“The best way to thaw a frozen turkey? Blow in it’s ear.”

The earlier morning had a chill, but it didn’t feel cold. It is in the 40’s and will stay that way all day. The bright sun has a sharpness which shines only in the fall. The sky has a few clouds but is mostly blue. With no wind, it is still sweatshirt weather. I think it is a lovely day.

My dance card has a couple of events today. I have PT again for my finger which is still swollen. Some days it hurts to the touch while other days it doesn’t hurt at all. It is a weird injury. Tonight I have uke practice, the first I’ve been to since the big bite.

I have a couple of errands. Jack needs treats, and I need to go to the post office. I have a package to mail, and I need stamps.

Last night, Nala, the marauder, had white strips of white plastic, like trash bag white, in her mouth. I just took it out of her mouth and threw it away. This morning she had more. I also saw a pile of leaves just inside the back door. I tried to throw it away, but I couldn’t. It was wrapped in thread which continued outside. I followed the thread and found the source, a spool of thread. It had come from an antique wooden box under my table which holds spools of antique thread. While I was rewinding the thread, I saw the shredded white trash bag in the yard. It had come from Jack’s room. I missed Nala taking it outside. She has become stealthy.

When I was a kid, there was no countdown to Thanksgiving, not like Christmas. In school, to celebrate the holiday, we colored turkeys imprinted on paper. They were always Tom turkeys with their tail feathers spread. I remember I used my Crayola crayons and colored each feather differently. My Tom had a rainbow tail. My mother bought a few cardboard turkeys we’d put in the window, the picture window. That was about it until the big day with its traditions.

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2 Comments on ““The best way to thaw a frozen turkey? Blow in it’s ear.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Hi Kat,

    Another cloudy cool morning with a low of 36° and a high of 50° if and when the sun decides to show up. 🙂 These temperatures are about 20° colder than our average temperature for the first part of November.

    Thanksgiving was never a big deal when I was growing up. My mother made Turkey, dressing, and served canned jellied cranberry sauce. It’s still my favorite today. We always watched the Macy’s parade on TV. In those days they televised other department store holiday parades from places like Detroit or Toronto. Today Macy’s owns all the major department stores nationwide.

    Our current tradition is the Macy’s parade, the National Dog Show, and the Dallas Cowboy game. Dallas always played on Thanksgiving Day. Usually they played the Washington Redskins so it was the Cowboys verses the Indians. Now the Washington team is the Commanders. It’s not the same thing. This year Dallas will be playing the NY Giants who actually play their games in New Jersey. The only sports franchise left with a Native American mascot is the Atlanta Braves. The former Cleveland Indians are now the Guardians.

    The entire traditions of Thanksgiving is based on the myth that the Native Americans and the pilgrims sat down to Turkey and dressing in 1621. I wonder if the pilgrims served canned jellied cranberry sauce? 🙂 The part that’s left out from public school history classes is how we later screwed all the Native People out of their land, put them on reservations, and then tried to convert them to Christianity. Unfortunately, we failed them in all those areas.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Bob,
      We are getting seasonable temperatures after the heat of last week. Some parts of the state are getting a bit of snow but not here.

      The Thanksgiving dinner was a big deal here too, but there were no activities before the big day as there were before Christmas. We did watch the parade, and we had the same snacks every year: mixed nuts to break open, tangerines and M&M’s. I even buy cranberry sauce in the can for when I have chicken and even pork. I do love the round canned sauce better than the sauce you make.

      They didn’t have other parades on TV until I was older, but it is the Macy’s parade I love the most.

      My father always finished eating quickly so he could get back to the football games. There were no Patriots so my father was a Giants fan back then. I knew about the Cleveland change. I don’t like their choice for a new name.

      The first Thanksgiving they might have eaten turkey as wild turkey were common back then. I have gone to Plimouth Plantation where they tell you all about their meal. Seafood was part of it, mussels, clams and maybe even lobster. Cornmeal would have been on the table, maybe acorns and walnuts too. There would have neem no dessert-no sugar.


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