Thursday – A Little Personal – Twiggy Uses the Office

 

Twiggy and Lucy

“Hey, Lucy. You should come to dad’s office.”

“Why? Little one.”

Twiggy and Lucy

“There are some stairs so we can get on the bench that’s there.”

“Harrumph. Never met a bench I couldn’t jump up on.”

 

“But I can get up and look for deer.”

“You better be careful, Little Potato. You know what Mom and the Boss feel about barking at deer.”

Twiggy and Lucy

 

“Ugh. These stars are too soft for me.”

“I remember about the deer. It doesn’t hurt to look.”

 

“That’s true. Hey, there are no deer out there.”

“We have to wait.”

“For heaven’s sake. I have better things to do than wait for deer. Besides they come later. Let’s go play.”

“Okay, Lucy. You always know what’s best.”

Twiggy and Lucy

“The moral of the story sweetheart is to wait until the dogs get bored then calmly walk down the drive.”

“How long till they get bored, Mama?”

“Oh, maybe three minutes is all.”

Twiggy and Lucy

“Maybe there will be deer this afternoon, Little One.”

“Yeah, maybe. I did think I could detect their essence though.”

“Phantom olfactory response, Twiggy.”

“I guess. It seemed so real.”

Seventy-five years ago today the invasion of France to free Europe took place. We should remember the greatest generation who gave so much for the freedom we enjoy today.

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  1. Nice office. Glad the pups like it too.Thinking about the events 75 years ago too.

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    1. I’m sure thinking about 75 years ago is all those heroes would want. Thanks, Darlene.

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  2. Great looking office. Do you use the hourglass for anything?

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    1. Not really. It is an hour and fifteen minutes so I suppose I could time how long between drinks. 😁

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      1. Sounds like a plan.

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  3. Your office looks great, John. It’s so neat…you’ve inspired me to clean mine this weekend. πŸ™‚ I love the globe!

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    1. Yes, the globe was a find. Thank you, Jill. πŸ˜€

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      1. I love globes!

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      2. Me too. πŸ˜€

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      3. πŸ™‚ Derek loves maps.

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  4. Gwen Plano · ·

    What a sweet story! You’ve captured the pups and their interests and then offered us a glimpse of the deer — all while sharing your beautiful office. What a feat! You are right about the Greatest Generation. It’s stunning to realize that over 4,000 allied forces lost their lives on June 6th alone. “Saving Private Ryan” still haunts me. Bless them all. β™₯

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    1. So true, Gwen. Thank you.

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  5. The office looks awesome, John. And I loved the shot of the deer. They really do get close, No wonder Twiggy has bouts of barking, LOL.

    A timely and sobering reminder about today.

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    1. Thank you, Mae. The reminder is there to underscore why we can post items as unimportant as Twiggy and the office.

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  6. Your office has the one thing I consider necessary: windows. Lucy and Twiggy would be great, but they’re so darned cute, I’d probably spend too much time playing with them if they were around. Maybe they get bored with Dad not paying attention to them, and just go to sleep, or stand deer watch.

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    1. Twiggy has a new habit. She wants to be in my lap while I’m trying to type. So far she only stays for ten minutes or so and then goes off for some other activity like a nap.

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  7. Dog POVs and deer POVs … you’ve outdone yourself. And the office looks great.

    I’ve had D Day Memorial coverage on all morning (since 3:00 a.m.). I have no words for how important it is to be marking the occasion and remembering the fallen. And the ones who survived. What sacrifice. Truly the greatest generation.

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    1. I agree, Staci.

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  8. Great looking office, and it looks like it has a nice view too. Love that you made accommodations for the pups in there too.

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    1. Lucy hates the stairs since they are made of foam and give a little. She feels shaky on them. The bench is too narrow for her launch so she has no choice.

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      1. Otto has an issue with the fact that ours wobble a bit. He still uses them, but you can tell.

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      2. Lucy is the same.

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  9. Perfect timing (for the deer). It’s nice of you to give Twiggy the stairs, John.

    Thanks for the reminder about D-Day.

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    1. She can jump up but seems to like the stairs better. (no effort if you know what I mean.)

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  10. Smart deer – and new office looks great! Enjoy!!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Frank.

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  11. John, I so love your new office! How TIDY everything is. I suppose that’s one good thing about moving — the forced tossing out of nonessentials and the surrounding oneself with things one truly loves. My late dad was part of that Greatest Generation — thanks to him and his buddies, we’re a free people today!

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    1. My dad was as well, Debbie. We were fortunate to have such parents.

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      1. Indeed, we were!!

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  12. The office looks great, John! I love the light and the view. Yep, the deer might have it figured out. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Jan. I think the deer have.

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  13. It’s a wonderful chest you have there in your office, John. I love it.
    As to the deer: I hope they’ll be fine. We found a dead fawn last night. Very likely run over by a car. So sad!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Pit

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    1. The chest was my grandfathers. He was a surgeon in WWI and the chest held his instraments while he was in the field (France). It is made of oak and brass. If you noticed the two brass shell casings at the top of the book case on the left. He brought those back after one of his patents used a firing pin to emboss them by habd. You can’t see the detail but are a thank you to the medical corps.

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      1. Thanks, John, for letting me know the history of that chest. πŸ™‚

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      2. Thanks for pointing it out.

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      3. πŸ™‚

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  14. hear hear to the last sentiment, John; it’s lovely we can wonder about deer,and thank them for giving us that opportunity

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    1. Very true. And like I said before they have allowed us to be able publish a frivilous post without fear or the need to publish a serious post.

