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Christmas Baking

Aunties, we been baking sooo much today! Mommy made our gingerbread so we can have our party now Carrera! daddy called them trees! All I knows they’s Good tasting trees! We gotta go get started on fudge now, we just finished some brownies for daddy! We’s tryin to be quiet cuz daddy’s sleepin, he don’t feel very good so we’re trying to make his favorites... he fell bad night before last, we been tryin to take care of him and we think chocolate will make him feel good! We hope so anyway!  bye for now! Missy & Molly

Missysmom

Missysmom

 

Our Pics!

Aunties, Mommy’s sooo far behind she hasn’t shared our pics with you! We went to have Real pictures taken right before we moved, mommy wanted to be sure we got our yearly picture done with a Real photographer even though we was real busy movin an all! But it took her Forever to get them scanned in to share with you... sorry .... but here they are, hope you like them! Missy- I have a Poodle dress on! But we didn’t have our regular picture man so you can’t see the poodle part!   Molly- this is mommys Favorite, she says it shows my personality!! She also says you may see it Again!  I ain’t supposed to tell ya that so be surprised if you do!  

Missysmom

Missysmom

 

Santa!!

Aunties, we went to see Santa!! Yep, here we are getting ready to go!!  We gotta show you our dresses cuz you can’t see them in the Santa pic! Missy: Here’s Me!! Molly: And Me Aunties, I ain’t Never had a Santa dress before!! I don’t even know who this Santa guy is but Missy is excited so guess I better be too!   Missy: I’m sooo excited Aunties, mommy said I was pinging off the walls, I was runnin sooo fast in the house! Ok i’m In my seat and Ready to Go!! Molly: are we there Yet?? I gotta find out what this Santa guys all about! here we are Aunties, momma said we got a good lookin Santa this time! And Missy even stayed on his lap!! Missy & Molly

Missysmom

Missysmom

 

Sat 18th Nov 17: Our FAB stormy walk

Tara: So, this walk happened AGES AGO, but I was too busy being me and sleeping and stuff to blog it before now.  I mean, we have been on holiday and stuff, and I want to tell you all about that, but Mum says I have to tell you about our stormy walk first.  Booorrrriiiingggg!  But I am going to, cos I am a good girl. Mum says she put the stormy skypics up already, so I just need to tell you about my benches and my mud and my mountains. This is the firstest mountain of the day.  Cato stayed on the boring sand. And this is some science stuff in action (Mum says).  Sedimentary deposits depositing their sediments in layers.  Muddy layers.  But not nice squishy mud.  This stuff is hard. And this is one of the groins (Mum says) wot has been stormed until it broke. This is Cato when he realised that we couldn't get around the end of the next groin-thing and we were going to have to mountaineer.  He wasn't happy!  Haha! We were looking at this.  It is cos the water channel-thing has moved itself, and now the slope down to the water is all slippy and muddy and squelchy, and Mum says if we try to go around it we will all go splooosh into the cold water.  I wouldn't mind, cos I am an olympific swimmer (as you know), but Wimpy Cato would probably sink.  And Mum would get all muddy-cross.  Sigh. So we decided to go up this lumpy concrete mountain onto the Dunes.    I like the mountain.  But it would have meant the beach walk was over. Only half way up, Mum could see this - and said 'Hold it troops!  I think I can see a way over the groins at the top ends!  But it will take some clambering.' Well, I love clambering.  Only it isn't really clambering - it is mountaining, isn't it? This is looking back at the mountain after we had gone over it.  I went first!  I let Mum help me a bit, but only over the top bit.  Then Mum came over carrying Cato.  She put him down on one of the big rocks in case she fell over and squished him, and he didn't move.  He just stood there shivering.  But them Mum got down on the sand again and lifted him down, and he woz OK again.  I woz OK all the time. We did more groin mountains, and I found this extra mountain too.  Mum said I wozn't to cause an avalanche with my heffalumping, so I didn't. This is the sign saying how clever and brave we are mountaineering on this beach. And this is a sign wot Mum read out to us, telling us how we have to be boring-sensible and boring-stick to the safe bits.   And look!  There woz mud too. And memory stuff. It woz a nice walk. Especially with the rain bits and the stormy skies, and the wind and my wet fur.  We haven't been there for AGES, and lots of the sniffs had changed.  At one point me and Mum were sitting on a bench, and Cato woz on the ground, and Mum woz drinking her drink, and Cato had some water.  And a woman came running by.  She woz in funny running clothes, and bounced on the spot while she had a boring Mum-chat all about the weather and the plants and then she said that she had moved back to this area cos she loved running by the sea.  I liked the lady.  She woz even bouncier than me!  And she liked running! This is the path to the stickingoutplatform And this is a memory stone beside the platform, there is paint on front and back of it. and this is the view from the platform

