11.29.2019

The Mr. Coffee HotCup Single Serve/Pod Free Coffee Maker (lets you use your favorite coffee grounds!)



https://amzn.to/2OBqRDj

The final "new-to-me" coffee maker that was featured in the marketing email that I actually took the time to read and not just delete.  I've been in a cave lately when it comes to coffee makers.  I've not been in the market for one since last April (pre-wedding reception coffee bar) and then after that life got insane for awhile.  Now, getting over a bought with the flu, I'm spending a lot of time sitting on my exhausted, fatigued backside and actually reading some of my emails... which is how I found out about this little guy.

REASON NUMBER ONE I LIKE HIM?   He doesn't use pods!  Yeah, I do use coffee pods (k-cups) but I also feel a bit guilty every time I do as those little things have been around long enough now you can place them end to end and circle the moon and back.  But those little eco-cups were messy and often, I found the lids to snap right off and break too easily.  This little machine solves that. 

Like it's big brother, it uses a filter and your own ground coffee, but you still get that great flavor of a single serve coffee and not a whole gross-tasting and often times burnt whole pot of coffee.  And no plastic k-cup pod is needed!


  Mr. Coffee HotCup Single Serve/Pod Free Coffee Maker


  • JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT: The Mr. Coffee HotCup Single Serve Coffee Maker brews 6, 8, 10, or 12 oz of hot and flavorful coffee and anything in between—set the dial for your ideal brew size
  • GREAT-TASTING COFFEE, YOUR WAY: Personal coffee maker lets you use your favorite coffee grounds; uses kettle heating technology to brew at the optimal temperature and extract the best flavors for full-bodied coffee
  • ADVANCED WATER FLOW SYSTEM: The HotCup coffee maker uses an Advanced Water Flow system that evenly distributes the right amount of water over coffee grounds in a sweeping pattern, for the richest, boldest flavors
  • EASY MEASURING SCOOP: Includes a convenient measuring scoop that matches the brew size options on the coffee maker to measure the right amount of coffee grounds every time
  • MORE CONVENIENT FEATURES: The HotCup has a large, illuminated, 74 oz water tank for more servings and less refills; an energy efficient auto on/off feature; uses #2 cone filters (sold separately) for best taste and easy cleanup; includes a dishwasher-safe brew basket; and can also be used as a hot water dispenser to make tea, hot cocoa, and instant food

More Convenient Features


  • Fits travel mugs up to 7" tall
  • Makes anywhere from 6-12 oz.
  • 74 oz. illuminated water tank
  • Auto on/off
  • Dishwasher-safe brew basket
  • Use as a hot water dispenser





No Need for Pods

Brew great-tasting, fresh coffee, that’s the right strength for every serving size, with the easy measuring scoop.

Advanced Water Flow System

Evenly distributes the perfect amount of water in a sweeping motion, for full-bodied flavor.



Kettle Heating Technology

Heats up water to the optimal temperature for hot, flavorful coffee.

The Perfect Cup of Fresh, Hot Coffee...

...brewed to the exact strength you like. Just scoop your favorite coffee grounds with the easy measuring scoop, set the dial anywhere from 6 to 12 oz., and press Brew Now. The kettle heater will heat the water to the optimal brewing temperature, and the water flow system will distribute it evenly over the grounds through the cone filter, releasing the rich, bold coffee flavors.


The Mr. Coffee All-in-One Pour Over Coffee Maker


https://amzn.to/2R3ghq4


As I mentioned in a previous post, I found three (3) new-to-me coffee makers tonight simply by actually reading one of the Mr. Coffee marketing emails in my in box.  They've flown under my radar since I haven't been in the market for a new coffee makers since last April/May when I needed to buy two machines for a coffee bar and one of my kids wedding reception.

I think I've blogged about how I do my own little 'pour over' coffee here at home using the old filter basket from a long-gone Mr. Coffee machine... I'm not going to take the time to check but I'm pretty sure I have posted about it, with photos.  This is just a little bit more fancy-dancy than my DIY version. 

