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 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 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...]

A Year At Pineridge Hills

Continuing from yesterday we are looking back at our first year of Pineridge Hills here on the mountain.....and its been a wonderful year, filled with new friends and a  sharing of stories........ Much has been done to our home here in Northeast Pennsylvania.  PineRidge Hills has been mowed, painted, stained, planted and plowed over this past year, and its all GOOD......of course none of this would have been possible without the "Love of my life" husband Al the true MacGyver! So lets continue down memory lane...or, maybe I should say deck.......Al and I are "Deck People", love … [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 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Dear Friends, Yes, I know that my blog has been woefully out of date, with no news for a very long time.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...]

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 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 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...]

The Book Corner at Pineridge Hills

Bookshelves. Books,books and more books! Did I mention I love books? Lol! I think its the writer in me. I have always loved books since I can remember. When I got one for a birthday or even one hiding under the Christmas tree I was thrilled. So needless to say I have always had bookshelves in my home. When my daughters were little, my husband and I invested in a set of Britannica encyclopedia's. You remember them, don't you? that's what we used before Wikipedia online came about! I paid $14.00 a month back in 1975. I donated them to our local library before we moved to PineRidge Hills. I … [Read more...]

The new Bear “No Snacking” pole!

As promised yesterday, I wanted to share the new "Bear Trap" so to speak that my husband designed and forged himself...if anyone is interested I'll be glad to have him draw out the design! This is not so much a trap as it is a deterrent....the problem was that "Bradford the Bear" has been helping himself to the suet and the bird seed. The problem was, well, I certainly didn't want to run into him, and he was pulling the hooks right off the pole and snapping them! My husband would weld them back together but Bradford wasn't impressed nor was he relenting in his pursuit of Snacks! So here it … [Read more...]

Easter In The Country….

Easter in the country........I love it!Is it really different? well, I think so...I was fortunate that although I grew up in Brooklyn, New York we had a "Country House" on the Delaware River in Pike County, Pennsylvania.  We spent just about every weekend and all our holidays and summers up on the river.  My dad and my uncle Jim built our little house and growing up there was the beginning of my love of all things "Country".....especially holidays! Easter was usually bitter cold, with some snow still on the mountain.  We had a gas heater and a pot belly stove that was packed at night and it … [Read more...]