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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Busy Day

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  Sorry we're late in getting a post up today.  We've had a rather busy day so far.

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"Play bows, Cam-a-roo!"
"Hello, readers!  Sorry for the delay!"

I really have my paws full sometimes!

Cammie!

Monday, December 10, 2018

This One's For You, Santa!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cam.  As some of you may recall, we had some very special visitors this Summer - and one of them is close friends with Santa.  They are tight.  I mean tight!  Anyway, after our visit with him and his very kind wife, he sent us a surprise package containing (among other things) these lovely Christmas bandanas!

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"We just love our pretty scarves, Mr. A!"
"Yeah, they rock!  And so do you!"

Can you see them? They have pretty little Holly leaves and berries all over them. Let's get in a little closer:

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"Try to look a little more innocent, Maggie.  Mr. A might show this to Santa!"
"Oh.  Right.  Good point."

Aren't they lovely?!? And they can't be made into hats! We just love them.

Maggie asked Mom to do a closeup of her, showing Santa her truly sweet, innocent side. Check it out:

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"I've been a VERY good girl this year, Santa!"

Wow.

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"I mean WOW!  I didn't know she had it in her!"

So, Mr. A ... many, many thanks once again for the Christmas bandanas!  And maybe you could put a good word in with Santa for us?  We would certainly appreciate it!

Cammie!

Sunday, December 09, 2018

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all! It's me, Maggie. Over here by the sabots.

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That's right. Just hanging out by the fireplace being a very good girl. In case anyone should ask.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, December 08, 2018

"Safer Location"

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  If you've ever had your motives questioned, you'll know exactly where I'm coming from on this post.  There I was, helping Mom put up all the decorations last weekend, when I noticed some things I'd never seen before!

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"Well, well, well.  What have we here?!?"

Apparently, Mom has had them for years, but I sure hadn't ever noticed them making the Christmas scene!  They were like stuffies, with fuzzy hats and long, interesting beards!  And they were LOOKING AT ME.  All I did was stare back.  THAT'S ALL I DID.  Oh, sure.  I may have been rocking back and forth a bit.  It was a struggle, folks.  The angel on my one shoulder kept saying, "Don't do it, Maggie!" and the devil on the other one seemed to be encouraging me to grab one and de-stuff it.  I didn't listen to it - honestly!  But it was a fight.

For some reason, they have been moved to a new location now.  Safer.  Higher.  I actually have no idea where they are.  They've entered my mom's "witness protection program" for interesting Christmas decorations.  (And no, I haven't seen Sock Monkey this year.  Yet.)

Mom asked Cam and me to pose by the tree that's right next to the table they were on:

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"I think my hat is slipping."
"I wasn't going to take them, Mom.  Honest."

Note the wood resin statues of Saint Nicolas and Santa have replaced the stuffies.  I mean "other" decor items.

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"Should I tell her Sock Monkey is on the tree right behind her?"
"Let's keep that to ourselves, Cam.  Maggie, could you try to look happy?"
"I'm still on the 'Nice List', right?!?"

So ... other than having my motives questioned, I think everything is fine.  No one did anything they shouldn't have, and Mom got some nice snaps of us by the tree.  Even if I did look a bit put out.  I mean - does she REALLY think I'd have taken them? 

Why do bipeds put out so many tempting things right when you're trying your hardest to stay on the "Nice List"?!?  Have you had your motives questioned lately?  

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, December 07, 2018

Patriotic Tree Poses

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  Today, Maggie and I thought we'd share some of the awesome poses we did in front of our Patriotic Tree.  (Mom decorates a few different trees each year, and we always have one to honor our country and our veterans.). For some odd reason, Mom thought that posing in our Santa hats would be a good idea.

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"How's this, Mom?  A jaunty head tilt."
"Do I look goofy?  'Cause I feel goofy."

Oh, sure. We ROCKED it! But was that enough for her? No. She asked us to "stay" while she took a couple quick snaps of some of the ornaments ... like this one:

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A button from one of our dad's old uniforms

In the days of America's frontier Army, the women used to decorate Christmas trees with the brass uniform buttons worn by their husbands. Mom loves continuing this tradition!

But back to our poses ...

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"How about this?"
"Uh ... Houston, we have a problem ..."

Maggie was having some slippage issues.  Mom snapped another quick photo:

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A button from one of Mom's dad's (our grandfather) old uniforms from the United States Military Academy

Mom let Maggie switch into "bandana mode", but then ... it's like Maggie's slippage problem was contagious, and ...

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"Mom?  A little help here!"
"Good, Mom.  Much less goofy."

Yeah.  Mom decided to let us both go bandana style and to quit trying to get ornament shots:


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"So much better!  Big finish, Mags!"
"Wouldn't it have been easier to do bandanas from the get-go?"

I think Maggie was right.  "Bandana mode" is the way to go -- don't you?

Cammie!

Thursday, December 06, 2018

Saint Nicolas Day 2018

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Before we headed out on our walk this morning, Mom and I tried to do a quick photo shoot so I could wish all of you a Happy Saint Nicolas Day!

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"As Mom taught me to say ... Bonne fĂȘte de Saint Nicolas!"

In parts of Europe, children put their shoes or small baskets at the hearth with treats for the saint's horse and maybe even a glass of wine for the saint. Do you see our wooden Sabots?  Mom bought those when she and Dad and our great sisters lived in Belgium.  On St. Nicolas' Eve, St. Nicolas rides on horseback over the rooftops, dropping his gifts down the chimneys. In the morning, shoes have been filled treats!

I posed quite nicely, and then ...

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"What are you doing?  I thought we were going on a walk?  Hey ... do I smell cookies?"
"We are going.  I just ... um ... well ..."

What can I say?

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"Seriously, Maggie?"
"OH.  Hey, everyone.  Happy Saint Nicolas Day!  Say, Mom.  Are those the treats St. Nick brought us?"

Like she didn't know.  But then I remembered - treats are meant to be shared - especially on Saint Nicolas Day!

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"Thank you, Saint Nicolas!"
"Yeah, thanks, St. Nick. I hope your horse liked the treats we left him last night!"

Do you celebrate Saint Nicolas Day?  We hope he brought you treats!

Cammie!

Wednesday, December 05, 2018