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!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Lightening up

Every few days I kick back and doodle more squares for next September's luminaria display at the Relay for Life in Santa Rosa, California. I attach four-inch squares to the white bags that will encircle the track at one of the high schools.

I promised a chemotherapy nurse I'd produce 200 by then. I've only made 15 so far so I'm hoping that my private factory will speed up as the year progresses. It's TV time when I can't figure out what to draw in my sketchbook.

The weather has shifted to an obvious fall/wintery pattern. After last week's 80ºs we can tell that it won't happen again in 2009. There have been rainy days, not enough, but a start. Showers are predicted for later this week.

Everything feels different. The Christmas catalog deluge has begun. We wear jackets some days and flip on the heat to ward off the early morning chill.

Is this complaining? No, the opposite. This is my most favorite sort of weather!


  1. I love Zentangles!!!! Great job!


  2. I also, love the zentangles they are so much fun--I'm in the Kate Johnson group also and am very excited - I'm a newbie but have been journaling for most of my 57 years and I think you desearve to have more "invalid" days then I'm sure you treat yourself to-


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