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, May 07, 2008

The wildflowers of spring

I don't know why my scanner made this poppy so red. In real life it is dark golden, just the way it's s'posed to be! Probably because of the month of rain in February, the spring wildflowers were tremendously abundant this year. Now that the vineyards and trees are greening, many of the wildflowers are changing into a more summery mode but California poppies will last until fall.

The girls in Juvenile Hall surprised me with a Mother's Day card which certainly made my day! We had a great time together today making journal pages of quotations that have personal meaning to them. I began by asking them what proverbs and "sayings" they remember -- "Don't judge a book by its cover," for example. The girls who attend Alcoholics Anonymous have learned several slogans such as, "Keep coming back, it works if you work it."

I gave them several pages of quotations I researched during the week and asked them to take turns reading some they liked. Then they picked one to use for their very fancily decorated journal pages - which turned out so well and I could tell they felt very proud.

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