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Travels in the South

Sometimes the best treat can be the easiest treat.  Really it can.  Let’s look at this week’s edition of Travels in the South.  Mom/dad found something that even this oinker can wrap his piggy jowls around and enjoy fully.  Two words for you – strawberry shortcake.  Understand now?  Look at that deliciousness.  So simple yet so delicious.  Don’t let the bare basics fool you.

This pure awesomeness is made out of simple sliced pound cake covered with sliced strawberries, strawberry syrup and topped with whip cream.  How could you not want to lick the plate… and you do, don’t you?  I won’t tell anyone.

And this dessert is just wonderful for the heat outside.  A simple dessert to eat for dessert or like mom did, for dinner – snorts with piggy laughter.

Check back with me next week my friends for another edition of Travels in the South.

 

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40th Anniversary…

That’s right friends.  This past weekend was the 40th Anniversary of the Smokey and the Bandit movie that came out in 1977.  Do you remember the basis of the movie?  This is what it says on the IMDB webpage:

Big Enos (Pat McCormick) wants to drink Coors at a truck show, but in 1977 it was illegal to sell Coors east of the Mississippi River without a permit. Truck driver Bo “Bandit” Darville (Burt Reynolds) agrees to pick up the beer in Texas and drive it to Georgia within 28 hours. Cledus “Snowman” Snow (Jerry Reed) drives the rig while the Bandit helps make his path.  When Bo picks up hitchhiker Carrie (Sally Field), he attracts the attention of Sheriff Buford T. Justice (Jackie Gleason). Angry that Carrie will not marry his son, Justice embarks on a high-speed chase after Bandit.

Knowing the story line, you now know that some of the movie is based in Georgia, home sweet home to this oinker.  And downtown Jonesboro (less than five minutes away from the Hotel Thompson) held its 40th Anniversary over the weekend.  The big rig came rolling in on Main Street followed by the famous Pontiac Trans-Am.  And not only was the rig and Trans-Am present, so was the sheriff’s car that was driven by Sheriff Buford T. Justice (played by Jackie Gleason).

And of course they had a re-enactor that was playing Burt Reynolds character… who just happened to get arrested by our finest here in Clayton County, Georgia.

Nah, not really.  It was all for show but doesn’t that guy look just like Burt Reynolds years ago in the movie?

He was a great guy for getting arrested and hanging out with everyone… and mom said not bad on the eyes whatever that means.

Burt Reynolds did show up to the festivities.  This is him in the picture next to the Trans-Am.  What an awesome time it was for everyone in attendance.

Did you know some of this trivia that we read on IMBD?

• A senior executive at Pontiac promised Burt Reynolds a free Trans-Am if the movie became a hit. It did and the 1977 T-Top Trans-Am became one of the hottest selling cars of the year. When the movie became a hit, Reynolds expected the executive to come through with his promise. But the Trans-Am never came. After a few months, Reynolds, (who was afraid of looking like one of those pretentious stars looking for freebies), finally called Pontiac. As it turned out, the executive that made the promise had retired and the new executive refused to keep the promise that was made, by the previous Pontiac Trans Am executive.

• Jackie Gleason would often ask his assistant Mal for a “hamburger,” which was code for a glass of bourbon.

• In Jonesboro, GA (YAY close to us here at the Hotel Thompson) where a lot of the film was shot, Snowman’s house and the warehouse where the Coors beer is picked up (in Texarkana, TX) are actually only about a half a mile away from each other.

• The line of Jackie Gleason’s dialogue printed on the movie’s poster is incorrect. The quote on the poster reads “What we have here is a total lack of respect for the law.” In the movie Gleason actually says “What we’re dealing with here, is a complete lack of respect for the law.”

Credit to IMBD web page for information on movie.  Credit to Scott Stubbs for pictures.

