GIVEAWAY!!! $50 Your Way! December 2019

Imagine MY surprise when Alexa told me it was December 1st.  SAY WHAAAA?!?!?

So, yes the monthly giveaway is a few hours late.  Seriously, this retirement thing means I have lost all sense of time.

Here is my monthly update. Deck FINISHED!!! All the way!! All the way to the stain even!! Even more exciting is that the BBQ is finally out of my kitchen!!!!!!!!! I was so tired of that big eye sore sitting there since May.

Barn. UP done. HUGE!! (there is a shadow on the barn so look UP!)  Tractor and 4×4 safely nestled inside. This thing is monstrous!! The Husband even has a workshop area! Course until the stove get’s installed it’s a tad on the chilly side in there. Like 1°. Truthfully, he’s been good enough to stay inside lately. (insert evil laugh here! AND a snicker)


We’ve been cleaning up the yard too. Seem that contractors are a messy bunch. So, lots and LOTS of scraps of wood, a million pounds of nails. Yup, that was a whine. Since there has been constant construction around here I have done zip-zero-nadda in yard work so the weeds are knee high. So we’ve worked on that too. Had to clean up branches that fell due to our 60mph winds last week. The yard looks way better. Surprisingly, still no snow. *except a small amount in October, which is completely gone. It is, however, cold enough to make ice molds! If you’re asking yourself why ice molds? Ummmm cause they are cool?

I have made another friend up here in Sandpoint. A KNITTER!! Can I get a whoot whoot!! I learned to knit. I made my first project an infinity scarf. I have to admit Marilee asked repeatedly if I was sure I wanted that many stitches on my needle. OF COURSE I do. Ummmmm soooooo basically an experienced knitter knows what she’s talking about!! This scarf is GINORMOUS!! Like I can pull it down around my shoulders, truthfully, it’s a round blanket. But when the wind chill gets to the negative I won’t be crying. (however there WILL be whining!!) I started a throw for The Husband with the softest, fluffiest yard! I’m totally enjoying this hobby.

Mostly, I’ve been holed up in my amazing craft-room. I tried my hand at felting. I made a blue bird. Now, mind you this is my VERY first ever attempt. However, not too bad. It was fun and one of those things that you can just zone out and do. I attempted a Christmas ornament too.

Now I’m working on a t-shirt for Alice with an iridescent vinyl in the shape of a snowman…. cause y’know every California kid needs a snowman. It’s so shiny!!!! BTW…… that kid! Taking ARCHERY!! Doing Mud Runs. I really hate that I am missing this! I requested a nice picture of Selena and Zac from Thanksgiving. My kids…………. they DO crack me UP!!! So sarcastic……. must get it from their Dad.

Now for the real reason you stopped by.


I truly am thankful you stop by! Most of you everyday. I am blown away by your support!!

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!!!

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  1. It is OK. It is a bit windy and rainy that will turn into snow but it is a good day otherwise.

  2. Kim Pincombe-Cole says

    I’m struggling on day 10 of an upper respiratory virus. The worst! I have a 12hr car ride to Cleveland & back tomorrow and I’m dreading it…

  3. Sun is shining but still not very warm. Happy December!

  4. Diane K. Brimmer says

    We have a storm brewing here in Michigan. Hope we are able to get out to my dr.s appointment. Oh well if we don’t I will just sit tight and do so project that needs done for Christmas.

  5. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Oh I am commenting on here as I really do like your scarf. I don’t care if it’s too big. You made it and should be proud that you are tackling something new. You really will use it this winter to stay warm in. I love the colors that you choose too.

  6. I love the felting. And it does sound fun to have a knitting pal, and who can show you how. The scarf came out nice. I would hole myself up crafting, but I’ve got everything locked down for a while so I will do a bunch of things I’ve managed to procrastinate about, for a long time! We’re in the middle of a snowstorm here today and this evening, first pretty snow of the season. Now I’m all set with pretty snow until next December!

  7. Tamra Phelps says

    That scarf is definitely huge. You could raise it up and completely block the wind, lol.

  8. Tamra Phelps says

    new post comment: Your deck is gorgeous and now it looks like you’ve got everything done. All things considered, from kitchen guys who do bad work to Winter blowing in, it didn’t take long, really.

  9. December is here….that means the holidays….starting my shopping list for the cake orders….love doing all that baking and making a shilling too!!

  10. Mary Gardner says

    My day is going well so far. The sun is shinning after 3 days of clouds and rain so things are looking up! I don’t have any big plans today, just doing some laundry and going to the library with my grandchildren after school today.

  11. My day is going pretty good so far. I have some running around to do and then I am going to hit the computer for Cyber Monday savings tonight.

  12. Diane K. Brimmer says

    I have got more of my Christmas decorations up! Man by the time I get it all done it will be time to take it down. Lol! I really could leave it up much long if the neighbors did bawk about it. LOL

  13. Diane K. Brimmer says

    I wanted to tell you that I really like your Pole barn. It has some really nice big doors. I want my husband to tear down the rest of our old barn and put one of the pole buildings up. We are getting old and the barn needs a new roof and is starting to collapse. So I think it would be best. I will have to show him yours.

