Friday, June 5, 2015

How Could You?

In light of everything that's going on in the world, right now, today, How could you?

Sure, Bruce Jenner is a mess. Earthquakes are devistating parts of our world.
My own first-born son and his family are battling his cancer and Chemo treatments. My daughter is having expensive-to-fix transmission problems. Our other house, in Kansas, has been delayed closing because of a horrendous  hail storm and needs roof, gutter, window, etc repair before the mortgage company can close on the sale. I'm sure our new owner is chomping at the bit to move. I'm sure she's given notice to her apartment and is now begging them to let her more more week...I'm sorry, I need one MORE WEEK.

Yeah, we feel it.

Everything we want to do is on hold for the closure too. We preface everything with WTHS (When The House Sales)...

But...I fell in love with two chocolate and tan dachshunds and pledged by deposit to receive them when they are eight weeks old. How could I? You know, it's okay. Sometimes in the midst of worrisome events in our lives, we just have to do something that makes our heart glow with joy and lightens our spirit.

And, frankly, this is another one of those things I've wanted for decades and never could get before.

Which brings me to another point I voiced to my husband yesterday...I am in a season in my life that is so wonderful! God has enriched my life so much. I am learning more and more about God's love, mercy, righteousness, protection, power, etc, etc, etc. I have a steady routine of reading and learning from the Bible every day. I feel like I forgot to brush my teeth if I don't read the Bible first thing in the morning. I call it "Coffee with Christ."

My husband is so good to me. I feel loved by him all the time. I never question his feelings for me...and I couldn't have said that before. And because of him, I am able to fulfill dreams I have had for YEARS.

I am writing and publishing books.

I was able to care for my mother in her last four years of her life, and I have been able to take over guardianship of my special needs sister, LeeAnn.

All without worrying about how it will affect my marriage.

Because my husband loves me so much, he is willing to take my challenges on as his challenges.

We have moved to Colorado...something I've wanted since I was a kid. We have pets that we adore.

My children and grandchildren are welcome in our home anytime and my husband loves them as if they were fruit of his loin. (He's an amazing step-dad to them all.)

 We have enough. Not too much so that we remain humble. Not too little so that we become bitter.

And I have friends who are so dear to us, who also know they are welcome in our home whenever they want or need to come.

And...soon our little Chocolate delights will come to live with us...and I cannot wait!  I'm so excited.
Nelli and Delli at 4 1/2 weeks

 I have gathered various (silly) things I think they will need in preparation of their arrival...well their being released from the breeder at eight weeks.

Janet Flick, Flick Kennels

She's so sweet to me too. Janet Flick of Flick Kennels in Westcliffe. She allows me to come see "the twins," as they refer to my Nelli and Delli, anytime I want, during their customer's visiting hours 2:00 - 4:00 pm.  She doesn't rush me. She sits with us and visits with us, answering our multitude of questions. And we discuss other things too. She is teaching a Fidget Quilt class at the Westcliffe college. That's a quilt with various textured fabrics, what nots sewn in for Alzheimer's patients to lay in their lap and "fidget" with. It's very soothing for the recipient and I wish I'd had one or two for Mom when she lived with us. (BTW Alzheimer's is a terrible disease!!!)

LeeAnn and Me at BBQ
Weenie Race about to begin!

  I'm so obsessed with these baby dachshunds, I have scoured the internet for information on care, training, and feeding. I've Pinterest hundreds of things relating to dachshunds and pinned every picture taken of "the girls" during our visits. I even attended a Weenie Race at our local Holy Smoke BBQ last weekend.

So, here's what you're really waiting for.  Yesterday's photos of Nelli and Delli.  They are five and a half weeks old. Their ears have gotten longer than last we saw them, but they are entering the Pinnochio phase of their growth (as Janet calls it) where their noses will grow longer and their ears will get even longer.
Delli on left, Nelli on right

Delli on left, Nelli on right

Delli, not interested in camera

Delli, okay I'll pose.

My precious pups.
Delli on left, Nelli on right, me in the middle (LOL)
June 21, they come home.  I'm so excited, I have labeled every day on the calendar with the countdown. 16 days from today (BTW).

What are you doing to make yourself happy? Do you delight yourself in the Lord? Please remember me when I say, Don't let the turkeys get you down! Do something that makes your heart glow with joy. GOD BLESS YOU!!!

How could you? How could I not?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015


As if I don't already have enough to do, I have fallen in love with two litter sisters.

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Nellie and Dellie are Chocolate and Tan Long Hair Mini Dachshunds. They were born April 26, 2015 to Flick Kennel Dachshund breeders in Westcliffe, Colorado, and will be able to come home to us June 21.
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We cannot wait!

Nellie is the first born of the litter. There was a sister (chocolate dapple) born next and then came little Dellie.
Dellie is the runt. They both have the sweetest personality, of course, but there's just something about that smaller size that makes my heart melt. In fact when we went out to the breeder, who lives outside of Westcliffe, Coloardo, and I held both of the two pups (as an effort to decide between the two) my heart fell hard for them both!!!

We anticipate Nellie will be around 11 pounds and Dellie may be 8 pounds when fully grown. They will look something like one of these two examples of Chocolate Long Hair Dachshunds:

Since it will be a month until we can bring them home, I have been like an expectant mother, preparing our nest.  

I have decorated their kennel with a pink and white polka dot ribbon, bought a purple bed, potty training pads, ribbons for their necks and/or ears (since they are both girls!) and dog collars with their names on each with Bling-Bling letters. I also got them harnesses that prevent them from pulling in anticipation of our exercise walks at the Arkansas Riverwalk, at which I will probably carry them because they are too small to walk that far!  HAHA!

I sit around watching Youtube videos every chance I get about training dachshunds and feel I am properly prepared for the day our doxies come home.

Ahem!  I hope.

They already have two older brothers: Binx and Charlie whom I hope and pray will welcome them into their pack (and not teach them all their bad habits!) and a niece: Honey (my daughter's dog, our "grand dog" as it were.)

I anticipate the older dogs will try to inhale the puppies at first (especially Binx), but then will accept them with open...paws.

More on that, after June 21.


I had two Aunties, who were my Great, Great Aunts. Nella Scott and Della Canning. (far right bottom two girls) These ladies were my grandmother's mother's sisters (far right top girl). They were two of nine children born to William and Mary Etta Canning (sitting center of portrait) who settled in Oklahoma in the Sooner's Land Rush of 1889. They came to Oklahoma in a covered wagon. Della and one other child was born in Guthrie, Oklahoma after the settlement. These two Aunts were know as either "The Aunties" or Aunt Scotty and Aunt Dellie. In honor of these amazing women, we are registering our puppies with AKC as Nella Scott and Delta Dawn, and calling them Nellie and Dellie. 

Oh, that seems out of context, doesn't it?  Well Delta Dawn is my most sung song when asked to pick a song and Nella Scott was her real name, so...
(That's the plan, any way.) 

What's more? 

Most of you know me well enough to know I have a set of twin grandsons, Jace and Jacob: 

          ...and now I have a set of twin Doxies. Aww!  I made them some gruffle balls, even though they are not big enough to play with them yet, but they will be by the time they come home. And I will make them each a little quilted blanket from one of my old t-shirts and some other cute, soft material from Wal-mart. I'm going to embroider their respective names on the blankets, just for fun!

Well? I have to do something to make the time pass, and crocheting is normal for an expectant momma.  Right?

So, that's what's new in my world. What's new in yours? Have you done anything crazy lately? ...that you can share?  ROFL!  Come on, let me know I'm not the only one!  Leave a comment. And stay tuned to this blog for updates on the baby Doxies when they come home June 21!
(That's father's day, by the way!)

Friday, March 20, 2015

A New Threat, by Aaron DeMott

I am so excited to share with y'all this new author's book release!

May I introduce you to Aaron DeMott and his book: 

The Psygen Chronicles Series, Book 1: 

A New Threat

Book Genre: Science-Fiction

Release Date: April 21st

A simple diplomatic mission becomes a life and death struggle that could plunge the entire galaxy into a war…

Book Blurb: A simple diplomatic mission becomes a life and death struggle that could plunge the entire galaxy into a war...

When an alien ship lands unexpectedly in the middle of her clan's territory, Bast is sent to investigate as part of her scout trial. After an accident, she meets these new visitors. She and her senior scout Rrrark are invited to return with the aliens to their home planet to open diplomatic relations. What started out as a simple mission becomes complicated when they discover a pirate scheme that might be more than it seems. Are Bast, Rrrark, and two of the aliens called Psygens capable of stopping the pirates?

Mark your calendars and check out A New Threat April 21, 2015 at

About the Author:
Aaron has had a few different jobs, ranging from computer tech support, to real-estate, and lawn and farm sales and service. He also enjoys photography and reading, and has been a Star Trek and Star Wars fan for as long as he can remember.

Here's how you can keep track of this Author. And believe me, you're gonna want to stay on top of his work! His stories are amazing.

Twitter: @AaronJDeMott