Happy Halloween!!!

I thought it would be nice to shed some eerie light on some of our very own little creatures of the night down here in Texas. The Ghost Faced Bat-Found mostly in the southern portions of Texas but, none the less some interesting mammals that live right here in our back yard. Here are some

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CDC Holiday Recommendations

The year 2020 has been crazy and the holidays are around the corner, so how do we prepare to have fun but also have precautions? Here is a link from the CDC, giving the public some useful information about celebrating holidays this year. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html#halloween

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August 2020 Tech of the Month

Congratulations to Caleb for earning Konica Minolta’s “Tech of the Month” for August 2020. Caleb completed 40 “break/fix” service calls with an average response time of 2.3 hours. Caleb’s FCE (First Call Effectiveness) was 80%. Caleb also received 2 customer surveys for the month with a rating of 10 in all 6 categories. 10 is

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Pasta Grannies

Do I have to reiterate to readers that the year 2020 has been, really something else? I think not. To throw my own 2020 into an ever deeper stage of turmoil, I recently broke my leg and as a result have been at home and very very confined and alone. As someone that typically writes

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Loaded Spicy Potato Soup

“Something Yummy this Way Comes “looking for a delicious soup to share with your loved ones on a Lazy Fall Sunday afternoon. Look no further, while the Family is cheering on their favorite team, tending to a Honey do list or reading a favorite book. Something yummy could be brewing (A little Fun with a

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Alan Watts

“We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize

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Autumn Blooms

Even in the colder months, autumn blooms can keep your home looking lively.  Summer may be on its way out, but your flowerbeds don’t have to be! Flex your green thumb this autumn with these beautiful fall flowers and plants, all of which can withstand those chilly nights ahead and bring vibrant colors to any

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Evening Ritual at the Ranch

I was at our property last week repairing the awning around the ranch house. We call the property “The Ranch”. The ranch is located an hour or so from Del Rio. I learned how to operate a “framing” nail gun. That sucker was fun to operate and sure beats a hammer. After we completed all

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Voting Season

It is election year, and we are at the last days of the presidential and other officials’ election, due on November 3. As a democracy we must go through this event every 4 years in this country. Some countries with democracies have elections every 5 or 6 years. The downside of this election event is

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Halloween & Vampires

Watch out! It’s time to prep forrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Halloween! That frightful night is just around the corner and this year it’s on Saturday. Carve those pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns. Place the ghosts, goblins, witches and skeleton props out front. You need to pick up giant bags of candy at the store. It’s ok for you to eat

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Old Malware Shows a New Face

Be very careful when opening emails from unexpected sources.  An older malware showed back up last week with a new trick up it’s sleeve.  The email may look innocent enough with a shipping confirmation, PO or even an update on The Presidents health.  The sender of the email can even show to be from someone

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Nature is Amazing

So, when I get a chance during the day, I try to step out of the office and take a walk outside.  The fresh air is rejuvenating.  On these small adventures, I will usually observe my surroundings and contemplate such things as “I wonder what that antenna on the top of that telephone pole is

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Looking into the Future

2020 has been a crazy year. I do not remember living in a time where so many issues are going on at one time. The pandemic, political unrest, social justice issues, economic issues, and the list goes on. The pandemic has by far been the great equalizer. Some good that has come out of this

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Kindness

Can you remember the last time a stranger was kind to you? Maybe someone held a door open or offered you help with directions in the street? Kindness does not take hard work or huge amounts of time. It’s something all of us can strive to achieve every day.   During trying times, a kind

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Security – do you care? Are you doing anything about your security?

HP suffers another security issue Report published by Help Net Security magazine HP Device Manager solution software vulnerabilities may allow full system takeover by hackers Device Manager is an application for remote management of HP devices Security researchers Nick Bloor found 3 vulnerabilities that could be chained together to achieve unauthenticated remote command execution as

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2-2-1 Ribs

There are various ways to cook ribs. One of which I recently tried was the 2-2-1 method with spare ribs. This method of cooking ribs consists of smoking the ribs at 225 degrees for 2 hours, then wrapping them in foil or butcher paper (really tho, try butcher paper for better bark & smoke permeation)

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I’m Voting

I’m voting for the First Amendment and freedom of speech. I’m voting for the Second Amendment and my right to defend my life and my family. I’m voting for the next Supreme Court Justice to protect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I’m voting for the continued growth of my retirement 401K and the

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Do you believe in magic?

Growing up I was always fascinated by the amazing performances of magicians, not so much their showmanship as much as their genuine skill. The sheer ability to make something disappear at a moment’s glance, or make your closest friends levitate! These were just a couple of the many tricks that captured my attention as a

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ATV Vacation

Labor Day weekend my husband, myself and our friends went on an ATV trip thru Mena Arkansas. We rode for hours at Wolf Pen Gap and enjoyed the beauty and peacefulness of it all. Along our ride we came across cave, mine shaft and water fall. The water was freezing! In Arkansas near the trails

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Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

Living a healthy lifestyle nowadays is more important than ever. Physical fitness is not the sole basis of being healthy; being healthy means being mentally and emotionally fit. Being healthy should be part of your overall lifestyle. Living a healthy lifestyle can help prevent chronic diseases and long-term illnesses. Feeling good about yourself and taking

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Subterranean Drains

Do subterranean drains work? Yes they do – most of the time. I have a 3-drain system in the back yard. The system works pretty good for the most part until freshly cut grass clipping and the neighbor’s oak tree leaves clog the drain covers. The original drain covers were flat, level with the ground,

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Lexmark News

Lexmark loses another executive Lexmark, owned by Ninestar of China, is now looking for a new VP of Channel and OEM Sales, as Sammy Kinlaw has left the company Kinlaw was named SVP of Endpoint Solutions for Tech Data’s Americas region Reporting to John O’Shea, president

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Paper superior to laptop for learning

Paper superior to laptop for learning research published by Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) students who write by hand learn and remember more than those that use computers pen and paper sparking activity in part of the brain responsible for attention approximately 45 US states currently do not require schools to teach students

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HP News

HP pays $6 million fine over sales practices Agreed to pay the huge amount to settle federal Security & Exchange Commission charges that company misled investors by failing to disclose the impact of certain sales practices conducted to meet quarterly earnings targets Included using incentives to pull in printer/MFP supply sales to current quarter earlier

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Security, how many times…

  Notification of Phishing Email Scam — Termination of HUB Certification Dear HUB/CMBL Participant: The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts has been notified by several participants in our HUB/CMBL programs that they have received a phishing email that appears to have been sent by our agency informing the recipient that the State of Texas Historically

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