Saturday Surprise — Something To Make You Smile

It has been one of those weeks from hell, hasn’t it?  I need something to bring a smile to my face, and I figured just maybe you do too!  Sometimes nothing softens the heart and makes us smile like those non-human species we call animals or critters.  I snagged these from The Guardian’s ‘Week in Wildlife’ feature last week …

Sambar deer cool off in shallow water at Yala National Park, some 250 km south-west of Colombo, Sri Lanka Photograph: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images

A fox on Russky Island. The local population is rebounding after a fall in the 90s caused by poaching. Photograph: Yuri Smityuk/TASS/Getty Images

A reed warbler feeding a cuckoo, taken from a hide at WWT Martin Mere. Cuckoos lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, which raise the chicks in place of their own offspring. Photograph: Maggie Bullock/WWT/PA

A Formosan ferret badger at the Taipei Zoo, one of a number of animals to have been suggested as the intermediary carrier of the coronavirus. Photograph: Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images

A cardinal sits in a flowering tree at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC. Warm weather has led to blossoms blooming earlier than expected. Photograph: Eva Hambach/AFP/Getty Images

Brown hares are seen in a field near Niederleis, Austria, on Good Friday. Photograph: Georg Hochmuth/APA/AFP/Getty Images

A northern corroboree frog – one of Australia’s most endangered species – is seen in the breeding tank at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Its population in the wild was severely impacted by the 2019-20 bushfires. Photograph: Jenny Evans/Getty Images

A popular bald eagle nesting livestream from the Friends of the Redding Eagles, northern California, which rushed to install its webcam for the pandemic audience last summer after a five-year absence. Liberty, a 22-year-old female, is on her third “marriage” and her three chicks with seven-year-old partner Guardian were hatched between 21 and 24 March. Liberty has raised 22 offspring from egg to fledgling, including three sets of triplets. Photograph: Friends of the Redding Eagles

A royal Bengal tiger at Bardiya National Park in Nepal. Previously known as the Royal Karnali Wildlife Reserve in 1976, the park is famous for royal Bengal tiger sightings. Photograph: Niranjan Shrestha/AP

A grey whale is seen at Ojo de Liebre Lagoon in Guerrero Negro, Mexico. Each year hundreds of north Pacific grey whales travel thousands of miles from Alaska to the Baja California Peninsula breeding lagoons. Photograph: Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images

A leopard walks at Yala National Park, some 250 km southwest of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photograph: Ishara S Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images

One of 185 seized baby giant tortoises, in Puerto Ayora, Galapagos, Ecuador, which had been stuffed in a suitcase to be trafficked. Photograph: Galapagos Ecologic Airport/AFP/Getty Images

Researchers follow a Polar bear in the Arctic Ocean during the Umka 2021 expedition organised by the Russian Geographical Society. It aims to research and monitor the polar bear population and assess the impact of climate change. Photograph: Gavriil Grigorov/TASS/Getty Images

Sambar deer at Bardiya National Park, Nepal. Photograph: Niranjan Shrestha/AP

A Lesser Antillean iguana (Iguana delicatissima), a lizard endemic to the Lesser Antilles, in its natural habitat on the French Caribbean island of Martinique. Photograph: Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP/Getty Images

Lutjanus bohar, the two-spot red snapper, is a species of snapper belonging to the family Lutjanidae, at the Rowley Shoals archipelago off WA, Australia. A study shows that fishing restrictions across the Rowley Shoals archipelago helped sustain threatened species and biodiversity during a time of ‘unprecedented’ decline. Photograph: Courtesy of Matt Birt/BRUV

Wasps on aruera flowers (Bidens bipinnata) at the Lunarejo Valley, in Rivera, Uruguay. The national park, in northern Uruguay at the border with Brazil, is seeing an increase in tourist traffic, as people look for less crowded places to visit. The valley is home to many species of flora and fauna, with at least 150 types of birds, snakes, amphibians, anteaters, armadillo, foxes and wild boars. Photograph: Raúl Martínez/EPA

Kentish plover (Charadrius alexandrinus) chick at Nafplio, Greece. Photograph: Bougiotis Vangelis/EPA

People watching migratory birds at a wetland near the Yalu River in Dandong, in China’s north-eastern Liaoning province. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Storks stand in their nest in Kizilcahamam, outside the Turkish capital of Ankara. Every year, storks migrate to Turkey for an incubation period as the weather gets warmer in spring. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

An illegal bow trap set in Brescia, where bird poaching incidents are the highest in Italy. With 5 million birds a year illegally caught in Italy, activists are teaming up with local police to trap the hunters. Photograph: WWF Italy

Mandarin ducks on the Erdaobai River at the foot of Changbai Mountain in Jilin Province. Photograph: Sipa Asia/REX/Shutterstock

If you’ve got a minute more to spare, I highly recommend you hop over to Annie’s blog and check out the most adorable penguin and how he evaded the sharks that were determined to turn him into a snack!  It’s a short video, but I promise it will leave a smile on your face!

Happy weekend, my friends!

Saturday Surprise — Critter Photography!

Good Saturday morn, my friends!  Today, being rather disgusted with humans in general, we’re going to take a journey into the animal kingdom!  You might want to don your jackets for this one …

Each year, a special event takes place in the Wapusk National  Park in Canada. From mid-February to mid-March, the polar bears reemerge from their caves and winter slumber. Mother bears carefully surface with their four-month-old cubs, so they can take their first steps. This is the first time these little ones get to feel the sun’s warmth, even though its sub-zero temps are enough to keep most humans from making a trek.  With one exception …

Conservation photographer Daisy Gilardini, who specializes in the Polar Regions with a particular emphasis on Antarctic wildlife and North American bears. She is from Switzerland originally, and is now based in Vancouver, Canada.

CHL000267.jpgPolar Bears sparringShe started to take photography seriously following a trip to India in 1989. Since then, she has visited more than 70 countries, camera in hand. She fell in love with Antarctica during her first trip there in 1997. She has since devoted most of her time to photographing the Polar Regions. In 20 years of polar exploration, she has joined more than 80 expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic. Among her accomplishments, she has skied the final degree to the North Pole.

Polar-4Polar Bear cub playingPolar-6During the past 11 years, she has roamed extensively through bear country, from the Great Bear Rainforest in her home province of British Columbia to Alaska and the high Arctic. During the course of her photographic travels she has documented the challenges facing North America’s bears, including the black bear, Kermode, grizzly and polar bear.

Polar Bears huggingPolar Bear mother with cubsPolar Bear mother with cubGilardini’s images have been published internationally in leading magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Canadian Geographic, Nature’s Best and Outdoor Photography. Her images have also been used by high-profile NGOs such as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund, among others.

Potrait of Polar BearPolar Bear mother with cubsCHL000402jpg

And check out this …

But it isn’t only polar bears that Ms. Gilardini photographs.  Her gallery features penguins, seals, brown bears, black bears, and “others”, some of which are rather strange (though not near as strange as those mask-wearing humans these days)!

I love the penguins …


And the seals …

White coatANS00436.jpgWhitecoat harp seal pup

Spirit Bears and Black Bears …

black-1Spirit bear on a treeSpirit bear sleeping in the forestSpirit bear closeup

Spirit bear mother with black cub scouting river side in search of dead salmons

Humans could take a lesson from these two!

And a few of the ‘other’ …


I am fascinated … amazed … at Ms. Gilardini’s skill.  What concentration and patience it must take to capture some of these shots!  If you like these, go check out her website where you’ll find much, much more!  She has an entire African gallery that is great!

Well, folks, that’s a wrap for this morning.  Have a decent weekend … get outdoors and enjoy nature … take some of your own nature photography!

Jolly Monday Awaits!!!

Good morning, friends!  It’s Monday again … yay.  Oh, no, of course I’m happy to see you!  This is often the highlight of my week … I’m just not quite ready to face another week just yet … I was enjoying the more laid-back-ed-ness of the weekend.  But, a new week it is, and that means we need to kick it off with some fun and funnies, right?  … … What’s that noise???  JOE … wake up … you’re snoring!!!  Go grab a cuppa coffee, for Pete’s sake!

Joe-Monday-coffeeSo, how was your weekend?  Mine was quiet with a capital Q!  Daughter Chris had four separate band performances on Saturday and two on Sunday, so she was largely either gone, or napping on the sofa, for she was marching outdoors in a wool kilt, wool socks, and the temps were in the 90s!  Needless to say, she was t-i-r-e-d!  So, Miss Goose and I did our own thing and few words were spoken, except for Saturday evening when we collaborated on a Chinese supper … she made the Chow Mein, I made the cream-cheese Rangoon, and we had Pandora frozen Eggrolls.  It was both fun and tasty!

Well, I know you all have places to go, people to see, and all that, so let’s get this show on the road and find some fun stuff to start the week off right.  Snacks over on the table … help yourself!





Larry’s celery

Roomba with a ‘tude …

You know those self-driving little disc-shaped vacuums called ‘Roomba’?  I don’t have one because I can only imagine what it would do to the hearts of our poor little already traumatized fur babies.  Well, back in May, a young man named Michael Reeves, a techie sort of guy, decided to have some fun and do a bit of back-door programming on a Roomba.  What he did … he taught it to scream obscenities!  Now, maybe I’m getting interested in a Roomba after all!Roomba-1He took the modified Roomba to the Target store where he originally bought it for what he refers to as a bit of “market research” and turned it loose.

Roomba-3Roomba-4The store manager, however, failed to see the humour, and ultimately Michael concluded that the general public is not ready for his invention.Roomba-2

“It appears as though our invention is simply too far ahead of its time. The world isn’t ready for the Roomba that screams when it bumps into things and I’m okay with that.”


Lindsey and Mark Lashley recently had a baby … well, Lindsey had it, Mark stood by and watched.  They named the baby Cason Knox (yes, really), and Mark’s mother got down to the business of letting everybody in the family know.  She must have thought the easiest way was to send a text message to everyone on her contact list, but one of those people had changed their phone number.  The old number for the cousin had been re-assigned, and a stranger named Dennis Williams received the text message.

Imagine his puzzlement, but nonetheless, he and his brother, Deorick, decided to pay a hospital visit to the new parents, and they even brought gifts!  This, folks, is something you don’t see everyday … just a random act of kindness that started as a wrong number!Dennis-Deorick

Little things …

It’s a little thing, and some might think it’s a waste of time, or not very important, but … I think it’s a sign of hope in more ways than one.

This tortoise, dubbed Helix, was born with a congenital deformity, whereby the bottom of his shell is twisted upside down. Its front half was perfectly normal there was no deformity in his face or front legs. He was able to properly eat, and he could scoot itself around using its front legs, though at times he struggled.

Enter Randy Betz, a medical sales consultant with a side business of … helping people hatch tortoises!  Who knew?  Betz said Helix was in danger of being euthanized, as he was unable to walk. Betz was inspired by a mini skateboard to come up with a unique solution.

“I took some glue, some superglue, and I glued it right on the back end of it.  Very heartwarming to see him as happy as he was able to move around.”

Take a look for yourself …

Lightning strikes again … and again … and again …

I found this picture over at Phil’s Phun, and I have no idea where this was or when, but isn’t this an amazing display of lightning?lightning

Funnies …

How about a few funnies?funny-1funny-2funny-3funny-4

And, I must stop here, but one last bit of fun … I cannot conclude Jolly Monday without a cute animal video!  I disappointed young Benjamin again on Saturday, and promised to make this extra special for him, so … let’s watch some baby polar bears take their first steps …

jollyAnd that wraps up yet another Jolly Monday, my friends!  Please … share those gorgeous smiles with everyone you see this week … we all could use a kindly smile, a touch on the shoulder, a hug.  Keep safe and have a wonderful week!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

Jolly Funday Monday

Huh?  woman-coffeeWhat are you guys doing here … you’re a day early … it’s not Monday yet!  It is?  Whoa … I’ve lost a day … I thought it was still Sunday … where did Sunday go?  Okay, well … give me just a minute … luckily, I did some baking last night, so let me see what I can rustle up …

{Pssst … Jolly!  Run down to Krispy Kreme and get Benjamin’s sprinkled donuts for me … and be quick!}

Okay, well, while I throw a few things together here, tell me all about your weekend!  Mine? One word describes it well:  H-O-T.  I cannot believe it’s August already, though!  The kids here will be going back to school in just 10 days … much as I love seeing all the kids here in da hood out having fun, I’m frankly ready to see them climb back on that big yellow bus, ‘cause they’ve been picking my flowers, and throwing their trash on my patio, and … they just need to get back to school.

Okay, I think we’ve got a few snacks and some fresh coffee now, so grab a bite and let’s find something to start the week off with a smile, okay?

Not in MY freezer …

Remember last week … or was it the week before … when we had ice cream for Jolly Monday … or was it Saturday Surprise?  Anyway … remember when I featured ice cream?  Well, here’s one ice cream you’ll never find in my freezer!  It’s made by Oscar Meyer … yeah, the people who make bologna and hot dogs … and it’s called an Ice Dog Sandwich. Oscar-Meyers-ice-cream-sandwich-includes-bits-of-candied-hot-dog-meatThe sandwich, which features cookies as “buns,” contains bits of candied hot dog meat and spicy mustard ice cream.  The company said its Wienermobile will drive around Manhattan during the week of Aug. 12 to distribute free samples of the unusual dessert.

Oh, and the ‘spicy mustard ice cream’ is a creation of famed mustard-maker French’s, and will be available at select locations during the summer.  To celebrate National Mustard Day last Saturday, the “French’s Mustard Ice Cream Truck” rolled around various hot spots in New York City.  Oh, and French’s also has plans for a ‘pretzel cookie’ to serve with the mustard ice cream. mustard-ice-cream

One word:  blech  🤢

There’s a snake in my bed!

My father-in-law once told me a story.  He said that long ago, back when he and my mother-in-law were young and newly married, they lived in a little house in the mountains of Virginia.  He said that one night he had a dream that a snake had slithered across his body, then went into an open dresser drawer on the other side of the bedroom.  The next morning, he said, they got up and when he looked in that open dresser drawer, there was in fact a snake coiled in the drawer.  Now, I loved both of my in-laws dearly, but Quinter could spin a yarn, so I was never quite sure if I believed him, though he swore it to be the truth.

Last week, Melinda Major of Nashville, Tennessee, was staying overnight at the Hampton Inn Walnut Grove in Memphis, Tennessee, and when she woke on Friday morning, she said she first felt something on her arm and opened her eyes to discover a green snake slithering across her body.  She flipped the snake off of her, jumped out of bed and called the hotel’s front desk. snake-in-bedNow, I’m not sure … I suppose it would be a bit off-putting to wake up to a snake crawling around on you, but … a little green snake is very unlikely to be of a harmful breed, likely just a little garden snake … seems to me she might have over-reacted a bit.  Still, the hotel gave her the night’s stay for free, so I guess she was happy … and they didn’t kill the snake, but led him back out into a grassy area, so the snake is likely happy.

Now that’s a mouthful!!!

I first came across this story on UPI (United Press International), and I thought it to be questionable.  I ran it by daughter Chris, my frequent Jolly Monday editor, and in her professional opinion, she agreed that it seemed a bit far-fetched, so I tabled the story.  But then, it kept popping back up in other places, reputable news outlets such as NPR, CBS News, etc.  So, I share this ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ story.

A 7-year-old boy in India had a very swollen and achy jaw. In fact, his jaw had begun swelling when he was 3 years old, but his parents felt he was too young to visit a dentist at that time.  Four years later, they finally took him to the Saveetha Dental College and Hospital in Chennai, India, where surgeons were amazed at what they found.

The boy’s condition, known as compound odontoma, is not unheard of.  It involves a “bag-like mass” in the mouth that contains teeth … extra teeth.  But what did amaze surgeons was the number of teeth they extracted from the mass … 562!!!  It took the surgeons five hours to remove all the teeth from the mass.  Each tooth, which varied in size from 1 mm to 15 mm, displayed a crown covered by enamel and with a rootlike structure.teeth.jpgNobody has mentioned a Guinness World Record yet, but it is said to be “the first ever case to be documented worldwide, where so many minute teeth were found in a single individual.”

I dropped in over at Phil’s Phun and found a few funny pics ‘n toons …


And of course I must finish with a cute animal video … today’s choice is Polar Bears!!!

And ‘specially for our friend Hugh …

jollyAlright, folks, that wraps up another Jolly Monday.  I hope you all have a wonderful week, and friends … remember it’s hard times these days … share a smile with someone who’s having a hard time right now.  They will feel just a bit happier, and so will you.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa & Jolly!

Arctic Splendor … For How Long?

Before I jump in to my topic this morning, grab your coffee and pull up a chair … I have some gorgeous pictures I want to share with you!arctic-8arctic-1arctic-3arctic-4arctic-9Gorgeous place, isn’t it?  Don’t you just love all the wildlife running free?  What?  Where is it?  It is the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Feel free to grab a couple of the pictures to remember it by, for soon … soon it is likely that it will no longer be so pristine, so beautiful, and the animals are likely to be gone.

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), one of the last unspoiled landscapes in the world, occupies 19.3 million acres of stunning wildlands in northeastern Alaska.arctic-mapThis land has long been a source of controversy between those who would protect both the land and the wildlife, and the others who would like to drill for oil on the land.  In 1987, an impact study showed that if drilling were to take place …

“… expected displacement and reduction of wildlife populations and natural processes would cause a major reduction in the value of the area as a pristine, natural scientific laboratory.”

During the past decade, with climate change initiatives, a lower demand for oil, and President Obama’s push to add further protections to the refuge, the controversy died down considerably. And then came Donald Trump, beholden to the big oil companies and caring not a whit for the environment, wildlife, or the raw beauty of the land.Polar bear, Arctic National Wildlife RefugeShortly after taking office, Trump unveiled his fossil fuel-dependent “America First Energy Plan”.  In his first months, he signed several Executive Orders designed to pave the way for opening previously protected lands and waters for resource extraction. In May, Interior Secretary Zinke signed an order that requested an updated assessment of untapped potential oil and gas reserves in Alaska, which could then be used to make a case for drilling in the Arctic Refuge.arctic-10In an August memo, it was revealed the Department of the Interior wanted to lift a longstanding moratorium on exploratory seismic studies in the refuge.  Now – remember the donor tax cuts bill that passed last December?  Yeah, that one … the one that gave all those lovely tax cuts to the wealthiest 1%, increased both our debt and deficit, and left the rest of us in worse shape than before.  Well, turns out that the republicans in Congress folded legislation into that bill that will ultimately open the doors to drilling for both gas and oil.arctic-7This week, the first permit application to begin seismic testing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), was submitted by two Alaska Native corporations and a small oil services firm. The Department of Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service was not happy, however.  The Fish and Wildlife Service complained that the permit application failed to provide studies about the effects of the seismic work and equipment on wildlife, the tundra and the aquatic conditions in the refuge.  In other words, no environmental impact study was included.

Peter Nelson, director of federal lands at the advocacy group Defenders of Wildlife, said: “One thing is pretty notable: how many inaccuracies and missing pieces of information there are. It really provides more evidence that industry and the Trump administration are being pretty reckless with this process.”arctic-6The area is home to polar bears in winter and porcupine caribou and hundreds of migratory bird species in summer. No drilling has been done there since it became a refuge in 1980 and no seismic work since the mid-1980s.

Hats off to the Fish and Wildlife Services for standing up for further testing before any drilling is done, but thumbs down to the republican-majority Congress who sneakily embedded this proposal into the tax bill in such a way that denied democrats the opportunity for opposition.

The Arctic National Wildlife Preserve is one of the few such unfettered areas left in the world.  Look back, if you will, at the pictures in this post, and then ask yourself … do we want those beautiful areas to



this …ugly.png

… in just  few short years?

Jolly Monday … SPRING Is Here … So …. SMILE!!!!

Ah, once again we find that we have arrived at that day … the day that sometimes sets the tone for the week ahead … Monday.  For better or for worse, like it or not, today is Monday and we cannot change that, so we might as well all try to make the best of it, yes?  This blog is honoured with readers from around the world, so I do not know what the weather is in your neck of the woods, but today it was 78 degrees (F) here, and the sun was shining!  My neighbor planted some flowers in my yard!  I feel a warm glow inside, so I shall try to share that warm glow and help you start the week with a smile or a chuckle or two, though be forewarned that I am not at my humorous best today.  So grab your coffee … go ahead … I’ll wait.   Monday-wine

A cell phone tower is a pretty big thing, right?  The tower in question here was 68-feet, about the height of a six-story building, and it was stolen!  Or was it?

Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Manitoba shared a notice about the 68-foot tower on Thursday, stating it had been stolen Sunday from Egg Lake, north of Winnipeg. “The tower was disassembled and loaded onto a trailer, behind a red Dodge dually truck,” police said. According to police, the truck was last seen Monday traveling east on Provincial Trunk Highway. Police said the thieves may have spent a night in The Pas and have requested any citizens with information about a truck or trailer transporting the tower materials contact the department.


Monday-cell-towerWhy would anybody go to all that trouble to steal a cell tower?  It seems almost certain that one would get caught at some stage of the process.  And then what to do with it when you get it home?  Well, then on Friday came a brief statement from the RCMP that there had been a “miscommunication” and the tower was not stolen, but was being moved from its previous location by new owners.  Well, a bit anti-climactic, but it was a fun story while it lasted.

And speaking of people stealing things … do you realize how many people, when using a public restroom, take extra toilet tissue to take home for their personal use?  Apparently a lot of people do this, at least in China, because China has now installed elaborate toilet tissue dispensers that contain facial recognition software!

The newly installed machines in bathrooms at Temple of Heaven park in Beijing scan visitors’ faces for three seconds before rationing 24 to 27.5 inches of toilet paper, which the park upgraded from one-ply to two-ply.  If you need more, you have to wait nine minutes before the machine will dispense more.  I’m big on privacy, and to know that my picture is being taken while I am … um … no … just no.  Remind me, should I ever plan to visit China, to take several rolls of my own toilet tissue along!

Monday-toile-tissueThe new dispensers are actually an improvement over public restrooms in some parts of China that offer no toilet tissue at all, or have a single roll for everybody to share! And oh yes … I almost forgot to mention, while on the subject … there is a brand of toilets in China named Trump!  Fitting, don’t you think?

And speaking of China … A Chinese zoo, the Wuhan Haichang Ocean Park in Hubei province, has a real deal … an opportunity of a lifetime, so to speak!  First, though, you must undergo a physical exam, then cough up $145, for which you will get the opportunity to spend a full three hours … wait for it … cleaning up polar bear poop!

Park spokesperson Chen Ting said the goal of the program is education. “It’s the first time the park has had a program targeting adults. It is a pilot to popularize science and knowledge of the animal for the public good, not for money. We actually don’t want too many participants as that would disturb them.”

Boy those Chinese sure do know how to have fun, don’t they?


Remember my Jolly Monday post  back in February, where I told you about the President of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, and how he stirred controversy around the globe when he said that if he had the power to do so, he would ban pineapple on pizza?  Apparently world leaders take their pizza and toppings pretty darn seriously, because now we have another.  This time it’s New Zealand Prime Minister, Bill English who, rather than decrying pineapple as a pizza topping, is endorsing … canned spaghetti on pizza!

Filosofa says, “YUCK”.  I feel much about canned spaghetti the way the unnamed character in the Dr. Seuss classic felt about green eggs and ham!


“Cooked dinner for the family last night — like if you agree with tinned spaghetti on pizza!” he wrote in the post, which included photos of his spaghetti-and-pineapple topped pies.


The post received thousands of likes from apparent fans of spaghetti pizza, while hundreds of commenters chided the premiere for violating the sanctity of their favorite dish.

“Sorry Bill, any man who puts spaghetti on a pizza is not fit to run my country, you cannot count on my vote come election time,” one New Zealander wrote. Seems a little harsh to me …

Even Jimmy Kimmel had to get in on the act:

“He put canned spaghetti and pineapples on a pizza — this mother … can I say the F-word? That is so offensive, that is an act of war. I think he just declared war on Italy. And maybe Hawaii too. I don’t know. Impeach that man immediately, New Zealand. This is why I’ve always preferred Old Zealand.”

And so concludes another Jolly Monday.  I hope you found something that brought a smile, not only to your face, but to your heart as well.  Next week I must try to remember to tell you about our cat, Boo, who not only reads, but also types cryptic messages on my laptop whenever I step away and forget to put the lid down.  I’m trying to teach him to roll my cigarettes … he is that smart, but there’s the opposable thumbs thing …

Anyway, have a safe and happy day today, and share that smile!  Since next Sunday is Easter, a few Easter-related cartoons are in order …