Jolly 🥵 Monday!

Welcome to …

Monday

Yep, it’s Monday all over again, folks!  Did you guys have a great weekend?  Mine?  Rather low-key, mediocre.  With temps in the 90s, I can’t very well get out, so I mostly worked on stuff around the house, the blog, and read a bit.  I gather it’s gonna stay that hot for the foreseeable future … very unusual for this area, for we usually only see a couple of days in the 90s, and some years we haven’t even reached 90.  I’ll be ready for fall by the time it gets here!

Joyful is out this week doing some interior decorating.  She remodeled Roger’s dark tower, added a skylight, flowers, and piped in music, and he liked it so well that she decided to take on a few more projects.  But, she’ll be back next week.  I’ve been busy in the kitchen this morning, so help yourself to a snack and let’s find some humour this Monday morning!  Oh, by the way … no bacon this morning!  A certain person who shall remain nameless, but you know who you are Larry, decided to be piggy with the bacon last week, and since I am concerned about his cholesterol, today the bacon has been replaced with … healthier treats.

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Some people have entirely too much time on their hands.  Mohammed Muqbel, age 20, originally from Yemen but now living in Kuala Lumpur, likes to make things balance.  Muqbel started stacking eggs at the ripe old age of six!  Last month, he was awarded a Guinness World Record for his unusual accomplishment: stacking three eggs vertically.  Take a look …

The rules stipulated that the eggs had to remain stacked for at least five seconds and all three eggs had to be fresh and free from cracks in their shells.  Pretty impressive, but really … who’s got time?


A couple, whose names I do not know, were doing a wedding photo shoot on the rocky shore of Laguna Beach, California.  The couple was posing, dressed in their wedding garb … a bystander happened to be filming from well above the couple, when all of a sudden …

Hmmm … a turbulent start to the marriage I would say!  Lifeguards were able to rescue the couple, who were uninjured, but methinks that was the end of the photo shoot for that day!


Anybody have $7.5 million they don’t need at the moment?  Some people spend that much on a house, but … if you’ve got the cash, you can buy an entire town in New Zealand for that!  The town is called Mellonsfolly Ranch, and is situated within a 900-acre lot in the North Island of New Zealand.  It is on sale for $7.5 million and comes complete with 10 period themed buildings and a Manuka honey business.  Can’t beat that!

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The tribute town was built in 2006 by cowboy enthusiast John Bedogni as an homage to an 1860s Wyoming frontier town.  It features an “authentic and licensed saloon,” a courthouse that doubles as a cinema, a sheriff’s office, and a billiards lounge, according to the listing from New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty. There are also three homes — the main residence plus two rental houses — that accommodate up to 22 people.

Sounds like a real deal to me!  I wouldn’t mind living in New Zealand.  Only thing is … I’m a little short of the needed cash … anybody want to partner with me on this deal?


Are you guys up for some ‘toons?

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And what better way to close Jolly Monday than with a cute puppy video?


Now, go forth and have a productive and happy week, my friends!  And Hugh … this one’s for you, my friend!

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Jolly Joyful Monday …

Welcome!  And good Monday morn’ to you, our friends!  I hope your weekend was awesome  lovely  decent not too bad.  Ours was same ol’ same ol’.  We did find out the hard way that our favourite fish ‘n chips restaurant is now open for take-out, but they aren’t serving … fish ‘n chips!  ‘Splain that one!  Oh well.  Joyful and I did a bit of baking this morning … nothing much, just a few things.  Jolly wanted to help, so we sent him out to count the clover in the back yard … I don’t think he’s back in yet … guess I better go find him.  Meanwhile, help yourself to a treat and a cuppa and as soon as I find Jolly, we’ll find something to start our week out with a smile.


Not quite what they expected …

Two stories crossed my radar this week about people receiving packages that were … not quite what they expected.

A woman in Glendale, California, returned home one afternoon to find an Amazon box waiting on her front porch.  Since she was expecting a shipment of printer ink, she thought little about it until she took the box inside and cut it open to find …drugs-1The box was filled with bottles of oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and other narcotics and it was accompanied by an invoice from the Drug Enforcement Administration!  The woman contacted law enforcement and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) was brought in to investigate.  Their explanation sounds a bit fishy to me …

Bill Bodner, DEA special agent in charge in Los Angeles, said a preliminary investigation found the package had originated at a New York pharmacy that enlisted the services of a Texas pharmaceutical company to dispose of the drugs, and that the reason for the invoice is that the disposal process has to be approved by the federal government.  He claims there was likely an error in the shipping process …

“Likely, they used a third-party shipper to ship this package and somehow the shipping labels were switched at this third-party shipper.  Let me be clear, this package was not sent by DEA and these drugs were never in DEA custody.”

Mmmm hmmm … but then ‘splain why the drugs were in an Amazon box???  Amazon has opened its own investigation to try to figure that one out!

And then in Houston, Texas …

Another family received an unexpected package containing 32 bags of marijuana!  The Harris County Sheriff’s Office was contacted and are attempting to solve the mystery.  They put out an Instagram post saying …

“If it is yours please contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to claim it.”

Um … yeah, sure they will.  It’s funny, I had trouble getting my insulin delivered last week, but other people can get all sorts of drugs in the mail!  What am I doing wrong???


Teddy Bears just wanna have fun!

In light of many businesses and recreation areas being closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, people have been coming up with unique ways to entertain themselves.  I ignore most of them, but this one caught my eyes … I love teddy bears, and anything involving them will always get my attention!

The Dutch theme park Walibi Holland put 22 oversized teddy bears onto a roller coaster and filmed the ride ― and it almost looks like they’re coming to life out of sheer happiness.

The coaster is named “Untamed” and true to its name, Untamed has five inversions and a 116-foot drop with maximum speeds of 57 mph.  Where I would have had my eyes closed tightly and been hanging on for dear life, the bears really seemed to be enjoying it … eyes wide open!


And speaking of bears …

With fewer people out and about due to coronavirus restrictions, in many places animals have felt free to explore areas they would otherwise avoid.  Last month in Fort Myers, Florida, a black bear decided to do some exploring, much to the dismay of the locals.black-bearPolice were called and debated the best way to lure the bear away from populated areas.  Tranquilizing wasn’t an option, for it takes some time to work and they weren’t sure what the bear would do in the interim.  Well … these are police, remember … they came up with a solution:  Donuts!!!

bear-donutThey bought donuts from Krispy Kreme (probably already had a dozen or so in their cruiser) and set a trap with donuts as the bait, and for extra measure sprayed some blueberry pie-scented air freshener.  It worked, the bear was quickly and painlessly captured and returned to a state-managed wildlife area.

I dunno, though … now that he’s had a taste of Krispy Kreme, he might be back for seconds!


Before we get to the cartoons, I found this picture over at Phil’s Phun and thought it was so fascinating I just had to share it.  I don’t know what or where this is, for though I did a reverse photo search, I was not able to get any reliable information on it.house


And now for some fun cartoons!

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And this one’s for you, Hugh!

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Well, I guess it’s time … what’s that, Jolly?  OH!!!  Thanks for reminding me!  Time, that is, for a cute animal video to wrap things up.


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Now, go forth and try to have a wonderful week.  Remember, folks … everybody needs a smile these days … now more than ever!  So share those lovely smiles, let people know that there is hope for tomorrow, that you care.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa, Jolly ‘n Joyful!

 

Jolly Monday — Just a Few Laughs

Last evening I said to Jolly that maybe we’d need to take a hiatus from Jolly Monday this week, for I really wasn’t in the mood.  Jolly, however, was having none of it!

jolly“Gwammie … NO!  Our fwiends need us more den ever now, ‘cause it’s scawy and sad and we needs to make ‘em laugh.  Pwease, Gwammie, PWEASE?”

Well, how can I resist the little guy when he puts it that way, when he cares so much about all of you?  And so, between us, we will use all our wiles and charms to try to make you laugh this morning!  Grab a donut or piece of fruit, and settle in for a few minutes with me ‘n Jolly.


Toilet paper anyone?

Toilet paper, or loo paper for my UK readers, is on the minds of just about everybody today.  Imagine one woman’s shock, though, when she ordered a supply of 48 rolls from a company called Who Gives a Crap, only to be billed over $2,000!  Haidee Janetzki of Toowoomba, Australia, had been ordering from the company on a regular basis for several years, but decided to change the brand to a cheaper one.  What she didn’t realize was that instead of 48 rolls, she accidentally ordered 48 boxes … hmmmm, I think I’m beginning to see why there is a shortage!

Says Janetzki …

“And when it asked for quantity, I put 48, thinking that would be a box of 48 rolls. Turned out it was 48 boxes. The courier man turned up at the door with two pallets of toilet paper instead of one box.”

A look at her credit card statement showed that she had been billed $2,153.78 plus shipping!  She said the recent toilet paper shortages stemming from coronavirus concerns have simplified the process of getting rid of the rolls. The family has started selling the toilet paper at a slight mark-up to support a school trip her daughter’s class is planning.  Personally, I would have sent it back, but …


Art made of what???

Take a look at this mural by 23-year-old Oscar Olivares from Venezuela and see if you can guess what it’s made of …mural-VenzuelaOscar Olivares, in collaboration with the local environmental organization OkoSpiri and Movimiento en la Arquitectura para el Futuro (eng. Movement in Architecture for the Future), has created a gigantic mural using recycled plastic bottle caps and container lids.It took 2.5 months to plaster over 200,000 various plastic caps on a wall of a small square, Plaza Escalona in El Hatillo Municipality, Caracas. The mural extends a total of 45 meters in length, measuring 3.5 meters at its shortest point and 7.25 meters at its highest point.mural-Venzuela-2

“The initiative came from ONG OkoSpiri—they invited me to participate as the artist of the project of creating the first eco-mural of Venezuela using just bottle cap. At first, it sounds impossible, but I did some research and dove deep into pointillism and color. It helped me understand that it was not only possible to make a good mural using caps, but also something hard yet impressive and thus worth it.”

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“The mural begins with the city of Caracas (where the mural is) at night with an arepa moon. The arepa is the most typical food of Venezuela and something that connects all of the people of the country—the rich and the poor. In the sky inspired by Van Gogh, you can see two Ovnis (UFOs) that represents our connection with the outer space. Then, we have some sunflowers and in the most important part of the mural, the four macaws in different sizes and perspectives flying around. You can witness these birds flying around Caracas all the time, they are always in a couple or groups. At the end of the mural, you will see an Araguaney—that is the national tree of Venezuela with the name of the mural “Oko-mural” inspired by ONG OkoSpiri.”

mural-Venzuela-3The plastic cap mural is reportedly one of the largest ecological murals in South America and the first of its kind in Venezuela. The idea behind the work of art is to raise awareness among the residents of Caracas and beyond about the ecological problems that the country faces.


Pandas … Pandas … Pandas!

Today is National Panda Day!  According to the National Day Calendar people …

wwf-pandaNational Panda Day draws attention to one of the world’s unique bears. Pandas are also one of the world’s most endangered and adored animals. Conservationists and animal lovers alike spread the word about increasing efforts of the international community dedicated to protecting and restoring habitat.

Native to China, giant pandas are members of the Bear (Ursidae) family. Their rapidly shrinking habitat is a major cause for concern.  As an endangered species, successful panda breeding programs are rare. In the wild, there are approximately only 1,864 (according to the World Wide Fund for Nature) and 100 living in zoos around the world.

With their white face and black eyes and body, Panda bears are easily identifiable. However, despite their sweet disposition, they tend to isolate themselves in the wild. They eat mostly plants and do not hibernate in the winter like many other bears.

So, naturally I have a cute animal video …


I think Jolly is just back from Phil’s Phun where he found some phunny cartoons …

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jollyWell, folks, I guess it’s time for us to all get down to the business at hand and get this week off to a grand start!  Share those smiles, and keep a positive attitude this week, okay?  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

 

Oh … I almost forgot!  Hugh … thought you might need these for the week ahead …

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Saturday Surprise — This ‘n That

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the …weekendI wonder what this weekend will bring?  I imagine the crowds will be much thinner in restaurants, malls and the like.  Whatever you do, wherever you go, take your little bottle of hand sanitizer with you and keep safe.


I got my own Friday Surprise yesterday afternoon!  My friend Anne Lawson of Anne Lawson’s Art  had emailed me a couple of weeks ago and generously asked if I would like a piece or two of her art.  Well, of course I would … she does beautiful work!  I tried to offer to at least pay for the postage, for having shipped packages to the UK, I know that it can be quite expensive, but she wouldn’t hear of it.  So, yesterday afternoon when I was diligently mopping the kitchen floor, Miss Goose came in from taking out the trash and checking the mail, and announced that I had a package from Australia, so I knew immediately what it was!

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Aren’t these just beautiful!!!  Miss Goose took the photos for me, but left them in the plastic sleeves Anne sent them in, hence the reflection.  I’ll post another after I frame them and hang them.  Thank you so much, Anne … you have brought a huge smile to my face!  I already have the perfect frames for them and the perfect spot to hang them this weekend!


I would like to introduce you to a critter that crossed my radar last night.  Meet Xherdan …Xherdan-1Xherdan is a six-year-old Canadian Sphynx who lives with his owner in Rüti, Switzerland.  Xherdan is covered in wrinkles from head to toe which has earned him comparisons to aliens, brains and dumplings.Xherdan-2Though he often sports an angry-looking frown, his owner says he’s “cheerful” but also “cheeky”.Xherdan-3Here’s what Xherdan has to say about himself…

“My skin is light pink, soft and warm – everyone always wants to touch and pet me. I love it! If you hold us in your arms, you’ll never want to let us go. Did I say I love it?”

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“At home, my people love me, and I am allowed to cuddle soooo much with them. I love to play and jump around the apartment. Sometimes they’ll laugh at me because I’m obviously very clumsy. That makes me happy. Laughter is the language of the soul, and I am grateful for the gift of making people laugh.”

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“I also like to purr, trill and prowl curiously. But I prefer to dream and be lazy. I curl myself up into arms, on legs or bellies, and nestle my pink, wrinkled body against my human family.”

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Xherdan even has his own YouTube video … take a look!


And, since I seem to be on a critter theme today (surprised, aren’t you?), here’s another.  Bats get a bad rap … I think it’s because when they are flying toward your head, wings flapping loudly and screeching at a high pitch, they are a bit off-putting.  However, up close and personal, they are really quite adorable … even if they do sleep upside down in musty old caves.

This little guy is a fruit bat and seeing him eat this banana is just too darn cute!  Take a look …


Just a bit more humour before you go …

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Okay, friends … go forth and have a fun weekend.  Please take extra precautions and keep safe.weekend

Jolly’s BAAAACK!

Good Monday morning, friends!  Well, Jolly is back after his little adventure last week … thanks to Larry for sending him back home … and he’s in fine form today!  So, did you all have a wonderful weekend?  It was sunny for a change on both Saturday and Sunday, and relatively warm both days, so I’ve got no complaints.  We’ve got some fun stuff for you this morning to make up for last week, so grab a snack and a cuppa and settle in for a few chuckles.   Oh, a word of warning … I’ve been teaching Jolly the fine art of Mexican cooking …


Germ-free and feelin’ good …

For obvious reasons, we are all being extra-cautious about washing our hands and keeping hand sanitizer handy at all times.  But one man had a novel idea for making his own sanitizer … and I don’t think his purpose was necessarily to save money …

“I made some hand sanitizer out your vodka. The hand sanitizer doesn’t taste bad either. Cheers to Tito’s vodka. Keeping me germ-free and feeling good at the same time.”

Tito’s Vodka quickly responded …TitosWell, for those of you who may have been considering this … now you know better!


Guess who came to dinner … er, the wedding?

Riva Weinstock got married last week and naturally she invited her kid brother, Mendl, to the wedding.  Mendl brought a very special guest to Riva’s wedding!riva-and-mendl-weinstockYep, his guest of honour was none other than a llama!  In a tuxedo!  Turns out that back in 2015 when Riva and Mendl were teenagers, she began talking about what sort of wedding she might want, and Mendl jokingly said that if she invited him to such an affair, he would bring a llama.

Mendl has a long memory, so back in October when his sister called to tell him of her upcoming wedding, he began making his plans and sure enough, kept his promise!  I love it!  The llama probably upstaged the happy couple, though!


Where’s Waldo?

Who says dogs can’t climb trees?  Now, I don’t know how or why ol’ Waldo decided to climb that tree … he might have been chasing a squirrel, or maybe the neighbor’s cat was chasing him.  Either way, he ended up about 20 feet into a tree somewhere in Kansas City.Waldo-1Animal Services were called, and it took three officers to climb the tree and carry Waldo down.WaldoOnce Waldo knew he was safe, he fell asleep in the officer’s arms as he was completing intake paperwork.


Walking over a … WHAT???

You’ve heard of the Flying Wallendas, the family of daredevil high wire walkers that started with Karl Wallenda back in 1905.  Well, the family is now in its fifth generation of high wire walkers, and despite numerous tragedies over the years, they are still at it!

Nik Wallenda, who has made history a number of times, carrying on the tradition of his late great-grandfather Karl (who died at age 73 while attempting a high wire walk between the towers of Condado Plaza Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico), took a walk across the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua!  Take a look …

I am afraid of heights, so I found it hard to watch, but at the same time, couldn’t take my eyes away!  Wow … just wow.


Why?

What’s the purpose of an airport?  No, not a trick question, but definitely a rhetorical one.  An airport is a central processing center for passengers and crew flying to or from a destination.  It is a functional structure.  Sure, it’s nice if it has a little café, maybe a gift shop with some books or souvenirs, bit overall it is not an art museum, just a functional building.

So, what’s with the governing board of Tampa International Airport, that they just allocated some $2.4 million to put a giant pink flamingo in the middle of the airport.  A 21-foot pink flamingo!pink-flamingoMind you, I like flamingos.  I have a stuffed pink flamingo named Merlin and when you squeeze his hand, he dances and sings Hey Macarena!  But … for the price, this airport flamingo, who probably doesn’t even sing and dance, seems a bit of a waste of both space and money.  But, what do I know … maybe it will take traveler’s minds off the fact that the big tube they are about to walk into and fly high in the air was likely made by Boeing.


How ‘bout a few ‘toons ‘n memes?

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Well, folks … what Jolly???  Oh … yes … Jolly found a cute animal video to round out the morning.  Meet Alfie …


jollyI hope you all have a great week.  Keep safe, be happy, and please remember to share your gorgeous smiles!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa ‘n Jolly!!!

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Jolly Funday Monday!

Good Monday morning, friends!  Come in and get warm … it’s f-f-freezing out there!  I don’t know about you guys, but I am ready for some sunshine!  I know, I know … a few months from now I’ll be complaining about the heat and wishing for rain … never satisfied, am I?  So, did you guys have a great weekend?  Mine?  Meh … it’s always good to have daughter Chris home, and we did go out yesterday, despite the frigid temps and blustery conditions, but I guess the events of last week just left me in rather a foul humour.  Plus, the battery is dead in my van … again.  But, I’m not complaining … honest I’m not!  I’ve got you guys here and we’re going to go in search of something fun, so grab a snack and a cuppa and let’s get this show on the road!

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Caerphilly cheese for David


Oopsie, Mr. Postman …

Be thankful you are not Dan and Dee Cain of Twinsburg, Ohio!  Mr. Cain recently went to the post office to collect his mail, and his first clue there was a problem came when the clerk at the post office told him that his mail wouldn’t fit in his box, and he would need to drive around back to collect it.  Hmmmm …

So, he drove his truck around back and … well, it’s a good thing he has a truck instead of a Volkswagon, for he had to make two trips, even in his truck.  The postal workers helped him load 79 plastic mail bins, each packed with around 700 letters into his truck.  You’d think Dan had a huge fan following, but turns out each of the approximately 55,000 pieces of mail were identical!  Yep … 55,000 reminders that the payment on the student loan he and Dee had taken out for their daughter was due!Dan-Cain

“I was shocked. Are you kidding me? Who makes that kind of mistake?”

The student loan carrier apologized to Cain, blaming a glitch in its new outgoing mail system. But, it gets even better … the loan company said they will issue another statement to Dan, for the one(s) they sent used the wrong interest rate!  Dan is concerned, and with good reason, I’d say.  Even if the company used the bulk rate, that mail cost the loan company $11,000 and change.

And now Dan & Dee have a garage filled with useless mail they don’t know how to dispose of.  I know what I’d be tempted to do with it … but, Jolly Monday is a family-friendly feature, so I’ll just keep my ideas to myself for now.


I was thinking … I haven’t done jokes in a while … what say we have a few jokes?

In his late 80s, my father-in-law went to the DMV to renew his driver’s license. At one point during the road test, he approached a four-way stop, looked to his left, and cruised straight through the stop sign. “Sir! You didn’t look to your right,” yelled the frightened inspector.

My father-in-law calmly shook his head. “That’s Mum’s side.”


My 35-year-old son and I had just finished our meal when I realized I’d left my wallet in my truck. As I headed out the door, I told the waitress what had happened. “But don’t worry,” I said with a grin. “I’m leaving my son for collateral.”

She looked at him. He winked at her. She turned back to me. “What else you got?”


I was instructing new recruits when an officer entered my classroom to observe and report on my teaching style. I thought I was on top of my game that day, but he was quite scrupulous, as evidenced by the fact that his written evaluation of me cited this issue: “Instructor loses eye contact with class while writing on blackboard.”


While taking a clinical history from an elderly patient, I asked, “How’s your love life?”

“I don’t know,” he said. “I’ll ask my wife.” He got up, walked into the hallway where his wife was sitting, and shouted, “Hey, the doctor wants to know if we still have sex.”

His wife shouted back, “No, the only thing we have is Medicare and Blue Cross.”


Did you hear how they caught the great produce bandit? He stopped to take a leek.


Our manager kept reminding us waitresses to encourage customers to order dessert. At the end of an especially exhausting day, I walked over to a couple who had just sat down, gave them each a menu and a glass of water, and asked, “Would you care for anything else?”


A man goes to the doctor, concerned about his wife’s hearing. The doctor says, “Stand behind her and say something and tell me how close you are when she hears you.”

The man goes home, sees his wife in the kitchen, cutting carrots on the countertop. About 15 feet away he says, “Honey, what’s for dinner?” Nothing. He gets halfway to her and repeats the same question. Nothing. Very concerned, he gets right behind her and asks again “What’s for dinner?”

She turns around and says “For the THIRD time, beef stew!”


A man came in to give his application to the manager. But the manager asked, “Why is there a four-year gap in your application?”

And the man responded, “Yale.”

The manager hired him and the guy said, “Thanks. I needed a yob.”


I especially loved the one about the man and his wife’s hearing!  Ready for some ‘toons and memes?

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And of course, I cannot wrap up Jolly Monday without a cute animal video!  Sloths get a bum rap, but they are so darned cute!  I want one!


Folks … no matter which side of the big pond you’re on, we have all had some tough times these last few weeks.  Let’s make an extra effort to give somebody an extra smile and a hug this week, shall we?  I hope you all have a great week … keep safe and try to stay warm!  And this one last thing is for our friend Hugh who, last I heard, had a foot or so of snow! 

Jolly Monday …

Good Monday morning, friends!  Yes, it’s really Monday already … did you all have a great weekend?  I must forewarn you that Jolly and I are having just a bit of a downer morning, so while we’ve tried to pick out some fun things, if it falls flat or seems a bit less than usual, please forgive us?  We had some help with the treats this morning, so grab a cuppa and a bit of a snack and let’s find some fun!

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ATM dispenses what???

There’s a new bar in London called Vagabond … they just moved into an old building that used to house a Santander Bank.  Apparently the bank left behind an ATM machine, and the owners of Vagabond had to figure out what to do with it.

Most times when you see an ATM machine, it is used to dispense cash, right?  But this ATM machine is special … it dispenses wine … specifically, Prosecco, an Italian white wine! atm-wineThe wine was free for a couple of days to celebrate the opening of the bar, the 8th Vagabond to open in London.  But, only one cup per person!  I’m pretty sure that would have brought the law running here in the U.S., but it’s rather a fun way to celebrate the bar’s opening, don’t you think?atm-wine-2


She was plump …

Animal rescuers in Britain said an owl found stranded in a ditch was initially feared to be injured but turned out to be merely too fat to fly.

fat-owlThe Suffolk Owl Sanctuary said a member of the public reported spotting a possibly injured owl stranded in a ditch a few weeks ago, but rescuers took the female bird for an examination and discovered she wasn’t injured, just overweight.  Now … guess how much Plump weighed … are you ready for it?  A whopping 8.6 ounces!  I was prepared to read she weighed 20 pounds or so, but 8.6 ounces is barely a half-pound!  Officials at the sanctuary say this is about one-third heavier than the average weight for a healthy female of her species.PlumpOfficials said they initially suspected Plump may have lived in captivity or received food from humans, but her eating habits at the sanctuary showed she prefers the dark mice she would feast on in the wild, indicating her weight is “an unusual case of natural obesity.”Plump-2Plump was put on a two-week diet and lost nearly 1½ ounces, enough to allow her to be released back into the wild.


Belarus …

His name is Belarus, and he has become an overnight internet sensation.  It’s not hard to see why – his adorable little face and funny shenanigans are all we need to make our day brighter.Belarus-1Belarus was born cross-eyed due to an eye condition called strabismus.

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It’s nothing serious though and poses no threat to Belarus’ health.

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He was adopted by his owner Rachel almost two years ago when Belarus was 1. Rachel instantly knew that she was the one to take Belarus home as she fell in love with him the minute she saw him.

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Since the adoption of Belarus, his owner has continued supporting the shelter that this boy came from, to help other cats there. By using the now-famous face of Belarus, Rachel is hosting fundraisers for the animals in need. In 2019, Rachel was able to donate $4000 to the shelter through various fundraising campaigns.

Belarus is a very active and curious boy …

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Belarus, like any other cat, has his favorite activities. One of them is playing in the shower, even when the water is running. The boy’s owner admits that he is a bit of a troublemaker: “He loves knocking things off of the sink while I’m in the shower. He also loves exploring EVERYTHING and squeezing inside the smallest corners and crannies he can find.”

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How about a few ‘toons and memes to bring a chuckle?

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And lastly, if this cute animal video doesn’t make you smile, then nothing will!  It even made me smile, and had Jolly rolling on the floor in stitches!


jollyI hope you found something to smile about, and if you did, share that magical smile today … we all need one this week, methinks!  Keep safe and have a great week.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Saturday Surprise — A New Year!

Good Saturday morning, my friends, and welcome to theweekendSince the new year is right around the corner, I thought we should have a little bit of fun with it. new-year-costume

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new-year-costume-3Here in the U.S., the big televised celebration takes place in New York City’s Times Square, where an estimated one million people, many wearing funny hats ‘n glasses, pack themselves into the square to watch a big ball drop over a 60-second period, reaching the ground at exactly midnight EST.  Now, I found a bit of interesting trivia about the ball drop.  The Times Square ball drop dates back to 1907 when the ball weighed 700 pounds and had a diameter of 5 feet. It was constructed out of wood and iron and had one hundred light bulbs on it. new-year-ball-1907This year, the ball is a geodesic (whatever the heck that means) sphere, 12 feet in diameter, weighing 11,875 pounds, and covered with a total of 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles that vary in size, and range in length from 4 ¾ inches to 5 ¾ inches per side. It will have some 32,000 LED lights.  Personally, I think the 1907 ball was just fine … no, I wasn’t around then, but I just like simplicity, and all those lights and Waterford Crystal seem like overkill to me.new-year-ball-2020The celebration at Times Square drops over 2,000 pounds of confetti on a million people each year. Needless to say, these people make quite a mess … such a mess that it takes 200 people to haul away the 50 tons of trash, rendering the square spotless again by 8:00 AM the next morning.

So, we know that people in the U.S. celebrate mainly by drinking too much, making lots of noise in whatever manner they can, whether it’s fireworks of banging pots ‘n pans.  But, how do people in other countries celebrate the new year?

  • New Year’s Eve in Greece has many traditions. During the day, children sing the New Year’s carols to be given money or treats. Then, it is time to have family lunch or dinner. In the evening, people cook a pie named “King’s pie” or Vassilopita, which is actually a cake flavored with almonds. Following tradition, they put a coin wrapped in aluminum foil inside the pie. During the family dinner, the hostess puts some of her jewelry in a plate and serves it in the side of the table, as a symbol of the coming year’s prosperity. After the dinner is over, the dish is not washed until the next day. The reason for that is that Saint Vassilis (Greek Santa Claus) is awaited during the New Year’s Eve and it is considered common courtesy to leave some food for the traveler who visits the house to bring the presents during the night. When midnight arrives, the families count down and then they turn off all the lights and reopen their eyes to “enter the year with a new light”.  After the fireworks show, they cut the Vassilopita and serve it. The person that gets the wrapped coin is the lucky person of the day and he is also blessed for the rest of the year. Gifts exchanges may follow.

  • In Italy, New Year’s Eve (Vigilia di Capodanno or Notte di San Silvestro) is celebrated by the observation of traditional rituals, such as wearing red underwear. An ancient tradition in southern regions (rarely followed today) was disposing of old or unused items by dropping them from the window (I rather like that idea!). Dinner is traditionally eaten with relatives and friends. It often includes zampone or cotechino (a meal made with pig’s feet or entrails), and lentils. At 8:30 pm, the President reads a television message of greetings to Italians. At midnight, fireworks are displayed all across the country. Rarely followed today is the tradition that consist in eating lentil stew when bell tolls midnight, one spoonful per bell. This is supposed to bring good fortune; the round lentils represent coins.

  • In Portugal the New Year celebration is taken very seriously. The tradition is to drink champagne and eat twelve raisins – one for each month of the year, making a wish for each. Another Portuguese tradition is a special cake called Bolo-Rei (literally: King Cake). Bolo-Rei is a round cake with a large hole in the center, resembling a crown covered with crystallized and dried fruit. It is baked from a soft, white dough, with raisins, various nuts and crystallized fruit. Inside is hidden the characteristic fava bean. Tradition dictates that whoever finds the fava has to pay for the Bolo-Rei next year. Initially, a small prize (usually a small metal toy) was also included within the cake. However, the inclusion of the prize was forbidden by the European Union for safety reasons. The Portuguese brought the recipe of the Gateau des Rois from France in the second half of the 19th century. To this day, this recipe is a very well-kept secret.

Although many people make resolutions for the new year, rarely are they kept past the second day of January.  I haven’t made a new year’s resolution in probably 40 years, for I learned early on that resolving to do something is the surest way to ensure it won’t get done.  If you want to do something to improve yourself or your life … just do it.  There’s no need to talk about it or write it down … just do it.  That said, I thought these were humorous …

  • My New Year’s resolution is to be more optimistic by keeping my cup half-full … with either rum, vodka, or whiskey.
  • My resolution was to read more … so I put the subtitles on my TV.
  • I was going to quit all my bad habits for the new year … but then I remembered that nobody likes a quitter.
  • At the beginning of this year I made a New Year’s resolution to lose 10 pounds … only 15 more to go!
  • My New Year’s resolution is to break my New Year’s resolutions. That way I succeed at something!

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Not all of the New Year jokes are about resolutions …

A New Year’s Wish

On New Year’s Eve, Marilyn stood up in the local pub and said that it was time to get ready. At the stroke of midnight, she wanted every husband to be standing next to the one person who made his life worth living. Well it was kind of embarrassing.  As the clock struck – the bartender was almost crushed to death.

Lecture Tour with A Difference

On New Year’s Eve, Daniel was in no shape to drive, so he sensibly left his van in the car park and walked home.  As he was wobbling along, he was stopped by a policeman.  ‘What are you doing out here at four o’clock in the morning?’ asked the police officer.’I’m on my way to a lecture,’ answered Roger.’And who on earth, in their right mind, is going to give a lecture at this time on New Year’s Eve?’ enquired the constable sarcastically. ‘My wife,’ slurred Daniel grimly.

How to Quit Smoking

Peter, at a New Year’s party, turns to his friend, Ken, and asks for a cigarette. ‘I thought you made a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking,’ Ken responds. ‘I’m in the process of quitting,’ replies Peter with a grin. ‘Right now, I am in the middle of phase one. ”Phase one?’ wonders Ken. ‘Yeah,’ laughs Peter, ‘I’ve quit buying.’

A Bad Dream?

Jemima was taking an afternoon nap on New Year’s Eve before the festivities. After she woke up, she confided to Max, her husband, ‘I just dreamed that you gave me a diamond ring for a New Year’s present. What do you think it all means? ”Aha, you’ll know tonight,’ answered Max smiling broadly. At midnight, as the New Year was chiming, Max approached Jemima and handed her small package.  Delighted and excited she opened it quickly. There in her hand rested a book entitled: ‘The meaning of dreams’.

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And that wraps up today’s Saturday Surprise!  I hope you found something to bring a smile to your face, and now … get out there and enjoy the last few days of 2019!!!

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Saturday Surprise — Holiday Humour — Redux

I confess right up front that I am cheating a bit today by re-playing last year’s Christmas Saturday Surprise.  I have many things calling my name tonight — some are holiday-related chores such as wrapping presents, and others are simply things I’m behind on because … well, because it’s been a lousy week and I seem to be dysfunctional.  Still, I don’t feel too badly, for last year’s was a fun post, and I’ve forgotten most all of it, so hopefully you have to, and it will seem as new to you!


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~ Shel Silverstein

I made myself a snowball,
As perfect as could be,
I thought I’d keep it as a pet,
And let it sleep with me.

I made it some pajamas,
And a pillow for its head,
Then last night it ran away,
But first – it wet the bed!


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~ Anonymous

Once there was a snowman,
Who stood outside the door,
He wished that he could come inside,
And run about the floor.
He wished that he could warm himself,
Beside the fire, so red,
He wished that he could climb
Upon the big white bed.

So he called to the North Wind,
“Come and help me, pray,
For I’m completely frozen,
Standing here all day.”
So the North Wind came along,
And blew him in the door,
And now there nothing left,
But a puddle on the floor!


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Jolly Monday … Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Good Monday morning, my friends!  Come in, shed those coats for it’s nice and toasty in here.  Jolly and I have had the oven on all morning, baking up some special goodies for our friends, so it’s almost hot in here.  How was your weekend?  Mine was just a bit hectic, but no complaints.  My only complaint is that I need to find a way to slow down time by about 50%!  Here Thanksgiving is just over a week away, and Christmas only about 4 weeks after that!  I do have a few … well two … Christmas gifts bought, but … I cannot even take credit for those, as Miss Goose found them and picked them out for the boys … all I did was provide the money.  Anyway, if any of you know where the knob is to dial back the speed of time a bit, would you please let me know?

I hope you brought your appetite along, for we really have been baking all morning. I apologize in advance, though, for I got a late start, and Jolly Monday may be just a bit shorter today than some other weeks.  But, as long as it starts your week off with a smile, then that’s the important thing, yes?

And, for you bacon-lovers …


A most undesirable job …

A friend sent me this the other day …

‘Hallmark Dream Job’ offers $1,000 to watch 24 Christmas movies

“We’re looking for a lover of all things Christmas, G-Rated romcoms, and too-close-to-home family dramas to watch 24 Hallmark Christmas movies in 12 days.  We want you to have opinions-lots of them! Think the grumpy Grandpa turned jolly Santa was a little overdone? Felt like the plot was a bit half-baked? Be as honest as possible in your review.”

Applicants have to send a short video explaining why they would be perfect for the job.  The winner will receive $1,000, a streaming service subscription and a “movie watching kit” including cookies, cocoa, a mini Christmas tree and some Hallmark merchandise.

Sorry, folks, but there would have to be a much bigger prize at the end of the day than $1,000 to get me to sit through 24 sappy Hallmark Christmas movies … I’m thinking I might consider it for a half-million dollars … might.


World’s most polite firefighters

Parts of Australia, just like California, have been suffering dreadful wildfires this autumn.  Paul Sekfy’s home in New South Wales, Australia, came into the line of the fires last week, but luckily firefighters were on the scene.  They fought valiantly, and while they were unable to save his outbuildings, they did manage to save the main house.

When Mr. Sekfy was able to return to his house, he found a note from the firefighters …milk-noteThe firefighters, exhausted, hungry and thirsty after hours without food or water, had helped themselves to the milk in Mr. Sekfy’s fridge.  It seems they also ate some peanut butter and cheese, but Mr. Sekfy doesn’t mind one bit …

“They don’t have to pay back the milk, I’ll just sort them a couple of cases of beer.”


And it’s only 10,000 calories!

I can only eat about ½ of a burger (hamburger/beef burger) at a time anyway, especially if it’s accompanied by a few fries (chips), so I’m probably not the best judge, but it seems to me this is an awful lot of burger …Bangkok-burgerNo, it wasn’t done as some promotion, nor was it done for a Guinness record … this is actually on the menu at a restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand.  Chris Steaks and Burgers is offering a 10,000 baht ($330) prize for anyone who can finish the mammoth snack in nine minutes.  So far, three people have actually succeeded.

The burger consists of a 13-pound patty (beef or pork), covered in fried onion rings, bacon and mayonnaise.  The cost for the beef burger is 2,500 baht ($82.75) and the pork one 3,500 baht ($115.86).  Any takers on that challenge?


I found a few ‘toons ‘n funny pics for your Monday morning viewing pleasure …pic-3pic-4pic-5pic-6pic-7pic-8pic-9toon-1toon-2

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And one especially for you, Hugh …

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And, I cannot forget the cute animal video … this week’s is critters playing in the snow!


jollyAnd that, my friends, is all we’ve got time for today!  You guys need to go earn a living, and I need to go earn my keep here by doing laundry and cleaning the house, plus Miss Goose is insisting that I get out some Christmas decorations today.  Sadly, they are all buried somewhere in the mess of my closet.  If you don’t see any further posts from me for a few days, you can assume I never made it out of the closet.  Keep safe and have a wonderful week, my friends.  And, as always, please … share a smile and maybe even a hug with someone who might really need one today.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!