Monday, May 23, 2016


Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  Yep, it's Monday!  Back to work, right?

Me.  Working.

What? No, it just looks like I'm laying around ... on the comfy bed ... in the air-conditioned house.  I am on Guard Duty AND I'm supervising my mom while she's out in the garden.

It's a tough job, but remember - I am a Working Breed!  I was born for this kind of thing!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Who would like to go look around the gardens today?  There are all kinds of things going on out there, guaranteed to help you feel serene!  Let's start out front with some fun shots!

How about we start out front!  The Clematis by the mailbox is finally blooming!


Mom was playing with a new lens.  Here's another:

Hen and Chicks

And one last shot with the Fish Eye lens:

Dragon's Blood Sedum

Down in the Butterfly Garden, the Hummingbird Mint is blooming like crazy!

Hummingbird Mint

And down near the Wildflower Garden, the newer Hummingbird Mint is starting to bloom!!!

The other Hummingbird Mint

Just down from that, Mom put in some huge sunflowers last Fall.  They aren't blooming yet, but the plants look good:

Maximillian Sunflowers

If you look past the sunflowers, you can see the Wildflower Garden.  Mom put a bunch of new stuff in there this week:  Black Eyed Susans, Yarrow, Coreopsis, Blanket Flowers - and ordered more things, too!  Some of the coneflowers she put in in the Fall are ready to burst!  Here is one:

Cheyenne Spirit Coneflowers

Here's an over-all look at the Wildflower Garden:

The Wildflower Garden

It will look much fuller when the plants mature!

If you stand in the Wildflower Garden, and look up the hill, you see the Friendship Garden:

Looking up at the Friendship Garden

All the tiny sedum cuttings Mom put in in the Fall are taking hold and are growing!  She's very happy about that!

If you step up on that rock wall to your left and turn, you have a nice view down the first tier of the yard:

Top tier

There are Blue Oat Grasses, lots of different sedum varieties, some spirea bushes, the Amur Maples -- and the long grass area is a great place to run, run, run!!!

Here's a look at the next tier down:

Bottom tier

The grassy area down there is perfect for playing Siberian Rules Fetch!  Anyway, in the shot, you can see the Magic Carpet Spirea, Feather Reed Grass, a Switch Grass, near the end - the Lavender!  Here's a better look at those:

Lavender, just starting to bloom!

I wish you could smell it - it would make you feel so good!

Thanks for walking through the gardens with me!  Have a lovely, serene Sunday.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Armed Forces Day 2016

Hello and greetings to all! Cam and Mags here! Today we would like to wish all of those who serve or who have served honorably in our nation's military a very happy Armed Forces Day!

"Hey, Cammie.  Do your war face!"
"This is my war face!"

     Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is a day to honor those who have fallen in the service of our country - our war dead.
     Veterans Day, the 11th day of November, is when we honor those who served or who are serving in combat.
     Armed Forces Day, the third Saturday in May, is a day we celebrate and thank all those who served or who are serving in our military.

To all of you who serve or who have served honorably in the branches of our military - Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard -

- we appreciate you, we honor you, and we pray for you daily.

"Dad's my favorite soldier of all time!"
"Mine, too!"

Happy Armed Forces Day!   We know we have you to thank for the freedoms we enjoy every day.

Cammie and Mags

Friday, May 20, 2016

New DVDs!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Cam and I got a terrific package in the mail the other day - a set of DVDs we won in a giveaway sponsored by our pal Oz the Terrier!!

Mom unpacked them, then let me take a look.  I am, after all, the TV and movie aficionado around here!  I gave the boxes a quick read ...


... and then gave Cammie a call!

"Cam!  You've GOT to check these out!"

The star of BOTH movies is a Malamute!!!  How cool is that?!?!

"Oh, he's so handsome!  How do I open this thing?"

Cammie wanted to open the first movie up right away and stick it in the DVD player!  Mom said she wanted to get a couple shots of us with them first.

"OK, but then we can watch the movies, right?"
"We do get to watch them, right, Mom?"

Mom has this thing about not watching sad movies.  Even the classics.  You know - like Bambi ... Charlotte's Web ... need I even mention Old Yeller?  Yeah.  Anything where an animal gets hurt or killed and CLICK.  Off.  We worked on her a bit:

"But the Malamute's in BOTH movies, so we know he'll be OK!"
"Yeah.  C'mon, Mom!"

She mentioned a strong possibility of having movie night over the weekend!  Yea!

Anyway, these movies sure look like good family viewing!  Thanks so much to Oz for sponsoring the giveaway!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Trippy-Trap Bridge

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Maggie and I have gone on some wonderful walks lately; a few times, we've walked the long way around the park.  When you do the long walk around the park, you have to cross the Trippy-Trap Bridge!  I think you're all familiar with the Trippy-Trap Bridge, aren't you?  Right.  The one that a scary troll lives under - and there are goats involved and stuff.

Here are a couple shots of us, crossing said bridge:

"Cam!  Check that side for the troll!"
"No sign of him - or the gruff Billy Goats!" 
"Excellent!  Let's go!"
"And we wouldn't be scared of you anyway, Troll!!!"

I think we could handle a troll.  A bunch of Billy Goats might be a different story - especially gruff ones!!!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Rainy Day In Kansas

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Today is the second rainy day in a row here in the great state of Kansas.  There is no lightning involved, so we did the very BEST thing to do in this kind of situation - we took Mom on a walk!

The Hudson Trail is lovely when it's raining!

"This is awesome, Cam-a-roo!"
"Isn't it?  I love the feel of the rain against my furs!"

We decided to take a little detour and go down this path to the right:

"Let's go right!"
"Yeah, Mom.  Let's go right!"
"Good idea, girls!"

She often lets us choose the route like that.  She said something about wanting to take a right anyway, to avoid some mud on the trail.  Frankly, if we'd known there was mud, we would have opted to stay straight!!!  Isn't the Hudson Trail wonderful?

Anyway, before we took the other path, I stopped to smell the daisies:


On the way back home, we paused for a photo-op:

Me and Mags

There's a chance a game of Crazed River Otters broke out after that.  A pretty good chance.

Speaking of which, we may have have another round or two after we got home.

After that, Mom finally remembered something.  A couple of weeks ago, our lovely kit-cat friend Madi showed us a cool magazine dedicated to her state - North Carolina.  We told her that we have a magazine like that here, too - Kansas! Magazine - and we've been meaning to show it to her and all of you!  We just got the latest issue in the mail the other day - with a special magazine about our state parks!

Me and Mags - and Kansas! Magazine!

Isn't that cool?  The magazine has beautiful photos of all the wonderful things you can go see and go DO in Kansas!  It's pretty awesome!  I wonder if there are any articles in there about how wonderful it is to walk in the rain?  They should.  It feels so good.  So does breaking out into a game of Crazed River Otters.  ... speaking of which, I feel another round coming on!

Enjoy your day!