Monday, April 6, 2020

IN MEMORY OF MY FATHER

This is copied from my Facebook page from Thursday the 2nd of April for those who do not follow me there. I have added some of the same pictures and some new ones......

It comes with great sadness to have to tell you that my Father Ray Vlcek passed away early this morning in his sleep. (June 25, 1923 - April 2, 2020) He was a gentle and kind man who had love in his heart for others. I will miss him so much. He was my best friend and I will miss talking with him everyday.
He has been asking God to take him for the last 3 months. Yesterday he told me to make sure that everyone knows that he loved them very much. He also said that he was hoping he could make it to his birthday so he could meet baby James in person. He will be missed by his entire family and his friends.
"Dad, I hope you had a wonderful reunion with Mom this morning." The picture of the rainbow my  mom sent to him on his 95th birthday. My Mom has been sending rainbows to us ever since she passed away 38 years ago.


Mom and Dad when they were dating.
 A picnic when we were young.
 Church one Sunday in the '50's.
My wedding in 1972.
Kissing Adam as a toddler.
Amber as a newborn.
Adam and Amber with Grandpa.
Adam and Amber with Grandpa one Christmas.
(these B&W are from a photo book I made him)
Grandpa reading to them. 
Amber, Grandpa and Adam at his cottage. 
At Disneyland with Grandpa. I remember he took a bite out of his Mickey ears before the photo!
When they were teenagers with Grandpa.
 Me and my dad several years ago.
Dancing with Amber at her wedding.
 Me dancing with my dad at her wedding.
(this photo was taken out of an old frame, hence the messed up cheek)
My dad with Skye in 2009.
My dad posing for me on one of my visits.
 His 90th birthday party!
With his children at his 95th birthday!
Debby, Dad, Darcy and Raymond
The rainbow my mom sent on his 95th!
Him and I in June last summer.

Of course the Covid-19 has changed this as far as us being their for a funeral. There is a viewing on Thursday morning. (It will be streamed) My sister and her family in Florida will be there. They must all be 15 ft apart, only 10 people and they must wear masks.

My dad will have most of his wishes meet except for us being there, a mass at church, and all of his friends who loved him. His priest will be there to speak and pray over him. The family can't gather after the service, they will all head back home. My dad will be sent to Illinois at Woodlawn Cemetery to be placed in the crypt with my mother as soon as he can be put on a flight.

When things get better, months from now or a year from now we will have a celebration of life in Florida for him with our whole family gathering for that. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

WEDNESDAY HODGEPODGE



 
1. Has spring sprung in your part of the world? How can you tell? Did March come in like a lion where you live? Going out like a lamb or something more ferocious?

We have flowers that bloom all year long but what I notice about Spring are the birds singing. Yes March came in like a lion bringing us several weeks of on and off rain, many of them being very heavy downpours. It's much better now, going out like a lamb.

2. The last thing that caused you to spring to your feet?

Other than the washing machine buzzer going off I can't think of anything. 

3. Do you have a spring clean to-do list? What's one chore on the list you've already managed to accomplish? What spring clean chore do you most dread?

Absolutely not but I should! I've never had one. 

I have to admit that right now I just don't care about anything in the house yet I should be digging in to take my mind off of things. 

So instead I am hiding myself in my office watching Hallmark movies I tape everyday. They are old ones but they are bringing me peace in my heart right now. 

4. Tell us something you've learned about yourself or the wider world as a result of social distancing/the virus crisis.

I've learned that we have a lot of (thoughtless) people who refuse to follow the rules and don't realize that they are hurting everyone by their behavior. 

Being home isn't that hard for me. Not seeing my grandson is making me have panic attacks. I break out in tears all the time. 

The reason being, this could go on for a very long time for me. Just because the virus declines does not mean it is safe for me to be among people. I need the vaccine and that's a long ways off. 

5. Something you love that's the color pink?

I have a Pinterest board called IN THE PINK. I can't seem to think of anything in pink to talk about but I love things in pink. The robe I'm wearing is pink. 

6. Insert your own random thought here.


Girls...femininity always! #pink #pinkperfection #perfectlypink ... 

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