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Things Are Beginning to Slow Down! {Yay!}

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I am so happy that a very busy October and November are behind us (well….almost….)
We have had a very busy horse show season, and Shelley has been working hard in school, at the barn, and attending confirmation classes.  She was confirmed yesterday at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, and we are so proud of her.

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Finlay the Dirty Dog is enjoying another horse show.

I thought I'd write a complete the sentence post to update you on my life.  ;P

I have been painting:

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"Chippy Blue"
8" X 16"
Oil on canvas

I have been planning:

Thanksgiving dinner (I'm hosting).

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Breakfast room table in the process of being set for a pre-Thanksgiving (Wednesday evening) dinner

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Dining room table in process

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I have been reading:

First in the series

Fourth in the series

I have been watching:

No TV….But I did see:

It.  Was.  *excellent*

I have been listening to:

NPR.  Not much music lately….

I have been teaching:

Mostly geometry and Français lately.

Where we went for Fall Break:

Seaside, Florida.  Here are some highlights:

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We stayed in a wonderful townhouse in the Ruskin Place Artist Colony.

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The kids eating lunch

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It was monarch butterfly migration time!

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Lovely rustic centerpiece from a party

What I'll be doing on Black Friday:

Taking down the Thanksgiving decor and decorating for Christmas!

My latest passion:

Art journaling!  More on this later….

I'd better get back to my cooking.  I hope y'all have a Happy Thanksgiving!  

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. So glad when you pop in! Your painting is beautiful and that vacation looks pretty wonderful. :) Hope you have a great Thanksgiving at your lovely table.

  2. So nice to check in on your blog and find you have a new post. I love the photo of Shelley on the horse and the dirty (pretty) puppy at a horse show. Nothing better than a busy, fulfilling life and that looks like what you have. Sending warm hugs and kind thoughts your way as you celebrate Thanksgiving.

  3. You are keeping busy with good things like family and painting. Have a great Thanksgiving, looks like you will host two times.

  4. So nice to see you pop up on the side of my blog with a new blog post. I hope you enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving. You always set a beautiful table with all your gorgeous dishes!!

  5. Wonderful to see a post from you, RJ. Fun to catch up with what you've been up to. Yes, you are busy, busy!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your sweet family. I'd love to be a guest at either of those delightful tables!

  6. Hi Ricki, your life is rich and full of interesting things. Thanks for sharing and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  7. Sounds like a good, fun, busy time so far. Have a lovely Thanksgiving- your table looks gorgeous, as always. :)

  8. Wonderful to see you again! I was thinking of you this very morning because I just put a chocolate pecan pie in the oven. Your recipe was very similar to my mother's regular pecan pie, so I made a combination of the two. It is in the oven right now, so I am keeping my fingers crossed! You are busy woman, and I love your painting.

  9. Looks lovely Rikki Jill.
    Happy Thanksgiving!


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