December 2018 $50 Giveaway!

Happy December little Peanuts! I am going to make this intro very short because, welllll basically I got a little lazy at the end of November and didn’t have this post written before I came to California for the annual Elf Returns Breakfast.
So I will update y’all soon, just not laying in bed typing on a cell phone.
I promise to add more entries to the giveaway next week. For now I am goin’ to sleep!
Good luck little Peanuts!

229 Comments

  • donna porter

    I am doing good today. Had a busy day, went with hubby for his cancer treatment. Trying to keep him uplifted and positive. Never know what someone means to you until you are faced with the “C” word. I just pray the New Year brings better health our way.
    Hope you and yours have a Happy New Year!

  • Kelsey Vinson

    Today has been a busy day! Weโ€™ve been cleaning house, catching up on laundry & getting our kids packed to go to their grandparents tomorrow for a couple days. We are scheduled to be admitted Wednesday morning at 5am to welcome our sweet baby girl into the world.

  • Rosie

    Day is going good. No big plans for tonight, happy to stay in and safe, and we are supposed to get a downpour soon – amazing not snow!

  • Kelly

    My day is going great. My husband woke early and made some pancakes for breakfast. Now I am off to go help him in the shop. The weather has warmed up, which is great it was quite chilly, so I am looking forward to some outdoor time.

  • Michele Soyer

    Yes here we are at NYE again…remembering the last one.. this old years night I can say is much better….getting ready our traditional lunch then hopefully watching a concert this afternoon…last night we watched a wonderful one….everyone have a safe and Happy New Years Eve!

  • Kate Sarsfield

    So here we are on the last day of 2018, a year of sadness and joy, of goodbyes and hellos, of routine and turmoil, and guess what? We’re still here! A Very Happy New Year to all of us ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tamra Phelps

    Not a great day, health wise. There comes a point where there are just too many antibiotics in your system and the side effects kick in. Today was that day. Feeling a little better now, though.

  • Lissa Crane

    My day is going great! I had a nice, relaxing day at home, cleaning and reading the newspaper. It has been a very nice Sunday!

  • Rosie

    Nice and sunny today, hope to do a little crafting while it is still bright, doing some organizing. Catching up later with a visiting relative!

  • Michele Soyer

    Had our 12v repaired yesterday so if the current goes we are fine…Sunday again wow where does the time go? All this week I had no idea of what day it was.. the holidays do that to me..Making a Sunday lunch then another day of relaxing.. I could so get used to this!

  • CJ

    Today we had an electrician come and do some repair work on our wiring. I am glad that job is done as it was on my mind a lot to get it fixed… One job done, and more to go. I just remind my mom and I that we will get things done one step at a time….

  • Kate Sarsfield

    Today’s been really lazy. It would have been Mum & Dad’s 62nd wedding anniversary and we always looked forward to their day as it broke up the time between Christmas & New Year. Back to Panto rehearsals tomorrow so I suppose I’d better prep a dinner for Mum to heat up…

  • Michele Soyer

    Kate hope all is well with your sister….Had company yesterday late afternoon and the visit was very pleasant.. a good deal of laughter…today.. well…still enjoying the holidays so that says it all!

  • Rebecca Weiss

    My sister’s family spent the holidays with us which was so nice. They had to go home today which was really disappointing. I’m glad we got to see them though.

  • Stephanie Phelps

    My day is going great. I got to spend time with my husband and granddaughter playing and just relaxing the day away. I am now entering and reading your blog so it is ending well too!

  • Tamra Phelps

    Another day in paradise, lol. Walking a little farther, hoping that ;i will get home really soon. I don’t want to still be here February 5, meaning a full year away from home.

  • Kate Sarsfield

    I’ve just got back from taking my sister to a hospital in Dublin for a small procedure that required a general anaesthetic. It took 5 hours of waiting – I may never get the feeling back in my bum! Thankfully all went well though, just waiting for results of tests now.

  • Michele Soyer

    Planned on going out into the garden this morning and doing this and that but it is pouring so I guess I will have to stay inside and relax!! Have my relaxing game plan in action so off I go..

  • Tamra Phelps

    I’m feeling jazzed today, lol. I finally see that light at the end of the tunnel getting brighter. Today, my longest walk was 17 feet, then 15, then 10 with a turn (’cause life doesn’t always guarantee straight paths, lol.) So, improvement is going quicker. My shortest walk today equaled my longest on Monday. (No p.t. on Christmas or Wednesday.) Hoping it gets even better! ???

  • Kate Sarsfield

    Nothing planned for today at all other than doing something with turkey & wild rice for dinner. I’ve to take my sister to Dublin early tomorrow so just getting ready for that and making sure Mum has everything she’ll need.

  • Michele Soyer

    Going out into the garden to water then back to my chair to make lists for the coming year.. to-do’s and grocery and feed store…have to start the New Year right….so glad to have the at home vacation….

  • Michele Soyer

    Happy Boxing Day to all!!! Had a wonderful Christmas yesterday and today is more celebrating….there are loads of leftovers in the frig so I can do nothing but relax.. did water my flowers but thats it…we celebrate the 12 days of Christmas so the party continues !!

  • CJ

    Merry Christmas everyone and PB&W…. Mom and I had a wonderful day together. We had company over in the afternoon, and we had a lovely day…

  • Kate Sarsfield

    May your days be merry and bright …
    Christmas morning update: Idris, the cat, woke me at 5am so once I sorted him out I was wide awake. I put up all the little white lights in the front windows (I put them in crystal & glass bowls/vases etc. along with old baubles, tinsel) and they’re shimmering beautifully. Doris the happy turkey is in the oven along with the veg (no washing pots & pans for me!) now so I’m having time out with a mug of tea before setting the table. My sister’s ill so it’ll be meals on wheels for her and just Mum (who’s also ill), my niece & I for the sit-down.
    Be kind to each other xxx

  • Michele Soyer

    Happy Christmas to all! enjoying the morning and plan on having a bit of company today nothing stressful with lovely conversation.. music playing… tree blinking… happy times..

