Stained glass projects and modeling

Stained glass projects and modeling

Following the partial lifting of the restriction linked to the last lockdown, I have been able to resume “my artistic work”…

I first finished the Father Joseph’s statue, which was waiting for me for a long time. I painted it: I am very happy with the result!

With the little time left before “the summer vacations”, I decided to make a owl, as I never tried to make animals before. Here is the result (It is not yet “cooked”).

I had also the chance to finish a stained glass project I called it “the lady with a blue hat”. It took me some time to finish it because of the lockdown, but also because of my lack of experience with the lead stained glass work!

As I am pretty fond of “Tiffany stained glass objects”, I made a blue elephant and a ladybug…

My last project is a dove:

My artistic activities will resume in the fall…

But now, I will go to Toronto soon to meet The Caribous :-)!

With love!

June 24th 2016- June 24th 2021

June 24th 2016- June 24th 2021

 

Soon it is will be the 5th anniversary of my hematopoietic stem cells transplant. Five years already! Hard to believe!

I would like to warmly thank the fantastic team who saved my life: all the people in the Department of Hematology at Saint Antoine Hospital and in particular my graft doctor (I will never forget her). I would like also to thank “Marie”, the nurse who actually performed “the graft”: it was her first time, and for me too! I wonder where I would be without the gift of stem cells from my young donor: I will never meet her, which is kind of sade, but I know the rules… I had also the chance to have my big family and my friends around me: even while “confined” I had visit every day from Jaja and others…

I really really love you all :-)!

The best way “to celebrate” this anniversary is to put together photos, from “before” to “now”.

2016

2017

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2018

2019

2020

“The mask” with a Saint Antoine on it: the best protective device against covid you can think of :-)!

 

2021

I love you all !

Heading for the south…

Heading for the south…

After a long time without travelling, because of the lockdown, we decided to go to the south of France, “la Camargue” and “la Provence”.

We spent a few days near Les saintes Maries de la Mer. We visited several places including the ornithological reserve of la Camargue. Various species of birds to watch: flamingos, herons,…

Camargue is really beautiful…. but there are too many mosquitos :-)!

We then went to , a small village in “les Alpilles”: Maussane les Alpilles. It is located near les Baux de Provence and St Rémy de Provence. Such as wonderful area… and sunny too ;-)!

We visited a lot of churches, abbayes and various monuments. We did also hikes. Most of the time , I was wearing my hat, following the advices from my dermatologist :-)!

We also visited again “la Carrière des Lumières” displaying an exhibit about Cézanne, and Kandinsky…

We are already in June… In a few days, it will be the 5th anniversary of my stem cells graft… Thank you all at St Antoine hospital, in particular my kind graft doctor, thank you my anonymous donor, thank you my family and friends: if I am here to celebrate it is because of you! I love you all !

Columbines

Columbines

Today, I would like to invite you to make a short tour of our garden in Bures-France to discover “the columbines”, which are really beautiful this year. I discovered this flower during my first visit in Boulder-Colorado-USA. The blue columbine is “the official flower” for the state of Colorado.

I planted some seeds of “ancolies” (or columbines) in our garden, and they kept coming back each year (self-seeding).

Here are the ones we have this year, coming in various colors:

I hope you will like them as much as I love them!

Take care and enjoy life!

With love

Building up a vegetable garden

Spring is there! It is time to start to work on my vegetable garden.

Last year, at the end of the first lockdown, I decided to start a new part in our garden: a vegetable garden. It was more to stay busy than to save money by growing our own vegetables ;-)!

Building up on the “tremandous success” of the 2020 season, I decided to increase the surface devoted to the vegetable garden…

I planted several kinds of vegetables: eggplants, tomatoes, butternut, zucchinis, pumpkin, chilli pepper…

Maybe I planted all the vegetables too early, as it might freeze during the coming week…

If I can get enough vegetables, I am planning to distribute some to the people around me, including my fantastic graft doctor at the St Antoine Hospital who helped me a lot over the years following the stem cells graft and is still present whenever I ask her for help…

Love you all !

To be continued…

Early Spring

Early Spring

Spring has always been my favorite season. This year, Spring has made an early start! The beauty of the flowers helped me to “forget” the covid somehow…

It is also time for me to “remember” that if I can enjoy. the beautiful flowers and the life, it is because I had the chance to meet the fantastic hematology team at Saint Antoine hospital, and in particular my nice graft doctor, without forgeting my anonymous stem cells donor and my family and friends… In a few months it will be the fifth anniversary of the graft…

I love you all !

Carcinomas and me: a long love story!

Carcinomas and me: a long love story!

Last October, I had a new carcinoma treated by dynamic phototherapy. Yesterday, I had an appointment in dermatology at the Tenon hospital to check if the treatment had some effect on the carcinoma. Although this carcinoma was located on the left temple under hair so not visible, I could “feel” some roughness under my fingers…. So I was confident that the carcinoma was still there.

My doctor told me that I was right. So something should be done to remove it. She first considered removing it by surgery (I had already two removed by surgery), but as it is “a big one ” (the size of a two euros coin), she decided to try before, as a last chance, a new cream I never used before: fluorouracile-containing cream Efudix.

I have to put this cream once a day for a month…Then, I will meet again my doctor to evaluate the evolution. If there is no result, then it will be again surgery… As pointed out by my doctor, it will be “tricky” as it is located next to the one removed before. The “reserve” in skin is not so large so that there might be some difficulties to close the wound… It could be another “free lifting” :-)! Another experience ;-).

Meanwhile, before, I will meet my nice graft doctor to evaluate my situation regarding the steam cells graft…. almost the 5th anniversary!

Last week, on april 22, I visited the Tenon hospital and met with my dermatologist to evaluate the “action” of the new cream on the carcinoma… Well, according to her, it was not clear. It was still kind of “redish” but she did not know if it was coming from the irritating effect of the cream, or just that the carcinoma was still there. So, she decided to make a new biopsy… She will give me the result in a few days. If it is the same carcinoma, I will need a new surgery to remove it…

Last week, I got the answer: it is not a carcinoma! No cancerous cells! Just some “wounded cells from the previous surgery!

So for the first time in years, I am carcinoma free! It is a very good news! Next apointment for a regular check next october…

With love :-)!

Anti-covid vaccine

Anti-covid vaccine

After a slow start, the vaccine campaign in France was supposed to speed up. Monday January 18th was the first day when people older that 75 and “at risk people” were supposed to start to receive vaccines. The least we can say is that it has been a difficult task to register to have appointments to get the vaccine… After just a few days, there were so many people interested in getting it that the schedule was full for at least two weeks… It was mainly due to the limited number of doses available…

As “an old collaborator” with the Curie Institute, I was offered the possibility to be vaccinated. I was really happy, until the day before the “day” when I got an email informing me that all the appointments for friday 22nd have been canceled: no vaccines available :-(!

What could I do? Of course, I did not register to other places, as “I was sure” to get the vaccine from my working place… I was left without any possibility to be vaccinated before several weeks, this being optimistic! I was crying…

After discussing with an Italian doctor who worked at Saint Antoine at the time I had the stem cells transplant, she suggested that I might try to contact people at Saint Antoine to ask them if they had any idea “to save me again”… I contacted my best friend at Saint Antoine, i.e. my fantastic graft doctor, who registered me to be vaccinated at the hospital at the end of the second week of February. Again, she saved me! How could I thank her… maybe some chocolates ;-)!

But, 3 days before the scheduled appointment, I got a phone call: appointment is canceled, no vaccine available… I might be contacted again when the vaccines delivery will resume: bad luck. But I stay confident that at some point, I will get it…maybe for the 5th anniversary of my stem cells graft in June. I keep optimistic. I trust my graft doctor.

Last week, I took the chance to contact people at Curie Institute to check if there was any possibility to have the vaccine at Curie. I got an answer, not too optimistic, that I could show up at the Curie Hospital to check if there were some extra doses of Pfizer RNA vaccine left after all the scheduled people, nurses and doctors, had received the shot. The answer was yes, so that I had my first shot of Pfizer vaccine yesterday! So happy!

In three to four weeks, I will need to find a place where I could get the second shot…Saint Antoine hospital or Curie hospital?

I first contacted people at Curie, but after a few days I got a negative answer: no Pfizer vaccine would be available…

I turned back to Saint Antoine, my last chance. After a short discussion (usually they don’t like too much doing only the second shot), I got a positive answer: yes! Saint Antoine hospital doctors are always there when I need them. Love them! The appointment was for tuesday march 23, then wednesday 24th….hope it will work…

Then, unexpectedly, I got an email last week from Curie, with the news: I might get the second shot on Friday 19th. I applied the precept: mieux vaut tenir que courir (half a loaf is better than no bread) and went to curie for the second shot! So now I am fully vaccinated!

In two weeks, I will go to the Saint Antoine Hospital to have the serology to check for the quality of the immune response…

Two weeks ago, I visited the Saint Antoine hospital to have a blood analysis. It was mainly for a serologic analysis of the antibodies against SARS-Cov2. A few days later, I got the results from my kind graft doctor: high level of antibodies detected! Yes! As stated out by my wonderful graft doctor in her mail, it is ” a very good news :-)”!

Before getting the results, I was not 100% confident as I had read in the scientific literature that the response to the RNA vaccine in people who had hematopoietic stem cells transplant was not always optimal… Of course, I forgot that I am “in a special situation”: I am old but my stem cells are young since my donor was a very young lady :-)!

A next step could be to follow the evolution with time of the antibodies … So to be continued!

Love you all!

To be continued…

Pastries: an occupation during the lockdown times

Pastries: an occupation during the lockdown times

During the two lockdowns we have had so fare in Spring and Fall of 2020, I had to find some occupation to keep my hands busy and try not to think to often of the pandemic developing around us… I started to make various “pastries”, but mainly “chouquettes” at first as they are my favorite!

It was also time for carrots cakes with cranberries and mapple sirup, apricots “clafoutis”…

I used a ” flowers pots” approach to make small bread loafs…not a great success I should say ;-)!

Then came banana bread, chouquettes, small almond-flavored and coconut-flavored”cookies” using an alsatian recipe…

Then came scones, cheese gougers, apricot jam…

In between the two lockdowns, it was time for magdalens, financial cakes… During this time, in August, my great son was visiting. I made magdalens and financial cakes using applesauce instead of sugar… better be creative :-)!

Cherries clafoutis, chouquettes, almond-flavored cookies, magdalens, coconut-flavored cookies, pistachio-flavored cookies…