Friday, 4 January 2013

The Resolute Tomatoes ...

I planned on my first post of 2013 being full of all that positive start of the year stuff
mainly because I did actually make a resolution this year
and not the resolution you would expect
I didn't take the cheat's road and choose things I achieve every day
like being terminally clumsy, eating chocolate or drinking too much tea
and I didn't go crazy hard either
I didn't plan on maybe cleaning out the pit that I call a handbag
I didn't resolve to take over the world
to stop laughing at the dog when he trips up the stairs
or stop pulling Sinus' finger when he asks me to
and I wasn't like Phantom who made the resolution to be less awesome
so the rest of us could  feel a bit better about ourselves
I kid you not that is what she said
no confidence issues there it would appear


My resolution was to buy no novels all year
I was going to read from the vast library that we have
and finally get to the many, many books that I have been wanting to read
now this is not a torturous resolution as we have an insane number of books
we have a six metre wall, which I think is about 20ft ish in non metric speak
which is full to the very high ceiling with bookcases
not to mention a wall of bookcases in Phantom's room
and two other bookcases which are full to the brim
and we said it would be okay for me to get books for presents
so I was figuring Mother's Day and Birthday were going to be about books
so should be easy right


I lasted exactly three and a bit freaking days
seriously ... couldn't even go a week
went to the shop this morning and lasted through Phantom buying two books
and walked out of the book store feeling like I was little miss resolution queen
and then in another store I saw it ... the perfect holiday read
 which is the next book in a series I have been reading
I swear to you I had sweaty palms and my breathing was instantly shallow
and I stood transfixed trying to work out how long it was until Mother's Day
when Phantom swoops in and gives me the
who do you think you are fooling eye roll and puts it in the cart
and with that the resolution was done baby
I didn't even protest ...I am a weak, weak soul



 and what does all this have to do with the tomatoes I have painted you might ask
well not much at all actually
they just happen to have survived despite being completely neglected
and were an awesome little surprise that I noticed while having a swim the other afternoon
and because they are obviously such independent hardy souls
I thought they would be a nice symbolic painting regarding being resolute and all that
probably should have drawn an empty chocolate wrapper
that might have been more fitting ...

Happy New Year to you all
especially my friends over at Paint Party Friday
and hope you are having better luck with your resolutions...xx

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66 comments:

Em said...

Oh my gosh, this made me laugh like crazy. I could never make that resolution in the first place because I am weak in the same way! The same! (I bought a book today!) Also, most of my books are in LA.

Loved this. Happy New Year! (Great tomatoes too)

FeedYourSoulArt said...

LOL pull my finger Love your blog its always a pleasure, Happy New Year, Kat

peggy gatto said...

Pure joy!!!
Love your style!

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

Have to say that giving up books would have to be a Lent thing for me. I might be able to get by 40 days, but not a whole year regardless of how many unread books were aching for my attention. I'm impressesed you made it as far as you did! Lovely tomatoes. Hope they made it into a salad or a luchious sauce. Happy PPF

Bev said...

hehe not surprised i said similar after i moved from Mum's and got rid of most of my books , then i bought an IPad and now download them and still cant resist a bargain book , my weakness books and art supplies so no more Jimmy Choo's for me ( insert hysterical laugh ) do have a Jimmy Choo knock off handbag though hehe oh and how thoughtful of Phantom to be less awesome for u , though i dont think she means it , its one of those resolutions u dont keep lol

hugz bev

Catherine Constance said...

Can I just say..."No books" are you mad? That's like saying I'm not going to buy anymore paint or pencils for a whole year....pfff, it was bound to fail. You should have gone with cleaning out the pit or taking over the world... :D love the tomatoes...am jealous, no tommies here now it's winter.. :(

Helen Campbell said...

Ha, I didn't make any resolutions this year, so don't have to worry about keeping them. And it's absolutely fine to find a new book to read. Although hint: check out your public library. You can read a new book without having to buy it. :D

Love your tomatoes! Ah, to have fresh tomatoes. It will be several months before I see them ready to pick again.

Happy PPF!

Carin Cullen said...

I think you're inside my brain sometimes (though mine isn't half as funny), since I unofficially said I'd read only from stash this year, but was overcome with the same sweaty plam situation yesterday which led to me buying a new one.

The question you asked on my blog was great. I have answered it there (too long to copy here too)

Anne Manda said...

I don't do resolutions, they are so hard to keep. ;) But love Phantom's, lol! But if she feels sad sometimes, she should do like Barney: "When I'm sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True Story."
Beautiful tomatoes, I want to eat them! <3

Giggles said...

