Thursday, August 25, 2016

Another Way To Relax On The Deck

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  I know for myself, when I think about relaxing on the deck, I think about running around, playing Crazed River Otter Games (CROG) with Cam.  But yesterday, when we got home from our walk ...

"Yay, we're home!"
"Race you to the water bowl!"

... we got a quick drink, then headed out to play CROG for a while.  After we were pretty much done, Mom said it was so nice out that she had a treat for us! Oh, YEAH! She brought out some of our "under supervision only toys"!

I got my KONG Traxx:


I love playing with that! And Mom stuffed some pieces of dried sweet potato in there for me! What a win-win!

Cam had stayed in the screened-in part of the deck to play with hers. I went in to join her after a while.  I showed her my Traxx and asked what she had.

"Cam, you got the KONG Dental Stick?!?  Cool!"
"Yes, with sweet potato stuffing!  YUM!"

She was really happy!  Here's a close-up of her giving the dental stick a good working over:

"This is so fun!!!"

Mom asked if I liked playing with my toy, too.  This is what I told her:

"OH, yeah!!!"

What a great way to relax on the deck!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Movie Day!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Today, Mags and I thought we'd share a short movie with you of us enjoying some time relaxing on the deck together after our morning walk.

"Let's do it, Cam!"
"On your mark..."

Who's ready?  Let's GO!

If for some reason that doesn't play, please click here to view it on YouTube.

Do you feel more relaxed now? We sure do!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Ocean Walk

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  The other morning, Maggie and I walked Mom past the Kansas Ocean.  There has been a lot of construction near the boardwalk, so we haven't walked that way lately. It's one of our favorite routes, so we were glad Mom said we could give it a go!

Here we are, about to cross the trans-oceanic bridge:

"How exciting is this, Cam?!?"
"Isn't it great, Maggie?!?"

I was so excited, I lost my head!

"Mags!  I've lost my head!"
"I'll look for it!"

Just kidding.

Mom asked us to sit and pose nicely on the boardwalk.

"Hey, Mom.  That stick you always think is a bird is still out there..."
"Hi, Mom!"

Mom said that was nice, but could we please both look the same direction?  Oh.  OK.

"How's this, Mom?"
"Yeah, how's this?"

She said that wasn't quite what she had in mind, so ...

"Do a 180, Cam!"
"I'm on it, Mags."

It was about then that Mom said maybe we should call it a wrap and get going.

"Now you're talkin!"
"Let's GO!"
"This is so much better!"
"Yeah.  It took her long enough to get the hint, didn't it?"

It was a great walk - and it was nice to go past the Kansas Ocean! Do you have any favorite routes for your walks?


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie, here with Serene Scenery Sunday.  This week, we'll concentrate on scenes from right here at Ao4 Headquarters that made us all feel serene.  Ready to take a look around?

Let's start with a shot of Cam and me on the front porch.

Cam and me!

Well, some of us were sitting on the porch; others of us thought they might get jumped by a Crazed River Otter. Go figure.

Anyway, the porch plants are all doing great, and that makes Mom happy. In fact, the Electric Lime Coleus was doing so well (in the pot on the right) that Mom cut it way back and stuck the tops in another pot. She didn't root it first or anything; she read that you can just stick the stalks in the dirt.

Electric Lime Coleus

Apparently, it works. This, too, made Mom all kinds of happy.

Here's what is really making us all feel serene! Take a look at who was in the Butterfly Garden this week!


An Eastern Tiger Swallowtail! (More photos of him here and here.) 

Another thing that made us feel serene was getting some much-needed rain! And with the rain -- a COOL FRONT!!!!! Here is a panoramic shot of it, coming in over the Flint Hills:


Would you like to see a video? Mom and I shot this out front - we did a full 360-degree spin.

Storm 19 AUG 16

That is from our FlickR site. If it won't play there, please click here to view on YouTube.

Lastly, here is a shot of me checking out the mammatus clouds out front:

Weather Geek-in-Training

We eventually got over an inch of rain -- and we're out of the triple-digit temps!!!  Now THAT'S serene!

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Pawlympic Smilies

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  Today, Maggie and I are participating in the Pawlympic Smilies event Arty is hosting over at Dory's Backyard!

We gave this one our best shot --

Maggie and me - all smiles!

Arty recognized us for our "Team Twisted String Smiley"-- and we raked in another gold medal!

Smileys, Arty Medal

The Pawlympics have been so much fun! We congratulate ALL the pawlympians and would like to thank all of the event hosts! We know it wasn't easy!

We won't be able to make the closing ceremony, but did want to take a moment to pose with our medals:

I won the gold in Smilies and perhaps in Sitting Pretty.  If, indeed, that was me.
Maggie brought home the gold in Boxing, Smilies, and quite possible Sitting Pretty.  We will not confirm if it was her.

In other news, we have no idea who these Sibes are, but they posed with our medals, too.

Secret Agent Sibes won the gold in Sitting Pretty.
They also are posing with our gold medals for Smilies and Boxing.

The Pawlympics have been a blast! Many thanks to all - and congrats again to the Blogville pawlympians!!!


Friday, August 19, 2016

Photo Finish Friday

Hello, everyone! It's me, Cam. Mom snapped this picture of me yesterday ...


Are you smiling back?