Tomatoes

Keep it Real Wednesday June 16, 2021 Rosemary loves tomatoes, FRESH tomatoes.   Maybe it started when she married a full blooded Italian but this Irish girl could live off tomatoes. She loves them in every form, raw and eaten like an apple with garlic salt, tomato and mayo sandwich on white bread, fresh bruschetta, tomato and grilled cheese sandwiches, fresh …

The Real Deal

Keep it Real Wednesday June 9, 2021 The Real Deal Every once in a while, in life we meet “real” people. You know, people who are authentic and just plaingood. The kind of people whose hearts embrace new friendships and cherish the old ones. Linda and Eric Pitzer are those people to us, and the Blessing Bike. When we originally …

Tattoo Who?

Keep it Real Wednesday June 2, 2021 Tattoo who? Rosemary was always the “cool” Grandma with our children. Her bedroom was the “safe room” where they could go and tell their secrets.  She was always open to conversations and nothing really shocked her.  Heck, I think she tried to give Amanda a wine cooler in 6th grade at a Neil …

Wax on Wax off

Keep it Real Wednesday Wax on, Wax off May 26, 2021 Today’s message is a bit more educational but not for the queasy.  Consider yourself warned. One of the things I have learned about caring for an elderly person is the problem of wax buildup in their ears, especially those with tiny ear canals. Wax can get compacted and very …

Wasn’t Me

Keep it Real Wednesday Wasn’t me May 19, 2021 As many of you may know, we have a beautiful canine friend named Cooper, who will be 13 years old this summer.  If what they say about human to dog age ratio is true (1:7), this brings Cooper to about 91 years old in human years.  Rosemary will be 95.  They …

Assos

Keep it Real Wednesday Assos May 12, 2021 Today’s message is most definitely a “Keep it Real” message. To give you some background, Rosemary and I have logged over 2,000 miles on the blessing bike and have enjoyed every minute of it.  Previously to riding with Rosemary, I was a sporadic bike rider with an occasional commute to work and …

Cinco de Mayo

Keep it Real Wednesday Cinco De Mayo May 5, 2021 In honor of Cinco De Mayo, I asked Rosemary to share her favorite story related to Cinco de Mayo. I could see her wheels turning and could tell from her soft expression that a story was brewing. She said, “Do you remember when your Dad died, and we spent hours …

Up, Up and Away

Keep it Real Wednesday Up, Up and Away April 28, 2021 For Rosemary’s 85th birthday (in 2011), we surprised her with a hot air balloon ride, something she always wanted to do.  She asked Nick, our 14-year-old son, to join her. We were excited about Nick and Rosemary sharing such a special experience.  Little did we know what was in …

Ham Spread

Keep it Real Wednesday Ham Spread April 21, 2021 For those of you who have not met Rosemary in person, she weighs in at about 90 pounds. She has always had a slight build but keeping weight on her in her 90’s has not been the easiest thing to accomplish.  Consequently, when Rosemary has a craving for a certain food, …

Let’s Play a Game

Keep it Real Wednesday April 14, 2021 Let’s Play a Game Yesterday, Rosemary, Cooper and I ventured out on the blessing bike to enjoy some afternoon sunshine. We took a different path than normal and detoured to the Elementary School my children attended many years ago.    My mind was flooded with memories of my children (who are now 30 …