Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Owl Project...

I'm still busy with my Owl Project, panel #2 (of 6). 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 With all this waiting comes a lot of time to think (after you've read all the outdated magazines there's really nothing else to do).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!?!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Back to work...

Back to working on my owls. William and Kate always know what to do on a snowy, cold day:)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


blind side verb NORTH AMERICAN past tense: blindsided; past participle: blindsided
hit or attack (someone) on the blind side.catch (someone) unprepared; attack from an unexpected position.
About six weeks ago I had my very first mammogram. Yeah!
A week later was called back for another mammogram + an ultra sound. Ok.
Went home. Googled Breast Cancer. Not a good idea.
A couple of days later my doctor called, something didn't look right. Oh.
Was booked for another ultra sound (this time at the hospital). Ok.
A week later had the second ultra sound and was booked for a biopsy. Hmm?
A week later had that biopsy and was told that the results would be in in 7-10 days. Went home. Didn't google anything. A good idea.
Six days later (yesterday) found out that it was Ductal Cancer (in my left breast). Really? No family history. Healthy lifestyle. Really? I don't have time for this, I have a mosaic to finish...
Even after all those call backs I didn't see this coming. Blindsided.
Cancer. Ok.
The good news (yes, my 'good news bar' has been lowered) is that it's 'In Situ' (contained in the duct), non-invasive and the most common Breast Cancer. This is all very good news. Yes, Cancer can come with good news which made it all so much easier to tell our girls.
Yesterday was a very strange day. It came with some very bad news along with some very good news all of which had me thinking...what a difference a day can make:)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Halloween flashback (2008).
Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Emma and I spent last weekend in NYC:) It was her 16th birthday gift.
We walked and shopped (a lot), saw a great off Broadway show (how2banewyorker) and went to the 911 memorial museum which was a beautiful and solemn experience.
We love NYC.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


October 1998 ~ We had no idea how you'd change our world. Thank You Emma!