Shane Holden
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Shane Holden

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Please note: the opinions I express here are solely mine at the time of writing, and may or may not apply any longer. If reading something that I've written in the past may change your opinion or thoughts of me, please proceed no further.
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Pressure Canning

by Shane Holden – July 18, 2015

As many horror stories as we’ve heard about pressure canning, we gave it a try today. The benefits of pressure canning over hot bath canning, at least in my mind, make it the better choice if you aren’t afraid to do it.

We ran into a guy that was picking up jars to do some canning as well, and he was nice enough to give us some pointers and show us where they hid the pressure canners in the store.

We ended up doing cold packing on our first batch, and they turned out very well. We successfully had all 5 quarts of green beans seal properly. We are thinking next time we will do hot packing so that we can get more in each jar.

After doing it once, and knowing how the regulator is supposed to sound and rock, we will definitely be doing a lot more of it in the future.

What Cancer Can't Do

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Justice, Mercy & Grace

by Shane Holden – July 8, 2015

Justice is getting what you deserve, mercy is not getting what you deserve, and grace is getting what you don’t deserve.

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Hate Dalton? Leave.

by Shane Holden – June 30, 2015

It’s that simple, really. The same also applies if you’ve already left it. If you left it because you hated it here, stop keeping up with anything that happens here. Stop constantly insulting everyone that chose to live here. Stop insulting the education and intelligence of those that are here basing it off of a ridiculous news article in the past.

All of the race baiting that’s occurred over the past week or so over a flag is doing nothing but dividing people and distracting from the real issues.

To the guy that filmed the now viral video of the rear-ending during the flag parade, you are as bad as those you say you disagree with. You pretend to love this country, yet you condemn those that exercise their rights. Judging someone before you even know them is wrong, and you did just that. You’re as bad as the racists that you say you hate, because you are one yourself. And that is proven by your language, attitude and demeanor while filming. Judging a book by it’s cover is what you are guilty of yourself and that puts you in the same camp as those you hate. You said “God don’t like ugly,” but have you listened to yourself in your little video?

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Find Active IPs on Network

by Shane Holden – June 24, 2015

I know I’ll need this again in the future.

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FOR /L %i IN (1,1,254) DO ping -n 1 192.168.0.%i | FIND /i "Reply">>c:\ipaddresses.txt

Replace 192.168.0 with network address.

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To Sparta! And back!

by Shane Holden – June 21, 2015

Today was our annual Father’s Day ride. We got started a little bit later than we had first planned, but that didn’t change the amount of fun that it was. We rode up through Tennessee after grabbing some lunch at Sticky Fingers. We were kind of just planning the route as we went so we ended up going up to the little town of Sparta before heading back home. We stopped a time or two and filled up on Icees and coke. After leaving Sparta, we came down on 56 which ended up being the most enjoyable part of the trip. It had a good number of curves and was a cool shaded 2 lane throughout a very rural part of Tennessee. Another great Father’s Day ride that consisted of about 270 miles!

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5 Supers On

by Shane Holden – May 18, 2015

We’ve been letting the hives do their thing for the past few weeks without disturbing them, and planned on checking them this weekend. But since it was rainy and somewhat gloomy out, we thought we might wait until next week. But as the skies cleared and the sun came out, we decided to go ahead and pop the lids off and see how they were doing. Good thing we did! Five of the seven were in need of having supers added. The first one was the best surprise, because they had started building up into small opening on the inner cover. When we removed the inner cover, there was honey exposed from taking the inner cover off, and the bees quickly began taking advantage of the exposed honey. Now that we have brand new supers on, we should be good for several weeks, with an occasional check under the lids for ants and any other pests. If the past few weeks is any indicator, we may have a ton of honey this time!

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Migraine-less Streak Ends

Not having a migraine for as long as I have recently was fun while it lasted. One took me out last night and I’m still feeling the effects of it right now, 16 hours later. Ugh!

by Shane Holden – April 29, 2015

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From Swarm To Hive

by Shane Holden – April 13, 2015

Yesterday evening we were going down to Billy’s to either put a new super on his hive or swap it with the one that’s made it through the winter. Minutes upon arriving he called and said that there was, not 1 but 2 swarms in a cedar tree. Holy cow! None of us had ever seen a swarm out and in a tree before, so we knew our mission, capture them and get a couple of more hives started!

I must say, to see a swarm in a tree, is just an amazing experience to be able to have.

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Installing Hives

We are in the process right now of installing 5 new hives to replace the ones that didn’t survive winter.

by Shane Holden – April 5, 2015

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Loan Calls, Argh!

by Shane Holden – March 31, 2015

If I’ve received one call in the last couple of weeks about a personal loan, I’ve received a dozen. It’s always the same 702 area code. I’ve tried wasting their time by asking for a ridiculously un-doable loan, but these guys must be on a commission type salary because they don’t understand that I’m only wasting their time for wasting mine.

How hard is it to understand that if I don’t call you for a loan, then I don’t need or want one. The sad part is how many people they hook by doing these cold calls…

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.

— Dr. Seuss