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...]

New Years Resolutions……

First Monday of the new year and my FIVE New Years Resolutions (Made at midnight on Dec. 31st while drinking champagne and eating a chocolate éclair) are a priority. And knowing that Spring is on its way, eventually, up the mountain! I'm starting with my First resolution - my new (Yet Again) diet! So far so good.......well, I made it thru breakfast without cheating, although those Danish butter cookies have a "Come Hither" look to them! but I will not cave. There is turkey and chicken in the fridge, fruits and vegetables are overflowing on the countertop and of course my diet coke is … [Read more...]

Christmas Spirit…….

Hello from the mountain... Yes, I've been gone for a spell, the fingers have been willing but the mind seems to be leading in so many directions especially when it comes to Christmas Spirit! My dear friend the "Divine Ms. B" has been asking where my two quilts that I so excitedly started are? Hmmm, well, without trying to find a funny two-liner to offer up I just said "Right where I left them - sitting patiently on top of my sewing machine just waiting to be lovingly put together so their message could put smiles on the faces of those they were intended for. Every day I walk into my sewing … [Read more...]

The Old Bench….

What is it about The Old Bench that makes you want to sit and ponder? I always imagine where they started out and where they end up.  The people who sat there contemplating their lives.....the conversations that were heard....maybe even confessions.......Somehow you always can see things clearly once you stop and sit, its as if you took a "Time Out" from life for just a moment and yet be able to watch everyone else march past you never even realizing your there. Its somehow empowering.....Some of my best decisions were made sitting on a bench, My husband proposed to me while sitting on … [Read more...]

Craft Room Ideas….

........This is my Dream Room......How do I get it?............ So what do you do with a home office that is slowly metamorphosing into a craft/sewing room? If your like me you jump for joy while doing cartwheels down the hallway.....ok so maybe rethink the cartwheels, but since I retired a home office really isn't a necessity any longer but a sewing room is! So I've been surfing Craft Room Idea's all over the net and of course Pinterest.....I thought I would share some great finds with you.... Fabric yardage is easy to get at when you keep it in a magazine rack..... Wrap … [Read more...]

Oktoberfest!

.......Have you been to Oktoberfest yet? This is such a beautiful month, Autumn has brought with it brisk, sunny days filled with pumpkins and the smell of cider and of course all those festivals that only this month has........ ...........But where did all this start? Oktoberfest - German Pronunciation: (ok ' to; be fest) is the world's largest Volksfest (Peoples Festival).  Held annually in Munich, Bavaria and Germany, it is a 16-day Folk Festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than six million people from around the world attending the … [Read more...]