So, I am now surviving the radiation treatments. Started that this week. The therapy will go on till after the New Year. Every day, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas and the 1st of January. I am tolerating the treatment well, without any side effect. The only problem is that I have to raise my arm up above my head to the side and hold on to a bar while I am lying on the table/gurney or whatever it is called, for the twenty minutes to half hour without moving. When you have Rotator Cuff problem of the shoulder joint, it becomes unbearable. I wonder how our young men who were POWs in Vietnam, must have felt when they were caged in dog kennels or made to sit in a chair without moving for hours at a time. So, I don’t have it bad.
Before starting the therapy, I took Saadia and Shelley to New York for a long weekend. Just because! Went to the Met, the Ground Zero Plaza, saw the Rockettes at the Radio City Music Hall, and just goofed around with lots of different ethnic foods. The temperature there, was in the forties and low fifties every day. Came home to snow and ice on Monday night! So cold here!
I had submitted two of my paintings for a juried Art Show here before I left for NYC. While I was there, I got an email from the executive director, that both my paintings were accepted, and would be displayed and critiqued by the judge. (That happened today). It was the first time that I had submitted my work to a juried Art show, and was sure that they would not be accepted. I was truly excited. Made me feel so good. I am going to see if I can post those two paintings here.
This evening, the Art Center had a big to do, and all the artists whose work was accepted, were asked to attend it, while the judge talked about each painting. My whole family was there including my grandson Noah who had just come home from his college for a week of R&R and thanksgiving.
Next week is going to be busy. My cousin will come from Orlando to spend TG with us. For the first time ever, I will not be cooking. The family has put their foot down and said that they will not allow me to be cooking all day etc. So all of us will go to the country club that day and feast on all the different dishes. That’s all for now.
I wish each and every one of you a wonderful thanksgiving holiday. Hope all the people who have lost almost every thing including their relatives in the fires of California, will be welcomed by others who were spared the tragic catastrophe.
The above painting is titled Drenched. The one below is titled Bedouins of Saudi Arabia.