Friday, 4 May 2012

The Secret Talent....

We all have things we quietly rule the world in
unexpected things that we kick ass at
we don't always share these with the world
but we all have them
and in our dark moments
we can draw on them and be reassured that we are capable

Some people have exciting and interesting secret talents
like riding unicycles while reciting the lyrics to top ten tunes
or being able to sing in key
after all we can all sing off key
the trick is being able to do it and not cause people's ears to bleed I think
or being legends at hopscotch
that would be quite a cool one I think
because for me hopscotch should have been renamed faceplant with a twist

sadly mine isn't quite as exciting or exotic
but I am an absolute legend at making microwave porridge
mine comes out fluffy and gorgeous and could be photographed for ads I tell you
this is not a talent to be scoffed at
cause I also manage to do it at 5.30 am
and come the middle of winter when it is freezing this is sooo impressive
which means I get extra points for doing it under trying circumstances
and every single day it is just perfect
with not a lump in sight
and as I am the only one who eats the stuff
it has that added bonus of being just mine and mine alone
a rarity in a house with way too few boundaries!!!


I think it is time for us to all come clean 
and share our secret talents
those skills that warm our hearts and make us feel satisfied
and while I just know that some of you are going to share very cool talents
especially the crew over at Paint Party Friday
I for the moment
sit here smugly impressed with myself...



What you have may have missed this week...



and continuing the breakfast theme



47 comments:

Ayala Art said...

hmmmm hidden talents... I can scare cats when I sing? hahahahah

Heather said...

Love your illustrations!! So fun! Lets see my hidden talents??? I only made really good fluffy oatmeal one time. And I am not kidding. I don't know what I did but I have not been able to recreate it again?? I use to be able to turn my eyelids inside out??? I can't do it anymore. Gross!! That was my parlor trick!

Catherine Denton said...

Love this painting. Now I'm hungry for a bowl of your secret talent. As for mine? I'm the family spell-check.
Catherine Denton

Gloria said...

Wow, I got hungry just looking at the cereal boxes. Nice job. Ummm, I'm ....hmmm...:) Have a nice weekend.

Jenn said...

Okay now you have me curious about what your porridge tastes like! :)

My secret talent....I can touch my nose with my tongue! :>d

Kat Griffin said...

you sure are good at those illustrations. amazing to my eyes. I love something called Cream of Wheat It is much like your porridge I think.
My secret talent ? well it's such a secret I don't even know what it is...
- KAT -

Debbie said...

What a fun post, and fun to see a glimpse of breakfast in your neck of the woods. I know how to drive a tractor -- how's that for a secret talent?

Lynn said...

Uncle Toby would be proud of your endeavors both in the drawing realm and in the cooking department too I am sure! I like the boxes!
HPPF.

Helen Campbell said...

Love your secret talent... and your not so secret talent of painting pictures of the box holding ingredients for your secret talent. Oh dear, I think I've confused myself. :) Thanks for a fun post! Happy PPF!

Sunshineshelle said...

Ahh this is fun I love Uncle Toby's as it gets chillier weather & spotted your breakfast ratio- Vegemite is one of my ALL TIME Fave breakfast choices (even on Croissants)

Maria Ontiveros said...

What a great talent. I can read tarot cards.
Rinda

craftattack said...

LOvely paintings! Oats and Marmite remind me of breakfast as a kid! Hugs, Valerie

Pointy Pix said...

i love your cereal boxes and that's no mean talent you have-mine often ends up boiling over the top of the bowl and creating a sticky mess in the microwave!

i did have a party piece many years ago when i was young and carefree involving a cigarette that got dismantled and reassembled perfectly with a slight addition but i don't think its entirely legal so i'll leave it there!

Giggles said...

Wonderful illustration!! I'd love to see a set of those framed in a kitchen somewhere!! If only I had a wall left.

I am a jack of all trades master of none!! If I tell you it won't be a secret any longer!! But I LOVED reading all the comments and will be back to read more later!! Love oatmeal too but still do it old school on the stove!!

Happy ppf
Hugs Giggles

Elisa Choi said...

Love your talent, tracey. I love oats! Lovely painting. Looks so real. Hidden talent--nothing to hide for me.. I paint it all. :)

Anne said...

Wonderful painting and now I want porridge... My talent: I have amagic touch with coffee, or so I'm at least constantly told. Not very secret though. :)

Creatively yours Fi said...

I had to think long and hard about this one! Made me smile....I use to be able to make the most horrendous flatulance noices with my hands and mouth..(worked a treat at a slumber party in the dark:)...haven't done it since who knows when?? And i can do a good Frank from "Some mother's do have them" voice..."Bettty........" Both secret talents for good reason!!!;)

Serena Lewis said...

Great illustration!! I LOVE a bowl of hot porridge on a winter's morning.

Nordljus said...

I love porridge, and I had a great recipe which I can't find anymore, and as we don't have microwave porridge over here, I just use the "short cut version", i.e. Wheetabix. But I was once "famous" for both my noodle soup (so many noodles that there's hardly any soup left) and making the perfect semolina porridge/pudding (without any recipe to follow). I still love my noodle soup, but I haven't tried the semolia for years, as I'm too afraid to not get it right anymore... Love your porridge drawing!

