Cats and kittens are adorable. The cutest in the animal kingdom; except for the Pandas. I love Panda bears, but I cannot have them at home.
I know, we all know, kind of a clitché to say that cats are adorable? But who in their “right” mind would’t say that? Well, some love dogs more than cats, some prefer birds instead. I love animals in general. OK, no, I just thought about snakes. No, I don’t hate them but don’t like them in “person” , lol.
The closest to a snake I want to be is probably 1 kilometer away. But there are other reptiles I like a lot: lizards. Now, earth worms don’t bother me at all. In fact, I get them out of my yard and give them to my chickens and to my catfish I raise in my pond farm. But this topic is for another blog post….mmmm….yes, great idea.
Here you’ll find a group of cats who decided to spice things up a bit in the world of cat fur patterns.
Some of the little guys you’ll meet below were born with awesome symbols in their fur that allow them to wear their hearts on their sleeves.
Others among them seem to be less enthused with their unique markings, which make them appear to be wearing full-time funny faces or doing a permanent impression of a historical figure. Regardless, these little guys and their awesome fur are sure to put a smile on your face!
“What goes around comes around” is the phrase that comforts most people when they’re in an unfair situation or any other situation in which they have no control over.
If you ask most people what karma is all about they will say something like, “It is punishment for past wrongs.” Or “What you do to others will come back to you.”
The concept of karma is very old and has its origin in ancient India. However, many Buddhist and Hinduist schools of thought use different definitions.
However, many people still have a need for an outside authority that punishes and rewards. This is apparent in the way many religions are still interpreted and practiced.
For generations, our ancestors believed in a judging and punishing god. Subconsciously we still project the image of a judging authority on a teacher, a set of religious or philosophical beliefs, or a concept like karma. This way, we just take away the old judging deity and replace it with another.
It’s seen as a sort of cause and effect; a universal system of justice against your crimes.
In fact, some people count on it for vengeance.
The original Buddhist idea of karma based on reincarnation is even more problematic with respect to evidence.
Nothing out of the ordinary happens much. Everything happens for a reason, sure, but that reason hasn’t been proven to be a spiritual or a mystical one. Everything happens for a reason because of cause and effect. That cause and effect is determined by probability.
In history, there have been legions of people who have done good deeds for their families and other people while still living lives of quiet desperation. What do infants do to deserve being abandoned by their parents, or being killed in car accidents?
At the other end, there are despotic leaders like Stalin and predatory criminals like Jack the Ripper who got to the end of their lives without any particularly dire consequences.
These examples do not prove that there is no such thing as karma, but should combine with the lack of evidence for karma to support the conclusion that karma is just a myth. The belief that what goes around comes around is just wishful thinking.
CONCLUSION: Karma is not a bitch. It is a myth. It doesn’t exist.
Some people think it is sexist to use blonde to refer to women, but the AP stylebook currently says to maintain the distinction between the two gendered forms of the word if you use it, and The Chicago Manual of Style also seems to uphold the difference. It doesn’t say so explicitly, but it uses the E-form for women in some example sentences.
Just Because I Am Blond
just because I am blond I’m not a dumb blond I’m not clueless I’m not unprofessional
just because I am blond I’m not lonely I’m not shy I’m not spoiled
just because I am blond I’m not a nerd I’m not perfect I’m not a source for a joke just because I am blond… look at me differently
4 tbsp rose harissa pesto (see Know-how) or 2 tbsp harissa paste
Finely grated zest and juice 1 lemon
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
Small bunch fresh coriander, leaves and stalks chopped
2.2-3 kg easy-carve leg of lamb (see Know-how)
1 cucumber, halved, deseeded and sliced
300g mixed radishes, quartered (or sliced then quartered if using the larger watermelon radishes)
100g whole skin-on almonds, toasted in a dry pan
Small bunch fresh mint, chopped
Handful fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 tbsp argan oil (see Know-how)
2 tsp runny honey
Juice 1 lemon
125g pomegranate seeds
Roast potatoes to serve
Heat the oven to 160°C/140°C fan/gas 3. Mix together the harissa pesto or paste, lemon zest and juice, ground spices, fresh coriander and plenty of black pepper in a bowl.
Put the lamb in a roasting tin and rub with the marinade (see Make Ahead). Roast for 30 minutes, uncovered, then pour 300ml water around the lamb and cover the tin tightly with 2 sheets of foil. Roast for 4 hours, basting with the cooking juices once or twice, until tender.
Transfer the meat to a chopping board and rest for 20-30 minutes, loosely covered with foil. Skim any surface fat off the pan juices, then taste and keep warm (or simmer briskly for 5-10 minutes to intensify the flavour if it’s not punchy enough).
Meanwhile, prepare the salad. Put the cucumber, radishes and almonds in a serving bowl and toss with most of the herbs.
Drizzle with the argan oil, honey and lemon juice along with plenty of salt, and toss well. Scatter over the remaining herbs and pomegranate seeds. Serve dish, carved into slices, with the salad and crispy roast potatoes.
Flowers are so beautiful, they look gorgeous in their nature habitat, in our homes. Flowers are given to show love, passion, compassion, celebration, happiness. But flowers are much more than that. Lots of flowers are edible, like these common petunias!
Edible flowers is a trend in gastronomy, and they range from the small and delicate, intended to give just a hint of flavour, to a mouthful, without dominating a dish. Those varieties include marguerites, fuchsias and tagetes (a member of the sunflower family), large and muscular enough in flavour to elbow the cutlet right off your plate.
Did you know you could eat tulips? Club Gascon chef Pascal Aussignac’s green tulip primavera with truffle vinaigrette is one of London’s most iconic restaurant dishes. The lightly scented flowers have an earthy, rich, peppery, herbaceous flavour, and crunchy texture.
“A cat has absolute emotional honesty” – Ernest Hemingway
To all of you, my sweet loyal beautiful digital family, have a successful Monday in any and everything you do! I wish the best of things to happen to you, for your soul to rejoice, your body to be healthy and your mind to learn all the wonders that this life has to offer to us.
“Perhaps one reason we are fascinated with these felines is because such a small animal can contain so much independence, dignity, and freedom of spirit. He demands acceptance on his own terms.” – Lloyd Alexander
A little bit sad today? tsk tsk, SMILE! Life is beautiful, with all its pointy-painful rocks we find along our path, life is still worth living.
Sometimes watching a cute loving video can make our day, or looking at images that we like, it can be soothing and calming. That is why we should make ourselves start the day with a smile and a kindness in our hearts, and if we repeat it tomorrow, everyday, it will become a wonderful happy habit.
Let us start changing our lives for the better!!
NOTE: I love all animals, but cats…rob my heart…completely!! (I just wanted to share that with you, gals and guys)