Flo's September 2013 Travels




click on photo for more pictures of swimming in Lake Belton

   

Dad seating with See, Hear, Speak No Evil sculpture                    Mom doing her excerise at the park          

LOCATION:  Belton, Texas    SITE:  Lake Belton    DATE:  9/02/2013    DISTANCE:  15 mile

Monday September 2, 2013

Today we woke up at our normal time 6:45. Dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. Shortly after dad finished getting dressed and I was finishing up my breakfast mom crawled out of bed. Dad was a little surprise because he thought maybe she would sleep in. Mom had just gotten back from Tucson and dad thought maybe she was still on Arizona time which would be 4:45. After mom crawled out of bed she got dressed and then she made breakfast for dad and her. After everyone was fed we went for a walk. Today we're going to have a relaxing day because mom had been in Tucson for a couple of days and dad thought maybe she would be tired. When we got back to the Minnie mom put a cooler together. After she finished doing this we got in the truck. While mom was in Tucson dad found a few homes for sale in the Temple/Belton area so we're going to drive by them to look at them. After looking at the homes we by Lake Belton so we stopped at the lake so I could go swimming. While I was swimming we saw a couple of kayakers and a few people fishing on the bank. After I finished swimming and I did a little exploring. When I was exploring the kayakers came into the cove so they could load their kayaks in their truck. Of course when they stopped on the ramp I had to go over and say hi to them. They had been fishing so dad asked them how it was. They said the fishing wasn't good because it was too hot. After talking to the kayakers we went back to the truck. Before going home we drove around a couple more neighborhoods. As we were driving around we saw a beautiful park and decided to check it out. The name of the park was Dr. Clarence R. Miller Community Park. We walked around the park and mom took pictures. The park has soccer fields, playground, water park, a couple of trails, fishing pond, barbecue grills and wellness stations. As we were walking around mom tried out a couple of the wellness stations and we saw people jogging on the trails, people fishing, kids playing in the water park and in the playground. We had a great time at the park. After playing at the park we went home. By the time we got home it was time for lunch. But before I going inside to get a little snack for my lunch I decided to do a little sunning. After I finished sunning mom cooked up some soup for dad and her lunch and gave me a little snack. After lunch mom and dad went to the gym for a couple of hours. When they got home I greeted them at the door. After saying our hellos I went outside to sun again. While I was sunning mom decided she would do the laundry.

When dinnertime came around mom was going to barbecue but it was over 100 degrees so she decided to heat up leftovers. Mom had a couple of soft tacos, dad had a bacon wrap and a soft taco and I had my food. After dinner mom took me for a walk. As we were walking around we stopped and said hi to Baby. We also stopped and said hi to Lulu, Kujo and Miranda. Miranda was taking Kujo back to his dad. After saying hi to everyone mom and I went home. Once at home we went inside and didn't leave the Minnie for the rest of the night. Tonight PBS was starting to show the National Park movie series, which is going to go on through Saturday. So mom and dad watched PBS and I slept.




click on photo for more picture of boating on Lake Belton

LOCATION:  Belton, Texas    SITE:  Lake Belton    DATE:  9/03/2013 - 9/04/2013    DISTANCE:  15 mile

Tuesday September 3, 2013

We slept in until 7:00. Dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. After dad finished getting dressed and I finished my breakfast mom crawled out of bed. Mom got dressed and then she made breakfast for dad and her. After breakfast we went for a walk around the property. When we got back to the Minnie mom put a cooler together. Today mom and dad decided they would go to the lake because they haven't done any boating for six days. As they were leaving for the lake mom gave me a little bit of my food for a snack. When I finished eating my snack I went to mom's seat and watched them drive away. They were gone for a couple of hours. While they were at the lake they water skied and air chaired. The lake was pretty flat so they went by Roger's Point. The lake keeps going down and they see more and more trees coming to the surface everytime they go boating. But they not have any problems with the trees because they're always careful. When they were doing their water sports they saw a few fishermen and a couple kayakers. They had a wonderful time on lake. Before they came home to me they stopped by and picked up our mail. When they got home I greeted them at the door. After saying hi to them mom made lunch. She cooked soup for dad and her and she gave me a little snack. After lunch I went outside to sun. While I was sunning mom worked on her Sudoku and dad surfed the Web. About 1:00 dad asked mom if she was going to the gym or was she going to take the day off. It took mom a few minutes to decide to go to the gym. As they were leaving to go to the gym mom gave me another snack. They were gone for a couple of hours. When they got back home I greeted them at the door again. After saying hi to them I decided that I would do a little sunning. While I was sunning mom worked on her Sudoku and dad surfed the Web. After I finished sunning I barked because I wanted inside to cool off. When dinnertime came around mom barbecued some sausage patties for sandwiches for dad and her dinner. For my dinner I had my food. After dinner mom took me for a walk. Today when we went for a walk we didn't see anyone. So our walk was a little short. When we got back to the Minnie we went inside for the rest of the night. Mom and dad watched the second part of the National Parks on PBS and I slept.

Wednesday September 4, 2013

Today we woke up about 7:00. Dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. Mom and dad are going to the lake today so dad put on his swimsuit. After I finished my breakfast mom crawled out of bed and put on her swimsuit. When she finished getting dressed she mad breakfast for dad and her. Dad and mom both had oatmeal. Dad had apple and cinnamon and mom had maple and brown sugar. After breakfast we went for a walk. When we got back mom put a cooler together and then left for the lake. As they were leaving mom gave me a little bit of my food for a snack. It didn't take me too long to finish my snack. When I finished I went to mom's seat to watch mom and dad drive away. I don't mind it when mom and dad leave me behind because mom gives my a snack and I get a break from mom pestering me. Mom and dad were gone for a few hours. While they were at the lake they water skied, air chaired and floated in the lake. The lake was very nice and when they we going back to the ramp the lake was getting flatter and flatter. Once they put the boat into storage they drove around a couple of RV parks because they were on the way home. As they were driving around the parks they decided that if we had to move that they probably wouldn't stay at any of these RV parks because they were rundown. When they got home it was lunchtime. I greeted they at the door. After we said our hellos mom made soup for dad and her lunch. She gave me a little snack. Mom and dad decided they would take the day off from going to the gym. Instead they went grocery shopping. I was glad they left me at home because it was hot outside and it was nice and cool in the Minnie. When they got home dad called Jerry Wright because he had told dad that he would e-mail him a house bid. Dad never received it so Jerry told him he would resend it when he got home. While dad was talking to Jerry I went outside and did a little sunning. When dinnertime came around mom barbecued some shrimp for her dinner and she heated up a leftover sausage pattie for dad's dinner. Mom had a shrimp wrap, dad had a sandwich and I had my food for dinner. After dinner mom took me for a walk. It was hot outside so I didn't see any of my friends. When we got home we went inside too cool off. About 6:30 mom took me outside for a little walk before calling a night. When we got out the door a couple of my friends were there. Holly and Casandra were driving with Scott on his four-wheeler to his house and Kujo and King were visiting with a couple of people. When Holly got to Scott's house Casandra told her she could play with me. When Kujo saw mom and me he came running to us. I was so glad because I haven't seen my friends for a few days because it has been so hot. While mom was paying attention to Kujo King came over and told her that Kujo was a little sore because Zeus had attacked him the day before. Poor Kujo I hope that he heals real soon. After saying hi to my friends mom and I went back inside and called it a night. Before watching the third part of the National Parks dad had received an e-mail from Jerry and he was very excited because the house bid was where he wanted it to be. He printed the bid out and read through it. As he read through it he made notes and questions to ask Jerry. Dad was so excited that he called Jerry. He asked Jerry if they could meet and discuss the bid. Jerry told him he would call tomorrow and set up a time to meet. After dad got off the phone it was time for mom and him to watch the third part of the National Parks and I slept. After the show was over dad was so excited that he didn't go to bed until 11:00. Mom told him he probably wouldn't be able to sleep. Mom was wrong he was asleep shortly after go to bed.     

LOCATION:  Temple, Texas    SITE:  The Minnie    DATE:  9/05/2013    DISTANCE:  00 mile

Thursday September 5, 2013

Today we woke up at 6:45. Dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. Afterwards dad got dressed. When I finished my breakfast mom crawled out of bed and made breakfast for dad and her. Mom had maple and brown sugar oatmeal and dad had toast. After everyone was fed we went for a walk around the property. When we got home mom did breakfast dishes and put a cooler together. Mom and dad decided to take the day off going to the lake. They didn't have any plans for the day so dad surfed the Web and mom worked on her Sudoku. After a half hour I got bored so I pestered mom about going somewhere. She tried to ignored me but it didn't work I pestered her for about fifteen minutes before mom and dad gave in. Dad told me that I would be bored because we weren't going where I thought we were going to go. We still have ants but not as many. Dad has been looking for other places to park the Minnie. He found a few so today we drove to Kileen to look at a couple of them. Mom and dad decided they could stay at either place if we had to move. While we were in Kileen we decided to drive around and look at what Kileen has to offer. Kileen is farther away from our lot than where we are now but we wanted to have options in cause we had to move. As we were driving back to the Minnie we drove by Lake Belton and stopped at a park that looked over the lake. We walked around for a little while so we could stretch our legs and go to the bathroom. Dad teased mom about how flat the lake was and they could be skiing instead of driving around. After looking at the lake for awhile we went back to the truck and went home. When we got back to the Minnie it was 11:30. Today I was so tired that I went inside instead of sunning. When we got inside mom made soup for dad and her lunch. She gave me a little snack for my lunch. After lunch we relaxed. Dad looked over Jerry's house bid again and made more notes and questions to ask him. About 12:30 mom got ready to go to the gym. Jerry was suppose to call about 1:00 but dad knew Jerry probably wouldn't call until later. So at 1:30 mom and dad went to the gym. Mom worked out while dad read. Dad decided not to workout because if Jerry called he would have to leave and he wanted to meet with him. Mom had been working out for 45 minutes when dad told her that Jerry called and that he was going to meet with them at 3:30. Mom worked out another 15 minutes. After mom and dad had met with Jerry they came home to me. Their meeting went very well and mom and dad decided that Jerry was going to build our new home. We're just waiting for Jerry to write up a contract. We're very excited. Once the house starts to being build it should take 5 to 6 months before it will be finished. By the time they got back to me it was 4:50. I met them at the door. We said our hellos and then mom made dinner. Once again mom had a shrimp wrap, dad had a sausage pattie sandwich and I had my food. After dinner mom took me for a walk. The only friend I saw during our walk was Baby. I think the reason I haven't seen my friends lately is because mom and I have been going on our walks too early and they're probably are eating dinner. When we got home we went inside and cooled off. Mom and dad watched the fourth part of the National Parks. After the movie mom took me for a walk. When we got back we went inside and called it a night.





click on photo for more pictures of Lake Belton 9-6-2013

LOCATION:  Belton, Texas    SITE:  Lake Belton    DATE:  9/06/2013 - 9/07/2013    DISTANCE:  15 mile

Friday September 6, 2013

Today we woke up at our normal time. Dad crawled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. Then he got dress to go to the lake. After I finished my breakfast mom crawled out of bed and got dressed. Afterwards she made breakfast for dad and her. Mom had cinnamon and spice oatmeal and dad had toast. When everyone finished eating breakfast we went on our morning walk. When we got back to the Minnie mom put a cooler together. As mom and dad we leaving to go to the lake mom gave me a little bit of my food for a snack. Mom and dad were getting in the truck when our neighbor Greg came by with his dog Zeus. Greg was taking Zeus to the dog run by our home. So mom and dad visited with Greg for a little while. I sat in mom's chair watching them. When they finished visiting they left for the lake. I watched them leave. They returned to me a couple hours later. While they were at the lake they water skied and wake boarded. The lake was so flat mom said it was hard to see the trees in the lake because the sun reflected off the lake. The lake was so flat mom and dad could ski anywhere. The whole time they were at the lake they only saw a few fishing boats. They had another great time at the lake. On the way home they stopped by to talk to Tom about making a couple minor changes to the house plan. Jerry told dad he didn't have to make the changes to the blueprint but dad wanted to. After talking to Tom they came home to me. I greeted them at the door and said hi. Afterwards mom made lunch for dad and her. She cooked up Chicken and Dumpling soup for dad and her lunch and she gave me a little snack. Today mom and dad were tired so they decided they would hang around the house instead of going to the gym. So after lunch we relaxed. Mom worked on her Sudoku and played Angry Birds. Dad did a little research on the Web and I slept. A little while later mom climbed into bed to take a nap and dad read the paper. Of course I slept. About an hour later mom climbed back down. She decided that she was going to make toss salads for dad and her dinner so she cut up the stuff for it. She cut up radishes, lettuce and green onions. After she finished I wanted to go outside to sun so she let me out. I was outside for about a half hour. When I came back inside mom decided she would do a workout she worked out for an hour and 15 minutes. After her workout she put a salad together for dad and her dinner. She gave me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom took me for a walk. When we were almost home we saw Casandra and Holly walking home from Scott's house. So we stopped and visited with them. After our visit we went inside for the night. Dad is real excited about building the house now that we have decided on the builder so he has been surfing the Internet to get some ideas on kitchens cabinets and what color to use for appliances. So mom and dad looked at different kitchens on the Internet while they were waiting for the fifth part of the National Parks to come on. After watching the National Parks movie we called it a night. We had a very relaxing day and now it's time to say good night.




click on photo for more pictures of Bell County Exposition Center

   

Dog owners getting to know the Agility Course            A dog doing the teeter tooter of the agility course

   

   Lizzy a King Charles Spaniel at the dog show                     The leash person during the dog show      

Saturday September 7, 2013

Today we woke up at our normal time. Dad got up and fed me my breakfast. Afterwards he got dressed in his swimsuit. When I finished my breakfast mom got up and got dressed. Then she made breakfast for dad and her. Dad had toast and mom had apple and cinnamon oatmeal. After everyone was fed we went on our morning walk around the property. When we got back to the Minnie mom fixed a cooler to take to the lake with them. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack and said good bye. After I finished my snack I went to mom's chair and watched them drive away. Mom and dad were at the lake for about an hour or so. While they were there they air chaired and floated in the lake. There were a few more boats on the lake but not as many as if they were on Lake Travis. They really enjoy Lake Belton because they see a lot of older boats still being used and the boat traffic is a lot less than Lake Travis. After putting the boat in storage they went to the Bell County Exposition Center to watch the Dog Gone Fun Agility event. There were two different rings and courses. One course had jumps, tubes and poles to go around. The other course had a ring to jump through, poles to go around, jumps, platform to climb, a teeter tooter, tubes to go through, an A frame to climb and a platform to stay on. The dogs that participated in the event were from different breeds, different ages, different skill levels, all sizes and different energy levels. While they were at the agility show they had nachos for a snack. Mom and dad were at the show for a few hours. They had a great time watching the dogs do both of the agility courses. Before leaving the Expos Center they went to the Sami Show. They hadn't been to a Sami Show in years. They were disappointed with the show because it was small and it only took them 15 minutes to walk through it. After leaving the Sami Show the came back to me. I greeted them at the door and said hi. It was almost 2:00 by the time they got home. Mom cooked up some soup for their lunch. After we relaxed in the Minnie. About 3:00 mom took a nap, dad surfed the Internet and I slept. When mom woke up I decided to go outside to sun. So she opened the door and let me out. I wasn't out too long because it was too hot. Before dinner mom worked out for 45 minutes. Then she made a salad for dad and her dinner and she fed me my food for my dinner. After dinner mom took me for a walk. It was windy and it looked like it was going to rain so we weren't gone long. But we still took time and visited with a few people. I visited with Lulu while mom visited with Miranda. We also did a good deed. The wind had knocked over King's grill so mom and a neighbor of King's put it back up on it wheels and set it a different direction so it wouldn't blow over again. When we were almost home we stopped and say hi to Baby. We also said hi to Casandra, Holly and Scott. We didn't visit too long because the storm was getting stronger. When we got home mom worked out for another hour. Afterwards mom and dad watched the last part of the National Parks series. When the movie was over we called it a night.




