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!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

The joy of a new year

Today's walk -- 2.5 miles with Steve, Brix, Demi and Parisse

I'm thrilled to be alive this New Year's Day! 2009 has been a great year so far and I haven't done anything to muck it up. I have ten resolutions laid out before me, one of which is to add a page to my new sketchbook every day. Because my totem animal is the turtle, I am beginning the year and the book with a new drawing of a turtle I sketched last week from a photo reference (no turtles walking around this bleary cold day).

Tradition calls for a dinner with pork and blackeyed peas for good luck through the year so we're feasting on pork chops tonight.


  1. Your turtle looks very determined. Nicely done! And happy new year to you!

  2. Thank you, Ann. Um, determined, I like that!

  3. very nice drawing!
    happy new year.

  4. As a fellow cancer survivor I share your joy that we are here to enjoy one more year of this beautiful life -

    Thanks for the links to the zentangle I finally understand how they are done I will post some tonight - Happy Happy New Year to you and your Family

  5. Good luck with your ten resolutions. You've made a good start with this fabulous turtle. Well done!


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