Confusion and Beginnings

First, to clear up a bit of confusion. Here’s the pub schedule. The paperback of It’s A Wonderful Woof – Oct. 18. Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge – July 25, 2023. Still untitled Chet and Bernie Christmas/holiday novel – sometime in the fall of 2o23. Mrs. Plansky’s Revenge is not a C&B, so some readers were worried that there would be no more C&B. Worry not!

Meanwhile, Bark To The Future is the latest C&B, available now, like this very instant. Here’s how it starts:

“Let’s see what this baby can do,” Bernie said.

And there you have it. Bernie’s brilliance, lighting up the whole oil-stained yard at Nixon’s Championship Autobody. Let’s see what this baby can do. Can you imagine anyone else saying that? I sure can’t. I wouldn’t even try, and who knows Bernie better than me? Sometimes humans talk to themselves, as you may or may not know. Humans have a lot going on in their heads. Too much? I couldn’t tell you. But I wouldn’t trade places. Let’s leave it at that. The point is that when they’re talking to themselves they’re trying to dig down through all the too-muchness and get to what’s at the bottom, digging, as it happens, being one of my very best things. Maybe we’ll get to that later. For now, the takeaway is that Bernie talks to himself in front of me. So I know what’s at the bottom of Bernie, way down deep, case closed. Closing cases is what we do, by the way, me and Bernie. We’re partners in the Little Detective Agency – Little on account of that’s Bernie’s last name. Call me Chet, pure and simple. Our cases usually get closed by me grabbing the perp by the pant leg. Although there were no perps around right now and we weren’t even working a case, my teeth got a funny feeling.


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9 Responses to “Confusion and Beginnings”

  1. B. Stover
    11:04 am on September 18th, 2022

    Good day to all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    12:01 pm on September 18th, 2022


    I talk to myself a lot and my teeth always have a funny feeling. :^)

    Happy National Cheeseburger Day!

  3. mlaiuppa
    3:24 pm on September 18th, 2022

    It’s National cheeseburger day AND National Rice Krispie Treats day. What a great combo. (Like Chet and Bernie.) Also a great excuse not to cook. And this week the best week of all. National DOG week.

    The weather has broken so I am not suffering but also a bit tired. I’ve been spending three days a week at my parent’s house working 8 hour days and sometimes longer. (That’s why you don’t see me post on T, W, Th usually.) I’m trying to restore their yard and get it on an automatic watering system or at least semi. After my Mom’s accident my nephews basically never stepped outside the house and in the 18 months their yard has died. When one nephew killed the goldfish in the pond (who doesn’t know to add DeChlor to tap water?) my poor mother sat lookin at her empty pond and dead yard and just cried all afternoon. So I bought plants and started buying supplies to get the yard she can see from the living room green again. S4B nephew snuck some new fish in before she got up thinking she wouldn’t notice but she did. But at least now that area is green again and she is in better spirits. And now I’ve added sewing my Mom colorful jumpsuits and house dresses that reflect her favorite things, as hers are all worn with holes that have been patched with iron on and are coming apart. New ones will go a long way to help her feel better. She can’t sew any more either so the first one was made from fabric she bought for a jumpsuit but never had a chance to make. She was wearing it on Friday when I stopped in. They are both 92 (will be 93 in a few weeks) and she sometimes gets sad and cries about what she can no longer do. (Her license was revoked when she had her accident so no more driving and she can’t stand long enough to cook and wash dishes and in general she is so very tired all of the time she can’t clean.)

    Thursday she was crying because my Dad told her the dogs had chewed up her Steiff bear but it was only their dog toy and a got her bear and showed her. We’ve put it high on the mantel now to keep it safe.

    I sleep over and am kept so busy sometimes I don’t get here early enough to comment, being on the West Coast and all, but I usually go back and read everything.

    When do we get to see photos of Río’s newly painted house?

    Here is the Gnome garden and fish pond my Mom likes to sit beside.

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    3:42 pm on September 18th, 2022

    House!…My house is still being painted…grunt!…Tomorrow should be the last day if all goes well….snort!…This morning my friend bought 2 new outdoor light fixtures. Suddenly the old lights looked very very bad to her so she thru them away…snuffle!

  5. Wose-The Small and Meek
    6:30 pm on September 18th, 2022

    RIO! I am so excited to see the big reveal! Did Friend grill you a cheeseburger to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day? ;^)

  6. Thieves!
    6:43 pm on September 18th, 2022

    We here have been, er, detained for, uh, misdeeds. We offered to do community service in exchange for time served on a charge for another time. You may be surprised to learn that dipping Howie in paint and rolling her along Rio’s house is not considered the actions of upstanding citizens. We are just as surprised as you are. For the record, it was Howie’s idea. Who are we to deny her?

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:37 pm on September 18th, 2022

    Yeeep!…We were all looking at that spot on the shed where there was fur in the paint and wondering what the painters had been up too…sniff!…It most definitely will have to be removed and repainted….grunt!…Even more time with painters hanging about….gruffle!…Howie, no more big ideas regarding the painting of my little house….wiffle!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:38 pm on September 18th, 2022

    Rose!…NO!…Sadly my friend is off hamburgers…sniff!…She says she does not like the taste of Iowa hamburger…groan!

  9. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:00 pm on September 18th, 2022

    Paint!…Is a fun thing to step in and walk about leaving paw-prints…heh!…But to be dunked and rolled…well that is just crazy talk!….wheeze!…My friend has threatened to put little booties on me if I don’t stop having fun with paint…grunt!…Even booties leave paint trails…snorkel!

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