click on photo for more pictures of Rockdale Texas

LOCATION:  Rockdale, Texas    SITE:  Rockdale Depot Museum                                                            DATE:  9/08/2013    DISTANCE:  45 mile

Sunday September 8, 2013

Today we woke up at 6:45. Dad got up and fed me my breakfast. When I finished my breakfast mom got up and got dressed. Afterwards she made breakfast for dad and her. After breakfast we went for a walk around the property. When we got back to the Minnie mom put a cooler together and dad checked the two batteries in the Minnie to make sure they had water in them. The batteries were ok but dad did top them off. After dad finished doing this they decided to go to Rockdale. Rockdale was having a swap meet and antique show this weekend. When they got to Rockdale they looked for the park where the show was but couldn't find it. So they stopped and asked a couple of locals where the park was. One of them called her mother to find out and get directions. When they got to the park there was nothing there so dad thought maybe he got the wrong weekend. Both of them were disappointed but the Rockdale Depot Museum was across the street from the park so they walked around it. The actual museum was opened until 1:00 and it was only 10:00 when they were there. As they walked around they saw an old train with a caboose and a passenger car. Dad tried the passenger car door to see if it was unlocked but it was locked. There also was an old farm wagon. The owner was Mr. Lee Caywood, who was a farmer and gardener. In season he would make almost a daily trip to town to sell vegetables on the corner or deliver them to customers. If people didn't have any money he would give the vegetables to them. The farm wagon was reconstructed in 2013 by Gary Jackson. Even though the wasn't going on they still had fun walking around the old train depot. When they got home I met them at the door to say hi. Afterwards mom made lunch. Mom cooked some soup for dad and her and she gave me a little snack. After lunch I went outside to sun. I sunned for about an hour. After I came in mom and dad went to the gym for a couple of hours. When they got back from the gym mom did some laundry. In between the two loads of clothes mom did some Sudoku. Dad surfed the Internet and I slept and did a little sunning. When ever mom went to the laundry room she would stop and say hi to Baby. One time when she went to the laundry room I went with her. When she was folding the clothes I stayed downstairs and pestered the cats that live in the dumpster area. When dinnertime came around mom barbecued some pork for dad and her dinner. I get so excited when mom barbecues pork because she usually gives me a little bit of hers. Mom fed me my food and she did give me a little bit of her pork for my dinner. After dinner  mom and I went outside. We didn't walk around the property today instead we went to the dog area and I walked around the area. When I finished doing my thing we went back inside and called it a night. We had a very relaxing day.

LOCATION:  Belton, Texas    SITE:  Lake Belton    DATE:  9/09/2013    DISTANCE:  15 mile

Monday September 9, 2013

We woke up at our normal time. Dad got up and fed me my breakfast. Dad got dressed to go to the lake while I ate. When he finished getting dressed mom got up and got dressed. Then she made breakfast for dad and her. She had apple and cinnamon oatmeal and dad had toast. After everyone was fed we went on our morning walk around the property. When we got back to the Minnie mom put a cooler together. Afterwards mom and dad went to the lake. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack and said good-bye. When I finished my snack I got on mom's seat to watch them leave. The lake wasn't as flat as it was Saturday but it wasn't bad at all. The lake had some ripples because there was a little wind. The parking lots were almost empty except for a vehicle or two. While they were at the lake they water skied and air chaired. They were gone a little longer then normal because on the way home they did a few earns. When they got home I was so excited that I jumped out the door as soon as dad opened the door to say hi. After saying hi to mom and dad we went inside. When we got inside mom made lunch. She made grilled chicken and sausage gumbo soup for dad and her. She gave me a little snack. After lunch I went outside and sunned. While I was sunning mom kept an eye on me because our neighbor Greg was home and his dog Zeus doesn't get along with other dogs and I wasn't on my chain. I was out for a little while when Greg decided to take Zeus to his dog run so mom came out and put me on my chain. Mom and dad watched me through the window and noticed that Greg had gotten another dog. It looked like they both were getting along very well so maybe this will help Zeus get along with other dogs. After sunning I went back inside. While I was cooling off dad asked mom if she wanted to go to the gym. She said she would pass on go to the gym today. About an hour later I started to pestering mom about doing something. Mom felt guilty about not taking me to the lake for a swim yesterday so we went to the lake. After my swim mom dried me off and we start towards home. On the way home we drove around a couple of neighborhoods to get some ideas about what colors to use for the exterior of our new house. Afterwards we went home we were gone for a couple of hours. When we got home I stayed outside to sun. When I got hot I barked to go inside. While I was cooling off mom worked out for an hour. When she finished her workout she microwaved bacon for dinner. Mom and dad had bacon wraps for their dinner and mom fed me my food and gave me a little bacon. After dinner mom took me for walk. During our walk we stopped and visited Holly, Casandra, Kujo and King. While we were visiting the wind was blowing and dark clouds were rolling in so we went back home. We got home just in time because it started to rain. It didn't rain hard but it rained enough to dirty the Minnie. For the rest of the night we stayed inside and relaxed. I was glad because I was tired from my swim. So I'll say good night.

LOCATION:  Temple, Texas    SITE:  Downtown Temple    DATE:  9/10/2013    DISTANCE:  10 miles

Tuesday September 10, 2013

Today we woke up at 6:45. Dad fed me my breakfast and then he got dressed. Mom crawled out of bed a few minutes later and got dressed. Afterwards she made breakfast for dad and her. When everyone was finished eating we went for our morning walk. When we returned to the Minnie mom and dad went grocery shopping. As they were leaving mom gave a little snack. They were gone about an hour. When they returned to me I greeted them at the door. After they put the grocery away mom put a cooler together. Then they left because dad had a dentist appointment in downtown Temple. They got to the dentist a little early because it was dad's first appointment with the dentist. They were gone about an hour and a half. When they returned to me I was very excited to see them. When mom and dad went to the store this morning they bought a spiral ham so after we said our hellos mom separated the ham for a few meals. While mom was separating the ham she gave me a little bit. After she finished with the ham she made lunch for dad and her. She made soup for their lunch. When we finished our lunch we relaxed inside for a hour or so then mom and dad went to the gym. They were at the gym for a couple of hours. When they got back to me I greeted them at the door. After saying hi to them I decided I would stay outside and sun. While I was sunning mom swept out the Minnie and a load of laundry. When she finished her housework I went inside to cool down. When mom went over to get the laundry I decided to go back outside and sun. When I finished sunning I went inside to cool off again. I stayed inside because it was too hot outside. When dinnertime came around mom made a ham sandwich for dad and her dinner. She fed me my food. After dinner mom took me for a walk. We didn't go too far or stay out too long because mom and dad were going to square dancing lessons tonight. The lessons starts at 7:00 so they left the house about 6:30. As they were leaving mom gave me a little snack. After I ate my snack went to her seat and watched them drive away. They arrived at the hall a little too early so they drove around downtown Temple. The square dancing class was very small. It barely made 2 squares. Mom and dad use to square dance but haven't done it in 25 years so they're taking classes to refresh their skills and learn what has changed in 25 years. They had a great time. They met a lot of friendly people and had a good caller Dale. By the time they got back to me it was dark and I met them at the door. I was so happy to see them that this time our hellos were longer than normal. After saying our hellos we relaxed. A little while later mom took me for my last walk of the night. It was so dark that mom had to use a flashlight to see where we were going. As we were walking we bumped into Casandra, Scott and Holly. We visited with them for a little bit. It wasn't too long because it was too dark and the mosquitoes were biting mom. When we got home we went inside and called it a night.

LOCATION:  Harker Heights, Texas    SITE:  McDonald's    DATE:  9/11/2013    DISTANCE:  21 miles

Wednesday September 11, 2013

Today we woke up at our normal time. Dad rolled out of bed and fed me my breakfast. After I finished breakfast mom rolled out of bed and made breakfast for dad and her. They had their normal breakfast. Dad had toast and mom had oatmeal. When everyone finished eating we went on a walk around the property. Mom and dad didn't go to the lake again because mom had a dentist appointment. When we got back from our walk mom did the dishes and put a cooler together. Afterwards she sat down with dad and relaxed until it was time for them to leave. As they were leaving mom gave me a little snack and said good-bye. I finished my snack and then went to mom's chair just in time to see them drive away. They were gone for a couple of hours. When they got home I met them at the door to say hi. After we said our hellos we relaxed. Mom did some word searches, dad did some research on the Internet and I slept. We relaxed for an hour and then mom made lunch. She cooked soup for dad and her and she gave me a little snack. After lunch I went outside to sun while mom and dad just relaxed. After awhile mom decided to straighten up the shed. While she was doing this I kept her company by sunning. She worked on this project for an hour or so. When she finished she asked dad to check it out. He put on his shoes and checked it out. He was very impressed now we can walk in and out of the shed with out falling over boxes. The stuff in the boxes were from the Minnie when mom and dad cleared out the Minnie because of the ants. We haven't seen any ants for awhile but they may come back. So mom and dad decided it was easier just to keep the stuff in the shed instead of packing the stuff in boxes when the ants come back. What's great about the shed being straightened up is now we can find things easier. Mom and dad were tired after square dancing last night so they didn't go to the gym instead we just hung out in the Minnie. Occasionally I went outside to sun while mom and dad relaxed inside. Mom and dad had an appointment with John in Harker Heights at McDonald's concerning his bid on building our new house. The appointment was a 5:30 so mom and dad left at 4:45 so they could grab dinner before their meeting with John. As they were leaving mom fed me my dinner. After I finished eating I watched them leave. Their meeting with John went great. They're still thinking about going with Jerry but if Jerry happens not to work out they have another builder to fall back on. They got home about 7:30 and I was very happy to see them. As soon as they opened the door I jumped out the door to say hi. After we finished saying hi mom decided to workout a little. While she was working out our neighbor Greg came outside with his dogs so dad went over to visit with him and to meet his new dog. I wanted to go with him but mom told me I could go outside but I would have to stay by the Minnie because of Zeus. Mom stopped her workout and let me out. Then she came outside and set up our chairs. I went to my chair and she went to hers. Once we were settled in our chairs mom decided that she would finished up her workout outside. After she finished her workout we went inside because it was starting to get dark. Dad continued his visit with Greg. When he finished visiting he came inside. Mom worked on her Sudoku and dad went over John's bid to see where cost could be cut and what he wanted to delete from it. I slept. We had a very relaxing day. Now I will say good night.

