Happy November! $50 Your Way Giveaway!!

Happy November little Peanuts! Doesn’t it seem like I JUST posted the October giveaway?? Why is time going so FAST!?

Here is my monthly update. Decks and the front porch are done!! Pictures to follow. Now we are staining the decks as quickly as possible and hoping to finish before the snow comes. It did snow twice but nothing that stuck THANKFULLY!

The barn is almost done. It should be finished by the end of next week.

Since most of the construction activity is done the deer and bear came back so of course I put my trail-cam out.  I have missed seeing my little guys out there. Seriously, how cute is my REAL bear.

He does look awfully cuddly right??  And mighty comfortable too!! So, note to self don’t walk out the back door after dark. EVER!

Okay, that’s my update for the month now on to the real reason you are here!

November Giveaway


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. Laurie Nykaza says

    Our day was great out shopping for the holidays and we found some gifts for the family . So many cute items to decorate our home for Thanksgiving and Christmas too.

  2. Just been up for about an hour getting ready to go to work

  3. Crikey, another month just slipped past me without me noticing!

  4. Today’s current post comment: Wow! And Wow! again – your bear pics are amazing! Bet you’re delighted to get the construction work done.

  5. shelly peterson says

    Just woke. today is dialysis. Happy November.

  6. My day isn’t going well. My husband had a car accident on his way to work. He has a broken arm and broken foot.

  7. Quick swim in the warm water pool before a lovely massage. Trip to Costco for a few things and a roasted chicken. Then a stop at Walgreens on the way home for the 50% off of Halloween candy.

  8. Kim Pincombe-Cole says

    Happy November 1st! It was 25 and snowing with 25mph winds last night, so we getting some straggler trick-or-treaters tonight when the weather is a little better. Winter is coming..

  9. Tamra Phelps says

    How can it be November??? I actually felt bad today, went back to bed about three and slept for hours. I guess I needed some rest.

  10. Tamra Phelps says

    And my Current Post Comment. I’m glad you’re getting so much done. You have more gumption than me, lol. I can’t wait to see the finished products.

  11. My day went well. We spent time with the family. Tonight we are anticipating the first freeze of the season. It is hard to believe it is November already!

  12. I am glad you are getting so many projects done. Your bear pictures are amazing! Please be careful – animals in nature are called wildlife for a good reason!

  13. shelly peterson says

    It feels like a long day. I am glad its the weekend.

  14. Well, that’s it … Rugby World Cup is over with S. Africa taking the crown (and with their first black Captain). What am I going to do now?

  15. Diane Brimmer says

    My day is going just great! I get to hang out with my little grandson Hunter. He cracks e up with everything he does and says. He is always teaching me about dinosaurs. He watches a program called Wild Kratts and he soaks up ever episode like a sponge. Can’t wait to see what I learn today. LOL

  16. Diane Brimmer says

    Not so sure I would go out of the house even in the daytime. Lol He is quite a big boy. definitely intimating! We have some here but I haven’t seen one quite that big.

  17. Tamra Phelps says

    I’ve pretty much spent the day in bed, lol. I just felt very blech today. Hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow.

  18. Tamra Phelps says

    Current Post Comment: Honestly, you are going to have the most gorgeous house, inside and out. Bear will love her deck, lol.

  19. There are so many bears in much of our area, not right near me, though. I would be spooked, but admire from afar – very far!

  20. Quiet day at home. Love your Instagram trail cam photos. Turkey and deer in the same shot. (still no Instagram for me so I can’t comment there)

  21. shelly peterson says

    I didnt do too much today. I relaxed most of the day.

  22. A very tired day – had to get up at 4 AM to run my parents to the airport. Worth it though – what a great visit!

  23. Turned out clocks back, and I love the extra hour! Have a list of things to do, already getting on it!! Yippee!

  24. Last night I sat on the bed to change the pillow cases – woke up at 8.30 this morning! Slept right through 🙂

  25. Lovely Celebration of the Life of Dorthy Peter. Long time member of the Denver Women’s Chorus she died last month at the age of 90. The Chorus sang 3 songs.

  26. Tamra Phelps says

    Today has been kind of a slow Sunday. I mean, nothing big happening here today, lol.

  27. shelly peterson says

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

  28. Laurie Nykaza says

    Our day was great shopping for garden items new hose etc and to The Home Store to buy some gf chips.

