$50 Your Way #Giveaway September 2020

September $50 Your Way Giveaway

September? I can’t tell if 2020 is screaming by or if it’s crawling by. (Okay, that makes absolutely NO sense!)
If you are new here the monthly giveaway ways starts with an update on life on a mountain in Sandpoint, Idaho. So not knowing if 2020 is going slow or fast could be just lack of oxygen to my brain! Hopefully, you will become an official Peanut and come back often. Peanuts are a FUN  group.
Need some encouragement? Wanna whine? Or share a triumph? You have come to the right place! I’ll go first (every month!)
I’m going to start with it’s COLD in Idaho. I believe I actually got a whole week of summer and we went straight to fall. SO NOT HAPPY!
The cold is aggravating my RA something awful. Gesh old age ain’t for the weak!
Ahhhh now the whining starts. (continues?)
My hands have steadily gotten worse. A couple doctor visits and a nerve conduction study the diagnosis carpal tunnel. Hopefully surgery gets scheduled ASAP! I’m crying uncle.
It’s hard to type (not cool for a blogger!)
I can’t knit for more than a few minutes at a time (I can hear the ohhhhhh from knitters and crocheters out there)
Sleep? Ummmm no. AND I LOVE SLEEP!
So, I am very anxious for surgery and some relief.
Results came back from the lump removed from my boob. Benign! The lump (golf ball size) was a intraductal papilloma which is basically a wart!?!? A WART in my BOOB?!?! Yes, a wart. IN the boob. Wart. Ewwww I asked the surgeon what causes a wart in the book? With a straight face “bad luck” was the answer.  (I guess sarcastic attracts sarcastic huh?)

My sweet Granddaughter Alice deserves a shout out. 9 years old and just starting 4th grade via Zoom.

Alice 4th grade

How well is that going!?!? Check the picture! Alice reads her book waiting for the other kids to catch up. I have to wonder how kids will catch up when schools open again.

 

That’s my monthly update, what’s yours??  Stay well little Peanuts!

Okay, now for the real reason you are here!

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!

I truly am thankful you stop by! Most of you everyday. As always I am blown away by your support and most of all your friendship!!

My monthly $50 giveaway is my way of saying THANK YOU for being a follower! I really do appreciate the fact that you are here. THANK YOU!!!

This months giveaway has the same exact spiel as last month and the month before and the month before that! The year before and well, you get the idea. For as long as this giveaway is popular, I’ll continue to do it. I am truly thankful and feeling blessed that you stop by. This giveaway is open worldwide for PayPal option only. (I’m not sure the other GC’s would work worldwide) This is a Giveaway that is hosted only by me. So, by coming back often and staying around for a while, looking at more than one page, really helps me. Of course, any extra clicks on advertisements is always appreciated!!

Good Luck little Peanuts.  Stay safe and stay well!

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  • Sarah L

    Just had the 2nd power outage. One last night, one just now. Neither lasted more than a few minutes, but last night’s outage made my computer keyboard wonky. No idea what caused it, no storms, no nothing. Just a 2020 thing I guess. And Helen Reddy died. “I am WOMAN” !!!

  • Rosie

    It was a nice day today after the rain stopped this afternoon. We really need the rain, so glad for it! I’m looking around online for some good copycat recipes, my fav!

  • Michele Soyer

    Under a storm alert and there is drama in the sky since early this morning…taking my time again this morning.. might have to do inside work today…

  • Kate Sarsfield

    I slept in late & went back for a nap in the afternoon. Of course then I couldn’t sleep tonight so switched on the Presidential Debate on the BBC – I’m not going to get political here but I don’t expect to get much sleep after that.

  • Jennifer Wilson

    I just had a soft pretzel with yellow mustard. About 30 years ago, Mom and I had almost no money for groceries — some weeks just $2. I sometimes could get soft pretzels free after double coupons, and a soft pretzel with yellow mustard is certainly an odd comfort food, but it’s one of my favorites.

  • Sarah L

    Connie, will you be watching for the Northern Lights tonight? Supposed to be visible from where you are. They won’t be visible here in Colorado.

  • Kate Sarsfield

    Yesterday was fine – the procedure was a bit uncomfortable but not painful so I was in & out. Popped into a shop on the way home & bought myself chocolate-covered brazil nuts as a treat and had an early night.

  • Rosie

    Wow, this month really flew by! Another nice day, and may have storms later, but sunny now. I should walk to town to get errands done, but didn’t plan on it. I have a new timer to help make sure nothing gets burned cooking, and I’m experimenting using it for doing planks. Just a beginner, they are harder to do and hang in there more than it looks!

  • Michele Soyer

    Delilah spent her first night in her house downstairs on the patio.. she did very well.. Went down at half 5 and she was just waking up.. good girl…meanwhile the kitty’s have decided that they have learned enough hanging out in the study so they have ventured into the guest room…haven’t decided what work to do today so enjoying the cool morning with my coffee….

  • Sarah L

    Well Connie, your favorite football team is 0-3 for the season. At least Arby’s is giving the Bronco special if they score even one touchdown. Don’t have to win which is a very good thing this year.

  • Sue E

    I’m sad and mad! That because of the pandemic products and services prices are still going up and money coming in, is still going down ??

  • dana

    My day is as it has been pretty much for the last 3 weeks: B-O-R-E-D. Broke my ankle, can’t drive, retired …. just trying to be thankful that I’ve had a long stretch of really good health leading up to this.

  • Rosie

    Love fall! It is supposed to rain today, but so far, not. We are in a drought so the rain is much needed. Have a bunch of chores to do, so I need to start chipping away at the list!

  • Michele Soyer

    Up and out…motivated to get moving today so I better enjoy the cool morning air before it gets very hot..tropical storm passed thru yesterday but no downed trees….

  • Kate Sarsfield

    Monday morning started at 7am with the last litre of gloop. I can think of better ways to start the week! Anyways, fasting now till the procedure at lunchtime then tea & toast! No anaesthetic or sedative so I should be ok to go home around 3pm.

  • Tracy Robertson

    It was a good day. I slept in and enjoyed the afternoon and got a lot done this evening. Now I have the Sunday night blues though. I have to get to bed for Monday morning work.

  • mistercmo

    My day is going fairly well. I got to sleep in which is always good! After that I went to church and then to my son’s soccer match.

  • Jennifer Wilson

    Just finished up a batch of 30 ear savers for a friend who is a nurse (and her coworkers). I hate sewing buttons. Otherwise I would have had them done two weeks ago. lol

  • cindy legg

    my day has been peaceful doin a bit of housework. its fall where i live and cool. my bf he worked at digging the potatoes out of my garden. i enjoyed some cheeseball n peanut butter balls today for snacks that i had made last night. tonite i aim to bake some lasagna n new potatoes for our supper. busy day

  • Tamra Phelps

    My right knee has been giving me fits this week. I guess it’s just arthritis but I’m tired of it. I’m so ready for a good day, lol.

  • Michele Soyer

    I had a wonderful Sunday..just seeing about the fur babies.. making a nice Sunday roast dinner and some carrot cake that all is left to do is frost….back to my book…

  • Rosie

    I love the fall weather, storms coming in soon. Make a good recipe with chicken and veggies today, didn’t rush it for a change. But, oh the dishes, even doing as I go, so many! But worth it!

  • Kate Sarsfield

    This evening I start taking the gloop for my colonoscopy – foul stuff! I’ve made a small fruit-free trifle as a treat for myself!

  • Sarah L

    Last day of summer today. But, wait? Didn’t Fall already start? Yes, but this is the last 90 degree day before a cold front comes tomorrow and sticks around.

  • Michele Soyer

    Another day clearing bush and vines.. I cleared all this months ago but with the rain I feel like I am back to square one…. But I looked at it from the garden gate and feel very happy.. the trees both lemon and avocado are clean and the run off for my pumpkins looks almost ready to go.. next week it will be the cashima trees! Now for a relaxing evening….

  • Jennifer Wilson

    I have a list of sweepstakes buddies I tag for Instagram giveaways. I didn’t win yesterday, but one of the buddies I tagged entered because I had tagged him in it and he won $250. How cool is that?

  • Rosie

    Day is going good, another nice day. I did try to do a setting on my first smartphone ever, and managed to lock myself out and do a reset that I cannot fix! I am really a beginner, everyone makes it look so easy, I never realized it isn’t as easy as it looks! I probably should have gotten one of those AARP phones, but hopefully once I get past screwing up every time I touch it, it will be fine!!!

      • Rosie

        the weirdest thing, is that the next morning, it suddenly was working. Then there was no network connection, another reason to reset, and when I got up today, it was working again. So I wonder, the support people often don’t know what to do besides say do a “factory reset,” but then you have to reinsert the sim card and all that. I’m sure Connie would be a whiz at all this, but totally freaks me out!

  • Dana Rodriguez

    It is a dreary rainy day. And this week has been in slow motion so I am glad it is Friday. I have been sick since Monday (no not with COVID LOL)

  • Michele Soyer

    Can honestly say I have been tired.. more tired than usual… worked on the land again today and thank goodness I did my Meyer Lemon tree was inundated with vines and hiding there were 2 buckets of lovely lemons..pruned and cleaned the area and will urea salt it tomorrow…later this evening i will juice all the lemons make some drinks then freeze the rest…

  • Rosie

    Another gorgeous day, I’m going to get spoiled! and lovin’ every minute. Hmm I’m trying to figure what the heck did I do today, seems I was busy every minute. Hmmm no cooking or cleaning, did make a couple of phone calls, I guess my day fell into the Bermuda triangle!

  • Kate Sarsfield

    What happened to my comment from yesterday, Connie? It was definitely here but now it’s gone.
    Today’s comment: I have to go for a colonoscopy on Monday so nothing but bland, fibre-free food on Sunday. Yuck! Until then though, bring on the fruit & veggies, the seeds & grains and I intend to indulge myself with chocolate-covered peanuts & raisins!

  • Jennifer Wilson

    I’ve been enjoying YouTube so much lately. There’s so much great content on there. My husband and I were watching a few shows last night and he said he never plans on paying for cable TV or Netflix again because of all the great stuff that is on YouTube, not quite sure I’d say I never want Netflix again, but I sure do love YouTube. I especially love the channels where it’s pretty much art as well as learning. I watched a beautiful episode this morning from The Green Witch about how to make blackberry jam. Just wish I had blackberries. lol

  • Tamra Phelps

    I made chocolate chip cookies today. Yep, I ate a little of the dough, lol. I sent the cookies to my nephews and niece, and the boys just called me to say thank you, I love you, lol. They love me when I send junk food!

  • Sarah L

    Good swim with my friend. Good news that the showers are now open at the pool. Much nicer than coming home in a wet swim suit and then showering. Next time I’ll take dry clothes to change into.

