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, September 14, 2010

Still learning

Our mornings and evenings are so chilly I just know winter is approaching. But this afternoon was bright and sunny. The light is slanted differently in the fall, something that I haven't quite appreciated as much as I do now.

The chickens are almost old enough to lay their first eggs. What a great day that will be! They're about 18 weeks old now - it feels as though we've had them forever - and are big and plumb and ready to lay, I think, or so I'm told. I'm so new at chicken farming, I have no idea what to expect. I do hear the hens across the street clucking very loudly whenever they produce new eggs and can just about set my watch by them. I understand that hens produce on a 25-hour cycle so it's a bit off each day and something of a recalibration to avoid the night. These girls are so complicated!


  1. Good luck on your cluckers. It's been too many years since I lived on a farm with chickens to remember such laying details. Thanks for bringing back the memories.

  2. Oh, I love those chicken feet! Makes me smile. Great sketch. You have a creative mind to think of doing it.

  3. Hi John! Thanks for stopping by. If you were about 1600 miles closer I'd give you a dozen eggs later this fall!

  4. I wanted to get chickens so I could have fresh, organic eggs. I live way out in the country, but wouldn't you know it, our subdivision won't allow them...and we have three acres!! I have all this space for them! Wonderful sketch!

  5. I love John calling them "cluckers"! lol The feet are fun and well done! I would love to have chickens, I live in the country and could have them, buy my sweetie reasonably said we travel too much to keep them. Ditto with the miniature goats and sheep I would love to have (he also said he was certain I would want to give them a room of their own in the house ... he's probably right!lol). nancy


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