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...]

Happy Anniversary PineRidge Hills

 Happy Anniversary PineRidge Hills....Anniversaries carry such emphasis on our lives, they mark important times and events. And this anniversary is not disappointing! Yup, PineRidge Hills Blog started two years ago! I can't believe it! I want to thank all of you for joining me on this exciting adventure...I've met such wonderful people across the country....and for so many who have visited us on FaceBook and have become "Family".....Thank you for an amazing story. I hope I have bought some laughter to your day, a few new recipes to your table, maybe a reason to take a road-trip and visit my … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Roads…

So what new places did you visit this summer? My "Pennsylvania Roads" Summer Bucket List kind of fell to the wayside ..... all my good intentions kind of slipped into the 2015 "I'll do it next week" bucket list....and that bucket is now overflowing.....sigh....oh well there is always 2016!  Well, although I didn't get to Martha's Vineyard or the Biltmore in Ashville, I did get to enjoy what, for us here in Northeast Pennsylvania,  consider a  "Local" gem....so my Road led me to Jim Thorpe, our beautiful County seat and just a ten minute  ride up another mountain from PineRidge Hills! as a … [Read more...]

Easter In The Country

Its a rainy day here on the mountain, there's a layer of fog that's slowly making its way up the ridge. It looks eerie and calming all at the same time.....All my running around was done yesterday so today I'm going to hang out with my oven and the rest of the gang in the kitchen....yes I know, Spring can't come quick enough when one starts naming the pots & pans! Well, as you all know, my daughter Tammy is hosting Easter Sunday Dinner...Bless her heart....but I am going to give her a helping hand. I've been visiting all over the net looking for a few recipes to get us away from the … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania Roads: Sightseeing

Do you have your gloves? Are you wearing your walking shoes? You didn’t forget your camera did you? Oh, good…..Yes, the pick-up is all ready for our trip along Pennsylvania roads…….so hop in, buckle up and let’s get our “Pensie Groove On”……..  First stop Philadelphia, City of Brotherly Love….probably the most famous city in America’s history…..The declaration of Independence was drafted and signed here in 1776, Hometown of Benjamin franklin and his Key fetish……and we tend to hold our keepsakes close even when they’re damaged such as our cracked Liberty Bell…… but did you know…… That … [Read more...]

Pennsylvania roads: Punxsutawney Phil

For the record Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania is the home of a very special fellow.....he is cute as a button, loves to sleep, and doesn't mind company at all!  He is the adorable and very famous groundhog extraordinaire - Punxsutawney Phil. This little guy is the most famous groundhog in America. On February 2, Groundhog's Day, of each year, the town of Punxsutawney celebrates the legendary groundhog with a festive atmosphere of music and food. During the ceremony, which begins well before the winter sunrise, Phil emerges from his temporary home on Gobbler's Knob, located in a rural area about … [Read more...]

Welcome to Pennsylvania Roads….

This week I want to share with you all that my beautiful state of Pennsylvania has to offer....... www.water-technology.net Most people think of the Keystone State as vast farming communities, mountains and country roads.  And yes we do have some of the most beautiful scenery our country has.  Ok, I am a little partial!  But Pennsylvania has so much more to offer and to experience than just trails and mountains. So come along with me this week as I take you on the "not so traveled Pennsylvania Roads" along with its traditions, local art, unbelievable sights, beautiful cities, little … [Read more...]

Legend of the Stone Couch…

".......The site is peculiar in its plainness. A flat stretch atop the mountain. No houses, no buildings. Nothing but woods. So very nondescript. So unassuming and not to be noticed. Except for a monolith of mystery. It rests there alongside the road, appearing, at first, to be a large rock. A second glance identifies it as a piece of furniture, a sofa made of stone. But this is one piece of furniture you don't want inside your house. Everybody knows about it. They call it the Curse of the Stone Couch, a phenomenon north of Weatherly surrounded by nothingness and yet charged with … [Read more...]

Happy Autumn!!

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! … [Read more...]

Gifts anyone?

  So what do you do when a gift you gave to someone ends up on their table at a garage sale?........ Do you point it out to your friend or just move on to the housewares she is selling?...... (Like she would know what a salad spinner is!) Do you immediately think back to that long shopping day when you lovingly picked out that gift? all the time spent on where she would place it? how it would majestically sit on the buffet at Christmas dinner? how guests would all try to steal that lovely gift you, her dearest and closest friend( Well maybe not that close) bestowed upon … [Read more...]