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Monday, September 23, 2019

Political Speeches!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  As you'll remember from yesterday's post, Cam and I found an old caboose in the park in  the Land of Squirrels    the land of Lincoln  in Illinois.  For me, what with being a Prime Minister and all, it brought to mind the campaigning candidates did, delivering political speeches from the back of the caboose!  Like this:

That's the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and US President Harry Truman in 1946.  Actually, we drove through the area where that photo was taken (Fulton, Missouri; click here for more info) on our way to Illinois!  Anyway ... taking my cue from them ...

"Citizens of Mascoutah, fellow Americans, as your----oh, wait!  What's this?"

I got distracted for a minute.  I thought I smelled a squirrel.  I got back to my speech and ...

"And as your Prime Minister, I promise to stare down every squirrel I ..."
"CAM!  What are you doing?  Weren't you listening?!?"

I mean come on!  I was giving a very important address!

"Maggie -- I smell another squirrel over here!!!"

Well, that was a call to action if I've ever heard one!  I jumped off the caboose and ran over to investigate!  I climbed up onto the train platform and had a look around:

"I see him, Cam!!!  I see him!!!"
"Stare at him, Maggie!  Stare at him hard!"
"I'm on it!!!"

My political speech was forgotten about (though I took up the issues later with Cam), then we did some more exploring in the park.  Cammie said if nothing else, it showed I follow up on my campaign promises.  She's really nice like that!

More to come!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, September 22, 2019


Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  I thought I'd fill you in on more of our trip today.  The early parts of our mornings were filled with as much exercise as Mom and Dad thought we could handle.  Something about "getting someone as tired as possible before going to Grandma's".  For the record, I don't think they meant me.

Anyway, Mom wanted to explore a covered bridge we had passed.  Here's a look:


Unfortunately, there were "PRIVATE PROPERTY" signs all over the place. It's OK; when Mom got close enough, she realized it wasn't an old one anyway.

We had also driven by a reservoir, where Mom and Dad spotted a little walking trail. We drove out there one morning and had a walk around.

"Come on, everyone!  There are ducks on the other side of that bridge!!!"

That's right - ducks!  Oodles of them!  And you know what that means -- duck poop galore!  What a great walk that was!

"Hey ... is this the Trippy Trap Bridge?!?"
"I'm not sure.  Let me check for trolls.  And Billy Goats."

That place was a blast, as far as Mags and I were concerned.  Mom and Dad might not have been so enamored - there's a chance we got muddy, covered in little seedlings, and they seemed to not appreciate all the duck poop.  They thought we could do with some more exercise after that, though, so we drove out to a park Mom had noticed the day before.

The park was nice - sidewalks all over the place and lots of interesting things to explore!  I found an old train car!

"Maggie!  Check it out!  A train!"
"Isn't it cool?"
"Ooh!  It's like a car from Hercule Poirot's Murder On the Orient Express!"

Here's a shot of us with Dad:

Dad, Maggie, and me.  Dad's the tall one!

We also found a caboose nearby!

"What is the caboose doing way over here?!?  This IS a mystery!"
"I know you love a good mystery, Maggie!"

And then ...


They may officially call Illinois the "Land of Lincoln", but from what we saw, it should be renamed the "Land of Squirrels"!  They were everywhere!!!  How fun!

More to come tomorrow!


Saturday, September 21, 2019

Hitting The Road

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Cam and I thought we'd fill you in on part of our trip to Illinois starting today.  Let's take a look at Day One!

We drove and drove and drove.  Well, Dad did.  Cam and I napped pretty much the whole way.  I did catch some highlights out the window like this:

The "K"!

That's Kauffman Stadium - home of the Kansas City Royals! They are a baseball team Mom likes to  yell at   cheer for. Seeing it meant we were in Missouri -- the land Cammie and I were born in!

We kept driving. And driving. And napping. I eventually saw this:

The Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, St. Louis, MO

We were going over the mighty Mississippi River! Wow. AND it meant we were in Illinois! I'd never been to Illinois. Cam said she wasn't sure if she had been or not. But anyway - Illinois! Land of Lincoln!

I guess in keeping with the whole "Lincoln" theme, we stayed in a log cabin, as you saw yesterday.

This was our first look at it:


Our place was the small cottage on the left.


The family who owns it lives across that covered deck, in the main house.  They were very nice people!

Let's head inside!

I was very interested in this huge fireplace:


It was in the 90s outside, so no fire.  It was fun going behind that quilt hanging there, though!  Mom used my full name a lot when I did that.  Interesting.

The cabin had a little table and chairs:


Sorry I'm out of focus; it was a bit dark in the cabin.

Here's Cammie!

"Hello, everyone!"

Mom and Dad packed our beds and even brought Buckingham Palace along so we'd feel at home.  Cam really appreciated having both!  As for me ...

"How come there are only two robes and 4 of us??"

Anyway, more on our visit tomorrow!

Yours sincerely, 
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, September 20, 2019

We're Back!

Greetings and hello, everyone!  Mags and Cam here to let you know we're back!  Contrary to a rumor floating about, we were not out adopting a puppy -- we were in Illinois visiting our grandma!

Here's a shot of us in front of the place we stayed in:

"Hey, Mom!  That's a great idea, though, huh?  Adopting a puppy would be mighty fun!"
"I love puppies!"
"We are NOT adopting a puppy at this time!"

Anyway - we'll fill you in on the trip starting tomorrow.  Right now, we're just trying to get everything here back up and running!  We LOVED seeing our grandma, but it's great to be back.  Or as they say around here, "There's no place like home!"

Mags and Cam

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Special Announcement

Greetings and hello, everyone!  Mags and Cam here with a short announcement.  We will be taking a short break from blogging after today.

