Monday, July 29, 2013


This is what the riders saw when they came around the corner and started to come down the hill and dad sat in front of the house with their cups of coffee and waved at all the riders.  It was a very diverse group, some with big bikes, long bikes and little bikes, some with shoes, without shoes, with shirts, with prom dresses, with shorts....some young ..some old...diverse.  It took them 7 hours to go by our house, there was that many riders.

We waited patiently inside of Alcatraz ....Mom didn't want us to get away from them and run out into the street....
See how big Baby Gussie has gotten.

Margaret photobombed my picture.

Mom put her baby geodes in her bird bath for the birds to perch on while they watched the riders zoom by our house.  At the base of the bath is some new decorative grass she is small still.

 This is part of our back yard by Alcatraz.  Mom likes blue bottles.

On the last leg of the bike ride all the riders dipped the front wheel of their bike into the Mississippi River and then they partied till the sun came up.  We just stayed home with Mom and Dad went to work.

Mean ole cat dietzman couldn't figure out what all the commotion was about and he hid out in the hosta bed.

Later that night we all played outside with Mom we had a great weekend.  Maggie has an adventure story to tell you also later this week.

(Big Sister Kylei took all new pictures for US)


  1. Very cool. I really liked seeing new pics of you guys, and your home and town are so neat!

  2. I loved the pictures! Can't wait til you get your new cable. I read about Ragbrai on another blog yesterday (The Iowa Housewife) and Sue wrote that 20,000 people were riding! WOW! No wonder it took 7 hours!

    I'm glad you got to see them, and I'm glad we got to see YOU!

  3. Nice to see mum has got the camera sorted now. 7 hours that is some big bike ride. Your garden looks lovely. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  4. You mean Mommy would let you go run with the riders??? Bummer :(

    Happy Monday!

  5. Love the pics Stella!!! Y'all look fabulous :)

  6. We LOVE the pretty picture of your house! It's really BEAUTIFUL.

    We're glad that you all behaved when the riders went by. Did you bark at them a lot?

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  7. Glad Mom got up to take some photo's .. BOL Gus youz getting huge xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

  8. Wow! Gussie is getting really big! And I love your mom's house! And garden! I don't understand dipping the tire in the river, though. That just sounds weird.

  9. How cool to see all the humans on their wheels! And hiya Gus!!!

  10. OMP Gussie is getting soo big! We love your house too!
    We saw your question about the spray (we are assuming you're talking about the CALM spray). Mom will try to get an email to you later.
    Bailey, Hazel & Greta

  11. R bike crazy dad will love this post
    Urban hounds

  12. WOW that furst picture had us fooled... we thought that was an EGG at furst...

  13. First off, wesa got you down for 10 tickets for item #2...secondly, our mama wants to tell your mama that she finds your house bee-u-tea-full!!
    Much Luvums,
    The Slimmer Puggums
    George, Gracie, Toby, Lily, & Mimi

  14. Wow, that is a lot of adventure. We can't believe how big Gussie has gotten. We think Alcatraz may be good if we could be outside more. OUr people are mean and won't build one . . . . .Lee and Phod

  15. Wow - 7 hours! That's a lotta bikes. Too bad you guys didn't get to go chase them! What a pretty house you have!

  16. WOW Gus is getting so so big. Your house is so cool.

  17. Despite Alcatraz, it sure looks like a fun time. Hope you screamed when the riders came by
    Benny & Lily

  18. So cool! Did you see Karen Ramstead at the RAGBRAI?!?!
    Play bows,

  19. WOW ... those are some great pictures! Love seeing pictures of your house and yard, too! But our favorite pictures are of Stella, Maggie and Gus .....

    Love Zoe, Peyton, Webster, Liberty & Whitney