Friday, September 29, 2017


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"Happy Fall, Y'all!"

Have a great weekend, doxie lovers! Fall is in the air, and that makes me very happy. Can't wait for the fall colors to come out.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017




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"A dog just has to accept humans the way they are--they'll never fully understand things that we dogs know instinctively!"

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Sarge the dachshund continues the chronicle of his own unpredictable dawg’s life, along with his zany family of beloved humans and assorted animals. He travels out west to Arizona with his doxie pal Duke (and a couple of his humans, of course), sightseeing along the way in a motor home. They encounter an Elvis impersonator in Memphis, marvel at rodeo cowboys and grazing cattle across Texas, see firsthand the beauty of deserts in New Mexico, and visit the Grand Canyon, that "big ditch" in Arizona. 

Sarge watches over Duke as they interact with the Fuzz Brothers (cats from previous books) while visiting Kurt and Bethany (Mama's sister). The two doxies also enjoy mouthwatering regional food and many more adventures along the way. Readers will be wishing they had gone with them!
Another heartwarming tale of family, joy, good food, and unconditional love, Sarge's story will bring warmth and smiles to readers of all ages.
Image result for the grand canyonFive-star reviews of DACHSHUNDS FOREVER on Amazon:
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Monday, September 25, 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


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Deciding if she wants to go down the
grandchildrens' slide--she did!

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Sitting in my lap watching me

Yes, we're babysitting Sunny this week while her family is on vacation.  She's quite a puppy, and I think she's 200% dachshund! She already exhibits all those doxie traits that doxie lovers have come to know and love: cuteness, intelligence, loving, always hungry, playful, comical, aaaaand yes, stubbornness. But she's a sweetie. We'll miss her when we take her back home on Friday.

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em.

Monday, September 11, 2017


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Duke's gravestone arrived on Friday. Isn't it beautiful? Our daughter and son-in-law, Kurt and Bethany, provided that for us. We'll place it on his grave after Irma has departed.

Speaking of Hurricane Irma, she is expected to visit North Georgia later this afternoon. Winds and rain have already heralded her impending arrival, and they are both picking up as I type. We do expect power outages here, and we've been told it will be for several days.

Clark and I are as ready as we can be: we have assembled flashlights, candles, lighter, paper plates, plenty of food, water, and other necessities. We have even packed "getaway bags" just in case we must evacuate. Our church is opening its doors to evacuees, and it's only a half mile from our house. We are thankful that it won't be nearly as bad here as it has been farther south. Pray for those where Irma has wreaked havoc.

Power may go out later today and stay out for a number of days, so I'll resume blogging afterward. Stay safe wherever you are, pray for those who have lost everything, and keep looking up. God is in control. Is mankind listening?

Granddaughter and granddawg!

Friday, September 8, 2017


Please remember to pray for those in Hurricane Irma's path as she barrels down on Florida Sunday or Monday. Speculations on her path change almost hourly, but there will be much destruction and flooding. The states of GA, SC, and NC are also hunkering down. We are located north of metro Atlanta, and at this writing, will mostly be facing high winds of 60 mph.

In any case, FEMA and volunteer organizations now allow pets to come along when rescuing people. That is definitely a step in the right direction, because beloved pets ARE FAMILY MEMBERS and deserve to be taken care of like the rest of the family.

Also remember those states out west fighting a multitude of forest fires, as well as those in TX/LA recovering from the onslaught of Hurricane Harvey.

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I don't know if we will be without power here in North Georgia--only time will tell. But I'll see you on the other side of the hurricane. Stay safe if you are in one of those areas mentioned above. Let's pray for each other. God is in control.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017


And who would want to, anyway? Oh, we have our work to do, whatever it is, but as I recall, when I was at the computer too long working on a manuscript, Duke let me know in no uncertain terms when he thought I had ignored him long enough! Doxies just have a way about them that is so endearing. Oh, we all know that they're stubborn and hardheaded, but their love, comical ways, cuteness, and interaction with us is addictive. I've had other dog breeds, and many of them exhibit some of the same traits as doxies, but I still prefer these long-bodied, floppy-eared hounds above all others. 

How about you?

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"Don't ya love it when your
ears are flapping in the breeze?"

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"Why, hello there! Whatsup?"

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"Daddy, can we PLEASE go for a walk??"
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The soulful eyes get me every. single. time!

Dachshunds . . . we have no choice in loving them!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017


"Mirror, mirror, on the wall . . ."

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Longhaired beauty

Sweet, smooth coat puppy

Longhaired puppy

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Another longhaired beauty

Dachshunds . . . you gotta love 'em ALL!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


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Those who know me (if only in passing), realize that my family means everything to me. Although we can't all be together often, we keep in touch regularly by phone, text, face time, and social media. With that said, Clark and I loved having our grandchildren visit us this past weekend! Thankfully, they live only an hour and fifteen minutes away.

Holly and Philip came on Friday to drop off Sunny our granddawg to stay with me while they took the children on a field trip to visit a local Hindu temple as part of their study of world religions (Holly homeschools the kids). We wanted to see how Sunny would do with us here, as we are planning to keep her while they go on vacation soon. Their boxer Bruno stayed home, since he would probably be like a bull in a china shop at our house! He's a good boy, but large, muscular, and excited when away from home, so a friend was to stop by and check on them while they were away.

Sunny is very much a "mama's girl," being supremely attached to Holly, but she did survive! Clark was subbing that day, so she had to settle for lil' ol' me. Oh, she whined for about an hour, kept running to the door to see if they had returned, but finally settled down and played tug-of-war with me, chased her ball, then got on my lap to take a short nap. Below are a couple of photos I snapped as she's looking around for Mama and the rest of the family:

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"Where's Mama??"

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"When are they coming back
to get me??"
Photos of the temple they visited--no photos of the interior were permitted:

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Isn't the architecture beautiful? All the
carving you see was done by hand

Clark was home from school after they returned, so we visited for a few minutes, then we all went out to one of our favorite local restaurants that serves all kinds of delicious home cooking. Later, Holly and Philip took Sunny (who was overjoyed at seeing them) to return home. Clark, the grands, and I enjoyed a Friday night Netflix movie at home, complete with popcorn!

Saturday was our only full day together, so that morning Clark made us a country breakfast: waffles, scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, grits, and toast. We did several chores, like making beds, getting dressed, brushing teethe, and straightening the living room. I played several games of gin rummy with the kids, they watched some videos on Netflix. Steak and Shake was their choice for lunch, following with an animated movie, Leap!,  here in town. Back home for dinner, we all made our own individual pizzas with flatbread crusts, adding our choice of toppings: pepperoni, sausage, green pepper, onion, cheese, and sauce. Annika and I made the tossed salads, and Clark made a butterscotch pie with graham cracker crust for dessert!

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Working on our pizzas in our breakfast
nook--Alexa had already made hers
On Sunday, we left early to attend their church with them, since both granddaughters sing in the choir, and Alexa had a solo. It was good to see the many friends we've made in their congregation! Afterwards, we all had lunch at El Parian, the popular Mexican restaurant in their town. We said our good-byes, and Clark and I headed home after lunch.

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L to R: Annika, moi, Asher, Alexa

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Asher and Clark
We had a great weekend, but I wish that Kurt and Bethany could have joined us--it was a bit far to get here for the weekend from Oregon, where they currently are!  Please be in prayer for all those wildfires in Oregon and Montana. Kurt and Bethany are headed for California tomorrow, and will eventually make their way back to home base in AZ (where Kurt's company is located. He works remotely when they travel). Below are photos Bethany sent us yesterday from Eugene to Medford, Oregon--notice the haze from the fires:

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Bethany & Kurt, our RV travelers

Dachshund granddawgs and family . . . you gotta love 'em!