There’s a yearly tradition that we do here at the Hotel Thompson that I thought I would share. It’s nothing difficult, really simple if you will. Mom/dad have done this for years and as they say, “If it ain’t broke – don’t fix it!” I thought I would share with my friends here in blogville because one can never have too much of good luck, right?
On the 31st of December before midnight, place money outside on your porch. It can be a loose bill, change, or in an envelope. This stays on your front porch. Before midnight, everyone goes outside of the house.
At midnight, you open the front door and throw the money in over the threshold. This should be the first thing that crosses your door. This represents money coming into your home for the new year. Remember, you don’t step into the home until after the money goes in.
I’m not sure where mom/dad got this from but they have been doing it forever. I mean heck, we’ll take all of the help from everywhere we can, right? Happy money tossing tonight my friends 🙂
It is not safe letting my mom/dad out by themselves. Shaking my piggy head – it really isn’t. Mom/dad decided to go to the local pet store to look around to see what was new. Mom found the biggest pile of poo she has ever seen. I mean what left this? Bigfoot? She was telling daddy about it and they were snickering like two teenagers while people were passing them by and looking at them like they were crazy. Houdini was in the buggy and just rolled his eyes, he was so embarrassed. He wanted to tell people passing them that there was nothing to see there… it was just typical behavior of mom/dad. Can you see how big this poo pile is? What would you think if you saw something like this in real life? OMP – I can’t breathe right now. Go my friends. I’m listening. What would you think?
Oh my friends!! What was one of my favorite gifts this year from Santa? This candy cane toy. You see Santa left it with my brother Phenny across the pond. Phenny’s pawrents then sent it to me. Mom explained to me that Santa has the entire world to cover and sometimes needs help. Just like Santa left a list for mom/dad to get some people too. Of course mom/dad are moving slower than an ant in a field of molasses but they are working on that list from Santa. These people will just have happiness after Christmas – maybe a great way to start the new year, right? But this candy cane is like something awesome. It squeaks. Okay well maybe it used to squeak. Okay the squeaker jumped out. Okay-okay. I tore the squeaker out. There now you know. Barks with puppy laughter. Now I leave you with Jokes from Daddy. Enjoy my friends ❤
This month we are focusing on desserts/cookies or other yummy treats that you create or love to eat this time of the year. This holiday season has been a little challenged here at the Hotel Thompson – with mom’s surgery, recuperation and other trying things that showed their ugly head. Usually mom fixes this dessert, boxes them up in little Chinese containers that are decorated with pictures of us anipals and hands them out. This year, she just didn’t get a chance to play around and have fun. BUT she wanted to share this recipe because it’s fun and the treats are delicious!
So here is mom –
What you will need: bag of shelled pecan halves ($7.00); bag of Rolo candies ($4.00); and a bag of square pretzels ($3.00) = total cost $14.00
The most time consuming part of this recipe is unwrapping all of the Rolo’s. Usually I will sit in front of the television with a two bowls – one for wrappers and one for the unwrapped Rolo’s. Watch some television and start unwrapping. It makes it go faster. Trust me, this is the annoying part.
After you are done, get out a cookie sheet and wrap it with aluminum wrap. Put your square pretzels on it and put one Rolo on top of all of the pretzels. Your oven needs to be set at like 200 degrees. Place the pan in the oven for about 2-3 minutes, until you see the Rolo’s getting soft. Take them out and immediately push a pecan half on top of the pretzel. We call these Reindeer noses. Cute huh?
Now make a mental note. Don’t put so many pretzels on the tray with Rolo’s that when you take them out of the oven they soften before you can put the pecan half on them. I can usually do about three trays with the ingredients above. Happy eats!
Daddy I have a word for you with that new hat of yours –
No elf hats will be allowed here in the Hotel Thompson. Nope. Never. They remind me too much of that evil little freak Don Juan who better not come back here next year. You heard that right. He better not.
If he does, I’ve got an entire year to think of strategy in removing him from this household. I’m off to work on that strategy now.
Good riddance! Another year behind us with the freak gone. Shakes piggy head. I think I will need therapy this year to get over some of the antics that Don Juan did to us this year. He has no morals. No standards. Not anything good is in his twisted little body. He is bad. Real bad.
The night before Christmas, dad was going to set out donuts and a Coke Zero for Santa. I know that’s a weird combination but dad assured me that was what Santa wanted – Shakes piggy head. You know what they say, “Don’t argue with your elders”. Snorts with piggy laughter.
Dad went to go get the donuts and he found Don Juan was in his bag. The little brat ate all of the donuts but one. Daddy said Santa was *not* going to be happy.
So Don Juan – goodbye. Good riddance. Don’t let the door hit you on the butt on the way out of the Hotel Thompson. Until we see each again, may you see nothing but darkness. And watch out little guy – we will be prepared for you next year. Oh yes… we will – evil piggy snorts.
If happiness had to be explained in a picture – well there you go. This is one of mom’s all time favorite desserts. I know – I know. Has there ever been a dessert that mom has turned her back to? Of course not. But this one she said is exceptional.
Right now the current thing for deserts are those molten lava cakes. This is one of those with a twist. The inside of this cake is filled with caramel. Then the topping is ice cream. All of the dusting around the plate and on top – that would be salted caramel. Go ahead. I’ll give you a moment to ooh and aaw.
