Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A tall tale. Then again..... maybe not.

A man should be careful never to tell tales of himself to his own disadvantage;
people may be amused, and laugh at the time,
but they will be remembered, and brought up
against him upon some subsequent occasion.
                     Samuel Johnson

Sitting here at my table in front of my big window, writing my thoughts has become a normal routine for me over the years. I have many stories to tell and they sit just on the edge of their seat waiting to jump into action, much like I am doing this very minute.

Waking up with a head full of story ideas is not a problem for me. It appears to be the way my brain works and for that I am grateful. Lately those words just do not want to jump onto the page. No matter how much prodding or poking I give them they sit there looking at me with a silly grin.


Speaking of silly grins reminds me of some silly grins that I saw yesterday afternoon. It happened to be a calf grinning at  a turkey. You cannot picture this can you? Well let me tell you that they do grin. If you have never seen this I am sorry for you, it is something you will never forget.

I sat at my computer staring out the window waiting for those words to come and noticed a ruckus just behind the fence heading into the hay field. I grabbed the binoculars. When I saw what was really going on, I grabbed my camera. I can’t make this stuff up. My imagination has nothing to do with these stories; they just seem to drop into my lap. I am lucky to live in a land of stories I guess.


So here we go.

It appeared to me that our wild taunting turkeys wanted to, as per their usual, get under the big oak tree where the wind has deposited all the acorns on the ground. Our turkeys love those acorns. A little steer was standing there on top of the acorns. There also happened to be a white calf standing just on the other side of the laneway between the steer and those turkeys. This happened to be little Betty, if you remember Betty was named after my best friend since we were five years old BA. Well it appears Betty may be as stubborn as her namesake. She just stood there in the way of the turkeys wanting those acorns, “Standing her ground” as they say. The little steer just stood there on top of those acorns watching Betty and the turkeys.


Next thing I knew, I was watching Betty with a devious grin and I was thinking she was saying “Oh NO you don’t” and then “Go ahead, come and get it”. The turkey grinned back and I imagined she said “I will you can’t stop me”. You know that was exactly what was said as well as I do, right?
Well the turkey walked right past Betty. I am sure she never expected that. A stunned and I have to imagine loss for words Betty, just stood there with that silly grin. That turkey picked up an acorn and smiled. Betty stopped grinning, she lunged at the turkey. Oh yes she did. Unfortunately I could not capture that part with my camera. It was just so fast and unexpected. You will just have to take my word for that one.

The turkey flew over the fence behind the oak tree. The little steer who had been minding his own business was left standing in the middle of the laneway on top of the ground littered with those acorns wondering what was happening. Well, I did not tell you that there were seven other turkeys standing and watching this confrontation, and waiting to see how it turned out. They wanted those acorns too. They ran at Betty in one united force and Betty took off like a shot, running up the laneway no doubt to go tell her mother Annie. The turkeys seemed to have won.


So, you are probably wondering about that lone turkey that flew over the fence, who would not take the word NO for an answer. Well she hopped back over the fence and joined the rest of her flock. They were all grinning and eating those acorns.

Oh yes I am a lucky girl. I can’t make this stuff up. I hope you enjoyed this story I am sure there are a lot more where that came from.


Hugs to my friend BA, I think Betty is the perfect name.

Later


Joining The Run"A"Round Ranch Report with Good Fences today, Thanks Theresa. 


48 comments:

  1. Nasty turkeys!!!!!

    I'm on Betty's side.

    -grinnnnn-

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  2. No one just can't make the good stuff up! I did enjoy myself, and I do know about those grins, they do happen and when we catch one, bingo, it's wonderful!

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  3. a great story....i'm glad it found it's way to pen and paper!!!!

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  4. Hello, what a funny story. Turkeys against Betty, I was not sure who to bet on? I was sure Betty would stand her ground. Thanks for the laugh, enjoy your day!

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  5. Oh you couldn't make it up! Very like Aesop's fables! I wish I could've seen the expression on the calf's face when the turkey bold as brass went past and got the prized acorns!
    Have a wonderful day!

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  6. Oh those mean turkeys! I hope Betty comes back tomorrow with reinforcements. LOL!

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  7. Buttons, that is hilarious!! Turkeys vs. Betty. I'm not sure who to cheer for! It seems there was lots of determination and spunk all the way around. I love these stories.

