Twelve Days Left!

Well, I've been trying to get ready for the 25th! But I think I may have to ask Christmas to start without me! ..........The inside is decorated and Sunday the outside will be all glittery in anticipation of the Big Guy coming down the chimney..... and I've gotten most of my gift-buying done thanks to the internet! Menu for our open house on Christmas Eve has been approved by all the elves..... .....But I still feel - not ready! .........What's wrong? This will be my Fortith Christmas Eve that I've hosted.....Maybe I'm just "Burntout"......I think Santa needs to bring me a Spa … [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 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...]


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 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...]

Book Club Brunch/Tablescape

Remember yesterday when I showed you how easy it was to make a set of designer Plates for under $5.00? here... well here they are joining us for our monthly Book Club Brunch, along with this week's menu. And the book we plan to read... "THE HURRICANE SISTERS", by Dorothea Benton Frank...... Now onto our table and what's for lunch! The feeling is summery.....light and easy going....... I love simple, delish little bites that can be made with what you have in the house! I made these for Today.......the entire menu will consist of Cauliflower soup with garlic & Parmesan croutons, … [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...]

Knee Deep in Paint!

I know its been a thousand years since I last posted! well, you know what I mean......but the love of my Life has been like the energizer bunny! we are actually ahead of schedule! center Hall is painted and chair rail goes up tomorrow, and then this weekend the breakfast room and family room will be done. Back-splash in kitchen goes up during the week and then....ummmmm, we actually might be finished downstairs! Yup, almost there! I have been working on several posts and am thinking of revamping the blog....September will be one year that PineRidge Hills came on board and I've learned so much … [Read more...]

Pineridge Hills under seige!

Well, the love of my life is at it again! My husband, my "MacGyver" is knee deep in paint, spackle and dropcloths! He is determined to get the house finished and has assured me this is the last time he will put paint brush to wall - ever! hmmmm, better make sure I can live with these colors for ever!! I am searching out drapes and couches.....I love my pictures that have been with us for years, they cost me a fortune to have framed so I am going to spruce them up a bit by taking the picture frames off, and painting the mats....I got a quart of the grey "Flagstone" down in a lighter … [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...]