Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Defining 'grateful'. HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!

Some of you might know but for those who don't, the week prior to Thanksgiving is a very busy one for us at The Tabor Homestead.  My husband's poultry business is chuck full of 'turkey growers' who need to provide their customers with a fresh bird for 'Gobbler Day'.  The phone rings off the hook and our driveway is chuck full of farmers delivering their feathered friends on one side and the other row of trucks and cars are picking up cleaned, packaged, fat turkeys on the other.  It is a busy time.

Fortunately, we have great workers and I provide them with a hardy meal to keep them fueled for the long, grueling days.  Yesterday is when our customers pick up the turkeys my husband raises and I am counting, labeling and organizing who gets which one based on requests - very similar to what I do with assigning puppies based on your application.  :+)

Happily, today begins our season of 'rest', so what am I grateful for?  Our tractor, who diligently did the job of cleaning up three dumpings of snow during our processing period and did not break down. All our customers who were patient, on time and in good humor.  Our workers who battled snow to get here; cleaned up our decks and pathways to keep things moving and still worked a grueling, long day.

It is during times of stress and hardship that you are the most grateful for people who are kind, patient, encouraging, diligent, cooperative and humorous.

Like Tom Turkey, we are truly stuffed with gratitude for another successful turkey season and we welcome the holiday festivities knowing the farm is now 'ready for it's winter nap'.


P. S.  Hopefully, the pitter patter of puppy feet may grace us at the end of December.  News on that front in about a week.


  1. Happy Thanksgiving to all at the Tabor Homestead!

  2. Joyce, what a lovely reflection on the meaning of this holiday. I was unaware of the workings of Tabor Homestead and marvel at all you do during an already busy time of year. That you embrace the good aspects of the experience, even with the additional challenges the untimely storms brought, speaks to your positive nature. Thanks for taking the time to share. I love the snowy picture of the farm!
    I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Thank you, Anthea. Just know your fabulous quilt is keeping us warm and I say a nice 'thank you' to you every night before I fall asleep. :+)

  4. Beautifully said Joyce. I am so thankful for knowing you, Carl, the Doods, and your kids! I can’t believe you got so much snow and nothing for us! Happy Thanksgiving and love to you and the family.

    1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Michael as well. Don't spoil those fur-boys with too much turkey! Enjoy this special day and RELAX after dinner. All the men will clean up, right? :+)

  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you and to ALL your ‘Annabelle Doodle’ families, dear friend. I have thought of you so often in the last few weeks, knowing that this was a super busy time at the Tabor Homestead! Ahhh time for you and Carl to relax!
    I love, love, love the black and white picture.
    Great shot Joyce. Wishing Carl some quiet time before his upcoming surgery.
    Fingers crossed tor Daisy girl��

    1. Thanks Roxann. I hope your trip for Thanksgiving was smooth and delightful. I look forward to quiet time here at our homestead. Tomorrow, I start the holiday season in Portland watching The Nutcracker with our daughter Heather. Can't wait! :+)

      By the way, that is not a black and white shot, it is au naturelle! I love it too.