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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Backing Up Tuesday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  Today, we're backing up a bit (in more ways than one, but we'll get to that) to before we got our lovely snow.  Remember the pix we shared of us having some Sibe-style fun in the backyard?  Cam mentioned that Mom had tried to get us to do some posing, too.  Here's how that went.

We started out on the top tier wall, by the corner of the house:

"I need my sunglasses, Mom."
"It's not too bad ..."
"Could you two please try not to look so ticked off?  I have treats!!!"

From there, we moved on to the Friendship Garden.  Given the treat situation, I tried to look all fluffy and cute:

"Pretty cute, huh?"
"Now the sun's in MY eyes!"
"Better ..."

After a bit, we moved back over to that top tier for more wall poses:

"What the fluff is she doing, Cam?"
"I have no idea."
"OK, now stay right there ... stay!  Please stay!"

That's when Mom thought she'd back up a bit. (That's the other backing up I mentioned!)

"Yeah, that's good, Mom.  A little further."
"Yes, just keep backing up ..."

And when she had backed up jusssssst a wee bit more, that's when Cam and I ...

"Get ready, Cam!"
"I was born ready!"

Backing up.  Always a great idea!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, January 14, 2019

Snow Walks

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Now that we have nice weather, we're taking even more fun, long walks than normal!  It's been wonderful and Maggie and I have been having such a wonderful time!

Here we are from yesterday, at the trailhead.  Dad was trying to get us both to sit down.

"Hey, Dad!  Check out my snow nose!"
Dad:  "Maggie, sit!"
"Make me."

OK, maybe she didn't say, "Make me", but she certainly wasn't having any of that "sit" command.  Yet.

Mom decided to take a shot of me:

"Get my profile, Mom!"

Maggie eventually gave in and sat, but we both refused to look at the camera.

"Anyone coming that way, Mags?"
"No. I don't see a soul."
"No one over here, either."
"I can't believe this!"

You'd think with as nice as it is out there, there would be people everywhere!  But other than the odd runner, we had the place to ourselves.

Today, that part of the trail was "too muddy" (is there really such a thing?) so we took a different leg.

"I love this part of the trail!"
"Me, too!"

That part is paved and the city cleared some of the snow, so it was easier for Mom and Dad.  They don't quite have the good footing we do!

We hope all of you are getting out and enjoying some lovely weather, too!


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Snow Nose Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  Today, Cam and I thought we'd share a tutorial with you about how to get a snow nose.  Now ... to clear up any confusion beforehand, I don't mean a "snow nose" as in the pigmentation of our snooters.  To read an excellent explanation of that kind of snow nose, I encourage you to please read our great-sister Amber's post at this link.  We love that she mentions Juarez's snow nose -- Juarez is my daddy and Cam's half-brother!!!  Isn't that cool?!?!?

Anyway ... take it, Cam!

"Snow nose ... snow nose ... OK!  First you find some fluffy snow and then ..."
"BOOM!  Snow nose!  Did you catch that, Mom?"
"Errrr ... can you do that again, Cam?"

Good help is so hard to find -- Mom wasn't fast enough on the draw.  I tasked her to take some action shots of me on our walk instead.

THIS is how to get a snow nose:


The results?

"Ahh!  Snow nose!"

I also had Mom film a very short video!  Are you ready?!?  Let's go!

To view on YouTube, please click here.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful!  Have a wonderful, snow-filled Sunday!!!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher (and Cammie, too!)

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Serene Scenery Saturday!!!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  And yes, it's Saturday, but we sure have some serene scenery for you!  Check out the scene as we walked down our street:

"Wowzers, Cam!"
"What a Winter wonderland!"

Is that great or what?!?

We walked up to one of the entrances to Hudson Trail and I had a look around:

"Oooh!  No one's been down the trail yet!"

It was so beautiful - and we were the first ones to see it!

"It's all ours!"

Actually it wasn't all ours -- there were about 7 million squirrels dancing around in the treetops, chattering away and teasing us!  Maggie got into a staring contest with one of them:

"Oh, yeah?  Come down here and say that!"

A side benefit to being on the trail, as you may notice in that photo of Mags, is that the trees caught a lot of the snow -- so it wasn't real deep AND we had mud.  Awesome!

"Slushy patch coming up!"

We let Maggie get ahead of us so Mom could take this shot:


Such beauty, everywhere we looked!

"Hey, Cam, is this great or what?!?"
"It's very great!"

The trees were filled with snow:

Me and a pine tree

It was the BEST!

"This is so peaceful, Cam!"
"So totally beautiful!"

Did you get snow, too?  If so, we hope you're enjoying it as much as we are!


Friday, January 11, 2019

Fired Up!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cam.  Yesterday morning, we went on a really nice all-family walk, just like usual.  Only ...

"OK, Cam.  As soon as we get to the top of this hill ... Crazed River Otters!  Ready?"

We were both TOTALLY fired up!  TOTALLY!  It was great!

After lunch, Mom was going to head downstairs to the Studio, but we were still pretty fired up from the morning.  She decided we should go outside and play for a bit.  Maybe do some posing.  The first part sounded better than the second part, so ...