Mom says it’s very sweet but when you need something straight up with some extra special kick, go for this treat… the salted caramel lava cake.
Dear Bacon – I have a slight problem here. I’m always being watched. Always. It’s like I get no peace or alone time. What can I do? He’s watching me now, isn’t he? Signed Helpless
Dear Helpless – WOW! He is watching you right this instance. What is he writing a book – are you chapter 3? The dude needs to leave you alone. You need to fix this now. Perhaps the next time he is in the other room, maybe you need to shut the door. Or persuade him into a closet. You know, something along those lines. Sshheessh – a purr thing has to have their alone time. Good luck my friend.
Dear Bacon – With the cold weather coming, I have to use anything to keep my head warm. They say if the head is warm, your entire body is warm. I think this is doing the trick. I found it in the miniature human’s room. What do you think? Signed Cat Heater
Dear Cat Heater – My friend. I think you might want to rethink that head warmer. Tell me it’s new and not slightly used too okay. You see, that is not a head warmer. That is one of the miniature humans butt warmers. I’ve seen them. What happens in them is not pretty. Not pretty at all. Although it does have a certain appeal as apparel, I’m afraid the other purr things in the hood might just laugh you out of the neighborhood and not let you play in their kitty games. I’m just sayin’.
Dear Bacon – Life is not fair. Halloween only comes but once a year and I am so very glad. Can you believe that my humans dressed me up like a poop factory for the big day? I’m so humiliated. Why couldn’t they dress up the small human that cries all of the time like this? Why me? I mean my poop is no more than the humans. Really. Please help me. Signed Poop Factory
Dear Poop Factory – I have to admit my friend that the costume is very original. I saw a lot of costumes on the big night but I think yours might be the icing on the cake. I say wear it with pride. I know it’s humiliating. But I assure you that Christmas is just around the corner. You know what needs to be done to the Christmas tree. You know just as a token of your appreciate for this outfit. Snorts.
Dear Bacon – Where there’s a bag, you know a cat is there to play. My buddy snapped this picture of me while I was playing pop goes the kitty in the bag. Talk about perfect timing huh? I think my abs look better than your pot belly. What do you think? Signed Abercrombie Cat
Dear Abercrombie Cat – OMP (Oh my pig). That is hilarious. This picture is so priceless that I’m going to let the shot of my physique just go right on by. I say bravo to you and your brother for the perfect picture taking. I think this needs to go viral, perhaps be in a Cats of 2015 calendar or a Christmas card. Maybe even sneak on your parents Facebook account and post this picture. Great job my friends. Now, I’m off to look for me an equally charming shopping bag. I wonder if they have one with James Bond somewhere here in the Hotel Thompson.
Dear Bacon – For some reason, I think there is an impersonator here in the room with me. I woke up from one of my many naps this morning, waddled into the living room and found HIM. HIM is not talking, not purring and not moving. I think he’s trying to wait for me to turn my back. I just know he is. What do you think? Signed Chucky
Dear Chucky – Oh my! I think you need to be careful there little guy. It looks like HIM is preparing to pounce on you. That could be really dangerous. I can only imagine what kind of damage he could do to you. Shivers. Thank goodness HIM is not here. Be careful. Maybe never turn your back to him. That’s it. Be vigilant!
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Sunday, December 17, 2017 – Day of rest. What a great trip to Chicago we had. So much fun hanging out with my sister and just chilling, doing absolutely nothing. And all of that wonderful food – Oh my goodness! Yep, like the majority of people in the world come January – it’s back on the healthy lifestyle and walking! Miles Moved: -0-
Monday, December 18, 2017 – Trying to get caught up at work from being off last week. WOW – I love to take time off but it sure is a windstorm to come back too. Who would have thought that many papers could land on someone’s desk – LOL. Miles Moved: 1.11
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 – When did Christmas get here?? Shaking my head. It’s so crazy here. Recovery from the surgery, surprising Jim and taking care of my mom during her illness all caught up with me and slapped me in the butt. Thank you to everyone that has sent us Christmas cards here at the Hotel Thompson. We *really* appreciate that. Unfortunately we did not send out any this year – the first time in YEARS. Don’t give up on us. We will be more on que next year. And our packages are going out late this year. Who would have thought that huh? Bare with us sweet friends. ❤ Miles Moved: 0.94
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – Rush to get home tonight to get presents wrapped and ready for my work peeps tomorrow. Someone please hit the pause button for me. I’m so not ready for Christmas! Miles Moved: 1.10
Thursday, December 21, 2017 – Work presents delivered. It looks like they were a success and everyone enjoyed what they got. Now this weekend to box up presents we have to send out. We so apologize for the late delivery. Please forgive us our friends. Miles Moved: 0.97
Friday, December 22, 2017 – Last work day before the holiday. Lowers head in shame. I hate trying to play catch up. Save me Calgon. Miles Moved: 1.94
Saturday, December 23, 2017 – Little steps is all I can say. Sigh. I feel bloated and fat today for some reason. Weird. I’m so ready for January and getting back on plan! Miles Moved: 0.50
Thoughts for the week: Who is with me come January and getting back on plan? It’s going down next year. Who is all going to be with me?