Junior Mints

Keep it real Wednesday, April 3, 2019 On Saturday I made a healthy breakfast for Rosemary: Oatmeal with fresh blueberries, toast with jam and almond milk. For lunch, she had a cucumber and tomato salad, applesauce, fresh bread and Propel. Rosemary’s 92 year old body has changed along with her ability to digest certain foods, so I am very careful …

Courage

Courage Keep it real Wednesday, March 27, 2019 What is courage? Courage is doing for others. In the great depression, being poor was common, but so was helping those less fortunate. Many grew up poor and often sacrificed from their own need to help another.  Stories are told of households leaving bowls of oatmeal on the doorstep for people less …

What is Palliative Care?

March 20, 2019Eighteen months ago, Rosemary was under the care of 8 different physicians, each one intensely focused on their individual body system. Although you would never guess it from our posts and adventures, Rosemary is legally blind and very hard of hearing. She has also suffered several spinal fractures and a broken hip within the last four years, combined …

Accentuate the Positive

Keep It Real Wednesday, March 13, 2019Accentuate the Positive As many of you have seen in our past videos, Rosemary LOVES to sing. Of all the songs in her repertoire, “Accentuate the Positive” has always been one of her favorites. This is a tune she has been singing for years to anyone who will listen. Since November, when the Blessing …

My Grandma

Hi, I’m Amanda and I’m Rosemary’s granddaughter. I am here to give you my perspective of what it was like growing up with our 100 lb of pure Irish joy. You know her as Rosemary, but to me she has always been known as “Gram”. Growing up with Gram was AMAZING. My brother and I always had a playmate, an …

Steel Magnolias

I tried to look up a term for a lifelong friend and couldn’t find one.  Some said it is like trying to describe the smell of a summer rain storm.  It is a fragrant sweet smell we all know and but there no words to describe it.  It is sure, solid and comforting – it is without demands yet gives …

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Harry Potter Scar

February 21, 2019 About this time last year, I was working full time, care providing full time, worrying about not being everything to everyone full time and unable to slow down and take a deep breath. I leap over every hurdle that was thrown at me, telling me to slow down. Until one fateful day, I lost a race down …

Rosemary’s Baby

When I was in 5th grade, my teacher assigned the class to do an autobiography. My parents provided me with a shoebox of photos for me to look through to find the perfect pictures to tell the story of my 9 years of life. The entire project was about 10 pages and I needed a clever title to wow my …