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