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!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Oops! We're outta here!

I sat by my office window next to a camera on a tripod and tried to get some photos of the house finches visiting the bird feeder. In the end I liked this one the best - when they saw me, panicked in flight and fled. They came back, stuffed their faces, saw me again, took off again...

A new storm is coming in tonight, but only for about 12 hours.  This is the off and on pattern that tells us we're getting closer to spring.

I worked for an hour this morning. I hosed out the chicken coop. I made the under drawing for a new watercolor. I mailed my weekly letter to my kids. I watched a movie. It was that kind of day.

And I never did get warm, it was also that chilly dampness that seeps into your bones. But I loved the birds!


  1. Is that a weekly snail mail letter or email? I tend to keep up with my kids via telephone and email and sometimes with my son, on facebook.

  2. Hi Timaree -- It's exactly two pages, typed on the computer, photos and artwork dropped in, mailed in an envelope with a quotation about letterwriting and one more image under the return address. It's a formula that has worked since September 09 when I began and have never missed. I print out 3 copies - one for my son, one for my daughter and one for me. I bound my copy of the 2010 letters in one book.

  3. I was a slug today. I do like that you write to your kids every week. I remember when I had just left home and I loved to see a letter in the mail from my mom, her handwriting is so beautiful.


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