The Adventures of Sherlock Boomer—The Mystery of Nothing— Chapter 2

“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.”—Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

 

Chapter Two

 

So I headed out.

If Mom asks what I have been doing, when they get home….I can say with all honesty Nothing.

Really.

Nothing…I’ve been looking around, sniffing here and there, and searching for Nothing.

Nothing to roll in.

Nothing to really sniff and follow up on.

In general honest to goodness nothing.

Although…..

I did chase the fox…we ran here and there, up and down a few of the corn rows. Then we stopped and sniffed out a few mice. (Yes…you see the fox and I are really friends.  Drives Dad bats…says I’m supposed to CHASE the Fox away from the farm yard…Not PLAY with the fox!)

But…still…the fox is pretty cool to hang out with.  I do chase him, but not for the same reasons Dad wants.

Then as I was coming back into the yard I ran into several of the raccoon family…we sat around and chatted about all the things they have been up too.  Raccoons are extremely busy.  They make me tired just listening to everything they do.

Besides!!!!

Everyone is talking about the bears.  The bears have come down from the Uncompahgre Plateau to fatten up for their long winters sleep!

The Government Trapper/Hunter says they are coming in because there is no food on the Plateau and they are hungry.

Three neighbors around us have actually seen a bear or two.  Dad saw the backside of one crashing through our Upper End corn field, and the neighbor just to the south of us saw one on his farm road….then down at Rocky’s place a bear walked through their yard and into the corn field right by them late one night as Jason was getting ready to leave for work.

(My photo taken three years ago—I haven’t gotten one this year…but there is hope!)

Bears!  Now this a cool nothing.

I think I’m going to head out and see if there is Nothing out there on the farm concerning BEARS!

The Adventures of Sherlock Boomer—The Mystery of Nothing Chapter One

“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.”—Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes

Chapter One

Our day was pretty much the same as everyday…Mom doing something in the house, Dad doing something on the farm, me checking out all the happenings on the very long lane, which leads to the farm yard, Mom, Dad and Myself checking and changing water….the everyday of everyday.

Our days have moved into August.

August where it’s supposed to be so hot a dog couldn’t pant himself cool.

BUT it wasn’t!

It’s August, but it feels like September! Cool days and wet skies!  Scary sounds and flashing lights in the sky; August that feels and acts like September!

I still sleep outside at night…it’s not THAT cold.  I know Mom keeps all the windows open, even still I find the house hot!

BUT…more than any reason I sleep outside to PROTECT the farm!

As for panting…its cool enough I don’t even have to open my mouth to cool down ONCE!

That’s pretty okay by me!

Mom and I still go for our nightly walks…sometimes Mindy cat goes with us.  When she does Mom doesn’t like to go far…there are coyotes out there you know—and Mindy is a cat.

Cats are sorta stupid…they get to chasing mice and forget to look up once in a while…when that happens they can get themselves lost!

Way out on the farm somewhere.

AND cats are dumb!  Even when Mom calls and calls for Mindy to come back, she doesn’t.  She just looks at Mom and does what-ever-in-the-world-of-kitties-she wants to do.

So…if Mindy comes we only go to the end of the equipment area, but if it’s Mom and I we go LOTS further.

I mind, you see.  Actually I come back lots better since I’ve been sick.  Being sick is still rather fresh in my mind—-and in Mom’s mind.  So she really doesn’t let me go far by myself.

That’s okay by me…I listen to Mom and always come back.

Mom and I (and sometimes Mindy) like to walk in the moonlight the best. There is usually moonlight, but the BIG FULL MOON is the best moonlight to walk in.

When there isn’t a big full moon, but only lots and lots of stars Mom is very careful to not go very far indeed.  It seems that it is on those nights the coyotes prowl; slinking silently about in the dark.  They move around at night ALL the time, but on the nights of the dark moon it is hard for Mom and I too see them…which makes both of us jumpy.

Many times out on our walks we hear the coyotes screaming their crazy laughter after they catch something for their lunch.

Mom says their howls send shivers down her spine…I tell Mom they send shivers all over my body.  When I hear them I try to walk ON Mom.  I get as close to her as I can and try to get all tangled up in her legs hiding myself.

I always get a scolding when I do so:  “BOOMER!  STOP! You are going to make me fall!”

I stop, but I really don’t want too.

Mom and I always hurry home when we even have an inkling there are coyotes out and about on the farm.

Now…where was I?  Oh yes…it was pretty much the same day as we always have…not much going on.  Then the day started to end.  It was at that point Dad and Mom came out…walked over to the ‘fancy car barn’,

Mom gave me a kiss on the nose, told me to guard the place, got into the fancy car with Dad….and LEFT!

Zoom!

They were gone!

I stood there watching them leave.

Hummm.  Now what?

I sniffed around checking stuff out…sat down for a spell and watch Sam cat sleeping…got up and shook myself.

This is BORING!!!! I thought.

BORING!

Picking my paws up, wagging my tail I decided to head out; I wonder what Nothing is doing out on the farm!

 

 

 

 

 

THANK YOU—Monday, September 7, 2015

7I am humbly over-whelmed at the good thoughts, the congratulations, the amazing support of my publishing of my story:  Boomer and the Mystery of the Missing Rabbits.

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I graciously thank each of you for your continued friendship,

Love,

Linda

I Finally Did It—Sunday, September 6, 2015

And of course I don’t know how to add this photo to my side bar….:(

Sherlock_Boomer_3DAnyway I finally did it.   It’s available on  Blurb.com   , if you are interested.  The pdf version is reasonable…and the soft cover seems to be in the ball park.

It was a long slog, way over my head in ability, to create the book and get an ISBN number.   I’m still not sure if I’ve done everything right.  I guess time will tell.   I started with what I had already written for the simple reason it it was written. ( I have other stories started, but not finished.)

Soooo  I did it.  A goal I sat for myself and then wondered if I made the right decision.

Of course life is about always learning…this was a BIG learning curve.  That for sure.

 

Your friend,

Linda

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—A Hat and a Coat

A surprise arrived from my sister and brother-in-law, who live in Grand Junction, Colorado.

It was a Mother’s Day present for Mom, but in reality, it was a gift FOR ME!!!  Boomer!  Boomer Brown! (I love saying my name! BOOMER, BOOMIE BROWN!)

Sherlock Boomer!

Mystery

Now I can wear this when I’m on the case.

Not only that—

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I’m the face of the Beagle wearing the hat on the lady’s, Gale Moore’s web page of Doggy Duds!

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Sherlock Boomer Brown, Your Servant and Detective Extraordinaire

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Yard Work–and a Request–Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bleeding-Heart-2I have finally finished my serial about Sherlock Boomer.  I am very interested in what you think about the story.  Please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.  If you haven’t read the complete story or would like to please go to Sherlock Boomer on my header or click this blue line.  Because I wrote this as a serial, with a new chapter every Wednesday you will have to scroll clear down to the bottom, then click on older posts to get to the beginning-Chapter One.

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I had thought that a weekly chapter would be fun to read and to write.  I am of the mind now  it probably got long and tedious and boring.  Anyway, I am very interested in your thoughts and encourage you to leave a comment.  This way others can read what your wrote and I have a place where all the comments are collected.

Spring-yard-1

Finally, I have been able to work on my own yard–to do so I have to let my house go—soon, soon the renters will be in the other house. Right now I’m painting the bubble gum pink bedroom.  Once I’m finished they will come!

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It’s been delightful to see all the dainty spring flowers popping up from all the moisture we had.

14Just look at the beauty of the sky last night!  Stunning isn’t it.  The storm clouds built around the Plateau, never coming our way.  We went out at 6 p.m., to set water, then got in after the sun set.  I love seeing the setting or rising sun when we are out there on the land.  I just love it.

Anyway off now to get some work done.  Please don’t forget to give me your comments about the Sherlock Boomer–Mystery of the Missing Rabbits serial.

Your friend,

Linda

 

The Cast of Characters

The Cast of Characters

Boomer has taken up a new hobby…solving mysteries on the farm. His lovable canine super beagle nose leads him and his farm friends on delightful warm-hearted adventures.
Boomer is a Beagle….although, he doesn’t know he is a beagle.  He doesn’t hunt rabbits or mice or chase birds.  But he DOES love gathering the news.  It was after the loss of his very best friend Fuzzy and falling into a long funk that he decided it was time to start living again.  Since Boomer loves to gather the news, solving mysteries was the next step. (See the Fuzzy link)

Monkey Cat—lived in the house for years and years and years.  If Mom or Dad made her go outside she would climb on the screen door and hang there until they let her back in.  Then suddenly- the year she turned nine –she decided that she was old enough and brave enough to explore the big outdoors.   Boomer started taking the little fluffy fraidy-cat with him to see the farm…Monkey Cat has decided that visiting outside is, well, FUN!

