Sunday, November 28, 2010

My Dad

Jim Manley Mar. 6,1924 - Nov. 27, 2010

My dad, after suffering a decline in health over the past year, passed away yesterday evening.  He was a talented artist and a man full of humour, grace and dignity.  One in a million, and I will miss him very much.

♥Love you Dad♥

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Sending Happy Thanksgiving wishes to all my US friends.
Be happy, safe, have fun, be thankful of the food you are eating (and be thankful you don't have to catch and pluck the bird like the little girl above!)

A quick update on Nicole - her surgery went well and she is home with us recuperating.  Her left arm that had the wide local excision and the lymph node (4 of them) removal done is quite painful, but she has
painkillers that take the edge off.   We now wait until Dec. 7 for the pathology report.

It is not Thanksgiving in Canada, but I am so thankful for all my friends here that have offered and continue to offer prayers, positive thoughts and support.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Be Gone for a Couple of Days

I will be away from any blogging  for a couple of days while Nicole has her surgery - should be back by Tuesday.  I will have access to Keara's laptop and will probably check my Facebook as it is pretty fast and easy, but I don't think I will have too much time computerwise.

An artist friend posted this video on her facebook and I thought it was so cute.  There is no way my cat would ever even attempt this!

Hoping everyone is having a fabulous weekend!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Back Home

Got back home around 1:00 a.m. this morning and have been doing "stuff" (you know, laundry, dishes ... fun stuff like that all day).

Rock of Ages, basically ROCKED.  Such a fun show - high energy, hand-clapping, foot stomping theatre.  I'm not a huge 80s fan but I... Loved it!

Yesterday was Nicole's pre op appointment - her surgery is next Monday.  She has to be at Princess Margaret hospital at 7:00 a.m and will have the
sentinel lymph node mapping done around 8:00.  This is where they inject radioactive dye into her shoulder area around the biopsied site.  The dye shows the first lymph node(s) the  cancer cells may have percolated to (if they did go anywhere else).

At 10:00 is her
surgery to remove the sentinel nodes and then
they will do the Wide Local Excision (WLE) 
to remove a chunk of skin/tissue around where the mole was.  A skin graft or flap-over procedue will
then be done.

And then it is on to recovery.  She should be released
around supper time, unless there are some concerns about her diabetes (none expected).

We will be bringing Nicole home with us for at least a week to recover.  On Dec. 7, she has an appointment with the oncologist to find out if the cancer has spread
and what the next steps are.

A blogger friend of mine, who has gone through a
similar situation (not melanoma) with her daughter wrote me that the waiting is the worse.  I agree.

On a totally different note, a friend posted this on Facebook and I think it is sooooooo pretty.

I'm hoping tomorrow to get into my studio - haven't been near it for five days and going through clay withdrawal.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Took The Plunge

After much hesitation and resistance, but with a lot of encouragement from my family and peers...

I decided to join the masses... 
...and take the plunge.

Yep, I'm now on 
Sue Patricia Barton on FB
My daughter, Nicole has been visiting for a couple of days and 'surprised' me with a page two days ago.  I'm amazed at how much info and cool stuff is on Facebook.  I've found some amazing artists and made some new
friends already.  
I hope to set up a page for my work soon, but in the meantime if you are on FB and want to 'friend me', I would love to hear from you!  


We are off to Toronto today to take in the Rock of Ages show 

and I am staying over at Nicole's so I can go to her pre op appointment with her tomorrow.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


November 11, 2010

Canada.......Remembrance Day
United States....Veteran's Day

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
We stop and remember and honour our brave men and women who fought, and still fight, that we may live in freedom.

May we never forget

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday...Nov. 10 Inspiration?



Have been super busy with "things" and have not been on the computer/blog much - hope to catch up with everyone's blogs soon!


Wednesday, November 3, 2010