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Yorkie Yoga

Hello everyone!  Since mom/dad have been on this DIEt kick, I thought I would come in today to share some Yorkie Yoga with everyone.  Yoga is something that everyone can do.  It’s a relaxation technique that can help your stress levels beyond what you can imagine.

So here you go step by step.  Paws together, butt tucked, tummy tight and start to push upwards with your belly.  Pushing upwards with your belly, also push your nose towards the sky.  Hold this position for a few minutes.  I like to call it pointing to the stars.  After a few minutes, relax and smile up at your humans.  That brings down their stress levels to.  Repeat throughout the day as often as needed.  Be the star my friends – BE THE STAR!

And if that doesn’t work.  Lay down on your belly….. and take a nap.

 
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Posted by on 06/23/2016 in Bacon

 

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Journey with Friends

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!


Hello friends!!  How did your week go?  Last week, I made some decisions.  Some of them were harder to decide but I’m standing firm with them for now.

First Decision – the plasma clinic.  Lately I can’t get my pulse under 100.  I have an accelerated heart beat to begin with and every time I go to the clinic it’s a stressful situation to get that number down.  And with the other excitement happening here at the Hotel Thompson at the end of the month, I just know that the number is not going down anytime soon.  Therefore, I am halting my donations for now.  I’m proud in the fact that I have made 38 plasma donations and I’m hoping that has touched people in need.  Later once I can get my pulse rate down, I may revisit the plasma clinic.  But for now, I feel relieved for taking a break.

Second Decision – I *have* to do better with this way of eating.  I’ve been playing with it for months now and I keep making excuses.  It’s always going to be this or that with mountains and valleys to overcome.  I need to start learning how to let go of stress and handle it better.  So, deep breaths, today is a new day.  I’m going to really, really try to do better – especially in the next couple of weeks.  Then our guests arrive and I will probably take that week off and then start afresh again.

Sometimes we have to step back and reevaluate ourselves and this has been one of those times.  I’ve noticed that I’ve had to much on my plate for a while and I kept thinking I could handle it all.  Guess what.  I’m not Super Woman… I wish I had her body though – LOL.  But as women in general, I think we all think we can handle everything.  But after a while, everything catches up with you.  So I am making a commitment to be better to myself.  I need to take time for me and listen to my body before it starts shutting down.

So what about you my friends.  Ever felt this way?  I would love to hear about it ((HUGS)) ♥

 
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Posted by on 05/09/2016 in Journey with Friends

 

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Mom/Dad’s Food Porn

  Sometimes with all of the stress and worries that come with being an adult, you have to take a step back and revert back to childhood.  This has been a tough month for a lot of people – not just here at the Hotel Thompson – but all over blogville.

Last night, mom got home and just gave dad one of “those” sighs.  You know the one I’m talking about.  The one where you are done.  Empty.  Totally wiped out.  Feeling uncherished, unwanted, unloved and miserable.  Nothing particular sparked it but everything attributed to it.  You know that feeling?  Mom calls those feelings feeling magenta.  Shrugs piggy shoulders.  I’m not sure why magenta but she picked magenta.

Well daddy told her last night that was it – it was time to go back to being a kid without adult worries.  Mom/dad loaded up in the car and went down the street to the local Dairy Queen.  Once there, they ordered two of these delectable peanut butter parfaits, laughed and joked while eating their treats.  And guess what?  It did the job.  Both mom/dad came back home more lighter with worries.

So, have you had your kid treat lately?  I think tonight they are meeting the local ice cream truck at the curb.  Maybe I can get in on some of that action – snorts with piggy laughter.

 
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Posted by on 04/21/2016 in Mom/Dad's Food Porn

 

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National Stress Awareness Day

Journalist Rocky the Squirrel here –

Keeping his paws on the nuts of the world –

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Today April 16th is a day that Bacon’s mom can definitely wrap her arms around – National Stress Awareness Day.  This day was created in 1992 sponsored by  the Health Resource Network (HRN). They started this holiday to increase public awareness of the causes and cures of stress.  And we all know that stress can come from a variety of different reasons:  paying bills, work, children, schedules, car problems, friends – you name it and stress can come from it.  And here in the United States with taxes being due yesterday, what better day to have this holiday then today?

Today is the day to acknowledge that you are stressed out and then do something about it.  Go for a walk.  Try some meditation.  Try some exercise.  Do some yoga.  Just lay down and relax.  Just for a bit, don’t concentrate on the wrongs in your life but concentrate on the things that you have to be grateful for.  Shrug off this stress even if it is just for today.  I know this afternoon me and Bacon are going to try yoga.  Wish us luck – his downward pig pose is not something I’m looking forward to – chitter chatter!

 
 

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Journey with Friends

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!


 Oh friends – what a week!  Have you ever been so stressed that your body aches and shakes?  Raising my hand.  That’s me in a nutshell.  I did lose 2 pounds last week.  Part of that was because of stress and not eating like I should.  I need you my friends.  If you can say a little prayer for me and send me some good vibes that things work out on a certain situation, I would really appreciate it.

And let me add something for all of us to think about and remember.  Life is hard.  It has twists and tribulations of all sorts.  We should always remember to be nice to one another.  You never know what another person is walking in their life at this moment.  Sometimes all they need is a smile.

How did you do last week?

 
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Posted by on 04/11/2016 in Journey with Friends

 

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Journey with Friends

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!


Hello my friends – welcome to another week of Journey with Friends.  This past week was S.T.R.E.S.S.F.U.L!  Does that tell you anything?  LOL.  It all started with mom’s work – the computers went down Monday – what a way to start the week huh?  Have you ever realized how much we rely on computers in the work place?  The computers were down all.week.long.  And get this – they are still down.  There is only so much filing and paperwork that you can work on until you have to have the computer.  I mean we have turned into a society based around the machine.

I also went to the plasma clinic last week a couple of times.  The first time I was turned away because my iron levels were too low.  The second time I was fine.  I have noticed that with the added stress of work, my pulse rate has slowly began going back up again.  Do you have any suggestions to help me with the stress?  I know it’s easy to say, “Don’t let it get to you.”  But really, you know our bodies do what they want to do.

So my friends here we are with the start of a new week – how was your week?  I was up a couple of pounds but I’m okay – I blame it on the stress.  What do you think?  And I don’t weigh at home anymore.  Going to the plasma clinic, I have to weigh there twice a week so I stay on top of these things.

Here’s to a great week my friends!

 
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Posted by on 04/04/2016 in Journey with Friends

 

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Be Grateful

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What if today, we decide to do this.

We can be grateful for everything.  Just for one day today.  Keep a smile on our face and a pep in our step.  Have an off limit kind of stress free day.

Are you game?  I know we are going to try here at the Hotel Thompson.  I’m even going to try to be grateful for those two purr things here.

Good luck and let me know how it works for you.  We can do this!

 
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Posted by on 01/17/2016 in Bacon

 

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A Message From My Mom

Women – I have something to discuss with you today.  I just know this is going to touch your hearts as much as it touches mine.  Are you ready for the topic?  Car problems.  There you go – I heard your sighs all the way here at the Hotel Thompson.  Why do car problems bother us so much?

As a younger woman, I tinkered with cars.  Can you believe that?  But coming from a large family where I have seven older brothers, my dad made sure I knew my way around a car.  I have a fond memory of when me and Jim first started dating.  I had a Dodge Omni at the time that was unreliable as a Dollar Store pregnancy test.  One time, I was going home from his house.  His mom/dad followed us because they knew my car was unreliable.  About half way home, sure enough my car stopped running.  I pulled over to the side of the road and got the flash light out of the glove box.  I handed it to Jim where he proceeded to look at me like a deer in the headlights.  He said, “What do you want me to do?”  Without missing a beat, I opened my door and said, “Hold the flashlight for me.”  So there we were outside of the car, hood up, Jim holding the flashlight and me tinkering underneath it with the carburetor.  That’s how Jim’s mom/dad found us when they rolled up beside us… of course they were laughing hysterically and yes I got it running again.

So, I’m not a stranger to the makings of a car; however, with all of the newer electronics in cars these days, I’m not as good as I once was.  That’s when last week on Thursday my check engine light came on and I squealed like Bacon.  Really?  It’s already a tough time of the year.  I’m closing the year 2015 at work and I can’t begin to tell you that my mind is mush from all of the number crunching.  I had so many errands to run last weekend – grocery shopping, pharmacy, plasma donations, Houdini needed a bath, Bacon needed piggy chow and the purr things were about to abandon the Hotel Thompson if they didn’t get some treats and fresh litter.  So my hands were full as well as my calendar and wallet.

Being resourceful though and Jim still to this day not having a mechanically inclined touch in his entire body, I did what any solid mind girl would do.  I sat down and had me a cry.  You know one of those gut sucking the world is coming to an end cries.  Of course this was outside of the Hotel Thompson.  Had it been and the anipals heard me, I would have been licked to death 🙂

And do you know what else doesn’t work when your Check Engine light is on?  Take a guess – your remote start.  Now, remote start is one of those things that I didn’t think I would use all that often if ever and I never thought I would miss it.  Let me tell you something.  I missed it totally!  I use it to turn on the Jeep in the mornings to get the frost off the windows.  I use it running to the car in the evenings to turn on the heat before I get in.  Gosh, I was missing this!

After my cry, I hit the internet and researched the problem with the Jeep.  That’s when I learned two things.  The Jeep has a lot of extras that I didn’t know about (which is good) and I found the problem (which is better.)  You see, if the check engine light comes on and flashes – then you have an engine problem – good to know huh?  But if the check engine light comes on solid, then more than likely it’s a gas problem.  It could be either you got cheap gas, the gas cap is dirty or the gas cap is not tight.  Looking back at where I got gas the last time, I think it was dirty.  So with a paper towel in hand, I took the gas cap off, cleaned it and then put it back on tight.  Now it says in the manual that you may have to crank, drive around and park it 4-5 times before the light goes off – if you fixed the problem.