Sam-Sam Cat — the wise and oldest animal on the farm.  Sammy is fifteen and the undisputed cat all around. Sammy is devoted to Mom and adores Dad.  He tolerates Monkey and only goes with Boomer to keep Boomer out of trouble.  Often times its Sammy who figures out what REALLY is going on.

Foxy and Red—warm-hearted Fox who live at the Upper End of the farm in a pile of old dead Cottonwood Trees. Mom doesn’t mind the fox family on the farm because there are NOT and chickens on the farm anymore.  But IF Mom were to get chickens again (she thinks about it a lot) then Foxy and Red would not be welcomed anywhere near the farm yard.   Boomer isn’t much of a watch dog or a guard dog.  Boomer has a warm heart for everyone, except the Coyotes.  So IF Mom gets chickens, Mom will need to get a guard dog for the hens.  Until that time…Foxy and Red pretty much have the run of the whole farm!

I’m Thinking of Something a Little Bit Different—Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Flock-1Look at the huge flocks of birds down where our eldest daughter lives!

FlocksMasses of Sandhill Cranes, and Canada Geese.  There are ducks in the field with them, but I couldn’t get a shot to turn out very well.

The sounds are LOUD!  Everyone talking all at once, doing their dances and singing love songs to each other…Valentines Day IS coming, you know.

They are so loud you can’t hear yourself talk!  🙂  Makes me smile.  I hollered over to them they could all fly down to our farm and hang out for a few days I would love to have them!  🙂

Now my bit of news.  All last year I tried to figure out HOW to make the Fuzzy and Boomer stories into a publishable book…I tried.  But all along I couldn’t get the proper feel of a actual story—they just kept feeling like blog posts.

Shadow-Boomer

This year I am still interested in the book idea, but I’m going to go about it a different way.  You will notice at the top of my blog I have several categories one of which says: Sherlock Boomer.  Every Wednesday I am going to write a Chapter a week about Boomer and a small mystery on the farm….no dead human bodies in these mysteries or evil drug lords—just simple little mysteries which Boomer and his friends will solve in a few chapters.  At the end I should have a book.

The Cast of Characters

Boomer has taken up a new hobby…solving mysteries on the farm. His lovable canine super beagle nose leads him and his farm friends on delightful warm-hearted adventures.

Dog-Shadow

Boomer is a Beagle….although, he doesn’t know he is a beagle.  He doesn’t hunt rabbits or mice or chase birds.  But he DOES love gathering the news.  It was after the loss of his very best friend Fuzzy and falling into a long funk that he decided it was time to start living again.  Since Boomer loves to gather the news, solving mysteries was the next step. (See the Fuzzy link)

Cat

Monkey Cat—lived in the house for years and years and years.  If Mom or Dad made her go outside she would climb on the screen door and hang there until they let her back in.  Then suddenly- the year she turned nine –she decided that she was old enough and brave enough to explore the big outdoors.   Boomer started taking the little fluffy fraidy-cat with him to see the farm…Monkey Cat has decided that visiting outside is, well, FUN!

Shadow-Sam

Sam-Sam Cat — the wise and oldest animal on the farm.  Sammy is fifteen and the undisputed cat all around. Sammy is devoted to Mom and adores Dad.  He tolerates Monkey and only goes with Boomer to keep Boomer out of trouble.  Often times its Sammy who figures out what REALLY is going on.

Foxy and Red—warm-hearted Fox who live at the Upper End of the farm in a pile of old dead Cottonwood Trees. Mom doesn’t mind the fox family on the farm because there are NOT and chickens on the farm anymore.  But IF Mom were to get chickens again (she thinks about it a lot) then Foxy and Red would not be welcomed anywhere near the farm yard.   Boomer isn’t much of a watch dog or a guard dog.  Boomer has a warm heart for everyone, except the Coyotes.  So IF Mom gets chickens, Mom will need to get a guard dog for the hens.  Until that time…Foxy and Red pretty much have the run of the whole farm!

Starting tomorrow morning (Wednesday) I will begin my very first attempt at a book, in a serial format — a new chapter every Wednesday until the book is complete. Fridays with Boomer will still continue, because that is about our every day life on the farm seen through a dog’s eyes. A much different format than a serial posting resulting in a book.

Fire-2I am very excited about this new idea and hope to see all of you tomorrow!

Your friend,

Linda