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Friday, July 23, 2021

Rodeo Time!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags!  Guess what's in town?!?!  The Kaw Valley Rodeo!!!  And for us, that means CiCo Park is packed full of horses, cows, bulls, calves, goats, sheep, chick-hens, turkeys, pigs, and who knows what all else!??  Mom and Dad know how much we love farm animals, so for the past three mornings, we've made sure to take a swing through the park on our walks!

We put together some of the best photos Mom took and thought we'd share them today!  Ready to go?!?!

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"Let's hit the rodeo!"
"Yeah!  Let's go make some new friends!"

Mom saw the giant cowboy boots and wanted us to pose by them first.  Sounded like a good plan. 

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"I think Mom wants pink cowboy boots now."
"Look at the SIZE of these things!"

You just never know what you're going to see at the rodeo!

The first animals we ran into were these cow-puppies!  They were adorable!

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"Hey, Mags!  They're coming over to see me!"

The dark brown one on the far left especially liked us.  He followed us all along the fence line.  I was interested, but someone else had already caught my eye!

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"Look, Ragnar!  A bunch of bulls!"

They were so cool!  

We also saw lots of horses!

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"Mags!  It's HORSES!!!  HORSES!!!"

He LOVES the horses; they're definitely his favorite! 

Today, we sought out the horses early on and made friends with this guy:

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"This guy is super nice!"
"He sure is!  I 💙 horses!"

While we were walking around the fairgrounds we saw these guys!

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"What in the world are those, Mags?!?"
"It's SHEEP, Ragnar!  SHEEP!!!"

I remember how excited I was the first time I saw sheep! I just LOVE them! In fact ...

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"Hello!"
"Hello!"

The sheep liked me, too!  We did nose bumps!  Wowzers, what a great couple of days!

Hopefully, we'll get to go again tomorrow.  We'll be sure to take you along, if we do!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Wrapping It Up!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Obviously, this isn't Wordless Wednesday.  It IS Wednesday, but Ragnar and I wanted to finish giving you our tour of the Kansas State University campus.  We'll do Wordless Wednesday on Thursday, which ought to help our mom with that whole "day of the week confusion", as she calls it.  Hey.  We're here to help!

Anyway, we heard the cool place to be on any campus is the Student Union, so we headed over there for a water break.

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"This is pretty cool, Mags."
"Yeah.  I see something even cooler!"

Just across the courtyard ...

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"NOW we're talking!"
"Oh, this is tons of fun!!!"
It was just what we needed!

We did some more exploring and found this amphitheater:

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"I'll bet they hold classes or lectures out here!"
"Yeah.  We should sit in!"
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"Do you feel any smarter, Mags?"
"Not yet.  But ... you know.  We're Siberians, so we're on a whole different level."

Plus there wasn't really anything going on, what with it being Summer and Sunday morning and all.

Lots of the trees had signs by them, which was especially interesting to Ragnar.  This tree was planted in 1833 and is 70 feet tall!

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Thornless Honeylocust tree

In case you're wondering, no he didn't. 

That's about it for our tour!  We did about the southern half of campus.  We'll go again soon and do the northern part!  To see more photos from our trip to the KSU campus, please click here to visit our FlickR page.

Time to head home!

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"This was so fun!"
"We should come while the students are here.  I'll bet we'd get lots of ear scratchies and stuff!"

Thanks for coming with us!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Back To School!

 Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar!  Let's get back to our tour of the Kansas State University campus, OK? We saw lots of cool, old buildings like this one:

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We wandered all over - Mags and I did lots of snoofing; Mom and Dad did lots of reading and looking at buildings and stuff.

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"Let's go this way!"

We took turns choosing where to go, which was really fun!

Remember the Wildcat we saw? 

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Mags, me, and the Wildcat.  

We ran into him at the World War I Memorial Stadium.  We actually hit that place twice!

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"We should do the track again!"
"Great idea!"

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"This is so fun!"
"I think so, too!"

I learned the stadium is "inside" and we don't lift our leg there.  By the way, what is "astroturf"?

Anyway, close by, we saw this obelisk and thought we'd pose on it:

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Me and Mags!

We also walked past this big building:

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"What's a field house?"
"Mom?  Is this where the Wildcats play?!?"

Ahearn Field House is where the KSU Basketball team plays!  We didn't see any basketball players, though.

That's a wrap for today -- more to come!

Sköl!
Ragnar

Monday, July 19, 2021

Campus Tour!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  As Ragnar said yesterday, we took a very fun walk around part of the Kansas State University campus.  It was a beautiful morning and Mom took tons of photos ... so let's get touring, OK?

First, we had to pose by one of the entrances.  I mean ... everybody HAS to do it!  

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"Sit and ... wait.  What's down that way?"
"It's people!  Hey, people!!!  Hellooooo!??!"

