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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Let The Christmas Games Begin!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie, here at Ice Station Ao4.  That's right, we're iced in!  No walkies allowed at all yesterday, as it was tricky enough just getting to the yard.  Oh.  And to the rain gauge.  Or in our case ...


The "ice gauge".

Mom reports in every morning to a network called the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS). The National Weather Service and other meteorologists use the data they collect. Unless, of course, it's frozen to a post.

One of the other volunteers suggested pouring hot water on the post (careful not to pour it into the gauge!) to get it off - so Mom skated out there and was able to remove it and bring it in to thaw.

Thawing - note the ice in Mom's hand 

Anyway, we had a ton of precipitation (1.67 inches) that started as rain but turned to ice.  Lots and lots of ice.  So ...

... rather than go for walks, we started decking the halls!  This was very exciting for me, as Mom hasn't put up many inside decorations for the past couple years.  Something about a "very curious someone", "avoiding temptation", "staying out of trouble".... I have no idea.  All I know is that Mom started getting all sorts of interesting things out of secret closets!  Things like this:

"Ooooh!  A snowman!"

He was very interesting.  He's up high on a shelf now.  Hmm.

Mom held this decoration down for me to sniff it:

Gingerbread Man in an antique quilt pocket

Isn't it cute? Ao4 legend has it that there used to be a gingerbread man in there made from cinnamon and applesauce.  We in the Ao4 are sworn not to  rat each other out  name names.  Mom made the stuffed one a few years ago. There's a rumor going around that she had to remove that one from my mouth after showing it to me. Hey! I was just doing a little reenacting of that poem --- you know the one, "...Run, run, as fast as you can, you can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man ..." That one! Seriously!

Moving right along ... there's another Ao4 tradition that Cam and I were compelled to take part in. Here's Cam:

Cam, doing the dreaded snooter hanging!

And here I am:

"Happy now, Mom?"

There's a chance I removed that from the doorknob it was hanging on this morning and absconded with it. I was just moving it to a different place! Really!

While we were upstairs unpacking, I met this guy:

"This is St. Nicolas, Mags!  Your grandma painted him!"
"Mmm.  Tasty!"

Like the snowman, he's sitting high on a shelf now.  Whatevs!  This next guy was way more interesting!

"The Nutcracker!  I've heard about you!"
"Guten Morgen."

Zimmie told me many a story about the Nutcracker -- and I could smell over 30 years of Sibe sniffies in his rather messed-up looking beard!  It was so exciting!!!  I made a mental note to get back to him!

Mom got the Dining Room table looking all festive:

Mom made the table runner; she purchased the Villeroy and Bach porcelain when they lived in Belgium

... then we piled all the stuff from upstairs on it. She wasn't done anyway.

 We unpacked a bunch of things called "ornaments" to go on the trees (in the HOUSE -- there are trees in the HOUSE!!!). One of the more interesting ones was a crown. It's called a Chrismon crown and our grandma made it.  It will go in a place of honor once we trim the trees, as they say, but for now ... oh, Cammie?!?!

"I actually don't mind this one..."

It does seem fitting, doesn't it?  For the record, I was rather ... uncooperative about posing with the crown on my head.  Hey.  I was named after a Prime Minister, for crying out loud!  Why would I want a crown?!?

Anyway, the Christmas fun has sure started at our house!  And since it would appear we are iced in still today, the games will continue!  How about all of you?  Are you helping decorate yet?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher


  1. I keep hearing momma say things like, "Well since you are here Buddy I guess I have to get out the decorations." Seems for most of her adult life she did not do this decorate thing. Then she said about 3 years ago the nice citizens of Blogville kept after her to do it for my brother Goose. I can't wait! I already have some Christmas cards that have come for ME!!!! I think this will be my bestest Christmas ever. Keep warm beautiful girls.

  2. Ice outside is no fun. At least you still have power. We haven't started decorating yet but it is coming soon. You sure had fun helping your mom with all those things.

  3. OH MY Cats you mom has the most fun and interesting things for you all to do on an icy day. We love all your decorations and your snout posing is impressive.
    Mine is too short for such posing..(thank goodness). Your grandma was most talented. We look forward to the next installment
    Hugs madi your bfff and mom
    PS here is hoping the icy mess warms up by the time it reaches us.

  4. you know we love you, Maggie, but we've gotta say we've missed seeing your family's Christmas decorations these last coupla years :) They are all so beautiful! It is nice you can break them out now. hmmm...maybe that was a poor choice of words...
    our mom may need to hang our little tree and decorations from the ceiling on account of the Three Terrors here, mol
    Stay safe with all of that ice. YoW! hope you all thaw soon!

    pip, smidgen, minnie, hollie

  5. What a perfect way to spend an icy day!! Cammie you look perfect in that crown!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  6. Decorating for Christmas is a wonderful way to spend the day when it's not so nice outside!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  7. Lmbo, mommmm quit hanging your decor on the girls! Hahahaha

  8. that is one thing we do not miss at all - is the ice storms - you make sure your peeps and yourselves are careful when you go out in that. Best stay inside and have fun decorating

  9. All of our trees are iced over and look so pretty. Some of the roads have been very slick and sadly there have been some tragic accidents. But like you, we have been house bound. Mom did a lot of decorating over the past few days too. We have spotted some very interesting stuffies on the fireplace hearth - we are waiting for the right moment to get "acquainted".

    Cammie, you wear that crown very well.

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

  10. You really are wearing that crown well. It suits you! There are no signs of decorations here but we have received a few cards already!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  11. That's a LOT of ice! I hope you and Camo are still able to enjoy YOUR day today. It's SIBEr Monday, after all!

  12. That's a LOT of ice! I hope you and Camo are still able to enjoy YOUR day today. It's SIBEr Monday, after all!