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2017 in Bacon

 

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Dear Bacon

20140111-195536.jpg Dear Bacon – This is the pits.  No, I mean it really.  It’s not bad enough that my humans put these ridiculous pajamas on me.  Now I have to wear the cone of shame.  AND they sat me in a make shift bed which is really an old potty box with a blanket.  Really?  This is how they treat me.  Can you give me a word of encouragement my piggy friend?  Signed Cat in the Hat

Dear Cat in the Hat – You know my friend.  You are looking at this all wrong.  Look at it from the positive prospective.  They put pajamas on you – I’m guessing – so that you wouldn’t scratch whatever you had done surgically, right?  Then they put the pitiful projector on your head so you couldn’t lick or bite that particular surgical spot, right?  AND then they put you in a comfortable spot with a blankie so you would be comfy.  See, look at it from this perspective.  Do you know what all of that adds up to this little piggy?  To me, it says your humans care for you way more than you think and want you to be comfortable during this duration.  Instead of looking at it from your point of view, take it from my point of view.  And let me add, suck it up for all it’s worth – humans love that when they think they’ve done something to you 🙂


20140111-195548.jpg Dear Bacon –  Can you believe my humans have the audacity to blame ‘me’ – innocent cute little ‘me’ – as stealing one of their valuable orange crunchy things they snack on while watching television?  Me.  There is no way they can pin this crime on me.  There is no proof!  Signed Cheeto

Dear Cheeto – Do me a favor my friend.  Go to your nearest mirror and look at yourself.  Go ahead.  I’l wait.  Whistles while waiting and taps hooves.  Oh good you are back.  Did you see that incriminating evidence on your cute little face?  The orange stuff my friend.  That would be evidence of eating your humans prized Cheetos.  By your name, I’m thinking this is not your first run in with the law on being busted for this crime.  Might I make a suggestion for future escapades?  Once you have partaken of the evil Cheeto, go drink some water out of your bowl with delight.  I mean slush that water around on your cute little face to wash the orange stuff off.  No proof means it didn’t happen my friend.  Happy eating.


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Dear Bacon – I was cold.  It was freezing in this house.  My humans like to hang me as they so delightfully like to say.  Don’t worry about us little pooches.  I had to resort to the last step and wrap myself like a hot dog.  It does the trick especially with the sun coming in from the window.  Have you ever been this cold?  Signed Cold Dog

Dear Cold Dog – WOW.  I say if you’re cold, go for it my friend.  I’m one of the very few here with us anipals that love it cold.  I’m with my mom and like you said, we like to hang meet here at the Hotel Thompson.  The colder the better.  Heck, if we could skip over summer we would so do so.  Stay warm my friend!


20140111-195606.jpgDear Bacon – Here is my brother.  He is so weird.  I was looking down at the dog just minding my own business.  That’s when Patches (my bro) jumped up and pulled my head up.  What was so important that he wanted me to see you ask?  The humans were cooking breakfast.  Something smelled so delightful.  They call it bacon.  I’m just wondering.  Do you know what this glorious smell is?  Signed Matches

Dear Matches – I know exactly what that awful stuff called bacon is.  It’s horrible.  Such a bad thing to ever try.  Some humans get addicted to it.  See, that’s how bad it is for you cats.  Once hooked, they can’t go back.  And I for one can guarantee you that you don’t want to get hooked on that bad drug.  Yeah, it’s a bad drug.  Better steer far away from it my friends.  I wouldn’t want it to stunt your growth or anything.  Snorts!

 


20140111-195617.jpgDear Bacon – Don’t you jussst love my new ssssweater?  I got it for my birthdaysss.  I just love to sssslither around the house wearing itsss.  I think it makesss me ssslim and bringsss out the color of my eyessss.  What do you thinksss?  Signed Sexy and I Know It

Dear Sexy and I Know It – As long as YOU think you are sexy and you know it, does it really matter what anyone else thinks?  You rock that sweater around your house all you want.  Perhaps maybe next time your humans can get you a longer one?  Keep slithering there where you are my friend.

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Posted by on June 27, 2017 in Bacon, Dear Bacon

 

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Journey with Friends – Week 25 

Welcome my friends to our weekly issue of Journey with Friends.  This is a time that we come together for support, for encouragement, for fellowship – all with one single goal in mind – to live better.  Welcome to our journey to share our goals and our accomplishments and our disappointments and frustrations.

Together we can do this!


