Have a dog that won't go outside to potty in the ice or snow? I feel ya. I have two of those pets myself. I don't really blame them though. I wouldn't want to drudge through the ice and snow barefoot to go pee either. There's a hack for that.

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Winter is Coming

If the forecast for Thursday holds up to the snow/sleet/ice that's predicted, you may find it hard to get your fur babies outside to do their business. Some dogs are just flat-out stubborn and won't go potty outside if it's wet out.

The snow/sleet/ice just seems to scare them off. They'd rather hold it 'til they can't, then go find a quiet corner in the house and unload. (I know this from experience.)

Even Bribery Don't Work

I've even tried throwing their favorite treats out into the yard to see if they'll fetch them, then hoping they'll go ahead and potty while they're out there. That doesn't work for me either. They simply don't care to walk in the cold wet snow/sleet/ice to let nature call.

There's a Hack for That

If you have the same problem with your four-legged friend, try this.

Before the storm rolls in, lay down some plywood, cardboard, or a tarp over a section of grass just outside the back door. Once the storm rolls in, and it's time to let the dogs out (who, who, who, who, who), simply lift up the plywood/cardboard/tarp and wala! Grass.

Fido sees familiar ground and is able to handle their business as usual.

Trust me on this - it'll work and it'll save some cleaning up in the end!

Wow! What I Saw When I Turned Left Inside Buc-ee's In Temple, Texas [PICS]

As the saying goes... everything's bigger in Texas.

Having said that, I've never seen a gas station with more than 50 gas pumps.

Then I visited Buc-ee's.

What is Buc-ee's?

If you don't know or have never visited the popular one-stop highway shop that has over 35 Texas locations in Texas, you need to!

You can get everything in Buc-ee's from gas, to keychains to candles to brisket to goat milk soap and everything in between.


Buc-ee's Has Expanded

According to their site, Buc-ee's, not only has multiple locations here in Texas, they have expanded to southern states like Georgia, Alabama, and Florida.

The World's Largest Buc-ee's Coming Soon

Later this year, Buc-ee's has plans to open "The World's Largest Buc-ee's" located in Sevierville, Tennesse. It will have 120 fuel pumps, a 250-foot car wash, and 74,000 square feet of indoor shopping.
Yikes!

I've Never Turned Left

In almost 7 years, I've been here in Texas, I've never turned left when I went inside a Buc-ee's.

I either walk straight to the bathroom or turn right to get water or gummy bears or chocolate almonds. (I get the same thing every time)


But yesterday, I decided to turn left and (I know I'm late) I was mesmerized!

For starters, I never had a reason to turn left.

I've visited the one in Waller County, Bastrop, and the Temple location.

Every time I've visited Buc-ee's, I've never had a reason to go "shopping" always a bathroom break and then back on the road.

So here are some of the cool things I saw when I turned left at Buc-ee's in Temple, Texas!

10 "Outside the Box" Ideas for Valentine's day

Celebrating Valentine's Day can be as simple as a nice card, flowers and a box of chocolates but if the expectation is for something bigger, and more creative, this list might help.

Although there is nothing wrong with dinner and a movie, let's take that idea a little further. Keep in mind, some pre-planning may be in order here but literally the sky is the limit.

There are so many ways to say "I Love You" to that special someone and for the sake of the "Outside the Box' definition, let's go with anything other than dinner and a movie.