Earlier this month, I received the rather shocking and sort of paralyzing news that the cancer I had 2 1/2 years ago has returned in not a good way. I continue to hold out positive hope for a happier prognosis than I was given, and am seeking alternative treatments and a second opinion to see if there are options other than a highly toxic chemo (the one I would get would be one of the worst).
The thing is, I still feel great, have good energy and am able to do all the things I love....spend time with my grandkids, make art, garden, go for long walks, spend time with my dear husband, and all the rest. I'm just not willing to give that up for 6 months of extreme chemo which would kill my immune system and make me tired, weak and sick. Oh, and did I mention that the chemo was not going to be curative? So it would just prolong my illness.
So, since the news, I have spent as much time as possible with my grandkids, wringing the fullest out of every day we spend together. It's quite a thing to deal with, as I'm sure many of you know either from your own experience or that of a loved one, and there are good days and bad. Quite a roller coaster ride.
Now that that is out of the way, on to the important stuff...art. Here are a couple photos of some started projects. This one is really just in the "trying it on" phase with everything just stacked in place as I figure out what else is going to happen with this piece. Since this photo, I have added a rich, tapestry-like fabric to the background of the golden frame. Pieces included the wire swirls from a former candle holder which I cut off, a conical shelf holder with an elephant head on it, an old door plate, some plastic columns and roof line, all on some old weathered gray boards.
Here's another one in an even earlier stage of development. The arches came from one of those decorative birdhouse pieces you often see at Goodwill which I disassembled. It did have vertical wires in each of the archways. The old dovetail box was a gift from friend Marlene (very old....the box, not Marlene), and the base piece which will be attached after the box is filled was a shelf piece from Goodwill.
Summer has been beautiful since it arrived. Truly lovely days. I hope you are enjoying yours too!