Good Monday morning and welcome, dear friends! I know you all must be extra tired this morning, having lost an hour’s sleep this weekend! Me? Oh sure, I’m perky, but then … I don’t have to put on a suit and head out to work today, so I can afford to be a bit perky, knowing that a nap lies waiting for me in an hour or two! Anyway, I do hope you all had a good weekend! I mostly stayed in, just a brief foray out yesterday evening for supper. Daughter Chris had to play and march in the St. Patrick Day parade downtown on Saturday, and the poor girl fell walking from her car to the parade route and skinned her knee terribly! She is short … just over 5 feet … and had her drum attached to her front, so she wasn’t able to see that the pavement rose in front of her. The drum is pretty well dinged up, too! I took a picture of her knee and was planning to include it here, but … um … well … I was more or less informed that it was a bad idea if I wished to continue to live in this household, so … sorry, folks, no bad knee pics today!
Since I knew how tired you would all be this morning, I made the coffee extra strong and tried to make the humour extra fun! So grab a cuppa and settle in for a bit of fun before you have to head on out the door.
Is there anybody in the U.S. who hasn’t eaten at an IHOP restaurant? I just read that IHOP is planning an expansion into the UK and Ireland, but I don’t think they are there yet. Anyway, here in the U.S., it is the numero uno place to go for breakfast. Pancakes, french toast, omelets … you name it. Sadly, of course, I am unable to have pancakes and must settle for eggs, but still the food is good and it is a fun treat. IHOP has now decided to branch out, however, and they have rolled out a breakfast-themed clothing line called PancakeWear!
The colorful, one-of-a-kind lineup features adult- and child-sized one pieces and lounge pants as well as socks. According to Stephanie Peterson, Executive Director, Communications at IHOP …
“Breakfast and laid-back loungewear just go together at IHOP so we thought it would be fun to design a limited-edition merchandise collection that reflects the spirit of the brand and what we see in our restaurants all the time – people in pajamas enjoying pancakes.”
What? Wait a minute … I’ve never gone to IHOP in my jammies, and have never seen others there in theirs, either. What am I missing?
But the best news …
“PancakeWear by IHOP was launched to celebrate our 60th anniversary as a brand, but also to do a lot of good for our largest charity partner Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. A portion of proceeds from every sale of our breakfast-inspired one pieces, lounge pants and socks directly supports CMN Hospitals and the more than 10 million kids that are treated every year at their 170 affiliated facilities.”
The company plans to raise $5 for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through the sales of clothing and other events. A fun thing for a good cause, yes?
R.I.P. Target …
I remember when my favourite book shop, Borders Books, closed at the end of 2010. I was crushed, for we used to go there every weekend. They had the nicest staff, and the best kids’ area of any book shop I have ever been in. But, alas, they were shortsighted and did not keep up as they should, with Amazon and Barnes & Noble snapping up the online and e-book markets, so ultimately they failed. But even crushed though I was, I did not do what the people of Hutchinson, Kansas, did when their local Target store closed. What did they do? Why, they held a candlelight vigil, of course!The mourners included some who identified themselves as Target employees and a couple of the participants dressed in the store’s khaki pants and red shirt combo. And while some of the participants in the vigil made their candles the last purchase they ever made from the Target location, others admitted they bought their candles at competing store Wal-mart. GASP!!! 😲
As a tribute, the mourners played “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie Titanic.
This must be some new trend, for back in January, in Montgomery, Alabama, the community turned out in force for a candlelight vigil to memorialize a Taco Bell restaurant that had been destroyed by fire earlier in the month. Personally, if my Target store closed, I wouldn’t care much one way or another. If my local Wal-Mart closed, I would cheer and hold a celebratory parade! Have I mentioned before that I refuse to shop at Wal-Mart?
Stuffed or not?
Imagine that you are finally, after years of dreading it, getting ready to go through your child’s collection of stuffed animals and donate the ones that aren’t missing body parts, to a charity. Your child has just graduated college and is off on a hiking tour somewhere in the Alps, so what better time, right? So, you go through the stuffed critters one by one and put them in large trash bags … these for charity, those for the rubbish. Just as you finish, you notice that one of the bags is … moving! Cautiously, you open the bag to find …A ferret snuggling in amidst the teddy bears!!! No, not a stuffed ferret … a real, live, warm-blooded ferret looking up at you with cute little dark eyes.
The anonymous woman was in her garage in Woldingham, England, when this happened, and she immediately contacted the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. They took the ferret to the vet, who determined she was underweight, but otherwise healthy. She was named Honey, and is now available for adoption. If I had been that woman, I would have kept her, bought her a bed, some toys, and called her Missus Beasley. But then, I’m an animal lover, in case you didn’t know.
Where have all the chickens gone?
Some restaurants are known for solely one thing. Earlier I talked about IHOP, and they are known mostly for pancakes, but they have a wide variety of offerings to choose from. Even Burger King is known mostly for burgers, but they also do chicken and fish sammies. But Kentucky Fried Chicken, KFC, is known for one thing and only one thing: chicken. So how do you explain KFC running out of … chicken???It happened in the United Kingdom where not just a few, but hundreds of KFC restaurants were shuttered for days because they ran out of chicken. How did this happen? They changed their distributor from a company called Bidvest, to DHL. DHL, it turns out, had promised to “set a new delivery standard”. 🤣 I’m sure KFC managers aren’t laughing, but you’ve got to admit there’s humour here. DHL promised a new delivery standard and then didn’t deliver any chicken … that is certainly a new standard! 🤣 🤣 🤣
Fully 562 of the 900 KFC’s in the UK were shuttered. The company did offer a uniquely humorous apology, however …
Although I was not able to confirm, it appears that most stores are now back in the business of frying and selling chicken! This is the stuff that corporate ulcers are made of, and I would be willing to bet a few heads rolled.
Alright, friends … um … friends? 😴 WAKE UP!!! It’s time to go to work! Sheesh … and I even added a few shots of espresso to the coffee! Listen up now … I need you to do me a big favour and be sure to share those beautiful smiles with someone today, okay? Tough times … we all need a bit of a boost, especially on a Monday. Keep safe and have a wonderful week!!! Love ‘n hugs from Filosofa!