They didn't come over.  What the heck's the matter with some people?!?

We walked on down to the further entrance and struck a pose down there:

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"Ha-roo!"
"Hi, everybody!"

There were all kinds of interesting things on campus.  First, let me say there is a healthy supply of bunnies on the K-State campus.  I mean EVERYwhere!  And they didn't seem the slightest bit bothered by me and Ragnar!  Interesting!  Anyway, one of the things we really appreciated was the Vietnam Veterans Memorial:

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial at KSU

Very special!

We walked right past the KSU President's house:

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"Hey, we should see if he's home."
"Yeah.  Maybe he has cookies!"

Mom and Dad didn't think that was a great idea, so we posed by the sign instead:

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"Hey, President Myers!  We're posing by your sign!"
"Maggie's so funny!!!"

We also saw a WWII Memorial and went over to check it out!

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Ragnar and me going to the WWII Memorial - and being respectful puppies

It's a giant dog tag - check out the photo Mom took of it:

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World War II Monument at KSU

I like the reflection of the flag on the monument!

There is lots more to come, so please join us again tomorrow!  In the meantime ... go Wildcats!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher 

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Wildcat Sunday

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  Today we took a really DIFFERENT walk -- we walked around the Kansas State University campus!  We saw all kinds of cool stuff that we'll fill you in on in the next few days, but today, Maggie and I just HAD to tell you about the Wildcat we saw!!!

We went into a place called the World War I Memorial Stadium and started walking around the track.  We hadn't gone very far when we saw a HUGE Wildcat!  We thought we should pose for a picture together!

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"What do you think he's looking at, Ragnar?"
"I can't figure it out, Mags."
"Everybody look this way!  I have cookies!!!"
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"How's this, Mom?!?"
"Hey, Wildcat.  Look at our mom; she's got cookies!"
"Good girl, Mags!  Raggi?!?"
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"Cookies for everyone!"
"Not for the kitty-cat.  He didn't look at Mom."
"Perfect, puppies!!!"

Pretty cool new friend, huh?!?  Even if he wouldn't look at the camera and smile.  I mean ... Mags and I are like that sometimes, too, so I totally get where he's coming from!

Sköl!
Ragnar

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Hot & Steamy!

Greetings to all!  It's --- oh, not THAT kind of "hot & steamy"! -- it's me, Maggie!  The other morning when we walked, it was SO hot & steamy you could see it!  Check out the Kansas Ocean:

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Ragnar and me on the boardwalk

Sort of reminds me of one of my favorite songs - Smoke on the Water. Anyone else a Deep Purple fan?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, July 16, 2021

Outer Studio Work

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  The other day, Maggie went upstairs earlier than Mom and I did, so I thought I'd assume her duties in the outer Studio.  I've watched her - I've even been her co-worker out there - but I thought I was ready to fly solo.

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"What do you think, Ragnar?!?  
Just straight line echo quilting around the hearts?  
Then more echoing?  
Or should I toss in some free-motion quilting?  
Meandering?  Stippling?  Whatever it's called.  
Or should I try to do some kind of pattern?  Or ..."
"Can't. Take. The pressure!!!!!"

I didn't realize how tough it was out there. I might have to stick to the inner Studio

Sköl! 
Ragnar

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Pas d’Armes Dans le Studio

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Yesterday after lunch, Ragnar and I went downstairs to help our mom in her Studio.  First we played with Pickles, then - because she was doing something that required a bit more brain work than normal - I thought we should help her out.

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"C'mon, Ragnar.  Can't you see Mom needs us?!?"
"I was just going to lay here ..."
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"You can't just lay there!  Get up!  I challenge you to a Snooter Jousting!"
"You're on!!!"
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"Thrust to my left ..."
"... and a parry to MY left!"
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"Prepare yourself, Ragnar!"
"Prepare yourself for a counterattack, Mags!"
❤ You two! ❤ "

Mom was WAY more relaxed standing there watching us than when she was working on her quilt!  Trust me, I know what I'm doing!  We were VERY helpful!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Selfie Day

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. So ... Mom left her iPhone in the living room, and I thought I'd check it out.

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"Hey ... what does this button do?"

Oops.  I guess it's Selfie Day.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, July 12, 2021

Cool!

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  We've been having some remarkably cool weather in the mornings for the past couple days!  I mean, like "cool for Kansas in July".  It's been great!

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"Now THAT'S something to smile about!"
"Somebody's coming up the trail, Mags!"

OK, that's something to smile about, too!  Hope you're enjoying some cooler mornings!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Inner Studio Work

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  Usually, in the afternoons, Mags and I go downstairs and help our mom in her Studio.  First, we play with toys, then we do zoomies, followed by Snooter Jousting and more zoomies.  After that, Mags takes the outer room of the Studio and supervises out there, which leaves me to supervise inner Studio work.  It's a huge job -- that's not only where fabric choices are made, but it's where things are cut, pinned, and pressed.

