Vince is Cleaning

And, he even found something he could throw away!  Mark this day on your calendar . . Vince is throwing something away!

A sock with a hole in it.  I’m sure I could have darned it and he could have gotten more wear out of it . . thank goodness he didn’t think of that!

Baby Chicks

I could sit and watch them all day!  They are so cute and so fun to watch.  You wouldn’t believe how fast they are.  When we’ve bought our baby chicks before, they were always 1 or 2 days old and we kept them in a fairly small container.  They never knew their parents and they were shipped out almost as soon as they hatched.  They spent a day traveling across the country, arrived at a feed store where gawkers (like us) would come in and check them out, sometimes we would buy them and bring them home where they got stuck in yet another weird container.  But these babies hatched, looked around and saw mom and dad and never got shipped, never arrived at the feed store and have never seen humans except for Vince and me and our two neighbors.

Here’s all four of them together, at the feet of their dad.

This looks like a serious father/daughter discussion!  I’ve read that you can’t tell the sex of Silkies til they’re at least six months old and for us, we probably won’t know til they lay eggs or start crowing so no, I do not know if they’re girls or boys.  I want them to be girls because we can’t keep roosters.

Here’s Tiffany teaching them to scratch and find goodies in the shavings.

You’ll notice (1) that Louise is giving me and the camera an evil eye and (2) that three babies are listening attentively.  One, the first one that hatched, is off on his own . . not even listening to his mom’s instructions.

A Beautiful Tree

My neighbor has been busy this week at her church helping with Operation Christmas Child.  She called me yesterday and asked me to pass by her church and see the beautiful tree.

It’s definitely a Texas/Ranch style tree.

Darn!  My picture is blurry but the tree is decorated with balls covered in various feathers — turkey feathers, bird feathers . . all kinds of feathers.  I could have given them some rooster feathers!  And, look at the antlers in there . . lots of antlers . . all from my neighbor!

It’s a beautiful tree and so neat for this area.

Turkey Overload

You know how I detest leaving home.  I would be so happy if I never had to leave home.  I could order everything I need and UPS could bring it.  I could email Vince my grocery list and he would gladly shop for me.  Well, that’s not exactly how my day went yesterday.

When there’s lots of groceries to be bought for a holiday, I like to do it myself.  With company coming for Thanksgiving, I had a lot to buy.  Our Brookshire’s store had a deal on turkeys.  Let’s call this “Turkey Deal #1″.  If you buy a Butterball, you got all kinds of stuff free — things like a can of green beans, a can of broth, a can of sweet potatoes, a container of fried onion rings, a can of cream of mushroom soup, a 2 liter drink, an aluminum cooking pan . . it was about a $15 value so my Butterball ended up costing about $10.  I bought other things on sale that I needed for Thanksgiving.  I went home and unloaded the groceries and was going back to Kroger.  I called Vince and told him I probably would not be home for lunch so he suggested we meet and eat Italian for lunch.  We did.  Then I went to Kroger where I got “Turkey Deal #2″.  By the time I bought what I needed from there, I got a free turkey!

I went home and put those groceries away but Vince wanted me to go back to Brookshire’s because they had coffee on sale.  When I went back, I realized that they had “Turkey Deal #3″.  If you buy a Hormel spiral cut ham, which was about $2.50/pound, which is way less than we pay for deli ham, plus I get a bone for soup . . you got a free turkey!

Friday morning, I had no turkeys in my freezer.  Friday afternoon, I had three!

Thank goodness for an empty new freezer.  Oh … Kroger has Blue Bell ice cream for $3.99.  Apple pie and ice cream is on my menu one night next week.

There’s a turkey in my fridge thawing.  I’m hoping it will be thawed by Monday so I can give it the rub down with coarse Kosher salt, fresh rosemary and black pepper and let it sit til Thursday morning.  Once it gets thawed and rubbed, it will go into the cooler so I can have space in the fridge to cook several Thanksgiving dishes ahead and keep those in the fridge.  My kitchen is going to be a busy place from about Monday til Thursday.