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."


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


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.



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.


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


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...


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.

Flashbacks to the movie Contagion, anyone?

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


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.....
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.


I'm a sucker for pandemic movies.  If you are too, you might be interested in some movies related to this post, available from Amazon;

Contagion (Plus Bonus Features)




  Contagion (2011)


From the News: The woman who can smell Parkinson's disease

The woman who can smell Parkinson's disease

Joy Milne's husband, Les, died in June, aged 65.  He worked as a consultant anaesthetist before being diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 45.  Joy noticed something had changed with her husband long before he was diagnosed - six years before.

She says: "His smell changed and it seemed difficult to describe. It wasn't all of a sudden. It was very subtle - a musky smell. I got an occasional smell."

Joy only linked this odour to Parkinson's after joining the charity Parkinson's UK and meeting people with the same distinct odour.

By complete chance she mentioned this to scientists at a talk. They were intrigued.

Edinburgh University decided to test her - and she was very accurate.

Dr Tilo Kunath, a Parkinson's UK fellow at the school of biological sciences at Edinburgh University, was one of the first scientists Joy spoke to.  He says: "The first time we tested Joy we recruited six people with Parkinson's and six without.

"We had them wear a t-shirt for a day then retrieved the t-shirts, bagged them and coded them. Her job was to tell us who had Parkinson's and who didn't. Her accuracy was 11 out of 12. We were quite impressed."

Dr Kunath adds: "She got the six Parkinson's but then she was adamant one of the 'control' subjects had Parkinson's. But he was in our control group so he didn't have Parkinson's. According to him and according to us as well he didn't have Parkinson's. But eight months later he informed me that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's. So Joy wasn't correct for 11 out of 12, she was actually 12 out of 12 correct at that time.

"That really impressed us and we had to dig further into this phenomenon."

And that is exactly what they are doing. They hope to find the molecular signature responsible for the odour and then develop a simple test such as wiping a person's forehead with a swab.


Persecution of Christians and Catholics in China... Muslims too as China stamps out religion

Persecution of Christians and Catholics in China...

Just a few stories to give you some jumping off points to start if you haven't been aware of what's going down in China. 

Eleven children, including a two-month baby, from the Early Rain Covenant Church arrested in Chengdu for meeting in a private home. Not even the children were given food while held 

Mindong’s Msgr. Guo evicted from the curia: he will sleep on the street. At least five parishes have been closed, with electricity and water supplies cut off. These include Fuan, Saiqi and Suanfeng. "Fire safety" measures given as a justification, an excuse for persecution. Some priests have been kicked out. A home for the elderly kept by the nuns is also closed. Of the thirty guests, some are hosted by relatives, others are homeless. (Video)

Number of churches demolished in just one Chinese province has reached 1,500. Relations between China’s religious groups and the Communist Party have not been this strained since the days of Chairman Mao. (2015 report) 

Officials in China’s eastern Jiangxi province have replaced religious images displayed by Christian families with portraits of the country’s leader, Xi Jinping. The message from officials said the Christians involved had “recognised their mistakes and decided not to entrust to Jesus but to the (Communist) Party” claiming the Christians voluntarily removed 624 religious images and posted 453 portraits of Xi, the country’s president and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China.

It's not just Christians and Catholics... it's Muslims too:

Beijing wants to 'sinicise' even the furnishings of Uyghur homes. Muslim minorities are to abandon rugs and cushions in favour of sofas, beds and desks. Those who do not follow the directives risk being labelled "religious extremists" and locked up in notorious "training centres" 


Lending my Support: Nurse Practitioner Diploma Mills Not the Answer to Physician Shortage

As I watch the entire healthcare system undergoing huge changes since about 2011, there are a lot of hot issues going on.  This morning as I stumbled upon this site and this article.  It makes a lot of valid points.

Physician Voices for Patients and for Our Profession

Physicians for Patient Protection is a grassroots organization of practicing and retired physicians, residents, medical students, and assistant physicians (a new designation for physicians who have finished medical school but haven’t yet matched in a residency).


Source:  https://www.physiciansforpatientprotection.org/nurse-practitioner-diploma-mills-not-the-answer-to-physician-shortage/?

This is just part of a good article I read this morning and wanted to share...

Nurse Practitioner Diploma Mills Not the Answer to Physician Shortage

"Consequence: NP Diploma Mills

The second dangerous trend in promoting nurse practitioner autonomy is the recent tremendous growth of diploma mills, programs that “graduate” minimally trained nurses who are nowhere near ready to care for patients independently.

