Jolly Monday — Slightly Short

jollyGood morning friends!  I’m so happy to see you, for Jolly and I have missed you!  I must admit that I am fairly exhausted this morning and have struggled to even pull together this pathetically small Jolly Monday post.  In fact, I considered saying “to heck with it” and going to bed, but … Jolly reminded me that you guys count on our humour to get your week started.  So, it may not be much, but hopefully you will find something to bring about a smile this Monday morn … grab a snack and a the beverage of your choice …

What would you do if you were craving tacos, went to your local Taco Bell, only to find that they had run out of taco shells?  Personally, I would then head to the grocery, pick up a pack of taco shells, go home and make my own.  It takes 15 minutes and it ain’t rocket science.  But a patron in Slidell, Louisiana, had other ideas.  He … or she … called 9-1-1!!!Taco-Bell-Slidell-policeNo word as to whether the caller was cited or not, but I certainly hope so.  And perhaps Taco Bell should have been cited, too … I mean, that’s like Ben & Jerry’s running out of ice cream!  It’s like Burger King running out of ground beef!  It’s like … it’s like Starbucks running out of coffee!

Ben Burville said he was deep sea diving off the coast of Northumberland, England, when a curious grey seal took an interest in first his face mask, then when he couldn’t get that off, his headwear.  Ben sat mostly still, letting the seal give it his best shot, and eventually the seal lost interest and left.

Topdezigners is an Instagram page that reposts gorgeous sleek, modern, and innovative furniture, room, and even outdoor architectural designs.  Some of these are truly amazing, and I thought I’d share a few of my favourites.  You can find many more by just hopping over to Bored Panda.


I must have this!!!

design-Ćernośice Villa

And this … what a brilliant idea for using otherwise wasted space!!!


A wooden slide alongside the staircase … it would make getting the basket of laundry downstairs SO much easier!!!


Imagine falling asleep at night looking up at the stars … I love it!


A goat toilet tissue holder … COOL!


Imagine this room, with all the skylights, on a snowy day …


What a way to spend a summer day, eh?

A teacher had her Pre-K class contribute recipes for a cookbook.  Here are some of the results …


And of course, we cannot end Jolly Monday without a cute animal video …

Have a wonderful week, my dear friends, and remember to share those smiles with people you meet who don’t have one of their own.

Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and …



No-Shave November? Who Knew???

This morning I needed to speak to my neighbors, Maha & Ali about a financial matter, as I help them with matters like taxes and insurance that even native speakers of English struggle with.  When I knocked on their door, Ali answered and looked as if he hadn’t shaved in a week.  I said, “Ali … need shave!”, as I pointed to his beard and made shaving-like gestures at my own chin.  He laughed and tried to explain, but I was left confused and soon moved on to other matters.  Later this morning I mentioned it to Miss Goose, who was able to enlighten me … apparently November is the month for not shaving, known as ‘No-Shave November’.  Who knew?

A bit of research …

No-Shave November is a web-based, non-profit organization devoted to growing cancer awareness and raising funds to support cancer prevention, research, and education.

No-Shave November is a month-long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness. Learn more about how you can get involved and start getting hairy!

The goal of No-Shave November is to grow awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle No Shave November website .

Now, I can happily forgo the shaving of the legs until next month, but … um … the grooming?  Not so much.  I mean, if they are asking us to give up bathing, tooth-brushing, hair-combing, etc., then I have a tiny problem, but I don’t think that is the goal, for most people have jobs and … I think most employers would be frowning and wearing a clothes pin on their nose by now.

No-shave-1In Slidell, Louisiana, the police are joining in the challenge. “I challenge all the guys not to shave,” Slidell Police Chief Randy Fandal said. “I think it’s an awesome opportunity to actually get out there to show our support for men’s health,” Officer Jeremy Brown said, “and also it gives us an opportunity for a little morale boost around the department to get a chance to grow a beard, save some money on some razors.”

No Shave November started after a father in Chicago passed away from colon cancer. His 8 sons and daughters started this campaign in 2009 in honor of their father. Over 6 years this became a popular thing to do among many throughout the country.

While this seems rather a fun way to raise money for a worthy cause, I suspect there are other venues that are more effective as a charity, but heck … if you decide to go for it, be sure to send me before & after pictures.  Maybe at the end of November I’ll post all of them!