Who We Are

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Helping Drive

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar!  Yesterday afternoon, Maggie and I were helping our mom a whole lot in her Studio ...

"Coming through!"
"Not if I can help it!"

   ... when I decided to try to hide from Mags  to ask Mom if I could help drive her machine.

"Hi, Mom.  Can I help drive the Bernina?!?  By the way, don't tell Mags where I--"
"HEY!  There you are!"
"I just step on this, right, Mom?"
"Well, that one goes to the Pfaff, but you can drive that one and I'll drive the Bernina, OK?"
"Ah, c'mom, Raggi!  Chase me!"
"I've got an important job to do here, Mags."
"The Pfaff isn't even turned on, bro."
"It was working a minute ago ..."
"Hey.  What the ... did someone just unplug my lamp?!?"
"I may have tripped over some cords.  Don't worry, I'm OK.
Now ...
chase me, Raggi!  You know you want to!"

I gave in and chased Mags for a while.   It seemed to make Mom happy; she said we were really helpful!  All in all, I'd say it was a very productive afternoon in the Studio!


Monday, May 10, 2021

Boooooo ...

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  This morning was another chilly, overcast day -- just perfect for a nice, long walk!  For some reason my mom refers to this weather as "unseasonably cold and gloomy", but Ragnar and I love it!  I thought Mom could use some cheering up, so I did one of my famous signature moves:

"Boooooooooo ..."
"❤️❤️ Oh, my Maggie!!! ❤️❤️"

Works like a charm!  She loves it when I boo at her.  Oh.  And Goldilocks -- I mean my mom -- had cookies, so I scored one each for Ragnar and myself for my efforts.

What a great day!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, May 09, 2021

During TV Time

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  Ragnar and I did a lot of work yesterday - took our mom and dad on a nice, long walk, supervised them while they worked in the gardens (or maybe it was more like watched them through the windows ...), helped in the Studio, were on kitchen duty -- a mighty active day.  So last night while they watched a TV show that didn't interest either me or Raggi ...

"Zzz ..."
"Zzz ..."

 Yeah. Bor-ing. We need to find a good British mystery show!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, May 08, 2021

Goldilocks And The Three Bears

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  Since you all seem to like my stories so much (Little Red and the Handsome Wolf and Alice in Wonderland), I thought I'd tell you another one.  This came to me on our walk this morning.  It's called "Goldilocks and The Three Bears", and it goes like this ...

Once upon a time, three bears were walking through the forest.  Well, maybe more like across a prairie, but whatever.  You've got the Papa Bear, the Mama Bear, and the Baby Bear.  And a photo-happy girl we'll call Goldilocks. 

"Hey, Baby Bear and Mama Bear!  Let me get a photo of you in the sunrise!" said Goldilocks.
"Fine," said Baby Bear, "but I'm not looking at the camera."
"I refuse to be called 'Mama Bear'. And I'm not looking, either,"
said the bear who made it known that she should henceforth be referred to as 'Bad A$$ Bear'.

At that point, Baby Bear decided he should be called "Viking Bear" ... but let's get back to our story ...

"How about a photo up here?" asked Goldilocks.

Viking Bear refused to look at Goldilocks, Bad A$$ Bear refused to look at Goldilocks, and Papa Bear was covered in shadows!

"Let's try another shot," suggested Goldilocks.
"Viking Bear - good boy!  But uh ... Bad A$$ Bear?  Papa Bear?"
"How's this, Goldilocks?" asked Viking Bear.
"Whatever," said Bad A$$ Bear.
"Whatcha looking at, Bad A$$ Bear?" said Papa Bear.

Note that Viking Bear was being VERY good -- but we seem to have lost Bad A$$ Bear.  Then Goldilocks had an idea!

"How about a treat?!?" asked Goldilocks.
And she stuck her hand into the magic treat pouch.
"Oh.  Son of a -- I only have one!" exclaimed Old Mother Hubbard.  I mean Goldilocks.
"I can't even look at you, Goldilocks," said Bad A$$ Bear.
"You only have ONE?!?" remarked Viking Bear, as he peered at her out of the corner of his eye.

Goldilocks asked the three bears to pose anyway, but ...

"No way," said Viking Bear.
"No way," said Bad A$$ Bear.
"I can't believe you forgot to bring treats!" said the Papa Bear.

So the bears ate Goldilocks.

Just kidding.

Goldilocks swore up and down she'd make it up to everyone when they got back to  Ao4 Headquarters  their cottage.

"Heard that one before," said Bad A$$ Bear.
"Really, Mo--uh, Goldilocks?" asked Viking Bear.
"I promise!  Treats for everyone!" said Goldilocks.
"Fine," said Bad A$$ Bear.  "But you owe us."
"We'll hold you to it," said Viking Bear.
"Let's go," said Papa Bear.
"This one's JUST RIGHT!" said Goldilocks.

So Goldilocks and the three bears walked home. Once there, Goldilocks was true to her word:

"The treat containers are right behind us, Goldilocks!" reminded the ever-helpful Viking Bear.
"Yeah.  Pay up," said Bad A$$ Bear.
"Treats for everyone!" proclaimed Goldilocks.

And sure enough, when Papa Bear got in from hanging up Viking Bear's and Bad A$$ Bear's harnesses ...

"Here's your treat, Papa Bear!" said Goldilocks.
"Mmm, coffee!" exclaimed Papa Bear.

And they all lived happily ever after.

I hope you've enjoyed my story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears!


Friday, May 07, 2021

And Hold ...

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  After a hard afternoon of  napping  working in the Studio, it's important to get a good stretch in.

"Ready to go upstairs, pups?"
"Strrrrrettttttcccchhh ... and hold ..."
"Keep it down, you two. I'm still working."

Then it's time to go upstairs and help make dinner.  There may be cheese that needs to be taste-tested.  You never know.


Thursday, May 06, 2021


 Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  Mags and I have had a busy morning, and a busy week, and knowing that we have a busy weekend ahead of us ...


... I thought I should rest up. 


Wednesday, May 05, 2021