On 01.02.02, I was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Too late for surgery, I had chemotherapy, which failed. In May the chemotherapy was changed and I was soon in remission which was celebrated and welcome and lasted nine years - until October 2011. There was progression in 2011 so more treatment was indicated and I am now back in partial remission. But I'm not only a cancer patient - I also enjoy my family, walk my dogs and am learning to draw and paint. Life is good!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

A home for a gnome

In our community there is a bike path, 1-1/2 miles long, maintained by volunteers. My section is an entire city block long and I'm supposed to mow, weed, clip and otherwise keep it looking cared for. Yesterday and today I was out there with a power mower, the push kind, doing my thing when CLUNK! I ran right into a largish rock hidden in the weeds and the mower died in shock. I was sure I'd permanently killed it, but no, it later revived. Anyway, pondering life as I do when I "garden," I decided to take the rock home and paint it, using ideas I'd seen in Lin Wellford's book, PAINTING HOUSES, COTTAGES AND TOWNS ON ROCKS. I'm a beginner in everything, remember, even in following her directions, and I'd never painted on a rock before. I used acrylics but I wish I'd had a finer brush for some of the thatch lines. Anyway, it's supposed to be a gnome's home with a thatched roof. And it was fun to do even though I'm not at all happy with the outcome.


  1. Oh my gosh, what a cute idea!!

  2. Now that I love! :-)

  3. beautiful idea and great addition to you plant. also a great way to remember that event from that day!

  4. How cute! It looks great there in the planter, too.


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