Jolly Monday … A Smidge Of Humour

beeGood morning, friends, and welcome to another episode of … Jolly Monday!  Fall may have officially rung in last Monday, September 23rd, but in reality, fall will arrive where I live this coming Thursday night.  Mother Nature has a mind of her own and scoffs at our calendar!  Until then, the daytime highs are predicted to be consistently 93° F, but on Friday, it drops to 69° and stays in the low 70s for the foreseeable future.  I will welcome it with open arms, for I will once again be able to get out for my daily walks … I am turning to a lump of clay here!  So, how was your weekend?  Ready to get back to the ol’ salt mines?  Hmmm … methinks you all don’t look too happy to be going back to work … tell you what … let’s find something to put a smile on those dour faces, shall we?  Jolly and I did some baking over the weekend.  Oh, and Larry?  Please share your bacon with rg, so he doesn’t try to eat it all … there’s plenty for two!  Grab a snack and a cuppa something, and we’ll get this show on the road!


A breathtaking job …

Now here’s a job I wouldn’t mind … if only I lived in Australia.  Domino’s Pizza posted a job opening for a $20 an hour position as a Chief Garlic Bread Taster.  Phew … I imagine no amount of toothpaste and mouthwash would make your breath sweet again for a few days anyway, but … might be tasty and fun!garlic-breadOh, wait … it’s just a single day job.  Well, bummer … if I’m going to travel all the way to Australia to be a Garlic Bread Taster, I’m going to have to work more than one day to recoup my travel expenses!

The posting requires the candidate to have …

  • minimum of 5 years’ experience in garlic bread consumption
  • a detailed understanding of the pizza and garlic bread relationship
  • working taste buds
  • burned their fingers at least once not being able to wait for the garlic bread to cool down
  • a history of reviewing other people’s food choices (solicited and/or unsolicited)

Well, apart from being several thousand miles away, I am disqualified on a few other counts, too.  My taste buds are definitely not what they once were, which is why my family now forbids me to salt things that they will be eating.  And I never knew there was a “pizza and garlic bread relationship”.  So, guess I’ll just keep doing what I do for a living … nothing.

Careful at the gas pumps …

beeWe all know there are some intrinsic dangers to pumping gas.  If you’re a smoker … well, just abstain while you’re standing over that hose with gasoline flowing through it.  And cell phones are a no-no while pumping gas.  But, I bet you never thought of this one.

Lynda-TennentIt happened in Brunswick, Georgia, where Lynda Tennent had just finished pumping her fuel and was headed into the gas station to pay, when out of nowhere came a deer who jumped all the way over her head, accidentally kicking her in the head with one of his rear hoofs!  She was a good sport about it, though …

“I thought I was being robbed.  I reached up and grabbed my head… I thought I was bleeding. You know the funny thing? I was just worried I was going to be late for work.”

And speaking of Georgia deer …

I wonder if these deer are related?  Chris Dorsey was on her usual morning jog in Stone Mountain Park when she came across a young doe with its body caught between the bars of the fence.  Now, Ms. Dorsey is an athletic woman and was strong enough to pull the bar just enough to allow the deer to go free.  But, as the deer ran, Dorsey walked back over to where she had left her cell phone recording the event, and when she looked up, the deer had gotten stuck again!  This time was a bit tougher, for the bars were thicker and not as easily bent.  Take a look …

Something not quite right with the deer in Georgia … maybe they’ve been eating too many of those fermented Georgia peaches?

Cute li’l critter …pygmy-marmoset-1I came across this picture and, as the picture was not labeled, I did a reverse photo search to find out just what sort of critter this is.  Turns out, it’s a Pygmy Marmoset, also known as the ‘finger monkey’.  Look at those tiny, yet long tails … and those little faces, not even as big as the person’s fingernail!

beePygmy marmosets are the smallest monkeys in the world, weighing in at an average 4 ounces.  Adult pygmy marmosets have tails that are longer than their bodies and marked with conspicuous black rings. The fur on their faces sweeps back over their forehead and ears and they have two white marks on either side of their mouth and a white, vertical line on their noses. In several states it is illegal to own one as a pet.

Take a look …

Well, folks, I must go, for there is much work to be done, and never enough hours in which to do it.  But first, I want to remind you of something very important.  Here in the U.S., but also in Canada and the UK, things are tough right now.  People are angry, people are sad, people are under a lot of stress.  You know the best cure for all of that?  It’s so simple … it’s a smile.  You can add a hug if you like, but so often just a smile will lighten somebody’s load.  Oh!  And speaking of smiles … I can’t tell you what, for it is a surprise, but stay tuned on Friday for a special post!

beejollyKeep safe and have a great week, my friends!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa and Jolly!

‘Joyful’ Monday

Jollys girlfriend JoyfulGood morning, folks … c’mon in … please forgive the mess … the kitties decided to shred a couple of cardboard boxes last night, and I haven’t had a chance to vacuum yet.  I’m sad to tell you that Jolly is still not up to himself, but his girlfriend Joyful, to whom I introduced you back in October, has volunteered to fill in for him!  I couldn’t have done it without her!

Now, I let Joyful help me prepare the snacks for this morning, so I know you’ll all be nice and overlook a few … um … shall we say … burnt offerings.  (I made the coffee myself) Grab a snack and let’s get this week off to a happy start, shall we?

coffee            juice box               tea-2

This really happened in China last week.  A woman named Li had just withdrawn ¥2500, an amount of yen equal to about $371 USD from an ATM machine, and as she turned to leave, a man named Deng came up behind her, armed with a knife, and demanding she hand over the cash she had just received.  She did as told, but when he counted the cash, Deng apparently wasn’t satisfied and told her to go back into her account to withdraw more.  Apparently, Li had withdrawn all, or mostly all, of the funds she had, and when Deng saw the balance in her account, guess what he did?  He started laughing.  And then, he handed the money back to Li.  Now, we don’t know what was said because all we have is video footage, but I can imagine him saying, “Here, lady, you need this more than me!”

Deng surely must have known he was on candid camera, and that is how police caught up to him.  Almost makes you feel sorry for him, doesn’t it?

Now, imagine that you are house-sitting for a friend and you suddenly hear strange sounds coming from one of the bathrooms.  That is exactly what happened to a woman in Portland, Oregon.  Now, I have to ask, why does anybody need a ‘house-sitter’?  I can understand a pet-sitter, for pets need to be fed, groomed, pottied, and kept an eye on, but a house isn’t going anywhere, it doesn’t eat, it doesn’t poop!  Anyway, this woman was house-sitting, when she heard really odd noises coming out of the bathroom.  The door to the bathroom was closed, but she could see movement under the door, so she drew the conclusion that there was a thief in the bathroom.  And she did what anyone would do, right?  She called the cops!  (Note, here, that I am an aberration and likely would have opened the bloomin’ door, because … a), I’m not right bright, and b) why would a burglar be holed up in the bathroom???!)

Well, the cops show up in force, guns drawn, and burst into the bathroom … to find …criminal roombaYep, one of those Roomba thing-a-mah-doos that vacuums the floor by itself.  Apparently, this Roomba decided the floor had become dusty … now who in the heck vacuums the bathroom, anyway?  According to Sergeant Danny DiPietro …

“In 13 years, this is my first Roomba burglar.”

It’s been a while since I’ve done a piece with some funny road signs …

road-1                       road-2road-3road-4road-5road-6road-7road-8


Yo … Joyful … I’m struggling here … what do you have to share with our friends?

Jollys girlfriend Joyful

I gots some cartoons, ‘cuz Jolly tol’ me dey like cartoons.  Okay?

Okay, Joyful … take over for me … show us what you’ve got!

toon-1toon-2toon-3toon-4Those were great Joyful!  Thank you, honey!  Now go back and see to Jolly … here, take him a fresh cup of tea …

cuppa tea

Wait … I gots one more thing I liked, ‘k?  Lookie …cat-dog-meme.pngAwww … that’s so cute, Joyful!  Thank you!

Folks, I’ve got just one more thing for this morning … it’s a short one, but so funny it even made me laugh!

And that’s a wrap for this Monday, I’m afraid.  Without my Jolly … well … I’m just not very good at this on my own.  I hope you all have a wonderful week, and please, take a smile on your way out to share with somebody who might need one this week.  Love and Hugs from Filosofa, Jolly and Joyful!Monday-basket-smiles

It’s Monday … Be Jolly … Or Else

jollyWelcome friends!  It’s that day of the week again … Monday!  Back to work, back to school, laundry piled up in every hamper, a whole week ahead.  Jolly, jolly Monday, yes?  Did you guys have a good weekend?  My friend Emily, who lives on the West Coast of Canada, already has flowers coming up in her yard.  Another friend, Gary, who lives in Yorkshire in the UK, recently posted pictures of flowers that have already bloomed in his garden.  NO FAIR!!!  It is cold here, with 7 straight days of snowfall predicted starting next weekend.  There is nary a crocus in my yard and likely won’t be for at least another 8 weeks or so!  I’ve been CHEATED!!!

Okay … now that I’ve got that out of my system, let’s see if we can rustle up a bit to eat and a few laughs, shall we?


Tyler Heep won the lottery in his home state of Iowa!  He won a biiiiiig check!tyler-heep-lotteryWell, the check was big, but the amount was likely worth less than the paper the check was printed on.  You see, Tyler actually won $1 on a scratch-off ticket last week.  Instead of turning it in, he went to the Iowa Lottery Headquarters, and asked for one of those big ceremonial checks.

“The guy came down the stairs and they took me into the back room where the camera was with the Iowa Lottery logo. Sure enough they wrote me the one dollar check and had me hold it up and took the picture.”

So, what did Mr. Heep do with all that money?  He says he bought almost a half-gallon of gas.

Oh I’d love to be an Oscar Mayer wiener (mobile) …

Remember the wienermobile?  According to Wikipedia …

“Wienermobile” is a series of automobiles shaped like a bun which are used to promote and advertise Oscar Mayer products in the United States. The first version was created in 1936 by Oscar Mayer’s nephew, Carl G. Mayer, and variants are still used by the Oscar Mayer company today. Drivers of the Wienermobiles are known as Hotdoggers and often hand out toy whistles shaped as replicas of the Wienermobile, known as Wienerwhistles.”

Here’s one of the very first, circa 1940 …


And here’s one circa 1952 …


Well, the wienermobile is still around today!  Who knew?  Best news yet, though, is that they are hiring drivers!  The job, which begins in June and lasts for one year, would involve driving the iconic sausage across the United States, visiting locations including stores, military bases and charity events.wienermobileThe company’s website states applicants should have a four-year degree in public relations, journalism, communications, advertising or marketing.

The “condiments” that come with the job are listed by Oscar Mayer as a competitive salary, benefits, clothing and a company car “guaranteed to turn heads.”

I’ve gotten the details for you and the address to send in your résumé, but hurry, for they are only accepting applications through January 31st … that’s Thursday … so get yours sent in now!

jolly♫ I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Weiner
That is what I truly wish to be
Cause if I were a oscar mayer weiner
Everyone would be in love with me

Pick your brain …

sudokyRecently I’ve begun checking to see what day it is … no, no … not day of the week, but national _______ day, such as National Hot Dog Day, etc.  Why, you ask?  Because it’s fun, only takes a few seconds, and I’m always on the lookout for fun things to include in my posts.  Now, the one I want to include today doesn’t actually occur until tomorrow, January 29th, but tomorrow isn’t a Jolly Monday, and while I don’t yet know just what I’ll write about on Tuesday, it’s doubtful that National Puzzle Day will fit in very well … you see the dilemma, right?  Oops … I just gave it away!

rubik-cubeNational Puzzle Day … who knew there was such a thing?  Puzzles are great mental exercise and help keep our minds sharp, whether your choice is a crossword, jigsaw, trivia, word search, brain teaser or Sudoku.  I used to do the New York Times crossword and a Sudoku or two each day, but lately I spend so much time writing that I rarely tackle one.  National Puzzle Day has an interesting origin, though.


Jodi Jill

National Puzzle Day celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and was the brainchild of a writer/columnist, Jodi Jill.  Now, Jodi’s story is not one for a Jolly Monday post, but I strongly urge you to read about her life, for it is a story I cannot even begin to imagine.

crosswordMeanwhile, though, be sure to work a puzzle on Tuesday in honour of National Puzzle Day! is offering free puzzles through the month of January, including one I’ve never heard of, Brain Baffler, which was created by Jodi Jill herself.  Have fun! puzzle-1

And now, my friends, we all have things we have to do.  Think of our friend Hugh on Wednesday when temperatures where he lives are going to dip to a low of -27° (F), which is -33° Celsius.  All of you keep safe and warm and have a great week!  Don’t forget to …share-smile

Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa & Jolly!!!


This one’s for you, Hugh!!!  Keep warm!

Jolly Monday … Yes, Again …

Good Monday morning, dear friends!  I apologize in advance, but I am somewhat overwhelmed these days, between trying to stay on top of the news, this blog, my normal routine, and the added ‘stuff’ that comes with it being just over a week until Christmas — shopping, planning, baking, wrapping, decorating, and trying to remember to smile when the family suggests we take a drive through town to look at Christmas lights.  So, today’s treats are somewhat meager, I fear, but know that they are made with love.

So, did you all have a wonderful weekend?  Hey Hugh … did you get a snow person built yet???  Post pictures!  Our snow has been minimal thus far, but it has been cold as a witch’s … well, there are young readers here, so I better not use that old expression … suffice it to say it’s been cold.  And rainy.  Friday, by the way, is the beginning of winter.  Joy.  Well, grab a cup and pull up a chair, for I have a few tidbits that I hope will bring a smile to your face!

The streets were paved with …

Chocolate???  A storage tank overflowed at a chocolate factory in Germany, causing liquid chocolate to flow out into the street.

The Werl Fire Brigade said a storage tank at the DreiMeister chocolate factory in Westonnen spilled about one ton of chocolate Monday and the liquid confection streamed through the gates outside the factory and into a road.chocolate-steetThe fire brigade said the chocolate solidified into a 33-square-foot “choco-pancake” that firefighters pried up from the ground using “shovels and muscle power.”

Markus Luckey of DreiMeister said the factory was back up and running Wednesday and would be able to recover from the loss. He told the Soester Anzeiger newspaper it “would have been a disaster” if the spill had taken place closer to Christmas.

