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!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Spring like

I'm still working on the Draw.Write.Now series which is helping me -- so what if the drawing I used tonight was designed to teach six-year olds. It's humbling to acknowledge that that's where I am in some aspects of my mark-making, but so it is. This time I tried using their design with watercolor pencils instead of Prismacolor. Each has advantages/disadvantages.

The wind of the last few days suddenly stopped this afternoon and a real warm spell is due tomorrow. We've been promised temps in the '80s for the first time this year. I'm not ready for that. I live for the rainy season and it's always too short.

The mail carrier brought the dreaded packet today -- the big manila envelope with directions and forms and papers to submit regarding Beulie with the official notice that we have to give her back to Canine Companions for Independence next month. I was expecting this to arrive, just hoping it wouldn't happen so soon. So... we have about a month more to teach her the first 30 commands, get her completely socialized and prepared to enter advanced training.


  1. One of my favorite Kids' Drawing authors is Ed Emberly. His little cartoon prompts are SO easy you can't help but try them out! I got most of mine from a used book store: Green Drawing Book, Red Drawing Book, etc. Have fun.

  2. How are you able to give these dogs away? I know you go into it with the knowledge they aren't yours but it still must be awfully hard.


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