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The floors before being scrapped                                 The floors after being scrapped

LOCATION:  Belton, Texas    SITE:  Our New House                                                                                                       DATE: 01/01/2014 - 01/02/2014    DISTANCE:  15 miles

Wednesday January 1, 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! We had a super year in 2013. We have been living in our Minnie for over six months and we haven't killed each other. Our new house is coming along very well. The house has been framed, sheet rocked, wired for electricity and Internet and plumbed with the underground plumbing. The finished carpenters have framed the pantry, closets, doors and put crown molding in the living room and hallway. They also put the base boards on the walls in the garage. They're not going to put the rest on until after the flooring is done. The bricklayers are almost finished bricking and rocking the house. The walls are textured and waiting for the painters.

Today we woke up at 6:45. Dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. Afterwards he got dressed and started to surf the Internet. Mom decided to get up at 7:00. When she got up I was grooming and dad was on the computer. Mom got dressed and straightened up the Minnie. When she finished she made maple and brown sugar oatmeal for dad and her breakfast. Along with the oatmeal they had chocolate almond milk. After everyone was finished eating we went on our morning walk around the property. When we got back we decided we would go to our new house and scrap the floors. We weren't in any hurry because it was cold and it's New Year. On the way to the house we stopped by The Home Depot and picked up a few things. We got to The Home Depot at 8:50 and it didn't open until 9:00 so mom and dad walked over to Target to do a little shopping. The picked up soup, chili and a mop. They picked up a mop because after scrapping the floor they were going to mop it. By the time they finished doing a little shopping they dropped the bags off at the truck and then they went to The Home Depot. While in The Home Depot they bought a big scrapper. After buying the scrapper we went to the storage center to pick up a few tools to do our project. We arrived at the house about 9:45. We were the only ones there we weren't surprise because we didn't expect to see anyone. The project today at the house was to scrap the texture and sheet rock off the floor. We didn't have to do this because the flooring people would bring a sander in and clean the floor before putting the flooring down. But mom and dad are going to put the flooring in the bedrooms and they wanted the floors to be clean. Dad was afraid that the flooring people wouldn't clean the floor as well as mom and he would. While mom and dad scrapped the floors I stayed in the truck that way mom wouldn't worry about where I was. She did occasionally let me out so I could stretch my legs. We were at the house for an hour when three workers showed up to work on the doors. Mom let me out of the truck to say hello to them. They weren't there too long. After they left we were by ourselves. Mom and dad worked very hard on the floors. They took turns scrapping with the big scrapper and the little scrapper. They used the smaller scrapper when they had to get close to the wall. The only time mom and dad took a break was when we went for lunch. We went to Subway and mom and dad shared a foot long Italian BMT and I stayed in the truck. On the way back to the house we stopped by The Home Depot to buy another blade for the big scrapper and to buy another small scrapper. I didn't go hungry while we were at the house because mom had brought some chips with us so when they snacked on them mom would give me a little. We worked on the floor until 4:00. Mom and dad finished scrapping the whole house and filled up a five gallon bucket five times with sheet rock dust and texture dust. It was a messy job but it makes a big difference. On the way home we drove by some homes going up just to look at them. We got back to the Minnie about 4:45. Mom decided to do a little laundry. Dad and mom have been working with sheet rock dust all day she decided to wash their clothes and wash some of my towels. Mom put one load in the washing machine. When she was coming back she said hi to Betty and my new friend Baby Boy. She asked Baby Boy if he wanted me to come out and play. He started to whine for me so mom got me to go outside and play with him. We didn't play too long because it was time for dinner. Mom heated up leftover sausage patties from yesterday for dad and her dinner. She fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom went over to put another load of clothes in the washer and put the first load in the dryer. When she got back to dad and me she baked some Snickledoodle cookies for dessert. We had a very busy day so for the rest of the night we relaxed. Now we're all tired so I'll say good night.

Thursday January 2, 2014

We woke up our normal time and it was cold so we took our time getting ready to do anything. Dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. Then he got dressed. When he finished getting dressed mom decided she would get up. Mom said hi to dad and me and then we straightened up the Minnie. When she finished she made cinnamon and spice oatmeal for dad and her breakfast and a long with the oatmeal they had almond milk. After everyone was fed mom did dishes and then we all went for a walk around the property. During our walk it was cold and windy and dad got chilled. By the time we got back to the Minnie dad teeth were chattering so he went inside to warm up. I wasn't in any hurry because I enjoy the cold so mom waited for me. I don't like to be left outside alone so when mom and I got back to the Minnie we went inside. About 9:00 I started to pester mom and dad about going someplace. They told me we weren't going anywhere until after lunch because it was too cold. While hang around the Minnie mom played Angry Birds, dad surfed the Internet and I pestered mom and dad. For lunch mom cooked up some Spicy Vegetable Chili soup for dad and herself and she gave me a snack. After lunch we went to the new house. When we got there we were surprised that the bricklayers and painters were there working. The bricklayers were working on the back porch. The painters were caulking around the windows, shelves, corners of the wall and ceiling and around the baseboards in the garage. The painters were also taping around the windows. While we were at the house mom let me out of the truck to say hi and then she put me back inside because she didn't want to worry about me. Dad worked on a couple of little projects. He fixed a metal plate in the master bathroom and put the alarmed magnet in the doors. When dad finished his projects they watched the painters do their prep work. The guy putting the caulk on the ceiling edge and the upper part on the walls he used a pair of stilts to reach the areas. It was amazing to see easy he made it look. He walked all over the place on them. While watching the painting crew working their boss came by and told dad that they were going to paint today. Dad was surprise to hear this because he thought it was too cold. We were at the house for a few hours. I didn't mind being in the truck because I slept and watched people walking around. When we got back to the Minnie it was dinnertime. For dinner mom made baked potatoes for dad and her dinner and she fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom did the dishes. Afterwards she walked around the Minnie and pickup my droppings. I was invited to go with her but I decided to stay inside. When she finished and came back then I decided to go outside. Mom stayed outside with me. When we got back inside we called it a night.




