Happy October!! $50 Giveaway!!

Hello Peanuts!! Fall is officially here!! Idaho has gotten a little on the chilly side. Today’s high was all of 50°!!

September seems to have gone very fast! Kitchen still not done. HOWEVER!! The flooring is done!! It’s so nice!! Between all the stains and the smells and the dust and dirt having a super soft carpet is aaaaaaaahhhhhhhmazing!! So, what’s the first thing you do when you get new carpeting? You get an 8 week old PUPPY!??!? Yup, only me……

Bernie is came home the 30th of September at around 5pm. I’m hoping this sleeping puppy sleeps all night long!! Fingers crossed.

Bernie is a Bernese Mountain Dog. She’s a big girl. She’s gonna be A VERY BIG girl!! She is so very sweet!!

Bernie laid on my lap all the way home so we could bond!! 

Look at the size of that PAW!!!!! That’s in The Husbands hand!!

On to the giveaway cause it’s puppy play time!

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


  1. OMG….Bernie’s adorable! I love Bernese Mtn Dogs. I’ve just woken up, but my day’s brighter already having seen her face 🙂

  2. rhonda miotke says:

    What a sweet looking pup! My pup Buster makes my day every day always so happy.

  3. rhonda miotke says:

    Thanks for the super giveaway! I really like your blog.

  4. Kate Sarsfield says:

    She is absolutely beautiful, Connie! AND she’ll keep you warm 😉

  5. Kate Sarsfield says:

    My day’s going fine although I’m really tired as I had to get up with Mum a couple of times. Her latest blood results came today and thankfully all’s well – phew (till the next time!).

  6. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    So far so good today, getting ready to go grocery shopping when my hubby gets off work. I hate waiting till afternoon, but with only one car, its the best way to do it.

  7. shannon fowler says:

    Today is going ok. It is Monday, so it always seems to be harder to get motivated for the normal week, but for a Monday it is good.

  8. Karen Raider says:

    I love big dogs and Bernie is a pretty girl.

  9. Kim Pincombe-Cole says:

    Having a great day – drinking my iced pumpkin chai tea latte and curled up with a really good book. Perfect way to start October!

  10. Good swim class. Then filled my gas tank for all the running around I’ll be doing this week.

  11. shelly peterson says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. Today was an ok day.

  12. Tamra Phelps says:

    Bernie will be as big as a small horse eventually, lol. But that just makes me like her more…she reminds me of me, ha.

  13. Tamra Phelps says:

    Today I was able to lift my right arm up over my head, lol. It feels like a bit of a triumph. That arm was glued to my side when I first regained consciousness, and there were times I doubted I’d get it back at all. I’m pretty happy today.

  14. Cannot believe it’s October! September just fleeeeew by and we are in the end of 2018! I love this time of year (usually) so I hope it’s a happy time for me and my Mom this year! 🙂

  15. shelly peterson says:

    It was a long day. Is it Friday yet?

  16. Michele Soyer says:

    Oh gosh Connie best of luck with puppy.. so adorable….

  17. Thanks so much for an awesome giveaway! It’s always nice to have a few extra dollars to spend this time of the year. And that puppy…OMG! Too adorable!

  18. Kate Sarsfield says:

    I’m in one of my moods, folks. The blood results showed that Mum doesn’t have ovarian cancer – hardly surprising when she doesn’t have ovaries! They did the wrong bloody test again. I’m fuming! I shall have to go and take it out on the weeds, or jump on some cardboard boxes for recycling. They may have enough of the original sample to do the colon/rectal cancer test so here’s hoping (again).

  19. Shirley Emitt says:

    Day going good, doing school with our 4yr old.

  20. Today is going okay. I had a lot of stress last week that I am trying to recover from. The last of which was having to put our puppy down. We are broken hearted.

  21. Debbie Welchert says:

    It’s been rainy and dreary here today. So I’m kind of in a down mood. My grandchildren just came home from school and they are my sunshine. So now I am in a happier mood.

  22. That puppy is so adorable… Oh I just want to hug her up!! LOL…. Today was ok. Worked on more of my Autumn cleaning in my house. It is gonna take forever for me to complete it but I will end up there eventually… lol. 😉

  23. Fun morning with the SPARK group at Chatfield. We picked little pumpkins and painted them.

  24. Our day went fine. We are enjoying the slightly cooler weather.

  25. shelly peterson says:

    Today was pretty good. Went to an appointment and lunch with mydaughter.

  26. Kate Sarsfield says:

    I’m due a delivery today so up relatively early for me (ha, that makes it sound like I’m about to give birth!!!!). No plans other than more painting and a committee meeting tonight.

  27. Michele Soyer says:

    Spent the morning doing some painting… touching up some spots downstairs so it look brand spanking new for the holidays.. always love a fresh coat of paint….our man who weed wacks for us is here so had to come up cook and putter….

  28. Spent the morning at the hospital. My friend’s surgery went well for her new hip. Good swim class.

  29. Lissa Crane says:

    My day was a little rough, I got some bad news, but seeing that adorable little puppy of yours made me smile! He’s so precious!

  30. Had our lawn mowed today — the grass got really high — so I plan to rake it all up tomorrow and give it to the chickens. They love cut grass… Other than that it was an ok day. (I know my life is not exciting. lol. But at least it’s calm compared to last year, which was nonstop drama.. 😛 )

  31. shelly peterson says:

    Today wasn’t the best of days. Here’s to a better tomorrow. 🙂

  32. Michele Soyer says:

    No motivation to get going today….as soon as the spirit kicks in I have to go out and transplant some morning glorys….have to also start touching up the garage with a fresh coat of paint….as I think about it all the list goes on and on….one thing is for sure I am never bored…..

  33. Kate Sarsfield says:

    So tired today & I’ve got a headache but got to keep going – dinner will not cook itself. Hopefully I’ll get a nap while Mum sleeps in the afternoon. Nothing else happening …

  34. Tamra Phelps says:

    I’m getting aggravated at the kitchen staff here. Because of my stomach issues, I’ve repeatedly asked for bland type foods, like cream of chicken soup, etc. So what did they send today? Chili. Right, no thanks. I don’t want to spend the whole evening in pain. So, today, I’ve eaten half a peanut butter sandwich. Fortunately, I have a tiny fridge with cheese and yogurt in it, so I’ll just eat that later.

    • Kate Sarsfield says:

      Getting aggravated is a good sign! I mean it’s pretty shitty that you were sent chilli but fighting back shows spirit! Go get ’em!

  35. Today was a good day… raked up all the grass that was mowed but it was very hot…. I couldn’t wait to get inside… lol. TOmorrow I will pick it up and discard…. 🙂

  36. Bunch of people here in town for the Horticulture Therapy Conference came to the gardens. We fed them and gave them tours of what we do here.

  37. shelly peterson says:

    My daughter is on vacation so I spent the day with her.

  38. Kate Sarsfield says:

    We’re still waiting (and fretting) about news of Mum’s last blood test. On a happier note, it isn’t raining! Honestly, that’s all that’s happening here!

  39. Michele Soyer says:

    Raining so heavily that I had no choice but to come up.. If I paint the garage it will take forever to dry so cleaned out the aviary talked to the doves and now a shower and looking at all my curtains and drapes and figuring out what I need to replace before the holidays….

  40. I’m feeling so confused today….

  41. Dana Rodriguez says:

    Bernie is so cute and wow that is a big paw! We just got a puppy too but she is a BoChi (Boston Terrier/ Chihuahua mix) so she will be nowhere near Bernie’s size lol

  42. Women’s Bobs Burgers Louise Appreciate your Lack of Sarcasm Christmas Sweater.

  43. Good swim class. I’m a bit sore and banged up from a fall I took yesterday but the warm water felt good.

  44. It poured and poured… I did some work and then cuddled up and enjoyed my afternoon. 🙂

  45. I’m loving our cool, drizzly fall weather! It makes you want to curl up with a book on the couch and drink some hot cocoa.

  46. shelly peterson says:

    Still having some computer problems which is frustrating. I think I may have fixed it though.

  47. Michele Soyer says:

    Looks like another rainy day…..no matter what I have to go down and see to the garden then figure out the rest of the day.. should bake but I might leave that for tomorrow…. happy weekend all…..

