Friday, 9 August 2013

Putting A Fork In Lefty


So it turns out that Lefty was a bit of a problem child
and required two surgeries to get all the stinking cancer out
but as of last night and a good report from the surgeon
we can put a fork in her because she is done and dusted baby
so to celebrate I have hauled her sorry self into the studio 

I am utterly wiped out after doing this one sketchy painting
but I have to say it is a pretty awesome wiped out
and it feels like quite the achievement to be in here
especially as I almost took myself out just getting onto the high studio swivel stool
one armed, lopsided, drugged up and uncoordinated makes getting onto it a challenge
and I am trying not to think how spectacular my dismount might be when I am done here


It has been a few weeks of some amazing insights
like it turns out that Sinus has been foxing on the whole can't cook thing
he has managed to feed us all with suspicious ease
which makes me think he has been holding out on us for quite some time
maybe he needs to be renamed Foxy Sinus... has quite the ring to it doesn't it...

Not so foxy was his enjoyment of clearing the disgusting pump drain thingy
I had hanging out of my underarm for a week
it was seriously gross, but he would come bouncing in and drain it all with such enthusiasm
that I wouldn't be surprised that all my organs have been moved slightly to the left
due to being sucked out of place by his vigorous drain pumping
I actually think the glorious weirdo sort of misses the drain now it is gone


It also turns out that Phantom Steve can not only work the washing machine and toaster
she also has mad, previously hidden baking skills
not to mention she has the knack of knowing exactly what to say at the right time
and has been just about the best slave I could ask for

The dog has been no help at all however
so no new insights there, he is still dumb as a dish cloth
but he snuggles up near by and keeps an eye on me and his snoring is quite soothing
so his contributions are still worth mentioning


It has been quite a time
and I swear there have been more tears and stress than I would have thought possible
but we have been so showered with love and support by this amazing community
that I have felt utterly overwhelmed with positivity
from your amazing comments and emails 
which kept me company in the middle of the night in the hospital
to the letters, cards, gifts, constant thoughts and well wishes
 that you have all  been sending to brighten my day 
you all make me burst into tears every single freakin time
and I can't express how much it has helped and although the words are inadequate,
 I am beyond grateful and thankful to have you all in my life...xx

82 comments:

VonnyK said...

I'm grateful to have you in my life. How many people can go through what you just did and write a post so funny and positive as that.
You are an inspiration lady. Now you just have to find a way to keep Sinus and Phantom doing all the new things that they have started.

So glad you are okay.
Hugs,
Von xx

Serena Lewis said...

Great to see a post from you, Trace! Glad to hear all is well. It's awesome that the family members have excelled themselves with all the household duties, however, I couldn't help but giggle at Sinus' eagerness to use the pump thingy. lol

Well done on the cutlery sketch...you are amazing to be sketching so soon after your surgery!

Sending lots of healing vibes your way....and have a relaxing weekend. xoxo

Susan said...

So, so happy to see a post from you! Rest and let the healing vibes wash over you. Sounds like Sinus and Phantom Steve have it under control.
Be well, one step at a time. We are all here cheering you on.

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

You certainly are an inspiration. Have YOU been holding out on US? Are you a Superhero? Take good care of yourself,
Kath

Netty said...

You have a wonderful supportive family and a host of friends Trace. Am so glad the whole business is over for you and you can get back to living again, albeit slowly....but yaaay you did it girl...woo hoo, hugs Annette xx

Lynn Noyes said...

What a wonderful post...so much humour in such a tough situation. That's what is going to get you through! Love that you're getting amazing support from your family...but really...the dog could really be a bit more considerate and step up to the mark!! Glad you got to do your favourite thing today or yesterday...hope it hasn't tired you too much. Sending you lots of well wishes. xxx

Marji said...

You are amazing.. that's all I can say. I read your post and also believe that you and your family are a bunch of superheroes. Oh, and by the way.. someone misspelled watercolors on the box in the photo - there's no U in color - hehe :)
M..x

earthenmagic said...

...blessed be! ~ mine dearest neighbourly kindred sister!...(O:

Cris, Oregon Artist said...

So happy to hear from you. I know how hard it is to go thru this having gone thru it with my Mom years ago. I cant believe the awesome job on the silverware. When push comes to shove family comes thru. :) Art and humor are very helpful in healing. Keep it up. xoxo

Alicia C said...

Yaaaay!!! Been waiting for a new post!! That seemedna.particularly hard subject matter for starting out again! I like the pic showing all the cutlery. I am so sure that the ole family is only too happy to oblige and make themselves useful in every way. Much love!

Jennifer McLean said...

The dog was no help?? SHOCKING. ;o) So glad to see you back to your favorite skill, painting. Always in love with your cutlery. Love to family and especially our hero of the moment. YOU.
xxoo

Rita said...

I am so happy that I just don't know what to say!! And you are sketching and painting--OMG! Life is good! Love and gentle hugs!!

Trece said...

Continuing to pray for you daily. God bless.

Abigail Davidson said...

So happy to see more of your beautiful artwork! Wishing you the best of health!!

Tracey Grgic Potter said...

You are amazing Trace. With all you've been through over the last few weeks, you still have a smile on your face and the ability to make us all smile. It's great to see you back in the studio creating beautiful works! I say let them dote over you and continue to share with you their new skills.

Laurie said...

oh you sweet silly loveable woman, you have more strength than some of us will ever know, you are well and truly loved, put some marbles in that left pocket for balance and you will be good to go, Your journey has been a bumpy one for sure, you have been on my mind, take care, you sound in a good place,

Debbie said...

I somehow have missed what you were going through and now that I'm caught up, I'm so very thankful that you are on the mend! I will pray for your continued healing xoxo

minnemie said...

So now I am the one wiping tears on this side - tears of joy that you we able to get to your chair for some paint-therapy, and tears of simply being moved by the outpour of love you have received... :-)

Michellem said...

I've been checking in here to see if you were back - so happy that the surgery is over and you are back to creating your amazing art! Glad that your peeps are taking good care of you! Hugs from the other side of the world!

Yolanda said...

So glad to see this post. I had been thinking of you and wondering how you were doing. Prayed for you too. The silverware painting is great!

RosA said...

I've also been checking (not stalking ... really), awaiting your return and so pleased that you are on the mend.
Beautiful cutlery sketch but please don't fall off your stool!
Sending best wishes always,

Carolyn Dube said...

You've caught them -they've been holding out on you- so now you know their super powers! Glad you found time/energy to paint. Sending you hugs and I've put in my request with the universe that you have a speedy recovery!

Boo said...

I find you amazing. You draw better on drugs than most people totally aware. I've been storming heaven with prayers and thoughts for you. Glad to know the family is not letting you starve and that the dog is doing his part as well. You inspire me with your attitude and humor. So glad you are part of my online life.

MeOfCourse said...

Welcome back Tracey. So good to see your post. ::Sending you healing thoughts:: What an awesome job you did with the silverware. Yay,Yay, Yay! Glad you were able to paint. You go girl!:)

Sheila said...

Amazing... you are in recovery, and yet you are making us laugh! So glad that you are doing better, that you found your way back to you true love (painting) ha ha, and that you did not have a disabling dismount. Glad too, that you are so well cared for, and looked after! looking forward to more of your "Tales from the Lop-side"

hawkes said...

So good to see a post from you. Sending love and healing thoughts, from one survivor to another.

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Giggles said...

Oh so wonderful to hear you up and about, albeit slightly wobbly.Isn't it amazing how our families pulls out all the stops when we need them..wow impressive Sinus and Phantom..you guys rock!! The good ones always come through when we need them...and kudos to you, draining the yuck out Mr. Sinus!! Oh but that's your specialty right? lol

Hugs Giggles

Molly Freibott said...

Sending you love my friend! You are amazing and we all love you so much! Thank you for gifting us with that lovely painting! Prayers and smiles!

sharon said...

Youare an amazing woman! I was so pleased to see your post on my dasboard list. You ave been on my mind. Carry on with the healing and humour! The silverwear is great.

Helen Campbell said...

You are amazing and strong, Tracey, and your family is showing how well you've taught them as you all go through this little bump in the road. The fact that you can write such a funny post while on drugs and hurting, not to mention create a fabulous sketch, says a lot about the strong woman you are.
Hugs for you and your amazingly accomplished family. Including the dog who knows just when to snuggle. :)

Ilona Heimböckel said...