 
Mr. Coffee All-in-One Pour Over Coffee Maker, 6 Cups, Black

  • Make delicious pour over Coffee at home with the Mr. Coffee all in one at home pour over coffeemaker—its on screen, step by step guide walks you through the pour over process, so you get the right amount of Coffee and water at the optimal brewing temperature for great tasting pour over Coffee
  • An integrated auto measure scale automatically calculates the right amount of Coffee and water, so you know just how much to add for the perfect cup of pour over Coffee
  • The temperature controlled gooseneck kettle heats to the optimal Coffee brewing temperature
  • Cone style brewer allows water to flow evenly through the Coffee grounds to extract the fullest flavor; uses #2 cone pointed filters (sold separately)
  • On screen guide tells you when to pause for blooming, which is soaking of the grounds to extract the fullest flavor (you may even enjoy the flavor of pour over coffee without milk or sugar)
  • Brews 2, 4, or 6 cups of Coffee; set includes dripper, kettle & scale — enjoy home pour over without buying individual pieces; warming plate not included, as extra heating of pour over coffee may make it bitter



No Need to Measure
https://amzn.to/2R3ghq4

An integrated sensor calculates the perfect amount of water and coffee.
The instructions on the base of the unit will take you through the pour over process step by step.






The gooseneck kettle heats water to the optimal temperature for flavorful, pour over coffee.
What is Blooming?




The Mr. Coffee Simple Pour Over coffeemaker system allows for “blooming.”


Blooming lets the coffee grounds presoak, or “bloom” for 30 seconds.
This extracts more flavor from the coffee grounds, resulting in a better-tasting cup of coffee.



https://amzn.to/2R3ghq4

















The New Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse Espresso Maker and Cappuccino Machine


https://amzn.to/2P0bQcO


I mentioned not long ago that I've been getting Mr. Coffee marketing emails since I ordered a replacement part a few months back and apparently never got around to unsubscribing.  I was going to a couple weeks ago, but it ended up when I saw the new product featured in the email, it was interesting enough for me to look up more information on it, so perhaps I didn't want to unsubscribe right away...

Which is why I got another marketing email today and what do you know?  Three new-to-me products and I decided if there were other people like me who have been far too busy with 'life' to pay attention to new fangled coffee making apparatus's, maybe they would see it on my blog and be happy I told them about it.  And because I'm an Amazon affiliate, I of course went there to see the price, read reviews, look at photos and read the product descriptions!



 Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse Espresso Maker and Cappuccino Machine

Skip the trip to or long lines at the local coffee shop and easily create extraordinary coffee drinks at home with Mr. Coffee One-Touch CoffeeHouse. With a simple press of a button, you can make espressos, cappuccinos, and lattes within minutes. Choose from a single or double shot of espresso and then let the automatic milk frother steam the milk of your choice into a light and airy foam. A 19-bar Italian pump delivers the optimal amount of pressure to squeeze every bit of flavor from the brew for delicious barista-quality drinks.

Product Features

  • 19-bar Italian pump
  • One-touch control panel
  • Thermocouple heating system quickly and evenly heats water
  • Integrated automatic milk frother turns your favorite milk into a light, creamy foam
  • Removable milk reservoir is easy to fill and clean and great for storing leftover milk in the fridge
  • Adjustable cup tray fits tall or short mugs
  • One touch of a button is all it takes to activate the cleaning cycle





Rambling Over Coffee: The list of things I don't want to do is long



It's the day after Thanksgiving.  Family members are working so I'm here alone.  The perfect time to get things done.  Anything. Everything.
Nothing?
Because that's what I'm getting done.

I vacuumed.  That's about it.

  • Normally today might have found me putting up our Christmas trees and decking the halls with boughs of holly.
  • Meh.
  • The bathroom needs to be deep cleaned and the stone shower enclosure scrubbed.
  • Ugh.
  • Dishes from last night still waiting my attention in the kitchen sink.
  • No... please, no.
  • Donation boxes lined up waiting for me to go through more closets, dressers and rooms.
  • Sigh.  
  • I have 3 gallons of paint that have been sitting in the garage for 6 months waiting for me to paint the family room.
  • Gah.
  • Taking down all the blinds and washing them in the bathtub, cleaning out the freezer, getting started on holiday Christmas baking, going through baby clothes and maternity clothes boxes, making up the guest room beds, finding new curtains for the office, online Christmas shopping - or at least LOOKING as I've not bought one single thing for anyone, finishing the Christmas letter, addressing Christmas envelopes, cutting the dogs nails... all are legit things on the TO DO list.

Instead, I am pondering another cup of coffee and going to read a book.



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But if you are so inclined to do some shopping online at Amazon today, might I ask you to get there through my link?  If you plan to buy anything there.... for today, for a birthday, for Christmas or even just get some coffee or groceries, please consider going there through my link to get there. Thanks so much! Amazon by Coffee Talking







11.28.2019

Rambling over Coffee: Do females like gravy more than males?



It's Thanksgiving Day!  The big meal was over a couple hours ago but we have guests on their way over in about 15 minutes for 'round two' so I'm here with fresh coffee and some toothpicks to prop my eyes open.  So, so tired!  My husband is actually snoring on the couch right now with football playing on the TV in front of him.  I'm not a daytime sleeper... I wish I was... but alas, I've not been able to nap since I was a year old.  No matter how miserably sleepy I am.

So here I am, with coffee.

And while the coffee was brewing, I was snitching a few more bites of stuffing, smothered in gravy.

That led me to think about how my husband isn't a huge gravy fan.  He can take it or leave it, and when he does take it, it's just enough for a little tad bit on potatoes or whatnot and he's good.  Not like me, who believes a bowl was made for gravy!

Then I started to think how my son-in-law isn't a gravy guy either.

And then realized my other son-in-law isn't either.

And... now that I think about it, my daughter's boyfriends in high school weren't either.

But all the females I know LOVE gravy.

Seriously, the females I know love sauces, gravies and toppings... the males?  Not so much.

Pork Chops with mushroom sauce?  The females are scraping the pans to get the last of the sauce, the menfolk?  Plain pork chops please.

French Dip sandwiches?  Lots of au jus please!  The guys?  "What?  It's perfectly good just as a sandwich, why do I have to dip it in anything?"

Mashed potatoes more often than not just have butter and they've bypassed the gravy.

BBQ chicken?  Ditto.  Us females are spooning on extra bbq sauce and the guys... don't bat an eye.

Biscuits and gravy?  Yes, please!  And LOTS of gravy!  My husband?  A smidgen of gravy counts as gravy.  Mine are swimming in it.  And if the gravy runs out before the biscuit, I've got to go back for more gravy.

The only sauce I've found the males that surround us to like is ranch dressing or blue cheese dressing with their hot wings and ketchup with their fries.

But gravy?  That seems to be a female thing.

Interesting.




















Rambling over coffee....



Last night I had came to this page and started to vent a little about the latest updates to the debit card hack... (2 more purchases came through unexpectedly last night on my deactivated and shredded card - allowed because last week they were two of the 10 'pending transactions' that the perpetrators ran through the account quickly so even though they fell off the 'pending' list last weekend, and we thought those two were going to go away without actually hitting the account as a purchase... they suddenly did last night without warning.)

And while I was here typing some of that out last night, I got an email alert that my gov FSA ID account was locked due to too many attempts.  This is the ID for FAFSA account you have to make for the government if you apply for college - or your kids apply for college - and you as a parent have to make one.   And dangit, someone was trying to hack into that too.

This morning is Thanksgiving morning and I'm supposed to be in the kitchen making a huge traditional meal... instead I'm sipping coffee, checking my bank account, email accounts and....  calling certain strangers some very, very frustrated and mean names in my head.



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In the meantime, tomorrow is black friday... and if you are planning on staying home in your pajamas and shopping online instead of wandering out into the crowds, might I ask if you are making any purchases through Amazon, that you go through one of my links so I can get some credit for sending you there?   Thanks so much!

If you plan to buy anything there; for today, for a birthday, for Christmas or even just get some coffee or groceries, please consider going there through my link to get there? Thanks so much!
 








11.26.2019

Almost a thousand pumpkin pies sold...

Rambling over coffee:

One of my kids works in a very large, well known membership warehouse style retail establishment.  Today (Tuesday before Thanksgiving) he just texted me to say that in 4 hours they have sold almost 1000 pumpkin pies.



I'm not sure I've ever bought a pumpkin pie in my life, because they are so easy to make.  But I'm just trying to wrap my head around the fact that by the 4 hour mark they will basically have sold about 1000 pies.

I honestly had no clue stores sold this many pumpkin pies.






Don't mind me... It's just the coffee talking I guess.









Quest Nutrition Pumpkin Pie Protein Bar, High Protein, Low Carb, Gluten Free, Keto Friendly, 12 Count

Kellogg's, Pop Tarts, Pumpkin Pie, Limited Edition, 16-Count, 28.2oz Box

Paramount Coffee, Single Serve Flavored Coffee, Sweetie Pie, Pumpkin Pie, 12 Pods




Update to the student loan scam; Now - "Hello this is Sarah, calling with the Student Loan Advisory Board...."


Update to the ever-so-infamous student loan scam phone calls... now she's changed her name again but they also changed up the script a little.  Instead of Laurie or Jennifer calling you 'about your student loans' now they've made up the name "Student Loan Advisory Board"...  all fake.  All scams.  Hang up.  Do not call back.



"Hello this is Sarah, calling with the Student Loan Advisory Board...."


11.23.2019

Mr. Coffee Occasions Coffee Maker


 

Introducing the NEW Mr. Coffee Occasions Coffee Maker


I receive marketing emails from Mr. Coffee (I guess I got signed up when I ordered a replacement part for my frappe' maker and just never bothered to unsubscribe). The latest one was full of excitement for their newest 'Mr. Coffee Family' member; the Occasions Coffee Maker, which I do think is a really stupid name, but they didn't ask me.

Their email did get me interested enough to click on their link and I went to their site to read about it. And they said it was available through Amazon so I looked it up, and decided to feature it on Coffee Talking for those who may be interested. I've not bought one... not sure I will as I don't have a need for it at this moment - I have 3 k-cup brewers, a Hamilton Beach BrewStation, a Melitta Espresso Maker, a Mr. Coffee Frappe maker and a few other machines on hand (you can see them on the "Coffee Makers I Own Page").

But... it's something worth talking about over coffee, eh?
"Satisfy any coffee craving with this compact coffee maker that lets you brew a full pot, a single cup, or even authentic espresso. The all-in-1 coffee maker includes a 10-cup thermal carafe for traditional drip coffee, as well as a single-serve attachment that is compatible with K-Cup® Pods and fits travel mugs up to 7 inches tall. Or, you can even use it as a cappuccino maker or a latter maker! Brew 1 or 2 shots of authentic espresso and create specialty drinks with dairy, almond, coconut, and other types of milk with the help of the 15-bar pump and built-in milk frother wand."

  • A perfect coffee maker for satisfying every craving, the Mr. Coffee occasions Coffee maker does it all brews traditional drip Coffee with a 10 cup thermal carafe; makes 6, 8, 10, or 12 oz. Of single serve Coffee; accommodates K Cup; pods and brews into a 7 inch Travel mug; makes 1 or 2 shots of authentic Espresso with the 15 bar pump system; and has a built in milk frother so you can use it as a Latte maker and cappuccino maker; K cup is a registered trademark of Keurig green Mountain
  • Whether you're using the Coffee maker as an espresso machine, for traditional coffee, or for anything else, The auto brew detect feature automatically recognizes the attachment you're using and provides the right brew size options for that specific brew
  • The smart water system dispenses the right amount of water for the brewing method and serving size
  • Temperature control system heats water to the ideal temperature for every type of brew
  • The built in milk frother wand lets you create a variety of café style drinks with dairy, almond, coconut, and other types of milk
  • Stylish, All in One design includes a removable drip tray for simpler cleanup, a removable 55 oz water reservoir for easy refills, and a storage tray that holds the tamper, Espresso, and single serve attachments 

 https://amzn.to/2D7QnJA



k-cup pod compatible


 control the temperature as you like it

espresso... no problem

automatic water shut off at the right shot size
 

carafe' friendly for a traditional brew


With all the positives this new little guy has, it seems I'm finding one complaint over and over again and it's a legit complaint.  The designers of this coffee maker must not ever like to wake to the smell of coffee brewing and have it ready and waiting for them as they stumble into the kitchen.  There is no programmable timer.

Now, I'll be the first to say they may have done this on purpose because they've already offered so many features on this little machine and most people today (well, those under my parents age anyway) don't bother brewing a whole carafe of coffee.  Most either single brew with a k-cup, brew directly into a to-go or travel mug, or brew espresso shots.  But if you are the kind of person that wants to brew a whole pot of coffee and program it to start while you are still in bed, this might be a 'pass' for you.  Or... buy it for the other features but maybe keep your old $30 traditional Mr. Coffee with a programmable timer on it for the mornings you want a whole pot of coffee brewing before your head lifts off the pillow.















