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Louise Redden, a poorly dressed lady with a look of defeat
on her face, walked into a grocery store.

She approached the owner of the store in a most humble
manner and asked if he would let her charge a few groceries.

She softly explained that her husband was very ill and
unable to work, they had seven
children and they needed food.

John Longhouse, the grocer, scoffed at her and requested
that she leave his store at once..

Visualizing the family needs, she said: ‘Please, sir! I
will bring you the money just as soon as I can.’

John told her he could not give her credit, since she did
not have a charge account at his store.

Standing beside the counter was a customer who overheard
the conversation between the two. The customer walked
forward and told the grocer that he would stand good for
whatever she needed for her family. The grocer said in a
very reluctant voice, ‘Do you have a grocery list?’

Louise replied, ‘Yes sir.’ ‘O.K’ he said,
‘put your grocery list on the
scales and whatever your grocery list weighs, I will give
you that amount in groceries.’

Louise hesitated a moment with a bowed head, then she
reached into her purse and took out a piece of paper and
scribbled something on it. She then laid the piece of
paper on the scale carefully with her head still bowed.

The eyes of the grocer and the customer showed amazement
when the scales went down and stayed down.

The grocer, staring at the scales, turned slowly to the
customer and said begrudgingly, ‘I can’t believe it.’

The customer smiled and the grocer started putting the
groceries on the other side of the scales. The scale did not
balance so he continued to put more and more groceries on
them until the scales would hold no more.

The grocer stood there in utter disgust. Finally, he grabbed
the piece of paper from the scales and looked at it with greater amazement.

It was not a grocery list, it was a prayer, which said:

‘Dear Lord, you know my needs and I am
leaving this
in your hands.’

The grocer gave her the groceries that he had
gathered and stood in stunned silence.
Louise thanked him and left the store. The other customer
handed a fifty-dollar bill to the grocer and said; ‘It
was worth every penny of it.

Only God Knows how much a
prayer weighs.’

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As we are approaching another busy week-end of the Holiday season, please be careful. Everyone seems to start getting in a panic about now, trying to find that perfect gift. I remember one time picking up a sweater on a sales table and a woman grabbed it out of my hand in a frenzy. When I looked up at her she said with a panicked look in her eye, “I wanted this sweater”. I said, “well honey you can sure have it”. No “gift” is worth getting into a scuffle at the sales table. And you know what? I can’t even remember what that sweater looked like, not even the color. That’s how it usually is. We think we are getting that special gift that someone will always cherish and the truth is that by next year they won’t even remember it. I sure don’t want to sound like scrooge because I so enjoy Christmas. However, I want to keep the true meaning and the enjoyment of giving what it should be. So in all your busy-ness, stop for a moment every now and then and enjoy a hot apple cider, a cup of coffee and a pastry. Stop and hug your kids and husband, wife, mother, father, sister or brother. They will probably remember that more than a material gift. Have fun in all the hustle and bustle and stay safe during this busy season.

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We found another good restaurant.  Thanks to Rod and Mindy and Kirk and Tina.  They gave us a gift certificate at Christmas and we used it this past Tuesday Night.  The  Shadowbrook is a phenomenal place to eat.  WOW!  It is built on the side of a hill and the way to get to it is on a little trolley.  Or you can take the steps through the beautiful garden but I don’t recommend it in high heels.   It is absolutely beautiful.  If you live close to Capitola, CA (Santa Cruz) it is well worth the time to go and enjoy this dining experience.



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This is something I have NEVER done, but I guess a lot of people do. 

Do YOU?  I guess you really don’t have to tell me.  LOL

The art of the re-gift

By Justin Grant and Aarthi Sivaraman Sun Dec 24, 5:41 PM ET

NEW YORK, Dec 22 (Reuters Life!) – For Christmas this year, New York comedienne Margaret Champagne is giving her boyfriend’s parents 2-year-old candles that had been gathering dust under her bed. 

“Unless they run it through some re-gifting machine, or try to lift my fingerprints off it, how are they going to know it’s a re-gift?” Champagne said in an interview while doing her Christmas shopping at the Manhattan Mall in New York City.

“They even live in another state. Besides, the candles had been under my bed for so long, it’s like they are looking for a perfect home.”

Champagne said she sees nothing wrong with giving unwanted presents to others as gifts and a survey conducted earlier this year by Harris Interactive and Tassimo Hot Beverage System showed she is far from alone.

Its results, which were released in October, showed that 78 percent of the more than 1,500 consumers polled think it’s acceptable to re-gift some, or most, of the time.

More than 60 percent of the women surveyed admitted to re-gifting, or said they would do so in the future, compared with 37 percent of the men.

The term was popularized on an episode of the television series “Seinfeld,” when character Elaine Benes angrily branded a friend a “re-gifter” for giving Jerry the same label-maker she had originally bought for the friend.

Regiftable.com, a Web site operated by Money Management International, offers advice to potential re-gifters so they can avoid similarly embarrassing situations.

The site doles out common sense suggestions, like do not give a partially used gift card or do not give someone a present they originally gave you.

The site also allows re-gifters and recipients to tell their horror stories.

Mike, from New York, writes of a wealthy great-aunt giving him a used pair of black socks and a partial bottle of men’s cologne.

“I can only assume that these belonged to my great uncle who had passed away several years earlier,” Mike wrote. “To this day, whenever I see thin, black, old man socks, I think of my aunt.”

Kim, from Chicago, said her 8-year-old daughter gave her bundt cake mix for Christmas one year, which the child originally got from Kim’s ex-husband.

“I was married to this man for 12 years,” Kim wrote. “I have never owned a bundt cake pan, nor do I own one now”.

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