Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Decor, Part II

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cam, back with more of our Christmas Decor!  Yesterday, we showed you where our "memories" tree is -- that tree has an eclectic collection of all kinds of ornaments on it!  It has old ornaments from when Mom and Dad were first married, ornaments from friends, ornaments with special memories behind them.  Today, we'll show you a couple more!

First up, the tree with the German angels on it!

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"How's this, Mom?"
"Yeah, how's this, Mom?"
"Umm ... Maggie?  Are you supposed to be up there?"

That tree has all wooden ornaments, mostly from Germany, one or two from Belgium, and a couple Nativity scene ornaments from Israel. They're all very special!

In case Maggie was blocking anything ...

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"I was OK the first time, though - right?"
"Fine.  Is this better?"

Mom made the quilts on the wall when she and Dad lived at Fort Riley, Kansas, in Montgomery, Alabama, and in Seoul, Korea. They bought the Nutcracker guy in Germany, when they lived in Belgium. Maggie and I are fascinated with his hat and beard!

I like to lay by the fireplace (without a fire, of course) and take it all in.

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"Ooh, very festi-zzzz..."

Or take a nap. One of the two.

You can sort of see the fireplace mantle - it has a pottery Nativity scene from Belgium and all kinds of angels from all over the world!

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"At least there are no hats!"
"Don't even mention them, Maggie!"

We'll do close-ups of everything eventually.

To the right on that photo above, you can see another tree - our Patriotic tree! We honor all those men and women serving in our nation's military, remembering them at Christmas and always!

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Me and Mags with the Patriotic tree!

Mom took more pix of us there yesterday; it's our favorite tree! More to come on that one!

That's enough for today ...

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Mags and me - being perfect angels!

More to come!

Cammie!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Christmas Decor, Part I

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cam.  Maggie and I worked really hard helping Mom deck the halls here at Ao4 Headquarters, getting it all set for Christmas!  We thought we'd start showing you some of the festive things!

Dad helped Mom carry a bunch of storage boxes down from the upstairs. We thought we should help, too.

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"Watch your step!"
"No, it's no trouble.  We'll come up and help."

We may have run up and down the steps a few times.  Just to help.

After everything was brought down to the main level, Maggie helped go through some of the ornament boxes.

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"SOCK MONKEY!!!!"
"Uh oh."

Maggie has a thing for Sock Monkey.  Unfortunately for her, Mom has just the deterrent:

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"Look!  It's the Maggie Motion Monitor!"
"Not the ol' triple M!"

You can read up on the MMM at this link.  But to sum up, as the saying goes, "Every time a bell rings, a Siberian is too close to the Christmas tree!"

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"Don't worry, Mom.  I'll keep an eye on her.  I mean, she's FOUR now!"
"How come Sock Monkey is so high up on the tree?"

Mom also got out our wood resin Saint Nicolas and Santa statues.  Our grandmother painted them many years ago!

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"I like these!"
"I always thought St. Nick and Santa were much bigger than this."

Mom put them up on a shelf in the breakfast room eventually, but wanted us to pose with them first.  She asked us to do a "down"; Maggie was getting bored, but I obliged:

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"How's this, Mom?"
"Perfect, Cam!  Wait.  Where is Magg--"
Off-frame:  "DING DING DING DING DING!!!"
"RATS!  Next time, Sock Monkey!  Next time!"

Hmm.  Maybe it's a good thing Mom put the triple M on the tree after all!

Cammie!

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Being Super Cooperative

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cam.  Did you like the picture Maggie posted yesterday?  That was a fun one.  We had to work up to it, of course.  Before we went outside with the Santa hats, we posed on the porch just "as is" - with the little trees.  Like this:

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Me and Mags posing like very good girls.  Even if Mom did hook the wrong leashes up to us.
Oh.  And she did some kind of special effect thingie on it.

We were super cooperative the whole time. No, really. OK, Maggie may have checked to see if any of the neighbors were looking, but you can't blame a girl for that!

Later that day, Mom got the Santa hats out. She asked Maggie if she'd like to try one on and ...

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"Sure, Mom.  No sweat.  How's this?"

Mom seemed surprised.  Mostly because she did this without treats.

I'll wait while you pick your jaws up off the floor.

Really, she did!  Then Mom went for the money shot:

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"How's this for a pose, Mom?"
"Perfect!!!  I mean ... perfect!  You know I don't have treats, right?!?"

Maggie didn't care.  Mom did the special effects on that one, too.

By this time, I had just finished playing with my toy and ...

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"Hey.  What are you and Maggie doing?  Can I play, too?"

Mom explained that there were no treats involved, but that didn't matter!

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"Is this what you're going for?"

She did the special effects thingie again, so she must have been pleased!

Yep.  Being SUPER cooperative.

Just.

To.

Throw.

Her.

Off.

Ho ho ho!

Cammie!

Friday, December 08, 2017

Photo Finish Friday - When Hats Aren't Hats

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Santa hats. Who needs them - right?  (Except for Santa, of course.). But Cam and I have a way of turning ours into something a bit more palatable.

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"No, this is perfect, Mom.  Really."
"Very festive.  Trust us."

I think it's a big improvement, don't you?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Since We Didn't Do Wordless Wednesday ...

... let's just call this one "No Need For Words Thursday"!

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Mags and Cam!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Saint Nicolas Day 2017

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags, here with Cam!  We'd like to wish all of you a very happy Saint Nicolas Day!!!!

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"Pose by the sabots.  Got it, Mom."
"We hope your horse liked the treats we left him, Saint Nicolas!"

We left some carrots and apples in our wooden sabots last night, and Saint Nicolas left us some treats in return!  Mom removed them for the photo shoot, just so we wouldn't stare at the treats the whole time.

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"Not that we'd do that, Saint Nicolas."
"No, not us. We are very good girls!"
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"So ... how come we leave stuff for Saint Nicolas' horse, but not for him?"
"That doesn't seem right.  We should have something for him, too!"
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"If you're out there reading .... how 'bout a smooch, Saint Nick?"
"I'll bet that's exactly what he wants!  Kisses!!"

Did you leave anything for Saint Nicolas' horse last night?  Or for Saint Nick himself?  And did you get any treats in return?

Much happiness to you!!!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

How It Really Went

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Did all of you see Cam's post yesterday about our backyard photo shoot? It didn't go EXACTLY like she said. I mean, if her version is to be believed, it's like I was the instigator! Today I will present photo evidence to refute all of that! Most of that. Some of that.

Anyway ...

There we were, posing on the retaining wall ...

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"No, Cam. I don't see anything over there."
"I thought I saw an intruder or something."

See where I'm going with this?

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"I'm trying to be good over here, Cam."
"Me, too.  Just protecting Ao4 Headquarters.  Hey, what's that down there?"

Before Cam could investigate, Mom decided we should move down a level and pose by the sedums.  I was all set, when ...

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"How's this, M--Cam!  What are you doing?"
"I need to get closer to Mom.  She might need me."

See that?!!?  See how perfect I was?!?!  REALLY!

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"Stop, Cam!  Mom's not done!"
"Maybe she'd like some action shots!"

Just trying to help - right?!?

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"Get back over here!"
"Urmph!!!!"

Here are a couple of those action shots Cam mentioned:

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It must have been what Mom wanted, since she was still taking pictures and all.

And that's what really happened.  Just us, being really helpful.  And I was not the instigator.  So if any of you out there reading (perhaps especially you, Santa) had any doubts whatsoever, I was being good.  And so was Cam.  Really!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher