Friday recap, a lost turkey and a Christmas miracle

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A resuscitated rooster, our very own Christmas miracle. He didn’t get the chance to get a name, I think calling him Jesus would offend too many people, do you have suggestions?

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, ours started with a scare: on the 23rd, the turkey disappeared! We had brought a turkey from the ranch, and it was tied to the deck after a first escaping attempt, but it looks like the turkey ate its rope or broke it somehow, and escaped. I thought any other person in her right mind to come across a turkey on Christmas Eve would kill it and eat it, so I just assumed it would never appear again.

Then at night all the hens came back in, but no rooster. Roosters are known to think they are stronger than they actually are, and we thought he got in a deadly fight with the turkey. Then the rooster appeared, looking low and weird. The next day I thought it was dead. Barely breathing, it didn’t eat or drink, but didn’t look beaten up. The other theory was the turkey may have brought a disease from the ranch. But after a couple of days agonizing, the rooster is now back on its feet! Still weak but there is hope.

On the 24th, I went to the neighbor’s land, which is mainly bush, and you have to bring a machete to make your way. The hens were over there and making weird noises. That is when I found the turkey. Stupid turkey had both feet tied by the rope and couldn’t move. I set it free and gave it food, but it was already 5pm, too late to serve for Christmas! We called him Rocky, after the fight he put with the rooster.

We were invited to two turkey dinners on the 23rd and 25th, so it was fine not having turkey on the 24th. BF loved his coffee machine and I got a pretty pair of earrings.

The guest room was all ready for guests over the holidays and we may welcome more for New Year. I am doing a full update on the works on Monday, with a costs recap from those first two months. We spent a lot, but it looks good!

This week I posted my 2013 financial goals and The tale of two broadband providers, the very best and the very worst. Not so great for the Yakezie 5000 words a week writing challenge, my guest post today is saving the honor a bit.

Thank you to everyone who mentioned Reach Financial Independence this week!

Can’t take my eyes off these blogs – Eyes on the Dollar

Mr CBB blog post picks – Canadian budget binder

All I want for Christmas is link love – Nicole and Maggie

PF week in review – Work Save Live

Quick hits and weekend reading– Young Adult Money

End of 2012 favorite posts – Modest Money

Sunday high fives – Living debt free rocks

Weekly round up – Student debt survivor

Fiscal cliff round up – Your PF pro

Carnival of personal finance

Here are a few great posts for you to enjoy this weekend



Mr CBB’s Thai fish cakes – Canadian Budget Binder

I’m debt free, now what?- Living Debt Free Rocks

Looking back, looking forward– Budget and the Beach

From retirement to lifestyle design – Maria from Money Principle on Budgets Are Sexy

2013 goals– Student debt survivor

Using Banks to Help Finance Your Business- Modest Money

Priorities are Key To Being A Stay At Home Mom– Work Save Live

Pay Off Your Mortgage-Ludicrous Speed– The Outlier Model

Should You Invest or Pay Down Debt?– One Smart Dollar

3 Ways To Get Rid of Your Old Cell Phone- Edward Antrobus

Choosing Bankruptcy as a Debt Management Option- Debt Round Up

Should You Move Home After College- Young Adult Money

My New Saskatchewan Farm– Freedom Thirty Five Blog

5 Businesses for Retirement– Eyes on the Dollar

Find Financial Freedom Through Debt Management- Frugal Rules

Post Holiday Distress- Did You Spend Too Much?- Average Joe

How to Organize a Project?- Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Should Toddlers Be Using High Tech Gadgets?-Money Master Mom

The Sky Is the Limit in 2013– The Savvy Scot

Snowed In and Succumbing To Lifestyle Inflation- Club Thrifty




Did you get spoiled for Christmas? What should I call the rooster? Have a nice weekend !

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  1. Looking forward to the update on Monday! I didn’t get spoiled, but did get a number of gift cards that we will use to purchase things for the house. It sounds like you guys had fun and the coffee machine sounds great!

    Have a great weekend!
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  2. Hah, maybe you can eat the turkey for next Christmas? 😀 I heard they can be pretty territorial. Glad the rooster is okay now. He kind of has that milkshake color. Maybe you can call him cookies ‘n cream, lol. Thanks for the mention.
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    • His poor neck is all milkshaked with the wounds, poor thing. I’ll keep that name in mind! I don’t think the turkey will make it to next Christmas, it eats a lot!

  3. The things you learn! Wow!

    Glad to hear your rooster is okay and that you found your turkey!
    Alex recently posted..A post-holiday happy thought for the dayMy Profile

  4. Thanks as always for the mention Pauline! Looking forward to the post on Monday.
    John S @ Frugal Rules recently posted..Frugal Friday: Posts That Ruled This Week, Christmas is Over EditionMy Profile

  5. I’m not sure what I’d do with a turkey that popped into my yard, but I’m pretty sure killing it would be the last thing I would think of to do. I’m not sure I have the balls to do that unless I was in danger. :) But that’s too bad it kind of ruined your dinner plans. :( But sounds like you had a nice holiday anyway! Thanks for the mention, and can’t wait to see the new updates!
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    • I am still unable to kill an animal to eat, but really want to learn or go vegetarian. Here any 10 yo kid would wreck the turkey’s neck without thinking and bring it home for dinner!

  6. My my, didn’t you have an exciting Christmas. Glad it all worked out in the end.
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  7. K.K. @ Living Debt Free Rocks! says:

    Thanks so much for the mention Pauline! I would vote for naming the rooster Rico. He thinks he’s hot stuff when I look at the photo lol!
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  8. Thanks a lot for the mention this week.

  9. Thanks so much for mentioning us! Have a great weekend!
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  10. You can’t make that kind of stuff up. Turkeys and roosters fighting, needing a machete to traverse. I have such a boring life. I have a friend who raises turkeys and they usually don’t live very long, so eat him before too long. Thanks for the mention. Happy New Year.
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  11. maria@moneyprinciple says:

    Loved the story of the missing turkey – this is one of the reasons we buy what we eat from the nearest shop. The other two are: a) there is no way I could kill it (my grandmother did; they had a farm and all); and b) I tend to become friends with animals and being friendly with your food doesn’t do.

    And thanks for mentioning my post on Budgets are Sexy :).
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    • So far, there is no way I could kill it either but I want to, as a matter of realizing the value of eating meat. Taking another life and trying to eat as much of it as we can, because you can’t waste that life you took. So far I did like you and started liking the animals… not a great start.

  12. That was awesome Pauline. I always like reading your stories because you bring them to life and I can actually place myself in the scenario. Glad the Turkey was found and you sorted it all out. Happy Holidays!!!
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  13. Just read the guest post over at Sweating the Big Stuff….hilarious story about the turkey.
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  14. My parents have a large flock (do you call turkeys in a group a flock?) of wild turkeys that frequent their yard. I’m surprised this time of year that nobody has tried to shoot them, but I guess maybe wild turkey doesn’t taste good? Glad your birds are OK.
    KK @ Student Debt Survivor recently posted..Our Son Is Clueless About Student Debt-Help!My Profile

    • I have no idea what a group of turkeys is called, but I would think wild turkeys are much better than industrial ones. There has to be a hunting season, and a special permit to make it more difficult to kill them.

  15. Jennifer Lynn @ Broke-Ass Mommy says:

    LOL, that is one fiesty rooster. I’ve read a group of turkeys is called a flock, a rafter, or a gang!


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