Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beat The Heat

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  Yesterday, I took a very early morning walk to get out there before it got way too hot.  To burn more energy later in the day, Mom and I played indoor Siberian Rules Fetch with my Squeaky Red Football. Here's one of the times I ran off with the Squeaky Red Football and tried to destroy it:

"You're going down, Squeaky Red!"

It's a great way to beat the heat!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Friday, July 21, 2017

Photo Finish Friday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Mags.  The other day, Mom wanted Cam and me to do some porch posing for her.  This is pretty much the best we gave her:

"Hey.  I see someone across the street!"
"Is it the new neighbors?"

Sadly, it wasn't the new neighbors, nor did Mom have treats.  It is a nice shot of the Sweet Potato Vine and all the other stuff in the porch pots, though!

Stay cool, everyone.  It's beastly-hot out there!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher 

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Hello, everyone! It's me, Cam. So there Maggie and I were last night, just relaxing before dinner, when I heard Mom start slicing up a ...


Quite possibly my very favorite food in all the lands.  And this one is a real beauty, too.  We were more than happy to do a quick taste-test for Mom, to make sure it was OK.

Mmm.... CANTALOUPE!!!!!!  Do you have a favorite food, too?


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wordless Wednesday


Cam and Mags

PS:  Mom says thanks for the kind words on yesterday's post.  This was for the thumb on the non-broken wrist side, to clear up any confusion.  She really knows how to fall!

PS again:  Burgers!!!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Road Trip!

Hello, everyone!  It's me, Cam.  Yesterday morning, we all got up and moving before the crack of dawn.  Maggie and I wondered what was going on, but seeing as how we did get breakfast, I wasn't too concerned.  We all loaded up into the HR-V, and hit the road.

We had been going for a couple of hours (with a rest stop for us girls tossed in) when ...

"Did you forget your camera, Mom?"
"Hey ... this isn't the way to Quivira!"

It was very odd.  We started going the Quivira way, then headed toward a city.  Hmm.  Eventually, we pulled into the parking lot by a bunch of huge buildings, got to walk around the grassy areas a little, and had some water.  Then Maggie and I got back into the HR-V with Dad, cranked up the air conditioning, and just hung out.  For quite a while.

Meanwhile, Mom had gone into one of the buildings and stared at this for a couple hours:


There were also a bunch of people who came and went and bent her thumb all around and looked at the x-rays and MRI they had taken at Fort Riley and then someone called "the specialist" said the words Mom was hoping to hear - "no surgery needed".  YAY!

Remember the fall Mom took back in March?  In addition to everything else, she also did some damage to the ligaments in her left thumb.  The orthopedic surgeon she had been seeing at Ft. Riley wanted her to see another orthopedic surgeon with more specialization in injuries to the hand/wrist, and gave her a referral to a guy in Wichita.  That's where we went!  (And we girls only went because Mom and Dad didn't know how long it would take and as is, it was shorter than they thought but we were gone almost 8 hours.)

Anyway, we celebrated the good news by going to a magical place called Spangles afterwards!

"I smell burgers!"
"I smell chick-hen!!"

It was totally worth the trip!  Maggie and I got a bite of Mom's burger!  It was the tastiest burger we've ever had!

And don't worry, Maggie and I are continuing to take good care of our mom.

"Don't do anything we wouldn't do, Mom."
"Hey, Mom. Looks like you're only up by one in the Opposable Thumbs Game now."

Mom is relieved and we all hope that this will allow her ligaments to heal up - it's just going to take time.  And patience.

Some of you have been asking about Mom's recovery, so that's why we shared this.  Everything else is going splendidly.  We appreciate you asking very much.

Have a great day, everyone!  And stay cool!


PS:  Did I mention we stopped for burgers??????

Monday, July 17, 2017


Greetings to all! It's me, Maggie.  It's Monday morning, and you know what that means, right?

"You DO know what this means, don't you?"

"Keep it down, Mags; I'm working."
"Thaaaaaaaaat's right.  Nap time."

Seriously. We've got a schedule to maintain here.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Serene Scenery Sunday

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie.  This week, for Serene Scenery Sunday, Cam and I thought we'd show you around our gardens to see what's in bloom.

"Someone other than us needs to walk around and take some garden shots. Mom."
"Yeah. It's getting hot.  Time for us Sibes to head inside."
"No problem, girls."

She's not a Northern Breed like us; she'll be fine.

This is going to be photo-heavy, so I'll keep the chit-chat to a minimum!  Let's start in the gardens out back!

Beth Coneflower in the Friendship Garden
Day Lilies
Butterfly Weed in the Wildflower Garden
Moonshine Yarrow in the Wildflower Garden
Let's look at what's blooming on the south side of the house!

Hummingbird Mint on the lowest side tier; it's over 3 feet high now!
Blackberry Lily in the Butterfly Garden
PowWow Wild Berry Coneflowers in the Butterfly Garden
Common Milkweed in the Butterfly Garden

The Monarch Butterflies are going to LOVE that milkweed!  It's over 4 feet tall and is ready to burst into blooms!

Now let's look around at the street-level bloomers!

Fire and Ice Hosta in bloom
Sorbet Lantana by the mailbox, mixed in with Silver Mound
Begonia on the front porch
Another Begonia on the front porch

I like the curly-cues in the center of that one!

One of my favorite pots of posies is right by the garage.  I check on it just about every time I go outside.

"Ha roo, Petunias!"

I'm pretty sure those flowers are doing so well because of my encouragement!

We hope our garden tour helped make you feel nice and serene!

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher