Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

To all my dear readers - I am so very thankful
 for each and every one of you!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017


The turkey is a very popular bird, especially around the holiday season. Before sitting down to enjoy that holiday meal, pay tribute to this splendid bird by discovering some of these fascinating turkey facts.

Wild vs Domesticated Turkeys

The wild turkey is the only type of poultry native to North America and is the ancestor of the domesticated turkey. Although wild and domesticated turkeys are related, there are some differences between the two.

While wild turkeys are capable of flight, domesticated turkeys cannot fly. Wild turkeys typically have dark colored feathers, while domesticated turkeys are commonly bred to have white feathers. Domesticated turkeys are also bred to have large breast muscles. The big breast muscles on these turkeys make it too difficult for mating, so they must be artificially inseminated. Domesticated turkeys are a good, low-fat source of protein. They have become an increasingly popular choice of poultry because of their taste and good nutritional value.

Turkey Names

What do you call a turkey? The scientific name for the wild and modern domesticated turkey is Meleagris gallopavo. The common names used for the number or type of turkey changes depending on the age or sex of the animal. For example, male turkeys are called toms, female turkeys are called hens, young males are called jakes, baby turkeys are called poults, and a group of turkeys is called a flock.

Turkey Biology

Turkeys have some curious features that stand out upon first glance. One of the first things people notice about turkeys are the red, fleshy stretches of skin and bulbous growths located around the head and neck region. These structures are the:
  • Caruncles: These are fleshy bumps on the head and neck of both male and female turkeys. Sexually mature males may have large carnuncles with bright colors which are attractive to females.
  • Snood: Hanging over a turkey's beak is a long flap of flesh called the snood. During courtship, the snood enlarges and becomes red as it fills with blood in the male.
  • Wattle: These are flaps of red skin that hang from the chin. Males with large wattles are more attractive to females.
Another prominent and noticeable feature of the turkey is its plumage. Voluminous feathers cover the breast, wings, back, body and tail of the bird. Wild turkeys can have over 5,000 feathers. During courtship, males will puff up their feathers in a display to attract females. Turkeys also have what is called a beard located in the chest area. Upon sight, the beard appears to be hair, but is actually a mass of thin feathers. Beards are most commonly seen in males but may occur much less commonly in females. Male turkeys also have sharp, spike-like projections on their legs called spurs. Spurs are used for protection and defense of territory from other males. Wild turkeys can run as speed of 25 miles per hour and fly at speeds of up to 55 miles per hour.
Turkey Senses
Vision: A turkey's eyes are located on opposite sides of its head. The position of the eyes allows the animal to see two objects at once, but limits its depth perception.
Turkeys have a wide field of vision and by moving their neck, they can gain a 360-degree field of view.
Hearing: Turkeys do not have external ear structures such as tissue flaps or canals to assist with hearing. They have small holes in their head located behind the eyes. Turkeys have a keen sense of hearing and can pinpoint sounds from as far as a mile away.
Touch: Turkeys are highly sensitive to touch in areas such as the beak and feet. This sensitivity is useful for obtaining and maneuvering food.
Smell and Taste: Turkeys do not have a highly developed sense of smell. The region of the brain that controls olfaction is relatively small. Their sense of taste is believed to be underdeveloped as well. They have fewer taste buds than do mammals and can detect salt, sweet, acid and bitter tastes.

Turkey Facts & Stats

According to the National Turkey Federation, 95 percent of Americans surveyed eat turkey during Thanksgiving. They also estimate that about 45 million turkeys are consumed each Thanksgiving holiday. This translates to about 675 million pounds of turkey. With that being said, one would think that November would be National Turkey Lovers' Month. However, it is the month of June that is actually dedicated to turkey lovers. Turkeys range is size from small fryers (5-10 pounds) to larger turkeys weighing over 40 pounds. Large holiday birds typically mean a fair amount of leftovers. According to the Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council, the top five most popular ways to serve turkey leftovers are: sandwiches, soups or stews, salads, casseroles and stir-fry.