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Giving Thanks!

Oh Aunties me an Molly had the Best Thanksgiving, we have Lots to be thankful for an we wanted to share it with you! Ya know I couldn’t have turkey this year so mommy made us Salmon, mmmmm! An we ate, played and slept, My kinda day!! This was Molly’s first Thanksgiving so i’ll Let her tell ya her part!Missy  Oooh Aunties, I never heard of Thanksgiving but it was the Best! I had smoked salmon and other salmon ohhh I gobbled till I wobbled! And I slept and snored Big time! when i got done eatin I just had to nap while mommy an daddy ate! then me an Missy played till we dropped! Oh an daddy went for a walk with us, my way to the field, it was the Best Thanksgiving Ever!but ya know I felt bad for Missy cuz we didn’t walk her way soooo... well.. the Next day.... i’ll Let her tell ya she’s waaay excited!! Molly oooh Aunties, Molly’s the Best friend, she got daddy to go for a walk with us again the next day and She turned to go My way!!! Then mommy said Missy girl here’s your chance, if you wanna go to the cemetery get up there an lead the way— an I Did, an daddy let us go!!! Here let me show ya! it’s Real purdy! an there’s this walk all round it, they got those silly ‘don’t walk on the grass signs’ But they put walks so I could see Lots! Molly liked it too! here’s some more pics and the Church for you to see! It’s Real old an we could see some old headstones but it was hard to get to see since we couldn’t walk on the grass... an there was Real sniffy stuff in the woods by it too! an looksee over here they have a whole place where they bury people who can’t afford a place, very nice huh?! Mommy told me All bout it an I wanna try to get to see that closer next time! i’m workin on a way to get closer but not on the grass...i’ll Figure it out for sure! oh an Look Aunties here’s a Real old building, mommys tryin to find out more bout it but it’s on the historic thingy an everything! ahhh here’s the Best part Aunties, it’s also a pet cemetery! So I just Had to stop by an thank St Francis for takin care of all us little ones! Wasn’t that the Best Aunties?! I have soooo much to be thankful for don’t I? Specially for havin You to share it with!!Missy  

Missysmom

Missysmom

 

Bestest food day EVER!!!

Tara: Oh Aunties, yesterday my tummy was sooooo full.  It was FAB!!! It started off with breakfast.  Cos Mum was doing chicken wings, and she knows that I like the pointy triangle bits wot are on the end.  So she skissers them off for me.  There were some on the floor, so I hoovered them up.  Cato missed out cos he doesn't like raw chicken bits.  He is weird. So then it woz breakfast proper time.  And Mum puts our food in the bowls and stands back.  Only she made some kind of mistake, cos there woz less food in my bowl than usual?!?!  Cato's bowl had the normal amount, and mine was half empty!  But I ate it anyway, cos you never know when the next food is coming, do you? Meanwhile, Cato is sitting there blinking at his bowl, cos he was just waking up, and he doesn't really like chicken/beef and we have been eating the chicken/beef dinner for 2 days now.  I keep telling him the faster he eats up his chicken/beef dinner, the faster we get on to the tripe and lamb and venison ones.  But he is stupid. So, then the doorbell goes, which is very exciting!  And we all rush to the door to say hello to the nice parcel man, and Mum won't let us bounce on him, and has a chat with him.  And I suddenly remembered that there was a food bowl with food still in it!  So I left Cato and Mum dealing with the parcel man, and I went back into the kitchen and tidied up the left over food.  Cos I am good like that. Then Mum comes back and says 'Oh Tara!' in that weird voice that she uses sometimes when I am supposed to have done something wrong, but I woz just tidying up, wozn't I?  And Cato didn't want it. So then a bit later Cato does his silly sicky bile throwup and gets hand fed cooked chicken!  Not fair!  I was still starving, and I only got one piece of cooked chicken, and he got lotsandlotsandlots.  He is such an attentionseekar. Mum gave me a cuddle and poked my tummy a bit and said 'I am surprised you haven't burst, young lady!' And then I went to sleep cos I woz suddenly veryveryvery tired.  

