Saturday, July 23, 2016

That's Fair!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Guess what's in town?  That's right - the Riley County Fair and Kaw Valley Rodeo!  We just HAD to make sure our walk took us through the park yesterday so we could check everything out!

First we stopped by the Snow Cone concession:

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"Wait.  That place over there has Hawaiian Shave Ice - what's the difference?"
"About a dollar.  Ha roo woo roo!"

For some reason, neither the Snow Cone place nor the Hawaiian Shave Ice place is open at 0700.  I have no idea why not - we would have made it worth their while!  Fortunately for us, Dad had our canteen, so we took a couple water breaks instead.

Cam checked out this place:

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"Who's ready for some barbecue?!?"

They weren't open, either.  We decided to check out the animals at the fair instead.

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"Hey, Mags!  Check this out!  Little horses!"

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"Hello, little horsie!"
"Ha roo!"

They were pretty friendly!

We walked around a bit more and I saw these guys!

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"What the what?!!?"

They are SHEEP!  I've never seen sheep in real life before - just the ones who do mattress commercials on TV.  They look a lot different in person.  And wow, are they smelly!  It was quite possibly the highlight of our trip to the fair/rodeo, as far as I was concerned!

Speaking of the rodeo, we walked over to where the rodeo stars hang out during the day next.  Cam wanted her picture taken with this guy:

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"Hey, Mom!  Take my picture with my new friend!"

We are very good girls around horses and most of them really like us.

This guy was Mom's favorite:

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I went over to see if any of these guys would like to meet me.

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"Greetings!  I'm Polargold's Margaret Thatcher!" 

Horses always appreciate good manners.  A couple of them came closer to me ...

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"Howdy, little pup!"
"Would you like to be my friend?"

I figured since he came over to say "howdy" (that's what rodeo stars like him say), he'd like to be my friend.  And so ...

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"!"
"Nose bumps!"

He was a very nice horse!

Even though we didn't get to have Snow Cones, we did have a blast at the Fair and Rodeo!  Thanks for letting us show you around!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, July 22, 2016

Pool Shark 2

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cam.  Last week, I had to fight off a shark attack in the bedroom ... and this week ...

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water ...

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"GASP!"
"Ha-roo ... Cammie!"

That's right - SHARK!!!!!!  It's a Great (Red and) White!  I'm sure it's the same one I spotted last year.  As Police Chief Brody once said, "I think we have another shark problem!"

Cammie!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Splash Party!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  The other morning, Cam and I got super hot on our morning walk, so we decided to have a pool party when we got home!  It was great!

We raced down the stairs to the lower deck:

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"First one down gets to help fill the pool!!!"
"Wait!  I wasn't ready!"

There's a chance I got a head start.

At any rate, I helped fill up the pool while Cam relaxed on the landing.

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"DIG DIG DIG DIG DIG!!!"

I was working hard, as you can see!

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"Yeah ... that's just about right!"

The pool was about ready!  Time to call Cam.  How about a very short video?!?


If the vid won't play, please click here to watch on YouTube.

Cam enjoyed her time in the water:

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"Ahhh... that feels SO GOOD!"

And I certainly enjoyed mine!

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"Squeaky Fish and I had a BLAST!"

Do you like to cool off in a pool after your Summer walks? Even Mom sticks her feety-feet in!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I'm Good!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Maggie and I thought you might want to come along with us on our morning walk today.  Given the projected temps for the day (over 100℉), we got a bit of a later start than what Mom wanted to, but hey!  We were game.

Here we are, heading out:

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"Be alert, Cam!"
"Hunting mode ... ON!"

Those bushes mark the dividing line between our next-door neighbors' house and the next house.  We often see bunnies in there - so it pays to stay alert!

We decided to go down this hill:

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"Look at that view!"
"Awesome!"

Down at the bottom of the hill, you can  (1) turn left - the shortest route, (2) turn right and right (my favorite hill to go up) - the second shortest route, or (3) go right and left - the longest route (past the Kansas Ocean).  Mom let me choose, thinking I'd choose the shortest route.  Now, I admit, normally I would indeed take the shortest route.  BUT my Siberian Husky ID card is up for renewal so I HAD to choose the least-likely way.  I HAD to!

