Saturday, January 21, 2017

We Tried!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Yesterday was a beautiful day here in the great state of Kansas!  Actually, it was like this:

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Foggy!!!

... but we thought it looked cool! And it was great walking weather!

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"Hey, you know what we should try to do, Cam!"
"Yes.  I'm thinking the same thing..."

So we tried!  We tried up by the water tower ...

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"Not yet..."
"Nope..."

We tried down the water tower trail ...

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"Oooh! Just a bit farther, maybe?"
"I think so!"

But we knew once we reached the bottom that we weren't able to do it!

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"Well, we tried to catch the fog ..."
"... but we mist!!!"

Ha roo roo roo.  Sorry; we couldn't help it!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, January 20, 2017

Calling Cadence

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.  As many of you may remember, our great-brother Zim was named after a Drill Sergeant - and he took his Drill Sergeant duties seriously.  I remember when I first got here, he taught me how to walk in formation and everything.  He also spent a good deal of time training Maggie.  Zimmie's spirit is still with us in so many ways!  I think Maggie and I both were channeling him out on our walk the other morning!

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"All right, Cam!  Ready?"
"Ready, Mags!"
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"Lefts, lefts, lefts, rights, lefts!  Count cadence, delayed cadence, count, cadence, count!"
"Hup, hoop, heep, hua...."

I think Zimmie would be proud of us!

Cammie!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

TV Show Reviews

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  As many of you know, I do appreciate a good TV show or movie - and it's been a while since I've posted any reviews.  I thought I'd discuss a few today.

Like many of you, we watched the new season of Sherlock.  There was plenty of action and plot twists - and that was all great!  In one episode, however, they kept breaking busts of Margaret Thatcher, and I found that to be a bit distressing!  I mean ... that's a little too close to home, if you know what I mean!

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Just to clarify, I'm the one on the left.

Yeah.

So, anyway, overall - Sherlock was pretty good.  Except for the smashing Margaret Thatcher parts.

We also watched Agatha Raisin, a rather light-hearted British murder-mystery show.

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"Oooh, there's Agatha with Jemma!  I keep hoping Jemma and Bill will get together ..."

It's got a good combination of humor, mystery, and action!  It's lighter fare, which is sometimes just what you need!

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"I'm pretty sure I know who dunnit."

And, as you can see, it holds my interest!

We also just started watching that series Victoria.  It's an OK show ...

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"Hmm!  British history drama!  This could be good!"

... but they take a lot of liberties with history and frankly, Tori, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who plays Dash, should have had a much, much larger role.  Seriously.  I'm sure my very dear friend Princess Leah would agree with that!

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"Oh, enough already!  Where's Dash?  Zzz...."

Those are my TV reviews for now.  What have you all been watching?  Anything good?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher (you know which one!)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Walking and Birding

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Yesterday morning, our ice melted (yea!) and we got to go on a nice, long walk!  In the rain.  And mud.  And splashy puddles.  It was great fun.  Not too many photos, though.  Anyway, this morning, our skies started clearing finally and we went on a nice, long walk!

Here we are, about to head down my favorite hill to go up:

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"Too bad most of the puddles are gone!"
"I know!  I love stepping in puddles!"

It was nice, even without the puddles.

We saw lots of birdies!  This little one was all by himself:

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Eastern Bluebird

This birdie was part of a big flock that flew off before Mom could focus the camera:

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European Starling

And this guy ...

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"Umm... tweet?"
Eastern Fox Squirrel

... that guy wasn't really a birdie.  Mom thought he was cute, though.  🙄

We saw lots of geese!  Here is a small flock enjoying a swim in the Kansas Ocean:

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Canada Geese

They were probably as happy about the "great thaw" as Mom!

We headed up the trail by the water tower and Maggie and I were very patient girls while Mom and Dad looked for more birdies.

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"I hear things."
"Me, too!"

Mom and Dad saw lots of tiny Goldfinches in the brush, like these two:

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American Goldfinches

It was hard for Mom to get a clear shot, as they kept going deeper into the branches!

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"Look up, Mom!  I see gooses over there!"
"I see gooses over this way, Mom!"

Both Maggie and I were very helpful.  I saw this small flock of Canada Geese flying by:

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Canada Geese

And Maggie spotted this wave of Snow Geese overhead:

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Snow Geese!

Snow Geese always look like they need a good Drill Sergeant to straighten up their formation!

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"I don't really see anything else ..."
"Oh, I do!"

Maggie is really good at spotting things, so we were all curious as to what she saw.

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"What is it, Mags?"
"A STICK!  Still connected.  MIGHTY tasty!"

Mom and Dad thought we should move along after that.  Me?  I thought it was a good find!

We saw one more beautiful birdie on our way home - check her out:

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Female Northern Cardinal

What a great walk - and a great birding spree!  Thanks for coming along with us!

Cammie!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Ice and Pickles

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  We couldn't go anywhere yesterday due to the ice storm, so we played all kinds of indoor games, to include spending quality time with some of our "under supervision only" toys like our Pickles!

Here I am with mine:

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Me and my Pickle

And here is Maggie with hers:

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Maggie and her Pickle

She's better at doing the one-paw thing than I am!

Cammie!

PS:  These photos are actually from last month, because Mom forgot to take pictures of us yesterday, but you get the gist of how we spent some time!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Remember we told you we celebrated New Year's Day by going to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge?  We said we'd eventually share some of Mom's birdie pix with you and I figured since we're stuck inside today due to the ice storm, this was as good a time as any!

Ready to take a look?

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"You might want to get comfy!"

One of the most exciting things we saw was a Great Horned Owl!

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"Who?"

Yes, a Great Horned Owl!  They are nocturnal, so Mom was very surprised to see him in the middle of the morning!  In fact, if Dad hadn't spotted him from VERY far away, she never would have seen him.  Way to go, Dad!  Even though we hear them at night sometimes, Mom has never been able to photograph one in the wild, so she was super stoked about it and considered him a "lifer" (first time sighting).

The other "lifer" for that trip was this tiny birdie:

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White Crowned Sparrow

Maybe not as dramatic as the owl, but it's a mighty cute birdie!

Since we were in a marsh area, we saw some ducks and geese where there was open (non-frozen) water, and several flocks of geese flying overhead.  Here is part of a small flock:

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Greater White-Fronted Geese, with a Canada Goose tagging along for the ride

I wonder if anyone noticed him?

We saw LOTS of raptors, too!  Check out this guy:

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Red-Tailed Hawk on the move!

I'd hate to be a mousie on the receiving end of that flight!

Speaking of flights ... here is a shot of two Bald Eagles in flight:

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Immature and Adult Bald Eagles

They were playing "King of the Branch".  The younger one won that round, but the adult prevailed in the end.  Check him out - he looks like he's posing on top of a trophy!

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"I win!"

They put on quite a show!

Here's another look at an adult in flight:

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Aren't Eagles gorgeous?!?

The other raptor we saw in good numbers were Northern Harriers.  Mom usually sees females, which are darker in color.  She was excited to get some shots of a male that day:

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Northern Harrier male, also known as a Gray Ghost

Getting back to water birdies ... we only saw one Heron.  This guy was out fishing with some ducks:

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Great Blue Heron and Mallards

Here are some more ducks:

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Mallards and a Northern Pintail Duck

It was a great trip!  For more photos, to include a whole series of Bald Eagle shots, please visit our FlickR album at this link.  It's a two-page album (Mom couldn't help herself).

That's a wrap for now.  The ice storm is on us now, and will be, off and on, through tomorrow.

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"...and please keep everyone in the path of the storm safe..."

Stay safe, friends!  And keep it serene!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher