Saturday, June 17, 2023

New Horizons

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!!

I'm still stitching away, making little pictures with cloth, as I've done for nearly 45 years. It seems like I gravitate toward making small things and I have a few ideas for future "makes", some possibly three  dimensional. There are always new possibilities and I think I own enough fabric to create endless projects. However, too many choices are overwhelming and I'm working on cutting down on my stash.

Recently, we had a wonderful stay in a house on a lake in Maine with my husband's siblings and other family members -  a lovely family reunion. This photo was taken by my sister-in-law Tracy and shows the grandeur of the sunrise over the lake. It was taken from the deck on the back of the house, which was the perfect place to sit and enjoy the beauty of the lake.

That's about it for now. I'm looking forward to a creative, peaceful summer and wish the same for you.
Until next time...🌸🌿


sharon said...

Delighted to see you here again and even more happy to hear your fabulous health news. Wishing you many, many more years of little fabric art pieces, my friend. And will be watching this space for glimpses into your days. best regards.

Lyn said...

I am also very lazy with my blog Judy, so glad we are in touch via Instagram!! Good news about the 'C' word and so happy you are still stitching your pretty pictures. xxx

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Cancer free! What wonderful news :). Enjoy your creative summer.

Stay inspired!

Judy Hartman said...

Sharon, Lyn and Michelle,
I have no idea how to answer your comments individually, but I thank you for coming here and celebrating my good health news with me. I am grateful for your friendship. ❤️

Simone said...

Hi Judy! Good to see you here again! I rejoined Instagram a while back, I still blog and have 2 YouTube channels but alas none of my old friends visit anymore. I tried to find you on Instagram but couldn't find you. Take care of yourself. I am happy to hear your good news (after your sad news) and wish you a wonderful arty and creative fall. X

Anne Butera said...

So glad you're now cancer free, Judy. Sorry I missed your posts here. I always love seeing your art.

I hope all is well with you and your family!

Take care!

Judy Hartman said...

Thanks so much, Anne! Lovely to hear from you! All is well here as I hope it is with you and Matthias!