Thanksgiving days

Last Monday morning, a local high school gathered for their Thanksgiving Assembly which included pardoning a turkey.  The school headmaster purchases his turkey from our farm each year and the staff thought it would be good fun to surprise him with the act of pardoning his own turkey; enter Farmer Tam.  “Sugar”, our Bourbon Red, performed beautifully and though she stayed in my arms, mostly, she was equipped with a small harness I’d fashioned for walking her.  When I did indeed put her on the ground to walk, well, she pooped.  Which everyone thought was hilarious.


I warned him that she hadn’t been bathed…

Receiving an official headmaster’s pardon

The rest of the “pardoned” flock calling on us daily.

We had the whole family home – yay!  Shaggy son-one got a haircut from his sister on the front porch.  It was mostly successful.

sunny afternoon front porch haircuts

We ate our turkey on Wednesday before Thanksgiving.  Because we’re gluttonous that way.

We go to Grammie’s for Thanksgiving, and that means that we don’t have a leftover turkey for ourselves to nosh on for the next few days.  And no turkey  to send back with college kids that have apartments that really would enjoy MRE‘s from home.

So seeing as it also makes sense to sample our product and validate the quality, we test-drive ahead of time.

21 pound sample for quality control

On Thanksgiving, we went to Grammie’s and again enjoyed turkey, prepared her way, which is with a brine.  And a thousand other dishes that everyone contributed.  It was delicious.  My favorite part was the cranberry orange relish.

In my brother Larry’s honor, I ate turnip.  I’m not a huge fan, but Larry would raise acres of them each year and bring them to the feast.  Every year I have a “no thank you” portion of turnip and am waiting to love it.  It didn’t happen this year.  Maybe next year.

Leek Harvest – we’re responsible for the leeks at Grammie’s

Hosing the leek lineup

Curried Leeks to contribute to Thanksgiving dinner

Char’s “Jeopardy” game which we play with the cousins, aunts and uncles


Mother/Daughter coloring – you’re never too old

knitting and cats

College kids getting their fix of kitties and cats

We also went to see “Skyfall”, the new James Bond flick.  We thought the writing was excellent and it was overall great. Yes, that Aston Martin gets play!  I need me an ejector seat...  Our family soaks up the whole theater experience and so we enjoyed our sit down  from corny refreshment-stand ads to the last gaffer’s creds.

On the way home, we discussed whether the most popular role for a British actor would be Bond or Dr. Who.  It was split.  They’re both 50 years old this year.  What do you think?

5 responses to “Thanksgiving days

  1. Nice post, looks like a fabulous time was had by all. The kids really do enjoy ‘coming home’ don’t they? As you know, we traveled to Indiana – the kids managed to rendezvous with us there (one flew from Connecticut and the other drove from Wisconsin) at the home of some very good friends. We brought the turkey though …. (ready for this …) 42 pounds! Done to a turn – delicious. We too have a family leek recipe, ours is for creamed leeks! Delicious but very, very rich. At this advanced age I can only handle the smallest of portions (or I regret it … big time). Glad all of your carefully planned events came off without a hitch and that you were able to have such nice family time together. Now I’m betting you need a bit of a vacation to recover. D

    • 42 POUNDS?!?! WOW How did it fit in the oven? We had a 35 pounder once and it just barely fit!
      Did you find homes for your 5 birds(including the one that went to Indiana?) I placed about 36 birds in Thanksgiving homes for the holidays, 4 went into my big chest freezer for the upcoming year. Not that I would’ve wanted it this way, but my sister-in-law is giving me my brother’s smoker which I can put the 4 birds into for smoked turkey if I want. I’m looking forward to the experiment.
      Yay for flying in from Connecticut and driving in from Wisconsin – what a grand get together. We pack so much in each day that it seems the 5 day break is never long enough. I’m eager for the December break when I’ll have the crew for about 3 weeks.
      Definitely lots of catch-up over the next few days around here. I tend to put off the un-fun chores of book-work and housekeeping but I’m out of excuses now.

      Thanks for the stop-by. Hope your week back in PA is a good one for settling back in. Woke up to a nice blanket of fresh snow and frantic dogs on the scent of something -for about 30 minutes they’ve been running around with their noses to the ground. It’s too late for me to “track” anything now that they’ve run all over the place, obscuring any tracks I might’ve used to i.d. the visitor. Hopefully not a poultry-predator…

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