Jolly Daylight Savings Time Monday!!! 😴

Good Monday morning and welcome, dear friends!  I know you all must be extra tired this morning, having lost an hour’s sleep this weekend!  Me?  Oh sure, I’m perky, but then … I don’t have to put on a suit and head out to work today, so I can afford to be a bit perky, knowing that a nap lies waiting for me in an hour or two!  Anyway, I do hope you all had a good weekend!  I mostly stayed in, just a brief foray out yesterday evening for supper.  Daughter Chris had to play and march in the St. Patrick Day parade downtown on Saturday, and the poor girl fell walking from her car to the parade route and skinned her knee terribly!  She is short … just over 5 feet … and had her drum attached to her front, so she wasn’t able to see that the pavement rose in front of her.  The drum is pretty well dinged up, too!  I took a picture of her knee and was planning to include it here, but … um … well … I was more or less informed that it was a bad idea if I wished to continue to live in this household, so … sorry, folks, no bad knee pics today!

Since I knew how tired you would all be this morning, I made the coffee extra strong and tried to make the humour extra fun!  So grab a cuppa and settle in for a bit of fun before you have to head on out the door.

Pancake jammies?

Is there anybody in the U.S. who hasn’t eaten at an IHOP restaurant?  I just read that IHOP is planning an expansion into the UK and Ireland, but I don’t think they are there yet.  Anyway, here in the U.S., it is the numero uno place to go for breakfast.  Pancakes, french toast, omelets … you name it.  Sadly, of course, I am unable to have pancakes and must settle for eggs, but still the food is good and it is a fun treat. IHOP has now decided to branch out, however, and they have rolled out a breakfast-themed clothing line called PancakeWear!

The colorful, one-of-a-kind lineup features adult- and child-sized one pieces and lounge pants as well as socks.  According to Stephanie Peterson, Executive Director, Communications at IHOP …

“Breakfast and laid-back loungewear just go together at IHOP so we thought it would be fun to design a limited-edition merchandise collection that reflects the spirit of the brand and what we see in our restaurants all the time – people in pajamas enjoying pancakes.”

What?  Wait a minute … I’ve never gone to IHOP in my jammies, and have never seen others there in theirs, either.  What am I missing?

But the best news …

“PancakeWear by IHOP was launched to celebrate our 60th anniversary as a brand, but also to do a lot of good for our largest charity partner Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. A portion of proceeds from every sale of our breakfast-inspired one pieces, lounge pants and socks directly supports CMN Hospitals and the more than 10 million kids that are treated every year at their 170 affiliated facilities.”

The company plans to raise $5 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the sales of clothing and other events.  A fun thing for a good cause, yes?

R.I.P. Target …

I remember when my favourite book shop, Borders Books, closed at the end of 2010.  I was crushed, for we used to go there every weekend.  They had the nicest staff, and the best kids’ area of any book shop I have ever been in.  But, alas, they were shortsighted and did not keep up as they should, with Amazon and Barnes & Noble snapping up the online and e-book markets, so ultimately they failed.  But even crushed though I was, I did not do what the people of Hutchinson, Kansas, did when their local Target store closed.  What did they do?  Why, they held a candlelight vigil, of course!The mourners included some who identified themselves as Target employees and a couple of the participants dressed in the store’s khaki pants and red shirt combo.  And while some of the participants in the vigil made their candles the last purchase they ever made from the Target location, others admitted they bought their candles at competing store Wal-mart.  GASP!!!  😲

As a tribute, the mourners played “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie Titanic.

This must be some new trend, for back in January, in Montgomery, Alabama, the community turned out in force for a candlelight vigil to memorialize a Taco Bell restaurant that had been destroyed by fire earlier in the month. Personally, if my Target store closed, I wouldn’t care much one way or another.  If my local Wal-Mart closed, I would cheer and hold a celebratory parade!  Have I mentioned before that I refuse to shop at Wal-Mart?

Stuffed or not?

Imagine that you are finally, after years of dreading it, getting ready to go through your child’s collection of stuffed animals and donate the ones that aren’t missing body parts, to a charity.  Your child has just graduated college and is off on a hiking tour somewhere in the Alps, so what better time, right?  So, you go through the stuffed critters one by one and put them in large trash bags … these for charity, those for the rubbish.  Just as you finish, you notice that one of the bags is … moving!  Cautiously, you open the bag to find …A ferret snuggling in amidst the teddy bears!!!  No, not a stuffed ferret … a real, live, warm-blooded ferret looking up at you with cute little dark eyes.

The anonymous woman was in her garage in Woldingham, England, when this happened, and she immediately contacted the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  They took the ferret to the vet, who determined she was underweight, but otherwise healthy.  She was named Honey, and is now available for adoption.  If I had been that woman, I would have kept her, bought her a bed, some toys, and called her Missus Beasley.  But then, I’m an animal lover, in case you didn’t know.

