October 21, 2017

Enjoying a Real Live Turkey Day


As most of you were pulling frozen turkeys from your freezers on Tuesday, my homeschool group was enjoying a real live turkey day.

Meet “Buzz.”

He was surely strutting his stuff for us all.

Males put on a show to attract a harem of females. They fan their dark, iridescent tails like a peacock, call gobble-gobble, and their gray head changes color to blue, red, or white depending on their emotions.

I don’t think I had ever heard a live turkey, and they truly call gobble.

Just for you,  I googled “Turkey body parts” because my friend shared that when the “wattle” turns from grey to red, Buzz is basically flirting with us.

(Wattle: Red, fleshy lobes hanging from the male’s throat and chin).

I was getting nervous I might need to do a “birds and the bees” talk when the owner confessed they had nicknamed him Cialis. (Now, I’m even more concerned because I had to google the spelling of that word and obviously quite a few people using this hotel computer were interested in more than just the spelling….eeww…yikes…it saves in the memory of this search feature!! Sheer bedlam! 🙂 ) Yes, I’ve tangent-ed at midnight.


As you can see, it was quite a fun “hands on” learning day for the Classical Conversations group that I direct. Thank you, Sue, for sharing Buzz with us for lunch.

I mean showing him to us during lunch time. 😉

And just to let you know, I had beef on Thanksgiving, in honor of Buzz.


  1. Now that’s a turkey. He almost looks like a pine cone turkey. Doylene


  2. Wow, that’s one ugly bird! Makes me feel better about eating them. Glad you had fun with Buzz.


  3. What great photos. I imagine Buzz’s motto is “Eat More Chikin”. I love your blogs, especially the Frugal Fashionista. God bless you and yours. Stop by and see me on my new blog Gail-Friends at http://www.gailgolden.blogspot.com


  4. Lori Bosetti says:

    Now that’s thinking outside the box! Wow! What a wonderful way to spend Thanksgiving- up close and personal with a turkey ~LOVE IT!! Thank you for the up close pictures… I have never really seen a turkey that close before and didn’t know their heads changed colors (reminds me of the Mood Rings we use to wear lol)

    The kids must have had a blast with the hands on learning and all the memories that were created!
    Thanks for the education.

    However, I must say…. turkeys have a face only a mother could love…lol


  5. cool! I don’t know if i’ve seen a real live turkey either. I had lamb on thanksgiving. 🙂 Kelly


  6. Happy Thanksgiving, Jen!!
    Looks like such a fun day!


  7. Wow – the feathers on that turkey are just amazing! I actually thought it was fake in one of the photos because the feathers are just so uniform and the pattern is just magnificant!



  8. What a fun and very informative day!


  9. He doesn’t even look real!


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