Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A Great Big "Thank You"

Dahlia Study #1
8" x 8", coloured pencils on Arches HP

copyright Katherine Tyrrell

I'd like to say a great big "Thank You" to all those who extended best wishes and prayers for the recovery of 'the patient'. I'm pleased to say 'the patient' is now home (where cups of tea arrive any time you feel like one!) and 'big panic' has been regraded to 'big wake-up call'.

There are still more tests to be done but it does appear that the treatment worked. However, as Cathy said, it's the 'not knowing' which is the worst part and unfortunately we still don't know exactly what happened although hopefully this will be worked out as yet more tests are done.

I do know that I very much appreciated all your messages - they were a great help at a difficult time and I'd like to reiterate my thanks for all your kindnesses.

This post was supposed to be published yesterday but I lost my broadband service in the morning (thank goodness it didn't happen earlier!!!) and I was also hit by that wall of tiredness that I think very often happens to people when the immediate emergency is over. 'He who must not be bored while I sketch' took me down to Kew Gardens for long walks and lots of fresh air (and a couple of sketches) yesterday afternoon which helped a lot - but I still feel rather like I've just had an encounter with a sledgehammer! Posting will continue to be a bit ad hoc for another week or so while things get back to normal.

SoCal is burning

Finally, can I ask for you to turn your positive thoughts and prayers to all those living under the threat of the fires which are raging in southern California. I know a number of bloggers living in that area and I sincerely hope you're all OK at what must be a very worrying time.

My particular concern right now is my very good friend Louise Sackett who I visited last summer. Louise lives in the El Cahon valley to the east of San Diego and currently has evacuation areas to the immediate north, south and east of her home (areas coloured yellow are mandatory evacuation areas and those coloured red are the fires). It's extremely worrying that KPBS News is now referring to it as the San Diego FireStorm. I certainly remember very clearly Louise explaining to me the implications of the brush on hills catching fire. I also know that communication is being affected by the emergency.

Louise - if by any remote chance you're reading this I very much hope both you and D and your daughter and family are all OK and in a safe place. Be careful and stay safe!



  1. hi Katherine,

    sorry to read of your family emergency, I'm glad the crisis has resolved itself so quickly and that the patient is back home, I'll be thinking good thoughts that the tests return with positive news, take care to all.

  2. I just got back from a trip and read your news. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, as well as all those in Southern California whose homes and lives are being threatened.

  3. Beautiful dahlia, I just love the red.

    Wishing you the best for your family. So many of us have friends in Calfornia, thanks for thinking of them.


  4. How thoughtful of you to extend Hope, when it is obvious you have had a real scare. We are all praying for California inhabitants, people, pets and all creatures including the lush vegetation.
    It is hard. Here in Boston We are celebrating Baseball.
    Feeling blue We do not have the money for the tickets. However, If I had that Money! - I do not think I would buy the ticket. I think it would go somewhere else.
    Someone who knows such loss, but by Man not Nature.
    My prayers are with you and the The Patient!
    ((( Circle of Hugs )))


  5. Hi Katherine,

    I am so glad that your patient is home!! Good news. I join you in thinking about Southern CA for sure!!

    ~ Diane Clancy

  6. Katherine, I'm so happy for you that all woked out for the "Patient". I know you are relieved.

  7. Hi Katherine. I am glad the emergency part is over and hopefully the tests will reveal the reason. I am having surgery soon and my blogging hasn't been regular lately.

    If you have a phone number for the people in San Diego, I would be glad to call them and see if I can get an answer. Just email me if you do.


  8. Thanks everybody - your thoughts and good wishes at this time are much appreciated.

    I'm sure all the people in San Diego and SoCal generally will also value any positive thoughts and prayers you can offer. The current map update is truly frightening.

  9. I've updated the post to include a link to the Wikipedia page about the The Califoria Wildfires of October 2007

  10. I'm glad to hear your dear one is safe and sound and back at home. I've been spending time with my 95 year old dying ex-father in law, a very sweet, dear man who is incredibly serene and accepting of his path now. But I know what you mean about how those scary emergencies leave one feeling like they've been steamrollered. On another subject, I wanted to buy a good book with Sargent oil paintings (have the watercolor one) so naturally I went to your squidoo lens and saw several listed but no words of wisdom from you on them. Do you have a favorite among them?

  11. Jana - On the squidoo lens I tend to add in books which I've checked out through other processes and I've started to try and work my way through all the lens adding in words for those I've got and read.

    Some however are there as much as a reminder to me to try and get hold of them when the budget allows!

    Some I've looked at in good bookshops and checked out that they are OK books - like both the volumes on portraits which are very BIG books, catalogues almost.

    I was standing reading one in the National Gallery shop this week and mentally adding it to my list of ones to get and I'm just trying to remember what it was called........ I think it was this one American Drawings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Volume 3: John Singer Sargent (Hardcover) and I really liked it because of the drawing content - which for him means some more of the stunning watercolours as well!

    On the oils side of his work, I'm really not sure what to recommend not being an oil painter.


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