Thank you for posting today!
hahaha your dear ones have lulled you into believing they can't do anything by themselves, right? ;-) How wonderful they are there for you!!!
Sending you a big hug and wish you all the best!
Ilona

Ayala Art said...

This is the best post I have read in a long time. I am so happy you are better, I am praying for you, and you have me sniffling and giggling in front of the monitor, totally confusing.
I love the silverware! I'm sure along with the watercolor, has a pinch of magic.
Hugs!

Lime Tree said...

Thanks for posting. Beautiful honest words. Congratulations for being so brave in such a journey. ♥

Alpha Shanahan said...

hello traci,
i have just come back to PPF and clicked your link right away. First, i wish to thank you for the card you sent me with encouraging words some time ago. I joined as 'melinda alpha' of melinda alpha studio. I now go with my artist name, alpha shanahan and a new blog. I disappeared for a bit battling with the blues. Anyway, I wish you well. And i am sending you hugs. I have had my battle with cancer 5 years ago, and i have also been accompanied by caring souls through emails from artists i found online. My husband printed them out and bring them to me at the hospital. Btw, those silvers look fabulous!

Catherine Constance said...

So Sinus man buggered up on the rice cube...pfff :D.
And Phantom Steve can bake. Miracles happen everyday... ;)
So glad to see you back in blogland. Hugs to you girl xx
ps, hope you didn't squish the dog on your dismount

Valerie-Jael said...

Carry on getting well, good to see you back! Valerie

Anne Manda said...

Awesome post and wonderful cutlery painting! Great to hear about the hidden talents of your family, too bad about the dog... ;) Hugs, hugs, hugs! <3

Lynn Cohen said...

Ohmigod! Please be careful getting down off that stool! Are you still up there? It's amazing that you even thought to draw already, let alone actually actually pulled it off! I mean had you posted an old picture of previously painted silverware we would have understood! I'm glad the family is proving to be competent, and family dog is soothing to your soul. And that this community is showing up in droves letting you know you are way more than cared about!
And that the nasty cancer is gone!
Now let yourself heal from all that was done to you...be gentle with your self and let all the love coming your way in! Sending gentle hugs....HPPF!

Darnell J Knauss said...

It is we who are grateful to have you have in ours, Tracey! Your wit in the face of stark terror and pain is so inspirational and uplifting! And you do art better with pain meds on board and lack of balance than the rest of us could do put together!

Do be careful getting up and down off that chair, honey child. I'm as nervous as a cat in a roomful of rockers for your safety. I love irony but let's not go there! xxoo Darnell

Faye said...

It's so wonderful and so rewarding to see that the surgery didn't remove your wonderful sense of humor. You are an amazing person to be able to do art so soon after your ordeal. And good art, I must add. Happy your family, including the dog, are generously sharing their talents and helping to make things go easier. Prayers for quick healing.

missy k said...

You amaze me! This post bought tears to my eyes. You made me smile too :)

I am glad Foxy Sinus (that name so has to stay!) and Phantom are looking after you so well, and that their hidden talents are so great! What is your 'name' by the way. What do they call you?

I hope your dismount was painless.

Much love

Karen xxxxxxx

Neesie said...

(Big sigh as she scrambles for the tissues)
Trace, I can't tell you how happy I am. I'm in awe over your bravery, humour at such a time and to be able to paint as you do even when you're wobbly from drugs and surgery. To be able to produce such brilliant art is mind-blowing!

I feel the world's alright again this morning. You're such an inspiration and much loved.
We're all back in a happy place today :D
Take care and lap up all you staffs new skills!
Chat soon xoxo

WrightStuff said...

Gentle one-sided hugs xxxxx

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

So glad to have you back drawing again. Pumps are nasty things but bravo to your hubs for being a trooper and having hidden talents. So glad your sense of humor has not left you, it can't have been easy being chipper through all this. Sounds like you have a marvelous family who is there for you over the top.....can I say it again, so glad you are back, we were all rooting for you......xox

Joanna said...

It's SO good to read this post! Great news that your naughty leftie has been well and truly sorted and that your fab family have stepped up to the mark, in fact MORE than stepped up to the mark.

Great cutlery painting :)

I think you should have videoed the dismount from your stool, and then we could have given you marks out of 10 (I hope you finish with a gymnastic type flourish?!).

Take care,

xxxx

Sandra Busby said...

