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Friday, July 19, 2019

Staying Busy

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.  Like so many of you, we are experiencing a heat wave (temps over 100, heat index in the 110s) -- or as we like to call it here in Kansas, Summer.  Anyway, Mom has been helping Maggie and me stay busy.  Take the other afternoon, for example ...

We were hanging out in the living room, looking as innocent as two Siberians can look:

"Mom's coming!  Quick!  Do a cute pose, Mags!"
"I ... wait.  I wasn't ready."
"Awww!  Look at how sweet you look!"

Maggie had just enough time to do a "sit and face the camera".  Whew.  And our reward?  Toy time -- with treats inside!!!

"Oooh!  The orange one!  I haven't played with this in a long time!"
"This one's trying to make a run for it!"

It was fun to play with toys we haven't seen for a while!  


Thursday, July 18, 2019

Being Specific

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  Maggie and I have great communication skills and can be very specific when we want to be.  Take this morning, for example.

"Umm ... girls?  I thought you needed to do something."
"I just said I wanted to go outside."
"Yeah ... I think we were pretty specific, Mom."

We didn't say we needed to do anything. We merely said we wanted to go outside. We had already gone on our walks, but wanted to just check out the scene out front.  That's understandable, isn't it?

Stay cool, friends!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019


Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Some of you might be wondering how Cam and I like the new carpet now that we've had it for a couple weeks.  It's really great to nap on, and to play Pickles on, but as for Crazed River Otter Games (CROG) ... let's look at some product testing, shall we?

"Hey, Cam.  Wanna do some product testing?"
"Do you mean napping?  Playing with our Pickles??"
"I had something a little more action-packed in mind."
"Oh... like some CROG?!?"
"Yeah, that's right!  CROG!  Tag!  You're it!"
"Get ready, Mags!"
"I was born rea----"

Yeah.  So ... it's AWESOME for CROG.  Great traction, lots of padding for when you get taken down, and we don't even leave zoom marks in the carpet!  We give this stuff an A+!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, July 15, 2019

Testing ... Testing!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  Our projected temps for the week are over 100, so even though our plumbers came by and did their scheduled maintenance on our air conditioning, I thought it was important to do some checking of my own.  I started with the vent by the garage door.

"Testing ... testing ... is this thing working right?"

You can see how seriously I take my job!

"Yeah!  It's ON!"

What a relief!

Cam and I will do our best to stay cool - we hope you all do the same!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  This morning, I thought I'd just share a quiet, peaceful scene with you:


Just me beside the Wildflower Garden.

Stay cool, friends, stay hydrated, and keep it serene!


Saturday, July 13, 2019

Selfie Saturday - The Half-Juarez!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  I thought I'd take a selfie after our walk this morning to share with you --

Selfie shot!

The pose is a little something I call the "Half-Juarez" -- named after Champion D'Azul's El Presidente -- Juarez -- my biological father.  He also likes to do the paw tuck! And guess who turned 15 two days ago?!!? Happy belated birthday to my dad and Cam's half-brother!!!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, July 12, 2019

Strike A Pose!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Yesterday, we all went down to Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge to do some birding.  We'll share birdie pix soon; Mom has a lot to go through!  On the way home, we stopped in Ellinwood to do some walking around and for snacks and beverages.  Cam and I struck this pose in the amphitheater:

Me and Cam in E-wood

Isn't the mosaic pretty?!  The amphitheater was built in the 1930s in the art deco style.  You can see a full photo of it in this pic from a year ago (click here).

I'm sure the locals driving by appreciated our pose - what a great trip!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Me To The Rescue!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Sure, hikers in the Alps or wherever are relieved to see a Saint Bernard carrying a flask of brandy ... but here in Kansas, when you're out sweating in the garden, Mom said this is the sight you most want to see:

"Dad?  Time to replace some electrolytes!"

I'm sure Maggie would bring Power Ade to bipeds, too, but she was enjoying an air conditioning vent at the time this photo.  Remember to stay cool and stay hydrated!


Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Tuesday, July 09, 2019


Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  The other day, Maggie and I went downstairs to help our mom in her Studio.  She was engaged in a very tedious, long, irritating process called "ripping out".  It seemed to involve removing 4 very lengthy borders from a quilt she is making.  Mags and I thought she needed a pleasant diversion!

We did our best to entertain her with a round of CROG (Crazed River Otter Games):


Does Maggie look more like she's playing Shark Attack there, or was it just my vantage point?

Mom seemed to enjoy watching us play and even put down her seam ripper (backwards sewing tool).  That's when I made my move.

"Break time, Mom?  I think you know what to do!"
"Wait ... let me get into position!"

She knew exactly what I needed - and I knew it would help her relax, too!

"Oh, yeah, Mom!  Right there!"
"Me next, OK?"
"My sweet, sweet girls!!!"
"This is so wonderful!  Just what I needed!"
"Don't forget about me!"
"Let me put down the iPhone, Mags ..."

Mom set down her phone and did double-duty.  It was so relaxing!  Before we knew it, Maggie and I were totally rejuvenated and ready for Round 2!

"A little more CROG action, Mags?"
"You're on!"
"And ... back to ripping ..."

Mom said we were the perfect diversion and had all of her borders taken off before she knew it!  What can we say?  We are Siberian Huskies and we are a Working Breed!


Monday, July 08, 2019

Monday Morning Meeting

Greetings to all.  It's me, Mags.  I'm here with Cam, trying to lay on some plans for the day.

"It's hot.  What do you want to do today?"
"I dunno ... it's hot.  What do you want to do today?"

Now that we've had our exercise for the day, I think we're just going to be chilling out.  What are you going to do today?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  For Serene Scenery Sunday, I thought I'd take you into our Friendship Garden.


I don't think I need to really add anything. Let's just enjoy the beauty, the peace, and the quiet.

Have a wonderful Sunday,

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Serenity On Saturday

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  On our walk this morning, I found quite the serene spot!  Check it out:

"Oh, this feels SO good!!!!"

A nice, cool sprinkler puddle!  The water was flowing and it splashed on my legs and belly!

"Let's just stand here for a minute before we head up the hill, OK?"

It was so serene!

I hope your day is going just as well!!


Friday, July 05, 2019

Mystery: Solved!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  I hope everyone had a safe and happy Independence Day!  I want you to know that I haven't forgotten about  the mystery  here at Ao4 Headquarters - I've put all the pieces together and have solved it!

Monday morning, I thought things were looking mighty good.


I mean, the whole living room and dining room were EMPTY!  Talk about lots of room for Crazed River Otter Games (CROG)!  It was awesome!  But then the doorbell rang, Mom put me on a leash, and ...

"Hey!  What the fluff is going on out there?!?  And why can't I help?!?"

Anyway, these nice guys we met a while back came and ripped out a bunch of our carpeting!  And the pad!  It was crazy!

Before the end of that day, all the old stuff was gone from those rooms and the stairs, and we had new carpet and padding!

"Well!  This is mighty comfy!  And mystery SOLVED!"

That's right - the mystery was that we were getting new carpeting!  Wow!

While Mom and Dad moved stuff back in, Cam and I acquainted ourselves with the new carpet.  They had picked carpet they thought would not only look nice, but that would stand up well to Siberian Huskies.  Whatever that's supposed to mean.

"Maggie, I really like this!  There's only one way to truly test it out, though ..."

You know where Cam was heading with that - right?

"How about a round of CROG?!?"
"YEAH!  Before Mom and Dad bring all the furniture back in!"

It was crazy-fun!  And we had so much room to play!  Mom and Dad were still moving stuff in, though, and some of it was stuff I didn't really think belonged in the living/dining rooms.  I moseyed on into the bedroom to see what they were doing in there and ...

"What the ..."

Yep.  Apparently we were doing the bedroom, too; the guys would be back the next morning to do that room and the stairs.  Do you know how exhausting it is to watch your parents move stuff all over the house?  Cam and I needed a break!

I chilled out in the kitchen; Cam wasn't quite ready to get off the new carpet yet.

It was cooler in the kitchen, but wow, is that carpet comfy!  Isn't it, Cam?!?

"I give this new carpet the Siberian seal of approval!"

We all are really happy with it; Mom and Dad are even happier that it's DONE.

Mystery:  solved!  

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Independence Day 2019

From all of us here at Ao4 Headquarters to our fellow Americans, Happy Independence Day!!!!

"I think this calls for watermelon!"
"I'm celebrating my independence by not looking at the camera."

Today, we celebrate our freedom as a unified nation. We give thanks to those long ago who envisioned and fought for our land of liberty, and we honor the men and women who still fight to keep America standing strong.

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord." Psalm 33:12

Please celebrate safely - and stay cool!

Cam and Mags

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

The Ottoman Empire

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  Still more crazy stuff going on here at Ao4 Headquarters.  I have made one discovery, though.

"Want to know what it is?"
"OK.  Let me make sure I've got this right ..."
"Yep.  Yep, this is one thing I know for sure."

Ready?  Here it is:  the ottoman is not only comfy, but I look really cute on it.  Not to brag, but if I didn't, I'm sure Mom would have been doing that funny "NoNoMaggieNoNo" thing.

Conclusion thus far:  I otto-be allowed on the ottoman!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

PS:  Still working on the rest of the mystery!

Monday, July 01, 2019

Safety First

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  More craziness here at Ao4 Headquarters - but fear not!  I'm on the job!

"Careful up there, Dad!"

Don't worry - I had the ladder when he was climbing!  You know.  Safety first and all!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Not Very Serene Sunday!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  Over here.

"Is it just me, or is something different around here?"

Oh.  No.  I'm still not allowed on the ottoman.


But back to how strange things feel at Ao4 Headquarters!

"Seriously.  Something is off."
"OK, there's the sound thingie and the Apple TV and Roku do-hickies, then the ..."

I'm the one who needs to remember how to hook it all back up!

Mom said she took photos of all the wiring with her iPhone.  That made me feel a bit better.

"OK, then.  Dad'll be able to figure it all out.  He's almost as good as me with that kinda stuff."

But still ... it just feels different in there right now.

"It seems like something's afoot."
"Hey, I don't watch all those British detective shows for nothing!  I'll have everything figured out in no time!" 

Stay tuned.  It might not be serene, but I love a good mystery and I WILL get to the heart of the matter!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Just A Short One

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  It's been very hot here for the past few days (heat indices over 100℉) so I've only gone on very short morning walks - but then I get to explore the gardens a little bit!  It's shady out there in the morning, so it's not too bad.  Want to take a quick look with me?

Here's how the Bee Garden is shaping up:

"Hello, everyone!"

There were quite a few bees buzzing around the Russian Sage, but I did not try to eat them. Not that anyone around here would.

You can see the Wildflower Garden from up here:

The Wildflower Garden

When the Maximillian Sunflowers bloom -- those tall things -- it's going to be wild!

Just over from them, we have some pretty daisies:

"I love the daisies!"

Here's a close up:

Becky Daisies

OK, it's getting warm, so ...

"That's enough for me!  Let's head inside!"

... let's hit the air conditioning! And remember to get big drinks of water!

Stay cool, everyone!