Wednesday, April 1, 2020

We Need to Take Some Time Off

Black Velvet Cocktail

Alas, not an April Fools’ joke

We’re sad to report that Father of Kitchen Riffs passed away recently. The “oldster,” as we affectionately called him, was 99 and lived a good life. His doctor advised us several weeks ago that the end was coming, but it’s still a shock when it does.

So we’re taking two or three weeks off.

Oh, and the picture that tops this post? It’s the Black Velvet Cocktail, which reportedly was invented to commemorate the passing of Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria.

It’s an appropriate drink for us this week. We lift our glasses to The Oldster.

80 comments:

  1. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.

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  2. I'm very sorry to hear about your loss, and wish you comfort as we all go into hard times.

    be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  3. I'm sorry for your loss. You're right, even when you expect it, the death of a loved one is still a blow. I wish for you a measure of peace.

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  4. I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Even expected it is still difficult. May his memory be eternal!

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  5. My condolences John. May each and every memory of him be a blessing for you. This drink seems very fitting. My hat is tipped to the oldster. May we all hope to live to such an amazing age. Hang in there. Lots of hugs, Abbe

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  6. I am so very sorry to hear the loss of your dad, John. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

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  7. It hurts so much to lose a loved one. Sending you and your family John, my heartfelt condolences.

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  8. I am so sorry for your loss. No matter how well you are prepared it is always a shock. Please take care!

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  9. A quiet but best from afar . . . shall be thinking of you . . .

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  10. I am so sorry for your loss. A big strong hug.
    Amalia
    xo

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  11. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Please let us know if you need anything. Please take care and stay well.

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  12. My condolences, John. I have seen much death in my life, but it's a shock every time it strikes...
    I wish you all strenght in this time of loss!

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  13. My sincerest condolences, John. A parent is hard to lose at any age. I'll have a toast to the oldster this evening!

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  14. I'm so sorry for your loss. Take all the time you need.

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  15. I'm sorry for the loss of your father. Wishing you feelings of comfort and peace. Take care

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  16. So, so sorry. That is hard. Sending good thoughts your way. Stay safe!

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  17. Oh John, I am so sorry for your loss...not matter how we think we are prepared...we are never ready for this kind of news...
    Sending you lots of love...stay safe.

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  18. John, I am so sorry for your loss. While I cannot truly imagine how difficult this is on you, I hope it offers you some comfort that he lived such a long life and that he will no doubt watch over you. I am thinking of you :)

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  19. A lovely eulogy to our Dad. Thank you, John and Ginger!
    Cheryl

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  20. John, I am so sorry for both of you. Whether it’s expected or not, the death of a parent is such a significant loss in one’s life. Know that you and Mrs. KR are in my thoughts and heart.

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  21. My sincerest condolences to you and your family.

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  22. Oh John, I am so sorry for your loss. I now you are very thankful to have been able to have him around for so many years but loss of a loved one is always hard. 99 years is amazing!!! My thought go out to you and your family,

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  23. Our sincerest condolences to you and your family.

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  24. I'm so sorry for your loss, John. 99 years! That's amazing! Think about how the world has changed in that time. The Oldster was born when women were just gaining the right to vote, and lived to see a day when a woman could almost become president!

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  25. I'm very sorry for your loss. My condolences during this difficult time.

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  26. I'm sorry for your loss, John. Your father was around during the Spanish Flu of 1918 and now for Covid-19. Look forward to your return to blogging soon!

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  27. My condolences, John..you and your family are in our prayers for comfort. Cherish the good memories!

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  28. Sorry terribly sorry to hear this. My condolences to you and your family.

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  29. I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending lots of healing thoughts your way. ~Valentina

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  30. I am so very sorry. Losses are real and hard no matter the age. Such a beautiful and appropriate toast for a man much loved.

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  31. John, I am so very sorry. "The Oldster"--I love that! I've found that when my loved ones lived into their 90s their death was all the more shocking, in a way, because I had come to believe the magic that since they'd lived that long they would just keep going. Silly, I know. Big virtual, socially distant hugs.

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    1. Thanks! We had hoped the Oldster would make it to 100 -- alas, about 8 months short.

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  32. I'm so sorry for your loss. I lost my mum last year and know how horrible it truly is. 99 is such an incredible age, what a man! Hope you're well all things considering x

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  33. I am so very sorry for your loss, my condolences. Take all the time you need.

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  34. I'm so sorry John. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care and Stay well!

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  35. I'm sorry to hear this news...may your dear father rest in peace.

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  36. I am so sorry for your loss, RIP to your father.

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  37. Very sorry to read your news John, may the 'oldster' rest in peace.

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  38. condolences on your loss KR:( wow - 99 is such a good age, but still a painful loss as you say, even if expected. Hope you're doing okay. love the photo again!!

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