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, May 21, 2011

Rapture and me

It's past 6:00 here in northern California and I have to admit I enjoyed my "last" day.  Nothing went wrong and the world didn't end.

It's Saturday and I rarely work on Saturdays and had nothing else scheduled - so I slept in, began my day slowly and opened the drapes to clear blue skies and bright sunlight.  I finished planting the daisies given to me by a friend, walked to the library to pick up several books being held for me, bumped into a friend on the way home and had a nice chat, observed a male California quail taking a dust bath on our property, watched a documentary and curled up with a book.  I sketched this bottle-brush tree, one of my favorites and groomed the cat.

And I'm still here.


  1. Very nice job on the bottlebrush. I haven't seen one in years. My dad always had one in his yard.

  2. There are many in this area, but when we moved from Illinois to California it was a novelty to me.


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