Friday, March 6, 2015

The Owl Project, panel #6...

Today I'm working on the background of panel #6, Yellow Owl. Yeah! it's the last panel.
When done we'll* photograph them for another related project. Stay tuned...
* We=Handy Man Dad:)
Side Bar: William is always in my studio, keeping me company, on the floor or in the bed. Kate, on the other hand, is a roamer.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Today's Winter Wonderland

Today's walk was beautiful and thankfully not as cold as it's been. William and Kate were very busy in search of the elusive Canadian Field Mouse. They caught one was ugly:(

Friday, February 20, 2015

Just keep on walking...

On February 6th I had my second surgery. Although they call it a lumpectomy it's not always a 'lump' that is removed. In my case, it was a general area that was dealt with. It wasn't a big deal, another day surgery which meant that I was in and out on the same day and good to go by the next.
Yesterday I had that surgery's follow up appointment to discuss what the pathologist had to say about the tissue that was removed. The answer: there seems to be some 'calcifications' still lingered? (stubborn little f@*kers) so it's hard to say if they got it all?
With that said I'm now waiting for an appointment with my Radiologist Oncologist (yes I now have one of those) to discuss whether I'll need a MRI (made a mental note to google all about those when I got home:), have another mammogram and/or maybe even have a third surgery before starting the radiation treatments?
If I sound rather calm about the prospect of having another surgery it's because I am. For now, for me, 3 or 4 surgeries vs. a mastectomy makes the most sense and is an easy choice to make.
In the mean time I'm just going to keep on walking...what else am I going to do?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Owl Project, panel #5...

It was a crazy cold long weekend (-26° on Saturday) which made it very easy to spend a lot of time, in my studio, working on my Owl Project. I started the background of panel #5, Purple Owl, and am hoping to finish it and move on to my last panel, Yellow Owl, by the end of the week?
FYI, it's easy to work all day when the company comes and goes:)

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Owl Project, panel #4...

1. Working on the 3rd panel, Green Owl, of my Owl Project.
2. Three panels are now finished (Blue Owl, Red Owl and Green Owl) with 3 to go.
3. Today I'm working on the 4th panel, Orange Owl...
Shhh...Will and Kate are very busy.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Owl Project...

I'm still busy with my Owl Project, panel #2 (Red Owl). The mosaicing on this part (the background) is very tedious and boring work, so it's always nice to have company while I'm at it, especially when it's this crew:)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Cancer and waiting...

I've been learning a lot about Breast Cancer over the last couple of months, some things relevant and some not so much. The most abstract and maybe irrelevant thing that I've learned is that there is a lot of time spent waiting. It's not like in the movies where there is no waiting time - everything moving along nicely within a 2 hour time frame. In real life it's all about waiting...waiting for the call for the next appointment, marking the date on your calender and waiting for it to come, waiting for your name to be called in the waiting room, waiting in the examining room for the doctor and/or nurse to come in and do whatever tests and/or procedures need to be done, waiting for results to come back, waiting for your turn in the day surgery line (was at the hospital by 6:30am, went into surgery around 11:30am), waiting after surgery to go home...lots of waiting.
If it sounds like I'm complaining, I'm not. Waiting has just become another part of this new thing in my life. If anything the waiting has been a good thing. With all this waiting comes a lot of time to think (after you've read all the outdated magazines there's really nothing else to do). It's all very cliche but it has forced me to slow down and think about how lucky I am - a treatable Cancer, a good life, with a good man and two healthy, happy kids. Hmm...maybe not so irrelevant after all?

Where I'm at today; I found out that I had Breast Cancer on Nov.18, 2014, had surgery on Dec.4, 2014 and got the biopsy results back on Jan.5, 2015. My biopsy report showed that there were still some bad cells mulling around so yesterday after seeing a Radiology Oncologist I've decided to have another surgery before the radiation treatments begin.
Today I'm waiting for my Doctor to call and give me a surgery date. Then I'll mark it on the calender and wait...
By the way, waiting is a lot easier when you know what's coming:)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Marsala, Pantone's colour of the year

MARSALA, a robust burgundy/brown, is Pantone's colour of 2015. Hmm?

Friday, January 9, 2015

One panel down...

My Owl project is moving along. I've finished one panel (Blue Owl) and am on to the next one (Red Owl). There are 6 panels in total (@ 1.5'X4') which means that I'm one down with 5 to go.
There is now a light at the end of this mosaic tunnel:)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Happy Holidays:)

Today is the last day of school before The Christmas Break/Holidays begin which means that there is a very happy vibe in our house right now.
Happy Holidays!
P.S. The photo in the centre was was taken on April 15 of this year!?!