Who We Are

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Happy New Year!

From all of us here at Ao4 Headquarters, we wish you a safe and happy New Year's Eve ...
"On the stroke of midnight, we shred these bandanas, Ragnar."
"Got it, Mags!"

... and a New Year packed full of God's great blessings!

Mags, Ragnar, and our mom and dad

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Wordless Wednesday


Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, December 26, 2022

My Favorite Day!!!!

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags! My favorite day of the year came a little early, as Ragnar and I helped our mom pack up some special packages for friends and family. Here's a shot for you:
"Mom?  What's Mags doing?"
"It's PERFECT, Mom!"
"Happy early Boxing Day, Mags!"

Here's to hoping there are more boxes out there for me today!  HAPPY BOXING DAY, everyone!!!!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Christmas 2022

From our house to yours, we all wish you a most blessed and merry Christmas!

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. Luke 2:9-14

And now ... for some Christmas quick takes.

When you want to go into the kitchen to help with KP, but don't want to leave your tree ...
"I'm so conflicted.  Could you do the cheese in here?"

When you're feeling cooperative ...
"Hey.  Have a cool Yule!"

When you're about to make a break for it ...

"I ... uh ... wait.  Is that an animal cracker?"

When you're making plans with your bestest friend ...

"So when Santa comes ..."
"We should wait for him right here, Mags!"

When you're ready for a snooter smooch ...

"Did someone say 'mistletoe'?"

And when you end up posing incognito by some of the Christmas decor ...

"The angel tree is over there by the fox quilt ..."

"This is my favorite - the Patriotic Tree! 🇺🇸"

When you've been as absolutely good as a couple of Siberians can be ...

"How's this, Mom?"
"Last one, OK, Mom?"

It's Christmas!!! And then it's finally time to relax!
"I'll grab your bandana and pull it off if you'll do mine!"

Merry Christmas to all!
Mags, Ragnar, and our mom and dad

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Ho Ho Ho

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Over here.
" Good girl, Mags! "
"Yeah, yeah, y--I mean 'ho, ho, ho!'  Whatever.  Where's Ragnar?!?"

A certain brother is really slacking in the "sharing the burden" department.  Ahem.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Wordless Wednesday


Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, December 12, 2022

My New Favorite

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. As Mags mentioned yesterday, we have a new tree. I LOVE this tree!
"Hi, Mom.  I'm just laying here by the tree like a good boy!"
"You ARE a good boy!!!"

Lots of room for ornaments, lots of pretty lights, doesn't stick out into our traffic pattern for zoomies ... it's just perfect.
"So peaceful!  I love it!"
"❤❤ Oh, Raggi!!! ❤❤"

It's my new favorite thing!  Mom doesn't quite know what to make of my infatuation, but I just love looking at it!


Sunday, December 11, 2022

Siberian Detector

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. A couple years ago, the bigger of our Christmas trees bit the dust (I had nothing to do with it!). We had been making do with our smaller ones - but this year, Mom and Dad decided to spring for a new tree! Guess what went on the tree first?!? Or should I ask, "Who went on the tree first?!?"

"I see you up there!!!"
"Oh.  Uh ... hi, Mags."

Sock Monkey! I'm so glad he got to come out of hiding! Oh, and I know what you're thinking! "How are you and Ragnar going to resist temptation? How will Sock Monkey be safe up there!?!" I had to let Ragnar in on some Ao4 lore ... the story of the item formerly known as the Zim Detection Device ... then the Maggie Motion Monitor ...
"Yeah, yeah, Mom.  'Every time a bell rings, a Siberian is too close to the tree.'  As if I need that ..."
"Is that a line from 'It's a Wonderful Siberian'?"

... and now it is simply the Siberian Detector.

So ... anytime I might get "too close" to say ... Sock Monkey or one of these other old "friends" ...
"Do you think we're up high enough?"
"Oh, I hope so!"

... DING, DING, DING goes that bell! It also protects fragile new friends, like this guy our Aunt Janet sent:
A porcelain box Sock Monkey!!!

How cool is that?!?!

So ... Raggi and I really like the new tree. In fact, we REALLY love it; Ragnar especially, for some reason. We were more than happy to pose by it:
"How's this, Mom?  Can you see the tree OK?"
"We're ready for our close up!"

"Everybody say 'Siberian Detector'!"
"Uh ..."
"Funny, Mom.  Sooooo funny."

We hope you're enjoying the Christmas holidays so far --- we sure are!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, December 08, 2022


Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. There we were, out on our morning walk, when I had a brilliant idea!

"Ragnar!  Look!  The perfect Christmas gift for Mom!"
"She'll never run out of bobbin thread with one of these!"

Is that great, or what?!?  Now to get one home ...

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Happy Saint Nicolas Day!

From our house to yours ...
"Bonne fête de Saint Nicolas!"
"Yeah.  What Mags said!"

Did you leave your sabots by the fireplace last night?!?

Hope everyone's staying off the "Naughty List"!!!

Mags and Ragnar

PS: Please click here to read more about Saint Nicolas Day!

Saturday, December 03, 2022

Our "New" Favorite Show

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. Mags and I have a favorite new show, only Mom says it's not really new -- just new to me and Mags. It's called "Perry Mason" and it's a great detective/lawyer show!
"Shh!  Raggi!  Perry's about to do something BIG!"
"You already know who did it, don't you!?!?  How do you do that?!?!"

Perry's good, but Mags is always one step ahead of everybody!

We just love watching this show!  Do you have any favorites?  Have you checked out Perry Mason?


