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Mid-March Update

Monday, March 18, 2019

Finlay is sharing his St. Patrick's Day spirit!

Happy Monday, My Lovelies!

I hope y'all had a very Happy St. Patrick's Day!  We had a nice, restful day, and we ate some wonderful, authentic Irish food.

I barely got the house decorated for St. Patrick's Day on Friday, so we won't get to enjoy it for long, but that's okay!

I went with vintage MacKenzie-Childs in pinks and green for our St. Patrick's Day table.  I cooked traditional Irish soda bread and corned beef stew.

I'm sorry I've been MIA the past couple of weeks.  I had to help Shanley Belle in Baton Rouge because she had a scheduled minor surgery that led to an ER visit for sepsis.  A few days later, I contracted a nasty upper respiratory illness I more than likely caught in the ER.  I'm just now getting over it,  but I'm not 100% yet.

There are several things I want to share with y'all as we finish out March.  Here are a few posts to expect in the near future:

I took a field trip to America's Hometown, Laurel Mississippi

Because I've been sick, I haven't read much, but I did read The City Baker's Guide to Country Living in February.  I'll be sharing it with you this Friday.

I just received The Library of Lost and Found in the mail, and I will share this on Thursday, March 28th.  I love Phaedra Patrick.  She's one of my favorite writers!

I planted these pansies in October.  Our pansies have never wintered as well!  It's a shame that it's almost time to pull them all up!  I'm planning our spring container gardens this week.  I have a fun Pinterest board for container gardens!

I'm also considering a few spring home decor projects.  I love how Rachel Ashwell has wallpaper on her cabinet.  The colors are so pretty!  If you don't follow Rachel on Pinterest, you should  Click on THIS LINK to follow her inspiring pins and boards!

Last but not least, I have been savoring my library's annotated Anne of Green Gables.  I'm also immersing myself in all things Anne with an "e."  I will put together a post or two about the above books before our Book Club Discussion on Anne of Green Gables Friday, March 29th.

Today is my grandmother's 99th birthday.  Because I've been sick I'm not going to visit her today because I do have a bit of a cough (still).  I definitely do not want her to catch what I have!  Hopefully I can visit her in April when the weather is warmer and I'm hopefully better!  

That's about all for now!  What have you been up to lately?  Tell me in comments!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Hi Ricki Jill,
    The country roads book looks great. Love your green decor for St. Patrick's day this past weekend.
    Finlay looks pretty adorable. Have a wonderful week ahead.

  2. Hello Friend,
    I am happy my card cheered you up. Goodness.. what a winter we all have had.
    Sending hugs your way.
    Love, Carla

  3. I don't celebrate St Patrick's Day never have doubt I ever will

  4. Ricki Jill, I love catching up with you. So glad Shanley Belle is doing better, but sorry you caught a dreadful bug while with her.

    Such a pretty St. Patrick's Day table! And my mother celebrated her 99th (in heaven) this year. You're lucky to still have your grandmother!

  5. 99? My goodness! I'm sure she'll love a visit from you whenever you are feeling well. I'm sorry you have all been in such a state for the past few weeks and hope all is well with Shanley Belle now and that you are pretty close to recovered.

    Our Number Two kid lived in Laurel for awhile and we visited in early December a few years ago. They had a fun parade. I felt bad for the downtown which looked like it had once been adorable and now was mostly closed except for a really great home dec and more store. Wiped out by strip malls. I hope you found some cute stuff! Love your pansies and the thought you can have them outdoors all winter!

    We've been traveling with posts on that and Rick's mishap to come on the blog soon. Lately, I've been playing nurse/cook/gopher! And longing for spring!

  6. Such a cute St. Patrick's Day table, and I am green with envy for your MKC fish planter! Oh those pansies, I never have luck with those, the squirrels or something always eats mine! Glad you're getting better and back to normal, you have had a rough spring!

  7. I have been busy decorating the house for St. Patrick's day. Now It is on to the Easter decorations. I just finished reading St. Katharine Drexel. I am in the midst of reading "The Hedge School" and "Killing The SS by Bill O'Reilly. I also finished "Ireland": "A Terrible Beauty" by Leon Uris.

  8. Sorry I'm late visiting, so behind after being away just for a little while. Glad Shanley Belle is doing well and so sorry you picked up a bug, not surprising after having to be in the ER. Sure hope you are on the mend. Love all your pretty green and white placemats, perfect for your collection of gorgeous pieces of MC. I'm so happy spring is here, so much. I want to do inside and outside! Take care........


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