August 2019 $50 Your Way Giveaway!! #giveaway #paypal #GC

I am still road tripping around California but I wouldn’t dare forget to post my monthly giveaway! So, my monthly update will be rather short.

I am thoroughly enjoying my time with my kids and of course Alice. Yes, in between I am still complaining about traffic. I am sorry for everyone in Southern California that drives the i5, 15, 215……. wait, let me reword that; I am sorry for anyone that has to DRIVE in southern California!

I’m enjoying pool time a lot! I am really going to miss swimming everyday. Sarah, now I understand why you hate missing swim class. Ahhhhhh it’s so wonderful being in the pool. Speaking of which; Alice the mermaid is ready to hit the pool again. TaTa for now!!


I truly am thankful you stop by!

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 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!


  1. Happy August one and all! Not much happening in my part of the world but my cold’s a little better. Still feel like moaning though 😉

  2. Here’s today’s comment: I’m jealous! All that sunshine and a pool! Oh, Connie who cares about the traffic when you have your own pool!

  3. it is the beginning of a new month so I hope all goes well.
    I am praying for a good result of biopsies I had.

  4. Not having such a great day…husband’s car is dead so he took mine to work. I had promised to take the kids out for ice cream today but I have no car. We’ve had a ton of unexpected expenses this year, and we did not need another one. Boo!

  5. My day is going fine so far. It is hard to believe that it is now August? Where did the summer go? I am cooking a brisket for dinner, so we are looking forward to that!

  6. Tamra Phelps says

    I am jealous of all the pool time you’re racking up! I’ve always loved the water, in pools or not.

  7. Tamra Phelps says

    Physical therapy is going pretty well. The right leg is getting back to where it needs to be slowly but surely.

  8. Veronica Vasquez says

    My day has been pretty hectic. Rained a bit this morning now humid. Glad it’s almost the weekend

  9. Molli Taylor says

    my mom is coming in tonight for a visit and im pretty stressed, but excited!

  10. Dana Rodriguez says

    I can’t believe it is already August! Extremely hot today but got a little relief since it started raining this afternoon. Supposed to do more of the same through Saturday. I am ready for a little cooler temps.

  11. Took a friend to lunch at Olive Garden with the GC I won at the volunteer appreciation lunch last week.

  12. Kim Pincombe-Cole says

    It’s been a decent day! All the schools started back today in the Indianapolis area – I swear you could hear parents celebrating… 🤣

  13. shelly peterson says

    Happy August! I did grocery shopping today.

  14. Well a little down my niece cancelled her holiday… was so looking forward to seeing her.. hopefully next month…..rainy day so inside work today..

  15. My niece is 23 today. Where has the time gone? Mum & I did our traditional Happy Birthday song by phone this morning then R. went back to bed!

  16. Veronica Vasquez says

    Very grateful that today is Friday! It’s been a long irritating week .. no real plans for the weekend, a little shopping with the family, and then just hopefully some good relaxing times

  17. Had a good massage today. Didn’t get to the pool.

  18. Tamra Phelps says

    Went to see back surgeon today. Long story short, the infection did a lot of damage. He hopes the bone will begin to fuse itself. If it doesn’t…well, I don’t want to go there. If they have to go in and fuse it, it involves an eight hour surgery. And he felt that my past infections and trouble with wound healing would make it potentially life threatening. So, it just has to fuse, end of story! In 6 weeks I go back for x-rays to see if it is.

  19. Tamra Phelps says

    Home post comment: I’m so tired, lol. I need a break from being me!!

  20. shelly peterson says

    I went to dialysis and took a nap. I am preparing for a lake day tomorrow.

  21. Serious storm since 5am…. Well I guess I will just have to sacrifice and relax today.. what a damn shame no outside work!! Happy w/e all…..

  22. The main street in the nearest town is closed to traffic for a music/arts festival this weekend (it’s a public holiday on Monday) so I dashed in last night to get the groceries & meds etc. I’ll take Mum to visit Dad’s grave later other than that not a whole lot happening …

  23. Crystal K says

    Recovering from dental surgery over here, so not the best day! Hopefully tomorrow’s a little better.

  24. Quiet day at home. 96 degrees outside. No rain in forecast.

  25. Tamra Phelps says

    I dozed off and slept half the day, lol. Oh well. I guess I was tired.

  26. Tamra Phelps says

    Current post comment: Are you having fun in California??? I can’t tell you how jealous I am!!

  27. Veronica Vasquez says

    Slept in than went out shopping with the family, not a bad day

  28. shelly peterson says

    I spnnt a wonderful day at the lake with my family.

  29. I’m watching the film of Oklahoma! (again). Dad had the LP so I know every blooming word. We were going to do it as our musical but it’s on Broadway & the West End of London so we can’t (there are rules about this sort of thing, who knew?).

  30. Today’s current post comment: Connie, when do we get to see some more of Alice?

  31. Veronica Vasquez says

    Enjoying a nice lazy day at home with the family –

  32. Day is going good, getting a few chores done, nothing heavy duty. Putting together my “to do” list for tomorrow. Glad Connie can have a nice vacay and get in all that swimming.

  33. Had a great birthday brunch at the Fresh Fish Company. I ate crab and shrimp and mussels and oysters and more crab and some key lime mousse for dessert. I’m full.

  34. shelly peterson says

    I had a great day with my kids and grandkids at the pool and bbq’n

  35. Spent the day yesterday doing nothing at all. spoke to my favourite cousin and realize just how much I miss him…..Today is a rainy day but have to get out there…

  36. Day is going good, getting ready to go to town for errands. I can’t believe it is August already! Wow. I love fall, though, so I’m looking forward to it.

  37. Veronica Vasquez says

    My day is going exhausting.. we had a couple little puppies wander into our yard yesterday so we took them in while trying to find their owners, assuming they have any. Then I had insomnia last night so was up pretty late only to be woken pretty early to the pups. They are adorable as can be but tiny little handfuls lol

  38. I’ve had a pain in my tummy for 24 hours now and I’m just hoping it’s not another kidney stone.

  39. Tamra Phelps says

    Saw the infectious disease doctor today. She agrees with the surgeon, doesn’t think there’s still infection. in back. Both say that the infection did ‘significant damage’ while it was there, we are hoping the bone will start to fuse on it’s own because I definitely don’t want more surgery. It’s a time will tell situation.

  40. Good swim with friends. Then the bank, then the library.

  41. shelly peterson says

    Today was a typical Monday. I went to dialysis then went to dinner.

  42. Well, I’ve still got a pain in my kidney area so I’m drinking gallons to try to flush out the pesky beast and to top it all, I’ve been blocked from FB for 24 hours for trying to share a funny on Connie’s page! I mean, a male ballet dancer in hold with a beautiful woman and with an erection … what’s offensive about that 😉

    • Hope you start feeling better. I’m getting a chuckle you got blocked on FB, you don’t seem like the usual culprit!!!

  43. Connie: I’m posting my daily home page comment here because I can’t think of anything else to write about starting one’s own business!
    What I want to know is, amidst all your gallivanting and highway hell, how is poor George?

  44. Veronica Vasquez says

    My day hasn’t been so bad for a Tuesday, looking forward to some new release books I have showing up today

  45. I ended up having to walk to town again today, to finish up more errands. At least it wasn’t as hot as last week nor raining, so not too bad. Then home today, chipping away at chores.

  46. Had a very fun SPARK adventure today out at DBG Chatfield. We wandered the grounds a bit then everyone did flower arranging in the barn.

  47. Had a lovely morning in the village going around to the shoppes.. By the time I reached home I had no motivation to work in the garden so I took the day off.. oh a small bank problem which after I was on hold for quite awhile and was promised it would be rectified by days end shock of all shocks it was fixed.. will wonders never cease…

  48. shelly peterson says

    I didnt do much today. I relaxed and went grocery shopping.

  49. Early start… rain coming so I have to transplant now.. then start seeds as the day progresses….feeling very motivated today…

  50. Hump Day & I’ve still got a pain in my belly, it’s raining again, I was woken by a cold call at an un-Godly hour, wait a minute, hold the front page, the rain has turned to hailstones (in August???) and I have to take Mum to get her hair cut … I wanna go back to bed and start again!

