Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Turkey proud November 21, 2018

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MINNESOTA RANKS FIRST in the U.S. in turkey production and processing.

So it should come as no surprise that a town in Minnesota would claim fame as home of the World’s Largest Turkey. That would be Frazee in Becker County, one of our state’s top turkey producing counties.

I never exited the highway to see the turkey sculpture. Sometimes when you’ve been on the road for too long, you just want to reach your destination. I wasn’t much interested in adding extra miles to see a turkey. But, hey, at least I noticed the billboard and that’s something.

TELL ME: Have you seen the Frazee turkey?

CLICK HERE to see the turkey I missed and which Teresa at Minnesota Wonders took the time to see and photograph.

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Thanksgiving gratitude

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I created this Thanksgiving centerpiece using a vintage tray, vintage candles, pinecones from friends, shells from Detroit Lake and letters from my 1970s Scrabble game.

 

FOR WHAT ARE YOU thankful?

The standard answers are often family, health, house…

But what if you think deeper than that to the specifics. I decided to do that. Here’s a partial, quick list of that for which I am thankful in the first 11 months of 2018:

  • A new baby on the way with our second grandchild (a boy) due in less than two months.
  • Skilled medical professionals who cared for me, encouraged me and helped me recover after surgery on a broken wrist.
  • A husband who exuded absolute calm even when I semi screamed at him to drive faster to the hospital emergency room.
  • A son and his girlfriend who baked and mailed chocolate chunk cookies from Boston as I recovered from wrist surgery and again in celebration of my birthday.
  • Minimal damage on and to our property following severe storms and tornadoes that swept across Minnesota on September 20. I am especially grateful for significant advance warning.
  • An extended family that still gathers in my hometown each July for an annual reunion that includes aunts, uncles, cousins and their families.
  • The opportunity to blog regularly for Warner Press, a Christian publishing company in Anderson, Indiana.
  • Friends who support, pray for and encourage me, as well as make me laugh and wrap me in their love.
  • My 2 ½-year-old granddaughter. No other words needed.
  • Art.
  • Several days away at a northwestern Minnesota lakeside condo, thanks to the generosity of friends who couldn’t use their entire timeshare week. This was a first for Randy and me and exactly what we needed.

Sometimes all I really need, though, is to pause for a moment and consider my blessings. Of which there are many.

TELL ME: What are you especially thankful for this Thanksgiving?

© Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling