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Don’t Forget Your Veterans!
Don’t forget to thank a veteran! We live due to veterans fighting for our freedom. They are much appreciated, not just today, but everyday!
My country,’ tis of thee,
sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing;
land where my fathers died,
land of the pilgrims’ pride,
from every mountainside let freedom ring!
My native country, thee,
land of the noble free, thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
thy woods and templed hills;
my heart with rapture thrills, like that above.
Let music swell the breeze,
and ring from all the trees sweet freedom’s song;
let mortal tongues awake;
let all that breathe partake;
let rocks their silence break, the sound prolong.
Our fathers’ God, to thee,
author of liberty, to thee we sing;
long may our land be bright
with freedom’s holy light;
protect us by thy might, great God, our King.
Do you have a bedtime ritual? Something that you do every night before Mr. Sandman visits you? Me being a piggy – Ireally demand a schedule. When my schedule is off, so is my cute little personality – snorts!. For instance, every night mom starts putting me to bed around 8:30pm. I say start because I have a routine here at the Hotel Thompson.
At 8:30pm, mom tells me it’s time for bed. We go into the kitchen to get my bedtime snack and a drink of water.
At 8:45pm, I’ll start wobbling down the hall to my bedroom. I’ll take care of my ‘business’ and get into my toddler bed.
At 9:00pm, mom comes into my bedroom to tuck me into bed and kiss me good night. Sometimes she tells me a story. Sometimes she sings to me and pets my back until I fall asleep. Other times, she sets the timer on my television so I can watch one of my favorite shows for a while before I fall asleep.
At 9:15pm, mom puts Houdini to bed. He’s not one for bedtime stories – he thinks he’s too big for that. Can you believe it? So, she rocks him and puts his onsie jammies on and tucks him in for the night. Rotten little guy – rolls piggy eyes and snorts with laughter.
At 9:30pm, mom and dad go to bed. Mouse Girl and Hemi follow them cause they sleep in their room on the big bed. Hemi snuggles right between mom/dad and has to touch both of them. Mouse Girl sleeps at the bottom of the bed and stretches as far as she can between mom/dad’s feet.
So, do you have a bedtime ritual?
Banjo Christmas Music
For your entertainment friends – let’s jam! Yep, I found this on mom’s iPhone. I tell you she gets into so much trouble when her and dad go out unchaperoned. Snorts.
Conversation Overheard Between Mom and Dad
Okay – I know I shouldn’t piggy eavesdrop on mom and dad when they are having conversations. But sometimes, it’s hard not to listen. They have some of the strangest conversations. I’m telling you – you never know what might come out of their mouths – humans are weird!
Last night, daddy asked mommy, “Name a song not to sing while in prison.” Okay first of all, I’m not sure what this prison thing is. It doesn’t sound like a fun place. Mommy said there were bars there. Okay, aren’t bars where you get alcoholic drinks? Shakes piggy head – like I said humans are weird. I don’t get it. So, I thought I would bring this to you my friends.
What songs would you not sing while in prison? Some of mom/dad’s were:
Journey – “Lovin’, Touchin’ Squeezin”
Aeorsmith – “Dude Looks Like a Lady”
Foreigner – “I Want to Know What Love Is”
John Mellencamp – “Hurts so Good”
Nazareth – “Love Hurts”
George Michael – “Father Figure”
Olivia Newton John – “Let’s Get Physical”
OMP (oh my pig!) I can’t breathe. I don’t know why these are funny – BUT THEY ARE!
The Film “GORDY” – The Finish
Have you been on the edge of your seat waiting for the finish? If you missed the first part of my breakdown, check out my Friday posting. 🙂
Here we go –
So Gordy, Hanky and his family fly to Branson, Missouri to help out Cousin Jake, Luke and Jinni Sue. They are so in awe to see welcome signs all over for Gordy being there in Branson. They go to the country music concert where they meet all kinds of famous country singers – Mickey Gilley, Boxcar Willie, Christy Lane and Roy Clark. There’s even a surprise speech from President Bill Clinton who unveils a new stamp in honor of Gordy.
Hanky talks about how Gordy wants to find his family and they give out a number to call if you have any information. While all of this is taking place, Sipes sends his henchman out to kidnap Gordy and kill him – squeal! But what the henchman didn’t see was that Cousin Jake saw them and follows them. The henchman goes over a bridge and throws Gordy off! Can you believe that?! I was sitting on the edge of the sofa with mommy. But never fear, Cousin Jake got lost and was under the bridge. Guess who he caught? Yep, you’re right – GORDY!
Cousin Jake takes him back to the music hall and the henchman tells Sipes he’s done the deed. When Cousin Jake gets back to the music hall, he tells Hanky, Luke Jinnie Sue and Jessica what happened. A battle ensues between Luke and Sipes and Jessica knocks out Sipes with a briefcase.
Someone calls the music hall and tells them that Gordy’s parents are going to be slaughtered at an unidentified slaughterhouse in Nebraska. Jessica, Hanky, Jinnie Sue and Luke then find out that the slaughterhouse is one that Royce Industries actually owns! They jump in the limousine with Cousin Jake driving and off they go.
Hanky keeps calling the slaughterhouse and finally gets the right number from the Royce Industries attorney. Hanky tells the supervisor to shut down just in time. They arrive at the slaughterhouse and not only do they rescue mom and the siblings but also dad. Gordy is a hero!
In the last shots of the movie, you see everybody back at Meadow Brook Farm. The farm is now sold and I know you want to know who bought it, right? Jessica and Luke! They got married and moved to the farm. Jinnie Sue and Hanky are now brother and sister and all of the pigs are back where they are suppose to be. Life is happy!
Now, wasn’t it worth the wait my friends?
Really Dad? You’re Not Invited
Let’s start by saying, me and mom are so NOT morning peeps. We have a schedule that we keep in the mornings. I wake her up for breakfast. She gets up and we eat together. Then we bundle on the couch together and listen to the morning news as we cuddle for a couple of more minutes of snooze together. Do you get the picture? Together as in me and mommy time alone. NOTICE I didn’t say: me, mommy and daddy. There was no mention of daddy. It’s called me and mommy time for a reason. Let me say again… me and mommy. So you got that, right?
So this morning of ALL mornings on a Monday, guess who decides to get up with us and infiltrate into “our” time? That’s right – daddy. Not just daddy but non-stop-diarrhea-of-the-mouth talking daddy. Go back to bed daddy! Really. But no… let’s keep chatting away. Let’s keep singing away to Eddie Rabbit… to Elvis Presley… to Brooks and Dunn… to Pink. Yep, you read right – Pink. Rolls piggy eyes and shrugs shoulders.
You see, this is the problem. Daddy is a morning person. He wakes up happy, chirpy, full of life and wonderment. Me and mom not so much. Even this little oinker knows not to talk to mommy until after that first cup of coffee… sometimes maybe a second. And hey – I’m not that jolly myself in the morning. I have one thing on my mind – food. And then some snuggles. Sometimes not in that particular order.
Daddy was so bad this morning – a MONDAY of all days, that me and mom went to her room. I got on the big bed and watched her get ready for work. Guess who followed us? Mouthy man! I could see mommy and the steam was rising. She looked at me and I could just picture her in my head telling daddy, “SILENCE!” But she didn’t – it was a nice dream though. Poor dad. He was like a little puppy this morning following us around. I thought at one time I heard mommy mumble, “Jabber Jaws” under her breath. I can’t be sure though. Of all days, I think mommy was ready to go to work. She kissed me and put me back to bed for a morning nap. Daddy even followed her to the car. It’s going to be a long day for me here at the Hotel Thompson. Please pray for me that daddy goes back down for a nap. Snorts. Do you have a morning person in your house? What do you do when they get over obnoxious?
The Film “GORDY”
I apologize for the length of this posting. I got really carried away by another piggy movie – WOWSER!
Last night I got to watch a new movie that has been in my Netflix que called Gordy. OMP (oh my pig!) Have you seen this delightful and entertaining movie? It is wonderful! So full of fun, love and adventure. I highly recommend this if you haven’t see it. Pop you some corn, get a soda and get the family together for movie night – you won’t be sorry you did!
Gordy came out in 1995, is around 90 minutes long and takes place in Arkansas. The movie starts at Meadowbrook Farm which is for sale. It shows all kinds of anipals outside at the farm. I have to admit that I was little shocked to see pigs living outside.. in nature?! What? Don’t all pigs live the life I do? And there were cows, horses, goats, roosters and chickens among those pigs. WOW ! And the anipals were talking! It was awesome. We could hear everything they were saying. Just like when I talk here on my page and at the Hotel Thompson.
It gets a little sad at this point because there are humans at the farm to take the daddy piggy away to “up north”. The rooster goes and tells Gordy, one of the piglets, that they are taking his dad. Gordy runs back to the farm as the truck is pulling off. I have to admit that Gordy runs fast and stays with the truck just enough for his daddy to tell him that he’s head of the family now. Gordy promises to take care of his mom and siblings and the truck goes off. I admit it. Me and mommy cried at this part of the movie right there with Gordy. It was so very sad to see them taking daddy away.
