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Monday, February 20, 2023


Happy Presidents' Day, My Lovelies!  What are your plans for the day?  I have a meeting this afternoon, so I probably won't be doing much this morning other than a few chores and reading this:

It's a very interesting read so far!  

I'm happy to announce that I had my follow-up mammogram, and I got a very good grade.  I won't need another one for a year, and I already have my appointment for Valentine's Day 2024.  I've also been released from physical therapy.  My health is a top priority these days: I walk the Westies daily unless it's pouring down rain.  We enjoy our little walkies, and if you follow me on Instagram, you can see videos of our walks sometimes.

I continue to slowly deep clean our home, but I'm also trying to find a little joy, too.  I found some pretty chamomile at Trader Joe's and placed it in the art studio.

I'm still not painting, but I am slowly working through a realism drawing book.  I love popcorn, and whenever I pick-up my drawing pad to work on the popcorn drawing, I start craving it.  Popcorn is my favorite snacky-snack.

I'm almost finished with this one.

I love maidenhair ferns.  Love them.  They're my favorite house plant.  I kill lots of them, and I don't like doing that.  I found a great video and article from The Spruce HERE that teaches how to grow and care for them.  An added benefit:  They are nontoxic to both children and pets.

I have them displayed on our dining room table.

I'm also planning our container gardens for spring.  I cant wait to start planting!

I haven't written a Literary Friday post in a while, but I will be posting one this Friday.  I read a book entitled The Book Haters' Book Club, and in it a bookseller recommends books in newsletters.  Being the nerd that I am, I read three of the recommended books (I sort of went down a little rabbit hole).  I will be reviewing all four books on Friday.

I have made it a goal to read five classics this year, four I've never read and one re-read.  Here's my current read:

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is long, so it will take me a minute to read it!

Also, I've started a rather large project.  Here's a hint:

Coming-up March 1st:

Thanks for reading my blog!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. The chamomile flowers are beautiful. I am deep cleaning my home too. So happy you found out that all is good with your follow up appointments last Monday. Yeah! Have a great week ahead. Hugs. Kris

  2. Looks like you are building a house or cottage. I admire the maidenhair ferns but haven’t had one. Might need to get one. Glad you received a good report! Deb C

  3. I'm so happy for you to receive great news at the doctor!!

  4. So happy for your good medical report. Prayers do help. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I read "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn" many years ago. I intend to read it again. I am hoping to read a few classics this year. I will start with "Lorna Doone". My twin sister read it long ago and has been urging me to read the book. Have a good week. I will be looking forward to your book reviews Friday. God Bless.

  5. Three cheers on the good health news. I'm so happy for you! And your new project sounds interesting!

  6. Best news ever! I'm so happy for you! It sounds like you have made lots of Spring plans, your maiden hair ferns look so pretty in the MKC pots! Your popcorn drawing is amazing, I love to draw and paint food~ I'm looking forward to your book review and hearing more about your new project!

  7. Congratulations on the clean health report. Prayers are answered there for sure. Love the Maidenhair fern. It is a gorgeous plant but I don't have one anymore. Can't wait to see that house project! OMGOSH--tell us more about that!
    I have read A Tree Grows In Brooklyn at least 4 or 5 times over the years. One of my all time favorites and my girls love it, too. Have a wonderful week! xo Diana

  8. Hi Rikki jill;
    Good news on your health. Happy for you. Enjoy your books. "A tree Grows In Brooklyn" is one of my favorite books. A Brooklyn girl this book has a special place in my heart
    Happy week

  9. Hello, I am so happy about your GOOD REPORT!!!
    I like the Maidenhair fern. It is so pretty, I want one.
    I am excited to hear about your new project.
    xx oo

  10. Love the plants in those lovely pots!! I am trying to finish a book I started a while ago - its a good one, just little time! Are you building a new home?

  11. Lots of fun things on the horizon for you and best of all, a good report!! Congratulations!! I love that plant, I'm not a great gardener, but it looks interesting and the non-toxic is a huge plus. I'm going to see if I can find them in my area. I'm intrigued by the pic of the building...and what other classics are on your list!! I'll be tuning in for sure!!


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