Some time ago this message was forwarded to me in my email. I don’t know the author’s name, but I was instructed to pass it on. I have not altered it in the least.
When I was a kid, my Grandma liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day. On that evening so long ago, she had placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my Granddad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my Granddad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Grandma and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing… never made a face nor uttered a word about it!
When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my Grandma apologize to my Granddad for burning the biscuits. And I’ll never forget what he said: “Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then.”
Later that night, I went to kiss Granddaddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your Grandma put in a hard day of work today and she’s real tired. And besides – a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!”
As I’ve grown older, I’ve thought about that many times. Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I’m not the best at anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults, and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences, is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.
And that’s my prayer for you today… that you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He’s the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn’t a deal-breaker! We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the basis of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!
So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine and PLEASE pass this along to someone who has enriched your life. Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Gramps use’ta say
“We all have our own
vision of Paradise.”
From The Hints Book Almanac II
Cleaning your dishwasher, microwave & garbage disposal…
CLEANING/KITCHEN – To make your dishwasher sparkle like new run 1 normal washing cycle using Tang®, instead of detergent. The dishwasher should be empty when doing this. Repeat every 3 months or so. If it gets soap buildup and starts to have a foul odor pour a cup of vinegar inside the empty dishwasher and let it run through a whole cycle. To eliminate this from happening do this once a month. Another solution would be to run two packages of lemon drink mix through a cycle in the dishwasher to clean it. NOTE; Not recommended for stainless steel. KoolAid® will also clean dishwasher pipes. Just put it in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet. (Wow, and we let our kids drink this stuff?) Lastly, another way to clean your dishwasher is to turn it on (no detergent) and let the bottom fill with water. Stop the cycle. Pour 2 cups of white vinegar in, close the door and let sit for 30 minutes before finishing the cycle. To remove odors from your garbage disposal – pour a half cup of bleach down the drain. Give it a few minutes then follow by running hot water for 2 or 3 minutes. Also to clean and deodorize it try pouring 1/3 cup each of baking soda, salt and dishwashing detergent into disposal. Again, give it a few minutes, then turn on hot water and run disposal for several seconds. Clean & deodorize microwave – Put 4 tablespoons of lemon juice in a microwave-safe bowl with 1 cup of water. Boil 5 minutes in the microwave and allow the steam to condense inside of it, wipe dry with a clean cloth. If the stains aren’t too bad plain water might work. Another way to clean stains on the inside of your microwave, dissolve two tablespoons of baking soda in one cup water and in a small microwave-safe bowl, let the solution boil in the microwave for a few minutes so that the steam condenses on the walls. Then wipe clean with a damp sponge. You might want to put something like a toothpick in the water when boiling in the microwave to prevent explosive boiling.