11.22.2019

Something that Apple STILL hasn't fixed with the latest iOS 13.2.3 -


People use their iphones differently and have different priorities for it.  Different things they use often, or love or hate or don't use at all.

The update they released a couple weeks ago managed to piss pretty much everyone off.  And it was so hastily released, with so many bugs and downright idiotic mistakes in it that they've been releasing 'updates' like CRAZY but those updates are pure crap as well.

It seems like their entire focus was on adding all that stupid, fucked up, huge-ass , PHOTO EDITING crap.  *without letting us OPT OUT of it.  (Because I loved the previous easy, simple photo editing. For social media, blogs, printing out pictures and everyday life for anyone not making their living with photographs, we don't NEED that huge, cumbersome, detailed but frustratingly too-many-steps-to-do-easy-editing program on our fricken TELEPHONE).

Ooops.  Where was I?  OH YES.

WHY won't Apple simply slow down and make sure their updates are working BEFORE THEY RELEASE THEM?

Idiots.

But anyway... this little ramble over my morning coffee is that ever since the big fuck-up release a couple weeks ago, I've been waiting and waiting for them to fix the one thing "I" use often and they messed up on.

One of my family members doesn't take photos as much as she does short videos.  And sends me those videos.  And I want to save those videos. So I like to email them to myself.  But ever since Apple did their latest and greatest (cough cough) stupid update, when you have your photo album open and you select a video (as compared to a photo) to email... it completely shuts down the app.

It doesn't freeze up.
It doesn't hesitate.
It CLOSES THE APP OUT COMPLETELY.
Boom.  You are back to your homescreen.
You CANNOT email videos from your photo/video albums anymore.

There is a work-around but it's a pain in the butt.
You have to open your mail app, compose a new email, fill it out and 'attach' a file (the video) and then send.
Where previously, as long as your mail app was connected and set up, you could quickly email/send videos as fast as you can photos.

And I keep waiting for an update/fix for this but so far...  nada.














11.21.2019

A follow up to my post about not knowing the legality of homeschooling in England....


Last week I wrote a short little 'rambling over coffee' blog post that I had never thought about homeschooling being legal or illegal in England.  It just never came to mind.  But tonight while reading a story about education, a comment from someone in Germany said that because homeschooling was illegal in Germany, that many people who believe strongly in it are actually 'educational refugee's' who have traveled to the UK or Austria in order to educate their children out of the public school systems because they believe they are so poor.

That led me to look up some of the countries that allow (and don't allow) parents to homeschool.  Although there is a much longer list, the easiest to read and the one in a simple form was available on Wiki - and I just thought I'd put the European countries here as those were the ones I was wondering about in particular; 



