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WITandWISDOM(tm) - October 22, 2004
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

"The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant." - Max De Pree, "Leadership Is an Art"

Source: Quotes of the Day, mailto:rheamo@centurytel.net?subject=Subscribe_Quotes_of_the_Day


The visitors came to the door with a huge box.

"Do you have a place we can set this? We have a couple more boxes in the car."

They disappeared out into the cold. Three more boxes of food appeared, and then they were gone.

We said thank you again and again. The kids were so excited! We had been living on pancakes with applesauce, and rice and potatoes we had gleaned in the fall for several
weeks. We now had four boxes of food.

The boxes included a couple loaves of bread, peanut butter, jam, margarine, celery, onions, carrots, potatoes, rice, a few grapefruit and bananas, lots of canned goods, and a bag of Chinese noodles. What fun we had unloading all those goodies!

I had already cooked rice for supper, so the Chinese noodles would be a treat. I opened the bag and thought they smelled strange. I tasted one. Yuk. Stale. Oh, well, it was free, and it was better then plain rice again.

After supper I started placing the cans into our cabinets. Some of the cans looked very old and dented, and I wondered if they would be good to eat. I tossed the can with the swollen lid into the garbage. Over the next month I threw out more than several cans. I didn't want to risk our health over old, outdated cans of green beans and corn.

I felt that perhaps I was inferior, a little less human.

I prayed that if I ever ended up in a position to be sharing something with someone else, I would always remember this experience and would give only the very best that I had.

By Carol Peavey
Source: Adventist Review, ISSN 0161-1119, (c) October 23, 2003, http://www.adventistreview.org/

Submitted by Mary Thayne

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

Interesting Signs and Labels

Beware! To touch these wires is instant death. Anyone found doing so will be prosecuted." -- On a sign at a railroad station.

"Do not light in face. Do not expose to flame." -- On a lighter.

"Choking hazard: This toy is a small ball." -- On the label for a cheap rubber ball toy.

"Not for human consumption." -- On a package of dice.

"May be harmful if swallowed." -- On a shipment of hammers.

"Using Ingenio cookware to destroy your old pots may void your warranty." -- A printed message that appears in a television advertisement when the presenter demonstrates how strong the cookware is by using it to beat up and destroy a regular frying pan.

"Do not dangle the mouse by its cable or throw the mouse at co-workers." -- From a manual for an SGI computer.

Source: Top Greetings


The attorney for whom I work as a legal secretary was handling the disposition of a will. Because of the size of the estate involved, we spent several days on paper work with the widow. Afterward, my boss wearily remarked that settlement of the estate had entailed an unusual amount of effort.

"Yes, it did," said the widow, sighing. "You know, sometimes I just wish that John hadn't died."

Contributed to "All In a Day's Work", Reader's Digest CyberSmiles

Source: DailyInBox Presents, http://dailyinbox.com

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

Treats For Animals

Mackerel Cat Munchies

1/2 cup canned mackerel, drained
1 cup whole-grain bread crumbs
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon brewer's yeast, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium-size bowl, mash the mackerel with a fork into tiny pieces. Combine it with the remaining ingredients and mix well. Drop mixture by 1/4 teaspoonful onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Cool to room temperature and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Doggie Ice Cream

2 cups vanilla yogurt
Mashed bananas
2 tablespoons honey

Mix ingredients and freeze in ice cube tray.

Horse Muffins

1 1/2 cups bran
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup skimmed milk
1/2 cup molasses
2 tablespoons corn oil
1 egg, beaten

Stir together bran, flour, soda, and baking powder. Mix together milk, molasses, oil and egg. Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Bake in greased or paper lined muffin tins at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes.

Remember to remove paper before feeding to your horse.

Chicken Crunchies (for the kitties)

1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 1/2 cups rye flour
1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
1 cup wheat germ
1 teaspoon dried kelp or alfalfa
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups chicken broth or beef broth
1 pound ground chicken
1 to 2 tablespoons brewer's yeast

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, combine the first six dry ingredients. Slowly add oil, broth and chicken, and mix well. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch, then place it on a greased cookie sheet. Bake until golden brown.

Cool, then break into bite-size pieces. Place pieces in a bag with the brewer's yeast and shake to coat them. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Makes 2 to 3 dozen pieces.

Parrot Custard

This is especially good for sick birds. It is delicious, high in protein, and is easily digested.

2 cups pasteurized milk
2 large eggs, beaten
2 to 3 tablespoons honey or sugar
Hot water

Place milk and honey or sugar in a 1-quart bowl and blend well. Add beaten eggs and whip ingredients together. Pour into four 6-ounce custard cups. Place a folded towel or wire rack in a roasting pan. Cover with an inch of hot, not boiling, water. Set the cups on the towel or rack and bake at 325 degrees F for 30 to 45 minutes.

Insert a knife near the edge of a cup. If it comes out clean, the custard is set. Let cool.

Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Winter Salad for Horses

6 apples, quartered
8 carrots, cut in three inch pieces
2 cups Quaker oats
1 cup sweet feed

Combine all ingredients and fold in enough molasses to make the oatmeal and grain stick to the fruit. Chill overnight and serve.

Bird Cookies

1 3/4 pounds suet
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup crushed peanuts
1/2 cup cracked corn kernels

Melt the suet in a pan over medium low heat. Stir in the sunflower seeds, peanuts and cracked corn kernels. Spoon mixture into plastic candy molds. Poke a hole in the top with a drinking straw. Let dry and pop out of the molds.

String a decorative ribbon through the top and hang in the trees for the birds.

Banana Mutt Cookies

Use fresh bananas and your dogs will love you a bunch!
1 1/2 cups ripe mashed bananas
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups oats
1/2 cup chopped peanuts
1/4 cup applesauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto
an ungreased baking sheet, and press flat with a fork. Bake for approximately
15 minutes, then cool on a rack before serving. Store in an airtight container.

Makes about 20 mutt pleasures.

Submitted by Bunni

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