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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Garden Fun

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  Yesterday morning, Mom and I had some fun out in the back gardens and yard.  I did a nice pose on the limestone chunks by the gate ...

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"Hello!"

... then we did some exploring!

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Me, off on a backyard adventure!

We had a very nice time!  I'll share more pix with you tomorrow, but here's the most interesting discovery we made:

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"We better step it up, Mom.  We might have rain coming!"

As you can see by the grass in the foreground, we REALLY need the rain!

Cammie!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Rockin' It

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  On our walk the other morning, Cam and I did some posing for Mom.  She asked us to jump up on some limestone by the trailhead, so ...

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"Is anybody coming, Cam?"
"I don't think so."

We were very obliging, if I do say so myself.

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"This makes us rock stars!"
"Cool. I get to be the lead singer!"

We totally rocked it!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, August 13, 2018

Weekend Walk

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend!  We sure did - toy time, play time, time on the deck, long walks, and lots of peace and quiet.

Saturday morning, we got an early start on our walk.  We went up and up and up one of the big hills:

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"I love these hills!"
"So do I, Maggie!"

Then it was down hill for a while ... and then we ended up at the park!

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"We've got the place to ourselves!"

I thought that called for a celebration -- Siberian style, of course!

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"What are you thinking, Cam?"
"You know what I'm thinking, you little crazed River Otter!"
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"HA ROO!"
"HA ROO to you!"

I hope your weekend was just as fun!

Cammie!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Super Serene Sunday!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!

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"Ha roo??!!??"
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"In here!  Greetings!"

No sooner had I compared an area of the in-process bathroom remodel to a giant box, when what should appear on our doorstep?  An AWESOME box!!!  How wonderful - and how serene - is that?!?  Nothing beats a new box!

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"Maggie isn't getting treats, is she?"
"No, Cam.  Just a box."
"How can you say 'just' a box?"

Seriously!?!  "Just" a box?  I think some people around here need to understand the true meaning of "serenity"!

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"I don't get it, Mom."
"Whatever makes her happy, Cam.  Whatever makes her happy."
"How 'bout a little help over here?  My box is collapsing."

Have a wonderfully serene Sunday!  And if anyone wants to come over and box with me, there is plenty of room!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher
Honorary Kit-Cat

Saturday, August 11, 2018

It's Almost Like A Giant Box

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  I thought I'd give you an update on The Great Remodel of '18.  Basically, the routine is walk early because they will be here any time after 0700, then Cam and I are on leads or in 10 Downing Street until they're done for the day.  Here's Cam, taking up temporary residence in 10 Downing:

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"Oh.  I can come out now?  Nah ... I'm fine.  I'll be out in a bit."

I don't mind her borrowing 10 Downing for a little private time.  It's very comfy in there and see the pink camo layer?  That's one of those cool mat things.  It's awesome!

Anyway, where was I?  Oh, right.  In the evenings, things get back to semi-normal - other than stuff piled in bizarre places (Mom and Dad had to empty not only the master bath, but the walk-in-closet, and needed to take some things off walls) and they put a barrier up so we can't get into the master bath.

On the weekends, though -- we've got the place to ourselves again.  AND Mom has had time to make sure there aren't any "NoNoMaggieDon'tEatThats" in the master bath.  She let me check on the progress this morning!

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"Greetings from the partially remodeled bathroom!"

The walls are all framed up and dry-walled, so things are really starting to take shape!  It's truly like a giant box in there!  Totally awesome.  And comfy, as you can tell.  Ken left a nice, comfy quilt on the floor.  He works very hard, so I don't think it's for taking a nap - I think it's to protect the floor from all the things that make a lot of noise during the week.

At one end are some capped off pipes that will look different once they finish that wall.  And on the other end ...

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"A bench?!?"

A nice, sturdy bench!  I hadn't seen that until this morning!  How cool is that!?!  And you know what benches are for ...

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"This is so awesome!"

It's like the sitzbank, only in a box!!!   Even better news - I'm allowed to jump up there whenever I want to!  How great is that?!?!

There are only two drawbacks so far that I can see:
     1.  That little niche that you see next to me isn't for a TV, it's for extra shampoo and stuff.  If anyone had asked me, I think it would be nice to sit on my new bench and watch some detective shows or something.
     2.  Apparently there will eventually be water involved in this new box of mine.  I might change my mind about thinking it's a swell place to hang out.  We'll see.

Anyway - that's how things are shaping up!  We'll eventually do a whole "before and after" post, but we thought you'd like an update.  So far, I just love our new giant box!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, August 10, 2018

A Good Day

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.  Do you know what today is?

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"Let me see ..."
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"Yes.  Yes, it is!"