I think Tracey that you are an inspiration to all of us! Really I do! You have handled this so incredibly well and with your relentless sense of humor - that how could you possible not be alright?
And your painting isn't remotely lop-sided, even if you are! ;0)

HollyM said...

Wow, all I can say is that you are inspiring! I have a bit of talent with brush, or needle and thread but none when it comes to words. I've just learned about your cancer as my blogger has been acting very weird of late and some of my favourite blogs just disappear.
So, I felt it would be rude not to write but you've gotten so many lovely comments.
Family comes through when needed. Our art is definitely a saviour. We are lucky to have it.
Take care of yourself.

Nigel Roberts said...

Fantastic to see you back on here and sounding positive :)

As for the stool, maybe you need sinus & phantom to carry you and deposit you upon it, in a suitably regal manner ;) x

NatashaMay said...

Totally awesome! You make it look so easy but I could never achieve this look. :)

Snap said...

You are amazing. Through it all you can write a post and make me laugh. You go girl! Wishing you and yours well and much joy!

Gentle hugs and much love .......

ann @ studiohyde said...

As always it is lovely to see your drawings...only you can make spoons forks and things look so interesting.


Had been thinking about you this week, glad the op. was okay and really its the recovering part that takes the time. Are you having other treatment too, guess you will be. I'm now hoping you negotiated the dismount from your high swivel stool...I have visions of you in a heap on the floor! lol.

Catharina Engberg said...

Great to see you´re posting again my friend! Hope that you are getting better and better by each day. And now that you have learned about Sinus hidden skills, you will MAYBE get some more time for painting? ;) See you soon!!

Christine said...

glad to see you painting again, the cutlery looks beautiful. Also glad to hear the surgery went well and that you are recovering.

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

Well done Tracey! Thank goodness that's all over, now life can get back to normal:) your possitivity and strength to keep going despite all you've been through is an inspiration to us all and you still manage to produce wonderful art! HPPF

Ginny said...

I was so excited to see your name on the list today. Your work is beautiful as always. As someone else wrote you had me sniffing and laughing at the same time. Not an easy thing to do.

Sending lots of love and good wishes for a really speedy recovery.

Nic McLean said...

Tracey, I'm delighted that the problem boob that was lefty has been sorted out and I'm delighted that you are back with your quirky illustrations and wonderful tales of life at Chez Fletcher King! You are an inspiration to us all. X

Jez said...

57 comments so far - what can I say that hasn't been said! I think of you every day and so does my dear old fellow - in fact he calls you 'our Tracey'!
One of the worst things is the tiredness, I still feel I am cheating when I feel tired. But hey, if that's the worst then we we can put up with it can't we.
Good to see your positivity and sense of humour undimmed.
Love Jez

Suzy said...

Dear Tracey, so delighted to see you back painting again and the fact that you were able to navigate the swivel stool while heavily drugged, well, let's say it....you are amazing! Totally impressed here not only with your skills but those of Mr. Foxy Sinus and Ms Phanthom! Oh and the dog of course just being himself ;-p So happy you are back, take care of yourself and know prayers are being sent up for you daily. ((hugs)) xo

bellefrogworks said...

So - you are back even if a bit lopsided. I was so glad to "hear" your voice. What a sneaky (aka wonderful) family you have. Have been praying for you - and your family. Love your "painting on drugs" - kind of like Dali (I understood that he painted on a different kind of drugs - LOL). Prayers for continued healing and much laughter to come.

Barbara Schwartz said...

I've been ducking for cover the past two weeks and feel like I'm on the way back now. I haven't been checking emails much, did you give us any heads up on this? I'm so glad you're on the mend, that your dog has been doing the best doggie dog job possible and that everyone else has been rising to your occasion. And you are back at it!

soulbrush said...

I have tears of joy reading this. Aren't men just the worst best option- they always surprise us- methinks we spoil them and don't train them right! Ha ha. Your continual humour and your enthusiasm gets into all our hearts and you make us want you to get well really soon. Hang in there Loppy. xxx

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I am thrilled to hear you have the surgery behind and that you are on the road to full recovery. I am also glad to see that you're back in the studio working on your beautiful watercolors and writing your witty posts. May God continue to give you strength, and bless you and your family.

Zue said...

