The Steno Pad

Keep it Real Wednesday July 28, 2021 The Steno Pad Yesterday, Rosemary asked me to sit next to her and said she wanted to give me something.  She said she knew my birthday was coming up and she didn’t want to miss it, but the days all seem to run together, and she couldn’t remember exactly what day it is.    …

The Rainbow Bridge

Keep it Real Wednesday July 21, 2021 The Rainbow Bridge Last Thursday evening, July 15, 2021, we all laid on the floor in our family room as we said goodbye to our faithful friend Cooper.  Each pet leaves an imprint in our lives but none like Cooper. Cooper was diagnosed with laryngeal paralysis a few years ago and we were …

The Shamrock

Keep it Real Wednesday July 14, 2021 Shamrocks In March 2020 just before the pandemic shutdown, I took Rosemary to her favorite little Irish Pub for lunch. Jaime, the owner of the pub, was decorating for St. Patrick’s Day and had ordered a dozen or so special little shamrock plants from Ireland. Jaime began chatting with Rosemary and learned of …

It’s more than bikes..

Keep it Real Wednesday July 7, 2021 It’s more than bikes… Last week we delivered the remaining 2 bikes from our most recent shipment.  Before we load each bike into the trailer, Rosemary always asks us where the bike is going and to tell her about the family or place getting the bike. If I have a picture, I will …

Kelleys Island

Keep it Real Wednesday Kelleys Island June 30, 2021 How are you all surviving this record-breaking heat wave?  If you are in the Boise area or anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, we wish you all popsicles, shade, and multiple cool beverages!  Stay safe! As Rosemary and I sat on the swing in our shady backyard last night, I asked her …

Rabbi Brickner

Keep it Real Wednesday June 23, 2021 Rabbi Brickner The Blessing Bike can truly be a magical gateway to trigger memories for Rosemary. I am not sure if it is because nature and all its elements activate a certain part of the brain, but I witness it nearly every day we ride.  On this particular day last week, I watched …

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 …