Friday, August 2, 2019
Dog Days of Summer
It's Jill Gardner and I'm waiting for Greg to arrive home for dinner. My shift at the bookstore ended at noon and we don't have any special festivals or events this week. It's just a slow summer Friday. We're grilling fish out on the porch and I have a pasta salad in the fridge chilling.
I'm sitting out here on the back porch reading and watching the sunshine sparkle on the ocean in the distance. Emma's laying at my feet and watching the backyard for any intruders. She's my golden retriever and the love of my life. Well, except for Greg.
Emma loves the summer. Except for one piece of concrete I have next to the backyard gate. It gets super hot in the sun. One day I saw her forget and run up to it to greet Greg. She looked like those guys running on hot coals.
Now, she avoids it. Except as I'm sitting here, I see her drag her full water dish over to the concrete. Then she upends it. Water flows over the hot concrete and by the time Greg gets out of his truck and to the back gate, she can walk on the pad without hurting herself.
Yeah, right, you don't believe me. But I swear, it's true. My dog is a genus.
Does your pet have any special tricks? I'd love to hear about them.
ROCKETS' DEAD GLARE
by Lynn Cahoon
As sunny South Cove, California, gears up for their annual Fourth of July celebrations, a local murder threatens to kill the fireworks . . .
South Cove’s local businesses are up in arms after volunteer fire chief Barry Gleason threatens to shut down anyone who doesn’t comply with the fire code. But when Barry schedules a training burn in an old abandoned barn, he is the only one who doesn't come out alive. Jill Gardner—owner of Coffee, Books, and More—smells murder in the ashes. She’ll have to work quickly to nab a killer with a short fuse—or else everyone’s holiday will end with a fizzle . . .
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