Hello sweet friends. Welcome to another edition of Shopping Around the World. This month we are highlighting things that we cook in this hot weather outside. So without further ado, here is mom – take it away mom!
What we have this month is a meal that keeps on giving – LOL. Friday morning before work, I put a beef roast in the oven. I got a nice beef roast (around 3 pounds) at the market for around $14.00. That night when I got home, I cut all of the meat up and put it aside. In the meantime, I took a head of lettuce ($0.98 head) and chopped it all up placing it in a huge bowl. On this date, I didn’t add anything extra – just the salad mix so far. I then poured in some 1000 Island salad dressing into the lettuce (probably 1/3 bottle for the entire salad $0.34). I tossed and coated all of the salad with the dressing. At this time, you can add a little more if you need it. Just make sure your lettuce is coated.
I then used some big plates and put some salad into the plates. Next up, the beef that I had previously sliced was put on top of the salad. Just as a garnish, I took some barbeque sauce I had on hand and drizzled it over the beef. There you go – dinner is served. The entire meal cost $15.32 and we had salads for two all weekend in this heat.
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, July 23, 2017 – Didn’t do too much today. Next week is going to be a busy week. Lots of doctor appointments. So excited. Really, stop me now. LOL – really that was sarcasm. Miles Moved: 1.24
Monday, July 24, 2017 – The stress levels are strong this week. Did several small walks throughout the day to try to keep my stress levels down. Went and saw the vampires at the doctor’s office and had my bloodwork done. Don’t you just love a tech who can get the vein on the first shot? I know I do! Mine this morning was awesome. She didn’t play games and I was in and out within 30 minutes. Miles Moved: 2.66
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 – Walking is definitely my friend this week. This stress is causing my neck to hurt so badly. I will not let the added stress slow me down. Nope. I will not! Miles Moved: 2.48
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 – So my sister stated today that she wants to do a marathon run/walk in every state by the time she is 50. OMG – she is so good! I think she needs to go for it. Heck, who knows I might actually do one with her in this neck of the woods. Are you up now from passing out on the floor from me saying that? It could happen. One never knows what I will do. My sister has influencing me in so many ways with this new lifestyle. I really look to her for guidance and encouragement. I think everyone should have a sister like her in your life ❤ Miles Moved: 2.49
Thursday, July 27, 2017 – I went in for some tests today at the doctor’s office. It was planned, something in/out kind of thing. My life is never that simple – LOL. One ‘simple’ thing led to another test and then to a meeting face to face with a radiologist doctor. Rolls eyes. I was so glad to be back at work and who says that, right? Miles Moved: 2.61
Friday, July 28, 2017 – Yes!! Thank goodness for Fridays. If ever a weekend was desired, it was this weekend. I’m planning on rest, relaxation and snuggled. Bring it! Miles Moved: 2.26
Saturday, July 29, 2017 – Come at me Saturday. I’m so ready. Bring on the snuggles. Miles Moved: 0.69
Thoughts for the week: Baby steps and remember to breathe. Those have definitely been my words to live by this week. When times get tough and stressful, take a walk. I’m trying my best to walk away that old ugly Mr. Stress. I don’t think giving up is even in my vocabulary anymore – which is an awesome thing! As you can tell from this week, I’ve had lots of stress and doctor appointments. I really don’t want to elaborate at this point in any details except to say pray for me. Life goes on. Thanks my friends.
Of all of the important holidays I can tell you about, today seems to be the most important in my book. July 30th is International Day of Friendship. The world is filled with too much hate, too many wars, too much prejudice and way too many disagreements. Today, we should put all of that aside and reach out to each other and say, “Hello friend happy friendship day!”
This is just not a backyard problem or a school playground problem. This is a worldwide problem. A problem that needs to come to an end. Everyone has differences – we wouldn’t be individuals if we didn’t. But when you look down to it, we all want to be happy and what better way than to get along.
Today let’s make friends with different people, different cultures and different countries. Extend your hand – or an olive branch – and say hello friend. Say hello to your neighbor, to the stranger at the market and say hello to a person that you see everyday but you don’t even know their name. Today is the day to make a friend near and far.
To all of our friends, we at the Hotel Thompson would like to say thank you for being our friend – happy friendship day. And to those that don’t know us yet, Happy Friendship Day. May we get to know you better today and in the future!
This picture tells you absolutely everything you need to know about how hot it is here in the south of Georgia. The heat index this week has been torturous. Just moving it seems to make sweat and heat. Even mom/dad says it is like living in a walk in sauna. There are *those* peeps that say don’t complain because winter will be here soon. Then there are *those* peeps like my mom/dad who absolutely love the winter. Not the ice, snow close down school/businesses cold but the 60’s or 50’s temps outside. Now that is weather my mom/dad LOVE. As they peeps say, you can always put on clothes to stay warm but you can’t keep taking off clothes to get cool. Well you could but dad said you might get arrested outdoors. Hilarious huh? Speaking of dad, now I leave you with Jokes with Daddy. Hope you have a great weekend sweet friends ❤
Welcome my friends to SPOTLIGHT THURSDAY. This is the time that I will introduce you to one of my fellow anipals so you can get to know them better. Some of them, you may already know. We hope that you enjoy this series!
What were your first thoughts when you met your new parents? When i saw my mom for the first time I was living with my four siblings in a woodpile out in the woods. My birth mom was feral and my adoptive mom captured her and all the kids. We were only four days old and my new mom took us in and fed us with a bottle. She had my birth mom fixed and released back to the wild. We stayed with our new mom and when we were old enough she placed everyone but my brother and I in new homes. My first thought was this was some mom. She has loved me since then. Sadly my brother went over the rainbow bridge a year ago and so I’m the only feline in the house.
What was the defining moment when you knew you were in your forever home? When I saw the brothers and sisters all go and I was still left I knew I was a chosen one. My brother felt the same.
What has been your biggest “Oh no, now I’ve done it” moment so far in your home? For some reason I decided to jump up on the table during dinner one time and wasn’t very careful. I caused a glass of red wine to take a tumble and it ended up in my mom’s lap. She was wearing white slacks at the time and I thought there was going to be trouble. All that happened is I was told to stay off the table. Of course, I completely ignore that order if I want to check things out. I now know all about wine glasses and I plan my landings to accommodate that risk.
Who do you have wrapped around your paws more – mom or dad – and why? Well mom originally wanted to keep only brother and dad talked her into keeping both of us. Mom was very sad when brother had to leave and so I’ve made a real effort to help cheer her. I still think I have dad wrapped. He always makes room for me when I bug him for a stroke.
What’s the biggest misconception that humans think about you? Humans think because I disappear when they come to the house that I’m shy. It’s not that at all. I am really outflanking them and preparing to leap out in case of emergency. I’ve never had to do it but I’m willing to save the family in case of danger.
Hope you enjoyed meeting my friend – check back next week for another Spotlight edition!
Oh shivers! This week it has been Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. We have watched a lot of the shows. Shows that highlighted when sharks attack. Shows that highlight guys/gals going down in the ocean in shark cages feeding sharks by hand. Shows that highlighted HUGE sharks. Shows that highlight sharks that bit people and showed the bites – shivers.
Then if that wasn’t bad enough, mom got a wild hair over the long weekend and decided to watch ALL of the Jaws movies. Really mom? Not just the original Jaws with “We’re going to need a bigger boat”, but all of them – Jaws 2, Jaws 3 and then Jaws Revenge. Shakes piggy head. Snorts – but us anipals stood by her side and watched with her. Double evil snorts – I even called Houdini Shark Bait. Now *that* was funny.
After this week of watching all of these shows, I had a dream about surfing. It was a nightmare! There is no way this little oinker is going anywhere near the beach. Heck, I may even rethink getting in my piggy pool or the bathtub for that matter!
Have you watched any of these shows on television? Any favorites? Any experiences of seeing sharks in real life? Have you seen them at the beach?
