2/7/16 Superbowl puzzles

The Superbowl is on, but we’re not paying too much attention to it because Gines came over and brought with him the most interesting tavern puzzles like he did before.

Mom still can’t figure hers out. Jamie was able to take apart one and put it back together, and Dad has been able to do all of them except the one that he’s been working on for the past hour!


once you get it apart, you have to put it back together


Mom is so far unsuccessful

The humans love these puzzles! It keeps them very quiet!

Woof! Love, Maggie

2/6/15 Starved Rock

We took a quick ride out to Starved Rock. By the time we got there, we couldn’t do much hiking since the sun was going down. We saw a couple of frozen waterfalls. I did a lot of thinking. It was the first nice day we’ve had, and it was good just to get out. We went to Hank’s Farm for dinner, and saw the shaggy ponies and peacocks and chickens and turkeys that are tame and out in the yard. The sunset was beautiful.

Brooke stopped by, and let Maggie out, and played some hearty tug-o-war with her. When I got home, Maggie was tired. Happy to see us but not the usual hairy bullet that she normally is when crated.

I’m lucky to have good friends. It amazes me that cb has a flourishing mutant orange/tangerine tree in his back yard, while by us, it’s cold and dreary. At least the sun was shining today. Supposed to get snowy again. Boo. This past week has been crazy. Between everyone in my house getting a horrible stomach flu – I had thought I had food poisoning, but it was actually the beginning of everyone coming down with it – Maggie’s allergies acting up, even Spazz the goldfish was sick. Then Doug in the hospital. It gives you the shivers to think of how vulnerable we all are. Jamie was in the ER for five hours. The goldfish has made a complete recovery.We are still being careful about what we eat.

The next time we go to Starved Rock, we’re going to give Maggie one of her (expensive) motion sickness pills and take her with. She’d love it. I don’t want to take her in the summer though, when she’ll get a burn and hurt her paws. I’m shooting for the next couple of weeks. Then we can take some pictures.

I hope everyone had a good day today. I don’t know where this blog is going right now; I’m just feeling fortunate to have all of you. So thanks. :)

Maggie’s human, Liz

MISTAKE in Doug “Weggieboy’s” Hospital Address!

A number or two was transposed in the original email I received. The corrected address for Doug Thomas is:

Amberwood Court Care Center

4686 E. Asbury Circle

Denver, CO 80222


Doug’s family member assures me that as long as the name of the care facility is in the address, he should still get whatever  you have sent. The above address is the corrected one she gave.

Thank you,

Liz & Maggie


Contact Made with Doug!

Thanks to the tireless efforts of cb (http://www.contrafactual.com), I received Doug (Weggieboy’s) hospital phone number and was able to speak with him this afternoon.

It is my understanding that Doug’s Wegener’s Granulomatosis had been inactive for 10 years. He had a flare up, and when he didn’t show up for work, the curator of the museum he volunteers at came to his house and found him in great distress. Doug says he’s had enough of riding in ambulances! His spirits are great, but he has a long and grueling road ahead of him. The kitties, Andy & Dougy, are being cared for by kind neighbors.

Kathy, one of Doug’s relatives, gave his address at least until the end of the month, when he may be moved. If you would like to send Doug a message of support, please write to Doug Thomas, c/o Amberwood Court Care Center, 4686 E. Asbury Circle, Denver, CO 80222.

*Please note this post has been amended to show the CORRECT address*

Doug can’t believe how much love and support and care his kitties have brought to him via his blog. I will continue to pass information along as I get it, and I know cb is doing likewise. If you follow Doug’s blog, please feel free to reblog his information so that all of his followers know. Thank you very much!


2/5/16 Blogger down


Friends: the blogging world is unlike any other place I’ve been. I’ve met wonderful people, exchanged stories and ideas, and, like most of you, struggle to keep up with the blogs I follow. I’ve even met some of you in person and that has been a great honor.

One regular contributor that I love to see posts and pictures from is Doug (Weggieboy’s blog; phainopepla95.com). I’d noticed that he hadn’t blogged anything since January 14.

Concerned, I asked another great blogger (cb; contrafactual.com) if he’d heard anything from Doug. cb was right on the case and in a matter of days was able to ascertain that Doug had fallen seriously ill and was in the hospital. (cb has his hands full like most of us do, yet he found a way and took the time to get people to give him info on Doug. I’m in awe of this guy.)

As most of us follow blogs with similar interests, I wanted to let everyone know about Doug being hospitalized and to please send healing, good thoughts his way and also to remember his beautiful cats, Andy and Dougy. I would also further ask you to include in your (prayers, good vibes, whatever you want to call it) the people who are taking care of Doug and the people watching over his kitties.

cb and I are both going to post more information when we can.

Changing the subject for a moment, I would also like to express my deep gratitude to sepultura13.me for nominating Maggie’s blog for “inspiring blogger” award. I do suggest to Maggie that we keep the blog award-free; there are just so many good blogs, I wouldn’t be able to reciprocate and nominate just a few. But Maggie and I are honored that you would consider us for this award. Thanks!

Going to try to list links for some of the above – I  hope I do this correctly. All really great blogs if you’d care to look them up.

Weggieboy’s blog http://www.phainopepla95.com (Doug’s blog)

http://www.contrafactual.com (cb’s blog)

Random Ramblings; Myriad Musings http://www.sepultura3.me

I hope I got all that down right, and thank you in advance for thinking of Doug and his cats.

Your friend,