Daddy wanted to make sure that he told everyone that wished him Happy Birthday yesterday – thank you so very much. It really touched his little heart. Mom surprised him by coming home early yesterday from the worky place and taking him to one of his favorite restaurants that has all you can eat crab legs. Afterwards, she then took him to a local diner for a small slice of birthday cake – which also happened to be his favorite peanut butter cake. I’m attaching photos for you to see how happy he was my friends 🙂
Dad says it’s all about preparation first so it’s important to have your tools of the trade in hand and ready to go waiting for the endless crab legs to arrive to the party. This is his serious face of bring on the feast.Then when the guest of honor arrives on it’s platter, dad says it’s important for separation. Take each ‘leg’ off gently now. This allows for you to overtake your opponent in a more civilized manner without popping crab legs across the room. I’m thinking with daddy saying that, it’s had to happen to him before. What do you think? Snorts. Then you pop the pieces that you can… gently though. It’s not the time to be strong armed and you want to be gentle with your crab. And sometimes dad says it helps to talk to your food. Mom said she heard him telling these crab, “I know… I can’t wait for you to be in my belly too.”Shaking piggy head. Yes. I truly believe daddy needs professional help… maybe a straight jacket and padded room too. I’m just sayin’.
And if you did all of this, you will be so fortunate to pull out full pieces of crab meat from those succulent legs. Just look at that long piece of meat dad is fixing to devour there. Mom will tell you in a heartbeat, she is pretty lucky to have daddy in her life. Not only is he a great guy but he is a professional when it comes to crab legs and getting that awesome meat out of those shells. When mom’s fingers give in from her arthritis, dad is always a gentleman and steps up to crack hers for her. aaww – isn’t he a keeper?
And did I say that these crab legs were prepared in a spicy boil. So when you ate them, you got some heat. Not just heat from them being just out of the pot but heat as in spicy heat. After all those crab legs, daddy had to have something sweet that he shared with mom.
Yep, that was ONE slice of birthday cake – peanut butter cake to be exact.
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This month for Bacon’s Show and Tell we are highlighting December. What we do, traditions, food, parties with friends and family – what special things do we do for the Christmas holidays?
Now mom/dad have been together since Moby Dick was a minnow. Daddy said that when he was courting mommy, every year for Christmas they would go to mom’s family in the morning with presents and dinner. Then in the afternoon, they would head to dad’s family for presents and dinner. It was certainly a full day surrounded by family, food, love and LOTS of people coming/going.
Once mommy decided to let daddy ‘catch her’ and put a ring on her finger by marriage, their house was the gathering point for a couple of years for the family dinner and presents. Then here and there, moms and dads passed away and it was time for my mom/dad to start making their own ‘family’ tradition.
Since mom/dad don’t have any two legged creatures for Christmas, me and the other anipals here at the Hotel Thompson step up. Hey, it’s the least we can do for mom/dad, right? So we leave out little hints – cut outs from pet store magazines, videos from television and paw prints spelling out what we want from Santa. Then mom/dad have a direct line to Santa and tell him everything. On Christmas day, we all get up at the crack of dawn and rush to the living room to
shred open presents. It’s a grand time in our day.
Then when we have played with our toys and ate some treats, we anipals take a nap so that mom/dad can do their Christmas. You ask what? Well, you just *know* it’s going to involve food – snorts with piggy laughter.
For years now, mom/dad go to a local restaurant for all you can eat CRAB LEGS. Can you believe that? How traditional is that? Not so much but they absolutely love it. And let me tell you something. They are serious about their crab legs. They wear bibs and everything and they have tools. Tools to eat?! WOW – I don’t have tools to eat… well unless you count my powerful snout and hooves – snorts with piggy laughter.
But they get buckets of crab made in a spicy boil that are delivered fresh and steaming to their table. They then throw caution to the wind and get cracking. Neither one of them throw in the towel until they are happily full of crab meat.
This is their time to spend together, talk about family that have passed, laugh and joke about their days together. They talk about their life together and drink to years more to come. They talk about their love for each other.
And talking about love. Mom has bad arthritis in her fingers. There comes to a point in her crab cracking that those fingers just give out. And what does daddy do about it? He will sit there and crack open her crab legs for her to eat. Now my friends, that is love!
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Oh my friends. Have you ever had one of those weekends where you did so very much that you finally just prayed for Monday to get here STAT because of being tired? Can you relate? Mom and dad had one of those weekends. Mom was already feeling slightly under the weather with her flare up. But Sunday night, she could barely walk. But I’m getting ahead of myself. So this is what those two humans of mine did.
Saturday – They got up for breakfast early and tried a new restaurant. Yes mom took pictures that I will post soon. They looked good too. After breakfast, they had to go to Kaiser to pick up some prescriptions. Then mom finally got her nails done – which was long needed. Then they went to Petsmart. Trust me, all of us anipals here at the Hotel Thompson wanted to go to Petsmart. But mom/dad said we couldn’t go because they were running all errands this morning before coming home to crash… which mom did 🙂 So after Petsmart and doing what dad said was ‘buying them out’ – rolls piggy eyes, they went to Wally World – Walmart for those that know the place. Daddy then got a haircut and afterwards, he and mom looked around for some things they needed. So, you see mom/dad did a LOT of walking all over the place. Which normally wouldn’t be bad but with mom’s current flare up situation, it wasn’t good. They left the house this morning around 8AM and didn’t get back home until way after 2PM. Then they had to unload the Jeep and put everything up. That’s a lot of work. With mommy not feeling too well lately, daddy wanted to go someone special for their date night tonight. So they left the house again at 4PM to go to a restaurant that is about 35 miles away.. not just any restaurant though. They have crab legs 🙂 Yum…. not that they brought me any back tonight – snorts.
Sunday – They got up for round 2 of shopping and getting errands done. They got up and went to a local place for breakfast – Cracker Barrel. Afterwards they had to go to a home improvement store named Lowes. Mom had some stuff she needed to return and they had pick up light bulbs and air filters for the Hotel Thompson. Of course, one things leads to another and the next thing they know they have a buggy full of stuff. But some of the things they found my friends – Oh my piggy heavens. I’ll share with you on another post on that – my parents are too hilarious! After dropping off these items at the Hotel Thompson, mom and dad wanted to go to another Wally World location to see if they had something they wanted that the other store didn’t… so off they went again. Not only did they find some things they were looking for but of course they found some more stuff. Did I mention that mommy *hates* shopping? She does. She can’t stand it. So she waits and makes lists and then tries to get everything at once. Silly mom huh?
Afterwards, it was time to do the monthly shopping so off they went to Kroger. Once there, they had to pick up some other medicines they had filled at their pharmacy. Then the major shopping for the Hotel Thompson. And did I mention that mom is a HUGE coupon shopper? She tells us anipals that she has to be so she can’t keep us accustomed to the way we are living. I don’t get it – do you? Mommy keeps up with her grocery list on her iPhone – there is actually an ap for that – snorts. So when we are out of something, she adds it to the list for the next trip. She also keeps up with her coupons on her iPhone. Mom says the one thing about shopping with coupons is organization and that it takes time. So they were at the grocery store for over two hours! Daddy told mommy at one time that just because they have room in the Jeep now doesn’t mean she had to fill him to the rim in this one trip – snorts – silly daddy. But then daddy also said that thank goodness they had Casper the new Jeep because everything they got would NOT have fit into Albert the Smart car. See all of the stuff in the back of Casper. You want to take a gander of the cost? Now mom/dad grocery shop majorly every 2-3 months. They will go every other week just to get milk and bread. The total cost of this shopping spree came out to be $178.00 – she then handed the cashier all of her coupons and told him to ‘make it rain savings’. Snorts – that’s my mommy. After mom’s coupons and such, it came down to a final price of $127.00 – mom said even the cashier was shocked and amazed at that. All of this for two somewhat adults, one pooch, two purr things and of course me who daddy says eats like a small child – snorts.
Then they came home to unload everything. Now mom has a great conclusion to this. She says, you shop all over the store and put things in your buggy. Then you have to unload everything at the register to be rung up. Then you have to load everything in your car to take home. Then you get home and have to take everything into the house and THEN put everything up. What a crap play huh? But daddy knew that mommy wasn’t feeling to good so he parked her in the kitchen and he brought everything into the house for her… aaww – that was sweet. Mom put everything up and crashed on the couch afterwards.
There she was medicated trying to get some rest while waiting for my Auntie Tina and cousins Savannah and Maverick to make it home. See they are visiting for a couple of days and was due to arrive at Nanas Sunday night. Mom finally got the call and her and dad then went to pick them all up for dinner. They went to a great pizza place and talked, laughed and got caught up. Afterwards, Auntie Tina and my cousins came to the Hotel Thompson to visit all of us anipals. That was great fun! We are all older now and loved the extra attention. And a certain piggy may or may not have done some cute things for that extra attention – just sayin’ . When they were done visiting, mom took them and Houdini up to Nana’s for a short visit. She was only there for a little over 30 minutes and then came home. After doing the medicines, for the week, she crashed pretty hard. Who cards that it was only 7PM, right?
So you see, we are all kind of excited that this past weekend is done. Completed. Over. Finished. All but one little itsy bitsy thing. What you ask? Snorts – I’m glad you asked. Tonight mom/dad are taking Houdini to a new groomer. This should be fun. Their appointment is at 6PM, right after mom’s work. Houdini doesn’t know yet. I’ll keep you posted on the results my friends. And one little question, is it the weekend yet? Snorts
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