Shane Holden
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Shane Holden

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Sometimes

by Shane Holden – August 19, 2015

Sometimes you’ll be completely surprised when someone opens the doors for you to come back into their life. Sometimes, you just go. You forget about the past and look only to the future—to the possibilities of nothing, and of everything.

Sometimes you’ll find yourself at the fork of a road of hurt and of caring. Something you never expected, but should have. Sometimes, you just go. You go for a walk to weigh each option and choose the one that you will find better to live with. You choose the option that is better not only for yourself, but for the others involved.

Sometimes you’ll be hurt and the decision from that walk is the decision that you just go. You’ll probably think about the things that were said, the whys and the how comes a million times and they’ll never make sense. It may even take a while for it to sink it. But with the hindsight gained, in the future you’ll always take a walk before the first go.

What Cancer Can't Do

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The World Is Yours

by Shane Holden – August 17, 2015

It is my belief that both the human body and spirit can endure and overcome most everything that is thrown at it. The body’s ability to endure is it’s natural purpose, wanting to stay alive. Overcoming starts when the mind is made up that you want to overcome a particular situation or circumstance. Sometimes it takes waking up, telling yourself that you deserve better than what you’re doing, and with every action of every day, making sure you stand by that decision to do better for yourself. Doing better makes you become better. Becoming better makes the world you have dreamed about become your own.

Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.Ayn Rand

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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.

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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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Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it can. And just when you think it can’t get any better, it can.

— Nicholas Sparks