Thanksgiving Holiday

Happy Thanksgiving to family & Friends

Thanksgiving Preparations

“I bought a young turkey,” said my husband.

It was difficult to find a small ten-to-twelve-pound bird and he had been on the lookout.

“Thank you,” I said kissing him on the cheek.

“If the label said Old Turkeys would anyone buy one?” He wore a humorous expression.

“Isn’t an old turkey a Tom turkey?” I visualized Old in bold letters.

“No, a Tom turkey is a male turkey.”

“So, if a male turkey is call Tom, what’s a female turkey called?”


This is how we amuse ourselves.

I went on line. to confirm what to call a female turkey.

“Wild female turkeys, or hens, weigh from 5 to 12 pounds and range from 30 to 37 inches long. Hens bear less colorful feathers than males, with rusty brown, white or gray-tipped breast feathers. Their heads are either white or blue-gray, with small feathers on both head and neck. Their wattles, snoods, caruncles and spurs are small. Hens make vocalizations such as yelps, clucks and cuts. Approximately 10 percent of hens possess a “beard,” or elongated chest feathers. Hens do not strut or fan their tails. Females can lay from nine to 13 eggs, which they incubate for around 28 days.

Yesterday, I transferred the turkey to the refrigerator to defrost, arranged the flowers and made cranberry sauce.

It’s a very forgiving recipe. I boil cranberries in orange juice, add raisins and diced apple. Sometimes I sprinkle sugar during the cooking process to counter the bitterness.

Today I’ll make the pies, stuffing and roast vegetables.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

. . . just saying

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Yes! jcp Values Customers

I received this  email letter as a jcp customer, and want to share the message. It is the response I was hoping for from retail.  Although I do not shop Black Friday I plan to this year at JC Penny’s

                                                                                               …just saying

Ron Johnson, CEO

Dear valued customer,

Happy Thanksgiving!

This year, we’re going to kick off the holiday shopping season with
the most exciting Black Friday in our history. And yes, we’re going to
start our Black Friday–on Friday.

I know that some retailers are opening on Thanksgiving this year. But
spending Thanksgiving with family is one of America’s greatest
traditions. Since jcp was founded on the Golden Rule, I’m proud to
honor this tradition by keeping our stores closed on this special day.

I hope our customers and employees all enjoy a wonderful holiday with
loved ones.

And when we open at 6:00am the following day, we’ll be honoring
another great American tradition–Black Friday–with our one big sale
of the year.

I challenged our teams to place the lowest prices ever on everything
we offer for sale on Black Friday. After comparing our offerings to
other retailers’, I’m confident that jcp has the best values on a wide
range of terrific gifts. You’ll find eye-opening savings on hundreds
of items throughout the store–like $8 kitchen electrics, $10 Arizona
skinny jeans, $25 boots in over 50 different styles, and much more.

And that’s just the start. On Black Friday, we also launch our Merry
Christmas America campaign. We’ll be giving away 80 million
commemorative buttons, 20 million of which will win a great gift.

Simply get a button at jcp, then visit and enter the
code on your button to see if you’ve won. You’ll get another
button-and another chance to win–every time you visit jcp during the
holiday season (while supplies last).

We’ve got some amazing gifts to give, including great American
vacations to Chicago, Yellowstone, New York and Washington, D.C., a
trip to Los Angeles to be part of “12 Days of Giveaways” on The Ellen
Show, jcp merchandise and jcp holiday certificates. We’re giving away
100 vacations on Black Friday alone.

I hope Merry Christmas America helps add some cheer to your holidays.
On behalf of everyone at jcpenney, best wishes to you and your

See you Friday!

Yours truly,


A Big Box Thanksgiving


Aging & Attitude

Forget about that seductive tryptophan induced nap on Thanksgiving evening, we are going shopping. Yes, after watching football all day, get in the car, start the engine, and be the first on line. The doors open at 8PM for Sears and Toys R Us, and 9PM for Wal-Mart and Target.

Twitter and Facebook chatted about a petition Target employees were circulating, in the hope corporate would rescind, to no avail.

Target is the second largest discount retailer in the United States, Wal-Mart the first. Target has 1,763 stores and 365,000 employees; a company spoke person said only one-third will have to work.

Both companies’ net income, or bottom line profit, is in the billions. Target’s CEO’s salary/incentive bonus is 24 million dollars.

Why would retail corporations want to open their doors hours earlier? To increase sales and profit. Profit is the reason to widen the gateway/window for purchasing holiday gifts, and it is knocking on the Thanksgiving Day Door. For several years, profit has snuck in the back around midnight, looking to be center stage and more important than family time together.

This year there is no pretending, Americans value stuff and are puffed when purchased on sale.

Thanksgiving is a federal holiday, a public holiday; however, the government cannot prevent businesses from opening, Blue Laws do.

In 1961, Chief Justice Warren upheld Maryland’s Blue Law of closed doors on Sunday not for religion reasons but “to provide a uniform day of rest for all citizens” McGowan v. Maryland

Thanksgiving is a uniform day of rest for all citizens. Retail should be closed.

I was getting agitated, upset about the future and wondered, would our great grandkids have fond Thanksgiving memories as I had.

Then I read Chris Hamilton’s post Gold Happens When Your Characters Are Wrong and considered being mistaken.

I lack the ability to see the future, and might be wrong.

People may not text instead of talk at the table, perhaps linger after dinner, longing for that turkey on white bread sandwich after dinner. It is possible people will not be seduced into buying more stuff and calling it a holiday celebration.

Perhaps Wall Street will forego profit, stay home and play Monopoly with fake money and experience the real deal.

A blizzard could deposit a blanket of snow over all of North America, or Chicken Little could cry “The sky is falling, the sky is falling”.                                                      

                                                                                     ….just saying