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 …

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Veterans Day

Keep it Real Wednesday November 11, 2020 Veteran’s Day Recently, l took Rosemary for a perfect fall ride on the Blessing Bike.  We brought the blue tooth speaker as we tuned in loud to Bing Crosby.  Rosemary tapped her hand on the bike, snapped her fingers, sang along for all the tunes and shared stories. But it was THIS tune …

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TOGETHER!

Keep it real Wednesday November 4, 2020 Together On Halloween our neighbors gathered for a socially distant fun afternoon to help make Halloween a positive lasting memory for the children.  People wore costumes, played games and even launched a pumpkin catapult which Wade built in our garage.   It was a beautiful afternoon. Although Rosemary was still not feeling up to …

Gratitude Fatigue

Keep it Real Wednesday October 28, 2020 Gratitude Fatigue? Hello everyone, Rosemary was under the weather over the weekend and we thought it would be prudent to get a COVID test at the local Urgent care COVID testing site. Thankfully Rosemary was negative for Covid-19. She does, however, have pneumonia which is not a walk in the park at 94 …

Bushel and a Peck

Keep it Real Wednesday October 21, 2020 Bushel and a Peck Life is busy these days and full of stress. This is Rosemary’s gift to you. She said somebody needed to hear this today

Semper Fi

Keep it Real Wednesday October 14, 2020 Semper Fi Today, I want to share something with you that happened to Wade and I on a trip to a local big box store this week In the checkout line, we noticed a woman with a teenage daughter launching a vicious and vulgar verbal attack on an 80 plus year old man …

The Pocket Talker

Keep it Real Wednesday October 7, 2020 Pocket Talker Rosemary proudly describes herself as a “hearing aid dropout”. She tried them years ago and just couldn’t get used to them and her hearing has slowly deteriorated. In recent years, her lack of hearing has become a barrier and has been an isolation factor (as much as we have tried for …

My Mother’s Hands

Keep it real Wednesday My Mother’s Hands September 30, 2020 I was sitting next to Rosemary in church last weekend and glanced at the tiny hands in her lap.  I studied them for the first time in a really long time. They were smaller than I remembered, and looked very fragile.  When did her hands look so old?  I was …

Heaven preparing our way…

Keep it Real Wednesday September 23, 2020 Heaven Preparing Our Way One day last month Rosemary was feeling under the weather and decided to go to bed a little earlier than normal. Around 8p that evening, I heard her call out to me and I hurried to her room. She asked me to sit on the side of the bed …