Gordy goes back to the farm crying and he can’t find his mom or family. Gordy asks Dorothy the cow if she has seen his family and she says no. Gordy asks Wendy the chicken if she has seen his family and she says no but tells him to ask Richard. Gordy goes and asks Richard the rooster if he has seen his family. Richard tells Gordy that while he was chasing the truck that took his dad “up north”, another truck came and took his mom and siblings. What? Can this movie get any sadder from the start?
Gordy decides to go off to find his family. He walks a long way from the farm and it gets dark. He comes upon a church and crawls into a basket outside to sleep. Aaww. Unbeknownst to Gordy, the basket was for the less fortunate and a guy comes by, picks up the items and places them in his truck. It starts to rain and Gordy is asleep in the basket in the back of the truck.
In the next part of the movie, we are at Miss Kittys’ Saloon and Dance Hall where we see Gordy’s mom and his siblings. They are cold and hungry and are asking where is Gordy and their dad. A cute little girl, Jinni Sue, comes out and feeds them it looks like some lettuce. While she is feeding them, Jinni Sue’s dad comes out and says it’s time. Jenni and her dad then go inside the dance hall and sing. It was like heaven – that Jenni Sue has some voice on her. It was beautiful!
After she gets done singing, she goes back outside and the truck with Gordy’s mom and siblings are gone But there is truck in the parking lot that has Gordy. She takes Gordy and tells him that she is going to take care of him and she is now going to call him Pinky. (Snorts – she didn’t know his name yet). She sneaks him into her trailer and hides him from her dad. She puts pajamas on him and they say their prayers before going to sleep. When Jinni Sue’s dad comes in to say goodnight, the lights are out and Pinky – AKA Gordy – kisses dad. It’s hilarious! It certainly reminds me of something that I might do.
Jinnie Sue’s dad eventually finds out about Pinky and they adopt him. They then head to Fayetteville, Arkansas to sing at Huntington Estate. I think this is the home of the local mayor. While Jinnie Sue is not singing, she has Pinky on a leash and meets a little boy named Hanky. Hanky is there at the party with his mom and grandfather, who is head of Royce Industries in St. Louis. Grandpa Royce tells Hanky to ask his mom to dance but before he can, his mom’s fiance beats him to it. Hanky gets upset and walks away from the party going to the estate pool.
Jinnie Sue sees Hanky walk away and follows him with Pinky. Hanky is sitting on the diving board of the pool and they talk for a bit about how lonely Hanky is. When Hanky gets up to return back to the party, he falls into the pool. He can’t swim and neither can Jinni Sue! Jinni Sue runs off to get help and while she is gone, Pinky pushes a float into the pool and jumps in to safe Hanky. As Pinky is pushing Hanky to the side of the pool, everyone from the party comes to the pool and sees the amazing piglet saving Hanky. Cameras start flashing and this makes the news.
Afterwards, Jinnie Sue, Luke (Jinnie’s dad) and Pinky go to visit Hanky and his family. Jinnie Sue wants to give Pinky to Hanky as a pet since he gets lonely. The family accepts. The next day, Hanky, his mother (Jessica), Jessica’s fiance (Gilbert Sipes), Grandpa Royce and Pinky board a plane heading home to St. Louis. Once they are at the Royce International headquarters, they learn that a Hero Pig Fan Club has went nation wide on hero Pinky. Hanky shows Pinky around the office. That’s when Hanky learns that the pure of heart can understand animals. See, that’s why all of you my friends understand me – you are pure of heart! From that point on, Pinky tells Hanky that his name is Gordy and they understand each other completely.
Grandpa Royce is wanted a new image for the company. Gilbert Sipes is the PR person for the business – remember he is also Grandpa Royce’s daughters fiancee. Sipes wants Jessica to be the new image of the company. Grandpa Royce thinks that it should be Gordy – who is a hero. Grandpa Royce advises to take pictures, do a market campaign and let the consumers decide who should be the new image of Royce Industries.
The day comes for the filming and Gordy is under the clothes rack. He overhears Sipes telling the photographer to change the lense in the camera when he shoots Gordy. Gordy doesn’t understand this but tells Hanky. Well, Hanky switches the lenses back. The filming of Gordy then starts and you can see Gordy sporting rainwear, piglopedia, scubawear, piggy cola, hero pig – it’s so darling! Mommy – just don’t get any ideas okay.