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    Love the pictures and your office, John. I need to get those steps for our dog. Lifting 95 pounds isn’t easy getting into the car with her bad hip/leg. Yes, I agree we should never forget the heroic actions of the past.

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    1. The steps have proven to be beneficial to Lucy. Her hips are feeling okay so she can get up and down at will without them now.

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  16. Can you blame them? Lol… My cats would also have a field day with such a view!

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  17. Love the chest in your office, John! I can see how you would find lots of inspiration there- Lucy and Twiggy do!, lol
    Amen to your final comment. Pray we never go through the chaos those poor soldiers suffered ❀

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    1. The chest was used by my grandfather in WWI. He was a surgeon and it carried his instraments when he was in the field in France.

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      1. Oh, my gosh! So cool that you have it now!

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      2. I know. I have had it for thirty years or so. I just love it. Thanks, Jacquie.

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  18. Thank you for the D Day mention, John. Heaven help us that we don’t go through another one, although we seem to be trying our collective best to do so.
    I really like the unique window pattern. You must be loving your new office. Where did you get the pet stairs?
    Loved the added conversation from the deer. How amazing it must be to see them just walking around like that. Hugs!

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    1. They are amazing for us. For Twiggy not so much.

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  19. Bravo! I don’t know what impresses more: Twiggy & her adventures, deers, a stylish office or the memory day. Anyway! Cheers!

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    1. Thank you, Maria.

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      1. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      2. In fact, you might try to explain Twiggy that deer are Santa’s friends…if she might get what you mean πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      3. Ha ha ha. That may do it.

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  20. A great looking office space! And windows and pups for inspiration. The WWII veterans are such national treasures. Nice story this week!

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    1. Thank you, Jo. They are a treasure and fading fast.

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  21. Looks comfy… twiggy knows what to do with deers passing by πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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    1. Yes. She barks like there is no tomorrow.

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      1. And my dog too…I guess it’s β€œFrenchie”-thing πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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      2. I thought Frenchies wwere supposed to be too cool to bark. I am guessing Daisy is feeling good.

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      3. Nope, Daisy barks all the time… especially now when she’s older πŸ˜‚ so everything is ahead of you!

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  22. I really like your office John.

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    1. Thank you, Drew. It has the minimalist vibe I was looking for.

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  23. Love this whole post! The dogs’ POV and the deers’ – too precious.
    Looks like a great place to work on your WIP!
    My house looks like a hurricane hit. I can’t even picture it looking so nice and clear and spacious…

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    1. You will get there. Take one day at a time.

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      1. All I can do!

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      2. Well you could drink more but that may not be the best answer.

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      3. Don’t suppose it would be…

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  24. […] Lucy and Twiggy Use the Office | John W. Howell […]

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    1. Thank you for the link, Staci. πŸ˜€

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  25. Twiggy and Lucy should have a sitcom.

    Love the thoughts there at the end of your post, Boss. Amen to that.

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    1. Thank you, Marc. 😁

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  26. I love the story, your dogs’ photos. AND your office. You really have deer around?

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    1. Yes, we have deer. Two Mamas, three fawns and a yearling buck. Every morning on the driveway.

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      1. How fun, John to see the deer family. I just have to be happy with my bird families.

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      2. At least the bird families don’t eat your shrubs.

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      3. One year the finches ate the plum blossom, it got me mad. This year the birds came back from the south later. The rain boosted the blossom and the bees were busy, so I got hundreds of plums riping. πŸ‘

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      4. Those nasty finches. Sounds like the weather helped you out this year.

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      5. Yes, now I must figure out what to do with the abundant harvest.

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      6. You could always dry them and make prunes.

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      7. That’s right. I eat prunes for fiber regularly.

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      8. There you go.

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  27. I love everything about this post, John. Tranquillity is abundant as we remember all who sacrificed so much. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Natalie. I had hoped that one of the blessings handed to us by that generation is to be able publish something like two dogs worried about nothing and not have to woder if it is appropiate. 😊

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  28. Nice office, John – wish my space was so neat, but I usually just take the laptop to which ever room inspires me that day. Figures the deer would come after the girls grew bored, lol.

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    1. Yes. Tghey seem to know whenthe pups leave the window.

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  29. Haha, well written, John, this gave me a giggle. Three minutes!

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    1. Attention span of gnats.

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    1. Thank you, Traci

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  30. Love it John.. Twiggy must appreciate the stairs and love their attention span – and it is a time for reflection.. hugsx

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    1. Thank you, Sally. 😁

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  31. Great story! It was hilarious. I guess the deers outsmarted Twiggy and Lucy this time. Your office is beautiful. I love the windows and so do the doggies.
    The WWII invasion of Normandy changed the course of the war. I can’t imagine the courage it took and horror they must have felt and seen while storming those beaches. They will never be forgotten, especially since books continue to be written and movies made about it. ❀ xo

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    1. Thank you, Vashti.

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  32. Lucy, you are wise, but mama deer seems to be wiser. Hang in there, Twiggy. And thank you, John, for reminding everyone of the greatest generation and D-Day.

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    1. A worthy reminder. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. Haha! You’re welcome, John.

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  33. Amen to remembering the sacrifice made, so we could live free today, John. You have a lovely office and the stairs to your furry friends bench is ❀

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    1. Thank you so much, Jane. 😁

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  34. Those doggie stairs are brilliant, John.

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    1. Hahaha. Thanks, Hook.

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      1. Seriously!
        We need those for Chelsea, though her back isn’t what it used to be.

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      2. I think they are on Amazon or at Home Goods if you have one there.

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  35. What a peaceful space! I love the windows although, like Twiggy, I’d be distracted by the deer πŸ˜‰

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    1. Ha ha ha. She is that for sure.

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