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!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Putting it all together

Another early morning awakened by the birds.  There are house and gold finches, scrub jays and crows, an occasional quail, one of the chickens bragging about her new egg.  It's a lovely way to come back into daylight consciousness with that sense of hope and opportunity, a new day, a new day.

Yesterday the local California Parks docents made a field trip an hour away to the rediscovered Saint Eulalia mission, an outpost from the 1800s that was "lost" until 2006.  The adobe bricks were still in place, but crumbling, and a later generation had added a second story.

Afterwards we tromped through an old cemetery where we saw graves from the Donner party and one from the Bear Flag Revolt.  Two more adobes to tour, plus a small museum (complete with mammoth bone) and it was time to get home.  A few more pieces of my mental  history puzzle fell into place so now I'll offer better tours of our local sites myself.  I love days like that!

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