Monday, February 27, 2017

Sew What?

Greetings to all! It's me, Maggie!  Cam and I went back down to Mom's Studio yesterday to help her do some more sewing!  "Sew what?" you might ask.  (Ha roo roo roo - get it?). New leashes to match our cool new collars!!!

We helped a ton by playing with our pickles, then helped even more by playing round after round of Crazed River Otter Games.  It was exhausting, but I helped even more after that!

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"How's this, Mom?!!?"
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"Nah, no need to thank me!"

Anyway, because of how helpful we were, Mom had our leashes down in no time at all!

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"Look, girls!  We did it!"
"Oooh, very pretty!"
"Awesome, Mom.  Let's go test them out!"

I actually thought we were going to go give them a test drive!  We headed upstairs and out front -- but instead of walking down the street or something ...

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"Thanks, Mom!  I love my new leash!"
"I thought we were going for a walk!  Yeah, yeah.  Sit and look at the camera.  What.  Ever."

Anyway, we really do like them!  I'm sure Mom wouldn't have been able to get them done without our help, though!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fascinated Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  Since we sort of did Serene Scenery Sunday on Friday, I thought I'd move on to something else today.  We'll call it Fascinated Sunday, though Mom took this last night while we were watching TV.

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"Wowzers!"

Frankly, I don't even remember what we were watching, but there was a flock of sheep crossing a street. It. Was. Awesome! I was fascinated!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ready?

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.  The other day, Mom wanted to get a shot of us girls out on the front porch.  She had treats, so ... you know.

We went out and sat for her.  Maggie was ready, but ...

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"Right, Mom.  I'm all set!"
"Wait!  Let me check my fur..."

I wanted to check my fur in the glass door first!  Once I did, she asked for another shot ...

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"Sorry, Mom.  You had your chance."
"Wait.  If you're not going to look at the camera, neither am I."

Sorry, Mom.  It's hard for both of us girls to be ready at the same time!

Cammie!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Our Latest Excursion

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cam.  As Maggie told you, we made a trip down to the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday.  The highlight for us was getting a couple bites of Mom's sandwich; the highlight for Mom and Dad was birdies galore!  Let's take a look at the trip!

On the way down, it looked like this:

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FOG!

We couldn't see anything, so Maggie and I opted to do this:

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"Zzz..."
"Zzz..."

We were called "very good girls" for doing so.

When the fog started to clear, we saw lots of farm fields like this one:

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A fresh crop of Snow Geese!

We also saw a whole lot of hawks on the way down, and at the wildlife refuge.

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Red-Tailed Hawk on the hunt

While Mom was at the edge of a pond, trying to photograph some ducks, this guy kept hopping in front of her camera:

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Red-Winged Blackbird

Mom does love a cooperative birdie!

Out on the pond, she spotted a "lifer" for her (a bird she's never seen/photographed before) -

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Canvasback Ducks (the "lifer" -- with the thin, long bills) and Ring-Necked Ducks

She was quite excited!

The most abundant bird was the Sandhill Cranes. The Quivira NWR people estimated their numbers to be around 7-8,000!

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A few of the Sandhill Cranes we saw!

Mom is working on her video skills (and says she still has a long way to go!) but did manage to capture a bit of the activity:


Please click here to view on YouTube or click here to view on FlickR.

We apologize for the Kansas wind noise.

At times, it was as though they were falling from the sky!

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It's raining Sandhill Cranes!!!

The other "lifer" bird for Mom was Tundra Swans!

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Tundra Swans, a Sandhill Crane, and a couple Northern Pintail Ducks

She was mighty excited!

Among Mom's favorite ducks are these tiny guys:

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Bufflehead Ducks!

She wasn't able to get very close, but it's always fun to see them!

For more photos from our trip, we have a two-page album you can visit on FlickR at this link. We saw all kinds of stuff, to include an Armadillo!

Here's a shot of me waiting patiently at our rest stop on the way home:

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"Seriously?  Would you just go?  So we can go?"

And here's Maggie:

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"What?  I had to find the right spot!"

Anyway ... it was a wonderful trip - so many birdies, beautiful scenery, interesting wildlife, and the best thing of all -- time together as a family!

Thanks for coming with us; we hope you enjoyed our photos!

Cammie!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sunday's Adventure

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  As Cam mentioned the other day, we had a weekend full of adventure!  We'll tell you all about Sunday's expedition soon.  In the meantime, here's one of our favorite photos from that day:

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"I see you have a sandwich..."
"We like sandwiches..."

More to come once Mom finishes processing her ten million photos!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

PS: Because we know inquiring minds want to know: PBJ, and yes, we did.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Putting The Schmoop in Schmoopy

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  Most of you are aware of my rather energetic, playful, crazed River Otter side.  That's a big side of me.  But there's another part of me you might not be aware of.  Since my mom posted about it to FaceBook the other day, I thought I'd come clean here.  It's my schmoopy side.

We all have one, and the more I do that "growing up" thing, the more I'm revealing mine.  Lately, I like to show my schmoopiness on our walks.  We'll just be going along like normal ...

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"Isn't it a great day, Mags?"
"It's AWESOME, Cam!"

... and then I pause. I walk over to Mom, gently put my paws on her chest ...

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"Hey, Mom?"

... look her in the eyes ...

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"Lean in closer; I want to tell you something."

... and then I give her a gentle kiss.

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"I love you, Mom!"

Yeah.  Just like that.  It's important to let your bipeds know how you feel.  Let them see your schmoopy side!

Of course, I often jump Cam after that, to try to get her to play with me ... but not always!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher