It’s been a very hard time for me the past few days. I’ve essentially been in mourning since Saturday evening. In case you haven’t heard the news, my Oregon Ducks were destroyed, bashed, plunked, skewered, smashed and utterly humiliated. It was their worst loss since 1977. To give you a concrete idea of how long ago that was, below is a photo of moi taken in 1977.
This week the Ducks fly over to Colorado for what should be an easy victory. But there has been a very recent phenomenal event in Boulder that I fear may inspire the Colorado team to a super human performance resulting in another humiliating loss for Oregon. The event was the birth of Isabella, the first grandchild of our dear friends Patti and Moe. This could very well go down in the annals of University of Colorado football as the year of Isabella!
Fortunately there has been some offsetting good news. My cancer treatment continues in very positive ways. Today I had my tenth chemo session, only two more to go in this initial phase of treatment. All of my measures (white bood cells, platelet count, kidney function and liver function🍷) are still in the normal range. My CEA number, which can indicate tumor activity, has fallen and is down to 4.2. My CEA number was up to 11.5 in June, a normal number is 3.4 or less. Lookin’ Good!
After doing four commissioned pet portraits the last few weeks, I just completed these two original goofy works. Both were no doubt influenced my love of animals and my love of color…..and my love of life. These paintings are now sold, one as I was writing this post. I have many more goofy images floating in my cranium, I just love painting critters. I love painting pet portraits. Life is good, live life to its fullest!