Category: love

Friday the 13th and then Love Day…..

Oh LOVE is in the……
 This has been the winter of hell so far this year!
It seems like Mother Nature isn’t happy with New England lately!
Friday the 13th???
 The Barn Shoppe is buried just like the rest of the place!
Everyone I know is going crazy…..

Even Sophie has had it!
WHAT’S That?????  MORE SNOW????
Where we gonna put it?????

Oh well….
Happy LOVE Day everyone on Saturday!


Dads Passion

My Dad will be 77 this year in August.  He was a Home Builder until he got involved in Race Horses!

I was around 9 or 10 I think when race horses became not only his passion but his new line of work love!  

So since the “60’s” he has been racing his horses at the track.

He stopped building houses and started claiming horses.  He bought a 33 acre farm and filled it with race horses. 

 I asked him one day not too long ago when he was going to retire and take it easy….
He said “When I fall down dead in my tracks! 
I LOVE what I do and I don’t want to ever stop doing it!”

So even tho taking care of a ton of horses all day every day is really a lot of work
and even tho it has aged my dad from being constasntly outside in the New England weather,
he LOVES what he does!

Not too many people can say that they LOVE what they do and make a living at it.

My Dad is one of the lucky ones.  He had riding horses as a kid and then we had horses growing up and now he has his race horses and is a trainer.  He has had a few great horses over the years.

And I will assume he has made a pretty penny every now and again.  But all that seems to matter to him is that he can keep racing and having his horses.

Him and his wife are side by side every day too, doing what they love!


Moms Vintage Family

Not sure if you have noticed yet or not, but I LOVE vintage pictures!  I mostly LOVE the ones of our family!

This is mom’s high school picture….

And this is my Mom, not sure how old she was here…..

These lovely ladies are my Aunt Vivian, she is one of my grandmothers sisters,
then my Aunt Janet, she is my Mom’s older sister, and then my Grandmother, Beatrice or “Bea”
as a lot of people called her.

My grandmother LOVED the beach!  It’s one of the things I always will remember about her.  She seemed the happiest ever at the beach!

Aidan turns 1…..

Well actually he turned one on November 29th!
This kid has the most beautiful eyes and smile you could ever want. He’s just a ray of sunshine and a burst of wind!  His energy is endless!

This is me and my daughter, Aidan’s mom.  I am thankful every day that they are both here and healthy. 
I love to kiss this little ham when he lets me!  He’s so dam cute!
His mom loves hats and is always buying him a new one!
I am so lucky to have the cutest grandkids around!
He is one of my favorite subjects to have a photo shoot with!
Kisses anyone?  Only 25 cents!
Our dog Sophie just loves these kids so much…..
She just can’t get enough!

It sure is exhausting being one!
Oh…wait maybe I meant for me, because this one takes a nap and is up and running again!  Happy Birthday Aidan, Ma loves you sooo much!!!!

Friends for Life, Sister by Choice

We met in the gym in 7th grade.  She was new to the school and so was I.  We had to sit on the bleachers because we didn’t have any gym clothes.  We started talking and realized we were in almost ALL the same classes.
We became friends right away.  We are still friends today.

I don’t  have any sisters so I have always considered her my sister.  Over the years we have both been thru rough times, had children, moved, had personal tragedies, lots of happy times and long spans of not hearing from each other for whatever reasons…..  

She has always been someone I could tell anything to and she would always listen and give me her advice.  She has lived with me over the years a few times and we still remained friends!  That’s usually a feat in itself!  She is always the first one I think of to call when I am having a hard time or when something awesome is going on in my life. 

She knows all about my good stuff and all about the mistakes I have made.  There have been times when it’s been years that we have not spoken and I must say I’m not sure why that happens but it does. 

Best friends...

This last span of no communication was awful for me, I hate not being able to talk to her.  Then I got an unexpected email from her sister telling me she would be coming up and she wanted me to meet them as a surprise.  I couldn’t wait for the night to come!

Thanks to her sister we are back on track and I couldn’t be happier!   She and her husband have just bought their first home and I am so excited for her.  She has wanted that for a long time and it finally has come true!  I’m hoping I can plan a trip to see her new home this coming year, that would just be the best!  It’s funny how some people you just feel belong in your life forever and some you wish your paths had never crossed!

Vintage Family

I get so excited when my Dad says he has more vintage family pictures!
Here is my Dad sitting on a stoop.

Family in front of the house

My dad with 2 of his fur babies! Summer St., Brockton.

My dad’s sister, (my aunt Rosie) with an aunt.

Here is a picture of my grandmother in 1956 a year before I was born. You can see my Nona and great great aunt in the background.

Here is my grandpa and grandma in front of their Summer St., Brockton home in 1955.

The home is almost done being built.

My dad on his horse.

My great great aunts and my Nona with my dad and his
sister and cousins.

My Nona & great great aunt

My dad

Here he is again on his horse.


Today I was on adding to my tree and looking up relatives and thinking about all the family before me that has had a part in the life i live today.  It’s amazing when you think about it how many family members there were before you and how they branch off to other families and so and so on.  I have always felt I have lived another life way back when and wonder which one of those people was i?  Pretty crazy i know, but I have felt that way ever since I can remember.  Anyway, I am going to post some pictures of my Mom.  She is very special to my heart for a lot of reasons.  I wish she lived closer so we could see her more than the once a year she comes home to stay with us for a few weeks. My mom has always been there for me no matter how far away she lives from me.  I can always call her any time of the day or night and in the past have had to do so.  When I was a kid we had horses and were in the western horse shows doing barrel races and stuff like that.  My mom was always the one with us outside playing football and whatever else we were doing.  All my girlfriends loved her, they could talk to her about anything.  It wasnt easy growing up with a divorced mom on welfare and foodstamps, but back then that was the only choice she had with 4 kids to raise and child support not coming in.  She worked but it was never enough, we just got by, but I was happy most of the time.  My mom finally seems to be pretty happy with her life.  She married a guy who she dated in high school and had lost touch with and as I understand it, she had dumped him for my father!  They just moved to another part of Florida and have a nice little place which they are filling up with animals!  minature cow, donkey, dogs, cats, and god knows what else, but thats what makes her happy.  I am surprised she doesnt have a frog pond yet as that is what she collects.  She has a collection of a bazillion frog statues,etc., that she has been collecting ever since I can remember.  And even tho we say she should stop, what do we buy her for a gift…another frog!  I think my mother did a good job of raising me!  There is a lot more I could write about but this is good for now.  I love you Mom

Happy Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day is for sharing your love with the people you care about the most.  I feel that I share my love with these certain someones all year long in various ways.  I hope they all know how much they are loved, but you are never sure if they “REALLY” know you love them.  I love them the best I know how and I love them all in different ways depending on who they are.  I have come to the conclusion that as I grow older, there are less people I truley love and the ones I love, I love much deeper and love them for much different reasons than I did years ago.  There are so many different kinds of Love and it’s a blessing to have all of the feelings each one brings.  I am a Daughter, a Mother, a Fiance’, a Grandmother and many other things and with all these hats, come so many chances to LOVE.  I hope Valentines Day finds you with lots of LOVE to give and to receive!  HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!!

Jillian Violet Jean is 2 Today!

Jillian is two today,
actually she will be two at 5:58p.m today!
She is my 2nd daughters, second daughter!
And if you have had the pleasure of her company you
would love her right away…

She has the best personality and is such a ham. She loves everyone
and has no problem telling you, and her hugs and kisses are the best!

She loves Mike and her cousin Mackenzie……

and her daddy…..

and especially her mommy….. Thanks mommy for having another
awesome baby girl to share with us……
Her sissy loves her so much and helps to take care of her….
Her cousin is like having another sister around and she
loves all the attention she gets from the both of them…..
She was such a chubba baby…..
and makes the cutest faces then & now…..
And loves to have her picture taken anytime she sees a camera….
she loves to make a mess while eating…..
And she couldn’t look anymore like her daddy if she tried….
She is such a blessing to have with us…..
She brightens your day just to look at her….

I have been so blessed to have 3 such gorgeous granddaughters
in my life to love, hug, and enjoy!
Happy Birthday Miss Jillian!!!!
Ma loves you so very much!!!!!

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