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Flo's November 2013 Travels

LOCATION:  Killeen, Texas    SITE:  The Knot Hole    DATE:  11/01/2013    DISTANCE:  25 miles

Friday November 1, 2013

Today we woke up at 7:00 and dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. Afterwards he started getting dressed and mom crawled out of bed. She said good morning to dad and me and then she got dressed. When she finished getting dressed she made maple and brown sugar oatmeal for dad and her. After everyone was fed and the sun came up we went on our morning walk around the property. Usually on the way back to the Minnie we pick up our paper but today the paper wasn't there. When we got back to the Minnie we relaxed for a little while. Mom and dad had an appointment in Kileen with Liz from the Knot Hole to discuss our final discussion on what cabinets we wanted at 10:00. About 8:30 I started to pester mom and dad about going somewhere. They told me that they were going to Kileen in a little while and I was going to stay here. But I pestered them until they decided I could go with them. Dad loaded me into the car and we went on our adventure. When we got to the Knot Hole mom and dad left me in the car. They were gone about a half hour because they weren't making many changes to what the bid was. While they were in the Knot Hole they met Liz's dog, he was a King Charles spaniel. He was black and white and a lot bigger then my Cousin Autumn. After we left the Knot Hole we stopped by the plumbers shop, which was Cooper & Bright Plumbing. Mom and dad wanted to see what bathroom fixtures were in the bid and what other chooses they had. The fixtures that were in the bid were great except they changed the color from rubbed bronze to chrome. They also didn't really like the pedestal sink that was chosen so Scott Cooper one of the owners said we could choose what ever sink we wanted and they would credit our bid $160.00 plus sales taxes. He also said what ever change we made it was ok he would credit the bid or if it's over what he bid he would add to the bid. Mom and dad were very impressed by the customer service they got from Cooper & Bright Plumbing. After leaving the plumber shop we headed back to the Minnie. On the way back we stopped by the lot. We didn't expect to see anyone because it's still wet outside but we were surprise because the foundation crew was getting ready to put in some rebar. Dad was happy to see the crew but we didn't stop because it was still a little muddy. Instead we turned around and went home. When we got home I decided to stay outside and sun for a little while. While I was sunning mom made some chicken and dumplings soup for dad and her lunch. When I went inside she gave me a snack. After lunch mom and dad went to the gym for a couple of hours. After their workout they decided to go by our lot to see what was going on. This time dad decided to stop. He walked the pad and checked out what the crew was doing and mom stayed in the car. The crew was working on putting the rebar in the trenches. We're suppose to get more rain on Tuesday so they were glad the crew could at least get started. When they got home I met them at the door to say hi. Afterwards I went outside to sun for a little while. Mom and dad went inside and relaxed. Mom and dad had a piece of the pumpkin cake. When it was time for dinner mom made a baked potato for dad and her dinner and she fed me my food. After dinner mom gave me a piece of the ham bone that was in the ham hock and bean soup. I was real excited to get the bone. Mom is way too good to me. After I ate my bone I barked to go inside and mom let me in. For dessert mom and dad had the rest of the pumpkin cake and of course mom gave me a little bit of hers. Afterwards we called it night. We had a very productive day. Now I'm tired so I'll say good night.

LOCATION:  Belton, Texas    SITE:  Our Lot    DATE:  11/02/2013    DISTANCE:  15 miles

Saturday November 2, 2013

Today we woke up at our normal time. Dad got up first and fed me my breakfast. While he was getting dressed and I was grooming mom got up. She said good morning to dad and me and then she got dressed. Afterwards she made Cinnamon and Spice oatmeal with almond milk for dad and her breakfast. When everyone was fed we went on our morning walk around the property. When we got back we relaxed for about an hour and then we went for a ride to our lot. When we got to the lot we were surprise that the foundation crew weren't there working on the rebar because the crew had lost a couple of days of work because of the rain we had. We still stopped and mom and dad walked around to see what the crew had done. They had put all the rebar in the trenchs and were starting on the top. Yesterday dad had called Jerry and asked if they should uncover the garage part of the pad because it was soft from the rain. Jerry said he would call Jose and ask him. The crew couldn't uncover that portion of the pad because they had already started to put the rebar in but they did uncover another portion that was soft. The crew is doing a great job and mom and dad are getting more excited because they're seeing some progress on the house. After mom and dad walked the pad we went to the ramp so we could hike the road to Temple Lake Park. We hiked for about an hour. While hiking we met one lady hiking but we did see a few fishing boats on the lake. We saw her on the way back from Temple Lake Park. We were almost back to the ramp when we met a family with two dogs. They told us that the male dog was friendly but the female wasn't so I said hi to him. I also said hi to the female but I did it from a distance and she said hi back. We had a great hike because it was nice and cool. By the time we got back to the car I was exhausted. I climbed in the back seat very slow but I made it. I'm glad I have the whole seat for myself because I can stretch out. On the way home we stopped and mom and dad walked through a few homes of D.R. Horton because they haven't totally made up their minds on what color of stain they wanted on our cabinets. They also walked through one of Jerry's houses. They're pretty sure on what color of brick we going to have and after walking through the other homes we leaning towards having our cabinets a brown color like honey brown. They were going to have black cabinets but they're afraid that they're going to get tired of the black. They have plenty of time to decided on what color they want. While they walked through the homes I stayed in the car and slept. When they got back to me we went home. By the time we got home it was time for lunch. Mom fixed some soup up for dad and herself and she gave me a little snack. After we hung around the Minnie. I did some sunning, mom played Angry Birds and dad did a little research on the computer and watched some football. When I wasn't sunning I slept. For dinner mom barbecued up some seasoned chicken for dad and herself and gave me my food and a little bit of her chicken and a bone. After dinner I went outside and took care of business and then came back inside. I was too tired to go for a walk. Mom baked some Oatmeal Scotchies cookies for dessert. We had a very quiet day and now it's time to say good night.

