Archive for August, 2013

Those Doggone Dogs

August 3, 2013

Maybe if you own dogs and smoke a pipe you’ll understand.

It was 2:17 a.m. and Precious, my 15 year old Dachshund very mixed breed, starting whining. It was this low pitched whine/moan kind of sound that means she has to go out and eat some grass. Now remember it 2:17 in the morning, but there’s no ignoring it as it will not stop until she goes out. So, I reluctantly get up, put on my khaki shorts and grab my 13 year old Chihuahua very mixed breed, that only has three good legs and go outside with pipe in hand; this will be no 5 minute stint!

So, I fill my pipe with my favorite private tobacco blend and take one of my pipe lighters and light my Peterson Donegal Rocky 05.

Precious begins her systematic grass eating and I my slow puffing. It doesn’t take long before I remember how magical this time of the night really is. The air is still and the night sounds are soft and my mind is relaxed and allowed to ponder my favorite thoughts undisturbed.

I think (kind of a pray/think) about my family; my amazing wife of 32 years who is asleep, my three children and four grandchildren. Lord let your grace rest upon them. I ponder God and his love for us; let me nestle in it. And before you know it, a couple of relights later, it is 3 a.m. and Precious is ready to return to bed, and so am I.

Isn’t it neat that undesired, unsought for blessings can come our way in the shape of two old dogs.

By the way, I sleep til the late hour of 5:30 a.m. When Jimmy, the Chihuahua tells me it is again time to get up. The magic never stops 🙂


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Xikar Pipe Lighters

August 1, 2013

Xikar Pipe Lighters

If you are looking for the American spirit to be found in pipe lighters not only within the USA but abroad as well, then you want a company that not only makes their own lighters but designs them and started that business right on the soil. Those pipe lighters would be Xikar lighters and they are increasingly more popular when it comes to style and functionality for a good pipe lighter.

With over 30 different designs and styles including:

  • Axia
  • Element
  • Stingray
  • Ellipse
  • Enigma
  • Scribe

And those are just a few of the names and styles you will find with Xikar lighters. So what would you like to see and not see in your pipe lighters? Besides a lighter that does the job of lighting your pipe without destroying it you want something that is practical and stylish. The Xikar lighters haven’t been around that long, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The prices ranges depending on the model and style go from the low $30 range and as high as $200, with the majority around the $50 range. Now that’s a plus, you can get a good pipe lighter without having to sacrifice money to do so.


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