Saturday, January 20, 2018

Deck Pose

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.  It was so warm yesterday that all the snow melted off our deck.  That's the bad news.  The good news is that Mom, Maggie, and I got to enjoy some time out there!

After Mags and I played and snoofed around, we posed like this:

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"It would have been better if the snow was still here!"
"Who took my snow?"

It's warm again today, but fortunately they're calling for snow Sunday night.  

Cammie!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Warm Up!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Yesterday, our temps started to warm up - we even got above freezing for the first time in a long, long time.  To "celebrate", we went for a longer all-family walk!

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"Remind me again why Mom and Dad think it's good that it's warming up?"
"They aren't Siberians, Maggie."

Sometimes we forget that.  And not that we wanted to spend a great deal of time outside when it was 25 or 30 degrees below zero - I sure didn't - but we are better equipped to handle the cold than Mom and Dad.
 
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"Look, Maggie!  There's still plenty of snow to walk in over here!"
"There's ice up ahead on the path -- I'm zeroing in on that!"

It was great to get out for a longer walk.  We're supposed to keep on this warming trend for a couple days -- I predict some great walks over the weekend!  Do you have any plans?

Cammie!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

How Did She Know?

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  The other day, Mom ran downstairs to get something - and closed the door behind her.  I have no idea how, but she knew I was waiting for her at the top of the stairs!

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"Hi, Mags!"
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"Mom?  But ... How ..."

How did she know?!?!  Amazing.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Snow Posing

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.  The other day, after our snowfall, it was important for Maggie and I to go out and inspect things, maybe do a little posing for Mom.  We thought we'd share a few of those pix with you today.

First, we inspected the job Dad did, clearing the snow off our driveway and sidewalk:

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"Nice, safe footing!"
"Excellent job, Dad!"

Then Mags and I thought we should do some exploring in our yard.

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"Hey, Cam, look!  I have a snow nose!  Ha roo roo roo!"

While Maggie snoofed a bit, I struck a pose by the pines:

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My regal, serious look

Mom thought it would be nice to get a shot of us girls in front of the ornamental grasses.  By then, not only were we getting a bit ... bored, but some of the other neighbors were out clearing snow.  This is the best Mom got:

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"Hey, look!  Neighbors!  Let's stare at them!!!"
"Never mind them; Mom's got treats!"

She had been holding out on us this whole time - can you believe that?!?

Anyway, a little more snow fell last night, which is the good news.  The not-so-good news is that our windchills are supposed to be between -10 and -25 degrees Fahrenheit (the -23 - -32 degrees Celsius range).  That means Mom and Dad don't seem to want to be outside much for some reason.  Time for some indoor games!

Cammie!

Monday, January 15, 2018

The Best Snow Day!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Yesterday, we had the BEST snow day ever!  It started with fresh snow!

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"No ice this time, either!"
"Except for what's underneath."

Cam and I were so happy, we did LOTS and LOTS of zoomies when we got inside.

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"That was awesome!  Oh.  And Cam started it!"
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"Wait just a minute, Peeper!  I did not!"
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"Yeah, right.  Does this look like the face of an instigator?"
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"Not touching that one, Mags."

Yeah ... whatever.

Cam suggested we act all cute and innocent for a while, so we did this:

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"Zzz..."
"Zzz..."

Then Dad said they plowed the streets but didn't put chemicals all over them this time!  That meant that where people didn't shovel sidewalks, we could walk in the street without hurting our feety-feet! AWESOME!  So... we did this:

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"The City people even plowed our trail!"
"This is so great!!!"

And then ... things got even BETTER!  Check out what came for me!

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"I have no words!"

Mom and Dad know I've been wanting one.  I admit - I got a bit choked up!

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"I, Polargold's Margaret Thatcher, declare this the BEST SNOW DAY EVER!!!"

It really was!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Serene Scenery Sunday: The Indoor Version

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  For this week's dose of serenity, why not pop some popcorn, grab a nice bowl of water, and kick back with a relaxing movie?!!?  Ready?  Let's roll it!


To view on YouTube, please click here!

Do you feel more serene now? We sure do!

Cammie!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Closest Thing

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Under here.

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"Hey."

Under the chair is the closest thing I have to a box right now.

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"I LOVE BOXES!!!"

Don't you think Mom or Dad need to order something really big so I get a new box?  Honestly.  Or stop throwing away my boxes!!!  Until then, I'll make do with under this chair.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, January 12, 2018

Just Veggin' Out

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.  Yesterday, we awoke to this:

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"Wowzers, Cam!  It's a blizzard!"
"Oh, my!"

Let me move closer to the door and get a better shot:

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The view out the front door

The wind was howling and the snow was falling!  Where you see dark patches on the road and sidewalk?  That's ice.  And the yard flag was frozen in place.  Actually it still is.  Anyway ...

Being the rough, rugged, outdoorsy Siberians that we are, this is what Maggie and I decided to do:

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"Nothing to see here, folks."
"What?"

Just kidding. I mean, we took Mom and Dad out to the yard for a bit, but that was it. Too much ice -- it just wasn't safe. Plus the sub-zero degree windchills and all. And the "near blizzard conditions". Anyway, we thought we should just veg out.  Here's a short film of us (mostly Maggie) doing just that.  You know.  Vegging out.


To view on YouTube, please click here.

Get it?  "Vegging out" -- and we have our eggplant and artichoke?!?

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"Maggie made me say that.  I'm usually the straight man."
"I did not, Mom did."
"Oh, come on!  It's funny!  ... isn't it?  Girls?  Girls?  Readers?!?!"

See what I put up with around here!?

Stay warm and safe everyone!  And remember, if it's too nasty out there, stay inside and veg out.  (Happy now, Mom?)

Cammie!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Getting Our Veggies

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  It's very important to eat right, as you all know - so Maggie and I are making a point to get enough vegetables.  Yesterday afternoon, we got to work!

I went for some eggplant ...

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Me and an eggplant

... and Mags felt like having an artichoke:

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"How's that eggplant coming along, Cam?"

I love the eggplant!  Would you like to see me in action? Here's a very short film:


To watch on YouTube, please click here.

Like you, I was a bit concerned after we'd been chomping for a while.

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"I wonder how Maggie's artichoke is holding up?"

Mom was watching us very carefully, as this is quite fresh produce.  After a good 15-20 minutes, this is how the artichoke looked:

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"Good as new, everybody!"

These are some mighty tough veggies!  

Cammie!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Don't Get The Wrong Idea!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  After reading the post Cam put up yesterday, I didn't want anyone to get the wrong idea about what we do when we go out for some backyard fun time!  I dug up some pix from a brighter day, when Mom was able to get some better shots of what we really do other than pose!

When we get to the backyard, Mom shuts the gate behind us, we walk down the path all calm-like, luring her into this "Oh, look at how good the girls are being" thing, and then ...

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"Let's go, Mags!"
"You're on!"

Oh, I know!  You probably thought I'd be the one to start the Crazed River Otter Games, right?  No.  Cam has totally been into CROG lately!  It's awesome!

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"URMPH!"
"Gotcha!"

I was able to slip free and do a counter-attack!

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"BOOM!"
"Urghhh!"

We both did some quick spin-moves, then ...

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"How 'bout another round of CROG?"
"Do you even have to ask?!!?"

After that, we were good for some posing!

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"Ah!  That was fun!"
"The best, Cam!"

Just didn't want anyone to get the wrong idea!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, January 08, 2018

Backyard Posing

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  I had such a nice birthday yesterday - thank you so much for all the good wishes!  I hope you all were given extra treats!

One of the fun things I did was go out back with Maggie and Mom for some frolicking and posing!  Oddly enough, none of the action shots came out very good (we are SUPER fast!) but we did some nice poses, so I thought I'd share those with you!

Our first pose was at the south end of the yard, on the brick path.

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"How's this, Mom?"
"Yeah.  How's this?  Anything to oblige."
"Perfect, girls!"

After a few shots, Mom said, "OK!" and we ran down the path to her:

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"Here I come, Mom!"
"Wait for me!"
"Pup pup puppies!!!"

There may have been tiny treats involved.

Then we posed in the middle of the yard:

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Me and Maggie 

We moved over to the limestone retaining wall for a quick shot ...

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"I'm thinking profound thoughts, Cam."
"I'm thinking about the treats in Mom's hand..."

... then as we were walking around a bit, a BUNNY THE SIZE OF A SMALL HORSE ran RIGHT in front of us!!! (We've mentioned him before!)

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"Holy jackrabbits, Cam!  Look at the size of that thing!"
"BUNNY!!!!!"
"Run, bun!  Run!!!"

No photo of the intruder - Mom was a little late on the trigger there - but you can imagine it. Oh. And it might explain why we're either on-lead or trailing leads even in our fenced-in yard. Mom doesn't want us to hurt the bunnies or anything else that might think OUR yard is theirs. Whatever.

Mom asked us to pose on the pathway by the gate, but we came up with posing on the limestone.

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"That bun isn't still there, is he?"
"No.  He's hiding in Tao's honeysuckle.  Mom still has treats."
"Mags?"
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"Oh.  Right.  How's this?"
"Money shot, Mom!"

We had a lot of fun out there!  And even if we couldn't chase him, it was exciting seeing the bunny!

Cammie!

Sunday, January 07, 2018

It's Our Birthday!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Guess who turns 10 today?!?  YES -- my sisters Drew, Lucy, and me!!!  It's our birthday!

So far, I've had a very fun day!  Mom sang the birthday song to me while Maggie and I had breakfast, then after our tummies settled, we went on a very fun all-family walk!

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"Isn't this nice?!?"
"Yes!  I love our family walks!"

Mom asked me to pose by some pine trees -- here's the best of those:

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Me!  D'Azul's Girl From Ipanema!

As you can see, I was the very essence of a calm 10-year-old. Until ...

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"Let's play, Mags!!!"
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"YEAH!  Crazed River Otters, Cam!"
"Ha woooo!"
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"You've got some crazy-fast moves, Cam!"
"Can't get me!!!"
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"Wow, that was fun!"

Mom apologizes for the pix of Crazed River Otter Games being all blurry, but it was sort of a dark morning and we were SUPER fast!

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"Happy birthday, Cam!"
"Thanks, Maggie!  This is the best 10th birthday I've ever had!"

When we got home, we got to splash in some warm water (something about cleaning any residual road chemicals off our paws ... I just know it felt really nice on my feety-feet!) then broke open a brand new bag of treats!  What a great day so far!  I hope my sisters are having a good celebration, too!

Please do something super fun to help us celebrate today!

Cammie!