I’m referring to the dozens of direct to DNP programs, many of which boast a 100% acceptance rate.  I’m talking about programs that promote “as little as fifteen months from MSN to DNP,” or “use work hours to apply to your clinical training.”  There are multiple accelerated programs that allow students who have never even worked one hour as a nurse to become a nurse practitioner, and also direct entry programs that allow students with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree to become a registered nurse and a nurse practitioner “seamlessly.”

Once in attendance, coursework for these nursing programs may be 100% online.  And while a certain number of clinical experience hours are required, they are often on the honor system and often involve simply shadowing a doctor or nurse, many of whom the students have to find themselves.  There are simply not enough clinical preceptors to train nurse practitioner students, and the number of preceptors can only be expected to decline as the number of students seeking training increases.

Consequences: Poor Practice Patterns

And unfortunately, this lower quality of clinical experience is beginning to become apparent. While early studies showed that NPs working under physician supervision were able to produce similar outcomes in the management of already diagnosed chronic conditions, these NPs were mostly trained at brick and mortar schools, with a high level of clinical experience in nursing before advancing their career.

Newer studies are demonstrating that removing standardized curriculum and physician supervision from nurse practitioner training and practice is impacting the quality of patient care, including poorer quality referrals to specialists compared to primary care physicians, more unnecessary skin biopsies than physicians, increased diagnostic imaging, increased prescriptions including increased antibiotic prescribing and higher opioid prescribing shown in the states of Connecticut and New Hampshire.

Payouts for malpractice claims against NPs are also on the rise, as are claims for the improper prescribing and management of controlled substances.  As training programs continue to churn out NPs at a rate of 23,000 per year, compared to about 19,000 physicians graduating from medical school per year, these trends are likely to continue.


If you are a NP reading this, you should be outraged. Your profession is being diluted and abused by your leadership and your teaching institutions. Ultimately, the nurse-as-doctor agenda will backfire as the market becomes saturated with diploma mill grads, and as patients realize that their lives are being sold to the lowest bidder to hospital and organizations who employ new nurse grads ill-prepared to care for them.

Physicians Should Care

If you are a physician, you should be outraged. Your years of work and sacrifice are being alarmingly devalued as you are replaced by an online graduate.  There is no online medical school. There is no “honor system” in med school – no one graduates without passing a rigorous evaluation process. There are no shortcuts to the 20,000 hours minimum of clinical experience that physicians receive during training. And yet you will rarely meet a physician with complete confidence, because even with all this training, most realize that there is so much they don’t know.

Politicians Should Care

NPs are Not Filling a Void in Primary Care

If you are a politician, you should be outraged.  And worried. Because your constituents will see that you have fallen for the lobbyist lines.  NPs lobby that they will enter primary care practice to ease the shortage of physicians, but this has proven to be untrue.  CMS data from 2012 showed that NPs are moving more and more into subspecialty practice, where they are practicing independently having received little to no supervised practice in that specialty.  Because unlike physicians, who must complete a separate residency of at least three years to change specialty, NPs can jump from one field to another without any additional formal training.

The Rural Access Fallacy

You have also fallen for the hype that NPs will provide care in rural areas, where physicians supposedly “won’t” go.  Also, untrue. In Arizona, where NPs have been unsupervised since 2001, only 11% of all non-physicians (NPs, PAs, CNMs) work in rural areas, and serve only 15% of Arizona’s rural population.

The Financial Advantage Fallacy

And if you have believed the line that NPs save money, well, you may not have seen that the goal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners is pay parity1 – that NPs be paid the same as physicians – a goal which was achieved legislatively in Oregon in 2013.  Not to mention that NPs may cost the system more, with a rigorous ten-year study showing that unsupervised CRNA practice in rural areas was more expensive than hiring physician anesthesiologists.

Patients Should Care

If you are a patient, you should be outraged. And scared. But also, hopeful. Because physicians like me really do care about you.  I am part of a group called Physicians for Patient Protection (PPP).  We recently traveled to Washington DC on our own dime to talk to legislators about our concerns for the future.

For most of us, it’s not about the money. If I wanted to be rich, I wouldn’t have chosen Family Medicine. I wouldn’t have worked in an underserved area for years. And I wouldn’t have opened a low cost Direct Primary Care practice.
It’s also not about a turf war. There are many, many jobs out there for good docs.
It really and truly is about patient safety. We worry about our own health and that of our family. We want the best care for our future too."

 Be sure to check out the SOURCE link above for the whole article!


My Quest to Find the Best Portable, Non-Electric Washer (portable washers for emergencies, camping, etc.)

I spend hours... days, even weeks researching things before I purchase them.  When it comes down to it, even though I'm constantly pressed for time, I have more time than money and I can't afford to waste funds on things that are a bad decision purchase.