A great deal … gone wrong!

The headline piqued my curiosity when I saw it …

Burger King Is Selling 1-Cent Whoppers, But You Have To Go To McDonald’s To Get One

According to Burger King’s press release …

whopperToday, the BURGER KING® brand is turning more than 14,000 McDonald’s into BURGER KING® restaurants. Sort of. For a limited time, when you go within 600 feet of a McDonald’s restaurant you can order a flame-grilled WHOPPER® sandwich for only 1¢ on the newly revamped BK® App. It’s what we call a WHOPPER® Detour.

The WHOPPER® Detour works by geofencing McDonald’s locations across the country. If a guest is inside one of these geofenced areas and has the new BK® App on their device, the app will unlock the WHOPPER® sandwich for a penny promotion. Once the 1¢ WHOPPER® sandwich order is placed, the user will be “detoured” away from McDonald’s, as the app navigates them to the nearest BURGER KING® restaurant for pick up.

The WHOPPER® Detour promotion is part of the newly relaunched BK® App which now offers order-ahead functionality. The WHOPPER® Detour promotion can be redeemed one time only, from December 4th until December 12th, at participating BURGER KING® restaurants nationwide. The offer is unlocked when a guest is within a 600 feet radius of most 14,000+ McDonald’s restaurant locations.

Hmmm … not a bad deal, eh?  Well … maybe for one person it wasn’t such a sweet deal …

In Los Angeles, Boyce Harvey attempted to take advantage of the deal, but when he went to the nearest Burger King to pick up his one-cent Whopper, the manager at Burger King told him the order wasn’t showing up in the system.  Boyce, not wishing to quibble over the price of a burger, placed another order, paid for his food and left.  But when he looked at his receipt …BK receiptThat’s right … his one-cent burger had cost him nearly $1,100!!!  Poor Boyce – his account lacked sufficient funds, so he was hit with a huge overdraft.  Last word is that …

“Burger King officials are working with Harvey to figure out what happened and correct the error.”

Um … it isn’t rocket science … you reverse the bloomin’ charge!  Boyce is, perhaps, more patient than I would be.  I wonder where his next burger will come from?

Smarter than your average bear …

I have no idea how this bear knew exactly where to find the bag of dog food, but watch …

It happened at the DeLand, Florida, at the home of Chelsea Hyder where her home security camera caught the bear in the act.  Unfortunately for her and her pooch, but luckily for the bear, he was long gone by the time she reviewed the video!

I hope you can forgive me for a shorter-than-usual Jolly Monday, but tonight I am suffering from holiday exhaustion after 3 hours of Christmas and grocery shopping today, and my head keeps falling sideways.  But never fear … I have one more trick up my sleeve.  This short video actually made me laugh when I thought my reservoir was dry, and I hope it makes you laugh, too!

jollyRemember to share a smile with someone today … a smile can set the world to rights, even if only for a minute.  Keep warm and safe, and have a happy week, my friends!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa … and Jolly!

Jolly Monday — Funny Furries

Hey guys!  Come in out of the cold … I hear some of you got dumped on over the weekend … last night I heard that Chicago’s O’Hare Airport had canceled some 700 flights!  Luckily, I think it’s supposed to go north of us and land in Maine somewhere.  Mr. LePage deserves it!  So how was your weekend?

I had a really difficult time doing ‘funny’ last night, and even Jolly wasn’t much help.  All the humour in my usual ‘go-to’ sources seemed a bit macabre, like the guy who was trying to steal gasoline from a U-Haul and set himself and the U-Haul truck on fire.  Somehow … it just didn’t make me laugh.  So, instead of a variety of humour today, I am falling back on the one thing that always works, funny animals.  Jolly, by the way, is still in bed … I think perhaps he’s coming down with something.

Grab a snack and a nice hot cuppa java, and settle in for a bit of furry funnies before you set out to start the week off.

juice boxMonday-coffee-potsprinkle donuts

And let’s wrap up with a few jokes, shall we?



And I’m sorry, folks, but that’s all the funny I have in me for today.  Share a smile, a laugh, or even a hug today with a friend, a co-worker or a stranger, okay?  Keep warm, keep safe, and have a great week!!!Monday-smile-2

Jolly Monday … Already? Again?

Good Monday morning, friends!  It’s the beginning of yet another week … I don’t know about you, but I’ve come to dread the start of a week, for each one seems to bring with it more bloomin’ chaos than the last.  But, alas, the weeks just keep coming, so the best we can do, I think, is to face them with courage and humour, for if we lose our sense of humour then all the fun goes out of it.  The good news is that they say laughter is contagious – let’s find out …

Are you laughing yet?

I was in the mood for something different this morning, so I made a breakfast pizza!  I hope you like it, but there are also donuts in case your sweet tooth is calling out.  So, grab a bite of something and a cuppa somethin’, and let’s make some fun here, okay?

