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, January 06, 2008

Deep, dark clouds but no rain

Probably because I went to the memorial service yesterday morning it felt like Monday all day today. I kept watching for the mail carrier, wondered why the neighbor kids weren't back in school, why the package guy didn't drop a box on my doorstep and why the phone didn't ring. But no, it's Sunday all day, and a very dismal one at that. I enjoyed the quiet and flopped on the sofa for some reading and eventually collaged the recent storm. (The snow leapard does have a head, it's just hard to see in this photo.) But it's all there -- the crossed-arm parent, the potentially out-of-control kid and the sensible bowl of hot soup on a cold day. Freud would be proud!

And then I confounded my brain by trying to paint a Christmas ribbon before I put the last bits of wrapping away.


  1. Love the color and handling of the highlights! The composition is great too ... almost looks like an abstract drawing!

  2. I like the collage of the storm story. And the ribbon -- what fun to do! I think you did a great job!

  3. Thank you both! The collage was fun but the ribbon was mind-boggling. It was hard to follow the loops and circles... I'll try it again in about a YEAR! - Barbara


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