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Our Walks!!

Hi Aunties, Missy here! I member Auntie Jo asked awhile back bout our walks and what they were like at our new house, so we wanted to show you! We been beggin and beggin mommy to take some pics and show you! Sooo she’s taken some and well there from different days, you’ll see some were Real cold! anyway I get to start!! Here’s one of the spots I like to go, you’ll see why! Thered some logs and i get to climb! I got Molly to go back here and she Liked it Too!! Mommy says once it’s cold long enough we can go waaay back in the woods! I can’t wait!   Ok, well we haven’t got to go to the cemetery yet soo, i’m Off and Molly can tell you her part!   Hey Aunties, Molly here and I got the Best part an mommy had a Big surprise for me today!! first, here’s the way I like to go! You can kinda see way down by the curve to the left is one of the fields I like! I Finally got Missy to go this way!! An see she found it Real sniffy too! Here’s our first field! It was Real sunny that day, but here’s part of the field for you to see! But here’s the Best part! Mommy keeps promising I can go all the way to the end and she let me Today!! Come see! Look at the new field me an Missy found!! An looksee- mommy says this is the area they’re gonna be expanding and putting in a Great Big Park! Ooooh I hope it’s soon cuz I can just walk on down there Any time! Hope you enjoyed seein our walks!Molly  

Missysmom

Missysmom

 

Stormy Skies

Mum: Today's walk was a beach walk. I will let Tara tell you all about it later, but I just wanted to post a few of the sky pics I took because they are pretty amazing. We set off in the car to a blue sky and high white clouds, but in the 10 minutes it took to drive to the beach the dark rainclouds were rolling in... It was a proper bank of cloud, carrying rain (but not a downpour).  Hardly more than a shower. And then it rolled away again. leaving lovely skies in every direction and a beautiful crisp horizon, which meant I could get the best zoomed picture so far of the old fort.

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Wed 15th Nov: Tunneling with Mum

Cato: Dad had to go do shifty stuff, so we took Mum round the big lake and down the tunnel.  It was just starting to muddify, and the sky was really grey. To start with, Mum said 'We are sticking to the path today, cos of all that rain we had.'   But then we walked past the tunnel entrance, and she stopped and had a think.  And she decided that maybe we could try the tunnel and see if we sank in the mud. But it really wasn't very muddy at all!  I think Tara was a bit disappointed, but it made Mum happy.  Mum took one pic of Tara squatting for a big fat poo.  She was so busy piccing green stuff and leaves and stuff that she didn't notice the poo happening in the corner of the pic.  But when we got home me and Mum had a larff about it.  And Dad too.  But Tara kicked up such a fuss that Mum deleted the pic so we can't show you.  It was a very big poo though.  I don't do big fat poos like that.  I can't.  But then I am not a heffalump, am I? This is more of the boring green stuff. And this is more tunnel, and me showing Mum the way out of the tunnel into the field. We did a lot of off road field stuff.  Last time we came this way it was hothothot and Mum had to carry me over the mounds of cut hay.  This time it was all sniffy and soggy. Mum says you have to notice the trees in the distance.  Those aren't bird in the top branches.  They are leaves.  Why are there leaves stuck on the top of each tree?  Why only the top?  Mum says it is weird, cos the top bits are the windy bits, aren't they?  So the leaves should have fallen off by now.  Stands to reason. These are the same trees but the bottom bits where they grow out of the ground. Did you see the people in the distance.  They had lots of paws with them.  One of them was called Reg, and he fell in love with Tara.  He was sniffing and bowing, and yelping and inviting her to play, and desperately in love.  Only she got a bit freaked out and ran to Mum.  In the end Reg went off with a broken heart.  He didn't want to play with me.  I think he liked Tara cos of her silly bows.  He wouldn't feel like that if he had seen that poo. Oh, and this is one of our lake bridges.  The sniffy bits, of course.   And here is Mum doing lake pics, cos she is still fussing with the new camera.  I mean, I don't mind.  Cos it means we can show you our walks again.  But... you can have too many pics, can't you? These are interesting men building an interesting memory bench.  This one is made of bits of tree.  So it is different and will be sniffier than normal memory benches.  The bright green stuff was a barrier so me and Tara couldn't go and investigate the new bench properly, but Mum says the barrier won't be there for ever, and one day I will be able to go sniff and widdle on it properly. This is us playing Truffle Hound while Mum sits and looks at the lake, and people walk past and say how cute we are.   They try and walk along where my TruffleTreats are sometimes Hawthorn berries with few rosehips mixed in. Pussy willow buds ready for next spring. A duck I couldn't reach to hunt. A gull I couldn't reach to hunt.  It was looking right at me.  Cheeky bird! And us looking down at the ducks from the end of the bridge.

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Living with Arthritis

Instead of carrying on with a earlier post I decided to make a new one so other sufferers could add their pain management and ways of coping with the pain of all arthritis's. Feel free to add your notes as it might help someone else thats going through or just starting suffering. Update 11-18-17 I have religiously been attending physical therapy to exercise the muscles in my affected joints and back to build muscle to support the areas. I am lucky to have a caring woman that modifies standard exercises so I can do them twice daily at home without hurting worse. she's been a angel. My pain medicine was paracedimol plus codeine and it just took the edge off but over months of use became useless as I was taking 2 ever 4 hrs around the clock. The physical therapist quizzed me why I was giving only that when there was more alternatives. Explaining to her that no amount of talking or moaning I did the doctors didn't want to even give me that as it is habit forming and didn't care to do any further. She informed me that she understood that complaint about GP's as she had heard it many times before and I could now be treated and the appropriate  medication could be prescribed through the hospital. She then set up appointment with a pain management doctor their in their department.  I met the doctor who went over my notes with a fine tooth comb and asked many questions then decided I would benefit from a patch that administers pain medication through the skin like those  nicotine patches do, worn for 7 days straight then change and apply a fresh one. It is non habit forming and little if any side affects,....If my skin tolerates it I will be on this for life.  The aim is to get a strength that allows me to get back involved and active in life and able to walk again and sleep longer than 4 hours every night. The drug is used orginally treat nerve pain but from what I have been reading on those sorts of patches it been given to chronic elderly arthritis sufferers with great success for a while now There was another medicine but a pill but side affects caused great stomach upset and vomiting it right back up so we choice together the patch. Starting off at the lowest dose and slowly raising it up if it wasn't strong enough would be done through the GP but Did Not have the authority to stop it or alter it without the pain managements approval. Finally I have found someone to help, listen and work with me as I have been getting steadily worse very year and more immobile. I start the patch next Tuesday and it will take several weeks to get the full benefits felt from it....For the first time I am very hopeful and have something to look forward to. I will post the name of the patch once I receive it, maybe someone else here already uses it also.

PipsMom

PipsMom

 

Cato would qualify for Mensa

Mum: Tara found a bone under the couch this evening. I am not proud of this, but there we are.  I run the kind of house where bones are, occasionally, found under couches.  At least it made Tara happy. One bone. Two dogs.  Finders keepers.  So obviously Cato wasn't quite so cheerful. It took a while, but eventually he managed to organise things to his satisfaction:  First he sat and watched Tara chewing.  Then he sat and had a think.  Then he went over to the doorway and sat down facing me.  The pressure of his gaze was quite impressive. When I failed to produce Bone no 2, he had another little think and moved on to Plan B:  This time he did his Wanna Play barklet, with the mini Play Bow and slight hop.  So he either wanted food (already eaten), a brush (already brushed) or A Game (oh yeah!).  So I grabbed a python and started waggling it... er... wrestling for my life. Hero that he is, he rushed in to save me from the monster and we had a good ol' tug o war, complete with growling, snarling, leaps and pirouettes.  It was an epic battle. So epic that Tara found it irrisistable, and came to join in. Which was, of course, exactly what Cato had intended all along.  For all the noise and bluster, Tara had moved less than 18 inches away from that bone before Cato dropped the Python, abandoned me, and swooped in like a stealth commando to scoop the bone to the safety of the hearth.   Where he is still chewing it with intensity. Meanwhile, Tara and I played Python for at least 10 minutes before there was enough of a lull for her to notice him chewing. She is now lying, bereft and boneless with her back to Our Hero.

