Hello October! $50 Your WAY Giveaway

Well, September sure left like a LION! Snow! High winds. What kind of high winds? The kind of wind that tore the door off the BRAND NEW John Deere Tractor!!!!!! BLEW the door RIGHT OFF!!

Other than that September was a pretty calm month. Made a new friend at the Goodwill store of all places. We are like two peas in a pod. Similar life paths including a move to Sandpoint!

The house is still a work in progress. Deck… still not done. Now that we have snow I’m doubtful that my front porch or deck will be done before spring. Staying hopeful. pfffffttttttt who are we kidding? I’m not hopeful at all. Ohhh can you see the devil on one shoulder and the angel on my other?! They are havin’ a heck of an argument.

With all the rain we were having in the middle of September we decided to tackle the kitchen and add the barn wood back splash. OHMMMMMMMGGEEEEEEE!! It warmed up the kitchen like crazy!! It’s beautiful!!!! It took a lot of work. The ceiling is 12 foot so there was a lot of ladder work. (Me…. not a fan!) It’s really hard to get a good picture because everything is so tall!! But, this will give you an idea. BTW, remember that rusted wire I found on my hike? Check out the heart that I made for above the window. I’m pretty pleased with myself.

Even found a spray paint for the face plates that tied in with my rustic theme. And yes, the BBQ is still in the kitchen! Ohhhhh how I miss my deck!

Next, I want to do the same barn wood on the beam that goes across the ceiling. I think it will warm up and tie the room together. What do you think??

While I’m in such a little Suzy Homemaker mode, I finally decided that rather than get a real head board for the bed I want a personalized canvas to frame one of the pictures that I took up here in Sandpoint.  The canvas is 48″ by 32″ it arrives unframed. Bet you can’t guess what type of frame I’m having The Husband make?  Yup, barn wood! This canvas is stunning! It’s extremely well made. The colors are exactly like the picture. This ships from China so it took about a month to arrive. Not a big deal for me because the price for this HUGE canvas $25.88!! HELLO!??! I can wait a month! How about you??  You can even see the mist over the water! I am soooooo pleased that it’s taking everything I have not to nag The Husband to build the frame like YESTERDAY!!!sandpoint idaho

Isn’t that just a peaceful scene??

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

October 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. Been up for a couple hours hope my back is better today

  2. It is rather hot and humid out for this time of the year and as a result the fibromyalgia is kicking into high gear. I hope to get exercising and that should calm it down some.

  3. shelly peterson says

    Its so cold! I am heading out early to get new tires on my car.

  4. Hello October! Hurricane Lorenzo is on it’s way towards us so I’m stocking up on things we’ll need if the power goes (e.g. water to flush the loo!).

  5. Today’s home page comment: Can’t believe the difference the wood makes to your kitchen. So cosy BUT, and it’s only a personal but, perhaps doing the ceiling as well would make it a bit dark? Love it as it is, Connie!

  6. I’m glad October is finally here. My kids have been sick but they seem a little better today.

  7. Debbie Yoder says

    My day is going great!

  8. Jennifer Rote says

    I had coffee last night. Which meant I didn’t fall asleep till 3AM. Woke up around 11AM today. My whole day is off now. lol

  9. We are having a great day so far. We just finished an art project with our two year old grand child. It was so much fun!

  10. I had a really good day at work today but now that I am done, I am super tired!

  11. Kim Pincombe-Cole says

    I’m still in recovery mode from my high school reunion over the past weekend! But I’m loving the 90 degree weather we’re having in Indy right now – it was terribly cold and rainy in Michigan for the reunion!

  12. The day was cold and grey but had a good time with the SPARK group. We went into the pumpkin field, picked small pumpkins and then painted them.

  13. shelly peterson says

    I spent 3 and half hours at the tire shop today and found out what I need done is 2,500. yikes!

  14. My day is …OK. Better today than yesterday. I was diagnosed with breast cancer last week, so things are crazy. But my prognosis is really good because it was caught super early (state 1a), so I am going to be just fine.

  15. I’m just back from collecting my niece in Dublin and am really tired. Keeping a close eye on Hurricane Lorenzo.

  16. I’m not really having a great day. It’s just one of those days where I’m stressed out over things I don’t need to be stressed out about. But thank you for asking and for the giveaway 🙂

  17. Wow, I love the barn board! I didn’t even think about how much of a project it must be! That is crazy wind! Only you could think of something totally adorable with a piece of old rusty wire! Luv!! I still think you and your home projects should be in a “before” and “after” magazine spread!

  18. Good swimming. Got blood drawn and a flu shot. Was just wondering right now why my arm hurt….

  19. Tamra Phelps says

    You’ll kick cancer’s butt! You caught it early, you are on top of this!

  20. Tamra Phelps says

    Well, today has been hard. It’s just one of those days when everything is just too much. Well, it’ll be better tomorrow.

  21. shelly peterson says

    Just another day of dialysis. I am tired.

  22. It’s getting a bit windy & wet out there so I’ve checked everything outside is secure. I’m supposed to sing at a book launch tonight but a little part of me is hoping it’ll be called off if Lorenzo starts getting serious!

  23. It’s a cold , damp & rainy day here in New York. Going to be starting a batch of chili soon!

  24. Tamra Phelps says

    I just talked to a lady who worked in housekeeping here for twenty years. She was one day late coming back to work after her son had a wreck and broke his neck. They fired her. That’s just wrong. Especially when you consider the aides here often don’t show up, don’t even call, but they aren’t fired, because there’s a shortage of them.

  25. Did Steve sitting this morning. I love hearing his stories of what he’s seen in 100 years.

  26. shelly peterson says

    Today was good. I was able to sleep in.

  27. Good day – I took my first shot at making jelly and it tastes pretty good!

  28. Last night was a great success: a book launch by one of our members who advocates for refugees. Some of the people she works with spoke of their hazardous journeys from places like Syria & Sudan to reach somewhere safe to live. Heartbreaking stuff. We really have nothing to complain about.

  29. Dana Rodriguez says

    Another scorcher here… was 99 again today. Plus my Shark vacuum quit working halfway through my vacuuming chores..and my ice maker in my 2 yo fridge isn’t working either. On a bright note it is supposed to drop 20 degrees outside by tomorrow and stay that way at least the next 10 days.

  30. Good swim today. Then a couple of errands.

  31. Great rehearsal last night for tonight’s concert of hits from the musicals in aid of next year’s show Hairspray. I’m still not word perfect – eek!

  32. We dont have to work this weekend, so my day was pretty good 🙂

  33. shelly peterson says

    I went to dialysis and then cane home and rested. Happy Friday.

  34. Laurie Nykaza says

    We painted our garage door this afternoon glad its done.

  35. The electricity went last night so there was a little bit of freaking out how I was going to have a shower etc. for tonight’s big concert. Anyway, long story short, this morning I drove to the nearest petrol station to get Mum a coffee and a big thermos of water to wash in. Just as I got back to the house the power came back. Bloody typical!

  36. I’ve had a sore throat and cough for the past few days. I couldn’t stop coughing this morning. I want it so badly to go away already.

  37. A wee bit under the weather.. feels like a virus so I was told to lie down.. take my meds…and behave.. lets see how long I listen!

    • Hmmm … listen to your body … we’re of an age when we really should know all this but, heck, you know, sometimes we think oh, what the flippin’ hell, why not! Then we spend the next two weeks recovering …

  38. Semi-quiet day at home. Had to have the furnace guy come and get my furnace working.

  39. Tamra Phelps says

    The new roommate…who likes to stroll around butt nakes…is a little too much. I know she can’t help it, but it’s kind of embarrassing sometimes. Oh, well.

    • Heck, nothing wrong with being naked, but as we grow up we realise there’s a time and a place …. then again, this family can vividly remember and rejoice in R. (the niece) taking all her clothes off every time she visited because she remembered my Mum & Dad in their altogether! “Nudie, nudie … now you Kate and Momma … this happened every time … Now that she’s in her early 20s, well, she’s more like: “Please don’t do that” …

  40. Wow! That was a night to remember …. if only you guys were there … medleys from Les Mis, Grease, and so many more … phew …

  41. shelly peterson says

    I got up early to get more work done on my car and then went to watch my grandsons soccer game.

