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Journey with Friends – Week 12

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, March 19, 2017 –  Today was suppose to be a rest day and in all aspects is was… except for the market shopping, running errands, doing laundry and cleaning the house – LOL.  Funny how those things sneak up on you during the week.  But moving does add up in the end.  Miles Moved: 1.76

Monday, March 20, 2017 – My sister said it would happen.  I would start ‘missing’ my walks.  She was right.  By the time the weekend is over, I’m ready for a walk by myself.  Something about walking by myself gives me time to think about my life and I can somewhat meditate.  It really does help me to relax so I can finish out my day.  Today I ordered me some Lee’s Dream jeans off of their website.  They have reviews that they are the next best thing beside sliced bread.  I finally need to get some new pants.  My current jeans look like a family has moved out in the butt and legs – hasta la vista family don’t come back – giggles. I also ordered some ‘workout’ clothes.  Summer will be here soon enough with the heat.  I will need to change clothes before I walk and then change back.  I foresee it already. And the good news is that I ordered two sizes smaller than I normally wear on everything.  Now I’m keeping my fingers crossed that everything fits when it comes in.  Miles Moved: 2.61

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 –  Today was hill day with my walk.  Lord have mercy.  I *hate* hills but my butt and legs love them.  Go figure huh?  And I’m going to tell you something that has never EVER happened before.  Are you ready because this is good.  Takes a deep breath – here it goes.  My boobies are disappearing.  Oh.my.goodness.  I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about that.  They had separate zip codes and I think now they are starting to live in the same city.  I’m beyond excited!  Miles Moved: 2.47

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 –  Okay my Lee yoga jeans came in.  Do I like them?  Do they fit?  YES BY GOLLY ON BOTH ACCOUNTS!  I absolutely ❤ them and they fit but before long they might not.  It’s times like this that you look back and finally feel like this new way of eating is paying off.  These have got to be the most comfortable pair of jeans I’ve ever worn.  I will probably start wearing them next week.  I might even show up to work all decked out in clothes that actually fit wearing heels.  HA – That should be interesting to see if anyone else notices my hard work lately.  Now I’m waiting for my ‘workout’ clothes to come.   Miles Moved: 2.49

Thursday, March 23, 2017 – Today was windy outside again. It was 57 degrees so it wasn’t awfully cold but with the wind it had a little shiver to it… that is until you start walking and getting hot.  So with that, it was perfect walking weather – LOL.  I’m tired today and I didn’t want to do the walk at all.  Most would be good to themselves and do a short walk.  Nah – I forced myself to do the longer walk.  Afterwards I felt so much better.  However, I am looking forward to the weekend for a break.  Miles Moved:2.06

Friday, March 24, 2017 –  I am so glad that today is Friday – I so need this weekend and a break for my ‘ordinary’ schedule.  I just have to get through exercise today and today has hills in it – yay!  LOL.  And I need to do double time since we went out with friends last night.  I may have eating more than I should… such as life huh?  Miles Moved: 2.37

Saturday, March 25, 2017 –  Fun day today – YES!  I’ve needed this for so long.  Me and the hub unit went to the spa together – massages/nails.  I feel somewhat human again.   Miles Moved: 1.49


Thoughts for the week:  It’s so hard to keep doing something when you ‘think’ that it is not working.  I’ve been walking since the first of January.  I started out slow.  I don’t think I did more than 15 minutes at a time then.  Then in February, I jumped in wholeheartedly with 30 minutes.  I kept waiting – not so patiently some times – for something to show and to make a difference.  It took 84 days for me to *finally* see proof.  I mean heck I felt my body changing but we want to see proof too.  You know what I mean?  I’ve always been told, “Find something you can live with and stick to it.”  It has taken me years to find something and I think I have.  I really can say that I can live this way the rest of my life.  Thanks my friends for listening to me this week.  How was YOUR week?


This week walked: 15.25

TOTAL 2017 Miles:  114.64


January Weight Loss:  -12.00 pounds (88 more to go!)

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Posted by on March 27, 2017 in Journey with Friends

 

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Dear Bacon

Dear Bacon, See there’s this place called the GYM that humans and animals work out at all of the time.  You should find it.  You’re starting to look a little porky – bark – ha.  Signed  Stud Muffin

Dear Mutt Stud, You want to go there huh? This exquisite body is 45 pounds of lean shapely pig.  I’m called a pot bellied pig for a reason.  It takes a lot of work to maintain this exquisite physique.  You should only inspire to have this high performance body one day my friend.  That is all.