LOCATION:  Belton, Texas    SITE:  Lake Belton    DATE:  9/12/2013 - 9/13/2013    DISTANCE:  15 mile

Thursday September 12, 2013

Today mom woke up at 5:00 because she had to go to the bathroom. After she went to the bathroom she crawled back into bed but she only lasted about a half hour because the ants were biting her. We were ant free for about a week now they were back in mom and dad's bed. Mom crawled out of bed to sleep on the coach for an hour or so but I only let her sleep about 45 minutes. When mom woke up again she fed me my breakfast and decided to play Angry Birds until dad got up. Dad got up at his normal time which was 6:45. Dad got dressed to go to the lake. After he got dressed mom made breakfast for him and her. Dad had his toast and mom had apple cinnamon oatmeal. After everyone was fed we went on our morning walk around the property. When we got back mom finished getting ready to go to the lake. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack and said good-bye. I finished my snack and went to mom's seat to watch them leave. They were gone for a couple of hours. When they got to the lake the lake was so flat that they water skied, wake boarded and air chaired. After they did their water sports mom loaded the boat on the trailer. Today mom had trouble putting the boat on the trailer. She kept on over correcting and couldn't put the boat on the trailer. So dad had to get in the lake and put the boat on the trailer correctly. Dad thought she was nervous because there was a boat with workers from the marina waiting to do some work. Mom said she wasn't nervous she just wasn't thinking. After they got the boat on the trailer they parked the truck and wiped down the boat. After putting the boat into storage they checked our mail because we had a couple of packages waiting for us. when they finished getting the mail they came home to me. They were home a little later than usually so I was very excited to see them. When dad opened the door I jumped out of the Minnie to say hi. After saying our hellos we went inside and mom made lunch. She made soup for dad and her lunch and gave me a little snack. After lunch I went outside to sun a little bit. When I finished sunning I went inside to cool off. About 1:30 mom and dad went to the gym. They were gone a few hours. After they worked out they stopped by Lowe's and looked at a few items for the new house. They looked at faucets for the bathrooms and kitchen, they looked at bathroom sinks and they looked at different insulations. When they got home I greeted them at the door. After we said our hellos I decided that I wanted to sun again so I went outside. I was outside about an hour before barking to come in. When dinnertime came around mom made ham sandwiches for dad and her dinner and she fed me my dinner. Mom and dad had ham sandwiches because they're going to square dancing lessons tonight and didn't want to eat too much. After dinner mom took me for a walk. During our walk we stopped and said hi to Miranda and Lulu. Lulu was the only friend outside today. When we got home mom and dad got ready to go to their lesson. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack and said good-bye. When they got to the hall where the lesson was the caller told them that the hall was doubled booked and they were trying to get some place else to have the lesson. But they couldn't find another place and they didn't have enough people for a square so they canceled the class. The people that were there decided to go over to Sammons Community Center because it was having a Country Western dance. Mom and dad were invited but dad said he really doesn't dance country western. The caller told mom and dad that there'll be a class Tuesday. After saying bye to everyone mom and dad went to McDonald's to get dessert, which was an ice cream cone. After dessert they came home to me. After saying hi we went inside and called it a night.  

