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Sunday, August 29, 2021


Sunday Blessings, My Lovelies!  

It's been a week, hasn't it!  I've had to take a break from reading the news for my mental health.  I've decided to focus instead on a few small little victories and blessings in my life currently in this post.

For the first time in 26 years we do not have a student in our household returning to classes this fall.  

We are seeing a little progress in the tornado clean-up around the neighborhood: Stump grinders have been on the job this past week, a sound my ears welcome!

The gentleman who will rebuild and replant our property is hoping to get to our project by the end of September.  We've had an incredibly wet summer, hence the delay.  

I haven't really been doing anything that would interest y'all, but I have been enjoying fluffing around the house a little.

I've been drawn to yellow flowers lately.

I set our dining room table for ice cream yesterday.  We ate out for dinner, but we decided to have our favorite Tillamook ice cream for dessert (strawberry) at home.  We love that brand!  It's worthy of a fancy setting.

I chose sunflowers with light centers.  

I've been collecting MacKenzie-Childs so long, all my fluted bowls are Wallcourt.

My library shared a fun craft earlier in the summer: seeds for growing your own herbs.

I decided to give it a try.  This is the first time as an adult I've tried growing plants from seeds.  

I am so proud of myself, LOL!

I have them placed on our kitchen windowsill, from left to right: basil, cilantro, and parsley.

We had a little big issue with our AC, so I lost a couple of houseplants.  I replaced one last week, and I love the color of the leaves.

Now it's time for a crass commercial announcement:  My favorite harbinger of autumn is back!

I do love Starbucks, especially everything pumpkin spice.
The cold brew with the pumpkin spice foam is most excellent for hot afternoons.

I've also bought a few books lately.  I've been BAD!  Very bad.
Bad RJ!

I would like for you to pray for our Gold Star Families, our military, and those in harm's way due to Hurricane Ida.  My sister-in-law and her family have evacuated from New Orleans to Mobile.  Please pray for their safety as well.

It's been a devastating week for our country, but please try to find some joy, Lovelies.

Sunday Scripture

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. I think its very challenging to grow herbs from seed - good for you!! I grew lettuce from seed this summer and I think i got enough for salad for one - lol - but it's still growing! Ice cream in an M-C bowl - 2 of my favorite things!! Hope the storm is not a bad one and that everyone stays safe!

  2. Hi RJ,
    I love you set the table for desert and had your favorite ice cream. I have not watched the news in a whole week for my mental health too. Been with my little grand girls this weekend and loving every minute. Even though I am worn out lol! Have a great start to the new week. xoxo Kris

  3. Praying!!
    I enjoyed your post.. I needed it.
    Love, Carla

  4. I have nothing, my mind is blank, oh well I came and read and now I leave

  5. Hamnet is on my fall or winter reading list. I really want to dig into that one. The house looks beautiful with the sunflowers. Ice cream inside is a good idea! I hope you don't get too much water/flooding from the hurricane "leftovrs" as the rain moves northeast. You've been through enough. I think we all have.

  6. Your sunflowers are lovely Ricki Jill, they bring such happiness to any space! I don't know if I've ever had Tillamook ice cream, I must try that brand if it's worthy of a pretty MKC table setting! Fluffing around the house is good therapy for these stressful times, and nothing is better medicine than curling up with a good book...prayers for all,

  7. Your sunflower tablescape for your strawberry ice cream is such a happy one, Ricki Jill. You did great with your herbs, too, and I like your new plant. I hope you have a happy week. Prayers continue......

  8. Your post is full of sunshine. A very good antidote to this past week, and will hopefully sustain me going into this one coming! I have and will continue to pray for your sil and niece, our military and our nation. Your flowers and ice cream social at home make me happy to look at!


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