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National Margarita Day

Journalist Rocky the Squirrel – 

Keeping my paws on the nuts of the world

February 22nd is National Margarita Day. I absolutely have to report about this day – it’s a must!

It doesn’t matter what kind of Margarita you partake in. Bacons mom likes a Habanero Margarita.  She says it’s cool and refreshing and then has a slight heat when swallowing. Yep that sounds like Bacons mom. Sweet and hot. Chitter Chatter. Don’t tell the oinker I said that.

Enjoy a Margarita today my friends!


Posted by on February 22, 2018 in Journalist Rocky the Squirrel, Uncategorized


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President’s Day

Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –

keeping his paws on the nuts of the world –

Today, February 19th is President’s Day here in the United States.  Do you know what President’s Day actually means?   Sure it means that it’s a holiday and there are lots of President Day sales going on; but, it’s much more important than that.

President’s Day is intended to honor all of the American Presidents but most significantly George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

George Washington is considered the “Father of His Country” and was born on February 22, 1732.  In 1787, Washington was unanimously elected president by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and took the oath of office in 1789.  He served two terms of office from 1789 until 1797.  After the presidency, Washington retired to his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia.  Do you know Washington’s famous quote?  “I can not tell a lie… I chopped down the Cherry tree.”

Abraham Lincoln was known as “Honest Abe” and was born on February 12, 1809.  Lincoln became president in 1861.  He wrote the Emancipation Proclamation and the The Gettysburg Address.  Lincoln was also the first US President to be assassinated.  He was shot in the Ford’s Theatre by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865.  Do you know the address to the White House?  It’s 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20500

Happy President’s Day to all of our wonderful Presidents that have served our country!

#45 – Donald Trump (2017-Current)

#44 – Barack Obama (2009-2017)

#43 – George W. Bush (2001-2009)

#42 – William J Clinton (1993-2001)

#41 – George H.W. Bush (1989-1993)

#40 – Ronald Reagan (1981-1989)

#39 – James Carter (1977-1981)

#38 – Gerald R. Ford (1974-1977)

#37 – Richard M. Nixon (1969-1974)

#36 – Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969)

#35 – John F. Kennedy (1961-1963)

#34 – Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961)

#33 – Harry S. Truman (1945-1953)

#32 – Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933-1945)

#31 – Herbert Hoover (1929-1933)

#30 – Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929)

#29 – Warren G. Harding (1921-1923)

#28 – Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921)

#27 – William Howard Taft (1909-1913)

#26 – Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909)

#25 – William McKinely (1897-1901)

#24 – Grover Cleveland (1893-1897)

#23 – Benjamin Harrison (1889-1893)

#22 – Grover Cleveland (1885-1889)

#21 – Chester A. Arthur (1881-1885)

#20 – James Garfield (1881)

#19 – Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881)

#18 – Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877)

#17 – Andrew Johnson (1865-1869)

#16 – Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865)

#15 – James Buchanan (1857-1861)

#14 – Franklin Pierce (1853-1857)

#13 – Millard Fillmore (1850-1853)

#12 – Zachary Taylor (1849-1850)

#11 – James K. Polk (1845-1849)

#10 – John Tyler (1841-1845)

#09 – William Henry Harrison (1841)

#08 – Martin Van Buren (1837-1841)

#07 – Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)

#06 – John Quincy Adams (1825-1829)

#05 – James Monroe (1817-1825)

#04 – James Madison (1809-1817)

#03 – Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809)

#02 – John Adams (1797-1801)

#01 – George Washington (1789-1797)


Posted by on February 19, 2018 in Uncategorized


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Do a Grouch a Favor Day –

Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –

keeping his paws on the nuts of the world –

Today is Do a Grouch a Favor Day.  Do it today and make the world a better place!

Everyone has been a grouch at some point in their lives.  Some people are occasionally grouchy while others maintain that grouchy attitude all of the time.  You know who they are.  Sometimes people get grouchy because they are tired, had a bad day and the weather outside is bad.  It doesn’t take much sometimes to put people in a grouchy mood.

