Monthly Archives: June 2018
Yawns! I just gotta ask something my friends. My dad says I’m spoiled and that most pooches don’t wake up like this in the morning. You know with their head on a pillow and feet under a blanket. I think he’s wrong. I think a lot of us wake up like this, right? I mean why would he care. I’m not on his pillow. I’m beside mommy and she shares everything with me. And I like to sleep like this with my feet up in the air. That way mom can spoon me and rub my belly. Heck, I’m not spoiled. Not at all!
This month we are highlighting easy dinner ideas for the summer months. Summer months are way too hot to be cooking in the kitchen making the house even hotter.
During these months, mom likes to go for ‘light’ foods that really don’t require a lot of cooking. When mom/dad went to Chicago in May, my Aunt Tina got this salad in the picture below at Richard Walker’s Pancake House. Mom was so amazed about the beauty of it and knew that she could do the same when she got home and she did! So although this picture is not one of hers, she replicated it perfectly and has many times in the past couple of weeks. It’s very feeling and I know that first hoof because mom has fixed me some too. I’m a lucky pig, right? So without further ado, mom will give you the breakdown below. Enjoy my friends… I know I do!
Grilled or shredded chicken. I buy a rotisserie chicken at our local Sam’s Warehouse on Sundays. It costs $5.00 and I break it up into three different meals for two people each. Part of the shredded chicken goes into this this salad. Breaking it into three different meals makes it cost $1.67 for two people on this salad.
A head of lettuce costs $0.99 and again breaks it up into three different meals. That makes this part $0.33 for two people on this salad.
Shredded cheese. I buy medium block cheese and got a block on special for $0.99 a block. It’s really hard to ‘cost’ how much it would be for this salad. I use it on a lot of different things and shred some for this salad. I’m going to assume I cut the cheese block up into four sections. With that being said, this part in the salad would be $0.25 for two people.
Boiled egg. A dozen eggs cost me $1.29. If I know we will be doing several salads in the week, I will go ahead and boil 6 of them at a time. That way I’m ahead of the game. Two eggs (for two people) for this salad cost $0.11,
Avocado. I love slice avocado but the hub doesn’t. I buy one avocado and split it into two meals. Avocados were on sale for $1.00 so the salad part is $0.50.
Tomatoes. I bought six medium sized Roma tomatoes at the market for $1.39 – that’s $0.24 per tomato and we use one per meal for two people.
Broccoli – a head of broccoli was $1.59. Again, we break it up into many different snacks/meals. It probably ranged $0.40 per meal for two people.
Dressing for the salad – the hub uses 1000 Island and I use Italian. We pay $1.50 per bottle and it breaks down to about $0.25 per salad for two people.
Now the fun part – putting the salad together. The only thing I didn’t put in the salad was shredded carrots. Jim is not a huge fan so we left them out. To build the ‘salad’, we put shredded lettuce on the bottom. And when you do this, I make sure all of it is ‘bite sized’. I hate it when you order a salad in a restaurant and you have to use a knife to cut it up because everything is cut too big. Don’t you? After the lettuce, I then place the items above on top like the picture. I add the salad dressing and then toss to get everything coated with the dressing. Then it’s time to jump into that delicious salad and enjoy. Final cost $3.64 for two people.
Where there are matters of food, you can so find me. I love food. Can’t you tell? It takes a lot of hard work to maintain this wonderful pot bellied figure.
Mom has a thing for Lifesaver Gummies. She bought the bigger bag at the store so that she could introduce them to her favorite, ME! PLOL (Pig Laughing out Loud).
Dad was like, “Bacon’s not going to like them”, etc. Mom was like, “I know my baby. He’s going to LOVE them.”
Well mom even went the extra step and said she was going to try something new with me. I’m not a dumb pig. When she says that, there’s going to be lots of extra food for training – snort – YES!
Mom gave me a gummie Lifesaver and what do you know – I loved it. She then proceeded to put one on my snout. She was telling me, “No, no, not yet.” I listened to her because you know more treats for me!
Then she said I could go for it. I couldn’t flip that thing off of my snout fast enough into my mouth. It was so good and juicy!! Have you ever put anything on your nose and flipped it into your mouth? Daddy was laughing at me because he said one time at a restaurant with mom he put a clam on his nose and flipped it into his mouth. See, if the food is good – they will come.
Aaaww – these are the good times! XOXO – Bacon
Can you say banana cheesecake? When mom first read this on a local restaurant menu she hesitated. First because dad is not a huge fan of bananas. He says it goes back to his childhood and having to eat bananas almost every day. I don’t know what he’s complaining about. I love bananas and would welcome eating them daily. Just ask mom. So mom hesitated for about two seconds and then told dad she was ordering it. He started with his usual okay but I don’t want any.
It comes to the table looking like the picture above. Mom said she actually thought she heard angels singing in the background. She tried a bite. She said it was like that part in the movie When Sally Met Harry. I’m not sure what she was talking about – it confuses me and she told me not to worry about it because I was too young. No I’m not. But whatever it meant, it intrigued daddy so he asked for a small bite.
