Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tangible Karma Day

April 3rd is Tangible Karma™ Day.
What is karma?
Karma is a concept in Hinduism which explains causality through a system where beneficial effects are derived from past beneficial actions and harmful effects from past harmful actions, creating a system of actions and reactions throughout a person's reincarnated lives (wikipedia).... in other simpler words....the effects of a person's actions in this life determine his destiny in his next incarnation

What is Tangible Karma Day?
It's a day that celebrates giving.
The giving of your time, your love, your talents....whatever you can give or wish to give. Why? Because giving feels as good as receiving.
Nationwide, groups and individuals set aside 1 hour of this day to purposefully become aware of the needs of those they are in contact with and actively do something to help fulfill those needs.

For more info on tangible karma check out www.tangiblekarma.com .

What can you do:
*Donate items to a good cause
*Volunteer at a shelter
*Help a friend

If you're just hearing about Tangible Karma Day, don't think that you're too late.
It's never to late to work on your karma or to just start giving and helping.

Monday, March 29, 2010

April is Fresh Florida Tomatoes Month.....sooooo

If life deals you lemons, make lemonade. If it deals you tomatoes, make Bloody Marys.

So, anyway, two great things came together to make this blog happen.
1. It's Fresh Florida Tomato Month and
2. I found the above quote and loved it!

Now really....this was obviously meant to be. Of course, I should also mention that I love Bloody Marys.
I mean, check it out, they are like the perfect food.
You have your tomato juice, although I like spicy v8, then you have potato juice...you know the vodka, then there' all those lovely veggies you can put in it. I like to use garlic stuffed olives, pickled okras, celery sticks and pickled string beans.
Course I don't always use all of that but I like to use a combination.

Anyhoo, check out the recipe below. Most likely I will come up with other recipes for the month so stay tuned!

click on the pic so you can read the recipe

Saturday, March 20, 2010

12 Angry Men

Just watched, for the first time, the movie Twelve Angry Men, the black and white version produced in 1957.
Wow, that was really good. I love the old movies. Especially the black and white ones.
This movie was full of stars....Henry Fonda (who produced it), Jack Klugman (my man Quincy), Lee J. Cobb, E. G. Marshall, Martin Balsam, Jack Warden, John Fiedler, Edward Binns, Joseph Sweeney, Ed Begley, George Voskovec and Robert Webber.

For those of you who may not have seen the movie, it's basically about:
A jury made up of 12 men as they deliberate the guilt or innocence of a defendant on the basis of reasonable doubt. The story begins after the closing arguments have been presented to the judge. The question they are deciding is whether the defendant, a teenage boy from a city slum, murdered his father. The jury is further instructed that a guilty verdict will be accompanied by a mandatory death sentence.
The plot of the film revolves around their difficulty in reaching a unanimous verdict, mainly due to several of the jurors' personal prejudices.

(this info came from Wikipedia)

Anyhoo, I highly recommend this movie which, BTW, you can find on Youtube, of course.

Here's the movie trailer:

Friday, March 19, 2010

Here comes the sun!

Here comes the sun,
Here comes the sun,
and I say,
It's alright....
dah, dah dah dah, dah dah dah, dah dah dah, dah dah dah dah, daaaaaaah

Huh...it's hard to do those instrumental parts in writing....but I try.

Yes! Finally! At Last! The sun was really out there working today. It's been out now and again but not really warming me up til today. (Yes, yes, it's all about me.)

Today was breezy...okay maybe more like windy but the sun was out there in force.

'Course, you know, being human, I'll be kvetching about the heat when the temps get above....hmmmm..90degrees or so.
But for now...the sun is my friend!!!!

So let's sing (y'all knew it was comin') one of my favorite sun songs..Everybody SING!!!
The sun is a mass of incandescent gas.....

Thursday, March 18, 2010

How sad.....

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Rose by any other name........

Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.
Dale Carnegie

Part of Speech: adjective
Definition: uninterested
Synonyms: blasé, disinterested, dull, fatigued, inattentive, sick and tired, spiritless, tired, turned off
Antonyms: enthusiastic, excited, exhilarated, interested

I try not to say that I'm bored. 'Cause usually boredom is not boredom. If you're bored with one activity, you can usually move on to another activity and dispel the boredom. But lasting boredom is generally something else.

Maybe I'm restless...in need of a new something...new job, new place to live, new craft activity (I really do NEED more yarn) or just new books to read.

Oh well, at least thinking about being bored keeps me from being too bored.
Go figure!

Me, too!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Is it cookie time??????

Serious question!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

World Read Aloud Day

Yes, it's another day dedicated to reading, books and kids....well, you can read to adults too.
World Read Aloud Day

March 3, 2010 has been established as LitWorld's first World Read Aloud Day to celebrate and encourage the invaluable practice of reading aloud and to bring attention to the importance of literacy across all countries and for all of humanity.
info found at www.litworld.org

Here's a short tale about Nasreddin Hodja. Read it to someone today.
A beggar was given a piece of bread, but nothing to put on it. Hoping to get something to go with his bread, he went to a nearby inn and asked for a handout. The innkeeper turned him away with nothing, but the beggar sneaked into the kitchen where he saw a large pot of soup cooking over the fire. He held his piece of bread over the steaming pot, hoping to thus capture a bit of flavor from the good-smelling vapor.

Suddenly the innkeeper seized him by the arm and accused him of stealing soup.

"I took no soup," said the beggar. "I was only smelling the vapor."

"Then you must pay for the smell," answered the innkeeper.

The poor beggar had no money, so the angry innkeeper dragged him before the qadi(judge).

Now Nasreddin Hodja was at that time serving as qadi, and he heard the innkeeper's complaint and the beggar's explanation.

"So you demand payment for the smell of your soup?" summarized the Hodja after the hearing.

"Yes!" insisted the innkeeper.

"Then I myself will pay you," said the Hodja, "and I will pay for the smell of your soup with the sound of money."

Thus saying, the Hodja drew two coins from his pocket, rang them together loudly, put them back into his pocket, and sent the beggar and the innkeeper each on his own way.