Saturday, August 27, 2016

I Forgot

Greetings to all! It's me, Maggie. So there I was, hanging out in the small room off the kitchen ...

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"Wow.  There is nothing on.  I mean NOTHING."
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"Hey, Mom!  Don't we have cable in here?"

Then it hit me ...

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"Oh... right.  It's the new dryer."

I forgot.  I mean, it's a Samsung -- I thought it was a TV.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, August 26, 2016

Sweet Potato Slices!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Remember the sweet potatoes I mentioned in yesterday's post?  They are slices of crispy, chewy delightfulness -- and we made them ourselves!  I thought I'd share the recipe with you today, so you and your bipeds can whip up a batch!

If you're ready ... have your biped preheat the oven to 250℉, then let's get into position!

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"OK, Mom!  Let's get cooking!"

Next, get some sweet potatoes (we used two nice, big ones!) and give them a good scrubby-dub-dubbing.  Slice them about 1/8 of an inch thick or less -- just try to make them all the same thickness.  Again, this part is something the bipeds can handle.  Your job is to hang out and look cute.

Now have your biped place the sweet potato slices in a single layer on baking sheets.  There's a good chance my mom lined hers with foil - easier clean up and all.

Bake for about 3 hours, turning halfway through.  (For clarity's sake, I mean to turn the potato slices over - though if you'd like to turn around, feel free.)  Mom baked ours longer than 3 hours, as we wanted ours crispy.  Just test them out.  When they're done, cool them on wire racks, then store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks (as if they'd last that long...) or in the freezer for up to 4 months.

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YUMMY, YUMMY, YUMMY!!!

The whole house smells wonderful while you're baking these!  Mom did try one and said it was mighty tasty by biped standards, just lacked a little seasoning.  Now, your mission, should you accept, is to try them out!

As for Cam and me, and what we're willing to do for one ...

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"I would swim the 7 seas, climb the highest hill ...!"
"Ain't no mountain high enough, Cam!"

We. Love. Them!!!  Honestly!  So very tasty, and just the right mixture of crunchy and chewy!

Mom said she'll definitely make them again.  They're a nice, healthy treat, packed full of vitamins and fiber!  I hope you'll help your biped whip up a batch for you!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

PS:  We will put this recipe over in our sidebar under Secret Family Recipes, so it's kept handy!

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 ...

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"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:

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"CHOMP, CHOMP, CHOMP!"

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.

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"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:

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"This is so fun!!!"

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

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"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.

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"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!

Cammie!

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:

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

I was so excited, I lost my head!

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

Just kidding.

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

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"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.

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

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

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"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.

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"Now you're talkin!"
"Let's GO!"
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"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?

Cammie!

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.

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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.

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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!

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BUTTERFLY!!! 

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:

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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:

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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