Mommy said daddy groaned. That’s so weird. Why would he groan? Shrugging piggy shoulders. Mom then said that daddy ended up eating half of it. So much for not liking bananas huh? And was it asking too much to bring some home to the oinker?
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 14 years young. Happy birthday Hemi.
And just remember Hemi, with your age – snorts –
you might want to cut back on spanking this oinker.
PLOL (Pig Laughing out Loud!)
Dear Bacon – People come and see me at the zoo all of the time. They take my picture and always say, “Smile”. Well my friend, this is my happy face and I am actually smiling. In fact in this picture that someone took of me, I am meditating. I’m concentrating on thinking perhaps I am taking their pictures and they are posing. What do you think? Signed Happy Monkey
Dear Happy Monkey – I think you are thinking along the right path. I tell you what. I’m going to send you a camera so that you can do just that. Take humans pictures when they try taking your picture. Can you imagine the look on their face when you tell them to smile? Snorts!.
Dear Bacon – Dude, what’s up? I’m like feeling the nature man. I’m rocking with the inspiration of Marley and others. You know, keeping it real and much love to all. Peace Bro. Signed Bob
Dear Bob – WOW! I feel the love all over my friend. You keep rocking it and sharing it with everyone. How could anyone not be happy with you? You have to be the most even mannered pooch I’ve ever met – and the best dressed one to boot. Peace, Love and Rock n Roll to you. Keep it real and love to all.
Dear Bacon – I have to admit that my ears usually are down but on this date I saw something so totally scary that those ears shot straight up and haven’t went back down yet. I saw my humans naked… butt naked… without any clothes. Oh my eyes! Signed Pete
Dear Pete – I’m so sorry my friend. I know it’s hard to get over that. What has been seen can not be unseen now. It does get better though. After a while, it seems second nature and it doesn’t scare you as much. I should know. Daddy lives in naked world when mom is not here. Rolls piggy eyes. He says he cleans better. Now that is a thought you can’t get out of your mind isn’t it? Snorts with piggy laughter.
Dear Bacon – I’m here to answer the ever lasting question – how do you make panda bears. Well, as you can see from the picture you know have the answer – 🙂 You are so welcome. Signed Pan Family
Dear Tongue – Oh my piggy heavens. I have always wondered about that my friends and I’m sure others have as well. Ya’ll are awesome to let us know the secret. What a beautiful family you have there!
Welcome my friends. I’m tweaking my weekly journey with my healthier living. It’s a step in the right direction for sure. I hope you come along for the ride. Instead of day-to-day comments, I’m going to post something from my personal journal to share. Hope you enjoy. Remember all of us go down this path and we are all in it together ❤
Week of 06/17-06/23/2018 – Week 24
“Dear Journal – “When did life become a hurry? Everyone seems to be in such a rush. People flying down the road – they have to be first. The same person that was behind you has to go around you to be in front. People are rushing through the stores cutting in front of you and grabbing things. People constantly talking on their cell phones. Life needs to slow down. People need to slow down. What happened to sitting on the deck just breathing and relaxing? People are constantly multi-tasking. I think this week I will slow a bit. Relax. Sit and enjoy dinner with the family. Talk. Enjoy just being together and not rushing.”
Miles walked: 5.27
TOTAL 2018 Miles: 166.01
TOTAL 2017 Miles: 541.06
❤ small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤
So there was mom/dad rolling down the street doing their errands one weekend. They stop at a stoplight. Mom looks over and says, “WTP”. Dad of course is like what? Mom says, “Give me the camera – Give me the camera – I gotta take a picture of this”.
Okay that kind of statement means Trouble with a capital T. It can’t end well – I’m just telling you my friends. I’ve been around mom long enough to know there will be a blog posting coming from those words.
So mom proceeds to click off a couple of pictures to dad’s continuous, “What’s going on?” Mom told dad he wasn’t going to believe what she just witnessed – it was scarier than she could put into words – it was unfathomably – aliens surely had to have something to do with this – it was that BIG.
So for your visual understand, I blew the picture up. What did I tell you? Scary huh? That is CHUCKY tied to the back of a pick up truck. You know there’s a good story behind that!
So mom went out Saturday to get the mail from the mailbox. There she was somewhat still in her pajamas and barefooted. Us animals know because we were all watching her from the front door. Me, Houdini, Hemi and Mouse Girl all bundled together with the heat from the sun coming through the storm door looking out for our mom. You know just in case something happened we would all be there for her.
She made it to the mailbox. We saw. We were so proud of her. Then she started back. That’s when it happened. Mom squealed higher than me, jumped higher than the purr things and then ran faster than Houdini to the front door. We didn’t know what happened. All we heard was hysterics and heavy breathing. Daddy went outside with his magnifying glass in one hand and mom’s iPhone camera in the other. All he could make out from mom was on the house in the corner.
He came back in snorting a bit. He asked mom to look at the gazillion pictures he took to see if he got the guy that made her try out for a triathlon. Much to mom’s amazement, he did. Not so bad for a guy with limited vision – he got the
cute little guy. I wonder if he wants to come in and help us out when mom is running late for work? Snorts with piggy laughter.