Oh, Christmas tree…

Good Morning! I know it's been awhile.....so much going here on the mountain.... Thanksgiving was filled with family and a surprise visit from my neice who flew in thanksgiving morning from Florida! The whole family came for dinner, and we had such a wonderful day..... But now we need to get serious....three weeks to Christmas! so Thanksgiving weekend, the "Love of my life" and I got the house ready for Santa. we host an "Open House" on Christmas Eve so we needed to get a move on! The trees went up in the center hall and the dining room, garland on the mantles and all the Santa's came out … [Read more...]

Country breakfast….

Good Morning Sunshine! ..........................Are you ready for breakfast? Well, pull up a chair, yes the fireplace smells wonderful...and, oh, look the sun is just starting to peek out above the White Pines.......Frost is covering the pumpkins out on the wagon....The deer are lingering around the Hemlocks up on the ridge.  Do you see them? And here comes the family of Turkeys that have moved in....They know they're safe here at Pineridge Hills! Do you like the new country table? Me too! I was almost giddy when the "Love of my life" finished it! Then when he brought in the Maine … [Read more...]

SSSSSSSSH – It’s a surprise!

Good morning sunshine! yes the sun is out but its nippy up here on the mountain! Autumn forgot to tell us to get the sweaters out this past week.....no matter.....our kitchen is in full gear, I'm baking bread, there is a pot of Beef Stew on the stove and I'm knee deep in making chocolate heart-shaped pink lollipops! Ok...I'll tell you why but its a secret....so don't tell anyone..... Well...ok you can tell your sister and your neighbor......yes your first cousin on your mothers side and your niece in Altoona... oh Heck! its not that big of a secret! I decided that for my grandchildren's … [Read more...]

Trees……

Have you hugged a tree lately?.....No, really....... .........I love trees........ all trees........any shape, color, texture........Tall or Short.......does not matter........ Yes I am a tree hugger.........Why? well, things are so much nicer when a tree is involved! Picnics, playing hide and seek with the grandkids, a refuge from the sun.....the bearer of your initials forever........Family memories......the ever changing colors, the announcer of each season....the protector of birds and little critters....sigh.....and when a trees life is done it gives its beauty back in the form … [Read more...]

Anniversay Week!

Good morning! I thought this week we go back one year to when PineRidge Hills was just getting its feet wet in Blogland....so I'm going to share some of our most popular, and some of my favorite days here on the mountain! Your going to need another cup of tea this morning...... Lets see how Autumn played up here at PineRidge one year ago.........Our mornings are still Misty! The Boyz still love to play on the deck, although Oliver is starting to feel his age a bit more this year.  December 3rd will mark Oliver & Duncan's 11th birthday(The Westies) and Elvis' 8th!(Our adorable … [Read more...]

The New PineRidge Hills

Dear Friends, Yes, I know that my blog has been woefully out of date, with no news for a very long time. I have been up to my eyeballs lately, and somehow I never seemed to sit down long enough to write. Where to start? Well, at the beginning of the summer, I actually convinced “The Love of My Life”, that it was time to start some renovations on this house……it had been over seven years since we painted, and the updates we always talked about but never acted on were calling our names – actually screaming at us! Now, mind you, tackling this whole house at the same time is no small feat! So … [Read more...]

Raspberry Shortcakes……

It's been a thousand years!.......                      Seriously......I have been "Non-Blogging" for that long.....Well it feels like it....... Where have I been?......well, laundry room, closets, power washing deck and house, refinishing furniture in the garage, still house-painting......ugh! I dream in color swatches! I think I've had it......Burnt out! So yes, I took a few days off and went for long walks along the lake, visited a few friends and a few cows that I have come to know......bought apples to the two horses who come up the road for a visit every now and … [Read more...]

July 4th…..

So where did June go??? Its almost July 4th already! PineRidge Hills has been under siege from paint buckets, spackle and ladders.....but it's all worth it....The renovation is coming along beautifully! I'll be sharing it with you soon..... But for now, I have been scouring through photo's of how we all celebrate the 4th......there will be some of you doing so with sand between your toes and some with mountain views......some on a lake and some camping through Yellowstone...wherever you chose to spend it, or with whom.....remember no matter what our differences are....we have the freedom … [Read more...]

Kids Table……

 Well, the grandkids are coming over for lunch......I was asked "Grandma how come we don't get our own tablescape?" hmmmm, good question! but Grandma has the answer.....first of all, you need to have something bright and unbreakable and of course doodling will be involved.....so here is my quick Friday - OUTSIDE  "Grandkids Brunch"...... Menu Chicken fingers French Fries Ice Cream Floats (Grandma's are allowed to serve whatever kids want) Crayons & Colored Pencils Pretty Edged Cutting Scissors A whole ream of paper Here is their tablescape we went from this: To … [Read more...]

DIY: Designer plates

Good Morning! and yes it is just beautiful here at PineRidge Hills! Summer has finally arrived with all its sweet breezes and green as far as the eye can see....although they are calling for clouds this afternoon.....never know what kind of weather you'll get up here on the mountain! But for now I'll take the sun-drenched mornings....... Our Kousa is looking unbelievable this Spring.......  Everything in the front is doing well....now we just need to finish the landscaping! During the holiday weekend I'll get the urns in the front planted....I think I'll do red Geraniums with … [Read more...]