Sunday, June 18, 2017 –  Today’s plan – get this awful cold out and get rid of this migraine.  Of course somewhere in there involves cleaning the house and doing laundry.  A woman’s job is never done, right?  Miles Moved: 2.02

Monday, June 19, 2017 –  Okay so it’s 12 weeks until “D” day – you know the revealing of the mystery.  So game plan tragedy.  That’s 12 more weeks of hard walking, no sugars/sweets/sodas.  I need to step it up a notch and kick some ass.  Today started out well 🙂 Miles Moved:  4.67

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 –  Yesterday was a great start for my 12 week plan of taking over the world.   Okay maybe not taking over the world but doing something for myself on this journey – snickers.  I’m not walking as much as I did yesterday but I will still be kicking it today.  The last couple of mornings it has been rainy outside so it’s not hot-hot but it’s humidity hot.  I guess you can’t win either way huh? Miles Moved: 3.68

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 –  I can really tell this week with stepping it up on my walking (no pun intended-LOL) that my body is feeling it.  My thighs and butt are really getting some great workouts.  I’m doing my main exercise/workout in the morning before work.  Then throughout the day, I do spot walks from anywhere between 5-15 minutes at a time.  You know to stretch my legs and to give myself a break from sitting at my desk.  It seems to be working.  Miles Moved: 3.92

Thursday, June 22, 2017 –  Sighs.  It’s raining today.  Big time here in the south.  I think we are going some of the effects of Hurricane Cindy.  It’s been so bad this week with the rains that I believe I need to wear my floaties to work… just in case I get caught outside in the rain.  I didn’t walk outside today for obvious reasons but I think I moved pretty good inside.   Miles Moved: 2.37

Friday, June 23, 2017 –  I wore my “I can’t adult today” t-shirt.  That tells you everything I’m feeling today – LOL.  I need the weekend, some rest and relaxation.  Maybe some wine.  Wine fixes everything – LOL 🙂  Miles Moved: 2.18

Saturday, June 24, 2017 –  I’ve earned it this week.  Today I’m walking my 30 minutes but I’m not pushing it.  I’m doing a small walk and then me and the hub are heading to the spa.  It’s time for us to get some pampering – my nails need it desperately, a little chair massage and relaxation.  Bring it! Miles Moved: 1.21

 


Thoughts for the week:  Make a goal and shoot for it.  For me that’s working.  Every week I make a challenge for myself.  That gives me something to look forward to with the week.  Sometimes it might be small and sometimes it might be something big – like this week.  I’ve ‘trained’ my body for six months now in walking.  I was determined to hit 10,000 steps in one day.  And it’s a juggle.  You have work.  You have home.  You have to take care of the kids/cooking, etc.  It really doesn’t leave much time to walk 10,000 steps in one day.  I’ve been close before but this week I hit it on the nail!  

So I hit it.  Is 10,000 steps over now?  Of course not.  Now I challenge myself to do it again.  Remember small goals turn into big accomplishments. ❤

 

 


This week walked: 20.05

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  313.79

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2017 in Journey with Friends

 

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Happy Birthday Hemi

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This post goes out to my brother Hemingway – Hemi for short. He is a lot of things here at the Hotel Thompson.

He is my brother.

He is my friend.

He is the master cat.

He is mom/dads oldest.

I talk about him a lot here on my blog. Mostly about him using his ginormous paw to slap me on the rump – snorts. But really, today is his birthday. Today he turns the big 13 years old. Happy birthday Hemi.

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And just remember Hemi, with your age – snorts –

you might want to cut back on spanking this oinker.

Just sayin’

PLOL (Pig Laughing out Loud!)

Oh friends, did you know that mommy/daddy adopted Hemi and his brother Tybee when they were three weeks old?  They barely had their eyes open and had just started walking – I guess you could say that was walking.  Their little tails were like a piece of yarn – 🙂  They had gotten picked up by Animal Control and taken to the shelter.  Mom and dad saved them both and brought them home.  They are such softies when it comes to us four legged animals, you know 🙂

 

 

And special thank you to Phenny across the pond who sent me and my brother Houdini some birthday goodies.  We are sending you lots of meow’s, hogs and snout kisses ❤

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2017 in Bacon, Hemi

 

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One Buzz Stand


Courtesy of Sunny Street, Max Garcia

 
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Posted by on June 24, 2017 in Bacon

 

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Houdini’s Birthday Video

I just have to share Houdini’s birthday video from last week.  You talk about being a tiny little bit spoiled!  Sheesh – that dog is rotten!  Okay, I’ll let you be the judge of rotten.  You look at this video and you tell me what you think.  Ignore mom/dad’s singing.  We all know that southern speech and singing don’t go together – snorts with piggy laughter.

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2017 in Houdini

 

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