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Lurkey, Mom's Pet Inflatable Thanksgiving Turkey

Updated on October 11, 2013
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Nightcat is a Jane of all trades and likes to pass on tips she’s found useful around the home.

My mother was the one who taught me to stand up for the little guy. And if there is a little guys so far as decorating goes Thanksgiving has to be it. Now, my mother had everything possible for the holiday, but it took her decades to build a collection. And one thing I always used to buy her was turkeys, and being an animal lover she adored them. Plush turkeys, ceramic turkeys, a turkey serving platter with a turkey on it and even turkey lights.

But there was still precious little to put on the front porch that could remind passerbys of the holiday, and not in a religious sense either. It was a holiday that was being picked on and overlooked and that fluffed mom's feathers good. I'd tell her she looked like a cute little sputzie (sparrow) and she'd fluff her feathers out more. A holiday being neglected was no laughing matter!

So imagine my delight in finding Lurkey. Who was originally called Mr. Tom until we found out he listed to port like he'd got into Thanksgiving cheer, and we ran a dry house. So he became Lurkey the lopsided turkey. Mom loved him! We ladies oohed and ahhed because he was smart enough to inflate all by himself and my dad just growled in disgust and the cats of course had to inspect the inflatable feast.

You should have seen them run in the room when I called out "Turkey!" Instantly they decided it was their turkey, and the way their whiskers all fanned out I know they were figuring out how many pounds they would get a piece of the succulent fowl. But after a few quick sniffs they left him be and dreamed of eating the real thing.

Mom and the cats have sadly moved on, as has dad, but Lurkey has stayed like a faithful if lopsided mascot to the season. He keeps me company, he does. He looks great indoors and out, and yes those are photos of the fabulous fowl in the background and down below. Because Lurkey can strut his fabulous stuff better than a fashion model. He is fierce, honey!

I love his googly eyes the best, they make him look rather silly and if you've ever seen a lot of Thanksgiving turkey geegaws many of them resemble velicoraptors. A beautiful, sweet-natured bird is somehow turned into the ugliest of all creatures. But not Lurkey. He is as cute as a button with his checkered bib, fancy hat (we used to joke he ate the Pilgrim) and brightly colored tail.

As you can see below he does indeed light up and he is big enough to dominate a section of my kitchen floor in the photo and is a good several feet tall. Strangely Lurkey came in a Halloween designed bright green package, complete with spooky images. He is the first inflatable turkey I ever saw, but they seem fairly common now.

The kit featured here has all the fixings. He lights up, has ground stakes, and is good for indoor or outdoor use. So why not adopt your own inflatable turkey and be the talk of the town?

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Gemmy Inflateables Holiday G08 26396 Air Blown Outdoor Happy Turkey Decor
Gemmy Inflateables Holiday G08 26396 Air Blown Outdoor Happy Turkey Decor

This fellah always puts a smile on my face. He looks oh-so-sleepy as if he was just stuffed with Thanksgiving dinner and needs a good nap.

 
Airblown Turkey Outdoor Décor
Airblown Turkey Outdoor Décor

This happy fellow sports an all red tail and knows how to strut his stuff.

 
Airblown Inflatable - Turkey "Got Turkey" Knife & Fork - Inflatable Thanksgiving
Airblown Inflatable - Turkey "Got Turkey" Knife & Fork - Inflatable Thanksgiving

This inflatable tom wants to know when dinner is being served. I love his multi-colored tail myself.

 

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @OOMMEN G: Thanks, oommengeorge. Hugs! :)

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      OOMMEN G 3 years ago

      Nice

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @PriyabrataSingh: Thank you so very much, discountcopiercenter. Hugs! :)

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      PriyabrataSingh 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this lens. congratulation for your effort.

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @samsmom7: Thanks you so very much, samsmom7! I believe good memories should be shard. Hugs! :)

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      samsmom7 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your story and love your lens.

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Aww, thank you so very much, awelldressedbullet! Hugs right back at you. :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Another great one! Congrats on your Lens of the Day! Leaving Squidhugs!

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @ayannavenus: Thanks, ayannavenus. Hugs! :)

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      ayannavenus 3 years ago

      great story ..thanks for sharing

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @Diaper Bag Blog: Thanks so much, stajo82! Hugs! :)

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      Lovely LOTD! Nice story, thanks for sharing....

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you so much, Papier! Hugs! :)

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      How cute! I'd love one of these. The like button is to the left. for the lens lie it is the heart :)

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      Such a fun story and goofy turkey.

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @Susan Zutautas: Thank you, susan-zutautas! Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @getupandgrow: Aww, thanks, getupandgrow! Hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @getupandgrow: We have a mystery to solve, getupandgrow! Thanks for the help and visit, hugs! :)

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      getupandgrow 3 years ago

      I'm a vegetarian, and I *still* love this lens :-)!

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      getupandgrow 3 years ago

      @RoadMonkey: I think it's the heart underneath the pinterest symbol, RoadMonkey. Either that or I've just clicked on something I really didn't mean to...

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @Mercy Girl No9: Thank you, Mercygirl! Hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @pitlock: Thank you so much, pitlock! Hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @RoadMonkey: I was wondering the same thing, RoadMonkey. :)

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      But where's the lens like?????

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Very funny. Your mum had a great sense of celebration!

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      pitlock 3 years ago

      Very nice! Congratulations for your lens of the day!

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      Mercy Girl No9 3 years ago

      Love it. What a nice tradition.

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @esmonaco: I think they would too, esmonaco! Thanks so much for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I thinks my granchildren would love this... Congratulations on LOTD....

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @SteveKaye: Thank you so very much, Steve_Kaye! I think Lurkey is a local legend. I

      m the only person on the block who decorate much for the fall holidays. Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @tok2gman: Thank you so very much, tok2gman! Hugs! :)

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      This could revolutionize Thanksgiving. Congratulations on receiving the LOTD. Wow!

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks so very much, johnadvard1552! Hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @Dressage Husband: No actually, StephenJParkin. But my family loved Canada and we always seemed to visit around the Canadian Thanksgiving. The lens was for the daily challenge to salute our brother and sisters up North as they get ready to ccelebrate. Thanks for the visit, hugs!

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @Lorelei Cohen: That skeleton sounds awesome, LoreleiCohen. I have a giant pumpkin on the front lawn and if he isn't inflated people notice, lol! They would miss Lurkey too, I'm sure. Thanks so much for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: I would love to see that, Susan52! Thanks for the visit, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @grrbtn: So true, grrbtn. Thanks for the kind words and visit, hugs! :)

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so very much, GlitterNMe, and thank you for the visit, hugs! :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      So true I hardly have any Thanksgiving....I'm not really sure why! Great lens and congrats on LOTD!

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      grrbtn 3 years ago

      Great lens, well done on being awarded LOTD. Just goes to show that "a turkey is not just for Christmas" its also for squidoo too

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      How fun! Maybe Lurkey could make a guest appearance in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade!

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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      He is adorable. I love the giant blowup Halloween decorations. They come to life outside when the wind blows them. A fellow in our time has the carriage driven by a skeleton and I smile whenever I pass it.

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Never had such a good laugh, you must be Canadian to celebrate this early?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Must say that it is a superb idea!

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      tok2gman 3 years ago

      Nice story. Congrats on the Lens of the Day win!

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      @Jerzimom: Thanks so much, CherylFay! Hugs! :)

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      Cute! Fun idea!