LOCATION:  Temple, Texas    SITE:  The Minnie    DATE:  11/03/2013    DISTANCE:  00 miles

Sunday November 3, 2013

Today mom woke up at 6:00 because she couldn't sleep any longer but because of the time change it really was our normal time of 7:00. Mom fed me my breakfast and started to get dressed when dad decided to join us for the same reason. After mom and dad got dressed mom made Apple and Cinnamon oatmeal for dad and hers breakfast. When everyone was fed mom started to put things away because we're going to take the Minnie for a ride. We went on our morning walk when the sun finally came up around 7:30. We walked around the property and then we came back to the Minnie. Dad wanted to wait for it to warm up a little so mom and dad went grocery shopping. They left me at home while they went shopping. Today mom didn't give me a snack because I just ate breakfast and they weren't going to be gone long. I didn't care. As they were leaving I went to mom's seat and watch them drive away. When they got back to me mom put the groceries away. When she finished dad filled up the tanks with water and finished getting the Minnie ready to go on its ride. I went to the front and got on mom's seat to wait for mom and dad to finish getting ready. Once they were ready I climbed off mom's seat and laid between mom's and dad's seats which is my space when I ride in the Minnie. We didn't go too far we drove a couple of miles and then we came back to Scott's place and parked the Minnie. Dad likes to take the Minnie for a ride every four to six weeks. When we got to Minnie all setup I went outside to sun, mom played Angry Birds and dad surfed the Internet. We relaxed for about an hour and then mom made lunch. She cooked up the leftover ham hock and bean soup for dad and hers lunch and she gave me a snack. After lunch I went back outside to do a little sunning because it was a gorgeous sunny day and it wasn't hot. When I finished sunning mom and dad went to the gym. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack. When I finished my snack I went to mom's seat and watched them drive away. They were gone for a couple of hours. They were going to go by the lot to make sure that the foundation pad was covered because it's suppose to rain tomorrow. But before they went there they came back to get me. When they got home I greeted them at the door to say hi. After we said our hellos and mom hung up their towels. When she finished mom and dad asked if I wanted to go for a ride with them. Wow, two rides in one day!!! Of course I want to go with them. When we got to the lot the pad wasn't completely covered so mom and dad covered it. When they finished we started towards the house. On the way home we stopped by a new home development and mom and dad worked through a couple of the homes going up just to see how they're being built. Mom and dad likes walking through homes that are under construction. While they did this I stayed in the truck. When they finished we went back to the Minnie. Once back at the Minnie we relaxed for about an hour and then mom barbecued some beef short ribs for dad and hers dinner. She told me that I couldn't have the bones because they were beef but she told me that she had a couple of chicken bones me. Mom and dad had the ribs and a bake potato for their dinner and I had my food for my dinner. When we finished eating mom gave me the chicken bones. When I finished my bones she went next door to Greg's fifth wheel to give him the bones for his dogs. Mom told him that I wanted Dexter and Zeus to have the bones because I wasn't allowed to have beef. Greg has three dogs but Jasmine is only a pup so I knew she was too small. As mom was coming back to dad and me she heard Greg telling Zeus and Dexter that he has some bones for them. When mom got back she made Oatmeal Scotchies cookies for dad and hers dessert. Once the cookies were done mom shared her cookies with me. After dessert we called it a night. We had another relaxing day but I'm still tired from our walk yesterday and the time change is messing me up. Well. I'm finished complaining now I'll say good night.




The new faucet in the Minnie's Bathroom

LOCATION:  Temple, Texas    SITE:  The Minnie    DATE:  11/04/2013    DISTANCE:  00 miles

Monday November 4, 2013

Today we woke up at 6:30 and it was sprinkling. Dad crawled out of bed and shortly afterwards mom crawled out of bed. Mom fed me my breakfast. While mom and dad were getting dressed I ate my breakfast. When mom finished getting dressed she made Maple and Brown Sugar oatmeal for dad and hers breakfast. After everyone was fed we waited for the sun to come up before we went on our walk. It's suppose to rain all day and for the next few days. When the sun came up it was still drizzling but we still went on our walk around the property. When we got back to the Minnie dad took the old faucet out of the bathroom and then we went to Lowe's to purchase new faucet. While mom and dad we walking through Lowe's I stayed in the car. When they were in Lowe's they walked through the lighting department and looked at the lights and ceiling fans. After finding a faucet they wanted they came back to me and then we went home. Dad started to install the new faucet. The new faucet didn't fit like the other one. Dad had to cut off some of the hose and then it fit great. After dad installed the faucet he checked for leaks. There was a little leak so dad had to tighten up the hose to stop the link. Mom helped dad by turning on and off the  water when necessary. After installing the faucet we hung around the Minnie because it sprinkled on and off all day. Mom played Angry Bird and worked on my book. Dad surfed the Internet and read a book. I slept and occasionally when the sun would come out I would go outside and sun. For lunch mom and dad had soup and I had a little snack. About 3:30 mom worked out for 45 minutes and then she went outside and barbecued a T-bone steak for dad and hers dinner. She fed me my food for my dinner. Today she didn't give me any of her food because it was beef. I really wanted to have the bone but mom said I couldn't because it was beef instead she gave me a couple of chicken bones. That was ok with me at least I got bones to eat. After dinner mom finished her workout and then she baked Oatmeal Scotchies cookies for dad and her dessert and she shared her cookies with me. She also baked some oatmeal and raisin cookies for dad and hers square dancing class tomorrow night. When mom finished baking she sat down and relaxed the rest of the night. We had a very relaxing day. Have a great night.  




click on photo for more pictures of putting in the rebar for the foundation

    

Dad and I checking out the pad after the rain storm           The crew putting in the rebar for the foundation



Breaking through the rock

LOCATION:  Belton, Texas    SITE:  Our Lot    DATE:  11/05/2013    DISTANCE:  15 miles

Tuesday November 5, 2013

Today we woke up at 6:30. Dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. Then he got dressed and mom crawled out of bed. Mom said hi to dad and me and then she got dressed. Then she made Cinnamon and Spice oatmeal for dad and hers breakfast. After everyone was fed we went on our morning walk. When we got back home we went inside and relaxed. We didn't have any plans for today because it's suppose to be raining on and off all. About 8:30 we decided to go to The Home Depot and to the lot. I didn't even have to pester them about going anywhere they decided on their own. They invited me to go along with them. When they were at The Home Depot they walked through the lighting department to see what The Home Depot had to offer. They also walked through the lumber department to look at the price of lumber is. After walking through The Home Depot they came back to me and we went to the lot. When we got to the lot we were surprised that the foundation crew was working on the pad because of the rain yesterday. When dad saw that there was a crew we stopped to watch them and dad talked to Jose about putting in a floor safe for us. The crew hadn't been at the lot for over a week because it has been raining. It was interesting watching the crew because when they had to bend the rebar they stepped on it and than pulled it with their hands to bend it. There was one guy that had to use a mullet and a pick to break through the rock in a trench. When dad talked to Jose about putting in the safe he had no problem doing it because he has done it many times. Dad told him where he wanted the safe. Jose told one of the guys to dig a hole deep enough for the safe. We had the safe with us so Jose could measure the depth and width but he didn't keep the safe. He said he didn't need it until they poured the foundation. While we were there we noticed that the electric company had put in the power. Mom and dad are very excited because there is a little activity going on with the house. After watching them for a bit we went home. I stayed in the car while mom and dad watched the crew. When we got home it was time for lunch. Mom made Chipotle Chicken and Corn Chowder soup for dad and hers lunch. She gave me a snack. After lunch mom and dad went to the gym and workout for a couple of hours. When they got home I was on the couch so dad told me to get off the couch. After mom put things away she took me for a walk. When we got back she played Angry Bird, dad read and I slept. When it was time for dinner mom heated up some bacon and made wraps for dad and her dinner. She fed me my food and gave me a little bacon. After dinner mom took me for another walk around the property. During this walk we said hi to Kujo through the window because King wasn't home and he was in the shop looking out the window. We also said hi to Baby. When we got home mom and dad got ready to go to their square dancing class. On the way to class they stopped and got our mail. They were gone for two and half hours. Today they didn't stop at McDonald's for a cone because they had a few cookies at class. The cookies mom baked. When they got home I met them at the door. I was so excited to see them that when they opened the door I jumped out to say hi. Mom and dad were surprise because it was sprinkling but I didn't care. After saying our hellos we called it a night. Good night everyone.

LOCATION:  Temple, Texas    SITE:  The Minnie    DATE:  11/06/013    DISTANCE:  00 miles

Wednesday November 6, 2013

Today we woke up at 6:45 and dad crawled out of bed. Shortly afterwards mom crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. It started raining during the night and it's still raining. Mom and dad got dressed and then mom made oatmeal for dad and hers breakfast. After breakfast we waited for the rain to slow down before going on our  walk. About 7:30 the rain stopped so we went on our walk. During our walk we stopped and talked to Larry. He told us he was now permanently retired as of yesterday. While we were visiting with him mom asked how his dog Scooter was. So he wait and got Scooter. Scooter and I played a little bit and then we said our good-byes. When we finished our walk we went inside and relaxed. The rain came back and we ended up staying at home all day. Dad read a book and did some research on the Internet. Mom played Angry Birds and I slept. When the rain would slow down during the day mom would take me outside. About 2:30 mom did an hour and half workout and the rain went away so I went outside. The sun wasn't shining so I wasn't outside too long. After mom finished her workout she rested for a little while and then she made dinner. Dad and mom had a salad and I had my food. After dinner mom went over to Scott's house to take Holly a T-bone because I'm not allowed to have it. I went with mom because she had a bone. We found out that Holly was back at her home but Scott said he would give it to her later. Mom also told him if Baby was allowed to have the bone maybe he could cut it in half for both Holly and Baby. When we got home mom baked ginger spice cookies for dessert. We had a very relaxing day and now it's time to call it a day.