Netty said...

Loving your breakfast pictures, such fun and a great post. Happy PPF, Annette x

La Abela said...

Great illustrations, and very well done, so real... Saludos

Hybrid J said...

You have my salute of making a world class microwave porridge! :) Loving your illustration - lively and crisp line work!

carlarey said...

Porridge making is truly a great talent, lucky your family doesn't get the perfection of hot oatmeal on a cold morning, you'd be making gallons of it instead of one bowl.

My secret talent is knowing where people left their stuff. Kept me employed for years, because my boss lost everything he picked up, and I always knew where he left it.

Molly said...

I love how you give every day things a story and turn them into art.

I am a pro at microwave popcorn! I'm not sure what that says about our cooking skills!
Xoxo

Ginny said...

I love this piece. Both your art and your writing are always a joy to see and read. I am not sure what my secret talent is. I will think about it and get back to you as I will be back later to see what comments others leave.
Thank you for your advice today. I really appreciate the help.

Faye said...

I am a great admirer of your talent of being able to paint just ordinary things and make them look beautiful, like these boxes of oatmeal. Amazing. I want you to know that I make microwave oatmeal every day for my breakfast. I put 1/4 old fashioned oats in a Corelle bowl, put water to cover, and microwave it for 3 minutes at 30%. Perfect every time. I only use Quaker Oats, though.

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

LOVING this post- so funny and fun and of course, beautifully done!
My secret talent? I make the perfect glass of water- seriously; everyone in the house comes to steal from mine and they all swear that theirs never tastes as good!

Petea said...

What a fun post & great illustrations!
My hidden talent would be putting together a home cooked meal at the last minute using whatever is in the fridge!

NatashaMay said...

You're so good at this. :) I love seeing your entries. :)

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

Gee, I'm going to have to give some thought to hidden talents now. Yours in marvelous as well as your illustration. Happy PPF

Carolyn Dube said...

My hidden talent? It would have to be selecting tv shows that will fail in 1 season, or less. The shows I tend to love are rarely around more than 1 season. Yup, that is my secret talent. It was really rough the season we were a Neilson family- we did our best to save my favs, but alas, it was not enough.

Jennibellie said...

Awesome secret talent! And artwork! As usual absolutely gorgeous...I really want to see a pic of this perfect porridge now lol x

mx said...

Your writings always crack me up - you get extra points for that:-)My secret talent... hmmm.. maybe somehow putting dinner together anyway though there seems to be nothing worth eating in neither the freezer, pantry nor refrigerator.

Rhonda said...

Loving your secret talent, but also your artistic one! Now you've made me want to have some microwave porridge! Happy ppf :-)

Tammie Lee said...

secret talents remind me: it takes time to get to know one another...

loved seeing your porridge art!

kristin maynes said...

So creative! I don't think I've ever had porridge but I wouldn't mind trying some. :) Love your work!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

Your sketches..? Illustrations.. are wonderful. Happy PPF.

Viola said...

Impressing! :)

Jennifer McLean said...

Yup, you're absolutely right, we should all celebrate our unusual talents. Raa Raa for those wonderful little things we can secretly be proud of!!

I'm the best in the world at cooking scrambled eggs. Yup, I totally ROCK. The eggs are cooked enough to not be runny and to hold their shape but have a buttery creaminess that's hard to capture. Expert, I tell ya!

I can also write upside down and backwards. Kinda weird but there you go. :o)

Caitlyn (ladyphlogiston) said...

I am really good at finding things on the internet. This isn't as useful as it sounds, but it's plenty distracting

Scarlett Clay said...

This is great, I really enjoyed this post...now I'm all admiration and appetite.. :) I can play a pretty good 'Scotland the Brave' on the bagpipes but I rarely have time to get my set tuned up. Have a great weekend!

WrightStuff said...

You are rather good at drawing porridge too....

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Love the drawing of 'porridge' containers ~ haven't heard that word in years in the USA ~ glad you can make porridge so well ~ especially at 5 am ^_^ ~thanks, namaste, ^_^

Fallingladies said...

I love your post and art, as always, your site makes me smile! I have been enjoying reading everyone else's secret talents....i think my secret talent is frying bacon evenly.... I don't cook very much but the bacon is always my job!

Margo @ Legacy of a Single Girl said...

Cute post! I, too, am thoroughly impressed with your awesomeness!!

pauline said...

i fucking cracked up at your last sentence...
"I sit here smugly impressed with myself". You should be on comedy central, my dear. A rename of hopscotch to "faceplant with a twist"... LOL!!! Thanks again for making my day. Oh, and of course, the artwork - as usual - is fabulous. xoxo

Terrie Purkey said...

What a fun collection of secret talents! Who knew there were so many secrets out there in the world? Mine? Hmmm. I don't cook much so won't claim any secret ability there.

I can roll and/or curl my tongue (can't touch my nose, tried it just to confirm)AND, probably more helpful, I have an excellent internal measurement scale. Building something? I can tell you it's 1/4" off. Hanging art? I can tell you it's not even by 1/16" inch. etc. Instead of helpful my husband finds it annoying! Sheesh.

Thanks again for the smiles - yours and all your fab readers who leave these funny comments. The high point of my blog reading....