Friday, November 16, 2007

Signs of the Times

Signs of the Times
Paul Laurence Dunbar

Air a-gittin' cool an' coolah,
Frost a-comin' in de night,
Hicka' nuts an' wa'nuts fallin',
Possum keepin' out o' sight.
Tu'key struttin' in de ba'nya'd,
Nary a step so proud ez his;
Keep on struttin', Mistah Tu'key,
Yo' do' know whut time it is.
Cidah press commence a-squeakin'
Eatin' apples sto'ed away,
Chillun swa'min' 'roun' lak ho'nets,
Huntin' aigs ermung de hay.
Mistah Tu'key keep on gobblin'
At de geese a-flyin' souf,
Oomph! dat bird do' know whut's comin';
Ef he did he'd shet his mouf.
Pumpkin gittin' good an' yallah
Mek me open up my eyes;
Seems lak it's a-lookin' at me
Jes' a-la'in' dah sayin' "Pies."
Tu'key gobbler gwine 'roun' blowin',
Gwine 'roun' gibbin' sass an' slack;
Keep on talkin', Mistah Tu'key,
You ain't seed no almanac.
Fa'mer walkin' th'oo de ba'nya'd
Seein' how things is comin' on,
Sees ef all de fowls is fatt'nin' —
Good times comin' sho's you bo'n.
Hyeahs dat tu'key gobbler braggin',
Den his face break in a smile —
Nebbah min', you sassy rascal,
He's gwine nab you atter while.
Choppin' suet in de kitchen,
Stonin' raisins in de hall,
Beef a-cookin' fu' de mince meat,
Spices groun' — I smell 'em all.
Look hyeah, Tu'key, stop dat gobblin',
You ain' luned de sense ob feah,
You ol' fool, yo' naik's in dangah,
Do' you know Thanksgibbin's hyeah?



Roaming Tarantula Spiders are occasionally seen this time of year crossing rural roads or marching through some of San Diego's canyon-bordering neighborhoods. Doggedly searching for a mate, a male will try to hold its course despite your best effort to deflect or hinder him. Docile in temperament, most tarantulas will tolerate gentle handling; they may bite, however, if provoked. Despite their fearsome reputation, tarantula venom is less powerful than a bee's.


Let the Thanksgiving preparations begin!

I have checked my pantry, freezer, cupboards and made my shopping list. I am determined not to forget anything this year. Last year it was cinnamon and the year before that I forgot pearl onions. I do know one thing; I have a good supply of the “special ingredient” that I put in everything I cook...lots of love! Yep, that is my secret to a great meal.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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N Posted by Rain at 11/16/2007 12:01:00 AM


  • Blogger James posted at 9:50 AM  
    Wow. I had no idea that Tarantulas lived near San Diego. I was fascinated that their bite has less venom then a bee!!

    I love learning new things. I'm a voracious reader and learner. It keeps my mind sharp as they say I guess.

    Happy T-day!! We'll be in Florida at Disney World for the holiday.
  • Blogger LZ Blogger posted at 8:08 PM  
    I for one didn't know that about Tarantulas. In fact I spent the first 50 years of my life in Orange County, CA and never even saw one. ~ jb///
  • Blogger Rain posted at 8:08 AM  
    True Story- When I was eighteen I attempting to pull into my parents driveway when I heard this "pop". When I got out to investigate I realized that I ran over a Tarantula.

    A few years later my son Rusty was watching cartoons, laying in front of the t.v., when out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a Tarantula crawling towards him. We caught him in a glass jar, walked one block from my house and set him free in the canyon.
  • Blogger Rain posted at 8:09 AM  
    Oh shoot! That is "I was attempting"! LOL
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