  42. Believe it or not just resting yesterday has made me feel better today…. still on meds and taking it easy …. we have put off another small plumber issue because we thought we might be able to fix it ourselves.. well no.. so he is coming today bless his heart he always gives me ” a widows discount”…LOL

  43. I’ve had a cold for a few days and sleeping has been miserable. I can’t wait to be rid of it.

  44. Tamra Phelps says

    My nephew had told me about a girl in his grade who played on the ‘boys’ football team (it’s called boys football because 99% of the players are male, but if a girl tries out and makes the cut, obviously she can play because there are no ‘girls’ football teams) Today, I met her. Her name is Faith, she’s cute as a button, long blond hair, and clearly taking no nonsense from the guys, lol. Her Grandpa is my roommate’s twin brother.

  45. Good rehearsal for Sage Singers ahead of our concert this coming Friday. Broncos finally won a game this season.

  46. shelly peterson says

    I slept in today. I went to get an oil change, the wait was too long. I got groceries and went home.

  47. Laurie Nykaza says

    Watched tv and cleaned the house today nothing special but it was a great day

  48. It’s a nasty rainy day today. I’m debating on staying inside or going to get groceries.

  49. Today is a catching-up on all the housework I didn’t do last week ‘cos of rehearsals 🙁 Back to reality with a bump!

  50. Needed to get out for a bit.. went to the village and did a bit of shopping….back home and still resting….

  51. Tamra Phelps says

    Finally, going to get back to physical therapy! I need that feeling that I am moving forward. I get depressed if I don’t have that feeling.

  52. Had a Watsu session at the pool this afternoon. That’s kind of massage while floating in the warm water. Then went to Red Lobster for their endless shrimp. I’m very full…..

  53. shelly peterson says

    Just another day of dialysis.

  54. Well had enough of my internet carrier and switched… new one coming today to do the installation….enough is enough.. now lets see if the old one adjusts the final bill!! LOL

  55. Today my 16 year old son goes to his orientation for his new job at Kohl’s. It’s his first job and he’s a little nervous.

  56. Took Mum into town for our flu jabs. Having an MRI on my hip tomorrow so early start in the morning (:

  57. Fun Sensory Garden tour this morning. Everyone is getting ready for the snow and hard freeze coming on Thursday.

  58. shelly peterson says

    I spent all day on line and here I am again.

  59. Rainy day.. did some transplants and now just relaxing and planning for tomorrow…reaped basil and eggplants and bok choy….

  60. Tomorrow I’m heading back up to Dublin with the results of the MRI. I’ll be glad when this week is over!

  61. Mendy Dinsmore says

    I’m having a good day. Loving all the pretty fall pictures on the web. Listening to music and later going to stay with my brother.

  62. Today’s high was 83 degrees. Tomorrow’s high 23 degrees with snow.
    Connie, I think you sent this to Colorado….

  63. Tamra Phelps says

    Good for him! I like to hear about teenagers who are doing good things. I think from my experience most teens are really good kids.

  64. Tamra Phelps says

    I had to go to the Infusion Clinic today for a blood transfusion. I clearly have a small bleed, probably in my colon, but it’s not high on the list of issues, lol. They want me back on my feet before they do another colonoscopy because of the…well, what happens before. You really need to be able to go to the potty on your own, lol. (By the way, the comment above was meant as a reply to mami2jcn but the reply button doesn’t always work for me.)

  65. shelly peterson says

    I went to dialysis and took a nap. Nothing exciting.

  66. Getting a late start due to rain but have my wellies on and out into the garden…..

  67. I’m going to my gastroenterologist today and I’m hoping to get answers. I’ve been sick for 10 months now and all he’s suggested are dietary changes. They haven’t worked, other than to cause me to lose 70 lbs.

  68. Tamra Phelps says

    After a MRSA saga that lasted months, I’m finally back in physical therapy. We need to put this on the express lane, because I want to get out of here and get home!

  69. Well, that was a loooong day but at least I have a diagnosis. I have torn a big tendon in my butt/hip and, no, I have no idea how it happened.

  70. Cold and snow today. Tonight tech rehearsal for Sage Singers for our concert tomorrow.

  71. shelly peterson says

    I didnt do too much today. It was a relaxing day.

  72. On our way home to Florida took a road trip to Wisconsin

  73. October is a hard month for me.. lost my mum, my son and my aunt….some memory time today….

  74. I’m feeling hopeful because my doctor prescribed a new medicine for my digestive issues. I’m crossing my fingers it works!

  75. I’m feeling the effects of the flu jab. Other than that just tired after all the travelling & sitting in hospitals.

  76. Good swim today. Now to get ready for the Sage Singers concert tonight.

  77. Quiet day – baked cookies, played board games, did some cleaning.

  78. Laurie Nykaza says

    It was hot outside so we hung out watching tv lots of info on the weather fires in Ca.

  79. shelly peterson says

    I am super tired today. I am glad its Friday.

  80. Beautiful Autumnal day today so I got lots of washing done & pottered about in the garden.

  81. Had my landscaper man come yesterday 2 days before the full moon to cut and trim a good many of our trees….they will grow wider and now we can actually see more….. as usual he did a great job….coming back in November to weed wack the barn area and trim some of those trees….

  82. Great concert last night with big audience. Had fun. Quiet day at home today.

  83. Tamra Phelps says

    It’s been a long day. I’m just feeling tired. I think it’s because I started back in physical therapy this week, so it’s a happy tired, lol.

  84. shelly peterson says

    I just got done watching my 3 grandkids for over 7 hours. That is too long for this old lady since one of them is a baby.

  85. Going ok! Have to take my dog to the vet for shots and then do laundry!

  86. I’ve just watched a terrific morning of World Cup rugby from Japan (and done very little else if truth be told 😉 ).

  87. Today is my birthday. I still have to cook, clean, and do everything I usually do.

  88. Glorious Sunday.. with the new channels from DigiPlay I can watch Sunday mass from the comfort of my drawing room.. granted no communion but hey saves me from leaving the house….did 3 loads of laundry and baked 4 loaves of bread.. time to take the clothes off the line fold put away then relax for the remainder of the day….Sunday lunch in the oven….

  89. Tamra Phelps says

    Sunday. My roommate walked over to the garbage can and threw every bit of her lunch tray in it, lol. Not sure if it was a comment on the lunch itself or if she was just confused.

  90. At Sage Singers rehearsal today we got to watch ourselves at the Friday night concert. We looked and sounded very good.

  91. You have so many good ideas! I think the barn board would look good on the beam. The orangey-colored wood now looks incongruous with everything else. We had a home with hand-hewn chestnut beams and wide plank flooring.

    • Rosie, ohhhh hand hewn chestnut beams would be beautiful. I can not wait for snow……. then THE Husband and I can cover the beam. It really sticks out now.
      MAN I love my kitchen with the barn wood!!!!!

  92. Great day! I spent most of it at a coffee house, catching up on some prep for my classes.

  93. shelly peterson says

    I went to a birthday party today and then took a nap.

  94. Went to the village this morning to the hardware…back in an hour ready to do some paint work then the sky opened and the rain poured so I have to sit read and relax….

  95. It is a really gorgeous day out today, one of the best so far all year. So spent some time outdoors, now trying to get a few things done.

  96. I went into the doc’s to collect Mum’s latest blood results only for the receptionist to take one look at me and say “You’re not well!”. She got me into a GP & I have a temp, throat/sinus infection … back to bed!

  97. Good swim class. I won a costume from a blog and got April O’ Neil Yellow Ladies Costume Jumpsuit https://www.tvstoreonline.com/april-o-neil-yellow-ladies-costume-jumpsuit/. Today I stopped at ARC to see if I could find a TMNT turtle to go with the costume. No luck but I’ll keep looking.

  98. terrible, just put my car in the shop. probably be over $400.

  99. Tamra Phelps says

    Well, I’ve been back in therapy nearly a week, and boy do I ache, lol. But it’s a good ache. The aches from not moving are disappearing, and I know the ones from moving only last a short while.

  100. shelly peterson says

    Today was a typical Monday with a day of dialysis.

  101. Hacked 16 inches off my hair today! Pretty exciting!

  102. Ugh! My head is full of guacamole … so tired … so cooking up something quick for Mum then back to bed.

  103. It’s a sunny day here with temperature of 55 degrees. Perfect fall day with our leaves at their peak – beautiful flaming reds, oranges and yellow. I love the cooler temperature- perfect for baking.

  104. Wonderful day out in the garden.. lots of eggplants and blue lake green beans coming in …. transplants done and flowers also.. tomorrow I will start some more seeds to keep things going steadily.. my goal is always to replace as I reap….

  105. I love the touches high up on top of the cabinets, etc. The barn board really makes the decor stand out. SOOOO nice! Beautiful day today, and did my grocery shopping a couple days ahead as a huge storm is coming in starting tomorrow afternoon, lasting through the next.

  106. Tamra Phelps says

    I am so looking forward to the day when I can just cook what I want to eat, lol. I’m tired of the ‘food’ here. It all starts as frozen, processed stuff. I know they have a budget and do their best, I’m sure, but it’s the same stuff over and over.

  107. Had my infusion today. Napped through it.

  108. shelly peterson says

    I didnt sleep very well last night at all. Today I did a whole lotta of nothin.

  109. Bomb cyclone / bombogenesis coming later. Glad I went out yesterday. Trying to get some chores done that I haven’t gotten to in years, I hope chipping away at them will be sufficient to make a difference!

  110. Laurie Nykaza says

    I’m just making dinner in the slow cooker for tonight then to watch a good movie.

  111. It’s been raining all day. Perfect day to be indoors cleaning out my closets. Only bad thing is when I came across a big box filled with handmade cards from my 2 now grown kids from when they were little, (yes, I saved every one), I took lots of time reading their sentiments and poetry. Will have to finish that closet tomorrow.

  112. Today’s post brought a home test kit for the (free) National Bowel Screening Programme. Well, that’s something to look forward to!

  113. Good swimming. Stopped and got a pizza from Black Jack since I didn’t get to do my after infusion dinner yesterday. Always have to reward myself for sitting thru it.

  114. shelly peterson says

    A day of dialysis. I am tired.

  115. Working up here today…need to polish furniture… clean windows and wash floors….to tell you the truth I would rather be outside….also starting to get cake orders for the holidays so organizing that….I do love early birds.. makes things much easier for me….

  116. It’s a cold rainy day here in New York so I’m going to stay inside and maybe bake some peanut butter cookies 😊

  117. Still feeling sorry for myself and so tired but hey, what the hell?

  118. I just finished my grocery shopping list and now I’ll go to Shoprite Supermarket. I will definitely pick up bags of candies for trick or treaters. Halloween is almost here. 🎃

  119. Quiet day at home (the only one this week). Eating leftover pizza.

  120. Tamra Phelps says

    Well, more craziness, lol. They’ve been putting these compression things on my legs and feet. Last night, about two a.m., I woke up and thought I’d ask the aide to help me raise the right leg a little. She starts to raise it and says ‘it’s soaking wet.’ (the compression thing)–okay. Seems the foor compression was too tight. It had cut in to my ankle area. (My right leg is still somewhat numb since the sepsis, so I didn’t feel it.) There is a cut all the way across my lower leg, and the World’s biggest blister. It’s ginormous!!! When that thing pops…look out!

  121. The state had quite a bad bombogenesis last night, much of the state still out of power, many downed trees everywhere. I lucked out with power, still pinching myself. I’m watching a town council candidate debate right now.

  122. shelly peterson says

    I watched my baby granddaughter this morning and then went to lunch with my daughter.

  123. Busy day. High winds here so I had to kinda batten down the hatches and store some of our outside stuff.

  124. Cannot believe the speed that we are getting with our new internet provider… glad we switched.. now to make sure the old bill is correct and we don’t have to have an inquiry regarding the amount….

  125. I’m enjoying the cooler fall temperatures. This is my favorite time of year.

  126. At last I’m beginning to feel better. At least I can type a couple of words without having to delete & start again ‘cos I can’t see/think straight.

  127. I’m lucky to have power, many still don’t, and huge trees fell on homes, with the bomb cyclone. I just took out a butternut squash from the slow cooker, first time I ever tried cooking a whole one that way. It is a little hard to get out, but ooh, that is a fav. Should be good!

  128. This fall weather has brought cooler temperatures. Perfect weather for homemade chicken soup for dinner tonight. 🙂

  129. Busy day. First WinterGreen training at the botanic gardens. Then a quick dip in the pool. Then an hour massage. Then leftover pizza.

  130. shelly peterson says

    I went to dialysis and then to birthday dinner for my son.

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