Saturday Morning Coffee

When Spence (Pete) puts his feet up.

I’ve always loved writing minor characters. It’s kind of a guilty pleasure – you can really let loose, in a way. Mr. Adelson, LeAnne’s high school track coach in THE RIGHT SIDE, is an example. During the story, she remembers him saying, “Morons make the same mistake twice and smart people make new ones.” That remark or apercu of his just popped out from nowhere – but lately I’ve been using it as a lens directed at recent events.


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21 Responses to “Saturday Morning Coffee”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:54 am on August 19th, 2017

    Good morning everyone! Like the “apercu”, will add that to the vocabulary.
    Hoping to hear from Dawson and Staff soon since the reunion is over.
    Enjoy a superlative Saturday!

  2. c.hobbitz
    9:21 am on August 19th, 2017

    Well I learned a new word today which is always exciting. I wonder when I will see it next. In the past when I would learn a new word, I would start seeing it when I read the newspaper or a book.
    Sadie woke me up at 2:15 am for no discernible reason. At 3:30 I got up and dressed and read. Two hours later I am still wide awake but I assume I will crash at some point. It is a good thing I love Sadie as she has been sleeping for the last two hours.
    Having English weather here, August tends to be wet in Anchorage and cooler. It definitely doesn’t feel like summer anymore and I may have to put my winter bedding back on the bed.
    Good day all.

  3. c.hobbitz
    9:26 am on August 19th, 2017

    Back already, heh. Spence mentioned Guilty Pleasures. I think we should all confess our own. Learning new words and, of course, art would be two of mine. Pondering others. (Art would also be counted as a Vice since it is both expensive and addictive for me)

  4. Herd of Hounds
    10:29 am on August 19th, 2017

    Guilty pleasure? Reading…an entire book in a day without getting caught. Another is visiting a new museum exhibit and looking until time gets away.

  5. B.Stover
    10:29 am on August 19th, 2017

    “…a lens directed at recent events.” LOL!

    “Apercu,” meaning insight, is derived from the French “apercevoir” meaning “to perceive.”

    Good morning all.

  6. c.hobbitz
    10:52 am on August 19th, 2017

    An afternoon nap is definitely a guilty pleasure. Too bad going to the gym isn’t one. lol

  7. Rio The Evil Pug
    11:04 am on August 19th, 2017

    Pete!…Cawfee! Feet UP!UP!UP!…snort!…That’s a new one…chuffle!

  8. Rio The Evil Pug
    11:06 am on August 19th, 2017

    Neighbors!…We are all gearing up(literally!) to walk across the street to our new neighbors garage sale…wheeze!…My friend has already met them but Mother, me and Beau have not so therefore … our best behaviour is required….grunt!

  9. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    1:32 pm on August 19th, 2017

    This is for Rio and his friend. Please don’t feel that you shouldn’t post pictures of your kitchen. I’m sure it is going to be as lovely as ours. Also, as with many things, there is a story behind our kitchen that may provide a little context.

    When we first got married, we lived in a condominium apartment for about 16 years before moving into our current house. The kitchen we had there was the size of a postage stamp, make that a small postage stamp. We used to joke if we were to buy anything new for the kitchen, the only place to put it would be on top of the microwave. I can tell you we had a very crowded microwave top. We even used to store extra rolls of paper towels in the back of our car because there was no room in the kitchen.

    When we moved into our current house some 22 years ago, Debbie was initially incredibly taken with the new kitchen. It was at least five times (if not more) larger than the prior kitchen, and all that extra space seemed remarkable. It was also fairly new, so it looked quite stylish and attractive (at least as far as kitchens go). However, it did not take long to determine that, looks notwithstanding, from a practical perspective, particularly for someone who likes to cook, the layout was just horrible. But for more than 20 years Debbie persevered and put up with that, but keeping in her mind what a better laid-out kitchen would look like. Finally, last year, we bit the bullet and decided to go for it, which is how we got the kitchen we now have, which I can truly say is Debbie’s dream kitchen, much in the same way that I think, for Rio’s friend, the little red house is her dream house (and maybe even Rio’s and Beau’s as well).

  10. Wookie's and Teddy's Paw
    1:33 pm on August 19th, 2017

    One other thing relative to today’s post. I have to say, that since the beginning of Chet and Bernie and this here blog, I have thought of our host as Spencer, Spence, OFA, Admin, and Peter, but never in a million years would I have ever thought of him as Pete. Just saying . . .

  11. Ole Doc
    2:00 pm on August 19th, 2017

    My guilty pleasure, on of them at least, is tennis balls. I love chewing them. I love collecting them. I love laying on them atop my dog pillow waiting for them to hatch.

    The Thieves are debating whether or not it is wise to voice a guilty pleasure believing that it will be interpreted as a guilty plea. They don’t want to ruin their spotless record. I am sure you understand. While they continue their debate, I feel confident in informing you that they take great pleasure, not guilty mind you, in all manners of misdeeds. Who doesn’t?

  12. Ole Doc
    2:04 pm on August 19th, 2017

    Rio, Mother and Beau meeting Friend’s neighbors for the first time! Who wants to bet that the antics begin after the hellos and handshakes? Personally, we think best behavior will be forgotten by the time they take their first step off Rio’s front yard. Any takers?

  13. Herd of Hounds
    2:31 pm on August 19th, 2017

    Ole Doc, you have a point.

  14. Rio The Evil Pug
    3:38 pm on August 19th, 2017

    Meet!…N’Greet!…snort!…It was going quite well until Beau decided to take one of his extraordinarily long peez while doing a handstand. His cartwheel days are over but the front paw handstand lives on and on and on…snuff!…Luckily, the new neighbors had a good crack-up over his antics and didn’t mind their hosta getting a long sizzling drink….gah!

  15. Rio The Evil Pug
    3:42 pm on August 19th, 2017

    Wookie’s Paw!…After reading about Debbie’s long suffering in small unyielding kitchens I have to say we here are all very relieved she has her lovely dream kitchen….snort!…The kitchen is my favorite place to be apart from my warm soft bed…snuffle!

    Photoz!…If my kitchen is ever completed my friend said she will take photoz and I will be allowed to post them at just the right time…snort!

  16. c.hobbitz
    4:35 pm on August 19th, 2017

    Mr. Big’s guilty pleasure involves flexing his paws as Sadie walks past.
    Sadie’s guilty pleasure is swiping the cats’ portions of shredded chicken if I am not standing guard.
    Denali’s guilty pleasure is eating more than Mr. Big and not gaining weight.

    I started thinking about what Chet’s guilty pleasures were but the list got long! One of the things I am thinking about in the next C&B book is the fate of the elderly couple next door and what will happen to Iggy. And, of course, Bernie’s situation after the hospital scene. The Little Detective Agency could fall on hard times if no money is coming in. Who is taking care of Chet while Bernie is in the hospital? Maybe his ex will be more understanding of Charlie’s father. Sniffles already.

  17. Herd of Hounds
    5:31 pm on August 19th, 2017

    CHobbitz, we do NOT think Bernie’s ex has any love for Bernie or Chet. We do not look for Leda to help, oh no we do not.

  18. c.hobbitz
    6:41 pm on August 19th, 2017

    In my life I have been amazed at friends who were gourmet cooks working out of postage stamp kitchens or quilters working at a small dining room table after the family has eaten. And then there is me with a spacious kitchen and TWO dining tables with no discernible talent besides accumulating clutter. I am working on it but haven’t yet reached a “tipping point” where I notice a significant difference.

    HOH: being at death’s door can change the dynamics of a bad relationship. When will OFA start giving us hints or maybe a preview of a sentence or two?

  19. c.hobbitz
    9:25 pm on August 19th, 2017

    HOH: check your SDD. I sent you an email but got a message that it was rejected as spam. lol

  20. Herd of Hounds
    9:36 pm on August 19th, 2017

    Nada came through ☹️.

  21. Staff
    11:56 pm on August 19th, 2017

    I would never say reading a book a day is a guilty pleasure. It is just a pleasure. Our family all treasure reading and there is no guilt.
    My guilty pleasure is buying some (more) fabric I will never live long enough to use. And I do it often which is why the live long enough thing is sad but true.

    I have been back since 6 a.m. last Tuesday. Dawson will be back soon but she and the “man who lives here” took another week to visit friends on another part of Vancouver island.

    This is a picture of my great niece Bijou holding the bear I made for her. It is a very soft squishy bear. She came up to me after I gave it to her and said “This is the very best present anyone ever gave me. Thank you.” That kid is going far. She is 7 (but she tells people she is 8)

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