Two holidays today

Is anyone working today? I ask that every Columbus Day, why should this one be any different?

rooster_pulletsHappy Thanksgiving Day to our friends in Canada. What is the traditional menu? Turkey? We’re partial to cheese and green chile tamales. Pardon my ignorance. Maybe it’s goose? If you’re short one, my back pasture has been attracting them lately. Those and cranes, including whooping cranes. Actually a few chickens too. Not mine obviously since the bobcat got them back in late April. My neighbor’s rooster got some pullets and he’s been very proudly showing them around the neighborhood. You can tell they’re pullets even though they’re big enough to be mistaken for grown hens because they still make baby-chick peep peep noises. So cute.

The obvious conclusion being I’m not working per se. I’m listening to Pandora and slogging through a back log of a week’s email on my main accounts. I’m also answering the phones from the few callers. The day feels balanced and it’s so nice to have relaxed friendly conversations.

Now I’m off to forage for food. It’s 2:40PM and other than chocolate cake left over from yesterday, I haven’t even had breakfast. Then I may go look at carpet. Hope your day is a great one.


  1. dosfashionistas says:

    You have whoopers in your back yard!! You might want to let one of th eofficial whooper sites know. I don’t think they are tracking them in NM. Current estimated population is 574, with only three wild flocks and 167 in captive breeding programs.Report

  2. Kathleen says:

    Sarah, they make a big deal of counting the whooping cranes that winter here each year. One year when there were only 11 known in the wild, we had seven of them.

    Jasonda: in these parts, some would argue you’ve never had a good tamale if you got it in Texas (I’m not one of them, lol).Report

  3. Jody says:

    OMG! You are priviledged indeed to have seen whooping cranes! They are extremely endangered (fewer than 500 left in the world). I was fortunate enough to see a pair here in Indiana about five years ago. Sadly, though, last year I read where one had been shot and killed here. Still, they are doing some really interesting stuff to try to bring the population back including teaching hatchlings to migrate by flying alongside them in a lightweight aircraft disguised as an adult crane :). You should try to get some pictures next time you see them. That may be all we have left in a few years.Report

  4. Leslie says:

    We eat Turkey, or in my case, roast Pork. The main thing is, we eat, and eat. Boy do we eat.
    Do you know what they call the very small eggs laid by a Pullet? A Pullet Suprise. Ya, that was corny.Report

  5. Kathleen says:

    Cindy (and all) it’s an old joke favored by educators.

    A high school boy wrote that “In 1957, Eugene O’Neill won a Pullet Surprise.” Thus was born a famous award to authors: THE PULLET SURPRISE

    It’s also funny because pullets rarely lay eggs, it’s a surprise.Report

  6. Cheryl Designs says:

    PULLET SURPRISE I LOVE IT ROFL …… I grew up in the country, raising chickens I have NEVER heard that before :) THANK YOU. Have a FANTASTIC week.Report

  7. Jay A. says:

    First off, green chile anything is GREAT!!! I have some green chile tamales in Grant NM two years ago. Unbelievable.

    Kathleen, why are you foraging for food? Go and kill off some of those birds and fry them up.
    Cut their heads off. Boil them and pull the feathers out. Does anyone want to buy any vegan fabrics. May be slightly (chicken) blood stained.Report

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