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, March 23, 2008

The earliest Easter ever

I hope all of you who celebrated Easter today had a day as wonderful as mine. Our grandchildren were here with their mom - our daughter - and our son-in-law. Later our son and daughter-in-law telephoned from out of state. So everyone was accounted for and everyone seemed to be enjoying the day.

Although this Easter was unusually early, the weather was absolutely perfect -- not too cool, not hot, just outstandingly gorgeous here in northern California. The vineyards are just beginning to bud out a little, there's just about an inch of green on some of the vines and the mustard is starting to dwindle. How fortunate can we be!

Steve cooked a wonderful dinner, a traditional meal for our family -- ham from Burger's Smokehouse in the Missouri Ozarks (which he orders online a couple times a year), twice-baked potatoes, fresh green beans with almonds and a spinach and orange/apple salad. And, since we were also celebrating a birthday, our daughter brought in a wonderful three-layer coconut cake which she had baked.

To unwind a bit I drew the lily Steve brought home a couple days ago and collaged a couple sketches from church this morning.


  1. Thank you! I like to draw flowers. - Barbara

  2. Anonymous5:09 AM

    I like this composition. I have yet to combine much journaling with my sketching... really have yet to do much sketching! I need to get on it! Very nice job.


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