A Birthday Bash for Jim

If you live in the Tucson area you have probably already received an email invite from me for “Jim Asbell’s Ducky Birthday Fiesta.” I am posting it here just in case I omitted anyone, near or far, who might like to join us.

Friends and Neighbors, Ducks Fans and Winos,
We will be celebrating Jim’s birthday on Saturday, October 10th at 5:00PM. Please join us at Casa Asbell for appetizers, vino, and birthday cake.
RSVP to Lee Asbell at lee.asbell@gmail.com or 360-606-0620.
The Ducks will be playing WSU sometime that day, so expect lots of green and yellow. Look for the Big Duck at 521 N. Easter Lily Lane, Green Valley, AZ 85614.

A boy and his toy.
A boy and his toy.
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The Duck fan and an annoyed Count Catula.
Please give me a holler if you are going to attend so I can get the catering sorted out. No need to bring gifts, just come and enjoy with the birthday boy.
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2nd Term Report Card

First things first.  Today is my good friend Steve’s birthday!!   An artist, photogher, jeweler and a dear friend.  Happy Birthday Steve!

I had my CT scan yesterday and met wih my PA  today,  all looks good. 

The  larger reference tumors in both my right and left lungs are now only about half the size as they were when I started my treatment four months ago. There is no evidence of any new tumors and there is evidence suggesting necrosis.  Necrosis is cancer speak for dying tumors!  😄  The report also noted that my lungs were well aerated.  Well, duh.  Of course they are well aerated, no doubt full of hot circulating  air from forty years of professional sales. 

My larger liver tumors are shrinking as well. The largest tumor has now been reduced in size by 60%, but there is still a large mass to work on. The smaller tumors are stable, no growth, but no shrinkage. Jimmy likes shrinkage and necrosis, but I’ll take “stable” on these little guys for now.  My liver function is good which = 🍷!

The CT scan shows the lymph nodes are stable and all of my other guts are “unremarkable”, which is a nice thing.  I have another six weeks of the current chemo regimen.  When completed, Dr. P, Lee and I will then evaluate the progress and plan our next course of action. Hopefully it will be a “chemo light” regimen.  Even with the recent Oregon Ducks loss to Michigan State, I feel strong enough to endure and thrive.  But the Ducks better not lose another game!!

In the meantime I have been enjoying painting.  I recently completed 4 individual  6″x 6″ portraits of “family” of former feral cats that are now pets and a  20″x 16″ acrylic painting  of owls titled “Hoo ‘Dat?” 

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 “Family” Portraits

       Hoo ‘Dat?

Session Eight, time for a date.

Today I completed my eighth chemo session. However that’s not the most important news of the day. Today is my love’s birthday!!   OK everyone, on the count of three..1…2…3: Happy Birthday Lee!!!!  Such occasion requires celebration.  Perhaps not the easiest thing to do on a chemo day, but so what!   After a wonderful lunch prepared by Chef Lee, we both embarked on new paintings.  A painting date!  Lee did some finger painting and I just magically got paint everywhere, what messy fun.

Today’s session was uneventful.  My blood work looks great, everything is in the normal range.  The combined power of The Oregon Duck and red wine is strong.  In the next two weeks I’ll have another CT scan and CEA blood test to reveal the size and activity of the evil tumors.  Until then we’ll just continue painting, enjoying the company of friends and some good red wine along with DUCK football!!  The first game is this Saturday and we are ready!

I have reached new plateaus in my art adventure, I did a painting of a dog.  First cats, then a roadrunner and now dogs!  Are there no boundaries to my artistic genius, you may ask.  Of course the answer is tons of boundaries, but I’m having fun and enjoy making people smile with my goofy works.  I am currently working on three projects, two custom pet portraits and one Jimmy oddity.  Life is amazing and wonderful.

Meet Betsey Brown. My first painting of a dog and what a great dog she was.
Meet Betsey Brown. My first painting of a dog and what a great dog she was.
This afternoon working on  Bodhisattva in my studio on the kitchen counter.
This afternoon working on Bodhisattva Cat in my “studio” on the kitchen counter. 
Monsoon View From My Backyard.   This is my first real attempt of a landscape.  I plan on doing a series of this for each Sonorian Desert season:  Monsoon, Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Each will feature different dessert animals and Catus I see from my backyard. It's probably year chemo drugs, my Timothy Leary effect.
Monsoon View From My Backyard. This is my first real attempt of a landscape. I plan on doing a series of this for each Sonoran Desert season: Monsoon, Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Each will feature different desert animals and cactus I see from my backyard. It’s not really my fault, it’s probably the chemo drugs. My Timothy Leary effect.
Kathmandu.   This is my first  landscape I did for a contest not long after I began painting. Socking that I didn't win!
Kathmandu. This is my first landscape I did for a contest not long after I began painting. Shocking  that I didn’t win!