Hello sweet friends. Did you have a lot of fun with Shopping Around the World last month? We just have a blast seeing everyone’s recipes and pictures. Since this is the summer and it is so hot here, why don’t we focus this month on foods that you prepare in this type of heat. Whether it’s a simple salad, a sandwich with chips, a watermelon salad – what do you fix for dinner when it’s just so hot outside to be cooking anything in the kitchen.
Shopping Around the World will be hosted on Monday, July 31, 2017 here in blogville. Now remember, link back to my blog here so everyone can find your links. And remember have fun with your recipes. Can’t wait to see your recipes, pictures and prices in your area. ❤
Oh and you haven’t already, please fill free to use my Shopping Around the World with Bacon badge for your blog that my brother Phenny fixed for all of us. Thanks again brother!
This weeks Travels in the South is brought to you by the mommy – snorts. Her and daddy went out over the weekend and she found a really awesome salad that was right up her alley. You see it in the picture? This was called the cornbread fried chicken salad. Can you say yum? Do you see those giant croutons surrounding the sides of the salad? That is cornbread cut into croutons. Now mom didn’t eat them *in* her salad. She ate them on the side. They were delicious. Dad didn’t care for them that much and mom was fine with that. She said it was more for her. Why were they so good? They had corn and jalapenos in them. Mom said they also had a tad of sugar that she could taste which cut down the heat of the jalapenos. And of course with mom’s love of fried chicken, having some chicken in her salad was absolutely heaven.
Was it all par for eating healthy? Probably not. But this date, it touched a special place in mom’s heart… and tummy.
Little dude, you are a hoot. I read your blog all of the time. I mean, up here in the cold – what else is there to do? All of my buddies come over at least once a week so we can read your page together. You are so funny little man. You should go on the road. What do you think? We’ll buy tickets! Signed Sealed and Funny
Dear Signed Sealed and Funny,
Thanks my friend. I appreciate those kind words. Everyone here at the Hotel Thompson has a tendency not to take life too serious – just go with it and have some fun. It makes life so much more interesting! I’ll let you know about any future road dates. 🙂
You really should overcome your anti-nature fears. It’s great out outside! Look at this great picture that my older brother took of me on the beach. You gotta come here and put your hooves in the sand. Once you do, you’ll never go back! I’ll save a beach chair for you – come on down! Signed Chillin Tiny
Dear Chillin Tiny,
I will keep that in mind my friend. You do look so very comfortable and that picture really pulls at some heart strings. I’ve seen pictures from mom of the beach as well. They make me almost want to rethink my anti-nature policies. I am working on it. When I make that leap of faith, I’ll be sure to let you know. Don’t be surprised if you get a call from me somewhere in the near future my friend! Thanks for the invite.
Oh little man – purr – come on down to the desert and play with me. I’m just like one of your purr things there at the Hotel Thompson. I can help you get over your outdoor phobias. Trust me, I can. Growl – Signed Playful
For some reason, I just don’t get the same love and desire of you wanting to help me like my friend Chillin Tiny. As you said, you are like the purr things here. With that in mind, I’m thinking your parting words of ‘trust me’ would be like something Hemi would say here before he swats me on my piggy fanny. But, I appreciate the invite. I think I’ll stay in the south and continue to be a member of the Hotel Thompson. Take care of yourself my friend. Be sure to use sunscreen.
I bet you had to look twice at this picture, didn’t you or did you? This thing called Photoshop is amazing. I could even Photoshop you in my pouch. Wouldn’t that be fun? I could take you everywhere! Signed Hop n’ Fun
Dear Hop n’ Fun,
PLOL (Pig Laughing Out Loud). That does look like so much fun! Perhaps I do need to come see you in real life so we can have so much fun down under!
Since all of the Harry Potter movies are done and over with, I have a lot of time on my wings these days. Most days now, you can find me skateboarding along the boardwalk. Watch out Tony Hawk – I’m coming for you with some of my tricks. Signed Hedwig
I was just wondering what you were up to these days. I just watched a couple of the Harry Potter movies last weekend. You’re looking good. They must be right about the camera adding 10 pounds plus because you look a lot smaller in this picture! Be safe my friend.