  14. Snowy day today, still snowing. Had a bunch of phone calls and things like that to do. The good thing is I was too busy to be buying things for cyber Monday!!!

  15. We had a fine day. The days started off with dental checkups for both my husband and myself. Happily, we like our dentist and his staff.

  16. Was planning to go to the pool before my infusion, but my lazy self skipped it. Infusion went well, but I don’t like driving home in the dark.

  17. Good day, took the dog and kids on a walk and then went to a dinner party with some friends.

  18. shelly peterson says

    Just another day of dialysis.

  19. Judy Thomas says

    It’s a lovely summer’s day here. Not too hot with a good breeze.

  20. Well, I made it to Oklahoma! The 15 minute journey took 1 1/2 hours. There are no signposts in rural Ireland, no street lights. Ended up just driving downhill in search of civilisation and started again!

  21. Today’s comment: You could fit a small town into that barn! Are you going to start taking on some animals? Think of fresh eggs!

  22. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Good morning! Lol It’s 12:30 in the afternoon here. Oh well it really is in all the way you look at it. I have not gotten my Christmas shopping done. I am getting kinda worried as it is creaping up on me. I am still waiting for some money to come in so I can finish it though. Patience is not one of my virtues. It might be another week or so! So you can see how I am getting kinda nervous. Relax Diane Relax! I can’t!!!!

  23. Mary Gardner says

    My days is going well so far. It’s a nice sunny day and I have done some laundry and a few errands and bought groceries. I’ll have the grandchildren after school today so that will be fun. Nothing special but a good day all in all.

  24. A quick dip in the pool and then a massage. Good way to go.

  25. Tamra Phelps says

    I’m finally out of the hospital. I got back here late last night only to find out my roommate had died (the lady was eat up with cancer, under 70 pounds, so not suprising.) But I had a new roommate, they had just found out she had MRSA! It was in her lungs, so in her sputum. She was on lockdown…so I wasn’t allowed in my room, lol. Last night, the only available bed was in the unit (a locked area for those who might wander off)–that was an experience. My roommate there laid there talking to people who weren’t there all night long. Finally, this morning the powers that be decided it wasn’t OK for me to be in the unit, so they put the new roommate in another room by herself and cleaned the entire room with bleach before they brought me back in.

  26. My organic beeswax pastilles arrived. I like concocting DIY creams, and so I thought I’d try making lip balm. Looked up some recipes, getting ready to experiment. Bit the bullet and let go of more things today. The snow finally stopped and I was able to get outside to do a chore.

  27. I made about 50 paper snowflakes today because my son was griping about our house not being “Christmasy enough.” Mission accomplished!

  28. shelly peterson says

    I had a nice relaxing day. But it sure is cold.

  29. Have a few calls to make this morning.. see how long I would be placed on hold!! then making some pesto from the basil I reaped yesterday .. after that who knows??

  30. I wonder if you can get pesto without the olive oil? Sorry, thinking ‘aloud’!
    I’m off to the dentist straight after lunch. I can think of lots of things I’d rather be doing!

  31. Mary Gardner says

    It is still pretty early here but so far things are going well. I will take my mother to run some errands today and make a chicken stew for dinner when I get home. I hope your day is a great one!

  32. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Good morning! Hope your day is going better than mine. Woke up in the middle of the night with a sinus infection. I can’t hardly breath and I use a Bipap. Guess I will have to drag out the wedge to sleep with. I hatr it but at least I will be able to breath tonight.

  33. Diane K. Brimmer says

    I am commenting on here becuase there isn’t anything new to comment on. I really need to start doing my baking but with this sinus infection I don’t think anyone would appreciate gettting any goodies. It would be the gift that keeps on giving. Lol

  34. Sun is shining for a change. Feels good even at 35 degrees.

  35. Today’s post: I’m still in one piece & don’t (fingers crossed) have to see the dentist till June 2020! Phew!!!

  36. Good swim with my friends. Then groceries, then the library.

  37. I’m bundled up and snuggled up for the evening, catching up on email, etc. Walked to town today, it was a little icy, but if I had known that ahead of time, I wouldn’t have gone, but I did need to get those chores done!

  38. Tamra Phelps says

    Well, I’m back in my room at the nursing/rehab home. I feel much better, so hopefully that means the antibiotics are working. I start back at physical therapy this week, so wish me luck. So far, the back is much better.

  39. shelly peterson says

    Another day down of dialysis. The weekend is almost here.

  40. Finally finished my painting project! And braved a rainy day.

  41. OMG today I am 68 years old…. Where the heck did my life go… the problem is I don’t feel old.. or perceive I think old but the numbers do not lie!! Taking a total me day… the company of my daughter….music.. books… wine….what could be better than that?? Only one thing my husband to be here….

