2014 - Glad to be back in even numbers again.

It's been a trying last week of 2013, with our finding out that Jem has had a recurrence of cancer, this time squamous cell carcinoma in his mouth. We'd hoped it was just a couple of bad teeth when we had them extracted last Thursday, but no, and this kind of cancer is aggressive. Since he's been through so much already - his 6 week walk-about in 2010, and two years of lymphoma chemotherapy, he won't be treated for this.

He's been in quite a bit of pain, enough that he became scared of almost all aspects of eating. Whoever or whatever was around when he was eating he assumed were causing his distress, me, Tippy cat, certain bowls, food site. He did come up on our bed on Saturday a.m., but after that he's stayed in the vicinity of the wood stove. Today he's had two servings of chicken baby food and clam juice, and two petting and scratching sessions, but he couldn't quite make himself come upstairs.

I've been at this crossroads before -

Changing the subject, I've had four pieces selected for two shows, the FON (Focus on Nature) XIII show at the New York State Museum, and the Arts in Harmony show in Elk River, Minnesota. I'm waiting to hear the jury results for the Wings and Water show at the River Arts Center in Prairie du Sac, WI. I also need to decide on pieces to present to the jury for the GNSI annual exhibit that will be in Boulder this year.