Thursday, April 06, 2006

stuffed pheasant, anyone?

No, it's not what's for dinner, it's what's been on top of the aforementioned dining room cupboard since 1999. During the big clean-out, however, our fine feathered friend has taken up residence on the back of the living room couch while we decide his fate.




It's not my bird. I didn't bring it into this family. I don't know its history. I'm assuming it belonged to Mr. M's Oma (grandmother) at one point, because we inherited it along with the cupboard (and the coffee service for 12) after Oma passed away seven years ago. Mr. M's side of the family seem to have this thing for preserved wildlife and you'll find all sorts of bear rugs, moose heads and deer antlers in their possession.

I suppose the pheasant may have some sentimental value for someone, but I don't really care for having a stuffed, dead bird in my house unless I'm going to be eating it shortly.

What would YOU do? Attic? eBay? Hide it in the in-laws' garage when they're not looking?

Decisions, decisions.

More weird stuff to come...

30 Comments:

At April 06, 2006 6:58 PM, Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

I'd certainly ask what kind of sentimental value there is attached to the bird....and then see what comes out of it. Maybe it'll turn into a few bucks over at eBay.

 
At April 06, 2006 7:14 PM, Blogger PapaScott said...

Sperrmüll.

 
At April 06, 2006 8:45 PM, Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

give it to the in-Laws. If it has a sentimantal value, then offer it to them. They're still (generation wise) closer to Oma, aren't they?? ;-)

 
At April 06, 2006 9:56 PM, Blogger Lisa said...

'Twere it mine it would soon be resting in eternal slumber in a shallow grave in the backyard, although on second thought I'd probably be breaking about twelve laws I'm not aware of concerning burying stuffed birds in German soil without a permit from the city, state, neighbors, the gas station guy down the street and the Bundeskanzlerin.

I don't know if I could inflict that thing on someone else's wife or mother for a few Euros. The guilt would consume me.

 
At April 06, 2006 10:48 PM, Blogger EuroTrippen said...

It's got potential. I say give it a goofy name, string jalapeno-shaped lights around it & stick a mini sombrero on its tiny, dead head.

In december you can hang ornaments from the tail feathers...

 
At April 06, 2006 11:25 PM, Blogger Dixie said...

Oooo. That dust catcher would have to go.

 
At April 06, 2006 11:36 PM, Blogger christina said...

elemm - After ignoring it for years, Mr. M is now proclaiming his great love for the thing so it may be around for awhile.

PapaScott - I don't know if they take dead birds. :-)

CanadianSwiss - I think I'll ask them if they want it but they have more stuff than we do.

Lisa - I just bet there IS a law against burying Granny's pheasant in the back yard. Wouldn't surprise me one bit.

Eurotrippen - LOL! Juan, maybe, or Pepe? I never thought about using it as a seasonal decoration. Brilliant.

Dixie - So right - it's full of dust and guess who has a dust allergy? Just looking at it makes me itchy.

 
At April 07, 2006 12:23 AM, Blogger Crystal said...

I know that feeling of having "sentimental" items that hang around taking up space while fulfilling no purpose. I'd say try Ebay and then if that doesn't work, try re-gifting and then if that doesn't work, toss it.

 
At April 07, 2006 1:30 AM, Blogger Angie said...

Definitely re-gift to the inlaws.

 
At April 07, 2006 2:00 AM, Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Still and all, it DOES look tasty...

 
At April 07, 2006 2:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You give that to the in-laws, you'll just get it back someday. Personally, I'm with eurotrippin, give it a job to do: dress it up for the holidays, hang signs around its neck, encourage the kids to make clothes for it. I think it's kind of cute myself. heh heh.

 
At April 07, 2006 5:13 AM, Blogger Andrea said...

Isnt it amazing the strange things that we hord and cant remember or have no idea as to why?

I have a closet full of that stuff!!

 
At April 07, 2006 6:38 AM, Blogger Karen said...

E-Bay. You'd be amazed at what all you can get rid of there ;-)

 
At April 07, 2006 11:59 AM, Blogger mar said...

Give it to charity. I got rid of an artificial large plant that way, it sits at the entrance of the local Caritas (catholic organization) since then!

 
At April 07, 2006 1:00 PM, Blogger Claire said...

I say hide it somewhere and then deny responsibility and/or ever seeing it. Pretend it never existed. Pretty soon people will think they imagined the whole thing . . . Come to think of it . . . Ol' George in U.S. has been doing this for 7 years. Worked for him.

 
At April 07, 2006 2:40 PM, Anonymous wendi said...

if it had sentimental value I pack it real nice and put in the attic or garage or whatever storage place you have.

 
At April 07, 2006 3:12 PM, Blogger woman wandering said...

Rig a competition, make Sal the winner ;) it can sit next to his tin o' haggis

 
At April 07, 2006 3:24 PM, Blogger Ms Mac said...

eBay it for sure. And then buy something nice to give to the boys as a family heirloom. I'm not sure how much you'd get for a stuffed pheasant though.

 
At April 07, 2006 4:23 PM, Blogger Mike B said...

E-gads ... now you've made me wonder. Partnerin's Omi has antlers on the wall, several with the skulls still attached. Oh no!

 
At April 07, 2006 4:29 PM, Blogger Angie said...

I've changed my mind upon hearing Wandering Woman's suggestion. Think of how many funny Tapas Bar posts that would inspire -- especially if Sal gets to drinking that absinthe again! :)

 
At April 07, 2006 4:38 PM, Blogger Ginnie said...

Hmm. Do they do White Elephant gifts in Germany at Christmas time?

 
At April 07, 2006 6:40 PM, Blogger lily b said...

Sounds like you could sneak it in with the rest of the wildlife at the in-laws and no one would know the difference.

Or you could make a garden ornament out of it. You'd probably have to shellac it really well first...

 
At April 07, 2006 7:42 PM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

haha - funny - I'd hide it in the inlaws garage but somehow I'm thinking they'll know where and who it came from.

 
At April 07, 2006 10:11 PM, Blogger mar said...

Back to wish you a Happy Easter! see you in 2 weeks!

 
At April 09, 2006 2:38 AM, Blogger Cathy said...

I rather like it actually! :)
Take care.
Cathy

 
At April 09, 2006 10:27 AM, Blogger Cynthia Rae said...

It looks like the perfect gift for a cat!

Just last week we went past a field and it was FULL of pheasents. I had never seen such a thing in my life!

Good luck. My thougths are with you....

CYn

 
At April 09, 2006 6:36 PM, Blogger traveller one said...

I'd stick it on a hat or on my shoulders and call it fashion!

 
At April 10, 2006 4:31 AM, Blogger Tim Rice said...

I'm afraid I rather like it myself. But then it brings back memories of my childhood of pheasants in the wild on the farm and in pheasant pie.

 
At April 10, 2006 6:02 AM, Anonymous Franzie said...

I'm with you on that one, I'd much rather eat the stuffed bird for dinner than have it sitting on my cupboard.
Why not turn it into a toy for the dog and if you haven't got one of those maybe you can donate it to the school. The Biology teacher might be happy :)

 
At April 10, 2006 2:01 PM, Blogger Leukadia said...

Post it on http://de.freecycle.org/, one of the coolest ways of getting rid of unused stuff and meeting nice people.

 

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