Country or Region Status Statistics Sources
Albania Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* WP[circular reference][35]
Andorra Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [36][37]
Austria Legal under restrictive conditions, homeschooling is allowed as long as the instruction is at least equal to that of the state school. 2100 WP[circular reference][38][permanent dead link][39]
Azerbaijan Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* WP[circular reference][27]
Belarus Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* WP[circular reference][40]
Belgium Legal under restrictive conditions, Homeschooling is a constitutional right in Belgium. 500 WP[circular reference][41][42]
Bosnia and Herzegovina Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [43][44]
Bulgaria Illegal, public education is mandatory. Only children with special needs may be homeschooled under strict government control. fewer than 100 families WP[circular reference][45][46]
Croatia Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* WP[circular reference][47]
Cyprus Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [48]
Czech Republic Legal under restrictive conditions by law as alternative (for "serious reasons" ) for primary school. National curriculum examinations are mandatory twice a year. 2 500 families [49][50][51][52]
Denmark Legal under control of school, as alternative to the mandatory public school system. Inspections are mandatory every year unless special agreements are made. also the inspections are controlled by the local district public school and not a third part inspector. 349-375 children (2017) WP[circular reference][53]
Estonia Legal under control of school. Every homeschooled child must be supervised by an authorized school (can be a private school) and pass annual exams. Homeschooled children receive diploma from supervising school. fewer than 100 WP[circular reference][54]
Finland Legal as alternative to the mandatory public school system. Written and oral examinations to check on progress are mandatory. 400–600 [55][56]WP[circular reference][57]
France Legal as alternative to the mandatory public school system. Inspections are mandatory every year. 5 063 WP[circular reference]
Germany Illegal, public or approved private education is mandatory with the only exception being where continued school attendance would create undue hardship for an individual child. 400 [58][59]WP[circular reference]
Greece Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [60]
Hungary Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. From 2019 the law says that every child must be supervised by an authorized school and pass annual exams. [61] 7673 Children (2017)[62] WP[circular reference][63] WP[circular reference][64]
Iceland Legal only for holders of teaching certificates, in other cases public education is mandatory. Unknown WP[circular reference]
Ireland Legal, homeschooling is allowed by the constitution. 1100 WP[circular reference]
Italy Legal, homeschooling is allowed by the constitution. Unknown WP[circular reference][65][66]
Latvia Legal under control of school. Every homeschooled child must be supervised by an authorized school (can be a private school) and pass annual exams. Homeschooled children receive diploma from supervising school. fewer than 100. [67][68]
Liechtenstein Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [69][70]
Lithuania Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [71][72]
Luxembourg Legal, for primary school age. Unknown [73][74]
Malta Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [75][76][77]
Moldova Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [78]
Montenegro Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* WP[circular reference]
Netherlands Illegal, public or private education is mandatory, with some exceptions. 931 children exempt* (2017-2018) WP[circular reference]
North Macedonia Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [79][80]
Norway Legal under restrictive conditions, homeschooling is allowed as long as the instruction is at least equal to that of the state school. 400+ [81]WP[circular reference][82]
Poland Legal under restrictive conditions. Every home schooled child must be supervised by an authorized school (can be a private school) and pass annual exams. Home schooled children received diplomas from supervising school. About 14,000 children (2017) [83][81]WP[circular reference][84]
Portugal Legal. Children living longer than 4 months in Portugal must attend school by law. Home education under Portuguese national curriculum only. Mandatory annual exams in Portuguese. Unknown WP[circular reference][85][86][87][88]
Romania Legal under restrictive conditions. Children with disabilities, special needs or whose condition does not allow them to be physically present in a school may be home-schooled, under the supervision of an accredited teacher. Foreign Curriculum can be studied, overseen by an umbrella school from abroad. 500 WP[circular reference][89][90][91][92]
Russia Legal since 1992, law sometimes ignored. Every home schooled child must be enrolled into a state-licensed school (can be a private school), and does not have to pass annual exams. Home schooled children received diplomas from supervising school. 50,000-100,000 WP[circular reference][93][94]
San Marino Illegal, public education is mandatory without known exceptions. Virtually no homeschooling* [95]
Serbia Legal. Unknown [96][97]
Slovakia Legal, under restrictive conditions (only ill children, or ages 6–10). Unknown (Virtually no homeschooling) WP[circular reference][98][99]
Slovenia Legal. Unknown [100]
Spain Unknown, as Constitution recognises freedom of education, but national education law stipulates that compulsory education must be met through school attendance. About 2,000 families WP[circular reference][101][102]
Sweden Illegal, as of June 2010; supposedly allowed under special circumstances such as student health reasons or family travel, but virtually never approved. 200 families—half legally WP[circular reference][103][104][105][106][107][108][109]
Switzerland Legal in about three quarters of the cantons, with many being restrictive to very restrictive. 200–500 children WP[circular reference][110]
Ukraine Legal and expressly allowed for in Articles 59 and 60 of Ukraine's Education Law. From 20 August 2019 onwards, further liberalisation of the primary and secondary education comes in force. 100 families WP[circular reference][111]
United Kingdom Legal as alternative to the mandatory state school system. 20,000–100,000 WP[circular reference][112]
Vatican City No indication for educational laws to exist were found.

Oh so random: Rambling over coffee



It's about 4:30 pm now and boy am I grumpy.  The sun is not shining... that's a big part of it.  I also had plans in place this morning that got sidetracked with everything else I had to do this morning that wasn't in the plans... that was part of it.  

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I brewed some of my favorite peppermint bark coffee and while waiting for the mug to fill, glanced at the container of little individual creamers.  One of them was 'vanilla' and I thought to myself, "Well, vanilla might be good in peppermint bark coffee.  It would be a vanilla peppermint bark, and I love the vanilla peppermint flavor of Ghirardelli peppermint bark and the little Hershey's peppermint kisses... this might be similar!"

And the other side of my brain said "No it won't. You hate creamer in your coffee.  You hate anything in your coffee.  It will change the flavor and you won't like it.  Plus, it will cool it down and it won't be the 192 degrees that comes out freshly brewed that you like so much."