Today your goal is to look around for someone that is in a grouchy mood.  Do them a favor that will cheer them up.  Hug them.  Lick them.  Be nice to them.  Bring them the paper.  You know – do something nice for them to see if you can see a smile on their face.  You can do it.  I know you can!


Posted by on February 16, 2018 in Uncategorized


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National Groundhog Day

Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here – 

keeping his paws on the nuts of the world –

February 2nd is National Groundhog Day. Yes, even the groundhogs have a day, hard to believe I know. This is the all important day of knowing if Spring is coming or Winter is staying.
See, they trust us animals for the important things in life.

According to Groundhog Organizers (there is a group!), groundhogs are about 75-90% accurate. Animals rules!

Did you know?
Every year, the largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. They have gathered since 1886 to celebrate this holiday and crowds are as as large as 40,000 humans.

And did you know that in Wiarton, Ontario they even have a statue of groundhog Wiarton Willie!



In Atlanta, Georgia (my home town), we have General Beauregard Lee. He lives in a plantation style house at the Yellow River Game Ranch.  He’s been on the computer checking things out and talking to the local weather peeps to get a heads up here 🙂 snort

Humans take this day very serious!

According to folklore, here are the options of the Groundhog:

  1. IF it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then spring will come early.
  2. IF it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its burrow thus winter will continue for six more weeks.

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National Compliment Day

Journalist Rocky the Squirrel –

Keeping his hands on the nuts of the world.


Here for another important message for the day. Today, January 24th, is commemorated as National Compliment Day every year. It is a very special day and celebrated in most parts of the world apart from the USA. This day represents a positive theme – a positive tone in a positive atmosphere – everywhere you are whether it be at home, the grocery market, work or that place the humans feel to punish themselves by what they call “working out”.

Compliments – compliments – compliments – that is what we most do today. Have you ever noticed how someone just brightens up at a compliment, even a complete stranger? Do you notice how much harder you work when you get a compliment? So today, we shall compliment our little hearts out.

So here are some suggestions that can help you today on your National Compliment Day.

  • Give your co-worker an honest to goodness compliment on something at work. It doesn’t matter how small or big, express your thoughts in a generous compliment. Hey go for the gold here and even try to compliment that boss. Let them wonder what you’re up to..ha!
  • Compliment that person who is losing weight.
  • Compliment that human that is consistently working out in their hamster ball.
  • Compliment that human that really has touched you in some point of your life in a good way.
  • Compliment your spouse. Sometimes you humans don’t express your feelings enough to each other. Maybe if you compliment them, they’ll give you more nuts for the winter.
  • By all means, compliment your pets. They’re always there for you no matter what, even when you come home upset. They just want to love on you.
  • Compliment the guy that cuts you off in traffic this morning. Maybe he won’t hear you but you can smile and wave. Maybe instead of uttering fowl language under your breath, think to yourself, “Isn’t he a nice guy for getting in front of me blocking me from any danger.”
  • Compliment your mother and father – if it wasn’t for them, you wouldn’t be here. Heck, have your spouse compliment them too. If it wasn’t for them, your spouse wouldn’t have you.
  • Compliment your pups… I mean children. I’m sure they do something else besides being destructive.
  • Compliment your teacher. Compliment your bus driver or your chauffer.
  • While you’re at it – compliment nature and all of its little creatures, like me 🙂 Hey, you can even throw us some extra feed outside, we won’t say no.

You get the drift. You give out compliments and you give a positive sense of well being. You make someone feel great with just a few words. We all know that words can be so destructive. Let’s turn it around today.

I, Journalist Rocky the Squirrel, challenge you. I challenge you to give out a minimum of FIVE compliments today. I bet you can do more but FIVE is a good start. Are you going to take the challenge?

This is Journalist Rocky the Squirrel signing off. Have a fantastic day you beautiful humans!


