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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

What A Blast!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Yesterday, after breakfast and a walk, we headed down to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge for some birding.

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"It was a blast!!!"

We'll fill you in eventually, but we all had a GREAT time!  More to come!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, April 23, 2018

Monday, Monday

Yep. No matter which way you look at it ...

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"It is this way!"
"And this way!"

...it's Monday.

Make it a good one!

Mags and Cam!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

A "Great" Serene Scenery Sunday

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  I'm feeling pretty serene already, but I think my  pillow  sweet Maggie might need a little help in that direction.

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"How about sharing some birdie photos, Mom?  Those always make us feel serene!"
"Yeah.  Birdie pix.  That should do it!"

Mom took a  run out to Tuttle Creek this week, so we knew she'd be supplied with serene photos - and the ones she had were all great!

Here are two of the Great Horned Owl puppies we told you about a couple weeks ago:

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Two Great Horned Owl Puppies!!!

Here's a Great Blue Heron taking in the scenery at the River Pond:

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Great Blue Heron

Mom saw egrets for the first time this season!  Here's a Great Egret fishing in the lagoon area of the River Pond:

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Great Egret

Another Great Egret seeking solace in a tree by one of the Beaver ponds:

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Another Great Egret

And yet another Great Egret across the Beaver pond:

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Great Egret #3

All those great birdies sure made me feel even more serene!  Even if my  pillow  Maggie did move!

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"Great job, Mom!  Zzz..."
"Mom.  Mom ... I'm so serene I can barely keep my eyes open."
"Sweet baby girls!"

We hope Mom's photos added a great dose of serenity to your Sunday, too!

Cammie!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Team Work

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.

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"Let's get this weekend started!"
"Yeah!  Let's go!"

Have a great Saturday!

Cammie!
(and Mags)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Wall Posing

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  OK, there have been rumors around here that I'm not quite up to the role of Super Model.  Granted, I'm no Cammie, but who amongst us really is?  Exactly.  So ...  Mom needed some new photos to practice on for a course she's taking and I volunteered to pose for her!  I wanted to prove that I could rise to the challenge.

After a pep talk from Cam, I went out and did some wall posing.

I posed with my nose up:

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I lowered it a bit and had Mom shoot in square format:

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And for the big finish, I gave her my best Prime Minister pose:

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Me, Polargold's Margaret Thatcher

See?  I can totally knock a Super Model session out of the park!

In totally unrelated news, the neighbor to our south was cooking something that smelled absolutely AMAZING!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Snooter Smoochies!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  How many of you (or your moms) wanted to give Cammie's snooter a big ol' smooch yesterday?  That's what I thought!  LOTS of you!  Well, here.  Let me do it for you!

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  "Kiss-kiss, Cam-a-roo!"  
   "Oh, my Maggie!"  

She is seriously smoochable!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

PS:  I was NOT about to grab her neck and engage in Crazed River Otter Games!  I was NOT!

PS again:  OK, I was.  But I did give her a smooch first!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A Lovely Day In April!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie!  Cam and I have had fun showing you the gardens for the past couple of days.  Mom and Dad have been putting a lot of work in lately, but not over the weekend for some reason.  Friday, it got over 90, then the Kansas winds kicked into high gear, then the temps started falling, then there were a bunch of really bad storms that missed us, then Saturday ...

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The view to the west!

Yep! The view out back! Isn't that great?!!? When things started to settle down a bit, I thought Mom and I should stroll around out front.

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"What a lovely day!"

It was so nice!  The winds were still blowing, the windchill was somewhere in the teens, and a light snow was falling!  Who could ask for more?  Oh.  Yeah.  Well, Mom needed a break from yard work, anyway!

Here's a short video. If you look to the left of the flower pot, you'll see some rocks and a clump of greenish stuff. That is - or was - the Grecian Windflowers we showed you. Hey, they're hearty; they're already looking good again! Anyway, let's go look around a bit!



What a lovely day, indeed! Is Kansas great or what?!?!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

PS:  Views expressed by Siberian Huskies on this blog do not necessarily reflect the views of their bipeds.

Monday, April 16, 2018

When You're Trying To Be A Supermodel ...

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cam.  So there we were.  I was doing my best to pose like a supermodel in the garden ...

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"OK, wait.  No ... OK, yeah ... no ... ha roo roo roo ... OK, wait.  I can do this ..."
"Seriously, Maggie?"

... and someone had a case of the sillies.

Sigh.

Cammie!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  Maggie and I thought we'd show you around the gardens a bit for Serene Scenery Sunday.  Mom shot these pictures a couple days ago, when it was still Spring.  Let's start with a look up here in the front.

