1.31.2020

Rambling Over Coffee: Anxiety - I'm in good company! I over think everything.




Seeing this posted on the internet makes me smirk... but also makes me feel better to know there are others just like me.  Oh, I knew this already.  But I do like when you can go to the internet at any time, and find out that absolutely nothing you are experiencing is 'new' and there are others that are exactly, just like you.

So overthinking things... which I always do! Is the norm.
And overthinking things at 2:am is the norm for many.  We should all meet for coffee at 2:am!  Ha ha.

I overthink everything.

For me it's not just needing to solve the world's problems myself while I lay wide awake in my bed staring at the ceiling from 2:00 - 5:00 am.

No, for me, every little decision is pondered over, because I don't have that 'settled' feeling unless... well, unless I do.  I have to feel ok with the decision, even when it's something insignificant.

I overthink everything.

Conversations with people are replayed in my head a hundred times after the fact.  I overthink what I did, what I wore, what I should have said or done differently. I beat myself up for things I think in retrospect were stupid or silly when in fact, I highly doubt any of the people I interacted with are giving it a second thought.

Yesterdays little 'overthinking' moment was when I was about 30 minutes away from my home and I got a motion alert notification from our home security cameras.  I heard a random notification come in, but it could be for anything, so I didn't remember to check my phone for about 15 minutes.  When I did, expecting to see... nothing, I saw a sheriff's vehicle in my driveway and an image of a sheriff's deputy walking up to one of our entry doors.



Hmmm.  No one called me.  So obviously it must have been nothing, right?  But... why was there a sheriff's deputy at my house?

Oh the plethora of things that instantly flooded my brain!  Ha ha.

I knew I wouldn't be able to relax, so I headed home to check on the situation.
I had 30 minutes of driving to overthink this.

  • Did our alarm go off?  No... I never got a call from the security company.
  • Did he want to ask permission to sit in the driveway to watch for speeders on our road?
  • Did someone complain about our dogs (inside the house) barking? Unlikely, no one can hear them unless they are at our front door.
  • What if there were break-ins in the neighborhood this afternoon and they were investigating and coming to ask if I saw anything?
  • Was my family ok!?  Oh my gosh, what if something happened to one of my kids!
  • I had texted my husband so he was fine and at work.  I was with our youngest daughter so she was fine.
  • Was it our son!?  He was currently on a cross-country road trip with 2 friends. What if something happened to him!?  What if there was an accident and it was... bad... and they had to send someone to our home to tell us!?
  • What if they had a complaint about a driving infraction and were investigating it?  I had ran errands that morning and there was a police vehicle behind me, but I did nothing wrong and they never pulled me over so why would send someone to the house now?
  • What if....
  • What if...
  • What... if....
Yeah.
That's my brain.

When I got home there was no note on the door.
When I opened the basement door, I heard the alarm start to beep the regular alert, waiting to be shut off...
But wait, what was that?  Ohhhhhhh.
That darn window!
Beepbeepbeepbeepbeepbeep...  I could hear it in the background of the 'regular' alarm.

One of our kitchen windows has been persnickety lately.  They are floor to ceiling windows and the dogs sometimes go crazy barking at cats or deer that wander through the yard.  They knock the little security connector 'just enough' to cause a slight disruption and it gives an incredibly fast-paced warning beep to let you know to check the window connection.

The faulty window alarm was going off... due to my stupid dogs again.
And I wasn't home to hear it.
But... the alarm company hadn't called either of my two cell phones, nor my daughter nor my husband (although knowing him he would probably have a 'duh' moment and ignore it so that is why he was number 3 or 4 on the contact list...)

They called the home number and left a message.  A really young sounding (and completely bored and full of attitude) sounding employee MUMBLED into the phone just enough so I could understand

"oweonwje  security  jwejrowejrfowe  alarm lwijowefnwoe road lnfwoenaonewa if you have any questions pwjwfjeo  833 wolsfndkifan...." 

Click.

