Tag Archives: blankets

10/14/16 My friends, the deer

The cloudy skies have (temporarily) disappeared, and the sun is blazing forth in a blue sky with plenty of sunshine but cooler temperatures. The house is about 65F, but Mom refuses to turn on the heat. She’s walking around in a sweater and boots! She says she’s delaying the inevitable, and hoping it warms up just a tad so she can reopen the windows.

Jamie, Mom and I went for a brisk walk in the woods. I can’t tell you how good it felt to be out in the crisp air, the bright sunshine, with the smell of fallen leaves, and the the crunch of acorns underfoot.

Besides getting some exercise and a snootful of sniffs, we saw a whole line of horses smartly marching single-file on a trail ride. (The woods we walk in are across the street from a stable). There must’ve been ten to fifteen horses; all differently-patterned, with proud tails waving. I stopped a couple of times, ears up, to look at them, which prompted Jamie to remark that, “she likes horses”. Mom laughed and said, “She’d better! If she got wise with one of those, she’d get a swift kick to the head!”

Upon our return walk, as we were heading for the car, Mom suggested we cut across a grassy field. It was filled with ducks, seagulls, and geese. As we were traversing this grassy plain, Jamie looked to his left and saw a beautiful herd of deer. About six total, parents and babies included. They are a little hard to see in this picture, but if you squint, you can make a few of them out:

forestdeer

One thing I really love, and have never gotten jaded about, is seeing the deer. Before we put up a fence, (which we had to, for dog reasons), we would find a whole herd of deer grazing in our back yard. To some, this would be considered a nuisance. We considered it a gift. Now, we sometimes see deer in the front, but not in the back. I realize with wildlife and deer there comes its own set of issues. But I prefer to think of the deer as my friends.

As I mentioned, it was a bit nippy outside, and when we came home, I found two blankets on the couch and promptly settled in for a snuggle.

2blankets

I do hope that for all of you enjoying the season of Fall, you really get to experience some outdoors-time.

Woof! Love, Maggie

 

1/6/15 The Museum of Science and Industry

You’ll have to excuse me for being a little late with this post. It started snowing, and I’ve been spending all my available time hiding under blankets lest the humans force me to go outside and go potty in the freezing yard. So I haven’t had much time for the computer, what with the hiding and sleeping and all.

blanketburrito

Flash back to Sunday and the last day of Christmas break. Jamie decided he’d like to do something productive with his day, and asked to go to Chicago’s famed “Museum of Science and Industry”. Dad agreed with zeal, but Mom was feeling iffy. She said she wouldn’t be much fun since she would be worrying about what time they left and all the things she had to do at home. So, she opted to stay at the house and get everything ready for the return to school; plus, check through correspondence, sort through bills, and work on the third manuscript.

That sounded like a plan to me since I knew I wouldn’t be going in the crate if Mom stayed home. Muahahaha!

Soon, the guys were zipping up jackets and donning hats. I had to wonder if there had been a change in plans, so I slunk under the kitchen table and tried to make myself invisible (white dog + white floor = where’s the dog?? Right??) Anyway, Mom busted me out and said that I was being silly and couldn’t I see that she still had her fluffy slippers on? I conceded the point, and came out and said goodbye to Dad and Jamie at the door.

Mom and I had a great afternoon together. She worked on the manuscript and got everything ready to avoid a mad scramble at 6:00 the following morning. So it was good on our end. Got in some good cuddle time too, during breaks.

Jamie came back with lots of pictures, some of which I’ll share here with you:

(Yes, those are real planes, dangling from the ceiling. Jamie told me that you can walk in and sit down in the passenger plane!)

airplanes

Of course, Jamie knows the name, make, and model of all the aircraft. “That’s a train in the background,” he helpfully told Mom. (Mom rolled her eyes). The Museum had their famous “Christmas Around the World” trees up and that is one thing Mom wished she could have seen. Here is a shot of the harbor side of the Museum’s train layout.

trainlayout

And here’s the Real Deal, the California Zephyr:

zephyr

They also saw the U505, a German submarine that was captured in WWII, and lots of other cool stuff.

I’m glad the guys had a great day out. But I’m also glad I had a great day in!

Woof! Love, Maggie

12/3/14 Blanket Burrito

Mom put some new bedding on the bed. I was very interested in these proceedings! Not only did I roll around in the old blankets on the floor, but I sniffed carefully at the freshly-cleaned ones, and in no time flat, I undid her handiwork – er, rolled myself up in the new bedspread like a blanket burrito:

blanketburrito

Comfy!

I did try to help her when she was making the bed. But, I suppose lying down in the middle of the clean sheets – before she could put any more bedding on – didn’t exactly make the job easier.

“Mooooove, you big lump!” Mom said to me, “shooing” me off the bed by fanning me with her hands. I have one up on her right now in that she can’t lift me, and I know it. Muahahaha!

I’ve been a Hairy Bullet today. Laurel took me for a walk (Mom can’t have me pulling or tugging on her yet), and Mom thought that might have taken some of the wiggles out of me, but noooo. For one thing, Jamie keeps tooting that tin whistle and it’s driving me mad! I mean, I can hear those notes a LOT better than a human can. So when he starts tootling, I start shooting around the house, rocketing up and down the stairs, and banging into walls and furniture. He had also set up a small electric train on the dining room table, but I took care of THAT with a swat of my tail. I’m sorry, but I can’t have these cords and things blocking “my” front window.

Jamie stopped playing long enough to take me out in the moonlight. It was very cold, and very bright, so I sauntered over to the fence and gave it a good, hard stare in case any rabbits or raccity-coons were out tonight.

The perimeter is safe, for now.

Woof! Love, Maggie