Thursday, December 01, 2022

Getting In The Spirit

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Ragnar and I helped Mom deck the halls yesterday - everybody's getting in the Christmas spirit around here!
"Hey, it's me! Sock Monkey!  Free at last!!!  Hey, Maggie?  You aren't going to--"
"Quiet, Sock Monkey!  I'd hate to see Mom have to put you in Witness Protection again."
"How come I don't get to hold Sock Monkey?"
"Everybody say, 'Ho ho ho!'"

Are all of you helping, too?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, November 28, 2022

Siber Monday!

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar! Mags and I would like to wish all of you a joyous Siber Monday!!!
"It's our special day!"
"Embrace your inner Siberian!!!"

"Well done, Raggi.  How 'bout a kiss?"
"Aw, Maggie!!!"



Friday, November 25, 2022

First Of The Season!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags!  We've already had lots of firsts this season - frost, hard freeze, SNOW, and today ... we got to go the The Top Of The World!!!

We got to go through the woods to get there:
"Is this great or WHAT, Mags?!?!"
"The BEST, Raggi!!!"

Then we climbed up the hill and went over to the best lookout area:
Ragnar and me, enjoying the view

What a great walk! (Mom doesn't let us go up there during flea and tick season. 🙄)

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

PS:  From KZK:  Many thanks to all of you who have asked after us!  My mom passed away and we needed some time to regroup.  ❤️💜💙

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing all of you a most happy Thanksgiving!  We'll be back up and running shortly!

Mags and Ragnar

Thursday, September 08, 2022

Blog Break

We will be taking a break from the blog for a short while.


Please join us again soon,
Mags & Ragnar

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Tuesday, September 06, 2022


Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. Mags and I took our mom and dad on a nice walk this morning. We got to go down Labby Road -- you know, where lots of our Labrador friends live - and Mom spotted some sunflowers at the end of the trail.  She wanted us to pose in front of them, of course.
"Mags?!?  Ragnar?!?"
"Are any of the Labs watching, Ragnar?"
"Goldie's out ... and that really tall puppy who lives with Blondie."

"Oh, c'mon, you two!  Please?!?  I have COOKIES!!!"
"I'll smile, but -- oh, hey, Goldie!  Hope you and your pack had a nice Labra Day weekend!"
"Did you say COOKIES?!??"

Mags faced Mom for a split second while I licked my lips in anticipation of a COOKIE, then ...

"That was -- no, wait!  Mags?!?  I missed it!"
"Sorry, Mom.  Bad timing."
"Hi, Mom."

At least we were both smiling -- right?!?  Mags says timing is everything.

I hope all of you had a great Labra Day weekend!


Monday, September 05, 2022

Labor Day 2022

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Happy Labor Day to all.
"Zzz ...
Faster than a speeding bullet ...
more powerful than a locomotive ...
able to leap queen-sized beds in a single bound,

Try not to overdo.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, September 04, 2022

Sunday Funnies

Hi everybody.  It's me, Ragnar.  Umm ...

"She's right behind me with a hand grenade, isn't she?"
"Tick, tock ..."


Saturday, September 03, 2022

I Won!

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. If our dad doesn't push his chair in after he's been at the table, Mags and I usually race to be the first one there before Dad sits down again.
"I won!"
"I'll get it next time."

She probably will; we're pretty evenly matched at this!


Friday, September 02, 2022

Photo Finish Friday

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. We were going to share just one shot of us posing on our walk this morning, but Mom said we did SUCH a great job, and took so many, that I thought I'd share a bunch! Let's take a look!

These first two are up at the top of our first big hill, with a gorgeous sunrise in the background:



Once up top, we did a bunch more walking, then stopped for a water break on a limestone wall. We thought we'd strike a pose or two there, too!



Which one is your fave? Have a safe, wonderful long weekend!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

PS:  There were cookies involved.  Trust me.  

Thursday, September 01, 2022

Only A Matter Of Time

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. I'm just having a little training session here in the living room with Ragnar. About what, you might wonder? Refrigerators! You see, we just had to replace ours. The one that just went kaput had the ice and water dispenser on the inside - basically because one of our great sisters (Ammy!) knew how to help herself. What a smart, smart girl!  So I was filling Ragnar in on what I learned through the Ao4 chronicles ...
"And that's how she did it, Raggi!"
"So wait ... all she had to do ..."

Due to supply chain issues, Mom and Dad chose the only fridge that would fit and that they wouldn't have to wait several months for.  Here she is:
"This is going to be so fun!"
"We'll have this figured out in no time!"

Yep.  It just HAPPENS to have a very accessible ice and water dispenser.  It's only a matter of time.  

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Mistaken Identity

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. I don't know what all this talk was yesterday about "someone" being all jazzed up. Usually when Mom says that, she means me, but I'm thinking she MUST have meant Ragnar. I mean, look at how sweet I am!
"Hiya, Raggi.  I'm just here getting some lovin' from Mom."
"Let's Joust, Mags!!!"

We ARE brother and sister, so she could have been mistaken. Yeah. That's it.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret (The Innocent) Thatcher

Monday, August 29, 2022


Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. Over here.
"Hi.  I'm here in one of my auxiliary dens."

Why?  Well, as Mom likes to say, "Someone is a bit jazzed up."  I think she might mean ...

"Hey, Raggi!!!  HA ROO!"

Don't worry, though. I should be safe under ...
"Uh oh."

... here.

I thought jazz was supposed to be sort of mellow.  Maybe that's a different kind of jazz.