March Madness….

I see green stuff!! Oh....I think its grass....Yes! Friday will be the First Day of Spring, and it is slowly making its way  up the mountain...... So that makes today is the last Monday before Spring! Yes, I know...I need fresh air and sunshine....... Well I for one can not wait. My front door is waiting for that knock, you know, when Spring arrives with all it's luggage, and you throw open all the windows and go running through all the rooms pulling down drapes and washing windows till they glisten in the sunlight....shampoo rugs, get the 15 ft. ladder out to clean and shine the hall … [Read more...]

Spring where are you?

Have I told you? Did you get the memo?.....How about the full page ad I took out?....No?.....well, ok I'll tell you again...... I'VE HAD IT WITH THE SNOW!!!!!...........I AM DONE! MOTHER NATURE - I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE!!!! ok...I feel so much better now.........yes, more snow coming tomorrow for Northeast Pennsylvania.  Then the "Heat-Wave" is coming Saturday and should continue through out next week! Yipppeee! I am doing everything to get rid of the winter blues.....I decided to work at the kitchen table rather than my office, the view is better don't you think? My three assistants … [Read more...]

Battle of the Faux….

A former neighbor from Pike County, stopped by on her way to visit her children in Ohio,  the house was spotless, furniture glistening, a wonderful lunch was beautifully set on the kitchen table and a fire roaring in the family room.....and I was not wearing sweat pants! even the dogs were well behaved....She came barreling through the front door with such fanfare that I thought HGTV was behind her telling me  I had won the 2015 Dream Home ! .....I didn't....... ............sigh......... After I realized she was alone, I welcomed her in and never got another word in edge-wise.......for … [Read more...]

Winter Blues…..

  Well........I've written letters to everyone I could come up with...even the Pope... I've made promises that I know I won't keep, to those one should never make promises to.........but the snow just won't go away! It's been one of those weeks......cabin fever is high..... but the idea of wrestling with thermals, three sweatshirts, four scarves and two pairs of flannel pajama pants, boots, six pairs of socks, two hats and nine pairs of gloves.....might as well stay inside! Even the family of wild turkeys we have living here have had it! Elvis, our little Yorkie, has … [Read more...]

Out with the old….

I finally got the Hutch cleared of Christmas and winter......even thought there is a foot of snow outside.......I decided to think Spring..... so my grandmothers Rose Chintz stoneware came out along with her tea pot and there are brownies on the table cooling......ah, life is good! My dad always told me how he remembered his mother siting in front of the kitchen window sipping her tea from her little pot....that was 1930....  Well that was an early fix this morning! Now what goes well with my Earl Grey? Brownies of course...... These brownies are loaded with chunks of Dark Ghirardelli … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day

So we have a week before chocolate finds it's way into our home and our palates! I asked my husband to please not bring home chocolates this year I'm trying so hard not give up on the diet, It's Thursday and I've started the regime four times this week alone! I know, my track record doesn't seem promising but I'm hanging in there! So, the "Love of my life" asked ...."If no candy then what?".......hmmmmm, well I guess I need to leave him a few clues..... First there is Chocolate that I could have tons of and never break with my diet! Chocolate diamonds! If jewelry is not on the … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Roads: Hex Signs

  Here in Pennsylvania we just can't keep up with the snow! We plow and by time the Love of my Life puts the truck away, its snowing again! I saw him yesterday throw his hands up and yell "I quit!" This was 4:30 in the morning......I am sure the neighbors thought he must be getting stir-crazy! When He came inside he asked what I was planning for my day....a cup of Earl Grey and a blueberry muffin! and I am hitting the road in search of all that Pennsylvania has to teach me.....He kissed me good bye and said "Well, have a good trip don't forget to write.." So where am I going … [Read more...]

Sewing Room Gifts…

While visiting my dear friend Bettyann, the "Divine Ms. B" as she is known at Pineridge Hills....She  invited me over a few weeks before Christmas for Tea & freshly baked cake.....I was telling her I had just ordered several doll patterns so I could start creating a wardrobe for my granddaughters' new American Girl Dolls they were getting for Christmas. She said "Oh, Lois come with me!"......downstairs was the most beautiful sight I had ever seen! An actual, dedicated Sewing/Craft Room!  I mean, with wall to wall cabinets and counter tops and a sewing island in the middle! I was … [Read more...]

Deck the Halls…….

Laundry is done, dogs are walked and now fast asleep in front of the fireplace....Wood is crackling and the sun is just starting to peek over Blueridge Mountain. I love this time of the morning, its so quiet and a great time to just sit for a bit and dive into one of my magazines....I'm not ready to give up the feel or the smell of a book or magazine. There's nothing like turning those pages and ooohing and aaahing! So here I am going through my favorite magazines and several of my Christmas books for quick little gifts and idea's for next week.... Over the weekend, I skimmed through Pinterest … [Read more...]

Twelve Days Left!

Well, I've been trying to get ready for the 25th! But I think I may have to ask Christmas to start without me! ..........The inside is decorated and Sunday the outside will be all glittery in anticipation of the Big Guy coming down the chimney..... and I've gotten most of my gift-buying done thanks to the internet! Menu for our open house on Christmas Eve has been approved by all the elves..... .....But I still feel - not ready! .........What's wrong? This will be my Fortith Christmas Eve that I've hosted.....Maybe I'm just "Burntout"......I think Santa needs to bring me a Spa … [Read more...]