Where have all the chickens gone? 

Some restaurants are known for solely one thing.  Earlier I talked about IHOP, and they are known mostly for pancakes, but they have a wide variety of offerings to choose from.  Even Burger King is known mostly for burgers, but they also do chicken and fish sammies.  But Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC, is known for one thing and only one thing:  chicken.  So how do you explain KFC running out of … chicken???It happened in the United Kingdom where not just a few, but hundreds of KFC restaurants were shuttered for days because they ran out of chicken.  How did this happen?  They changed their distributor from a company called Bidvest, to DHL.  DHL, it turns out, had promised to “set a new delivery standard”.  🤣  I’m sure KFC managers aren’t laughing, but you’ve got to admit there’s humour here.  DHL promised a new delivery standard and then didn’t deliver any chicken … that is certainly a new standard!  🤣 🤣 🤣

Fully 562 of the 900 KFC’s in the UK were shuttered.  The company did offer a uniquely humorous apology, however …

Although I was not able to confirm, it appears that most stores are now back in the business of frying and selling chicken!  This is the stuff that corporate ulcers are made of, and I would be willing to bet a few heads rolled.

Alright, friends … um … friends? 😴  WAKE UP!!!  It’s time to go to work!  Sheesh … and I even added a few shots of espresso to the coffee!  Listen up now … I need you to do me a big favour and be sure to share those beautiful smiles with someone today, okay?  Tough times … we all need a bit of a boost, especially on a Monday.  Keep safe and have a wonderful week!!!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!


A C-C-C-OLD Jolly Monday …

Good Monday Morning, and welcome to Filosofa’s Jolly Monday!!!  I hope my U.S. friends had a good 4-day Thanksgiving weekend, and that the rest of you had a wonderful weekend as well!  I had a lovely weekend, but now I am tired and ready to return to my routine.  I actually ended up cooking not one, but two entire Turkey dinners complete with homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, veggie casserole, etc., etc.  Long story, so I won’t bore you with it, but suffice it to say that I am tired and plan to do no cooking tonight.  In the words of the late Marie Antoinette, ‘Let Then Eat Turkey!’ … Or, was that cake?  Either way, she never actually said that anyway, but you get my point, yes?

In the spirit of the season, I have baked up a few seasonal treats to go with your morning beverage … feel free to take some home with you, for you know I cannot eat them.  Now, I have some great chuckle-worthy material for today, but I am starting with this first story (one should always start with the first, don’t you think?) because over the weekend, my clothes dryer went belly-up, cross-eyed and died.  I have a new one ordered, to the tune of $501 that will be delivered tomorrow.  But this first story makes me envious … you’ll see why.  So, sit back, relax, and let us start the week out right, with a smile, a chuckle, or perhaps even a laugh.

Before planned obsolescence …

Saunders.jpgSydney and Rachel Saunders from Exeter, UK, were married way back in 1955. The following year, they purchased a full set of appliances:  clothes washer, dryer, cooker/boiler (stove/oven/broiler combination) for £146 ($193 USD).

appliances“Things were made better in those days, they were more durable and stronger. You just don’t get appliances made like that today.”

Recently, the Saunders’ have decided to sell their appliances.  Might be that they are downsizing and moving into a retirement home, as they are both in their 80s now.  And their marriage is still going strong, as are the appliances.  Mr. Saunders says the washer leaks just a little, but otherwise they all function fine.  He is hoping they will go into a museum.  Sheesh, and my dryer barely lasted ten years!  Planned obsolescence, I tell ya!


Cutest Critter …

Now I know a lot of people do not like bats.  Admittedly, it is a bit off-putting when one flies right at your head, and I even had one get his claw tangled, just for a moment, in my hair.  But if you look at them … really look at them … they are cute … heartwarmingly so.

This little gal was hit by a car but was mercifully rescued by the driver and rushed to get the urgent care she needed. She had no broken bones, and only a slight concussion, but her caregiver soon discovered that the little one just loves bananas … you have to watch this one ,,, it is guaranteed to make you smile.

Alicia eating banana

Melts your heart, doesn’t it?  They call her Miss Alicia, and soon she will be released back into her colony.

And it only costs how much???

I bet you thought that KFC (you know, fried chicken, Colonel Sanders) only sold chicken ‘n fixin’s, right?  Well, remember a few weeks ago when I wrote that they had a fried chicken scented bath bomb?  Today’s find is even bigger!  Much bigger!  Today, KFC is offering a break from the internet!  Yep, you heard right, folks.  You can get, in their online store, an “Internet Escape Pod” …

KFC escape podWhat, exactly is it, you ask?  It is an indoor tent that features the likeness of Colonel Sanders spreading his oversized arms and torso over the structure. Okay, but … why? Why?  It blocks wireless signals, so that you don’t have to be bothered with all those pesky tweets, texts, and email notifications and you can just enjoy your family time.  According to the description on the website …

“Find sanctuary for yourself and your loved ones under Colonel Sanders and his Internet Escape Pod. Yup, this dome is like a magic force field designed to disrupt the internet coming to and from your devices.”

