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, May 20, 2011

Chicken recess

The chickens are running loose for a while, a treat we give them for about 30 minutes before sundown.  They search the ground for bugs, worms and green leaves, all the while murmuring and cooing to themselves, sounds of five happy girls.  Then the sun suddenly plunges behind the mountain and they hustle themselves back into the pen, up the ramp to the coop and jump up on the roosting bar.  Perfect!

An up-the-street neighbor brought me daisies she had thinned from her own garden. They are now surrounding the mail box and are likely to spread and take over the front yard.  This is a good thing.  Flowers are good and daisies are especially good.  They ask for very little, water perhaps, but no mowing and little grooming.  I'm going to enjoy watching them settle into their new home.


  1. What a sweet and neighborly thing. I hope your daisies will thrive & spread!

  2. Hi Rebecca -- She's a lovely person and gives a lot to her kids' classrooms, scouts and cares for a breeder dog for future assistant dogs. Her front yard is 100% flowers, very cottage-y and I often see her watering when I'm out walking our own dogs That's how we met, years ago, a sidewalk conversation.


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