Some random news stories and such to read while you sip your morning coffee....


Groom dies before wedding; venue refuses to refund bride, family says

A family in Utah says they are dealing with losing a loved one before a wedding, and the venue isn’t refunding them their money.

Virginia Cervantes said her daughter got engaged in March 2021 to a man named Kevin, and they had their wedding date planned for this month.

However, he died by suicide about two weeks before the wedding.

“I saw her try on her wedding dress. I pictured her walking down the aisle. But everything just crumbled and fell apart,” Cervantes said.

On top of the family’s grief, Cervantes and her daughter said they had to undo wedding plans.

“Everyone reimbursed us except for the venue. They have a policy in the contract about no refunds unless it’s in 90 days,” Cervantes said.

According to the family, Woodhaven Pointe, the venue, is not offering a cash refund....


‘Hope for the future’: 15-year-old on track to be youngest nursing program graduate

A teenager is working to become the youngest person to graduate from Arizona State University’s nursing school.

Elliana Tenenbaum, a 15-year-old nursing student, may not be old enough to drive, but in less than a year, she will graduate from the Edson College of Nursing Program....



Smith & Wesson sued over link to July 4 parade mass shooting

Survivors of the mass shooting at a suburban Chicago Independence Day parade and family members of those killed filed 11 lawsuits Wednesday against the manufacturer of the rifle used in the attack, accusing gun-maker Smith & Wesson of illegally targeting its ads at young men at risk of committing mass violence.

The sweeping effort by dozens of victims of the Highland Park shooting, anti-gun violence advocates and private attorneys announced Wednesday is the latest bid to hold gun manufacturers accountable for a mass killing despite broad protections for the industry in federal law.

The group’s strategy mirrors the approach used by relatives of victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school killings, who in February reached a $73 million settlement with the firearm company that produced the rifle used in that attack. That was believed to be the largest payment by a gun-maker related to a mass killing....





It's Just the Coffee Talking: Chit Chat about some cracked kitchen tiles and my never ending quest to try to find where the original owners found them; or find a match

Good Morning...

Some random chit-chat over morning coffee....

Our kitchen floor has large, 13 inch square ceramic tiles with every single one of them cut at an angle to allow another granite 6 inch square (that matches the countertops) inserted between them.  Very expensive for the original home owners at the time in 2008 and they were very picky about where they got all the building supplies for this home during the process.  They didn't just run to the local retailers and buy 'whatever'. 

Those original builders were spending a lot of money on building the house... but the building process stopped and it sat on the market for over a year before going into foreclosure; after which, a man from the 'big city' nearby bought it cheap and had 'his guys' finish the basement, repainted the whole thing and put it back on the market - in which we bought it when we were relocated to this state with Mr. Coffee's job.

That means we have ZERO information or history on the house (the guy from the city that bought it had only been to the house in person twice).  We literally know nothing about the house or it's history.

We found out a few random things by accident.  Like, when someone 'took out' our brick mailbox and the person I contacted to fix it showed up and he recognized our home;  he was the masonry contractor that did our brick; that's how we found out what brick they used on the home (it was an expensive brick at the time and was no longer made... so he did the best match he could).   We found out the siding they used after a tree fell on the roof and one of the contractors recognized and tracked down the downspouts and siding to a random retailer about 45 minutes away in the 'big city' he had worked with previously.  So that's how we know the exact (odd) shade and brand siding and downspouts, etc. they used.

So, back to the kitchen tile.

We actually hate the kitchen floor.  The granite inserts are pretty... but dated.  And not 'us'.
And the floor tiles on the heavy traffic area have been slowly starting to crack over the past few years.  Now, in front of the refrigerator on the main 'thoroughfare' and traffic pattern, we have a few of the large 13X13 tiles cracked.

Various times over the past 2 years we've attempted to match the tile but we've yet to do so.  When I've found a couple online that looked similar enough it would be worth trying; I've found they were no longer made or permanently 'out of stock'.  Others we've tried have been the wrong color or wrong pattern.

We don't LIKE the floor anyway so of course it would be nice to take it all up and replace it with new tile without the granite inserts. 

We don't have the money. 

We also discussed replacing it with wood or faux wood but not only do we (again) not have the money, but the rest of the main level is real wood floors and anything we put in would clash and look bad (the rooms join each other).  The wood floors already installed were expensive but are kind of an ugly color and because of all the large windows in the house, have faded to various natural shades.  

There is no way to 'match' and couldn't/wouldn't anyway as the cupboard in the kitchen are hickory with a dark pinstripe glaze to antique them and a wood floor would look ridiculous and clash anyway.

SO!  All this ramble to say we are walking on cracked tiles and it's making me crazy and the whole process of finding new ones is ridiculous.  I am almost positive, like EVERYTHING ELSE THEY USED IN THIS HOUSE, the tiles were expensive and came from some specialty place that is either hard to track down or no longer made. 

(Like the copper bronze slate tiles they used in the entire master bathroom bath, shower, etc. which I can still find but are horrible to try to clean and care for!)

This weekend my goal (?) is to move the refrigerator to find a 'hidden' tile I can pry up and take with me to random places all around the big city and try (try try try) to find SOMETHING close enough to match so we can replace the broken tiles. 

Oh!  And first, we need to go to Home Depot so we can buy a 'wet ceramic saw' to cut them.  Because of that stupid angle cut on all of them for the inserts.




Climate Activist Says People Shouldn’t Fly to Fiji After Flying There Herself, Interviewer Can’t Stop Laughing (Video)

First Openly Trans Army Officer and Wife Charged in Plot to Give U.S. Military Medical Info to Russia

Yep.  She really said this.







Good Morning....

One of the first mornings my dumb head cold is feeling more normal!  The toddler seemed pretty good yesterday as well so I knew the end is 'near'.

We have a friend of the family who lives down in the path of the hurricane.  He sent my son a spoof video yesterday of him being a 'reporter' in the storm.  It was strange to see NO cars on the road behind him (as most all who were leaving, did.)  I'm also waiting to hear about the home under construction in Naples of a family member... they weren't living in it yet - but it will be interesting to find out the status of the flooding.  Hmmm.

I've gotta run out the door soon - and I'm almost 3 minutes behind schedule.  Still in jammies and haven't touched hair or makeup.  Luckily I can do all that in about 12 minutes... but I'm still already behind schedule, which doesn't bode well.  ;)




Oxford Study - Vacc - increases infection risk by 44%


It's been busy... and of course I brewed coffee and completely forgot about it.  So now that coffee has been repurposed into 'iced' coffee; and yes I'm here for a quick coffee-break WITH coffee.

Yesterday I read about a little baby born with a congenial heart defect that needed to undergo what is often a routine surgery to repair it.  However, because of the awful effect of  'THE' vaccine in the blood, they didn't want the newborn to have blood from anonymous donors (because currently they do not differentiate between those who got the experimental shots and those who didn't when it comes to giving blood).  They asked instead to get 'pure' blood for the baby's surgery - someone who had not received the mRNA shot. 

The hospital refused.  They begged.  The hospital rolled their eyes.  The parents said NO.  WAIT.  We will get donations of pure blood for the baby.  The hospital went behind their backs and did it anyway.

Many who have researched 'THE' vaxx know what happened.  That little baby who was doing so  well, developed a blood clot.  From his knee to his heart.  And yes... he died from the clot.


Although most people have seen through the farce that is facemasks, many sheep have not. 
Even if your child gets this cold/flu virus there is almost ZERO chance they would be seriously harmed or die from it.  Almost null.  Void. None. Zilch.

Your kid is 66,667 times more likely to be sold to human traffickers than die of Covid.
The useless and harmful masks just make it easier to do.


I've been mentioning this for years...  we need to wake up.

It's Just the Coffee Talking: Starting my day off with having to clean up big dog poops

Good Morning Coffee friends!

Yes, I still have that head cold... but it's certainly much much better than it was a week ago.  Every little bit that it gets better, I'll take it.  Baby steps.  I'm hoping by this weekend it will be a memory.

It's coffee break time and the first chance I've had all morning to even get near a computer.  I need to check emails and some accounts; check on two deliveries I have coming today and tomorrow (that vintage slide converter I mentioned in a previous post is due to be delivered today).  I hope it works well because I want to get all those slides converted to digital and off my kitchen counter!  I'll be happy to pack them away and declutter. 

This morning when I came out of the bedroom I could smell poop... even WITH my awful head cold, so you know it had to be bad.  My first thought was 'is the septic system having issues?' ...  later as I was letting the dog out for the morning I spied it.  A huge pile.  Right on the wood floor as well as the entire bottom of my long white curtains that pool on the floor.

Well, crap.

Unintentional pun but whatever.

So I was getting a ladder out to climb up and get the drapery down.  I was using cardboard and paper bags to try to scoop up the mess.  Paper towels and cleaning solution to clean it.  Lysol to spray around the room(s) to rid the smell.

Here is the reason for my random coffee-talk about this topic this morning....

Mr. Coffee was UP FIRST.

HE is the one that lets the dog out at night and often doesn't pay attention to the fact that many times she'll run out - pee as fast as she can - and rush back in for her bedtime snack.  Common sense tells you to tell her to go back out and go poop... she knows.  She will run back out, find a spot and poop.  Or you stand there and make sure she does it.  He does neither.

I think I can count on one hand (probably 3 fingers) the number of times Mr. Coffee has cleaned up poop in the past 11 years.  

"I didn't notice."
"I didn't see it."
"I didn't smell anything."
"I thought I smelled something but i didn't see anything."
"Where?  I never noticed."

He's used them all.


He simply gets ready for work, taking his own sweet time, never 'noticing' anything that doesn't directly concern himself and... leaves.

I have pointed out to him that it's unfair that HE is on the last nightly 'out' duty and if he doesn't make sure she GOES then HE needs to clean it up in the morning.  It's not fair to me - and it's not like I can leave that stinking pile of poo all day for HIM to clean up because that only punishes me with the disgusting smell (and ruined floors and curtains and rugs and carpets). 

So that's my random rant over coffee this morning... 

Starting my day off with having to clean up big dog poops.




The fact of the matter is, governments are no longer capable of portraying an honest and transparent perspective with a balanced look at current events. Political and corporate agendas plague our societal systems. In this case, politics within federal health regulatory agencies and the stranglehold corporate ‘health’ has on politics is clear.⁠

How can we continue to rely on these agencies to provide accurate information and provide recommendations with so much corruption and influence from rogue interests? The truth is, it seems this has been happening since agencies like the FDA and CDC were established.⁠

They are rooted in and thriving off of this type of behaviour primarily because our systems of commerce incentivize this behaviour. Without addressing the core of these issues, can we expect it to be any different?  
















It's Just the Coffee Talking: Deciding if I will buy groceries this week or just work with what I have and skip it

Good Morning!

Yup.  I still have that stupid cold!  The toddler and the other family member still have it as well - and the 2 year old is the one I'm watching for the time-line of recovery as he got sick and then passed it on to me and his mama with his tight hugs and slobbery kisses.  He was sick on the 10th so it's been just over 2 weeks for him; she and I followed a few days behind.  

It's much better than it was a week ago but it's still hanging on.  Hoping the next couple days are the very end of it.  Mr. Coffee seems to have gotten a different, lighter (?) version (knock on wood!) but never got the full cold that we all do. 

It's Monday.  I have today off and I fully intended to run errands today but I just don't know if I will.  It's a money thing.  The thought of spending money - which we have very little of in our checking account right now - is stomach turning.  Things are SO tight!  

I'm typing this while I do some mental gymnastics over the groceries we have on hand, what I need, what I could do without and what meals I can prepare using what is on hand and substituting or improvising if needed.

Although I would like to head to Sam's or Costco to get some chicken breasts, cleaning supplies, laundry supplies and such... the other part of me says that maybe a smaller, cheaper trip to the local grocery store for things like some sour cream, etc. would be cheaper and I can 'make do' with whatever we have in the freezers.

Thanks Biden, Harris, Pelosi and the rest of the idiots that have no clue how average, middle income Americans live.

(Side Note:  I do believe in emergency preparation, including food storage. We have that.  What I'm looking at is current, fresh foods, foods for now.  I believe with Biden and Harris in leadership, things are getting worse before we get conservative common sense back in the Whitehouse and things get better.  So our pantries are stocked and we are fine longer term.  I'm looking at short term meals and things like sour cream, half and half, fruits, fresh vegetables, etc.)



Did you see that U of Mass are such assholes that they are holding a PRIDE themed night, on purpose, the night they play against a conservative Christian school?  Remember the days of good sportsmanship?  Of respect?  Of friendly sports?  Of common decency towards others? 


AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts is planning to hold a Pride Day on the same day that the Minutemen host evangelical Liberty in a football game.

The school made the “special announcement” Sunday on Twitter in a 37-second video featuring techno music and a uniformed player standing in a room lit by rainbow colors associated with the LGBTQ community. It ends showing how to get tickets for the Oct. 8 game.

Liberty, which started as a Baptist college under founder Jerry Falwell in 1971, has evolved into a conservative, evangelical university in Lynchburg, Virginia.



Corporations have no business in donating to charities, nor asking me to anyway.  Most of the time I do not support their pet causes.  Never mind that under Biden and Harris we can't afford food, much less donating to their personal picks for charities.


Someone should inform a certain political leader that babies do indeed have a beating heart at 6 weeks.  Doctors know this, scientists know this, parents know this.

Wrap your brain around the stupidity of people like this.
Ponder over coffee.....

There seems to be no repercussions for bad behavior.
Democratic run cities.






It's Just the Coffee Talking: still rocking this head cold but I'm also rocking some yellow TR sneakers I got on clearance yesterday. And they make me happy.

Good Morning Coffee Friends!

You will probably not be surprised to know I still have that dang cold. 

The teacher family member that started this whole thing did have a version of Covid as he had a positive test last month but we totally expected that with the start of a new school year and a bunch of little 5 year old petri dishes running around his classroom.  He gets sick every Fall and passes it on to his wife and son - who in turn pass it on to me.  And, Mr. Coffee got a different, much lighter version of this cold - which I'm thankful he didn't get this one - but a little jealous too.

Even though the rest of us all tested negative (I tested no less than 3 times since I was traveling) I'm pretty sure it's got some deep Covid connections - it's lasted longer than a regular cold and it's got the awful achy teeth pain that originated with the Delta (?) version. 

I and the other adult I know with the same cold right now both have that horrible, awful, deep teeth pain.  Only those who have had it can understand it but it's a hold-over from the Covid versions of 2021. I've started to wonder if we will have these 'teeth migraines' with every cold from now on?  Damn you Fauci and China for making and testing this bio weapon in your dang labs.  Didn't the movies and books over the past 100 years teach you that viruses ALWAYS get out, no matter how careful you are? 

Yesterday:  So yesterday I left the house around 8:30 or 8:45 and was running errands with a family member non-stop until I got home after 5:00 pm.  I bought a few odds and ends depending on where we were, but generally speaking I was there for the conversation and companionship while she did her errands.  We actually said 'good-bye' in the Home Depot parking lot and parted... but within about 2-3 minutes my phone rang.  She was going to stop at a grocery store down the street - did I want to meet her there too?  "Ok, I'll meet you there....."   so we did one more stop.  THEN said goodbye.  And really parted this time. 

One random thing I got yesterday... a pair of yellow Sneakers.  They make me happy.
The story behind that (a little bit) is that I have a pair of low top Converse I love, but I can only wear them about an hour or so before they hurt my feet.  The design of Converse (almost all of them) rub the side of my little toes and hurt the side of my big toe - right where that extra thick stitching always is near the top where the sides are sewn. 

I was standing in TJMaxx waiting for the family member to look at some things in the kitchen aisle.  I was glancing around (bored) and saw that someone had randomly put a pair of sneakers on a shelf on an end cap of coffee, etc.  Totally in the wrong place and bright yellow; they caught my eye. 

Hey, those are cute...
I wonder how much they are?
I flipped them over and saw a red clearance sticker on the back for $13.99.
I wonder what size they are?
Oh my goodness, that's my size.  I wonder how they'd fit?

As my family member browsed, I took off my shoe and tried it on. 
Oh that feels good on my sore feet!
These feel so much better than the low top Converse that are killing my toes.
We still have a lot of shopping left today.

These shoes are my personality, cute, comfortable, my size, showed up on a random shelf and are on clearance.  

I bought them.  I walked to the car and took my shoes off and put these on.
I wore them the rest of the day... and my feet didn't hurt once!

(For those wondering, they are True Religion brand... which I don't really care either way, but I love them.)


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:    Judicial Watch received 115 pages of records from the HHS revealing previously redacted locations of COVID-19 vaccine testing facilities in Shanghai, China.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had claimed the name and location of the testing facilities were protected by the confidential commercial information exemption of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

“The Biden administration’s stonewalling and shell games about the COVID vaccines further undermine public confidence in these controversial drugs,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

“Americans are now going to want to know why did the Biden operation try to hide COVID vaccine ties to China.”






It's Just the Coffee Talking: Running someone elses errands today

Good Morning Coffee Friends....

Back from a whirlwind cross-country road trip, a busy week and all with a horrible headcold... today was to be my 'day off'.  I planned on taking cold meds and vitamins, and spending the day mopping floors and cleaning and starting to organize for a Fall donation to the thrift store.

Instead, I'll be running errands.  And they aren't even my errands!  LOL.

One of my kids has the day 'off' unexpectedly and has a grand list of things to do, places to go and things to accomplish.  She's asked me to join her for a busy morning and afternoon of errand running, and is trying to entice me with a free 'specialty coffee of my choice' at Starbucks as she has a gift card to use up.  

It's been a long time since she and I have gotten to run errands or shop together - something we used to do literally every weekend before her work schedule changed and she and her husband started their family so OF COURSE I WANT TO.  Ha ha.

I don't have the funds to buy much... but I'm along for the companionship and fun.  It's going to end up being about 11 stores I think so I best get some Emergen-C and B12 in me; a dose of cold meds and get dressed for the day....

