Happy Thanksgiving

Happy, belated Thanksgiving I suppose.

Monday was Thanksgiving Day in Canada. And one of the great things about having Thanksgiving this early in the year is the fact that sometimes, rarely, once in a while … you can have Thanksgiving dinner outside. Also, we can start thinking about Christmas a full month ahead of our American friends.

Some years on Thanksgiving Day it’s cold enough to snow out, and other years you could be wearing shorts and a tee shirt. This year was somewhere in between. Kind of rainy, but humid and warm.

We were going to eat outside so we could breath in the fresh air and have a beautiful view of the leaves falling, but the sporadic rain put a stop to that so this is where we ate and what we looked at instead …


I was thankful for two things this past year. For my family. And my fowl.

Have a good weekend!






  1. TC says:

    Lol. Omg I wonder if she was horrified by watching you guys eat turkey?!!

    • Karen says:

      That’s Norma. She’s the curious chicken. And you know what that did to the cat. LOL! 🙂 ~ karen

    • Ms Mathieu says:

      OMG Norma would drop off her perch if she saw our turkey this year ! it was an utility turkey you know the ones missing body parts ( I left the dinner shopping to my Cowboy and he thought he got a bargin priced turkey until I told him what an utility turkey was …. and it was missing a leg and both wings his favorite parts !) NEVER a dull moment at our place Karen LOL

  2. Becky says:

    That is hilarious!!

  3. Sandy says:

    I spent my first Canadian Thanksgiving in the Caribou with friends. It’s a little more than an 8 hour drive from my home in Tacoma, WA but a beautiful drive. Spent most of my time in a very old log cabin…no electricity, no water……infestation of flies was horrible but I managed to cook a nice pot of stew, a blueberry muffin cake and the two fish I caught out of the lake using an old wood stove. Sure I’ll celebrate with my Canadian friends again but pretty sure it won’t be in that old cabin. Got a room Karen? lol

  4. SusanR says:

    Warm Thanksgiving regards!
    On your list of blessings you forgot to mention:
    Your health
    Your superior talents
    Your readers (Hello!!!) (Have y’all noticed that the fowl got an honorable mention but not a word about us? That’s gratitude for ya….)
    The fact that Mr. Cruz has moved to the U.S. (sigh)

  5. Tigersmom says:

    Ok – I want to know how in the hell you hosted Thanksgiving dinner DURING a kitchen renovation?

    Or is the kitchen finished and you’re holding out on us with the pics and posts?

    Can you even grill pumpkin pie?

    And, by the way, the composition of that floral arrangement you did that shows up on your home page with this post is one of the most beautiful ones I’ve seen. Nice work.

  6. Su says:

    you Canadians are smart – having Thanksgiving a whole month or so before us Americans – you get to enjoy the holiday without having Christmas smacking you in the face….

  7. Thera says:

    Poor Norma LOL!
    Minus the flies, I’ll take the cabin if you don’t want it Sandy 🙂

  8. Mary Kay says:

    And I am thankful for you and your chickens too. Since I still don’t have chickens of my own I can live through adventures with yours. Happy belated Thanksgiving Karen!!

  9. Sue says:

    What an awesome view!! I awoke this morning to one of my feathered friends looking at me thru the French door…..I think I’ll change her name to ‘peeping thomasina’. 😉

  10. arod says:

    happy thanksgiving

  11. Carolyn says:

    Ha Ha Ha There’s a couple more bones for you.. Save the old bird.. Her legs are good for drying out. You are one hot mess I tell ya…
    Have a great week end…

  12. Marti says:

    I hope it was a great Thanksgiving. You made me wonder what sparked Thanksgiving in Canada? Here in the U.S., we have this lovely story of pilgrims, nearly starving, saved by helpful native Americans (and we all know how that worked out for the tribes) and coming together to give thanks to God. Are you all just copycats or do you have some similarly charming fable?

    • Karen says:

      No ours is actually based in truth, LOL. It’s a celebration of the harvest. ~ karen!

    • christine says:

      It was celebrated in Canada earlier than in the U.S. A story involving actic travellers and sharing food with the natives they came across. So I guess you’re the copy cats. LOL

  13. Ev says:

    Norma was either super relieved it wasn’t her on the table, or so horrified at what she saw she will be traumatized! Hope you had a wonderful day! Oh, and what about the kitchen?

  14. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Happy belated Thanksgiving to you and the family..Norma looks so cute..does she stalk you often? lol

  15. Dana says:

    I am American and work in the US for a Canadian company. All of my co-workers are having a well-deserved “light week” this week. I think this practice of having Thanksgiving on October is the best thing ever! Please petition the US to change and be like you guys (y’all as we say down here). It would simplify my life so much.

  16. gabrielle says:

    Run Henrietta-at-the-window! What can be Seen, cannot be Unseen…

    Or is it tofurkey on the platter this year? 😉

  17. Carey says:

    That’s funny, Gabrielle! I was just thinking that Norma must be traumatized by seeing her relative splayed out on a platter! And just hoping with all her might that next year will be vegan Thanksgiving!

  18. Leslie says:

    Best view ever!

  19. Jeannie B says:

    Kind of like the movie “Babe” or was it ” Charlotte’s Web”, where all the farm animals, were standing at the window, looking in. Flowers, table settings, everything, looked beautiful! Who needs food, with than bone wreath on the wall.

  20. Auntiepatch says:

    My grandmother had a pet chicken whose favorite “treat” was a piece of fried chicken. Maybe Norma was begging……and the cat was freaking out because she thought the chicken would get her “treat”……just saying…..it’s a chicken eat chicken world out there…..

  21. rktrixy says:

    So, the music soundtrack was from “Psycho”? Perhaps the theme to “the Exorcist” sung by chickens?

    You and I will have to disagree about the duration of time in our lives thinking about Christmas. I think shorter is better. In fact – a month is too long. All the good Christmas movies get played right after Thanksgiving, so on the actual day, the only thing to watch is “Die Hard”. GAH! How am I going to digest my feast without something Christmassy to watch?

    Don’t get me wrong – I love the Kringle. I love the sparkle. I love making my tree look like an overdressed harlot. But it shouldn’t dominate our time and our airwaves for so long. It takes away the specialness of the day.

  22. Evalyn says:

    Ground cherries!

  23. Barbie says:

    Made me laugh…. Right…Out….Loud! Poor Norma!

    I vote for earlier Thanksgiving like you Canadians too! And I also like your story of Thanksgiving better than ours as well! I like stories based on the truth much better…always!

    Lastly, I am so glad you had a happy Thanksgiving! Looks to me like the sun was shining outside in that picture of Norma. Perhaps it’s like Spokane…where the weather changes every 5 minutes?

  24. Celebration of the Harvest is good.
    Happy Thanksgiving Karen!

  25. Karen S says:

    It’s not Thanksgiving here. But we do have chickens…a herd of thirty. Yesterday a friend gave us a bear shoulder which we had for dinner. It was delicious. There’s enough leftovers for another month! (I am going to can soup with it). Anyway, after all that cooking and eating, I cut some up for the cat who prefers tender treats but after he sniffed it he decided it was close. I gave the bone with meat hanging off it to the dog at the same time. If I don’t she will eat the cat’s food. The dog said yum (the dog eats anything) and took off with her meaty bone. Three minutes later the cat and dog were whining were at the door. I looked outside. Three chickens were eating the cats bear meat . Some of the others were out in the yard eating the bone. The herd thought it was a free meal…meaning they were not going to be eating bugs for desert. Plus, they know the cat and the dog are wimps.

    Moral: If you feed your more ‘domestic’ pets bear meat make sure your herd is penned up.

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