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Just for fun: the random, useless announcements thread!
Every day our white blood cells do battle with bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and our immune system deals with potential threats to our well being.
All without involvement of our will or most of the time, our knowledge.
invest like the 'extreme couponer's on TV, hahaha, but volunteering to
do 2 hours of clipping last week, earned me first dibs at the stacks.
My grocery budget last week was $160. My total was $139 ,and after coupons,
I got it down to $89. Including packing school lunches and mine! Hot damn!
The secret is holding the coupons until the items go on sale...compare the
prices....and our local store doubles coupons on certain days!
An added bonus: The unused and even expired coupons get donated
to troops over seas. They are accepted and used by adopted
bases. Military pay is not alot....I'm so glad to be helping their families along
with mine. Also, I had 4 buy one get one coupons on shampoo and toilet stuff, so
I was able to donate a small bag of items to the homeless shelter without
worry. Generosity is a beautiful thing!
The whole darn place is up in flames!
(I typed that sentence)
ios7 the new operating system for iPads, iPhones and Imaniacs has a great easily accessible timer.
Sweep from off the bottom of the device upward to access control panel. Choose the timer bottom right. Set time. Turn off device. When your cushion sitting is oven ready, a sound, in my case, 'slow rise' will emerge. You can of course ignore it and get a few more minutes of dharma snoozing in [wait a minute that can't be right . . .] :clap:
Announcement: Congress and everyone up there gets paid...
I don't. Furlough days for me. Oh well...good thing I just had a
retreat, hahaha....I'm wearing my 'go as a river' shirt today to the
office to clean my cube out. We got 4 hours to wrap anything up....
then I'll be home....on NB...talking.
It is sad what the people in charge will do to the people who voted them in. All for the sake of extremest points of view. The whole idea of congress is to have a place to argue points but to also come to a compromise.
figure out how to pass some time. The Temple I attend ( which he has never been
to) is right down the street. Just as a shot in the dark, I suggested that we could
go there. Sit by the lotus pond and talk...or just be quiet. He does meditate at
home, but because of some social anxiety, he has never come with me.
Well...we sat by the lotus pond for a few minutes and I then suggested since
no one was in the main hall, we could go and sit. ( I had already put his home
cushion in the trunk), hahaha. He said sure. Well, a few minutes later, we were
doing the whole do. There we were.. just him and I. We did the incense offering,
and set the timer. First time in 15 years we sat/meditated together. Just the two
of us....I gently walked and got the little drum, and I chanted and we took refuge
vows. I did the whole procession and I think my Sangha brothers would have
been proud of the job I did. It was a beautiful 2 hours. Did I say it was just the
two of us? ......... Gratitude for this moving experience.
How wonderful, @Vastmind :clap: You made me tear up too! (((HUGS!!)))
I was inspired by 'The Dhamma Brothers' movie recently.
I also managed, at long last . . . probably due to software upgrades, to sit with the treeleaf on line sangha.
Your story made me happy
But time is precious; hence my reduced absence here. Don't worry - am still around to pat backs and rap knuckles....(The former in far greater proportion to the latter, I'm glad to say.... )
What's everyone got going on this week-end?
I'm laying low...just relaxing. I spent last week-end (and my
furlough days) cleaning up and doing yard work, so I intend
on chillin' in the backyard, with a thermos of hot tea and some
I'd seen plenty of them in stores for $150 and up; waaay up.
I did not want to (and couldn't really afford to) pay that kind of money for a simple 'tall, sofa table' just to put plants on...
But today, after going out with my sis-in-law Kim, browsing through some thrift shops and antique shops and once again coming up empty handed, we popped into a local estate sale (in my neighborhood) and BOOM!! -- there it was right before my eyes as soon as I walked in the house! Sticker on it said $40, I got it for $35. I love it!!
::: happy dance! :::
3 days later I can hobble around a bit, off the crutches, and the future is hopeful.
Oh my, I certainly hope you start to feel better ASAP! But don't rush things.... blown out knees are temperamental for a long time afterwards. :::hugs:::
Hang in there and take it slow. Sending hugs...
When walking just walk.
When Sitting just sit,
When hobbling, just hobble.
Above all, don't wobble!
. . . next week Dharma dancing
When it rains, it pours!
Let's take the idea and the word 'rape' out of jokes, out of casual conversation about nothing, out of our sarcasm, out of our editorial cartoons. There is nothing funny, clever, amusing, ironic, or 'edgy' about tossing the idea of, or the word rape around as if you're saying "Hello" to a friend on the street.
This guy is right, and his anger is justified.
He took me through it! :clap: :bawl:
So........ Who's coming over for Apple Pie??
Home-made; just out of the oven about 30 min ago....
I love baking in the fall and winter.
...truly "oldies but goodies"! --mostly Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music (mid-18th century) but some stuff stretching all the way back to ancient Greece. This stuff sounds a bit different from classical music, and most people haven't been exposed to true "early music" (i.e. performed in the original way, what is known as "historically informed performance").
I'll provide links to Amazon for the music where I can. I'll probably just post one piece every weekend if anyone wants to listen to something a little out of the ordinary. :wave:
Also I downloaded an app caller "Happier"
it's nice, I think people on this website would enjoy it..
Buddha = apple pie = Maitriya
. . . talking of light and love . . .
went to Hindu temple as it is Diwali.
Visited the 'dark gods' hidden in the nooks and crannies, Kali (Buddhist Tara/Kwan Yin) was glad of a bit of attention. She puts a bit of chilli in her apple pies. What a little devil she is ...
My sister makes an apple and pear crumble with cinnamon and dark sugar - yum