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  8. Loving this. And smiling very, very broadly on the other side of the world.

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  9. Delightful tale. Amazing what we can witness when we take the time to really look.

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  10. I'm sure it's not made up! Cows are so curious...and their interactions with other animals are so fun to watch! If only we could know what they were thinking...but I think you did a good job of figuring it out!!

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  11. Life is indeed stranger than fiction! Now I'm wondering if the original Betty is afraid of turkeys, too?

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  12. 3 of Frank's cows ditched him at round up; now they are parading up and down our fenceline, moo'ing forlornly for the "gang". tough cookies, girls, gotta wait for the next train lol...Betty here has got those turkeys figured out, shes just sharing... ;)

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  13. Oh too funny Buttons, I can picture it perfectly in my head!

    My Pa had a spoiled rotten bull that used to follow him around like a puppy. When Pa would bend over the bull would run over, snatch Pa's hat off his head and take off running with it! Oh yes, I've seen that grin a time or two himself.

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  14. No, this is the kind of stuff you just can't make up. Who would imagine a standoff between a calf and a troop of turkeys.

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  15. Oh dear...things we see.
    I believe all animals smile, frown etc.
    Hugs M xox

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  16. You couldn't make this stuff up! You just have to watch it and put the captions down.

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  17. Oh, my goodness! You are like my husband and his cousin....they have things happen to them that no one could believe. This got a big smile from me.

    You might enjoy this hunting story.

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  18. B,

    Nothing like a smile or a grin on a cow.......as they say, "A Kodak Moment".

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  19. Better than a movie B! I am glad the turkeys got the acorns!!

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  20. You have good "stuff" going on outside your window:)

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  21. Who needs television when you have so much live entertainment ? What a great story, and you're right, you just can't make this up.

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  22. I like the way your mind works, Buttons! ;)

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  23. ha, i enjoyed it, and the pics!! have a great day miss buttons!!

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  24. i never realized a cow would smile. the ones i see are always chewing on a treat or two. i will have to bring along a turkey & then maybe i will to get a huge smile from the said cow?? too fun. ( :

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  25. I have seen a cow grin but not a wild Turkey :-), too funny...

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  26. Ha ha what a great story! I have turkey's visit me too and they literlly run out from the woods down towards our bird feeders so I can imagine the whole bunch charging after Betty! Can't say that i've ever seen a cow grin but I have seen what seems like a grin on my cat!

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  27. Too funny. We had like 50 wild turkeys visit us.last year and year before. First time I said what is this. An open field behind and they had to come on the property.

    A real smile from me and all who read this . Pictures lucky you.

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  28. I see a children's book in the making :)

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  29. Hi Buttons, That is just a great turkey story! Thanks for leaving me with a smile! Isn't it interesting that animals will sometimes carry on just like humans would? :-) Have a fine day and also thank you for your kind comment on my blog.

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  30. A rare event and glad you captured it so well. Most enjoyable.

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  31. too darn cute. and nice to 'hear' from anni, too!

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  32. How cute is this story. It was fun to see the pictures of the turkeys and the cows.

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  33. There is no end to the entertainment our turkeys are providing this year as well. I swear they stand behind the fence and watch for me to finish digging potatoes, then they come flocking in to kick up the dirt. And then there are the games of king of the hill on the fence. Some of my neighbours curse them, but we find them great fun.

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  34. Loved your story! I am among those who have never seen a grinning calf. Much the pity! The wild turkeys in our parts are pretty fearless. Seems yours are too.

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  35. Ah...the country life! Great photos!

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  36. I love this real story. Just too cute. Thanks for sharing. I see a book in your future. I'll buy it and be your biggest fan!! Hugs, cm

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  37. That was a fun story, no I haven't seen a grinning calf before but I live in hope :)

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  38. Cute and fun story, Buttons! Loved the images!

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  39. Another good story. It must be great to have a head full of stories. My head is full of rubbish.

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  40. Tut tut Betty!! I love catching little scenes like these. I don't see them very often though, living in Hamilton! How lucky you had your camera on hand too!

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  41. Oh Gracie that's too funny, and yes you can't make that stuff up. So is that how they came up with the phrase Turkey trot? Or was that a cows folly?

    Jen

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  42. Great story, B! I'm still chuckling at the visual. I can totally picture this.

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