Sad times

Well, as the nurse at the Cape Cod nursing home informed me last week over the phone, my Mom is “on her way out.” So Stefano and I are leaving on Saturday for the U.S.A. To say goodbye to Mom…hoping to get there in time…

Sad times.

I can’t concentrate right now on anything beyond the necessary daily tasks, such as taking care of the cats. Speaking of which, this morning one of my cats, our 11-year-old Priscilla, suddenly fell out of her hammock, located on the tall cat tree next to my desk, and went splat! on the ground. Her paws gave in…I think she landed on her stomach. _1080736Then she began having convulsions. Very scary. I threw myself on the ground and held her and soothed her until the convulsions stopped. She is stable now, asleep on our bed, but I’m taking her in to see the vet-neurologist this afternoon. (This is a recent photo of her.)

When it rains, it pours. So true.

Anyway, take care, everyone! I will try to post updates from time to time during this very difficult period for me and my family…Ciao!


  1. I’m so very sorry about your mom, and your cat. I know there are no words that can make it easier. Safe travels, and I hope you have a chance to say goodbye.

  2. Dear Margaret,
    I’m so very sorry. I can’t imagine how difficult this must be for you. Sending you love and my sincere sympathy.

  3. I am so sorry to read this post Margaret. It is such a difficult time coming to terms with the loss of a much loved parent. My best wishes travel with you and I shall remember you and your dear Mom in my prayers.

  4. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time, Margaret. Here’s to the strength you all need to carry you through this. Please keep us posted.

  5. My PRAYERS are with you Margaret.

    Also I am NOT on email at present, but your system will not accept input with one, so here is the old one

  6. So sorry to read your news. My thoughts are with you and your family as you make this trip. I am grateful for every moment we were able to spend with my mother, so hope that you can gather all the good memories during this time.

  7. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Healing thoughts for your sweet cat also.

  8. I am sending you courage, strength and spirit for this journey, stay well and please also take care of yourself, Beatrice

  9. I’m so sorry to hear this news Margaret. My prayers are with you and your family and kitty too. Gary

  10. Margaret, your blog has always a special quality that makes it unique, like a warm friendly embrace saying everyone: you are not alone.
    Your passion, your frankness your determination in finding beauty in small details made you an invaluable presence, like an old friend to come back to.

    Now in these difficult moments for you and your family I just want you to know that you are not alone and that all our best wishes are with you and your dear ones.

    Be strong.

    We, your readers are now worried for you

  11. Never easy Margaret. I’m so sorry about your mom, and hope you got there in time for her to know you were there. It isn’t easy to pick up and go quickly. Hope your sweet kitty is doing better. Prayers for you are going up.

  12. Dear Margaret,

    I’m thinking about you and your family. If there’s anything I can do for you, please let me know.


  13. I am very sorry to be reading this. I hope you made it there in time to hug her at least once more.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *