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A fun weekend in the city (by Mom)

Hi, it’s Maggie’s human Elizabeth. Jim and I went downtown (Chicago) this weekend with our fabulous friends, the Serafins. We were celebrating our July birthdays; Joyce, 16th, Jim, 18th, and me, 19th.

I want to apologize in advance for the lack of pictures. While I was out, my phone suddenly died, and then reboot itself and I lost EVERYTHING. So please feel free to use your imaginations!

Our first stop was the Indigo Hotel (Holiday Inn’s “boutique” hotel). I fell in love with this place, because it was all decorated like a beach house. I will caution you that the rooms are very small, so if you’re planning on staying there with kids, get adjoining rooms. On the 2nd floor, they have a fitness center and spa, (which I didn’t get to use this time), but may the next time we go. The hotel was very clean, smelled great, and the staff was friendly. Parking is in the garage next door.

After meeting up with Jim (the other Jim) and Joyce, we went to The Greenhouse Theatre to see their production of, “Little Shop of Horrors”. It was wonderful! Those folks put on a GREAT show, lots of fantastic music and singing, and also very, very, funny. Tickets were only about $20, very reasonable, and live entertainment beats a movie any day in my book!

The staff was also very kind and accommodating. Jim had purchased tickets for the four of us but inadvertently signed us up for the 3:00 matinee. We were nowhere near the city at 3 p.m., so he called the box office and they switched out our seats to the 7:30 p.m. performance. They didn’t charge us anything extra, and were very nice about the whole thing. I would definitely go back there to see another play.

After the show, we walked down the street to the Aquitaine Restaurant. Again, I can’t say enough good things about this little gem. We were their final seating, yet the chef prepared our food fresh to order, served it on real china, and didn’t rush us out the door. The food was excellent and the prices reasonable. The main doors were opened outward, so the cool breeze (it had just stormed) blew in gently while we ate. I had the pear salad and French onion soup. It was just right for a late evening meal.

Overall, despite the electrical storm, it was a perfect weekend celebrating with our friends. Jamie stayed home to keep Maggie company, and he did a terrific job of “holding down the fort”.

I hope everyone had a great weekend, and again, I apologize for the lack of pictures. I am probably going to have to take my phone in for repairs.

Your friend,

Liz

 

 

 

5/15/15 Quiet Day

Woof! Just a quiet day today. Erik came by for a visit, and we played out in the yard a little bit. It was beautiful outside, and I always like to see my favorite people!

Mom’s foot is healing at a rapid rate. She can wear shoes – only one pair, the Converse All-Stars – as they are wide enough and she bought them 1/2 size too big as she was planning ahead for this. She barely limps at all now, and doesn’t need the crutches. I credit myself for having taken good care of her and not stepping on her toe.

We have all the windows open and I can hear all the news in the neighborhood: someone getting a roof installed, the dogs barking, birds chirping, and, while I’m not listening and sniffing out the window, I’m playing with my toy bone on the stairs.

(don’t even think about LOOKING at my toy!)

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This weekend, my humans have to cut the remains of the old swing set up and set it out for the trash collectors. Mom already arranged to have the debris picked up Monday. Secretly, I’m terrified of my humans getting a saw to cut this wood up. It should be very interesting, to say the least. Mom has lots of activity planned for the back yard. I will keep you posted.

Woof! Love, Maggie

3/4/15 Chunkster

Dear God, this winter NEEDS to be OVER. Mom took a full body photo of me and I am losing my girlish figure! I’m turning into a total chunkster!

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Just look at that neck! And that belly! We are supposed to “spring ahead” this weekend (I don’t really understand Human Time), but I don’t think the weather knows it. I could use a long walk in the woods to get some of the weight off.

Dr. Craig is going to shake his head and tell me I’m not a “5” at the rate I am going, so it needs to warm up!

It’s been quiet the past few days. I’ve been keeping my eye on the Cat Sanctuary from the window (I have a spot underneath the computer desk) and, for the first day or two, the cats stayed away. However, I spotted one of the black and white ones sashaying out of there today. I barked to alert Mom and she said that made her feel happy.

Mom was really excited because she was looking for sunglasses in Zeus and she opened up one of his compartments that she hadn’t been in for a while, and while she was rooting around, she found some old CDs that Erik made for her. So she’s been listening to some older mashups like Rihanna/Deadmouse, Christina Aguilera/The Riddler, and Nicki Minaj “Va Va Voom”. We had a lot of frisky play to the music, and as a matter of fact, I came barreling down the stairs with a toy in my mouth when I streaked between Mom’s legs, went into a headlong skid, whacked my ribs on the floor, and cracked my tail against the wall. Mom tweaked out, saying, “Oh, girl, are you all right?” but I just got up and kept running because, well, Mom threw the tennis ball.

I think I’d better get my nails clipped so that I have better traction in the house.

Woof! Love, Maggie

2/19/15 A Special Hello

I wanted to say a special hello to a little girl that I will call, “Ry”. She was worried she wouldn’t hear any more Maggie stories, but I wanted to send her out a tail wag and let her know there would be plenty more of them coming. Woof! And thanks for reading to everyone!

I had a great day today. I didn’t have to spend too much time in the crate, and when Jamie and Mom came home, we had rousing play of “gimme dat” with the new toy. We played for a very long time. The humans would hide, and I would try to keep the toy all to myself. Then they would jump out and chase me. When one of the humans got the toy, we had a lovely tug o’ war. I love that game! We played until my belly was pink from exertion and I was drooling. Then we all had a cool drink. You can see that I am all smiles:

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You can also see where I’ve torn the fabric off the tennis ball. Woof! Mom says I have made, “great, great strides” because when they first adopted me, I was somewhat aggressive about guarding my toys. Now I know that if one of my humans takes my toy, they are going to give it back. So sometimes I will even allow Jamie to take a toy from my mouth. No growling. Mom almost cries when she sees this. She says, “Maggie has grown so much!”

Mom and Jamie are trying hard to keep me exercised and happy, because it is bitterly, bitterly cold outside. The wind was about -30 today, and Mom is beginning to despair that we will never see Spring.

The snow is…weird. It has a film of thin ice crystals on it, and when we do got outside, it crunches like Styrofoam. Sometimes, the snow supports my weight, but other times, I go crashing right through it and land up to my belly in the freezing flakes. I tell you, it is not easy on me. I do my beeswax and make a run for the back door pronto!

Where the sun does not shine next to the house, there is a thick coating of ice. I had to congratulate myself that, when Mom took me out, I DID see the rabbit in the woods, and DIDN’T take off like a Husky pulling a sled. Mom was attached to the other end of my leash, and surely she would have fallen on that ice! I was aware of that, and protected my human. Mom gave me a treat when we got inside.

Now, I think it is time to curl up on my chair and snore loudly. What a fun day I have had!

Woof! Love, Maggie