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"Nice mulch job, Mom!"

Please note the new mulch!  (For more pix of pretty much winterized/empty garden beds and fresh mulch, we uploaded photos to our Garden 2018 album at this link.)

The only thing blooming out front are these guys:

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Grecian Wind Flower

They don't bloom long, but they are a great burst of color when they do!

Let's see what Maggie is doing out back, OK?

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"I'm down here by the Wildflower Garden, feeling mighty serene!"

I thought I'd join her on the wall for a pose.

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"In fact, I'm so serene, I'm ready to go to sleep!"
"Maybe we should liven things up a bit!"

Oh.  In that photo above, you can see some of the sedum coming to life, in the left-hand corner of the shot.  I think that one is the Blue Spruce Sedum.

Anyway, we ran around and played for a bit, then did some more posing.  Here we are on the retaining wall:

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"Well, that was fun!  Now ... what to do, what to do!"
"SO much fun!  Just don't jump off the wall, Maggie."

More different sedum right there in front of us!  Mom thought we should move away from the retaining walls for some reason, so we headed up to the Friendship Garden.  The sedum plants are coming in up there, too.

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"Ha roo, everyone!"
"I wouldn't have let her jump, Mom!"

Honestly.  She's like my very own puppy to me -- no way would I let her do something crazy!  ... without joining her myself.

We  messed around some more    got in a quick round of Crazed River Otter Games  walked around enjoying the gardens a bit more, then struck a pose by the Texas Quince.

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"I'm feeling quite serene now!"
"Me, too.  And just a wee bit tired!"

Mom took a closeup of the Texas Quince with her iPhone and caught a bee in there!  Check it out:

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"Bzzzzz!"

I hope he's found somewhere warm to hunker down these past few days -- we've had snow and windchills in the teens!  Now THAT'S nice and serene!

Have a lovely Sunday!

Cammie!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

That's Mulch Better

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  The other day, Mom and Dad had a big truck come and dump mulch in our driveway.  They do this more or less every year, but didn't last year.  You know ... Mom's Spring Break and all.  Ahem.  Anyway, they worked real hard spreading it all over the mulched areas of our gardens, but didn't have quite enough for the Wildflower Garden out back.  Dad bought a whole bunch of bags the next day, then he and Mom got that last garden area covered.  I thought I should go check it out!

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"Yeah, wait a sec, Mom.  Let me see if the neighbors are out ..."

We all have our priorities.  Anyway ... here I am on the retaining wall by the Wildflower Garden:

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"I don't think they're over there ..."

Can't blame a girl for checking, right?  Their little boy always says "hi" to me; he's very nice!

Anyway, I humored Mom eventually and checked out the garden:

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"Yeah, Mom!  Nice!  Looks like there's a good crop of blue flags coming in!"

Our growing season is way behind this year, due to the goofy weather.  Some of the sedum is up and running, but that's about it.  Those blue flags apparently are where other stuff SHOULD come up, but might not.  Mom didn't want to smoosh things when she was mulching.

We'll start showing you more of the gardens tomorrow!  For now, I just want to sit and take it all in for a minute.

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"I'd say I feel serene, but that's a post for tomorrow!"

Mom really likes that picture of me.  She said I am carrying myself a lot like Cammie there.  She is my aunt, you know!  Do you think we look alike?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, April 13, 2018

Picture Perfect

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.  We were going to post something else today, but Mom took this photo of Maggie and me in the backyard this morning and we really like it.  We thought we'd share it instead:

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Maggie and me!

That was after we had a lot of fun playing!  Don't we look happy?!?

It should get up to about 90℉ again today (32℃), then the winds are going to kick up even more (they're already firing up to about 43mph) and bring the potential for big storms. You know - the Kansas kind.  THEN, it's supposed to be nice -- in the 20s/30s with a chance of snow.  Ah, Springtime in Kansas!

Cammie!

PS:  For the record, our mom does not share our view of what constitutes "nice".

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The Blues

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie.  In case anyone was wondering, my Pickle is empty.

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"See?  Empty."

Maggie's is empty, too.

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"Emp-TY.  It's sad.  Very sad."

We've got The Empty Pickle Blues.  I certainly hope some-mom will remedy this situation.  And soon.

Cammie!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

New Taste Sensation!

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie!  Maggie and I were just hanging out the other day, watching Mom do some cooking.  Everything was just sort of boring at first; she was making granola and we got the old "it has raisins, you can't have any" thing.  But THEN ...

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"That looks awesome!"
"Ooooh, can we taste that, Mom?"

We got to taste it - it was a dried banana chip!  No sugar, just a little coconut oil.  It was so good!  Now when she has her granola, we get to split a chip!  We love regular bananas, but this is an all-new (to us) crunchy taste sensation!  Have you ever had the pleasure?

Cammie!

Monday, April 09, 2018

Peace and Qui--

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie.  So, the other day, I felt like having some down-time. Mom had just finished making the bed, so I decided a little nap was in order.  Then ...

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"Hey!  What are you and Mom doing?  Playing?  Posing for pix?  Can I join in?"
"Um ... Mom?  Are you done making the bed?"

I tried to explain to Maggie that I was looking for a little peace and quiet, but ...

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"I was just going to ... ""
Hey!  Here's my Pickle!  You could play with my Pickle!  I've got my GoughNuts stick, too!
What do you think?  Wanna play with our toys?  Or we could chase each other around for a while or play neck-grabbies or something!

C'mon, Cam!  Let's play!  C'mon!!!"

I'll spare you the audio, but she went on like that for a good 10-15 minutes.

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"Do you see what I am dealing with here?"
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{EYE ROLL}
"How can I resist her?"

She can be very persuasive!

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"That was one of my better speeches, if I do say so myself!"

I did get up and play with her.  What can I say?  Who can resist that face?

Cammie!

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Serene Scenery Sunday

Hello, everyone.  It's me, Cammie!  Thank you for all the happy Cam-aversary wishes yesterday!  I had a wonderful day!

Mom ran an errand yesterday and thought she would swing by Tuttle Creek to do some birding since it's  on the other side of town  right on the way!  Ahem.  Anyway, she wanted to check in on the owl we told you about a couple weeks ago.  One positive effect (from Mom's perspective) from our still very cold weather is that the leaves haven't come in yet, so she was still able to see the nest.  CHECK IT OUT!!!

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Great Horned Owl and her baby!!!

Isn't that beautiful!??! And serene?!?! An owl-puppy!!! Oh, I'm so happy for the mama owl! We've heard there are actually THREE owl-puppies in there - that's a nice sized litter! I hope mama owl is getting some help!

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"Heaven knows, I have my paws full with just one puppy!"
"What does she mean by that, Mom?"
"Umm... who wants a cookie?!?"

Oh, sure, they're a lot of work, but don't puppies of all species make you feel serene?  Have a lovely day!

Cammie!

Saturday, April 07, 2018

Five Years Ago ...

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cammie!

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"Hello!"

Five years ago today, I sat on that very porch and had my picture taken, too -- only it was more like this:

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"Hello!"

And do you know why Mom took my picture?!!? It was my Homecoming Day! My Gotcha Day! Adopt-a-Cammie Day!!!

You can read all about it at this link - it was a great day!  I loved my life at Polargold HQs and love and miss everyone, but when I met my Dad and Mom, I knew it was meant to be!  Then I met my brothers Zim and Davy, and we clicked right away!  It was like I had always been a part of the family!

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"Happy Adoption Day, Cammie!!!"
"Aw, thanks, Peep!"

We'll be celebrating all day!  Apple slices for everyone!!!

Cammie!

Friday, April 06, 2018

Siberian Standoff?

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  The other day when we got back from our walk, my mom posted the following photo to her FaceBook page, saying it was a "Siberian Standoff".

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Siberian Standoff?

Oh, come on! What?!? We were just pausing to enjoy the moment! Loving the togetherness!  Feeling the excitement of the new smells ... you know! And there's Mom, acting like there were some sort of Siberian shenanigans involved. US! And shenanigans! Can you believe th--

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"HA!  Can't catch me!"
"Get back here, Cammie!"

OK.  She might be able to read our body language better than I thought.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, April 05, 2018

Something To Smile About

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Mom, Dad, Cam, and I had a great walk this morning!  The sun is out and two members of the pack seemed to be happy that it was about freezing.

Yeah.  I'll leave you to figure out which two.

But we were all having a great time.  When we got near our water tower, Mom asked us girls to stop and pose for a couple shots.  She asked us to sit and give her a big smile. Cam wasn't smiling at first, so ...

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"How 'bout a little kiss, Cammie?!?"
"Oh, Maggie!"
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"Looks like that did the trick - huh, Dad?"
"That makes all of us smile, Maggie!"

Of course, Mom wanted us both to smile, so ...

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"Yeah ... that makes me smile, too!  I love you, Cam-a-roo!"
"I love you too, little one!"
   "Sweet, sweet puppies!!!"    

We hope our post makes you smile today, too!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher