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National Animal Cracker Day

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 Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –

Keeping his paws on the nuts of the world –

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April 18th is National Animal Cracker Day.  What a fantastic day!!  Elephants, lions, tigers, bears and monkeys oh my.  These are small little sweet cookies shaped like zoo animals.  They were first brought to the United States during the 1800′s.  The demand for these wonderful little cookies skyrocketed and demand was over the roof!

Stauffer’s Biscuit Company was the first company to produce animal crackers in 1871 in York, Pennsylvania.  Other local bakeries came together under the National Biscuit Company or “Nabisco Brands”.  In 1902, the famous Barnum’s Animals circus theme box came out.  Bacon’s mom says that she remembers her parents bringing her these little boxes as a treat.

Did you know that since their start in 1903, there have been 37 different animals included in the Barnum’s Animal Crackers?  Today, more than 40 million packages of animal crackers are sold each year around the world.

So on this National Animal Cracker Day – enjoy a box OR TWO of these sweet delectable bits.  Just remember though, if you are going to eat in front of the pig, you have to share!  Animal crackers are one of his all time favorites.  In fact, mom buys him the economy bucket size at the warehouse 🙂

 

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Happy Groundhog Day!!


 

Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –

“Keeping my paws on the nuts of the world!”

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Today, February 2nd is Groundhog Day.    According to folklore, there are two options that could happen today:

  • If it’s cloudy when the groundhog emerges and he doesn’t see his shadow, then spring will be right around the corner; but
  • If it’s sunny when the groundhog emerges, he does *see* his shadow and retreats back into his burrow, then winter will continue for six more weeks.

The largest groundhog day celebration takes place every year in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

Personally, I hope that spring is right around the corner.  I could go for some warmer weather here at the Hotel Thompson.  And I know that oinker Bacon would enjoy it.

Good luck on whatever you want.   I’ll be back soon!

 
 

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31 Days of Spook – Cemeteries

Hello my friends.  Welcome to 31 Days of Spook with me – your favorite scary little piggy.

Tonight it’s raining hard in the cemetery.  I want to finish what I believe are some famously eerie and interesting cemeteries.  So put on your raincoat and straighten your spine.  Be prepared to be spooked!

When I think of places that a lot people died during a lot of fighting, one of the places that come to mind is Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Cemetery Hill had so many people that died during the Battle of Gettsyburg that it’s hard for me to wrap my mind around it.  There were so many bodies that it was hard to bury everyone in a timely manner.  You can imagine the smell that overcame the land.  There are still reports today of people smelling death.  And you know what they say about unrested bodies, they become ghosts forever looking for redemption.

A famous cemetery that mom would like to visit is in Los Angeles, California.  (I know – she’s weird like that.  She finds walking through the cemeteries as calming as walking on a beach.  Go figure – she’s my mom.)  Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the final resting place of many celebrities over the years.   I’ll need to break down a listing of more important graves here later on in the month.  For now though, let’s concentrate on some hauntings of the cemetery.  A famous person known to haunt here is Clifton Webb.  People at the cemetery claim to hear voices and lights near the Abbey of the Psalms Mausoleum.  A story that intrigues me that I’ve seen on television numerous times is the crypt of Rudolph Valentino.  For years on the anniversary of his death, a lady dressed in black would be seen wearing a veil to cover her face at his crypt leaving a single red rose.  No one really knew for sure who this person was and still today the tradition of leaving a single red rose continues on his anniversary.

And I must end this stroll through the cemeteries at one of mom/dad’s most famous places in Savannah, Georgia at Bonaventure Cemetery.  Did you know that this cemetery had the “Bird Girl” statue that is the photograph of the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil?  I say had now because it has since been moved to a museum nearby but there are still some amazing tombs and headstones left.  Mom/dad have spent multiple days and hours strolling through and visiting with the folks still there.  One of the famous haunts is of little Gracie Watson who died of pneumonia when she was only six years old.  Currently they have her grave fenced off… is that to keep people from touching her little statue or from keeping little Gracie from touching you?   There’s also the hell hounds that local legend have talked about.  People claim to hear them snarling but no one ever sees them.  Perhaps they feel the hot breath of a dog on their ankles letting them know they need to step back.  You think?

So that ends our walk through the cemetery my friends.  Did you get chilled?  Did you get scared?  Perhaps you should check your shoes.  Mom did and this is what she found on her boots.

 
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Posted by on 10/06/2014 in 31 Days of Spook

 

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Patriot Day – In Memory

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 13 years but we will never forget.  

No one will ever be the same after this date.

Life changed.  Families changed.  Times changed.

Let us not just think of the United States on this date.  Of the 2,977 victims that lost their lives on this sad day, 373 of them were foreign nationals that worked at the World Trade Center in different offices.

This date touched the world.  The day might have darkened 09/11 but not destroyed us.  We as in the world came out stronger.  We as in the world came out more united.  We as in the world came out.

In memory of all of the victims that lost their lives on this sad day, you will never be forgotten.  You live on in our lives and always will.

Stay strong my friends.  Stay united!

 
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Posted by on 09/11/2014 in Bacon

 

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National Animal Cracker Day

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 Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –

Keeping his paws on the nuts of the world –

.

April 18th is National Animal Cracker Day.  What a fantastic day!!  Elephants, lions, tigers, bears and monkeys oh my.  These are small little sweet cookies shaped like zoo animals.  They were first brought to the United States during the 1800′s.  The demand for these wonderful little cookies skyrocketed and demand was over the roof!

Stauffer’s Biscuit Company was the first company to produce animal crackers in 1871 in York, Pennsylvania.  Other local bakeries came together under the National Biscuit Company or “Nabisco Brands”.  In 1902, the famous Barnum’s Animals circus theme box came out.  Bacon’s mom says that she remembers her parents bringing her these little boxes as a treat.

Did you know that since their start in 1903, there have been 37 different animals included in the Barnum’s Animal Crackers?  Today, more than 40 million packages of animal crackers are sold each year around the world.

So on this National Animal Cracker Day – enjoy a box OR TWO of these sweet delectable bits.  Just remember though, if you are going to eat in front of the pig, you have to share!  Animal crackers are one of his all time favorites.  In fact, mom buys him the economy bucket size at the warehouse 🙂

 

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Happy Groundhog Day!!


 

Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –

“Keeping my paws on the nuts of the world!”

.

.

Today, February 2nd is Groundhog Day.    According to folklore, there are two options that could happen today:

  • If it’s cloudy when the groundhog emerges and he doesn’t see his shadow, then spring will be right around the corner; but
  • If it’s sunny when the groundhog emerges, he does *see* his shadow and retreats back into his burrow, then winter will continue for six more weeks.

The largest groundhog day celebration takes place every year in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. 

Personally, I hope that spring is right around the corner.  I could go for some warmer weather here at the Hotel Thompson.  And I know that oinker Bacon would enjoy it.

Good luck on whatever you want.   I’ll be back soon!

 
 

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31 Days of Spook – Day 3

Count Baconula here my friends for Day 3 of 31 Days of Spook – So you were brave enough to come back for another scare my friends?  How brave you are.

Tonight it’s raining hard in the cemetery.  I want to finish what I believe are some famously eerie and interesting cemeteries.  So put on your raincoat and straighten your spine.  Be prepared to be spooked!

When I think of places that a lot people died during a lot of fighting, one of the places that come to mind is Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  Cemetery Hill had so many people that died during the Battle of Gettsyburg that it’s hard for me to wrap my mind around it.  There were so many bodies that it was hard to bury everyone in a timely manner.  You can imagine the smell that overcame the land.  There are still reports today of people smelling death.  And you know what they say about unrested bodies, they become ghosts forever looking for redemption.

A famous cemetery that mom would like to visit is in Los Angeles, California.  (I know – she’s weird like that.  She finds walking through the cemeteries as calming as walking on a beach.  Go figure – she’s my mom.)  Hollywood Forever Cemetery is the final resting place of many celebrities over the years.   I’ll need to break down a listing of more important graves here later on in the month.  For now though, let’s concentrate on some hauntings of the cemetery.  A famous person known to haunt here is Clifton Webb.  People at the cemetery claim to hear voices and lights near the Abbey of the Psalms Mausoleum.  A story that intrigues me that I’ve seen on television numerous times is the crypt of Rudolph Valentino.  For years on the anniversary of his death, a lady dressed in black would be seen wearing a veil to cover her face at his crypt leaving a single red rose.  No one really knew for sure who this person was and still today the tradition of leaving a single red rose continues on his anniversary.

And I must end this stroll through the cemeteries at one of mom/dad’s most famous places in Savannah, Georgia at Bonaventure Cemetery.  Did you know that this cemetery had the “Bird Girl” statue that is the photograph of the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil?  I say had now because it has since been moved to a museum nearby but there are still some amazing tombs and headstones left.  Mom/dad have spent multiple days and hours strolling through and visiting with the folks still there.  One of the famous haunts is of little Gracie Watson who died of pneumonia when she was only six years old.  Currently they have her grave fenced off… is that to keep people from touching her little statue or from keeping little Gracie from touching you?   There’s also the hell hounds that local legend have talked about.  People claim to hear them snarling but no one ever sees them.  Perhaps they feel the hot breath of a dog on their ankles letting them know they need to step back.  You think?

So that ends our walk through the cemetery my friends.  Did you get chilled?  Did you get scared?  Perhaps you should check your shoes.  Mom did and this is what she found on her boots.

 
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Posted by on 10/03/2013 in Bacon

 

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Patriot Day – In Memory

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 12 years but we will never forget.  

No one will ever be the same after this date.

Life changed.  Families changed.  Times changed.

Let us not just think of the United States on this date.  Of the 2,977 victims that lost their lives on this sad day, 373 of them were foreign nationals that worked at the World Trade Center in different offices.

This date touched the world.  The day might have darkened 09/11 but not destroyed us.  We as in the world came out stronger.  We as in the world came out more united.  We as in the world came out.

In memory of all of the victims that lost their lives on this sad day, you will never be forgotten.  You live on in our lives and always will.

Stay strong my friends.  Stay united!

 
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Posted by on 09/11/2013 in Bacon

 

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Special Post About My Bestie!

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Today is a very special posting for me. I want to introduce all of my friends to one of my besties. His name is Stevie Hamilton Sykes and he is also a miniature pot bellied pig – like me!

I met Stevie a while back and it was an instant friendship. We have similar likes, get in trouble in the same way, we both have great personalities, charisma and we look strikingly similar.

Daddy explained it to me perfectly. He said we were piggy brothers from a different piggy mother. I mean really we look that alike. To the right, this is a picture of me. Handsome huh?

I wanted to show you my picture so you can see the similarities between us two handsome pig studs.

I asked Stevie why his adopted momma pig adopted him. I was kind of curious because my mommy always wanted me and I wanted to see if it was similar. Stevie said the following:

“When momma pig was just a piglet aged girl herself she would volunteer at our local humane society in Pennsylvania. There was a giant pig named Elmer. Poor Elmer was soooo huge. He was the same size as his pen. He literally had no room to move. Momma fell in love with Elmer and all pigs at age 9. She would visit Elmer twice a week and give him attention. Eventually he got to go live on the farm. Ever since, Momma collected pig stuff. Up until Momma had her human piglets, she had a gigantic pig collection on display. For fear of the human piglets messing up her stuff, she had to box up most of it. Momma pig used to work a whole lot, up to 55-70 hours a week. But last year, she got to become a mostly stay at home momma and when she saw me available she jumped for the opportunity!”

Cool huh? Very similar to my mommy always wanting me and falling in love with pigs on her grandfather’s farm.

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To the left, this is a picture of Stevie sleeping on the bed. This is a move that I also like to make with mommy. Just FYI between us, I’m a 75 on the Sleep Number bed 🙂

Notice Stevie’s little white pouch on his forehead and his handsome little snout. See what I mean about looking the same – who would have ever thought there would be two handsome pigs like us in the world.  I’ll tell you a little secret.  At night time when I see shooting stars in the sky outside of my window, I wish for me and Stevie to live closer.  That way maybe we could hang out together and fun. 🙂

Stevie is a little younger than me but he is a happening pig! One day, I want to be just like him when I get over my anti-nature anxieties.

His first family adopted him as a tiny little piglet. His human momma pig adopted him when he was 5 months old on December 27th. He just turned a year old not too long ago.

I asked Stevie about his living arrangements. You know, where he hangs out, sleeps and has fun. This is what Stevie said:

“Well, I feel like I own the first floor of our house. Poppa pig would differ with that statement. When I first moved in, I got to claim the living room. Momma and Poppa used baby gates to keep me there but when I outsmarted those they used couches to confine me. Then I learned to jump over the couches. They started locking and closing doors but it still gave me free roam of the hall, kitchen and living room areas.
When Poppa pig isn’t home and is working, I get to sleep with Momma pig. That is my preference but Poppa says no piglets in the parents bedrooms. Since I don’t like stairs much, I usually stay away from my sister and brother piglets rooms.”

Oh Stevie. I’m not sure if you know how much this little oinker laughed at that. Baby gates are really a joke. Do our parents really think they can keep us out of rooms by mere baby gates? We are such smart little piggies and will figure out a way. Am I right? My mom and dad went through a six month ordeal with me and baby gates. It was really hilarious. They did eventually win but getting there was some fun times with me! I would literally knock them down and then stomp on them as if to tell them, “I WON!”

And yeah, my daddy is the same about pigs in the bedroom. He doesn’t like me sleeping in bed with him and mom either. Not that I’m not cuddly or anything. He doesn’t like it because I *always* steal his blankies – snorts. Poor daddy. He gets cold.

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See what I mean by happening pig – look at Stevie playing on a trampoline! He said that it felt very weird the first time and he wouldn’t budge at all until someone bounced him – snorts. Those little humans will do that every time!

Now, he doesn’t mind the trampoline whenever the others aren’t going jump crazy! But as he’s gotten heavier, he doesn’t like to be picked up as much. See, us pigs are like that. We like to have our hooves solid on the floor. That makes us comfortable. Being picked up can be scary and we are afraid of falling. Well actually, we’re not afraid of falling. We’re afraid of the impact – snorts.

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But, if our hooves can rest on something, we are okay. And see, I told you that Stevie likes the great outdoors. Here he is in the picture swinging with his Momma Pig. Stevie – you are really inspiring me to get outside, overcome my fears and live at large.

My mommy says that if I do, she will get me my very own pool, a possible swing and maybe – maybe a pig trampoline. Sounds like an awful lot of blackmail persuasion, doesn’t it? I wonder how much more I can get out of her before I try to venture outside? The ideas are endless!

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And look at these pictures – Stevie got to see and feel snow. I’m so pig jealous! I still have not seen this white stuff that mysteriously falls from the sky… or taste it for that matter. Stevie said his first time in the snow was this past January.

Remember what I said about picking pigs up and us not feeling safe that way?  Well, Stevie said he didn’t squeal at all during this picture where his Momma Pig was holding him. He said the big, wet, cold falling flakes caught him so off guard that he was silent.  That’s got to be some amazing snow if he didn’t make any sounds at all.  I gotta see this stuff in person!

 

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Stevie said that he absolutely wanted nothing to do with standing on the snow at that time. But by the next time, he was happily enjoying an all you can eat buffet of snow. I gotta ask though Stevie. What did it taste like? Was it cold? Was it sweet?

Stevie and his Momma Pig even made a snow pig together. How cool is that?! I so wished that it snowed here in the south in Georgia. We just don’t get that much. Maybe the next time, can you bottle it and send me some? 🙂  I would be most appreciative because it doesn’t look like we are going to get any here in Georgia.

 

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And Stevie has his very own Facebook account that he posts in about his adventures. I go on moms Facebook account all of the time and read his stories and look at his amazing pictures. Sometimes, I’ll even post comments under mom’s name.

If you get a chance and you have Facebook, it would be awesome if you befriended him. Tell him that Bacon sent you. I’m sure you will enjoy his stories and adventures as much as we do. I know you’ll have fun. Look at his profile – he’s a professional food taster and went to the Charlotte’s Web School in Lynchburg, Virginia. OMP! (Oh My Pig). That school sounds amazing. I wonder if they are accepting new students?

 

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This is also another great picture of Stevie. Sitting right in front of his laptop doing what he does best – social networking! This is also how I do my blogging on my laptop. It just fits.

I asked Stevie about his typing skills. You know what he said? He said he was great typist but was easily distracted. He can usually type 10 words a minute along with 5 mouths full of food. He said that he needed plenty to eat when he was exercising his hooves so much! I totally agree. I myself get hungry working on my blog and typing.

 

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This is also something that I have never done – play video games. But as you can see in this picture, Stevie is a pro! He said that he was playing Spiderman with his brother piglet here. PLOL (Pig Laughing Out Loud) You know his brother piglet got pouty because Stevie won – snorts.  You’re good Stevie – real good!

Stevie said that his mommy told him that it was a PS3 and doesn’t have any of the games from the “good ole days” like Tetris, Mario or Donkey Kong which are her favorites. But Stevie is a huge fan of Spiderman, Narnia and Sonic – with a little of Steeler’s Football! And if Stevie is like me, we come from a long history of liking and participating in football.  I think we could both look into our family trees and see that we have a lot of ancestors that got thrown around in a lot of the football games.  Amazing huh?

Some interesting tidbits I found out about my friend –

He had a major love for feet for several months. He absolutely LOVED daddy’s shoes more than any other shoes. He would steal his Reeboks and take them to bed with him! He loved his dads shoes what can I say? This is funny. I can just picture you doing this Stevie. I myself have been known to steal the different remotes from around the house, the purr things toys and moms high heels and hide them in my travel crate in my bedroom.  I learned real fast that mom’s high heels were also way off limits.  What is about a woman and her shoes?  I don’t get it.  Do you?

And I thought this was priceless. Stevie’s Granny pig thought it would be a great idea to give him a litter box when the rest of the family attended a funeral. When they came home, there was litter shavings all over the front room. What a great time he must have had redecorating the living room.  I’ve also been known to do this myself a time or three.

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I thought I would end this post on how Stevie got his name. When I read this to my mom and dad, dad literally was rolling around laughing so hard. This is what Stevie said about how he got his name – Stevie.

“When I first came home, I was very timid. Poppa pig had to force me out of the cage. Poppa pig is a computer guy and has lots of spare P.C.’s around the house. Although timid, I liked to go up to the spare computers and try to snack on them. Momma took it that I wasn’t a P.C. fan. I must be more of an apple guy. So I was named Stevie, after Steve Jobs the apple computer guy.”

I really hoped that you enjoyed meeting my new friend. If you get a chance, please check him out on Facebook and tell him that Bacon sent you. If we’re lucky, I’m hoping that he will check this post out later today. Let’s show him lots of love my friends. Thanks for reading my blog!

 
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Posted by on 07/15/2013 in Bacon

 

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