Talkin’ Turkey #TurkeyFreeThanksgiving

 

https://nationaldaycalendar.com/turkey-free-thanksgiving-fourth-thursday-in-november/

Well, I don’t really celebrate Thanksgiving, but I did kinda want to have something a little different then my usual burritos this week, so I kitchen-indulged in a “Stir-Fried Radish” recipe that was posted up over at Tanooki Homemade Cafe: https://tanookihomemadecafe.wordpress.com/2021/10/01/stir-fried-dried-radish/.

I tweaked the recipe a teeny bit, and used fresh radish and mushrooms–mainly because I decided to do this last-minute–so if you want the authentic dried ingredients the recipe suggests, they’re on the original blog post link I shared above.

And I didn’t have any sake to accompany the meal. The grocery store didn’t carry anything other than “some beer” according to the staff person I asked. They suggested going to a local liquor store, but, you know, going to a liquor store during these (COVID/Mass Extinction/Climate Emergency/Liberal-Democrat-Vegetarian-Living-In-Red-State/Insert-Your-Own) times would have probably meant I would have walked out with not only sake, but something like this or just the whole kit and kaboodle.

Anyhoo, the stir-fried radish dish was heavenly, so thanks again, Tanooki Homemade Cafe, for the great meal opportunity! I’d definitely make this again.

So, yeah, it probably goes without a reminder that I’m vegetarian, and even if I weren’t, being up close and personal with a family member’s rescued (They were strays. Seriously.) turkey(s) would make me have second thoughts. Who knew turkeys made such interesting and charismatic pets?

These turkeys were (with a turkey-ton of creative license) the inspiration for the story I wrote for Jersey Pines Ink’s Whodunit anthology (“Two Smart Turkeys”). Care to feast on your own copy? Check it out here: https://bookshop.org/books/whodunit-9781948899161/9781948899161,

And, I have successfully (well, as of today) weaned myself off TV. I already didn’t have cable, but I’ve been renting DVDs from the absolutely fabulous Wichita Public Library System (my most favourite thing about Kansas, so far), so I switched them out for audio books. But for some reason, my quirky calico Moon Pie is not so fond of lap- and brushie time to the accompaniment of audio books, so I may cave and go back to renting DVDs.

The things we do for our pets, right?

And with the cold weather, I’m enjoying curling up with a book (and a few cats!).

As I commented on Twitter, I think this book titled Omens would be a good choice for winter reading, right? Check out the Antimony and Elder Lace Press store, for Omens and all their other great books: https://aelpress.com/index.php/store/.

Yes, it’s got my story in it, too, but I am so thankful for all the publishers that have included my stories in their anthologies, journals, and online publications. I need to update my “Wordcraft” page with my more recent publications and, yes, I’ve being meaning to redesign it…

Thank you to all the great publishers/publishing companies out there, including the absolutely amazing one my alter ego (alter alter-ego?) works for, Bronzeville Books. I’m endlessly grateful for the opportunities you all have provided.

Happy feasting, everybody! Thanks for all the support over the years/months/days!

 

Thursday Thoughts…

…anybody heard anything from “Book ‘Em Jan O” lately? I’ve noticed that Jan O’s blog has gone quiet. https://bookemjanoblog.wordpress.com/

…did I mention that I have an eye phobia? Apparently, so does this author. https://horrortree.com/jennifer-anne-gordon-on-her-biggest-fears/ I haven’t met anybody else who has similar fears about eyeballs as I do, and for once, I’m not ashamed of it. I’m terrified of anything getting anywhere near my eye. And, ironically, I had a very similar experience as a kid when I got my eye scratched. I had to wear a patch and everything. And, in 2015, I lost part of my field of vision (more than I probably would have if the doctor hadn’t initially dismissed it as a “floater”) due to optic nerve swelling. As if I wasn’t anxious enough about going to the eye doctor before, you bet your routine eye exam that I am now! I even wear safety glasses when I’m doing anything where harmful substances can get in my eyes: changing lightbulbs, dusting, cleaning! (Okay, I’m exaggerating on that last bit. But only slightly. *laugh*)

…I wish the 21st Century lived up to the promise many authors, artists, inventors, and designers saw for it way back when. Improvements to health care, society, conflict resolution, and so many more issues that are still going on today, and which make daily life feel like the same old, same old.

…I’m hoping autumn comes soon. And I’m still not very familiar with the flavour of a Kansas autumn, so it will be nice to see it in a smaller town. It still feels like summer here…just look at all that green in this post from a cool blog about prairies: https://prairieecologist.com/2021/09/27/a-leisurely-trip-to-kansas/

…I love libraries so much. My library offers this recommendation service that I took advantage of, and my first set of recommendations were great! https://www.wichitalibrary.org/recommendations

Speaking of reading, it’s still hot here, but all I want to do is curl up under my new pumpkin-orange sheets (orange is my favourite colour!) and read books. It’s like autumn is my summer vacation.

Especially cozy mysteries: https://theglorioustrainwreckmom.com/2021/09/30/witchy-cozy-mysteries-for-spoopy-season/

But I was intrigued by the premise of this post on Tor that states that “fall…is for pensive books full of powerful change”. https://www.tor.com/2021/09/23/mark-as-read-fall-books/

I’ve been pensive about all the usual things–the environment, animals, COVID–but also about the owl I tried to save. Eventually, I’ll blog about it, but it’s too soon for me, emotionally. And also because I’m still in the process of “going to the mattresses” by way of a letter-writing campaign and such, so I hope that makes a difference in how such things are handled, in the future, here.

So, that’s it for me.

How are you celebrating autumn? Any fall-themed books on your reading list?