~ Tuesday is the day ~

Tuesday, tomorrow, is the day my husband begins treatment for cancer.
It isn't chemo, but immunotherapy and is supposed to be a lot easier on the system.
It seems so long ago since he had surgery, almost two months, and we felt this day would never get here. We had to wait for a span of six weeks where it was open for him to get one day a week for six continuous weeks. He's been surprisingly positive, and I'm so proud of him, as I know how scary it must be.
A friend at work gave him a copy of the book "The Secret", and it has completely changed the way he thinks. He also watched the film, and realizes what a difference being positive can be.
He has started to paint again, after about four years. Many years ago he asked for oil paints for Christmas, I was puzzled. This was someone who had never painted in his life, and if you had asked me I would have said he was colour blind. But, it was what he wanted so I bought them.
After a week or so he set everything up and began, sometimes he had to ask me what colours made green, or purple, but he soon figured it out. It was entirely new to him, he didn't even remember doing art at school. Over the years he has done many pictures, my favourite of Lake Como in Italy hangs in my sister's home. The one shown here is from a photo he took a few weeks ago, when he decided if he was going to be home for a while he needed an indoor hobby.
It's not my type of picture, I like something with brighter colours, but it truly reflects the scene that day. Who knows, as he begins to heal perhaps the colours will lighten, the flowers will bloom, and the sun will shine. Art as healing, I think it will work.
Please think of him tomorrow.


  1. I'm so impressed by that painting - the colours speak to me! I do hope the treatment goes well - my very best wishes to you both.
    Thanks for your lovely nostalgic comment on my piece about Woolies. I've added it to my post - I hope that's ok with you.
    BTW, I'm 60 in June. Waahhh!!!!!

  2. I will most definitely think of you both tomorrow. And I'm so glad he's learning about The Secret. A positive attitude can go a long way in the healing process.

    The painting is beautiful. I love the soft colors of the snow and the barn offset by the green of the tree. I hope to see more of his paintings.

  3. Hellooooooooooooooooooo Sheila!
    Missed you, but now i see why you have had a break!
    Hugs to you both...big hugs.

  4. Whata wonderfully positive thing to do - take up an indoor hobby. I have been saying prayers for you both since you had the news and will keep it up! I think your dh is on the right track and with the secret behind him and you and all those positive things in his life he should be do ok! will be thinking of you especially today. Keep us posted Sheila.

  5. I shall definitely be thinking positive thoughts towards your husband's medical care tomorrow.... good luck to you both.
    I really like the picture... I love the movement in the sky and the texture of the snow and the barn. He has a hidden talent that's just emerging.... may he have many more years to create more masteroieces!

  6. You can be sure I will absolutely be thinking of him tomorrow....great big heaping truckloads of positive thoughts!
    That man has talent and art definitely heals the soul. I hope you'll share any new masterpieces.
    I am imagining, really intently, these nasty little demons leaping from his body...banished forever... and once they are gone they will STAY gone....and he will be the warrior king!

  7. You are both in my thoughts and prayers dear friend.

    How talented an artist he is... Wow!!

    Sending healing positive energy and much love,


  8. Sheila, I am so happy that he is doing so well and for sure a good out look helps so much on a daily basis. It is wonderful that he has found something to do to keep him busy while he is home for a while. I hope to see his paintings on some of your later post. Prayers and good wishes to him and also to you. Come over and sign up for my little giveaway when you have time. Hugs to you both.........Sharon K

  9. Dearest Sheila, please know that he is in my prayers and hopefully the treatments won't be too hard on him. A positive attitude makes all the difference in the world:-) I've heard about the book "The Secret" but have never read it or seen the movie...maybe I should look into it!!

    For a man who never painted before, he sure paints like an artist! Wow! I'm quite impressed with that painting, it's beautiful. I can't even draw stick figures! lol

    Take care of YOU as well my friend. xoxo

  10. Dad's work is rather "Group of Seven", perhaps he'll be Eight.
    I love you both. You are both in my thoughts, and will be throughout my life but particularly through this course of treatment and on until he is fully healed.

  11. Sheila, I hope the immunotherapy went well today and that it will be totally succesful, my thoughts are with you both. The painting appeals to me greatly, it is so tranquil and rural, I love the muted colours. Your DH is very talented.

  12. It is tomorrow and of course I've got you both in my mind.

    I think he did a great job on the picture.

  13. I will pray for both of you.
    Amazing story about his painting.

  14. Art is very healing and he's done a wonderful job. I hope everything goes well.

    The Secret is a great book, I haven't seen the movie.

    You're in my thoughts.


  15. Sheila, I send my love and warm thoughts to you all. Hope it went well. Wow! He can paint!

  16. I love the picture! Especially the sky!
    Both my sons are colour blind, it makes for some great pictures!
    Sending good vibes to you both.
    Hugs, Lynda

  17. He had an artist in his heart waiting to burst out. I hope things went well yesterday!! xo

  18. The man is an artist! My gosh! WOW!!!!! Creativity is so healing for artistic people. I am praying for your hubby and you I see he has begun the treatment as I write.

  19. Dear Sheila,
    I will be thinking of you both tomorrow and keeping you in my prayers.

  20. I know what you are going through since my husband has gone through this as well. You are both in my thoughts. I love the painting, it is very beautiful, he is very talented.

  21. What a talented family you have!

    Hoping that your husband tolerated the treatment well. Sending you my love.

  22. He is in my prayers. You both are. Even Gillian. Everyone!

    I love the painting! I am so impressed. He is a natural. Painting is such a good way to express yourself. Charlie medical offers this as a part of healing. Also touch therapy and singing.

    I love the colors he used. It really does speak volumes. It is beautiful!


  23. I think this is a very good painting. Sometimes you are invited to see the work of an amateur painter and have to stretch very hard to say something nice, but in this case I can be perfectly truthful and say I really like it.

    My thoughts and prayers are with your husband at this time.

    Big Hugs, Julie

  24. of course, I LOVE the colours! His textures are lovely too. Love and hugs to both of you. I'd enjoy to see his interpretation of some of your lovely photos taken in Portugal, those little side streets and old buildings lend themselves so well to being painted! They certainly inspired me!


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