But did I listen to myself?
Noooo.
I added one little vanilla creamer and blech! Blech, blah! Gag!

I was right.
I should have listened to myself.

But I refuse to waste coffee so I am drinking it, but in order to to do so, I had to brew a second k-cup of peppermint bark coffee to add to the first to drown out the yucky creamer.  But... it didn't really work.  But I'm still sipping it.  Because...  frugal.  Not wasteful.

Sigh.

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This morning I woke and came out to the kitchen, glancing into the family room, to see a used tissue in the middle of the floor.  My stupid dog got into the office trash last night.  Grrr.  I've been sick with a nasty cold for 3 days and she grabbed out used tissues to pick through and eat and lick... which makes me want to vomit.  Funny, I can handle blood, guts, broken bones.  I can change poopy diapers, not think twice about diarrhea, and can clean up vomit.  But hair in the shower or the thought of a dog eating gross things out of the trash turns my stomach.

So yay, I ended up cleaning up tissues in the family room AND the office.

Then as I picked up the tissue, I saw a dark smear on the carpet from the corner of my eye.
DAMNIT.  That same fucking dog was wiping her butt on the carpet again.
So after I threw out the tissues I had to drag out the carpet cleaner and clean a 12 inch smear of crap and oils from the carpet.
During this time I let the dogs out to go potty and feed them.
One of my dogs is ADHD and an idiot, so if they are both on leashes they criss cross and she runs in circles and around trees, shrubs, the deck... and tangles her leash with her sister's into knots.  She ruins a $20 leash every month.  But she isn't prone for running off so we found if she is ON the leash but it's not ATTACHED to anything, she still THINKS it is.  So she does her business and comes back to the deck door.
But this morning, since I was busy carpeting cleaning her poop smear from my family room carpet, I took 5 minutes longer and so... she ran off.  Into the creek and through the woods.  Came back filthy, muddy and wet.  Again... damnit!  Stupid fucking dog.
I log onto computer and do some work, check emails and then...  my phone alerts me to a couple middle eastern named companies/dudes trying to charge my debit card for crap I didn't authorize.
Yep.
Debit card hacked.
So I stop those, log into my bank account and see 9 pending transactions by middle eastern assholes.
I deal with that (calling and talking to the fraud department) and then have to go to my local bank branch to fill out paperwork and get a new debit card.  (Because it was quicker than having them email me the forms and waiting for a new card in the mail.)
So I get dressed, throw on some makeup and shoes.  Out the door I go.
Find out from the bank that at least 2 charges went through already, 7 more pending and they can't actually submit fraud claims for the remaining 7 until they hit the account. 
What?
No.
I'm not going to come back again tomorrow and maybe even again the day after that if and when new charges hit the account. 
I told her (and by 'her' I mean the 20 year old working the special customer service desk FOR THIS SORT OF THING) that I didn't think that was correct.  I had called and talked to the main customer service for the banks fraud department before I came and they told me to fill out the forms today.  She even offered to email them to me.
Little desk girl says she'll 'ask her manager'.
Later, she comes back and says "yes" she is filling out the form today.  That they fill out the form and will hold it for a couple days to see how many of the charges hit the account first, then will send it in with the amounts filled in.
So she types it up and hands it to me to look over and sign.
I count her lines... 1, 2, 3.... 8.
She only typed up 8 of the 9.
I point this out to her.
Ooops!  Hee hee...  good thing I had you look it over!
Um, yeah.
So she types it up again.
9 this time.
So I sign.  And now it's a waiting game to wait for them to post to the account.
I leave to come home.

When I walk through our garage I always open the storage room door just to look and make sure everything is as I've left it.  We caught a flying squirrel in our attic this week - and it's pretty normal this time of year for them to come in from the cold and try to find ways into our attic to stay warm this winter.

I was expecting to see... nothing.
But what I saw was this.



Dang it!
BUT luckily, I had just happened to see a trap on our garage shelf last weekend and on a whim I just set it and placed it in the storage room.
I've never used one like this in there before but I did.  AND... I'm glad I did.


So I deal with THAT and then come into the house only to see.. that frickin' dog got into the used tissues again while I was at the bank.

And that my friends... is how I spent this morning, and how I did not actually do any of the things I THOUGHT I would be doing or how I planned my morning tasks.



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