Sunday, June 28, 2015


"Are you going to share that with me?"

Yes, today is our doxie Duke's 8th birthday!  Thing is, he still thinks he's a puppy most of the time:  he loves to kill his toys (a dachshund trait), bark loudly, give doggie kisses, play tug-of-war, having running fits, act comical, and tease.

"I don't want to get up yet!"

He's quite a dawg, and has brought so much love and laughter to our family.  The grandchildren, especially our five-year-old grandson, love him--and he loves them, too.  He's good buddies with them.

I've never known a dog with as much personality as Duke--he's positively human at times, and can also tell time.  YES HE CAN.  He somehow knows when it is time for any meal, or at least, when HE thinks it is time.  He stares at me to go into the kitchen and cook, and if I don't do it pretty soon, he resorts to telling me by barking at me.

In any case, we love him to pieces, and he's our fur baby.  As I type, he and Clark and playing tug-of-war--and that dawg is strong.

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em.

"Canada geese, outa my yard!

"Boy, that food looks good!"

"Who are those children in the photo?"

"Boo!  Did I scare you?"

"This driving thing isn't that hard"

"Don't you like my new hairdo?"

Friday, June 26, 2015


Hope you have a fabulous and enjoyable weekend, doxie lovers.  Next week, I'll be giving details about Book 5 of The Dachshund Escapades as well as telling a little about my next series.

Oh, I won't leave the realm of dachshunds--no way.  Check back for more information coming!

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em.

Thursday, June 25, 2015


For those of you who knew about and prayed for our son-in-law Philip's open heart surgery, it was a resounding success!  He came home one week later, on June 23.  Since Holly stayed in town where the hospital was (45 minutes from home), we stayed at their house with Shadow, Duke, and the children.  We brought them all to our house for a couple of days before Philip and Holly came home.

Here are a few photos (remember, a picture is worth a thousand words):

With Holly before surgery

Clark:  Father's Day at
the hospital

They had to ham it up a little!

With Holly & the kiddos

Home!  Fur babies
welcoming him

What were Shadow and Duke doing during all this?  Their usual routine of eating/relaxing/barking.

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em!

Shadow cuddling and smiling

Duke enjoying Holly's hammock with Clark

Monday, June 8, 2015


Our son-in-law Philip is having open heart surgery on June 16 to remove an aortic root aneurysm and replace his aortic valve.  In the picture above, Philip's aneurysm is located where the aorta enters the heart. Although this surgery is classified by his doctor as "routine," it does not seem so when it involves a family member!

Philip will be on the heart bypass machine during the surgery, for approximately four hours.  The doctors will then restart his heart.  *gulp*

We have committed Philip to God--after all, as a Christian, he is under God's care at all times.  We must trust Him to take care of Philip and guide the doctors as they perform this surgery.

Philip will be having a heart catheterization tomorrow (Tuesday, June 9) in preparation for his upcoming surgery.  He will be in the hospital for about four hours.

My husband and I will be taking care of the grandchildren both tomorrow and during/after the surgery next week.  Our daughter Bethany is flying in from Arizona this Sunday to help, and many
friends from their church and other family members are providing childcare, food, financial provision, and support during this time.  Philip will be in the hospital about a week after the surgery, with at least a month of recuperation.

Yes, this is serious surgery.  My uncle, age 83, had the same surgery several decades ago and got along fine.  I am certain the medical profession has perfected the procedure since then, too.

God is in control, and I thank you for remembering our family during this time.  If I don't post very often over the next few weeks, I am sure you understand.  In any case, our family is in this together, and we are trusting God through it all.

Philip, Holly, Alexa, Asher, Annika

Thursday, June 4, 2015


I haven't posted lately because the grandchildren are here  this week to attend our church's Vacation Bible School each morning.  They are having a blast, and so is Duke!  In the photo above, he's commenting on Annika's bike riding skills.  Wonder what he's saying?

Here are a few other photos from this week: