Friday, 6 September 2013

Bed Tales ...


Don't panic about the title I'm not taking a Fifty Shades type turn here
which is just as well because I found that book to be one of the funniest things
I have ever read in my life ...I am talking laughing out loud to the point of tears funny
what I am talking about is the fact that I spent most of the last week being half mattress
understandable as the chemo hit that is wasn't exactly fun and giggles
but after almost a week I am finally upright and feeling human
and even got this little painty sketch done in my little sketchbook this morning
so all is feeling pretty right with the world


The week wasn't without some bright spots
my dear Mother-in law Loretta fixed the fitted sheet in my favourite sheet set
so I no longer wake up to find myself somehow resembling an iris coloured burrito
I am a picky sleeper you see and need a perfectly flat sheet on the bottom
I am talking not a ripple because I need to swish my foot to go to sleep
don't judge... we all have our little quirks and foot swishing isn't that weird
Phoebe does it as well which used to drive Sinus nuts when she was little and used to climb into bed with us because we never used to coordinate our swishes
anyway...
the elastic started to go and they kept pinging up and wrapping themselves around me
I couldn't swish so I would have to get out of bed and smooth it all back down
and then when I did get to sleep they would wrap themselves around me like a cocoon
which was also leading to some truly creative exits from the bed
and yes I could use other sheets, but these are my favourites
but Loretta has saved  the day and made the week quite a bit easier


Other highlights are that nothing was my fault all week
no one could blame me for not putting the lid on the milk properly
or eating the last Tim Tam
and I was in blissful ignorance of the state of the house
the weather is truly gorgeous 
and I have had  the smell of early jasmine wafting in on the afternoon breezes


So now that things are back to a bit of normality
the studio has been tidied and it is perfect painting weather
so I am going to cram in as much time as I can working
 before the next round starts next Tuesday
I am hoping to answer some of your many emails 
and try to get some notes and thank you cards in the mail
because I am so blessed by your support
thank you all as always... xx

59 comments:

Beverley Baird said...

I am not even going to attempt to read that book. and don't mention the movie!
Glad to hear you are doing okay.
Love the piece you did.
Do take care.

Laurie said...

oh my gosh its so good to hear your voice , well not exactly your voice but just to hear you, your lovely silly wonderful self, I'm so glad, be strong, what a wonderful mum in law, doing that sort of job for you are the best, simple things that make your life so much better, she is a smart lady and obviously loves you, my husband is a foot swisher, never been to Australia though so no relation I would think, lol, take care sweet lady, you cannot imagine how often i think of you, I wish for the life of me you would not have to go through this but because thats not possible I wish on the first star I see each night for the easiest fastest complete recovery possible for you, happy healthy days to you! All my love, oh and we had frost last night, guess whats coming, yep, snow, just around the corner, ,

Marji said...

Well, every daughter-in-law needs a Loretta. Or at least, we all wish we had a Loretta. That was very kind of her to fix the burrito making sheets. So good to see you in the studio. That means that you are feeling a wee towards normalcy. No need to spend your upright time with writing thank yous - we are all so happy to read an update and know that you are doing well. Thinking of you every day. M..x

Ginny said...

"Perfect painting weather" has a very nice ring to it. I am so glad that you will be able to take advantage of it.
I think of you often and am so glad that your week went well.

Tammy N said...

I really like this journal page. The colors are a unique combination and are very striking together. Hope you have a good weekend.

Patricia said...

So happy to hear your "voice" & see your beautiful painting! So glad to hear your are doing okay - wow your attitude is just so inspiring! Your post made me smile...you see, I am a foot wiggler 😉. Hugs to you, my friend!!

Tracey Grgic Potter said...

You always put a smile on my face Trace! I let out a giggle just thinking about the burritos sheet and the dual foot swishing sandwich :) It's so great to read your post and know that you are upright after the first round on Chemo. Loretta is a treasure. It was very thoughtful of her to fix your sheet. Beautiful sketches! The watermelons in the back ground look delicious. I could just eat them. I'm with Marji, no need to spend your upright time sending Thank yous.

Is there really a Movie????

Uuna said...

I like Your wild lines in the painting. And the colors, too.
It is very good to giggle and laugh sometimes, We have "normally" days too much.
Thanks We are artists, so we can do what we like :-D

bella lullo said...