Dear Bacon, I do not know why you insist on calling those bubbly things in water a spa adventure.  They are not and I will not abide.  You and the humans can not make me.

I will not partake in that watery death sentence.  Signed Cornered

Dear Cornered, WOW – I commend you on the nose in the corner situation.  Is it really all that bad?  I would think that you for one would love to play with the bubbles.

I know the purr things here do when mom is in bubble land.  Did you even stick a paw in the suds?


Dear Bacon, I’ve heard in your Netflix que you have a lot of ghost and life after death shows.  HA – I think I’m right up your alley little man.  Any time you want to take the challenge, you just let me know.  I think I can accommodate you.  Signed Precious

Dear Precious, Who you been talking to about my private Netflix account?  I’m good.  Really I am.  I do find it intriguing but not so much to take a challenge physically to find out.  I thank you very much though for the offer.  It was awfully nice of you and I appreciate the thoughts.  You just take it easy and try not hurt yourself okay.  Thanks anyhow!

 

 

 


Dear Bacon, Sing with me little oinker –

You put your right foot in,
You put your right foot out,
You put your right foot in
And you shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Pokey
And you turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about.

Signed Dancing and Singing Elephant

Dear DAS Elephant, I absolutely loved it and needed that snort.  Thanks so much my friend.  Keep up the fabulous work!


❤ Remember friends, Dear Bacon can’t happen without YOU.  Please continue to email me your pictures and letters. ❤

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in Bacon, Dear Bacon

 

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Bacon’s Show and Tell

Welcome my friends to my Bacon’s Show and Tell.  Today we are discussing embarrassing moments from childhood.  Trust me.  I have a good one to share today.  I thought long and hard and have to tell you about my daddy.  Snorts – yep poor dad. Are you ready for this?  Here we go.

When dad was a small boy – I’m going to say around 6-7 years young, his mom took him shopping with her at a local store.  This store had big tall windows all across the front of the store.  Daddy and his mom was in the store shopping for a long time and finally got to the front registers overlooking the windows.  Daddy told his mom that he needed to go to the bathroom and he was jumping all around – you know like some little boys do.  So his mom told him to go out front and wait for her there.  You know back in the day when you could actually do that with no worries that someone might take your child.

So there daddy was in front of the store and his mom was waiting patiently in line to buy her items.  That’s when it happened.  What do you ask.  Well there were snickers, then rolls of laughter and then came the pointing outside the front window.  You see, there was the cute little boy that was standing outside peeing.  Not just peeing straight into a puddle.  Oh no, that wouldn’t be my daddy.  My daddy was outside peeing on the front windows and making designs with his pee.  Shaking my piggy head.  Yep, his mother was so proud.

His mom quickly paid for her purchases, stomped outside and without missing a beat picked daddy up under her arms and continued to the car.  All the time…. daddy was continuing to pee freely in the air.  Well, he did tell her that he needed to go to the bathroom, right?

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2016 in Bacon

 

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Bacon’s Show and Tell – Reminder

Hello friends – are you having fun with my Bacon’s Show and Tell?  This month let’s talk about embarrassing moments.  I know that humans had them all of the time when growing up.  I hear stories from mom/dad and trust me – some of them are juicy!

So this month we are highlighting embarrassing moments from childhood. Tell everyone about something that happened that was so life shattering embarrassing in childhood but now you can look back and laugh about.

Mark your calendars – Bacon’s Show and Tell is scheduled for:

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2016 in Bacon

 

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Paw Time with Houdini


Hello my dear friends – BARKS!  Welcome to another week of my Paw Time with Houdini.  This week has been exciting here at the Hotel Thompson.  First up – I got a new bed – and who doesn’t like a new bed huh?  You see I had a bed shaped like a crab but one night I had a dream and that bed miraculously exploded.  Yep, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.  This is my new bed.  Looks kind of familiar huh? I already have a HUGE Kong size bed for my bedroom but this poochie bed is for the living room in front of the fireplace.  Don’t all anipals have two beds for taking naps?  BARKS – and let me tell you – it’s so comfy!   The purr things have *tried* sleeping in it but I remind them really quick that they have beds and this one is mine and I marked it as such by rolling all over it and licking it.

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Tomorrow I have an appointment with my groomer.  I haven’t been in a couple of months because of all of the holidays and mom/dad running around.  So trust me, it is much, MUCH needed.  I feel like Cousin Itt from the Adams Family – BARKS – don’t you just love that show?  Bacon has been watching it on DVD and we just snort and bark at it all day long.

Hopefully next week you will see much better groomed.  Mommy says that she can barely see my eyes – I hate that!  And hopefully, FiFi the sweet poodle I met last time will be there too.

And yes, this is one of my new shirts.  It says, “Yeah, I work out!”  Barks!  Too funny huh?


 Well that’s all for me my friends – yawns – I hope you had a wonderful week as well.  Happy weekend!

 

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Facts About Moi

It’s been a while since I’ve posted this but I think I should again.  Mom and dad get a lot of questions about moi – a pig that lives in the Hotel Thompson.  People think that we are dirty/messy and can’t believe it when I say I live inside full time and prefer my comforts such as air conditioning, heat and of course my sweet television.

Here are some questions that we get asked a lot.  I thought we would answer some of them for you.  Hope you enjoy these my friends 🙂

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(1) Do I smell? No. Did you know that pigs are actually clean animals. We are very careful that we do not mess where we sleep or eat. I have an entire room and my sleeping quarters are on the opposite side of my wizzy pad. Mom and dad keep up with cleaning my room on a regular basis and of course I help. So no, I nor my room smell.

(2) Do we sweat? Did you know that pigs don’t sweat? We are actually unable to do so. That’s why you see pigs on the outside waddling in mud or water to keep cool. I, myself, have air conditioning and heat inside. Mom and dad makes sure that the temperatures are good for me. Not too cold and not too warm. If I get cold, I will snuggle under blankets and hide.

(3) Do pigs dream? Of course we do. We dream much as humans do. Sometimes when I’m on the couch with mom, she touches and holds me. She can feel me jumping and dreaming. She says it cute.

(4) What do we ‘do’? Well, I’m much like any other animal. I love to sleep, I enjoy watching television and listening to music. I play chase with the purr things and mom. I chase balls and I love getting piggy massages. I like to be held and touched. I really love to sit on the couch with mom watching television after dinner. This is one of my favorite things in the world. Normal things that your dog probably likes to do.  I do spend a lot of time in my bedroom on my toddler bed doing my thing – writing my blogs, researching my postings and taking care of my pet rocks.

(5) How do my parents know when its time to eat? This is a great and important question. We love to have a schedule. My internal clock is better than most clocks in the world. I know when it’s time to get up, eat or go to bed. Did you know that pigs have more than 20 vocalizations used in different situations? My mom and dad have learned some of mine. Just like when a baby cries and the mother ‘knows’ the cry, mom and dad know what my different sounds are for. Mom especially knows the “I’m hungry” call. LOL And you know, we don’t ‘pig out’ or eat like pigs as the old saying goes. We would rather enjoy our food. And no I don’t eat ‘slop’. I know there are some farm piggies that do but that’s a different breed. I eat lots of piggy chow, vegetables and fruits. I have to maintain my cute little figure!  And there is a standing FIRM rule here at the Hotel Thompson.  “No eating in front of the pig unless you plan on sharing with the pig.”

(6) Do you really know your name and are you that smart? Did you know that pigs learn their names within 3 days? When mom adopted me, she held me a lot, talked to me in her voice and said my name. This way, I knew who my mommy was. She also showed me where my wizzy pad was in my room and within 2 days, I was using it all of the time. I learned very quickly where the food came from in the kitchen. I even know where my piggy chow is kept. We are very smart creatures and have a great sense of direction!

(7) Are we hard to get along with? Well, this depends on a lot of factors. I’m an attention hog and yeah I can be a little pig headed at times when I don’t get my ways. I do have a tendency to test my boundaries but mom and dad (especially mom) sets me straight real quick. You know, just like regular kids do. I have my good days and bad days.

(8) Do I know any tricks? We are a very smart breed. I’m house trained. I know what it means to go to my feeding mat. I know what it means to go to bed. I know what it means to lay down or get snuggly. I know what it means to go potty. And I know what it means when mom tells me not to eat the purr things – LOL – just seeing if you were paying attention.

