Friday, 26 July 2013

What Was I Thinking ....


I have to say that I sometimes make some somewhat dodgy decisions
but this week there was a true what was I thinking moment...
We all know I have a patchy track record on the whole lunch making scenario
 there was a hot dog sushi roll debacle a few years back that is the stuff of family legend
and the cheeseburger tacos incident that only cemented my infamy in the lunchbox stakes
But somehow I managed to forget all of this
and in a rather uncharacteristic fit of lunch related optimism I thought I could make rice cubes


That optimistic delusion lasted all the way home
and I was happily thinking I was finally going to be super mum
until I opened the box... it is like a puzzle, or a lunch torture device
and I know it is probably crazy easy once you actually try it
but just the sight of these hinged little sushi compressing things
made me throw up my hands and shake my head at my own madness

Darcy Wilkinson from http://art-and-sole.blogspot.co.uk/
It will be not be wasted though because I have a diabolical plan
I am off lunch box duty next week while I undergo the dreaded surgery
and for the first time in 12 years Sinus Man will be in charge of Phantom's lunches for school
the poor deluded sod is heading into it feeling quite capable
but I am looking forward to handing this over 
and telling him that rice cubes are her new favourite
and if he wants any sort of lunch box cred he is going have to make them for her

Tammy Garcia from http://daisyyellowart.com/
I see it as win win situation for me
because if he can't make them then I am not alone in my hopelessness
and if he can manage, then I am thinking I should acknowledge his brilliant skills and hand the task over to him for the rest of the year... can't lose I tell you
and the happy anticipation of putting the diabolical plan into play
spread positive vibes through my week 
and helped me get back into some painting of mugs and cups

Marji from http://sunbreaksintheforecast.blogspot.com.au/
Over the next few days I am going to cram in as much painting as I can
because who knows whether losing lefty is going to throw my painting style off kilter
sort of worried I am going to start painting with a lean due to being so mightily lop sided
which would be oddly entertaining if nothing else... 
Thanks to you all for your ongoing support and emails and things
Sinus, Phantom, Lefty and I thank you all ...xx

73 comments:

Sandee Setliff said...

Hugs and prayers for your upcoming surgery! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

minnemie said...

You are so much on my mind and in my heart...love and prayers to all of you. Leif sends a special slobbery kiss:-)

VonnyK said...

I love your evil plan. Hadn't thought about your lop sided problem, you might have to chock up your desk on one side or wear ballast (he he). Sending huge hugs and thinking of you.
Luv Von

Rita said...

Your plan sounds foolproof...or fool proving. One or the other. ;)

Sending love and positive energy and prayers!! :):)

Laurie said...

you have such a wonderful attitude I wish you all the best, I will keep you in my prayers and maybe a year off lunch duties would be nice, I hated making lunch boxes for my three, hated it.I'm hoping he aces the rice cubes then you get to hand the task over to him for a while, you joke about be off balance after surgery, its actually truth in it, my mum found she was very much off balance after breast surgery , just a bit and then you be accustom to it, take my friend, I'm so proud to call you friend, you are a brave amazing person.All the best to you,

Sheila said...

You have me cracking up... I am anxiously waiting for more news on the rice cubes.
All will be well, and it will be over before you know it. You will be out like a light before you even make it through surgery doors!
Prayers and good thoughts being sent your way!

Patricia/NYC said...

This post had me laughing! I am glad to see you keeping your wonderful sense of humor through all of this. Sending you big HUGS & prayers from NYC. Nota big an of making school lunches either 😉

earthenmagic said...

...(O:

JoyCorcoran said...

Thanks so much for such a funny and colorful post, Tracey. I had a slightly difficult day and got it just before bedtime here in Portland, OR, and it made me happy. Enjoy your painting binge and good luck on your surgery. We'll all be praying for you.

Giggles said...

OOooh all these mugs are so beautiful and I especially love Marjis with all the orange, yellow and blue.. so gorgeous!

I have no idea about the rice cube contraption...I see you have the same lunch conundrum I had with Cupcake and have now passed onto Beardo! It never ends....he comes to me in desperation having tapped out of ideas!! I feel for him and can often dredge up a past idea that passes the test!! Seriously this is one of the lovely symptoms of only child syndrome!! lol

Wishing you and lefty all the best!

Hugs Giggles

Ritu Dua said...

The cups are gorgeous and I specially love the blue and yellow one !!
Your plan is brilliant ...superb work

Lynn Cohen said...

I think you are thinking quite bravely. The fact that your sense of humor is still intact is so commendable. I hope the kid won't starve in your absence. Or the big guy either for that matter. You better set the GPS for them toward affordable eateries! I bet art is what will carry you through this ordeal. Even if for a bit it's just looking at others, while you heal up! You have a huge rooting section, you can't help but come out of this smelling like roses!
I promise to continue to keep you in my positive thoughts and prayers. Sending lots of gentle hugs!

Nic McLean said...

I have absolutely no idea what rice cubes are but if Sinus does master them would you ask him to take a photo and post it here so i can see what they look like! I especially love Marji's mug-it's beautiful. Good luck with the surfery next week. If positive vibes were pain relief then you wouldn't need any medication at all-so much positivity coming fom you and everyone in the blogosphere. Xx

sharon said...

Oh I love Marji's mug, lovely shape. Good luck for next week and hopefully the man can master the rice cubes and you will be let off lunch duty this year. Sending healing hugs to you.

missy k said...

Beautiful mugs and a cunning plan.

The rice thing sounds way to complicated!

Good luck with your surgery.

Karen x

Valerie-Jael said...

Good luck with the surgery! Valerie

Anne Manda said...

Love new mugs, especially Marji's, great shape and color! Rice cubes sound very interesting... ;)
Good luck with the surgery, sending you hugs and good vibes! <3

Jaz Higgins said...

I'm not sure who I should wish good luck to here. It sounds like Sinus might need it more than you! So I'll wish good luck to you both, and sending big hugs to you. xoxo

Carmen said...

More beautiful mugs and strangely beautiful rice contraption... thingy.

Blimey but I commend you and the deluded one. Mine get a salad and something sarny, some fruit, a frozen tube yoghurt (so that it slowly defrosts and keeps everything else cool) and if they are incredibly lucky - a chocolate wafer. Bish bash bosh. Done ;)

Big virtual hugs x

Netty said...

sometimes Trace you amaze me with the workings of your mind, which I love, of course....the bitter sweetness of life..........
Loving your mugs and cup.
Wishing you well with the surgery Trace, you will be in my thoughts and prayers and of course when its over we shall expect to hear all the gossip.....its dreadful being nosey, but somehow we cope........lol
Happy PPF, Annette x

ann @ studiohyde said...

...and I love it when a plan comes together! For some reason the thought of your husb. trying to make these cube rice thingys is completely entertaining, oh to be a fly on the wall when the poor sole battles with this new technology, lol. Thinking of you next week, good vibes being sent :)

Sandra Busby said...

Shouldn't giggle - but I am imagining you getting out of bed on the 31st and toppling over to your right! I'm sure they will leave enough of lefty that you won't notice any type of imbalance! You will soon be back to your normal self... hmm... though I'm not sure that 'normal' is quite the right word, haha ;0)
Loving your plan... Poor Sinus! He is in for a rude awakening, as is Phantom I'm sure, lol! As always, great paintings! Am so glad you are getting lots of time in your studio before the 30th :0)

Neesie said...

MMMmmmmwwwwwhhhhhhaaaaa......!
That's one crazy clever plan there Trace, that contraption certainly looks positively scary!
Maybe you could place a webcam strategically to film Sinus Man and his attempt at making the cubes. (LOL)
Thankfully I've not had to do lunch-boxes. (Gasp) I KNOW...but my kids have only ever had the option of a cooked lunch in the dining room or coming home for lunch after school has finished for the day!
Don't forget we've been in expat schools where the kids would start at 7.00ish and finish at 2pm, so there was only a snack needed. I'm not daft! :D

Your mugs are mugalicious! I'm enjoying these paintings so much and I'm so glad that you are able to carry on working on them. Even with all that's happening to you, you can still laugh and make us all laugh too. It's good medicine for sure. ;D
I know you are going to be fine ...well once you regain your balance with lefty that is.

You are in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be held there until all of this is over.
Positive thoughts coming your way my friend!
xoxo

joy said...

First of all, who in the world even imagined something like a rice cube? Someone with too much time on their hands! :) Rice balls don't sound very appetizing either. Good luck to your husband with this little adventure!

Secondly, your cup drawings are wonderfully done. I love Marji's! You are one talented lady.

Lastly, and most importantly, my thoughts and prayers will be with you during your upcoming surgery. Keep your positive and quirkly attitude, rely on the support of loved ones and friends and remember to take care of yourself first. Be mindful that the healing process does take time and will be different for each person. I have a feeling your artwork will be a big blessing to you during this period.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Good luck, fingers crossed, prayers, white wishes and all manner of healing wending your way. Your sense of humor will help immensely. What were you thinking? It would be great if the husband took photos of the rice cubes, just so you could show the world how the torture device actually works........thankfully turkey and cheese with mayo was something mine ate almost every day and - um, still does and he's 27...xox

Boo said...

Tracey,
I so enjoy your adventures into lunch making. I'm so impressed that you try to make things like rice squares. I've never even heard of them. Phantom, wouldn't want to live with me, she'd be lucky to get a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Your plan is great for Sinus to take over forever. Good thinking.

You will be in my thoughts and prayers next week.

Ginny said...

Thank you for all of the smiles and laughs you gave me this morning. I always know that I will have a great beginning to my day when I come to visit. I too want to see a picture of the rice cubes your husband creates.

Your teacups are beautiful. Each one is so different and lovely.

Tracy you are in my thoughts and prayers each day.

Lynn Noyes said...

Tracey you have been in my thoughts every day. Know that you have so many people wishing you well and sending you positive energy there's only one way you can go... You will come out of it on the other side. You are such an inspiration both in your art and your strength of character as you face this wretched disease! Hang in there. Xxxx

Lynn Noyes said...

Tracey you have been in my thoughts every day. Know that you have so many people wishing you well and sending you positive energy there's only one way you can go... You will come out of it on the other side. You are such an inspiration both in your art and your strength of character as you face this wretched disease! Hang in there. Xxxx

Snap said...

Love your lunch plan! Your cups are super. Sending you gentle hugs for before and after. Keep laughing!

oxoxox

Christine said...

Lovely work Tracey! We are here for you.

Catherine Constance said...

Ok, rice cube puzzle, sounds great, can't wait to see how Sinus man deals with that. So next week is the big week where you transform into Amazon Woman. Good luck my friend... :) x

Suzy said...

Tracey you have me ROFLOL with your rice cubes and diabolical plans for Sinus. Do hope he will be able to accomplish this task and free you up on the lunches.
Your cups are lovely as always, so happy you are spending lots of time in your studio painting.
Praying for your surgery and rapid healing and recovery. Hugs coming to you from the Sunshine State, Florida. God bless.

Becs said...

Love these cups and mugs - especially the union jack. Lots of love and prayers for your surgery.

stefanie stark said...

Tracey, your every-day-stories are really the best I ever read ... I love them! They always make me laugh! Enjoy the weekend! And good luck for preparing your exciting rice meal!

wednesday said...

Hope everything goes fantastically well with your surgery.

I like your diabolical to plan to get out of daily lunch duty. Surgery is a small price to pay to dodge a dreaded chore, don't you think?

Faye said...

Conniving pan, but highly workable, I'd say. I enjoyed seeing your delightful cup portraits. Saying a prayer for success and rapid healing of your surgery.

soulbrush said...

I do love your posts as you know, and even if you are lopsided afterwards- I can picture it only enhancing your art! In fact some lopsided cups would look really good. Happy PPF and I think sinus man is going to do splendidly. xx

Kim said...

Hugs and wishing you all the best on your surgery! HPPF!

cat @ sea.sky.stone. said...

I've been in-and-out (mostly out) of blogworld lately, and had totally missed your news, Trace. That does suck, big time. I'm glad to see you're approaching it with your trademark humor...you know what they say about laughter being the best medicine :)
Sending positive thoughts, ~~~truckloads of good vibes~~~, and rice cube success however you define it xx

Maria Ontiveros said...

Tracy,
Sending your prayers and healing thoughts (it's been a while since I've been around the PPF list and just read your news). {{{Hugs}}}
I love how you marry sketching and story telling. I've been studying storytelling lately, and this is so much harder than it looks.
Rinda

Linda said...

that would be something if hubby can make the rice cubes! Loving all your sketches -keep on keeping on dear Tracey. I'm cheering you on and sending lots of healing vibes from afar.XO!

gypsy said...

I'm cracking up at your evil plan. It is truly wicked and diabolical. I have been thinking good thoughts for you!!! I adore your pretty painting of my challenging mug shot. Well done all around.

Prairie Jill said...

Rice cubes??! Definitely looks like a puzzle to me. But I love your diabolical plan!! Love your latest mugs, too - beautiful!

Best wishes for your surgery. I'll be thinking of all of you.

Renee! said...

Fabulous post! I always get a huge smile on my face when your page pops up... it's the freedom in your lines and the tea, of course! Tea is such a welcoming thing...
Stopping in from PPF to say hello...
have an artful weekend!
Renee xoxo
http://www.fussitup.blogspot.com/2013/07/dreaming-and-paint-party-friday.html

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Loving your art and sense of humor as always. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers, my friend. Blessings!

Polly Birchall said...

Loved your post! Goodbye to nasty lefty. Hug for you for next week.

Michellem said...

How cool would Phantom be showing up to school with rice cubes - could start a new trend!
Will be thinking of you this next week. Hugs!

Jo Murray said...

Good luck with your surgery...hope they leave your sense of humour intact.

Rochelle Cathey said...

Good Luck Tracey....I know you will be fine....I like your attitude....(I had breast cancer surgery 1 and a half years ago)....It seems scary at first but as you have told yourself....the right medical providers and the proper personal and emotional support make it so manageable....Hugs and Kisses

Ariel said...