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    Dad and Jerry inspecting the kitchen cabinets                 Cabinets installers measuring for final trimming



The finished cabinets with Provincial stain on them
 

LOCATION:  Killeen, Texas    SITE:  Killeen Marble                                                                                                         DATE: 01/03/2014    DISTANCE:  35 miles

Friday January 3, 2014

Today dad crawled out of bed at 6:45 and fed me my breakfast. Then dad got dressed. When I finished my breakfast dad let me out so I could take care of business. Mom decided to sleep in until 7:15 because it was cold. When mom finally crawled out of bed she said good morning to dad and me and then she straightened up the Minnie. Afterwards mom made apple and cinnamon oatmeal for dad and her breakfast. While she was making the oatmeal I slept on her dinnet seat and dad surfed the Internet. When the oatmeal was ready mom served it to dad with chocolate almond milk. After everyone was finished eating mom did the dishes. When she finished doing dishes mom took me for my morning walk and dad stayed in the Minnie to surf the Internet because he thought it was too cold to leave. When we got back from our walk we relaxed in the Minnie. Mom played Angry Birds and did a little reading. Dad surfed the Internet on different colors of stain for the cabinets. I slept for a little while and then started to pester mom and dad about 9:00. Mom and dad told me that we weren't going anywhere until after lunch because it was too cold to go anywhere. The temperature was in the high 20s but the wind had gone down from yesterday. About 9:30 Jerry called dad and told him that The Knot Hole was installing our cabinets. So we decided to go to the house and watch the crew install the cabinets. When we got there Jerry, the painters, the bricklayers and the cabinets installers were there. Mom let me out of the truck to say hi and then she put me back in the truck because there were too many people there. The cabinet installing process was interesting because The Knot Hole doesn't stain their cabinets the painters do. The cabinet crew assembles the cabinets and hangs them. Our cabinets are red oak. The crew had the doors and cabinets already made before coming out to the house. After they hung the cabinets they cut the trim to fit. Our cabinets came out super. While there mom and dad talked to the painter about staining the cabinets. We were going to have black cabinets but when the painter showed us the black stain on the red oak it was more of a gray and not black so we weren't sure about the color. The painter also had a sample of a dark brown. Mom and dad decided to go with the brown because they liked the color a lot better than the black. The painters painted the walls in the house yesterday and today they're working on painting the eaves and trim outside. They're also are planning to stain the cabinets. The bricklayers were working on the pillars on the porch and finishing up the rock and the brick on the house. They said they were going to be finished today. As the cabinet guys were packing up to leave mom let me out of the truck to say good-bye. Earlier they were busy working so they didn't say hi but this time they were happy to see me and paid attention to me. While they were paying attention to me they visited with mom and dad. Both guys were very friendly. After they left mom put me back into the truck so I wouldn't pester the other guys. We were there for a few hours. As we were leaving the bricklayers were still working on the front of the house and the painters were painting the eaves. Killeen Marble Company called dad to discuss what he wanted. Dad told Shanna that he would like to put granite in the master bath instead of marble. She said that wasn't a problem and they talked about changing out the sinks. Shanna was trying to explain what the sinks looked like but dad couldn't picture what they looked like. So we went to Killeen to look at the sinks and to finalize the marble. After leaving Killeen Marble Company we stopped by Taco Bell for lunch. Mom and dad had a soft taco and a Grilled Stuft Nacho. They shared a brownie sandwich for dessert. After they had lunch we went back to the Minnie. By the time we got back to the Minnie it was after 3:00. So we went inside and relaxed until dinnertime. Mom made dad and herself a ham and pepperoni sandwich for their dinner and dad fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom took me for a walk. When we got back we went inside and called it a night. Mom and dad didn't go to the gym today so mom did her own hour workout in the Minnie. We had an exciting day and now it's time to say good night.



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Bricking and rocking the front entrance                     Working on the pillars on the back porch
  

LOCATION:  Belton, Texas    SITE:  Our New House                                                                                                        DATE: 01/04/2014 - 01/06/2014    DISTANCE:  15 miles

Saturday January 4, 2014

Today we woke up at 7:00. Dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. After dad fed me he got dressed. When I finished eating dad let me out and then he sat down to surf the Internet. Mom was tired so she stayed in bed until 7:30. When mom crawled out of bed I was on her seat watching her. She got dressed and straightened up the Minnie. Then she made maple and brown sugar oatmeal for dad and her breakfast. After everyone was fed mom did the dishes and then we all went for our morning walk. When we finished our walk we went back inside the Minnie. Mom and dad decided they would do a little shopping today because tomorrow it's suppose to be cold and windy. Once we were inside the Minnie we got ready to leave. Mom and dad were going to go to the new house after they shopped so I went with them. I'm getting low on food and when we were leaving Austin we stopped by Costco and bought me a couple of bags of food. Now that we're in Belton/Temple area there is no Costco so dad did a little research on dog food sold at Tractor Supply Co. He found a brand of food that sounds good for me so I'm going to try it out. It's called 4Health Chicken and Rice for Adult Dogs. While mom and dad were buying the food they decided to walk around the store and see what else it has to offer. When they got back to me our next stop was Walmart because when they went shopping the other day mom forgot a couple of things. On the way to Walmart we stopped at Shipley Do-nuts and got a couple of cinnamon rolls. After mom and dad picked up things at Walmart we went to McCoy to return some brackets we didn't use and then we stopped at The Home Depot to return a couple of things we didn't need. After leaving The Home Depot we stopped at the storage center to put my food in a container and to put a few things away. We store the extra dog food at the storage center because there is a lot less moister in the storage unit then in the shed at Scott's. When we left the storage center we went to the new house. We got there about 10:00 and mom let me out of the truck to say hi to the workers. I wasn't out too long because dad was worried about the stain and paint. Yesterday the painters had painted the eaves and prepped.to stain the cabinets. When we had arrived the painters had already painted the base boards and stained the cabinets. They were now sanding the cabinets so they could put on the clear coat on them. The stain came out perfect. They were also prepping so they could paint the trim around the doors. The bricklayers were working on finishing up the front of the house because the rest of the house is finished. They were working on the rock and then they were going to work on the arch entrance. They asked if we wanted the entrance in brick or rock. We decided to do it in brick. We were at the new house for an hour and a half and then we went to get our mail. When we got home it was time for lunch so mom made Chicken and Dumplings soup for dad and her lunch. She gave me a snack for my lunch. After lunch mom and dad went to the gym for a couple of hours. They went to the gym today because they don't plan to leave the Minnie tomorrow because it's suppose to be cold. On the way home from the gym they stopped by Lowe's to looking at lights for the house and mirrors and medicine cabinets for the second bath. By the time they got back to me it was 4:00. I was happy to see them so I met them at the back door. After saying our hellos we relaxed until it was time for dinner. Then mom made baked potatoes for dad and her dinner. For my dinner mom mixed my new food with my old food. It didn't matter to me because they both looked like the same food. The nuggets were the same size and they were the same color. My dinner was delicious. After dinner mom took me for a walk around the property. When we were walking by Larry's apartment he came out and visited with mom. While they were visiting I laid down and waited patiently. When they finished visiting we went back to dad. Once inside we called it a night. We had a very relaxing day and now it's time to say good night.




Entrance Arch

Sunday January 5, 2014

Today we didn't wake up until 7:15 because it was cold. Dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. Afterwards he got dressed. As he was finishing up getting dressed mom crawled out of bed. Mom got dressed and made apple and cinnamon oatmeal for dad and her breakfast. While mom was making the oatmeal dad surfed the Internet and I groomed. After everyone was fed mom did dishes and let me out to take care of business. When I got back inside mom was putting a cooler together. When she finished we all went on our morning walk around the property. When we got back mom read a little, dad surfed the Internet and I groomed. About 9:00 dad asked mom if she wanted to go to the new house. She was surprised because it was cold and we were going to stay at the Minnie today but she agreed to go. Mom looked at the clock and said hey we're going to the house before Flo had a chance to pester us. She asked if I wanted to go or stay here. Mom are you crazy I'm going with you and dad. On the way to the house we stopped by The Home Depot so mom and dad could look at lights. Afterwards we went to the house. When we arrived the bricklayers were there. They were finishing up on the entrance arch. We were there for about an hour. When the bricklayers were finished they cleaned up. They scrapped and swept the back porch and packed up all their equipment. When they finished cleaning it was spotless. They did an excellent job. As mom and dad walked around and checked everything out. By the time we got back to the Minnie it was lunchtime so mom made soup for dad and herself. She gave me a snack. After lunch I went outside and sunned. Even though it was cold and windy I still enjoyed the sun. We hung around the Minnie all afternoon. Mom read and made baked Ziti. Dad surfed the Internet and I slept and sunned. About 4:00 dad decided to go back to the house to turn off the water. It's suppose to be down in the teens or low 20s and dad did want any problems to happen. On the way to the house we stopped by The Home Depot to pick up some faucet covers. When we got to the house dad turned off the water to the house. Then mom and dad went around the house and put on the covers and drained the water out of the faucets. When we got back home mom heated up some of the Ziti for dad and her dinner. Mom gave me my food for dinner. After dinner mom baked Snickledoodle cookies for dessert. Mom tried to get me to go outside but I didn't need to so she gave up. We had a very relaxing day and stayed inside most of the day to keep warm. Now it's time to say good night. Have fun!!!

Monday January 6, 2014

Today we woke up at 7:00 and it in the teens so mom decided to stay in bed. Dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. Afterwards he got dressed and surfed the Internet. After I finished my breakfast I groomed and then I went to the door to go out. So dad let me out. When I finished taking care of business dad let me in. Once I was inside I went to mom's seat and watched her sleep. She finally got out of bed at 7:45. She said hi to dad and me and then she straightened up the Minnie. When she finished she made maple and brown sugar oatmeal for dad and her breakfast. After everyone was fed mom did the dishes and put a cooler together. When she finished doing these things she took me for a walk around the property. Dad stayed back at the Minnie because he said it was too cold. Mom and I weren't out too long because it was real cold and mom wanted to go inside. I went inside with her because I didn't want to be outside alone. Mom had told dad that the water was low in our tank. So he went outside to fill the tank but he couldn't because the the water was frozen. Dad came back inside and told mom that he would wait until later when the water would thaw out. We stayed around the Minnie all morning because it was too cold to do anything. Mom read a book, dad surfed the Internet and I slept and went outside a couple of times. When lunchtime came around mom made soup for dad and her self and fed me a little snack. After lunch mom and dad went to the new house because they had an appointment with a gentleman from House of Floors. They didn't take me with them because they were going to the gym after their meeting. When they were leaving mom gave me a snack and said good-bye. After I finished my snack I went to mom's seat in the front and watched them drive away. They were gone a few hours. When they got to the house the painters were touching up the paint. The flooring guy showed up a few minutes later. Mom stayed in the car while dad talked with guy. He told the guy that mom and he would do the bedrooms so he didn't have to measure anything in those rooms. Mom and dad were at the house for about a half hour and then they left. On the way home they stopped by the gym. Mom worked out on the treadmill, did a little Yoga and soaked in the hot tub. Dad soaked in the hot tub for awhile and then he read a book while he waited for mom to finish her workout. They got back to me about 4:00 and I was happy to see them. After we said our hellos I went outside with dad because the water was thawed out. Dad had to change out the hose because the water in the hose was still frozen. After changed out the hose he filled up the tank. While we were outside Holly came over to say hi. When dad finished filling the tank we went inside. We were relaxing and Casandra came over to see if we had water. Dad told her yes we did. She said Scott and her were working on Greg's water because he didn't have any. Dad told her the reason he probably didn't have water is because the water in the hose frozed up. He also explained that we had water because we don't hook up to the water spicket when it's cold outside. We use the water out of the tank. She thanked dad and went to tell Scott we were ok. About 5:00 mom made a sandwich for dad and her to share because they're going to Eddy tonight to square dance and they serve food there. Mom fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom heated up the bake Ziti that she was taking with them to Eddy. Afterwards dad and mom got ready to go square dancing. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack and said they would see me later. After I finished my snack I watched them drive away. They didn't get back until 10:00. I greeted them at the door and then mom took me for a little walk. When we got back we called it a night.

LOCATION:  Belton, Texas    SITE:  Our New House                                                                                                        DATE: 01/07/2014 - 01/8/2014    DISTANCE:  15 miles

Tuesday January 7, 2014

Once again we had a very cold night. It got down in the teens. We woke up about 7:00 and dad crawled out of bed. He fed me and then he got dressed. Mom said she was going to stay in bed because her allergies were acting up and she wasn't feeling well. That was ok with dad and me. I groomed, went outside to take care of business and slept on mom's dinnet seat. Dad surfed the Internet. At 8:00 mom crawled out of bed and made cinnamon and spice oatmeal for dad and her breakfast. As she was making the oatmeal she told dad that she was going to go back to bed after breakfast. But after everyone was fed mom did dishes and put a cooler together. Afterwards we all went for a walk around the property. She thought maybe if she walked around she would feel better.By the time we got back she still wasn't feeling good so she went back to bed. She stayed in bed until about 10:30. She was feeling a little better. We decided we were just going to hung around the Minnie today. When it was time for lunch mom made soup for dad and herself and gave me a snack. About 1:00 Jerry called dad and told him that Diamond was at the house removing the rest of the down trees and brush piles. After dad hung up the phone we got ready to go to the house. Today I went with mom and dad because they weren't going to the gym. When we got to the house Diamond was working on removing the brush pile and spreading some dirt to level out around the house a little. I stayed in the car while mom and dad talked to Diamond for little while. Mom was cold so she came back to the car to keep warm. Dad was talking to Diamond about the pad in the back and what he needed done. After he finished talking to Diamond dad came and got mom so they could measure the shower in the master bathroom to make sure that the marble seat would fit in it. When they finished we left the house. On the way home we stopped by Lowe's so mom and dad could look at lights. It's getting real close for lights to be installed so mom and dad need to make up their minds on what lights they want and to buy them. When they got back to me we went to the Minnie. We got back to the Minnie to early for mom to make dinner so we relaxed. Mom read a book, dad surfed the Internet and I sunned a little and slept. When it was time for dinner mom heated up some bake Ziti for dad and her dinner. She fed me my food. After dinner mom and I went for a walk to the dumpster to get rid of our trash. When we got back mom and dad got ready to go to square dancing lessons. Dale and Pam had been in Germany for a few weeks so they haven't had lessons here. Now that they're back the lessons are resuming. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack and said good-bye. She said they would be back earlier than last night because they're not going as far. After I finished my snack I went to mom's seat in the front and watched them drive away. They were gone a few hours. They were back home to me about 9:00. The square dancing lesson today was mainly a review of things they learned last class. The new steps they learned today they had learned last night at Eddy. They go to Eddy on Mondays because they wanted to get more practice. When they got home we said our hellos and then we called it a night. We had a very nice day. I hope mom feels better tomorrow. Now it's time to say good night.


   

Mom's new Lazy Susan                                                Our new cabinets

Wednesday January 8, 2013

Dad and I woke up at 7:00. Dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. As I was eating dad got dressed and mom stayed in bed. When dad finished getting dressed I was ready to go outside to take care of business. When I finished dad let me back inside. Then he surfed the Internet and I slept while waiting for mom. Mom finally decided to crawl out of bed at 8:45. She said good morning to dad and me and then she got dressed. After she got dressed she made apple and cinnamon oatmeal for dad and herself. When breakfast was finished mom did dishes and put a cooler together. It was drizzling and messy outside so we weren't in hurry to do anything. But after mom finished the dishes she took me for a walk around the property. Dad decided to stay home because it was way too nasty for him. We weren't gone too long because it was nasty. Once mom and I got back to dad we decided to stay inside and relax. Mom worked on some Sudoku, dad surfed the Internet and I slept and pestered mom and dad. Because we weren't going anyplace mom did laundry while she was working on her Sudoku. When lunchtime came around mom cooked up some soup for dad and her lunch and she gave me a little snack. I started to whine to go for a ride and mom and dad tryed to ignore me. They were doing a good job of it until Jerry called. He told them that Diamond was at the house moving dirt around and the finished carpenters had hung the doors we were waiting for. When dad got off the phone he was debating with himself about go to the house and check things out or staying home because it was still drizzling. I started to pester him again so he decided we would go for a ride to calm me down. So went to the house. When we got there no one was there but they had hung the doors and Diamond had moved some dirt around. Mom opened the door to get out when I jumped out of car before she had a chance to get out the door. She wasn't planning to let me out because it was muddy but I decided I needed to get out. Mom and dad walked around the house and found out that the doors were wrong. One door had the wrong frame on it. It had a frame for brick instead of sheetrock. The other door had a half window in it but there wasn't a blind in it and the threshold was wrong. It was a ADA threshold but we needed one where the tile could go under the lip. So dad called Jerry and told him. While dad was talking to Jerry mom and I went back to the car. Mom wiped my feet off and we waited for dad. We were at the house for about a half hour. When we got back to the Minnie dad told mom that the cabinet crew came back and did a little work. They brought the appliance garage, readjusted the medicine cabinet in the master bath and drilled the holes for the pulls. It was dinnertime so mom made a salad for dad and her dinner and she fed me my food. After dinner mom tried to take me out but it was still raining so I refused to go out. I didn't go out so we decided to call it a night. We had a very relaxing day and the rain is suppose to be here for a few days. I guess it's time to say good night. Have Fun!!!!    

LOCATION:  Temple, Texas    SITE:  Our Minnie                                                                                                            DATE: 01/09/2014    DISTANCE:  00 miles

Thursday January 9, 2014

Today dad and I woke up at 7:00. Dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. Afterwards he got dressed. When I finished my breakfast dad let me outside. When I finished barking at the neighbor dogs dad let me back inside. While we waited for mom to get up dad surfed the Internet and I slept on her seat. Mom finally got up at 8:00. I think mom is getting use to sleeping in. Mom got dressed and then she made oatmeal for dad and her breakfast. When everyone was fed mom did the dishes and put a cooler together. When she finished we all went for a walk around the property. When we were almost back to the Minnie dad noticed that mom forgot to get the paper yesterday so today there were two papers laying on the ground. So dad picked them both up. When we got back to the Minnie we went inside and relaxed a half hour and then mom and dad left. Dad had a dentist appointment at 11:00 and they wanted to go to the gym first so they left the house about 9:00. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack and told me they would be back in a few hours. They worked out for about an hour and then they went to the dentist. About a week ago when dad was eating a Heath Bar a piece of his tooth broke off  and he couldn't see the dentist until today. The dentist told dad that he couldn't fix the crown but he could file it down a little. After mom and dad left the dentist they stopped and had lunch at Joe Italian Cafe. This was the first time they were there. Dad ordered the Sampler and mom ordered the Bake Ziti. They ended up sharing the Sampler and bringing the Ziti home with them. Along with the dishes they had a bowl of soup and rolls. The food was delicious. After lunch dad got a hair cut and then they went grocery shopping. By the time they got back to me it was almost 2:30. I was excited to see them. After saying hi to them mom put the grocery away. For the rest of the day we stayed around the Minnie. Mom did her Sudoku, dad surfed the Internet and I slept. When dinnertime came around mom heated up the Ziti from lunch and gave me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom tried to get me to go out and I refused. A little later mom and dad watched a DVD and I slept. When the DVD was over I decided that I wanted to go for a walk so mom took me for one. When we got back we called it a night. We had a great day and now it's time to say good night. 




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Dale Smith calling at Allemande Hall                               Louis and Dorthy Round Dancing

LOCATION:  Waco, Texas    SITE:  Square Dancing Allemande Hall                                                                              DATE: 01/10/2014    DISTANCE:  50 miles

Friday January 10, 2014

Today dad and I woke up at our normal time, which was 7:00. Dad fed me my breakfast and then e got dressed. After I finished my breakfast I groomed and then I got up on mom's dinette seat. While dad was surfing the Internet and I sleeping on mom seat mom decided to get up. Mom what's wrong with you? Lately you've been sleeping in until 7:45. Mom crawled out of bed and got dressed. Afterwards she made breakfast for dad and her. Mom and dad have been eating Quaker Oats oatmeal lately and it has been a little mushy so dad really didn't want any more oatmeal for breakfast. Mom told him that she had one more package of HEB oatmeal left would that be ok. He said ok. Mom fixed dad cinnamon and spice oatmeal and a glass of chocolate almond milk for his breakfast. Mom fixed herself maple and brown sugar oatmeal and a glass of chocolate almond milk. After everyone was feed mom did dishes and then we all went on our morning walk around the property. When we got back to the Minnie we relaxed because it was still messy outside. Mom worked on her Sudoku, dad surfed the Internet and I slept. At lunchtime mom made Chicken and Dumplings soup for dad and her lunch. She gave me a little snack. After lunch we hung around the Minnie and relaxed. Mom did some more Sudoku, dad finished reading his book and I slept. About 2:00 Jerry called and asked dad if he could meet with us because he wanted to pay his subs. Mom and dad had written out a few checks and was waiting for Jerry to call so they could give him the checks. After dad got off the phone with Jerry we loaded up into the truck and went to meet him. We went to the location that they decided on and waited. We waited for a few minutes when Jerry called and asked us where we were. Dad told him and Jerry said he was at the new house. So dad and Jerry decided that they would meet at another home Jerry had built to discuss the door thresholds. Dad and Jerry decided that the threshold that was at this house could be used in our house. After meeting with Jerry we went back to the Minnie. We spent the rest of the afternoon at the Minnie. For dinner mom and dad had a salad and I had my food. After dinner mom and dad got ready to go to Waco for a square dance at Allemande Hall. This hall was built just for square dancing and is fully paid for. As they were leaving to go the dance mom gave me a snack. When I finished my snack I went to the front seat and watched them drive away. Mom and dad had a fantastic time. They danced most of dances. There were five different local callers and people from all over the state. The dance started out with Round Dancing at 7:00. At 7:30 Square Dancing started. The first two sets of square dancing were Mainstreams so mom and dad danced them. The third set was Plus and mom and dad aren't ready to dance Plus dances yet. The last set was Mainstream so mom and dad danced that one. In between the square dancing sets they had round dancing sets. They met a lot of people and found out they can dance keep up with the other square dancers. There were a few people they knew already because they were Angels for their classes. The people they already knew were Louis, Dorthy, Belinda, Pam and Dale. Dale is the person teaching them and Pam is his wife. By the time they got back home to me it was after 10 and I was very happy to see them. After I said hi to them mom took me for a walk. When we got back we called it a day. We had a super day and now I'll say good night.




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LOCATION:  Temple, Texas    SITE:  Bell County Exposition Center                                                                               DATE: 01/11/2014    DISTANCE: 15 miles

Saturday January 11, 2014

Today dad and I got up at 7:00. Dad fed me my breakfast and then got dressed. After I ate I went on mom's seat to wait for her to get up and dad surfed the Internet. Mom finally got up at 8:15 and good morning to dad and me. This was the latest that I remember that mom has gotten up at. Mom must of been real tired. After she got dressed she made toast for dad's breakfast and she made maple and brown sugar oatmeal for her breakfast. When everyone had breakfast mom did the dishes and then we went for a walk around the property. When we got back to the Minnie we went inside and relaxed. Mom did her Sudoku, dad surfed the Internet and I slept. About 9:30 mom and dad decided to go to the Boat Show at the Bell Exposition Center. As they were leaving mom gave me a treat. When I finished my snack I went to the front and watched them drive a way. They were gone about a couple of hours. When they got home I was happy to see them so I met them at the door. After we said our hellos mom and I went outside. When we walked outside Holly came over to say hi. While she was saying hi to me mom visited with Casandra and Scott. Casandra had very exciting news. Scott and she are getting married in March. Congratulation Scott and Casandra. After our visit we went inside and mom heated up some baked Ziti for dad and her lunch. She gave me a snack for my lunch. After lunch I went outside and enjoyed the beautiful day and sun. Mom swept out the Minnie while I sunned. Afterwards we both went inside and relaxed. Mom did some Sudoku, dad surfed the Internet and I slept. About 3:00 mom and dad decided that we were going to the new house because they needed to do a couple of things. I went along with them. We were at the new house a couple of hours. I spent most of the time in the truck sleeping. Mom and dad wired the two garage doors to the house for the alarm system, they found one of the low voltage boxes that was covered by sheetrock and they started to clean one of the bedrooms floors. As mom and dad were cleaning up a neighbor came by with her two dogs to visit. I stayed in the truck because one of her dogs didn't get along with other dogs. When we got back to the Minnie it was time for dinner. Mom heated up some Ziti for dad and her dinner and mom fed me my food. After dinner we hung around the Minnie. We had a very relaxing day and now it's time for me to go to bed. Good Night.

LOCATION:  Belton, Texas    SITE:  Our New House                                                                                                        DATE:  01/12/2014    DISTANCE: 15 miles