Not the kind of break we took a couple years ago, Mom didn't trip over her own feet and break her wrists or anything.  We're all OK and will fill you in at the end of next week!

"Catch you on the flip side!"
"See you in a few days, Blogville!"

We'll be back on air shortly!

Mags and Cam!

Friday, September 13, 2019

For Me?!?

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  The other day, Cam and I had just finished several extremely awesome rounds of CROG down in the Studio when Mom called me over.  She said she had just made something for me!

I thought maybe it was a new leash or collar ... maybe even another poop bag holder, since she's been on a bag-making kick, but no!  I walked over to where she and Cam were and ...

"Aw, shucks, Mom!  You shouldn't have!"
"Cute fabric, cute backing fabric ... nice, simple quilting ... not very fluffy, though ..."

I had no idea what it was!  Cam and I did love the fabric, though!  Here we are, showing our favorite part!!!

"It's a Siberian!"
"A Black and White Sibe!!!"

Adorable.  But still.  What was it for?!?

"Thanks, Mom!  Umm ... comfy.
Is it ... a new bed?
A liner for
10 Downing Street?
A throw for the end of the bed?"

"No ... you'll find out soon, Mags!"
"You should have guessed '
"If it's not any of those things ..."
"Are you sure it's not Rumpelstiltskin?"
"Pretty sure, Cam."

A few hours later, dinner time rolled around and ...

"Hey, cool!  My very own placemat!!!"
"It's like we're having a fine-dining experience, Mags!"

How cool!  It's my very own placemat, and is plenty big enough for the two of us to share!  See, I don't drink much water, so Mom always puts a bunch on my food -- so there's a chance, just a chance, that I get a bit messy when I eat.  Hey.  I can't help it.  I'm not the one who drowns my food.  Anyway, this way, Mom doesn't have to wash the floor three times a day - and Cammie and I have a really cute placemat to eat off of!  Now if Mom would stop calling it a drop-cloth ...

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, September 12, 2019

KP Duty

Greetings to all! It's me, Maggie. Every evening, after dinner, I'm on KP duty. A large part of that involves laying right beside the dishwasher, right behind Mom's feety-feet.

Me, in position

Not only is this known in the Siberian world as "helping", but it's known in Mom's world as "trying to trip" her.  That's right - I'm multi-tasking!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

September 11th

We will never forget.

Islamic terrorists flying planes into the Twin Towers in New York City ...

Photo credit AP

... and into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia ...

Aerial view of the damage to the Pentagon occurring on 9/11 (US Navy/Public Domain)

... and the terrorists' plans for Flight 93 being thwarted by some brave passengers over a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Photo credit Library of Congress

We will never forget - not "tragic events", but acts of war.

From all of us here at Ao4 Headquarters ~ God bless the heroes who rose that day and those who continue to fight today.  And may God Bless the United States of America.

 We stand strong.

Cam and Mags

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  I have a question for you.  How on Earth can my mom take this photo of us girls looking ever so sweet and innocent ...

Me and Cam

... and think that we had been up to something?!? She even tossed around the word "shenanigans"! Seriously! How does she come up with these crazy ideas!?!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, September 09, 2019

It'll Never Find Me

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  I know it's Monday, but no worries!


It'll never find me in here!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  Sometimes, one photo is enough:


We hope you have a wonderfully serene Sunday!


Saturday, September 07, 2019

Trying Something New

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  A few days or so ago, Maggie and I tried something new down in the Studio.  Instead of a round of Crazed River Otter Games in the outer Studio, we tried CROG in the smaller, inner room!

"This isn't bad.  A little cramped, perhaps, but ..."

There wasn't quite enough room in there.  Especially once Mom came in and wanted to cut at her table.  We decided to move back into the other room.

"Oh, yeah. Much better!  Ready for Round 2?"
"Prepare yourself, fellow River Otter!"

It was most enjoyable!  And Mom was able to get her stuff done this way, too!

"No extra charge for tiring the littlest Crazed River Otter out, Mom!"
"Tired?  Me?  Well ... maybe a little bit!"

That's the quilt Mom was working on.  She's got it all quilted now and ready to bind.  She'll blog about it soon, over on her own blog.

Have a great weekend, everyone!


Friday, September 06, 2019

It's Friday!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  It's Friday -- and you know what that means!

"I'm on base!  I'm on BASE!!!"
"Get up and play, Mags!  It's FRIDAY!"

Friday means time to PLAY!!!  Have a great one!


Thursday, September 05, 2019


Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  The other morning, it was super foggy outside.  I thought I should issue a safety warning:

"It's so foggy!  This can only mean one thing ..."
"Beware of werewolves!"
"Ha roo woo roo!  Just kidding!"

Just kidding!  There are no werewolves here.  Maybe vampires or other beings who sink their teeth into your neck ... but no werewolves!


Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Probably The Greatest Detective In The World

Bonjour!  It's me, Maggie.  I have been watching the TV series Poirot again.  We watched some episodes a few years ago, but we're back to watching more.

"Maggie is riveted to zees show!"

Monsieur Poirot always talks in the third person.  Maggie finds herself doing zee same.

"Ah, oui!  Tell to me, if you please, M. Poirot!"

M. Poirot always solves the mystery, with the show climaxing with one of his big denouements.  As he says, he does not "beat around the shrubbery"!

Poirot:  "Peut-ĂȘtre she has skeletons in zee armoire?"
"Oui!  Oui, she does, Monsieur!  Maggie thinks this, too!!"

He really IS probably the greatest detective in the world!  Besides me, of course!  Ha roo roo roo!!!

Use your little grey cells, mes amis!

... I need to get a cool, little mustache!  Or glasses like those ...

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher