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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Pumpkins!

          ........Well Autumn  has finally come up the mountain and along with it came the pumpkins....... My dear sister-in-law snapped the above from her front porch! She lives only about a mile from me but she has mostly hardwoods so the colors are brilliant..... This morning was a bit foggy.....I so love to be in the back when the sun starts its journey over the pines - there's something so serene about standing among the trees and just listening. For us its the roosters crowing and the gaggle of geese wanting to get out and about! This is my most favorite time of … [Read more...]

A little boy became a man……

"........On Saturday the 26th of September , a little boy walked his mom down a grassy aisle......when asked who gives this woman in matrimony .......a little boy became a man and joined her hand with his new dad's and said "I do".......now two families became one...." ...My daughter Tammy, was married this past Saturday in the middle of a beautiful green grass field....surrounded by family and friends....... As a mother I cried tears of happiness because she so deserves it.  As a wife I held my husbands hand tighter than normal because he deserved to see his daughter … [Read more...]