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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Beautiful Day!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Yesterday was just a beautiful day!  We're getting warmer, more Spring-like temps, which means longer walks for us girls!  After our walk, we did the normal stuff throughout the day - played, napped, played with toys, ran around like Crazed River Otters -- the basics.  In the late afternoon, it was so nice and sunny out on our deck, that Mom said we should all go out there and relax for a while!

The squirrels were chatting away, the birds were tweeting their love songs, and ...

"Ha roooooo!"
"Ha woooooo!"

... we Siberians were singing the songs of our people!

What a BEAUTIFUL day!!  We hope your days are just as lovely!


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Shark Cage

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  You know, Cam and I have really been enjoying having 10 Downing Street transformed into a shark cage!  We love to race down the stairs, then Cam dives into the cage, and I do a shark attack.  It's great fun.  Then we take a break.

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

Oh.  Except that sometimes ...

"Thaaaaaat's right.  The shark has taken over the shark cage!"
"I've got to learn how to shut that door!"

What can I say?  We both like being able to "den" in there!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, March 18, 2019


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

"I have a question for you."
"Does this photo make my feety-feet look big?"
"No, really.  Be honest.  It does - right?"

I mean really!  It's just that the angle makes my feet look big -- and everything gets a bit exaggerated.  It's not like I need my snowshoes and nails trimmed, it's just the weird perspective of that shot.  Right?

I will not accept defeat in this matter.  Or de-feet, either.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags, here with Serene Scenery Sunday!  This week, it's all about the walks we took.  The following pix are from different walks on different days - we covered a lot of different, fun routes!

We went up some cool hills:

"I wonder what's beyond the crest of the hill!"
"Maybe something exciting!"

We walked beside calming meadows:

"I feel very serene, Maggie!"
"So do I!  It's so peaceful!"

We ventured into the woods:

"Lions and tigers and bears!"
"Oh, MY!"

No lions, tigers, or bears, but we DID see a coyote - but not in the woods. He was right in one of the neighborhoods! They are beautiful, but like all wild animals, we need to keep a safe distance between us and them.  We also saw a very large orange and white cat in a tree.

Here we are in one of the neighborhoods:

"We haven't gotten to go this way in a long time, Cam!"
"I know!  The slight warm-up isn't all bad, if it means longer walks!

We even walked all the way to CiCo Park this morning!

"This is so awesome!"
"This is so much fun - and look at that beautiful blue sky!!"

Unfortunately, the pop stand was closed:

"Let's blow this pop stand, Cam!  We can get some nice, cold water when we get home."
"Too bad - I really wanted a cherry soda!  Or grape!!"

We posed on some limestone chunks by one of the entrances to Hudson Trail:

Cam and me, being good girls!

That leg of the trail was incredibly muddy. Sadly for us, Mom and Dad decided we shouldn't venture down there. They have an entirely different concept of serene than we do.

Anyway - what a week full of fun walks!  Thanks for coming with us!  Cam and I hope you have a serene Sunday!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Blowing In The Wind

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  As you know, we've had some mighty Kansas-y days here lately. Very windy and wild.  This has made our walks even more enjoyable, as you can imagine!

There we were the other morning ...

"Anything exciting up here, Cam?"
"Only an over-turned soccer goal."

There was stuff flying all over the place!

When we got to my favorite hill to go up ...


Can you see the wind blowing my fur on the back of my head?  That same wind was over-turning trash bins and blowing garbage all over the place!

"If we hurry, we can catch up with the trash truck!"
"Come on, Mom!  Step it up!"

It made for a very interesting walk!  I hope you're enjoying some Spring weather, too!  Have a happy weekend!


Friday, March 15, 2019

Photo Finish Friday - Kansas Skies

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  You may have heard about the wild weather we've had over the last few days here in the MidWest.  Here at Ao4 Headquarters, we had 30-35mph winds, with 50mph or more gusts.  Pretty wild stuff.  Or as we say, "Very Kansas-y."

Here I am, checking things out:

"Wow, is that ever--COW!--beautiful!"

Sorry.  I thought I saw a cow blow by.

Here's a shot Mom took off the deck:

Ah, Kansas!

It was pretty crazy, but ... very beautiful!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, March 14, 2019


Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.  The other day, Maggie and I were involved in a very important meeting ...

"And then we should nap for a while, and then ..."
"Umm ... girls?"
"We're kind of in the middle of something here, Mom."

Apparently, she wanted us to move.

"Is she gone yet, Maggie?"
"Not yet ... we can wait her out."

Something about wanting to vacuum the living room or something.  I'm not sure.  She came back later - she could see how busy we were!


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Shark Attack!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Is it Shark Week?  No, it's too early for that, isn't it?  I don't mean to alarm anyone, but I've had a sighting already!

Long-time readers of the Ao4 Digest know that we have a bit of a history of sharks here in our corner of the world.  It seems the Great (Red and) White frequents our area.  Hopefully, this link will take you to previous reports; if not, please enter the word shark in our search engine and you'll get there.

Anyway, Mom and Dad moved our carrier (AKA 10 Downing Street) downstairs into the Studio.  We went down to check it out yesterday.  Since the door was open, I went in to have a little snooze while Mom did her quilt-y things.  But SUDDENLY ...

"Oooh, this looks ni---"

It's like I had been lowered down in one of those shark cages -- only someone left the door open!

"Just when I thought it was safe to go back into the Studio ..."
"You're going to need a bigger carrier.  Ha roo roo roo!"
"There's no hiding from the Great (Red and) White!"

Hmm.  Fortunately for me, the Great (Red and) White had just eaten lunch and was almost as ready as I was to settle in for a little nap.

"Just let me catch a few Zs, then it's back to the shark attack."
"I really need to figure out how to shut the door on this shark cage."

Thankfully, the shark moved off to hunt in other waters after her nap.  I think I'm going to like having the shark cage down there.  I mean "10 Downing Street".  I mean ... you get the picture.


Monday, March 11, 2019

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  Is anyone else struggling with this time change thing?  I mean, one minute I'm fine ...

"It's like those guys in Chicago sang, 'Does anybody really know what time it is?'"

... and the next, I'm all like:

"Can't ... keep ... my ... peepers open ..."

I asked Cam what to do about it ...

"Cam ... I'm struggling here ..."
"Just give in to it, Maggie.  By the way, dinner will be early now!"

Oh.  Well, that's a definite positive!  Is anyone else struggling with the time change?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  This week, for Serene Scenery Sunday, Cam and I thought we'd take you along on our morning walk.  We went on one of our favorite parts of the Hudson Trail.  Mom said we should get close together, so she could get a good shot of us.

"Huddle up, Cam-a-roo!"
"I'm not she meant this close, Mags."
"I just don't want to be accused of not being accommodating."
"I think we deserve treats."

Thanks for coming with us!  We hope you're all having a wonderful Sunday!  Keep it serene!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Rainy Day Plans

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  We have a warmer day today, so rather than getting more nice, fluffy snow, we have rain.  That's OK, though, because with that, we have lots of mud and puddles.  I love a good puddle!  Unfortunately, that means that after our walk this morning, I had to get a shower and a blow-dry.  Now that that's over with, I plan to do some of this:

"Oh, yeah, Mom.  A little to the right.  No, MY right.  Yes.  Right there!"
"Got it, Cam!"

Maybe a lot of that.

What are your plans today?


Friday, March 08, 2019

Snuggle Time

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cam.  So, I was just hanging out on our bed in the breakfast room, when Maggie came in and -- well, let me show you.

"Is she cute, or what?!?"
"Zzz ..."

Yep.  Just snuggled on in.  I wasn't planning to nap myself, but ...

"Zzz ..."

... her sleepiness is contagious!

If anyone would like to join us ...

"I'll just move over a bit closer to the windows ..."
"Zzz ..."

... there's still plenty of room on our bed!


Thursday, March 07, 2019

A Little Help Here!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  As many of you so insightfully deduced yesterday, I was playing with my Eggplant, when suddenly it was empty!

"Mom?  A little help here?"

I looked over at Maggie, and she had a similar predicament!

"My Artichoke is empty, too!  I can't believe this!"

Oh, sure.  Mom "claims" that she had already put treats in them and that we already ate them, but STILL!


Please send help.  Thanks in advance!


Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Putting My Foot Down

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  Even the most pleasant, easy-going girl has to put her foot down occasionally.

"Excuse me.  I don't think you're quite done rubbing my belly."
"  Sorry, Cammie!  I'm on it! "

She forced my hand. Err ... paw.


Monday, March 04, 2019

Drifting Off

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  As Cam told you yesterday, we got hit with more snow and some windchills in the teens-below-zero.  How delightful!

As windy as it was, we had a lot of drifting, and sadly, open areas like our front yard don't have very deep snow.


I'm not sure where it drifted off to, but I'd like it back.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

PS:  The views expressed by the Siberians on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of the bipeds who reside at Ao4 Headquarters.

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  It's here!  Our latest bunch of snow and frigid temps - about 5-6 inches of snow, with lots of fluffy drifts, and the last time we were out, the windchill was -17℉ (-27.22℃). For some reason, our mom isn't willing to take off her gloves to snap a couple iPhone pix of us, but here are a few pix from yesterday!

This is doing a little neighborhood patrol:

"See anything unusual, Mags?"
"Not realllll-BIRDIE!"
"Ooh!  Chickadee!  Good one, Maggie!"

Here we are,   on our charging mat  relaxing on our bed:

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

And lastly, here I am, making another weather check:

"Oh, it's coming, alright!  I can feel it!"

Yep, fresh snow and subzero temps -- what a Serene Sunday this is so far!!!  We'll try to get Mom to take a couple photos!


Saturday, March 02, 2019

In Brief

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  As you know, I love a good TV show.  There are some shows, however, that ... well, parts are good and parts aren't that good.

We just finished watching a season of the British legal drama show The Brief.  Here's a summary of my review:

"Oooh!  Trains!"
"Oh, blah blah blah and blah, Henry."

So that's my view of The Brief.  In brief.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, March 01, 2019

Just Checking

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  As Maggie mentioned yesterday, we're expecting another snow storm this weekend.

"I can't smell it yet.  Can you, Mags?"
"Nah ... I can't either.  I think it's supposed to start tomorrow night."

We'll be sure to keep you posted!


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Who's Coming Over?

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  A few of you asked about Cam's photo yesterday - wondering if it was cold and windy out.  A hearty "YES!" to both questions!  Most of the day, our windchill or "real feel" was hovering at about 5℉.  That's -15℃ for our international readers.  And ... it should explain why there haven't been many outdoor pix of us lately.  This weekend, it's supposed to be even colder, with snow.  "How could it get any better?" you might be wondering.  Well, guess what happened yesterday?!?

"Now this is a great-fitting box!!!"

That's right - some nice delivery person left a big box on our doorstep!!!

"No, Mom.  I'm good.  I'll be here a while."

Isn't it a beaut?!?  I think a couple of my kit-cat friends could squeeze in there with me; pups friends and I could take turns.  Who's coming over to do some boxing?!?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, February 27, 2019