Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie
Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


It has been so nice having friends and family to socialize with here. It is a nice change after my social dry spell in Pahrump. Even though I feel like I've been working a lot, I'm still managing to squeeze in some fun with my buddies.

Rylie has some buddies too. He doesn't seem too traumatized by the absence of the original four cows, although I still worry that we might encounter them at Burger King. No really, I think they just ate out that pasture they were in and got moved somewhere else. At least I hope so. Anyway, Rylie seems happy to cavort with the three new cows in the other pasture. He got a kiss from a cow tongue the other day that covered his whole head and nearly knocked him over. Then when we were walking away to go back home, the cow ran alongside the fence like she wanted to come with us. He does seem to have a way with the cows.

Rylie's Notes:

I like the cow with the blue earring. She's kind of frisky

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Missing Cows

Yesterday it was raining when Rylie and I stepped outside for our morning walk, so we kept it short and didn't do our usual 50 minutes. Needless to say, he was very anxious to see the cows this morning, so it was quite upsetting to come upon their pasture and find them gone. Where did they go? I hate to think of the possibilities. He tried tracking them, with no luck. The three new ones are still in their pasture, but his original four cow buddies were conspicuously absent. He was ready to go home after that discovery.

I notice that the Google ads are gone from my blog. I guess they weren't getting enough clicks. They have only generated about $45 since they have been up, and
you don't get paid until your income reaches $100. I guess that was a failed experiment, more appropriate for blogs that get more readers than my 20 - 25 per day. I guess it will be a bit longer before Bill Gates and I are rubbing elbows. Maybe one of these days I'll get around to removing the code for the ads. As you may have noticed, it has been difficult finding the time to do the blog posts lately. Part of the problem is that my thyroid has been out of whack and I've been battling fatigue, but hopefully I'll get that straightened out soon.

That dumb little window shade that pulls down over the door broke again recently, and I need to find something to replace it. I have hated that thing since the beginning, and the Lazy Daze factory replaced it twice. Now I will wash my hands of it and get something different to cover that window. I would like to replace my bathroom faucet too. I have never replaced a faucet, so that will take some research.

Rylie's Notes:

What fun is the morning walk without the cows? Why did they go away? Is it my breath?

Monday, May 19, 2008

Dr. Seuss in Morro Bay

This morning I saw the funniest thing while Rylie and I were on our walk. The two alpacas that live up the road had just been shaved, and we saw their skinny black bodies for the first time, but they still had a tuft of brown hair at the top of their head. They look like something right out of a Dr. Seuss book, and Rylie stopped dead in his tracks and had a good long stare. The cows were busy eating and there were no chickens to chase, so the rest of the walk was uneventful.

Man it has been hot lately! I have been working in 100+ temperatures for the past few days, but it is cooling down now. On Friday I met DeAnn in San Luis Obispo for lunch, so we had a nice chat before I went to work. I had a good work day on Saturday, and then on Sunday morning I got a call from Charlee, a friend I met in Pahrump. She was passing through and wanted to meet for an early lunch, so we had fish tacos at the Bayside Cafe.

Lorna arrived later on Sunday, so after I got home from work she fixed dinner and we stayed up late drinking wine and catching up. Lorna is one of the buddies that I met at the balloon fiesta when I first started fulltiming, and was my longest travel buddy in Baja. She filled me in on her trip to Baja this year. It sounds like the wildlife on the Sea of Cortez was better last year, as was the phosphoresence. It also sounds like things have gotten more expensive. Today I just worked briefly in the morning and then Lorna and I poked around and had dinner in Morro Bay. So I've had a bit of social activity lately, and I'm enjoying it. The only problem with all of this social activity is that I don't have time to do blog posts, or catch up on my chores. That's okay, the chores can wait.

Rylie's Notes:

I nearly fell over laughing when I saw those alpacas this morning. They do look exactly like Dr. Seuss characters. I kept expecting them to serve up some green eggs and ham, or try to steal Christmas. Those alpacas are kind of grinchy.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Morro Bay

Morro Bay from the Boardwalk

I took a few more photos of Morro Bay the other day. There is a nice boardwalk that meanders along the bay, which you can catch near the beach, below.

It was really nice today, even in Morro Bay, and it was pretty hot while I was working in Atascadero. I think I'm going to be working in some pretty toasty temperatures the next couple of months. Still, I love this time of year, when the promise of summer fun is poised for the plunge.

Rylie's Notes:

The beach is fun. Almost as much fun as the cows. This morning I almost caught a chicken. Today I had dreams of chicken breasts, chicken drumsticks, chicken wings, and chicken nuggets.

Monday, May 12, 2008

And We'll Have Fun, Fun, Fun...

I know, I've been neglecting my blog. But I've been out having fun, so hopefully you'll excuse me. I had an unexpected weekend off from work because of a supply problem, so I took advantage of it and did some socializing with DeAnn and some of her friends. Friday night I went to Oceano to meet up at Dee's house, and we had dinner and went to listen to some music.

Saturday I was in San Luis Obispo most of the day, after a nice walk on the beach and along the boardwalk with Rylie in Morro Bay. I did errands, shopping, and had dinner at an Italian restaurant with a nice little table next to the creek, then more music. Sunday I was in San Luis Obispo again poking around and then I had lunch at a good seafood restaurant in Morro Bay. It was a good weekend.

Rylie has a new cow girlfriend. There are three new cows in another pasture on our morning route, just across the road for the other four, and he is sweet on one of them. They even kissed on the first date.

Rylie's Notes:

There she goes again, blabbing about my personal life. I might have to stop taking her with me on the morning walks.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Extending My Stay

It looks like I'll be here in the Central Coast area for awhile longer. Air Photo is doing some more photographing this week, so I'll have work here for another month or two. The RV park had a cancellation, so they have room for me in June, although I'll have to move to another spot. I have no problem staying in this area longer, provided sales are good enough. I sure am running through a lot of gas. Unfortunately, I have found no place to stay closer to my work area.

I decided to take Sunday off and treat myself on Mother's Day. Cammie has to work that day, so she won't be coming down. I am taking myself out for breakfast, then going on a hike. I haven't decided yet what I'll do after that, but there are many good choices. There is a lot to do in this general area. It would be easy to goof off, if I weren't trying to save up for my trip to Minnesota and time off this summer.

I really have nothing more to report tonight. It's a slow news day.

Rylie's Notes:

The rabbits are teasing me. They stand in the middle of the road and dash off into the bushes just before I get to them, but then The Staff won't let me chase them. I wonder how she would like it if there were $100 bills blowing across her path but I kept a tight leash and wouldn't let her get them?

Monday, May 05, 2008

The Top of the World

I sold a photo today to a woman who lives at the top of the world. At least that's what it seemed like. I had to drive up hills forever to get to her place, but what an amazing piece of property she has. The house itself was nothing special, but she has 27 acres 2,500 feet up on top of a hill with amazing views of San Luis Obispo County. She said that if you take a short hike from her house you get incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and Morro Rock. She also had a very large assortment of sculptures and statues on her property, including the giraffes above. It turns out that she is an attorney who used to live in the Bay Area not far from where I lived, and she used to work in San Francisco. I would love to see what it looks like from the top of that hill at sunset.

I took both of these photos as I was driving down the hill from her house. It's a bit hazy, but you can see that the hills have already turned brown.

Last night after work I drove to my friend DeAnn's house in Oceano. She cooked dinner and we had some good girl talk. She just moved into this place a week ago, and yet already it looked just about perfect. Dee and I have known each other since we were teenagers in Minnesota, so we go way back.

Rylie's Notes:

The cows have been ignoring me the past couple of days, and have not come over to the fence. Was it something I said, or was I a little too forward with the kissing?

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Cars, Bikes and Ticks

It seems there is a classic car show wherever I go. There is one this weekend in Morro Bay, and I've been seeing some neat old cars driving around again. I saw a woodie that was in really good shape.

Yesterday I took my bike out for a short ride. I haven't ridden a bike in years, so I'll have to adjust to using those muscles again. My back and behind are a tad bit sore today. My bike has a mind of its own, and decides when it will or will not shift gears. Apparently I have no say in the matter. As they say, you get what you pay for, and this bike was given to me for nothing, so I guess that's what I should expect out of it. It'll do for now.

I have found three ticks on Rylie in the past two days. I keep him on flea and tick prevention so they weren't the engorged, embedded kind of ticks, but still, I don't like them. Especially if they find their way onto me.

Tomorrow I'll quit work a little early to meet my friend DeAnn for dinner. I'm looking forward to that.

Rylie's Notes:

The Staff got out the bad scale the other day and weighed me again, but this time she was happy because I lost half a pound. Good. Maybe I can have more treats now.

Thursday, May 01, 2008


Does anyone know how to get ink out of clothing? I'm ruining a lot of clothes while working lately because I can't seem to stop inadvertently scribbling all over myself. This could get expensive. This came to my attention today because I did laundry. I also put air in my bicycle tire, so tomorrow I plan to take the bike for a little spin.

You're probably tired of hearing about the cows, but I'm going to tell just one more story. This morning I realized that Rylie definitely has a favorite cow. Two of the four cows came over to the fence this morning as soon as they saw him, and he touched noses with them through the fence. But he kept looking over at the one that was furthest away and busy eating. He stood and waited patiently by the fence until it too walked over to the fence to see him. Rylie wagged his tail as the cow walked over, which he did not do for the others. Then they touched noses and Rylie kissed the cow on the nose. As we started to walk away down the road, the cow started prancing along the fence beside us like she wanted to come with us. This got Rylie in a playful mood and he wanted to get in there and romp with the cow. That gave me a good chuckle.

He did not make friends with the alpacas, however. In fact, he made them mad when he started to chase after the cat that was standing next to their pasture, and they rushed over to the fence, ready for a fight.

Rylie's Notes:

Yeah, that one cow is a bit of all right. First we discussed the theory of relativity, and then she wanted to race me to the corner. Smart, and playful too. Now alpacas, they are a different story. They are always grumpy.