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Hello, all. It has been a while since we posted. I feel like a bad friend who lets time pass by without checking in. 

This B&B thing has gotten out of hand!!! Seriously, though, it has been busy. We remodeled, increasing our rooms from 6 to 8, then built two new handicapped accessible and pet friendly cottages right next door. I think Shelley is ready to plane out and be project free for a little while.

It's good to catch up with you all again.

C

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Oh yeah, our website was hacked. My web guy got it up running again, but apparently it was so corrupted from the hack that he has to start over again and build one from scratch (I built the first one).

We should have a new one up and running here shortly.

This is our third year as innkeepers, and it has been a bad year. I'll make another post about it, but I didn't want to come back and make my first post a big downer dump-o-rama. 

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If it's in WP, get someone to harden it. And start making a backup daily into dropbox or google drive.

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Exactly what my web guy said. He's in the process of making a whole new website with back ups.

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Yes, I got the same results, in fact my virus scanner highly suggested i run a scan. 

Wishing you luck getting this resolved quickly. 

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Hi welcome back.

Just so you know, cos I'm nosy I clicked the link in your message to your website.... my security software blocked it saying it was risky.

I tried a goo gle search for you and on the search results listing page it says your site may have been hacked. 

You might want to look into this as it could be loosing you bookings.

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I tried a goo gle search for you and on the search results listing page it says your site may have been hacked.

Yes, I get the same. Google Chrome shows a big red screen that says "Deceptive Site Ahead..."

Chris, welcome to your crisis if the day. It's always something. We're currently battling an alley cat that hangs out on my inn's back deck. It has run into guest rooms twice (all my rooms have their own outside doors). 

I put a live trap out last Tuesday, baited with a hot dog. Wednesday morning I had caught a raccoon! And my inn is right in the heart of downtown.

Thursday night I rebaited the trap, and Friday morning I had an opossum waiting for me!

Yesterday I lured the cat close enough to nibble on a hot dog, but it's too skittish for me to catch. I'll probably have to call the dog catcher eventually.

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Arks wrote:

I tried a goo gle search for you and on the search results listing page it says your site may have been hacked.

Chris, welcome to your crisis if the day. It's always something. We're currently battling an alley cat that hangs out on my inn's back deck. It has run into guest rooms twice (all my rooms have their own outside doors). 

That is so true. My current challenge is that we have mice in the house, no visual evidence of them but during the night we can hear them scratching around behind the plasterboard walls and in the ceiling.

Normally I'd use humane traps, but can't gain access the spaces, so have had to resort to putting poison down the holes in the floorboards where pipes disappear, heating/sinks etc.

Luckily so far no guests have mentioned it, probably more audible downstairs where we are rather than upstairs.

 

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Ugh! I hate using poisons. The mice die in the walls and they reek for weeks! It is that time of year, tho.

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Wrong poison. Use the green cubes. They desiccate to death instead, no smell.

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I lived in an apartmentonce where I heard the sceitch, scritch, scratch on the ceiling and thought there were mice in the attic - nobig deal since I found no droppings anywhere. THEN, one might, I had a BAT in my apartment at 2 AM and called my lamdlord immediately (I had knocked it down thinking it was a bird and when I when to pick it up for the garbage with a handfulof paper towels, it was NOT a bird, and it was NOT dead).

The lamdlord investigated and called in the exterminators - tte attic was FULL of hundreds of bats.

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We do have bats in the area, sometimes see their droppings on the window sills upstairs from them roosting under the eves.

You can't touch them here, they're protected legally.

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Arks, I think the town needs you to continue catching the critters.  I assume you are setting them free in the woods way outside off town.  

Feral cats are some kind of smart.  We had 2 weeks worth of coaxing one into the trap as she always found a way to get that food without being trapped.  We finally wired a 'caviler of cat food to the back of the cage, and finally had her captured.  

 

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The words I hate to hear since it usually means unwanted crowing roosters, groundhogs and other bothersome critters left in our "backyard" here in the National Park: "I assume you are setting them free in the woods way outside off town."

We are, from time to time, over run with all the rabbits, raccoons, groundhogs and crowing roosters that no one wants in their own backyard!  I know our local humane group that rehabilitates wild animals has to release them someplace but wish they would find another location.  Sometimes a nice stew with dumplings is just the right thing!!!

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Copperhead wrote:

Arks, I think the town needs you to continue catching the critters.  I assume you are setting them free in the woods way outside off town.  

This is Arkansas. You know we love critters with dumplings! Eye-wink

I considered releasing the coon and possum outside the home of a particular former city official I'm not fond of, but in the end opted for driving them to the woods way outside of town. That's where they belong anyway! If I catch the cat, I'll take it to one of our local cat ladies who feeds dozens of them at her house in the country.

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Arks wrote:

Copperhead wrote:

Arks, I think the town needs you to continue catching the critters.  I assume you are setting them free in the woods way outside off town.  

This is Arkansas. You know we love critters with dumplings! Eye-wink

I considered releasing the coon and possum outside the home of a particular former city official I'm not fond of, but in the end opted for driving them to the woods way outside of town. That's where they belong anyway! If I catch the cat, I'll take it to one of our local cat ladies who feeds dozens of them at her house in the country.


Humm, that idea of yours sounds interesting...  but alas it would only provide him dinner, guess I will pass on that idea too.  

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I am overrun with feral cats. people one block away-on both sides of me - feed the damned things instead of letting nature take her course and them hunting mice etc (or moving on or not breeding). They gor under my office and I had to get  eye drops ro ease the allergy until I was able to see all of them out and block their entrances that I did not know were there until then.

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Whew!

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Welcome backand happy allis well.

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