Memorial Day 2010 @ Ruger
Tuesday, 01 June 2010 11:03

So, like lots of you, we cleaned this weekend.  We cleaned and cleaned and then we cleaned some more.  Cleaned out the shed, cleaned off the deck.  If I had a brain, I would have taken pictures.  But I was just too busy.  All the while, my thoughts were with our Veterans and their families.  Most especially the soldiers who have died while serving our country.  My grandfather served in Pearl Harbor and in the Phillipines during WWII.  I have uncles who served in Korea.  I can't imagine there are very many people in this country who aren't related in some way to someone who has served our country.  Their sacrifice and that of their families is something we can never, ever forget.

We decided to top off the cleaning-fest with a little cookout and a hike.  My Grandpa Mack would have enjoyed both.  First, the cookout:


OMG, How Do I Get That In My Mouth and PW's Restaurant Style Smashed Potatoes


Honey's food. Another OMG With An Added Brat and Some Stuff I Cannot Identify

It was a pretty yummy burger.  Burger, bacon, sharp cheddar, grilled mushrooms and onions, tomato, lettuce, mayo and dijon.  I can't remember the last time we had a burger. And Pioneer Woman's Restaurant-Style Smashed Potatoes.  I *did* use less butter, people!

I could not eat it all.  Jody ate everything.  He would not let me take a picture of his empty plate, but here's mine:


I Couldn't Eat It All

But I cannot feel too smug.  I shared the 'taters with the hooligans, but I ate the other half of the burger, cold, before I went to bed. <sigh>

So, after our big 'ol dinner, we decided we needed to work of some of the deliciousness, so we took Maximus, Ryan and Finn (hello, help with his pooping troubles!) with us to hike to the top of Green Mountain.  I also took my camera and water and poop bags. My hands were full.

For once, instead of taking a zillion pictures of hooligan butts like I normally do, I took pictures of the mountain (admittedly a wimpy one by CO standards; only 6800 feet) and wildflowers.  Here in Colorado, we have some of the loveliest wildflowers.  It's amazing they can grow in the oftentimes harsh conditions of a high plains desert...but they do, with nary a sprinkler in sight.  We also saw some mule deer, but I needed a tripod to zoom in that far and still keep the pictures clear.  Two Dachshunds pulling on me doesn't help.  Neither does the fact that I just hiked up about 1500 ft in elevation in only about a mile and a half!  Here are a few of my favorites of the bunch.  The rest are in a set on Flickr.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 June 2010 12:50
The "Ugly" Dachshund Needs A Home!
Thursday, 13 May 2010 11:54

Remember the 1966 movie "The Ugly Dachshund" starring Dean Jones and Suzanne Pleshette?  It's about an orphaned Great Dane pup who is wetnursed by a champion standard smooth Dachshund.  Brutus, the Great Dane, of course grows up thinking he is a Dachshund!

Well, I met the sweetest, gentlest (smallest!) Great Dane named Bella last night at an Open House With Style event.  She would be an awesome addition to any home, but I have a feeling she would just love being with Dachshunds.  She was there with Mark Tasker, Camp Director for Camp Bow Wow in Castle Rock.  Mark & Camp Bow Wow Castle Rock help foster Rescue dogs for Big Dogs Huge Paws, Inc.  Obviously, this group is geared toward finding good homes for large breeds exclusively.


This event was held at an empty commercial space.  There was a DJ with loudish music, lots of people, children, food, you name it.  Bella was initially just a little alert; her docked tail was tucked, but her ears were full and forward.  She voluntarily went up to strange people to gently greet them.  What a gentle girl!  After the initial excitement wore off, she hung out on a little mat on the floor next to Camp Bow Wow's booth and enjoyed some cookies and scratches.  She stole my heart and nothing would have been nicer than to bring her home with me.  But, since I am a little, uh, "full up" here, listing her here is the next best thing.  Please, consider this girl if you are looking for a dog who could move right in like she had lived with you forever.  The easiest dogs I've ever had were those that came to me as adults.  Daphne, who was with Mark and who also works at Camp Bow Wow, said that Bella just loves the little dogs at CBW!

From the Big Dogs Huge Paws website:

Bella is a beautiful, 6 year old, Black, female Great Dane. She has a petite build and weighs around 85 lbs. She is timid at first but quite playful and fun-loving once she is comfortable. Bella is very gentle and wonderful with kids of all ages! She is also good with other big dogs and loves to run and play chase. She prefers a home without any small dogs or cats and a 6 foot fence because she is very agile and can jump high. Bella is house trained, crate trained, knows sit, down, come, shake and walks nicely on leash with a Gentle Leader. She is treat and praise motivated and will make a wonderful new addition for some lucky family!

Please, if you think you might want to meet Bella, please contact Mark Tasker at Camp Bow Wow.  His email is castlerock [at]  The phone is 303.814.8108.


Last Updated on Thursday, 13 May 2010 12:23
Mother's Day Breakfast @ Ruger
Sunday, 09 May 2010 09:00

Strawberry Stuffed French Toast.  Be still my heart!


Yum.  Was so easy and believe it or not, not too sweet.

You can find an article and the recipe here: Stuffed French Toast @ Tasty Kitchen

Last Updated on Sunday, 09 May 2010 09:33
Almond Milk - OMG!
Saturday, 08 May 2010 08:20
My Third St Chai & Almond Milk, Unstirred

Almond milk is my new favorite!  The vanilla style is good, but is 90 calories instead of 60 for the plain.  Plus, you can taste the yummy almonds better in the plain.  It's thick and delicious; don't be afraid to try it.  It's waaayyyy better than soy milk, in my opinion, and I like soy milk!  I love it in cereal, you name it. I haven't yet tried it as a baking substitute, but as a healthy drink, it's the BOMB! Laughing

All this has to do with Dachshunds is that the Horde loves it, too.  They hang out when I'm drinking it, waiting for me to let them lick the cup.


Last Updated on Saturday, 08 May 2010 08:49
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