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, November 11, 2009

The invalid

I played invalid today and was it fun!

Let's be clear: I feel great, I'm not at all sick, not so much as a sniffle. But it was a holiday and I had nothing on my schedule, nada.

I slept until 8:30, made myself a Poor Girl's Latté (microwaved milk with instant coffee crystals stirred in) and hung out with the newspaper in my jammies.

Eventually Parisse and I took a shower -- which freaked her out because the doggie shampoo destroyed all her "information" and she was left spinning around the living room, rubbing her face on the rug to regain her dirt. In the meantime, I put on fresh pajamas and took a book to bed. Demi jumped up and kept me company while we waited for Steve to return home with a real Starbucks latté. (I'm powered by caffeine, my off button is totally engaged without it.)

When that jolt kicked in I christened my new Holbein art journal with a title page. Kate Johnson is beginning a new class on Monday and I wanted to be ready to go!

About the invalid (who is still in her jim-jams, at 5:30 pm), think of it this way. If a 65-year old woman living with Stage 4 cancer (chemotherapy yesterday), working 25 hours a week, supervising a disabled adult daughter and three dogs, one cat -- if this person can't slack off and play invalid, who can???


  1. you are truly an inspiration!

  2. You Go Barbara!! Hugs to the furbabies!

  3. Geez Barbara, I figure I ought to get to take time off to play and I am a homemaker. I'd like to be a retired homemaker but my husband doesn't agree with that idea. Poor Girl's latte huh? I've made mochas with coffee and cocoa mix. When I visit my sister I get real chocolate lattes. Yum.

    When we return home from visiting our daughter in CA, we pick up our big dog from the kennel and she rubs herself all over the carpet as soon as she gets home.

    Your title page is great! I don't know what journal I'll be using yet. I have a few I've made and some actually have some work done in them. I'm waiting to see what the lesson is like before deciding.

  4. You deserved the day. Glad you pulled it off and quieted that little voice inside that always says you need to be doing something constructive. Gotta have those days.

  5. Your journal title looks eye catching and fun. Your drawings too. I like how you are playing!

  6. Hope that you enjoyed every minute of your jammie time!

  7. Everyone needs a jammies day now and then, don't they?


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