Like peas and carrots

Keep it Real Wednesday January 20, 2021 Like peas and carrots, In 2008, we lost our dear canine companion Angus, a golden retriever whose heart was too big for his body.  A week after we lost Angus, the sadness in our home was too much to bear and we decided to adopt Cooper, a 6-week-old Labradoodle, to bring some joy …

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100 weeks

Keep it Real Wednesday 100 weeks January 13, 2021 As many of you know, the Blessing Bike evolved from Wade’s caring heart (and genius) in seeing the potential of an old rusted cargo bike on Craig’s List.  Within weeks of picking up the old bike, Wade transformed it into a beautiful passenger bike for Rosemary and me to enjoy together.  …

Resilience

Keep it Real Wednesday January 6, 2021 Resilience Anyone who knows Rosemary knows she is a life-long Cleveland Browns fan. Like many Browns fans, she has been by their side through all the ups (1940’s, 1950’s and 1980’s) and downs (the last 18 years). She loves to talk about Paul Brown, the team’s namesake and very first coach for the …

90 years of friendship

Keep it real Wednesday December 30, 2020 90 years of friendship A few days ago, Rosemary’s best friend Joy called and they had a nice chat. Joy Muldoon is otherwise known as Sister Anne Cecile, a lifelong Ursuline Nun in Cleveland.  Joy and Rosemary have talked on the phone every month for as long as I can remember. They giggled, …

Christmas 2020

Keep it Real Wednesday December 23, 2020 Merry 2020 Christmas Merry Christmas from our clan to yours.  This picture is a throwback of times when we could gather and in anticipation of future laughter and giggles. Wishing you all a very blessed Christmas Season.

A sweet Surprise

December 16, 2020 Keep it Real Wednesday A sweet surprise A few nights ago, Rosemary developed a slight cough.  Due to my positive covid results, we were a bit worried so decided to get her tested. Thank God she was negative. I am truly grateful for her negative result but what I want to share with you today is the …

Rock Chip

Keep it Real Wednesday December 9, 2020 Friends, Today’s message was written a few days ago about Pearl Harbor and Rosemary’s experiences but then I decided to change direction this morning. Today is about Me. It’s about Jill. Rosemary’s daughter. And I am not okay. If this blog is going to live up to its name “Keep it real”, then …

Bring me presents

Keep it Real Wednesday December 2, 2020 Bring me presents I had an experience with my Mom the other day that literally made my mouth drop.  But before I share, I want to provide you with a little bit of background.  My Mom and Dad raised Judy, Mike and I with very traditional values and humble ways of living.  We …

Thanskgiving 2020

Keep it Real Wednesday November 26, 2020 Thanksgiving 2020 At breakfast yesterday I asked Rosemary to tell me all about her most favorite Thanksgiving.  She reflected quietly as she ate her oatmeal.  I was certain that she was going to recall a family time with the five of us (My Mom, Dad and us three kids) and respond with a …

The Browns

Keep it Real Wednesday November 18, 2020 The Browns Rosemary was born in Cleveland, Ohio and is an avid Cleveland Browns fan. She has fond memories of sitting in the stands with my Dad, sharing a flask of their special hooch to keep them warm in subzero temperatures fueled by the fierce winds blowing off the lake.  She can name …