But first, coffee.



It's Just the Coffee Talking: Inheriting some random items - Looks like I'm going to be converting a few hundred old vintage 1950's slides into digital photos and use an induction cooktop

Good Morning Coffee Friends!

Much like an unwanted house guest, just when I think this dang cold is leaving... it comes back!  After two 'better' nights of sleep, it came back with a vengeance last night.  By 3:30 am the fact that I could not breathe (even with cold meds) made me toss and turn.  I finally relented and had to use the miracle nasal spray.  (I've said before - Afrin is my savior.  Unfortunately it's not good to use it for more than a couple days so I have been barely using it but last night was impossible, so there ya go.)  I was finally able to sleep after that - but only briefly as the day had to begin soon enough.

I had mentioned our trip last week was in part to help an elderly family member.  In doing so, I inherited a few items; one of which is a lot (as in 2 huge drawers packed full to the brim as well as another bag full) of old, vintage, family slides.  There are many boxes marked 1956 with various state parks and vacations my FIL took - and these were dated before he was married as he didn't meet and marry my MIL until the 60's... but then I saw some slides were up until 1982!?   I have no idea why my FIL would still be taking slides into the 80's but he is an odd duck so yes, that's him.  LOL.  
Most are in bad shape as apparently the slides were in the basement which had flooded at some point.  But even if half are ruined, there are still hundreds to check so....
All that rambling over coffee is to say that I am in the market for a slide converter.

I've got some I'm looking at - both pricing at Amazon and BestBuy... I don't have $179 for the one I'd like (the Kodak Slide N Scan) so instead I'm looking at the smaller, cheaper converters like the DigitNow.
I watched a YouTube video and it looks pretty easy to use... and would save me $100 over the more expensive Kodak.  Except I really like the larger viewer screen on the Kodak so I'm still pondering. 

I also came home with a Big Boss Induction Cooktop, which I had never really thought about or cared about but I hated to see it tossed into a landfill when the house is turned over so I brought it home not even knowing if it worked.  I tried it, but it got an error message.  I almost threw it out but then Mr. Coffee found the instruction manual and receipt in a box of photos and papers so I looked over them last night.  BINGO.  I needed a magnet.  Why?  Because that was a quick and easy way to know which pans would work on it!  If you use a pan that isn't induction compatible, it won't work and you get an error message.  I tried it with my cast iron pan and my daily saucepans with a magnetic bottom and it worked perfectly! 

The receipt was dated 2014, but it looks like it's hardly been used. 

Ok, I've got slide converters to research and a decision to be made so I'll hit publish and get on with my day.  Thanks for popping in!  

To put the border crisis into perspective....
Ponder this over your morning coffee.
We've got the population equivalent of an entire new COUNTRY come through our Southern border since Biden/Harris took office.


I think the me who buys groceries
and the me that actually has to cook the meals
are two entirely different people


It's Just the Coffee Talking: Apparently this is an evening (night) edition....?

Good Morning Coffee Friends!

I attempted to get here this morning but nope.  Life had other plans.
We just arrived home yesterday afternoon from our cross-country trip to help some family members and made another stop to see more family members... this morning was right back into 'real life' - and I hit the ground running.  I'm SO tired right now but had to laugh when I realized I never made it here to chat today and I'm literally counting down the seconds until I can go to bed for the night.

I did have coffee tonight, so it IS the coffee talking - although I just finished it.  I actually had flavored coffee - it was the Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice Coffee with the Pumpkin Spice Creamer.  It seemed perfect for tonight... and it was.

I can hardly keep my eyes open.
My head cold is still hanging on and trying to get a couple more days out of me....
And I need sleep.

Goodnight friends.... chat in the morning, k?




 Did you know Dementia Joe has a secret deal with the University of Delaware to keep his senate records hidden?  Weird.

Those damn illegals again.  Texas and Arizona have had enough of this.
East Coast Snobs have NO IDEA what  it's like to live next to a hemorrhaging border.

So, the media let it drop (as they do EVERYTHING with the Bidens)... but thankfully
Judicial Watch wants to know...

Over 2 MILLION illegals so far this year...
but Democrat Liberals on Martha's Vineyard freak out when they get just 50  (five-oh) illegals...
and got rid of them all quick.

Dear angry leftists who're mad about migrant busing...
Shut up and start handing out blankets.
You voted for this.

Loved this.
See the TRUTH and then see the news story as written by the controlled news media...  Ha ha ha.

Trudeau thinks drunk singing Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody before her funeral was hilarious.