Friday September 13, 2013

Today mom woke up at 6:30 because she had to go to the bathroom. When she got up she fed me my breakfast. Mom, I don't believe it you fed me my breakfast two days in a row. While I was eating dad got up and got dressed. After dad got dressed and I finished eating mom made breakfast for dad and her. Dad had toast and mom had maple and brown sugar oatmeal. When everyone finished eating we went on our morning walk. When we returned mom went next door to meet Greg's new dog and to visit. The new dog's name is Dexter and mom still doesn't know what kind of dog he is. After visiting mom came home to dad and me. After mom put a cooler together mom and dad went to the lake. As they were leaving mom gave me a snack. After I finished eating my snack and watched they leave. They were gone for a couple of hours. There were a couple of concrete barriers in the lake by the ramp and they made it a challenge for mom when she gets the boat off the trailer. Today when they got to the lake they noticed that the barriers were gone. This was great one less obstacle in the lake to worry about. While they were at the lake they just floated in the lake. After they finished floating they put the boat on the trailer. Once again mom had trouble but it wasn't as bad as yesterday. After putting the boat into storage they swung by to check the mail because dad had received an e-mail that said he had a package. When they got to the UPS store to check the mail the e-mail was a false alarm. There wasn't a package waiting for us. Afterwards they came home to me. I met them at the door and said hi. When we finished saying hi mom made lunch. After lunch I went outside and did a little sunning. I sunned for about an hour and then barked to come in. I cooled off for about an hour and then mom and dad took me to the lake so mom could give me a bath and I could go swimming. On the way home from the lake dad stopped by Lowe's to return a fan we had bought a couple of months ago and it had quit. He didn't have a receipt but they could look it up on their computer. They didn't have too many fans because the season is almost over and didn't have any more of the fans we had. On the way back to the service counter dad and an employee saw the exact fan we had on his desk so the employee told dad he could have it. Dad told him he didn't want to take the fan away from them. The employee said he could get another one. So dad returned to the truck with a fan and a receipt so if this one stops dad can return it and get his money because the fan has a one year warranty. When we got back home I stayed outside to sun. While I was sunning mom did her workout and a load of clothes. I was outside for about an hour and then I barked to go inside. When mom was coming back from the laundry room she noticed that Holly was on her porch so she asked me if I wanted to go see Holly. I was tired but I wanted to see Holly. We said hi to Holly and then went home. We weren't gone too long because Casandra didn't come out to visit. When we got home mom made dinner. Mom made pork n beans and bacon wraps. Mom put some extra bacon in the beans and she also added some red onion to them. She fed me my food for dinner. After dinner we just hung around inside. Mom and dad watched a new DVD they got, which was Star Trek Into Darkness. It was a great movie. After the movie was over we called it a night.   



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             A painting on an old satellite Disc                       One of the train car to play in at Fred Springer Park

   

Whistle Stop Playground Entrance                                One of the sculptures in the park

   

One of the cars in the car show at the airport                            A Vintage Plane at the airport  
        

LOCATION:  Temple, Texas    SITE:  Downtown Temple    DATE:  9/14/2013    DISTANCE:  10 miles

Saturday September 14, 2015

Today was a special day because Temple has a lot of events going on around town. In downtown Temple there was a Community Market from 8 to 1. At the Bell County Exposition Center had The Alamo Racing Canines today and tomorrow. There was a Vintage Plane & Car Show at Temple Airport from 10:30 to 3:30. Tonight there were a couple of events going on at the Frank Mayborn Center. In the arena the Cen-Tex Roller Girls Roller Derby had a game at 7:00 . Ruthie Foster Concert was at the Cultural Activities Center at 7:30.

We woke up at our normal time and dad fed me my breakfast. While dad was getting dressed and I was finishing my breakfast mom crawled out of bed. Mom  got dressed and made breakfast for dad and her. Dad had his normal breakfast of toast and mom had apple and cinnamon oatmeal. After everyone was fed we went for our morning walk. When we got back to the Minnie dad and I went inside to relax and mom went next store to meet Greg's new dog Dexter. After her visit she came home and relaxed with dad and me. Today mom and dad invited me to go with them. We going to the Community Market and then to the Vintage Plane & Car Show. The Community Market was held in downtown Temple at the Community Market park. We arrived there about 8:30. It didn't take us too long to walk through the market because there were only about ten vendors. As we walked through we saw a few booths with arts and crafts, a booth had beautiful paintings on old satellite dishes, a booth that had food and the other booths had clothing. We stopped by a couple of vendors and visited with them. A few of the vendors paid attention to me. After doing the market we cross the street and walked through Fred Springer Park. The park had a railroad track that went around the park and a few wooden railroad cars for kids to play in. The next place we walked to was The Whistle Stop Playground. On the way to the Whistle Stop we walked by the Railroad Museum and the railroad yard. We didn't stop at the museum because it was closed but even if it was open I wasn't allowed inside. When we got to the Whistle Stop we just walked to the entrance because I wasn't allowed on the playground. At the entrance there were a few poles with drawings on them that were drawn by kids in Temple. Even though we didn't go inside the playground we saw a lot of kids playing. What we saw of the playground it looked cool with swings, a slide, a bridge, a climber, a playhouse, shaded seating and a theme playground. After walking around the Whistle Stop we walked the learning trail. While walking the trail there are signs that tell you what to do. When we finished walking the trail we walked back to the truck. On the way back to the truck we walked by the railroad museum area there was a family of a mom and three kids playing on the railroad cars. I was so tired that I didn't stop to say hi to them. Mom and dad thought I wasn't going to make it back because I had to be on leash and I was tired but I did make it back. Mom and dad were going to take me with them to the Vintage Plane & Car Show but I was too tired so they took me back to the Minnie. Even though I got tired I still had a great time.

The Vintage Plane & Car Show cost $1.00 or a can of food to get in. All the money that was raised went to the program that takes special needs and chronically ill children up for planes rides. The children get to fly the planes. Mom and dad had a super time at the show. They saw a lot of cool cars, listened to a band and saw a few planes. They wanted to stay to listen to the band longer than they did but it was hot so they left. On the way home they stopped by the Bell County Exposition Center to watch The Racing Canines. While they were at the Expos Center they met a man (Joel) that explained how the races work. The races are relays. Two teams of four dogs compete against each other. The team that wins three of the relays win the set of relays. The two teams that compete against each other skills are very close to each other. The teams start at the start line which has a light system of red, yellow, yellow, yellow and green lights. The first dog has to hit the line when the green light is on if the dog gets there too early it's considered a false start. Once the dog gets to the line it has to jump over four barriers, run to a box and gets a ball, jump over the barriers again, run back to the line and then the next dog goes. Mom and dad watched the dogs do the relays for about an hour and half. As they watched the dogs Joel explained the program. They had a great time.




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On the way home mom and dad stopped to get our mail. Then they stopped for lunch at Taco Bell. After they ate they came home to me. When they got home they had been gone for a few hours so I was very excited to see them. So when dad opened the door I jumped out of the door to say hi to them. After we finished saying hi we went inside to relax. I didn't stay inside too long before I decided to go outside to sun. After sunning I went inside to cool off. When dinnertime came around mom made a baked potato for dad and her dinner and she fed me my food. After dinner mom took me for a walk today we walked around the dog run and an area behind it because mom didn't want me to pester people, who were building a shed for Scott. When we got back mom and dad got ready to go to the Ruthie Foster Concert. As they were leaving for the concert mom gave me a treat and said good-bye. I finished my snack and then went to mom's seat to watch them leave. Mom and dad had a great time at the concert. Ruthie Foster was very energetic and had a super voice. Ruthie's music was a variety of blues, country, folk and gospel.  The concert started at 7:30 and was over at 9:45. Mom and dad returned to me about 10:00. I greeted them at the door. After saying hi mom took me for a walk around the property. When we got home we went inside and called it a night.




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Returning to the line                                                       Finished time of a race
     

LOCATION:  Belton, Texas    SITE:  Lake Belton    DATE:  9/15/2013    DISTANCE:  15 miles

Sunday September 15, 2013

Today we woke up at our normal time. Dad fed me my breakfast and then got dressed to go to the lake. While dad was getting dressed and I was finishing up my breakfast mom got up. Mom got dressed and then she made breakfast for dad and her. After everyone was fed we went for our morning walk. At the beginning of our walk my friend Holly and her mom Casandra were walking our way so Holly and I said hi to each other. Mom introduced dad to Casandra. We didn't visit too long because Holly and Casandra were on their way to Scott's house. Our walk wasn't as long as we normally have because Aunt Louise showed up. She knocked on our door but no one answered because we were on our walk. We watched her waiting for us to answer the door but she never looked our way. When we got closer to the Minnie I saw her so I ran to say hi to her. We knew Aunt Louise was coming out to visit but she arrived earlier than she normal does. But that was ok with us. After everyone said their hellos we went inside for a few minutes. As mom, dad and Aunt Louise were leaving to go to the lake mom gave me a little snack and said good-bye. I finished my snack and then I watched them drive away. After getting the boat they drove to the boat ramp. As they were driving to the ramp they saw a few deer and stopped by the bathroom. When they got to the bathroom they saw three wild turkeys on the roof and one on the ground. This was a surprise because they never seen wild turkeys at Cedar Ridge before. Mom and Aunt Louise took pictures of the turkeys. After Aunt Louise finished using the bathroom they launched the boat. When they got to boat ramp parking lot they notice there were a lot of fishing boat trailers in the parking lot. Mom and dad said that they never seen the parking lot that full so they figured that there most of been an over night  tournament. Dad launched the boat and then he parked the boat in the upper parking lot. As he was walking by the lower parking lot he counted ten trailers. Mom picked him up in the cove and headed towards Roger Park area of the lake. When they got to Roger Park they noticed that parking lot was full. Today while they were at the lake all three of them water skied and then they floated in the boat and visited. While they were visiting they watched the fishermen and waved at them as they drove by. It was a little overcast so mom didn't take too many pictures. They had a wonderful time at the lake.

On the way home from the lake they stopped at the Bell County Exposition Center to watch the Racing Canines. Before they went to the Expos Center they stopped and had lunch at Fazoli's. Mom and dad hadn't been to Fazoli's in a long time. Mom and dad shared the Spicy Sampler, which had Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, Italian Sauce Penne, and Meat Lasagna with "Spice It Up". Aunt Louise had Fazoli's Original Classic Submarinos because she doesn't like pasta. They all had a delicious lunch. After lunch they went to the Expos Center. Yesterday mom and dad watched them and learned about the racing. Today they took Aunt Louise with them. The races were fun to watch. The two teams that raced against each other were very well matched up. Each relay team had a variety of different breeds of dogs and some dogs were faster than others. They were at the races for a couple of hours. They had a super day at the races and lake. By the time they got back to me it was 2:00. I met them at the door to say hi. Aunt Louise didn't come in because she had to go home to my cousin Autumn. We all said good-bye and then mom, dad and I went inside.

At 3:00 mom and dad went to the gym to workout. They hadn't been to the gym in a couple of days so they decided to go. As they were leaving mom gave me another snack. After I finished my snack I watch them leave. They were gone for a couple hours. When they got home I met them at the door. After saying hi we went inside and relaxed. When dinnertime came around mom barbecued some pork for dad and her dinner. While she was barbecuing I sunned and dad read the paper. When the pork was finished we went inside and mom fed me my dinner and a little bit of her pork. After dinner mom took me for a walk. When we got back we went inside and called it a night. We had a great day.

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