Sunday, February 19, 2017

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all! It's me, Maggie, here with Serene Scenery Sunday! This week, Mom and I thought we'd look around our own back yard to see that kind of serenity we could find. Ready to take a look? Let's head out!

"This looks like a serene spot, Mom!"

It was warm and sunny.  I decided to sit and enjoy the moment.

"This is great!  I see some serenity over there, too!"

We headed over to the area under the Purple Ash, by the top gate.  I had a seat ...

"Oh, yeah.  Nice.  I see some serenity over there, too!"

... and soaked it up for a while.  I spotted more serenity and went to check it out.

"Totally feeling it!"

I mean, there was serenity ALL AROUND US!  It was awesome!

"So much serenity ... so much beauty around us!  We are so blessed!"

It was so peaceful out there!

"Feels ... so ... good!!!"

I hope you get out and soak up some serenity today, too!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Support Where Needed

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cam.  The other day, Maggie and I were out on the deck with Mom.  We had already played a good, hearty round of Crazed River Otter Games, so we decided to get down to work.  You know.  Guarding Ao4 Headquarters and all.  I went to my command post and Maggie joined me.

"Anybody out there, Cam?"
"No... all quiet so far."

She decided she should settle in to help me keep watch.

"We'd better keep our eyes peeled, just in case."
"Yep.  You never know when a birdie or a squirrel or something will show!"

It's so good to have Maggie's support like that!

And speaking of support ...

"It's nice that the deck comes with a built-in snooter rest!"

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!


Friday, February 17, 2017

On The Wild Side!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags!  It's been a while, but guess what!??!  Our mom is making us new collars and leashes!  She ordered us new harnesses from our favorite harness people, CTC Dog Gear, then she found webbing that will match them.  They're really wild prints this time!  Take a look:

"Mine will be this icy blue and purple combo!"
"And mine is a multi-colored tie-dye!"

Crazy, huh? We think the new prints are really cool! Our "old" harnesses haven't worn out or anything - they're still good to go. We just were ready for something new!!

Mom hasn't sewn anything in a while, so we made sure to be REALLY helpful in the Studio.

"Cam!  Don't just lay there playing with your Pickle!  Get up and help!"
"This IS helping.  Mom said so."

How can that be helping?  Anyway, since I was done with my Pickle, I thought I should see how Mom was doing.  Her sewing table has all these cool pass-through areas, so ...

"How's it coming, Mom?"

She said she had just finished my collar!

"Check it out, Mags!"

That was enough for Day One.  Yesterday, we went back down and worked on Cam's collar.  Here's an action shot:

Cam's collar being made

Mom had that baby all set in no time!

Cam and I put our new collars on and went outside for a quick pose.  Here we are:

Cam and me!

Pretty colorful, don't you think?!? You'll be able to see the colors better when we're in our new harnesses, once they get here.  In the meantime, we need to help Mom make the leashes!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Quick Clip

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  We've been having unseasonably warm weather lately.  For some reason, Mom is more likely to sit out on the deck with us when it's warm than when it's nice.  You know - like below freezing.  Go figure.  Anyway, the other day, Maggie and I were trying to decide what to do out there ...

"Do you know what I'm thinking?"
"Do you know what I'm thinking?"

We were both thinking the same thing:  Crazed River Otter Games!

"Get ready for some CROG action, Cam!"
"Bring it, Mags!"

We had the whole deck and landing, but we chose to play as close to Mom as possible - to make her feel part of the action.  Here's a quick clip:

Please click here to watch on YouTube.

It was very enjoyable!  I'm pretty sure our mom had as much fun as we did.  It's supposed to be close to 70 today, so I have a feeling we'll get in a bit more outside CROG time!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Day Walk!

Hello, everyone! It's me, Cam. Maggie, Mom, Dad and I had a GREAT walk this morning.  And what could be more appropriate on Valentine's Day than to run into our friend MURPHY!!!

"Murphy!  Ha roo!"
"Happy Valentine's Day, Murphy!"
"Hi, girls!!!"

Running into Murphy inspired us to come up with the following poem:

We are white and reds,
Murphy's eyes are blue.
So is Maggie's left one,
Happy Valentine's Day to you!

Our Valentine, Murphy!

Can you feel the love?  Happy Valentine's Day to all of you, too!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Yeah, But I Made Mom Laugh!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  So, yeah.  Cam showed you how her portrait sitting went yesterday -- is she a supermodel or WHAT?!?  Awesome talent.  But we all bring gifts to the party, right?  They're just ... different gifts!  Anyway ...

I had a photoshoot, too.  I gave Mom this great pose:

"I don't think you really HAVE treats, Mom."

... but she wanted more. Come ON! It was perfect! I sat. I looked at the camera. What more could she want?!?  She said I had that "skeptical look" on my face.  Ha.  "Skeptical"?!?  I'll give her "skeptical"!

"Oh, reeeeeeally?"

That was perfect, wasn't it?  Seriously.  I've been watching Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda, and I think I've got his skeptical look down-pat!

So apparently that wasn't the look Mom was after, so we moved over to another area of the yard.  Fine with me.

"Mmm... that breeze!  I smell ... pancakes!"

That's kind of supermodel-ish, isn't it?  Gazing off into the distance?  Right?  Mom kept shooting.

"Or wait!  Could be waffles..."

Mom said we weren't getting anywhere out front and thought we should try out back on the deck.  She mentioned the lighting might be better out there.

"Does this sunbeam make my snooter look big?"

Yeah.  Once Mom stopped laughing, she said maybe we'd have better luck if Cam got in the shot and showed me how it was done.  Great idea!

"You don't have any treats left, do you?"
"Yeah, this was a great idea.  Here's my imitation of Cam."

I mean - I did my best to study Cam and mimic her look.  That's what Mom wanted, right?  And then the breeze kicked back up and ...

"No, wait.  It IS pancakes!"

That's pretty much how my session ended. After that, Cam and I decided to get in a little Crazed River Otter action. That was WAY better than posing for portraits! So maybe I'm not a supermodel like Cam ... but I did make my mom laugh.  A lot!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Serene Portrait Sunday

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  Today, I thought I'd share some of the more serene portraits Mom took yesterday.  Ready to take a look?

Here I am, out front by some of the grasses:

My "The Neighbors Are Out" Look

Same grasses, but a different angle:

"Hello, readers!"

This is my Demure Look, down in the side yard by the retaining walls and grasses:


And here I am, on the side yard steps, doing my Bored Super Model Look:


Oh. In case you're wondering, since this is Serene Sunday ...

"... I think that's a wrap for now."

... we'd best save Maggie's portraits for tomorrow.

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Portrait Day!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cam.  Mom wanted to do some outdoor portrait work with Maggie and me this morning.  I sat in front of some pretty grasses and did this:

Me!  D'Azul's Girl From Ipanema!

Maggie sat ... but she wasn't sure Mom really had treats.

Mags - Polargold's Margaret Thatcher

You can't blame her for that rather ... questioning look.  Mom can be tricky sometimes!


Friday, February 10, 2017

Pickle? What Pickle?

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cam.  There I was the other day ... Mom gave Maggie and me our Pickles, stuffed with a couple yummy treats, and we had both been enjoying them to the fullest.  Maggie got the treats out of hers first, of course, because she's really good at that.  And then ...

"Cam?  Do you still have stuff in your Pickle?"
"Pickle?  What Pickle?  Do YOU see a Pickle?"

Yeah, that didn't really work.  She saw it under my arm and I let her check it out.  I was done with it anyway, so we launched into zoomies and Crazed River Otter Games.  There is no fooling Maggie!


Thursday, February 09, 2017

Indoor Soccer Arena

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  I still had oodles of energy after yesterday's walk, a Crazed River Otter Games session with Cam, Pickle time, more CROG, zoomies, etc. ... so Mom decided we could turn the living room into an indoor soccer arena.  Awesome!

She shared this photo with her FaceBook friends, with the caption "Indoor soccer with Maggie. There IS no getting the ball past her!":

Mom's foot, my ball, and me!

Lest anyone think she was exaggerating my soccer skills, check these shots out!

"Got it!"

Oh.  Yeah.  You may have noticed I may have found a slight rip in the cover for my ball.

"Ha!  Got it this time!"
"I don't think so, Mom!"

... And that rip appears to be getting bigger.  Crazy, huh?  What can I say?

I don't always depend on grabbing that, though.  I mean, it IS soccer, so ...

"Gonna get it past you this time, Mags!"
"No chance, Mom!"

Gotta be quicker than that to get one past me!

I think the final score was Mom -1, Mags 87.  She got a point subtracted for kicking the ball onto the dining room table.  That's not only out of bounds, but she could have broken something.  Sheesh!  Don't bipeds know to be careful during indoor soccer?!!?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Invitation To Play

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  The other day, Mom let us have some supervised time with our Pickles.  We just love them!  Maggie had finished getting the treats out of hers and came over to see how I was doing with mine.

"How's it going, CamCam?  Are you done?"
"Well ..."

I mean, I was done with my Pickle, but I knew what was coming next, and I wanted to relax for a bit. Oh.  She didn't want my Pickle.  She wanted me.  Here's some footage for your viewing enjoyment.  Please have your speakers on so you can get the full experience of what it's like to be ... invited to play.

To view on YouTube, please click here.

Maggie can be very persuasive!


Monday, February 06, 2017

Deutschland 83

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  The other night, Mom and Dad were watching a spy/intrigue series - Deutschland 83.  It was a pretty cool movie, lots of action, subterfuge, suspense ... and some pretty unlikely things, too, but hey, it's a movie.  Series.  Whatever.

Mom sat on the floor with us for a while, but then moved up to the chair and ottoman with her quilt.  She looked comfy.  I mean COM-FY!

"Mind if I just rest my chin here for a minute?"
"No, Mags, but how can you read the subtitles like that?"

Oh.  Right.  The series is in German.

"It's OK, Mom.  Dies ist gut.  Zzz..."

Like I'd NEED the subtitles.  Please!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags!  Cam and I thought some of the sights and sounds we saw the other day on our morning walk might bring you a bit of serenity.  Ready to take a look?

It was a nice, sunny, cold morning and we decided to take the route that goes past the Kansas Ocean.  Things got most interesting about when we hit the trans-oceanic bridge.

"Cam!  Look on the shoreline!  Gooses!"
"Mmm... gooses!"

They saw us and started honking their horns - I think there was a traffic jam trying to get into the water for some reason!

"Hey, gooses!  Where are you going?"

I'm not sure why they were so anxious to get away from us!


Oh.  Well, yeah.  She may have been thinking that, but she was very calm and quiet.  I was, too -- eventually.  Yes, "eventually".  See ... when they honk and stuff, they sound remarkably like squeaky toys!  So, yes.  I got a tad excited at first, then gained my composure and just looked at them.  Here's a short vid Mom shot on her iPhone:

Please click here to view on YouTube.

See?  Just like squeaky toys -- am I right?!?  Anyway, once I settled down, Mom took this closeup of one of the geese:

Canada Goose

Rather handsome, isn't he?

Cam and I decided to sit and watch them for a while.  I tried my best to feel the serenity.

"Must not think of them as squeaky toys ..."
"Quit squeaking, gooses!  We're trying to be serene here!"

"Much better!  Thanks, Cam!"
"Silly gooses!"

Cam's always got my back!

I hope your day is nice and serene!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher