October 14, 2016

Living on borrowed time ..... I have been home from West Park for a month and most of a day. Unfortunately I came home with pneumonia although I didn’t know that until my family doctor received a report from West Park. After the pneumonia I got a wicked thrush infection from the antibiotics and I am still babying a boil that came from I don’t know where. Aside from getting infected while at West Park it was an excellent experience and I learned a great deal from dedicated staff, other patients as well as seeing myself in a different light. I urge anyone with COPD to go to the nearest live in rehab facility. If you can’t do that at least follow and practice the exercises on the internet. I like this 27 minute long demo from the Burke Institute - youtube.com/COPDexercise - and do it every day. I also wear a fitbit and count my steps. Anyone out there with COPD? I would love to hear from you and any advice you may have.

August 14, 2016

It was kind of a crazy week at West Park. On Monday morning I woke up with a runny nose and a bit of a cough so I was semi isolated behind the curtain in the room which I share with 3 other women. For 3 days! Boring but I did manage to get my laptop connected to WP's wifi which I hadn't been able to do previously. Due to being in isolation I was unable to start the daily routine until Thursday [Behind the curtain I danced with myself to try and keep in shape!] so I have only did it for 2 days before coming home for the weekend. Boy, the routine is tough but I feel better for it already! Breakfast is served at our bedside. The food is surprisingly good for a hospital. I receive 1400 calories a day and have lost 5 lbs - very nice. By 8.45 we are all in the workout room to practice breathing methods, 9.45 we start various physical exercises from 1. take your heart rate and enter it on your chart 2. walk for 20 minutes 3.take your heart rate and then we graduate from walking to the bikes and or treadmills and more difficult exercises. These exercises are repeated for an hour each afternoon. Dinner is around 5 or 5.30 and then we are free to go for a walk in the 27 acre part which is beautiful even if it was hot as hell last week. One evening we played bingo and patients who have been there off and on for many years told me their stories. I may ask them if I can tell you some of them .... If you smoke I hope you smoked less this week?

August 07, 2016

I only put this old painting in because I am not sure how to  write in here without putting  in  an image and don't want to take the time to find out. In any case it is somewhat appropriate..
I am currently living at West Park Rehab centre in Toronto and will be for the next 6 weeks so I won't be posting often although I come home on the weekends. I have COPD [don't smoke folks or if you do try to smoke as little as possible although I have already met 2 patients there who never smoked - they got COPD from second hand smoke!] I smoked for 40 or so years and I must say I enjoyed it very much. I stopped smoking when I was 60. I am now 82 - had pneumonia 1 1/2 years ago and 4 months later was diagnosed with COPD which has become progressively worse. Makes it difficult to breath which makes it difficult to walk very far etc etc etc. 
Luckily for me I was accepted for the 6 weeks live in rehab program at West Park. Rather than talk to people about this very confusing illness I will write about the experience in this blog. I also hope other patients will share their stories with me and allow me to blog their stories. Maybe we can help a couple of people stop smoking and therefore live longer. I live near the lakeshore in Barrie and I see people smoking near their little children - please don't - you are blackening their little lungs!!

July 17, 2016

My geraniums over Barrie - the smart people shop for their plants around the second week in July when they were less than 1/3 of what I paid for them 10 days ago! 

July 11, 2016

I am practicing the best way to put these web pages into my blog. Please excuse the mess. I took a picture of this page with Preview and than trimmed it [not enough!]. It might get better tomorrow but then again it might not. Click to make it bigger and I hope you can read the headings?! 

More Family Paintings - My father's parents [she painted] - a 1 room schoolhouse with me, my brother and my sister. Thats my Mac desktop in the background. To see all my work go to bettybishop.ca - or wait in anticipation for me to post again! LOL 

July 07, 2016


July 06, 2016

I finally got around to updating my website for the first time since 2014 -  bettybishop.ca - this is part of the first of 6 pages.  

July 02, 2016

                               HAPPY CANADA DAY!

Happy Canada Day - Wow! this year we can be especially thankful to be Canadian! 

June 22, 2016

Josie with her poodle ears and being such a good, such a hungry little girl dog!

June 20, 2016

Hey! I'm wearing a FirBit! it expects me to walk 10,000 steps a day. I walked 5,000 the first day and less than 3,000 the second day - I was exhausted - watched netflix for most of the afternoon! Yes, that is my hand - hard to believe its come to that isn't it?

June 18, 2016

An old Painting but one I like. Oil on Canvas 28 x 22. My kids getting drunk on Freshie many years ago. 

June 15, 2016

June 13, 2016

I just came across this picture of Josie waiting for me to put something in her bowl! What a character she was! I miss the laugh a day she guaranteed.

June 08, 2016

Of all those arts in which the wise excel Nature's chief masterpiece is writing well. (Andre Breton)

I could spend my whole life prying loose the secrets of the insane. These people are honest to a fault, and their naivety has no peer but my own. (Andre Breton)
Do not fear the aging of the body for it is the body's way of seeking the root. (Lao Tzu)

June 06, 2016

               Back at ya! - I hope to get some paint on this huge canvas today or tomorrow.

June 04, 2016

June 04, 2016

LONDON (The Borowitz Report)—The theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking angered supporters of Donald J. Trump on Monday by responding to a question about the billionaire with a baffling array of long words.
Speaking to a television interviewer in London, Hawking called Trump “a demagogue who seems to appeal to the lowest common denominator,” a statement that many Trump supporters believed was intentionally designed to confuse them.
Moments after Hawking made the remark, Google reported a sharp increase in searches for the terms “demagogue,” “denominator,” and “Stephen Hawking.”
“For a so-called genius, this was an epic fail,” Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said. “If Professor Hawking wants to do some damage, maybe he should try talking in English next time.”
Later in the day, Hawking attempted to clarify his remark about the presumptive Republican Presidential nominee, telling a reporter, “Trump bad man. Real bad man.”

From the New Yorker - hahaha!

May 14, 2016

My friend and I went to Chapters Book Store in Barrie yesterday -  For $19.95 I bought this little dog who looks just like my Josie. Isn't she a cutie - good as gold too, just like Josie!

May 10, 2016

Quick Sketches on my iPadPro [I call it my iPadBig] using Procreate which is a 7.99 App!

April 25, 2016

I was lucky enough to have a conversation with Thelonius Monk around 1974 or thereabouts [he was playing at the Colonial Tavern on Yonge Street in Toronto]. We were in his room at the Royal York Hotel and his wife shuffled in and out of the room in her blue slippers as we talked. I wrote our conversation down and just came across it during my Spring Cleaning. Enjoy! If necessary click on it to enlarge. 

March 19, 2016

Near the end ...
Most of my life has been lived alone except for a couple of great dogs. Dogs are wonderful friends, companions and housemates. Josie was my last dog. She died 4 months ago I miss her every day. In fact I think I write these words to fill the big space she left in my life. She was an approximately 20 pound Cocapoo with a lot more Poodle than Cocker Spaniel. Three months over 14 years old when the vet's assistant gave her a needle and she lay her achingly beautiful little head on his table and we said goodbye to each other. Josie told me she was tired of living as plainly as one person can tell another person. She started to tell me around six months before the end. It was a gradual falling apart both mentally and physically until one day, as she lay in her little bed in front of the sliding doors, with the sun on her back, she told me she wanted to go. She had a diaper on one end and an Elizabethan collar on the other end.
If you ever have to put a dog down I have a piece of advice for you. After it is done get in your car and go for a long drive. Standing by the side of a lake or in the middle of a forest might be better butwasn't available to me. The car worked well. My vet was a half hour highway drive away. The windows were closed and there was little traffic. I cried and cursed the gods who "would take a sweet innocent dog like Josie who never, in her whole life hurt a soul, who gave nothing but pleasure and at least a laugh a day" away from me and away from the world. You are one mean son of a bitch God!

March 08, 2016

How do you like my 9 year old great grandson's Giraffe? The photo doesn't do justice to his colours which are much brighter. I love it!

February 29, 2016

I am once again working on my 4 x 6' canvas. Sketching the Barrie Polar Bear Swimmers 2014 and that is a little drawing of Josie and I sitting in the park. I may have to remove us but the nice thing about charcoal is that it is easy to erase.
Hey folks - I month until April - what a great winter it has been in Barrie.

February 18, 2016

This may or may not be the beginning of what I am calling My Words

Robbie Burns said "if only the gift the gods would gie us to see ourselves as others see us ...".              

I will be 82 years old in less than 2 months. They call me elderly! A month or so ago I was on one of the new Toronto streetcars. These streetcars seem to run remotely with the operator having nothing to drive. They sit in a little cubicle at the front of the car -  looking at computer screens. I asked a young man sitting across from me how I could get a transfer. He knocked on the cubicle window and said to the attendant "excuse me sir but this elderly woman wants to know how to get a transfer". Elderly woman!? Me? I don't have a walker, I don't even carry a cane. How did that young man reach the conclusion I was elderly? What did he see that I don't see? I look in my mirror and I find my self rather attractive - especially if I keep my eyes away from my neck! I do NOT see old - even when I look in my full length mirror I do NOT see old.  I have to admit my body and my mind don't work quite as well as they once did - my step is not as firm as it was even 5 years ago and my short term memory is an unnerving disgrace. The surprising thing about old age is this - our feelings don't change when we get old. Which leads to "there is no fool like an old fool". Quite true. Yes, we know we are old but we don't feel old. Keep that in mind when you are talking to us please. Hardly anyone does. Those who do are a real treat - they stand out in the crowd. They talk to me as they would if I wasn't old. I notice and appreciate even if I say nothing. Trust me - I notice. We notice.

February 13, 2016

Friday BAC portrait session - More work with the ipadpro and Apple Pencil - 2 artists volunteered to sit for 20 or so minutes each. I am just trying to get used to all the things this magic pencil can do! I love the convenience of it. Click to enlarge. 

February 07, 2016

More fairly quick Procreate sketches at the Barrie Art Club - click for more detail. Fun!