Couldn't understand a damn thing she mumbled and had her mouth so far away from her mouthpiece, even with the volume turned up to high I couldn't hear her.  So...worthless, but it told me enough to know it was the security company calling about our address.

BINGO.

False alarm.  Due to a faulty window connection.


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1.28.2020

Rambling Over Coffee - The News (Are you all following this CRAZY story?)


You can read the full article here:   https://www.yahoo.com/news/mom-two-missing-kids-found-150631477.html

Have you all been following this crazy story?
More and more details have came out and well... it's nuts!  Like, this could make a crazy book or movie kind of nuts.




"Police in Kauai pulled over Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell near a beachside resort on Saturday, later searching them and their car for any evidence. But authorities in Idaho say there's no sign that 7-year-old Joshua “JJ” Vallow and 17-year-old Tylee Ryan ever made it to Hawaii, and federal, state and local law enforcement agencies are still searching for the kids who haven't been seen since September.

The strange case began last July, after Vallow's estranged husband Charles Vallow was shot and killed by her brother, Alex Cox, in an altercation at their home in Phoenix. At the time, Cox said the shooting was in self-defense, but the case remains under investigation. In December, Cox also died of unknown causes, and police in Gilbert, Arizona, are still waiting for toxicology test results in his death investigation.

Lori Vallow moved to eastern Idaho with the kids about a month after Charles Vallow's death. Extended family members grew concerned as their contact with the kids tapered and then stopped completely, and police in Rexburg, Idaho, say the children were last seen in late September, though Vallow never reported them missing.

 Daybell's last wife, Tammy Daybell, 
died of what her obituary said was 
natural causes. 

Chad Daybell married Vallow about two weeks later.



Meanwhile, investigators just one county away were also digging into a mystery. Daybell's last wife, Tammy Daybell, died of what her obituary said was natural causes on Oct. 19. Chad Daybell married Vallow about two weeks later.

In November, responding to concerns from extended family that they hadn't heard from the children, Rexburg police paid a visit to Vallow to ask her and Daybell about the kids. The couple told officers the kids had gone to live with relatives in Arizona, police said — a claim they quickly discovered wasn't true. When investigators returned to Vallow's home the next day, the couple was gone.

The Fremont County Sheriff's office began to question the circumstances surrounding Tammy Daybell's death. They worked with authorities in Utah, where she was buried, to have her body exhumed for an autopsy and additional testing in December.

Investigators also searched Chad Daybell's home earlier this month, removing 43 items, mostly phones, computers and other technological devices, Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries said.

The county is still waiting on forensic tests of Tammy Daybell's remains and items seized from the home, Humphries said, calling Chad Daybell a person of interest in the death and in the case of the missing kids.

“Of course, for Lori to present the kids, that would solve a lot problems, but we're also waiting for test results to happen,” Humphries said Monday."
Lori believed she was a “translated being” 
and “a god assigned to carry out 
the work of the 144,000 at Christ's 
second coming in July 2020

"JJ Vallow's grandparents, Larry and Kay Woodcock, announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of the children earlier this month. They say they believe Charles Vallow was murdered, and said Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell had cult-like beliefs. They also said Charles Vallow was so worried that Lori would kill him during their divorce that he sought out a protection order.

Divorce documents filed by Charles Vallow last February claimed that Lori believed she was a “translated being” and “a god assigned to carry out the work of the 144,000 at Christ's second coming in July 2020.” Chad Daybell also appears to have somewhat unorthodox beliefs. He has claimed in blog posts and podcasts that he had previously died or had near-death experiences that he said allowed him to receive visions about the future. He also wrote and published several books themed around the apocalypse and at least loosely based on the theology of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints."













Rambling Over Coffee: Actually, I Can Coffee Mug and Walker Hayes Video

Mama said there'd be days like this, there'd be days like this, my mama said....


I started this post early this morning with every intention of getting it typed out, leisurely, over coffee and then getting started on my day.  I had a basic 'idea' list in my head of what I was going to accomplish - as today is a 'stay at home and wait for 2 deliveries' kind of day.

