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!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Afternoon in the park

Now that I'm a volunteer monitor of one of our local parks, I'm there more days than not walking as many of the 85 acres as possible. I always take a dog, and since I have three black labradors, it's easy to find at least one waiting by the door when I reach for a leash.

Yesterday was Demi's turn. We walked for most of two hours minus the time I took to sit on a tree stump to draw her. The rest of the time I noted new tagging, she went swimming and sniffing and we both listened to the many birds. We missed all the squirrels -- it was either the wrong time of day for them or they saw a dog and scampered up trees and out of sight.

The front section of the park was busy enough - about 45 people in the playground, in the skateboard park, going to and from the Boys and Girls Club, on the tennis courts - but the back portion, the larger two-thirds which runs along two sides of Sonoma Creek, was desolate. An occasional jogger raced by, but I only counted three others besides us.

This was my idea of a wonderful afternoon. Peace. Quiet. The natural world, with a creek yet.


  1. Beautiful post, Barbara - and that photo is hilarious! That´s one happy dog! :)

    xoxo Bettina

  2. What a wonderful way to spend time. Your sketches are really nice, and the pic of Demi in the water made me laugh.! Thanks for sharing with us. nancy

  3. Sounds like my idea of an excellent afternoon!!

  4. A lovely post to share with others. Would have loved to have been at a part like that.

  5. What a really nice way to spend a day! That's a great picture of your
    dog having some fun! It bought a smile to my face.

  6. Looks like a great day to be a dog! That water sure looks inviting.


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