Random thoughts

“There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”  Dalai Lama, Buddhist leader of Tibet

Today I have been catching up on blogs to which I subscribe and also following some of them to other places.  Random thoughts are rushing around my head and just so that you don’t miss out (ha ha) I thought I would share inflict some of them with on you.

  • I simply toss out the used coffee grounds after enjoying the taste and aroma of the hot coffee.  But did you know there are some people who use these grounds for all sorts of things.  For example have you considered making your own face mask? or use the grounds as an exfoliator or as a cleaning agent.  I found this blog – I don’t know how I got there – and as it says in the title it lists 6 surprising ways to re-use coffee grounds.  Um…
  • Christmas giving and celebrating.  I recently read a post where the mother had decided that Santa wouldn’t come to their house to leave gifts.  The boys were told that instead Santa would go to more needy houses.  That’s a great idea.  I wish I could direct you to the blog – it’s well worth reading – but unfortunately I deleted it and cannot remember who wrote it.  If you are reading this and it was you, please let me know.
  • Lunch at Mary Potter today.  Some new faces; a few missing having gone home and one leaving for long term care in a another center.  Changes each week; some good others not so good.
  • I heard Nat King Cole singing “Unforgettable” on the radio this morning.  This song was played at my Father’s funeral and will always be associated with that very special man as far as I am concerned.
  • I thought about different words we use for the same items – purse, handbag and pocketbook.  Which do you use?  Hood and bonnet of the car, and trunk and boot; cookie and biscuit; jam and jelly; movie and film and on and on.  The same language, English, but two quite separate and different versions.  I wonder how anybody learns English as a second language.
  • Dinner tonight at a favourite restaurant, Chow on Tory,  where the food is described as ‘fresh Asian’.  My very favourite is Peking duck, served in lettuce cups and a new delight Castro’s blue cheese and peanut wontons with berry coulis, all accompanied by Jasmine rice.  Yummy.
  • Today Elizabeth at EOF737 asked Do you feel connected to your body?  Thinking about this made me say yes, most of the time.  I am of course, aware as the years pass that my body may have changed in shape and perhaps size, but it is still the body I was given and is still me.  And after all this time I still like my body.  Does that make me different from the norm?
  • I read another post recently that attracted 434 likes and 302 comments – how would I find time to respond to all of them?
  • I recently went to the local observatory and spent a couple of hours being educated and entertained about the night sky.  More on this in a separate post.

So you see this brain of mine has been running around in ever decreasing circles today.  Hopefully, tomorrow will be better.  And if tomorrow never comes?

“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together there is something you must always remember.
You are braver than you believe; stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.
But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you”.  Winnie the Pooh to Christopher Robin

Winnie the Pooh

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24 responses to “Random thoughts

  1. jacquelincangro

    My mom places used coffee grounds around the base of her rose bush. I always thought it was odd, but maybe not!
    I just love that Pooh quote.

  2. On the coffee grounds note … apparently you can use them to deter slugs in the garden – the slugs don’t like to crawl over the coffee grinds. 🙂

  3. I’ve heard of coffee grounds for plants, but never for my face. It’s always been white tea leaves for that. And your description of Chow made me incredibly hungry; the place sounds incredible.

    The Winnie-the-Pooh quote’s a great way to start my day, too. Thanks, Judith!

    • What are white tea leaves. I am a tea drinker being English, but I haven’t heard of white tea. And Chow is rapidly becoming my favourite place to eat. Light, delicious food, small portions and each dish more scrumptious.

      • White tea is basically the purest form of a tea leaf; they basically just pick it, roll it a little, and let it dry, so it maintains the most antioxidants, they say. I work in a tea shop, so we’re drilled and have to talk about this stuff all the time, so I feel like a textbook right now, lol. Basically, it’s what you get before you start frying or steaming it to make it green tea, and definitely way before the oxidation/fermentation process that makes black tea.

        It’s super light in flavor, which makes it great to blend with other teas to add more health benefits, and it also makes it really popular to match with fruity herbal infusions.

        Blah blah blah tea. : ) I could go on forever.

      • Thanks for the info, L.S. I much prefer white over green or black. I think you just explained why.

  4. So many things to comment on, but the one thing you mentioned that sticks out to me is that you like your body. I have never liked mine…even when I was a skinny little beanpole in my youth. So, to me, that is different from the norm. And I’d love to know your secret.

    • Oh well I have had many years to come to terms with mine. I was a skinny bean pole too in my youth, But now as I said, I like my body, it goes well with the rest of me.

  5. I’d like to hear about your visit to the observatory. I’m with you, I don’t know how anyone learns English as a second language. We call it the hood and trunk, a cookie is flat and sweet, a biscuit is thicker and bread-y, and spread mine with jelly (no seeds). Always fun to come see what your brain is inflicting upon us. 🙂

  6. (Smiling) Your brain in circles is still a superior brain. I enjoyed its meanderings today, as always.

  7. Hahahahahaha! You made me laugh out loud, Judith. It was my post you read, regarding Santa not coming to our house. However, you failed to mention the tradition you started in your home with your kids. Your tradition is worth sharing, and I hope you will write about it.
    http://lenorediane.com/2011/11/30/from-griswolds-to-giving/
    Loved your random thoughts, Judith. Unforgettable is a wonderful tribute to a loved one.
    And the Winnie the Pooh quote brings tears to my eyes. So true.

    • Hi Lenore – I thought it was your post but then couldn’t find it. I do intend to write about my tradition of giving a gift to an unknown child. Thank you. And my Father was most certainly special and unforgettable. This brings tears to my eyes always now.

  8. Jasmine rice and peanut wontons sound delish! I’ll pass on the duck.

    Quack!

    • Oh Nancy, what makes the peanut wantons so delicious is the blue cheese cooked inside them. I know that you are not a meat eater but do you eat dairy? I plan to try my hand at this over the weekend – so watch this space.

  9. I love both quotes–from two of the best philosophical minds around. Thank you Judith, for a moment of lovely randomness.

  10. I love randomness. Yours seems rather organized, though. Pooh is always so wise…

  11. Isn’t it amazing how many “random thoughts” can rush around in one’s head…so much variety. You have so many special thoughts in this post…thank you.
    I love that quote from the Dalai Lama. I had put a similar quote onto a photo background and put it up on a wall in our home…
    http://pocketperspectives.wordpress.com/2011/05/20/kindness/
    And I added it to another photo background too.
    http://reflectionsfromafriend.wordpress.com/extra-special-pages/lantern-my-religion-is-kindness/

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