(9) Why is my tail straight? Did you know that regular pigs, you know the ones that stay outside on the farm, have curly tails. A true pot bellied pig has a straight tail that attaches high on the rump. That’s me. That’s how you can tail if its a cross breed pig or a miniature pot bellied pig.

(10) What’s our vision like? I like this question. Just like dad, I have very poor vision. You can’t look at me straight on and expect me to see you. My eyes are kind of on the side of my head and I can’t see things straight away. You will find me looking at you from the side. But although my vision may be poor, my smell and hearing are exceptional!

And the most important question of all – Do I get along with the other anipals here at the Hotel Thompson?  Yes.  We all know our pecking order here – Hemi, Me, Houdini and then Mouse Girl – snorts.  Hemi let’s *everyone* know that he is the top cat and the alpha male.  We all play together and when we are all out together, mom keeps full attention on us – that means no electronics like iPads or iPhones or cameras.  It only takes one time not paying attention for an accident to happen.  Although we all grew up together, a careful eye is key and mom is a firm believer in this.  And although me and Hemi sometimes squabble with each other and him slapping my captains quarters with his big paw, if i’m feeling icky he is the first there to check on me… right behind mommy of course.

I hope some of these answered your questions about me. If you have anymore, you can always ask or send me an email at BaconThompson@gmail.com

Hogs and Kisses, Bacon

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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Bacon’s Show and Tell

YAY – Welcome to February’s Bacon’s Show and Tell.  This month my brother Easy suggested to share the story about the day you (or your humans) were born.  This time around, I’m going to talk about the day I was born.  Alright my friends, bundle up around the keyboard for an adventure.

“It was September 15, 2011.  My mom, Bertha, was in the barn in Bruxton, Georgia.  I remember the world being dark and then all of a sudden there was light. I felt hay underneath me and I could feel my mom.  Her tongue started lapping at me and when she did, I let out my first squeal.  I was the last born in what they call our liter.  That was my first thoughts of being in the real world.

As a couple of days passed, I realized that my mom had her hooves full with my brothers and sisters.  And those brothers and sisters, they looked so much bigger than me.  They bullied me around and I learned real quick last one that saddles up to breakfast is the loser.  And unfortunately my little piggy body didn’t have the strength as the others.

I remember the farmers coming in the barn and watching a lot for the first couple of days.  They would whisper and point at me so I knew they were discussing what would happen.  The lady farmer finally said she had enough and took me into what she called the big house.

The big house was awesome.  The lady farmer was so nice and would feed me with a bottle some mushy stuff.  I assure you – this kind of service was a lot better than fighting with my siblings for the breakfast buffet with mom.  As the days passed, they said I got stronger and stronger.  I even adapted to living indoors and being held.  At that time, I even thought I had it made.

But everyday the farmers would come in and say that my siblings were being adopted out to families.  All except for me.  They kept calling me a runt.  I wasn’t sure what that was but sometimes it didn’t feel like it was a good thing.  The lady farmer kept saying there would be a day that my forever family would come for me too.  We just couldn’t give up hope.

Then one day, the lady farmer got a phone call.  It was some woman inquiring about piggies.  The lady farmer told the woman they only had one left that was a runt – but the piggy was so cute and loving – but looking for their forever home.  The woman asked the lady farmer to send her a picture and she did.  A short time later, the woman called back and I could hear her voice and how she oohheed and awweed over the picture.  After they hung up, the lady farmer told me that my forever family was coming for me the next day.  Who would have thought?!  I was the last to be born and the last to be adopted but I was going to have a family too.  But then I stopped with the excitement.  What if they didn’t like me?  What if I didn’t like them?

I hardly slept at all that night – part in anticipation and part regretting having to leave my first home.  Then, the moment came.  The woman on the phone showed up and I recognized her voice.  OMP!  As soon as I saw her, I was in love.  The lady farmer showed her how to hold me.  Once I was in her hands – it was like heaven and coming home.  I crawled up to her neck, breathed in a deep smell of her and gently went to sleep.  The lady farmer told my new mommy that meant I loved her.  And, we have never looked back again.

 
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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Bacon, Bacon's Show and Tell

 

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