Amo tutti i tuoi disegni e i tuoi colori!!
Bellalullo

Maria Ontiveros said...

I haven't been around for a while, so the news of your chemo is a surprise to me. Sending you lots of blessings and healing thoughts.
Thanks for sharing your lovely page, and happy ppf,
Rinda

Paper rainbow said...

You always make me smile Trace :)

Anne Manda said...

Lovely fresh sketch with and interesting contrast of organic and sharp looking objects! Great that "50 Shades etc" made you laugh, laughing is so great! I didn't think reading it, but now I might! :)

Ilona Heimböckel said...

Sending you a BIG HUG first :-) I hope you can enjoy a little relief time and how nice that spring is around with good weather and energy for you.
Love your drawing, nice greens!

Ilona from Germany, where a scent of autumn is in the air :-)

Polly Birchall said...

Enjoy your free days til your next fix! I am pernickity when it comes to my bottom sheet. The ping has gone altogether so the sheet rides up in the night. My hubs says he doesn't notice, What is that all about? Thanks for making me smile on a dull morning.

Jez said...

It's wonderful that you have such a sharp sense of humour during the worst of times, and brighten all of us up as well as yourself. Lovely ma-in-law, how lucky you are.
I've been wondering how you are and sending good vibes, but knowing what the effects of chemo are I considered it best to leave you in your Rip Van Fletcher sleeping mode.
Great sketch. As I've said before, your paintings are always full of glowing colours that no-one else seems able to achieve. That green is luscious.

Nic McLean said...

It's lovely to see you back in blogland Tracry. I agree the book made me laugh too-the actual story behind all the s&m was truly awful! Still she's now like the richest author ever or something! I swish my foot too! And it annoys Steve but I find it quite therapeutic and it's better than reverting to sucking my thumb again which I did to the point of needing braces when I was a kid! I'm glad Loretta un-burrito-ed you and I hope that good weather keeps up so you get plenty of studio time. Sending you good vibes for the next round. Xx

Jessica Mack said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who was crying with laughter while reading that book. It was a comedy right? Right?

I know what you mean about fitted sheets, and I have to say that here in America there seems to be no size standardizing, so I find it a mammoth task to find the exact right ones for our bed, and they always end up coming loose!

Happy Paint Party Friday!

earthenmagic said...

...biggest neighbourly hugs dear kindred!...(O:

soulbrush said...

Okay, it's decided, you have to put all these posts just as they are in a book one day. They are hilarious.
' when she was little and used to climb into bed with us because we never used to coordinate our swishes' this had me rolling on the floor and not in agony. As for fifty shades- eeeeuuuw. (or am I too old?) So glad you are upright till next Tuesday. Go go go till then. Happy PPF you make my Friday.

HollyM said...

How you can keep such good humor through it all is beyond me! I can just picture the bed antics, well not so funny really when you're trying to get comfortable, but though I don't swoosh, I need fitted sheets and flat blankets.
I agree, use your upright time for you. And you should have a book.

Giggles said...

If you aren't writing for a comedy team girlfriend you should be.... Sorry I was chuckling about the coordinated foot swishes. Hilarious...on another note I do detect some OCD mixed with claustrophobia??? or is it just the chemo? So glad your sheets were fixed... I have a thing about sheet thread count being very close...I could not handle pilly sheets! Glad to hear a few functional days happening for you...or maybe just functional hours! None the less time for some gorgeous painting....and thrilling us with a posting.... I love those no fault days...I often get those around here!!

Take care beautiful lady!
Hugs Giggles

Rochelle Cathey said...

You sound great....i hope you can continue to do well...glad that "Loretta" can help....you are a "dear" and I love what you have painted and written....small wonder that you have so many fans...Much Love.

Snap said...

So good to *see* you. Everyone needs a Loretta -- three cheers! I'm a foot swisher, too. I just knew we had more than tea and flowers in common! ;)

Hugs and much love ----

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Swishing feet is not strange at all....neigther are flat sheets. Haven't picked up those shades of gray and don't intend to. Glad you laughed out loud. It all feels like much ado about nada as they say....Glad you are able to be up and sketching. I am sure it makes all their surreal part of your life feel normal. Thinking of you. xox

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Swishing feet is not strange at all....neigther are flat sheets. Haven't picked up those shades of gray and don't intend to. Glad you laughed out loud. It all feels like much ado about nada as they say....Glad you are able to be up and sketching. I am sure it makes all their surreal part of your life feel normal. Thinking of you. xox

missy k said...

Enjoyed your 'Bed Tales'

Hope you get lots of painting done :)

Karen x

bluebirdslivinginthemeadow said...

hello dear - i have put off touching that book for fear of the literary cooties i may contract...perhaps i'll have to give it a go now that you have shared that you laughed all the way through...naw...i just.can't.read.it.tried.failed.

love your sketches & paints...glad you are feeling up to a little artsy time...that is good...

sheets drive my husband nuts...i swear if he could, he'd be shrink wrapped into his bed every.single.night.

glad you are having nice weather, we are heading into autumn here and i have a feeling it's going to be a glorious one...take care xo

Mary C. Nasser said...

Glad to hear you are doing better.
You have always been an inspiration artistically, but have also been a real inspiration through this recovery process as well!
Wishing you all the best!
♥♥♥
Happy PPF!!
Mary
Mixed-Media Map Art

Dianne said...

so glad you are feeling better, but this is surely the hard way to not be blamed for anything that goes wrong!! love the sketch, and firmly believe that art heals, so it's fantastic that you're getting back to it. and by the way, I usually kick one leg out from under the covers when I'm asleep...there's a crocheted bedspread on the bed right now with a 'loopy' sort of trim, and my foot keeps getting caught in it! lol! so I can completely understand the sheet thing...

Helen Campbell said...

I'm glad you're feeling better after round one, and hoping round 2 is kinder. I love your little painty sketch (it's quite fabulous) and your bed tales of burrito sheets and foot swishing have me chuckling. Wishing you a feeling good week ahead.

Linda said...

Not a book I'll ever read-but glad to hear of someone who thought it was so bad it was funny! Love the greens in your sketch. So very glad you're feeling better. Good weather( and yes, good sheets) certainly help matters. Have a great painterly week!

Diana Evans said...

oh Tracey!!!! I love this and this would be so cool on some dishware!!! wow!!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

Boo said...

I totally understand the favorite sheet thing. I can't stand those cheap sheets that get little balls on them. They drive me nuts.

I have to have very soft pillow cases or I just can't sleep.

I'm glad you are feeling better today and your painting is very nice. Are all your water colors in those little round disk things?

ann @ studiohyde said...

Thoughts are with you through the next batch!

Tammie Lee said...

Hello Dear Tracey,
you sure are going through an ordeal. wonderful that you still have a sense of humor through it all.

lovely to see your art
almost smell your flowers
wishing you good days and nights.

Faye said...

Tracey, I'm trying to get to as many posts as I can, so I can't stop to read the comments above mine. I don't know if anyone else said they were foot swishers or not. I am. I always thought it was a bit odd as I didn't know why this happens. I also seem to wake up with foot swishing some of the time.

I'm so glad you are painting upright again. I always love your sketches of down-home things. You are an inspiration to us all. You are still in my prayers.

Faye said...

Tracey, I'm trying to get to as many posts as I can, so I can't stop to read the comments above mine. I don't know if anyone else said they were foot swishers or not. I am. I always thought it was a bit odd as I didn't know why this happens. I also seem to wake up with foot swishing some of the time.

I'm so glad you are painting upright again. I always love your sketches of down-home things. You are an inspiration to us all. You are still in my prayers.

JKW said...

Good to hear your wit and see your wonderful work. Blessings, Janet PPF

bellefrogworks said...

I have to admit I used to (and still do sometimes) find a little ball of fuzz in my pocket or on my sheet and I would rub it between my fingers to fall asleep - don't judge!! So glad to hear the bright spots - and I love when I can't be blamed for stuff. As always praying for a complete recovery and think it's wonderful that they didn't remove your sense of humor with your boob!!! Love as always your artwork -keep it up.

Cindy Adkins said...

Blessings and healing thoughts to you, Tracey! Glad you still have your sense of humor! I'm sure having your favourite sheets is a great comfort. I totally get it! Hugs, Cindy

SAMARA said...

oh my gosh Tracey you have such a gift for humour...and Tam Tam's! I had not heard of them until my daughter went to Australia to school (we live in Toronto area.) They are deadly delicious! Your sketch is so vibrant! I love the greens. Man, you can draw. Be well Tracey.

Prairie Jill said...

So glad to hear you're upright and feeling better! And how nice to know that you can't be blamed for anything that went on during the week - definitely something to take advantage of!
Love your sketch. And I'm still chuckling at the image of you as an iris-coloured burrito! (Now that's something to paint!)
Take care!

Ayala Art said...

Oh yes, the sheet has to be flat and not a single wrinkle!
Hugs t Loretta too :o)
I guess I am the only one that has tot read that book?:oS I will take your word for it, rather think it is a hilarious thing that other comments I heard lol
Blessings and best wishes!

Sheila said...

Praying for you and thinking good thoughts. So happy you are loved! and have your sheets in proper order. My sheets are my most prized possession.With Lupus, and arthritis...my sleeping habits are a bit wacky. And I know how important having everything just so, is. Glad you hare having good days.. praying the yucky days pass quickly for you. Hang in there Kiddo... you are a bright light in the world!

Catherine Constance said...

Glad to hear you're feeling a bit better and back to painting. Are there no ends to many talents...foot swishing...ummmm, interesting :)

Carin Cullen said...

Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better and is getting your paints on for a while. And yay for Loretta too- everyone could do with someone like that in their life.

Lori said...

Have I told you lately that I adore you? You are one amazing lady, Tracey! I think of you often and am in awe of your strength. Your sense of humor reminds me to find the light in every situation. Thank you, my dear, for being you and sharing it with the world. I'm so glad this internet thing took of the way it did because it is how I found you. xo

Yolanda said...

Not a swisher here but my feet must be hanging out the side no matter how cold. Great sketch... and I see my favorite white pen there. Love that your sense of humor is holding up to the battle nicely.

Carolyn Dube said...

Well now I want to read your interpretation of 50 Shades! You know they are making a movie of it- perhaps you can get onto the screenwriting team for it!

TwinkleToes2day said...

I know how crappy you feel sometimes & don't want to add to the lonnnng list of peeps you want to reply to, but just want to let you know I'm still here & think of you everyday.
*hugs* xx

Gloria said...

Yes, we all have our quirks! But so glad you are finally able to sleep well, so important for sanity and for recuperation,too! Your sketch is wonderful as usual. I did not know that artichokes got "peeled". I just remove the bottom leaves and stem,cut an "x" in the bottom, cut the tip off each leaf and boil in salted water with oil and garlic. Have blissful, irresponsible week, you deserve it!

Irene Rafael said...

you gave me a big smile today. i love your story and am glad you are feeling better.

Tammie Dickerson said...

I was just thinking of you, and wondering how you are - so I am SO glad to see your painting and your post! Enjoy the beautiful weather, repaired sheets, scents of jasmine and some blissful painting time! I am sending happy, healing thoughts :)

Shari Nelson said...

Love your post, glad you feel better enough to paint. Painting can be magical. Came over from PPF.

Sandra Busby said...

I am also a foot swisher - so Paul will be able to empathize with Matt! My feet are always on the move. They wiggle around when I'm sitting on the sofa - and swish back and forth when I'm in the bed. It still drives him nuts after 20 years together!
I love the fact that you can still get painting done while undergoing chemo - and yet I can't seem to get a thing done because of our poorly pup! Your a total legend! Am in awe! I never ready that 50 shades of grey. It sounded a bit drab... I like colour :0)

Kirstin McCulloch said...

I'm a fellow foot swisher too, but Mr Mac is a foot jiggler! Sometimes there is a foot war in our quests to sleep, but more often than not, I go to bed earlier so I dont become irritiated with his joggling! Glad your feeling better and big hugs for the next round xx

stefanie stark said...

I would love to read YOUR special re-written version of this book you mentioned above! Many thanks as well for the news "from your bed"! I was glad to see you posting. I was just thinking of you last Friday while I was watering my flowers and suddenly your email announcing the new post popped in. This was such a nice surprise. The kitchen tools and the vegetables look great. I love all the shades of green :) big hugs for the next round from me too!

Sonya Batten said...

I have found you through Dion Dior, and so glad that she recommended your blog. Your art is delightful and so are you.
That little thing you do with your foot.. made me smile as i have the quirk of rubbing my two feet together to comfort and send myself to sleep!
God bless and take care.

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

Glad the chemo has done nothing to weaken your sense of humor. I don't mind a wrinkly bottom sheet myself but don't ever, ever, ever tuck the top sheet in and trap my toes! Enjoy your well-deserved pampering. xx