Friday, 9 March 2012

Meet Mila Rose

Poor old Douglas Dongle has finally been put out to pasture
and in his place is the rather sleek
Mila Rose Modem Router
Now choosing a name wasn't easy
after the debacle that was the hapless Murray Modem
I wanted to spend a little time getting to know our new modem before naming it
It is just so shiny and neat and
without all of Murray's sticky up and dangley bits
kind of indicated it was female
and as she is quite a fast and sassy little number
Mila seemed appropriate
but I wanted to encourage her to be reliable as well
so Rose was the only choice
I once taught with a Rose and she was 
just about the most reliable capable person I knew
so I formally introduce you all to Mila Rose
we are currently in the honeymoon phase
but fingers crossed it lasts a while...

The excitement of unrestricted internet access 
has been somewhat tempered
by the appearance of the first hint of autumn
which means that we
 finally wake up to no humidity
and the days are clear and beautiful
and while it is still stinking hot
there isn't the brain numbing wet blanket that is so characteristic
of our endless summers
which sounds like a great thing
except along with that comes
hayfever of monumental proportions

Just call us the family sinus
with the whole lot of us becoming one huge mass of snot and snuffling
even the dog has been sneezing 
which means the ever present danger of snarts
is stalking me all day
so I have been a touch on edge
or at least I am blaming the possible snart stress rather than the drugs..
which may not be entirely fair to poor Mushu as 
 I have spent the last few days dosed to the eyeballs
on Sudafed
which means I spend a few hours bouncing around like a demented bunny on speed
followed by a two hour nap
I have been alternating hyperactive and horizontal for days
and while I am still managing to achieve quite a bit while in my hopped up state
not sure that it is good for me after going through the Arizona withdrawals so recently
might tip me over the edge...

So planned attack on my tea canvases hasn't eventuated
and they are still in the state they have been for the last few weeks

thinking I might attack them after the next dose is due
might get them done in record time

I am also going to be zooming around 
and visiting my friends over at Paint Party Friday later
it is their birthday
which is exciting and means it is definitely worth a visit.
Congratulations and thanks to Eva and Kristin
for hosting this great meet up for painters each week...xx

P.S... check out my sidebar
there is now a button
that you can grab
made for me by
the lovely Jenn over at Just add water silly
how ridiculously nice is she to do that...
warms the heart to meet someone so generous...


VonnyK said...

I love your button and I have it on my blog already! You poor thing suffering with the snots. Hope you can get back to painting (at normal speed) soon.
Mila Rose is a perfect name, I love Rose and my girls all have it as a middle name. Hope it doesn't play up like the kids :)
Have a great day and hope the nose dries soon.

Rita said...

Mila Rose looks quite smart and trim and efficient. :)

Sorry you are all suffering from hayfever. I get that, too. Sometimes very mildly and sometimes badly. Not sure what makes the difference.

Funny how those art projects will just wait patiently for us to get around to them. ;)

Have a good weekend and hope you feel lots better. :)

Anonymous said...

Yay for Mila Rose! It's so great to hear you have your technology working! Love the sketch of her and of your Sudafed. Allergies are no fun. I hope you feel better soon Tracey! Happy PPF. :-)

peggy gatto said...

charming, just charming cups!
I always enjoy coming by your place!

peggy gatto said...

i forgot to say
"god bless you"!

Ayala Art said...

Only you can make a sudafed box look like fun! hehehe Awesome art, and hope you feel better soon :o)
happy PPF!( We are close to start spring and leaving the chilly days, hope the season is long, because summer is too hottttt here)

Helen Campbell said...

Mila Rose... I had not thought of naming my modem. Perhaps that is why it gave us such fits this week. Hmmm. :D
I love Mila's painting, (it also never occured to me to paint my modem) and am sorry it's hayfever time. I patiently await the tea cup paintings. When the time is right, they will be finished.
Happy PPF Anniversary! Helen @ Natures Walk

Maria Ontiveros said...

The canvases are shaping up really nicely! Happy PPF!

Valerie-Jael said...

Hope your new Miss Modem will turn out to be all you ever wanted! Valerie

froebelsternchen said...

charming artwork! GREAT!

xxx Susi from Austria

Monthly :Art-Journal-Journey-Challenge

Anonymous said...

i love that you name inanimate objects (i do too, we have Felicity, the sat nav as she's a bit posh and needed a posh name!)i also love how you determined she was female! and your illustration of her and the sudafed box is pretty damn cool too!
hope the hayfever eases up for you all now that its cooling down. i still laugh at the snarts!

FLO said...

It's funny to name inanimate objects!
your pictures are always so pretty
I put your button on my blog in the "partners".

Ċ olanje na domu-Waldorf said...

I must be picking out the wrong names because everytime I do the thing breaks down. :) Hope you get to attack those canvases. They look great sketched out. :)

Virtual Boy said...

Beautiful work, the watercolors add such a soft feel~

// -T.W

Unknown said...

I love the way you always illustrate your posts- you make something as ordinary as Sudafed seem rather special! We're still going through seasonal colds too- ahhh, Fall and Spring, so wonderful except for their little gifts of allergies!
Can't wait to see these gorgeous paintings finished!
Take care of yourself and beware of Snarts!

Abela said...

Well, don't be no hurry, first you take care and drink much tea with honey, the dog also thanks it, then catch the brushes and for the canvas. Saludos

Lesley Edmonds said...

Ooo our house used to be a palace of snot in the old days. Thankfully these days I seem to have outgrown hayfever - that happened last year - it was a surprise and a relief and I didn't know one could outgrow hayfever - and my 3 boys have all flown and now live elsewhere so no sinusy problems left in this house haha! I do feel for you though.

LOVE you tea canvases!!!!!

Geckostone said...

Love your teacups, modem and Sudafed! Your post made me giggle. I love how you name things like a new modem,reminds me of how I talk to the new units I'm making at work and telling them to all be good when they go out to the customers,they really do all have their own "personalities",lol!Happy PPF, Deb

Carolyn Dube said...

Welcome Mila Rose! Girls are more capable of complex tasks than boys so I am sure she will outshine Murray!

Hybrid J said...

Oh, you post just made me chuckle and enjoying your loose line work. Energetic and modern. Great Work!

EVA said...

Love how you brought Mila Rose and your allergy solution to life! Fun! (But not the allergies... Hope relief comes without the manic depressive aspects taking a toll.)

Looking forward to seeing more on those two teacup paintings!

kat said...

Hello Tracey, your stacked tea cups will be quite a piece, I just love them! You definitely sound like you could do with Autumn and freshness to arrive, it's the end of winter here in the South of France, and I relish these March blustery days, just go with it, you'll soon have those fresh days back again!

Becca said...

Oo, sorry to hear you are down with the sniffles, but that sudafed box is just so cute! I adore the tea cups too. Feel better Tracey!

Debbie said...

I love your paintings and can't wait to see the finished teacups. 'Hope you're feeling better soon.

Kristin Dudish said...

I just love reading your posts... Not only are you super talented, but you are amazingly creative and funny to boot!


p.s. I can totally relate to the sudafed frenzy (but since it's winter here it is because of a horrible messy cold! blah!)

Ginny said...

It is so much fun to read your posts. I love your teacups and always look forward to seeing what you have created each week.

PS So glad you got to spend time with your sister. Those moments are truly special.

Catherine Denton said...

Mila Rose is beautiful. I hope she serves you well. :) Love your sense of humor and hopefully you'll get to work on your tea paintings in your hyped up state.

Thanks for your kind comment on my blog.
Catherine Denton

wednesday said...

Sympathies from a fellow sufferer! Have you gotten to the point yet that you can feel your individual molecules moving around?

Good luck avoiding dog snarts (human ones too fro that matter). Love the start on the new paintings.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Hope you and your family feel better soon!
Your tea canvases will be great!!

Happy PPF!!
Mixed-Media Map Art

Unknown said...

Your post made me chuckle...hope the snarts don't get you...and your feeling better... love the tea cups they're beautiful.. :)

GlorV1 said...

Love your illustrations. I always love how they come out. You are very good at what you do. Great going on the Sudafed, my husband will be needing that soon.:) Happy PPF!

Unknown said...

Loved reading your post! Here we are going towards Spring, but it's still cold. Hope you feel better soon!

Victoria said... gorgeous..your art is the tea cups..they vibe with such beautiful charm are fabulous!! and hope you feel all sparkly real soon..

Anonymous said...

I certainly can sympathize with you on the sinus problems. My dh and I both are in the throes of something, even if it isn't autumn but is spring here. I love coming to see what everyday thing you have made into a beautiful painting. Today I see Sudafed box! And a new modem named Mila Rose. Wonderful work.

Anonymous said...

I certainly can sympathize with you on the sinus problems. My dh and I both are in the throes of something, even if it isn't autumn but is spring here. I love coming to see what everyday thing you have made into a beautiful painting. Today I see Sudafed box! And a new modem named Mila Rose. Wonderful work.

Cameron said...

Those teacup canvases make me giddy with excitement...tempered only by the news of your poor sinus misadventures :(

Here's to clear days and noses ahead!!

Anonymous said...

your teacups are lovely, sorry to hear of your sinus troubles.Its soon to be spring here and you are turning to autumn.Would like some snow to usher in winter, I'll send some!We are not to see spring until late april early spring.

pauline said...

Tracey, what a lovely gesture to paint a button for you! Such kindness...
And i love your subject matter... a modem and a box of Sudafed. You make everything more beautiful. :-) xoxo

Annabelle said...

Love your water colors, so beautiful. Take care of the nasty cold and hope all of you are feeling better soon ; )

Jenn said...

I always enjoy your posts!! :) Looks like Mila Rose definitely knows how to hold her own!!!

Sorry you haven't been feeling well - hope that passes over soon! I can't wait to see once you finish those lovely teacups!!

Kristin said...

You crack me up! And amaze me - how can you make something so mundane like a box of pills look so fabulous! I hope you feel better, xoxo

DVArtist said...

Sorry you are feeling poorly. Your art doens't show it. As always you have captured the moment.

Unknown said...

Your button is great!

I like the name MILA ROSE.

I can't wait to see your teacups finished. They are beautiful in their sketch stage, but with the colour I'm sure they will be extraordinary.

Anne Manda said...

Lovely artwork and your canvases look so very promising, I'm looking forward seeing them finished! <3 Sorry about the hayfever, that sucks!
Happy PPF!

DMG said...

I love your work and can't wait to see these finished canvases!

*jean* said...

great button! can't wait to see your canvases done, i feel that way on sudafed too! omgoodness you make me laugh...hope you get relief soon!! happy PPF! (beware the Snart!)

Gloria j Zucaro said...

Love your paintings of "ordinary" things. But it is those "ordinary" things that make our lives run more smoothly! Your sketches for the tea cups are most gorgeous even in their current state. Hope you are feeling better soon, and happy PPF

Unknown said...

Gorgeous work and your writing is so humorous! Happy PPF!

Daniele Valois said...

You're posts crack me up!!! Great sketches too!!!

Lynn Cohen said...

I like your art very much. Wonderful tea cups and tea pots spoke to me. HPPF on Sunday! (there are so many of you here!_

Unknown said...

How clever is that sudafed box.. Very cool. And your tea cups look wonderful..

Happy PPF..

Anne Butera said...

Happy (late) PPF!!

Your artwork is always so beautiful! The tea canvases look so appealing, even in their unfinished state.

Funny that you posted about Arizona tea. I just treated myself to a bottle on my road trip. I always love the bottles and save them for flowers. Your paintings of them are beautiful!

Hope you are feeling lots better very soon!

Pam Tucker said...

I just love your work! What a beautiful blog you have. I can sympathize with your need for the Sudafed. I have the same problem. I hope you are feeling better soon. I can't wait to see more gorgeous art!

JKW said...

eewww, sinus, I remember those days living in the north. Now I am in so. FL (for the past 25 years), I don't ever have those issues anymore, thankfully. I am in love with all your cups and tea pots. I will be glad to see these finished. Blessings, Janet PPF

Unknown said...

Happy painting, and I do love the start to your tea canvases. I can relate to the sniffles; however, we are struggling with all the spring budding and blossoming going on here! :0) Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Your art work always makes me smile, it's so charming :)