Well, it seems we will be doing some hosting this week with company coming in from out of town for my Dad’s service, so here’s my response to Linda G Hill’s SoCS prompt-which is this: Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “rev.” Use “rev” or find a word that contains it. Have fun!
When Dad was staying here with me, he was in our guest room. Now, with Patsy and Tom coming in next week from Tulsa, we needed to revert the room back to it’s original state. The photo shown is from Unsplash, i wish my guest room looked like this, but we make do with what we have. 😉
We donated all of his medical equipment to Glenview Wellness and Rehab, where he stayed for his rehab. They were happy to get it. ☺️
Then, I bagged up all of his clothes and shoes and put them in the closet until the boys can go through them, before I donate them to Mission Central. Dave and I went and bought a beautiful frame for his pictures we will be using for the service. Dave also purchased a lovely guest sign-in book for the memorial. My other cousin will be staying with my brother, Kevin, who is also revving up for company. His batchelor pad needed sprucing up, so he has a friend helping with that while Dave and I are stuck at the house waiting for the delivery of the urn.
Funny story, I received an email saying that I missed the delivery, believed it without checking, and gave my bank and address information to what turned out to be a scam posing as the USPS, which resulted in someone charging my credit card over $500! Don’t worry, it’s cancelled and the bank has issued me a new one. 🙄
It’s weird how when the situation calls for it, you have to quash your emotions and go on autopilot to get everything done that needs to be done in preparation for events such as this. On Thursday, I’m liable to be a basket case, but today, I just feel determined to get my house in better shape, I feel accomplished at giving some of Dad’s things to people who can really use them and not somewhere they will have had to buy them. ☺️
As I sit here in the silence, its peaceful and reflective, but I need to get up and move around soon.
My son Sean is moving today, maybe I should go lend a hand and get my mind off of everything for a while. We’ll see.
I have done my Spanish, read my emails, and checked my Facebook messages and responded to many of the condolences on my dad’s obituary.
Everything is done that I can do in preparation for his services, except to buy a frame for his photo and a guest book. His urn is expected to arrive today or tomorrow, so the dilemma is should I hang around here and wait for it, or go get some things done?
I guess I will get dressed, eat breakfast, and see what develops.
Have a peaceful day everyone, and if you get a silent moment or two, enjoy it. 🤗
I was emotional and torn up with grief when I said what i said about being afraid Dad was mistreated at the residential care center where he passed away. I want to clear the air and say that Micheal and his staff were caring, loving, and went above and beyond in their service to Dad. The family would like to thank everyone involved in Dad’s care at Sparks Assisted Living Residential Care center for the loving treatment he received. In addition, I want to thank everyone at Hurst Plaza and Glenview Wellness and Rehab for all they did to try and help my dad. They did their best for as understaffed as they were.
I copied the obituary from the funeral home to share here with you.
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Gustave Peter Robicheaux, Jr.
October 21, 1934 ~ November 22, 2021 (age 87)
Gustave Peter Robicheaux Jr. born October 21, 1934, died peacefully on November 22, 2021. Gus, as he was known to friends and family alike, was born in Franklin, Louisiana to Catherine J. Lechner and Gustave Pierre Robicheaux who preceded him in death. Also proceeding him in death were his sisters, Marion and Marjory and the love of his life-Betty, who passed away in 2014.
Gus was a proud veteran of the Navy where he achieved the rank of petty officer first class. He was a fourth-degree in the Knights of Columbus and a member of the American Legion. Gus was a double engineer and had graduated from SMU. He loves to garden, tinker in his garage, and was a frugal but accomplished master of all trades. He could fix anything and was always ready to lend hand to whom ever needed his help. From working on cars to fixing TVs, Gus could do it all. His hobbies were playing pool, making wine, and gardening. He was well respected in his field, loved by all who knew him, and will be sorely missed by his friends and family.
Gus is survived by his daughter Kimberly S. Smyth and her husband David, his son Kevin, and three grandchildren-Sean P. Robicheaux, Joshua S. Smyth, and Christopher A. Smyth, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Services for Gus will be at Saint John the Apostle Catholic Church in North Richland Hills on November 9 at 11 AM. In Leu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or the Knights of Columbus.
FUNERAL MASSThursday December 9, 2021 11:00 AM St. John The Apostle Catholic Church 7341 Glenview Drive North Richland Hills, TX 76180DirectionsText DetailsEmail DetailsSend Flowers to Gustave’s Funeral MassGuaranteed delivery before the Funeral Mass begins
After my visit with Julie yesterday, I was able to face the day’s tasks with less anxiety and emotion, therefore, we got a ton of things accomplished! We had a meeting with the Knights of Columbus (my dad was a 4th degree Knight), a trip to the church to tell them we wanted to schedule his service there, a meeting with the probate lawyer, which added even more to our to-do list for tomorrow, and even went and picked up all of Dad’s belongings at the residential hime where he passed away. I feel stronger, but was a little emotional doing that last task. The last thing I did tonight was get an urn ordered online, and I think we will all be happy with it. I’m going to ask the funeral home tomorrow if they can save out some of his ashes for a beautiful cross I want to buy later. It is a rustic cross with a small orb at the bottom that the ashes will be incorporated into. Part of him will always be with me 😌
I’m sure tired, and that may be due to constant running around and bottling up emotions, and yet I feel a sense of accomplishment at all we got done. My brother is back to work, but had nothing going on today, so having him run us all over town while he still could was awesome. I have much to do again tomorrow, but its all part of the process and it has to get done. Most of it is phone calls, but I also have to go get his picture blown up and framed for the service. I’m still not sure when the obit gets written, or if I’m doing it, but that will be soon, I’m sure, because we are going to try and get the service scheduled for Dec 10th or 11th.