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"Oooh, the Kansas Ocean!  I didn't think we'd go this way!"
Mom:  "I didn't either, Mags..."
"La la la la la ..."

These tiny wildflowers were all over the place:

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Quite possibly Camphor Weed, but we aren't sure

Once we got to the shopping center, we took a little break:

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"This is so fun!  Toasty, but fun!"
"Yep.  And I think my Siberian ID card should be good to go for another year."
"My sunscreen is melting off my face."

Anyway, then we got back out on the big road:

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Maggie and me on a downhill stretch

All three of us had fun, despite the heat!  We made sure to get a big drink when we got inside, and now we're going to chill out in the air conditioning - except for Mom, who is heading back out to do some garden chores.  

As per my Siberian ID card renewal -- I'm good!  (I'm very, very good!)

Cammie!

Monday, July 18, 2016

The New Dryer

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Now that we've had the new washer and dryer for a few days, I'm starting to figure things out.

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"So much lower to the ground!  This is going to be a piece of cake!"

Of course, it would seem the only time I have access to the dryer is when Mom is swapping loads in and out.

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"Hey.  Could you get these towels out of here, please?  And ... step out of the room?"

Seriously.  How am I supposed to get in there if there are a bunch of towels in my way?

I'll keep trying.  Rest assured.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  For Serene Scenery Sunday this week, I thought I'd take you for a stroll around our backyard gardens - how does that sound?  Lots of pretty flowers and serenity back there!  Please get a nice drink of water and follow me on out there.

Let's start up in the Friendship Gar---WAIT!

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"SKINK!!!"

OK, sorry.  Just ... a little lizard-hunting before we get started.  Those Great Plains Skinks have been sighted scurrying under our Skidmore Lilacs!  I must remain vigilant (and true to my Siberian high-prey drive instincts).

The pavers leading to the hose are ones that Cammie told you about a few weeks ago.  She supervised the whole thing.  Awesome, Cam!  OK - Friendship Garden:

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"'Sit on the limestone and don't step on the tiny sedums and Butterfly Weed plants.'  Got it, Mom."

Mom was quite impressed by how well-behaved I was, by the way. Did I mention I'd already been on a 3-mile walk? And that she had treats? I'm sure those are unrelated coincidences.  Anyway, the Friendship Garden is one of our most serene spots.

Heading down to the Wildflower Garden, the first thing to catch your eye is the Coneflowers! Here is a look at a few:

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PowWow Wild Berry Coneflowers

Mom doesn't like to play favorites, but yeowzers, just look at those babies!

Here's an overall shot of the Wildflower Garden:

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"Right.  'Sit.  Stay.'  Whatevs."

In the foreground, you can see her other favorite Coneflowers -- here's a closeup:

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Cheyenne Spirit Coneflowers

So colorful!

Speaking of colorful, to my left -- to your right from where I'm sitting -- are some Blanket Flowers!

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Mesa Peach Blanket Flower

Mom has no experience growing these, but is really happy so far.

Speaking of happy ...

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"Can we please get moving?"

OK -- if we run down the path a bit and stop here ...

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"BIRDIE!"

Oops.  Sorry.  Where was I?  Oh, right.  Here we can see the huge white Rose of Sharon bushes down on the bottom tier.

Continuing down the path, below the Lavender plants, are our Crape Myrtle bushes.

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"Oooh!  Go in for a closeup, Mom!"

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Crape Myrtle, up close and personal.  Errrr... floral?

Aren't they crazy-cool?!?

Our daisies are still blooming!

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Becky Daisy

I wonder ...

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"He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me ... "

Moving right along ... here is one of the Butterfly Weed plants by the daisies:

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Butterfly Weed and Becky Daisies

Mom took oodles of photos; she said I was a really good girl and was very helpful.

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"I must not jump off the wall.  I must not jump off the wall.  I must not ..."

No, seriously.

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"Ooooh!  What's that down there?!?"

Umm... I think this brings our garden tour to a close for this week.

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"Boy howdy, that was fun!"

If you'd like to see more photos of our garden, please visit our FlickR Garden 2016 album!

Have an incredible Sunday - and remember to keep it serene!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher