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!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

One step after the other

I walked 38 miles during the month of August. For those of you who consider that to be a paltry number, as I do, I have two things to say:

--- It was 38 more miles than in any other month of 2009, and
--- I will surpass that number during September.

In the meantime, I feel much better. I have more energy and am being more productive and setting more goals.

I guess the increase in walking makes it all the more ironic that I chose to sketch a rocking chair as one part of my art homework. This is pencil on drawing paper.

The chair, at least, holds still, which is more than I can say for the dogs and humans who pose for me. On the other hand, this particular chair is drawn all wobbly and distorted, which amuses me. Imagine, a drunken rocking chair!

Today was Aloha Sunday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Napa, California. There is no such thing as Aloha Sunday in any liturgical calendar, it was simply made up some years back and is now tradition on Labor Day weekend in this parish.

Demi always dresses for the day. Poor, long-suffering canine, I had time to sketch her twice and colored her with my kid set of Prang watercolors.

5 comments:

  1. Congrats on your miles! I'm a walker, too, and life is good one step at a time. Nice to rest in the rocking chair after a walk. :)
    Aloha to the dogs and to you.

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  2. Great accomplishment in the walking department! Demi is a good model! Cooperative....

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  3. Aloha! and good for you!

    I just returned from Hawaii, and did some hiking there, but I really need to start walking on a regular basis, thanks for the inspiration!

    Great sketches!

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  4. Gotta say that I like your rocker as much as I like your wonderful group portrtaits. It has somuch personality. AND Congratulations on your walking achievement!!! It is no small thing you've done.

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  5. Gotta say that I like your rocker as much as I like your wonderful group portrtaits. It has somuch personality. AND Congratulations on your walking achievement!!! It is no small thing you've done.

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