  48. Kate Sarsfield says:

    I decided to do the weekly shop today as I had some dry cleaning to collect anyway. Great to have the shopping done early but I forgot the damn dry cleaning AND it was written down … has anyone seen my brain …?

  49. Julie murphy says:

    I am at work. 12 hour day. I work weekends so boo.

  50. My Day is going great! Excited for this giveaway!

  51. Stephanie Phelps says:

    My day is okay. I have not been feeling well and I think I am dealing with a 2 year old that is not feeling so well either. So whiny is not even close to describing her right now!

  52. Very stormy day. Couldn’t do what I wanted to outside so I ran in and did inside stuff instead.

  53. Quiet day at home. Still achy from my fall on Thursday.

  54. shelly peterson says:

    Today was a relaxing day. I went to my grandsons soccer games and did nothing for the rest of the day.

  55. Kate Sarsfield says:

    Sunday, sweet Sunday, a day of rest for all but the wicked so I must be really bad!

  56. ellen beck says:

    Today so far so so, it is raining we have a roof leak. Dumped water, fed cats it is still quite early.

  57. Tamra Phelps says:

    Woke up with a swelled and aching left hand. Just the latest bit of weirdness, lol. Tomorrow I have an appt. with the tummy dr. It’s to discuss the results from the last test (I already know it didn’t show them anything.) and schedule the test they really wanted to do to begin with, but insurance said the other had to be done first. Think of how much money could be saved if they let doctors decide what needs to be done instead of insurance idiots.

  58. Kelly Kimmell says:

    So far our day is going well. Went to church & have spent the afternoon relaxing.

  59. I just ran a marathon today so I am very happy! I am not ready to go back to work tomorrow but I will tough it through.

  60. Weather was terrible today. We lost power all day. So I spent my day on my tablet watching movies… lol. So it wasn’t very productive, but it’s Sunday.. so I don’t feel too bad. 😉

  61. The airport reported a half inch of SNOW yesterday. Today just cold and gray.

  62. ellen beck says:

    Arg raining again… and still leaking. We need one day just to patch this and it isgoing to rain for 3 more days. So… not so good.

  63. shelly peterson says:

    I went to the movies today and did some cleaning.

  64. Kate Sarsfield says:

    There I was with my day’s list when my sister rang to ask me to drive to Dublin to collect my niece from College. That’s 5 hours driving but at least the weather wasn’t too bad and the trees were pretty.

  65. Michele Soyer says:

    No power yesterday so I was forced to read and bake… today is different just came back in from working outside in the garden.. started late because my dear niece called at 8 am and we chatted and chatted….love that girl!

  66. Tamra Phelps says:

    Went to the doctor today. Scheduled the EGD scope thing for Oct. 30. He says he’s using anesthesia because he anticipates taking biopsies. Fine by me. Whatever is needed to figure this gut thing out.

  67. Spent day in bed. Have a tooth/gum ache and I just can’t concentrate with those. Hopefully tomorrow will be better and pain free! 🙂

  68. Good swim class. Then went to visit a friend who is in rehab since she got her hip replaced last week.

  69. Lissa Crane says:

    My day is going well, I enjoyed my day off for the holiday and had a fun day shopping with my daughters!

  70. ellen beck says:

    It is going better than yesterday. Hubby patched par of the roof, no more leaks in the living room which is nice.

  71. shelly peterson says:

    A day of dialysis and I am tired today.

  72. Kate Sarsfield says:

    Catching up on the things I should have done yesterday then I’m going for a nap (the wind was howling all night). Choir practice tonight and we’ve got quite a few new members so that means more work to get the dynamics right. Good craic though!

  73. Today was a good day! Pain subsided, thank goodness for antibiotics and rest! Chatted with a friend and got to work on the study. It’s spotless now! 🙂

  74. Slept in. The volunteered at my local Dems office.

  75. Susan Smith says:

    My day is going well, I wish the rain would stop. I spend the day running errands and doing laundry.

  76. ellen beck says:

    Todaywas alright. Still raining. We had a record rainfall in September and now October is being just as naughty. We still have a roof leak it cant be gotten to in the rain.

  77. shelly peterson says:

    I ran a few errands today and spent time on the computer.

  78. Michele Soyer says:

    Sitting here knowing that I should get up.. make breakfast and get moving but on these rainy days all I want to do is sit, read and online shop!!!

  79. Kate Sarsfield says:

    At last! I got a phone call first thing to say that Mum’s blood test HAD been done first time round but that the results weren’t forwarded to the Dr. and the results are perfect. I don’t care whose fault it was, human error happens, but at least we can stop worrying now.

    • Tamra Phelps says:

      Yes!!That’s great. (Fist punch high in the air!!🗽🗽🌈🌈–okay, that’s actually the Statue of Liberty but it’s as close as I could find to a fist punch, lol.)

  80. Cold and misty and a chance of snow. Don’t feel like doing anything.

  81. Bad headache today and a bit tired. Got a bit accomplished though, but I feel drained.

  82. shelly peterson says:

    My day was ok. Had my daughter and grandson over for dinner.

  83. Tamra Phelps says:

    So, I’ve been standing longer in what they call a standing frame. Basically, it has something up front in case you need to lean on it and a strap behind you in case you need to lean on that. You try to stand on your own as much as possible. Either way, your putting weight on your feet and legs and strengthening them. I did 13 minutes the first attempt today. New record for me, lol. What gets me is that it’s not my legs that give out, it’s queasiness from my gut issues. I feel like if I could get better nutrition my strength would be much better.

    • Kate Sarsfield says:

      Hopefully the scope will sort out your belly but hey!? Thirteen minutes? That’s really something to be proud of, you warrior woman!

  84. Kate Sarsfield says:

    The weather was glorious today but it’s the calm before Storm Callum hits our shores tonight – orange weather alert so everything outside is either moved inside or tied down safely.

  85. Another gray, cold day. I’m hibernating.

  86. Snake on the patio… oh goodness… not something you wanna see first thing in the morning… let me tell you. luckily I have kind neighbors who get my terror and kindly remove them for me. lol…

  87. ellen beck says:

    My day was going fairly decently. We worked outside all day although it was cold. Hubby and I came in and each took a nap on th couch and loveseat. I was on the loveseat. We have had a roof leak and he had patched it. While we were asleep a HUGE chunk of plaster fell from the ceiling above and I got hit on the head. Luckily it was one of the smaller pieces.

  88. shelly peterson says:

    I had a nice relaxing day!

  89. Michele Soyer says:

    Well what a day yesterday..Snake downstairs on the patio…great neighbors I can truly say….so I spent the morning spraying with malathion.. I had sprayed around the aviary, pond and cistern just the other week but not the downstairs patio….so scrubbed with disinfectant then removed all my plant stuff from the shelves got out my trusty sprayer and went to work….there is no real deterrent for snakes other than no clutter blah blah blah but malathion and black tar detergent drives them away….let us see what today brings! LOL

  90. Kate Sarsfield says:

    Storm Callum hit last night and amazingly we didn’t lose power. Just a bit of tidying up to do outside but no damage, thank goodness. Heading into town now for groceries & meds, then back to DIY.

  91. Good swim class, then stop at Wendy’s for chili and frosty. Tonight is concert with Holly Near.

  92. Today was a nice drama free day! No snakes or bugs…. lol. Beautiful sunny weather and I listened to the Now That’s What I Call Halloween album. 🙂

  93. Tamra Phelps says:

    So, today I stood 20 minutes in the standing frame (you’re surrounded on every side in case you fall.) New record for me. My physical therapist says next week I can start using the ‘supine lift’ to get from bed to wheelchair. (Right now they use a sling underneath me, which they attach to a big lift. It lifts me in the air and they maneuver me into the chair.) The supine lift has a strap they put under your arms to be sure you don’t fall, then you stand, they turn it and you sit in the chair.

  94. shelly peterson says:

    It was a very beautiful sunny Fall day. But I am very tired today.

  95. Michele Soyer says:

    No rain.. lovely sunny day.. going to bathe our Phoebe then bake some batter rolls and putter around until lunch.. have a wonderful weekend everyone!