Today is a good day for chewing on a favorite toy!  And it's just plain "a good day" -- it's FRIDAY!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Cammie!

Thursday, August 09, 2018

A Surprise For Us!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  So there we were last week, tethered to Mom, enduring Day 792 of the bathroom remodel, when one of the guys came into the kitchen and announced that our mom had a package.  As he handed it to her, we got VERY interested and thought it just might be for us!

It was from some friends!  Yeah!  So last week, a long-time friend of Mom's and his wife (let's call them Mr. and Mrs. A) were coming through our area.  They came to the house so we could all meet!  It was so nice of them to stop to see us -- we had a great visit!

As if the visit wasn't enough of a treat ... he followed up with this surprise!  A package!  And not just any package ... it was for Cam and me!

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"How nice is this?!?  Our favorite treats and some Christmas scarves!!!"
"This is SO very thoughtful!!!"

The scarves are very festive and the treats!  They aren't just any treats -- they're our very favorite!  I had to wonder ... how did he know they're our faves?!?  I think the answer is in this note he enclosed. Check it out:

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Close up!

Great Dane in the morning!  He's a close friend of Santa's?!?!  That's got to be how he knew!!!

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"Wait ... I was good while they were here, wasn't I?"
"I'm pretty sure I was ..." 

I'm sure he'll send a good report in on Cam -- I mean he refers to her as "most saintly".  And I know I showed them a good time!  That's gotta count for something, right?!!?

Thank you for the wonderful surprise, Mr. and Mrs. A!!!  We enjoyed meeting you both so very much.  We're already enjoying the treats - and we'll be sure to pose VERY sweetly in the scarves nearer to Christmastime!  And if you're ever in Kansas again, our door is always open!  Figuratively speaking, of course!  I mean ... we ARE Siberian Huskies!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

National Lighthouse Day

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  Did you know it's National Lighthouse Day?  Our friends Arty, Jakey, and Rosy are sponsoring a blog hop so everyone will come together and share their beautiful lighthouse photos.  Maggie and I didn't think we'd be able to participate in the hop, but there we were at the Kansas Ocean when lo and behold ...

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"Look, Maggie!  Our very own KSO Lighthouse!"
"It looks awesome!"

Even if it is only in our imagination, it's a lovely lighthouse, isn't it?

Cammie!

Monday, August 06, 2018

Catwalk Privileges!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  I'm up here on the catwalk!

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"Ha roo!"

Now that I'm a big girl and won't try to do  fun  dangerous things (at least not while Mom's watching), I have free access to the catwalk; Mom moved the gate to just block off the guest rooms!  This is so awesome!  I hope I have as much fun up there as my great-brother Zimmie used to!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Serenity Now!

Hello, everyone. It's me, Cammie. While the workers are here, Maggie and I are usually in the kitchen & breakfast room with Mom, on lead. I mean we're on lead, not Mom ... though technically she is, too. Anyway, since there are lots of doors being opened and men going all over the place, it's just safest for us to be hooked up. Once they're gone, we are unhooked and have free run of the house again (except for the torn-up bathroom). So Friday, when we were unhooked for the whole weekend ...

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"OK, girls!  You can go wherever you want now!"
"I dunno, I'm kind of comfy ..."
"OK, Mom.  Great.  Zzzzz..."

Oh, sure.  Eventually we explored the house, then erupted into a round of Crazed River Otter Games, but it was nice just to have some serene quiet for a while!  Mom and Dad keep saying how proud they are of us for being such very good girls.  We are trying our best!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Cammie!

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Switch-O-Change-O

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!  Maggie and I followed Mom upstairs the other day to help her find something when ...

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"Is it just me or are we usually on the other side of this gate?"
"I know.  It's strange."

Week one of the remodeling is in the bag.  Long live the weekend!

Cammie!

Friday, August 03, 2018

KSO Update

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  Maggie and I thought you might appreciate an update on the Kansas Ocean.  We are happy to report that even though we have moved from being in "severe drought" to "extreme drought", the Kansas Ocean is still nicely filled up.

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"I hear frogs, Cam!"
"The KSO is looking mighty good!"

We're hoping that once Fall bird migration kicks into high gear, some of the water fowl will stop by!

Happy Friday, everyone!!!

Cammie!

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Break Time!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags. Cam and I wanted to fill you in on what we do when the guys doing our remodeling work go on break.  When they're here, Cam and I are on leashes -- too many open doors and according to our mom, "Someone wants to be too helpful".  Not sure what that means.  I think she doesn't want anyone to overdo.  Anyway, break time means we are free once again.  As you saw yesterday, the guys leave their  runways  tarps in place, so Cam and I are careful to leave them alone.  More or less.