  51. Rebecca Weiss says

    My kids are at church camp this week and are having a lot of fun with their friends. I’ve been able to catch up on some cleaning.

  52. Michelle J. says

    My day has been quite wonderful so far!

  53. Tamra Phelps says

    It stormed yesterday and last night. At one point yesterday, hailstones were banging against the windows. Weird weather here.

  54. Veronica Vasquez says

    Totally not feeling well today – I think the heat here is kind of getting to me, been really hot and humid

  55. Day is going good. I just shut my windows, it started raining, could be thunderstorms. Just visited with my neighbor, too.

  56. Good time at the pool with friends. That is it for the day.

  57. shelly peterson says

    Today I went to dialysis and then went to dinner for my grandsons birthday.

  58. Day is going good, getting ready for the ride service to pick me up so I get groceries. We had tons of flooding last night, cars stuck and ditched. Nobody got hurt that I’m aware of, four inches of water in a short burst, with the thunder and lightning!

  59. Zoomed around the house this morning, hoovering & polishing and now that Mum’s napping I’m off into the garden to weed the paths/verges.

  60. Michelle J. says

    It looks like another beautiful day today.

  61. Veronica Vasquez says

    Rainy stormy day here today, which honestly, is a nice break from all the heat we have been having

  62. Tamra Phelps says

    Another day, another battle around here to get something done. I want my legs wrapped to help control swelling, but they won’t because they say it makes the feet swell more…but the feet were swelling anyway. This is all because I’ve been sleeping in the chair instead of the bed. I can’t stand my back touching the mattress (nerve pain from the surgery.) So, I’ve asked to speak to a person in authority, lol.

  63. Have no idea where the day went….pulled out drying flowers and re-planted the bed.. Moved on to another bed and did the same….transplanted all my veggie greens.. started some new cucumbers and voila my cherry tomatoes are coming in lovely….tomorrow is another day….

  64. shelly peterson says

    I spent the day helping out a friend and watched their 1 yr old. Its been a long day.

  65. Had a lovely time at the Indigo Girls concert at the gardens. Forecast said lots of rain, but we only had about 5 minutes of sprinkles.

  66. Gorgeous sunny day with a sky so blue….going out to enjoy the day…

  67. Oh my, what a night! Wild wind, 6 inches of rain and thunder & lightening. Impossible to get to sleep so I’m hoping for a quiet, relatively lazy day!

  68. Michelle J. says

    I’m braving Walmart for school supplies this morning.

  69. Veronica Vasquez says

    My day is going tired. I’m so glad it’s Friday. Barely got any sleep cuz I got woken up really early by a sick child. Fortunately, she is feeling much better now

  70. We are enjoying the sunshine and cooler weather today. Last night got chilly which reminds me that Fall is around the corner.

  71. Tamra Phelps says

    I’m glad it’s Friday. I need a mini break from therapy, lol. Michele, I envy you having that garden with the tomatoes. Nothing beats a homegrown ‘mater’–as my Granny said.

  72. Day is going good, and trying to figure out who/what, etc. for a couple of repairs. Local FB group has recommendations, then others are saying some who were highly recommended were so bad when they used them (without saying which ones) that they could be considered “criminal,” so I’m digging around. Nice day out, but was inside, altho I appreciate it was cool enough I could think straight! Taking some dishes out I had in storage, forgot how cute they are! Love summer!

  73. shelly peterson says

    I went to dialysis and took a short nap. I then went to dinner with my family.

  74. We’ve survived 36 hours of torrential rain. Tornado in Luxembourg, a dam threatening to burst in the UK … make this madness stop!

  75. Michelle J. says

    I got to sleep in a bit, so that helped.

  76. Veronica Vasquez says

    My day is going pretty good actually. Been a rough week and really happy it’s finally the weekend

  77. Day is going good. Just finished up making blueberry preserves, first time I ever tried it. I didn’t see anything I wanted at the store, and it dawned on me to try making my own. So good! They aren’t the kind that you boil the jars, just use within a couple of weeks and keep in the refrigerator, they won’t last long, need to make the scones to go with the preserves.

  78. Wonderfully productive day….sanitized the aviary..been looking at a piece of land in the barn area that was so overgrown it was making me nuts…had the area cut down and now I see a great place for more veggies to plant….can’t use the tiller so I used the hoe and did not even have to enrich it due to all the green manure… next good planting day I have to make sure my seedlings are ready to go in….have a wonderful weekend all!

  79. Quiet day at home before a very busy week.

  80. shelly peterson says

    I spent another day watching a friends son. I am beat.

  81. It is noon and I am ready to sit and do nothing…Baked 6 loaves of bread.. 2 loads of laundry and made eggplant parm for lunch… now to enjoy!!

  82. Hallelujah!!! It has stopped raining at last so did a week’s laundry & then spent the rest of the day weeding paths & the driveway. I got some buckets of manure to rot down and then put on my roses.

  83. Day is going good, just finished making up a spice blend for BBQ, the recipe is to make crispy BBQ chickpeas, you dry them in the oven, then roll in oil and maple syrup, roll in spice blend then put back in the oven. I want to try this idea with popcorn, too. Nice day out today, but I have lots to do here. Trying to help my niece, a military family, they have to move soon.

  84. Veronica Vasquez says

    Today has not been the best. I had to spend 2 hours in an online chat with Boost Mobile, my phone company, today. The really sad part is this is the 3rd week out of 4 weeks I have had to contact them with an issue. It’s ridiculous. It truly seems they don’t know what it is they are doing and I am highly contemplating moving to a different company even though I’ve been a loyal customer for 5 years.

  85. Fun getting back together with the Sage Singers. Then my best friend took me to the Texas Roadhouse for my birthday. I got salmon and it was very good.

  86. shelly peterson says

    Another day of babysitting. This old lady is tired.

  87. Getting ready to walk to town and do some errands. Nice day out today. Stopping at Whole Foods on the way home, only buy milk and chips. I don’t have Prime, I just get a couple things to tide me over til I can go to a regular grocery store. The store is still really, really busy since Amazon bought it, they are going to expand the store soon.

  88. Aaaand it’s raining again! There I was, had checked the forecast, got my wheelbarrow & tools out & the heavens opened. How could they get it so wrong? I mean, Ireland’s tiny!

  89. Veronica Vasquez says

    My husband, my little one, and myself all seem to have came down with something that seems like a summer cold or something. NOT fun!

  90. Michelle J. says

    My day is going well, but lots to do later.

  91. Already to go out and work some more on my new planting area.. wellies on….wheelbarrow and tools… here come the black clouds…I still persist…figure I could get some work done.. then the first large drop of rain and back I go.. I guess I will have to take the day off….

  92. Kim Pincombe-Cole says

    Not a good Monday! On my way home from Cleveland Clinic with kidney issues…

  93. Tamra Phelps says

    My back is having some nerve pain issues. Still, not as bad as it was before, lol. I’ll push through and get back on my feet. I keep telling myself that!

  94. shelly peterson says

    I am super tired today. It was a rough day.

  95. Michelle J. says

    I’m am tired today, but I’ll push through.

  96. Rain and yet more rain … I’m beginning to feel like a caged animal. Thankful I have a roof over my head.

  97. Veronica Vasquez says

    Rainy day here, better than yesterday. The heat index here yesterday was insanity. SO hot and humid. So glad for the temporary reprieve.

  98. Kind of rainy out today, getting the ingredients prepared to make a soup in the slow cooker tomorrow. I see going through some old boxes, a set of dishes I was going to give away is getting a good price used. Maybe I will try to sell them, I could use some pin money. Hope Connie has a safe trip home, thinking of you!

  99. Such a wonderful evening with Judy Collins. The sunset was as beautiful as her voice. A very great end to my birthday. She sang my 2 favorite songs of hers: Send in the Clowns and Both Sides Now.

  100. shelly peterson says

    I did nothing today, other than go to lunch with my son.

  101. Had a very productive day yesterday….got the new planting area ready to go…today pruning trees and putting urea around the drip line….

  102. Michelle J. says

    I just dropped my kids off at school.

  103. More rain and it’s set to last through to the weekend. So fed up of it (and housework ;))

  104. Veronica Vasquez says

    No rain today, back to the hot weather. So not fun. Can Fall hurry along please?

  105. Kind of dark and damp out today, but I had plenty to do, and just very, very glad no more heat wave!! Made a nice soup in the slow cooker, and just got finished putting everything away.

  106. So good to get back to the pool after 5 days. Then some shopping for snacks for the trip to Santa Fe tomorrow.

  107. Took my kids swimming at the lake today. Trying to squeeze in some last minute fun before summer runs out!

  108. shelly peterson says

    I went to dialysis today. I came home feeling super crumby. I tool a long nap.

  109. And it’s still raining but as we’re down to living off cans of soup from the ’emergency/power cut’ cupboard, I’ll have to head into town. This time last year it hadn’t rained for 6 weeks!

  110. I’m getting ready for my ride service to pick me up. It is a beautiful day out, sunny and cool enough to be invigorating.

  111. Michelle J. says

    It’s a beautiful day outside. I love it!

  112. Veronica Vasquez says

    Feeling a little blah today. Insomnia strikes again. And I awoke with a sore throat. Hoping the day looks up from here

  113. Well started to work outside and actually got a bit done before the black clouds came in and it started to pour…. thats that .. so.. up shower put on the coffee and relax .. house is clean and the laundry and pressing is done.. guess i will have to relax!

  114. shelly peterson says

    I went grocery shopping and got breakfast with my son. I also watch my grandbaby for a few hours today.

  115. A great day! Took my kids swimming at the lake again. They went RIGHT to sleep tonight, haha.

  116. Michelle J. says

    I’m going to get my house clean today!

  117. Veronica Vasquez says

    Happy it’s Friday! Looking forward to celebrating my anniversary this weekend

  118. Day is going good, nice weather, too. Fights last night at the condo board meeting, owners yelling at the investor owner on the board and others, too, over many things. I didn’t say anything, and they are still playing games with the 100 fire code violations, this is the second time they’ve been written up about the same things, they are supposed to come up with a plan (since January) and haven’t yet, and now only have one month, and they didn’t even discuss it. The bad part is if/when they assess fines, they will be each of us, unless we sue the board. I want to have a tiny house, no more condo baloney.

  119. Spent 4 hours outside today working on the pond.. things are up to snuff now.. don’t want to have to do that work again.. if there is no bad weather tomorrow plan on doing some painting outside…have a great weekend all!

  120. Still raining but I went to get my hair cut to cheer myself up and got some great thrillers in a charity shop as well as a gorgeous leather shoulder bag for roughly $5! So happy day, and no I didn’t need a new bag!

  121. Tamra Phelps says

    I’m having a difficult few days. But I’m trying to remind myself that I can get through the hard days.

  122. shelly peterson says

    Today felt like a long day. I am ready for bed.

  123. It is a gorgeous sunny day out but the met office announces a yellow alert for later today.. better get moving transplants to do….

  124. I just couldn’t get going at all today. I just wanted one of those curl-up-with-a-good-book days and that’s exactly what I did!

  125. Nice Saturday, kind of quiet, and decent weather. So far no thunderstorm, although could still have one this evening.

  126. Went to a beer festival today and had fun listening to live music and blowing bubbles with my kids.

  127. shelly peterson says

    I had a great day. It was my grandsons birthday party today, we had a fun time.

  128. Michelle J. says

    I love Sundays, so it it a great day.

  129. Sitting here making lists.. big store grocery shopping tomorrow….also a plan for the week in the garden.. then lunch and a nice glass of wine…

  130. Well, it’s raining again (quelle suprise) so I’m catching up on little indoor DIY jobs that I’ve been putting off. It’s very satisfying crossing things of the to-do list!

  131. Day is good, I made peach preserves and a huge pasta salad. I made the beans from scratch in the slow cooker. Just finished all the dishes. Pretty hot out today, but not like the record-breaking July!

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