My heart goes out to her family. I lost my mother 2 years ago to cancer. It is a disease that is very hard on all those around and especially the afflicted. I hope Kate is enjoying a wonderful hack in heaven.
I personally will kiss my husband, give the dog half my food tonight, and bring my horse his favourite treat.
We all need to slow down and focus on the important things. Family and friends.
I was just thinking about her this last weekend.
She really shined on this board. It's very hard to accept sometimes that we're all mortal.. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]
Dressage: a process by which some riders can eventually be taught to respect the bit
I am so blessed I had the opportunity to meet Cactuskate. I hope that we all have the same will and perseverence to climb onto our trusty steeds until the very end. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]
Cactuskate! You will always be remembered here, by us. Thank you for being strong, for being an inspiration, for being you!
I know this sounds hokey, but I recently did a will and in it I specified that if something happened to me The Chronicle needed to be notified.
Why did I do that? Because you all here are a real virtual group of friends and I would want to know about you too.
I'm so happy we were able to know that Cactuskate passed away. Because we could celebrate her and remark openly about her and what strength she brought to our bb. I would never want to think that she just stopped posting.
I'm giving virtual hugs to everyone. We have lost one of our own and it makes me appreciate you all very much.
When blood is the beverage of choice, the sharpest fangs feed first.
I haven't posted anything yet, because its hard to know what to say.
Cactuskate was a stand out on the board, and though I didn't "know" her, I certainly remember her. My heart goes out to her "real friends and family" as well as our virtual family here, who has lost such a light.
I lost my granfather to this same dastardly ailment, so while I am sad, I know she is much better off where she is now.
And l scot, it took me a long time get Cactus Kate too, LOL.
I became fond of CactusKate from the moment I first saw her fun & unique name, and it was lovely to find out she had a personality to match. Although I did not know her except from reading her posts, I too will miss her.
I am very saddened by this news. May God hold her near and bless her family and friends. I too will always picture the Rocketwoman photo. She was a beautiful person both inside and out. May she rest in peace. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]
The Southern California freeway system, stuck in an endless commute
Unlike Merry, I never got to meet Kathy in person, only on the BB. (And I, too, always seemed to misread her screen name ... I couldn't quite figure out what a "cactu skate" was.) But even via computer, I could tell that she was someone who I would have been honored to call "friend."
What's the adage? You can tell a lot about a person by the company she keeps? I think that judging by how deeply we're feeling her passing, we can tell a lot about Kathy ... or, as she'll always be to me, Cactu Skate.
Put the jumps up in Heaven, get the dressage court ready ... Kathy wants to ride. And that's the way I want to remember her.
"When I can't ride anymore, I shall still keep horses as long as I can hobble about with a bucket and wheelbarrow. When I can't hobble, I shall roll my wheelchair out to the fence of the field where my horses graze, and watch them." -- Monica Dickens
Congratulate me! My CANTER cutie is an honor student at Goofball University!