

“They’re obsessed with salt, it’s one of the things they need for the minerals in their body. They usually get it from salt lakes in the park, but now they realized they can also get road salt that splashes onto cars.”

Who knew?  The fear is that the moose will lose their fear of cars and there will be more moose-auto collisions …

“Moose and cars are not a good mix. If you hit the moose with your car, you take the legs out from under it and it’s going through your windshield. The more space between you and the wildlife, the healthier it is for them and you.”

Poetic justice …

A hunter in the Czech Republic was charged by a deer that snagged the man’s gun on its antlers and fled into the woods with the weapon.  The unnamed hunter called police … my first question was to ask if he wanted the deer arrested, or what?

The man said one of the hunting dogs in his group startled a stag in a wooded area, causing the panicked deer to run directly toward him. The deer’s antlers ripped the man’s sleeve and ended up snagged on his .22 Hornet rifle, which had been slung over his left hand at the time. The animal ran off into the woods with the hunter’s unloaded gun still attached to its antlers, the man told police.

Now, the hunter got what he deserved, but I do worry what mischief that deer might get into with his first ever gun, especially when I read the next headline …

Deer runs wild through assisted living facility

Are you guys ready for some ‘toons?  I found some good ones this week over at Phil’s Phun!


And just two funny signs caught my eye this week …


And how could we possibly have a Jolly Monday without a cute critter video?  You may remember last month when I featured squirrel photography by Geert Weggen in a Saturday Surprise post?  Well, I just happened to stumble across this video by Geert, who says …

“This movie is about 4 wild squirrels I made without cutting and it is my first direct movie on youtube, the quality is not so good.”

He’s right … the quality isn’t great, but judging by his photography, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more squirrel videos from him and that the quality will improve with each one, for he is a perfectionist!

I hope you all have a wonderful week, or at least a peaceful one.  Keep safe, my friends, and share those lovely smiles with all that you see, okay?  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly & Joyful!

Jolly … Is It Monday Again Already???

Welcome to yet another Monday morning, my friends.  Come in and warm yourself by the … er … never mind … I forgot we don’t have a fireplace.  Have you noticed that Mondays seem to come around sooner than they used to?  And … I would remind you that we are halfway through November already, so there are only 10 days until Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and 39 days until Christmas!  GAWK!!!  No no no!!!  I’m not ready!  In fact, I just ordered my first Christmas gifts yesterday for friends overseas … I’ll be biting my nails now, in hopes I can get them mailed soon enough to arrive before Christmas.  My own fault … procrastination seems to be my middle name this year.  Anyway, enough talk about holidays and time for us to start this week off with a bit of humour, yes?  Joyful is feeling a bit under the weather this morning, so there are fewer snacks than usual, but I did my best, and I remembered the bacon.  So, grab a bit to eat and a nice warm cuppa coffee or tea, and let’s find a reason to smile.

It shouldn’t need to be said …

An elementary school in France put up a pair of posters outside their fence with an unusual request for parents: Don’t throw late students over the closed gate.School-asks-parents-to-stop-throwing-late-students-over-closed-gateThe Trillade school in Avignon put up signs outside its gate showing a cartoon of a parent sending a small child airborne to get over the fence. The text on the sign asks parents not to throw their children, and instead wait for the gates to be opened again at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m.

Principal Sanaa Meziane said that parents “literally threw their children” over the gate when they arrived to find it closed.

Meziane said there were only a few scattered incidents, and no reported injuries, but there were enough tossed children to inspire school officials to take action and post the warnings as a “reminder.”

Holiday potholes?

You know those annoying potholes that chew up your tires … and they don’t do your car’s suspension system much good, either?  It seems around here that it takes the highway department at least 8 months to get around to filling them, and then it takes them two months of lane closures to get them filled.  Well, a Massachusetts man may have found a unique solution …

Kevin Martin said his plan began Saturday night, when he was on his way to pick up dinner in North Attleborough when he hit a series of potholes on Route 1 and ended up with all four of his tires flattened.

Martin said he had previously complained to the town and state governments about the potholes, but no action was taken.

