Heidi (in front) - The Staff to Rylie

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


I find it interesting that when Life wants us to learn a lesson, it keeps throwing situations our way to help us get it. You know how things always happen in bunches? Well, it has recently come to my attention that I needed to learn how to forgive. I thought I had this lesson down, but then a few more darts were thrown in my direction, causing my faith and trust in humankind to become a bit wobbly.

I have always felt that forgiveness is for the forgiver, not the ones needing to be forgiven. Whether it's a relationship, a friend, or a family member who has disappointed us or let us down, holding on to hurt, anger or resentment just keeps us from experiencing the joy in life that is waiting patiently for us to claim it. After some sleepless nights, exhausted days, and my mind spinning around aimlessly like the Tasmanian devil, I decided to free myself of this useless weight. As often happens, I also received some messages in dreams and random emails forwarded by friends, reminding me of the importance of forgiveness. One was a Life's Lessons email that said, "Forgive everyone everything." I felt the emotion pour out of me as I let go of the hurt and anger I had wrapped myself in. So, today I forgive everyone everything. I am free. Yippee!

In other news, today I am getting the brakes replaced on the car. All of the canyon driving I have been doing caused some serious noises to be coming out of those guys. I'm sure if I gave it some thought, I could come up with an interesting correlation between the brakes and my life experience.

Now for some fun: Amy is here! She came to Folsom for a business trip, and it is so good to see her. We have been having some fun, and I'll see her again tonight. It has been nice having so many visitors here. I had been planning to leave here August 1st for Minnesota, but my work won't be done by then so I'll need a few more days. I'm really looking forward to a vacation. Double yippee!!

Rylie's Notes:

Dogs know all about forgiveness. I forgive The Staff every time she leaves me bored and alone inside this tin can when I would rather be outside eating grass. I forgive her every time I ask for a treat and she ignores me. I forgive her when she gives me a bath, and I forgive her when she takes me to the vet. And that last one is a biggie.

Sunday, July 26, 2009


Belly Dancer

Last night I had a really enjoyable dinner at a Moroccan restaurant in Sacramento called Marrakech. The ambiance and decor really made me feel like I could have stepped into a tent in Morocco. All of the food was eaten with fingers -- no eating utensils here. They wash your hands a couple of times, and provide a towel to be used as a napkin. The five course meal was made even more enjoyable by the entertainment provided by the belly dancer.

Saber Dance

Even the waiters had cute uniforms. After dinner, the waiter sprinkled our hands with a wonderfully fragrant rose water, and then I had the most delicious mint tea. Normally I'm not a huge fan of mint tea, but this one was spicy too, and it was the best mint tea I've ever had.

Rylie's Notes:

While The Staff was off traipsing around Sacramento, I had some fun with the golden retrievers around the corner. Brody, Sophie, Hannah and Morgan have a new puppy in their family. The puppy has just learned to bark, and will bark at anything if someone gets him going. Unfortunately for him, he hasn't learned when to stop. So one of us would pretend we saw someone and stark barking, and the poor pup would start barking frantically like a pack of coyotes had just moved in. The retrievers' staff, Janice, would come out and yell at the puppy, who of course was the only one barking at that point. We could play this game until the cows come home and he still hasn't figured it out. heeheehee. Okay, maybe I'm a little bored.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Dangerous Discovery

I was on my way home from working in Rocklin yesterday when I made a dangerous discovery. The brightly striped awnings on the store front cheerfully beckoned me inside, giving no hint of the den of danger within. The sign out front said "The Icing on the Cupcake."

Now, I have never been to a cupcake specialty store, and I had no idea what I was in for. I approached the glass cases containing row upon row of beautifully decorated delights with names like Caramel Apple, Snickerdoodle, and Raspberry Bliss. I might have been drooling as I ogled these fancy treats and tried to make up my mind which one I would take home with me.

They were offering free samples of the Chai cupcake, which tasted like a spice cake -- yummy! I was craving chocolate, so I finally decided on the vanilla cupcake with chocolate buttercream frosting. The woman wrapped it up in the cutest little box, charged me an arm and a leg (actually, it was only $2.75), and then I was on my way. The cupcake never made it home, however. I had to taste it immediately. I pulled it out of its cute little nest and took a bite -- HEAVENLY. Well worth the $2.75, although I know I could probably bake an entire cake for that price. It's the best cupcake I've ever had. The best part was that I felt like I really gave myself a wonderful treat. I can't stop thinking about it. It's a good thing this store is not in Auburn, or I might be parked outside waiting for the doors to open for business.

Now I need to get on my soap box. I stopped at Target on my way home, when the temperature was 100 degrees, or maybe more. When I came out of the store, I saw that someone had just rescued a small dog that had been left in a car parked in full sun. I had not seen the dog, or I would have rescued it myself. Luckily, the windows were rolled down far enough to get the small dog out the window, which is what a Good Samaritan did. The dog was so grateful to be rescued from the hot car, and was wagging its tail and kissing the guy like crazy. I get so upset when I see this. Don't people know that dogs can soon die if left in cars on hot days, even if the windows are cracked? Nothing makes my blood boil faster than seeing an animal abused like this. That person does not deserve to have a dog. People, do not leave your dog in a hot car!

Rylie and I have not been having our usual hour walk in the morning, because it's just too hot. I would go for it, but he is clearly not interested in walking in this kind of heat. Usually it cools off quite a bit in the evening, but not this week. I'm having a really hard time working in the heat.

Rylie's Notes:

I'd like to get a hold of the staff of that dog left in the car. I would dress them in a fur coat and leave them in a hot car for at least a half hour with no water, and see how they like it.

Monday, July 13, 2009


On Saturday I was working, and I had just sold a photo to a customer and was driving down their driveway when I started seeing drops on the windshield. I assumed I had driven through a sprinkler, as I often do, because I know it doesn't rain in July. But it did! It wasn't much of a rain, but still, it was a surprise, and a nice one. The triple digit temperatures return this week. Bleh.

I love all of the baby animals I've been seeing lately. There are the ducks and geese with their little ones on the lake, and the turkey chicks here and there. I was driving down a long, dirt driveway the other day and had to slow down to let a turkey waddle across in front of me. I almost didn't see her chicks scurrying after her, because they were so tiny. I almost ran them over, but luckily I saw them in time. I've also seen some fawns. There was a brand new colt that couldn't have been more than a day or two old, and it was a beauty.

On Saturday I went out for pizza at Old Town Pizza in Auburn. It's nothing fancy (think Chinette, not china), but the pizza was pretty fair. I see that my grill needs to be cleaned again. I could have sworn that I cleaned that after I used it last time, but apparently not. I must be losing it.

Rylie's Notes:

Since The Staff did not invite me to go out for pizza, I decided to have Sophie, Dusty and Morgan over for a barbecue. I barely had time to scarf down the last burger and send the others home before The Staff came home. And she thought I was sleeping the whole time. heeheehee

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Dozens of Dragonflies

Every morning Rylie and I walk along a little lake -- a reservoir, actually -- that has a canal feeding out of it. Lately we have been seeing dozens of dragonflies hanging around, and they fly along with us for a spell. I don't know what it is that I like so much about dragonflies. Maybe it's that they seem like the fairies of the insect world. There are tons of berry bushes along our route, so I picked a few this morning.

Tonight I saw a deer and spotted fawn, but they were gone before I could even think about getting my camera out. I saw a lot of deer when I was working in Auburn, but not many in my current work area, which is Penryn and Loomis.

Now my main light inside the motorhome isn't working. I thought that the fluorescent bulbs had just burned out, but when I replaced them with bulbs that work in another light fixture, they don't work. Annoying! There are two switches for this light, one on the wall and one on the light fixture, so I guess I'll have to see if there is something wrong with the switch. An electrician I am not, and I prefer to leave that kind of work to the experts.

I still haven't gotten my car back from the fender pounders. I wouldn't mind, except that the rental car gives me a shock every time I get out of it and close the door, which I do many, many times per day. It also has poor visibility when backing up, and I am constantly backing out of tight spaces. I like to listen to National Public Radio when I'm working, and I can't seem to get that station in very well with the rental. I'll be happy to get my own car back, even if it is much older and has goat hoof marks all over it.

The weather has cooled down a bit to the 80's, which makes me happy.

Rylie's Notes:

I could fix that light. How many Border collies does it take to change a light bulb? One. And while he's at it, he'll re-wire the entire house.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy Independence!

I had a really nice Independence Day. I did a little bit of work in the morning, then met up with a friend for some nice conversation, and then attended a barbeque. I played bocce ball for the first time, and I did pretty darn well, if I do say so myself. The score-keeping was pretty loosey-goosey, but I think I was in second place -- or maybe first. I made a point to be home with Rylie for fireworks time, since he gets so scared.

I really appreciate the freedom, flexibility and independence that I have had in the past three years. Can you believe it -- I have been traveling in my motorhome for three years next month! I can't believe how fast the time has gone. I have met some really nice and interesting people and had some really wonderful experiences. I highly recommend stepping off that hamster wheel.

Rylie's Notes:

The Staff made a trip to PetsMart, so we are now fully stocked with chicken strips, liver treats, and Gooberlicious kong-stuffers. She is back in my good graces, and all is well in my world.