Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

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

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Fender Benders and Turkeys

Yesterday I was leaving yoga class in the morning feeling really good. I was limber, relaxed and centered when - WHAM! - I had a car accident. I was trying to turn left out of the parking lot onto busy Highway 49, and a woman in a truck stopped traffic in her lane (the light she was approaching was red) to let the car in front of me and then me cross to get into the median. Except that there was a car coming fast in the other lane and I couldn't see it until just before it plowed into me. I should have trusted my instincts -- I really did not want to cross when the woman in the truck waved at me to go, but I did anyway. Next time I will listen to my intuition. Luckily no one was hurt, but I have a huge dent in my front bumper. The other woman's car has only a scratch and a dented license plate. Technically, it's my fault, so I guess my insurance rates will be going up. Bummer! Does anyone know any good body shops in the Auburn area?

The other day when I was working, I came across a mother turkey and seventeen chicks lounging in a driveway. How did one mother end up with seventeen chicks? They don't lay that many eggs do they? Maybe she adopted the chicks belonging to another turkey? Maybe she heard about the mother of the octuplets and decided to give her a run for her money. I don't know. The funny thing is, they all seemed to be about the same size. By the time I got my camera out and took a photo, they were scrambling across a field, so the photo isn't the best.

Turkey and Seventeen Chicks

Ryie's Notes:

Eighteen, now that's a nice-sized herd. I could have had some fun with those turkeys, except that The Staff never lets me chase anything. I can't chase cats, I can't chase squirrels, I can't chase rabbits, and I definitely can't chase anything that is small enough to be considered a baby. I can't even THINK about chasing cars. Doesn't she know that I'm a dog, and dogs like to chase? It's going against nature!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

A Hike With Nancy

Wildflowers on Quarry Trail Hike

My good friend, Nancy, came to visit last weekend. As usual when we get together, the time flew by and we had great conversations and a fun time together. We went to lunch in Old Town Auburn, and then had a nice hike on the Quarry Trail along in the American River Canyon. I made dinner, and there could have been some wine involved.

Nancy and the American River

Kayakers on the American River

Isn't it interesting how things seem to happen in bunches? For instance, a lot of women that I know, young and not-so-old, seem to be going through relationship break-ups lately. It seems to be an epidemic more raging than the swine flu. Rage and resignation seem to be close cousins sometimes.

It is HOT! Over 100 degrees this weekend. Luckily, sales were good early this week, so I can get away with a little heat break.

My surge protector went caput yesterday. I did have the air conditioning and the microwave going at the same time, but I have done that many times before and it hasn't caused a problem. I'm not sure why it won't work now. Maybe it just decided that the relationship with the electrical cord wasn't a match. Ha ha!

Rylie's Notes:

Who left the heat lamp on? While The Staff goes out and labors in the heat, I perfect my nap in air conditioned comfort. Ahhhh, this is the life.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


On Monday I was lucky enough to have several visitors. First Cammie called to say that she and Brian would be stopping in Auburn on their way back home from Lake Tahoe, so we met up for lunch. It was a quick visit, but good to see them. After that, my friend Charlee, who I met when I was working in Pahrump, Nevada, stopped by for the evening on her way to Alaska. I have not seen Charlee since last summer, so we had a good time catching up. Charlee is a writer, and she was encouraging me to be diligent about my writing. I recently started writing a book that I hope will be a series. These visits did me a lot of good. I really appreciate visitors when I can get them, and I am fortunate that I get them fairly frequently. Unfortunately, I have not been in much of a picture-taking mood, so I have no photos to post.

After a long absence, I am getting back into yoga. I took a class on Monday here in Auburn, and boy, I'm feeling it. I have been working out occasionally with ten pound weights in addition to my hour walk with Rylie in the morning, but those yoga postures use muscles that apparently have been hiding. It was a good class.

In other news, I'm a redhead. Whoops! I didn't mean to be, but coloring your own hair can sometimes be like a science experiment. You never know what might happen. Once I ended up with hair that had a slightly green tinge to it, until the sun bleached it out after a few days. I thought I would try a new color to go with my newly unattached status (I recently broke up with the fellow that I had been dating long distance). It was supposed to be dark golden blond, but it is decidedly red. I'll see what happens to the color after I have been out in the sun for a few days -- it usually changes.

My plan is to work here in Auburn until the end of July, and then I'll head to Minnesota to visit my family. I want to help my parents get their home ready to put on the market, and I have boxes stored at their house that I need to move out. If I can manage the time off from work, I want to stop in Yellowstone National Park. I haven't been there since I was a kid. Maybe I'll finally see that moose that I've been hoping to see. I also have a class reunion this year, so if the timing works out, I'll attend that. I haven't attended one yet, so it might be interesting.

