Sunsets

"May I never miss a sunset or rainbow because I am looking down".......... Sara June Parker.......... How often do you look up at the gift that is given to you every day? Sometimes you have to look beyond the clouds and the thunder...the snow so thick you can hardly see your own hand....sometimes its magnificent colors splashed across the sky like a kaleidoscope is unforgettable and sometimes so subtle you pay no attention....How often do you look up and say "Thank you"? Imagine being given a gift every day for no reason and all you have to do is accept it? Would you? Tomorrow, whether it … [Read more...]

Red Oak & Acorns Fall Table

September chills are running through the mountains here at PineRidge....so of course there is a big pot of chicken soup cooking on the stove, bread in the oven and firewood stacked just waiting to be burned....now for the table....dark red and rustic tan....love them together! Yesterday mapquest and I decided it was time for a road trip....(GPS always gets me lost!) I finally found my way to Homegoods! Why didn't you tell me? I could have handled the secret....I traveled 32 miles to get there but I would have traveled a day and a half! well, you all know about this mecca in "Dishland"....I … [Read more...]

The Pack…

Well, I for one have had it! our mom has been running all day and my brothers and I are trying to keep up with her! no easy task.... First thing this morning she put a pot roast in the slow cooker and the aroma went through the entire house.  Needless to say Oliver was right there waiting for something to fall to the floor but our mom is too good of a cook to let that happen! We played on the new deck - have you seen it? - Daddy did a great job! we spend a lot of time out there conversing with Bailey, Guiness and Shamus our neighboring "Fur-Kids"! But we knew today was going to be … [Read more...]

Supper?

Well it's been a very busy time here at PineRidge Hills....gearing up for Fall, saying good-bye to the last days of Summer - sigh- is no easy task! The last of the garden vegetables have been picked, the new "Weeping White Pine" has been planted (My birthday gift from my best friends Kim & Tom) the screens have started coming down and the house was pressure-washed! The mums for the front porch have been waiting patiently to be put on display and, well, I guess at some point I need to think about dinner!  While running around doing chores I came across Sandra Lee's Slow Cooker Pot … [Read more...]

The Deck Is Done

Finally! yes it only took a thousand years....but (sigh) the deck has new railing.....it took my husband two days to get it done...he is terrific...once he gets going! I measured all the openings.....picked out the lights.....handed him the list and off to Lowe's we went! The closest home-Improvement store was twenty-five miles away until last summer! Lowe's finally came to the neighborhood....seven miles....I can do that with my eye's closed! so here is how the deck looked for a thousand years....yes I know I'm stretching the truth...but it did feel like that..... And now....drum … [Read more...]

Fall tables…

Thanksgiving is late this year.....November 28th.......that gives me enough time to decide how to decorate - Woodsy / Formal / Fireside / Outside? No, Lois now your getting crazy! although Martha Stewart had it in a barn once.... hmmmm........I'll have to go through all my Martha books and my Gooseberry Patch and then get out all my Victoria and Cottage Journal magazines....Do you collect magazines? I mean, those oh so beautiful ones that can never end up in the firepit? well, I admit to being a "Print Media Junkie" - there I said it! I just can't part with some, ok most of my magazines! … [Read more...]

Autumn Colors…

Just got a new camera for my birthday so I've been a shutterbug all weekend.....look out here I come! My husband has already informed me that pictures of the garage are really not necessary! Ok, so I decided if I can't take anymore random pictures, then I need to do something constructive. I might as well start my fall decorating. So up to the attic I go (I packed a lunch box) and started pulling down boxes marked - oh no, I didn't mark them!... good thing I packed lunch!  I get so excited when I reopen all the boxes, do you do that? It’s like going shopping in your own store! Well, by time I … [Read more...]

End of summer…

Well I think summer has packed its bags and is waving so long here in Pennsylvania! the last three nights have gone done to 45 degrees! the tomato plants have yielded their last crop and the corn is at its best! We received a bushel of corn from Daniel's farm, a friend of my husbands.  The wooden bowl on the counter was overflowing yesterday but this is what is left! I think today I'm going to make corn chowder....if I can pull myself away from being outside!   It seems our "Neighbors" came to visit they must have heard about the corn! Sorry  not today... These are … [Read more...]

Hello Everyone!

Hello everyone! Welcome to PineRidge Hills an old Christmas tree farm, nestled in the mountains overlooking Beltzville Lake in northeast Pennsylvania...our little piece of heaven! Ten tears ago we were living on the Jersey Shore, always running, racing from the train station to the dry cleaner to the grocer....do a load of laundry, read the mail and set the alarm to start all over the next day...until that voice inside said...enough! Now, I'm not going to tell you the move was effortless or without its drama - but on that final hot day in July we handed the keys to our home to the new … [Read more...]