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It's Good To Be Home

Wednesday, May 22, 2024


Happy Wednesday, Friends!  It's good to be home.  We've been traveling and visiting quite a bit, but now it looks like we will be home in Alabama dividing our time between Lake Martin and Birmingham.  We will probably begin traveling again this winter, at least that's the plan.

Speaking of traveling, our next edition of the Tales of the Traveling Tote will be live on Saturday, June 1st.  Here is a brief preview of what I'll be sharing:

Ceiling fresco
Göttweig Abbey, Krems, Austria

Sweet Emily @ The French Hutch Blog will be hosting our June giveaway.  Check out the fun prize, below.

I've been fluffing the nest lately, and I've been doing a few little projects here and there.  Mostly I've been messing around with houseplants and flowers.  

I've traded out accessories with more summery colors and themes.  The roses are a Mother's Day gift.

My favorite lately are the peonies at our local market, and in our neighbor's garden.  She had a few bushes that bloomed, and then bloomed again a week later.  I'd never seen that before.  

Here are a few of my favorites:

Since I'm planning a few little projects (and maybe a big one or two), I've been perusing Pinterest.  I love using it as a search engine, and I actually share boards with friends and family.  Imagine my shock when I opened an email from Pinterest chastising me for breaking community standards by pinning a photo containing adult content.  Obviously I knew I hadn't done that, so when I read the report, I noticed that the photo had been flagged by someone three times.  The first two times the image was removed from the site, but on the third time it was reinstated.  

This is the disputed image.  I promise you won't go blind looking at it!

I have no idea if someone was trying to pin it and kept flagging it accidentally, or if AI is glitching.  Who knows?  But it is truly a lovely kitchen, isn't it!

Another reason we'll be staying close to home the next ten weeks is because we've subscribed to a local CSA from Stone Hollow Farm.  What is a CSA, you ask?  CSA stands for "community-supported agriculture."  CSA is a way for consumers to purchase local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.  We received our first box yesterday, and I'm already planning how to prepare items included in it.  In a few days, I will share a recipe.  It has been a minute since I've shared one!

Everything looks so good!  I can't wait to start cooking.
This isn't the entire box, I just took a quick photo while unloading.
(I wish you could smell the basil!)

I also subscribe to The Literary Book Club Box, and it was absolutely delightful this quarter.  It featured Agatha Christie's The Mysterious Affair at Styles, and it is the first book featuring the quirky Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot.  I was very happy with the presents and treats included, too.  This book will be featured in an upcoming Literary Friday post.

I'm also still working on a post featuring artwork from the Albertina Museum in Vienna.  Stay tuned!

Claude Monet 
View of Vétheuil

What have you been up to, Lovelies?  Do you have any summertime trips planned?

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Looking forward to hearing about your travels!

  2. What lovely peonies! Hmm, the hiccup with Pinterest is curious. Like you said, probably someone flagging it accidently. I love that edition of The Mysterious Affair at Styles. I recently ordered a copy of Northanger Abbey from the same publisher. Also, what pretty veggies. Looking forward to your recipe!

  3. Glad you are back home and are ready for all the summer has to bring. Wow about Pinterest and that picture of someone's kitchen lol! How Crazy technology can be!!!! Have a great new week. Hugs. Kris

  4. What gorgeous peonies! I can't wait to hear about all your trips RJ, you have been to so many wonderful places! Your CSA box looks great, I know you will enjoy that. The Literary Book Club box sounds so fun, I used to belong to Sketch Box, where you would get a box of art supplies. I loved it! I had to stop though, I simply have too much stuff 😂

  5. Aren’t peonies spectacular! Looking forward to reading about your travels on June 1.

  6. If my comment shows as anonymous, it’s Deb C. 😊

  7. What a great post, Ricki Jill. Your life is full and fully blessed! Love the idea of a CSA. We do have a permanent farmer's market of local growers that is open 7 days a week, so it's very nice. Love your book club contents, and can't wait to see the post on the museum.

  8. Hello, It was fun to catch up with you.
    Looking forward to more. :-)

  9. Loved this post, Ricki Jill. You have been a busy girl! We have a blossoming book club that I helped start here in our community. We started with about 5 or 6 people and I think we had 14 at our last monthly get together.
    I have my tote now so I am thrilled. I am going to try to be part of the June 'gathering'...but waiting to see if John is admitted to hope everyone can bear with me. xo xo xo Diana

  10. Homecoming is always nice and I'm looking forward to hearing more about your trip. Those peonies rock. I think you'll like "Styles." It's fun reading that (her first Poirot) and then a later one to see how he and Hastings evolve!


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