  • Rosie

    Another nice day that seems like fall is here already. My chicken & rice soup is almost done in the slow cooker. Getting a few things done here, didn’t go out today, but very tempting!

  • Jennifer Wilson

    My husband is making tomato soup. What I call “half homemade” — from canned tomatoes. One of my favorite foods. YUM! He’s making a triple batch so we can eat off of it for a few days!

  • Janice Wright

    I had a good day. I went in at 11 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. I did a trade back in August for someone, so they came in early for me. The day wasn’t crazy or stressful, and thats always nice, lol.

  • Sarah L

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    I got a free print of the autumn crocus I took yesterday. Picked it up already.

  • Michele Soyer

    another broiler here.. worked outside until I could not take it anymore.. I did clean a long sloping runoff drain and plan to plant some pumpkins or squash down it….

  • Debbi Wellenstein

    We went to Sam’s Club today. Got toilet paper, but no cleaning wipes and no toilet cleaner. I did find vinegar, though. And they have LOTS of junk food.

  • Rosie

    Such a nice day! One of those kind you think of in the middle of winter, and sigh! Walked to town today, and stopped at Whole Foods, it doesn’t take much to spend $20, but I managed to do OK with getting things on sale, that I’m still putting off going to the grocery store, now that Stop & Shop changed their rewards system, that I keep losing my points before I can use them, so they lose my biz.

  • Kate Sarsfield

    There was an almighty thunderstorm last night so I didn’t get much sleep. Don’t plan on doing much as I have to go out later on.

  • Jennifer Wilson

    It was so cute earlier — my husband went to take a shower, and the guinea pig was so worried about him because she hates baths! LOL.

  • Robert Young

    I had to take care of some long overdue business and I was pretty much stressed all day until everything ended up going in my favor.

  • Sarah L

    Got out and had a nice visit to the Botanic Gardens. Got to help several people who were in the sensory garden. I miss volunteering there. Some of the delicate plants were gone after the snow and freezing temps we had 2 weeks ago but there were lots of blooming ones. And the bees were very busy.

  • Michele Soyer

    I can honestly say that today was hot.. hot even for me….so I worked outside until noon then gave in and came up…so I wound up spending the afternoon changing kitchen curtains up and down and then looking online to buy some more.. the time got away from me….

  • Rosie

    Day is going good. It is warm out and have the windows open, enjoying it while it lasts! Looking online at inexpensive late model cars, any ideas? I keep chickening out.

  • Kate Sarsfield

    Thank you all who wished me a Happy Birthday for yesterday! I had planned on going to the grave but in the end, couldn’t face it. So I painted, gardened and generally just pottered about.

  • Jennifer Wilson

    Our absentee ballots arrived in the mail today. I’m glad I can vote on paper this year. Last presidential election my electronic ballot changed all my votes to the other party (if I hadn’t already voted for some of the other party) — glad I double checked before I hit submit 4 years ago. I have a feeling that a paper ballot would be safer than that. (Plus after my husband voted I was still waiting in line and the poll worker came back and announced to everyone who he voted for!) So I know that won’t be happening voting by mail either!

  • Rebecca Moore

    My day kind of sucks.. I’ve been up since 3:30, I’m super tired.. have so much work it’s not funny…I’m literally running on fumes.

  • Sarah L

    Errands today: library for curbside pick up of books I ordered online. Grocery for curbside pick up that I ordered online. Do you see a pattern here?

  • Michele Soyer

    Day 2 of leash training.. not bad at all….I did extreme cutting work on the land today and boy do I feel it.. time to take some medicine ( single malt) and relax on the sofa….

  • Rosie

    Day is going good. I’m amazed they turned the heat on at the complex. I have to say it was getting cold, but I don’t think they’ve ever turned it on in September! Wow! It seems like just a wee bit ago we were sweltering. Nice day out. Catching up on odds ‘n ends!

  • Kate Sarsfield

    Today’s my birthday & I have to remain unwashed because the grouting in the shower isn’t completely dried. I could have timed that better! Never mind, I’ll manage with a quick ‘spit and polish’ and get on with the day.

  • Jennifer Wilson

    We are on a total schedule messed up time again. About the third time since my husband hasn’t been to work in March that we are up at night. My husband slept until 2:30 this morning and I ate the leftover corn chowder before he got up. So far he hasn’t. noticed. LOL

  • Sarah L

    Had a good swim without my friend today. She went to her grandson’s soccer game. Hadn’t seen the family for several weeks. Still have smoke outside.

  • Rosie

    Day is going good. Make a nice chili, using dried giant corn for the first time (you have to pre-cook it), with chunky beef, and all the good stuff. Good for a day like today that screams FALL IS HERE!

  • Michele Soyer

    Had a lovely day today.. after morning chores I did only what I wanted to..Miss Delilah had her first day of leash training..not bad for the first time…she has to understand that she is not the boss….

  • Kate Sarsfield

    The old hip is playing up and there was a chilly breeze so I didn’t do much outside. Instead I removed grouting from the rest of the tiles in Mum’s shower (had to stop half way when she ‘took to the bed’). I’ll re-grout today so hopefully it’ll be dry by tomorrow.

  • Jennifer Wilson

    When did yarn get so expensive and so hard to find? I mean, why is every place sold out of white and black yarn? My inlaws sent me a $50 Amazon card for my birthday but yarn is more expensive there than at Michael’s, so I’m trying to figure out if I want to buy yarn off of Amazon where it is “free” or pay for it and get a better price at Michaels.

  • kal

    It’s a good day just about any day. Today we’ve had everything Mother Nature had to share – sun, wind, rain, clouds, a bit of hail.

  • Michele Soyer

    Well the storm came thru in the wee hours of the morning.. by 4am I was up and just bided my time til the little ones eat at 6am…then a full garden day .. yes.. in the rain with my gear on…sandwiches for lunch …tomorrow I plan in relaxing all day after I cook….

    • Kate Sarsfield

      I love gardening in the rain! All those wonderful smells that you just don’t get on a dry day, especially at this time of year (well, here anyway) and a great opportunity to collect slugs and snails by the bucketful!

  • Tamra Phelps

    I’ve had a sort of ‘catch’ behind my right knee for a few days. It happens now and then. It hurts when you stand on it but it’ll pass in a few days. I don’t know if it’s a pinched nerve or what but it’s a recurring thing. Well, bummer, the Notorious RBG has died, I heard last night, and that is depressing. She will be missed.

  • Kim Avery

    Today I am relaxing. Yesterday was a long day with my mom’s surgery. After an hour of waiting in the car they called to tell me they never received the results of her covid test and it would be an hour before they even had the results of a new one! Add in surgery and recovery it could be 3 hours all together! They suggested I go home and wait. Even though I live almost an hour away I did! Dr calls at 1 p.m that they are going to start prepping and should be just over an hour. Finally around 4 he called that she’s in recovery and should be released in an hour or so. Head out & stop at Starbucks for her , get there and still have to wait another half hour. Finally got her home around 6:30! Good news is they don’t think it’s cancer just a huge scarred ovary.

  • Kate Sarsfield

    Dublin is in lockdown again after a huge rise in cases (thankfully very few deaths). Not total but very restrictive. I’m honestly not a bit surprised. As for this tiny corner of the country, cases are rising, especially in tourist spots. And we’ve lost Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and now I’ve just read that one of our President’s beloved Bernese Mountain dogs has died. Can this year get any worse? DO NOT ANSWER THAT! I don’t want to tempt fate, thank you very much.

  • Michele Soyer

    Started the day with a 6am run with the puppy.. I pooped her out.. then weeded until 10am and gave her another run…did some transplants and re-did an old wheelbarrow into a planter .. then another 12:30 run with puppy…She looked at me at 1pm and said please please enough play.. time for rest! This will be the new schedule to give her exercise …

  • Rosie

    Today really feels like fall! It is cool and overcast, but it is nice to be able to get a few things done and no sweltering. UPS is coming any minute now, I have a timer from Home Depot coming, items arrive in multiple shipments.

  • Kim Avery

    Up bright & early because I have to take my mom for surgery. I am despising the covid regulations that I can’t even go inside and wait in the waiting room! After driving for an hour I have to wait in the car for who knows how long! I’m just hoping they allow me to use the rest room because there’s no way I can hold it for hours!!!

  • Kate Sarsfield

    I woke up & counted my aches & pains, starting from the top: sore neck due to bad posture caused by big boobs, constant ache in thoracic spine due to the above, right buttock/hip because of the torn tendon, ache in the knuckle of my left thumb from when I had a blow-out 4 years ago, ache in right knee from the dislocation and for some reason the bunion on my right foot is sore. Honestly, who’d have me!

  • Jennifer Wilson

    Walmart was out of graham crackers and cheese. *sigh*. I bought cream cheese in plans on making cheesecake. . . I guess I’ll be making crustless cheesecake.

    • Tamra Phelps

      Make a cookie crust! You just turn your favorite cookie into fine crumbs and use it the same way you’d use graham cracker crumbs. A cookie like pecan sandies works well and has a similar texture to graham cracker crumbs but any cookie works.

  • Shelly Peterson

    I had my grandson over for the day because his school has been delayed because of the smoke. Then I had to pick my other 3 grandkids up from daycare so my evening was quite busy.

  • Sue E

    I am so excited!! My granddaughter told us today that she is being induced Sunday night. I’m going to be a great grandma on Monday!
    Yeah!! Praying that everything goes well ?

  • Sarah L

    I am so thankful that I can swim again. Had a good swim today with my friend. My itches are less and my flu shot arm is much better.

  • Michele Soyer

    By the time I got outside today there was only about 3 hours of outside work time…could not stop playing with the kittens and the puppy…severe weather is on the way so I had to also batten down the hatches…If tomorrow is a stormy day I have baking plans….

  • Tamra Phelps

    Wow, the weather changed on a dime here. The last three mornings, when I opened the door, there was no heat wave hitting me in the face…just a chill.

  • Kim Avery

    My day has started with a dead battery in my car. At least that is what I’m hoping! My son is suppose to bring me one later this morning. We have been looking for a newer vehicle and this pushes me harder to look. Past experience has me knowing that it starts with something small and simple then snowballs!

  • Jennifer Wilson

    My husband is making corn chowder and we’re making a shopping list to order at Walmart for pick up. Hope to not have to leave the house again for a while. With schools back in session and teachers and kids going to school with Covid I don’t think things are going to look good.

  • Kate Sarsfield

    The nights are uncomfortably warm lately so I was up and about really early (for me!). It seems like only last week that dawn was at 4.30 and it was still light at 10pm. It’s now dark till 7am & dark again by 8pm.
    I did a lot of digging yesterday & left the piles where they were as I was tired. They’re now being picked over by lots of birds including 2 HUGE wood pigeons. Right, time for a shower, brekkie & then attack the day!

  • Sue E

    I’m so mad listening to the news! I don’t know why I do! I just heard a man was visiting his family. His family looked in some of his luggage and found body parts! They think they are of his girlfriend. How disgusting!! I can’t even imagine doing something like this EVER!!

  • Sarah L

    More smoke in the air here today in Colorado. Not as bad as the West coast. Today my freeze places don’t hurt but they ITCH! Flu shot arm is still sore. Grateful that all I have to complain about are just minor annoyances.

    • Kate Sarsfield

      Sorry about your ouches! Still, that truffle mushroom swiss burger you had yesterday sounds delish & I haven’t had a burger in years!

  • Rosie

    Another amazing weather day. It is a little overcast the air we’ve gotten some smoke from the fires, all the way to the east. Saying a prayer for everyone out there, and all the animals, too.

  • Michele Soyer

    Dressed and ready to head out to the village..Pharmacy, feed and grain, post box and a small dress shoppe to find a caftan to throw on after my shower.. all mine have seen better days….

  • Jennifer Wilson

    The guinea pigs’ play center my husband won for them on Twitter arrived. They love it. Also I received a (very) late birthday gift from my in-laws — $50 to Amazon. I was wanting some yarn. 🙂

  • Rosie

    Settling in for the evening here. Another gorgeous day! I had arranged for the senior ride service to go to Home Depot. Wow, I haven’t been to the store in at least 5 years, so it was fun to go through almost every aisle. I only left with a couple of things, but it was a nice break from getting necessities online.

  • Sarah L

    Busy day. Had my yearly dermatology exam (check up due to meds I take). Everything hunky-dory but she still zaps me with the freeze stuff in lots of places. Ow. Ow. Ow. Then I got my old lady extra strong flu shot at that office. Then downstairs to the pharmacy for some ointment on some eczema that’s been bothering me. Then a stop at Smashburger for a truffle mushroom swiss burger and a salted caramel shake. yum. The freeze places are still a bit owie and the flu shot site says ouch when I raise my arm.

  • Michele Soyer

    Spent the early part of the day in the yard doing guess what?? yard work! LOL…It was 93° with humidity of 71%.. glad to be inside cooling off…..

  • Sue E

    I am in a daze the last few days. My mom’s birthday was September 11th and she died on September 14th. She died back in 2005. Ever since then, these days, every year, are rough on me! So I am still a little bummed.

  • Tamra Phelps

    Why don’t they sell mushrooms in smaller packs, lol? I just needed some for pizza so I wound up freezing the extra. I don’t use mushrooms a lot, I guess, just in pizzas, spaghetti sauce, maybe in a casserole now and then. Actually, I can’t believe I’ve spent this much time thinking about mushrooms, lol.

    • Kate Sarsfield

      You could grow your own? Really simple! Or buy ready frozen ones to cut down the waste OR have them raw as a snack OR dip them in chocolate!!!!

  • Kate Sarsfield

    I’ve spent hours with my sister trying to sort out probate etc. Unlike her, I can’t think in numbers. Think I need to lie down!

  • Sarah L

    Another quiet day at home. Weather is hot again after last week’s snow. Hit 90 degrees. This year now has the record for number of 90 degree days.

  • Michele Soyer

    Spent a productive day out in the garden…did transplants and stepped up some container vegetables.. Have to take a run on Wed to the feed and grain for some hydroponic solutions.. used to buy them online but between customs duty and vat it makes it impossible budget wise so i have to adjust to whatever they carry here…the kittens have progressed to small doses of pureed cat food so slowly weaning them off formula..they are doing very well…as for Delilah I sing for her every day and tell her I am no Tom Jones but this is your song Lila…

  • Rosie

    Wow another day of really nice weather. I should be outside hiking instead of doing chores. But the windows are open and a nice breeze, and it is energizing.

  • Kate Sarsfield

    Just back from the dentist & thankfully all is well! My niece is at College in Dublin doing a pre-term meet & greet with new students. She’s thoroughly enjoying her new role as Education Officer for the student’s union & is really busy.

  • Rosie

    Nice quiet day so far. I’m trying out dried giant corn in the slow cooker to use in recipes like soups and stews, never had them before. Went to an open house in my complex today. Nobody had showed up, so I guess they were probably glad a nosy neighbor stopped by, they can say at least one person came. LOL.

  • Michele Soyer

    It is a glorious Sunday here. lovely breeze, blue sky and the air smells of flower blossoms.. Have to get some laundry done then the day is mine.. I plan on a roast lunch and my book.. Happy Sunday peanuts!

  • Jennifer Wilson

    We were remodeling the house when we got married. I found a wedding gift today. $100. Unfortunately it was a check and we were married 5 years ago. 🙁

  • Sarah L

    Quiet day at home. Weather is lovely at 83 degrees with sunshine all day.

    Connie, how can a bear be Hardly? Today’s word makes no sense. (friendly nitpicker here)

  • Michele Soyer

    Sitting here at the computer with Miss Delilah running around by my feet.. the kittens are sleeping…. lovely scene.. spent the day clearing bush. I am bushed! LOL

  • Kate Sarsfield

    Just one more door to do then I’m finished Mum & Dad’s room. Then I’ll start motivating myself towards doing the hall. The very long and dark hall with 8 doors – god I hate painting pannelled doors.

  • Jennifer Wilson

    After fighting for hours with the cover of my mother’s book and then having Amazon reject the cover, I finally got it uploaded and ready for sale!

  • Michele Soyer

    Wonderfully productive day….worked in the house, the garden and baked…Feel so grateful to have the life I do…..If my husband was here with me he would say look you worked from the time you were 14.. after school..summers..all thru university and the week after you graduated… up until we decided to early retire
    you at 47… being retired for 21 years.. wow.. I am truly grateful….

  • Kate Sarsfield

    I took great pleasure today in chucking out all Mum’s colostomy stuff then the post arrived. I’m due a colonoscopy on the 28th 🙁 Just routine because of family history but there’s a little voice telling me maybe I should have hung on to Mum’s supplies! Other than that just gardening, peeling & freezing what felt like a ton of cooking apples I was given and painting.

  • Tamra Phelps

    I got my pralines that I won today and they did not disappoint, lol. Soooo good. I did not resist temptation. Ate two (they’re pretty big.)

  • Sarah L

    Good swim with my friend. What wasn’t fun was the high was 47 degrees so had to wear extra clothes over my swimsuit and a hat over my wet hair. I do miss being able to take a shower and dry my hair at the pool after swimming. I guess it was a rehearsal for when winter really does come. Should be up to 80 degrees when I go swimming on Sunday.

  • Michele Soyer

    Went to Port of Spain yesterday…Spent 4 hours there and the vibrations .. the hustle.. could not wait to get on the highway and head east! by the time I got to the bulk shop it was past the early morning frenzy so got in and out quickly.. then on to the grocery and the feed and grain…by 3:30 was back home…now for 2 weeks I can stay put and do what I want to do.. raise my new kittens, play with the puppy, garden and read!!

  • Kate Sarsfield

    I got out again yesterday! Met up with 2 other altos in a nearby garden centre for a picnic – gorgeous sunshine, great chat & lots of laughter! Back to DIY today …

  • Jennifer Wilson

    My mom was a prolific writer, just hated trying to get things published. So last night I decided I was going to get one of her middle grade books up on Amazon KDP. I had trouble with formatting, but it’s up at this point. Yeah. This is her 5th book / story I have published. This one is about a 5th grade girl who has a plan to get her parents out of debt by winning the lottery.

  • Sarah L

    I woke up today to the sound of thudding snow. What? The snow was falling off the trees in clumps onto my roof. Today’s high: 37 degrees. All the wildfires got 8-12 inches of snow which will help.

  • Rosie

    Wow, so many comments for this month already – nice! Just as an update, the town has been doing good at tackling our fire code issues. I got a call last night from the board president, who has been resisting abating, let me know he blames me if it is going to cost anything to remedy the violations, and intends to send me a bill for repairs and his lost time to meet with the fire marshal, etc. He has tried this on other people, sending them a bill for something the association is responsible for, so I may need to hire an attorney. This guy is nuts!

  • Kate Sarsfield

    I had the most enjoyable hour last night! My choir had already organised a ‘drumming experience’ and thank goodness it was able to go ahead as the hall is large, well ventilated etc. and masks/sanitisers used on us & the equipment. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to meet up with people again but it was fine & it really was fun!

  • Shelly Peterson

    Today was a nice day. It’s my Birthday. I was delivered Starbucks this morning and went to dinner at my favorite place.

  • Sarah L

    It’s snowing! Good for all the wildfires in the state. I don’t have to go out for anything.
    Hard to believe it was 101 degrees 3 days ago.

  • Michele Soyer

    Tomorrow I have to head out early very early to do some business than to the bulk shop and the grocery….that means today I have to get everything I want done in the garden…so off I go…

  • Kate Sarsfield

    I finally pushed myself back to doing painting; skirting boards this time so sitting/lying on the floor which the cat thought was great fun. I’m sore today though!

  • Sarah L

    I did go to the botanic gardens today. I forgot to take my phone so no pictures. And I only stayed about 45 minutes because the wild fire smoke is so bad. SNOW tonight.

  • Tracy Robertson

    Record breaking heat and wildfire smoke outside and I don’t have A/C but I’m happy today. It’s Labor Day so I have a paid day off and getting some things done and some much needed rest.

  • Tamra Phelps

    I’ve been watching old videos on YouTube today, lol. You know, YouTube throws up other possibilities you might like based on what you’re watching…I’d been watching glam rock, early 70’s stuff, so it threw up something called ‘Kookookachoo’ by Alvin Somebody or other. Wow. Some kind of cross between Elvis and Gary Glitter…but kinda entertaining, lol. Do yourself a favor and watch it.

  • Michele Soyer

    Got a lot done today to make up for yesterday! Washed windows in 2 bedrooms and put up new curtains for the fall.. I know we don’t have fall here but I am still an American at heart from the East Coast ..loved autumn..changed the dining room and the kitchen.. had already washed those windows so was not fanatical about doing that again…then trooped outside to do some weeding and flower transplants… Now ready for a drink , my book and the sofa!

  • Amber Kolb

    I’m pretty tired today, but we had a lot of fun this weekend. Saturday we traveled to visit family and yesterday we played in a corn hole tournament all day.

  • Kate Sarsfield

    My niece arrived yesterday and held the ladder while I managed to fix the loose guttering. Gave them all a good clean out while I was up there as well.

  • Sarah L

    Good swimming today with my friend. Only 97 degrees today -HA!

    Connie, I have a nit to pick with today’s word.
    Verses are stanzas in a poem or the bible.
    Versus: against; as compared to; in contrast with..

  • Rosie

    I hope you find a way to help your hands with out surgery. Many, many years ago I had to give up guitar playing (classical), as I had a job that required typing all day on the old-fashioned typewriters. After giving away very nice guitars, it was hard to do, but my hands felt better.

  • Michele Soyer

    I had a brilliant day.. relaxing and doing practically no work at all….I will have to see about a to-do list for the week…

  • Tamra Phelps

    Yep, Kate’s right, we get worried when you go quiet for a few days, Connie. I was worried your carpel tunnel had gotten worse. I’ve had that and I do not remember it fondly!

  • Kate Sarsfield

    You’re back! Connie, I/we really do worry when you go quiet – is she ok? What mischief has she been up to? Anyway, glad you’re here x
    I’m hoping that this is the day I can fix the gutters – a whole portion came loose during the last storm & if it doesn’t get fixed soon it’s going to twist and have to be replaced. With money I don’t have. All I’m waiting for is the sister or niece to hold the ladder and pass me things.

  • Sue E

    I am extremely tired and upset! I had to call a company for support and had one of the worse experiences of my life! I wish I can get those two hours back! I hope your day is better ?

  • Sarah L

    101 degrees! Bleh. I’m not going out. Then SNOW on Tuesday. I’m not going out. Very crazy weather. I did make a reservation to go to the botanic gardens on Monday before the snow – 85 degrees then.

    Connie: thanks for fixing the daily tweet/instagram and putting the icons back on the side bar.

  • Tamra Phelps

    There’s not a lot going on here. I had to get my niece and nephew to stop by after their gym workouts…why? Well, I dropped my lotion bottle, it bounced off my foot and rolled under the sofa…so far I couldn’t get to it even with the broom, lol. Ah, life with a ‘disability.’ Do you try to stand on your head go get deeper under the sofa? Will you wind up on the floor? I tend to be cautious.

  • Michele Soyer

    Lawn man came at half 5 so he is almost done.. Get out the rake!! Puppy and kittys are sleeping quietly so all is well.. Later on I plan to make a chocolate cake for dessert….

  • Kate Sarsfield

    Lemme think … what’s going on here … not a lot to be honest! Oh, I know, a couple of us from the choir have arranged a socially-distanced picnic (Irish summer weather permitting) for next Wednesday! Not sure how I feel about meeting up again – I know people mean well but I can’t handle any more sympathy.

      • Jennifer Wilson

        Basically just make bread dough, then wrap it around pepperoni and cheese and bake it. 🙂 It’s a West Virginia thing because it was a sandwich the coal miners could take with them and eat with one hand. Some places in the state will add tomato paste, some chili. It’s funny because I have a friend from the southern part of the state tell me I made them wrong because I put chili in them, he said tomato paste. My mother told me I made them wrong when I picked up on chili when I went to college in the central part of the state. LOL

        • Tamra Phelps

          Oh, I’ve heard of that. It sounds good. And I bet you could use store bought bread dough, too, lol. That would be necessary for me.

          • Jennifer Wilson

            Yes, you can use store bought bread dough. That’s how my mother always made it but I’m high risk and we’ve been holed up in the house and have our freezer stocked full with things that have more nutritional value than bread dough so we’ve been making our bread dough in the bread machine. I think I’m the only person who uses their bread machine regularly.

  • Tamra Phelps

    I’m watching a documentary about the Son of Sam days. Boy, I remember those days, back in the late 70’s, when NYC was terrorized by that nut. I didn’t live there, but I think it was the first time I really became aware of serial killers. Scary stuff for a teenager.

  • Sarah L

    I got brave today and went to Costco. Have not been there since March. I really wanted to get their roast chicken and it tastes so good. Crazy weather: 90+ days then a 50 degree drop in temps with snow possible?????
    I think Connie sent it down here….

  • Tina F

    My day is good so far. I went to grocery store for chicken breast at $.89/lb. so I got a bunch. I have to cut it up and freeze it. It should last a while. The sun is out which is really nice.

  • kathy m

    Our day is going well! It is a little cooler and the pups are feeling frisky! Great day to be outside and enjoying mother nature and appreciating as the plants and trees are preparing for there nap!

  • Kim Avery

    It’s going to be a busy day! I have to take my mom to a doctor that is almost an hour away. At least we get to treat ourselves to Starbucks when it’s over.

  • Michele Soyer

    Our new little fur babies are doing quite well.. Delilah is going to be a princess I can tell already…the kittens are just so sweet.. forgot how nice a purring can sound… explained to them that I have to get to the garden.. Delilah can come with me in a carrier.. one thing i don’t have to worry about on a sunny day is keeping her warm….

  • Sue E

    I really don’t know yet how my day is yet. It’s too early to tell. I had to take care of my hungry dog who likes to eat early and has no regard to the time. Oh well, he’ll go back to sleep and I’ll be a tired zombie for a while.

  • Kate Sarsfield

    Last night I went for my car’s annual road-worthiness check up and it passed! Phew! Yay! In Ireland every vehicle over 2 years has to go through this test and it’s like taking your child to the dentist!

  • Shelly Peterson

    I got a lot of text to day. I need to go to bed early though because I have to take my daughter to the airport at 3 a.m.

  • Sarah L

    Connie, I also noted no daily for Tweet/Instagram? Also Why is the icon list of things showing up at the end of each post instead of in the sidebar where it usually is?
    Trying to change things about since you can’t knit?
    Had a good swim with my friend today.

  • Tamra Phelps

    Hey, Connie, I meant to ask: did you mean to make the Tweet and the Instagram comment a one time entry and not the usual daily thing??

    • Kate Sarsfield

      and when you say biscuits, that’s your American biscuit, I presume not like ours that are sweet and taste best dunked in tea! How’s the leg/knee coming along?

      • Tamra Phelps

        Yep, American style biscuits. Not ‘cookies.’ The leg is aching, so I guess it’s feeling the exercises. Hoping I get some results! Compared to when I first started therapy, it’s a lot better. Back then, the foot and leg turned out about 30 or 40 °, I’d say. Apparently, it was due to a combo of the infection and the way I laid while unconscious, plus likely pinched nerves led to slight ‘foot drop.’ (The left leg is fine.) Now, I still have slight numbness in the right leg from the knee down, slight foot drop, and the foot turns out maybe 5-10°—if I could just get that knee to straighten up, I’d be hunky dory, lol. I’m going to ask my doctor to refer me to a specialist to see about having injections that might help the arthritis. I’ve been told it’s literally ‘bone on bone’, no cartilage left, so that doesn’t help matters.

  • Michele Soyer

    Happy September…On Monday one day after we buried our Ice..our neighbour said that his dog gave birth 5 weeks ago and he is selling all but one girl to gift to me.. Oh my a sweet German sheperd mix .. was I disloyal to Ice to take this precious pup.. my daughter reminded me that we didn’t go looking to get a new puppy it just happened and apparently was meant to be….also on that same day in another of my neighbours barns a kitty abandoned her week old kittens….I took 2 that were clinging to each other…gray and white cuties…spent Tuesday at the feed and grain getting all my supplies..mostly a crate and bags of pet milk…puppy chow and collars and such….I still look for Ice and feel her loss but these new girls are making me smile….

  • Kate Sarsfield

    I was changing my bedding last night & sat down to catch up with the news on telly – woke up at 4 this morning! I finished the chores I’d meant to do but now I’m getting cold so I’ll go back to bed (now 7am)!

  • Kim

    My day is overwhelming as they usually are but more so lately. Among a mix of mental health issues I suffer from chronic pain and now large blotches have been appearing and staying all over my body. They are such a deep purple that they are almost black with lighter specks throughout. I have agoraphobia so going to the doctor is actually more stressful than whatever this is. I refuse to look it up online as that is not a way to get answers. Ugh, I’m definitely whining. Lately I’ve stopped taking care of the apartment and myselfm I know I’ll get back on track eventually but lately I just crawl into bed and lay there unable to sleep. I know so many people are doing really bad and I wish for everyone to feel the best they possibly can given their own issues and I appreciate this space to vent.

    • Kate Sarsfield

      Oh dear, Kim. You’re really going through a tough time, aren’t you? Is it possible to do an online/video appt. with your Dr.? Sorry, I don’t mean to worry you but it sounds like purpura which definitely has to be checked out.

    • Tamra Phelps

      I was going to suggest the same thing Kate said, a tele-appointment. Several of my doctors do them. I’m doing one next week. You can do them by regular phone or, since you might want to show the doc your blotches, by Zoom or Facetime. My Grandma had agoraphobia. I know how she agonized if she needed to see a doctor. Hang in there!?

  • Kate Sarsfield

    …and the rain’s back so a perfect day to head to town. I’m paying the funeral bill and posting off copies of Mum’s Death Cert. to the Dept. of Education etc. Might just take it easy for the rest of the day. I managed a couple of hours digging yesterday & my hip, though sore, is holding up!

  • Annmarie Weeks

    My day’s going pretty well! It’s been busy, as we are in the process of a move. So it’s been a lot of selling off stuff we don’t need anymore and going through closets, etc. We went over to the townhouse today to take a look at it & do some measuring to help decide where furniture is going & the layout. That type of thing.

  • Johannah

    So far my day is going OK. We went out and got what we needed to hopefully stop the constant water from the thunderstorms from getting into our window wells — water used to run around them, but since we are getting about 2-3″ of rain each time and it does that at least twice a day — the ground is saturated and it’s not cooperating any longer. In the back I have “gulleys” where the water has been running down to the stream. Heck, I am glad the house is “up” but still it’s a lot of water!

    • Connie: The Head Peanut

      Ohhhh NO! I am right there with you on leaks.
      All last Fall and Winter our windows leaked so bad! Walls had water damage, it was such a mess! All because the flashing wasn’t installed correctly by the contractor. Ugh! Good luck!

  • gloria patterson

    How is my day going…………… Got a summer cold have not been out of my apartment for over a week. BUT I think I am starting to feel better.

  • Tamra Phelps

    Alice is Too Cool for School in those shades, lol. I know what you mean about kids not being in school. Hopefully, when it’s finally safe to go back, they’ll catch up quickly.

  • Tamra Phelps

    I’m not doing much at the moment, just trying to decide what to do for dinner. I’m torn between wanting to eat something good but not really wanting to, you know, cook, lol.

  • Kate Sarsfield

    Today’s post comment no. 1: Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the simplest surgeries out there – Dad suffered for years before getting his first hand done & couldn’t believe the difference. Immediately signed up to get the other wrist operated on & basically never looked back, so please don’t worry about it , Connie!

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