Everyone knows resolutions don't work. That's why you need a word like Focus,,,,,because then you could focus on reading the books in your library, or manipulate the word to focus on the perfect book for holidays only!! Win Win I say!! Those tomatoes look scrumptious!! Bacon and tomato sandwich, chocolate, tea and a good read!! A perfect day!!

Everything good and fun for you and yours this New Year!!

Hugs Giggles

Jennifer McLean said...

Firstly, there is not much chance of Phoebe keeping that resolution, she's already awesome and you can't get less awesome when you achieve perfect awesomeness. ;o)

Second, now I don't have to feel so bad when I completely screw up MY resolutions, because at least I'm not alone in my suckageness. Nope, not a word, but fits well. Now, on to the chocolate! Hehehe.

Netty said...

Thank you for such a fun read Trace and loving the tomatos. Happy PPF, Annette x

WrightStuff said...

Sounds like your handbag should start hanging out with mine. They could compare notes on how many receipts they are carrying around, or slips of paper with random phrases or numbers on, sweet wrappers, pens, notebooks, lipsticks (there it is!!) and other ephemera!

So, spill the beans, what was the book??

I've got a book mountain too and a virtual one on my Kindle which is really getting out of control!

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Hi Tracey! Your family certainly subscribes to the saying, "You can't have too many books."! Never called my bag a "pit" but that is just the word I am searching for! happy New Year and those are great tomatoes! Patsy from
HeARTworks

HollyM said...

Your post really made me laugh. I never make resolutions. I assume the high road and say I'm making intentions which really means I'm not giving up anything just intending to do something.
I'd never be able to keep the book resolution either. Next to art and fabric supplies, it is my necessity to have a good book.

Robin Panzer Art said...

You are such a wonderful anecdotal writer, your post are as engaging as your art is beautiful! Happy PPF!

Ginny said...

Happy New Year Tracey. I love your daughters resolution. It made me smile. I think I may have to borrow it. Since my word for the year is laughter you have started my day off perfectly.

So glad the summer weather is perfect and you are having fun in the pool. Love your tomatoes.

Fran Traina said...

nice tomatoes! i like the little green ones near the bottom! Happy New year!

JKW said...

OMGosh we are totally in the same boat. Mid-Sept. I started clearing out my house and my over a thousand books in bookcases floor to ceiling and others. However, I sent most to Goodwill and still have way too many books, and yes, I bought ONE book this Christmas, it is Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Vines Dictionary. Yep I can justify it, lol. Now if I can just lift it. I'm still clearing out besides books a ton of fabric. I love the tomatoes, reminds me of my garden when I lived up north. What a wonderful surprise for you. Blessings, Janet PPF

Tammie Lee said...

reading the books we already have, great idea.

love your tomatoes
also love having a wee peak at your paints.

Jessica Sporn said...

I just came back from a walk with the dog -- cheeks and ears frozen from our December cold. Reading about your tomatoes growing (and admiring the lovely painting) and your swim just warmed me right up. Not to mention the rest which made me laugh -- also a good thing to dispel the chills. Happy New Year and PPF!

Faye said...

I can either paint or read, but not both. Somehow my reading has fallen far behind. Your tomatoes are just fantastic. I'd like to be able to pick them and have a juicy tomato and mayo sandwich! Maybe with a little cheese too. Great start to 2013.

Debbie said...

haha! I need to make a similar resolution, although so far I have made no resolutions at all. 'Glad your tomatoes are doing so well. Great painting as usual!

Gloria said...

If you have to break a resolution, that is a dandy one to break. You should be proud to be a "reader"! Love the tomatoes. Recipe...cut tomatoes into bite size pieces. Sprinkle with fresh or dried herbs of basil, oregano, parsley. Drizzle with enough 100% Olive oil to coat each bite, add minced garlic and salt to taste. Sauteed some bread cubes made with day old Italian or French bread in olive oil and sprinkle on top of each serving. If you would like to "cut" the oil add 1/2 as much good balsamic vinegar as you added oil to tomatoes before topping with bread cubes!

Kat Sloma said...

I highly doubt the tomatoes would ever resolve to be anything other than they are. And you are definitely a book lover, my friend, from the words you have spoken. Enjoy the books and forget you ever made the resolution! Happy PPF!

Anns Art said...

I love Phantom's way of thinking. And I love the tomatoes :)

wednesday said...

Phantom's resolution made me laugh, and I love your resolute tomatoes.