Prayers on your way dear Tracey. I admire your courage and humor even in difficult times. I'm sure everything is going to get better. You bring in so much cheer and happiness in others with your brilliant writing and definitely you are going to continue that for a long loooooong time.
Prayers to you and your family too.
SusaN

Molly Freibott said...

Love your diabolical plans:) My kids are lucky to get PB and J! Rice Cubes? YIkes!:) Praying over your surgery my friend. Loved the Paintings:)

Jessica Sporn said...

Losing lefty could be a title of a book or blog... your humor and grace will carry you through this. Thinking of you and sending prayers through the ether. Lovely cuppas and lovely you.

Fallingladies said...

I haven't read everyones comments above but i am sure they probably say what i am thinking.... That you are incredibly amazing to have such a wonderful attitude! And that your plan is perfectly dastardly and clever! And that i am thinking of you and wishing the best for your surgery!!!

Ayala Art said...

Never heard of rice cubes on my life, but I'm sure I would get confused by them lol
Awesome cups, I love them ALL.
Prayers and best wishes for your quick recovery!
Blessings ♥

Jez said...

Your positive attitude is your best friend just now, along with your great sense of humour.
And remember that as you go under the anaesthetic you are blameless of any silliness - I asked the surgeon to hold my hand and told him how wonderful he was, and you can flutter your eyelashes at his assistants.
I'll be yet another well-wisher adding her good vibes to the great silver cloud of supportive wishes that will hover over you.
I can't work out what a rice cube is or why you would want one, but it's definite that I am never going to make one.

Aga Gasiniak said...

Dear and beautiful Tracey, sending you much, much love and healing thoughts. Gorgeous cuppas :)

Kooky Makes said...

Beautiful paintings as always, sending you light & all that's bright as you go through this difficult part of your life's journey.

Darnell J Knauss said...

You are completely bonkers and I love it! I have no flipping idea what a rice cake is, but if all that plotting and planning and 'if thissing' and 'if thatting' has helped get you through the scary anticipation of the surgery, then hear, hear for rice cakes!! And hear, hear for win-win results!!

All the best with the surgery, Trace. You don't say how big the boob is, but if you're sporting big ol' fat bags like mine, then I can understand your concern about balance. But one thing at a time, honey child. Let's get you through the surge and go from there.

I send you off with prayers and positive vibes and warm and cuddly cyber hugs, and I bid you welcome to the next chapter of your upcoming loooooooong life! xxoo Darnell

bellefrogworks said...

Tracey - I have been thinking of you and praying for you this week. I think you have made a discovery that often gets looked over by doctors - laughter is really good medicine. I will be thinking of you and your wonderful family this coming week as well.

Lori said...

Tracey - I've been thinking about you. I am sending you much love and hugs.

SAMARA said...

You are absolutely Hilarious Tracey! I love reading your posts and your pics of art are brilliant! Those rice squares - ahem - no comment! lol but the surgery - eek! i'll pray the big one for you. As for the "he" can he make pnb sandwichs? I figure they can be b, l, and d if one is desperate enough!!! haha. You are a beautiful writer. I hope you have a book with stories and art to match! Let me know if you do...I'd be honored to get a copy! HPPF HeArtfully yours, Samara p.s. good luck on your Sinus surgery.

Nigel Roberts said...

Good luck with the surgery, and just make sure they don't damage your sense of the funny & absurd, the world would be a much darker place without it x

sandra de said...


All the best with your upcoming hospital appointments.
Sandra

Gloria said...

Your rice cube thingy looks like the rubix cube of lunches. Since I am a week late in posting, I am hoping your surgery went well and in a week or so you will be out of discomfort and able to say "hello" to all of us waiting anxiously.

MeOfCourse said...

Hi Tracey. Stopping in to send you best wishes and ::healing thoughts:: your way. Thinking of you.
gloria

Catharina Engberg said...

Sending you lots and lots of strength for your surgery, and a big Hug too! Thinking of you my friend!

Joni Nickrent said...

Sending prayers your way and as always LOVE your beautiful work!

Neet said...

Sending lots of love your way, especially for next week. What on earth are rice cubes? Am I alone in not knowing? Have I had a sheltered young life? Did my mother never tell me about them, never mind teach me how to make them? I just hope we get a photo of them some time.

Thinking of you and sending right sided hugs. For next week.

Neet xxx

cat @ sea.sky.stone. said...

Just popping back in to say I'm thinking of you xx

Pia Rom said...

Haha brilliant plan ;) and your cups are adorable as always...I especcially love the last one...brilliant and clear ♥ Conny
http://piaromsartjournaling.blogspot.de

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

Thinking of you. Praying for you. Kathy

Serena Lewis said...

My previous comment wouldn't go through so trying again.

I hope you're recovering well after surgery. Sending lots of healing vibes your way.

Awesome artwork, as always. I can't wait to hear how Sinus managed the rice cubes. lol

Have a relaxing weekend ~ xoxo