“I needed to make sure that it got fixed one way or another. I know that I’m not the only person who’s gotten flat tires from that area.”

So, he went to Home Depot and purchased some potting soil and small Christmas trees, and he planted the trees in the potholes on his way to work Monday morning.


“Looks like someone is getting into the Christmas spirit early…guess that is one way to fill pot holes?” the North Attleborough Police Department wrote in a since-deleted Facebook post.

pothole-trees-2Martin said he wanted to force officials into taking action to fill the potholes. His gambit appears to have worked, as the trees were removed and the potholes filled Monday afternoon.  Wow!  Next time … if I ever get to drive farther than the Kroger across the street again … I’ll know what to do about those darn potholes!

And now … you all know what time it is, right?  It’s TOON TIME!!!


And memes …


Our friend Hugh, who is going through a difficult time right now, lives in Minnesota.  Last night, I checked the temperature in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and it was -3° F, or -19° C!  Either way you calculate it, it is C-C-C-COLD!!!!  The good news is that it is supposed to warm all the way up to 9° by Thursday – a veritable heat wave!

Minnesota-tempSo here, my dear friend … I hope this warms you up a bit … thinking of you!

And, of course I can’t let you go out into the cold, cruel world without first warming your heart with a cute animal video … Kangaroos it is!!!

Jolly, Joyful and I wish you a peaceful week, and please … share those smiles you’re wearing right now.  It’s … tough times for us all, with the pandemic and other issues that are making us sometimes feel that our lives are not our own.  So smile at someone, see if you can get them to smile back … and in this way, we spread the smiles and pretty soon the whole world is smiling, yes?  {Okay, so I’m a bit naïve} 

Jolly Monday — Toons ‘n More

Last week was one heck of a roller coaster ride!  I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice it to say that it is now 1:00 a.m. on Monday morning and I haven’t given more than a passing thought to Jolly Monday.  I owe Phil Cointreau over at Phil’s Phun a debt of gratitude for coming to my rescue with ‘toons, ‘memes and more! 

Since I did promise my disappointed bacon lovers that I would make it up to them this week, me ‘ Joyful have been in the kitchen all morning long cooking up bacon … and other stuff, too.  So, grab a snack, a cuppa your choice, and hopefully we can start the week out with a smile … or at least with a full belly!

And now for some fun ‘toons …


I’ve got just a few fun memes …



This is ME!!! I swear somebody was inside my mind when they wrote this one!


And now folks, I might skimp on the funny stories or even {gasp} the bacon on Jolly Monday, but no way am I leaving Jolly Monday without a cute or funny animal video!

And now, my friends, Jolly, Joyful and I wish you the happiest of weeks … and please share your smiles this week, for it makes you feel happier, and it makes the person your smiling with feel happier, too.  A win-win!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!



Jolly Monday — Cliff Notes Version

Good Monday morning, my friends.  Jolly, Joyful and I are … a) recuperating from Hallowe’en, and b) preparing for tomorrow night.  I was in favour of skipping Jolly Monday this week, but I was outnumbered by the other two, so agreed to a compromise … no humorous stories, only a few treats, but plenty of ‘toons, memes, funny signs, and a cute animal video!  We hope to be back in full swing next week … depending, I suppose, on what happens between now and then.  So, grab a cookie or something and come see the cartoons!

Lots o’ TOONS!!!


A few funny signs …


Some humorous memes …


The other day, I was looking out the front window wondering why there were sunflower seeds all over our tiny front yard, when Miss Goose noticed a squirrel sitting atop the tallest sunflower (now drooping) eating the seeds and spitting out the shells on the ground!  It was just the cutest thing … we stood at the window watching for a good half-hour … most fun I had all week!  Here are a few of the pictures …

So, when I started looking for a cute animal video for Jolly Monday, of course I thought of squirrels.  I think this one fit the bill perfectly!

Well, folks, I hope you found something to smile about, and we apologize for the rather abbreviated version of Jolly Monday.  My wish for my U.S. friends is that you are able to hang on to some of your sanity in the week ahead.  And please, whatever you do, remember to share those smiles with all you encounter.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly, and Joyful!