I never exactly cut ties with my mother; from my perspective, we were never close. She won't give up her home in Illinois, whereas I live in Seattle. I've been visiting her twice a year, calling her at least once a week, and talking frequently to the home care I arranged for her. Now she is losing touch with reality and, being an only child, the responsibility of seeing that her living arrangements are adequate falls to me. Now she has decided she will live alone with no help, but she isn't capable of caring for herself.
I'm really happy I went to the North American Discworld Convention, and am STILL planning to write more about it eventually.
I need to start finding time and energy for the things that truly give me pleasure - like Snape slash!