Monday, July 31, 2017

It's My Birthday!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie, and guess what?!?!  Today, my sisters and I turn FOUR years old!!!

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"Happy birthday to my sisters!!!"

That's right!  Four years ago today, my biological mama, Bebe (Dancing Winds Polargold Legacy) gave birth to me and my sisters!!!

After my walk, I'm going to be doing lots of my favorite things - like not posing with Cam:


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"Girls?  Mags? CamCam?  Hello?"
"Don't look at her, Cam!"
"I'm on it!"

And some time with my "under supervision only" toys:

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"How about your Planet Dog toy?"
"Awesome choice, Mom!"

I must say, that toy is holding up quite well!

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"How about a pose from the birthday girl?"
"Since you asked so nicely..."

I hear there are a couple new toys that Mom snuck into the house somehow!  Cam and I will try them out this afternoon, then I'll report back on them tomorrow!

Hopefully, Mom will let me help with the vacuuming ...

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"Let's fire this baby up, Mom!"

... then it will be time for a nice nap and snuggling session with my Cammie.

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"No... plenty of room, Cam.  I can squeeze in here."
"OK.  I won't move over, then."

Oh!  Speaking of napping and stuff!  I came up with a new "Stretch-N-Snooze" pose over the weekend!  Check it out:

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"And ... stretch and zzz ... "

Pretty cool, huh?

We'll most likely cap things off with some TV.  Here's a scene from the other night, while I watched The Tunnel:

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"Huh?  'Good news for BB'?  Oh.  Oh, right.  'BB', not 'Bebe'.
I thought he meant my biological mama for a minute there!"

Well, he could have meant my bio-mama Bebe, the way this show is packed full of twists and turns!

Anyway, it's a great day here at Ao4 Headquarters!  Please help me and my sisters celebrate being FOUR by doing lots of your favorite things!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cam.  Remember a couple days ago when Maggie told you that I saw FOUR bunnies in our backyard a while ago?  Well, it's true.  And I was still a very good girl about posing.  More or less.  I mean, we have some nice photos from the outing, so I must have been good!  I thought I'd share a couple of those photos with you today for Serene Scenery Sunday.

Here I am, checking out our Wildflower Garden:

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"BUNNY!!!"

You can't see it in the photo, as it hopped away very fast, but one of those baby buns was in the Wildflower Garden!  I'm pretty sure he was eating some of Mom's plants.

Here I am, up on the top tier of the yard, surveying our yard:

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"Ah, such serenity!"

Mom came around to get a nice portrait shot when I saw bunny number two or three.  Oddly, there is no photo for me to share with you of that.  The very next shot seems to be me down by the Crape Myrtle:

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"And stop eating my mom's plants!"

Note my leash is being held again at that point.  Oh well.  Makes for a pretty shot, though, doesn't it?!?

Have a serene Sunday, everyone!

Cammie!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Umm...

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cam.  Umm ...

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"She's right behind me, isn't she?"
"Hello, Cam-o."

Have a great Saturday, everyone!

Cammie!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Garden Posing

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie, here with some garden poses!  OH, I know.  Cam is the ACE of garden posing, but really!  She's not the only one who can go out there and strike lovely poses!  Check this out:

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Me.  Polargold's Margaret Thatcher

See?  Mighty good, don't you think?  And Mom wasn't even holding my leash.  And NO, I did not try to jump off that retaining wall.

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"How could you even think that?!?"

Seriously.  Some of you have no faith in me whatsoever.  (... I'll include my mom in there.)

Anyway, I was doing so well, posing so very wonderfully, that we went down a tier and I struck a pose on that retaining wall.

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Me, being a Very. Good. Girl

I think that shot is right up there with the one Mom got of Cam a bit ago right in that very spot!

Just down from there are some of our Rose of Sharon bushes. They're on the bottom tier, but you can enjoy the blooms from this retaining wall. Let me show you!

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"Oh, nice!"

I have no idea why my mom decided to start holding onto my leash like that!  No idea whatsoev--

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"HEY!  ANYBODY HOME?!?"

Oh. Did I mention that last week Cam saw FOUR baby bunnies in that area?  FOUR.  And that our new neighbors' kit-cat got out and decided to come over and nap under that bush?  Yeah.  You understand - I couldn't help myself.  Not that I'd hurt anything, especially since Mom seems to be wise to my ways and pre-leashes me.

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"Yeah, yeah.  'On lead.'  I get it, Mom."

I DID give Mom some nice garden poses ... but then ... well, come on.  I have a reputation to maintain!  All work and no play makes for a dull Mags, right?!?  Good times.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tower of Power

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Some of you were wondering what I was up to in yesterday's Wordless Wednesday post, so I thought I'd let you know what Mom and I were up to!  We were having a little one-on-one time, playing one of our favorite games -- Toy Tower!  It's a game where Mom takes a bunch of my toys and builds a tower while I wait ever so patiently ... then I knock it over.  It's great fun!  It goes something like this:

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"Ready, Mom?"
"Go for it, Maggie!"
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"Hey, look!  How did that happen!?"

It is so seriously fun!  We played several rounds!

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"Can we go again?"

Side note - my GoughNuts toy makes a great chin-pillow!

OK - back to the action!

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"Wowzers!  Look at that - a partial tower knock down!"

It was really cool!  And look at how that ball is balancing!  It gave me an idea!

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"Check this out!   I can balance the ball, too!"

As you can tell by my ears, it took great concentration to do that!  Unfortunately, it gave Mom one of those crazy ideas she gets.  The things I put up with around here ...

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"Yeah.  Funny, Mom.  Fun-ny."

Yeah, so even with that "GoughNuts on My Head" pose tossed in, it was a super fun Toy Tower session!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Who's A Good Girl?

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  It was hot again yesterday (something about "Summer", "Kansas", "thank God for air conditioning"... I'm not sure) so Mom resorted to indoor games.  Again.  Now, even though I had a good coat-blowing/Fur-nado-making session a couple of weeks ago with Mom and the Master Blaster, I still have to get brushed a lot.  Mom tries to do a little bit every day.

Since it was too hot to do the brushing outside, Mom did a little bit in the living room yesterday.  Afterwards, Mom asked, "Who's a good girl?" and I struck this pose:

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"Who IS a good girl?!?"

THEN she said that I am a good girl!  ME!  It was so cool!  I even got a treat!

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"Just for that, I'm going to help clean this mess up, Mom!"

It was awesome!  And I must admit, I rather enjoyed the brushing session.  I mean, I'm no Cammie -- I'm not going to fall asleep while Mom brushes me, but it was rather relaxing!  I thought since she gave me a treat, I should pitch in and help clean up.  It's only fair - right?  Like a treat for Mom.

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"Mom?  Could you move, please?"

Do you ever help out with the vacuuming?  I just love it!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, July 24, 2017

Keep Them Guessing

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  Like many of you, we've been dealing with temps way over 100 degrees, with heat indexes in the 120s.  Hot.  Very hot, you could say.  We exercise early, then enjoy indoor activities for the rest of the day.  Of course, we do need to go outside to "use the yard".  Cam goes on the nearest patch of grass, then turns to come right back into the air-conditioning.  Me?  I like to do this:

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"Mags?  Let's go! Ready to come in?"
"Nah, I'll just sit here for a bit."

What can I say?  I like to keep them guessing.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Serene Scenery Sunday?

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie, here with this photo for you today:

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Me, watching intently!

I know. You're wondering, "Birdies? Bunny? Kit-cat?" Even better. My very favorite neighbor Tao is replacing his mailbox. I offered to help, but he seems to think he can do it without me and Mom didn't want me sitting in his driveway, watching. Fine. But I'm not giving up.  I'll stay right here and supervise from here.  You know -- in the air-conditioning.  It's hot out there!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beat The Heat

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  Yesterday, I took a very early morning walk to get out there before it got way too hot.  To burn more energy later in the day, Mom and I played indoor Siberian Rules Fetch with my Squeaky Red Football. Here's one of the times I ran off with the Squeaky Red Football and tried to destroy it:

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"You're going down, Squeaky Red!"

It's a great way to beat the heat!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, July 21, 2017

Photo Finish Friday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  The other day, Mom wanted Cam and me to do some porch posing for her.  This is pretty much the best we gave her:

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"Hey.  I see someone across the street!"
"Is it the new neighbors?"

Sadly, it wasn't the new neighbors, nor did Mom have treats.  It is a nice shot of the Sweet Potato Vine and all the other stuff in the porch pots, though!

Stay cool, everyone.  It's beastly-hot out there!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

YAY!

Hello, everyone! It's me, Cam. So there Maggie and I were last night, just relaxing before dinner, when I heard Mom start slicing up a ...

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"CANTALOUPE!"
"CANTALOUPE!"

Quite possibly my very favorite food in all the lands.  And this one is a real beauty, too.  We were more than happy to do a quick taste-test for Mom, to make sure it was OK.

