Waiting for Autumn……..

Hello everyone! PineRidge Hills took the summer off but we are back and in full swing, ready to take long walks along the lake and gather crimson and gold oak leaves and acorns.  The crackling of a campfire,  the sounds of giggling children and the warmth of a wool blanket....all true signs that we are waiting for Autumn..... And yes it is slowly coming up the mountain..... The cool, brisk air with the sweet smell of freshly mowed grass and the Marigold's taking their last bow, and the squirrels hiding their winter's dinner are all activities that I just rejoice in......As you can tell … [Read more...]

The Sunny Side of the Porch…

Do you play on the sunny side of the porch?........ Happy Summer everyone! I can't believe my porch days are finally here....neither can my planters, the "Sunny Side" of our deck plays with us until 3:00 pm! Then slowly meanders to the front of the house where it teases the Kousa and the Golden Yews...Because we are sun-drenched most of the day, finding the right plants for my rail planters is always a challenge.....this year I've filled them with Petunia's and Marigold's. My wagon holds my herbs.....The Basil is doing great as is the Rosemary.  Trying to find French Tarragon but … [Read more...]

Traveling Doll House…….

.................Have you ever done something so out of character that when you think back on it you can't believe that was you? ...... .....Like running around the toy store with three "Cabbage Patch Dolls" in your arms waiting for your neighbor to come buy one of them cause the store manager said you can only purchase two - but you have three daughters?...... ...........Or braiding the hair on all twenty-seven "My Little Ponies" cause your six year old who is sick in bed thinks they would be happier with braids?..... Oh, I am glad....I thought it was only me that was a little crazy … [Read more...]

Spring Book Club Brunch….

So, Winter has left and the club is itching to get back into the swing of things with our reading frenzy! So this week is our Spring Book Club Brunch Get-Together......the book? "The Swans of Fifth Avenue" by Melanie Benjamin The storyline: "A novel about New York’s “Swans” of the 1950s --- and the scandalous, headline-making and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley. Of all the glamorous stars of New York high society, none blazes brighter than Babe Paley. Her flawless face regularly graces the pages of Vogue, and she is … [Read more...]

Handmade Quilt from the Heart…

A Handmade quilt..... is there anything more comforting? Especially when it comes from a friend........ Hello everyone! Well, Spring has absolutely, with out doubt found its way up the mountain.....and this girl could not be happier....although I think the Rain Gods have forgotten to turn off the valves....but at least everything is green! So much going on here at PineRidge Hills, the "Divine Ms. B" has me knee deep in handmade quilting, which I'm just over the moon about....although my Star Spangled quilt is not perfectly squared - it is still mine.....and as I said I will wear my … [Read more...]

Easter Comes Up The Mountain….

Easter comes up the mountain, and hitched to its weathered wagon is Spring! Even the birds are lining up along the road, on top of the telephone lines as if waiting for the parade to start.... Although we had a mild winter here in Northern Pennsylvania, I am glad to see it leave......the daffodils' and crocus are starting to peek through the dirt and soak up the sunshine........The tulips I planted two years ago have tripled, so I am patiently waiting for the burst of color that will adorn the rim of the deck..... Inside PineRidge Hills, Spring is starting to bloom … [Read more...]

Spring Cleaning…

Well, Time for Spring Cleaning now that Mother Nature has finally found her way up the mountain! This week, here in Northeast Pennsylvania it's going to be in the seventy's.....I'm ready to do cartwheels down the road.....So throw open the windows, scrub the screens and listen for the Robins! Here are some "Kooky" cleanig ideas... but they work.......... 1. Keep your cleaning supplies organized - use a tension rod under your sink! 2. Use coarse salt to clean cast iron... 3. Make everything in your fridge organized and easily accessible.. 4. Fold your shirts … [Read more...]

A New Creative Room…..

Would you believe I've been sailing thru the Caribbean for the last couple of weeks? How about skiing in Vail? Lunching with Ina in the Hamptons? No? How about clearing out the old office to make my very own "New Creative Room"? well, then you would be right!!! Finally, everything in one place.....no more trips up to my oversized closet that was doing double duty as a sewing room.... now, that we really don't need the "Home Office" any longer, it can be re-purposed!  Although its not quite finished - it is functional - which is fine with me...... I took an old piece that was … [Read more...]

What if you woke up today….

……What if you woke up today with only what you thanked God for yesterday?................. I saw those words this morning in an email a friend sent me, it was 5:45 am and my husband had just left for work.  I was finishing my cup of tea and last nights crossword puzzle while going through my emails...... .........something to really think about..... but first I have to get the laundry started and marinade the roast for supper tonight.  I have ironing to do and the vacuum is screaming my name in five languages..... .........but after that I'm going to give this some … [Read more...]

Mountain Days….

Well, I think it's safe to say that Ol' Man Winter finally woke up and found his way to Pennsylvania, So when he came knocking I simply let him to visit for a spell, and share my mountain day.....I served him a new Earl Grey tea that I received for Christmas from the Divine Ms. B, and as a thank you  he let it rain instead of giving us snow on Sunday.....now today will be a different story - pour yourself a cup of tea and visit for awhile and I'll share what I've been up to.... But back to my tea......the Divine Ms. B knows my love of Earl grey Tea, so she gave me a gift of a new one...and … [Read more...]