  42. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Good morning! Today I am so excited, we are going to get new tires on the front of the car. Next month the other two tires. With 10 inches of snow and ice underneath it is a necessity for us. No more slip sliding away. Kinda sounds like a song. LOL

  43. Mary Gardner says

    My day is going well so far. The weather is really nice and I will have my granddaughters after school today. Tonight my sister and I are going to my grandson’s holiday choral concert at his school so I will be fully in the holiday spirit after that!

  44. The ride service is supposed to pick me up soon, going for groceries. No snow today, yea!

  45. I knew I wasn’t feeling right so took my temp. Way up for what’s normal for me. I’m going to go to bed with a hot drink to feel sorry for myself.

  46. Current post: I’ve only just noticed Alice in the mud. Brilliant – dirt is healthy!

  47. Quiet day at home, now off to be a teacher’s assistant to Succulent Centerpieces at the gardens.

  48. shelly peterson says

    I spent the day relaxing and then went to dinner for my daughters birthday.

  49. Had a fab day yesterday….I feel so loved and thought of… back to reality….off to the garden feed and grain to do monthly shopping then to the chemist ….

  50. Mary Gardner says

    My day is going well so far. The weather is nice and the sun is out. I ran a couple of errands early this morning and actually have nothing planned for the afternoon so I may just take it easy today.

  51. I’m feeling better today, just as well ‘cos now my sister is down with it so isn’t around to help out if needed. Anyway, a quick pop into a very crowded town for Mum’s meds then home.

  52. Tamra Phelps says

    I’m feeling a lot better these days. I hope it stays that way when I start back at physical therapy.

  53. Kind of dark out today, although not snowing. So stayed cozy and warm inside getting a few things done. Trying to not start new projects that would be a welcome distraction, more to go!

  54. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Well today I finally broke down and went to the doctor. Only to find out it is a virus and I can’t get a med to get rid of it. I am sick of not sleeping because I can’t breathe. Well my little buddy grandson gave me the gift that keeps on giving. Oh well I should be better by spring anyway. LOL

  55. Had a fun time at the class last night. I now have a succulent centerpiece with 4 different little plants in a lovely white bowl.

  56. Was a fun day at first but I have abruptly come down with something so now I’m on the couch 🙁

  57. shelly peterson says

    I went to dialysis today. I took my daughter to the airport and have my grandson with me for the weekend.

  58. Diane K. Brimmer says

    I am just so excited that I won this giveaway last month! I have already thought of a 150 things I would do with it. I am so truly blessed by this. Wasn’t sure I was going to be able to do much this year for the grandkids but this was absolutely perfect! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  59. There’s another major storm heading Ireland’s way tomorrow so I’m trying to get a load of laundry done. What an exciting live I lead!

  60. Mary Gardner says

    My day is going well so far. I have some baking to do today and some online shopping to work on. Nothing spectacular today.

  61. A sunny day so I hustled to get the chores done I need the sun, esp because big downpours are coming in for a couple of days. Going out for a short while in a little bit, but it is cold, but need to get things done before all the storms!

  62. Tamra Phelps says

    Well, I’m spending Saturday trying to build my confidence, telling myself that p.t. will go well and quickly, lol. It can’t hurt to try a little self-hypnosis, lolol.

  63. Sunshine and almost 60 degrees today. Still have lots of snow on the ground.

  64. I haven’t been feeling well- I’ve had a sinus infection all week and it’s been kicking my butt ?

  65. Sick today, spent most of the day on the couch watching The Office.

  66. Baking today then a day of making lists….a to-do for the week and then a last holiday grocery and this and that shoppe list…In reality these lists will be updated every other day but I cannot the urge to make lists!!

  67. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Still have this annoying head cold! I need to start baking but I am holding off this this cold has subsided. I went to the doctor and he said I am no longer contagious but I don’t want to take chances. So I guess I will work on my other projects. I am making a snowflake out of hangers! LOL

  68. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Hey seriously how do you change your little photo that you are given on here? Not that I am complaining but my little guy is kinda ugly. Of course I feel kinda green today but I would like to change him!!!!!!

  69. We’ve had beautiful weather ahead of the latest big storm to head our way so I spent the day gardening. Mum’s gone out to lunch with friends so I’ve got the house to myself!!!

  70. shelly peterson says

    I had a good day with my grandson.

  71. Just took homemade bread out and is cooling off, smells so good! I was really busy today, and I’m a little puzzled, what did I do that I haven’t stopped until right now?!!! Still have some hustling to do before it gets dark, so only a minute break here, seeing what all the peanuts are up to! and Bear!

  72. Mary Gardner says

    My day is going fine so far. Today I am just doing some online shopping for the holidays.

  73. A sunny Sunday. Nothing much happening.

  74. Tamra Phelps says

    Honestly, after everything that’s happened recently, with the MRSA coming back and being back on heavy duty antibiotics that are playing havoc with my stomach, I feel emotionally exhausted. I have no choice but to suck it up, buttercup, as my youngest nephew likes to say, lol. So, I’ll suck it up.

  75. I had a wonderful day watching a movie with my friend and her son. The sun was out and everything was beautiful!

  76. Another sick day. I mostly just laid around and drank tea.

  77. shelly peterson says

    I picked up my daughter from the airport today. I went grocery shopping after that.

  78. Laurie Nykaza says

    It rained today so we stayed in cleaned the house and watch movies

  79. Well sitting here is not getting my chores done!! Seeds to start and bok choy to reap.. Better get moving…..

  80. Mary Gardner says

    It is rainy and chilly here but my day is going well so far. I will have my granddaughters after school today and we go to the Library on Mondays and always have fun.

  81. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Today we have a gloomy, gray, wet, foggy drizzle of a day. I think I will turn on the Christmas music and the lights on the tree. I may even bake!

  82. Dark and torrential downpours today. I rounded up handmade dolls, heart pillows and fleece mittens with matching fleece headbands that I made for underprivileged kids, they are picking them up.

  83. Well, the storm wasn’t bad, as storms go. Just no internet from 10pm last night till about 5 this evening and to honest, I didn’t miss it. Started rehearsals this evening for Hairspray (next April) and it’s not one I’m familiar with so it’s a bit of a challenge.

  84. A sunny Monday. I am not sunny.

  85. Tamra Phelps says

    Not a bad day, all things considered. Oh, I see Kate is rehearsing Hairspray! I loved the John Waters movie version.

  86. shelly peterson says

    Today was just a typical day of dialysis.

  87. Laurie Nykaza says

    We were at home getting our gifts together to wrap for the holidays and see what left to buy.

  88. Diane K. Brimmer says

    I went shopping yesterday and went around the store 4 different times trying to find the right gift for the ones on my list and could not find anything that I could afford that I thought they would like. Is is bad to buy them gift cards? That way we both win! LOL

  89. Well the weather changed my plans… did get some seeds started and cleaned the patio.. played with the dog and now well a book looks very good to me…

  90. Mary Gardner says

    My day is going well however the weather is terrible. It is fairly cold and raining and very dreary today. I will have my granddaughters this afternoon after school though and that always brightens my day.

  91. The tail end of the storm hit last night so we didn’t get much sleep. Off to sing carols in the little local hospital. Christmas officially starts now!

  92. Day is going good. The volunteers just picked up my donations for the sick and underpriviledged children. I’m glad I could do something. I was excited to try making the lip balm, but it separated, so now I’m googling around to find out what happened. It didn’t go to waste, I could whip it into a usable form. It was still fun to do, though. I can see once I figure it out, it should save me some money, as I like to use it, but good ones all natural are so expensive.

  93. Shelly Peterson says

    I still dont have my tree up. I was going to do it today but wasn’t feeling good.

  94. Still sick, lazy day watching the holiday version of the Great British baking show.

  95. Dark and stormy….Baking bread and cookies to keep me out of trouble.. almost got blown away while walking the dogs!!!

  96. Last night’s carolling in the Little Hospital was lovely AND we sang Happy Birthday to a gentleman who was 100 yesterday!

  97. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Good morning! I am so excited, I am going to a woman Christmas party. It should be quite fun as we will be making a craft as well. Oh and she puts on quite the meal, with al the finest finger sandwiches and pastries. Lucky me!!!!

  98. Wow, I don’t know this day went by so fast! It was nice and sunny out, so was able to do a few things I needed that sunshine. Started polishing some brass items that haven’t been polished in….. 50 years or more?? What a difference, but lots of elbow grease and patience required, but the results are worth it!

  99. Had a fun class last night: Pickles and Chutney. We made pickled onions and cranberry chutney. Today went swimming with my friends.

  100. Ugh another sick day. Read a whole book though so at least that was fun.

  101. Day went well for today. I got nothing done. It’s cold outside. That is about it. Now onto day 5 of insomnia.

  102. shelly peterson says

    I went to dialysis today and we got a couple inches of snow.

  103. Another rainy stormy day… I do have to go out and see about my seedlings.. laundry… then cooking a nice eggplant parmesano…

  104. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Good morning Connie! Last night got to go out to dinner with my brother and his wife. Yesterday was her birthday. I enjoy how close my brother and I have became. Wish that our other brother could be as close. But he lives a very different life style than we do and isn’t comfortable around us. It is very sad. Oh well it is a new day and I am bound to make the most of it.

  105. I made a head-dress to wear when carolling: holly, ivy & a couple of glittery tiny baubles on an old headband. I gave up on the superglue as there was more on me than on the foliage & used florist’s wire instead. A local nursing home tonight.

  106. Mary Gardner says

    My day is going well. It has turned pretty cold here but the sun in shinning and it is supposed to be a beautiful day. I am making a few kinds of cookie dough today and will have my granddaughters later to do homework and play.