So here's the research I'm doing right now.  Portable non-electric washing options.

WHY would you want the option to do laundry in a portable, non-electric manner?  Everyone is different and has different reasons.

Apartment living with the laundry room far away or no laundry options

  • loss of water
  • loss of electric
  • only a couple items to wash
  • green and eco-living choices
  • camping
  • broken washing machine
  • traveling
  • hotel stays
  • washing items you don't want to go through the washer
  • emergency preparedness
  • RV living
  • saving money on your electric bill 

How will you keep your clothes clean when washing your clothes suddenly needs to be non-electric and/or portable?

I have been wanting a portable, non-electric options for years!  My husband thinks I'm nuts.  There were always things that were a bigger priority, but it's one of the many things I'm making a priority as we begin 2020 and so... here I am.

Here are the options I'm looking at.   

  • Each have pros and cons.
  • I painstakingly read review after review after review.
  • I look up the products on various and numerous different sites.
  • I go to the manufacturer's pages, retail sellers pages, even forums and message boards.
  • I weigh the wants/needs and issues of the reviewers with my own for apples to apples comparisons.
  • I also look at the skill set and common sense used by the reviewers (because we all know you just can't fix 'stupid'.
I'm going to use the product descriptions from the listings, so the descriptions are not my personal descriptions of the items.  I'm post them for you to read, just as I am reading them as a potential buyer.

Lavario Portable Clothes Washer - Manual Non-Electric Portable Washing Machine for Camping, Apartments, RV’s, Dedicates)
  • PATENTED! Best portable clothes washer in the world. See our 2-minute video. Lavario is the only non-electric clothes washer that can wash jeans & sweatshirts.
  • ECO-FRIENDLY: Hand-powered, non-electric, easy up & down motion, incredible cleaning power.
  • SAVES MONEY! Pays for itself in 4-5 trips you won't take to the Laundromat. No electricity required. Uses only a fraction of the water and detergent used by electric machines.
  • CONVENIENT: Portable, lightweight and easy to use anywhere. Cleans clothes in less than 20 minutes. Great for RV's, camping, apartments, dorms, delicates, exercise clothing, and more. Also ideal when you only have a few items to wash.
  • MADE IN THE USA! Lavario was meticulously engineered for durability & performance, and is proudly made in the USA.

   The Laundry POD, White

  • Washing Device
  • Measures 14.45 by 14.02 by 13.55
  • Easy to use spinning, washing and draining system, clean clothes in less than 10 minutes
  • All you need is to fill about 6 liters of water and 1.5 teaspoon of laundry detergent
  • Portable for Camping, College, Boating, RVing, Apartments and more

The Laundry Alternative Wonderwash Retro Colors Non-electric Portable Compact Mini Washing Machine

  • Non-electric, Hand-crank unit washes a 5-lb. load super clean in just a couple of minutes.
  • New patent-pending E-Z lid lever much easier to use than older lid screw design.
  • Perfect for apartments, singles, boats, RV's and even small frequent loads like hand washables and diapers.
  • Is ideal for delicates such as woolens, silks, knitted dresses and cashmere garments.
  • Uses far less water than even hand washing and no electricity. 3-year warranty. Handle insert won't fall out in 1-2 years like other models.

➔➔➔ My current thoughts on each

Lavario Portable Clothes Washer
  • I did not think I would like this one at ALL.  Almost didn't even consider it.  But?  I think this design is great.  One of the best I've seen of this 'general style' washer.  I don't like that the parts are made from plastic and the reviewers were correct when some complained of breakage/snapping.  This product made with more quality materials would be a sure-fire winner.  It's pretty big!  I was surprised at how large it is when I saw 'real' videos and photos.  But as LARGE as it is, it's probably not a good option for camping, car travel, hotel use, etc.  But at home, as an alternative to the washing machine?  Absolutely LOVE it.  
  • As it is, the price is high for an all plastic product.  It's selling for $124 - $129.  Having said that, I still love this design! I would entertain this idea when I have funds.  As for taking it with me camping or on the road, I guess I could justify that things could be packed 'in' it when I started on my trip and I could use the plastic container as my 'dirty laundry' container in between doing loads.
The Laundry POD
  • This one has 2 immediate things going for it.  Because it works just a like a big salad spinner, you get both the washer and portable spinner in one.  With the others you need to either wring the clothes out by hand the best you can, or invest in a portable spinner or wringer.  I like the size of this one as well but I do have concerns about it snapping off and breaking, it being a pain to crank and turn and it doesn't hold much.  I think you would have to crank clockwise for awhile and then counter clockwise for a while to get some agitating going because there is nothing but 'spinning' going on otherwise. 

