Hello again


So, went to the surgeon and had the drain out. What a relief that was! So easy to take a shower now. Waiting to hear the verdict about the tumor oncotype, regarding the risk of recurrence. If it is low risk, I am told that I may not need the chemo, and will have only radiation. It the risk is moderate, then I will have both, and I think it will be chemo first, followed by radiation.
That is my story thus far.

In other news, my second prince Davis, Saadia’s son who is now a freshman in high school, went to the Homecoming dance with a sweet young lady from his class. We were all so surprised. He is a quiet and unassuming kid, who is not very vocal; he loves to do his own things, has few boys he hangs out with, going to movies, watching some TV, reading books and playing chess with them. So it was a real happy surprise to see him come out of his shell this year and make friends so easily and be talkative. I do believe it is the Senior High influence.  Here are some pictures from his yonder years and those taken last month, at a park. There were only two boys, Davis and Caleb, (his best friend) who had dates. All the other girls, ten of them, went together as a group. Davis’s date has a twin brother, who was there alone. He is the one with the hat. The boys had a dinner at a restaurant with their dates , and all the girls met at someone’s home to have a dinner party. They invited only one boy to be with them…. Davis! So he went there and had appetizers with them while Saadia waited in the car, and then he went to the restaurant with his date and Caleb and his date. It was so complicated!! My head was spinning. Then after the dinner there the boys had their own party and finally went to the homecoming dance at the school! Phew!!!

Davis was such a cute, cuddly baby. Always after Noah, and they would come home and be in my study, and just make me smile the whole time. He loved his sippy cup, and you can see that on my desk.  And now he is all grown up.


Here are some of my paintings which I did this year. I titled this, “did someone knock?”



Breakers and sea gulls .




Getting together!


Loose Flowers.


Sheba, our cat.


Two Arabs.




Pensive. (Or should I title it WAITING)?


The rest of the paintings are just haphazard, without titles. I also have painted a lot of cards to send out to friends. The inside is blank.


I had done this painting on a larger scale and had entered it in a show. It was bought for $200. I did not want to sell, it and so had put a higher price tag on it. It got sold. So I painted it again at a smaller scale.  🙂


The above painting is a snow scape and has only gray and black pigment. Last night when I was trying to take photos, I thought I had got the shadows and reflections off, but I didn’t do justice to it in my opinion.
Okay enough of blowing my own trumpet. I have about a hundred more, and I really should take pictures and catalogue them before it is too late. Thank you for wanting to see my work. I know I am not at all a good artist, but I enjoy doing this so much. It has been very therapeutic for me.

Thank you for your love and the support you have given me during this tough time. Love you all so much. Blessings to each one of you.



About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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22 Responses to Hello again

  1. murisopsis says:

    Oh my! Davis has gone from that little boy to quite the handsome gentleman! I love your art – I’m especially impressed with the Two Arabs – the detail in the shemagh is magnificent! Of course I also like style of the painting of the swans.
    I hope your final results on the tumor type results in a good outcome. My friend is undergoing radiation. She says it is a “piece of cake” and has only had a slight skin redness. The worst part according to her was getting the tattoo and having the mold of her chest done.

    • Zakiah says:

      Hi dear Val,
      Thank you for coming by and leaving your comment. Yes, radiation is not a big deal, and neither is the new chemotherapeutic regimen apparently. Minimal to no side effects I am told. Time will tell.
      I think my grandchildren are so handsome, I am so blessed that they live so close to me.

  2. slmret says:

    Davis — that little boy who used to come to your house after school! How handsome he has become — he’ll be very popular through the next few years! Your art work is beautiful!!! I love the small flower pictures! The painting must be very relaxing for you these days!

    • Zakiah says:

      Those small flower pictures are the cards that I have painted. I have so many of them and send them out as thank you or, birthday or missing-you cards. I agree, Davis has matured so much and is really become very popular in his class and school.

      • slmret says:

        I love the idea of the painted cards (and I have one of yours of a great blue heron on my mantel. I did that with my photos for a while, and really enjoyed sending them out.

  3. In my mind, Davis was still the cute little kid in the first couple of pictures. So if he has grown that much, that means I’ve gotten old! (?) How is that possible???

    You are so modest about your artistic skills. I don’t remember you had a cat, I’ve always like cats.

    You continue to be in my prayers. *hugs*

    • Zakiah says:

      You, dear Matt, are very young. You will continue to be young always. We had cats at home in India, and after I came here, and when Sayeed was a little kid he made me get Sheba. OMG! She was so beautiful. After her we got a tabby, who kept growing so much that he looked like a small “big cat.”
      Thank you for your prayers Mattie. Love you.

  4. jstnotherday says:

    I’m glad to hear that the drain is out. I’m sorry that you still must have radiation and possibly chemo. Praying for that to go well and not too difficult on you.

    Very sweet memories… old and new… of your grandson. Sweet photo’s. 🙂

    I especially like ‘loose flowers’, and ‘Sheba’
    The two arabs is very interesting. It stimulates the mind.
    Your paintings are all so lovely! Thank you for sharing! The cards are beautiful.

  5. christao408 says:

    Davis has certainly grown quite a bit since I saw him! Thank you for the update on your health. Will keep sending prayers your way.

    • Zakiah says:

      I know, right? About Davis? Remember when you came over he was so shy and would hardly talk, and then you handed him his book and the box of coloring pencils, and that was the end. He just went and sat at the table and started doing all kinds of coloring, until the parents said they had to leave!
      Thank you for your prayers Chris. I wonder how you find time to read the various blogs when you have become an ambassador of sorts, globe trotting from one end to the other every week, like Secretaries of State. More power to you.

  6. mrswrangler says:

    Love your art work. Hope your pathology report comes back well. I have an aunt going through breast cancer right now who can’t take chemo because she is allergic to meds. So we are praying a long radiation treatment works. I am glad your grandson went to the dance.

  7. Tree says:

    Your paintings are lovely! I am quite impressed with your talent. All watercolor?

    Glad you are feeling okay, and best wishes for your health.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you. Yes, all water color, except for an occasional Acrylic. Haven’t started oil painting yet. Not sure if I want to .
      Thanks for your kind thoughts and words.

  8. Davis is handsome and I’m so glad he has come into his own.
    Glad you finally got the port out and continue to pray.
    Your paintings are so lovely. You are very skilled and talented. I hope painting brings you comfort and time of peace.
    Much love and prayers. Hugs

    • Zakiah says:

      Yeah that drain was a major problem for me. I am glad it is gone. I appreciate your prayers |Elizabeth.
      Painting has been always very therapeutic for me.

  9. whyzat says:

    Your paintings are beautiful, especially the thistles! The kids appear to be having a good time. If they only knew what an important time this is for them.
    I’m sending positive thoughts your way.

  10. So very glad to hear about the port coming out.
    I continue to pray for you on this journey. As I’ve prayed for Dave, Eunice, and so many other people.
    Oh, my! How quickly the princes grow up! 🙂 How wonderful that Davis is enjoying his life and is doing so well! He will continue to succeed! 🙂
    Your artwork is wonderful and your watercolor flowers and birds are so beautiful they brought tears to my eyes. 🙂 So your painting is therapeutic for you and for me! 🙂

  11. I am glad , Zakiah, to know the things related to your health all in all go rather well .We have to keep hope .
    You are like Janine and me : we see our almost latest grandchildren becoming man and woman . We would like keep them in their fresh infancy
    I am amazed by your paintings especially by the flowers . You are a confirmed painter.
    Love ❤

  12. Just stopped by to ask, “How are you doing?” and to leave you some warm, healing hugs.
    (((HUGS))) and prayers and ❤

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