   

Dad checking out where the safe is going                               Waiting to be inspected  
       

LOCATION:  Belton, Texas    SITE:  Our Lot    DATE:  11/07/2013-11/08/2013    DISTANCE:  15 miles

Thursday November 7, 2013

Today we woke up at 6:30 and dad slowly crawled out of bed because it was cold. Dad fed me my breakfast and then he turned up the heater to get the chill out of the air for mom. While dad was getting dressed and I was laying in my bed when mom decided to get out of bed. Mom got dressed and then she made apple and cinnamon oatmeal for dad and her for breakfast. After breakfast we went on our morning walk but before we did the walk mom and dad put on their jackets. I don't mind the cold weather in fact it feels great to me. I was more energetic during the walk because it was nice and cool. When we got back to the Minnie we went inside to wait for the sun to warm it up outside. At 9:00 we decided to go to the lot to see what was going on. Before we stopped at the lot we went to Arrowhead Point boat ramp to hike the road to Temple Lake Park. During our hike I did a lot of exploring. When I stopped to explore and fell behind I walked fast to catch up with mom and dad. This was ok to me because it became a game. We were almost to Temple Lake Park when we saw a lady and a German Shepard. She put her dog on leash so dad put me on my leash. As we walked by them the dog started to whine and the lady told her it was ok and called her by her name, which was Bell. A little later mom told dad we had met Bell last month when I went swimming at the ramp. That day she was with her dad and we played with each other. Once we were at the gate to Temple Lake Park we turned around and went back to the car. The last time we did this hike I was tired by the time we got to Temple Lake Park but today I wasn't tired until we were half way back to the car. We had a wonderful hike. After our hike we went to the lot. Dad was very careful when he parked the car because he didn't want to get stuck in the mud. We were surprise that the foundation crew was finished putting the rebar on the pad. We stopped at the lot because dad wanted to make sure that the hole for the safe was in the right spot. Mom and dad took a couple of measurements and found out the hole was in the right place. After doing the measurements and dad was satisfied we went home. On the way home we drove by a house that Jerry had built to look at the brick and stone color just to make sure we really wanted those colors. After doing this we went home. When we got home I stayed outside to do a little sunning. It felt so good because I've been cooped up in the Minnie for a couple of days. While I was sunning mom made lunch, which was Mexican-Style Chicken Tortilla soup. After lunch we stayed around the Minnie because Jerry was going to call dad. Jerry called and told dad that the foundation inspection went well. Jose and Jerry only had to do a couple of minor changes. Jerry also told dad that they were going to pour the slab tomorrow if Jose could get a pump truck. Jerry said he would call dad tomorrow if they pour because he has to bring out the safe. We stayed around the Minnie for the rest of the day. Mom played Angry Birds until 3:30 and then she did her workout. Dad finished reading his book and I did a lot of sunning. Today was a gorgeous day so I took advantage of. When it was time for dinner mom and dad had a salad and I had my food. After dinner mom took me for a walk around the property. As we were walking we stopped and said hi to Baby. When we got home mom baked Triple Berry muffins for dessert. We had an outstanding day and now it's time to say good night.

Friday November 8, 2013

Today we woke up at 6:30. Dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. While dad was getting dressed and I was finishing my breakfast mom crawled out of bed. Mom got dressed and then she made Cinnamon and Spice oatmeal for dad and her breakfast. After everyone was fed we went on our morning walk around the property. When we got back we went inside the Minnie. Mom and dad decided to go grocery shopping. Mom and dad were gone for about an hour. When they got back I was busted because I was on the couch. After mom put the grocery away we stayed around the Minnie. Mom played Angry Birds, dad did some research and I went outside and enjoyed the nice cool weather. When lunchtime came around mom cooked up Chicken and Dumpling soup for dad and her breakfast and she gave me a snack. After lunch I went outside for a little while. After mom let me inside dad and her went to the gym. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack and then said good-bye. After finishing my snack I went to mom's seat and watch them drive away. They were at the gym for a couple of hours. They were going to go to the lot but decided they would wait until tomorrow. When they got home I was busted again. I just can't help myself to couch is so much softer than the floor. After saying our hellos I went outside to enjoy the weather, mom played Angry Birds and dad read. When dinnertime came around mom cooked up a Tombstone 4-Meat pizza up for dad and hers dinner. She fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom saw King and Kujo walking by so she took me outside. I haven't seen Kujo for a long time so both Kujo and I were happy to see each other. After saying hi to each other mom and I went back into the Minnie. When we got back mom baked some Oatmeal Scotchies cookies for dessert. We had a every relaxing day and now it's time to say good night.



