Friday, 16 August 2013

The Week of Flowers ...



The difference a week can make is very cool
I am well and truly used to my new lopsided existence
I am no longer on that odd lean all the time and doped to the eyeballs
and there has been more time in the studio so I am feeling pretty good all round
I can even get on and off the studio stool without having an entry or dismount
that is a cross between a rather bad gymnast and a uncoordinated high diver
mind you there were some fabulous dismounts late last week
that almost had the dog giving me scores out of ten for form and difficulty
but in the lifting the spirits stakes there is one thing that is working its magic for me today
and that is that winter has taken a break and spring has sprung


before you all grumble and scoff I know we don't have much of a winter here in Brisbane
I acknowledge that our winters are summer days for many of you
but this is early even by our standards
and along with the gorgeous sun and warmth I do feel a lift in the energy levels
the down side is that we now have a few weeks of the attack of the stupid birds
for the last few days, and quite possibly, the next few weeks 
we will have birds running into the windows on the eastern side of our house
now we have tried all sorts of things to stop this
 but after years of risking life and limb to attach things and appling every weird suggestion to prevent this we have yet to find one that works
so we are resigned to a couple of weeksof random thumps and whoomps
Luckily the birds never seem to end up injured and after a bit of a shake all seem to recover
and fly off, albeit with a bit of a lean of their own


What I don't understand is why they don't swerve
I understand the reflections on the window mean they think there is sky
but at some point don't they get close enough to see another bird in their path
and think of swerving to avoid the bird that is hurtling towards them head on
or are the birds all daredevils at heart and like playing chicken with other birds???
I can't help thinking maybe they get quite the shock when it happens
and I can just imagine them meeting up with mates later
and talking about the bird that knocked them for a loop and how he really packed a punch
or maybe they don't tell anyone and just pretend it never happened
because other birds find it endlessly funny like we do when someone runs into a glass door
and yes I have done just that... more than once
and am rather worried about doing it these days as I am down an air bag
I can see lots of bruises on my left hand side in my near future from running into things


Daredevil birds aside I can't help but be awash with the goodwill and wishes
of this extraordinary community of ours
I have a house so filled with flowers that Phantom has dubbed this week The Week of Flowers 
which is better than last week which was known as The Week of Losing Lefty Part 2
I can't help but be inspired and have spent the week doing some sketches of various doses of wonderful that have been sent my way
like these orchids in their blinged up vase that  I have been painting
 from a group of friends on facebook organised by the lovely Lynn Noyes


there have also been even an embarrassment of gifts,cards, letters and emails
which are filling my everyday with joy and more than a few tears
and overwhelming me with the generous spirit of my friends
not to mention my family... my sister gave me this very cool ceramic tea pot for the wall of my studio... it is totally cool isn't it


I am so crazy grateful for the support and thoughtfulness of this community
that I am not even freaking out at the chemo and radiation ahead
ok I am freaking out at times at the thought of all that
partly because I suspect bald is not going to much of a look on me
but dodgy dome head aside I can't help but be filled with positive thoughts and energy
so I am going to go and pour some of that energy into more painting and sketching
that tea pot on the wall is calling me not to mention I am so excited to be finally getting back into the Cuppa With Friends paintings!!!

PS ... Happy Paint Party Friday... xx

68 comments:

Giggles said...

Oh these flowers are gorgeous...wow such impressive work for a lopsided lady!! Glad things are moving along with a few surprises in the mix...you deserve every one of them...you truly are a special woman and so many of us just adore you!

Poor birdies! I guess you windows are just way too clean!!

Take care Tracey....I owe you an email!

Hugs Giggles

Karla B aka Lady Skyclad said...

This is precious!Hugs from Brazil!

MeOfCourse said...

Hi Tracey. Love those orchids. So glad that you are doing better. Will definitely keep you in my thoughts. Blue Jays that live in our tall hedges out front tend to do that. They'll crash into the wall and sometimes the window but they just keep going.:) Good luck to you Tracey.
gloria

Lynn Cohen said...

Your road to recovery is paved with love, how can you do anything else but get completely well!

I am so damned impressed that you got right back up in the saddle to draw again and the horse did not kick you off! Art really must be healing in so many ways!

Your flowers are beauty full and so are you! Keep kick in' ass! Lol

Xoxo

Jenny said...

Just catching up on your blog Tracey... so sorry to hear... and yet love your positive spin on things... your flowers are beautiful... and the wall teapot is divine... love and hugs...

Jenny ♥

Ayala Art said...

OMG what gorgeous flowers!! yummy colors and happiness!
I'm happy to hear you are felling better and you have sunny days, that is the best,even the poor crashing birds and all. Maybe your windows are too clean? Good excuse not to clean them for a few weeks? :oP
We used to have a house with that thumping birds problem and I felt so bad for them!
Keep getting better, we all love to see your art! ♥

Helen Campbell said...

Beautiful flowers, Tracey. We have birds that thump into our windows also... a few different times a year. You would think they'd dodge, but no, they never do. Silly things.
Keep your sense of humor and positive attitude going strong.
I'm continuing to surround you in healing prayers.

Abigail Davidson said...

Your flower art is as lovely as always! And that wall teapot is so adorable. Glad to hear you're doing better, and I hope you continue to stay strong!

Jessica Mack said...

Fantastic!

sharon said...

So pleased to see you in such good spirits. I was going to say a few things but I cant think, we just had our second earthquake today this minute. I will come back and say what I want to when I am not shaking so much!

Catherine Constance said...

That teapot is mad...love it. Only you could have kamikaze birds. Maybe they just want to pop in for tea and see what your painting... :) hugs to you. xx

Belinda Basson said...

I love that teapot on the wall, so quirky and different. I send you virtual hugs from a wintery Cape Town, South Africa.

www.dorissdaughter.com said...

Beautiful painting Tracey, I love the colours, that purple is amazing!
I have not experienced the crazy birds yet but am enjoying the beautiful weather:) HPPF

Tracy said...

Gorgeous flowers. And so glad to hear you are starting to adjust. As for spring - it's throwing it down here in Adelaide with forecasts of 90km winds for later. The poor birds will be blown into the windows, I think :)

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful flowers. Hope the healing process continues to go well. Valerie

Nic McLean said...

Those flowers are beautiful as is your painting of them. I'm not in the least surprised you've been so inundated with gifts and flowers. Your blog, your art, your wonderful story-telling ways and your beautiful personality are a joy to visit each week and it's clear how much support and love you have from all over the world. We have the same problem with birds and earlier in the year also with big bumble bees flying into the windows of our sun room!

Jez said...

Wonderful to see you back painting, and what a painting! Quite takes my breath away. You really are one in a million, getting back in the saddle so soon, especially as it seems to be a high one. Keep smiling.

Bev said...

You know I'm sending prayers ,the amazing thing is that with all that's happening ,u are inspiring me even more and I'm not surprised, thank u and for your wonderful witty way..
Luv ya bev...oh and love the teapot it's just u...

Lorraine said...

fantastic drawing, wacky teapot, poor birds and sending you healing hugs

Anne Manda said...

Beautiful spring flowers! Yes, those birds... mind boggling! ;)Hugs!

Freule van Oijen said...

Wish you well and i hope you will have a beautiful spring... our autumn will be here in a month...br... I for now want just more of the summer weather...your flowers are looking great, one draws what one is... so I can imagine you blooming and ful of energy and color! And that is great , the best medicament there is... <3
Anne Marie Potmeer

denthe said...

Yes, isn't the weather just gorgeous!? I can imagine it lifts your spirit, even though you're going through such a hard time right now. The flowers are wonderful, and the teapot against the wall crazy unique. Glad to see you're up to painting again, and wishing you lots of strength in the weeks to come ♥

ann @ studiohyde said...

Beautiful flowers and equally beautiful painting too. Your art lifts my spirit. You are always so upbeat and upbeat thoughts are sent to you at this time. Wishing you everything good :)
(ann @ studiohyde + Somewhere To Sketch)

Fallingladies said...

So glad to hear things are looking up for a bit for you, scary chemo thoughts aside, that teapot does look like it's just waiting to be painted! Hoping the best for you!

Ginny said...

I am so glad that you had a good week. Your painting of the flowers is beautiful. Purple is one of my favorite colors which made the painting even more special.

I am so happy that things are going well.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

You have exactly the right attitude my dear...scary stuff and without that extra air bag, oh you are too funny....we are all right there with you so don't fear to rant away if you need to or be all lopsided, we'll prop you up. You've a clever and loving family and they will hold you all the way. xox

missy k said...

Beautiful flowers Tracey.... LOVE the teapot from your sister. So sweet.

Glad to hear you are so full of positive thoughts and energy :)

Karen x

Netty said...

good to hear your spirits have lifted, even with the crazy birds you will be bombarded with. Love the teapot, such a wonderful gift. Hang in there kid you are doing so well. Hugs and love Annette x

Carin Cullen said...

Your blog posts are always so chock full of visual and verbal beauty, I never know what to comment on first! But those sure are some gorgeous flowers, and as usual your paintings prolong the pleasure! Gorgous Tracey!

Sandra Busby said...

Hey - I've heard that bald is the new look! You could always sketch on it with a sharpie pen to make it a little more interesting! Or maybe Phoebes could have a go ;0)
It's surprising how quickly hair grows back, so as much as it'll be a shock for you - just keep remembering the good that will come out of it... and that it's not permanent. Easy for me to say I know... Anyway, I am LOVING the creations coming out of your studio lately! Just beautiful!!! :0)

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

Wishing you lots of continued smiles and lots of strength. Your flower painting is beautiful. And that wall teapot, what a find!!!

Jessica Sporn said...

So sorry I missed your last posts but am glad to catch up with you. You write with such humor and grace about an ordeal that is trying and painful. But outlook is everything so keep making us laugh, and hopefully you will make yourself smile in the process. Beautiful flowers - that teapot is fantastic - and your silverware last week amazing. I'm imagining Lefty with a fork sticking out -- and smiling. All my best wishes and a hug across many ponds.

Laurie said...

you are such a sweet heart, I think of you often, you truly are a wonder, such a wonderful attitude, take care, I'm sending positive energy and thoughts across the world to you!

Snap said...

It is so nice to *see* you in the studio. The flowers are lovely. You are something else, my dear. You keep us laughing when we should be the ones keeping your spirits up. You GO girl.

oxox

wednesday said...

It's great to read that you are feeling better, and surrounded by so much love and support.

Tammy N said...

How wonderful to be surrounded by friends and family who care about you and beautiful flowers! Love your bright purple flower watercolor. So cheerful. Best of luck to you!

WrightStuff said...

err... now that teapot on the wall... you do know that it's not actually for making tea dontcha?

May the brightness from the flowers and love continue to lift your spirits my friend. xxx

Erika Nittel-Traser said...

Amazing flowers in wonderful colors!
Happy PPF
Erika

Faye said...

Gorgeous flowers, Tracey. Getting back to painting is great therapy, I think. And I see that you haven't lost your sense of humor in all the trauma. You are in my prayers for a quick and uneventful healing. As for the birds flying into glass, we have actually had some accidental suicides. It's always sad when they don't recover from the collision.

Kim said...

Gorgeous flowers and I love that teapot wall art!

Niki said...

So glad you are feeling better. Love the teapot, perfect gift for you.

The problem with the windows must be that they are too clean!

Linda said...

so happy to hear your cheerful energy in this post Tracey! I love your flower illustration, and that teapot is fab on your wall! May all the love and support continue to fill you with healing energy and strength. XO

Gloria said...

I am so, so glad that you are feeling so much better and that you have lovely flowers and warmer weather to also raise you up. Your floral painting is as lush as the real thing.

Dianne said...

sooo glad you are feeling better! even in the midst of a health challenge you are joking it up and making us laugh...gorgeous flower art and suicidal birds! hang in there dear...

Lynn Richards said...

Love this! You deserve every flower and then some. I'm so glad to hear the days are getting better.
xo
lynn

Alicia C said...

so very glad to hear all is going well! I love your flowers and yes, that pot is miraculous.

We actually had a room mate of ours run into our glass doors - and break it - so I dare say your birds are not as stupid as some other things might be.

Have a great week!

bellefrogworks said...

You sound great Tracey. I think all the love must be hastening the healing. Love that luscious purple in your lovely flowers. I have something I wanted to send to you - could you email me your address when you have a chance (gbscreates@gmail.com). Hope the mail doesn't take 12 years as it sometimes does from South Carolina to Australia.

aimee said...

you are awesome, Tracey! hugs!

Boo said...

Tracey, You have the best attitude. I'm so glad I met you. The flower painting is wonderful and I love that teapot.

Hats.. I would say maybe hats would be the next thing for you to paint... they will be useful when your hair takes a vacation...

Rita said...

Those flowers pop with color! I am so glad it is warming up for you. We've had fall weather for a month--which is crazy! So it doesn't surprise me that you are getting early spring weather down your way, too.

Love the teapot coming through the wall effect. Makes me think of Alice In Wonderland and magical things.

You have touched so many people all over the world. It doesn't surprise me that you have a deluge of support, prayers, and good wishes. You are a special woman and I am so glad to have connected with you in this crazy cyberspace world. Love and hugs!!

miz katie said...

Gorgeous flowers. <3 So happy that you're feeling better, Tracey. I'm thinking of you often. xoxoxo

Melisa said...

I've been out of the loop lately and had no idea you were going through so much. It sure hasn't affected your wonderful sense of humor and fun. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers with the chemo ahead. Don't worry about the baldness. If you don't look bad-ass there are some really rocking wigs available these days. You can make it work. Hurray for painting again so soon!

Debbie said...

Your flowers are gorgeous and love the fun wall pot! I!m still praying for your recovery!

Carol L McKenna said...

dazzling art work ~ very creative and the colors are wonderful ~ thanks, carol, xo

cjsrq said...

So glad to hear you are feeling better. You are such a joy to all of us...even during this difficult time. I see painted head scarves, painted hats, maybe even a painted scalp in your future if bald isn't your thing. Whatever you do, you will do it with that great Tracey style! Hugs!!

Sheila said...

Love the flowers! Love the teapot! Glad you are doing better. I think you have a book in that story about the birds. No really... had me crackin' up.

Wishing you wellness!

Kate Robertson said...

The flowers are beautiful, both the real ones and those that are painted by you. Such a lovely representation.

Darnell J Knauss said...

I'm so delighted to hear you are having lovely sunny days, Trace! You can't help but feel naturally buoyant on sunny days. I hope it lasts and lasts!

The flowers are extraordinary and so is the vase and so is your painting! And so is the hanging teapot!!

I get such a chuckle out of reading your posts and wish we lived closer! It's no wonder you have a huge fan base and so much positive energy coming your way! We are so blessed to know you!!

Okay, enough of that. I don't want you to get a big head, which will only become more noticeable once you go bald, so I'll knock off a bit with the compliments!

I did love your questions about the dumb birds and what happens after they've done it. It's so what I would wonder! I can just see you from inside with your hands palms up, watching them, and saying, "Seriously?"

Maybe we can Goggle it. And, yes, I said Goggle. Someone on the Intertube will know why they do it, someone there knows EVERYthing. Our neighbors used to have these trees in the back with berries that the robins would devour in the spring. It made them sort of drunk. They would always eat their fill, fly over the house to the large maple in the front, and then crap large purple crappings all over the sidewalk and our cars. Then they would fly back and do it all again for about three weeks. Inevitably, we would get a few who would whomp into the windows on a too-low approach to get over the roof and out to the front. Could that be it? Are there trees on that side with boozey berries?

But I mean, in my case, I always wondered why did they do that flyover thing? Why didn't they just sit there eating and crapping and eating and crapping? Especially since they lost their place when they left! I'm not kidding, we are talking hundreds of them, so space was at a premium.

Okay, honey child, enough blithering. I wish you continued good days and the permission to allow yourself to have the occasional not-so-good day, too. With your natural upbeat attitude, I have a feeling there won't be too many of those.

Big tender hugs of healing! Bama Darnell

earthenmagic said...

...great to read thee in muchly high spirits dear neighbour! ~ gentle hugs dear kindred!...(O:

Molly Freibott said...

I get so excited when I get the notice of a new post! After going through about 6 years of chemo with my son, I can tell you that all the wonderful things in life still continue everyday, there is always something to be grateful and laugh about when you look, and in the end you will see that the Lord held you in His arms every step of the way. And Girl- You know you're going to make Bald look Good!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Your work is as glorious and inspirational as ever. I'm thrilled to know that everything is going well in your healing process. Blessings, my friend!

Leigh said...

I was just praying for you today, my friend. Beautiful art, as always.

VonnyK said...

So glad you're doing so well, I was worried that your paintings might be on a bit of leftward slant, with the weight missing and all but it is just as stunning as ever. Love all the flowers and that teapot is fabulous. Keep strong my friend and keep smiling.
Luv Von xx

JKW said...

You sound so much better. I am glad you are much more perky. The flowers are beautiful. So funny about the pups grading you for your jumping abilities. Blessings, Janet PPF

Neet said...

Between you you and Darnell with her comment had me smiling. You never cease to amaze me with your writings. Of course you are feeling lop sided, of course you are thinking about the chemo etc but just think - you could end up with stunning lush blonde curls (or whatever you fancy - gentlemen don't always prefer blondes) if it happens. Remember how good whatshername looked in Aliens.
You just keep those lovely paintings coming for us all, keep that wonderful sense of humour you manage to bring out for us all - in short don't lose face - you are one of earth's treasures and we all love you so much.
xxx

Paula Jennings said...

gorgeous! LOVE the colors you chose!

Dianne said...

Hi Trace, Thinking of you on your road to recovery.
I never know what to say in these "chaos" situations. The fear of being patronizing usually keeps me quiet.

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

So glad you're getting the love and adoration that you deserve. That teapot is absolutely fantastic. And a bit lopsided too when you think about it... Take good care Tracey. xx