I'm with Gloria, if you have to break a resolution, that's a good one. Think of it not so much as breaking a resolution, but as supporting a writer's creative efforts. There! Now it's a virtue!

Jez said...

Great post. As well as reading other things (like the tiny print on the back of a DVD, or the miniscule instructions for taking pills, I've joined an e-book club called The Artful Readers Club. We choose 12 books from our stash (mine from my extensive Kindle library), then at the end of the month write a brief review and post a piece of artwork inspired by the book. Looks like being fun, and a bit different.

I like the idea of Resolute Tomatoes, and their portraits are great.

Gloria said...

Hi Tracey. Happy New Year! I think you are one of my favorite artists. I just love your work so much. Those tomatoes are awesome and as for books, I have many on my bookshelfs. As of late though, all my recent books are on Kindle. In fact I have a new one I'm reading. Awesome work.

missy k said...

I'm making my resolutions next week!

Maybe you might possibly be good for the rest of the year.... or perhaps the week!!!

Happy New Year!

Karen x

Linda said...

You are too funny!! I actually read this twice :):).Sounds like you have an amazing library but no matter how big, when one just loves books(and new ones are just way too tempting)there's always room for more.Happy New year and happy PPF!

kimmie said...

Aw don't be so hard on yourself .... books are like friends - I think you made one super tough resolution there! I could never keep it - I know that for sure!!!

Terrie Purkey said...

Gotta give it to Phantom - that's one spectacular resolution! I'd expect no less. And while I too have plenty of unread books to peruse, I would NEVER even TRY to think I wouldn't buy a book. Are you nuts? Of all the resolutions you could have come up with...I know how much you read and I'm just shocked that you wouldn't be drawn to buying a book. Then, my faith was restored as I read further. Whew! I'm glad that's over and order is restored. Now you can resolve about your purse or whatever..... :)

Colleayn said...

This is so funny. I wouldn't have lasted long either if I had a resolution not to buy a book. Enjoy!

Dion Dior said...

Do you seriously still fall for the "pull my finger" trick? Well, confession....so do I. Awesome post TFK, laugh out loud funny. Luv, luv and sunshine. xx dd.

MondayNightFashion said...

Wow, I just cant stop staring at your header! Love that painting! Following you now..

Sadee Schilling said...

I love that Phantom made the resolution to be "less awesome." That is so funny and makes me think that your house must be such a fun place. I know it has to be, because reading your blog always makes me smile and "LOL," which I rarely, literally do. It was so nice to "see" you today--I have been mostly offline for a while, resting up for the new year. Wishing you all the best in 2013!

bohemiannie! art said...

Happy New Year, Happy tomatoes, Happy reading!

Melissa Dowling said...

Reading one of your blog posts is always a great way to start my day. Xxx

Sharon Evans said...

A great read as usual, I just knew you were a book hoarder. What else can you do while having a cuppa pour over (ya eyes not tea!) your new books you have just brought. Love your tomatoes mine are still green.

Neesie said...

I too am a weak soul so I didn't even try to fool myself therefore I never even bothered to make a resolution! Now how weak is that? :$
I certainly couldn't resist a book... which reminds me of the book I'm currently reading... which you might want to purchase if it's not already in your vast collection already.
It's title is 'Notes from an Exhibition' by Patrick Gale.
I think you'd like it but maybe I shouldn't add to your resolution guilt or weakness.

The toms look amazing with such a vibrant splash of colour and just ready for the picking....and I don't like toms!!!

Happy New Year my friend...I wish you all the best for you, Sinus, Phantom and the Mutt of course.
xoxo

Mary C. Nasser said...

Wonderfully honest and funny, Tracey!
Your tomato painting is brilliant!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Rita said...

I'm trying to eat my dinner here and you have me giggling and choking on my food! ROFL! Who were you kidding? Sounds like it would be like me not buying art & craft supplies for a whole year! Not gunna happen. LOL! :):)

Lynn Cohen said...

What fun it is reading your posts...I didn't even mind that the art seemed unattached to what you were going on about! Hey, we have those same floor to almost ceiling bookshelves with never read books, or don't know anymore which have been read and which not...now I look for freebies for my iPad Kindle app! At least they won't take up space on the shelves! I could see drawing a tomato about that! HPPF!

soulbrush said...

Only you could link tomatoes, dogs, and books with a touch of tea. Love it. Happy PPF from across the pond.

Leah said...

Oh, wow, I love your blog! (This is my first visit.) That picture at the top with all the tea bags-- just divine! I am going to go make myself a cup of Lady Grey right now, lol. Also got a chuckle out of your resolution story coupled with the resolute tomatoes. Happy PPF! :)

Catherine Denton said...

*chuckling* Oh my...a chocolate wrapper. *gets a breath* You always make me smile. I love the resolute tomatoes and the thought of Phantom's "who do you think you are fooling eyeroll".
Catherine Denton

Hwee said...

I would never have made that resolution of yours not to buy books! It's impossible for me. With Amazon being only a click away, it's too easy just to get another of the *millions* of good art/journal books around! I do admire your will at not succumbing to the temptation at the bookstore though. Highly commendable! :-)

Lucy Ladham-Dyment said...

Tracie... since you did not cave in - you did not really buy the book. Enjoy it anyway.

Sandra Busby said...

Resolutions are like rules - made to be broken!
I didn't actually make any this year, other than to sketch more. I haven't broken it yet... but it is only the 5th Jan, lol!
Love the tomatoes! Everything is wet and rotten here. Roll on Spring!!! :0)

Cris, Oregon Artist said...

Once again you bring a smile and a loud chuckle to me this early morning in a very cold Oregon Town. I could feel the sweat pouring down you seeing a book you wanted as I have that same addiction. My mom once said I needed to own a book store with the addiction I have to them. :)so Enjoy.. life is short.. Eat Dessert first.. so where is that chocolate bar??? HPPF

Cris, Oregon Artist said...

Oh and Nice job on the tomatoes too. cant forget the Art now can we? :))

Michellem said...

The resolution to be "terminally clumsy" has worked for me for over 40 years - - my dad doesn't call me "dainty butterfly girl" for nothing you know!

Lucy Chen said...

Hi Trace, I'm glad to find your blog. Love your illustrations and I'll come back often.

NatashaMay said...

Lol! Your family does some awesome resolutions. I understand your weakness for books. I'm the same way. :) But I think Phantom is to blame for your lapse. She should really tone down on her awesomeness. :)

Alicia C said...

wow, daughter the enabler LOL :D I also have a house full of books -- and same thing, am on the hunt for yet unread Harry Hole novels :D isnt it funny, though, that we must resolve to close off the, outside world with all its novelty and fun in order to take care of the books we have back home? love the tomatoes and happy reading!

Nigel Roberts said...

Happy New Year. I think Phantom's resolution is superb.

I never have a problem with resolutions. Many years ago I made a resolution to never ever make another new year's resolution. so far I've managed to stick to it :)

Deepa Gopal Sunil said...

I am seriously thinking about resolution...I have unread books and yet buy new ones...as you said my gifts for birthdays and anniversaries are books :) I think I should follow that too. I don't have any new year resolutions! Love the resolute tomatoes :)

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

oh I feel your 'pain' on the book addiction. I've resolved to work through my unread shelf as well lately...so of course my m-i-l bought me a shiny new kobo for Christmas. so far so good on buying anything new...but I don't have a teenager taunting me...whatta kid!

Lynn Richards said...

Oh, I so don't like resolutions....but I would love to hear what your book list is!!!
xo
lynn

aimee said...

Thank goodness Phantom rescued you from that delusional resolution! I like that girl!

Phoenix Peacock said...

I am giggling reading this post! How delightful to break the resolution. heehee

Loving the artwork as well! the tomatoes are wonderfully handled.

Nic McLean said...

I love Phantom's resolution-what a great attitude to have!
I don't have quite as many book shelves although I can relate as I have umpteen actual books which have been entirely neglected since I got my kindle that I just can't seem to get round to reading. then there's the fact that my kindle is my sister's old kindle which is still registered to her and every time she buys a new book it uploads to my kindle too! everytime i log on there's another 2or 3 new additions! last count 103 to be read! all that and i still end up buying new books i discover online to do with evolution and humanity -my current obsession!
anyway your tomatoes are wonderful and testament to nature being more hardy and stalwart than us humans!

stefanie stark said...

Oh yes, I found out I am also achieving all these points every day you recently listed (just in this moment I am eating some chocolate eggs although I actually wanted to wait until easter).
Such a great note again, I enjoyed it so much and I am still fascinated of your six metre wall full of book cases.The tomatoes look yummy and I am looking forward to your next weekly adventure. A happy new year to you too!

krisatlarge said...

No new novels - what are you trying to do, torture yourself??? Of course you could not make it! But I LOVE your paintings of your tomatoes.....I'm still in awe of your line painted drawings, have been since last summer. sorry I don't visit as often as I should - I always am so glad I came. Take care - Kristin (the OTHER one)

Laurie said...

you always make me smile!