  96. Kate Sarsfield says:

    Storm Callum put paid to the internet last night & it’s only just come back. The winds are finally dying down so I’m popping out for the weekend papers (have to get 2 of the same so we don’t fight over the crosswords!) then home for Strictly Come Dancing on the BBC & pizza! Love, love, love this time of year! Bad hair day? Bung on a woolly hat et voilá!

  97. Still too early to tell, but its nice to have the weekend.

  98. Today is a beautiful and sunny day! Spent most of the morning outside and bathed the dog (which she isn’t really a fan of!) Now I am going to have a drink of orange juice and relax for the rest of the weekend! 🙂

  99. Fun day at the Pumpkin Festival. Did cashier for 4 hours and then ate a funnel cake.

  100. ellen beck says:

    My day was very busy. We went to an auction and it lasted for way too long! It was cold and dark by the time we got home. We like auctions though so really not bad at all just long.

  101. ellen beck says:

    My day was fine (I dont know when comments rest I commented rather late last time)

    After we got home, I had tons to catch up on, but now I am inside, warm and full of dinner. I also petted everyone (we have 5 cats and a blind dog) they missed u as they always do, I always make sure we love on them all when we get home.

  102. shelly peterson says:

    Today was a quiet and relaxing day for the most part. I did go to my grandsons soccer game and out to lunch.

  103. It is Sunday… I am relaxing with coffee in bed with my laptop. This is how I do Sunday Morning! I hope everyone has a good one! <3 🙂

  104. Michele Soyer says:

    I do love Sunday! Off to make breakfast, check the garden quickly by the way then read, relax the usual Sunday fare.. put on the music.. opera today and make Chicken Parmesano…..

  105. Kate Sarsfield says:

    … and after 2 days of Storm Callum the sun is almost blinding so beds have been stripped & hopefully I’ll get the lot washed & dried. A bit of tidying up of small branches was all the damage done, thank heavens. I’m prepping roast pork with all the trimmings for later and that ends your daily news from this side of the Atlantic!

  106. Joined new SAGE chorus today. Fun group of people.

  107. ellen beck says:

    My day went pretty darned good. I found another vehicle. Its a 2002 Mountaineer. It has a few problems, bu is my FIRST car ever with power windows. Yeah, I am one of those folks ha! Oh and it snowed here today!

  108. shelly peterson says:

    I did some cleaning and then went to see Venom with my sons. It was a pretty good day but its cold.

  109. Kate Sarsfield says:

    I’ve made a new friend. He/she is a spider that lives in a little hole in the window frame & comes out to eat any houseflies that I manage to whack! He/she drags the remains into the hole and a couple of days later the corpse is dragged back outside. I could watch this little creature for hours!

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  111. Good swim class. Then a stop at Arby’s for the Bronco deal to take to my friend who is in rehab after her hip replacement.

  112. Tamra Phelps says:

    Today, I got to switch to the standing lift instead of the other lift, which literally picks you up in a ‘sling pad’ and plops you into a wheelchair. The standing lift lets you hold onto it, it helps you stand then they turn the lift and you sit down. Hey, that’s progress, lol.

  113. ellen beck says:

    he day was alright. Didn’t quite ge done all that we had hoped. The sun was out today though so that made things better. Chilly so was inside most of the day.

  114. shelly peterson says:

    It was an ok day. I am of course tired as usual.

  115. Michele Soyer says:

    Had a very pleasant day shopping yesterday.. Went to do all my holiday shopping except for small items…. all the baking needs….ready to make meringues.. fondant.. buche de noels.. pies and any other order I might get.. as for us it is pumpkin everything time….

  116. Kate Sarsfield says:

    What a difference a day makes! Yesterday was glorious sunshine, today dark & drizzly, so typical Irish weather, I suppose! Not much happening here but choir tonight so practising my harmonies along with YouTube.

  117. Tamra Phelps says:

    Today, my physical therapist decided I’ve progressed enough to start trying to push up out of the chair instead of grasping something and pulling up. Makes sense. I mean how often does a bar magically appear in front of you to help you pull up, lol. Of course, pushing up is harder, but I’ll get there. I always get there. Eventually. 😖

  118. Quiet day at home after a busy week. Sun is shining and temps are warming up to almost seasonal after Sunday’s snow and cold.

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