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7/24/15 NO INTERNET!!!

I haven’t had internet service FOR 3 DAYS!!!

If I am behind on checking out your blog, PLEASE accept my apologies!!!

We’ve been playing with Jamie’s model trains while we’ve been in “medieval times”.

Maybe it hasn’t been so bad! Woof!


Love, Maggie the Engineer

6/29/15 Pulling Weeds, and Further Pawgress!

From what I have heard the humans discussing, this June 2015 has been the cloudiest, most gloomiest June on record. Not to mention that it has rained like, every day and the backyard is flooded. Which does not make my life easy as you can imagine!

There was a little sunshine yesterday morning, and Mom marshaled the troops outside to pull weeds, cut down errant little trees (that spring up from those helicopter-thingies), and trim bushes. I got to go out in front with the humans, and watch them groan and sweat. Mom said that at first the sun felt good on her back but that got old quickly. Nonetheless, they were happy it was sunny for the first half of the day, and got a lot of work done. Dad says the house doesn’t look like a “foreclosure” anymore, and they all took a dip in the pool afterwards.


sniff, sniff! goodbye, weeds.

Today dawned grey and gloomy and naturally, it rained for most of the day. Since Dad went to work early this morning, Jamie and Mom “sucked it up” and finished cleaning out what is now the train room. Here is a panoramic view of the train room before the trains are added.


The shelving that is to your left will hold train cars. Locomotives may be too heavy, as this was a DIY project with some pieces of plastic gutter. Quite clever, actually; the humans found the idea on Facebook.

The green table jutting out to the right is the train table proper. Jamie would like to add another, under the window, where the bed used to be, and join them with a trestle bridge. He also has the entire floor for his Lionel Fastrack, and the closet for airplanes.

I’m very proud of my humans for working so hard and getting the job done on schedule. It is amazing to think that one could barely walk in that room a week ago, and now the whole place is empty and clean.

I will post pictures when Jamie sets up his trains.


Love, Maggie the Engineer

8/5/13 Crate Sunday


Taking a breather in the sunshine!  Photo courtesy of Laurel.

Sunday my family took a “road trip” out to the Train Museum.  I was left at home, by myself, in the crate.  BORING!!!  Worst Sunday EVER!!!  I was so miserable and lonely.

Apparently, Mom had arranged for Laurel to check on me and spend some time with me so that I wouldn’t be in the crate the whole day.  Thank goodness for that!  When Laurel came in, I was so happy to see her; I went into a tail-wagging frenzy of happiness.  We played, and I got to take a sunbathing breather out in the backyard.  I cannot tell you how happy I was to be out of the crate for a while.

I guess toward the end of the outing, Mom was getting a little frenzied with worry herself, because she came bolting through the door, let me out, and smothered me with affection.  Then she gave me some extra food (“you must be starving!”) and even more attention.  I was so happy to see her, my big heart just about exploded with joy.

Mom says when I am done with school, she would like to take me out to places like the Train Museum.  It’s a huge location with actual running trains on tracks and lots of trains being restored in huge barns.  There’s a lot of space, and Mom thinks it would be a good outing for me.  But there is some noise and I’m not sure how I feel about that.  Jamie has trains downstairs in Erik’s old room, which is now dubbed, “The Train Room”, but I tend to dislike things with motors and have a tendency to chase the trains.  So I’m not allowed down there too much.

Well, I don’t think I’ll have to go in the crate today, or at least not for too long.  It’s good to know, however, that Mom misses me as much as I miss her when she is away!


Love, Maggie