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When my Mother or Grandmother would make biscuits the first thing that came out of the kitchen cabinet was a sifter. You remember, with the crank handle on the side and the distinct noise it made when you turn that handle. Put in a little flour turn the crank and presto fine, smooth flour, and left in the top clumps, hulls, and possibly an insect or two, this all went in the trash. They told me this had to be done not only to remove the hulls, clumps, and insects, it also added air that made for fluffier, better tasting baked goods.


What if every morning we put our thoughts in the sifter and turned that crank, leaving the bitterness , anger and resentment for the trash. Maybe it would it be easier to "rise" and deliver a better "tasting day". After all

"who likes flat biscuits?" Happy Baking!!!!

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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Hello John McCormack 

I remember those sifters. I also agree with you about sifting our thoughts for as we think in our hearts, so we are. Before any action takes place a thought must be conceived.

Jul 04, 2015 10:08 PM #43
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning John McCormack,

I'm back again! So glad to see Kathy Streib feature this in her post this morning. Great choice for an "Ah-ha" moment for the week! I remember my mom's sifter well..great analogy!

Jul 04, 2015 10:17 PM #44
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

I would have missed this one if Kathy Streib had not included it in her Sunday finest! You are so right and boy do I remember those sifters - it is a great analogy and I'm going to try to use it today!  Happy Sunday John and Debbie!

Jul 04, 2015 10:47 PM #45
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Well said John, there are far too many negative comments here in the rain. For me, I love spreading happiness, not doom and gloom. It is why i love wishing everyone a great day as my close. Good to hear you had fun on the 4th. It was a tale of 2 days with heavy work in the am and boating in the afternoon for me. 

Jul 05, 2015 12:26 AM #46
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

I am glad that I didnt miss this post, thanks to Kathy's weekly summary!  Thanks for sharing!

Jul 05, 2015 12:36 AM #47
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hi Debbie and John -- not sure how I missed this post(hmm, I wonder if it could be the continuing difficulty of finding people I follow?) but this is a great recipe to start any day.   

Jul 05, 2015 12:42 AM #48
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Debbie and John,

I sure missed this wonderful post...I can't wait till they fix the "following" issue.  What a great way to start the day.  A big thank you to Kathy Streib for including it this week. A

Jul 05, 2015 01:07 AM #49
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Grat idea! We need to create mental sifters so we can just throw out all the bitter clumps... and bugs!

My Mom always used a sifter, and I still do have one. But I don't remember sifting out any bugs. 

I do remember a lady telling me about a house she lived in that had flour and sugar bins built in to the cabinets in the kitchen. She said they were handy, but it was annoying having to pick the mouse dirt out before using the flour and sugar. 

Jul 05, 2015 02:58 AM #50
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

John/Debbie, I would be turning that crank everyday to spit all the things we don't need in your lives into the trash. 

Jul 05, 2015 07:59 AM #51
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

John-I love your analogy. Very wise words.  I too remember those sifters. Probably still have it here somewhere.

Jul 05, 2015 08:34 AM #52
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Thanks to Kathy Streib for spreading the positive thinking and for taking time to leave a comment.  We appreciate you guys - YOU ROCK!  

Jul 05, 2015 01:58 PM #53
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

John, I love this clever comparison. I remember my grandmother's sifter and never thought about it catching tiny bugs.

Jul 05, 2015 03:34 PM #54
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

I like backing more than cooking. I like the smell of any backed food and it seems like it tastes better from the oven.

Jul 05, 2015 04:04 PM #55
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Nice way to put some common sense advice we all need to heed!  Have a great day!

Jul 05, 2015 09:58 PM #56
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

QMan and Debbie, well I've missed popping over to see you and what a GRAND post to catch this early am! A good lesson...almost like Chicken Soup for the Soul type of material. Loved it!

Jul 05, 2015 11:49 PM #57
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

I do remember that sifter and also being asked to use it as Mom was busy with something else.  Would get flour all over

Jul 06, 2015 01:24 AM #58
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

John, what a fabulous post! Wish we could sift out the chaff and throw it away. 

Jul 17, 2015 07:39 AM #59
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Excellent analogy! Not only is it great to start the day like this but everyday, regardless of time of day and/or situation.

Jul 19, 2015 12:25 AM #60
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert

Hi Guys, These are deep thoughts and I likethe way you presented your main point using the sifter. 

Jul 20, 2015 06:05 AM #61
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

John, I try to look at each day with as a new opportunity and leave the crumbs of the day before in the past...if you have an extra "thought sifter" hanging around...I can use one every now and then.

Jul 22, 2015 01:23 AM #62
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