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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

More From Our Sunday Walk

 Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  I thought I'd share some more cool discoveries with you from our Sunday walk.  Ready to get going?

We headed out nice and early:

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"Mom and Dad said we're going somewhere special today!
"I'm so excited!"

They said we were going to go past all the KSU stadiums again, but take a different route!  How exciting! Ragnar and I love going different ways!

One place we had never been before was this big intersection:

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"Wait for the light, everybody!"
"Also check for traffic!  
Safety first!"

That was a little nerve-racking for Mom, but we handled it like champs!  My favorite part was when some guy rolled down his truck window and said how pretty we are.  That happened a couple times during the walk.  Too bad they couldn't stop and give us ear rubbies or anything.  Anyway -- on to the adventure!

Before too long, we came to this building:

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"Kansas Forest Service?!?  I didn't even know we had forests!"
"Me, neither!"

Who knew?  (To learn more about the Kansas Forest Service, please click here.)

We walked up a lovely hill; the bank at the top was where the plaque for Bluemont College was located.

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"39 degrees, Mags!"
"I thought it felt a bit toasty!"

It was really pretty nice out for all four of us!

We made a turn toward the stadiums and found another thing Raggi and I had never seen:

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"Huh!  Check it out, Mags!"
"USDA Center for Grain and Animal Health Research.  Hmm."

They do all kinds of stuff there, apparently.  You can read all about it at this link.  All kinds of research goes on here in Manhattan.  Did you know the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) is here?  It's still under construction, but it will open in 2022.  It's what was at Plum Island, only it will be bigger.  It's right by the Vet School.

Moving right along ...

After the stadiums, we cut over by the hospital to avoid road construction. 

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"Check out the cool sculpture, Mags!"
"Very colorful!"

For those wondering, Dad did not let him lift his leg on it.  Besides, he was pretty much out of ammo by then, anyway.

I saw something that caught my eye by St. Thomas More Church!

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"Squirrel!"
"Forget the squirrel - the sign says there's a COOKIE CAROUSEL!"
 
I checked, but sadly there were no carousels made out of cookies. Or even cookies on carousels. Basically, no cookies anywhere. The whole thing was a cruel hoax.  Maybe closer to Christmas.  I'll keep you posted on that!

We were further north on the loop back home, so we got to go under the big road instead of having to cross it.

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"We aren't taller than 15 feet 5 inches, are we?"
"Our shadows might be!  Ha roo roo roo!"

Such a fun walk, with so many interesting things to see!  Thanks for coming along with us!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher   

Monday, November 23, 2020

She-What?!?

 Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  

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"Can you see me OK??  Maybe I should get closer."

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"How's this?  Oh.  Too close?"

Sorry.  I might have booped the camera with my snooter.

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"Better?"

OK!  So ... the other night after dinner, Maggie and I were playing ever so sweetly and gently for a while.  I mean a long while.  I mean we may have gone outside for a potty break we were playing so long.  But like ... sweetly.  Right, Mags?!?

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"Yeah, exactly right, Ragnar.  Pay no attention to Mom!  Oh!  Line of Duty's on!"

We really like that show - so we settled in to watch with Mom.

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"Zzz ..."
"Good puppies!!!  How could I have accused you two of shenanigans?!?"
"Zzz ..."

I'm not sure what those "shenanigans" are, but I AM sure Maggie and I are totally innocent.  Right?

Sköl!

Ragnar

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Serene Sunday

 Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Ragnar and I took our mom and dad on a wonderful walk this morning!  We did the "to the stadiums" route, but we went a different way.  All new smells -- it was fabulous!  We even learned a little history on the way, and we thought we'd share that with you!

We were at the corner of Claflin and College, an intersection Mom and Dad have driven through TONS of times -- but when you walk, you see different stuff!  Like this:

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Bluemont College Historical Plaque!

 How cool!  Our dad especially likes historical stuff.  The plaque reads:

SITE OF 

BLUEMONT COLLEGE

ESTABLISHED FEBRUARY 3 1858

BY

BLUEMONT CENTRAL COLLEGE ASSOCIATION


FOUNDED BY

JOSEPH DENISON     ISAAC GOODNOW

S.D. HOUSTON     JOHN KIMBALL

C.S. PARKS     WASHINGTON MARLATT


BUILDING ERECTED 1859

FARM AND BUILDING DONATED TO STATE OF KANSAS

FEBRUARY 3 1863

SITE OF KANSAS STATE AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE

1863-1875


ERECTED BY

POLLY OGDEN CHAPTER D.A.R.

RILEY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 According to another plaque, it looked like this:

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Bluemont College

There's a bank there now.  I wonder what happened to the original building?  Anyway, the names on the plaque helped us understand where a lot of the street, park, and building names around here came from.  And guess what?  Bluemont College went on to become Kansas State University!  If you'd like to read more about it, please click here.

Ragnar and I thought it was too bad they don't have statues of those early settlers of our town.  We jumped up on some nearby rocks and ...

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"They could do statues of us here instead, Mags."
"Fantastic idea, Raggi. Strike a serious pose!"

It could work -- right?!?

What a great day - and a great walk!  Thanks for coming with us.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Perfect!

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  We have a couple dog beds in the living room that get moved around from time to time.  Mom left them piled up after the bug guy was here the other day.  I hadn't really paid them any mind at all until last night during TV time.

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"Zzz ..."

They're just PERFECT like this!

Sköl!

Ragnar

Friday, November 20, 2020

How 'Bout A Hug?!?

 Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  This morning was kind of weird, with everything all out of order!  We had our breakfast, but then instead of going on our walk, Mom got cleaned up and then she and Maggie left!  In the car!  It was terrible!  

... actually, not really.  I just hung out with Dad.  We did guy stuff.

Anyway ... 

Maggie was gone for about 30 whole minutes and I sure missed her!  I checked her out thoroughly when she got home - she had been to the Vet's!  I could tell.  Something about having to get a shot.

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"I'm OK, Raggi.  Really!"
"Are you sure, Maggie?!?"

She seemed a little sad, so I thought she could use a hug.

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"Mrrrrffff!"
"BOOM!"

I meant a Siberian Husky-style hug!

Oh.  And apparently she wasn't sad, she was doped up on Benadryl to avoid any adverse reactions to the vaccination.  Oh, well.  I think a hug was in order anyway - don't you??

Sköl!
Ragnar

Thursday, November 19, 2020

In Our Spare Time

 Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  As you know, Ragnar and I spend a lot of time working - making sure our mom and dad get enough exercise, supervising Mom in her Studio, helping with household chores, doing cute poses -- all that and more.  We DO have some "down time" though, and I thought - even though our mom thinks the photos are crummy - that you might want to take a look into how we spend our spare time.

Pretty much all of it is spent like this:

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"Hey, Ragnar!  See if you can catch m--"
"BOOM!"
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"Have I mentioned he's mighty fast?!?"
"Check out these moves, Mags!"
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"WOWZERS, Raggi!!!"
"ZZZZZzoooommmm!" 

He is SERIOUSLY fast.  Not any faster than me, though!

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"... and ... BOOM!  Gotcha, Ragnar!"
"Mrrrrffff!"

Mom needs to amp up her action shot skills, don't you think?

Anyway - that's how we spend our off-duty time!  What about all of you?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, November 18, 2020