Weekend Shorts ― Turkey Time for Pip

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Happy weekend, all.  I’m afraid my week went sideways, and I didn’t get any writing done.  I was feeling bad about not doing a post today… then it hit me that I could rerun something.  I’ve posted this short story from the “Pip-verse” a few times over the years, but it’s the right time of year.  Pip and Granny Phanny would have made great Pumpkin Hat Girls, except they are in the 1920s.

As an extra treat, I’ve included links to where you can get a lot of free books that were popular in the 1920s.  Anyhow, maybe you’ve either forgotten about that series, or it was before you started following me.  So here it is.

Turkey Time for Pip

1928 Thanksgiving New Yorker
The New Yorker magazine, November 1928

“Paisley Idelle Peabody, I’ll have no complaining,” Granny Phanny stated firmly.

“But Granny, that’s practically all day!  Why can’t I do those errands for you?” I offered in my most reasonable voice.

“Because I said so,” was my grandmother’s answer.  “Don’t make me tell you again,” she added when I opened my mouth to offer a pos-i-lutely valid alternative.  “Now that turkey has to cook between four and a half and five hours.  Here’s a schedule for basting it.  That’s all you have to do.”

My eyebrows might have gone up a tad, but I am sure there was not a calculating expression on my face or anything like that.  So, I don’t know why she had to be such a bearcat about it.  However, Granny pointed at the oven and then turned that boney finger back at me and shook it.

“The only other thing you have to do is stay put!” she warned and I slouched down in the white ladderback chair.

“But Granny, I’ll be so bored!” I pleaded.

“That’s why I sent you to the library yesterday.  You have plenty of books to choose from to read.  But mind you, keep to that basting schedule,” she instructed with a final wag of her finger.

The heels of Granny’s oxfords click on the wood floor as she went to the foyer.  With a pearl hatpin she secured her favorite roll-brim hat to her head, and pulled on a pair of white gloves.  Then she left.

Horsefeathers,” I muttered, but I brought all the books to the kitchen table.

Some of these actually look pretty good, I thought as I read the title and author of each volume.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles* by Agatha Christie

The Age of Innocence* by Edith Wharton 

This Side of Paradise* by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

Main Street* by Sinclair Lewis 

Glinda of Oz* by L. Frank Baum

Queen Lucia* by E. F. Benson 

Dream Psychology: Psychoanalysis for Beginners* by Sigmund Freud 

Applesauce!  It was hard to decide.  I got up and basted the turkey and then sat down to choose a book.

The end

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I wonder which book our flapper will read first.  What about you?  Have I interested you in a good read?  All of those listed above are available free, and in a variety of formats at Project Gutenberg.  You’ll find descriptions and reviews of these and other Jazz Age books at this Goodreads link.

Speaking of books, here’s a compilation of short stories about Pip and her friends.

Pip set Filmstrip promo

Universal Purchase Links

Pip’s Other Adventures, Short Stories of the 1920s
Kindle:  relinks.me/B09V3D6NPD
Paperback:  relinks.me/B09TQLZGNF

Pip’s Three Things Books Series. E-books

There are three other books in Pip’s series.  You can get all the ebooks in one click at this link:  relinks.me/B08Z4F4YGX

Thanks for visiting.  Hugs on the wing.

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65 thoughts on “Weekend Shorts ― Turkey Time for Pip

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Toni. I was already in overwhelm about all the things that need to be done, inside and outside the house — then it all went sideways. If I can manage to accomplish anything toward that in the coming week, I will be glad. Hugs on the wing.

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  1. A lovely wee tale, and some good book suggestions.
    “Main Street” effected me a lot when I read it at 17 years of age.
    I remember a lot of it. It is an early book empowering women!
    I do believe it played an inspiration in my life.
    Thanks Teagan.
    I’ll be back to say it again in the next 10 days, “Happy Thanksgiving”!

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    1. Yeah… I know it’s not really turkey time, but I figured it was better than not doing a post at all. Plus, I enjoyed re-sharing the list of books. Thanks for the Main Street recommendation, Resa. I’ve read some from the list, but I’m not familiar with that one.
      Have a great new week. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Hi, Ms. Frances. If you want to read any of those books, I put links in the titles on the list. All you have to do is click on the title you want. Your computer will go to a page that lists different formats you can choose. I never had any luck getting them onto my Kindle, but you can read them on your computer, tablet, or phone. Just click the first option:
      “Read this book online HTML5” or the next to last option “Plain text UTF-8”
      Happy reading. ❤


  2. I hate to admit, I did forget about Pip, but I do think about my Atonement Tennessee quite often and clockwork. In fact I recently acquired, “Clockwork Futures” simply because you got me interested! Keep up the writing, Teagan!!

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    1. GP, I had no idea you had read Atonement, Tennessee. Thank you.
      I share a bit from Pip’s world form time to time, but her series was before I blog-met you, so I wouldn’t expect you to be familiar with those stories.
      Thanks for recommending Ms. Schillace’s clockwork book. Hugs.

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  3. Thanks, Teagan. It is lovely to meet Pip and Granny Phanny again. I do love the pair. And it is an interesting selection, especially for people interested in the period. Have a lovely weekend, and I hope things straighten up for you soon. Big hugs ♥

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