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, December 27, 2009

The calm week

My favorite week of the year: the week between Christmas and New Year's Day. Church this morning was sparsely attended (surprise, surprise) but those who were there seemed in good spirits. Steve was the celebrant and preacher this morning at Trinity Episcopal Church, Sonoma, California, and I tried to capture him in the pulpit. I obviously haven't learned how to draw hands and arms yet!

It always pleases me to know that we made it through another year, and even more, survived the hullaballoo of another Christmas. I enjoyed the season more this year than I typically do, but there's still a sense of relief that the next one is a full year away.

Steve and I were together in the pew on Christmas Eve (it's wonderful having him retired!) so I was focused on the altar at St. Mary's, Napa, California.


  1. Beautiful altar picture! Don't worry, hands and arms are really hard, for me, too.

  2. You got the face and head well and most people think that's the hard part. Practice on your hands and your daughter's and then you'll be ready to draw them on a public figure next time.

    I don't have or need a calendar like you have but it sure sounds fun. I guess if I open my journal and actually start putting something into it, it will be the same thing. With all the things around me, I find it hard to find something I want to draw. How do you decide? (besides the dogs, lol).

  3. Thank you both.

    Timaree -- I don't have a deciding method and sometimes I get as stuck as you do! Mostly I just try to find something that I am capable of!


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