Posted by on January 24, 2018 in Uncategorized


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Spotlight Thursday – Meet River

Spotlight Thursday

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!

Name:  River

Age:  1  years

Location:  Colorado

Web/Blog Page:

What were your first thoughts when you met your new parents?  I didn’t pay much attention to them. I thought that they would pick one of the new puppies. No one else had wanted me, and I didn’t think these people would be any different. When they put me in the car, I was scared. When I threw up in their car, I thought they would take me back. Then I got to their house, and the homemade supper smelled so good, and they showed me the where I could sleep in the big bed with Mom and Dad, and I thought this was a lot better than the farm where I was born!

What was the defining moment when you knew you were in your forever home?  The second night I was there, I decided I really liked the big bed and this was a LOT better than the farm; I knew that I wanted to stay in this new place. A few weeks later, I finally realized that word they kept saying was my name – I was five months old and had never had a name at the farm. When I got my name, I knew I was part of the family.

What has been your biggest “Oh no, now I’ve done it” moment so far in your home? I’ve only been here nine months. Other than the car sickness that had me spewing all over the inside of the car, I’ve been pretty good. Mom said that she’d raised four kids and had seen much worse; she took it in stride. I don’t get car sick any more, and I’m still here, so I guess we’re all good.

Who do you have wrapped around your paws more – mom or dad – and why? I’m a Daddy’s girl. I love them both, of course, but he takes me running with him sometimes. And when we go for family walks, he usually holds the leash. We both have long legs (Mom is a bit of a runt) and we belong together. I love to snuggle my Daddy the most.

What’s the biggest misconception that humans think about you?  They think I’m just another pretty face, but I am crazy smart. They underestimate me, which makes it just a little easier to get into mischief!


Hope you enjoyed meeting my friend – check back next week for another Spotlight edition!


Posted by on November 30, 2017 in Uncategorized


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Shopping Around the World

Welcome my friends to another edition of Shopping Around the World.  This month my brother Phenny from across the pond helped us out again.  This month Phenny is highlighting potatoes – any way any kind.  We love potatoes here at the Hotel Thompson.  In fact, many of a time you can find me in the kitchen being mom’s sous chef when potatoes are being peeled.  Cause you know mom peels the potatoes right into my food dish.  Love those peels – all of the vitamins and nutrients are good for my coat.  Well that’s what I keep saying – snorts with piggy laughter.

Without further ado, I’m going to let mom take care of sharing a recipe of potatoes.  Why?  Because she is the official cook and this is something she can do without burning them… maybe.

Something that the hub loves is French fries – who doesn’t right?  Not only does he love French fries but he loves it when I fix these easy fries. Here is what you need:

1 pack of bacon ($2.50 on sale)

bunch of shredded cheese (one block of cheese was $2.50)

2 large potatoes (we buy a bag full that makes it around $0.50 for these 2 potatoes)

cooking oil (big bottle that I use to fry with – maybe $0.50)

We love home cooked French fries. I take the peel off of the potatoes and Bacon enjoys them. While he’s eating, I fry the bacon on the stove far far away from my baby – you know for obvious reasons. While the bacon is cooking, cut up your potatoes as skinny or fat as you want into strips. Fry your potatoes in hot oil on the stove. Don’t overcrowd and get them crispy.

While your potatoes are cooking, finish your bacon and chop your bacon up into pieces. Turn on your over to low and get out a baking tray. As your fries get done, drain them on paper towels and then put them on the baking sheet spaced out and not clumped together.  Remember to salt them and do your next batch.  While your second batch is cooking, grate up your cheese – as much as you want.

When your second batch of fries is done, do the same as the first.  Once all the fries are spread out on your baking, spread the grated cheese all over the top of them.  Put the baking tray in the oven just long enough to melt the cheese all over the french fries.  Pull the tray out and plate them topping them with the crumbled bacon.  These are great snacks for anytime – especially watching football games!



Posted by on November 24, 2017 in Uncategorized