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!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

We, like sheep

It's mostly cloudy today, rain may be arriving in a day or so.

Beulie accompanied me to chemotherapy this morning, reminding me once more that she will be going to advanced training in just two months. I will so miss her! She's the fourth puppy that we've raised for Canine Companions for Independence. Only about 30% are actually trained and matched with a disabled person but I have hope that she will make the grade. She's been a relatively easy puppy to work with and is smart, smart, smart! In June I hope to begin a new facet of my doggy career by doing short-term fostering instead of long-term raising. It will mean our home will be in perpetual chaos with a succession of new residents, but that's something to look forward to. Last year, before we got Beulie, we fostered two young pups from one litter for about a week which was such a fun time!

I painted sheep in my watercolor class this afternoon, working from two photographs that I combined in my own way. I've heard that sheep are smelly and dumb but I guess I see them more idyllically.


  1. Thank you, Shelly! - Barbara

  2. Nice work for someone who isn't so into landscapes! I guess the mantra remains... practice, practice, practice :)

  3. I think that this is wonderful! I just love it - the feeling and the colors...and the subject matter. I don't care if they are smelly and dumb or not.

  4. Thank you Just Because and K -- I'm liking it more and more now that I've gotten used to it! - Barbara

  5. This is a really lovely drawing, Barbara.


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