The rat did it …

It happened in Tinsukia, India.  A State Bank of India ATM machine was not working … actually hadn’t been working for several weeks.  The machine was first reported to be broken on May 20th, but it was not until June 11th that somebody was sent to look into the problem.  I can only imagine the surprise of the repairman when he opened the ATM to find … shredded money!  Lots of shredded money!  ₹1,357,298 Indian rupees, or about $20,000 USD.  Now what the heck?rat-shred-moneyPolice were called, and upon further investigation, they discovered a rat carcass.  Apparently the rat got into the machine through a small hole, couldn’t find his way back out, so he entertained himself by shredding the pretty paper.  Sadly, since the repairman took 22 days to go check out the situation, the poor rat ultimately died. rupeeThe moral of the story is … _______________________________________________ (fill in the blank)

For the lack of good sense …

It looked rather like one of those scary movies where somebody has pins sticking out from their head at all odd angles …overloaded pickupMassachusetts State Trooper Joel Daoust was travelling on I-91 in Springfield, when he spotted the contraption. overloaded pickup-rear.jpgThe driver was cited for violating Mass General Law, chapter 85 section 36, “Unsecured/Uncovered Load.”  And Trooper Daoust posted on the department’s Facebook page  “Please remember, when traveling with a load in a vehicle, take a look at it and before taking to the roads, ask yourself, “What could go wrong?”

It’s a french fry … no, it’s a stylus … no it’s a FRYLUS!!!

Last Thursday, 21 June, was National Selfie Day.  Who knew?  Who cared?  Apparently McDonald’s did (I did not).  You know how when you’re eating a greasy Big Mac your hands get all slimy and gooey?  And then, if you remember it’s National Selfie Day and feel compelled to snap a pic … you’re gonna get the touch screen of your phone all greasy!  So, McDonald’s spent lots of money to design this wonderfully unique device … a stylus that looks like a french fry (well, if you’re a bit drunk and have really poor vision)!FrylusAnd … on Thursday customers could get one for free with the purchase of a tasteless Quarter Pounder!  But the fun doesn’t stop there!  They even spent the money to create a very dramatic, 1-minute video that you simply must watch …

“Another frivolous, fry-based innovation from the makers of the Frork (a.k.a. us). Literally the only solution for keeping your phone 100 percent fresh while enjoying our new 100 percent fresh beef Quarter Pounder burgers and taking a 100 percent fresh selfie. And it really works! Most of the time.”

There is even … scoff … an ‘Official Frylus website’.

A condo with a bonus …apt-viewFor those of you who just happen to have an extra $85 million lying around collecting dust, here’s a real deal!  It is a condo – a 15,000-square-foot duplex in the Hell’s Kitchen section of Manhattan (that’s more than 10 times the size of my house!).  The condo is on the 45th floor of the Atelier Condo Building with a gorgeous view of the Hudson River.  Now listen to what it includes …

  • 10 bedrooms
  • 11 bathrooms
  • 12 alt rooms (whatever the heck that is)
  • Fully equipped kitchenapt-bathapt-bedroom

And apart from all that, your $85 million also gets you …

  • $2 million construction credit (in case you want to build bookshelves or something)
  • $1 million yacht with docking fees for five years
  • Two Rolls Royce Phantoms (1 convertible,1 hardtop)
  • Lamborghini Aventador Roadster
  • Dinner for 2 weekly at Daniel Bolud’s Resteraunt Daniel for 1 year
  • A Hamptons mansion rental for a Summer
  • Live in butler services for 1 year as well as private chef

apt-kitchenBut I still haven’t told you the best part!  It includes … wait for it … two $250,000 seats on a Virgin Galactic flight to space!!!  And all this for only $85,000,000!!!

Don’t have $85 million?  Well, if you can put $17 million down, your monthly payments will only be $351,408!  For the next 30 years.  Pre-approval is required, of course.  (I will contact my bank right after I decide whether I can pay $35 for a new pair of tennis shoes!)  Personally, though, it is a little too … white for me.  I like some colour, some warmth in my home.  So, perhaps I’ll look flight

A child is born …

Most people go to a hospital to have their baby, but there may be some fringe benefits from having one elsewhere.  Around 11:00 a.m. last Monday, a woman gave birth to a son on France’s RER A line, holding up trains for around an hour before mother and son were dispatched to a nearby hospital.RER AThe upside?  The baby will receive free unlimited travel until he is age 25!  Hmmmm … if I were of a notion to have a baby (I’M NOT!), I might consider having one at … Pizza Hut?  P.F. Chang’s?  A hotel in Hawaii?

Okay, folks … a glance at the clock tells me that I’ve kept you long enough and you’re going to need to hustle to get to work on time!  I hope you are leaving with a smile, but I left a basket of extras by the door just in case … take a few and spread them around this week, okay?  Keep safe and have a wonderful week, my friends.  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!Monday-basket-smiles

This one is so much fun … if you don’t have time to listen to the whole thing, at least catch the first few minutes … guaranteed to make you smile!



Jolly Almost-Spring Monday!!! 🌺

Good Monday morn, my friends.  I hope you all had a fine weekend, good weather and did something fun.  Spring is on its way … no, it isn’t in the air yet, at least not where I live, for the air is still cold and shadowed by clouds.  But there are signs.  The first was these tiny crocuses  that sprung up in my postage-stamp front yard.  We also saw some lovely daffodils growing in front of a restaurant on Sunday, and I thought it would be a great idea to gently dig them from the ground and relocate them to my own yard, but a kick in the posterior from Miss Goose convinced me otherwise.  Then the second sign of spring … ants!  One of the Significant Seven had, unbeknownst to me, tossed its cookies in the hallway floor, and by the time I noticed it, there was a trail of ants going to and fro!  And the third sign came Friday when I gave the outside of my refrigerator a good cleaning, bleach and all!  Bye-bye old drawings, photos, receipts, coupons and scraps of paper, cute fridge magnets, et al … just a pristine, bright white fridge now!  And so, spring is on its way.  Remember that when the work week starts to wear on your good zen!

I may have spent all my energy on the fridge project, for I did not feel up to baking this morning, so you’ll just have to settle for what I could find in the pantry to go with your coffee this morning.  So, grab a cuppa and relax for a few, for I have something awesome for you this morning! I am taking a brief departure from my usual jokes, funny stories, etc., because I thought these pics and this man’s talent were worth an entire post.  I hope you’ll agree!

With spring on its way, as I noted above, one would not think I would be featuring, of all things, S-N-O-W this morning, right?  But I came across something that I found truly amazing and I just had to share it with you guys!  Think of it as my last tribute to winter, if you wish.

Meet Simon Beck …Simon BeckSimon Beck is an artist, though his medium is not paint or clay.  His medium is snow. The world’s first snow artist, Beck first began his work 2004.  At the time he was a freelance orienteer map maker and wanted a form of exercise that didn’t hurt his troubled feet.  Living in the French Alps, the snow presented a natural canvas, though Beck, prior to that moment, didn’t consider himself much of an artist.  “I only do snow drawings.  I wouldn’t take paint brushes and paint a picture if I didn’t have good snow. Lots of people are much better at a painting than I am.”

Les Arcs Ski Resort in the French Alps

His drawings are created by running in snowshoes across freshly laid snow. Each image takes him up to 11 hours to make and covers an area about 100m x 100m, requiring him to travel up to 25 miles as he marks out the pattern.Beck produces about 30 snow drawings every winter in the northern hemisphere, mostly in the Alps. He started out doing it for fun and now it is his main occupation. “When you have a blank piece of paper you draw on it. So drawing on a blank snowfall seemed like a natural thing to do.”

The drawings are made using only a compass, and by counting paces. “Normally you want to start in the middle but of course you can’t start in the middle because you have to get there somehow. If it is a star you have to walk in a straight line to the middle, then take a compass bearing, and then work out the other bearings.”Simon wears snowshoes, and by running in them makes a path. He cannot step outside the path since this will disturb the fresh snow. “It is actually quite a puzzle to work out the best way of doing it. Usually you will do a way which is passably good, but you will know you could have done it a slightly quicker way. Once you have been going about an hour you get quite a network of tracks going through the area of the drawing and you can get from A to B quite easily. You will always end up backtracking because you get hungry to go back to the start to get your food.”

Just last month, Beck transformed Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, into a snow art installation for The Great Northern, an annual 10-day winter celebration in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.There is only so much I can include in a single post, so if you’re interested in seeing more of Mr. Beck’s art or learning more of his technique, here are a couple of links:

Snow Art Showcases Beauty of Winter – Simon Beck

Simon Beck’s astonishing landscape and snow art illustrates the cold beauty of mathematics – in pictures

The Story Behind Simon Beck’s Stunning Snow Art

Tsunami memorial design on the reservoir at Arc2000 in Savoie, France

I hope you’ve enjoyed these pictures.  Have a wonderful week, and remember that spring is definitely on the way! 🌷  Remember to share a smile today … your smiles are far too gorgeous to keep hidden!  Love and hugs from Filosofa!


Jolly Monday #91

Good Monday morn, my wonderful friends! I was looking back through my archives and realized that I started this Jolly Monday feature in March, 2016, nearly two years ago, and that this is my 91st Jolly Monday post! I hope you are all well and happy, relaxed after your too-short weekend, and ready to tackle another week, do some great things, make the world a little bit better place.  What’s that?  Oh … a bit too much for so early on a Monday, eh?  Yeah, I think I agree with you.  Let’s then start the weekend with some fresh coffee and … I made fresh bagels for you this morning … blueberry and cinnamon crunch.  Speaking of cinnamon … I was out with the girls this evening and we stopped to pick up kittie food and litter, and I noticed a new flavour of Oreo cookies on the shelves

oreo.jpgI like hot ‘n spicy cinnamon, like Mexican chocolate, but when I showed them to Miss Goose, you would have thought I was showing her fresh road kill by the look on her face.  Anyway, grab a cup of coffee and a bagel … sorry, Hugh, but I’m all out of wine, for it’s been a rough week, y’know?  And let’s try to have a bit of fun before we start another week, shall we?

Oopsie … Wrong Number …

If you want some marijuana, perhaps you shouldn’t be texting the request to police.

drug-text.pngThe person sending the initial text, once realizing his misstep, typed:

“oh my god.  I’m so sorry”

Wouldn’t you have just loved to have seen the look on his or her face when she received the text showing the badge?

Grumpy Cat Is Rich

Grumpy Cat arrives to ride in the 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California.We all know and love Grumpy Cat, right?  Well, Grumpy Cat just won $710,000 in a lawsuit over copyright infringement.  Long story short, Grumpy Cat had a contract with coffee company Grenade Beverage LLC., giving them the rights to use her picture on its Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino iced drink.  The company ultimately used Grumpy’s picture on other products as well, and the matter has been bouncing about in the courts for a few years now.  Did the money make Grumpy Cat finally smile?  You be the judge …

Colorado Rockies v Arizona DiamondbacksThat is one cat that won’t be stuck eating kibble any more.  Meanwhile, though, in reading the article about the lawsuit, I found some interesting trivia about Grumpy Cat:

  • Grumpy’s real name is Tardar Sauce
  • Grumpy is actually a ‘she’ … I would have sworn it was a guy, with that level of grumpiness!!!
  • Grumpy and her owner, Tabatha Bundesen, live in Morristown, Arizona.
  • Grumpy Cat has her own company and an extensive list of merchandise and has had cameos in films and on TV.
  • She also has 1.42 million followers on Twitter, 2.4 million on Instagram and almost nine million likes on Facebook

Grumpy Cat arrives with his owner Tabatha Bundesen at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles

French Riots Over … Nutella?

I like Nutella, the chocolate-hazelnut spread that can be found alongside the peanut-butter in your supermarket.  I don’t often buy it, but I do use it in a couple of recipes, and I like it on an English muffin every now and then.  But never in my life have I seen people go as crazy over the stuff as people in France did last week!

Riots … riots, they say, ensued after retailer Intermarché slashed the price for a jar of Nutella from 4.50 euros to 1.41 euros — from $5.60 to about $1.75.  I have to ask why it was $5.60 to begin with, for it is only about $2 here.

nutellaIn at least three cases, police were called after customers came to blows in the frenzy for Nutella.  “At 8:15, there was already a waiting line of 200 people in front of the store” said one Intermarché employee. “After a few minutes, the director had to intervene. He distributed one pot per person, next to a security guard. The pallet was empty after 10 minutes.”

Describing customers running and fighting, a manager of a store in Metz said: “People were aggressive. They were trying to tear the pots out and menacing us.”  All over a jar of Nutella … who knew?

Lastly, an article in a UK publication tells of some of the stranger things people have called 999 (the UK equivalent of our 911) for, and I found them funny …

  • A concerned woman dialled 999 for help because her pet cat looked unwell.
  • One caller phoned 999 because they had a dry mouth, and one woman complained of irritated eyes from false eyelashes she had done five days previously.
  • Another man demanded an ambulance because he had been coughing for two weeks.
  • The East Midlands Ambulance Service even received a call from a woman asking if a broken egg could be left overnight in the fridge.

ambulanceMethinks that some people need to learn the definition of ‘emergency’.  Back in the day, when some of my staff would call off work for an emergency, I gave them my definition, which I still hold to today:  If somebody is dead or likely to be in the next 24 hours, it’s an emergency.  Everything else can wait until the end of your shift.

Okay, folks, I hope you are relaxed now and in a good frame of mind to face the week ahead.  I wish you all a wonderful week.  Keep safe and warm, and please, my friends … share a few smiles this week.  Not everybody got to come here for coffee, bagels, and my strange sense of humour!  Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!



♫ Have a Holly Jolly … Monday? ♪

Good Monday morning, friends!  I hope the weather has finally gotten warmer where you live (except for my friends down under, where the mercury was already breaking heat records) … it has been above freezing for two whole days now!  I finally ventured out of my lair on Saturday, as did every other human being in the country!  But it was nice, and according to the 10-day forecast, it is supposed to stay relatively mild for a while, anyway. I know, I know … you guys have to go back to work, back to the office intrigue and the ol’ nine-to-five … so let’s see if we can start this week out with a laugh, or even just a chuckle, so it won’t seem quite so bad.  Yes, Steve … there are donuts and fresh coffee, too.  I apologize for last week … grab a cuppa and a donut, and relax for a few minutes …


A little bit of hedgehog love?