Rylie's Notes:

Houston, we have a problem. Now, I didn't complain when we ran out of liver treats and The Staff started giving me mini biscuits instead as my evening meal topper. But now we have run out of the Gooberlicious peanut butter treats that she would stuff in between the biscuits in my kong. What the heck is going on? Is this like the great potato famine? The Staff needs to get on dog.com and order up some supplies!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Birthday Boy

Today is Rylie's unofficial birthday. Unofficial, because I got him from Border Collie Rescue when he was about ten weeks old, and they got him from the pound, so no one knew the exact date he was born. But I know that he is eight years old.

When we came to know Rylie, he was very sick with multiple illnesses including mange, worms and a respiratory infection. In addition, he was so malnourished that his fur was really dry and brittle -- not like a puppy's fur at all. He was also terrified of everyone and everything. We had to wait about a week or so before adopting him because he was so sick. I don't think he ever truly got over his early malnourishment, because he always eats like he's starving and will never get another meal. But he sure has come around since those early days, and he is happy and healthy now. Healthy in a pork chop kind of way. Happy Birthday, Rylie! (Yes, he got some extra treats for his birthday.)

My friend Nancy and I met in Davis for lunch, this week. We went to Pluto's Fresh Food for a Hungry Universe. Is that a great name for a restaurant, or what? They have good sandwiches and salads, and outdoor seating for nice days, which it was. It was good to see Nancy.

I also went to Katrina's Cafe in Auburn for breakfast recently, and boy was that good! If you go, be warned -- they give you a ton of food. I got enough for three meals. Thanks to Mary for the recommendation!

Rylie's Notes:

I believe it is customary on birthdays for one to receive a birthday cake, and maybe even some ice cream. Where's my cake and ice cream?

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Girls Weekend


Cammie drove the 100 miles to Auburn last weekend and we had a girls' weekend. We got pedicures, grilled steaks, watched a chick flick, and drove to Placerville and Folsom to wander around their historic downtown areas. We also had some really nice mother-daughter chats. I was really happy that she came up. She brought her dog, Laila, so Rylie had some company while we were out gallivanting around.

Pretty Pedicures - Cammie in Red, Me in Pink

I got a new grill recently, and I'm quite pleased with it. It's a Coleman Road Trip, and can be used on either a table top or the stand that came with it. It has a grill on one side and a griddle on the other, but the best part is the clean-up. It has a drip pan below that you fill with water, and so the clean-up is very easy. Now I just have to figure out where I'm going to stow it while I'm traveling. It's bigger than I thought it would be.

Rylie's Notes:

It was a good weekend. The Junior Staff came to visit with the Little Squirt, and I even got a little piece of beef out of the deal. Now THAT is a good weekend.

Friday, June 05, 2009

National Donut Day

I don't eat donuts very often, but I did have one today. It's National Donut Day! What better excuse to gorge on a sugar and fat-laden delight? I went all out, and had one of those custard-filled thingies with the chocolate icing. Yum! There's nothing like having desert for breakfast.

Did you all have your donut today?

Rylie's Notes:

No! I did not have my donut today. Where is it, huh?

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

Yes, that most taboo of lines in the writing world, but it certainly applies to Auburn tonight. It's unusual to have such a big storm at this time of year in this part of California, but we are having a full-fledged thunder and lightning storm this evening. It's raining cats and dogs, the wind is blowing, the thunder is drumming, and the lightning is brightening up the nighttime sky like fireworks on the Fourth of July. I enjoy a good thunder and lightning storm now and then, but they make Rylie nervous.

I took a day off the other day and did some exploring of the area. I drove to Folsom Lake, up the American River Canyon, and spent a little time along the North Fork of the river. I also drove to Lake Clementine, and across the Foresthill Bridge. This bridge is the third highest bridge in the United States, and the highest in California. The day was overcast, so the photos aren't as pretty as they could have been.

Breakfast is my favorite meal, and I'm always in search of a good restaurant for breakfast. So far my favorite restaurant in Auburn in Awful Annie's, which is a great breakfast and lunch place. It's the simple kind of Mom and Pop place with good food that I enjoy. They also serve dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, but I haven't tried that yet. I have also been to the Alehouse, which is the oldest operating bar in California. It has certainly been prettied up, but is apparently in the same old building.

Deer in Auburn

Foresthill Bridge

North Fork of the American River

American River

Rylie's Notes:

Raining cats and dogs? Raining a herd of elephants, is more like it. At least that's what it sounded like. Luckily it didn't last long.