   

click on each photo for more pictures of City-Wide Garage Sale and 4-H and Youth Event

LOCATION:  Temple, Texas   SITE:  Bell County Expos  DATE:  11/09/2013   DISTANCE:  15 miles

Saturday November 9, 2013

Today we woke up at 6:30. Dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. While dad was getting dressed mom crawled out of bed. Mom got dressed and then she made oatmeal for dad and her breakfast. After everyone was fed we went on our morning walk. When we got back to the Minnie we went inside and relaxed for a little while. About 7:30 we decided to go to the lot. Mom and dad invited me to go with them so I excepted in invitation. On the way to the lot we were going to wash the car but we were a few minutes early so we drove through a housing development. When we finished we went to The Barn Car Wash, which is a self-service car wash. If you get your car wash between 8:00 and 10:00 you save $2.00 on any wash level of wash. So today we got the car wash for $6.00. After we wash the car we vacuumed it out. When the car was all wash and vacuumed we went to the lot. We had a pleasant surprise when we got there because Diamond was loading up a truck with the trees he had taken down a month ago. After he loaded up the truck and the driver went to empty it mom and dad visited with him. We didn't stay at the lot too long but on the way home we drove through a couple of housing developments just to see what was going on. We stopped at one of Jerry's homes and mom and dad did a couple measurements on the windows. Dad wanted to make sure that our windows were ok. He found out they were. After doing the measurements we went to Belton Lake Dam park so I could stretch my legs. When we finished walking around we went to get our mail. Dad got the mail and when he got to the car mom asked if he was expecting a box and he said no. When we got to the Minnie dad told mom that the box was hers. Mom opened the box and was surprise because he had bought a square dancing skirt and dress for her. She tried them on and they fix her perfectly. Even after over thirty-five years of being with each other dad can still surprise mom. After mom tried on the outfits she made lunch for dad and herself, which was Chicken and Sausage Gumbo soup. She gave me a snack for my lunch. After lunch I went outside to enjoy the cool weather. While I was outside mom played Angry Birds and dad did a little research on the web. After I went inside mom and dad decided that they were going to go to the Bell County Exposition Center. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack and then said good-bye. After I finished my snack I went to her seat and watched them drive away. While they were at the Expo Center they walked through the City-Wide Garage Sale and the 4-H and Youth Event. The City-Wide Garage Sale cost $4.00 to get in and there were a lot of vendors. The vendors sold baseball cards, coins, jewelery, antique furniture, dolls, clothing, paintings, quilts, statues and many other things. Mom and dad aren't into garage sales but they still enjoyed walking through The City-Wide Garage Sale. After walking through the garage sale they walked through the 4-H and Youth Event. The event had 21 different countries participating in it. There were different sessions offered so kids could learn how to take care of their livestock and how to show their livestock. As they walked through the event they saw goats, swines and cows. Mom and dad aren't into 4-H stuff but they thought it was great to have events like this. On the way home to me they stopped by Harbor Freight. By the time they got back to me they had been gone for a few hours. I was sound asleep on the couch when they got home so mom had to wake me up. After I got off the couch I went outside for a little while. When I came back inside mom decided to take a nap. When she woke up she played Angry Birds and dad watched College Football. When dinnertime came around mom barbecued some pork ribs for dad and hers dinner. Mom fed me my food and gave me a little bit of her pork. After dinner mom baked some Oatmeal Scotchies cookies. Afterwards we called it a night. We had a fantastic day.




click on photo for more pictures of Arrowhead Point to Temple Lake Hike

LOCATION:  Belton, Texas    SITE:  Our Lot    DATE:  11/10/2013-11/15/2013    DISTANCE:  15 miles

Sunday November 10, 2013

We woke up at 6:30 and dad crawled out of bed. He fed me my breakfast and then he got dressed. Mom crawled out of bed shortly after dad was dressed and I was grooming. She got dressed and then she made apple and cinnamon oatmeal for dad and her breakfast. When everyone was fed we went on our morning walk around the property. When we got home we went inside and relaxed for an hour. Then we went to our lot because dad wanted to take a couple of measurements just to make sure everything was ready for the pour tomorrow. Before he took the measurements we went down to the boat ramp so we could hike the road from Arrowhead Point to Temple Lake Park. We have hiked this road a few times and each time it gets easier and easier. During our hike we didn't see anyone walking until we were almost back to the car and then we saw Bell's mom. As we hiked the road we saw a few fishermen on the lake. Our hike was very peaceful and I kept up with mom and dad because it was nice and cool. When we got back to the car we went to our lot. I stayed in the car while mom and dad did their measurements. After they took the measurements we started towards the Minnie. On the way home we drove by a couple of housing developments. We stopped at a few homes. A couple of them were at the framing stage and a couple of them were already built. We stopped at the homes that were at the framing stage because dad wanted to see how they were wired for networking. We stopped at the other two because mom and dad wanted to see how the cabinets were put in, how the cabinets were built and what color they were stained. After mom and dad finished walking through the homes we went home. When we got home I stayed outside for about a half hour because it was sunny and cool. Mom and dad went inside to relax. When lunchtime came around mom cooked up soup for dad and her lunch and she gave me a little snack. After lunch we relaxed for about an hour before mom and dad went to the gym. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack and then said good-bye. After I finished my snack I went to mom's chair and watched them drive away. They were gone for a couple of hours. When mom and dad first got to the gym mom was the only one on the treadmills and no one was on the weight machines. But there was one person lifting weights. Dad starts his workout in the back and he said there was only a couple people in the back with him. By the time mom finished using the treadmill people were starting to show up. Mom and dad both had a great workout. When they got home we said our hellos. Mom had a few hours to kill before make dinner so she did laundry. Dad watched football and surfed the Internet. I went outside to sun. While I was outside Dexter came over to pester me. He was driving me crazy so mom put me inside and he came inside with me. He wasn't inside too long because I wanted a rest from him so mom called him outside. Mom and dad were surprised that Dexter was running around and Greg wasn't at home. So mom picked up Dexter and put him in his dog run because she was afraid that he would run off or get hit by a car. When dinnertime came around mom barbecued some pork ribs up for dad and hers dinner. Along with the pork mom cooked up some bake beans. When mom was barbecuing King and Kujo came by to say hi. I hadn't seen Kujo for awhile so I happy to see him. After we all said our hellos King and Kujo left and mom finished barbecuing. Mom fed me my food for my dinner and she also gave me a little bit of her pork. After dinner we stayed inside and relaxed. I was glad because I was tired. We had a great day.   




