Tuesday, March 31, 2015


This is Margaret Mae and today is the LAST day of my secret BFF and my adventures.  We have had such a grand time and we hope that you have enjoyed reading about them also.  We also hope you got some laughs from us.  We read somewhere that laughs can cure most of the ails in the world so we were hoping our posts were better than Tylenol.

Gussie in his squirrel outfit.

that was rather dangerous....
Did you bring a ladder BFF???????

Where are the chips and beer mom?

We will always have Paris.......

and Easy

and Oklahoma and Texas...

and OLD SMOKey

And Casey....
And the Texas Map....bhahahahhahah


Wait BFF do you see that NoTe on the door!!!

What does it say???


Don't forget to guess who my BFF is....we will donate monies to the local dog sanctuary and our friend will donate money in their name to their local dog sanctuary...it is a win win situation.


Friday, March 27, 2015


Yesterday Stella had another eye check up. She has been going almost every two weeks.  The vet has tried hard to find a ointment, or drops or anything that would stop the progression of the damage to Stella's left eye....but finally yesterday after she did the tear test and she was even worse after two weeks on her new medicine she decided we had hit a brick wall.  We started this whole eye drops etc. clear back when she was 6 months old.

So she gave me the name of two eye specialists here in Iowa and we discussed a strong possibility that she has severe glaucoma in her left eye, and it could progress over to her right eye.  She also told me that we as adults do not often notice the severe pain that glaucoma causes to their dog or cat.  We have been giving Stella a pain pill each morning, and I have noticed her rubbing her face more with her paws or on the floor etc.  I have also noticed she has a much lower tolerance for Maggie and her bulliness at times.

I have been suspecting this so it was not a big shock but it still broke my heart for her.  I know there are dogs out there who get along fine with one eye, and go about their lives.  I am hoping if it has to be that type of loss Stella will be one of them.  I think she will, she has always shown a brave heart.  I also hope they can stop it from developing worse in her right eye. 

So I will let you know more as we find out.



Before we finish up our story we wanted to let you know about a little contest we are going to be putting on with my secret BFF.   Once our story is done today, we want you to try to guess and leave it in our comments just who this girl/guy is.  Whether it a doggie or cat or piggy or birdie or giraffe (no Jim you cannot enter and neither can any of your family) that guesses who it is...we will make a donation to the Dog Star Sanctuary in YOUR name and to make it double better my Secret BFF said THEY would also do a donation to wherever they live in YOUR name also....WOWZER!!!

So after picking up Casey our local cowdog we headed off to the rodeo.  In our trusty rodeo truck.
We could tell the rodeo was right down the road from all the dust in the air and when we pulled into the pasture to park this is the first thing we saw!!
Casey decided he wanted to enter in the horse throwing you off so hard you hit the ground and bounce competition"...we were so excited for him....GO CASEY!!

He came in second place with enough monies to buy us girls our supper.

My BFF and I decided we wanted to try our hand at our own version of riding a horse ...

Oh we are backwards????  We didn't notice.
We had the grandest time, but then Casey said he had a big ole Texas surprise for us and he pulled this out of his pocket.....

See that red dot SULLY!   WE are getting closer to you buddy.

So after we tried one more time to see Sully's house from on top of ole Smokey we decided it was time to hit the road one last time....

Come here ole smokey.....
And so I leave you with this thought:

Margaret Mae and my BFF

Thursday, March 26, 2015


WELL it all started when we ..as in me and my Secret BFF and JIM went to the WRONG town in Oklahoma looking for Sully.  Since then we have found out that my brother, true and blue Angus slipped us the wrong information about EXACTLY where HOWE is at ....and we ended up wif pie all over our faces.  So of course when we got home this is what happened to GUSSIE.  Bahhahah......

Well being the good-hearted cowgirls that we are we weren't gonna let a little mistake like being the  wrong state at the wrong time stop us..... so we waved goodbye to OKLAHOMA and headed down to Texas.......

Jim was even getting into it, he changed as soon as we crossed the Okla/Texas line.

You can hardly tell he is a baby giraffe anymore can you wif all his getup on.??????  Now my BFF and I we decided we had better change for comfort also so we switched out of OKLAhOMA clothes and changed into our Texas clothes...that way we blended in and Sully would not find us first.

This is me, (yes I have a problem wif my tongue always hanging out...Gussie says the boys think I am so weird because of that...pssft on him)

This is my Secret BFF...can you even tell us apart??

We had one more stop to make.

See we had been on the phone all night just girl talking and yacking to one of Stella Rose's good friends and he offered to go wif us, to the rodeo you know to keep us safe AND most importantly he knew JUST where SULLY lives......so we drove on down to his house and picked him up.

He told us cowboys aren't really afraid of vacuum cleaners baby giraffes so he brought along his poop shooter to keep us safe.  Well, that was news to us!!

We honked the horn of our big ole Texas Rodeo Truck and he came a running out of the house all ready for the rodeo.....

Yep its our friend CASEY!!!

Wait till you see what happens in Part Two.......

We're watching you Sully!
Maggie Mae and BFF

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


I thought I saw you sitting in the sun yesterday.  Sometimes we still hear you meow at suppertime.  We hope you are giving Sammy and Trudie heck up at the bridge.  We have decided we did not need another prison guard, you broke the mold.  We miss you our brother.

Stella Rose, Margaret Mae and Angus McConnell

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

National Puppy Day

We have to do this, cos everyone loves puppies, and everyone needs to smile.

Me at 6 months of age.

Me again.

Maggie at 12 weeks

Maggie when she liked me.

Gussie in the baby swing

Gussie at 10 weeks...

Stella rose


Thank you for all your positive and loving comments yesterday.  Although they brought tears to my eyes, they also reinforced how powerful blogville is when one of their families are hurting. 

Last night I went over to see Macey and she read her first book to me ever by Dr. Seuss.  It was a long book...lol.....and she struggled through some of the words, but she did a great job.  She was very proud of herself, and I was her.

I rubbed her leg and foot and we talked about how different her toes looked on her swollen foot...two of them were so swollen they almost looked like one.  She laughed and said, "look at my weird toes grandma!"   I jokingly said, " as long as when you wake up in the morning they are not yellow and you don't go quack quack then you are just fine...."   She thought that was funny, I had a hard time swallowing.

Our next step is on the 13th she will have two specific tests mapping out her lymphatic system, and showing where the damage is.  This will also show if there is time for any specific treatments or if surgery is needed right away.  We think because of the way insurances are nowdays they will require some type of treatment first.  One in 6,000 children have primary lymphedema....more girls than boys.  As one of you said, hopefully as Macey grows up research will get a better handle on it, and they will have even more ways of treating it.  (her dr. yesterday actually thought she had Cancer before and that is how she developed lymphedema, because primary is so unusual)

On another note some of you know my mom found out a few months ago that she has breast cancer.  She is 79.  After all the tests, we did find out if you had to have it, the type she has and where it is has a good prognosis.  She started her treatments about one month ago, 6 months of hormones, several biopsies during those 6 months, then a lumpectomy and then 33 weeks of radiation.   They put her on a pretty aggressive form of the hormone so she is starting to have some rough side effects, but is trying her best to deal with it.  Yesterday was her first biopsy after beginning the hormones and the tumor had shrunk 1/2 cm.  We were all celebrating as you can imagine!!!!  The dr. said it may not shrink that much each month, but it will shrink......oh happiness.

My favor is this...I am always telling her about my blog, and my friends and the four leggers and since her and my Dad live out in the hills and dips of Southeastern Iowa I wondered if anyone would like to send her a card.  She does not have any friends living anymore, and has Dad and us kids.  I will never forget how your cards made my friend Cindy feel, and she still talks about them, and looks at them.  If you would like to you can send me an email and I will give you their address.  Please do not worry about it if you cannot.  simpson_longatyahoodotcom.

Well, it is girls day out and I know my girls are really to go and have some fun.  I think Maggie and her BFF have a few things planned this week, and then at the end of this month will unveil just who that secret friend is.  They sure have been having a great time.