I got busy doing a task that was about fourth of fifth on my list (doing it first!) and from then on, things just kind of fell into place and now, suddenly it's almost 3:pm here and it's my first time back at the computer.  Ooops.   Poor neglected post.

Well, I was excited to share the newest coffee mug one of my daughter's bought.  She didn't buy for me, but she bought for herself.  And sent me a snapchat of this morning.  It's so cute!!!!  It's a stoneware mug (Magnolia) and it says "Actually, I can" - oh how I love this.  







And while I was reading and typing this morning I had a browser window open playing some random videos/songs on Youtube.  I saw this one start and it caught my attention as there was a brief photo of a family with a slew of kids and then a shot of some marks on the wall showing growth of little ones... and then as I glanced at the video off and on while typing, I realized all the kids in the photos were in the video. I'm a sucker for big families.  I love babies and toddlers and I always planned on having 5 children (even though we made a conscious decision to stop at 3 and fought to stick to that plan many, many times after we committed to 'just' three!).  And then... realized the woman in the video wasn't a typical bimbo model like videos usually use.  She was really pretty but in a completely real and natural kind of way... and the little girl in the video really looked a lot like her.

Was this a real family?  And wait... what was he singing about anyway? 

So I stopped multi-tasking and hit the start button again so I could watch it from the beginning and actually pay attention.

LOVED IT.

So I went to his official website and found a second version of the video/song!

Oh my goodness you guys....  the tears!   I'm not really a cryer but this video did it.

Why?

Well, yeah, it's a good song and great video... but it was real.  And it was SO similar to my husband and I and our dating days and marriage!

Apparently the artist was touring over in the UK and was missing his wife and six kids back home, so he found himself starting to think about his wife, what he loved about her, and if anything should ever happen to him in the future, what hypothetical conversation and advise would he give another guy if there was one who came after him?

These guys met in grade school as kids.  They dated, married and started their family...
When I watched the video I couldn't help but see myself and my husband.  We met as kids.  We dated as teenagers.  We married.  We started our family.

It's real.
It's good.

This was the 2nd video - the one that reminds me so much of my husband and I....




And here is the official video that I saw first (while I was busy doing other things)




And since it's taken me hours and hours and hours to actually get back to this editing window to write something in this box... I'm just gonna hit the publish button and get on with the rest of my tasks.   It's a productive day around these parts and I'm really pretty happy with the outcomes of everything so far.




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1.26.2020

Married Life: Obviously, I keep him around because he's cute and he goes well with the drapes


Married Life:   Regular readers and real life friends know my husband isn't a talker.  Or a listener, although he pulls that one off pretty well at work.  But I've been with him forever, and know he's not actually listening!  Ha. He prefers to not talk and not listen.  Just kind of live in his own bubble and is happily content to have me run our household and our lives... just let him know the updates and if I need anything from him.

Yesterday he was actually listening to me enough to get the gist of what I was saying, but his response  showed me his missed the mark.

We have a very 'Tuscany' kitchen.  It came with the house and is beautiful, but is very 2004.
We don't have a budget to redo it and I'd like to update it, so I found photos of ideas that would allow us to keep our floor, backsplash and granite countertops while painting the cupboards antique white with a brown glaze brushed into the cracks.  But... eeek!  Painting all those cupboards, the island and the dining bar base... antique white.  A huge under-taking and scary.  Our cupboards are currently a very pretty, glazed hickory.

One you go white, you can't go back.

Nervous to undertake such a huge task... and scared because I've never liked white cupboards in my life.  Ever.
So what if we do this and I hate it?
I can't undo it.
Once that first sanding and brush stroke is applied, I'm committed.

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A general idea of what I'm talking about - random photo from internet



After looking at some before and after photos

He:  I like it. 
Me: I like it too but... I'm not sure I'll like it in our house.
He:  .....
Me: I'm afraid once the cabinets are all painted white, I'll hate it.
He: ....
Me:  (Trying to make him understand)  Once they're painted, that's IT.  There is no going back. You can't unpaint them.

....
Me:  I'm scared to paint them because I can't go 'back'....
He:  Then hire someone else to do it.

Me:  ?????

Obviously, I keep him around because he's cute and he goes well with the drapes, not for intelligent and stimulating conversation!  LOL.















1.25.2020

News: Things you probably missed because main stream media ignores anything faith related

March For Life was this weekend... but unless you went looking for news coverage of it, you probably didn't know.  Yeah, you know, saving innocent babies isn't as news worthy as the right to kill them.  Lots of coverage and media support for that one.

And media support for the genocide of Christians?  Meh, they'd rather cover "Kylie Jenner's Hot Booty Shot" - uh, ok.  (Yeah, that's a headline tonight.)



Just in case you've missed some of these.....

ISIS child soldier executes Nigerian Christian student, declares 'we will not stop'


Iran sentences Christian convert to prison on charge of ‘insulting Islamic beliefs’

Nigerian pastor who praised God in ransom video beheaded after refusing to deny Christ


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Leah Sharibu: Breaking: Leah Sharibu ‘Gives Birth’ In Boko Haram’s Captivity

“They ( Boko Haram) told us it was against the Qur’an to forcefully touch a woman not legally married to you.  “They, however, tried to prepare our minds to expect such should they decide to keep us as slaves."

According to them, the Qur’an gives them the right to such privileges when they take a hostage as slave,” she added.
Leah was the only Christian among the 110 students of Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe state, northern Nigeria, abducted on February 19, 2018.  While other girls were released by the insurgents following Federal Government’s intervention, Miss Sharibu was allegedly held back on account of her alleged refusal to renounce her Christian faith and has since been in Boko Haram’s captivity.


Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi schoolgirl, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists in 2018, has reportedly given birth in Boko Haram captivity.

A report monitored on a Nigerian online news website, SaharaReporters by Naija News, quoted a source who is familiar with Leah’s situation, to have said that the abducted Christian girl gave birth to a baby boy.

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1.24.2020

5 news stories - blogging with a Cosmo in me and I haven't ate yet today so..... blogging tipsy, a little, I think

Those of you who read Coffee Talking know I'm not a drinker... I don't like the taste of alcohol so it's just not an issue to me.  But I do like cranberry juice and while making dinner I suddenly thought to myself "isn't a Cosmo made with vodka and cranberry juice?"  and I asked Siri... and she said it was.  So I whipped up a version of it (I think) with vodka, cranberry juice, some triple sec and a little lime juice.  Enjoyed a glass of it while I finished hitting the timer on the Instant Pot and came in to the office to read the news while The Husband is downstairs working out.

And?

Wow.  It hit me.
I didn't eat yet today (busy running errands) and right now my tongue is numb, my arms and fingers are numb and I'm having a heck of a time typing this... having to go back a hundred times to correct typos.  So, what better time to read the news, right?



First:  with Brad and Jen being all nice to each other at the awards show last weekend and all, this article popped up - but how interesting!  I didn't know he had been dating some of them and even engaged a FEW times.  He really does belong with Jen though... he really does.

Brad Pitt's dating history: The many famous women he's been romantically linked with over the years https://fxn.ws/3aFbqmw 


This vagina scented candle thing...  well, sold out just because, uh, hello?  Everyone is wondering what the heck does a vagina scented candle smell like, anyway?  Not because it's an awesome candle.  Although it might be.  I don't know.  I'm not shelling out $75-$250 to find out.


Gwyneth Paltrow 'vagina-scented' candle woos Elton John https://fxn.ws/2Gxvl9b


Let's see.  OH!  This woman.  How gross!!!  And it's not like it's a one time emergency situation.  Nope.  Been doing this regularly ALL THE TIME since at least October.  If you poo in public, shame on you.  Seriously.  SHAME on you.

Massachusetts serial pooper arrested after police catch her defecating in parking lot: reports https://fxn.ws/2NWJmkz



This story has been in the news for quite some time but you know what?  I'm SICK of this grandfather.  He's an ass.  He screwed up.  He held his granddaughter up to look out the window and accidentally dropped her.  She passed away.  He fucked up.  Big time.  And he's been lying through his teeth trying to blame the cruise company ever since.  Which I GET.  Because I'm sure he feels like crap.  But this family needs to accept the fact the grandfather screwed up... and stop.  It's awful, horrible and stomach turning... but he obviously messed up and it seems he really did know the window was open.  He was just lifting her to lean out or sit in the window like many people WOULD but accidentally dropped her.  It sucks, but they really need to stop trying to place blame where it doesn't belong.  Are they just seeing dollar signs at this point???????

Family attorney for toddler who died falling from cruise ship says Royal Caribbean has been ‘giving a false narrative since day one’ https://video.foxnews.com/v/6126360159001

LASTLY!

Jennifer Aniston reveals her first celebrity crush and kiss https://fxn.ws/38NyaPx #FoxNews

Do you remember your first celebrity crush?  I can't say crush and kiss together because as a kid growing up two thousand miles from Hollywood, I obviously never kissed a celebrity crush.  But I DO know my first celebrity crush... and my first 'real' kiss.

Celebrity crush was a big one... a huge crush.  It was C. Thomas Howell. 


I also crushed hard on Kevin Kubusheskie - anyone remember "You Can't Do That On Television" ?
Him


My first 'real' kiss though - a guy named Chris.  Boyfriend.  8th grade.  Not a celebrity.  LOL.




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I've just got a friendly face.... you can't take me anywhere

I know I've posted about this before, because I remember telling you all about the guy that kept talking to me for so long, and ran out to his car to get a little Christmas bag and Christmas card for me and then came back in the store and found me to give it to me... made the employees watching on security cameras at Walmart so nervous they sent an employee over to make sure I was ok....

Well, my husband doesn't even question the fact that I every time I come home from running errands, no matter how quick, simple where it's to, I will have information that people willingly just start telling me.  Strangers approach me and start conversations and before I know it, I know way too much about their lives.   We are talking things like details about their cancer and open sores in their hoo-ha's, about men's wives and ex-wives, who their chiropractor is, how long they've been married, where all their family live, those that have horses boarded at local stables and their horse riding excursions, about family living overseas, about the food they are buying, bursting into tears and just needing a friendly face to listen to them, asking me random food and ingredient questions, having me write down food items, brand names... just anythingEverything even.

Today wasn't a day where people gave me TMI like usual, but it was a day where I couldn't simply grocery shop at Sam's Club without being stopped about every 20 minutes with the most random questions! 

One woman was walking by and literally stopped and peered into my cart, looking at my food, when she suddenly asked, "Do you happen to know how many sugar grams are in that wheat bread your buying?"  And I said yes, I did! It was one of the lowest brand available at Sam's Clubs, at 3 grams.  She then asked if I knew how many carbs it had?  So this started a conversation in which I found out she has Diabetes and has to watch her sugar and carb counts... which led to her telling me about also having liver problems and having gotten hepatitis due to her Diabetes and how people have told her the dark circles and puffy bags under her eyes are due to her liver problems.....

Another man in another aisle excused himself and asked if I knew what supplements would be good for women and their bones... which led to me asking if it were just for bones or for joints as well?  I pointed out the glucoseamine and explained the benefits of glucoseamine as well as pointing out the calcium supplements for bones and whether or not he needed to look for a calcium supplement that included Vitamin D - and we discussed how the sun can help your body make vitamin D....  

It ends up he was buying supplements for neighbors and family members back home - the bone and joint supplements for a 27 year old niece and a son who was born with kidney issues, and only one working kidney, and now has joint problems due to it (?).  But the most interesting part?  He was getting all these requests through texts and emails on his phone, and was reading off what they wanted to me...  in Arabic. 

I could see his emails, but obviously couldn't read them since I don't know how to read Arabic.  But I helped him figure out what his niece was requesting and which were good for joint health, and he told me that when he got them home all his neighbors would rush over and take them all from him.  LOL.

