Life has certain inevitabilities. I'm sure you already know that. Death and taxes are, of course, the most famous. Living in Italy inevitably means bureaucracy must be mucked through, or that the one time something busts is the one day that the ferramenta (hardware store) is closed.
We had been enjoying sunny, spring-like weather for a weeks. The almond tree in the garden below us was in full blossom. The barista had a nice spray of mimosa, the traditional flower for the upcoming festa della donna. We were taking walks in the countryside and went so far as to have a picnic one Sunday, with gelato afterwards.