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, October 05, 2009

My projects have projects

I'm busy enough these days. I still work almost 20 hours a week and that leaves me time to do Other Things.

I have three art projects with deadlines. The monster book is due in Atlanta on December 1st. (If you don't know what I'm writing about, check it out at HERE.)

My class assignment of filling 100 sketchbook pages is due on December 3rd.

I promised an oncology nurse that I would zentangle or otherwise decorate 200 luminaries for next year's Relay for Life to be held in September. I have the first three finished since I also committed to bringing a few in every three weeks when I have chemotherapy.

And I've begun docent training -- in my case, a refresher course -- so I can tell the visiting public about General Vallejo's Petaluma Adobe.

The top photo shows dancing at the fandango last Saturday, an annual event and reenactment. The second one is a view of the inner courtyard. You won't see me dancing, but you can imagine me leading a group of visitors around the first and second floors and standing outdoors trying to field questions. We're talking 1830s here, when California was part of Mexico. I'm reading, I'm reading, I'm reading!


  1. You are an amazing, talented woman!!

  2. You sound entirely too busy for me! I couldn't keep up with you in a hundred years.


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