Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

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

Sunday, June 29, 2008


There are several dogs that live down the road with the cows, horses and chickens that we see on our morning walk. Two of the dogs are boxers, a male and a female, and then there is a small mixed breed. These dogs are not always outside when we go by, but they are allowed to run free with little supervision. Rylie has always gotten along fine with these dogs, and seemed especially interested in the female boxer. Lately the male boxer has taken exception to Rylie's presence, and went after him twice. Luckily, Rylie did the right thing both times. The boxer is so much larger than him that he could stand underneath the boxer's belly, so he did that and froze. I tried to calm the boxer down with my voice, although the adrenaline was making a mad dash around my insides. Eventually we were able to make our escape without further trouble.

I'm sure it had to do with the female being present, because we ran into the male boxer in between those two incidents and he was fine with Rylie. So now we avoid their territory. I think avoidance is a good strategy with bullies. I recently had an experience of my own with a bit of a bully, and I used the same strategy.

Rylie's Notes:

That boxer is one fine-looking female, but is it worth it to get pummeled by a boxer for a little time with her? I don't think so.

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Big Grump

I'm too grumpy to do a blog post today. It would just turn into a huge whine-fest. I'll try to improve my mood and do one tomorrow if I can.

Rylie's Notes:

The Staff has nothing to be grumpy about. She can go outside whenever she pleases, get into the refrigerator and the treat cupboard many times a day, and she doesn't have to wait with her legs crossed until someone finally drags herself out of bed in the morning to go for a potty walk.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A Visit to the Vet

Rylie had to go to one of his least favorite places today, the vet. Even though he rarely goes and he has had a pretty healthy life with very little trauma at the vet, he becomes a trembling leaf every time we go. What is it about the vet's office that scares dogs so? Is it the smell of fear from all of the other animals? Can they smell death? Or is it the noise, like the drill at the dentist's office? I don't know, but he was his usual big baby self at the vet today, and we only went to get an exam so he could get more Heartguard. The vet even spared him the rectal thermometer and only looked in his ears and at his teeth, listened to his heart and gave him a quick body check. The vet and the technicians made a fuss about how cute he was, so you would think that he would like going there, but he couldn't get out of there fast enough. The vet said he still needs to lose about five pounds, so the diet is not done yet.

There was a lot of smoke in the Paso Robles area today, I think there was a brushfire nearby. My eyes, nose and throat were complaining. I should finish up my work here in the next three or four days, although I may hang out here until after the Fourth of July and then head up north. DeAnn's block is having a big party that I may attend if I'm still here.

Hey all of you Portland folks: if you have any suggestions on places to go or things to see in the area, let me know.

Rylie's Notes:

That vet doesn't know what he's talking about. I don't really need to lose five more pounds. I was bloated today, that's all. I'm just retaining water.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Record Breaker

I lied. It wasn't 92 degrees in Morro Bay the other day, it was actually 108! We had record-breaking temperatures in Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo that day, and Paso Robles was around 112. Because of this unusual heat, I only worked evenings for a few days, and it was still hot even then. Sales were pretty poor last week, so I'm hoping this week is better. Temperatures should be back to normal for this time of year, with 60's in Morro Bay and 90's in Paso Robles. Now I'm just focusing on getting my work done here as quickly as I can so that I can head to cooler temperatures in Portland.

Yesterday I took some time off for a bit of fun. I went to the summer solstice party at The Cliffs in Shell Beach. I met DeAnn and some of her friends there, where they had a couple of bands playing, food and drinks. It's a beautiful place to spend a Sunday afternoon, right next to the ocean, and we had a great table up near the band and the dancing. After the music ended we went to Avila Beach for a tasty dinner at the Custom House.

The past couple of mornings Rylie has been hearing loud noises coming from the direction of our usual walk and has not wanted to walk in that direction, so today we went in the opposite direction. We found a new little trail that goes up a steep hill of open space not far away. We have to watch out for the poison oak up there, though.

Rylie's Notes:

What's with all of the racket lately? Now I can't go see my cows, horses and alpacas. It's my job to check on them every day. Not only that, but July 4th is on the way, with the customary noisy fireworks. That's the worst day of the year in my book. Why people choose to make all of that noise for a few minutes of color is beyond me. Silly creatures.

Friday, June 20, 2008


Watch out Portland, here I come! After I finish up the work I currently have here in the Paso Robles area, I will head up to Portland, with a brief stop in the Bay Area to see Cammie. I like Portland, so I'm happy about this assignment. I guess I'm ready to move on soon. It will also be cooler than what I've been dealing with lately. If any of you folks that live near or visit there have a recommendation on a place to stay long term with hookups, I would love to hear it. I will need to make a reservation soon, because things are filling up. I should finish up here around mid-July, and will probably be there around the 21st, give or take a few days.

It's hot! It's going to be 92 degrees in Morro Bay today (!), and 110 in Paso Robles. Double bleh. I have to leave the air conditioning on all day for Rylie. I had a swim in the pool the other day, and boy did that feel nice. I'm going to do that again today. I have only been working in the late afternoon and evening with all of this heat. I just can't stand to be out in that heat all day. I get grumpy and wilted, and that's not good for sales.

Yesterday I got my hair cut in San Luis Obispo. Crystal at Salon Lux did a very good job, in case you ever need to find a good hair stylist in the area. It's always hard to find a good stylist in a new town, and I have had some botched haircuts. After my haircut I got distracted with a bit of shopping, and forgot that I was parked at a meter instead of in the parking structure where I usually park. I was ten minutes late getting back to my meter and I had a parking ticket waiting for me. That shopping excursion turned out more expensive than planned.

Rylie's Notes:

I'm ready to go somewhere cooler. I'm not even enjoying taking The Staff for her morning walk, it's just too hot. Are there cows in Portland?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Summer has arrived in Morro Bay, at least for the day. It actually felt hot this morning while Rylie and I were on our walk. It's supposed to be 78 here today, which is unusual for Morro Bay. I might have to sneak out to the beach for a bit this morning. Or maybe I'll go for a swim in the pool here. The heat here doesn't bode well for work in Paso Robles, however. It's supposed to be 104 there today. Ouch.

This is quite a change from a couple of weeks ago, when I was on vacation. One of the things I did that week was take a drive up the coast, which is such a pretty drive. I stopped to see the elephant seals north of Cambria, but the wind was so strong and cold that I couldn't stay outside for long. I had lunch in the little village of Gorda too, but I don't have any photos to share of that trip. It was just too windy and cold to photograph.

It looks like my plans to go to Minnesota will be put on hold for now. Things are not looking good for photographing in Iowa, which is where my next work was going to be, and with the gas prices, I need to be near some work. I'm working on my Plan B, and I think I have a good alternative that isn't too far away. More on that later.

Rylie's Notes:

With this heat, I'm wishing I had an alpaca haircut. I can see why they are willing to look like Dr. Seuss characters in order to stay cool. I'm not happy about this change in plans regarding Minnesota. Did anyone consult with me about this? I don't think so. Maybe I'll hitchhike back to Duluth. There is a little problem of having a thumb to stick out, however. Oh, the things I could do if I had a thumb.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Hot, Hot, Hot

I'm working in Paso Robles now, which is the hottest spot in San Luis Obispo County. I spend a lot of time outside with my work, so I'm feeling the heat. It's supposed to be 100 degrees today. Bleh. Even with the heat, people are still flocking to the RV parks and campgrounds in July. I'm not having any luck finding a place to stay around here next month, so that and the heat may force me to leave. But I'm not ready to leave this area yet! In Morro Bay the weather is foggy and cool, so it's a big change from the weather inland. I'm also driving about 100 miles per day because I have a commute to my work area, so I'm feeling the pinch of the gas prices. Those gas prices are making me think twice about the drive to Minnesota. What to do, what to do? I need to figure all of this out soon.

I saw a movie at a theater while I was on vacation, the new Indiana Jones movie. I still like the first movie best, but this one was entertaining. I used to have a crush on Harrison Ford when those movies first came out. He's getting older, but he still has that crooked smile. I saw the movie in the theater in Morro Bay, which is one of those small, one screen, old time theaters. I like those old theaters, and this one was quite comfortable with the new comfy seats. The price was a lot less than the Bay Area movie prices too.

Rylie's Notes:

I want to go to Minnesota so that I can get spoiled by The Grand-Staff. The treats flow free and easy at their house. There are lots of rabbits in their yard, and last year there was a bear in the yard too. A dog can stay entertained at their house.

Saturday, June 14, 2008


DeAnn and Britney

This is the time of year when high school seniors have big smiles lighting up their faces, like the one I saw today on the face of Britney, DeAnn's daughter. It could have been the fact that she was graduating from high school, or it could have been that she was about to eat that amazing cake you see in the photo above. It's a champagne cake from the Madonna Inn restaurant in San Luis Obispo, and it was delicious. I went to Britney's graduation party today, and it reminded me of how happy I was when I graduated from high school. A long, long, long time ago. It's a sweet time.

I've been putting on about 100 miles per day on my car driving to my work area in Paso Robles and then puttering around finding houses. Ouch. I've been trying to find a new place to stay when they kick me out of here at the end of the month, but everything in the general area is full because of the July Fourth holiday and the mid-state fair, which is a big deal around here. Even though there is more work for me here and I like being in this area, I may need to move on. Boo hoo! I'm considering my options, including going to Minnesota sooner than planned to visit my family. I nearly fainted when I figured out how much the gas is going to cost, however.

Rylie has moved on from the cows and is now fraternizing with the horses. The other day one of the horses came over to the fence when we walked by, and Rylie was nuzzling noses with him. Rylie was whining and attempting to get through the fence and into the pasture. He didn't want to leave, either. Then when we walked by the colt, he hung out at the fence with the colt for a bit. Before you know it he'll be kissing the chickens.

Rylie's Notes:

Chickens are for chasing or eating, not kissing. Where's my cake?

Thursday, June 12, 2008

I'm Baaaack

Montana de Oro State Park

It has been awhile, hasn't it? Time flies when you're having fun, and I must say I wasn't thinking about blogging while I was on my little vacation. I had a wonderful time. I'll fill you in on my activities a little bit at a time. One of the places that I went was Montana de Oro State Park, which is near Morro Bay. I love this park. The weather was perfect that day, and I had a lovely walk along the bluffs, taking in the gorgeous scenery. There are nice hikes and walks that you can do there, or there is a lovely beach if you prefer to just park it on the sand.

Rylie's Notes:

The Staff got me on the scale again and was excited to see that I've lost a pound, half of my winter weight. Well, this past winter, anyway. Let's celebrate by having a big chicken strip.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Blog Vacation

I'm going to be taking about ten days off, and most likely will not have a chance to do any blogging. I will fill you in on what I've been up to when I'm back after June 10th. In the meantime, have fun!