Saturday, April 4, 2009

keep on smiling

Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, everyday, something no one else is thinking. Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually be part of unanimity.
Christopher Morley (1890-1957) writer & editor

along with the daily newspaper, the cleveland plain dealer, each thursday we receive a copy of the weekly lakewood sun post. we are always on the verge of stopping our subscription to both of these papers. increasingly, we seem to turn to on-line papers (in particular, this and this) for world and national news and of course our local npr station is always on at our house.

but missing from all these sources is a local perspective. in terms of the lakewood sun post, I can't imagine a week going by without the 'police blotter' which always appears on page 2 of the sun post. it is always good for a few chuckles, not to mention the reality check it provides.

hope everyone has a sweet weekend! ours got off to a good start as last night we went over to some friends for dinner and the evening was filled with friendship, good food, reading kids books, and, well, overall silliness!

wet willie singing perhaps their best known song, keep on smiling. hey, who can't appreciate a band that chooses such a silly name!

photos: notch looking particularly happy yesterday knowing that he was soon going to have a clean cage and fresh food! k reading to c&s at a goodbye dinner in her honor; a slide show of c being delightfully silly. all pics snapped 3 april.


Mags said...

I like your qoute of doing things that others arent...and the whole doing small things to get the big things is genius!!

Not sure if your into sports but i should have some other stuff you might find intesting soon

R.L. Bourges said...

Are you sure you weren't reading that bit about the squirrel - erm, cardboard - to your friend notch when you snapped the pic? I detect a certain je ne sais quoi close to amazement in those little eyes :-)

Have a great weekend, petite souris !

Auntie, aka cagny said...

and a sweet weekend to YOU too!

Roy said...

What? Nobody ever pulled a wet willy on you at summer camp?

Actually, there were a lot of silly band names in the '60s; my favorite weird name was Ultimate Spinach, although Holy Modal Rounders comes in a close second.

Baino said...

Wet Willie now that's silly! Isn't it amazing what people will call police out to fix?

Megan said...

I'm smiling! Hope you are too!

Gary said...

The New York Post has a feature called 'Wierd but True' about odd stories from around the country. I think the squirrel/cardboard story might fit in well there.

Of course you got me curious...which children's books did you read last night??

I went to Barnes & Noble this afternoon and did some exploring. There is a great deal of fantastic children's literature out there but I MUST stop buying it all. I am running out of room.

The weekend has been sweet thus far, I hope it continues.


lettuce said...

overall silliness is fairly crucial - maybe it should be compulsory?

notch is so sweet
and that twitchy squirrel report is so hilarious

Betty said...

It's good to smile. Have a good weekend :D (still smiling about the squirrel/cardboard story)

mouse (aka kimy) said...

mags - welcome to the mouse! looking forward to more visits to your corner of the blogosphere. welcome to the cyberhood!

rlb - notch thinks that a lot of humans do get worked up over the silliness things, like mice for one thing!

auntie - it's been good so far, even with both the uconn men, villanova, and the cavs all going down in bb. (hey it's that time of year when I do get basketball on the brain)

roy - didn't go to summer camp, but I've had plenty of wet willies pulled on me, and visa versa!! now, ultimate spinach! bet they can lift some really heavy metal....

baino - re calls to the police, our little city does seem notoriously hilarious, if we can believe the police blotter reports!

megan - smiles....and more to come, the morning is dawning bright and clear!

gary - a few of the books titles I don't remember...but the one k is reading in the picture is where the wild things are....we took turns on that one as it is one of my favorite books to read aloud. the kids also brought down the 'twelve dogs of christmas' - a hilarious adaptation of the christmas classic, but with dogs! I never saw it before and now I want to buy copies for all the dog lovers in my starts out on the first day of christmas my true love gave to me a poodle in a dog house.

the amazing thing is it was written by a 7 year old girl! the illustrations are great too, with photos of dogs dolled up in various costumes or poses...

oh re purchasing children's books, at least you have a good excuse! I still buy children's book to keep at the house if I run across one that really, really strikes my fancy!

lettuce - I like the notion of compulsory silliness

betty - carry on with more of an excellent weekend and may it last through the week, and over the month to the year!!

Candie Bracci said...

Very nice post again!

squirrel=cardboard?Humm...what the?

Coffee Messiah said...


Did you know there's a clip on you tube 4 the film WTWTA coming out in October and it looks really worthwhile ; )

ps: didn't expect U wanting to go with the other picture, just threw it out there ; )

wet willie eh ; )

Gary said...

Oh, Yes. Where the Wild Things Are is a fantastic choice. I hear that there will be a major motion picture coming out soon based on this book. I hope it is amazing.

I never heard of the !2 dogs book either. I'll have to check it out. If one of the dogs is a Saint Bernard then I have no choice but to purchase it.

ArtSparker said...

Re the police blotter item:

"You're only a pack of cards".

California Girl said...

OMG! You are raising a mouse! I used to raise mice. Had to save them from the pet store where they were purchased to feed snakes. I couldn't bear it so I became a mouse mama for a number of years when my children were small. My husband and sons loved them. They built they cool tunnels out of colored but clear plastic for the mice to get exercise from one end of their cage, round, down, up and over. It was great fun. What a blast to see your little guy peeping out of the Quaker box! I am smiling.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Overall silliness is the means to perfect success of an evening out for supper with friends!

Love the pic of the hamster!

Steve said...

This is exactly why most newspapers believe the secret to survival is to go local, local, local.

Why on earth would anyone call the cops over a twitching squirrel???