Hi Mom!

Keep it Real Wednesday September 2, 2020 Hi Mom!! Back in the 1970’s, prior to cable TV, sports were only viewed on 3 stations – ABC, NBC and CBS. Wide World of Sports was broadcast by ABC once a week, usually on Saturdays. Live interviews with athletes were rare. When an athlete knew the National TV camera was on them, …

Message from Shelby

Keep it Real Wednesday Message from Shelby August 26, 2020 Happy Wednesday! This is Shelby writing to you today hoping to encourage you by sharing a few things I have learned from my Grandma. I have never had to wonder where my sassy Irish genes came from because if you know Grandma Rosie, you know she is full Irish. Just …

It’s the Why

Keep it Real Wednesday August 19, 2020 It’s the WHY For those of us who may struggle with getting weary sometimes, I have a message for you today. Two years ago, I chose to retire to care for Rosemary fulltime. The Blessing Bike was born and evolved into a nonprofit and the bulk of free time (and that of our …

3 Hankies

Keep it Real Wednesday Three hankies August 12, 2020 The night before Rosemary married Raymond, her friends and bridesmaids, Ginny and Lettie, spent the night with her as was customary in those times. At the crack of dawn my Grandmother, Rosemary’s mother, burst into the room where the 3 girls were sleeping soundly.  My grandmother stood uncomfortably in the doorway …

Helping Hand

Keep it Real Wednesday Helping hand August 5, 2020 This past weekend I celebrated my 60th birthday and decided to commemorate it by renting a gigantic blow up Slip and Slide on the hottest day of the year in our front yard. Neighbors gathered and we all squealed like kids as we took a running jump on our bellies and …

Rose are red….

Keep it Real Wednesday Roses are red…. July 29, 2020 Wade and I were crawling around in our attic in search of some old documents when I came across a box of yearbooks and trinkets from junior high and high school. In the middle of this hot summer day, sitting in the attic above the garage with sweat pouring down …

Message from Morgan

Keep it Real Wednesday July 22, 2020 Message from Morgan Happy Wednesday friends. This is Morgan writing to you. I am one of Rosemary’s granddaughters and I feel honored to be able to write this week’s Keep it Real Wednesday post.  Growing up, Grandma Rosie was always right on time with sending birthday cards and singing happy birthday to us on the phone. When …

The Sheeny

Keep it Real Wednesday The “Sheeny’ July 15, 2020 Rosemary’s recollection of her past is flooded with stories.  What is fascinating to me is that she finds precious cracks and crevices in her memory and shares stories that I have never heard.  She never ceases to amaze me. I am grateful for this blog to document them all. Today’s story …

Waste Not, Want Not

Keep it Real Wednesday Waste Not, Want Not July 8, 2020 Many of us grew up with parents who survived the depression era and have heard the term “waste not, want not” throughout our childhood years. But what exactly does it mean? Well, to Rosemary it means to keep a little something aside for others, even our furry friends. Each …

#metoo

Keep it real Wednesday July 1, 2020 #Metoo As many of you may know, like many of the elderly, Rosemary suffers from poor eyesight and hearing. These barriers will often cause people to feel isolated, so I try diligently to update her often with current events. Lately, the current events have been mainly about the virus but recently I tried to …