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Sun 12th Nov 17: Storm incoming!

Tara: It was FAB!!!! We went out to the sausage place with Mum and Dad.  It woz windy and cold and blue sky sunny and sniffy and fun.  The wind swirled around my knickers and I was all bouncy and hoppy, and nearly tripped Mum up.  And we were looking for cats EVERYWHERE!!! The floor is always too clean! But then when we had sat under the table for AGES and had our water and our treats and our sausages, we went outside and look! The sun had disappeared! There woz a blig black rainy stormcloud rolling in!!! So we had to dash (well, if you count slow human walking as dashing) home!  It was a long way, and 'no time for sniffing Cato!' and 'hurry up Tara, you can widdle at home!' and we trotted and trotted and trotted and got home just before the big fat splatty rain drops started splooshing on me! And it woz too runrunrun to take any more picses, so just two today, and none of me or Cato!

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Sat 11th Nov 17: Sniffy alley

Tara: My turn!  Dad has to go and do his shifty work today really early - like just after lunch.  So we had to take him and Mum out for our walk this morning.  It was sniffy road walking too, not running-about-on-grass, cos Dad needed to get some bread stuff for his tea at work.  But I love my Dad and I didn't mind.  Besides.  There were CATS!!! This is cat 1. we couldn't see it, but we could sniff it!  Cato did his Hunting Thing.  All quivery and pulling at the leash.  And Mum didn't help.  She could have pointed out the cat, couldn't she? we have seen that cat before.  it is all cool and superior.  it just sits in the sun and looks at us, while we tryandtryandtry to GET IT! Snot fair! This is a sky pic for AuntieCrystal.  Mum was sitting in her chair behind Costa (the place that doesn't have sausages ) and she leaned back in her chair and pointed the camera at the sky. This is the tree behind Costa.  Mum says there are hardly any leaves left now. Oooh look!  A cousin.  He didn't see us at all. This is my water bottle, and my jaffa cake treats, and Mum's hot choc.  She only drinks half of it on account of there being too much of some sugar stuff in it.  And I am not allowed to finish it on account of there being some choc in it wot I can't eat. Mum did a special close pic of her choc bubbles, just because she could. Mum says I shouldn't call them jaffa cakes cos they will confuddle you aunties.  But that is wot we call them.  They are really yummy.  Made of squished up dried meat and veggies.  We get one ripped up into pieces when the drinks arrive.  and we get another one when we leave the cafe if I haven't been a pest.  I am never a pest.  So I always get a jaffa cake.  (Mum says: for those of you not in the UK, you may not have heard of Jaffa Cakes.  They are like cookies, but different.  A small cookieshaped piece of cake, with a blob of orange jelly on top, covered with chocolate, with the same markings as those dog treats) So then we went and got bread for Dad.  Mum went in shopping and Dad stayed out with us and we met some nice people.  They always want to stop and say hello cos I am so cute in my blue bows, and Cato is just Cato. This is the way home.  It is the sniffiest alley ever! And there are side alleys behind the houses. And look!  two more CATS.  They were too far away for us to GET THEM.  So we let them stay looking all cool.  This time. This was a really good sniff.  Cato sniffed for longer than me cos he is sniffier. This is me realising that we are close to home again!  Yay!  I was busting for a widdle, cos I don't like widdling in public.  That's cos I am a girl.  Boyz like showing off their widdle.  Cos they are weird.  Like Cato.

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Fri 10th Nov 17: Yay! Town Park, flowers, pics n stuff

Cato: I have to blog this one Aunties, cos Tara is sulking.  She says there aren't enuff pics of her.  But I think there are more pics of her than me - and lots of pics of flowers.  But I mustn't complain, cos it meant Mum and her new camera and me and Tara and Dad all had a really nice walk. Mum says that everyone should notice the focus n stuff.  Just nod.  That is what I do.  It makes her happy. This was some very good sniffing.  And those leaves on the path are getting lovely and squishy squelchy underfoot.  Mud is coming! Lots of Autumny colours and sniffs And look at these ducks!  I really wanted to Hunt them and Eat them!  But they were all scared of me!  ha!  Tara didn't want to hunt them, and she stayed back or she would be in the pic too. All these ducks are coming to see Mum and Dad cos they think we have bread and boring old duck food.  But we don't. This was near the ducks.  This is the only pic of Tara, so make the most of it.  She says I have to point out the blue bows. Mum likes this pic of me, even though she trimmed my eyebrows this morning, and I am a bit lopsided.  She wants to do my tail next.  Gulp. This pic is with the zoomy thing.  It is Ted and Lola with their humans.  They are 5andahalfmonths and they are half Shih Tzu and half Bichon.  They were nice. This is Archie.  He was very interested in Tara's knickers!  She put her tail down to cover them up. Then Mum decided to do some stuff with the camera, and me and Tara and Dad went and had a sit down at a bench, with water and treats and Truffle Hound.  Dad had a cup of tea in a paper cup too.  And a slice of carrot cake.  Tara wanted some carrot cake until she got some.  But then she decided she didn't and spat out soggy carrot cake.  Dad said 'What a waste'.  But Tara didn't care. This is with the zoomy thing too.  Cos Mum and Dad couldn't read the sign until they zoomified.  Haha!  It is HUGE in the pic, but it was really a loooong way away. These are Mums pics Bet you were waiting to see how this camera takes rose pics, eh? in the shade same rose, in the sun.  what a difference!  All I did was shift 2 feet to the right so that I was no longer blocking the sun on the flower. The last camera struggled with subtle shades of green, and used to saturate with bright reds.  This one seems to do much better   Mum: As we were walking round the park, we noticed a couple of houses for sale.  This one looked nice.  Very big.  Way outside our price range, I am sure! zoomed and it has a view of the fountain through the trees.  

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Mum's new camera delight

Yesterday the light was awful, so I just played with the software.  Had to download new Firmware, which was a new experience! Anyway, these were taken in the garden during my lunch break 10 mins ago, and now here they are for your delectation. The sky really is that grey, and the light really is that dull.  But the colours seem very true.  I didn't phaff with zooming in or anything, just bent down close to the flowers and snapped away. These are my pretty little cyclamen, valiantly blooming This is (astonishingly) an oriental poppy which stopped flowering a couple of months ago, died back, and has now resprouted and thrown out a single lushious bud and flower.  It was so windy that it took 4 shots before I got one that wasn't blurred. This is a wind action shot.  These grass heads are marvelous, but it is really too windy to get anything useful. Self seeded wall fern.  I LOVE them. And a brave little primrose flowering about 5 months early, bless it. All those were closeups, so I decided to go for one distance shot to compare with the dreadful ones in the last blog.  Still dull, but it is in focus, and the light really is like this.  No pink tones or blue tones.   Looking forward to using it in sunlight, and on Cato and Tara - who, incidently, were offered a photoshoot in the garden but preferred to stay snuggled up in the warm, reclining on their beds.  Little brats.  I bet they will be whinging later, cos it is all so booooorrrrrriiiiiinnnnnngggggg!!!!! So far, the camera is working out great.

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Mum's camera woes

Mum: Going to show you one of the reasons why the blogging has been missing lately. About a month ago my lovely Nikon Coolpix S33 camera died.  It had been losing battery charge very rapidly, and I had changed the rechargeable battery once, to no improvement.  Then it decided to not switch off, and just blink a light at me until the battery ran down.  It still charged, but then it just ran the battery flat immediately afterwards. So, new camera.  Which arrived and I instantly thought, hmmm this may have been a mistake.  V cheap flimsy case, the door to get at the memory card, battery and charging socket wouldn't open to start with.  And then it wouldn't close easily.  But I charged it up and went out with the beasties, and not one of those first day's pics was good enough for blogging.  Not one.  All were out of focus.  All looked shaky.  The light was dull and cold. But I kept trying, adjusting settings, trying different conditions, and believe me when I say that the pics below are the best I have ever taken with it - and I think they are terrible.  Nothing is properly crisp and in focus.  It was a dull day, but not as dull as it looks... I mean, you can barely make out C&T's faces!  And what is the weird pink tone on the tarmac path? Anyway, the camera is going back 'faulty', because I don't think that a camera that takes every pic out of focus, dark and grey-pink is working properly. Next one is already ordered. Fingers crossed for it, eh?

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Halloween!

Hi Aunties, Molly here!! I wanted to tell you all about my very first Halloween! I think I left off with me and Missy gettin ready to go find some little goblins! but First we had to get our pumpkins ready, we had some scary ones!! We checked em out good!! Then we got em All on the porch! an we waited... we Thought they was coming Lots of times... but Nope, no body came Aunties... Missy Tried to go next door... she got All excited when mom said they went door to door and She thought She could go door to door! But mommy said no! i gotta back up some Aunties... we spent the last few days watching the strangest thing happen to our driveway... it went from grey and bumpy, mom says it’s called gravel.. to black and smooth, she says that’s blacktop! Anyway we watched it all, can you see the big machine Aunties? soooo it was blocked off on Halloween.. but mommy an daddy took us out to the road but no body was there... daddy says they were either too old or too young— I don’t get that Aunties, who Wouldn’t want to see us And get candy!! Anyway We had a Great time with mom and dad and Our pumpkins!! And mommy an daddy have 5 bags of candy they Have to eat now!! Molly & Missy

Missysmom

Missysmom

 

Emma

God! How I hate writing this entry.... It's been a week as of last night that you have gone missing and I can't believe you disappeared into mid air! You have always been my problem child but you were always loved, and you knew it. 15 yrs 4 months 11 days, and all but the 1st 8 weeks of your life... you were my Lil Em. Now you've left me guessing if you're someone else's Emma or if you have left us to join your sister, Baby, at the bridge. We've been through a lot together and I thank you for being there for me, this is not how it was supposed to end. I still have hope that I will find you, whether the outcome will be good or bad as I will not give up on you...just as I have never given up on you.     

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Aunties, it isn't right!

Cato: You know how much we love Mum and Dad.  We do!  And we love walking and sniffing and snuggling and wrestling with pythons and EVERYTHING.  So we are happy.   We are. But... we used to do more walks.  Back when Mum was taking dictation and me and Tara were blogging every day, it was HARD work! But we got to go out all the time, and went to interesting sniffy places.  Different every day.  And it was hot and sunny and nice.  And muddy and fun. For ages and ages and ages we haven't been doing that.    We don't get big long sunny rambles.  And we don't get to go to new places.  It is all rushing to go to the square field, or Foxy park, or street walking, and sometimes the big Lake Park.  We haven't been to the sand dunes for EVER.  Or Bear Park.  Or our big soggy rocky beach with seagulls and seaweed. Mum says it is cos of Work Stuff.  And short lunchtimes.  And Autumn weather and stuff. But it is just sad.   And I think it is cos her camera died, and the new camera is horribubble and she can't make it work properly.  All blurry. I miss our walks.     Tara: Yeah!  

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We’re Clean!!

Hi Aunties, i just had to come on and let you know we Finally got a bath and haircut!! I’m not gonna say how long it’s been but it was a LOOOOONG time, with the move and all! Mommy said she figured out how to make us not complain bout baths! But boy did mom Complain, it took her All day to do us both, our hair was Long!!  I just wanted to sleep after cuz I felt sooo good! Whatcha think Aunties?! I look pretty much the same huh? But she took Lots off! Hey Aunties, Molly here! Look see what I got! A robe!! And daddy put Me on a pillow after my bath and I felt just like a Princess! Missy was jealous!! and Look, mommy redid my tail and I like it Lots better! All my hair grew back Really thick, I was Real glad to get it cut!! then me and Missy went and chased the squirrels, here’s my ‘action’ shot!! We Almost got em too!! Ok well... Missy wants to tell ya bout her ‘drama’ today.. Aunties, Molly don’t take this serious but it IS! See... every Sunday now Daddy takes us to our favorite cafe for breakfast, after Church... well, we don’t go to Church, but you know what I Mean! Anyway today all these people were pawin all over us... well Not Molly she hid under the table and daddy’s legs.. but Me yep they was All over me... One lady even took pictures, I mean that’s just tooo Much! And so I Barked, and Barked and daddy said it had got too Much! I agree it’s like Puparratzii all Over us! We can’t even eat our breakfast in peace! Soooo we ain’t goin No more! Nope mommy says they’ll just bring it home to us and we can eat in peace! Then we can go durin the week when not so many people are there and she won’t let them come near us No More! See Molly’ll figure out it’s Serious! See.. it Really stressed me out! I Knowd you’d understand Aunties! Missy Aunties, I told ya it was just ‘drama’, I don’t care where I eat, I just wanna Eat!! Molly

