Posts Tagged ‘decoration’



December 8th, 2021 Posted 7:40 am

I shouldn’t leave out the booze. Or all the gifts people brought. Father Henry was too sick to come, but he sent a beautiful tree, all decorated. In between getting hugged and kissed and patted on the back, Bernie stripped off all the decorations and put them on again, but in the way he liked . At one point I heard Weatherly, Suzie, and Leda discussing that. “I don’t understand him at all these days,” Leda said. “He seems to be changing a bit,” said Suzie. Weatherly just smiled.


Disorder in the House


December 6th, 2021 Posted 7:55 am

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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