The Adventures of Sherlock Boomer—The Mystery of Nothing, Chapter 5

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

Chapter Five

The next day was just one of your ordinary days…. After the early morning water changing, Mom did something in the house all morning…I tried to stay in there with her, but it was BORING so I headed outside.

Dad was outside doing Dad stuff.  I don’t do Dad stuff…it’s worse than boring.

The cats were just lying there sleeping on the relaxing furniture—-hummm.  That looked pretty okay.

So I laid down with them.

Okay.

That was the morning!

Then the afternoon we all went to check the water again, afterwards Mom did stuff in the yard.

I tried to do stuff in the yard with her, but it was lots of walking back and forth and to and fro and whew!  Mindy tried to help also, but soon it was just too much for both of us.

I didn’t even think of doing anything with Dad.

I took another nap.  Seems to work the best for working.  J

 

After supper we made a quick run to check on the water, start any tubes which had stopped, and add two or so to the rows the water wasn’t getting to the end.

Then back home.

I was just settling down to wait patiently by the kitchen door when Mom and Dad came out…MOM HAD HER PURSE!!

That means TREATS FOR EVERYONE!  We all get a little treat, because Mom is going somewhere!

A huge pet for each of us…a stern command to watch the place and they were gone!

I chewed down my treat, watched them drive out the yard…

My ears picked up!  I hear something.

Something very interesting and exciting.

My ears went into full alert…Mom did say I was to take care of the place!

Picking up my paws I headed to the back of the farm yard…to the corn field attaching to the farm yard…

Momma Fox and

Kit were there waiting for me to appear!

I put my legs into to full gear.  Not only was Kit and his Mom waiting for me I could detect that one of the raccoons had just hit the dirt on the farm road…

I barreled around the corner ready to leap onto Kit when I almost, but not quite ran into >>>>>>> YIKES!

A SKUNK!

I put skids on my paws and screeched to stop right at the Butler Bins—-just in the nick of time.  The skunk waddled on across the road and right into the corn field.

I let him go…no sense in trying to explain to Mom I was just doing what she asked and protecting the place!  I have a very strong feeling Mom takes a VERY dim view on cool smelly things.

Although, I must admit, I am NOT fond of SKUNK smell.

While I was sitting there thanking my lucky stars Kit ran up, pounced on me…we had a huge tumbling wrestling match.

Then we stopped, smiled at each other, gave Momma Fox a glance and took off down the double lined farm road heading toward the new cement ditch!

LIFE IS GOOD!

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

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

 

Chapter Four

 

Okay…this isn’t good!  Mom decided we were going for a walk in the canyon—Sigh!

And I didn’t have to wear a leash! YIPPEE!

But she did put a collar on me!  Hummm!

Collar but no leash!?!?

Then I found out!  A TRACKING COLLAR!!

“No rolling in anything nasty, Boom!  No running off to chase something I don’t know about!  No getting around anything SICK!  You can run free, but you have to run where I can SEE you!”

When that she plunked me down and we took off!

I trotted off ahead of Mom and Dad…then I decided to take a little detour into the sage brush just around the corner.

ACCCKKK!

What in the jiggers was THAT?!  I stopped dead, right where I was.  Then Mom was upon me…”I know you haven’t worn this in a long time, Boomie, but you surely remember what to do.  No running out of sight, if you see something stop and point, and stay right there until we get to you.”

I looked her right in the eye…YES!  I had forgotten.  Yes! I did know what to do.  I just haven’t had to wear this forever!  For four years…not since Fuzzy died.  Maybe because Mom stopped going to very interesting places like the forest, the canyon, or the desert.

“There are BEARS out here, Boomie.  If you see one- stop and let us know.  We will turn around and go right back to the pick-up”.  She gave me a kiss on my nose.

OKAY!  My memory is back sharp and clear.  Collar, without leash means walk carefully and warn Mom and Dad if there is danger near by!

Off we went again!

After a wonderful long time we headed back home.

It wasn’t long after we were home COMPANY CAME!!!  I heard the pick-up truck coming down the long lane way before Mom and Dad; heading out to the bridge I gave huge barks to let everyone know we had COMPANY! (And to let the company know that a really wonderful beagle was on guard! 🙂 )

The company stayed for a long time…rather boring…no kids, no grandkids, no dogs to bark at, or play with, nothing to do but pee on the tires…I can’t lift my leg high anymore, so I just left a puddle by each tire-not ON the tire.

Then they came out and left.

Zoom!

I was getting a little bored…I chewed on a stick, which had fallen on the lawn from the big old cottonwood tree in the yard, then I decided to see if I had any bones buried out by the new building…nope.

Must have got them all — or they were dug up when Dad and Mom were getting the cement poured.

 

I was just coming back from the granaries when Mom came out: “Boomer, time to go change water!  Come on!  Hurry! If you want to go with me — hurry!”

Want to go?  You bet I want to go!

Off we went.  Only Mom made me sit on the back of the four-wheeler until she was done.

My Mom has turned into a Helicopter that is for sure.  Yes I was a little sick a while back, and yes there is some sort of some other sickness out there, but geez, I think it’s time she lets me roam around while she changes water!”

Grumble, grump!

Back home Mom put me down and headed back into the house.

I sat there wondering what in the heck I going to do NOW.  This doing NOTHING is getting B.O.R.I.N.G!

SUDDENLY!  Out of the stillness of the day came….

THE MAILWOMAN!!!

Oh the joy! Barking the mailwoman into the yard, barking AT the mailwoman…barking the mailwoman BACK out of the yard!

SO MUCH FUN!

Then she was gone!

Phooey!

Now what!

MOM!

Mom is outside again!  Goody.

OH!

 

Even better!

Mom brought me a treat!

Now THAT is a nice way to pass time doing nothing!

 

 

The Adventures of Sherlock Boomer—The Mystery of Nothing–Chapter Three

The Adventures of Sherlock Boomer—The Mystery of Nothing

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

 

Chapter Three

 

It wasn’t long before I got the feeling I had better hurry back to the yard.  I try really hard to stay tuned into Mom, even when she is not on the farm.

I had made it to the new cement ditch, had a good romp with foxy, got yelled at by Momma fox for stirring up all the hunting…stiffed out the news along the way UP to the cement ditch,

then got an inkling Mom and Dad were on their way home.

I kicked it into high gear and got into the yard in enough time to greet Mom and Dad, just like I hadn’t been anywhere doing anything.

(And I didn’t see any bears!)

Mom gave me a big hug when they got home, asked me what I’ve been doing…I told her Nothing….I have been in the pursuit of Nothing!!!

Made me laugh!

Made Mom laugh, “Somehow I don’t believe you, My Boomer, Beaglie Brown.  But that’s okay, you are supposed to take care of the farm while we are gone!”

Soon it was time to do the night-time water check, so Mom and Dad loaded me on the four-wheeler and off we went.

We didn’t see any bears.  Just water, and stars, and the normal activity one finds on the ditch bank….a couple of toads, one snake hiding under a warm syphon tube, and three mice.  All creatures I find very, I MEAN VERY, interesting to investigate while Mom and Dad are changing water.

Then it was back home, a bed time treat, lots of pets and rubs, then off to sleep.

Another good day of doing NOTHING!

 

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!

 

 

 

 

 

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—-My Job

Besides going out with Mom

Helping Dad change the water

I have a really big job!

It’s to keep the farm safe!

 

I have much to do—those crazy raccoons are so brave they walk RIGHT IN FRONT OF MY DOG HOUSE!  I know because they always leave a little poop behind.

That’s why I’ve taken to sleeping outside…MY CHOICE!

Mom brings me inside, but … well, you know … there are critters outside!

I chase off the

  • raccoons…they run zipping and playing, with me right behind them
  • I protect the corn!
  • Chase the fox—he is pretty fun to chase
  • Make the squirrels scatter
  • Go for walks with Mom

The deer have been pretty hard on the corn.

You see they eat the silk…

the silk is what feeds the little kernels of corn so they will fatten up and become

BIG FAT JUICY KERNELS of corn

It’s been pretty hard work this year, but so far I’ve been able to do it.

I am feeling well again.

Mom says that is a very good thing!

I agree!

Boomer

 

 

 

 

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—-How IT Now IS

Mom is such an old bore….whenever I go anywhere with her I have to STAY RIGHT BY MOM!!!

We finished weeding the second pinto bean field…and I had to STAY RIGHT BY HER!!!

We had to go clean up a big branch that broke at my sister, Shannon’s yard…and I had to stay “CLOSE BY”!!!

Romeo took a big escape and hoofed it over to our yard…Mom and I took him to the canal pasture, but I had to STAY WITH MOM!

If Mom and Dad walk somewhere I get to walk with them…

I can walk ahead or behind, but I have to walk where MOM CAN SEE ME!

You see there is Rabbit Fever on Grand Mesa—so Mom is afraid it might be down here.  She says I’ve been too sick to get myself exposed to something awful again.  She says fleas carry Rabbit Fever and all animals in the wild get fleas!  (Rabbit fever: An infection in rabbits and other wild rodents caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis that can be transmitted to humans by contact with infected animal tissues or ticks. Also called tularemia.)

When my youngest sister and Linkin came to visit and they walked Shannon’s dog…Mom did NOT let me go with them!

Changing water I have to “SIT! Stay!” on the four-wheeler.

I think I have a

helicopter Mom!

Boomer, Mom’s Beaglie!

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—-Mom Pronounced me WELL

I’m back at ‘em.  (Although, Mom says I do sleep much more than I did before I got sick.)

It’s been hot so I rest lots.

Sammy hangs out with me also.  Sometimes he rests where I’m resting, but lately he has taken to sleeping on one of the tractor seats in the coolness of the tractor shed.

I tell Mom I’m just conserving my energy for stuff—

LIKE—

CHASING IN THE FEDEX TRUCK!

But the other day, while Mom and Dad were gone somewhere, I decided it was time to check out the farm.  I figured I wouldn’t go too far.  I would stay close enough I could hear the family car coming down the long lane to house and be back in time.

I had a great fun out there…found out all sorts of news, things that were happening on the farm, you know stuff.

I made it home just before Mom and Dad got back.

Mom was not very happy with me…

Not that I checked out the news, or that I left the farm yard…but the fact I found

SOMETHING TO ROLL IN!!!

Sigh!

She gave me a bath…TWICE!  TWICE!  She took away all the wonderful perfume…dang it!

Boomer.

 

The Heart of the Night—-Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Last night was beautiful after a day full of heat and humidity

We sat water late.  Very late, as the sun sank orange and blue in the west.

It was way past last light when we got back into the yard

Later, in the darkest hour when the shadow travelers tread the earth —  Boomer and I went for a wee walk-about…Mindy didn’t know we were walking, she was on the hunt

We came upon a beautiful little kit fox hunting by itself, an owl hooting in the willow tree.

The night world trembling with small noises, which seem loud.

The wind picked up a couple of last years old corn leaves; flung them into the air…  a tiny devil twister making the night air swirl…

A wee night walk… shadowed grass, starlit skies, night creatures, plus Boomer and I.

From my heart to your world,

Linda

 

 

 

The Adventures of Boomer on Friday—-Finally Truly on the Mend

I’m truly on the mend! My pneumonia is going away.  I haven’t coughed in two days so Mom says YAY!  With her fingers crossed!

Most of the time Mom makes me stay on the back of the four-wheeler while she and Dad do the moving of the water.

She makes me sit!  “You Stay, Boomer”, she says.  “Stay.”

So I do.  Even if it’s hot.

She says I have to stay, because I am really not all the way well yet, and there are critters out there who could be sick, which might make me sick again.  She says my immune system is low.

So I sit.

But if I get hot she lets me get down and get a drink, but stay right by her.

Last night it was cool and fresh and lovely.  So lovely Mom and Dad took a ride in the pick-up truck!

I got to go with them!

A ride in the back of the pick-up truck.  I haven’t been in the back forever.

A ride feeling really good—-

Priceless!

Boomer