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Grandad's Garden

Cato: Hello Aunties.  This blog is me cos Tara can't remember so far back.  I can remember cos these pics were taken the day that my wonky leg was unwonked.  So I will never ever ever forget.  We went out for a pic walk in Grandad's Garden just before I met nice MrMcT and he unwonked me. Last time we went to stay with Grandad and Grandma, the garden looked very different.  There was a whole new flowerbed wot was all bare earth which is good for widdling and scratting, cos Grandad had only just laid the big yellow slabs for the path, and he had hardly put in any boring green stuff.  He had bigbigbig plans for the flowerbed.  Which wasn't very interesting, really.  Cos I was busy sniffing the fox poo and the pigeon poo and the fallen bird food! This time there was green stuff EVERYWHERE, and hardly any space to widdle in the new flowerbed.  And lots of boring old established green stuff.  But Mum says you will find it interesting, so we have to show you. This is the new flowerbed from the patio doors where me and Mum and Tara slept.  Well, Mum did work stuff and me and Tara slept. And this is closer.  Those stone things are something called a bubbly fountain wot Grandad put in.  Sometimes it bubblified and sometimes it didn't.  And sometimes it lit up.  And sometimes Tara licked it. This is us doing our investigation sniffs.  Tara liked widdling near here.  Grandad kept talking about brown patches on the lawn.  Haha! These are the big yellow path slabs.  I like walking on them, when I do my patrols. Boring bearded iris stuff.  Grandad says they did well cos this is their first summer.  They will get biggerer and biggerer. These are the runner beans.  Grandma loves runner beans.  She even gave me some.  Yuck!  I licked them and then spat them out.  I bet Carrera would LOVE them. This blue bench is Auntie's.  Auntie is Mum's sister.  Auntie and Uncle moved a bit ago, and they have left a lot of plant stuff and blue benches and blue pots all over Grandma and Grandad's garden.  They are going to take them to their new house when they have time.   See all the brown patches?  Tara says it isn't her.  She says she couldn't widdle that much.   This is more plant stuff.  Mum did tell me all about it all, but I kind of wasn't listening. Tara climbs everywhere.  See those little black pots?  Those are something called Grandma's Special Roesmary Seedlings, and I wasn't allowed to widdle on them. All the other pots belong to Auntie and will go with the blue bench to Aunties place soon.  I did widdle on them. On the last night, while I was doing my Late Night Patrol and Last Widdle, I had a Cat Adventure!  It was very exciting. I like to go out of the patio doors, and go all the way around the perimiter (that is a technical patrolling term).  I go along the path all around the peryimeter, and sniff everything, and Mum stands in the doorway and says things like 'Come on Cato, it hasn't changed since your last patrol' and 'Hurry up, bedtime'.  And stuff like that.  But I have to do my patrols properly.  You never know what might have happened, or who you might meet.  And this time I met a HUGE big fluffy Persian Siamese cat thing.  In MY garden.  On MY patrol!!!  I stood still and looked at it.  And it stood still and looked at me.  And it was a kind of standoff.  Then Mum said 'What is going on Cato?  Am I going to have to come and fetch you?'  And the cat knew that I was part of a big brave Pack with Mum as a Pack Leader and me as the Very Important Scout and Patroller, and it knew that it would be in BIG TROUBLE if it didn't run away veryveryvery fast.  So it did.  Run away I mean. So then I finished my Patrol and everything was OK. Tara didn't even see the cat. She is such a girl, isn't she?

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