click on photo for more pictures of Pouring the Foundation

   

                   MLAW inspecting the pour                                The foundation crew spreading the concrete

   

Bull Floating                                                                    Power Troweling

Monday November 11, 2013

Today mom woke us up at 6:00 because she had to go to the bathroom. Afterwards she went back to bed. About 6:30 dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. Then he got dressed. Mom crawled out of bed about 6:45 and got dressed. When she finished getting dressed she made breakfast for dad and herself. They had apple and cinnamon oatmeal again. After everyone was fed we went on our morning walk. During our walk I found a dog chew. It was chicken flavor so mom and dad let me keep it. When we got home we went inside and relaxed. Today was a special day because they poured the foundation. About 7:45 mom and dad went to the lot. I wanted to go with them but they told me I had to stay home. They told me that they were going to be at the lot all day and I would get bored because I would have to stay in the car. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack and said good-bye. When I finished my snack I watched them drive away. When they got to the lot the pump truck and the foundation crew was already there. The crew were putting sand bags around the bottom of the wood forms so the cement wouldn't leak out of the bottom. They also were putting extra supports on the back and side so there wouldn't be a blow out. The owner of the foundation company, Jose was happy to see us because he needed the floor safe before they poured. The concrete wasn't going to be delivered until 9:00 so we had plenty of time because it was just a little after 8:00. MLAW showed up a few minutes before Ratliff Ready Mix company showed up. MLAW was there to inspect the concrete before they poured it. The procedure MLAW used to inspect the concrete was: they took five cylinders of concrete. Then they will come back in a few days and test to see how the cement is curring. If it fails they'll do another test in fifteen days. Then if it fails again they'll come back in thirty days. Then if it fails again they'll come back in fifty-six days. Dad asked the engineer how long it takes cement to cure. He told dad it can take up to 100 years. In other words the concrete continues to cure all the time. The pump truck pumped about 100 yards of concrete, which is 10 truck loads. Each truck had a sheet of paper that explained what type of mix they poured and how much water was added to the mix. The only time the truck drivers added what to the concrete was if the pump truck driver or the foundation crew asked them to. What was interesting about the pump truck was the arm that the concrete comes out of is radio controlled. As the concrete was being poured the crew would spread it evenly. After sending the pump truck away they still had another two truck loads of concrete. Mom and dad stayed at the lot all day watching the crew spreading the concrete, leveling the concrete, vibrate the concrete to eliminate trapped air, bull floating the concrete and power troweling to smooth the concrete. By the time mom and dad got home to me they were gone for seven hours. I met them at the door and as soon as they opened the door I jumped out to say hi. I went in and out of their legs for awhile. After saying hi I stayed outside to sun. Mom and dad went inside and relaxed. About 4:30 mom heated up leftover pizza for dad and her dinner. She fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner she took me for a walk. When we got back we went inside and called it a night.




click on photo for more pictures of Temple Lake Park

Tuesday November 12, 2013

Dad woke us up at 5:00 because he had to go to the bathroom. Afterwards he went back to bed. When dad went back to bed I decided to sleep on the couch until mom and dad got up. About 6:00 I woke dad up because I was licking my feet so he decided to get up. Mom stayed in bed for another half hour. When dad got up he fed me my breakfast and then he got dressed. After he got dressed he browsed the Internet. When mom crawled out of bed she got dressed and then she made breakfast for dad and her. Dad had maple and brown sugar oatmeal and mom had cinnamon and spice oatmeal. After everyone was fed mom did dishes and put a cooler together. Then we went on our morning walk around the property. Today mom and dad had to bundle up in their jackets because it was cold and the wind was blowing out of the north. The wind didn't bother me. In fact it felt good. When we got back to the Minnie we went inside. About an hour later we went to our lot. Today I went with mom and dad because they weren't going to be there long. On the way to the lot we stopped at The Home Depot and mom and dad looked at molding and front doors. When we got to the lot Jerry had some of the lumber delivered for framing the house. The foundation crew had finished the slab and they did a fantastic job. Dad checked out the delivery and found that the wrong nails were delivered. So he called Jerry and Jerry told him that they would come by with the right ones. After talking to Jerry we went to Temple Lake Park. While there we walked around the park for about a half hour. We would have walked longer but mom and dad were cold. Lake Belton was real rough. It was so rough that it was water capping and there were no boats on the lake at all. This was the first time we saw this. Even though it was cold we still had a nice walk. Well, I guess I did I don't know about mom and dad. After our walk we went back to the lot and saw that they were replacing the nails with the right ones. On the way back to the Minnie we drove around and looked at different paint colors on the houses to get an idea on what color we wanted to use and front doors. When we finished doing this we stopped at Lowe's and mom and dad looked at molding and front doors. When we got home Holly was helping Scott insulate the water spicket of the new RV site. Dad went over to talk to Scott and Holly came over to say hi to me. When she did this I was in the truck but when I saw her I got out. After saying hi we all went inside our homes. When we got inside it was time for lunch so mom made Campbell's spicy vegetable chili for dad and her lunch. Mom gave me a snack for my lunch. After lunch we stayed inside and relaxed for an hour and then mom and dad went to the gym. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack and said good-bye. After eating my snack I went to mom's seat and watched them drive away. They were gone for a couple of hours. When they got back I met them at the door. After saying hi I went outside to sun. While I was sunning mom played Angry Birds and dad surfed the Internet. After relaxing for a couple of hours mom made dinner. Mom heated up leftover pork ribs and bacon so dad and she could have wraps. Mom fed me my food for my dinner and she also gave me a little bacon and pork. After dinner mom took me for a walk. When we got back mom and dad got ready to go to their square dancing class. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack and told me they would be back in a few hours. This time when I finished my snack I didn't go to mom's seat I stayed in the back and slept while they were gone. When they got home I met them at the door and said hi. After I calmed down we relaxed until it was time to go to bed. We had a very relaxing day and now it's time to say good night.




click on photo for more pictures of Fixing Leak in Bathroom

Wednesday November 13, 2013

Dad woke up at 6:30. Dad crawled out of bed and I was asleep on the couch. He started to get dressed and I crawled off the couch. After he got dressed he fed me my breakfast and then sat down to surf the Internet. While he was on the computer mom woke up and crawled out of bed. She said good morning to dad and me and then she got dressed. She folded up my towels and bed and then she made breakfast for dad and herself. She made maple and brown sugar oatmeal for dad and she had cinnamon and spice oatmeal. After everyone was fed mom did dishes and put a cooler together. When she finished doing this we went on our morning walk around the property. Today the wind wasn't blowing but the temperature was in the high 20s so it was cold for mom and dad but it felt good to me. When we got back to the Minnie we relaxed until it started to warm up. Dad had installed a new faucet in the bathroom a few days ago and yesterday he noticed that the countertop was wet so he checked it out and found out we had a leak. It was a weird leak because the floor wasn't wet but the counter was. He removed the faucet last night so he could get some plumbing parts for it today. We weren't sure what time the RV part store opened so we went until about 9:00 because we knew it would be open by than. When dad picked up the keys for the car I got excited and I decided that I was going with mom and dad. So when dad opened the door I squeezed between dad and mom because I wasn't about to be left behind. Mom and dad looked at each other and said I guess Flo is coming along with us. I wasn't sure if we were going in the truck or car so I followed dad around. When went to the car I stayed back with mom and waited for him to back the car out of a covered ramada. I like riding in the car because it's so easy to climb in and out of the back seat and I get the whole seat to myself. When we got to the RV store we found out it opened at 8:00 so mom and dad went inside and got the parts they needed. Afterwards we drove by the lot to see what was going on. When we got there no one was there but we walked around the slab. Today I was allowed to walk around with mom and dad. While mom and dad walked on the slab I did some exploring around the lot and then I joined them on the slab. The slab was nice and cold so I laid down on it. Mom and dad were surprised I did this because it was cold but it felt good to me. When we were leaving Jerry called dad and told him that he found the nails he wanted and that the framers were going to start working on the house tomorrow. Mom and dad are really excited now that the building is finally getting started. After leaving the lot we went by the storage center to pick up a cutter that dad needs to fix the leak. On the way home we stopped at Lowe's for some hoses dad needed for the faucet but Lowe's didn't have what he wanted so we went to The Home Depot and found what he wanted. After leaving The Home Depot we went home. By the time we got home it was lunchtime. I stayed outside to sun for a few minutes and mom made lunch. She made soup for dad and herself. When they finished eating I decided I wanted to come in so I barked. When I get inside mom gave me a little snack for my lunch. After lunch dad fixed the leak in the bathroom. He's keeping an eye on it just to make sure that it's fixed. We stayed home for the rest of the day. Dad did some research on the Internet, mom played Angry Birds and I did a lot of sunning. I think mom is becoming addicted to Angry Birds because she's been play the game everyday. But she did take a breather from Angry Birds for a couple of hours to start reading a book. When it was time for dinner mom barbecued some Italian sausage patties and heated up the rest of the baked beans for dad and hers dinner. Mom cut the Italian sausage into patties the size of a hamburger so they made sandwiches out of the patties. While mom was barbecuing I kept her company. Mom fed me my food for my dinner and gave me a little bit of her pattie. After dinner mom went to the dumpster and on the way back she stopped and talked to Casandra and Holly. She congratulated Casandra on moving in with Scott. When she got home she told me that Holly was outside so I went outside to play with Holly. Afterwards we all said our good-byes because mom and Casandra were cold. When we got home mom did a 45 minute workout and then she baked pecan turtle delight cookies for dessert. They were delicious. Now that I'm full, it's time to say good night.




click on photo for more pictures of Swimming in Belton Lake

Thursday November 14, 2013

Today we woke up at 6:30. Dad got up and fed me my breakfast. Then he got dressed. When I was grooming and dad was getting ready to surf the Internet mom got up. Mom really didn't want to get up because it was cold and it felt great wrapped up in the blankets. When she got up she straightened up the Minnie and then she made breakfast for dad and her. They had almond milk and cinnamon and spice oatmeal. After everyone was fed I decided to go outside to take care of business while mom did the dishes and put a cooler together. When she finished the dishes we all went on our morning walk around the property. When we got back we went inside and waited for it to warm up a little. We relaxed about a half hour and then mom and dad decided to go grocery shopping. When they got back and mom put the groceries away we relaxed for awhile. As we were relaxing our builder Jerry called dad and told him that the framers and he we at the lot. After dad got off the phone we all loaded up in the car and went to the lot. Mom and dad invited me to go along with them. When we got to the lot there were a couple of trucks. We thought Jerry was gone because his truck wasn't there but he was there he was using his wife's truck. Today I climbed out of the car when mom and dad got out because I wanted to say hi to Jerry. When I went to Jerry to say hi he was very friendly and played with me. He said he has a lot of dogs so I was no problem. While dad was talking to Jerry I laid on the slab to relax. When I got up I had chalk on my hips and back feet. After walking around mom put me back in the car because she didn't want me to bother the workers. Mom walked around and took pictures of the framers putting the boards down for where the walls are going and drilling holes in the boards so the boards can go over the bolts. While she was standing there watching the crew dad told her she could take me for a walk to the lake. So she came to the car to get me. I was excited because this will be a new adventure because mom hasn't taken me for a walk to Belton Lake from where our new home is going to be. Mom walked me on leash until we got to the road that went to the ramp. Once we were at the ramp I went swimming. I was very happy about this because I haven't been swimming since October 1st. While at the lake mom and I walked along the bank for about a half hour. During our walk I swam, explored and found a snack. By the time we got back to the lot I was exhausted. Mom toweled me down and then she put me back in the car. About 12:30 we decided to leave because there wasn't much going on. When we left Jerry was still there with a few other people. When we got home I stayed outside to sun and mom and dad went inside. Mom made soup for dad and her lunch. When they were finished eating lunch I decided to go inside. When I got inside mom gave me a snack. After I finished my snack mom and dad decided they would go to the gym. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack. When I finished my snack I went to mom's chair and watched them drive away. They were gone a couple of hours. When they got home they caught me sleeping on the couch so dad told me to get off the couch. I slowly got off the couch. When I got to the floor I laid down and went back to sleep. We relaxed for about an hour and then mom made dinner. For dinner mom and dad had leftover Italian sausage patties on tortillas with mozzarella cheese on them and mom gave me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom took me for a walk. When we got home we went inside and called it a night. I'm tired so I'll say good night.




click on photo for pictures of Arrowhead Point to Temple Lake Park walk

Friday November 15, 2013

Today we woke up at our normal time. Dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. Afterwards dad got dressed and then mom crawled out of bed. Mom got dressed and straightened the house. Then she made apple and cinnamon oatmeal for dad and her breakfast. When everyone was fed mom did dishes and then we all went on our morning walk around the property. When we got back we went inside and relaxed. We relaxed for an hour and half and then we went to the lot to see what was going on. When we got to the lot the framing crew was working on the house. Mom, dad and I walked around the pad and watched the men work. We watched the men work for about an hour and then we decided to drive to the boat ramp and walk the road to Temple Lake Park. I was still tired from my walk with mom yesterday but I still walked with mom and dad. During our walk I did some exploring and we saw a few fishermen on the lake. we also saw a military helicopter fly over the lake. I was walking so slow mom and dad had to stop a few times for me to catch up. About half way to the gate of Temple Lake Park I stopped and laid down under a tree because I was too tired to continue. Mom and dad didn't know I did they continued to the gate. Once at the gate they sat on the gate and waited a few minutes for me to catch up. When I didn't appear around the bend they got worried so they started walking back to see where I was. They found me laying down the tree. When they got to me I got up and we continued our walk back to the car. Mom and dad worried about me the way back because I was so slow and I was limping a little because my feet were tired. When we got back to the car I crawled into the back seat and laid down. Afterwards we went home. By the time we got home it was time for lunch. Mom and dad went inside and I stayed outside to rest and enjoy the sun. Mom mad chicken and dumplings soup for dad and her lunch. When lunch was ready I went inside and mom gave me a snack. After lunch we decided we would just hang around the Minnie for the rest of the day. Mom did a couple of loads of laundry and read. Dad surfed the Internet and read. I sunned and slept. A couple of before dinner mom worked out. After she finished it was time for dinner so mom made Belgium waffles for dad and her dinner and she fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom took me outside so I could take care of business because I was too tired to walk too far. When we went outside we saw Casandra so mom and her visited a little while. After their visit we went inside and mom and dad watched a dvd, which was Fiddler on the Roof. After the movie we called it a night.

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