Mom also has what she calls a "design floor" in there.  I'm very helpful with that, too:

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"Looks comfy, Mom!"
" Thanks, Ragnar! "

I was holding the blocks down.  You know ... in case a big wind gust kicked up or something.    

Anyway ... so Mom been working on this big "Sticks and Stones" quilt. Maggie helped her get the top mostly put together, using the larger "design floor" in the outer Studio:

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"What do you think, Mags?"
"Mmm ... yeah ... whatevzzzzz ..."

Clearly, Mags trusts Mom's judgement.  On quilts.

Mom sewed that together, then went to add borders. Only ... she forgot the inner borders, sewed the long sides of the outer border on first, and used a whole lot of HBO words. I calmed her down as best I could:

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"Check out this cute pose, Mom."
"You make everything better, Raggi!!!"

Before she knew it, Mom had ripped the borders off and was back to pinning -- this time, pinning the right borders on!

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"Seriously.  Where was my head?  I've totally lost my marbles."
"No, Mom.  They're in that jar on top of your quilt."

We did finally get ALL the right borders on!  What a hard, hard job, working in the inner Studio.  I wonder if the outer Studio is easier?

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"Maybe I should see if Maggie will swap with me."

Come to think of it, Mags will have to help with the quilting and binding, so maybe my work here is done.  For now.

Sköl!
Ragnar

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Break Time!

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar!  The other day, Dad got out the Master Blaster and Mom spent a WHOLE lot of time de-floofing me.  At one point, she thought we could both use a break, so we went for a little stroll in the gardens.  Here I am by the Succulent Garden:

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Me.  Polargold's Einherjar.  AKA Ragnar.

It was very relaxing. I meant walking around the back gardens ... but I find being de-floofed mighty relaxing, too.

Sköl! 
Ragnar

Friday, July 09, 2021

Under Attack/Saving The World

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  As Ragnar told you, we had a spectacular walk yesterday!  First, there were cows!  Then Ragnar snagged a Cicada!  Then ... we saved the world from a terrible attack.  It was shortly after our water break ...

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"Mom?!  Can we go back and see the cows again??  Please?"
"Aww, c'mon, Mom.  Give the kid a break!"
"We need to head home before the heat sets in, pups!"

Mom and Dad were pretty adamant about getting back, so we headed home.  It was when we were heading up a normally safe, innocent hill when ...

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"Gadzooks, Raggi!  Check it out!"
"Mags!!!  It's coming right for us!!!"

We had no idea what that evil robot was all about, but Ragnar was right -- it was coming for us!  Mom shot a quick video: 

To view on YouTube, please click here.

So ... it was a MIGHTY hairy situation, but we stared that monster down and saved the world from attack. Mom and Dad were very little help, saying things like, "On by!" and "Leave it!", but that's bipeds for you. They don't understand the dangers sometimes!  That's why they need us -- right?!?

Saving the world, one step at a time.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, July 08, 2021

Even Better!

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar!  Oh, boy, did we ever have a great walk this morning!  For starters, it was cooler out than it had been -- when we left the house (at 0530) it was only 60 degrees.  Sure, the humidity was sitting at 94%, but there was a cool breeze blowing and that helped tons!

For the first part of the walk, we hiked the length of Hudson Trail.  We love going to the end of the trail; there are 3 Labs who live on one side and a Lab and a Mastiff who live across from their yard.  Usually they come out to say, "Hello!".

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"Nobody's out, Ragnar.  It's early still, they might be sleeping in."
"Mags?  Mags, I think I see something even better than the Labs!"
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Mags, off-camera:  "They might be having breakfast ..."
"Mags ...?"
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Mags, off-camera:    "... Or they could be watching cartoons and eating Cheerios..."
"Forget the Labs, Mags!"
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"What do you mean, 'Forget th--' "
"It's COWS!!!!"
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"COWS!"
"Is this great or what?!?"

It was so cool and so unexpected!  

Mags and I got to watch them for a while, then Mom started insisting that we get back to our walk.  Look at the guy on the far right in these next two shots, though!  He came over to meet me!  How could we leave?!?  They were such nice cows.  Very quiet, too.  Not a "moo" out of them.  Mags and I were very quiet, too.  We didn't want to scare them off.

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"You guys are mighty friendly!"
"Ragnar ... we really need to finish our walk while it's still cool."

I didn't want to budge.  Especially with that other cow coming over to join us.

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"Just give us a couple minutes.  OK, Mom?"
" OK, Raggi. "

It was so cool!  And no offense to our friends, but even better than seeing the Labs & the Mastiff!

Mags will fill you in on another highlight from today's walk tomorrow. Trust me, there was more fun to come!  Oh!!!  And I caught my third Cicada of the season!  What a WALK!!!

Sköl!
Ragnar