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"Hey.  How's it going?"
"Tarps?  What tarps?"

I mean ... if the workers are taking a break, we should, too.  Right?  Let's GO!


To view on YouTube, please click here.

So much better.

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"What?  Can't I just lay here for a while?"

Break time is always over before we know it.  Time to get back to work!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

PS:  Thank you for all the nice happy birthday wishes!!!!

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

FIVE!!!!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  Please join me in wishing my little sister Maggie a VERY happy fifth birthday!

We went on a walk nice and early:

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"Wow, we're going early today!  This is great!"
"Umm ... yeah.  Great.  Happy birthday, Peeps!"

... then before things got crazy again, Mom got Mags to pose in the master bathroom:

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"Aww!  A ripped up, gutted bathroom just for ME?!?!"

Well ... not exactly.

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"This does mean no showers for us girls for a while, though ... right?!?"

She's got a good point there!

Right now, Ken is here, ripping the rest of the floor out.  He remembered what day it was, and wished Maggie a happy birthday when he came in.  Isn't that nice?!?

Please join all of us in wishing our puppy a very happy fifth birthday!

Cammie!

PS:  For baby pix, please click here.  

Monday, July 30, 2018

And So It Begins

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  Mom and Dad have been doing very strange things lately - mostly clearing everything out of the master bathroom and piling it upstairs in the guest rooms, plus moving stuff around in the bedroom.  Then this morning, right after our walk, they showered real fast and some men showed up.

Here we are, posing by their truck:

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"Yeah, yeah.  'Best behavior.'  Got it."
"What do you mean Ken isn't here just to see us?"

We've met Ken before; we really like him.  He has another nice guy with him named David.  I was sure they wouldn't mind if I checked out their truck a bit.

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"Hey!  Husky tools!  They've got Husky tools in there!"

That was as good as an invitation, as far as I was concerned!

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"How about another hard-working Husky?"

For some reason, Cam and I aren't being allowed to help.  Yet.  They'll be here for several weeks.  I'm sure we can wear them down eventually.

We'll keep you posted.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Today, Cam and I have quite the collection of serene photos for you.  They're from a couple weeks ago, when we made our most recent trip down to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge.  We saw lots of birdies and other beautiful things, so we wanted to share.  Ready to take a look?

On the way down, I tried to convince Cam I saw a bunch of deer.

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"No, really Cam!  Look!  Deers!"

Unfortunately, she knew it was a John Deere place in one of the towns we went through.

Before we even got to the refuge, Mom took this shot:

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Western Kingbird, Barbed Wire, and Sunflowers

It was pretty much everything she could want in a shot.  And then ...

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❤❤ SNOWY PLOVER!!! ❤❤

Yep.  The very next bird we saw was one of her faves - the Snowy Plover.  And not just any Snowy Plover, but a baby one.  You should have heard the squeals (after she got back into the vehicle, so she wouldn't scare the birdies).

Mom and Dad were very surprised to see this next bird out in the open in broad daylight:

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Great Horned Owl

Sadly, that dead tree is usually sitting in water; our drought is really taking a toll!

These guys needed an air traffic controller:

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American White Pelicans

There were lots of members of the heron family around!

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Great Blue Heron
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Great Egret
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Snowy Egrets

We also saw lots of long-legged birdies:

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Black-Necked Stilt
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White-Faced Ibises

Even some Avocets having a feeding frenzy!

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American Avocets

They sweep their bills back and forth, stirring up the water to fish out the bugs!  It's very similar to what I do when my mom puts water on my kibble. Oddly enough, she doesn't stand there and say, "Oh, how cool!" when I do it.  OR take my picture.  OR shoot video.  Such a double standard.

Moving right along ...

There were also several different species of Sandpipers there - these guys are among our Fall migrants:

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Stilt Sandpipers

One of the biggest surprises, other than the Great Horned Owl, was seeing this unlikely fishing duo:

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Raccoon and a Great Egret

Mom couldn't quite make out what the raccoon was at first and was really excited once she was able to get closer and see him!  AND ... the raccoon eventually went over to another raccoon, before they left the scene.  Very cool!

We didn't get to stop in Ellinwood like we did last time - they closed a road, so we ended up taking the scenic way home.

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A field of Sunflowers

We were on a tiny road with no shoulder, but Dad stopped for a couple minutes for Mom to shoot the flowers, since there wasn't any traffic.

We did find another rest stop where we could get out and have a nice break, then we loaded back in and headed home!

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"Not as nice as stopping in Ellinwood!"
"No, but we did what we needed to do!"

For the complete album from our trip, please visit this link; it's a three-page bird-a-palooza!

Thanks for coming with us!  We hope we made your day a little bit more serene!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher