Disorder in the House

Many thanks to Vanessa LynnWilliams yesterday for posting the picture below on the FB page with the single word “Bernie.” Sometimes a character will surprise you, meaning you the writer, and in It’s A Wonderful Woof, Bernie revealed a decorating side of himself I hadn’t expected. It comes up a few times in the novel, but here’s one sample:

Bernie plugged the light cord into the wall and all the lights flashed on. “Ah,” he said, looking very pleased with himself. He began braiding tinsel strands. “No point in trying to puzzle it all out, since I assume you’re done with Ricky.”

Autumn’s eyes went to Ricky, still out cold, where he looked his best, in my opinion. “He’s not as bad as you think.”

“No?” said Bernie, concentrating on the twisted-up tinsel strands which he’d – whoa! Formed into the shape of a reindeer?

“He had a rotten childhood,” Autumn said.

“Uh-huh,” said Bernie.

“Plus he’s very passionate. Full of life, maybe too full, but without much … what’s the word?”

“Decency,” Bernie said, now searching for a good spot for the tinsel reindeer, his back to Autumn, so missing the look on her face, like he’d slapped her. Impossible, of course. Bernie had never laid a finger on a woman and never would.


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9 Responses to “Disorder in the House”

  1. B. Stover
    9:49 am on December 6th, 2021

    I had to look up Warren Zevon.

    Good day to all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    11:48 am on December 6th, 2021


    Not a big Zevon fan, but I do like the songs “Werewolves of London” and “Excitable Boy.”

    I may have a bit of POPD myself. Very impressed that Bernie can turn tinsel into a reindeer…Whoa!

    Good day to all!

  3. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:23 pm on December 6th, 2021

    POPD!….AHA! My friend suffers from this. Now I have a name to call it…snort!…I suppose I suffer from POOP. “Pug Oder On Pillows”…grunt!

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    7:26 pm on December 6th, 2021

    Woof!…We started Woof but have not gotten to the Bernie decorating scene yet so we will not be reading todays post…snorkel!…So far its quite confusing. But I’m sure things will arrange themselves nicely as it goes on. I don’t know what to think of that Weatherly…sniff!

  5. Wose-The Small and Meek
    7:54 pm on December 6th, 2021

    RIO! I have been thinking about you. I noticed that GOOGLE is celebrating pizza today, and I was wondering if your Friend is making you one today. Heh! :^)

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    8:39 pm on December 6th, 2021

    Rose!…Nope!..gurgle!…No pizza for us now a days. Our only good pizza place has gone out of business it seems. No one here knows what good pizza tastes like…grunt!…So My friend will have to start making pizza dough and sauce and all that again…wheeze!…I can tell she is not in the mood right now. Not with Mother saying she wants to have a big Christmas dinner get together with all the people my friend doesn’t like…grunt!…And of course my friend will (if she even says YES to this ridiculous idea) be the one doing ALL THE WORK. For ungrateful people…grump!

  7. Wose-The Small and Meek
    8:48 pm on December 6th, 2021

    RIO! I hear ‘ya! Grizz and I spent many years celebrating Christmas with people we didn’t like for many years. Now we don’t have to do that!

  8. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:11 pm on December 6th, 2021

    Rose!…Maybe one day I will be able to spend Christmas with you and Griz…snorkel!

  9. mlaiuppa
    1:28 am on December 8th, 2021

    I have P.E.P.D.

    Perfect Everything Placement Disorder.

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