"C'mere, you Crazed River Otter!"
"Ha ROO!"

It was GREAT!  We were both still firing on all cylinders!

"You're about to be BOOMed!"
"Not if I BOOM you first!"

We had a crazy, wild time!


Mom thought that might buy her some quiet time in the Studio, but when we got down there ...


We weren't quite ready to settle down.  We.  Were.  Wild!!!!!

She just watched us for a bit, then ...

"I think that might be enough for now, Mags."
"Yeah.  I think for now."

We needed to catch our breath.  Breaths?  Collective breath.

"I think you can get some quilting in now, Mom."
"Better work quickly; I'm getting my second wind."

Mom says these are the good times and she loves seeing us like this.  Even if she didn't get much quilting in!


Thursday, January 10, 2019


Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  I've been helping Mom in the Studio a lot and so ...

"Zzz ..."

Yeah. That happens a lot down there.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

What Fun!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Thank you so much to all of you for the wonderful happy birthday wishes yesterday!  It was a GREAT day, packed full of fun!

After the walk I told you about, Mags and I hung out until lunchtime.  While Mom made lunch, I helped out a bit and was rewarded for my efforts:

"Oh, wow!  A great big piece of carrot!!!"

I didn't like carrots a couple years ago, but I do now.  A lot!

For the record, I loved my friend Molly's idea about the grocery stores carrying Cantaloupes in January!!! Carrots will do, though. Or apples. Or pears.

Anyway ...

After lunch, we went out for a bit, then headed down to work in the Studio. There, Mom surprised us with stuffed KONG bones!

"Happy birthday, Cammie!"
"Oooh, I smell the crunchy Zuke's!!!"
"Treats AND an 'under supervision only' toy!  This is so awesome!"

After we played with those, Maggie suggested a round of CROG (Crazed River Otter Games):

"Ready set, Cam?!?"
"Let's GO!!!"

We had so much fun! After a bit, I thought a nap was in order.  Maggie wanted to do some more chewing.

"You don't mind if I take yours, too, do you?  I'll just ... reach in ... and ... zzz ..."
"Knock yourself out, Magzzzz ..."

Sometimes she doesn't realize how tired she is.

What a great day! Being eleven is so much fun so far!!!


Monday, January 07, 2019


Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Guess what?!?!  Today, I am ELEVEN!!!

So far, it's been very fun!  Maggie and I had breakfast, then we tooled Mom out of a Shredded Wheat square (I love those things!), then we went on a very fun walk!  We even got to go up my favorite hill to climb!

"Happy birthday, Cam!"
"Thank you, Maggie!"

Later on today, I'm sure we'll head down to the Studio to help Mom.

"Argh!  A Crazed River Otter's got me!!!"

Umm ... I mean ...

"How can we help, Mom?"
"Yeah.  Need us to press anything for you?  Do some rotary cutting?"

Actually, I think ALL of us know what Maggie and I plan to do down there!

"And you're all invited over to join the fun!"

And afterwards ...

"How about some birthday snuggles, Cam?  I love you!"
"Just what I wanted, Maggie!!!  And I love you, too."

By the way, that's my leg/paw she's got her snooter resting on.  ❤❤❤

I'm not sure what all else Mom, Dad, and Mags have planned, but it sure has been a great day so far!!!


Sunday, January 06, 2019

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Today we went on a really fun walk; I got to choose the route!

"Heading south first, Cam!"
"Yep.  That sounds good."

We took a couple OK turns, but then we turned one way and I didn't want to go.  I put on the brakes.  Mom and Dad thought I was tired and wanted to go home, so we turned around.  Only at the corner ... I pulled to go the long way.

"See, Maggie!  Isn't this way more fun?"
"This is awesome!  New smells EVERYwhere!"

It was great fun.  I chose a route with lots of uphills -- Mom always likes that.  Or at least she always seems to mention it.

Near the top of the hill, there is a lot of road deconstruction going on.

"Wow!  Look at all this cool stuff we could get into!"
"I don't know why we don't get to come up here during the week!"

After we walked some more, Mom asked us to pose on some rocks.  Even though she did NOT have cookies (note:  she owes us), we did a nice pose for her:

Mags and me, posing nicely!

It was a wonderfully serene walk.  And a long one!


Saturday, January 05, 2019

Working It!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Yesterday, Cam and I were a tremendous help to our mom in the Studio.  We just relaxed very quietly like this:

Cam and me

See?  Perfect bookends.  I even had my legs crossed like the sweet lady that I am:

Pure innocence

We were like that the whole time down there!


I mean seriously!  Cam curled into a Siberian Cinnamon Bun, I was doing my "I'm so relaxed, I've melted" look.  What good girls!

The whole time.




Is any-buddy buying that?


OK ... previously, at Ao4 Headquarters ...

"Great Dane in the morning, that was fun, Cam!"
"The BEST, Mags!  Whew, that was a wild round of CROG!"

I did have you going for a minute there, though ... didn't I?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, January 04, 2019


Greetings to all! It's me, Maggie! Sometimes Mom works Cam and me so hard in the Studio that I have to come in here to regroup.


I just need a minute or two, then I'll be ready to entertain Mom again!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher