Autumn Hutch…..

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Well, Autumn has arrived here at PineRidge Hills, yes I know I kind of forced it to visit and stay awhile but I had enough of closed windows and not being able to walk on the deck for fear of frying my feet! I am definitely not a summer girl! So down came the boxes marked FALL. Are you like me? I love to open my Season's Boxes, its like finding a present on a shelf, even though I know what's in it, I'm still excited to see my old friends! So over the weekend I did my Autumn Hutch..... Then still with the autumn glow swirling around I added some to the mantle in the family … [Read more...]

Quick DIY…

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Hope your weekend was wonderful...ours was busy! Our good friends Brigid & Glen hosted a BBQ filled with great food, lots of laughter and BFF's.....and yes the Divine Ms. B was there! we had a wonderful time.....Then on Sunday, my husband and future son-in-law, Joey attended the Indy 500 at Pocono Raceway.....I got to spend the entire day doing what I enjoy...sewing and a quick DIY..... In the office (AKA library/sewing room) I have the wall space on either side of the Bay window.  it's narrow but still needs something on it.  So I went to www.thegraphicsfairy.com and printed out some … [Read more...]

Country Style Afternoon Tea…..

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I have been in love with "Tea Time" since I was a little girl growing up drinking tea the way other kids drank soda! Both grandmothers were Irish and English so afternoon tea was a normal event at Nan's house.....Although I married an Italian, who drinks Espresso in the afternoon, I still kept my "Tea Habits".....and keeping the tradition doesn't mean Afternoon Tea has to be over the top, as laid back as we are here in the country, my Country Style Afternoon Tea is simple but a tradition none the less.... Where did all this start? well Tea Time Magazine explains the origins of Afternoon … [Read more...]

Fridays on the mountain…

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Fridays on the mountain are always a bit laid back,  after running all week its nice to just sit on the deck and welcome the start of the weekend.....some of my neighbors join me...... The bird feeders are at standing room only! I think we need to start taking reservations. A new family of deer have come to live here, we have six "Bambie's" running through the River Birches all day, what a comedy show! And of course there is the troop of turkeys that love what the Nuthatches and Wrens are dropping into the grass.... The crows are busy patrolling the ridge and are squawking up a … [Read more...]

Summer Book club Brunch

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Summer is teetering on the edge of Autumn soon it will be forced to say good bye for another year, so lets really enjoy the few weeks we have left and cast ourselves into a New England setting in between the pages of our Summer Book Club Brunch choice " The Primal Place" by Robert Finch.... ".....This is a voyage of discovery, a personal odyssey into the nature of a single Cape Cod neighborhood. It is a rich portrait, beautifully drawn, of a landscape and a community whose essential character lies in their penetrating interface with the sea. But it is also an individual quest, a journey of … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Roads…

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So what new places did you visit this summer? My "Pennsylvania Roads" Summer Bucket List kind of fell to the wayside ..... all my good intentions kind of slipped into the 2015 "I'll do it next week" bucket list....and that bucket is now overflowing.....sigh....oh well there is always 2016!  Well, although I didn't get to Martha's Vineyard or the Biltmore in Ashville, I did get to enjoy what, for us here in Northeast Pennsylvania,  consider a  "Local" gem....so my Road led me to Jim Thorpe, our beautiful County seat and just a ten minute  ride up another mountain from PineRidge Hills! as a … [Read more...]

Autumn Leaves…

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Yes I know....it's still August....but I so want Autumn leaves rustling under my feet and the aroma of hickory burning in the fireplace, a colorful autumn wreath hanging on the front door, a pot of Beef Stew simmering on the stove with smashed potatoes and applesauce sitting patiently on the sideboard and Pumpkin pie lathered in freshly made whip cream with a hint of vanilla and Brandy.....Oh, I just realized it's 83 degrees outside and I am headed down to the lake to cool off....well, its only a matter of time so we might as well start gearing up for Autumn even though summer is in full swing … [Read more...]

Autumn Wedding

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 Is there anything more beautiful than an "Autumn wedding"? well, maybe just weddings in general.....but I am just a tad biased towards Autumn. I was married in September and now my oldest daughter is doing the same! September 26th to be exact. Her first wedding was a fairytale....traditional, planned for a very long time and with every detail adhered to. Sadly, even fairytales come to an end. Not ever thinking she would fall in love again, a chance meeting has brought us to a new chapter in our family saga and his name is Joey! So what kind of wedding does a transplanted Jersey Girl with an … [Read more...]

Where’s Lois?

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The "Divine Ms. B".....(My BFF from down the road) keeps me on my blogging toes, well, usually.....she is like a personal trainer for Blogland. I'll get a phone call or an email asking "Where's Lois?" "No Blogging today?" "Stop slacking!"....etc..etc... But the last two weeks she was on vacation so I kinda slept in....now she is back and so I need to find my groove again! But this time I was ahead of her.  This is what I emailed her this morning: ".....FYI....no blogging today....thought I'd keep you abreast of any situations here on the mountain.....!" WHY YOU ASK?....... Good … [Read more...]

Childrens’ Picnic….

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Here in Northeast Pennsylvania our children are now into their fifth week of Summer Vacation!  I know......you can see the toll already taken on the Moms....so what can you do to keep the energy flowing and productive? Give them full rein to run a muck! How do you reel them back in? host a Children's' Picnic under the old Birch trees..... .... the faster they run out of steam the faster you can get that ten minute breather ..... yes I remember those ten minute breaks.  I used to live for them! With three daughters my summers were calculated in Blinks of an Eye not days or weeks.  When … [Read more...]