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, December 30, 2008

The eve of New Year's eve

I didn't take Demi with me to chemotherapy today and took myself out to lunch instead. Then I shopped and browsed and shopped some more and bought just about nothing but enjoyed having the day to myself. I almost never do that, usually preferring to have at least one four-footed friend along. I'm usually on a tight work schedule besides.

I ordered a new sketchbook to begin on New Year's Day. It hasn't arrived and isn't expected to arrive until Saturday. Oh, dear! How can I keep my primary resolution now? I'll either buy one tomorrow in person or I'll draw for a couple days and glue in the pages. Problem almost solved!

In the meantime, I'm continuing with my Zentangles and trying to invent some more "tangles." I'm apparently not very imaginative (sigh) and have trouble finding new ideas.

I did decide one thing: no Internet shopping in 2009. I'm worried about our local economy and don't want stores to close. So the order of art supplies I'm waiting for will be the last one for a very long time.

We have a nice art supply store here in town. The prices aren't that great but there's no shipping cost and I'm less impulsive in person than if I point and click so, in the end, it comes out better for me, the merchant and the community. Ditto for books. Books and art supplies, that's all I buy!

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