Saturday, December 19, 2015

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #8


Anyone for a cute and adorable doxie puppy?

Here ya go!
Only six more days until Christmas! May you and yours have a fabulous Christmas - I'll post sporadically over the next two weeks, since we'll have a houseful of family during that time. But I'll be thinking about you, doxie lovers.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #7: A PUPPY!



Few gifts are more exciting to doxie lovers than a little doxie puppy!  We adopted Duke in August eight years ago, but it was equally exciting then, too.

Some things to keep in mind with a new puppy:


Merry Christmas, doxie lovers!

Monday, December 14, 2015

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #6 - ONLY 11 MORE DAYS!


Most everything is ready in our home for this most important holiday to Christians--the house is decorated, inside and out, the presents are bought and wrapped, the menu is finalized, plane tickets have been purchased (our daughter and hubby are arriving Christmas Eve), church Christmas specials have been attended, and WE ARE EXCITED about the holidays!




We'll have family with us for most of the time from Christmas Eve until after New Year's, which is the way we like it in the Hinton household. The grandchildren and granddawg Shadow are staying with us Dec. 28-30 for their parents' anniversary trip to Pigeon Forge, TN.

Oh--and our wedding anniversary is on Dec. 20. Clark and I will probably just opt for dinner at a nice restaurant. It's too close to Christmas to even think about going anywhere overnight! We didn't think about that 45 years ago, because he had just returned from a year's deployment to Vietnam and we wanted to get married before Christmas! I wouldn't change a thing.

Doxie lovers, may you and yours have a blessed and enjoyable holiday season. Dachshunds--ya gotta love 'em.


Friday, December 11, 2015

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #5: DOXIE "ON THE SHELF"


As usual, the doxie's face says it all!



Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em.

Have a fabulous weekend, doxie lovers!

Thursday, December 10, 2015

A DACHSHUND'S MERRY-GO-ROUND LIFE NOW IN PAPERBACK!


Now available in paperback in time for Christmas, this final book of THE DACHSHUND ESCAPADES is sure to please dog lovers of all ages!

For further details, click on the link: http://www.amazon.com/5924235


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #3: WIENER WONDERLAND



WIENER WONDERLAND

Dog tags ring, are you listenin’? 

In the lane, snow is glistenin’

It's yellow, not white, 

l've been there tonight, 

Marking up my wiener wonderland.




Smell that tree? 

That’s my fragrance. 

It’s a sign for wand’ring vagrants 

Avoid where I pee, it’s my property! 


Marked up as my wiener wonderland.





In the meadow Dad will build a snowman, 


Following the classical design. 


Then I’ll lift my leg and let it go man,



So all the world will know that it is mine, mine, mine!




Straight from me to the fencepost, 


Flows my natural incense boast. 


‘Stay off of my turf, this small piece of earth,

I mark it as my Wiener Wonderland!
~author unkown

Monday, December 7, 2015

CHRISTMAS DOXIE #1


I've posted previous Christmas doxies, but today I'm starting my annual Christmas doxie photos. I'm all in the spirit of this blessed celebration, and I hope you are, too!



Happy Monday, doxie lovers!

Friday, December 4, 2015

DOXIE PUPPIES, BABIES, AND CHRISTMAS SHOPPING


Babies and puppies just go together nicely--especially babies and DOXIE puppies!

This adorable photo of both sleeping and wearing Santa hats was too sweet to resist, so this is my
Christmas photo of the day for my doxie-loving friends. I'll include a Christmas photo every time I post during the month of December.



Do  you have your Christmas shopping completed? I have done nearly all of it, and have already wrapped the gifts!  Oh, I know people who shop the after-Christmas sales for NEXT YEAR'S CHRISTMAS--I'm not one of them. Before we were retired teachers, my husband Clark and I were very busy during the month of December: all the school programs, preparing for and administering semester exams, grading exams and averaging grades, etc. Also, both of our daughters were involved in programs at school and at church, as well as playing sports, so there wasn't much time left over for decorating until Christmas break, let alone shopping for Christmas!

I made it easy on myself this year: I ordered everything online, and I cannot begin to do justice to the joys of doing so! There are several reasons why shopping online is such a stress-free way to shop:

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(1) you can shop any time of day or night, dressed to the hilt or in PJs;

(2) it's so easy to find what you want without having to go to several stores (have you ever noticed that if you are shopping for something specific--item, size, color--stores never have it??);

(3) many sites offer free shipping, and you don't have to burn up gas or hunt for a parking space;

(4) weather doesn't affect your shopping, unless a big snowstorm slows down the trucks bringing    your purchases;
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(5) it's fun! Our daughter gave us a list for each of our grandchildren, complete with the links to those items--all I had to do was click on the links, and presto--buy the gifts.

A word of caution:

(1) please do not use a debit card when purchasing online. Banks and stores say those are easy targets for misuse. Credit cards are more protected;

(2) shop only on sites that are vetted or have a stellar track record. Fly-by-night websites abound around the Christmas season, so be careful.

Enjoy your Christmas shopping, and have a great weekend, doxie lovers!

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

DOXIE CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS


What do you think of these doxie Christmas ornaments? I like all of them, but which is your favorite? Leave a comment in the comment section below.








Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

CHRISTMAS AT OUR HOME


For those who know me, I love everything about Christmas! So, for the past few days, I've been jazzing up our home for the holidays. Boy, the old gray mare, she ain't what she used to be . . . last night, I felt like I had been out working a construction job!

Our daughter and son-in-law will be with us from AZ, and of course our other daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren will be with us from northern GA.

Here are photos of my handiwork:

Breakfast nook: table was an
antique from my parents

Dining table: my mom made the tablecloth
and napkins for me years ago

Even our grandfather has gotten the Christmas spirit!

The wall beside the oven

Dining room light

Lighted Christmas village

Our tree

"The stockings were hung on the fireplace with care . . ."

Our lighted Christmas doxies



CHRISTmas without Christ is just another day

Saturday, November 28, 2015

DEADLINE TOMORROW!

A Dachshund's Merry-Go-Round Life will be 99 cents only through tomorrow--it reverts to full price on Nov. 30.

The paperback version will be out, hopefully before Christmas, if I can find the time to sit down and format it for publication! Not difficult--just have to find a block of 30 minutes or so.

Get your info here:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0170JSATG

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!




Friday, November 20, 2015

HAPPY FRIDAY, DOXIE LOVERS!




And there's only a few more days to take advantage of the 99-cent special price by pre-ordering A DACHSHUND'S MERRY-GO-ROUND LIFE. Click on the BOOKS tab at the top of this blog for more details.

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

DOES YOUR DACHSHUND CHEW UP THINGS?


We are fortunate--Duke doesn't chew up anything important at our house. I've heard horror stories of doxies chewing up clothing, furniture, bedding, curtains, what have you.

I couldn't resist this adorable meme--look at that face!

Does your doxie chew up important things? If so, what do you do about it? Leave a comment below.

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em--even when they chew up something important!

Friday, November 13, 2015

ON THE HOME STRETCH: BOOK 5 ALMOST READY!


I'm on the home stretch with the completion of A DACHSHUND'S MERRY GO-ROUND-LIFE, Book 5 of THE DACHSHUND ESCAPADES! Finishing up my first edits today, then I'll go through it once more before submitting it to Kindle Direct Publishing for release on November 30.

This book is written a bit differently from the other four: instead of Sarge relating his day-to-day life situations, he's sharing his most unforgettable memories. Some are doozies, too!

It's available at 99c for pre-order until the release date, so get your copy today and enjoy this doxie's humorous, poignant, and ridiculous memories. You're certain to be entertained!





The paperback version will hopefully be out before Christmas as well. 

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, DOXIE LOVERS.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

WHERE IS DUKE?




 I took this photo of our yard (and Duke) just this morning. Can you find him? 

Clark and me on our wedding day:
we were so young!

Ah, the leaves!  We had 16 straight days of rain here in Georgia, ending on Monday, finally. When I let Duke out, I saw that he was enjoying smelling the fall leaves, so I decided to snap the photo of our yard. All the leaves haven't yet fallen, as you can see across the street to our neighbor's yard, but Clark is itching to get out there and clean it up once again. I told him that it will be covered within 15 minutes after he gets all those leaves up, but he says he has to stay ahead of it or he'll never get it cleared out. There are woods all around our house, and our backyard backs up to woods as well.

He subs in our county schools most days, so he won't have the opportunity to do the yard until Saturday--at this point, the weather app on my cell says isn't supposed to rain then.

Fall is my favorite time of the year. Clark returned from Vietnam in November 1970. We were engaged before he left, so I had an entire year to plan our 
wedding. We wed in December that year.

Happy fall, y'all!

King of the rock

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

FUN WITH THE GRANDCHILDREN!



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Since our daughter homeschools them, the grandchildren were able to come for a visit for several days last week, and boy, did we have fun! Clark and I, being retired teachers, helped them with their schoolwork while they were here. It rained every day, so that curtailed outside activities, like bike riding. We went to the Mall of Georgia, ate lunch there, and walked like what seemed miles.  It's a big place!

Their favorite store, of course, was the Disney Store, where we bought them an item of their choice. Asher got a Star Wars set of figurines; Alexa, an Ariel the Mermaid doll; Annika, a sparkly Mickey/Minnie Mouse shirt.

Image result for Phantom of the Opera, Royal Albert hallWe had introduced them to The Phantom of the Opera their last visit, with the viewing of the 25th anniversary performance at Royal Albert Hall in London. I thought Asher would get bored and do something else, but all three loved it, especially the music. Their mom, our daughter Holly, says they walk around the house singing the soundtrack!  So, we watched that version on Netflix, and I had told them about the movie version, circa 2004, and commented that I didn't like it as much as the play version. Of course, they wanted to see that, too--so we watched it the next day. Asher stayed right with it, making comments. They all agreed that the play version was the best.



When Clark and I were in education, we took our Christian school's senior class to NYC every year, and one of the things we enjoyed so much was seeing Phantom at the Majestic Theater on Broadway. Oh, the music, when hearing it live, is fabulous! We did that for seven years straight, and I never grew tired of the play.

Our doxie Duke outdid himself playing with them. He's partial to Asher, and the two of them played  hard. Duke chased Asher, and Asher chased Duke. The girls love Duke and he loves them, too, but there's a special bond between Duke and Asher.

Their parents came to pick them up on Saturday, but we all went out to eat together at a local steak place for lunch. All in all, it was a blessing to Clark and me to be with the grandchildren! Family is the most important thing on this earth, you know.

Photo booth fun

Grandma riding the carousel at the Mall of Georgia

Annika 

Alexa and Asher

Monday, November 9, 2015

MY GRANDCHILDREN'S HALLOWEEN COSTUMES!


As I said, I didn't post much last week because the grands were with us for several days. I had promised to post photos of their Halloween costumes, so here they are:

Alexa as princess

Annika as Southern belle

Asher as Yoda from Star Wars

Daughter Holly (their mom) as a cat

Annika and Holly (as Barbie doll)

Yoda, Barbie, Princess

They had a fabulous time at their church's "Trunk or Treat" Halloween festivity. Love those grands!

Grandkids . . . you gotta love 'em!