    Many reviewers complained that obviously dirty items (like a dish towel) were still dirty no matter what they did.  For items like t-shirts or things that weren't dirty but smelled used, it worked fine because basically swishing in water and detergent is going to make things smell good.  Thoughts:  for lightly soiled, or small items this would work well but I don't think dirty clothes, towels or jeans would get cleaned correctly.  However, right now I've managed to find this at a decent price and for a 'back up' or even a trial, it might be worth if you can get it at a good price.  

The Laundry Alternative Wonderwash
  • I initially thought this would be my favorite, but it's really not.  After looking at my own priorities verses what I'd get for my money, this probably isn't for me.  It can't hold much, which is fine, but it's a lot of physical labor to do the job, the base is wobbly, the suction doesn't hold on many surfaces, and it leaks so you have to be careful where you're using it.  Fill with water, put in the clothes, turn, turn, turn.  Drain the dirty water and then refill with clean water, turn, turn, turn.  Drain.  A lot of reviewers said they almost always had to do two rinses.  Now, you are left with sopping wet clothes to pull out, wring or spin dry in which ever way you wish - most people had to invest in a portable spinner.  (Which is going to be a different post because I'm researching those options as well).  I love many things about this little guy - and love the latest 'retro' color options (blue, green, pink and yellow!) and I THOUGHT it would be my first purchase, but now I'm thinking maybe not. 

I also looked at two different 'foot petal' versions and realized I wasn't even going to waste my time talking about them, as they both had huge CONS immediately and I quit even considering them.  One, was a complete cheap plastic waste from the start and the other I thought might be great because it actually had stainless steel and metal parts, but it's almost impossible to buy in the USA, and a couple people in the USA that ordered direct from their site didn't get their order for TWO YEARS and only by continuing to contact them over and over for those 2 years.

The last option, and ultimately, it might actually be the best (and the most affordable) is so simplistic it's awesome.  Grab a 4 or 5 gallon bucket from Lowe's or wherever, and buy one of these wash plungers.  They sell for about $22 on average and you plunge up and down like you would a toilet, or like the big Lavario washer I posted above does. I did read that some people had issues with the handle where it attaches to the metal but they easily remedied this with a different handle and/or gorilla glue, etc.  Considering you can use the bucket for a hundred other uses, this might be a great option because it stores easily, doesn't take up space, is easy for all ages to use, is inexpensive and the bucket can be used for so many other things, it's not just taking up space for laundry.

Breathing Mobile Washer Classic - Portable Clothes Washing Machine

You might also be interested in........

Most all portable washers are going to leave you with dripping wet clothes that have to be wrung or spun to get a majority of the water out before hanging dry.  I'm currently researching those options as well and really loving wringers or manglers.

WringMaster Clothes Wringer Hand Crank

And of course a way to dry them....

Foldable Clothes Drying Laundry Rack


Tiny Update:  I bought the The Laundry POD and the Lavario Portable Clothes Washer


Woman sues Mormon church for $10 million for revealing husband's child sex abuse - but her reasoning is flawed because there IS NO PRIEST-PENITENT-PRIVILEGE. There are no trained clergy at all.

Yeah, uh, Mormon's are not Christians, they don't have a 'church' or 'services' or even beliefs that are the norm of Christ-based religions.  They also have no actual clergy... so there is no PRIEST-PENITENT-PRIVILEGE.  Because there is no priest or pastor.

Oregon woman sues Mormon church for $10 million for revealing husband's child sex abuse

"An Oregon woman is suing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for $9.54 million after her husband's confession to church leaders led to his arrest, conviction and imprisonment on child sexual abuse charges.

The lawsuit, which accuses local church leaders of violating confidentiality and the "priest-penitent privilege," contrasts sharply with other cases accusing the church claiming the exact opposite – failing to report abuse to authorities and treating sex abuse like a sin instead of a crime.

The lawsuit, filed in Marion County Circuit Court, involves a Turner, Oregon, man convicted of abuse after he confessed to clergy that he had repeated sexual contact with a minor.

Church officials did not respond Tuesday to requests for comment on whether the actions of local leaders were sanctioned by the church."


Leadership positions in the Church are filled by those who have no formal training in theology or Church administration. 

This includes bishops, stake presidents, Area Authority Seventies, Relief Society presidents, priests, teachers, deacons, and elders, etc. 

The 'bishop' they are confessing to and getting counseling from is most likely a dentist, insurance agent or realtor/developer who is volunteering to be the bishop (called to be and accepted the offer).  

ZERO training.
You are basically confessing to your dentist.