Yesterday I received my fourth chemo treatment. It was a judgement call on the part of my oncologist in consultation with me. My recovery from the last treatment isn’t as robust as it was from the first treatment, and even less than the second. That’s what happens with each successive one. My next two treatments may require a delay of a week or an adjustment of my dose. But yesterday, I was in my doctor’s office, all psyched up to push ahead, and I didn’t want to delay an extra week. Now at least I can say four treatments received and two to go. Milestones folks, they really help the mental outlook. Been here, done this, preparing to crash again into the side effects, but I’m also halfway done.
You may have noticed that my creative output, writing, Zentangle®, and if you follow me on Instagram you’ve seen that my other art projects have all suffered thanks to my low overall energy. Yeah, most of my recovery energy goes into walking the dog (and myself as a by-product) as well as getting things done around here! But just like my body needs tending and attention, I’ve been feeling the push to use my energy, once again, on my important soul-filling creative activities. Fortunately I have Zentangle which is a gentle way back into creative output, using simple tangles and seeing where they take me as my creative energy begins to flow.
Last week I completed the first Diva Challenge for the year, #298 (see above), but I never found the energy to post it. The challenge was to use the tangle Orbs-la-dee created by Anneke Van Dam. While I had never seen this one before, it wasn’t too difficult since I love doing tangles with orbs. For those of you who are new to Zentangle, my tile shows a band of Orbs-la-dee across the middle, with a very orb-y ‘Nzeppel below and Pokeroot at the top, with some tipple bubbles floating around for fun.
Yesterday, as one of my activities during my five-hour treatment, I worked on another tile. There is a Facebook group for tanglers who like to share their Zentangle journal art. This year they are doing a book study taking the Zentangle Primer and completing the exercises in it. Such a great refresher on the basics as well as good prompts to take those basics a little further. My tile follows exercise one which is to use the original tangles Crescent Moon, Florz, Printemps and Hollibaugh and play with the shading. It was very absorbing to work on as I sat in my comfy chemo chair, and I was able to introduce my nurse to the art of Zentangle too.
Finally, I worked today on this week’s Diva Challenge #299 which was to use the new official tangle Drawings- pronounced Draw-wings. It’s a beautiful tangle that reminds me of angel wings, but I’m really still just getting the hang of it. As you can see on my tile, it really should have taken up a bigger share of the real estate, I was a bit too tentative. I have a much more difficult time creating tangles based on the flattened S curves. But it’s such a lovely tangle that I’m motivated to keep working on it. To fill in the extra space I decided to bring back two of the tangles I used yesterday from the Primer – Florz and Printemps. This wasn’t my favorite tile of the week, but it feels good to spend some time on my art again.
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