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, April 22, 2008

A road trip to Hawaii

In my watercolor class we're experimenting with acrylics for a few months. I pretended I was driving across the Pacific Ocean in search of plumeria, one of my most favorite flowers. I haven't had much experience with acrylic paints but would like to learn how to use them because they are so much easier to control even if they're hard to blend.

I re-read a favorite book from last year, A THREE DOG LIFE, by Abigail Thomas. I don't know best to describe it -- a love story? how necessary dogs are for comfort when life is hard? how to go forward in the face of tragedy? All of the above, I'd say.

I took Beulie to chemotherapy this morning and showed the nurses Demi's photo album with all the sad updates of her condition. Demi was raised in the chemo suite, as were all four of my puppies from Canine Companions for Independence, and the staff remembered her well. When she was tiny I used to haul her into the unit in a cat carrier, which was all the crate she needed until she was 3-1/2 months old. She only weighed six pounds when we got her at eight weeks and grew rather slowly. Today she and Beulie had a few more barking tussles which I think means they're working out who's in charge around here. Then Brix gets into it because he KNOWS he's the boss and then Parisse jumps on the closest available back and sort of rides out the ruckus. Such funny dogs!


  1. Nice work..beautiful color! :)

  2. Ok, I LOVE the flowers in acrylic, very watercolos ish too. I agree about dogs in general. I had a rescue dog and Loved adding her to our family. I now have two labs and cannot imagine my life with out them. Bravo on all counts.


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