Um … perhaps I am a bit obtuse, but … mightn’t it be simpler to simply turn off the devices for a time, such as cell phone, laptop, tablet, etc.?  And it would certainly be a whole lot cheaper to exercise a bit of self-restraint, for this Internet Escape Pod costs … wait for it, folks … $10,000!!!  Hugh … pick your jaw up off the floor.  David … stop shaking your head … you’ll rattle something loose.  Yep, that was what I said … ten thousand greenbacks, ten grand.  All to get away from something that you can simply … turn off!  More and more these days, I find myself saying that people have more money than sense … this is one of those times.

Be sure to take a peek inside their online store  , for they have a wide selection of clothing, jewelry and household items, including a meteor shaped like a chicken sandwich for only $20,000!

Why?  Just why?

I really thought that the U.S. had cornered the market on Idiots.  Well, no, that’s not exactly right, for the UK and some countries in the EU have their share, though ours are … bigger idiots.  But I thought such idiocy was confined mostly to the western nations.  But nope … there is at least one in India!

Manoj Kumar Maharana, 23, of Odisha, broke the world record for most straws stuffed in the mouth without using hands by cramming 459 straws into his mouth.  I beg the question:  WHY???  Just to have his name in the Guinness World Book of Records, I guess. The previous record holder, British man Simon Elmore, stuffed 400 straws into his mouth at an event in Germany.


Maharana, who was allowed to use elastic bands to keep the straws together but not his hands, has to have all of the straws in his mouth and keep them there for 10 seconds without falling to obtain the title. Maharana was allowed to use his hands to get the straws into his mouth, but not to hold them in place. But my question is … why not an even 460?  I mean, at this point, what’s one more lousy straw, and I hate odd numbers!

Nationwide is on your side???

Audrey and Edward Cramer, ages 66 and 69, filed a lawsuit naming Buffalo (Pennsylvania) Township police and the Nationwide Insurance Co. after a police raid at their home.  Turns out, their Nationwide insurance agent dropped by one day to discuss a damage claim from the previous month when a neighbor’s tree fell on their property. While there, he was taking pictures, and one of the things he photographed was their flowering hibiscus plants.


Flowering hibiscus (left) and Marijuana (right)

Somewhere along the line, he decided that the hibiscus looked suspiciously like marijuana plants, so after leaving their home, he contacted the Township police department to report his find.  Now, you would think that trained officers of the law would use a little common sense … oh, never mind, I forget …

Buffalo Township police handcuffed them both and made them sit in the back of a police car for hours while police ransacked their house looking for marijuana.

“I was not treated as though I was a human being. I was just something they were going to push aside,” she told WPXI-TV. “I asked them again if I could put pants on and he told me no and I had to stand out on the porch.”

No marijuana was found, and the couple were not charged.  But then three weeks later, they received a notice from Nationwide claiming to have found marijuana growth on the property. The letter stated that if they failed to remove the marijuana plants, Nationwide would cancel their insurance policy.

The Cramer’s are suing for “monetary and compensatory damages”, according to their attorney.  Nobody … not the Nationwide agent, not the dozen or so police officers who raided their home, not even Nationwide executives, apparently possess an ounce of common sense, so personally I hope this couple have their day in court and come out winners!  Sheesh. And if, as their jingle goes, ‘Nationwide is on my side’, I’d hate to see who’s on the other side!

An eggshell … who knew?

Dana Liashenko has a unique artistry … I will let her tell her story …

I found my talent and my passion – it is carving the eggshell.

And when I found the eggshell carving, I felt it is mine. I have a very special feeling when I make my crafts, only holding eggshell give me positive and unusual energy, and carving it is real satisfaction.


Check out her Etsy shop for more. That has got to require a heck of a lot more patience than I have, not to mention a much steadier hand. I think these are so unique, don’t you ?

Well, folks, as Carol Burnett used to sing (you don’t want me to sing it, trust me, so I’ll just say it) I’m so glad we had this time together.  But, as Chad & Jeremy used to sing in their song A Summer Song, all good things must end … and so must Jolly Monday.  We must move on to our work … obviously, for once, mine will not include laundry this morning, but it will include taking down the remaining Hallowe’en decorations (yes, I know it’s been nigh on a month) and giving the furniture a good dusting, for Miss Goose is now ready to get out the Christmas decorations and dishes.  I hope you all have a wonderful week, and please friends … remember to share those smiles, for we can all use them these days. Keep safe and warm … I love you all!