Good Monday morning, my friends! I bet you guys just can’t wait to dive into another week at the salt mines … or wherever you work! My poor daughter is the head of her department at work and 7 of her staff have called off this weekend – all tested positive for Covid! I told her I’d fire every one of them, for no doubt they’ve been going around without masks, not taking any precautions. She said it’s probably a good thing I’m no longer a manager … she’s probably right, for the older I get, the less tolerance I have for stupidity. But anyway, since it’s Monday, let’s start the week with something to make us smile, or maybe even chuckle, shall we? Let’s start by checking out what Joyful has been up to in the kitchen … something sure smells good!
I wasplayin’ around, twyin’ to make da food look cute!
Jolly says he’s still working on the ‘toons, so let’s start with a few sunny fighns … I mean, funny signs!
Okay … I think I’m weady now! I gots so many toons I gots to save some for next week!
Joyful came across some cute/funny animal memes recently …
I just had to share this one meme with you guys …
And last, but never least, it’s time for a cute critter video!
We really hope you’ve found a few smiles here, and that you’ll share them with others as you go through the week and see people without one! Keep safe and have a great week, friends! Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly ‘n Joyful!
Hello friends! Whew … been a heck of a week, hasn’t it? Yeah, me too … and that’s why I figured we ought to start the weekend with a bang …There now … wasn’t that fun? Oh, okay fine … let’s see if I can do better.
Ducks in their finery …
Normally I am against dressing critters in clothes, but I have to admit that these ducks all decked out in their Easter finery are pretty darn cool.It’s called the Pied Piper Duck Show and it’s an annual event in Sydney, Australia. Behatted ducks in pink, green and yellow outfits waddle down the catwalk in the Pied Piper Duck Show at one of Australia’s most famous annual country festivals. The show is a part of the 14-day Sydney Royal Easter Show which is the largest annual event staged in Australia, attracting an average of 900,000 visitors.Brian Harrington, who runs the duck show, believes his feathered models are just as talented as their human counterparts, and completely under-appreciated. The 60-year old Harrington has run the show for some 30 years and dresses his ducks according to the latest fashion trends for each event. A farmer from New South Wales, Brian Harrington also trains pigs which, this year, reportedly played a chaotic version of musical chairs.Aside from fashion parades, the Pied Piper Duck Show also showcase Racing Ducks, which have the crowds roaring in laughter as they cheer on their favorite duck. And of course, there are food stalls that offer everything from steak sandwiches, souvlakis, baked potatoes, strawberries, ice-cream, milkshakes, and duck roast too.
In teaching my granddaughter to cook, I have always stressed that cooking is an art, not a science. These creations are far beyond my food-art ability, though …
The woman who created these edible arts is known as Etoni Mama. She is raising three girls—ages 7, 9, and 11—who are lucky enough to eat colorful, cartoon character-inspired meals almost every day. The talented mother who has no prior training in making food is definitely a master of kyaraben, also known as character bento. Kyaraben is a Japanese lunchbox food style that features numerous meals decorated to look like people and various pop culture characters, including plants and animals. While making character bento is not easy, Etoni does it so well that you can’t help but love her meals.
This next one is courtesy of Scott Lawlor who send it to me a few days ago …
Sleeping it off …
It is said that the village of Xishuangbana in Yunnan Province in China was deserted of humans who were largely staying in their homes, when a herd of 14 elephants came into the village looking for food & drink. Well, the local pubs and saki bars were closed, so the elephants helped themselves to some corn in a field, and to wash it down, they found 30kg of corn whiskey that the farmers must have left out. Well, here is the end result of that … they fell asleep in a tea garden!
I am told that the story was mostly made up to fit the picture, but … it’s a fun story anyway.
That’s all I’ve got for today, folks … sorry for such a short one, but I’m all out tonight. Now go try to have a fun weekend … go for a nice walk in the woods or along the lake, depending where you live, or just around the local high school track! Take a picnic lunch with you and make a day of it! Those activities are not forbidden … not yet, anyway. Either way, have a great weekend.
Good morning, folks! Stopped by for a bit of humour to start your week out, did you? Or did you smell the fresh-baked goodies? Either way, come on in and make yourselves at home! I got up extra early today so I could do a bit of extra baking before you got here, and I even squoze the juice myself! Did you all have a wonderful weekend? Mine? Meh. Daughter Chris had a band performance Saturday morning in Indiana, then afterward went to a Reds ballgame and out to dinner with friends. Miss Goose took the neighbor boys, Ibraheem and Yousif, to a fall festival, so I had the house to myself for several hours and thought I could get a few posts written, get ahead of the game. But no … instead I read some other people’s posts, tinkered about on Facebook for a while, read a bit, did some laundry and washed some dishes. And so, I’m still behind as always. Not having slept well the past two nights left me tired, so I was grumpy and out of sorts yesterday. But now, it’s a new week and the first day of October … where has this year gone???
I found some things to bring us all a chuckle to start the week, so grab a cup of something and a plate with some treats, and let’s dig out those smiles, eh?
Candy Canes Galore!
I wasn’t kidding when I asked where the year has gone … it seems like only yesterday I was putting away Christmas decorations … oh wait, that was yesterday … and now there’s less than three months until that costly joyous holiday rolls around again. Sigh. I have one Christmas present purchased and it is residing on my night table, for if I put it away, I will forget where I put it! Anyway … back to the point. Novelty company Archie McPhee out of Seattle, Washington, has already begun preparing for Christmas with some new candy cane flavours for this holiday season. How about these …Yep, you got it … macaroni & cheese flavoured candy canes! They also have ‘pickle-flavoured candy’ and … look, I’ve found the perfect stocking-stuffer for Chris!Heh heh heh … I think I’m getting into the spirit of this thing now! Among the other flavours of candy canes on their website are: Clam, Bacon, Pickle, Rotisserie chicken, and coal. Be sure and check it out … they have some really fun stuff!
A Lego Wheelchair?
The Maryland Zoo said an employee found the eastern box turtle while walking in Druid Hill Park in July and brought the reptile to the zoo to receive treatment for multiple fractures to the bottom part of its shell. Now, the bottom part of the shell is the part that drags the ground as the turtle walks … or, rather, crawls.
“Because of the unique placement of the fractures, we faced a difficult challenge with maintaining the turtle’s mobility while allowing him to heal properly,” said Dr. Ellen Bronson, senior director of animal health, conservation and research at the Maryland Zoo.
One of the externs at the zoo, Garrett Fraess, had a friend who was a Lego enthusiast, so together they came up with the perfect solution … a Lego Wheelchair!!! According to Fraess …
“He never even hesitated. He took off and has been doing great. Turtles are really good at healing as long as the shell remains stable.”
Watch the little ‘tuga go …
Eating … Puppies???
Take a look at this little guy …Isn’t he just adorable? Wouldn’t you just love to eat him? Well, grab your spoon, ‘cause this little guy is made of … ice cream! That’s right, folks … J. C. Co Art Kitchen in Kaoshiung, Taiwan, serves up ice cream, or more aptly, gelato, in the shape of labrador, pug and shar pei puppies. The gelato is available in chocolate, peanut and milk tea flavors, and it takes them around five hours to make 100 servings!
Some customers have said that the puppies are so realistic that they couldn’t bear to eat them! Each puppy ice cream costs between $110 and $188 Taiwanese dollars, which equates to $3.50 and $6 in the U.S. (Talk about inflation!!!)
What to do with those empty chip bags?
Nothing I love better than a good protest … well, maybe chocolate … I might opt for a small square of chocolate over a protest. Anyway … what better sort of protest than an environmental protest, yes? Apparently, Britain’s Royal Mail isn’t all that thrilled with the latest protest on that side of the pond. People seem to be sending empty potato chip … er, potato crisp bags (over there, what we call ‘french fries’ are chips, and what we call ‘chips’ are ‘crisps’ across the pond.) and they are causing headaches for the royal mail crew.The protest, started by activist group 38 Degrees, is to protest Walker brand’s packaging, which takes 75-80 years to decompose. Seems a worthy cause to protest, doesn’t it now? The company announced during the summer that it was aiming to make the packaging recyclable by 2025, but protesters say the goal isn’t fast enough. And so, they are mailing their empty crisp bags back to Walkers … as is, not placed in an envelope with postage affixed.The problem is, when items are placed in post boxes without an envelope, they cannot be processed by machines, and therefore have to be sorted by hand, per the BBC. This means that the packets could cause delays to normal postal processing.
“We strongly encourage customers not to post anything into the postal system which is not properly packaged. And if they are taking part in this campaign we would urge them to put crisp packets in an envelope before posting.”
And that, folks, is all the chuckles you get for today! Now take thee off and go be useful, for I have laundry to do, dishes to break wash, and a nap walk to take. Please, folks, share those smiles you are wearing right now, and have a kind word for someone who looks a bit down today. Have a wonderful week and keep safe out there! Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!
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