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12/25/13 A Quiet Christmas Day

We’ve had a quiet Christmas Day. In fact, I think I made the most noise out of everyone, chewing on that giant rawhide bone and carrying it up and down the stairs!

Jamie received a beautiful, shiny, silver train for Christmas.  I am intrigued by the noises it makes.  It also lights up.  Here are two pictures of it going through the tunnel:

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When I see and hear the train, I try to jump on the train table to catch it!  I have not been successful yet.

I had to spend some time in the crate today while my people went to see Grandma in the rehab center.  Mom says Grandma is painfully thin since her operation.  Mom was very happy to see, however, that the rehab facility was more like a hotel; bright, clean, shiny, no unpleasant odors, a nice dining room, airy, spacious bedrooms, very nice staff, and she also reported that the place was beautifully decorated and quite cheerful.  Everyone had visitors, and Grandma was happy to see us.  She’s still a little out of it, Mom says, and was using a wheelchair today.  Dad says that is because the doctor does not want her to fall, but she should be able to not use one when she gets out around January 3. 

Thank you, and wild, uncontrollable tail wags to everyone who sent good wishes for Jim’s Mom.

(One side note:  Mom did take a video of Erik’s light-up sweater, but the file is too big, so she is working on that.  Hopefully it can be posted in a day or two.)

Enjoy your Christmas Day!  Woof!

Love, Maggie

12/19/13 Model Trains

Jamie has a thing for models:  model cars, model planes.  But the absolutely, positively, paws-down favorite, is his collection of model trains.  He collects O gauge, and has a layout – kind of like an outcropping – attached to his bedroom wall.  It’s a beginning.  Storage is needed; he also needs more scenery.  But, it’s a start, and he loves it:

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Yes, (dogsmile), that’s a Thomas the Tank Engine.  Jamie has some nice vintage trains, one of which was made in the ’40’s and is called the S2 Turbine.  Jamie is very proud of his collection of things from the past:

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It kind of makes me feel good to know that younger people are collecting older things, and taking good care of them.  It helps restore my faith in humanity.  Our society has become so disposable:  Use something once or twice, then throw it away.  Pet too much work?  Dump it.  Elderly getting in the way?  Lock ’em up.  I look on this new generation of people with a lot of hope for the future.

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I will say, however, that it gives me quite a turn when I am sleeping nicely, and suddenly, I hear clanking, whistling, and “Next stop, Belmont!” coming from upstairs.  It’s almost like “The Polar Express” has shuddered to a stop right in our house!

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…But I can’t help to perk up my ears and listen!  Woof!

Love, Maggie