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!

Monday, February 09, 2009

Fourth book of the year

I am so determined to read more books this year than I did in 2008. I just finished a reread of Elaine Crowley's, A DUBLIN GIRL, about growing up in the 1930s. I was in Dublin last May and actually got to visit some of the very places she wrote about - Bewley's comes to mind, a delightful tea shop where we stopped for lunch.

There was frost on the ground when we woke up this morning and the air still has a snap to it even with the sun out. More rain is expected almost every day this week (yay!) so we're working on our drought recovery. 

Because of the drought I've given up on planting anything in the front yard - we had landscapers bark it over last fall - so am focusing on the deck containers and indoor plants instead. They need to be watered, true, but not as much as a drought resistant garden would. And it isn't likely that drought conservation restrictions will be lifted any time soon.


  1. We had snow! It didn't stick during the day but now that it's nighttime it is and it looks wonderful.

    I was wondering where that sound was coming from. I opened several tabs at once and finally I see on your blog that the dolphins are leaping and I was hearing their splashes!

  2. Oh, I forgot to say that I am trying to get back to reading books too. One you might like is The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog by Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D. and Maia Szalavitz. It talks about how the brain grows and what happens when we are deprived of proper care when young. I was afraid it would be a depressing book but it was actually very good and hopeful.

    Another book my daughter gave me about a year ago to read (that's how long I've let my reading slide) is All That Matters by Nan Goldstein. It starts with a failed suicide and help comes in the form of a grandma who survived the Holocaust. You'll like it I think.

  3. Those both sound like books I really would like. I'll order them from the library right now!

  4. I will put this on my booklist!


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