Colors that looked good, where items were, telling me what they were looking for... everyone always has something to say to me.  Today the questions and conversations (like the Arabic emails) were so out of the norm that I started to feel like I was on a hidden camera.  Well, other than the security cameras in the ceilings of course.

I guess everyone can tell I'm truly a friendly, helpful, honest and approachable person because LITERALLY everywhere I go - any day - any time - any store...  I'm approached and asked for help, asked questions, or people just strike up conversations with me. 

My husband just shakes his head and smiles.  He can't believe how quickly people approach me and start opening up about their lives.  I don't know.  I just have one of those faces I guess.  My husband doesn't like to go anywhere or run errands anyway - but even when he does, he's learned to just accept the fact that random strangers are going to walk up and just start random conversations with me.  He's learned to walk away and go for a short jaunt around the store or wherever we are because many times those people will keep me for at least 20 minutes. 

I figure God put me there for a reason... the reason being these people just needed a friendly face at that moment in their lives.



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1.23.2020

The Senate: What would you like? Milk, Water and/or Candy?

If I was a Senator right now, having to sit through the bogus hearings going on... not only would I pissed at the Dems wasting my time, but I'd be especially irritated that my only choices of things to eat and drink are milk, water and... candy!

Yes, all members of the Senate must follow some rules that kind of, sort of stem from a comment made in 1966 (whether this part is true or not, I'm not sure but I read it was) that the Senate was allowed to drink water.  Someone asked if milk was allowed and was told there wasn't anything specifically banning milk... so that was taken as a 'yes'.  And so... milk and water.

What about coffee!?

Is there anything that specifically bans coffee?  Because like milk, if there wasn't a rule specifically banning coffee... I want coffee!

And what's up with the candy thing?

I saw a list of the candy and it's chocolate.

That is the first problem.  YUCK!

And second?

All sugar and fat.

Rolo's and MilkyWay and yada yada....

Now, it just so happens not only do I not like chocolate, and don't care for candy in general... I hate milk!  Seriously, I've not drank milk since I was about 3 years old.  By the time I was 4 my parents realized I really truly hated it and didn't push it on me.   I had a nun in Catholic elementary school that did... I think I blogged about that before.  But this girl hasn't been a 'milk' drinker since it came from an infant's bottle.

So basically, if I was a Senator right now I'd be existing on water.

Candy makes me nauseated and throw up... maybe if ate some, got sick and had to run out of the room to vomit, I could then quickly sneak a hot coffee from a kiosk and some crackers or something non-sweet from a vending machine, hide, drink coffee, nibble on the crackers and go back into the Senate chambers to sit and silently sip my water.













Blue Sky WIRELESS Lightning Power Bank - They DO WORK but there is a hidden power button!

 
 
 
 
 
At Christmas, my husband had picked up an 'impulse' buy for me, one of our daughters and her husband.  They were awesome little powerpack chargers for our cellphones.  Called Blue Sky WIRELESS Micro USB; USB-C; Lightning Power Bank - or - "Insta Powerbank", a universale mobile phone charger.

It was a really thoughtfull gift considering I'm often hiking or camping and I was really excited to have this in my purse (backpack... I don't actually carry a purse).  But until today, I hadn't had to use it.  While waiting for a family member, I was on my cellphone in the waiting room, and ran my phone down to 48% even before we ran errands.  Oops.  No problem!  I remembered the Blue Sky powerpack charger in my purse!

I opened it, chose the correct adapter for my phone (it's universal so you have 3 to choose from) and plugged it in.

Nothing.

I unplugged it, tried again.  And again.  Upside down? Wiggle it? Plug it in and lock and unlock it?

Nada.

Not working.

I was pretty bummed.  

When I got home I changed out the batteries... tried again and... nothing.

I jumped online and looked them up to see if others had this problem and what I found was a bunch of bad reviews for it... with the EXACT SAME PROBLEM; until I found one hidden among the rest that pointed out what should be obvious but wasn't...

