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.





It's Just the Coffee Talking: When I checked into this hotel I had to initial paperwork understanding I had to have a state police officer with me if I needed video security footage in the future.... ha ha

Good Morning Coffee Friends!

Obviously I'm not going to announce on social media that I was gone - but this whole time I've been fighting this head cold, I've been doing a cross-country road trip.  On the tail end now, I'll be home in a few hours, this is my last on-road entry.

And yep - still sick.  Although better than I've been for the past week - it's on the tail end.  I've also been able to judge what to expect from watching the 2 year old and other family member that got the same version as I.  I same same 'version' since Mr. Coffee started to get it about 3 days ago but apparently got a much, much lighter version, which never really turned into this one.    Yesterday felt like someone socked me in the right side of my face.  From my eye socket to my jaw on the right side felt bruised and hurt.  That with the coughing up gunk and blowing my nose.  But... again, it's better than it was.

All this even with the massive amounts of vitamin C, D and Zinc... but once I was on the road I wasn't able to keep up with the vitamins and teas as well so... I've just been trudging through it.  LOL.

This morning I am blogging from a random Days Inn.   We had chose a town that was a good stopping point for the day/drive.  We like to do about 9-10 hours a day and then stop for the night.  I had more hotel choices 10 miles 'up' the road or 10 miles 'down' the road; but we've used this particular small town for a meeting location with family members for years - they have an easy on/off interstate entrance, a good McDonalds to meet at and 2 gas stations to fill up at.  

They also have one (1) hotel in the whole town; it's a Days Inn.  Not my first (or second, third or even forth or fifth) choice to stay at but it looked fine online and I never really paid much attention to it when we would stop in this town to meet up with family over the years.

So I booked it for last night.  And... I guess it's 'fine'. 

We checked in and noted the decor was very um, dated.  It would be quite 'fancy' and belong in a mansion perhaps back in the 60's or 70's maybe.  Now, the same thing in a hotel looks a bit odd.  Then I got to the front counter and the young lady checked us in.  I've not had to sign and 'inital' a bunch of actual paper(s) for hotel check-in for a few years now!  But they were old school.  She went to the printer and printed off papers I had to sign here and here, initial here, there and here.  Sign the bottom here.

One of the things I was initialing for was err... interesting?   She said I was understanding that in the event I needed to request security video footage, I had to have a state police or sheriff's Dept. officer with me... they couldn't give out security video footage 'willy-nilly'.  

Umm.  Ok?  Is this a problem here?  Do people regularly have to request this?  Oh my.

But it was... fine.

Although a Days Inn, the room we had was actually 'inside' the hotel/motel on the second floor - the other rooms on the first floor were outside entrances.  Ours was a 'suite'.  Ha.  

We walked up the stairs and because the manager won't run the AC anywhere but the first floor office, the heat was stifling as we got to the top.

We walked around the square landing and got into the room - very very tiny.  A suite?  Ha ha.  One queen bed, a desk and a chair... the bedstand turned sideways with the drawers jammed up against the bed, unable to open, due to space constrictions.

I used the rest room.  A huge spider jumped out of the drain... eek!  Surprised me.  Squashed him with a towel.

Turned on the A/C.  THAT hasn't been used in a looooong time.  It smells funny.  Strong.  Hard to breathe, but I turn it off, get out my Lysol, spray the vents (it's the old school style A/C heater... not the kind most hotels have switched to that is controlled on the wall thermostat).  After spraying it with Lysol, I turned it back on and hoped for the best.  LOL.

No bible in the drawers.  I expected this.  The owner of the hotel has a bright red dot on his head and a very thick accent.   Later I did look online and saw that most of this hotel brand don't have them anymore.  

The desk drawer will not close all the way - sticks out about 4 inches.  It hits my hip.  I crawled underneath to see what was blocking it.  I'm still not sure - but the desk looks like an extra wooden piece had been added that blocks it from closing.

The refrigerator is not at all cold feeling, but it has a thick layer of ice over the upper freezer-ish portion.  It blocks the little freezer shelf from opening, but I could see cardboard and paper sticking out.  Something is frozen solid in it... I'm not going to chip away ice to find out what's in there.

But the tv works for Mr. Coffee and there is wi-fi.  We parked outside the window with a perfect view below of our car - and made sure it's in front of the camera so if we have to get security footage (as I apparently initialed for when I checked in) the car should be seen on it.  LOL.

We also had a Keurig IN the car so we carried it in the room (I travel with k-cups as well, just in case).  This morning I am sipping coffee and was typing this entry as I let Mr. Coffee sleep in.

He's up now... sipping coffee and waiting on me to get ready so, I will end this little rambling blog post.

It's just the coffee talking anyway........


It's just the tea talking this morning... throat coat tea. And locking both sets of keys in the vehicle. Oh well!

Good Morning Coffee Friends!

This cold is a doozy.  Still hanging on.  Making me miserable trying to breathe through my nose - and I hate to breathe through my mouth because that causes the throat to dry out and hurt.  And oh the pounding head.  LOL.