  107. Went to get groceries today via the ride service. Tried self check, and what I liked about it is I could confirm my digital coupons were being used, as normally I have to call the HQ and spend hours to get them to credit me the coupons, very wearisome, so this was a boon. Talked to the CT Attorney General’s office today about the problems with our Fire Marshal office not enforcing the code and what I could do about the retaliation.

  108. Tamra Phelps says

    I start back to Physical Therapy tomorrow. Finally, something to look forward to!

  109. Quiet day at home. I love the blanket you made. Looks warm and lovely. Just wish I could comment on instagram.

  110. Shannon V Holmes says

    Hey I am doing a lot better. Had a good day relaxing.

  111. shelly peterson says

    I did a little relaxing and then helped my daughter out for a while.

  112. Felt much better today. Went grocery shopping, made lasagna, went to work.

  113. Stormy again today.. last night the power went for awhile and the wind was howling.. huddled back under the covers until 5:30 then up and making coffee!

  114. Watching Youtube craft videos. I just got up 🙂

  115. I’m ill with a high temp & shivers. Mum’s just over it so now it’s my turn and the cat isn’t well either. Back to bed for me!

  116. Mary Gardner says

    So far my day is going well. We are having a cold, rainy day that began as freezing rain this morning. So it will be an inside day with maybe a few cleaning chores and wrapping some gifts.

  117. Day is going OK. A dark and rainy day, but I like them sometimes, as I stay in and content myself with doing things inside. Getting ready for the holidays!

  118. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Hello Connie, Today my daughter and I made some ornaments. They are so cute if I say so myself. It was a gread day with her and my grandson.

  119. Had a good swim then a great massage. Then took a present to my friend for her birthday.

  120. Tamra Phelps says

    I’ve spent the day sick, tossing my cookies, lol. Hipefully it passes soon.

  121. shelly peterson says

    Just another day of dialysis. Happy weekend!

  122. Took my dog THREE walks today. Just so happy to be feeling better, haha.

  123. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Today I am spending the day with my little gymnast and her brother. Should be an awesome day. Then I will come home and make Peanut Brittle.

  124. Mary Gardner says

    My day is going well so far. We are on our second day of cold, dreary weather so this will be a laundry and holiday baking day.

  125. Day is going Ok. Another rainy day, so did laundry, and some online shopping, mostly searching, though!

  126. Tamra Phelps says

    Not a bad Saturday. I won an Ugly Christmas Sweater, lol. Got one that will likely fit my niece and both nephews (a little big on the youngest, but it’s a sweater, so who cares.) I hope it comes before Christmas so they can wear it.

  127. Just a lovely quiet day. Mountains are getting lots of snow.

  128. shelly peterson says

    I have been watching all my grandkids all day. This old lady is worn out, lol

  129. Good day – did some work, played Legos with my kids, took the dog on a long walk.

  130. Still pouring….nothing is better on a cool rainy day then a pot of beef stew so here I go….while that is simmering away relax and listen to some hand bell Christmas…..

  131. Mary Gardner says

    So far my day is nice. It is cold here but the sun is finally shinning which is great. Today is fairly laid back for us with maybe wrapping some gifts and taking it easy otherwise.

  132. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Today I am going to try to find my house. I have been gone and my house has been neglected. It needs a good dusting and so forth. Maybe put on some Christmas music and it should help get me going.

  133. Tamra Phelps says

    Not much going on here today. It’s been a slow Sunday. I’m just watching HGTV, you know watching other people redo their homes, lol.

  134. Tamra Phelps says

    Uh oh, Kate, you haven’t commented in a few days. I hope that doesn’t mean you’re feeling really bad. Putting good vibes out into the Universe for you!

  135. Tamra Phelps says

    Well, that comment was supposed to go under Kate’s last post but for some reason the ‘reply’ button isn’t working for me.

  136. It is a nice Sunday, the sun was out, an not too cold. It is so dark out now, so early! Getting some thing done for the holidays!

  137. Today we got one more minute of sun in the evening. The morning will continue to lose daylight for the next week, then light will return.

  138. Still dark and rainy.. even the dogs are getting the rainy day blues.. better crank up the music for them… shopping tomorrow for the last time before the holiday…have to make sure all my lists are in order for the baking…not taking any more last minute orders after today….going to also drive along to see the lights…

  139. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Well, I am on my way to my dr. appointment again. I will be glad to get this one done. It is a followup for my Bi-pap. It has been working great for me. I love how well it works.

  140. Diane K. Brimmer says

    I am writing on here to comment as I have run out of places to comment on. I love how generious you are. Thank you so much for your awesome giveaways. You are the best!

  141. shelly peterson says

    This was a busy weekend. I had all my grandkids over.

  142. Wow, this day flew by, and I’m so behind, but did hustle and got some things done. Walked to town and saw some people I know at the library, so got to catch up on what’s going on.

  143. Mary Gardner says

    Today was a great day. We had sunshine and almost 60 degree weather. I got outside with my granddaughters to enjoy it because it is supposed to rain tomorrow and drop 20 degrees for the rest of the week. We went to the library this afternoon and read lots.

  144. Tamra Phelps says

    Monday. Back to Physical Therapy. I’m pretty weak, but it’ll come back quickly, I’m sure.

  145. Good swim today. Saw friends there I wasn’t expecting to see. Then went to T-Mobile to get my sim card switched from old phone to the new one. (I dropped the old one and it wasn’t happy) I couldn’t believe how easy it was to get all my contacts and apps transferred from one phone to the other. Google handled it all.

  146. shelly peterson says

    A day od dialysis, feels like a long day

  147. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Well, today I am off to another doctors appointment. It should go really well today as my one yesterday went great. You know you are getting old when all you tlk about is pills and doctors. LOL

  148. Mary Gardner says

    My day is going well. It is cold and raining again so it will be an indoors day with the grandchildren this afternoon.

  149. Just a quiet day at home. Slept in.

  150. It was a snowy, icy, dark day today so no fancy cleaning going on, heartbroken LOL. Did a few chores, but I’m wondering, what the heck DID I do all day, that I was so busy? Well had to make several phone calls, did some cooking, catching up with relatives for the holidays!!!

  151. Tamra Phelps says

    Tuesday in therapy was an eye-opener. I’m so weak after all the time in the hospital. Well, at least that’s over and the rebuilding has begun.

  152. shelly peterson says

    I didnt do much for most of the day. I did go grocery shopping.

  153. Had a lovely time yesterday shopping.. crowds were awful, parking unreal, registers slow but I still had a great time.. There are still some things not put away.. will get to it today!

  154. Robert Phelps says

    New roommate today. This one is on hospice, too. She seems just slightly disoriented (not sure of the year, etc.) and has trouble breathing (on oxygen.) I’m not sure what is wrong overall, but let’s hope she’s not headed out of this World in 12 hours like my last roommate.

  155. Tamra Phelps says

    Dang, I accidently hit my brother’s name on the autofill, lol. Anyway, my comment is above, lol.

  156. Mary Gardner says

    My day is going well. I had lots of errands to run today and will wrap a few gifts today. I am making spaghetti and meatballs for dinner and will enjoy some Christmas movies tonight with my daughter.

  157. Getting dark out, made a batch of split pea soup. Getting a few more things done for the holidays!

  158. Good swim today with my friends. Last group swim before Christmas. I’ll still swim on Friday and Monday.

  159. shelly peterson says

    Today was a day of dialysis. I am tired.

  160. Laurie Nykaza says

    Today was a day of shopping to get the gifts we needed to buy for the holidays

  161. So here goes the day….trying to contest early and I cannot do anything on instagram.. I am blocked.. cannot share anything on Facebook to a friend… so maybe I should just bake!!!

  162. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Good morning! I woke up to another bloody nose. grr! Kinda disappointed that I missed my granddaughter’s Christmas concert. I got a last minute dr. appointment and they took my blood pressure and it was 127/40. They made me stay longer to make sure I was okay. Which made me miss her concert. I will not get the Grandma award for the year! Anyway I feel okay other than the bruise from the blood pressure cuffs. Hope today I can get more things done.

  163. Wow so dark out! Day was OK, a number of things went wrong, but no tragedies. I try to count blessings. Going to a complex meeting tonight.

  164. Got a haircut (actually got ALL of them cut). Then a stop at Boston Market – finally found my gift card for there.

  165. Tamra Phelps says

    The new roommate kept me awake most of the night. She moans and cries, but denies she’s in pain. I don’t know what to do. I think she needs people near her because she fears sleep…she’s afraid she won’t wake up. She’s on hospice, is refusing dialysis, has COPD.

  166. shelly peterson says

    I ran some errands today. I also went to lunch with my son.

  167. Looks like the sun might peek out from the clouds today…ready to go out into the garden if it does….

  168. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Last Friday till Christmas! Boy am I glad that I am done. Now I can sit in the window bench, drink my cup of coffee and watch it snow.

  169. Tamra Phelps says

    Therapy is going good. I’m standing, trying to rebuild strength more than anything, so I can push myself up and move forward, lol.

  170. Day is going good, my oh my, day is going by fast! Getting a few things done around the house, it is really cold out. Looking up recipes for soups with kale right now.

  171. Went swimming with my friends but the pool was cold so we didn’t stay as long as usual.

  172. Mary Gardner says

    My day was great. I spent the entire day playing with my granddaughters!

  173. shelly peterson says

    Today was a day of dialysis. I have a short weekend so that everyone at dialysis has Christmas off.

  174. Baking again today for early pickup… Lawn man is here cutting glad it stopped raining..

  175. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Good morning! Yesterday I made my first Cashew Brittle! As my granddaughter said ” It turned out epic” I guess that means she liked it. Today I am off to kid watch till 6:30 tonight. They remind me they are not babies! LOL

  176. Mary Gardner says

    My day is going well. We have lots of holiday baking to get done and a little cleaning as well.

  177. Tamra Phelps says

    Saturday before Christmas…and it just doesn’t feel like Christmas to me. I’m spending another Christmas in this place where I can’t do my usual baking or candy making. It’s just kind of depressing. There’s no getting around it. Christmas this year is just day to get through. Which I will do, and then move on.

    • Chin up Tammie.. have one of my cookies and a glass of wine….my goodness am I playing pretend?? no just trying to cheer you up..By the way where is Kate?? hope she is alright…

  178. Hard to believe it is dark out already! Very cold today, but tomorrow is supposed to be warmer, yea! Made a kale & sausage soup, with homemade vegetarian sausage. I was surprised it came out good!

  179. Happy Winter Solstice! Now the days will be getting longer.

  180. shelly peterson says

    I did some cleaning and then wrapped all my gifts.

  181. It was nice out today, warmer than usual, and was able to get outside and enjoy for a while this afternoon. I’m getting ready to take a batch of kale chips with a topping out of the oven. I’ve only tried it a couple of times, and they are good – kale was on sale this week!

  182. Last quiet day at home this week. Wrapping packages.

  183. Mary Gardner says

    Today was a nice day. It is cold here but we had lots of sunshine and it was a beautiful day. I have been busy with lots of cooking and cleaning and more to come for the next couple of days.

  184. shelly peterson says

    I went in for dialysis today for the holiday schedule and then I went to eat Pho with my daughter

  185. All my baking is finally done.. some people picking the goodies up tomorrow and some my daughter is delivering….tonight he carol singers come.. love them…so off to do nothing!!

  186. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Good morning! We have a high of 43 degrees out today. Now I kinda like this kind of weather. Still have snow yet it’s not so cold that you freeze your toes off. Think with this sunshine I will finish my Peanut Brittle for the year.

  187. Mary Gardner says

    Today has been a busy day with lots of baking an a little cleaning in between. The grandchildren are here and enjoying lots of holiday movies since it has been raining all day. Everyone is excited for Christmas!

  188. We having a couple of days unusually warm for this time of year, and sunny, too! I had too many things to get done today to go outside, but tomorrow I’m planning on walking to town to do errands.

  189. Just a quick dip in the pool. Then a stop at the busy, busy, busy grocery store for a couple of things for my friend’s party tomorrowt night

  190. Tamra Phelps says

    I definitely feel a cold coming on. Ugh. Great way to spend Christmas.

  191. shelly peterson says

    I got up early and ran some errands. wrapped a few gifts and relaxed.

  192. Day is going good, got back from shopping and just put everything away, late lunch and dishes. Now checking out what is going on online!!

  193. A lovely quiet day at home eating leftovers. Nice after a busy few days.
    I like your new yarn bowl. Miss being able to comment on your instagram.

  194. Tamra Phelps says

    Man, I’ve been tired today. I’ve got a slight head cold, you know, just enough to add that touch of misery to everything, lol.

  195. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Boy did I have a devil of a time getting on you website. I could not get on here till just now. Not sure what was going on. I even tried my phone from my daughter’s place and couldn’t get on. Oh well glad to be on here now.

  196. shelly peterson says

    I spent the day relaxing. I also had dinner with my daughter and grandson.

  197. Laurie Nykaza says

    We had lots of rain so we stayed in watched movies and called loved ones to wish them a Merry Christmas too.

  198. Still relaxing and only doing holiday fun things .. no work at all… having guests and well today I am going to have to bake.. all the goodies gone… eaten or given away….

  199. Diane K. Brimmer says

    I am on my way to Bible Study and am late so I won’t make this long. I also have to kid sit with 6 kids toady! Think I will sleeptonight. Good thing I am doing this now. LOL!

  200. Day is going good, it is dark and gloomy out, so I don’t mind being inside. Got some cooking and laundry done, now taking a break. Hard to believe this year is almost over!!

  201. Mary Gardner says

    Today is going well. I finally feel back to normal and rested after a fun but also exhausting few days. The weather is beautiful and I am having a nice relaxing day.

  202. Good to be back at the pool after 4 days. Then a stop at the library to pick up a hold. Then to Kaiser for the blood letting. (just 2 vials, really). Then I treated myself to a BlackJack pizza.

  203. shelly peterson says

    Today was a day of dialysis. Then I came home and relaxed

  204. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Good morning! I slept like a log last night. I didn’t really want to crawl out of bed as it was nice and warm. Especially when my feet hit the ice cold floor, 27 degrees. Brrr! This morning I am off to watch the 6 kids for 7 hrs. Wish me luck!

  205. My day is going pretty well so far. It’s my wedding anniversary today (21 years).

  206. Planning my dinner party for tomorrow… a holiday get together that really makes me happy….. menu planned.. desserts made….table decorated and set… now I can relax and just enjoy the day….

  207. It is pretty nice out, but right now I’m inside making oatmeal raisin cookies. I tried using oil instead of butter, and ground flax thickened in water instead of eggs. They’re coming out good! I had to put the mix in the food processor to make the oats a little smaller, but not like flour. I like eggs, but ran out, and trying to use less saturated fats, so using the oil.

  208. Tamra Phelps says

    Well, I spent the last 24 hours in Univ. of KY ER. I told the nurses here at the nursing and rehab that I doubted the sore on my back was MRSA related but they’re jumpy about that, lol. Understandable as many times as I’ve had it. The upshot is it’s all fine. No MRSA. Just a bedsore that needs to be healed. (It came up the last time MRSA hit and I was in the hospital, bedridden for a week.)

  209. Mary Gardner says

    Today has been a good day. We are having beautiful and unseasonably warm weather in the 60’s here and it will stay warm through the weekend but the rain is moving back in. So today was running errands and cleaning up some leaves in the yard.

  210. Snowy day, about 3 inches. Glad to be warm at home.

  211. shelly peterson says

    I went to get coffee and breakfast with my daughter and grandson. Then I just relaxed all day.

  212. Laurie Nykaza says

    Cold outdoors today so we cleaned up our kitchen we had baked a turkey dinner so it was a mess. It was a great dinner for everyone

  213. Can sit here and enjoy my coffee…guests not arriving until later this morning…I do love the holidays…

  214. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Raining today and 38 degrees! Here we goo again! We have a few leaks in the large window in our living room and one from the ceiling in the back room. At least for now I get to hear the sound of think, think, bloop, bloop coming from the buckets. Guess we are going to be doing roof repairs in the spring. That is if it lasts that long.

  215. Tamra Phelps says

    I’m sitting here listening to an oldies radio station. They’re playing a Kasey Kasem Top 40 Countdown from 1976. I probably heard it the first time around, lol.

  216. Mary Gardner says

    We are having a dreary, rainy day today. I am spending the day doing some laundry and watching some holiday movies that I didn’t have time to catch before Christmas.

  217. Day is going good. It is going to start sleeting pretty soon, I have a short errand to do. Was shining up anything copper today, I was amazed how much tarnish comes off! High maintenance!

  218. Sun was shining today on the snow. Not melting because it’s only 27 degrees. Quiet day at home.

  219. shelly peterson says

    I had to go to dialysis today for the holiday schedule. I will be glad to back on regular schedule.

  220. Great day yesterday….love to see old friends….today prepping for NYE….

  221. Diane K. Brimmer says

    Well, the rain turned white and 35 degrees! I guess winter is back. Oh well I have no place that I have to bee right now anyway. I think I will get some things done around the house.

  222. … and I’m back! Thank you to all who sent good wishes while I was ill – 10 days in bed, saved so much money AND lost 16lbs!!! I would not recommend it to anyone.

  223. Tamra Phelps says

    Glad to see Kate’s back! I understand that she doesn’t recommend the flu diet because over the last year and a half, I’ve dropped 150 lbs., but I don’t recommend the sepsis/MRSA diet, lol.

  224. A strange weather day, it is thundering and lightning, and has been storming all day, since last night. I have to see if there is a weird name for this weather effect, but I’m keeping my flashlight handy if we lose power. Made a soup in the slow cooker today, just had some, nice comfort food for dark, gloomy weather!!

    • Here’s what they just said about the weather just now… “Very very unusual. One of the rarest weather events we ever see. It has summer-like qualities with cloud to ground lightning, hail (west of us at least) and really loud thunder. Hail happening in 36 degree weather I don’t know if it has ever happened in my lifetime that I can recall. Excellent time to know the difference between freezing rain, sleet and hail”

  225. Good swim today. Then errands and then 1 1/2 hr massage.

  226. shelly peterson says

    I had a relaxing day today.

  227. Happy New Year all!!! May all the peanuts here enjoy a safe and pleasant NYE and a happy healthy 2020!!

  228. New Year’s Eve 2019 and I haven’t even got the Christmas tree out of the loft or made a wreath! But, I’m better & Mum, sis & niece are on the mend so here’s to 2020. May you all be healthy, happy and safe xxx

  229. Diane K. Brimmer says

    I can’t believe that This month is already over non less the year! Seems like the older I get the faster the years go by. I feel like a duck coming in for landing, just slow down! I hope y’all have a happy New Year!

  230. Mary Gardner says

    Today is a beautiful, sunny day. We are cooking some turnip greens and black eyed peas to have tomorrow. We will watch movies tonight and then try to stay awake to see the ball drop and have some sparkling cider.

  231. Good day for the last day of the year, and end of a decade. Paid bills, and sent off some communications to elected officials about proposed legislation, etc. Dark and gloomy again, so I didn’t get any cleaning done. Hope to go to bed way before midnight.

  232. No big plans for New Year’s Eve. I will be awake but that’s about all.

  233. Tamra Phelps says

    Here’s hoping 2020 beats 2019 by a long shot. It’s hard to imagine it getting worse…knock wood.

  234. Shelly Peterson says

    I went to dialysis. Afterwards I went to my brothers for New Years eve.

  235. Happy New Year!

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