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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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The Husband Kidnapping

Mom/dad do weird things.  It’s okay.  Mom says she does these things to keep their relationship new and alive.  I guess after almost 30 years, it works.  But mom did something really cool over the past couple of days.  I’m going to let her tell you.  Take it away mom!


Since Jim has been by my side every moment since my surgery taking care of me, I wanted to do something nice for him for Christmas.  My sister lives in Chicago and we’ve been wanting to visit.  It works out that there is also an awesome restaurant there that Jim has been dying to go and visit.  The restaurant is Mike Ditka’s restaurant… you know Coach Ditka that used to coach the Bears.  Jim thinks very highly of Coach Ditka.  Well me and my sister started planning a trip way before my surgery in order to surprise Jim with a great Christmas present.  Things were all scheduled in order and the plan was in place.  So let the lies begin… LOL

Tuesday I came home from work and told Jim that mom was lonely since she has been recovering from her illness and she wanted to borrow our anipals for a couple of days for extra snuggles and cuddles.  He took it hook, line and sinker.  Anipals delivered to Nanas – check off the list. 

Wednesday I came home and secretly packed without Jim hearing or knowing what I was doing.  I then told him the guys wouldn’t be in the office tomorrow (Thursday) therefore did he want to come in to work with me?  He 

grabbed the bait and said yes.  And he was happy about it.  Work plan in place – check that off the list. 

So we both get up early on Thursday morning and start to leave.  That’s when the car pulled up that I ordered to take us to the airport.  Jim didn’t know what was going on.  We get settled in the car and then I tell him, “Oh honey, did I mention we are going to Chicago today?”  For the first time in my life – the man was speechless!  Score for me! 

We get to the airport, check in and go through TSA check point.  That’s when the fun begins.  Of all of the people at the airport, guess who gets picked for a more extended search?  After I quit laughing my butt off, I then proceeded to take this picture.  It’s the only picture I could get.  I was laughing that hard!  And let me just say, this particular TSA agent was very thorough in his search.  I mean heck I can see it.  Older blind gentleman – yep sure he’s the one you need to check so extensively.  Rolling with laughter. 

But at last, we made it to the terminal with a little time to spare.  We boarded and come on peeps, who doesn’t need a drink after that pat down, right?  And yes, it was three days of what we call an eating extravaganza.  We will definitely be sharing pictures of the food in our weekly series Travels in the South  World in the next couple of weeks.  Be on the lookout for them.  And you know, no surprise is worth it unless you do a video.  So here you go – a video on the surprise.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 
 

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Journey with Friends – Week 50

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, December 10, 2017 –   i am feeling so much better these days – finally!  Can you believe that?  It’s taken me some time and recovery is still months away but at least I’m starting to feel like my old self again… minus 5.5 pounds of breasts.  LOL   Miles Moved: 0.03

Monday, December 11, 2017 –  Trying to get everything tied up at work and finished.  I have a surprise for Jim for later on in the week.  It’s his Christmas since well we all know what  he got me for Christmas – LOL.  He’s been such a dear taking care of me.  I want to do something for him.   Miles Moved: 1.15

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 –  Everything finished at work – yay!  Now to go home, pack and take care of the anipals without Jim knowing what’s going on.  Let phase I of Surprise! begin.  Miles Moved: 0.88

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 –  Phase II – let Jim think he’s coming to work with me tomorrow.  Anipals are at Nanas because she ‘needs them’ during her recuperation.  Sounds good, right?  Evil sneaky mind here in motion. Miles Moved: 1.02

Thursday, December 14, 2017 –  Surprise! worked beautifully for Jim.  Will share and tell you all about it at a later point.  What an awesome gotcha on Jim when we arrived at the airport this morning and not my work.  He was truly surprised!  Miles Moved: 1.10

Friday, December 15, 2017 –   Two words.  Eating Extravaganza.  That’s exactly what kind of adventure we are on in CHICAGO.  Oh my goodness.  The food!   Miles Moved: 0.31

Saturday, December 16, 2017 –   All good things must come to an end.  It was a short trip visiting my sister in Chicago.  But I think it’s one trip that Jim will not forget for a very long time.  It was a fantastic time for him for sure – and he was truly surprised.  Miles Moved: 0.82


Thoughts for the week:  One day at a time…. One step at a time.  I’m not beating myself up right now.  I’m treating myself nicely.  Come January – then the new way of living is so on!


This week walked: 5.31

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  528.57 

 ❤ small goals turn into big accomplishments ❤

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2017 in Journey with Friends

 

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Boo! The Italian Bride

My Aunt Tina lives in Chicago, Illinois.  She’s helping me out today with my 31 Days of Spook.  Recently she visited Mount Carmel Cemetery right there in Chicago.  What?  Don’t you visit cemeteries during your down time?  I’ve heard they can be very relaxing and an educational experience.  Let’s take these for pictures for instance that my Aunt Tina took and shared with me.

It’s a beautiful grave site.  Of course there are lots of beautiful headstones and memorials in this cemetery but this one is different.  Let me introduce you to Julia Buccola Petta.

Julia Buccola Petta died at age 29 while giving birth to her stillborn son, Filippo.  Julia was buried in her wedding dress and given the nickname of The Italian Bride.  According to legend, Julia’s mother Filomena began having dreams in which Julia was telling her that she was still alive.

Years after her death, Filomena received permission to have the grave opened and her daughter exhumed.  Her mother then took a picture of Julia in her casket which was then placed on the monument.

The picture is still there on her grave at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Chicago, Illinois.  Do you notice anything in the picture?

After years of being buried, Julia looks – how shall we say it? – still together if you catch my drift.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2017 in 31 Days of Spook, Bacon

 

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Boo! H.H. Holmes

I know you are asking yourself who in the world is H.H. Holmes and why is he being featured on my 31 Days of Spook?  The name sounds so plain and innocent.  But I assure, it is not.  You see H.H. Holmes is the common name of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes (who was actually born Herman Webster Mudgett – try to figure that out huh?)  H.H. Holmes is considered America’s First Serial Killer.  Does the name sound innocent now?

Most people that want to become a doctor go into the field hoping to prevent death. H.H. Holmes went to school to become a doctor to help him out more in causing death and destruction.  Let’s start from here and let me explain to you what H.H. Holmes actually did.

It starts out in 1886 in Chicago.  H.H. Holmes built a hotel right in town near all of the fair activities.  In the time that he was building it, he often brought in different construction crews to add things and then fired that crew afterwards.  Again the next day hiring a different construction crew to work on something else at the hotel.  That way, not one construction crew or person knew of the intricacies of the hotel.  What intricacies?  Well like 100’s of windowless rooms, doorways that opened into brick walls, stairways leading to nowhere, doors that opened from the outside and don’t forget the fun rooms.  The rooms that had soundproof walls and gas lines in them to asphyxiate the guests.  Or rooms that had walls covered with iron plates and blowtorches to incinerate guests.  Or the secret hanging chamber… or the basement where he would dissect, strip the flesh off guests and then sale their bodies to medical schools.  What a host huh?

The hotel was nicknamed the Castle by the people of the area and it was three stories and a block long.  The name of the actual hotel was called the World’s Fair Hotel.  Yep, you guessed it.  The hotel was right there in the same area of the World Fair in 1893.  Just think of all of the innocent people coming to  Chicago for the World’s Fair.  They see this nice, new hotel and check in thinking they are safe… and then they are never heard from again.  Thus in the end, the hotel was then called the Murder Castle.

In the end, justice was given to H.H. Holmes.  He was eventually caught and although he claimed to have killed 27 people, it is actually thought the count could be well over 200 people!  What’s even more interesting is that H.H. Holmes is even linked to the likes of Jack the Ripper.  Some people even think that they may be one and the same.  H.H. Holmes was actually in London during the killings of Jack the Ripper.  And of course, Jack the Ripper was actually a very clean cut killer – some believe that he had a medical background.  With all of the killing that H.H. Holmes did, I would think he would fit that bill.  Do you?

Picture Mugshot from Wikipedia

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2017 in 31 Days of Spook, Bacon's Show and Tell

 

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Boo! Givens Castle

 Today we are focusing on a spook in Chicago ion an area where my Aunt Tina lives.  Buckle in for some bumps and scares.  Enjoy – don’t be scared now – BOO!

Givens Castle / Beverly Unitarian Church

The Givens Castle was originally built in 1886 as a residence by Robert Givens. Givens was real estate developer and wanted the house to be a replica of a castle in his native Ireland.  Some say that Givens built the home for his fiancee who died before the house could be finished.  Maybe that accounts for why Givens only lived in the castle for 8 years.

Around 1894, the castle turned into the Chicago Female College. It is reputed to have had a student die in the 1930’s from flu.

During the 1960’s, the castle was turned into the Beverly Unitarian Church.  A janitor once reported that he had a conversation with a woman who disappeared from sight. Their conversation was about the house and how much it had changed over the years.  The janitor saw no footprints outside in the snow and all of the doors were locked.  Where did she go?  Was it the student that passed away from the flu?

The pastor of the church at the time was a woman who claimed she saw a pair of hands touch her husband’s waist.  Even more, the pastor thought the hands were those of a woman.  The husband never felt a thing.  During this time as well, there were reports of a candle being seen through windows when nobody was present in the building.

Unexplained noises have also been attributed to the ghost and a former pastor said that he often tried to track down the source of the noises but was never able to.

The story is courtesy of Chicago Ghost blogger.

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2017 in 31 Days of Spook, Bacons Tales of Terror

 

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Boo! Cemeteries

Today we are going to highlight some famous and eerie cemeteries.  Are you brave enough to enter my cemetery of the famous dead? I’ve wandered throughout the internet and done a lot of research to bring you some intriguing places of final rest… or is it?  I hope that you find them interesting.   Let’s take a little stroll amidst the stones shall we.

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St. Louis Cemetery #1

When I think of scary and mysterious cemeteries, my first thoughts have to go towards New Orleans.  St. Louis Cemetery #1 opened in 1789 and there are over 100,000 residents.  With that much of a crowd, you know some have to be a little unhappy with their final resting place.  I know I would be.  The most famous tenant here is Marie Laveau.  Marie Laveau was a famous voodoo priestess.  People visit her grave site often and mark three “X’s” on her grave.  People that do so believe that by marking the three “X’s”, Marie Laveau will grant them their wish.

Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery and Resurrection Cemetery

The next that came to mind were two different cemeteries in the Chicago area.  The first one is Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery.  I’ve heard about this place a lot over the years.  I’ve seen specials on television and mommy has read me different chilling facts in books.  Not only does this cemetery have a history of unexplained lights and ghosts, it has an entire house that mysteriously appears and disappears.  Many people that have seen the house describe it as a white farmhouse with pillars and a swing.  The other cemetery was Resurrection Cemetery in Chicago.  This story sends chills up and down my spine every time I see it on television.  It starts off with a beautiful girl who was walking home from a dance one late night.  She was hit by a car and killed and has been looking for a ride home every since.  I saw a story one night where a man picked up this lady at a dance.  They danced into the late hours and he admitted that she felt cold to the touch.  Upon taking her home after the dance, she asked him to stop in front of the cemetery.  She got out and disappeared into the air.

Howard Street Cemetery

And how can we forget the most eerie of places in Salem, Massachusetts at Howard Street Cemetery.  With all of the witch hunts that took place here, this has got to be one of the most haunted places in the United States.  Just think of all of the innocent people that were slowly tortured and burned at the stake for the public believing they were witches.  How many of those spirits still walk around wanting people to know that they were innocent but forever labeled a witch.  Talk about your unfinished business in setting things straight.  This reminds me of a story that mom told me about a guy named Giles Corey.  He was officially the only person to die by torture during these Witch Trials.  He wouldn’t say that he was a witch so the sheriff of the time made him lay down in the middle of his field.  The sheriff then had a board placed across his chest and slowly added stones on top of the board.  Eventually two days later, Corey was crushed to death in a slow and agonizing way.

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2017 in 31 Days of Spook, Bacon

 

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