THERE IS A TINY LITTLE POWER BUTTON HIDDEN ON THE TOP NEXT TO THE USB PORT!

You can see I circled it in the top photo.
This is really poor product design!  There is nothing to indicate it's there, it's not marked or colored.  
As a matter of fact there is apparently a tiny little ON OFF printed on the SIDE of the power pack but it's also not colored, it's tiny and I did not even notice this until AFTER I took the photo below and blew it up in a photo edit box to put a watermark for CoffeeTalking on it.  

That's the first time I noticed.
 
 

Once you turn on the power button, you'll see a little red light light up.


It's an AWESOME little powerpack once you figure out there is a little power button.  This is important because their directions don't tell you this!

The directions say to open, choose your USB connector, plug it and it 'automatically' starts to charge.  They neglect to mention the little power button and you seriously don't even know it's there!

Once I turned it on and plugged it in, it actually charged really quick!  It was up 1% in less than a minute.  This was with new batteries; charging about a percentage a minute.

SO IF YOU OWN THIS AND BOUGHT IT AND THOUGHT IT DIDN'T WORK, CHECK THE HIDDEN, TINY LITTLE POWER BUTTON.  It might need new batteries, but it does work and it works GREAT.  I'm super happy with it now and glad I didn't throw it in the trash thinking it was a dud.




 

The new coronavirus strain likely originated at a seafood market in Wuhan. Anyone else get flashbacks of the movie CONTAGION?

"The new coronavirus strain likely originated 
at a seafood market in Wuhan"
  
This morning I grabbed my coffee and was skimming the news when I saw the latest headline regarding the flu virus that's knocking China on their butts and spreading fast.  This mornings headline says it originated in a market in Wuhan.

Whoa.
Flashbacks to the movie Contagion, anyone?

Screenshot of the headline I saw as I sipped my coffee.....



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Stephen Soderbergh directed the movie "Contagion" back in 2011.  We liked the movie so much we bought it on DVD at the time.  I haven't watched it in a few years, but I might have to grab it from the shelf upstairs and watch it again now that the newest virus is raging through China.....
https://amzn.to/30MS4qQ
Gwyneth Paltrow, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law.... 
Kate Winslet - a pretty good cast of characters in this one.

From the news:
 
News:  https://www.yahoo.com/news/where-did-chinas-coronavirus-come-from-131416813.html

"China’s mysterious coronavirus outbreak is inciting global panic, with 17 confirmed deaths so far.

Virtually unheard of a month ago, the new strain has struck more than 500 people both in its “native” China and beyond, reaching the US earlier this week.

Experts fear patient numbers may have reached as high as 9,700 in the city of Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, where it all began.

The strain triggers flu-like symptoms, including breathlessness and fever. In the most severe cases, victims succumb to pneumonia.
Most people will battle a mild coronavirus at some point, with strains of the pathogen being responsible for the common cold.

Coronaviruses can also trigger life-threatening epidemics, like the severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) outbreak that killed 774 people across dozens of countries in the early 2000s.

The new coronavirus strain, 2019-nCoV, likely originated at a seafood market in Wuhan.

The market also sold a range of processed and live meat including donkeys, poultry, camels, foxes, badgers, hedgehogs and rats.

Most of those who initially fell ill worked at, or visited, the market.

“[2019-nCoV is] an RNA virus, which mutate all the time,” Professor Neil Ferguson, from Imperial College London, said.

In simple terms, RNA is a “precursor” to the more well known DNA.

Constantly-evolving viruses can develop the ability to “jump” to new species."

At the end of the movie Contagion you see what started the pandemic...  the trees cut down in de-forrestation housed bats, which then flew away to find a new home.  Their poo dropped down to where the pigs were being raised as food for the markets. 



From the market, an infected pig was bought and prepared as a special meal in a top restaurant.  As he was to meet an important guest, he wipes his hands briefly on his clothing and goes out to meet her, shaking her hand and posing for a photo. 


A clip from Youtube showing the final scene, wherein you see how the virus started and spread
at the market.




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