  • Kate Sarsfield

    It’s Christmas morning and I still have no lights up but managed to get all the dinner prepped yesterday and my wreath is gorgeous. My sister’s got the tummy bug now and Mum has a cold so it might just be the niece and I, Idris the cat and Lolly their dog sitting down to enjoy the festivities! Who cares? We’ve a roof over our heads, clothes on our backs, food if we need it, and love in our hearts. Merry Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

  • CJ

    Merry Christmas Eve! Today was a good day. I delivered the goodies my Mom baked to my neighbors and we enjoyed the rest of the day. Looking forward to tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tamra Phelps

    Well, people’s nerves are on edge at work on Christmas Eve, I think. There’s currently a screaming argument going on in the hall between a nurse and an aide. Merry Christmas, y’all, lol.

  • Rosie

    Getting a good amount of baking and cooking done, and started the dishes, a good excuse to take a break, and have a few “tastes,” too!

  • Michele Soyer

    To Kate please feel better. . sending you positive vibes and tons of good wishes… to all here a very Happy Christmas…. may it be filled with love and joy + a generous dose of sugar and spirits……

  • Mary Evans

    I’m having a great day – it’s Christmas eve – so I’m chilling at my mom’s home and handling a few last minute holiday things. Glad to be having a relaxing holiday (so far).

  • CJ

    2 days until Christmas! Cannot wait! ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoyed this beautiful Sunday by relaxing and drinking egg nog. Boy do I need to work out in the new year….. lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Kate Sarsfield

    I didn’t manage to get carolling yesterday; a couple of hours at Panto rehearsal and I was ready for bed again. Shaky, headachy and the glands in my neck are sore. At this stage I don’t care if Christmas happens or not!

  • Michele Soyer

    Just finished up for the day…had to dye those roots girls…. Made the Buche, carrot cakes, carrot cupcakes and carrot cookies…the bunnies hate me….anyway some like it with the pineapple some without so thats that..6 panettone….brownie heart cookies, ginger cookies and old fashioned cranberry shortbread….packed all up nice and pretty and in gift bags tomorrow my lovely daughter will do all deliveries but one…why folks want carrot cake at Christmas I don’t know but they do!!!

  • Rosie

    Been busy crafting like mad today, very sunny so I could see what I didn’t do good yesterday, fixing and doing more!! Wow, the holidays seemed to come up quick!! Have to make my cinnamon hots tea in a bit!

  • Tamra Phelps

    Not gonna lie, Christmas in a nursing home is just depressing. Don’t get me wrong, they try, lol. People from churches, girl scouts, etc., bring in treats and everything…that’s nice. But when you’re sitting here just wanting to get well enough to get home and you haven’t quite gotten there yet–well, it’s a downer. ?

  • Kate Sarsfield

    I’m obviously still not completely better: I started to feel a bit hot/cold & wobbly on my way back from Dad’s grave yesterday & went to bed. Woke up 4 hours later and by that time it was dark so I didn’t get the wreath done. Ah, well.
    I’m up early today as Panto rehearsal is from 10 till lunch then singing carols in a nursing home till 4 followed by carols in a couple of pubs round town, maybe a bite to eat then home.

  • CJ

    I finished all my Christmas work this morning and afternoon so I am relaxing tomorrow and I am ready to celebrate Christmas! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tamra Phelps

    This has been one of those days where anything that can go wrong has gone wrong. First, I still have trouble reaching my feet in this wheelchair, and after a month of asking that someone clip my toenails (they were longer than my fingernails, so long they hurt in shoes), I decided that I would find a way. I opened a bottom draw on a chest, lifted my foot onto it and was able to reach my feet, sort of. But on one toe, I screwed up and cut too far—toe bled like ‘a stuck hog’ as my Mom would’ve said. Now, no one can track down my mail from yesterday, including an Amazon package. I’m just fed up, honestly. I WANT TO GO HOME!!

  • Kate Sarsfield

    Right, today’s the day for 1) Making/hanging the Christmas wreath; 2) visiting Dad & cleaning the grave etc.; 3) buying the tv guide & some duck eggs; 4) delivering token presents & cards to the locals; and 5) getting Christmas out of the wardrobe & spreading it round the house!
    Also, the battery in one of the smoke detectors needed replacing at 3 this morning so note to self: check all batteries …
    Oh, and learning some new songs for Aladdin …
    AND, locally grown strawberries (!) and my yoghurt for breakfast.

  • Michele Soyer

    Up and moving.. baking today.. lots of different cakes..prepped last night even the fondant for the Buche De Noel….I do love baking days!

  • CJ

    Happy Winter Solstice! I am finishing up a few things in the house and I received my last packages for Christmas in the mail. So I just made it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rosie

    Day is going good. It is torrential rain for the next 90 min, up to 4 inches and dark. I can’t do my crafting but doing some other chores, might lose power, with wind gusts up to 60 mph. Glad it isn’t snow! Very unusually warm. Hunkered down and staying cozy.

  • Michele Soyer

    Back to work today.. so glad that I don’t have to leave the house until Jan 3rd.. way too many people about…touching up paint in the kitchen today then who knows i might finish scrubbing the back steps .. we shall see….