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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Tuesday, October 19, 2021


Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  This morning we saw a glorious sunrise on our walk!  Ragnar and I had to stop to take it all in:
"Check out those rays, Ragnar!"

We stood there for just a minute or two and watched our world brighten as the sky changed.
"God is an amazing artist, isn't He?"
"I'll say!!!"

Are you enjoying awesome Autumn skies where you are, too?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, October 18, 2021

Road Trip!

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar!  Yesterday morning after our walk, we set out on an adventure!  We went to Quivira National Wildlife Refuge to see birdies.  Now, there are tons of birdies around our house, but not the kind that are at Quivira, apparently.  Anyway, we might post some of Mom's birdie pix eventually, but in the meantime, here are the highlights as far as Mags and I are concerned!

Here's what we did on the way down:
"Hey, Mags!  Let's see how many different
license plates we can see!  I see lots of Colorados!"
"OK!  I've got Iowa ... Nebraska ... does Kansas count?"

That was a good question.  Do you count the state you're in?  We decided we would!

We took a break about halfway there. We got to walk around for a bit, and that was nice. Mom didn't take pix.

Then we got to the Kansas Wetlands Education Center:
"Have I told you there are Prairie Dogs in there, Ragnar?"
"Wait.  They're allowed in, but we aren't?!?"

That just seems wrong.  Anyway, we had a nice walk there, plus got water and a snack. The snack part was REALLY great!  I'll bet the Prairie Dogs don't get snacks!!!

After that, there were a whole lot of birdies and lots of stopping and Mom getting out to photograph them. We might have been snoozing ... I'm not sure. Anyway, after that, we drove to the little town of Ellinwood!
"Ha roo, people of Ellinwood!!!"

We had another water & snack break there, and took a short stroll:
Mags and me

After that, we piled back into the vehicle and headed home.
"Thanks for bringing snacks, Mom!"

Everybody had a great time!  Mom and Dad were really happy with all the birdies they saw (plus coyotes, armadillos, and deer!) and Mags and I loved all the new sights and smells.  And snacks.


Sunday, October 17, 2021

Serene Sunday

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Here's a shot of Ragnar and I out on our walk, looking mighty serene:


Have a fabulous Sunday!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, October 16, 2021

How About A Hug?

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  If you're out on a walk with ... oh, I don't know, let's say with my mom ... and you want a hug, all you have to do is ...

"Hi, Mom!  How about a hug?!?"
"   Oh, Ragnar!  "
"Get a cookie for me, too, Ragnar!"

There's a real good chance you'll get a tiny treat, too. Just in case you were wondering.  (And don't forget to ask for one for your sister, too!)


Friday, October 15, 2021

Photo Finish Friday

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Not much new to report today, so here's a cool action shot of me on our walk the other day:

Me - on Anneberg Perimeter Trail

It was a great walk - we hadn't gone on the woodsy part of that trail for quite a while!  There are SO MANY cool smells in there!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Notice Anything?

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. I have two photos for you today ... and the question is do you notice anything? Any difference? Here we go!

Ragnar and me this morning on our walk:
"Hi, everybody!"

And us just now out front:

"Hi again!"
"Whatever ..."

We look the same, right?!?  I mean maybe we didn't look as bored this morning -- we WERE on a walk and all.  But the same.  Right?  All I can say is this -- that's an hour Ragnar and I won't see again.  An HOUR!  Being de-floofed out on the deck.  Sigh.  We could have been Snooter Jousting!!!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Adopt-A-Maggie Day!

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar!  Today is Adopt-A-Maggie Day!  Eight years ago, before I was even born, our parents drove out to meet up with our breeders/first family to adopt Mags!  I heartily encourage you to click here to see her first day home; wow, was she a tiny ball of fire!!! 

Anyway, we've had all kinds of fun to celebrate already today - a nice, long walk, play time with our Pickles, zoomies, some snooter jousting, and just a little bit of this:
"Hi, Mom.  We were just ... uh ..."
"QUICK!  Look innocent!"

Now as to why we were laying on the upstairs landing together, I can't say.  There's an outside chance our mom could read this ... so ... just going to leave it right there.

Another highlight so far today was getting to taste a little peanut butter - that was really special and very tasty!  And the day's only half over!

Everyone please join me in wishing Mags a very happy Adopt-A-Maggie Day!!!


Monday, October 11, 2021


Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  After our walk this morning, Maggie and I dutifully guarded the house while Mom and Dad worked in the garden.  It was hard work, but we don't mind!  After a quick jaunt to the yard to check on their work, Mags and I rewarded Mom by posing for her like this:

"Look at us!  Sitting sweetly together, looking at the camera!"
"Yeah, Mom!  Just out of the goodness of our hearts!"
"Really!?  It doesn't have anything to do with ..."

"... THIS, does it?!?!"
"Oh, how serendipitous!  A bag of super-tasty treats!"
"I have no idea what Maggie said, but ... do I see Fruitables?!!!?"

"I volunteer to be the taste-tester!"
"Make him define 'serendiptous' first!"

I'm pretty sure "serendipitous" means "pumpkin banana", by the way.  Not 100%, but there's a chance.


Sunday, October 10, 2021

Selfie Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags!  I thought I'd shoot a quick selfie for today's post ...
"Wait a sec ... is this thing on?"

"Yeah.  Here we go!"

I never know quite where to look for those things!

Have a great Sunday!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, October 09, 2021

Saturday Silliness

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. So there we were, enjoying a walk through CiCo Park (they had GOATS there this morning!!!) when Mom spotted something and started laughing. Then she looked at us and REALLY started laughing. Then she looked at Dad and said, "You KNOW we have to do this!"  ...And the next thing Ragnar and I knew...

"Yeah, yeah.  'Stay.'  Whatever.  What's so funny?"
"I dunno, Mags, but there's a lady over there laughing, too."
"Look this way, puppies!  I have cookies!!"

"Hey -- no bull about the cookies, right?!?"

"HA!  'No bull'.  Good one, Raggi!!!"

Mom still can't stop laughing.  That other lady in the park even stopped and said how cute we are.  Well ... yeah.

Did I mention we got cookies?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, October 08, 2021

New Pose; Possible Problem

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar!  Over here.

"Hi.  I'm working on a new pose.  What do you think?"
"Pretty comfy, fairly complex, what with the leg thrown in and all ..."
"There's just one thing I need to work out before I run it by Mags."
"How in the name of Thor am I going to get out of here?!?"

Thursday, October 07, 2021


Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  When we got home from our walk this morning, I noticed something a bit unusual up in the cul-de-sac, across the street from Ao4 HQS.  I thought Ragnar and I should go check it out!

"Ragnar!  Check it out!  It's a dinosaur skeleton!!!"
"Not falling for that one.  Dinosaurs are extinct, Mags."
"That's why it's a SKELETON, Raggi!"
"Oh.  Right.  Still not falling for it, though ..."

Are any of you starting to see rather ... unusual things in your neighborhood?!?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher 

Wednesday, October 06, 2021

Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Perhaps I Am

 Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Over here.  On the bed.

"Hey, Mags.  Whatcha --- you're not about to ambush your brother, are you?"
"Who, me?"

Well.  Perhaps I am.  Was.  Whatever.  How does she always know these things?!?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, October 04, 2021


Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Last night after dinner, Mom was trying to get a shot of us in front of her Petunias, but there was no way we were going to face the camera.

"Look, Ragnar!  The kids down the street are out!"
"Oh, I hope they come down here!"
"Would you two look at the ... no, never mind ... I'll move ..."

Well, OK, she moved the camera and it LOOKED like we were looking that way ... but only by happenstance. Of course, there are no Petunias to be seen, but Ragnar and I look pretty good, don't we? 

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, October 03, 2021

A Post About Nothing

That's all we've got. 

No, really. 

Ragnar and Mags


Saturday, October 02, 2021

Umm ... Not Feeling It

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  We had an awesome walk this morning - a little bit cool (in the 60s) and a beautiful sunrise.  When we got down to one of the dead ends where we often take a quick water break, Mom wanted us to pose.  Now ... yes, she had treats, but come on.  There's a time for walking and a time for posing.

"Just a nice shot with the sunrise in the background ... please?!?"
"Hoo, boy.  Here we go ..."
"Not feeling it ... stay with me, Ragnar!"
"OK, Mags.  How's this?"
"I can't see you, but I'm sure it's perfect."
"Sigh ..."

Oh, c'mon.  She was going to give us a treat anyway!  Besides, nice sunrise, huh?!?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, October 01, 2021


Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Yesterday may have started out a bit lazy, as Ragnar said, but look at what arrived shortly after lunch:

"Is Maggie getting treats, Mom?"
"The box IS the treat for her, Ragnar ..."
"This is SO COOL!!!"

Now THAT'S how to add some excitement to the day!!!  YAY!  I love boxing!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Lazy Day

Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  We have lots of storms in the area today.  We got our walk in, but it was only just over three miles (we normally do at least 5).  Mom and Dad had some errands to run this morning, so Mags and I had to guard the house, but other than that, there isn't a lot going on.  I think I'm going to do this until it's time to hit the Studio:


Sometimes it's good to have a bit of a lazy day, huh?


Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

"New" Look

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Today, Ragnar and I thought we'd share a new look with you.  Not "new" per se, but one we haven't shared with you before.  Ready?  Here you go:


It's our "When Are We Going To Get To Bed Around Here?" Look. Pretty good, don't you think?

Honestly.  Mom can take forever sometimes.  

Did I mention we get a bedtime snack?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, September 27, 2021

No Zoomies Allowed?!?

 Hi everybody.  It's me, Ragnar.  Down here in Mom's Studio.

"Does anybody know what 'No zoomies in the inner Studio!' means?"
"Asking for a friend."

Maggie and I think our mom needs to get a gigantic design wall instead of using the floor.  It's putting a cramp in our zoomies schedule!


Sunday, September 26, 2021

Serene Scenery Sunday - In The Garden

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags!  This morning after our walk, Ragnar and I walked around the back gardens with our Mom and did some posing.  We were tired, she had treats ... what can I say?

She and Dad have been working mighty hard this season, ripping out and putting in.  Sadly, we lost one of our beautiful, huge Lilac Bushes and that had to go.  Mom tried to save it ... but no.  Anyway, in its place, they put a mulch area in last week, put pavers in, and have already started placing pots there!

"The sun's in my eyes."
"Mom should have brought her sunglasses for you!"
"Sorry, Mags.  Bear with me."

Anyway, they just bought the really big pots yesterday and Mom is going to plant some dwarf varieties of Sunflowers in them!  That'll be cool!

Speaking of Sunflowers, our Maximilian Sunflowers are in full swing!  Check these babies out:

"They're HUGE, aren't they?!!?"
"They're like something out of a horror movie -- The Sunflowers That Ate Manhattan!"

From there, we moved over to the tiered area.  

"Ha roo!"
"Yeah.  Ha roo!"

The big mound of flowers behind me is Purple Mound Asters.  Mom planted them this Spring and "somebunny" ate them down to the ground!  (We think her name is Bindi and she lives in the Friendship Garden.  Big ears, cotton tail ... you get the picture.  🐰)  Anyway, they look great now, don't they?!?  Here's a shot of just them:

Purple Mound Asters

Maybe Bindi knew what she was doing.

Before we went in, we did our infamous "Garden Statues" Pose by the gate:

"And hold ..."
"2 ... 3 ... 4 ..."

I'd say we earned our treats -- what do you think?!?

Have a great Sunday!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Mid-Snooter Jousting Break

 Hi everybody!  It's me, Ragnar.  Mags and I were in the middle of a Snooter Jousting event last night when ...

" I'm so glad you're my kid brother, Raggi! "
" Did you hear that, Mom?!? "
"❤ Oh, you two!!! "

"Seriously, Mom!  Is he the best?!?"
"Best little brother you could ask for, Mags."
"Aw, shucks ..."

Have I mentioned how happy I am here?  It's like Mags and I were always meant to be together!


PS:  Never fear!  Our nightly Snooter Jousting continued after that!

Friday, September 24, 2021


Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  Our mom has been working super hard on a new project down in her Studio.  Ragnar and I have been helping, as I'm sure you can imagine.


Oh.  Right.  That photo was taken during break time!

It's been hard but gratifying work! Whew, we're glad it's Friday! 

Yours sincerely, 
Margaret Thatcher