We installed a cat door.

Cat in Cat Door

Over the weekend we installed a Purrfect Portal cat door. It was pretty easy to do and looks amazing.

We installed it in the room we keep the cat litter boxes in. It’s supposed to be under the stairs storage but works well for litter boxes. The cat door should slow the cats down so they don’t track out as much litter, keep the smell down when they poop, and it hides the sight of the littler boxes.

Our main concern was that it’d be too small for our bigger cat, but he fits just fine. He has to squat down quite a bit but doesn’t mind doing it. Our kitten has no problems however still goes fast in and out of the room.

Since it worked out so well, we might get a second one for my daughter’s room so she can have her door closed at night.

I highly recommend the Purrfect Portal cat door. Easy to install, works great, and looks amazing!

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Today we said goodbye to our cat Sassy.

Our cat Sassy through the years

Sassy is now in cat heaven. We knew it was coming, but she took a turn for the worst Christmas evening and we realized that it was time.

Sassy was 17 years old (nearly 18) and she lived a good long life. She was around before my wife and I got married and she’s been a big part of our lives.

In the past few years though she lost her sight and her hearing. Even without them, she was able to find her food, littler box, and her favorite sleeping spaces. She may have slowed in her old age but she kept things interesting right up to the end.

Even though we knew it was coming, and we’ve put down another cat a few years back, it’s not easy. She’s in a better place now though and she’s no longer in pain.

Thanks for everything Sassy. We’ll miss you. 🐾

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Anna and the Apocalypse – A bizarre, comedy, horror, musical.

If you’re looking for a movie that has it all, Anna and the Apocalypse might just be that movie.

I’m not sure what genre Anna and the Apocalypse falls under but it’s a horror-comedy musical. It has parts that make you laugh out loud, parts that are a bit gory, one inappropriate song about Santa, sad parts, and they even break out into musical numbers quite often. The only thing it doesn’t have is predictability. Well, at least not as predictable as most movies.

Think of it like if they turned Shawn of the Dead into a musical. It may sound a bit weird, but that’s why it’s amazing.

I have to say, I kind of liked the music. It was easy to relate to and pretty catchy. I’ve been streaming the soundtrack for days.

To make it even better, it’s all about surviving a pandemic. Even though it was made in 2017 it feels relevant to 2020. Only instead of dealing with science-denying mask-holes, they’re dealing with zombies.

This isn’t a family flick. There are no adult situations, but plenty of violence. Granted, a lot of it is pretty fake. Most of the zombie kills seem too easy to actually kill a zombie, but that’s part of the fun of the movie.

Anna and the Apocalypse is one weird movie, but also kind of awesome. It also happens around Christmas so I guess that makes this a zombie Christmas musical.

Don’t set your hopes too high though as I think part of it’s charm is not realizing what you’re getting into and not expecting too much. It’s a delightful movie and one that I’ll be watching every Christmas now.

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Kasa smart plugs by TP-Link work with Siri.

Smart Plugs & Siri

Smart plugs are pretty cheap as long as you want them to work with Google or Alexa. HomeKit on the other hand requires more expensive smart plugs. However, with Siri Shortcuts, you can make Kasa smart plugs work with Siri without HomeKit.

To make it work, you’ll need some Kasa Smart Plugs. Once you have them setup in the Kasa iOS app, head over to the iOS Shortcuts app. Create a new shortcut and select the Kasa app. Once the app is selected, you can set it up to turn on or off a device, play a scene, or change the lighting color/brightness if you have a Kasa smart lightbulb. Give your Shortcut a name and then save it.

Now, you can ask Siri to run that shortcut and control your smart devices.

I have this working great to turn on and off some lights and will be setting it up with the Christmas tree this Holiday season.

Kasa smart plugs and Siri Shortcuts are a great combination even if they don’t work with HomeKit.

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Grill sweet corn for easy, tasty corn.

Sweet Corn On Grill

Over the weekend we grilled sweet corn for the first time. Not only was it super simple, but it also tasted great.

To make corn on the grill, you simply put the grill on low/medium heat, put the corn on, husks and all, and grill for about 20 minutes rotating every 5 minutes.

Basically, you’re just warming up the corn. You don’t want to burn it. Your husks should have grill marks on them, not be burnt to a crisp. Once the 20 minutes are up, enjoy!

When you peel the corn after it’s grilled, the silk just comes right off. Granted, they’re a bit hot to hold, so grab a napkin and wrap it around the bottom. It’s just like the sweet corn at the state fair!

Grilling them is so much easier than trying to peal them and boil them. Plus it’s just as tasty!

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We built a treehouse!

During the summer of COVID my family and I had time to build a tree house. I’m not the most talented in the area of building things, but, with a little bit of help, we were able to accomplish it!

Finished Treehouse
The Finished Treehouse

A huge thanks goes out to my neighbors who let me borrow tools, helped haul boards, and gave some much needed advice. Without them, this treehouse project would still be a pipe dream.

For the most part, we followed the instructions over at WikiHow. I pretty much skipped down to Part 3: Building a Secure Platform. WikiHow’s instructions were pretty good, but I can’t say they were perfect. They definitely skimmed over some things like building a nice railing (their example wasn’t for me) or making you understand the overall dimensions. That was something that required me to nicely ask the neighbor again and again for one “last” trip to Menards for more boards.

Here’s our progress.

Base Treehouse Boards
Foundation Complete
Starting Treehouse Floor
Now we need a floor.
Girl on Treehouse Floor
The floor holds a human!
Starting of Treehouse Railing
Starting to add the railing.
Finished Treehouse
The Finished Treehouse

The treehouse is looking pretty good and I’m very happy with it; so is my daughter. However, it does need a roof to keep some of the sun out and I’m starting to brainstorm some other ideas. Slide? Zip Line? Second floor?! What fun things could we do?

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15 Custom Full Firefox Themes

One nice thing about Firefox is that you can theme it with some CSS. You can make minor modifications or go completely custom. Not only can you change colors, but you can move things around and create custom browser experiences.

Here are some pretty awesome looking Firefox themes that you can install today.

Do keep in mind that Firefox does have some differences on different operating systems so not everything will work perfectly if the author didn’t test on your OS. Additionally, Firefox updates can break themes as the browser evolves. If something isn’t right, you’ll either wait for an update or make the fixes yourself if you know how to code.

Moonlight

Moonlight Firefox Screen Shot

Firefox GNOME theme

Firefox Gnome Theme Screenshot

elementary OS

elementary OS Firefox Theme Screenshot

Firefox Safari Style

Firefox Safari Style Theme Screen Shot

FF Midnight

FF Midnight  Firefox Screen Shot

MaterialFox (Mimic Chrome)

MaterialFox  Firefox Screen Shot

Firefox etals

Firefox etals Theme Screenshot

Sweet Theme

Firefox Sweet Theme Screenshot

Aqua (Mimic Safari)

Aqua  Firefox Screen Shot

Slickfox

Slickfox Firefox Theme Animation

Firefox Transparent One-Line/Two-Line

Firefox Transparent One-Line/Two-Line Theme Screenshot

Safari-esque Light & Dark

Safari-esque Firefox Theme Screenshot

Firefox-Mod

Firefox-Mod Theme Screenshot

Slimbar

Slimbar Firefox Theme Screenshot

Simplify Silver Peach for Firefox

Simplify Silver Peach Firefox Theme Screenshot

Moz-Mac

MozFox Firefox Theme Screenshot
My own Firefox Theme

There’s a lot more out there, but they’re hard to find. I typically find them by searching GitHub or following FirefoxCSS on Reddit. FirefoxCSS is also a great place to start learning how to create your own custom Firefox themes.

Which themes are your favorite? Or do you have any to share? Let me know in the comments below or @TwisterMc.

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TwisterMc BeaverBuilder Modules Fixed & New Additions

City Construction with BeaverBuilder logo and TwisterMc logo

Imagine my surprise when I went to use my BeaverBuilder modules plugin and things were completely broken. Not sure what went wrong but the code was really messed and no one noticed; either that or they just didn’t tell me.

Good news though, it’s been fixed! Slick Slider actually works like it’s supposed to with options in the right areas and errors gone away.

Not only that, but I also added two new modules.

Download Button
Allows you to select a PDF from the media library and make it available for users to download.

YouTube
YouTube module that just accepts a YouTube url and embeds the video on the page. I know it’s easy to embed YouTube videos in WordPress already, but this makes it even easier for clients.

Most of my modules come from other projects I’m working on, so who knows what I’ll add next, but if anything doesn’t work as expected, please let me know.

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