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, July 27, 2010

The old lady and her chickens

Here are two of my newest best friends, Rosie and Rocket. They weren't thrilled to be scooped up for a photo shoot, but they are representing the flock of six. Rocket, a Plymouth Rock, has the highest pecking order. Rosie, a Rhode Island Red, is second in command. They get to eat first, leave and enter the coop first and other chicken privileges.

Being obsessed with chickens has cut into my drawing time. I went to my watercolor class with absolutely nothing to show for the past two weeks. I'm starting to panic a bit because I'm losing ground, I could tell that much in the first hour. Lines weren't drawing, paint wasn't mixing, nothing was turning out the way I'd hoped. I won't even post it -- and, for those of you who have been following my blog regularly, you know how absolutely and totally shameless I can be. Today's effort was that bad. (Long sigh....)


  1. Those are some FAT chickens... I've thought about doing a small coup, but I'm afraid my terriers would kill them...so no chickens yet. Oh and I bet that watercolor painting isn't nearly as bad as you think.

  2. Hi Elaine - You're right, some dogs and some chickens have territory issues. When I was discussing the chicks with Demi, one of my black labs, she immediately began licking her lips. No, Demi, no!

  3. ...with chickens around to play with, I think I'd put the paintbrush down for a while too! I wish I had chickens, but they're not in the "suburb" rules!

  4. Hi Kelly -- Our community changed the ordinance recently and there has been a rush to include chickens into the neighborhoods! Chickens are IN! Thank you for stopping by.


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