Brute’s Bleat December 21, 2016

I took a survey of shoppers while I was waiting in the car with our Setter, Vanna, while Janis and Anna were looking for items to buy last week. I don’t often go shopping with them because I’m not one to go from store to store or from shopping center to shopping center to get the best deal, but more power to them! That said, my survey shows an estimated 95% of the shoppers were ladies which isn’t anything new to Target, Macy’s, Walmart or any of the large and small stores. They’ve been targeting lady shoppers for years and years. They have no reason to change. As the old advertising motto says, “Ride the advertising horse till it dies.” More power to them in a year when holiday shopping seems to be at an all-time high. That goes ditto for local stores who compete for the shopping dollar. And as this is the last issue before Christmas we wish all of the Messenger readers the merriest of Christmases. It’s a time for families to get together, give gifts, give thanks and pay homage to the saying, “Peace on earth, good will to men”.
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These Christmas Quotes were found on the internet and seemed appropriate:
“To the American People: Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind.
To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas…”
[Calvin Coolidge, December 25, 1927]
“Christmas began in the heart of God.
It is complete only when it reaches the heart of man.”
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
[Charles Dickens]
“I heard the bells on Christmas Day, their old, familiar carols play, and wild and
sweet the words repeat of peace on earth, good will to men!”
[Henry Wadsworth Longfellow]
“I truly believe that if we keep telling the Christmas story, singing the Christmas songs,
and living the Christmas spirit, we can bring joy and happiness and peace to this world.”
[Norman Vincent Peale]

Tuesday night’s full moon (Dec. 13) shined brightly in that night’s clear sky and was followed by two brilliant sun-dogs the next morning as the sun was arcing upward on a bitterly cold, but yet a beautiful morning. We spotted a heathy looking coyote in Dayton last week, not far from the highway. . . The extreme cold that greeted us, minus something or another, might be the coldest for this winter. It didn’t make the snow squeak when I took Vanna out Sunday morning, but I can get along without that phenomenon! The cold weather helped make ice on local lakes over the weekend and I suspect anglers will be out checking its depth this week. There was a fish house on Maple Lake out from the swimming beach Friday and another on Lake Mary the same day.