Crossroads……..

Have  you ever planned a trip, one that you easily prepared for...... ......Knew down to the penny how much money you would need, where you would stay and for how long.....The meals you would have, the sights you have had on your "Bucket-list" since you were a child that you now will be able to experience..... how many days it would precisely take you to get there.......Everything planned down to the very moment you check off the last item on your list....... ...........And then there is a detour sign that forces you to take the road not only less traveled but somewhat less … [Read more...]

Happy New Year!

  I want to wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year! PineRidge Hills has taken a bit of a sabbatical this year but we are returning with lots to share.......Stay Warm and enjoy the down time Winter gives us to reflect, plan and find our creative side! So put those winter days to good use! See you soon......        Country Hugs, … [Read more...]

Christmas comes to Pineridge…..

Christmas is almost here......... Hello Everyone! It's been awhile since I visited with you, I hope everyone is doing well. Here in Northeastern Pennsylvania it seems Winter has finally found its way up the winding road. Past the open fields and right onto our front porch. And Winter is not alone. Along with it comes a much anticipated event. Yes, Christmas is coming to PineRidge Hills too! The weatherman said we should anticipate snow today. So naturally the fireplace is blazing and all three dogs are curled up with noses in the air as the aroma of fresh gingerbread cookies … [Read more...]

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...]