Have a Superb Day

Real Estate Agent with Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes BR564219000

I read an interesting note from a head broker to her firm this morning, detailing the thought about taking life, or work, a slice at a time.  Looking at the real estate market as well, a slice at a time.

This past week I haven't blogged or responded to other blog postings, and I'd started up with a vengeance end of March.  I have missed being regular on  ActiveRain and the knowledge and insight it shares in SPADES. 

However, on April 11, my mother was admitted into the hospital with weakness and a urinary infection.  On April 13, we received word and council regarding our next slice of life together:  Hospice Care.

We're not really sure what time we have left, or the quality of it, but we've decided to capitalize upon it, celebrate the remaining time
Each day is another day together.  At 90...that's a big deal

Each day we choose a new adjective to describe what's going on....answering the invariable question, "And how are YOU today?"  Today's word is superb.

Mentally, we put off these final stages of life until we have to, I think.  My mother and I have joked about old age and dying and planning and estate planning for the past ten years - because it's inevitable.  We're going to go through it together.

She's living in our joint home - lucky enough to have found a residence 5 years ago big enough for her to have her own privacy, kitchen and mobility - right alongside my husband and I - in our attached home.  As time goes by, I imagine we will sleep in her master so we are a bit closer for those in-the-night calls that are coming already.

So, it's a slice, and we're not biting off more than we can chew. Just keeping our focus small, and on the here and now.  Thanks for reading.  Thanks for listening.

Have a superb day. 


P.s.  Our thanks so far to Casa de la Luz Hospice.  They have been supplying almost instant support with every call and request.


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Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Golden Girls with SW Desert Homes


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Comments (6)

Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

You have been blessed to have your mother living to 90 years of age Cara Marcelle Mancuso . I hope she gets through this current "slice" of life and that you have more time together. My mother was murdered at the age of 65, she did not get to meet my wife or our children. I take comfort in knowing that we will all be united in heaven someday and seeing the great joy on her face as she welcomes my children into God's kingdom.

Apr 21, 2022 12:44 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

Hi Bob "RealMan" Timm .  Took me a while to respond.  How awful, how sad for your mother - I can't imagine.  We do have JOY ahead, indeed, and we can be thankful for that blessing.

May 24, 2022 08:44 AM
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ

Hi Cara I am praying for your Mom and all of you.  I love your way of handling a tough time - word of the day Superb.  Your Mom taught you well.  What a lovely and very wise woman.  Focusing in the now moment is ever so important right now and I'll be thinking of all of you.  Bless you 😘

Apr 21, 2022 02:00 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

Hi Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker   Thank you always for your positivity and your puppy pictures.  Such FUN.  We got that those words were a lifeline, near the end.  Mom was barely speaking but she wanted to know the word of the day.  Wonderful memories.  The other wonderful "coincidence" is that Mom always said she wanted a party instead of a funeral.  How appropriate that she passed on Cinco de Mayo -- a major party day!  Our closest friends joined us for a margarita and tacos later that same day.  :)

May 24, 2022 08:46 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Cara- I too will be sending my prayers to you and your mom. You have a good attitude and I know this will help you as you choose the word to describe how you're doing. 

Apr 21, 2022 06:18 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

Hi Kathy - thank you for your lovely comments you sprinkle throughout the rain.  I always enjoy your thoughtful replies.  We had fun with the words. 😃

May 24, 2022 08:47 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Cara, I always hoped and dreamed my parents would be with us forever... sadly that is not the case.... hope you have time to enjoy every moment with your mom, life and AR can wait, my thoughts and prayers go out to you, Endre

Apr 21, 2022 10:53 PM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

I keep focusing on the fact I had her 62 years - a real treat.  Sometimes a pain too!  Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.

May 24, 2022 08:48 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

I think it's great that you and your family are addressing this time of life with positivity - and superb is certainly positive! Dealing with an aging and/or infirm parent can be quite stressful so I wish you continued good spirits and health.

Apr 22, 2022 05:06 AM
Cara Marcelle Mancuso

Hi again Kat - we were cracking jokes even at the end.  My daughter was able to fly in from England and share her Rugby bruises, even!  Laughter is indeed, medicine.

May 24, 2022 08:52 AM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day!

May 30, 2022 07:18 AM