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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]