Sunday January 12, 2014

Today dad and I woke up at our normal time of 6:45. Mom stayed in bed until 8:00. After dad crawled out of bed he fed me my breakfast and then he got dressed. When I finished eating I groomed and then I crawled on mom's seat. While dad was surfing the Internet and I was sleeping on mom's seat mom decided to get up. Mom said good morning to dad and me and then she got dressed. Afterwards she made breakfast for dad and herself. She made toast for dad's breakfast and she made apple and cinnamon oatmeal for her breakfast. After everyone was fed mom did dishes and put a cooler together. When she finished her chores we all went on our morning walk around the property. When we got back I started to pester mom and dad about going somewhere but they told me we weren't going anywhere until after lunch. While waiting for lunch to come around mom worked on her Sudoku, dad surfed the Internet and I pestered them and slept. Finally lunchtime came around and mom made soup for dad and her lunch. She gave me a snack for my lunch. When we finished lunch we hung around the Minnie for about an hour because mom and dad were waiting for the gym to open. The gym didn't open up until 12:00, they wanted to go to the gym and take a shower before going to the new house. On the way to the gym mom and dad decided they would go to the new house first before going to the gym. I went with mom and dad when they went to the house. When we got to the house dad let me out of the truck. I walked around and did a little exploring while mom and dad worked in the house. Mom swept out the house while dad worked on the alarm system, scrapped the floor and cleaned the low voltage boxes. Mom asked dad if he knew where I was and he said he didn't. So he started to look for me I was no way in sight. As he was looking for me and a couple from the neighborhood came by to say hi. Mom showed them the house and dad continued looking for me. I had wondered off towards the lake when a neighbor saw me and got a leash so she could take me back to mom and dad. Her name was Jackie. She told dad that everyone in the neighborhood look out for each other dogs because the street where our houses are on is very busy. Mom and dad both thanked her for bringing me back to them. When Jackie left mom put me in the truck so they wouldn't have to worry about me getting run over. I didn't mind because when I'm in the truck I can sleep on a soft seat. We were at the new house for an hour and a half. On the way back to the Minnie we drove by a couple of new home development. When we got back to the Minnie it was only 2:30 so mom and dad decided they would drop me off and go to the gym to workout. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack. When I finished my snack I went to the front and watched mom and dad drive away. They were gone a couple of hours. Mom workout on the treadmill and the weight machines. Dad soaked in the hot tub. When they got home I was sleeping on mom's seat but when they walked inside I got off the seat. We said our hellos and then mom barbecued some pork ribs for dad and her dinner. She fed me my food for my dinner and gave me a little bit of her pork rubs. After dinner mom baked some chocolate chip cookies and made some dirty rice with sausage. The dirty rice mom made was for tomorrow night when mom and dad go to Eddy for square dancing. After the rice was finished dad asked mom if he could sample it so she gave him some. For the rest of the night we stayed in the Minnie and relaxed. It was a beautiful day and now it's time to say good night.




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    Kitchen Sink                                                            Master Bath Sinks

LOCATION:  Eddy, Texas    SITE:  United Methodist Church                                                                                           DATE: 01/13/2014    DISTANCE:  20 miles

Monday January 13, 2014

Today dad and I woke up at 7:00. Dad fed me my breakfast and then he got dressed. At 8:00 mom decided to get up. Dad was surfing the Internet and I was sleeping on her seat. Mom said good morning to everyone and then she got dressed. Afterwards she made breakfast for dad and herself. She made toast for dad and oatmeal for herself. After everyone was fed mom did the dishes and then we all went for our morning walk around the property. When we got back to the Minnie we went inside and relaxed. About 9:30 we decided to go to the new house because Killeen Marble was going to have a crew at the house to install our granite and marble. When we got to our new house there were a couple of crews there. One crew of two guys were getting ready to install the kitchen sink and granite counters. Another crew of two guys were installing our marble in the second bath. Dad was glad he got there when he did because the boss was there and he could tell him what he wanted done in the master bath shower. The boss decided to leave after he gave his crews on what they were suppose to do. The granite crew did a super job of installing the granite in the kitchen and master bathroom. The sink in the kitchen was the most complicated task because it was an under mount enameled cast iron sink. They had to build a frame to hold the sink in place because it was very heavy. The crew worked well together. In the kitchen we have counters and a bar. Before putting the bar in place the crew had to rotor the edge and put some brackets to hold it on. Granite was heavy so both the guys had to carry it in. Once the granite was in place they measured it to make sure it was place correctly before putting the glue on it. After making the measurements they removed the granite and put glue on the brackets and the wall. Then they put the granite back on the surface and then cleaned the extra glue off the bottom. The biggest piece of granite was the counter where the appliance garage was so they had one of the marble guys help them carry it. The granite fit perfectly. Once they were finished with the kitchen they went to the master bath. They installed the granite at mom's vanity and the two sinks. The sinks in the bathroom were under mounted also but not as hard. The crew once again did a great job. The marble crew did a great job in the second bath. When they got to the master bath they messed up. One of the guys cut off the lip to the shower and dad had told them not to. So the master bath was put on hold until the lip was replaced. Dad called Jerry and Jerry came out to see what to do about the lip. Dad and Jerry talked for awhile about a few other things. One thing they discussed was the flooring. Dad has been talking with House of Floors in Killeen for a couple of days about the laminate flooring. He decided that he would supply the under layment so they weren't going to warranty the flooring or the installation. Jerry and dad discussed this problem and then Jerry told dad he would call and talk to the owner of House of Floors. After Jerry and dad finished talking about the house they said their good byes and we left. On the way home we stopped by Subway. Mom and dad went inside and had lunch. After their lunch we went home. By the time we got back to the Minnie it was 2:00. For the rest of the afternoon we hung around the Minnie and relaxed. Mom worked on her Sudoku, dad surfed the Internet and I sunned and slept. When dinnertime came around mom heated up the dirty rice she made yesterday for their square dancing class tonight. She heated up the leftover pork ribs and made wraps for dad and her dinner. She fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom let me out so I could take care of business and she did dishes. Afterwards mom and dad got ready to go square dancing. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack. When I finished my snack I went to her seat and watched them drive away. Mom and dad got back home to me at 10:00. I was very excited to see them. After we said our hellos mom took me for a little walk. When we got back to dad we called it a night.
       

LOCATION:  Belton, Texas    SITE:  Our New House                                                                                                        DATE: 01/14/2014    DISTANCE: 15 miles

Tuesday January 14, 2014

Today dad and I woke up at our normal time. Dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. Then dad got dressed. When I finished my breakfast dad opened the door so I could go outside. While waiting for mom to get up dad surfed the Internet and I slept on her seat. Mom finally decided to get up at 8:00. Mom said good morning to dad and me and then she made breakfast for dad and herself. She made dad some toast and made oatmeal for herself. After everyone was fed mom did the dishes and then we all went for our morning walk around the property. When we got back mom and dad decided they were going to go light shopping for the new house. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack and said they would see me later. When I finished my snack I went to mom's seat and watched them drive away. They bought most of our lights at The Home Depot and a couple of the lights at Lowe's. They were gone a couple of hours. When they got back to me it was time for lunch. We said our hellos and then mom let me out so I could sun. While I was sunning mom made lunch for dad and herself, which was soup. She gave me a little snack for my lunch. After lunch mom and dad asked me if I wanted to go with them to Amy's Storage Center and the new house. I jumped up and jumped out the door so I wouldn't be left behind. We stopped by Amy's Attic to drop off the lights and then we went to the new house. When we got there we saw a truck in front and we were wondering who was there because nothing was going on for a little bit. While mom was keeping an eye on me a guy from Bell County Appraisal District came around the corner and asked mom if she was the owner. She said yes and we all went inside the house to dad. The guy wanted to know if he could do some measurements of the garage so he could appraise the new house properly for property taxes. Mom and dad talked with me a little while. He paid attention to me. After he took his measurements he said his good-byes and left. Mom put me in the truck because she was afraid I would wonder off. After she put me in the truck she joined dad in the new house. They walked around the house and looked at the granite and how the sinks were installed. We were getting ready to leave when a couple of guys showed up to pick up a few things to take back to the lumberyard that we didn't need. So dad unlocked the garage and let them load up their truck. While watching them load the truck Jerry called. Jerry told dad that he talked to Gina at House of Floors and she had just ordered the ceramic today and they weren't going to get it until Tuesday. They were going to come out next Thursday to install the ceramic. Jerry also told dad he needed to buy our lights. Dad told him that we already had bought them. He was surprised and said he needed to get it in gear and get ready ready to install the lights. After dad got off the phone the guys were finished loading their truck so we all left. We were at the new house for a couple of hours. While we were at the new house I spent most of the time outside of the truck sunning and just hanging out with mom and dad. On the way home we stopped at Hancock Fabrics so mom and dad could get some Velcro to and thread. Mom's square dancing clothes are a little big so mom and dad decided to modify the outfits it fit mom. When they got back to me it was time to go home. When we got home it was time for dinner. I stayed outside while mom and dad went inside. Mom made Au Gratin potatoes for dinner. While mom was making the potatoes she baked chocolate chip cookies for their square dancing class tonight. Along with the potatoes mom and dad had a sandwich to go with them. Mom fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom let me out so I could take care of business while she did dishes. After she finished dishes dad and her got ready to go to square dancing classes. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack and said good -bye. When I finished my snack I went to mom's seat and watched them drive away. Tonight mom and dad got back to me at 9:00 because they didn't have to go too far. When they got home I met them at the door to say hi. After we said our hellos we relaxed until it was time to go to bed. Mom finished her Sudoku book, dad surfed the Internet and I slept. Well, I guess that all for now. Good night and have fun!!!
  

LOCATION:  Temple, Texas    SITE:  Our Minnie                                                                                                            DATE: 01/15/2014    DISTANCE: 00 miles

Wednesday January 15, 2014

Today dad and I woke up at 7:00. Dad fed me my breakfast and started to get dressed. While dad was getting dressed mom crawled out of bed. Dad asked mom why she was up so early. She said she had to go to the bathroom. When she finished going to the bathroom she crawled back into bed because she wasn't feeling too good. Mom's allergies bugging her so she went back to sleep. While mom was sleeping dad and I went for a little walk around the property. Mom finally got up at 8:45 and got dressed. After she got dressed she made toast for dad and herself for their breakfast. Along with the toast they had a glass of chocolate almond milk. Mom gave me a little bit of her toast. Mom is way to good to me. After mom and dad finished their breakfast mom did the dishes. When she finished we went to The Home Depot so mom and dad could buy some ceiling fans and garage lights. While they were in The Home Depot I stayed in the truck. They weren't gone too long and when they got back we went to the storage center to put the ceiling fans and lights in storage. While at the storage center mom and dad got the sewing machine so mom could modify her outfits. After we finished putting the stuff away and getting the sewing machine we went back to the Minnie. When we got back it was time for lunch so mom made soup for dad and her lunch. She gave me a little snack. After lunch I went outside to enjoy the sun.  While I was sunning mom got dad and her stuff together to go to the gym. About 2:00 mom and dad went to the gym. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack and said they would see me in a little while. When I finished my snack I watched them drive away. Mom still wasn't feeling well so they were only gone a little over an hour. Mom did her Jazz program and a little Yoga. Dad soaked in the hot tube. When they got home we said our hellos and I went outside to sun. Mom and dad started to work on mom's outfits. The first thing they did was shorten her petticoat. This took them a couple of hours because it was so big. Once they shortened the petticoat mom tried it on with her outfits and it fix perfectly. When they finished this mom went to the dumpster. While she was doing this I sunned until I saw mom talking to Larry and Scooter. When I saw this I decided to join her to visit with Scooter. After our visit we went back to the Minnie. When we got back to the Minnie it was time for dinner so mom heated up leftover red bean and rice and Au Gratin potatoes for dad and her dinner. She fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom did the dishes and then dad and her worked on her outfits. Mom sewed some Velcro on the waist because the elastic was shot. After sewing the Velcro on the waist band she tried the outfits on and they fit great. Good job, mom. When she finished modifying her outfits we relaxed the rest of the night. Mom and dad worked on her outfits today because tomorrow they're going to a square dancing dance and mom wanted to wear one of the outfits. We had a very relaxing day and now it's time to say good night.

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