SSSSSSSSH – It’s a surprise!

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Good morning sunshine! yes the sun is out but its nippy up here on the mountain! Autumn forgot to tell us to get the sweaters out this past matter.....our kitchen is in full gear, I'm baking bread, there is a pot of Beef Stew on the stove and I'm knee deep in making chocolate heart-shaped pink lollipops! Ok...I'll tell you why but its a don't tell anyone..... Well...ok you can tell your sister and your neighbor......yes your first cousin on your mothers side and your niece in Altoona... oh Heck! its not that big of a secret! I decided that for my grandchildren's … [Read more...]


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Have you hugged a tree lately?.....No, really....... .........I love trees........ all trees........any shape, color, texture........Tall or Short.......does not matter........ Yes I am a tree hugger.........Why? well, things are so much nicer when a tree is involved! Picnics, playing hide and seek with the grandkids, a refuge from the sun.....the bearer of your initials forever........Family memories......the ever changing colors, the announcer of each season....the protector of birds and little critters....sigh.....and when a trees life is done it gives its beauty back in the form … [Read more...]

Autumn fear…..chapter 6

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Continued........ Maggie's' breathing became erratic, she could hardly keep from screaming but now instinct took over.   she knew she had to get out of there - now! She threw the Jag in reverse, almost hiting the dimming lamp-post and then franticly made a left out of the station and on  to First Street. She was headed towards Ocean Blvd. "Ok...Mags, just hold on - turn right and go two blocks to the police station". Before she could get to the Blvd. she had to ride  back over the tracks. Suddenly the railroad stop sign began to flash and ring, which echoed in the fog...the bar came … [Read more...]

“Autumn Fear” chapter 5….

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And so we can read our first four chapters here......... Maggie watched as the signs for Bayhead came into view. Every nerve in her body was wound so tight she wondered how would she drive home. Three miles from the station. It would prove to be the longest three miles of her life. She had always thought of herself as a quick thinking woman but sadly, now she could not even find her keys. The train pulled into the station. It seemed unusually quiet this cold October evening. The night fog was rolling in off the ocean and along with it came a chill that went right … [Read more...]

Breakfast Room DIY Drapes

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Have you ever walked through your favorite store and ...sighed.....Hmmmmm, how do I fit that into my budget? Oh, well another time..... That happened to me when I walked through Country Curtains.......I love the Buffalo Check drapes, but I have four more rooms of drapes to get done before the holidays and so had to pull myself away..... Then Boscov's sent me an email with unbelievable sales and I saw these beautiful tablecloths....I remembered Marty over at A Stroll Through Life had made drapes from these tablecloths for her living room! BAM! What have I got to loose? The only thing I … [Read more...]

Gold Leaf Clocks….

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And how are your weekend plans going? We are busy here......trying to get geared up for Fall - my most favorite time of year! But we still have to finish some projects like painting the small downstairs bathroom and installing the Travertine backsplash in the kitchen....will be sharing that with you soon...but for now I wanted to share my "new/old"  found hobby "Gold Leafing"....I grew up with parents who were in the framing and antiques business. My mom, taught me how to Leaf and cast dad could refinish an antique frame, and if a piece was missing he could reproduce it from … [Read more...]

“Autumn Fear” – Storytime

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I've been writing for what seems like my whole life......stories, journals, name it and I've written it......I just love it.  I've even done the "Spur-of-the-moment" stories for the grandkids.....when we were kids we would sit around the campfire and one person would begin a story and we would go around a circle and each person had to add their own spin on the story.  Sometimes the story went on for over an hour, some funny and some scary! I remember I couldn't wait for it to be my turn! So I've decided to take a leap of faith here and hope you will like this new post from … [Read more...]

The Pineridge Table…..

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Good morning Sunshine! Its a beautiful morning here on the mountain......our mornings have been really chilly but the days have warmed up and have been sooo sunny! Loving this weather.....wish it could be like this all year round....... Remember this is Anniversary Week here at PineRidge Hills, so lets revisit our tablescapes from the past year...... Here are some of my favorites....... Whew! that's a lot of dishes! now where have I put them all?......hmmmmmmm, Happy Tables - Happy Family! Country Wishes, Lois Linking up at: … [Read more...]

A Year At Pineridge Hills


Continuing from yesterday we are looking back at our first year of Pineridge Hills here on the mountain.....and its been a wonderful year, filled with new friends and a  sharing of stories........ Much has been done to our home here in Northeast Pennsylvania.  PineRidge Hills has been mowed, painted, stained, planted and plowed over this past year, and its all GOOD......of course none of this would have been possible without the "Love of my life" husband Al the true MacGyver! So lets continue down memory lane...or, maybe I should say deck.......Al and I are "Deck People", love … [Read more...]

Anniversay Week!


Good morning! I thought this week we go back one year to when PineRidge Hills was just getting its feet wet in I'm going to share some of our most popular, and some of my favorite days here on the mountain! Your going to need another cup of tea this morning...... Lets see how Autumn played up here at PineRidge one year ago.........Our mornings are still Misty! The Boyz still love to play on the deck, although Oliver is starting to feel his age a bit more this year.  December 3rd will mark Oliver & Duncan's 11th birthday(The Westies) and Elvis' 8th!(Our adorable … [Read more...]