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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)

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Posted by on February 19, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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Rocky’s Nut Brunch

 Welcome my friends to another edition of Rocky’s Nut Brunch.  This week I want to talk about national animals.  Specifically what is the national animal of Scotland.  I bet you don’t know.  Am I right?   I did some research on this and you will be surprised to know that the national animal of Scotland is – a Unicorn.  Really it is.  You can google it.  Because you know it’s on the web.  Are you wondering why the Unicorn is their national animal?

“Well since the 12th century, a unicorn has been a Scottish heraldic symbol when it was used on an early form of the Scottish coat of arms by William I.”

Strange but interesting tidbit of information, right?  But let’s not stop there.  There are other strange national animals.  The komodo dragon is the national animal for Indonesia.  The phoenix is the national animal for Greece.  Monaco has three national animals – the hedgehog, the rabbit and the wood mouse.

 

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2018 in Rocky's Nut Brunch

 

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It’s NANA’s Birthday!!

 

Do a little dance – get down tonight.  Shake it to the left…. shake it to the right… shake it to the side that’s all the best!  Today is a most important day.  What is it you ask?

It’s Nana’s birthday!! ❤

This little piggy will be seeing her later in the day to give her plenty of hogs and snout kisses… and of course I’ll help her blow her candles out too.  So my friends – here’s wishing Nana the happiest birthday of them all!

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2018 in Bacon

 

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Posted by on February 17, 2018 in Bacon

 

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Paw Time with Houdini

Mom finally got it right with this t-shirt.  I’m the angel. Beats last week shirt doesn’t it saying I’m mom’s trouble maker.  I mean, what’s up with her, right?  This shirt is much better.  I am an angel.  A soft lovable cuddly angel that can absolutely do not harm.  Quit laughing.  I can hear you all the way here at the Hotel Thompson.  You’re suppose to back me on these things.  Barks with puppy laughter.  Hope you have a great weekend friends!  Now I leave you with Jokes with Daddy.  Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2018 in Jokes with Daddy, Paw Time with Houdini

 

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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!

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

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We Need Your Help Friends

My sister, Tina Mote, will be running in the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, October 7, 2018.

For this marathon, Tina decided to raise money for something that is close and dear to her heart – The Arthritis Foundation. Unfortunately myself and another close friend have rheumatoid arthritis.  Tina decided to run the marathon in our honor in support of raising money for a great cause.  In fact, below is a note of why she picked the Arthritis Foundation:

“Both my sister and my close friend have rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and through them I have become passionate about wanting to do something to contribute towards a cure or better ways to treat RA.  In addition, I’d like to bring awareness to RA and the herculean effort people afflicted with RA have to go through on a daily basis.  

I’ve seen both my sister and my friend deal with flare-ups and with medicine side effects and I’ve seen them be immune compromised.  My friend, who is only in her early 30s, is currently having to fight through some really tough side effects of Rituxan (a chemo treatment for RA); she’s undergoing this treatment because other medicines have not been effective for controlling her RA.  The side effects at times have been life threatening.”

The following passage is from my friend’s blog.  It speaks volumes to what she has to endure.  

“Had a good learning experience today, for the first time something was blamed on me because of my ‘being sick.’ I realized that when someone can use the smallest thing against you (and being sick is no small thing) then you have entered into a world where you feel like you have to be ‘Great,’ ‘Doing good’ all time because if you don’t….someone will say ‘blank didn’t happen because YOU were ‘sick’.’

I’ll say I expect better, the world needs to understand the world of those people who are chronically ill! Why should we have to live a lie? Why should we push ourselves so hard to earn an Oscar every day for our performance? Why can’t we be honest about how we feel? Why?

….because that will be the weapon someone will use against us. And so we can’t, so instead we lie, we push ourselves, we never show the tears of pain and fatigue…..instead we make ourselves smile, laugh, and act like we are normal….because if we didn’t someone will say ‘because you are sick’.

This is where we need your help.  I’ve never asked for much here at the Hotel Thompson but if you have anything to give, we would so appreciate anything that you could donate towards my sisters marathon.  Her goal is to raise $2,000.00 and every little penny counts.  If you would like to donate, please go donate here.  This should be the page link for Tina Mote for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.  Let her know that Bacon sent you.

Remember, every little penny counts so we appreciate anything you can donate.  

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2018 in Bacon

 

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