Something I'd like to get into this year is experimenting with collage, with fabric, paper and paint. I guess you would say mixed media! I am entering into this unexplored territory with a great deal of uncertainty, but I did a tiny bit of it with this star which I made at the beginning of the year.
Friday, February 23, 2024
Saturday, June 17, 2023
Here we are, another lovely summer, nearly a year after my last post here. I have changed the colors of my blog, and hope to write and post photos more often going forward.
This past year has been full of life lessons, most notably the preciousness of life. I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer last November. It had been 27 years since my first diagnosis, but was not a complete surprise, as breast cancer can be recurrent. I had many scans, was fortunate that the tumor in my sternum was found at all, had a fairly new type of radiation to zap it, and yesterday received the wonderful news that I am currently cancer free. I will be monitored for future metastases, but right now I can relax and enjoy my life, which I fully plan to do!!
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Sunday, March 20, 2022
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Monday, December 30, 2019
Last week Bill and I went to Toronto to spend Christmas with our daughter Kate and her partner Jason. There was the usual mad rush to get projects finished, gifts purchased and wrapped, and cards written beforehand. We also wanted to make sure that Perry was all set up comfortably with a new bed and plenty of food as our neighbor would be coming in to feed him.
When everything was done and we were finally on the plane, I had a sudden urge, being away from my usual surroundings, to write down some thoughts. There was a little notebook in my purse and, in it, I wrote continuously, for more than a hour, about the things that had happened during this tumultuous year. I spilled out my feelings about my friend Ann's death, my grieving process, battles with my brother, the death of my aunt, my sister's decline, the loss of our little Rosie cat and sadness over Jason's mom's recent death. It felt like a cleansing ritual and when it was done I could feel a weight lifted from my shoulders. I also wrote about small successes, projects I had finished and friends I had connected with. Finally, I acknowledged all the blessings I have and promised myself to appreciate them more.
That done, we had a wonderful trip, walking around Toronto neighborhoods, eating dinner at a cozy diner and brunch at the Art Deco decorated Drake Hotel. Kate cooked a turkey dinner for us on Christmas day and we all went to see the new Star Wars movie on Boxing Day, followed by dinner at an atmospheric Italian restaurant! Best of all was spending time with our daughter and hearing about her plans for the future. She loves her job and her life in Canada. so we're happy that she is happy. That's all a parent can wish for.
I hope that whoever reads this has a very happy New Years Eve and much happiness in 2020.
Saturday, July 6, 2019
When I visit my sister, I always try to bring something entertaining to share with her - music, books, flowers, etc. Yesterday I brought her hydrangeas from my garden and photos of other flowers that are blooming now as well as pictures of our house. She seemed to enjoy looking at them.