|"Now get out there and embrace your inner Siberian!"|
"Then act really cute and innocent afterwards."
Monday, November 30, 2020
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. Today, I'll share the last of the pix we took on the super-long walk Maggie and I took on Thanksgiving. Let's wrap this thing up!
When Mags left off yesterday, we had just passed the KSU stadiums ...
|"I think that's about it for KSU stuff for today, Mags."|
"Yeah, once we get past the stadium parking lot and the billboard up there."
We were on one of the main roads through town - it leads right to our area! We walked and walked and walked, then ...
|"Hey, that's CiCo Park on the left!"|
In keeping with trying to provide some background on things here in Manhattan, it's called CiCo for City-County -- both entities have ownership of the park. Years and years ago, when Dad did his first tour at Fort Riley, he and Mom lived right by the park!
|"Over there, Mags?"|
"No, we just passed by where they used to live."
|"That must have been cool living right there!"|
"I'll bet it was! I heard one time when the rodeo was at the park,
a donkey broke loose and came over to play with our great sisters, Jesse and Lucky!"
Now THAT would be cool, wouldn't it?!!?
Just past the entrance to Hudson Trail, I noticed this sign for the first time:
|"Hey, look, Mags. 'Steep hill for bikes'."|
"Looks like the rider already took a header off of it. Ha roo roo roo!"
Saturday, November 28, 2020
Greetings to all! It's me, Mags, here with the second installment of our Thanksgiving Day walk. Are you good to keep going?
Once we hit the KSU Gardens, I was fairly sure I knew where we were. Things started smelling more familiar. I was sure of it once we hit this intersection:
|"Hey, Mags. It says 'Jardine Drive'."|
"Oh, yeah. And those are Jardine Apartments. Named after Al Jardine of the Beach Boys."
|"And to our right is the Vet School!"|
"Ha! Like I'm going to fall for that!!!"
|"No, seriously, Raggi! Check it out."|
"Oh. Right. We don't have to go in, though, do we?"
|"That place looks interesting!"|
|"Check it out, Mags!"|
"Oooh! We should go in!"
|"Row, row, row your boat ..."|
"I wonder how they can fit a river or lake or something in there?!?"
|"... gently down the stream..."|
"Over there's the football stadium!"
|"I'll bet they're serving breakfast to all the football players."|
"We should DEFINITELY go in there!"
Friday, November 27, 2020
Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar! Yesterday, before we got to have TURKEY (and may I say WOW, I really like TURKEY!) Maggie and I took our mom and dad on another super-long walk. We had Mom take a bunch of pix so we can spend the next couple of days showing you more cool stuff about our town. Ready to go?!? We headed east and crossed some busy intersections.
There was no traffic at all, so we actually didn't wait for the light like normal.
|"The light was taking too long anyway."|
"Yeah. Let's GO!!!"
|"I thought it was getting toasty!"|
"It's heating up!"
|"Very funny, Mags!"|
"No, really, Raggi!!"
|"How about we just stand he--what's that?!?"|
|"Yeah, whatever ..."|
"What's over there, Mags?!?"
Thursday, November 26, 2020
|"Do we get turkey now?"|
"It's still cooking."
"How 'bout a Zuke's, then?"
Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
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:
|"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!
|"Wait for the light, everybody!"|
"Also check for traffic! Safety first!"
|"Kansas Forest Service?!? I didn't even know we had forests!"|
|"39 degrees, Mags!"|
"I thought it felt a bit toasty!"
|"Huh! Check it out, Mags!"|
"USDA Center for Grain and Animal Health Research. Hmm."
|"Check out the cool sculpture, Mags!"|
"Forget the squirrel - the sign says there's a COOKIE CAROUSEL!"
|"We aren't taller than 15 feet 5 inches, are we?"|
"Our shadows might be! Ha roo roo roo!"
Monday, November 23, 2020
|"How's this? Oh. Too close?"|
|"Yeah, exactly right, Ragnar. Pay no attention to Mom! Oh! Line of Duty's on!"|
"Good puppies!!! How could I have accused you two of shenanigans?!?"
I'm not sure what those "shenanigans" are, but I AM sure Maggie and I are totally innocent. Right?
Sunday, November 22, 2020
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:
|Bluemont College Historical Plaque!|
How cool! Our dad especially likes historical stuff. The plaque reads:
ESTABLISHED FEBRUARY 3 1858
BLUEMONT CENTRAL COLLEGE ASSOCIATION
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
POLLY OGDEN CHAPTER D.A.R.
RILEY COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
According to another plaque, it looked like this:
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 ...
|"They could do statues of us here instead, Mags."|
"Fantastic idea, Raggi. Strike a serious pose!"
Saturday, November 21, 2020
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.
They're just PERFECT like this!
Friday, November 20, 2020
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.
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.
|"I'm OK, Raggi. Really!"|
"Are you sure, Maggie?!?"
She seemed a little sad, so I thought she could use a hug.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
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:
|"Hey, Ragnar! See if you can catch m--"|
|"Have I mentioned he's mighty fast?!?"|
"Check out these moves, Mags!"
He is SERIOUSLY fast. Not any faster than me, though!
|"... and ... BOOM! Gotcha, Ragnar!"|