Then then set up for the session with Jessica and they change lenses. Jessica then goes through all of the same poses. When it’s all over with, Sipes says that he doesn’t need to look at the film and to go ahead and send it out rush to market ASAP. He just *knows* that Jessica is going to win.
During this time, Jessica gets a postcard from Luke and Jinni Sue. Let’s just say she is smitten. She has that look in her eyes that mommy and daddy get when they look at each other. The next day, there’s a huge meeting at Royce Industries to announce who the winner is of the image campaign. They announce it was 100 to 1 on the results and that Gordy WINS. Sikes can’t believe it because you know – he did the lense switch. Then they show the film from Jessica and they see that she had the lense switch and all of her pictures look out of whack and fat. Sikes is livid. Gordy is signed to a lifetime contract and he is the new trademark for Royce Industries. Grandpa Royce then says that he will supervise Gordy’s publicity personally.
Gordy goes on to make the cover of Farm Journal and News Week. He even makes the talk shows and has a song about him that goes platinum!
But during all of this, Gordy has been talking to Hanky about his promise to his father. He has to find his mother and siblings who were taken ‘up north’. They make a plan to go to the park the next day and they are going to find mom and the siblings themselves. What they don’t know is that Sikes is putting together a plan to kidnap Gordy. Sikes wants Gordy out of the picture so that Jessica can take his place. This way, when they are married Sikes will be rich.
At the park, Gordy and Hanky are able to get on a school bus that is heading towards Kansas City, Kansas. Sikes incompetent henchmen, Dietz and Krugman, are following the bus in their limousine. What they don’t see is Gordy and Hanky escaping out of a window into a feed truck. Sikes calls the henchmen to find their status and they advise they have both Hanky and Gordy.
Hanky and Gordy get dropped off at a farm and they talk to a hog there. The hog tells them that there was a beautiful Yorkshire mom with babies that was at the Tri States Stockyard that got auctioned. They are now in transit ‘up north’. So there we see Hanky and Gordy off again walking down the side of a road. Who do you think passes the two? That’s right – Jinni Sue and Luke in their bus. They stop and pick them up. Can you believe the driver, Cousin Jake, understands Gordy as well? Then on the radio we hear that Henry Royce head of Royce Industries is sick in the hospital from having a heart attack at the age of 73. Oh no! Everyone is saddened by the news. Luke tells Hanky he has take him home.
They get Hanky back at Royce Industries just in time for the reading of Grandpa Royce’s will. That’s where we find that Jessica is not left the company – you see Sikes fuming. The holdings of the company is left to grandson Hanky when he comes of age. In the time being, the company goes to Gordy! Can you imagine that PIGLET CEO!
Gordy starts telling Hanky that they need to make changes in the items they produce. For instance, change from chemicals and go more from artificial to natural items. This takes off and Gordy is called a Wall Street Wonder! But still, he always has in the back of his mind that he need to go ‘up north’ to save his mom and siblings.
They get a call from Cousin Jake advising they are in Branson, Missouri. They can’t find anywhere to play because they are nobodies. They need someone famous to get them a job. They want to know if Gordy will come to Branson to vouch for them and in exchange they will make an appeal to find his family. Deal!
And this is where I’m going to end my friends.
Does mom get saved? Does dad get saved? Does the siblings get saved? What happens??
Tune back Monday for the finish!
Spring is Here – YAY!
So I saw this little jingle with the cute little kitty doing a dance and I thought, why not? It is finally Spring and I am feeling so frisky – in a good way. I don’t want you to start thinking of me like that. Nope, no way, not going to happen. I’m talking frisky as in wanting to run. You see during the winter months, I have a tendency to just want to sleep and eat… kind of like a hibernation of sorts. I just don’t feel like running – it’s way too cold for me.
So this weekend, I was on a roll. I ran around the back yard in my magical kingdom. I played with mom and we rolled around in the clovers. We sat for a long time and basked in the sun. We just ‘hung out’ together and had a great time.
Later in the day, daddy even got the grill out to cook some dinner. I might have or might have not begged for some chicken. Hey, it’s what I do. And by the way, it was delicious.
But then later, we all went inside of the Hotel Thompson.
I remembered the picture of the kitty singing his song so I ran through the front room singing it too.. well what I thought was the words. Can you believe when I did it, mom and dad almost fell off the sofa because they were laughing so hard? The nerve of them, huh? I can’t help it that I resemble my song. You want to hear it too? Okay, don’t laugh – pinky promise okay. Here it goes:
“I’m a little teapot short and stout;
Here is my handle, here is my … handle
Darn, I’m a sugar bowl.”.