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 August 9, 2012




Life Is Good 01

Looking for endangered fish!  REALLY!!


Life Is Good 02

Me and Annie.


Life Is Good 03Me and Bubba


Life Is Good 04

Me and My Best Buddy Gall!


Life Is Good 05

Me and Momma Roo!


Life Is Good 06

Us Fishing!!

Look at the water level!!


Life Is Good 08Us Relaxin'!

This was on a Sunday Waterin' Night!


Life Is Good 08Waiting on a Treat!


Life Is Good 09Thinking ...


Life Is Good 10Who's Got My Back??!!






Life Is Good (vs. 107 degrees) …
By Patches


Well, here we are on a Wednesday night (that’s a watering night (in the winter, a buddy used to refer to it as “Whiskey Wednesday”) – it’s the short watering night, Sunday night is the big watering night, of course) – well, all of mom-D’s plants look like they are doing just fine, and dad just sat down under the lean to.  He’s been texting Phil, David and JC (while, of course, drinking beer and watering), all the while watching Ronnie’s “top notch” roofing crew get that roof on, and all is going pretty dang well (and it appears that the near horizon appears clear too).


Hey man … Life Is Good!!!


The Olympics are going on (mom-D is addicted) and the US is kickin’ butt and taking names in the overall medal count (though China is breathing pretty hard, and currently has the lead in the Gold)!  Loan funds for most cohorts are available – this is great, considering the current Federal budget issues – but it is an election year!  The mountains are still blue, beer still tastes good, and dad just asked his buddy Sal to order another keg!  The GOV is fixed.  Mom-D has moved about ½ of her “junk” out of the storage unit (dad thinks that the rental payment is about to break him!).  The St. Augustine looks great!  The goats are all still alive (still no babies, I wonder what it could be??!!)  Days are hot, while the nights are cool and comfortable.  Ellis sprayed the mosquitoes – and it worked!  Onions are harvested and the price is still up!  Corn prices are also up, and there is still time to plant.  The Exes seemed to have a very successful Reunion.


Yep … Life Is Good!!!


Well, yeah … there’s that … and that other thing too.  Dang, that’s tough!  Yeah, ok, I get it … not everything is Peachy Keen and wonderful … but think about it – for a pretty vast majority of us – we’re in pretty dang good shape!  Have you seen those kids in Africa with Kwashiorkor[i] (they’re the ones with the distended bellies) … or, how about all of the dogs that they are gonna have to euthanize because they don’t have a home?  TALK ABOUT DEPRESSING --- Let’s Not!!  I’d rather think about those two extra friends that we fed the other night, and the fact that all of us had plenty of groceries anyway!  How about the fact that Phil and Nancy found Roxy on the side of the road and opened their home to her (she’s a weenie dog!)  Don’t forget about ALL THE GOOD that your local churches and charities are doing!  How about all of the various Associations where all the volunteers are working to create opportunities for your interests, and to make your jobs better!  How about all of the hours that volunteers of all sorts are donating in an effort to help make this ‘ol world a better place for all of us??!!


And, of course, all of us are dealing with the “smaller” stuff in our lives that are adversely impacting us … the dry cleaning isn’t ready; the car isn’t running too well; the well pump went out; the electric bill is too high; I’m away from my wife on our seventh month anniversary; or the faucet is dripping.  Or even the bigger “stuff” – I’m too heavy; I don’t feel well; my job is too hard; one week to complete a loan??!!; I don’t get paid enough; or Happy Hour ends WHEN!  Some of dad’s colleagues are going through some tough times with the proposed office closures and “right sizing” – this, without a doubt, ranks right up there with the tough stuff (for those impacted) to deal with – but the good news is, there is a job for every warm body – the bad news is, it might be in a new location.  You might decide to go … you might not … but at least you have some sort of say!!  Think back on those kiddos in Africa, or the pooches in the pound!  It could be worse, my friend!


Yeah, I am a “Glass half full[ii]” kinda girl!  I’m thinking that life has a tendency to turn out toward the direction that we’re thinking that it’s gonna go – if we stay on the negative side – it’ll may feel like your trapped in a 107 degree doghouse!  But, when you look at the positive side – you may see that it’s not really about the money and that your dog might just love you more than food!!


Keep reading … hopefully, we’ll have some good thoughts to get everyone through the doldrums[iii] of summer.  Wishing everyone nothing but the best!!! (by the way, Ronnie’s roof turned out great – but just wait until you hear about the INSIDE!!)



"Life is short, go ahead and break the rules, forgive quickly,
kiss slowly, love someone deeply, laugh very hard and very often.

It might be that life is not the party we were expecting it to be
but while we're here... we might as well dance and have fun!!!”







“Coming together, sharing together, working together, succeeding together.” - Unknown

 “People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing—that's why we recommend it daily.” - Zig Ziglar 

“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads.” - Albert Camus


“Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway.” - John Wayne


“Worry does not take the pain out of tomorrow; it merely takes the joy out of today.” – Anonymous






“Attitudes truly are contagious. So ask yourself one question… Is mine worth catching?” - Anonymous



[i] Kwashiorkor is a form of malnutrition that occurs when there is not enough protein in the diet.

[ii] This a common expression, used rhetorically to indicate that a particular situation could be a cause for optimism (half full) or pessimism (half empty); or as a general litmus test to simply determine an individual's worldview. The purpose of the question is to demonstrate that the situation may be seen in different ways depending on one's point of view and that there may be opportunity in the situation as well as trouble.  This idiom is used to explain how people perceive events and objects. Perception is unique to every individual and is simply one's interpretation of reality. The phrase "Is the glass half empty or half full" can be referred to as a philosophical question.

[iii] doldrums 1.  A period of stagnation or slump.  2. A period of depression or unhappy listlessness.



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