Mmm.... CANTALOUPE!!!!!!  Do you have a favorite food, too?

Cammie!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

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Cam and Mags

PS:  Mom says thanks for the kind words on yesterday's post.  This was for the thumb on the non-broken wrist side, to clear up any confusion.  She really knows how to fall!

PS again:  Burgers!!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Road Trip!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cam.  Yesterday morning, we all got up and moving before the crack of dawn.  Maggie and I wondered what was going on, but seeing as how we did get breakfast, I wasn't too concerned.  We all loaded up into the HR-V, and hit the road.

We had been going for a couple of hours (with a rest stop for us girls tossed in) when ...

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"Did you forget your camera, Mom?"
"Hey ... this isn't the way to Quivira!"

It was very odd.  We started going the Quivira way, then headed toward a city.  Hmm.  Eventually, we pulled into the parking lot by a bunch of huge buildings, got to walk around the grassy areas a little, and had some water.  Then Maggie and I got back into the HR-V with Dad, cranked up the air conditioning, and just hung out.  For quite a while.

Meanwhile, Mom had gone into one of the buildings and stared at this for a couple hours:

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"Zzz..."

There were also a bunch of people who came and went and bent her thumb all around and looked at the x-rays and MRI they had taken at Fort Riley and then someone called "the specialist" said the words Mom was hoping to hear - "no surgery needed".  YAY!

Remember the fall Mom took back in March?  In addition to everything else, she also did some damage to the ligaments in her left thumb.  The orthopedic surgeon she had been seeing at Ft. Riley wanted her to see another orthopedic surgeon with more specialization in injuries to the hand/wrist, and gave her a referral to a guy in Wichita.  That's where we went!  (And we girls only went because Mom and Dad didn't know how long it would take and as is, it was shorter than they thought but we were gone almost 8 hours.)

Anyway, we celebrated the good news by going to a magical place called Spangles afterwards!

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"I smell burgers!"
"I smell chick-hen!!"

It was totally worth the trip!  Maggie and I got a bite of Mom's burger!  It was the tastiest burger we've ever had!

And don't worry, Maggie and I are continuing to take good care of our mom.

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"Don't do anything we wouldn't do, Mom."
"Hey, Mom. Looks like you're only up by one in the Opposable Thumbs Game now."

Mom is relieved and we all hope that this will allow her ligaments to heal up - it's just going to take time.  And patience.

Some of you have been asking about Mom's recovery, so that's why we shared this.  Everything else is going splendidly.  We appreciate you asking very much.

Have a great day, everyone!  And stay cool!

Cammie!

PS:  Did I mention we stopped for burgers??????

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday

Greetings to all! It's me, Maggie.  It's Monday morning, and you know what that means, right?

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"You DO know what this means, don't you?"

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"Keep it down, Mags; I'm working."
"Thaaaaaaaaat's right.  Nap time."

Seriously. We've got a schedule to maintain here.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  This week, for Serene Scenery Sunday, Cam and I thought we'd show you around our gardens to see what's in bloom.

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"Someone other than us needs to walk around and take some garden shots. Mom."
"Yeah. It's getting hot.  Time for us Sibes to head inside."
"No problem, girls."

She's not a Northern Breed like us; she'll be fine.

This is going to be photo-heavy, so I'll keep the chit-chat to a minimum!  Let's start in the gardens out back!

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Beth Coneflower in the Friendship Garden
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Day Lilies
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Butterfly Weed in the Wildflower Garden
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Moonshine Yarrow in the Wildflower Garden
Let's look at what's blooming on the south side of the house!

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Hummingbird Mint on the lowest side tier; it's over 3 feet high now!
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Blackberry Lily in the Butterfly Garden
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PowWow Wild Berry Coneflowers in the Butterfly Garden
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Common Milkweed in the Butterfly Garden

The Monarch Butterflies are going to LOVE that milkweed!  It's over 4 feet tall and is ready to burst into blooms!

Now let's look around at the street-level bloomers!

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Fire and Ice Hosta in bloom
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Sorbet Lantana by the mailbox, mixed in with Silver Mound
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Begonia on the front porch
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Another Begonia on the front porch

I like the curly-cues in the center of that one!

One of my favorite pots of posies is right by the garage.  I check on it just about every time I go outside.

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"Ha roo, Petunias!"

I'm pretty sure those flowers are doing so well because of my encouragement!

We hope our garden tour helped make you feel nice and serene!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher