The Crust

Keep it Real Wednesday September 22, 2021 The Crust When our children were young, our son was notorious for leaving the sandwich crust on his plate.  Our daughter would eat the entire sandwich, crust and all and never complain but our son, well, he would refuse.  After many unsuccessful attempts at trying to get him to eat his crust, I …

Laurie and Jane

Keep it Real Wednesday September 15, 2021 Laurie and Jane People often tell me I am such a good daughter for caring for Rosemary 24/7. I believe that’s up for debate. I think we all try to do what we can.  Has it been easy caring for an elderly family member 24/7 in our home as they inch closer and …

Looking Up

Keep it Real Wednesday September 8, 2021 Looking Up As a 24/7 caregiver for Rosemary, the pace of my life is slower than most, helping me to appreciate all the little moments. Something happens when we slow down our lives a bit, the present becomes more clear and simple moments become more apparent. For instance, yesterday I noticed something about …

Washing Windows

Keep it Real Wednesday September 1, 2021 Washing Windows A friend was over the other day and Rosemary was sharing stories. It’s been a while since I heard this one, so I listened intently, and I recalled the story from my own vantage point. In the 1970’s we lived in Greensboro North Carolina. My grandmother (Rosemary’s mother) lived with us …

Only in Idaho

Keep it Real Wednesday August 25, 2021 Only in Idaho… Rosemary grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and where she met my Dad and got married. Soon after they started having children, his career path developed, and our family began moving around the country as he climbed the corporate ladder.  Our moves took us to many places including Pennsylvania, New York, …

Ninety-Five

Keep it Real Wednesday August 18, 2021 NINETY-FIVE! Saturday August 21st, Rosemary will be 95 years old. NINETY-FIVE! On our ride a few days ago, I asked Rosemary to tell me about her birthdays when she was young and what they did to celebrate.  Rosemary said to me with a melancholy smile “First of all, I never thought I would …

“The Look”

Keep it Real Wednesday August 11, 2021 The Look In going through some old pictures this week, I found this snapshot from 1970.  Pictured is Rosemary and her Mom (Marie Sweeney O’Malley) in the parking lot of the church after attending Mass. This was WAY before everyone carried a camera and I am not sure why my Father even had a camera with him to take this …

Shucking Corn

Keep it Real Wednesday August 4, 2021 Shucking corn Last Friday night, Wade and I took an evening bike ride and we stumbled across a farmer selling his freshly picked corn. We could not pass it up. Somehow, we managed to load our bikes with 4 dozen ears of corn and rode the 3 miles back home (Wade carried 3 …

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 …