There is a new café in Tokyo called Harry.  No, not Harry’s … just Harry.  It is a play on the Japanese word for hedgehog, Harinezumi. And by the way, don’t go to Harry with an appetite, for no food is served.  So what is Harry?  It is the latest in the recent trend of animal cafés, the Hedgehog café.  Remember the Owl café and the Snake café I wrote about back in 2016? The owners of Harry, by the way, own a rabbit café in the same building, called Ms. Bunny.

hedgehog-cafeSo here’s how it works …

You go in, take your seat, and then either ask for a specific hedgehog or pick one you’d like and the staff will bring it to you. Once you’ve had enough, you can swap it with another one.

hedgehog-1When you handle it, you’re supposed to cup your hands – they said as if you’re cupping water – and let it sit there. Once it settles, you can stroke it and let it move around on your hands.

Living conditions are crowded in Tokyo, and I think not many families have room for pets such as dogs ‘n cats, so this is how they get their fix of cute, fluffy critters. The cost?  On weekdays they charge 1,000 yen ($9.20; £6.40) for 30 minutes, on weekends 1,300 yen. When I think about it, that is less than food, kitty litter, vet visits, calming fluid, and hairball medicine for the Significant Seven … hmmmm … anybody in the market for an autistic cat, or the cat from hell?


And yet another ‘Harry’ …

Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle are all over the news these days, and wouldn’t you know people will find ways to profit from them.  The latest is designer Shirley Corsey, who has designed Harry & Meghan dolls that look absolutely nothing like … Harry and Meghan.

In fact, the dolls are just a little bit creepy, if you ask me.  And they seem even creepier when you check out the price tag! You can buy them on Etsy for a mere … wait for it … £130, or $180.35 … plus tax & shipping, of course.

The dolls elicited quite a Twitter-storm …

“Let me list the things that are wrong with these new ‘Harry & Meghan’ dolls. Everything.” – 8:17 AM – Jan 18, 2018

“These “Harry” and “Meghan” dolls really are off their clackers.” – 8:32 AM – Jan 18, 2018

“Dolls freak me out anyway, but there’s something especially creepy about the lifelike face on the Harry, and his eyes! Looks nothing like him though.  And the Meghan looks like the face from the original Chucky doll. 😂 – 7:59 AM – Jan 19, 2018

‘Nuff said.

Beware the donut man!

Bradley Hardison of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, can eat a lot of doughnuts, but he really is not too smart.  In August 2014, Hardison entered a police-sponsored contest in Elizabeth City to see who could eat more donuts in a two-minute period than the police.  You know, of course, that police nationwide are known for their ability to put away the donuts.  Hardison won that contest by eating eight donuts in two minutes … yuck.  But his victory celebration was short-lived, for the very next day, after seeing his picture in the paper, the local Sheriff’s Office caught up with him after months of investigation, and arrested Hardison on charges related to break-ins at two grocery stores in 2013. He was convicted and received a suspended sentence of three years, which ended last October.

HardisonWhich brings us to last week, when Hardison returned to a life of crime, this time robbing … A Dunkin’ Donuts shop!  He has been charged with felony breaking and entering, felony safe cracking and felony larceny, and is being held on $7,000 bond.  I’ve always heard that donuts were bad for you!

‘Sno Car …

Okay, I’ve built snowmen … or, to be more politically correct here, snow people, and snow forts, snowballs and the like.  But Simon Laprise of Montreal, Canada, decided to take snow sculpting to a new level when he built a quite realistic looking snow car! And not, I might add, just any car, but his snow sculpture was modeled after the DeLorean, such as the one featured in the movie Back to the Future.

snow car“It was a beautiful day. So I decided to do something out of the mountain of snow, to do a little joke to the snow guys, and have fun sculpting a car. It’s not my first one, just the first I do in the street on snow removal day.”

Laprise sculpted the car to look like it had been parked throughout a snow storm for days. He even added indentions for the wheels and windows — and then threw a spare windshield wiper he found lying around for a special touch.

Now, there are two versions about what happened next, and I really have no idea which is true.  The first, according to UPI, is that when police came around to look for cars parked on that side of the road during snow plowing hours, they wrote a ticket and left it on a windshield made of snow.  But, according to CBSNews, VOX, and other sources, the ticket was a joke, as the officers realized the ‘car’ was made of snow.

snow-car-noteEither way, I suspect Mr. Laprise had a lot of fun with this one!

Well, my dear friends … I hope I’ve at least brought a smile to your faces this morning that you can share with others, for times are tough for so many these days … please remember to share that gorgeous smile!  Now get thee to the office to work!  Keep safe and warm, my friends.  Love and Hugs from Filosofa!

I was never a huge fan of Elvis, but this song always touches something in me …

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This is our Tiger Lily … cruel, vicious, but oh so adorable!

'Thanks, but my homework is a little beyond your skill set, Mom.'


This one’s for you, Hugh!