Today's funny :o)


This was a surprise!

Has a light dusting of SNOW the other day!

It was pretty, - but glad it didn't last long !

Charlie eating his mealy worms - he loves 'em!

It was to windy, so he went pack to the pen - the side are covered in plastic sheeting to keep out the drafts on a windy day. When it is nice out, I just roll the plastic down.

The start of a beautiful sunset last night:

Part of the sky was pink.

But this was the best color:

Just a sliver of the moon:


Monday, November 20, 2017

Having a bad day?????

These little cuties will cheer you up!



Today's funny :o)


A beautiful sunrise!

The whole spectacle is over in less than fire minutes.  :o(

 Just a pretty bush....

 Can you believe it?  Forsythia in November!!!!

 Tiny house wrens were eating the blossoms, but when I took the pictures they flew away.

 A cloudy sunset:

and a windy Sunday!


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Easy Listening for a Sunday Afternoon

Shirley Horn!

1934 - 2005

Shirley Horn

Shirley Valerie Horn was an American jazz singer and pianist. She collaborated with many jazz greats including Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Toots Thielemans, Ron Carter, Carmen McRae, Wynton Marsalis and others. She was most noted for her ability to accompany herself with nearly incomparable independence and ability on the piano while singing, something described by arranger Johnny Mandel as "like having two heads", and for her rich, lush voice, a smoky contralto, which was described by noted producer and arranger Quincy Jones as "like clothing, as she seduces you with her voice". Although she could swing as strongly as any straight-ahead jazz artist, Horn's reputation rode on her exquisite ballad work.

Source: Wikipedia

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Night Steam

Hubby and I moved to Coopville eight years ago. What I miss most is the sound of the train whistles. I could hear the trains at night from our old mountain top home. After a while you would know what train was coming through by the whistle. Each engineer had their own little "sound" that still had to comply with the standards. Several times a year, they would run the old steam trains and the whistle sound would just echo through the mountains. Lordy, how I miss it!

Growing up in Paterson, we were close to the railroad - the tracks were only 3 blocks away and we spent many hours waving to the engineers and playing in the railroad yard (Until we were chased out!) 
It's all gone now, and this is what is left:

We lived in a three family cold water apartment and the best days were when the coal was delivered! A long chute was put through the basement window and all the coal went into the coal bins. It made such a wonderful rattling sound!

Sigh... getting old - don't know what made me think of the old coal trains......

Today's funny :o)

We will heel you  
We will save your sole  
We will even dye for you.

"Blind man driving."

In a Podiatrist's office:      
"Time wounds all heels"

On a Septic Tank Truck :
Yesterday's Meals on Wheels

At an Optometrist's Office :  
"If you don't see what you're looking for,  
You've come to the right place."

On a Plumber's truck :  
"We repair what your husband fixed."

On another Plumber's truck :
"Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber."

At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee :  
"Invite us to your next blowout."

On an Electrician's truck :  
"Let us remove your shorts."

In a Non-smoking Area:  
"If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and will take appropriate action."

On a Maternity Room door :  
"Push. Push. Push."

At a Car Dealership :
"The best way to get back on your feet - miss a car payment."

Outside a Muffler Shop:  
"No appointment necessary. We hear you coming."

In a Veterinarian's waiting room :
"Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!"

At the Electric Company:  
"We would be delighted if you send in your payment on time.  However, if you don't, YOU will be de-lighted."

In a Restaurant window:  
"Don't stand there and be hungry; come on in and get fed up."

In the front yard of a Funeral Home :
"Drive carefully. We'll wait."

At a Propane Filling Station:
"Thank Heaven for little grills."

In a Chicago Radiator Shop:  
"Best place in town to take a leak."

And the best one for last...;  
Sign on the back of another Septic Tank Truck:
"Caution - This Truck is full of Political Promises"