Hi Tracey.
I have not been keeping up with blogs and not followed yours as often as I used to. So I am sorry to say, I have missed all of this. But I wish you well.
I will be thinking of you from now on.
Take great care!
Sue xxx

Aga Gasiniak said...

Dear, beautiful and strong Tracey, well done and keep strong. Sending you much, much love and healing thoughts.

Niki said...

Tracey,
So thrilled that you are on the mend. Families and friends are wonderful gifts, aren't they? What a way to find out Phamtom and Steve's hidden talents.

I continue to pray for your full and speedy recovery.

alarmcat said...

tracey...so glad you are feeling up to painting again. i've missed your posts. sounds like you are in good hands there. take care...thinking of you.

Carin Cullen said...

So nice to see you back again my dear! And so glad to hear you are on the mend. You've been in my thoughts constantly lately. Don't go doing too much too soon now. Now you know Sinus and Phantom are actually quite capable, enjoy it a while longer ;)

Polly Birchall said...

Thank you that you feel you can share this experience with us and that you feel it helps. Your post is positive, funny and touching. Love xx

Paula Jennings said...

so happy to hear you have a clear report. I'm sure that was a scary time. great to have you creating and blogging again!

Lynn Richards said...

Dear Tracey!!!!! HOW did I miss this? I feel like a complete dumb as a dish towel dog.
Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I'm so glad to hear that you are on your way to a great recovery. I wish you only the best.
xo
lynn

TwinkleToes2day said...

Hey Tracey - I am delighted to hear that you are on the road to doing better than OK. It takes each person along differnt paths to recover and from what I read, you are on one of the most perfect. Having a great sense of humour and a decent couple of house elves to take the load off of leftie, is just about the bestest way to getting better thab OK.
Sending love n hugs n healing wishes from Bonny Scotland *hugs* xx

Kimberly Hogan said...

My dear Ms. Tracy, you are a wonder and an inspiration. As a woman who has had her body invaded more than most countries, and been carved up more than most Thanksgiving Turkey's, I TOTALLY get how tired and sore you are right now. I find it amazing though that not only did you produce another beautiful watercolor, you managed to write such a funny post. For me, once all the good "GOGO JUICE" you get when you have surgery wore off, it took me at least 2 weeks to get any sense of humor back. Then another two before I had enough manners to qualify me as a desirable human once again. I am keeping you in my thought and prayers. Remember, take it easy, and take advantage of your loved ones. Let them cook,clean, and do the laundry for as LOOONG as it takes. (((HUGS)))
Kimmie
happyhomeschoolroom.blogspot.com

Prairie Jill said...

So wonderful to hear from you! I've been thinking about you for the past couple of weeks, wondering how you were doing. So it looks like you're back, you're blogging, you're drawing, and you're laughing. Not to mention being well cared for by Sinus and Phantom (so all this time they could cook, eh? Hmm..... ) What a good start! Best wishes as you continue to heal.

PS Be careful getting on and off that chair in your studio!!

Jo Murray said...

I doubt if anything could put a dent in your sense of humour, or interfere with your wonderful drawing talent. Welcome back to the studio. You have an awesome family.

Fallingladies said...

So happy and relieved to hear you are doing well enough to criticize the dog AND get back into your studio!!! You are amazing!

Joni Nickrent said...

Awesome news! You are an amazing soul! Sending continued prayers for healing and good health and happiness!

janice smith said...

Well, I was already totally in awe of you, now I am in awe of your family, as well. So great how they are pitching in and taking such good care of you. Milk it for all it's worth, baby! Plenty of happy, healing thoughts headed your way every day from Texas! xo, janice

Rochelle Cathey said...

Even in your weakened state...."You've still got it baby!"....thanks for the awesome work....I enjoy it!

stefanie stark said...

I'm so happy to see you posting and talking again and your drawings and your notes are a wonderful unique pleasure as always!!! Really, I am so happy but I do not know how to express this correctly! I'm still thinking of you and keeping all my fingers crossed for your healing!

aimee said...

oh Tracey! you are my hero! I don't know anyone else who could put such a positive and funny spin on what you've been through. you rock!

JKW said...

You are one amazing lady. Thank you for showing me your Strength. The spoon with the hole pattern . . .I have one just like it. I recognized it in your drawing immediately. Blessings, Janet PPF