For the entire weekend, it never went off.  Really karma?  Can’t you throw me a curve?  So there I was running errands and with every re-crank begging to the Gods to fix it but it didn’t.  I had enough Sunday night so I went to bed early.  I was tired, cranky and frustrated.  I get up to go to work Monday, walk to the car, crank it and oh my glory heavens – the light was gone.  I swear I heard angels singing.  Really I did.

So my question women – why do car problems frustrate us??

 
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Posted by on 01/13/2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Blog Hi-Jack from Mom and Dad

Hey Bacon’s friends.  This is Bacon’s mom and dad here.  We are hi-jacking the little guy’s blog this afternoon for an important announcement.  Today is also our pig-son’s birthday.  Our baby Bacon turns the big 4 today!  Can you believe he was born on our anniversary?  Just one more little sign that his adoption was meant to be with us.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BACON!

Bacon has brought so much joy here at the Hotel Thompson.  When I tell you there is *never* a dull moment, that is certainly the truth.  Bacon is like the little child we never had.  He’s very smart – as you all know from him writing his blog here – cough cough.  It doesn’t matter what kind of day you’ve had, how much stress you encounter in the world – he is always here waiting for you with a snort and oink.  I’m not sure what me or Jim would do without Bacon and our other ‘children’: Houdini, Hemi and Mouse Girl in our lives. They bless us beyond our imagination.

So today, we raise our glass with you our friends to send out a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the best pig-son we could ever have.  And here’s to years and years of more happiness and adventures!  Help us out our friends in wishing Bacon the best of all birthdays!

Bacon – may all your dreams come true.  May you have more delights today than ever before.  We shall celebrate tonight with your favorite birthday ‘cake’… a piggy plate full of your favorites – apples, bananas, strawberries, watermelon and grapes.

We love you our boy!

And friends – Thank you so very much for the birthday wishes to Bacon.  Kali and Shoko – LOVED your card!  So beautiful and sweet.

 
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Posted by on 09/15/2015 in Bacon

 

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Let’s Be Serious For a Bit My Friends

Friends, I need to be a serious for a bit.  You see, there have been some things going on here at the Hotel Thompson that I’ve kept a secret.  Imagine that.  *Moi* keeping a secret.  I know!  I’m more surprised than you are – really I am.  We have all kept it kind of low key waiting to see the results and today we got some.  Mom/dad said it was okay to share now so I am.

Mom went for her yearly mammogram last Wednesday.  Yes, this is where you can say OUCH!  Mommy says they take her breasts and put them between two pieces of glass. Then they squish them to take pictures.  For some women, there is no pain while others say it is very painful… like mom.  It is definitely NOT a happy time.  She kind of compares it to throwing yourself chest first up against a wall like a squishing a fly.  Can you say it now?  OUCH.


So this past Friday, she receives the following phone call at 4:50 PM.  On a Friday – remember that okay.

“This is Dora with the Doctor’s Office.  Is this June?”

“Yes, this is June.”

“Can you verify your date of birth and medical record number?”

“Yes…blah-blah-blah”

“The radiologist has reviewed your images from your mammogram this week.  There is some concern over the images on your right breast.  He sees a cluster of calcification and wants you to come back in for more testing.”

With a worried sound in her voice, “Okay.  What does that mean?  When?”

“Calcification can mean a lot of different things.  We need you to come in 8:30 AM next Wednesday, 09/02/2015.  After some more testing, the radiologist will meet with you and go over everything.”

“Okay.  I’ll be there.”  Looks down at clock and it’s now 5:00 PM… on a Friday.  Great.  Now I will need to break this news to my husband so we can both sweat about it ALL weekend.  Terrific.


So you see friends.  Mom and dad have been worried for a couple of weeks now.  They didn’t tell us anipals about anything until yesterday.  Can you imagine getting this phone call on a Friday afternoon before the weekend?  No wonder mom/dad would just look at each other over the weekend and say to each other, “Really?”  or “What if?”  Unbelievable is what I say.

Yesterday, mom went for her re-test.  Afterwards, the nurse said, “The radiologist wants to speak to you.”  Mom would like to say she was shocked at that but after everything she had been through, can you be more shocked?  Her and dad went to the radiologist’s office to meet with him and go over the results.

So they meet with the doctor and he shows mom/dad all of the images from the Mammogram – the current ones compared to the past ones and talks all of these long words.  That’s when mom speaks up, “Cut to the chase.  What’s going on in my terms?”  Leave it to my mommy huh?  They have found some spots on mom’s right breast. They want to watch them and retake some tests in six months.  He doesn’t think they are anything to worry about but if they are still there and look ‘worse’ in six months, they will probably do a biopsy.  But, he thinks they are okay.  He then went into the different phases, sizes and shapes of different calcification’s.

Bottom line is mom is okay but she has been put through the ringer in the past week with this scare.  Have your moms been through this?  We pray in March 2016 that everything is smooth sailing easy peasy with no worries.  If you can send her healing vibes and prayers, we would so much appreciate it my friends.

 
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Posted by on 09/03/2015 in Bacon

 

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