  29. I haven’t seen a bear around here myself, but there are often pictures of bears getting into people’s homes (while they are there!), garages, into the cars, yards, and traipsing through, sometimes with little ones scampering, too. It would give me a scare, though!

  30. I think seeing a bear close would scare the heck out of me! They are beautiful to watch … Gearing myself up to go out and do some work today but the rain is falling and my book is calling me!

  31. Start of another week … nothing much happening … be sure to stay tuned …

  32. Tamra Phelps says

    Lost 12 lbs. last week. I can honestly say there is no fluid retention left on me, lol. I mean, I’m twenty pounds below what I was before I started retaining fluid.

  33. Diane K Brimmer says

    Good evening! Been having quite an issue with my computer. Not sure quite what is going on with it. So hopefully I can get this done tonight before it shuts down again. Not one of my better days. Oh well, hope yours is better.

  34. Last week of swimming at ESPool. Got my Bronco’s deal at Arbys since they managed to get at least 2 touchdowns and actually won the game.

  35. shelly peterson says

    Just atypical day of dialysis. I came home and took a nap.

  36. Laurie Nykaza says

    We had a fun day working in the garden and going out for lunch with the family.

  37. Getting ready to go knock about in the village….need to buy some ribbons to decorate holiday mason jar cookie gifts.. stop in at the chemist and see what the vibe is.. are people gearing up for the holidays as yet?? or not….

  38. I’ve just bought my sister’s Christmas prezzy on eBay: David Cassidy’s Greatest hits CD & the first season of The Partridge Family DVD! She had a major crush on him (mine was Donny Osmond).

  39. Staying in because it is cold and rainy, and snow is coming in a couple days! Doing some cooking. Too dark to get much cleaning done, so plan to get some other chores done.

  40. Teresa D Kunberger says

    Ohhh my day is long and nerve wracking! My now 3 yr old has hit a hyper stage and can’t control it. Lol

  41. Dropped off my ballot yesterday so I’m all set for the election. Quiet day at home.

  42. Tamra Phelps says

    Well, we had state elections today. Yes, I voted. By absentee ballot, because obviously I can’t go to the polls. I did start walking in therapy today! Three whole steps, lol.

  43. shelly peterson says

    Today was a busy day. I had errands to run and an appointment.

  44. Well the weather is turning today… stormy and rainy… that is alright.. on the patio downstairs starting seeds nice and dry but enjoying the weather drama…

  45. Day is going good, just revving up the “engine” here with some good coffee, pumpkin spice. Planning on walking to town today for errands. My foot is better, enjoying it while it lasts.

  46. I’d a bad night ‘cos of the pain in my hip but, hey ho, things to do! Intense choir practise last night; we’ve a concert on Sunday.

  47. Diane Brimmer says

    Today has been a good day! Not great, but heck life is what you make it. So I have decided to make the best of it. So I won’t make Mother of the year with my son! Life goes on, Right! I think I will go create a craft or make Peanut Brittle for some gifts. Thanks Connie for letting me unload!

  48. Party at the pool this afternoon to say goodbye to all the friends I’ve made swimming there. Very bitter-sweet.

  49. Oof my kids took it out of me today! Big plans for starting to paint the guest room tomorrow.

  50. shelly peterson says

    I went to dialysis and took a nap.

  51. Wow, it sure got cold out fast! An overcast day today, so I probably won’t be able to do the chores I need the bright light. I’ve been trying to help my neighbor figure out how to get to therapy, for all our taxes (some of highest in the state), the ride service we pay for won’t take you to medical or therapy out of town.

  52. Ugh! Dull, grey, dreary, drizzle, dark … I could go on but I’d make myself (and you lot) miserable!

  53. Diane Brimmer says

    Good day Connie! I am trying to find my kitchen table today! LOL I have been doing different projects and each one has ended up on my table. I don’t have my own crafting room so everything always ends up there.It has really been snowing here in Michigan today. It inspires me to work on my Christmas things. That’s just about the time someone will appear at my door step. So I guess I need to get busy on the cleaning. Have a great day! What’s left of it.

  54. It finally started snowing here in New York. Of course today was the day I had to go grocery shopping.

  55. Had my yearly trip to the dermatologist where she zaps me with her freezer thingy. Then I have itchy and owies for the day.

  56. Today was pretty good. I did some laundry and made some fat bombs. Yummy!

  57. Tamra Phelps says

    Well, I’m finally walking again, just a few steps but it’s a start. So, it counts as a good day.

  58. Busy day! Bought ORANGE paint for the guest room. I think the paint guy thinks I’m crazy.

  59. shelly peterson says

    I didnt do too much today. I did go to lunch with my daughter.

  60. Cleaning out the drinking water tanks yesterday .. November is the rainiest month here so no worries…..cistern already cleaned out and 1/2 filled so onward we go.. will be glad when all are sanitized and I can move on with getting ready for the holidays…

  61. Sunny today, yea, so that means I can get more of the finicky cleaning done, that doesn’t normally get much attention. I don’t do it all day, but a little bit at a time starts to make a difference.

  62. SUNSHINE!!!!! I’ll get Mum up and then head outdoors. Lots of tidying up to do after all the rain we’ve had lately.

  63. My husband is having surgery today. A week ago he was in a head-on car accident (other person crossed over into his lane).

  64. Busy day. Went to the Senior Resource Fair and got some good information. Stopped off at the VA and got some paperwork to fill out. Spent 90 minutes on the computer in the library. Then went to the Easter Seals pool for the VERY LAST TIME. (boo, hiss). Then ate at Village Inn.

  65. Diane Brimmer says

    Today didn’t start out very well. I put the batteries into my wireless mouse and it wouldn’t work. Then I went to vacuum and burned the motor up in it. Slipped a red shirt in the washer of whites by mistake and now my husband has the cutest pink pairs of underwear. He does not appreciate them at all. Well I had to sit down and laugh. Just hope tomorrow is a better day with the grandchildren.

  66. Tamra Phelps says

    Today was just physical therapy and being so tired I fell asleep, lol. End of day!

  67. Loads of errands today – groceries, hardware store, playdate, etc. Glad to finally kick back with a beer!

  68. shelly peterson says

    I went to dialysis and took a nap. Happy Friday.

  69. Laurie Nykaza says

    we went shopping today it was fun finding things for the holidays

  70. Baking today.. have a birthday cake to deliver tomorrow…after that who knows? Laundry without a doubt though….

  71. It’s dry but chilly (my nose is cold) so I’m pottering about outside and going through my harmonies for our concert tomorrow.

  72. Getting a few things done here. Trying to sell a couple things locally, too, for a little pin money.

  73. Tamra Phelps says

    I’ve accomplished nothing today, lol. I couldn’t care less. I’m lazy and I own it!!✌

  74. Did 6 hours of Steve sitting. Fun to talk with him and hear his stories from the last 100 years. This way his daughter and her husband get out of the house and have fun.

  75. Diane Brimmer says

    I had a rough night last night as I had to get up at 6am to go to watch the grandkids. I was affraid I won’t wake up in time. So I woke up at 2:30, then 3:45, then 4:50, then at 5:43 I figured I might as well get up and get ready. Boy am I going to sleep tonight. But then I have to do it all over again tomorrow. LOL

  76. shelly peterson says

    I had a relaxing day. I didnt really do much today.

  77. Taking the day off….cooked last night so today just warming things up a bit…want to sit watch mass then read for the rest of the day….

  78. I’m having a lazy day ahead of tonight’s concert in aid of a local day/residential centre for people with intellectual disabilities.

  79. Diane Brimmer says

    the days going good! Tomorrow has got me nervous, I have 3 cavities that have to be fixed while they are small. I am affraid of dentists! Surprisingly Ihave a small mouth! I have what they call a closed jaw and it makes it a little difficult to do my dental work. I have a very hard time with exrays, I have to use a childs. Pray for me! Thanks.

  80. Good rehearsal at Sage Singers. We’re singing 2 songs next week at another choruses concert.

  81. Spent most of the day working on my latest project – painting the guest room. It’s coming along nicely!

  82. shelly peterson says

    I had a relaxing day. I didnt do much the whole weekend.

  83. Getting a big cold wave here, and they turned the heat down late last week. Everyone wants someone else to complain. I found out the hard way if you speak up about anything, you are marked for “destruction” LOL, so I wait for someone else to dare ask! I heard the heat cost went way up, and even though they went way up on our fees, I guess they will wait and see if anyone dares complain. Not me, just wear multiple, multiple layers.

