Friday, November 28, 2014

Photo Finish Friday!

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.  Mags and I thought we'd do a little photo essay today to show you what happened the other day.  Remember we saw those tree service guys at our house?  And then Maggie staring out the front window?  Right!  Well, we had to have two trees removed and it was just an amazing process!

The trees were on either side of the house.  The first tree, the easier of the two to deal with, sits on the north side of our house.  Well, it sat on the north side of our house. Here is a shot Dad took of us not posing by the tree for Mom:

"Cam?  Cammie?!?  Cam?!!?"
"Hello!  Would any of you like to rub my ears?"
"I'm being the good one!  Go, me!"

Sorry, Mom. There was too much going on. Anyway, that tree was over-crowded by the neighbors' trees and something needed to give. The guys parked a big crane vehicle in our driveway, then hooked a rope from the crane to the top of the tree.


They sawed way down at ground level, then ...


Pretty cool, huh?

They made quick work out of that tree, then went on to tackle the one on the south side of the house. That one was diseased, so it had to go even worse than the other one. The big challenge was ... well, take a look at where it was from the backyard:


Right. Down on the middle tier. Here's a shot from up in the front yard:


Yikes! But the guys thought they could reach it, so once again, they hoisted one of the workers up top with the crane ...


... and he secured a rope around the top of the pine. Just like before, they popped it out of there after some saw action, and lifted it away.

This made our mom nervous.

That's a screenshot of a video; Mom forgot to take still shots. Mom was nervous during that removal. Something about being worried they'd drop the tree on Ao4 Headquarters.  That wouldn't have been good!

Anyway, with the trees flying around like that, you can understand why Mags and I opted to stay inside! We did check everything out afterwards, though!

"Mmm... fresh pine mulch!  Smells so nice!"
"Wait.  Wasn't there a tree here an hour ago?"

The men used a stump grinder afterwards and did a really great job!  Dad spread the mulch all over the tier where the sick tree had been; Mom and Dad will plant something there in the Spring!

That was our big excitement!  Oh.  And also, you won't believe where Maggie and I walked yesterday!  We'll start showing you those pix tomorrow!  Be sure to tune back in!


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

We are joining with our fellow 'residents' to say how thankful to be a part of Blogville!

We are so very thankful for the kindness, the friendship, the sharing, the laughter, and the understanding.  We feel so blessed to be a part of this network of ALL of you - fellow bloggers AND our readers, many of whom do not blog.  You are all part of this "community"!

"Do you think the turkey's done yet, Cam?"
"Patience, little one.  Patience!"

"O come, let us sing unto the Lord:  let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.  Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms."
Psalms 95: 1-2

From Ao4 Headquarters - from our hearts to all of you, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! Please remember to say a prayer of thanks for the members of our military - many of whom are not able to be home, celebrating with their families.  May God bless and watch over them!   And may God bless each and every one of you!!!

Cammie, Maggie, and our bipeds

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Hello, everyone, it's me, Cammie.  Mags, Mom, and I were just back from a walk this morning when ...

"Wow!  I wonder what's going on here?"
"Hey ... isn't that OUR house?"

This could get interesting!  We'll keep you posted!


Monday, November 24, 2014

Laundry Day

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  It's Monday, a day we all get back to work.  Here at Ao4 Headquarters, that means it's Laundry Day.

"Let's get those socks put away now, Mom!  Step to it!"

Don't worry. I'll pick up whatever she drops.  I'm here to help.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  Maggie, Mom, and I went out on the deck this morning to enjoy the peacefulness of a drizzly, chilly day.  Care to join us?

"It's really lovely out here!  So quiet, so peaceful, so ..."


Maggie had a little excess energy, so I thought it would be fun to run and play!

'Let's play, Maggie!"
"YES!  Let's do Crazed River Otter Games!!!"

And so ... we engaged in some very relaxing, serene play!

"Let the games begin!"
"Let's go!"

Maggie dove under a chair to try to elude me, but I was right on her heels!

"Nice try, Peeps!"

Wow, can that little puppy move!!!

"Hey!  Wait a sec---"
"Ha roooo!"

Can you tell how fast she is?



I thought THOSE moves were crazy - but check these next two shots out!


"How in the world ... ?"


Here we are, in a double play bow:

"Play bows, Cam!"
"Play bows to you, Mags!"

Unfortunately, Mom didn't catch both of us in the frame, but she was happy anyway.  We were, too - plus a tad bit played out.  We went back up to the upper deck and struck a pose.  Mom had turned the camera off, but shot this with her iPhone:

Maggie and me.  Don't we look serene?

Mom tried a shot with the camera after that.  I decided to do my regal look.

My Maggie and me.

I hope you feel as serene as we do now! Have a lovely Sunday!


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Lazy Day

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.  It's a foggy, drizzly day here at Ao4 Headquarters - just perfect for settling in after a long walk and taking a little nap.  Right, Mags?

"Youuuuuu betcha, Cam!"
"Exactly right."

Do NOT wake her up.  Please.