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, June 28, 2010

There's no place like home

Youngest Daughter and I just returned from a four day trip to the California Sierra mountain range. It's one of my most favorite places to be, especially at this time of year when we averaged 12 degrees cooler than the folks at home. Demi went with us.

We stayed close to camp the entire time, something that was planned ahead of time. We made one foray into Truckee, but we've been there many times, as recently as January, so camping had more allure for us than town. We can do town at home!

My favorite part was the chipmunks, of which there were so many! The squirrels were in abundance too, the noisy chattering kind. The only thing noisier were the Steller's Jays, but usually the squirrels won out because they were more insistent.

Tent camping in well-maintained public parks is my preferred way to get away from usual routines and Donner Memorial, one of California's best parks (in my opinion) is a destination on my annual itinerary from now on.


  1. You're adapting well to camping! I remember a prior post where you were going on your first overnighter. Proud of you. There is something special about the time spent away from it all.

  2. Anonymous6:00 PM

    Your drawing represents a wonderful meal about to be cooked. Well done!

  3. Hi John & PAMO -- Thank you both for checking in.

    Yes, John, Youngest Daughter and I have become avid campers. I used to be but missed about 30 years when husband opted out and it never crossed my mind to go alone, just never thought of doing it! Now I try to get out once a month.... it's all about weather and scheduling.

    PAMO -- I usually cook very simply, but I had a yen for a steak that night. It was great (and it was simple to prepare..... does that count?) The next night we had hot dogs on sticks over a pit fire with s'mores for dessert. So we hit the extremes!


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