Who We Are

Thursday, September 08, 2022

Blog Break

We will be taking a break from the blog for a short while.


Please join us again soon,
Mags & Ragnar

Wednesday, September 07, 2022

Tuesday, September 06, 2022


Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. Mags and I took our mom and dad on a nice walk this morning. We got to go down Labby Road -- you know, where lots of our Labrador friends live - and Mom spotted some sunflowers at the end of the trail.  She wanted us to pose in front of them, of course.
"Mags?!?  Ragnar?!?"
"Are any of the Labs watching, Ragnar?"
"Goldie's out ... and that really tall puppy who lives with Blondie."

"Oh, c'mon, you two!  Please?!?  I have COOKIES!!!"
"I'll smile, but -- oh, hey, Goldie!  Hope you and your pack had a nice Labra Day weekend!"
"Did you say COOKIES?!??"

Mags faced Mom for a split second while I licked my lips in anticipation of a COOKIE, then ...

"That was -- no, wait!  Mags?!?  I missed it!"
"Sorry, Mom.  Bad timing."
"Hi, Mom."

At least we were both smiling -- right?!?  Mags says timing is everything.

I hope all of you had a great Labra Day weekend!


Monday, September 05, 2022

Labor Day 2022

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Happy Labor Day to all.
"Zzz ...
Faster than a speeding bullet ...
more powerful than a locomotive ...
able to leap queen-sized beds in a single bound,

Try not to overdo.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, September 04, 2022

Sunday Funnies

Hi everybody.  It's me, Ragnar.  Umm ...

"She's right behind me with a hand grenade, isn't she?"
"Tick, tock ..."


Saturday, September 03, 2022

I Won!

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. If our dad doesn't push his chair in after he's been at the table, Mags and I usually race to be the first one there before Dad sits down again.
"I won!"
"I'll get it next time."

She probably will; we're pretty evenly matched at this!


Friday, September 02, 2022

Photo Finish Friday

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. We were going to share just one shot of us posing on our walk this morning, but Mom said we did SUCH a great job, and took so many, that I thought I'd share a bunch! Let's take a look!

These first two are up at the top of our first big hill, with a gorgeous sunrise in the background:



Once up top, we did a bunch more walking, then stopped for a water break on a limestone wall. We thought we'd strike a pose or two there, too!



Which one is your fave? Have a safe, wonderful long weekend!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

PS:  There were cookies involved.  Trust me.  

Thursday, September 01, 2022

Only A Matter Of Time

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. I'm just having a little training session here in the living room with Ragnar. About what, you might wonder? Refrigerators! You see, we just had to replace ours. The one that just went kaput had the ice and water dispenser on the inside - basically because one of our great sisters (Ammy!) knew how to help herself. What a smart, smart girl!  So I was filling Ragnar in on what I learned through the Ao4 chronicles ...
"And that's how she did it, Raggi!"
"So wait ... all she had to do ..."

Due to supply chain issues, Mom and Dad chose the only fridge that would fit and that they wouldn't have to wait several months for.  Here she is:
"This is going to be so fun!"
"We'll have this figured out in no time!"

Yep.  It just HAPPENS to have a very accessible ice and water dispenser.  It's only a matter of time.  

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Mistaken Identity

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. I don't know what all this talk was yesterday about "someone" being all jazzed up. Usually when Mom says that, she means me, but I'm thinking she MUST have meant Ragnar. I mean, look at how sweet I am!
"Hiya, Raggi.  I'm just here getting some lovin' from Mom."
"Let's Joust, Mags!!!"

We ARE brother and sister, so she could have been mistaken. Yeah. That's it.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret (The Innocent) Thatcher

Monday, August 29, 2022


Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. Over here.
"Hi.  I'm here in one of my auxiliary dens."

Why?  Well, as Mom likes to say, "Someone is a bit jazzed up."  I think she might mean ...

"Hey, Raggi!!!  HA ROO!"

Don't worry, though. I should be safe under ...
"Uh oh."

... here.

I thought jazz was supposed to be sort of mellow.  Maybe that's a different kind of jazz.


Sunday, August 28, 2022

Serene Sunflower Scenes

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. Today, we left for our walk  bright and ea   well, dark and early, so we could get a nice long one in. We walked up into where they're putting in a new development, which we haven't done for a while. Much to our mom's delight, the place was packed with sunflowers! We did some poses that made her happy, so we thought we'd share them with you.
Me, Mags, and the sunflowers

Mags, me, and more sunflowers!

What a gorgeous, serene morning!  And maybe our mom's right - sunflowers make everyone smile!!!


Saturday, August 27, 2022


Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Ragnar and I were playing a fun game in the Studio the other day.
"🎶 Oh, Raggi!!!  See if you can get me! 🎶"
"How did you get back there?!?"

Whatever we do, Ragnar and I always have fun!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, August 26, 2022

National Dog Day

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags, here with my bestest kid brother Ragnar. We just wanted to wish all of our dog friends a happy National Dog Day!
"Hey, fellow pups!  Happy Dog Day!"
"Have a good one!"

I think this calls for cheese.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, August 25, 2022


Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. I figured out a way to help my mom sew even faster on the Pfaff!!!
"OK, if I just wedge the pedal under here, it's on all the time!  
Mom doesn't even have to -- wait.  Did she just unplug this baby?!?"

For some odd reason, she didn't like my attempt to streamline things. Go figure.


Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

You Can Lead A Siberian To Water ...

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. It was getting toasty on our walk this morning, so Mom and Dad planned for us to take a water break down at about the mid-way point. We were all set to drink when ...
"Hey!  There's a guy firing up the Bobcat!"
"Oh, cool!  Let's stare!"
"Mags?  Ragnar?  Don't you want some water?!?"

Which just proves the old adage:  "You can lead a Siberian to water, but you can't make him drink."

Pretty sure how that goes. Or maybe horses are involved. Everything's better with horses!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, August 22, 2022

Made In The Shade

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. We had a great walk this morning - finally got a good "over 5 miler" in. We were happy to pose for Mom when we took our break, but ...

"Smile, sweet puppies!!!"
"How's this, Mom?"
"Yeah, how's t--wait.  I'm all squinty!"

"Here, Mags.  Try my sunglasses."
"Oh.  You look cool, Mags."
"Yeah ... hang on.  This is better."

"OK, you guys!  Now ... wait, where did those smiles go?!?"
"We're doing our Tough Guy Look, Mom."

I would have been happy to wear the shades home, but Mom said she needed them, too.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Serene Sunday

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. Today, Mags and I have a few pix of some of the more serene moments from the week. Our first shot was on a route we haven't walked in a while - we get great views of the sunrises at the top of this hill:
"Oooh, fog and the sunrise!"
"I think we have the makings of another scorcher out here today; glad we're walking early!"

We helped our mom do some watering in the backyard this week, which was very relaxing:
"That bunny better not even THINK about it!"
"Oh, bunny-schmunny, Ragnar!  Live and let live!"

I'm not sure about her sometimes!

And of course, there is always our work in Mom's Studio:
"Must ... hold up ... the shelving unit ..."
"No one's getting through here!"

We're Working Breed pups; we're at our most serene when we're working!


Saturday, August 20, 2022

Today's Agenda

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. We took our mom and dad on a nice, long walk this morning, did a bunch of zoomies and Snooter Jousting, had lunch, did some more Snooter Jousting, and now we're going to do this for a bit:


It's a pretty full agenda!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, August 19, 2022

Labby Road

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. There's a part of Hudson Trail we lovingly refer to as "Labby Road" -- you know, as opposed to Abbey Road? Anyway, you should be able to see why from this video!

To watch on YouTube, please click here.

One of the Chocolate Labs who lives in the last house on the left was still in the house this morning, but I think you get the idea! 

Oh. And ... truth be told, I'm rather partial to the super light-colored Labragirl who greeted us first. Tell me she doesn't look fun to chase around!!!


Thursday, August 18, 2022

To Answer Your Question ...

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. On yesterday's post, our friends Millie and Walter wanted to know, "Was there a little snooter jousting going on there?". These next photos should answer your question ...
"Tag!  You're it!"

We ran and ran laps all over the Studio, and then ...

"HA!  Gotcha, Mags!"
"Rats!  I almost made it to base!"

So, dear friends, the answer is a resounding "YES!!!" What a remarkably fun afternoon!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Tuesday, August 16, 2022


It was a dark and stormy nigh morning ... OH! I mean greetings to all! It's me, Mags. So there we were this morning, caught in a storm on the Hudson Trail ...
"I love the feel of the rain on my fur, Mags."
"And it cooled down the pavement!"

When all of a sudden, Dad said, "Check out that dinosaur!"  A dinosaur?!?!  How scary is that?!?  Being the brave warrior that I am, I leapt to our defense!

"Where?  I don't see anything, Dad."

Mom and Dad kept pointing, but I just didn't see it. Ragnar looked for it, too.
"Hey, dinosaur!  C'mon out if you're brave enough to take on a Viking!"

We never did see what they were talking about.  I guess it's true about the dinosaurs vanishing and all. Right? 

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Monday, August 15, 2022

Portrait Of A Viking

Hi everybody. It's me, Ragnar. Mom took this picture of me yesterday during our water break. She calls it "Portrait Of A Viking".


I just call it "me".


Sunday, August 14, 2022

Serene Sunday

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Despite the heat coming later in the day today, we had a great walk this morning. First we checked the park for cows, horses, sheeps, etc.
"I don't smell anybody yet."
"Me, neither.  We still need to check."

Sadly, the park was a bust.

As you could almost see from the photo above, even though we left the house just after first light, it was already getting hot out there. Probably the most serene part of the walk for us was finding a shady spot and taking a water and snack break.

"Go ahead, Raggi.  You first."
"Is she the sweetest big sister or what?!?"

"Aw, shucks.  I promised our Mama Bebe I'd look after you!"
"Slurpity slurp slurp ..."

"Thanks for bringing the water, Dad!"
"And thanks for the cookies, Mom!"

We made it back home before it got too unbearable out there - so it was a great, serene walk! Have a wonderful Sunday!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Saturday, August 13, 2022


Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. Some people admire Mom and Dad's garden areas and wonder how they're able to keep up with everything. The obvious answer is - they have help.
"Yeah?  Don't you bunnies even THINK about it!  Or I WILL stare at you."
"Good boy, Ragnar!"

It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it!


Friday, August 12, 2022

Photo Finish Friday

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. Yesterday on our walk, the sun did this:


I don't think we can top that for a Photo Finish Friday. God's a remarkable artist, isn't He?

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Pedal To The Metal!

Hi everybody! It's me, Ragnar. Yesterday, Mags and I were having a meeting in the Studio, when ...
"So, I'll keep an eye on Dad's office; you help Mom, OK?"
"Sounds good to me, Mags."
"Oooh, if you two are in a meeting over here, I'm going to set the Pfaff back up and see if I can fix the tension!"

The Pfaff?!?  I knew Mom would need my help with that!  I raced right over and got into position!

"Uhh ... Ragnar?!?"
"You adjust whatever you need to, Mom.  I'll drive."

I made it to that cubby hole JUST in time! Whew!



Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Wordless Wednesday


Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Thick As A Brick

Greetings to all! It's me, Mags. The humidity was so thick the other morning on our walk, you could see it!
"It's thick, Mags!"
"Thick as a brick."

We still had fun, though.

"I've got that Jethro Tull song stuck in my head now."
"At least it's a good song!"

Plus, Mom and Dad brought water for us. And cookies.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher