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California Family

Hi Friends ~

Today I was talking with my Mom and telling her all about our trip to California.

She was so excited for us to visit our girls – she know the feeling of being far away from your children.

So I went on to tell her about how I grocery shopped with Kristin – cooked with her and Jenny & how beautiful their home is.  How they made us feel so comfortable and special, and how happy we were to be with them.

Continuing on I told her about Aly & Brian and their pups and Mr “C” she totally loved me telling her about the animals.

How special they made us feel and how happy we were to be with both of them in their beautiful home.

I almost forgot to tell you all what an amazing lunch we had with our California Family

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We had a great time with everyone – We don’t get to be with each other that often, so when we do it is just so special.

I hope you are enjoying your day

Until next time.

Much love,


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Good Morning Friend ~

Pete & I just returned home from our 2 week visit in California.

Had an amazing visit with the girls and of course Brian.  We love to spend special time with them every year, plus a bonus of good weather.

Our visits go too fast, but they are so special in every way.

The weather was wonderful 70+ degrees and sunny who wouldn’t love that.

While in Pasadena we found this sweet little coffee shop  called  “ZELI’S”

It had the best coffee and muffins —

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We got to spend a bit of time with Aly & Brian’s fur babies ~

Canyon – Beautiful friendly sweet lab.

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Her brother Charlie ~ so gentle and sweet as well.


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And last but not least ~ Mr “C” aka Clark the best cat in the world.

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They all get along pretty well, but it can get a bit crazy, but it was great.

We visited with the girls & Brian for 10 days then went to see my sister for 4 day

Visited with my nieces and there little ones –

Lily & Ellie – Ellie sister Charlotte was not at the lunch.  She had a soccer game.

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Victoria ~ she was watching Elmo on my tablet.

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I also watched my sister make this wonderful artisan bread & blueberry scones

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I still need to get the recipes for them.  They were delicious.

I loved visiting everyone, but saying  Good-Bye was so hard.

Until next year – my love will remain with you always.

Much love,




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Beautiful Sunday in the North East

Hi Friends ~

Pete & I met good friends in Saratoga today.  We had the best day just walking around this beautiful town.

My friend Diane has the most amazing gardens filled with hydrangea ~


Yes ~ she brought me the perfect bouquet of hydrangea today from her garden.

Aren’t they beautiful  ~

We continued our visit walking around Saratoga and stopping for lunch at Jacob Anthony’s.

Can’t get much better than this.  The weather was perfect 70 degrees and so sunny.

Great visit with you both.  xoxo

Hope you had a wonderful Sunday as well.

Much love,


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Celebrating 90 years of Love & Family

Good Morning Family & Friends ~

Today I would love to tell you all about the wonderful weekend I shared with my family.

It was our Mom’s 90th birthday party.

Isn’t she beautiful ~ such an amazing woman ~ so much love for her family & for her faith.  ~ We love you so much Mom ~

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Just a little history about Catherine Marie ~

She was born 90 years ago in the town of Lindenhurst N.Y.  She lived in this town all her life.  She has many friends who love her dearly.

Three of her 8 daughters live there as well – Thank God for Lori, Theresa & Regina.  They take such good care of her.  Doing many things for her that need to be done. ~Like~

Dr. Apts ~ Grocery shopping ~ cloth shopping ~ cleaning her apartment ~ and many, many more thing, but they do it with such love.

Thank you so much girls for always being there for our Mom…

The rest of us live in Albany NY ~ Maryland ~ Pennsylvania ~ Idaho ~ & California.

She met our Dad in this town.  They married on October 12th, 1949 and had 8 daughters ~

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How wonderful we could all be there with her.  It was so amazing to see everyone ~

We were all together to give her this beautiful day ~  She was truly the dancing queen that day. 

Thank you to Theresa & Gene for hosting this amazing celebration ~

What a beautiful couple ~ We love you both ~

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Six of her 8 (son-in-law) sons were there to help celebrate the special lady in their lives.

She loves all 8 like sons.  She know how much they all mean to her daughters and she know how good they are to us and to her.

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Now for the jewels in grandma’s crown ~  Her grandchildren ~ so many had to travel, but they would not miss their grandma’s 90th birthday for anything.  So much ~ LOVE ~

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And the twinkle in her eyes her great grandchildren – Not all could be there, but the ones who were there were so happy to be together with each other and so happy to see there grammy on her special day……

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Please join me, and take a moment to thank God for this beautiful woman in our lives.

We love you so much Mom, and we pray you are with us for many more years.

God Bless & protect you always ~

All our love ~

Mary Ann, Cathy, Rose, Joanne, Lori, Jeanne, Theresa & Regina.


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Awaiting our girls & Brian

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Merry Christmas my dear friends ~

How do you spell out how much you love your children?  One can not say, because they are all so dear and precious to us.  Even when they are 35 & 29 you still see them as little girls waiting for Santa to arrive.

I miss them every day & then some.  As I begin to prepare for their arrival my heart is filled with so much joy & excitement.

Aly & Brian arrive at JFK on Tuesday morning.  They will be picked up by Kristin & Jenny – oh I forgot and Clark too.  Aly & Brian’s cat.

They go back to Kristin & Jenny’s for a couple of hours, so Clark can run around, since he was in his little crate for 6 hrs.

Then they all leave to come upstate for Christmas.  Kristin & Jenny will close the door to their first place together.  They will be moving to California the day after Christmas – Cross country adventure.

The only way I am getting through this is I know they will all be near each other that in itself make me very happy.

It will be very tough to say Good-Bye to all of them, my heart will probably sink to the floor on Christmas morning.

My prayer for them is that God will always keep them safe and that they are happy always.

Until the day after Christmas, I wish you lots of love, joy & peace in your hearts this beautiful Christmas Season.

Much love,




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Saying Good Bye

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Hello my friends ~

Today I must share sad news – We had to put our sweet little cat to sleep.   We have had the pleasure of her company for 17 years.

She was the best little girl – she knew how much we loved her, and that was enough for her.

She was with us all the time.

I miss her so much, but know this was the right decision since she was so sick.

Even though she was in pain she still tried so hard to be herself.

She will be miss terribly

Wishing you all a blessed day

Much love,


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Easter with good friends

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Happy Easter to you all ~

We shared our Easter this year with good friends.  Pete’s fraternity brother Joe and his wife Christine.

The day was wonderful ~

So good to be with good friends and share special moments.

The dinner was great ~

I made Pork Roast ~ Mashed Red Potatoes ~ Asparagus ~ & Carrots.

Dessert was Homemade Biscotti ~ Fresh Fruit Salad.

We had a few glasses of wine and good laughs.

Just a little sample of the Easter Table ~

Hope you all had a wonderful day with lots of love and laughter

Much love,


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Wet Oatmeal Kisses

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Good Morning Friends ~

Today I would love to share with you something very special to me.  Our oldest (Kristin) gave me this one year (I believe she was in High School) for Christmas –

I was cleaning the space in which it sits, and started reading it once again.  It brought tears to my eyes, because it is so true.

If you are a new mom or a mom of many years, you both will enjoy it, because it’s from the heart.


~Wet Oatmeal Kisses ~

“The baby is teething; the children are fighting.  My husband just called and said to eat dinner without him.”  Okay, one of these days you’ll shout: “Why don’t you grow up and act your age!” and they will, or “You guys get outside and find yourselves something to do…. and don’t slam the door.” and they won’t.

You’ll straighten up their rooms neat and tidy….bumper stickers discarded….spreads tucked and smooth….toys displayed on the shelves…hangers in the closet….animals caged, and you’ll say out loud: “Now I want it to stay that way,” and it will…. You’ll prepare a perfect dinner with a salad that hasn’t been picked to death and a cake with no finger traces in it and you’ll say, “Now there’s a meal for company,” and you’ll eat it alone.

You’ll say, “I want complete privacy on the phone.  No dancing around, no pantomimes, no demolition screws. Silence! do you hear?” and you’ll have it.  No more plastic tablecloths stained with spaghetti, no more anxious nights under a vaporizer tent, no more dandelion bouquets, no more iron-on patches, knotted shoestrings, tight boots.

Imagine, a lipstick with a point, no babysitters for New Year’s Eve, washing clothes only once a week, no PTA meetings, carpools, blaring radios, Christmas presents out of toothpicks and paste.  No more wet oatmeal kisses.  No more tooth fairy, giggles in the dark, or knees to heal.

Only a voice crying, “Why don’t you grow up?” and the silent echoing, “I did.”

After spending the weekend with our girls, my heart is overjoyed seeing them together, how much they love each other, and how much respect is there ~

I had to say Goodbye again to our youngest (Alyson) sending her back to LA where she lives, my mind says go honey be well, be good, care for others like you would want to be cared for, be honest and trustworthy, but my heart says “Please stay”.

Kristin lives in Brooklyn and we are only 3 hrs by car, but every time I see her I am so happy to be in her company.  She shares her life with an amazing woman (Jenny)~they have been married for 1.5 years.  Their home is so inviting, I never want to leave.  I am so grateful they have each other.

I hope you remember when your children were so little, and everything seemed so crazy, and if you are in the crazy part of your life now ~ it goes so fast so enjoy every minute of them now.

Much love,


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Happy Valentine’s Day ~

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Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone.

I hope you have the best day ever.

Pete and I will be preparing dinner together.

On our menu:♥

Filet Mignon ~ Mashed Potatoes ~ Baby Carrots ~ Red wine

Later we will watch a movie and have chocolate covered strawberries.

Hope everyone is keeping warm and safe. Enjoy your night.

Much love, Rose

p.s. Feel free to share what your plans are 

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So my story begins on November 19th, 2014 –

I traveled to Henryville PA for our annual sister’s weekend.  I usually leave 1 day before the weekend starts to spend a little time with my sister Josie.  We made cute little Christmas ornaments for each of our (6) sisters and Mom –

Friday morning we shared a wonderful visit with coffee (which we usually have over the phone) so being in person was so special.

Around 12 noon Mary Ann, Cathy and our niece Danielle arrived.

So good to see Danielle – she is in the Navy and we are so very proud of her.

So wonderful to see  Mary Ann who lives in San Diego Ca. and Cathy in Crofton Md. so as you might know we do not see each other too often.

Wrapping arms around each other felt so good.

We sat and had lunch together just talking about anything and everything.  It was wonderful.

The girls on Long Island arrived around 3pm – we are all together, what a wonderful sight.  My Mom has to be overwhelmed to see all her daughters together in one place.

Jeanne is with the girls on Long Island – she flew from Idaho, and again so wonderful to see her.  She has such a way of showing her love to all she comes in contact with.

Lori, Theresa & Regina and of course Mom live on Long Island – I see them from time to time but again to share time with them is priceless.

We laughed and had separate conversation with each other and all together, we cooked and cleaned and just loved each other – it was wonderful.

On Sunday, we all left around the same time – Mary Ann, Jeanne, Danielle & Cathy all left for BWI where M.A and Jeanne took flights back home.

The rest of us left for Long Island to see my daughter Kristin at her book signing – yes she wrote a book (along with her business partner Dannielle) the book title  ”This is a book for Parents of Gay Kids”

I am so proud of Kristin – as my sister Theresa said – “she is a missionary of sorts.” helping kids with this HUGE bulling problem, and just answering questions they might have about life in general.

They have a new project called “The Parent Project” which helps parent and, child who come out to their families.  Their book is an amazing reference guide for parent and child to go to for help and answers to questions they might have throughout the process of understanding each other.

Couldn’t be prouder of my daughter.  Love you so much.

I continued to spend time with the Long Island girls for 2 more day.

Lots of laughter, tears and eating and of course a glass of wine or 3 just the best time being with my family.

Pete arrived on Tuesday night for the Thanksgiving holiday, so good to see him after 6 days.

We traveled to Brooklyn on Wednesday to be with Kristin and Jenny for Thanksgiving.

Had a wonderful time with them. We watched a few movies, had a great Thanksgiving meal together and then Skyped Alyson our youngest – who lives in LA – so good to see her face – can’t wait to be with her for Christmas (this will be another story)

I have such a warm feeling of contentment and love as I visit with my daughter and daughter-in-law Jenny.

Their home has so much love that you feel it all around you.

Such a beautiful visit.

Pete and I traveled back to Altamont reflecting back on our wonderful visit with everyone.

God Bless you all and I thank you all for the best 8 days of love.

Much love,