Our dogs, while being playful (we’re giving them the benefit of the doubt), chewed out our outdoor car cover installed to protect one of our cars.

Beetle loves to chew

The nerve. No, they are no longer teething; they are too old to be going through that phase.

Why they would take their frustrations on the car cover escapes me. My wife observed that they were marking territory the other day, targeting the car tires of the covered vehicle. We can totally understand the act of marking territory. For dogs it seems part of their daily routine, the execution of which they have perfected over time – the direction, trajectory of the arc, and liquid squirt pressure.

This morning we picked up the pieces of the torn car cover strewn all over the lawn. Our dogs silently watched from a distance. For a moment I thought they were showing a little remorse. But nah. . . I immediately snapped out of my stupor. In my mind I doubted our dogs were capable of entertaining such emotions. More than likely they were quietly snickering.

Before the dogs got to it – Car cover intact

It’s been a while since I drove our covered car. It sat there in the backyard lawn, away from the driveway. You see, we just widened part of the driveway, pouring concrete and allowing the cement to cure. Our dogs must have realized the car was motionless. They couldn’t chase it, so, what’s the next best thing to do with a parked car? Use it for a fire hydrant, tree, a toy, like, part of an obstacle course. Why not?

They did.

To our dogs, the car cover undulating in the breeze must have appeared very tempting. The dogs saw dental floss. They tore into it, ripping, and shredding it to ribbons. I can tell you one thing, our dogs get very creative when it comes to games. And they must use their teeth in the process, else the thrill is not complete.

Since the car had sat there, idly parked, while the concrete driveway cured, I felt it was a good time to take the car out for a spin to charge the battery and blow off some of the engine soot, and carbon residue from the injectors and exhaust manifold.

The air smelled foul with a scent of fungus

I did.

I hit the freeway at top speed opening all blowers and activating all fans, wipers, and the electricals. The first batch of air that blew forth from the vents smelled strangely foul. The blast from the A/C unit left a grotesque taste in my throat. I heaved and attempted to cough up the “moldy substance”. Nothing doing. My throat membrane felt something was clinging to the walls.

Now I am writing this post feeling “sinus-ance” discomfort. It’s my fault – I should have had my face mask on anyway, or rolled down the windows before activating the blowers.

I should have rolled down the windows

If you are reading this, learn from my experience. Cover your face before blowing the vents of a vehicle that’s been parked for a while. I can think of a time when you may wind up parking your car at the airport lot while you are on an extended trip away from home – that’s what I am talking about.

I feel okay now; thank you. I have been hydrating, taking vitamin C, resting, and I have also washed my nostrils with saline solution.

(All photos courtesy of – used for illustration purposes only.)

Just A Thought Detour – afternoon siestas musings and fantasies

Once upon a time there lived a family of moon snails in the shallows of a big enchanted slough. The moon snails enjoyed a peaceful, undisturbed existence for centuries. They lived on the fine green moss that grew on the base of the reeds, water lilies, lotus leaves, and the bulbous water hyacinth floaters that covered the slough and kept the water clean.

The enchanted slough

It was a serene, calm world until that one infamous day when the red-eyed mud-fish tasted some of the moon snails that fell off their leafy perch and tumbled down to the dark muddy bottom. It was down there in the black, murky, muddy silt that the red-eyed mud-fish decided to dwell.

The mighty red-eyed mud-fish loved the taste of moon snail so much his insatiable appetite drove him to hunt them, day and night, not only in the muddy bottom but also atop the lotus leaves, water hyacinth floaters, and reed stalks. The mud-fish showed no mercy. The moon snail’s thin, fragile, and translucent shell was no match for the mud-fish’s steely jaws and sharp teeth.

The red-eyed mud-fish

The mud-fish thrived while the moon snails dwindled. Alarmed at the sight of the unabated moon snail carnage, the fairy wardens of the enchanted slough met at dusk to come up with a mitigation. Their mission was to keep intact, the balance of life in the slough.

The fairy wardens agreed on a solution finally. It was early the following morning, the rising sun peeked above the line of mango trees and the tall, spindly bamboo clumps majestically arrayed by the far foothills.

The rice farmers were already busy transplanting their rice seedlings into the soft mush of the prepared rice beds. Music filled the air. Singing and unusual mirth echoed round the green fields hemmed by the dreaded goblins forest.

Farmer with a bamboo scooper

Unbeknownst to the farmers as they tilled their rice beds, the fairy wardens went about catching the red-eyed mud-fish and apportioning their wriggling catch into each of the farmer’s creels. The fairies sprinkled stardust over the farmers as they flew off and away from the bright light of day.

The farmers felt the enchantment. Even after their hard work they felt a certain lightheartedness, a certain joy – a feeling of newly found strength from the fairy’s stardust.

Astride their beasts of burden, the farmers went home after their workday was over, each surprised to find their creel overflowing with live, fat, and sassy red-eyed mud-fish. Oblivious of how the fish got there, they continued on their journey toward the village.

There was much merrymaking on that night of the red-eyed mud-fish feast. Wine flowed and spontaneous dancing erupted. What a night it was.

After that fateful day when the fairy wardens raided the red-eyed mud-fish schools, the steely jawed marauders no longer enjoyed routing moon snail colonies with impunity. Alas, they became the preferred catch of the day for the rice farmers. The mud-fish were easy to catch. The farmers just baited their traps with a couple of moon snails.

Bamboo traps

An after thought: Addiction to moon snails can be deadly… if you are red-eyed, and a mud-fish.

(All photos used for illustration only – courtesy of

Something Else

Ola! By the way, Happy New Year.

cropped-room_additions1.jpg2020 is going to be one magnificent year – for many reasons! Trust me on this. Here are some reasons from my vantage point:

  • Many businesses, small – medium – large, will be launched this year 2020. The stock market will blast through the stratosphere.
  • Many people will continue to relocate – intrastate, interstate – even overseas. But one thing is for sure. Folks will go where the climate is salubrious most of the year, state taxes are low to none, and the state government doesn’t take your money and spend it on unhelpful social programs for the wrong people.
  • Many families and individuals will be buying homes to wherever they move. Some will rent, some will outright build new homes. The Real Estate sector of the economy will remain healthy and robust.
  • Many medical insurance companies will streamline their processes, procedures, and guidelines to remain competitive.
  • Many jobs will go begging. Hopefully not for long. There will be pockets of happy, productive members of local communities who will insist on peaceful living and strict observance of the rule of law.
  • Many folks who live in the far outlying areas, out in the country, or in the out-of-grid domiciles will become more technically savvy. Ai will be central in running the Internet of Things.
  • Best of all – many folks will begin to hydroponically grow their own food in their own homes, limited backyards and even up on the window sills of their condos and city apartment dwellings.

agriculture basil bunch cultivation

Photo by Jatuphon Buraphon on

And those are just a few reasons and personal observations. It says in the Good Book – “Don’t be downcast… look up, and behold. Your salvation is at hand.” (Gospel of Luke NABRE)

Listen. Do you need to get your business known and your brand developed? Now is a good time to get started with your own personal website… call me. Leave it to us. This will free you to do the deep thinking and conceptualizing for your business deliverables.

Basic Information Essentials

Curb Appeal?

Curb Appeal?

What is your vision for a website? Remember, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. A website appeals to each and every individual in different ways. One may see something catchy and browse for a while. Another may see nothing and leave after the first open. Then again, another viewer may inadvertently find something interesting in the blog post – who knows? The combination of possibilities go on.

So what are we saying? Yes, you got it… there is not one website that pleases everybody. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Therefore it is best to stick with the purpose, the aim, the goal, the objective or the reason for the website. On the first page, the question why must be answered:  Why this website? Then we follow with who owns the site, and what products the business sells, or the services offered to the public? Followed by where the business is located and how can the business be contacted. That’s it. Basic information with just the facts.

The possibilities are limitless (photo courtesy of Tom & Debbie Horse Ranch)

The possibilities are limitless (photo courtesy of Tom & Debbie Horse Ranch)

After the basic information is presented, we can include pages for customer comments, feedback, a guest book, a blog, even a gallery of photos.

The possibilities are endless. Get a hold of us and we will build you a website with curb appeal, that will speak highly of you and your business.

The Purpose of a Website

No job too small

No job too small

You’ve heard the expression, “Curb Appeal”. Realtors insist on curb appeal. This is one factor that brings prospective buyers to look at the property listed.

The same goes for a website. Eye-catching, filled with good information, easy on the eyes, beckoning, user-friendly. All these terms are great. But, bottom line is – what is it that you want your website to do for you?

Why a website? Well, a website could be a personal page – where you write down thoughts as a matter of daily routine. This kind of website you can do quite easily yourself. You can use Google, Yahoo, GoDaddy, Weebly, Bravenet, WordPress – there are many good service providers out there – mostly FREE.

Then you could have a personal business website. Approached with seriousness, this kind of website speaks for you and your business, your product, your contact information, your services offered, rates, etc. This kind of website you still can do yourself – quite easily – but then, as your business takes off, do you have time to maintain it? Time to keep the information fresh? Updated? Relevant? I doubt it. Would you ask your smart phone savvy 6-year old to maintain your business website for you?

Here is where we invite you to consider our offer to design, create and maintain your website. We can do a great job for you without breaking your piggy bank. If you have a service to offer, product to sell, a home business you want known, we will create your site, maintain it with decent, well-written content. At Web Buenavista no job is too small.

Having a Hard Time Deciding?

IndecisionThinking about the Internet and how you can have your virtual presence in it? Thinking about being part of this virtual world where almost everybody’s been conversing, yakking, talking trash, babbling, chatting, engaging in dialogue, buying-selling-advertising goods and services and whatever else…? Wow! If that doesn’t graze and awaken your skin and make it sizzle… where have you been?

Listen. All over the airwaves, “Let us build you a website! For free!” The voice excitedly goes on and on. And it’s okay. These folks advertise their services just like everybody else and that’s cool.

But you – the discerning consumer hesitates. How can it be free? There is no free lunch?

You are wise to hesitate. How much is FREE going to cost you? Truly. Remember when they were giving smartphones away for free? Same thing. You must purchase air time to use those smartphones. You must subscribe to website service maintenance to keep the website operational. It costs money.

Here at WEBuenavista, we build and maintain your site for free in exchange for your services, or goods that you provide. It’s called barter. We build your site, you give us word of mouth support to your friends, family and colleagues. Maybe even to your church community. And if your goods are produce, hey, how about a basket of okra or fresh blueberries? Or eggs? Who knows.

Go ahead check us out. Make a decision. Fill out the contact form.

Sure You Can… But

Skies On Fire

Skies On Fire

Friends call and ask me, “Hey, how hard is it to build a website?”

I reply, “Not hard at all.”

“You think I can build my own business website?” my friend continues.

“Sure you can. What’s holding you back?”

“Work. But I need to get my woodworking shop on the Internet and soon.”

Wonderful. Great. More power to you. Go for it Dude.

A couple of weeks pass. My friend calls me, “Hey, business has picked up. I’ve got a dozen orders and some new products. I need to show the pictures. Also show some modified products for a slightly higher price. I need to change some of the old prices and post photos. Man, I didn’t know how much time this takes. Just to post photos. I need to be in the shop. I’ve got orders for picnic benches, chairs, and stools. Man, I don’t have time for this.”

The above scenario is not unusual. Nothing new here. So why don’t you just – at the very start – let us make your business website for you? We have a couple of slots left. By this we mean we are not taking on anymore new customers. We want to keep our turn-around time short for all requests: changes, additions, deletions, alterations, updates and what not.


WEB Presence

Life's Road

Life’s Road

Imagine a customer searching for information, or a service, or a product. This would-be customer isn’t going to open up the yellow pages, go over the fine print, or rummage through last Sunday’s paper to find the information. Nope. No Sir. But they might call a friend on their smart phone and ask questions, or ask an operator to direct them, or even wait in line until the next agent becomes available.

Welcome to today’s brave new hi-tech world. Pen and Paper you say? Pencil and napkin? Na-ah. More like notes posted on a smart phone or a voice message reminder recorded on a smart machine. Then what… well, that is where the world-wide web comes in. It is the Internet folks!

Is your small business online? Are you on the Internet? Because if you aren’t, folks are liable to never find your business. The solution is simple. You need a website for your small business.

Buenavista built brand websites are simply the best. Why? Because we custom build each site to fit your business. Sure there are free website providers out there. They will entice you, cajole you, make you feel like a fool for not taking them up on their offer.

We don’t do any of that kind of selling. We want you to want to have a website. We want you actively involved in the content. We want you talking to us long after the website goes online – to update the information, to give us feedback, etc. We want you to seek us to build you a Buenavista website and be proud about it.

Fill out the contact form and fill us in with your needs.