The Border Collie Chronicles

Observations from (arguably) the World's Smartest Dogs;
(but, without question, the bestest friends!)
or, Life As We Understand It, as told from dad's shop.

Posted May 13, 2013

Where my LOVE for the water started!
Thanks mom-D!

Me and Ann waiting for WATER! (2013)

Come On WATER!!! (2013)

Gall is even getting ANXIOUS!! (2013)

Patches will just lay in the only grass that she can find and wait.  Patiently! (2013)

Miss Patience HERSELF!!! (2013)

Old Pictures ... Back when we HAD water!




My MOM!!!  Happy Mother's Day!!

Hey - if the tanks not full ...
A guy has to do what a guy has to do!!!


Summertime … what a stupid idea!

By Bubba


Don’t you think we oughta have it Allertime![i]


I don’t know how it is where you’re at, but we are having 90+° daytimes and 50’s and 60’s at night!  WOW!!  Talk about getting a fella wound up!  It’s warm enough during the day to actually do something and feel like you’ve accomplished it … and cool enough in the evening to sit outside with dad, have a beer, and talk about what you got done! (as well as planning all of the chores that we need to jump on!)


We’ve gotten quite a few chores knocked out too – the garden’s planted (we’ll probably add some surprises in a little while), the asparagus is coming off in buckets (literally – wish there was someone coming by to share it with – but at least the goats like it!), the tank feels GOOD! (even though there aren’t any endangered fish in there yet), the birds are chirping and trees are budding!  Dad has started getting home earlier (or is it staying light longer … I get soooo confused!)


Haven’t seen any bunnies lately, but the ground squirrels kind of took over while we were on vacation during the cold months.  They’re not as fun as the bunnies – it takes LOTS more sitting and waiting (Mom calls it “patience”) than hunting rabbits, sometimes when I get nice and toasty, I get a little drowsy … I try to pay attention … like Mom tells me to, I start reciting the Periodic Table of the Elements[ii] or work on my memorization of the Amortization Tables[iii] – but, invariably … yeah … I doze off.  Next thing you know – Mom’s yelping, hollering, and barking … you know … them little fellas have a LOT of little holes that they can scurry into, don’t they!


Anyway, with all this energy that we all have around at this time of year – now’s the time to make that list (don’t know if you’re a list maker or not – me, dad, Roo, Patch and Gall are … mom-D and Ann definitely ARE NOT!! – we guess that separates the organized from the not – or as Annie says, “The Anal[iv] from the Not!”??!!  I still don’t understand that – I’ve never heard dad call either one of them “anal”??!  Or anyone else for that matter!)  Anyway, dad has let me take over some of the official list making duties and I thought that I would share my early list with you …


1.       Smile at someone;

2.       Pat a dog;

3.       Hug your spouse (or bestest bud);

4.       Help a neighbor;

5.       Help a stranger;

6.       Get involved in something worthwhile;

7.       Share a laugh with a friend;



Now that’s a GREAT START to a list that you oughta strive to check off EVERY DAY!  But, dad was sharing an experience that he had back in March – he had to call up and visit with a bunch of folks that he hadn’t seen or talked to in anywhere from yesterday to twenty plus years ago!!  He was relaying bad news, but despite the bad news – he was happy to be visiting with these folks and they were happy to be visiting with him!!  Guess that means that they are all still very important to him!  And him to them!  Seemed odd … at first the visiting was almost as hard as the news that they were conveying!  It was a bitter-sweet, kind of sour and salty sorta deal ~ HEY!  I bet that’s where those folks that run those Chinese food places (I think they’re Korean though!) came up with their sweet and sour sauce that dad likes!!! … Oh wait!  Sorry about that!  Back to the story.  I apologize for that Random Thought©.  Making those calls to folks that dad genuinely cared and cares for, but hasn’t seen or talked to in a score[v] or more years … what’s up with that??!!  These are folks that helped shape you bud, err, I mean dad!  I mean … Mr. Sanford Horn himself (not as cool as Tom Horn, but you still idolized him in high school!) – you didn’t even recognize this Mr. Matrix (he always was an “alternative”, but cool, dresser).  Others – Bernie, Barbara E., Barbara I., Barbara W., Bob, Judy, MR, Paul & Priscilla … you recognized all of them right off … Jay was a tougher spot!  You had a couple of your bestest buds – Philip and JC – there.  You barely acknowledged them … but all was cool – it was UNDERSTOOD!  Thanks guys!!!!!  There was a bunch of OLD family friends that you saw too – Diane, Marsha, Ernie … and then the extended family, Uncle Monroe and Aunt Jewel, Kenneth and David, all of Uncle Durwood’s girls … wow … I know that was a lot to take in.  Then add in all of the well wishing and good intentioned friends of dad’s dad’s friends … it was lots of folks!!!!  Now, as you probably know … dad’s not necessarily the social diva kind of guy – and he may not have acknowledged all the visitors in the most appropriate or meaningful way – heck, a big part of the time, he was just trying to hold it all together.  Mega thanks to Phil and JC for just kinda staying close (eating funeral cookies and drinking punch) til the end (Thanks again guys!! - the BC's couldn't be there for dad, but ya'll were!!  It meant (and means) a LOT!!) 


But the final thought of this story is …


When we say that we’re too busy – it only means that we are too busy doing the things that we want to/or have to, do – sometimes, we don’t take the time to think about (or do) the things that we ought to do (and most of those can turn out to be ok, and some turn out to be loads of FUN!) - but we know that we ought to do them regardless.  Friends and relationships shouldn’t be “Some Of The Time”, they should be “All Of The Time”!




Some quotes to leave you with:


I'm just tryin' to keep everything in balance, Woodrow. You do more work than you got to, so it's my obligation to do less.

Gus McCrae, Lonesome Dove



Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)



Everyone makes mistakes. It’s what you do afterwards that counts.





[i] In Bubba’s defense, this article was actually drafted back in early April.  However, since it’s drafting, we have had a killing freeze that took out all the sweet peppers and most of the tomatoes, not to mention what it did to the budding trees!  But now it’s “springy” again – and we’re looking to have 106° weather this weekend.


[ii] (noun)  1. table showing the chemical elements in related groups, arranged by atomic number


[iii] An Amortization Table is a schedule of principal and interest payments for a promissory note, mortgage, or other types of debt.


[iv] The term retentive (also anally retentive), commonly abbreviated to anal, is used conversationally to describe a person who pays such attention to detail that the obsession becomes an annoyance to others, potentially to the detriment of the anal-retentive person. The term derives from Freudian psychoanalysis.


[v] If it weren't for Abraham Lincoln's famous speech that states, "Four score and seven years ago," not too many of us would even know that score had meaning beyond our favorite sports teams.  Numerically, a score is a group of twenty things.  So a score of days would be twenty days.  Four score and seven years ago would be 87 years ago.  A score can also refer to a musical composition, so its length …










 What a pretty sunset!!  Thank You God!












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