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, February 25, 2009

Eatin' my homework

I just finished my homework, due tomorrow. This is the same artichoke I practiced on yesterday, in fact it's the third rendition (I'm a slow learner). Now I can eat it.

A new storm is moving in and we are still desperate for more rain. We've now received about half of what is average in a rain year (until June 30) and already the storms appear to be tapering off. Not good.

I took Brix to Juvenile Hall today. Demi obviously didn't want to go (she was snuggled up to Steve and didn't move when I walked in with my jacket and her leash). She's been working hard lately so I gave her the day off and took the boy dog instead - which made his day. (Take me, take me, you never take me!)

New members of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors were getting a tour of Juvenile Hall when we reached the unit. Brix behaved and the tour guide wove dog therapy into his spiel. I keep reminding him that they need a dog on each unit instead of my dogs once a week for one group and, while he agrees, it isn't likely to happen. Most of the kids really enjoy the dogs and want to play with them and pet them. A few are more skiddish and I always respect their need for distance.

Once we were in the group room Brix immediately fell asleep. I had a project for the girls and they enjoyed it, chatted while they worked and, for the most part, stayed on track. It was a good day.


  1. Your pencil drawing of the artichoke looks wonderful! I like it even without color...and that is saying alot because I LOVE color! LOL!

  2. I think your drawing and painting is coming along quite well, and I can see a real improvement...your hard work is paying off!! I have been trying to practice everyday thanks to thing a day...


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