  84. Last night’s candlelit concert was beautiful; for such a little town, we have an awful lot of talent! It’s a beautiful day today so I was up early, stripped the beds, washed windows, planted some winter colour and have generally gone mad dusting & polishing!

  85. Happy Veteran’s Day to all veterans (including myself – 8 years in Air Force)

  86. Diane Brimmer says

    I survived the Dentist. Lol Really wasn’t bad but I was visibly shaking. I apologized and the Dentist tolld me that it was most likely from the medication they used. Glad to finally be home. Think I should send myself to bed early. Lol

  87. Tamra Phelps says

    It’s Monday. Back to the physical therapy grind…which is good by me, lol.

  88. Today was a great day! We attended the Veteran’s Day parade locally. My daughter marched and played in her high school band. Then I took a 3 hour nap! Yeah!!

  89. shelly peterson says

    Today was a typical day of dialysis.

  90. Painting painting painting! Three walls have the first coat on, so I’m making progress!

  91. Have to get moving today.. yesterday went out to start my garden work but wound up chatting with all my neighbours and got very little accomplished! Not today nose to the grindstone….

  92. Looks like they turned the heat back up. It is over 80 degrees again, the usual, anywhere up to about 85. This past weekend they turned it down to 75, and it went down to about 73, some people must have complained that was too cold. The heating cost is very high, and they keep raising the fee, we have no control over the heat.

  93. Another lovely day here but rain is on the way (hey, it’s Ireland!) so I’ve taken down all the curtains to wash … why do I do this to myself?

  94. Just a quiet day at home. The sun is shining, melting most of the snow we had on Sunday.

  95. shelly peterson says

    I took my grandson to school and then ran some errands.

  96. A little more painting, cooked a huge dinner and enjoyed the last bits of autumn sunshine!

  97. Looking up recipes for veggie burgers with chickpeas, just made a big batch of the chickpeas in the slow cooker. Got some good ideas already.

  98. Ugh! Cold, damp, dark & bucketing down rain 🙁 On a brighter note I’ve just booked a ticket for the last night of ‘Oklahoma’ at the end of the month, so something to look forward to!

  99. Quiet day at home. Feeling puny and didn’t go swimming at the new pool. Still very sad about my regular pool for 13 years closing.

  100. Diane Brimmer says

    Not sure what happened that I missed yesterday but I am back today. I had a good dr. appointment. Lost 4 pounds ( I don’t know how) and my A1C was 5.9. I am really excited about that. Too much farm cooking. Not easy to say no! LOL

  101. shelly peterson says

    Just another typical day of dialysis.

  102. Shopping, storytime, cleaning, cooked a new recipe for dinner (yum!)

  103. Well the time has come….vacuuming all the ceilings and woodwork.. ughhhhh…drawing room done.. study done…..today the kitchen and dining room…this is a whole day project and not one I look forward to….

  104. Getting ready for ride service to pick me up for groceries. Wow, 19 degree out, need to get out the winter coat!

  105. I stayed in my pajamas all day. Just too cold to get naked!

  106. Tamra Phelps says

    I’ve been a little under the weather lately. Just feeling a little blech, no energy at all. Blood work shows my ‘hemoglobin levels’ are low. It should be at least 12 (as in pints) and mine is 8.3— so I guess I’ll be going back for another transfusion soon.

  107. Diane Brimmer says

    I am doing just fine tonight. My younger daughter is on her way out to Florida to see her sister (my oldest). They haven’t seen each other for a year. This will be awesome for the two of them. The cousins are going to have a blast. There are 8 of them all together. Can’t wait to hear that they have finally arrived. Hope yours is good as well.

  108. We went to two of our grandkids’ Grandparents’ Day at their school yesterday. Well, today we are pooped!! It was freezing 🥶 out yesterday and we had to walk with a huge crowd! I am claustrophobic and can’t walk well!
    That visit wore us out! We’re recuperating 🤒

  109. Mostly quiet day. Just a quick trip to the library and got a pizza on the way home.

  110. Taped the room for the second coat of paint and had to go to work tonight. Now I’m tired!

  111. shelly peterson says

    I spent part of the day relaxing and then ran some errands. I ended up locking my keys in car. I wasn’t paying $60 to $75 for a locksmith so I waited and hour in the cold for my friend and then another hour to get it unlocked.

  112. It is a sunny day today, and is supposed to warm up a little, so I plan on venturing out to do a few errands that I have to walk. Was up late on the phone last night with someone who lives in our complex, talking about everything going on here!!

  113. Ok today is all the molding ..oh gosh…wish my hubby had made single instead of grooved..but lemon oil and a brush does it ….honestly I want to get outside and play in the garden….

  114. I had to get up because I was cold (and I was wearing 3 layers). Have to pop into town for a couple of things later and really not looking forward to it.

  115. Diane Brimmer says

    My girls got to see each other last night. It is the first time they have seen each other in a year. I guess after looking at my post from yesterday, I am repeating myself. Well at least you know that I didn’t lie. Lol It has been especially hard as my oldest daughter had a brain tumor and my husband and I were theonly ones who got to be there with her. So this is and extra special time for the both of them.

  116. Went swimming at the new pool. Ran into a couple of friends I hadn’t seen in quite a while so I guess that’s a plus for the new pool. Then had a great massage.

  117. Sonya Morris says

    Today is my husband’s 50th birthday and I can’t believe we are that old! Seriously though, it’s been great and I am glad I’m a few years behind him LOL! I hope you’ve had an amazing day as well.

  118. My day was pretty crappy!! I had to go and get my blood and urine tests. Then because of my low platelets, the poor phlebotomist had a hard time waiting for my arm to stop bleeding. 😢

  119. Tamra Phelps says

    More blood work today. I suspect I’m about to be sent out for a transfusion again.

  120. shelly peterson says

    Went to dialysis and came home and took a nap. So glad its Friday.

  121. Nice day – tried a new dessert recipe and had dinner at our friends’ house.

  122. My yard man is here since 6am.. almost done and by 9am I can get outside and play in the garden!

  123. Oh oh, when I woke up today I thought it was Friday, then panicked when I realized it was Saturday, this week flew by!! Now I will be doing things and talking at 78 rpm today to catch up!

  124. Cold but dry today so I was looking forward to getting into the garden but Mum didn’t feel like getting up so now there’s only an hour of daylight left and it’s getting damp. A wee bit frustrating … at least I can blow off a bit of steam here!

  125. Diane Brimmer says

    I have had a good day. Finally heard from my son last night. Actually he called his dad, not mom. We decided to give our kids their inheritance while we were alive to do it. Didn’t go so well! LOL Maybe should have waited and put all the junk in our will for him to fight over. LOL This is really nice to be able to speak our mind and get it off our chest.

  126. Sigh. Was supposed to sing tonight with Sage Singers at the Harmony concert. Not feeling well so emailed and said I wasn’t coming.

  127. Bill paying day 😢 I spent the day paying bills and watching my bank account dwindle! I wasn’t happy!

  128. Tiring day – solo parenting for a few days while my husband is out of town.

  129. shelly peterson says

    I had my kids and grandkids over for dinner and game night. I had a fun time.

  130. Glad that it is Sunday.. slept in today until half 6 and just sitting here having coffee and listening to the birds sing… appreciating my life immensely…..

  131. Taking it easy so far, have my pumpkin spice coffee and getting going. Looks like a decent day out today, if it is warmer, hope to get outside and enjoy it a bit before winter’s brutal cold sets in.

  132. I went over to my sister’s house today to clean cobwebs and spider eggs from around the front door. She has this ‘thing’ about spiders that sends her into a real panic.

  133. Diane Brimmer says

    Today was a pretty good day. Made 3 1/2 gallons of cider and made 8 pints of Apple pie filling. They will be great for those little individual pies that I make.

  134. Also missed today’s concert. Bummer.

  135. shelly peterson says

    I didnt do too much today. I did make some banana bread. Yum!

  136. Fine until I watched the Chicago Bears 🐻
    I turned the game off because I couldn’t take it anymore! Losers

  137. Took the kiddos and the dog hiking today, AND to the park so now I’m pretty much exhausted!

  138. Up and at um… have to sanitize the aviary..bathe the dogs then get to weeding….

  139. Lots to do today, getting a start on the day with a pot of good coffee. I’m at the last of my Dunkin bags of coffee. It will be back to the cheapo stuff.

  140. It’s Monday, which is always super busy for me. Reading blogs is my time to drink my coffee before I start my to-do list for the day.

  141. This morning I left a note by Mum’s bed to tell her I was working outside and managed to get a couple of hours of Vitamin D before she woke up. Feel all the better for it.

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