But I'm still doing everything that has to get done.  Yesterday was a fairly busy, active day. 

The car is packed to the brim with items from an elderly family members home who will be moving 'off the farm' due to age and ability - but we (and he) hated to see things from his late wife, himself and the house, tossed into a landfill by new owners.  Nothing much of value - it's not that kind of thing (and we are not those kind of people).  Some old dishes of no value, a couple teapots his wife collected when she was still alive, some books, bibles, lots of pots and pans and kitchen items.  I had wanted to get the old bed sheets because he's never thrown any out and they were mostly from the 60's and 70's - I thought they would make fabulous aprons!  But alas, a SIL had already cleaned out those sorts of things and sent them all to the landfill.  Oh well.  I got one sheet - a Brady Bunch looking era sheet in a bold flower pattern in pink, yellow and blue.

Funny moment that still hasn't righted itself:  My husband and SIL were putting some things in the back of one of the vehicles that needs to be given to a family member.  My SIL threw the keys on the seat and closed the door.  The doors automatically locked.  The problem?  The second set of keys were already on the seat inside the car.  Now, both sets of keys were inside the vehicle and the doors were locked and the car armed.

My SIL was stupefied.  She had not known that many cars can (and do) do that.  She was upset of course - and frustrated - even after 3 other people told her yep, sometimes cars do that.  Those were the only two keys.  They spoke of ways to break into the car but I pointed out (a few times) that they could call AAA or the dealership to get it done correctly; not shoving things down into the window and ruining the seals, chipping the paint, etc.  And I knew dang well they didn't know what they were doing - there is no way they could have accomplished pushing a button a key fob to unlock it, with a flimsy wire.  Not these two.

I also pointed out that if they kept prying on the door trying to get it open, the car alarm was going to go off and they did not have a key fob to stop it.  It was going to continually screech.

They both looked at me like I was alien....  until I pointed out to them the red blinking lights on the dash and that some cars' alarms go off if the windows are messed with or the doors are trying to be pried open.

I laughed it off.  Said it was 'fine' and we just weren't meant to take the car that night - call AAA or the dealership in the morning. 

My head is pounding, my sinuses are stuff and my throat is scratchy... so I'm off to brew more "Throat Coat" Tea (I posted about these in the last couple posts).   




Thanks for popping in... this morning it's just the tea talking..........


It's Just the Coffee Talking... still sick. Sinuses so swollen I can't breathe... LOL. I love Afrin but you are only supposed to use it every 10-12 hours. GAH.

Good Morning Coffee Friends....

Still. Sick.  sigh....

It's just a head cold, but it a horrible one.  A knock you on your butt one.  The kind that used to be fairly normal before people freaked out over the Plandemic but having had C and this... C was easier and faster to get over.

One thing I have done through this is test just to make sure.  I was going to be visiting some extended family members as it was already scheduled and one of those life-events that must be done (not a fun even like a wedding... but other stuff).  So I tested twice already but last night, tested a 3rd time just to be sure since I'm supposed to be doing that 'can't get out of it' thing today and there will be 2 people there besides me and my husband - one of which is a very healthy, but elderly person.  

So!  All that rambling to say I've tested THREE times to make SURE it's 'just a cold'.  

And it is. But oh goodness, head colds can be hellish. 

I do have coffee in hand right now for 'coffee talk' but I finished a 'throat coat' medicinal tea first... and honestly?  I'm probably not finishing the last third of the coffee and am going to brew another tea.



It's Just the Coffee Talking: The truth is... blacks are less likely to be shot or have deadly forced used on them by the police than an armed white or Hispanic person. Does the truth matter?

Good Morning Coffee Friends...

The head cold has been bad the last two nights so sleep has been elusive.  Even getting up to use Afrin in the night to help clear my sinuses to breathe doesn't help enough to sleep.  Going to be another long day!  B12 keeps me going as I wait for my body to fight off this cold virus and add it to the many viruses I now will have anti-bodies for.  (If you missed previous posts, this is just a bad cold - negative for the big C - not that it matters a whit as even THAT is just a cold/flu virus they gave a name to to instill fear.  But this is a regular bad cold, like we all had pre-2020 and will continue to have....)  I'm watching the timeline the 2 year old is getting better to know when I will, since they got it first and so lovingly gifted it to me through slobbery kisses, hugs and sharing sneezes and coughs in my face.  Ha ha.

So, random chit-chat...

I have a person in our neighborhood that put a big black lives matter sign in their yard when it was cool to do so.  They actually only did it to get back at another neighbor who put a 'we pray for our local police' in their yard... but that's a whole other subject. 

The point is as BLM was leading over 600 violent protests which resulted in looting, riots, burning of buildings and property;  they did over 2 billion dollars in damage in 6 months.  The media would stand in front of buildings on fire, storefront windows broken, people stealing and destroying the retail store... and literally proclaim the protests were mostly calm.    They were anything BUT calm; which is why retailers had to board up their windows, close stores early and police had to line the parking lots to try to protect stores.  The so called protests were only an excuse to STEAL and BURN and DESTROY.  Everyone knew it... it was obvious.  But you were called racist if you pointed any facts out.

Getting a bit off topic but the point is... they had their signs out.

Then the BLM truth got even more interesting.

The leaders were suddenly putting family members on the books in fluff positions and paying their family friends millions.  Buying huge mansions and homes for all their family members. 

It was woke for companies to push millions and billions of dollars to the 'cause' but no one could really account for where their money was going to.  Except for lavish homes, lifestyles, travel and cars to the BLM big-wigs.

After the truth came out about what BLM really was I thought maybe the sign in the neighbors yard would come down but nope.  It's faded, and it's mostly forgotten as it sits in their landscaping... 
I wonder if they even know the truth about the organization and the corruption and fraud surrounding it?

No reason for that post really... just me thinking out loud as I sip morning coffee.  Meh, it's just the coffee talking again. 
The truth is... blacks are less likely to be shot or have deadly forced used on them by the police
than an armed white or Hispanic person.  Does the truth matter?


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Mob Throws Statue of Hans Christian Heg, Abolitionist, Into Lake Monona
It’s Going Down: Seattle Surrenders a Police Station and Four City Blocks to Antifa
America Under Attack: Riots and Looting Nationwide

Portland Rioters Set Fire to Bloody Pig’s Head With Cop’s Hat on U.S. Flag
Man Violently Attacked in Portland: “I was stabbed for being a conservative journalist”
Media, Portland Mayor Mischaracterize Assault on Federal Courthouse as “Protests”

Sen. Rand Paul and others attacked by DC mobs after leaving Trump speech
Kenosha, WI Under Siege By Antifa/BLM Rioters
Riot First, Asks Questions Later: Minneapolis Looting Sparked By False Report Of Police Shooting
DC BLM Mob Harasses White Diners, Demanding They Raise Fists In Solidarity
Portland Rioters Wheel Guillotine Through Suburbs, Execute American Flag
Report: Seattle Rioters Tried to Burn Police Officers Alive By Sealing Precinct Door Shut
Portland: BLM Mob Causes Man to Crash, Beats Him Unconscious
‘Peaceful Protesters’ in Portland Set Fire to County Government Building
Chicago Looters Attack Ronald McDonald House
Over 100 People Arrested in Chicago Overnight Amid Rampant Rioting and Looting

Louisville, Other Cities Struck by Violence, Riots for Second Night After Breonna Taylor Decision
BLM Protesters Target Georgetown CVS Because Employees Called Police on Shoplifters
Two Los Angeles County Deputies Shot; BLM Chants “We Hope They Die” Outside Hospital
Black Lives Matter Rioters Ransack Rochester, NY
‘Peaceful Protests’ Push St. Louis, Portland Mayors Out of Their Homes

National Guard Deployed to Philadelphia After Violence, Looting Explodes for the Second Night
Pro-Trump Rally Attacked In Liberal Ithaca (NY)
BLM Rioters Damage Homes, Stores in Wisconsin After DA Won’t Charge Cop in Fatal Shooting


It's Just the Coffee Talking: Just checking in - alive and well


Hello Coffee Friends!

Mr. Coffee is working out, I've brewed a cup of decaf (I hate the taste of decaf but I really need to sleep later to help me fight this head cold, so decaf it is!) and I'm just catching up on some sites online before grabbing a book and reading the evening away. 

I don't have much to chat about actually.  Some ideas, but I'm going to leave them for a bit and talk about them maybe in a few days. 

I guess I just wanted to check in and say 'hey' and let people know I'm alive and well...  well, as well as you can be with a cold.  :)


It's Just the Coffee Talking: My Go-To Products for a Cold (which I have one now, by the way)

Good Morning Coffee Friends...

I'm fighting a cold.  Sigh.  I knew I'd get it, as the 2 year old has been sick with it since Saturday and you can only take so many blubbery spitty toddler kisses, wiping their little noses for them, and them suddenly coughing and sneezing in your face before you are bound to get it.  LOL.

I have my favorite go-to's - (Mucinex - the purple one for night time!  And Afrin Spray) so although having a cold is not fun, I can keep the symptoms at bay and get through it fairly well - better than the poor little 2 year old who has very limited good 'cold' options available - certainly not as awesome as we adults have.

(Should I also mention there that I'm double dosing on natural immune boosters as well - which  is also probably why I'm having an easier time of this cold than other extended family members are?   Emergen-C  - but I like the one with the vitamin D and Zinc as well, and a few doses of apple cider vinegar through the day as well as the awesome 'cold' teas with some natural herbal extracts added.)

... it's just the coffee talking again.


Related to this post and available from Amazon if you are interested;


My favorite - the Immune Plus version

And - once I discovered this a couple years ago, I now never want to go through a cold without it.  Afrin Spray!  I know it seems like an 'old man cold remedy' from 1976 but dang... this is my number 1 go-to now when I have a cold.  


The Traditional Medicinals Cold Care Teas... Oh how I love these!!!  My favorite is 'Breathe Easy' - which I also add some drops of natural herbal tinctures to like licorice and marshmallow, mullein leaf extract and lobelia extract).