Who We Are

Friday, September 21, 2018

How Touching

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  After our walks, after a round or two of Crazed River Otter Games, Cam and I like to do this:

Cam and me!

Oh, I know. Here. Here's a close up:


What can I say?  

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Ideas In The Studio

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.  The other afternoon, Mom went downstairs to get creative in her Studio.  Maggie and I thought she could use a little help, so we went down, too.

Mom had an idea about something she wanted to do, so she went into the inner Studio room.  We had an idea of our own!

"Try to catch me, Peep!"
"I'm gonna get you, Cam!"

We were still working on that idea of ours, when ...

"Are you two wilding out there?!?"
"Who, us?"
"Yeah.  Who, us?!?"

Honestly! Where does she get these crazy ideas?!!?


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

In Position

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.

"Hey!  Just hanging out here in the Living Room!"

You know, just relaxing, being a very good puppy -- that sort of thing.

... Of course, I also just happen to be in prime position to jump Cammie, should she come wandering in here from the kitchen!

♫ "Oh, Cammmm-mmmie?!?" ♫

Mom wanted me to point out that we don't normally have stuff stacked all over the Dining Room floor and table - it's all due to the remodel.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, September 17, 2018

CROG In The Studio

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  Over the weekend, Mom spent a little time in her Studio, so Maggie and I thought we should keep her company.  Being the helpful Siberians that we are, we thought a round of Crazed River Otter Games (CROG) would inspire her!

"How 'bout a little CROG action, Mags?"
"You're on!"

We played and played and played some more!  Maggie raced through the pass-through in Mom's cabinetry a few times, and that got Mom all excited.  Maybe too excited to keep sewing.  I thought Mom might get more done if Maggie didn't do that, so I worked at blocking it off.

"Try to get past me, Maggie!"
"Yeah, like you're the goalie and if I get through the pass-through, I score!  COOL!"

The little one is REALLY fast when she wants to be.  I mean REALLY fast.  Mom couldn't even get a picture of her in action.

"Oh, MAN!  That was fun!"
"I tried my best, Mom!"

At least I tired her out - right?

"My work here is done.  I'm going to go see if Dad needs my help with anything!"
"Don't over do, Maggie!"

Not much beats a good round of CROG -- in the Studio or anywhere!


Sunday, September 16, 2018

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  For this week's dose of serenity, why don't we take a look around the gardens here at Ao4 Headquarters to see what's happening!?!

"I think I see some activity over in the Friendship Garden!"

Look at how colorful the Sedum are!

A sea of Sedum!

They were all planted as cuttings from friends!  Isn't that nice?!?!

"This place was fluttering with butterflies before we got here!"

I saw butterflies all over the Sedum, but they flew off before we got over there.  Let's look at a couple things in bloom, then I'll send Mom out with the good camera to see about those butterflies!

The Rose of Sharon bushes are in full bloom!


Mom and Dad cut them WAY back this Spring, and they seemed to like it!

Our Mums are just now starting to bloom:


Actually, Mom did take that shot with the Canon 7D, not the iPhone.  There had been a butterfly on them, but she wasn't quick enough to get a shot.

Down in the Butterfly Garden, though ...


There were Monarch Butterflies all OVER the Butterfly Garden!  This really made Mom happy!



They especially like her Hummingbird Mint!

When she looked closely at the Butterfly Weed plants, she was delighted to see several of these:

Monarch Caterpillar!!!

The gardens have really struggled this year, due to the drought, then the flood, then workers setting up scaffolding in the Butterfly Garden, so Mom is just so happy to see all the Monarch activity!

There are also all sorts of bees buzzing around:


Mom is considering it all a big success - and yes.  It makes her feel very serene!


We hope you have a wonderfully serene Sunday!


Saturday, September 15, 2018

It's A Good Morning

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  We're waiting on Mom to process her photos before we fill you in on our recent birding adventure, so until then ... it's a good morning to do this:


I mean once I've had my walk and all and before the heat kicks in!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher