Friday, 27 September 2013

Wiggy Tales ...

Sadly this Spring break is not quite living up to the madness of last year's hi jinx
but Matt isn't off until next week so maybe it isn't a total wipe in the mischief stakes yet
and it hasn't been without some bright moments...

we headed out to buy a wig to cover my rather baldy head
not that I am not starting to truly embrace the no hair thing with relish
showers take no time and the savings on buying shampoo and things are amazing
not to mention no visits to the hairdresser
no painty bits in my hair from my rather haphazard painting techniques
it is quite cool and liberating to feel the rush of breeze over this chromish dome of mine
scarves are a snap to cover it up if I feel the need
 but a wig is a good thing when you don't want it all to be as public I suppose

So instead of drawing up these gorgeous roses from my sister-in-law Kris
we headed out to the wig place thingy 
me rather reluctantly I have to say as I just couldn't see me in a wig
but on the way in I got a nice little lift when two head shaven paramedics
gave me the sup nod on the way through the car park
a nice touch of solidarity to a fellow baldy I like to think
not that I didn't have a scarf on in public
but they knew a fellow follicley challenged soul lurked under that scarf
and so I was feeling a bit more positive and before we knew it we were in the store
have to say it was a revelation... a whole row of mad wigs grabbed my eyes and imagination

Sadly Sinus and Phantom dragged my gleeful eyes from the blond dreadlocks
and they wouldn't let me even think about trying on the Elvis wig
they were party poopers of the first order
but perhaps they know me too well and know that the dreads would have been worn with relish
despite it being unseemly in someone who is turning 46 in just a few weeks
but their restraint worked out for the best I suppose
and I got a great little short blond number that looks crazy natural
it even has regrowth ... which was the clincher for me as I have perpetual regrowth
so now I just need to get used wearing the sucker
and keep remembering to leave it up high when I take it off
as the dog is eyeing it off at every opportunity
and if I don't watch it I can just see it ending up snaffled and buried in the garden

So other than the wiggy tale the week has consisted of yet more chemo
a bit of painting of my perpetual water bottle and the dreaded iv stand thingy
not painting up Kris's roses, but I will this week I hope
and doing a little postcard mixed media thing for a swap I am taking part in
I have just shown a snippet as I don't want to ruin the surprise for Amber

I have done little else this week I must admit
but I am going to try to squeeze in some studio time today
and get some paint on the hands
and maybe even get to some of the 5 squillions emails that I want to answer
before this round of chemo kicks in 
happy painting all... xx


carol l mckenna said...

Tracey ~ sending you lots of healing energy hugs ~ had no idea you were going through all this ~ Positive outcome coming up for you ~ Art work is still divine!
carol, xo

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

You are an inspiration for all of us, not only as an artist, but as a strong human being. Your art piece of everyday life never cease to amaze me either. Blessings, my friend!

Anonymous said...

I laughed right out loud at the thought of the dog taking off with your wig. Sorry they wouldn't let you go with the dread locks.

Rita said...

For once, I am extra glad you have a dog who would bury the wig in the garden rather than a cat who would bury it in the litter box. ;)

Glad you are still sketching and smiling, dear one! *love and hugs*

Unknown said...

That pump bottle painting is fabulous, you've got me craving that water now :) you never cease to put a smile on my face Trace, your sense of humor and outlook on life is inspiring and makes reading your posts not to be missed. Enjoy the studio time and the rest of spring break.

Moon Stumpp said...

LMAO...I'm still laughing...Elvis wig...the dog. Oh my! The artwork is lovely, as always!

Anonymous said...

I have been so worried about you, I'm so glad that you posted, I know its rough and I send you all the positive and healing energy I can!
I have learned something, its not possible to send packages to Australia containing beautiful red maple leaves that I pressed and waxed for you, they sent my package back, lol they could have taken the leaves out and let the other articles come to you , anyway my dear friend, I will try again!
(I think they are afraid I might be sending some kind of bug on the leaves to take over your wonderful fauna there), but even I know that you grow bigger and better bugs there that could whup any little bug that might be on the leaves I sent.Any hoo, continued healing to you, big hugs from Canada!
Oh and I think the wig sounds wonderful!

Linda Kunsman said...

well dear Tracey, happy painting AND happy good health to you!! You continue to amaze me with your poetic words and sketchings. I recently had to take my mom for wigs on several occasions and actually got to thinking what I would do in a situation similar. Here's wishing you a great week!

Darnell said...

Trace, did I tell you we had a "Hat Party" (and scarves) for one of my other friends? It was a hoot, not to mention she got some really awesome headware. She had a couple of wigs, too, including a zippy short red one.

I'll be thinking of you and praying for you as you go through another round. (It sounds like a boxing match, doesn't it?) You won the first round and my money is on you to win this round, too!

You're a delight through and through, honey child! I think of you now several times a day, with a big smile, every time I use my kitchen faucet!!

Love and hugs, Darnell (Don't worry about answering mine; you've got too many to do them all!)

Alicia C said...

The shaven head can be quite the canvas I would imagine sort of like a war trophy in its own right... i could go on about all the brave women in my life who boasted that, the most minimalist of 'dos... for all from 'health', (c - recovery) to spiritual reasons (hare krishna -- yikes!!) . Have fun with it as much as it is humanly possible! Bring on purple dreds, if one must! All to keep the demons at bay. Much love and hugs to you

Alicia C said...

The shaven head can be quite the canvas I would imagine sort of like a war trophy in its own right... i could go on about all the brave women in my life who boasted that, the most minimalist of 'dos... for all from 'health', (c - recovery) to spiritual reasons (hare krishna -- yikes!!) . Have fun with it as much as it is humanly possible! Bring on purple dreds, if one must! All to keep the demons at bay. Much love and hugs to you

Gloria j Zucaro said...

Congratulations, Tracey. I bet you look very sexy and stylish in your new do! Keep the party going! Maybe you could distract Rufus with a string mop off the handle? What lovely roses from your sister-in-law. You(we,too) have been blessed with a wonderful sense of humor(and we get to benefit from it). Don't forget to eat your veggies. Love, Gloria

Helen Campbell said...

Nice painting of the dreaded iv stand thingy. You make buying a wig a fun event. I think the dreadlocks could have fun, but sounds like you made the right choice. Just remember to keep it high.
I hope this next week goes well, and the chemo gives you a break. Sending you healing energy!

Marji said...

Glad you went for the short kicky do with the regrowth - just in case you were planning on rubbing shoulders with any hippos - they dig short dos -

Debbie said...

Your new wig sounds great -- I'm sorry to hear that you're sick, though. Your attitude is so upbeat. I kinda think you should go back for the dreads...

Lynn Cohen said...

I guess cancer should only happen to souls with great senses of humor, as even though I'm guessing you have your difficult times you really seem to be able to milk the best from the worst of things here.
I do wish you had gotten the dreads too! To wear on alternate days, more Hippie feeling days especially!
So glad you are drawing and painting the whole bloody process. It might make a helpful chronicle for other cancer patients down the road,

Neesie said...

There's never a dull moment with you Trace, even when the going is tough you can still laugh and find the amusing side of it!
You are amazing...I hope you know that? You give such inspiration both through your outlook on life, your writing and your art.
Keep strong my'll be over this in no time and firing on all cylinders soon...then heaven help us all! ;D LOL
Sending positive energy and healing thoughts your way xoxo

Anne Manda said...

Your new wig sounds so awesome, but yeah, couldn't you have the dreads just for fun, too! "The dreaded iv stand thingy" is very poignant... Sending you hugs and your bottle sketch is wonderful!<3 <3 <3 said...

That dreadlock wig sounds such fun but probably wiser to go for the short natural look:) I am thinking of you Tracey, sending lots of healing wishes and enjoying your art - as always

Unknown said...

Sending you a load of positive energy for your next round of chemo, Tracey!

You really know how to entertain your readers - great post & great drawing.
Watch that dog! ...I giggled imagining him/her eyeing your new hair-do ;)

Cheers & Hugs! ...always.

ann @ studiohyde said...

The wiggy thing sounds a good one, but somehow I thought you were going to say you had gone for one of those bright pink numbers!

Sandra Busby said...

Regrowth? Wow - they think of everything! That is so cool!
It must have been quite fun trying on all of those wigs! And you say you haven't done much? You have been far more productive than I have, lol! Good luck with the next session - at least you are on the home run now :0)

JKW said...

I love your spirit. The wig sounds fantastic, the way you went about it in the wig store was funny. Your sense of humor is in tact. Love and Blessings, Janet PPF

Lorraine said...

inspiring art and inspiring strong lady

Anonymous said...

No matter what you are going through, you always manage to give out positive energy. And smiles. I love the image of the pooch trying to steal your wig....I am thinking of you and sending smiles your way. xox said...

You are an inspiration as always Tracey! I was chuckling away as I thought of all the shaggy hair cuts your dog could give your new wig, or you in dreads for that matter. And I can't believe you've made the IV stand thingy so stylish. xo

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. I hope the short blond locks give you a lift....I'm sure you look amazing in it, or in a scarf. OR just as you are, you are beautiful. Love the guys for giving you a nod.
Paint on your hands will be so good for you-enjoy!!!!

Ilona Heimböckel said...

I can imagine it being strange not to wear your own hair. The feeling that it might look unnatural and what else things go through your mind, when you think about having to wear a wig. On the other hand, when you are in the shop and they have all these different kinds of wigs, why not give them a try? :D
Hoping for you to get through the chemo with least possible unpleasantness.
Sending you big hugs
Ilona xxx

Belinda Basson said...

I do think you should order the dreads on line then...just a thought...I think they could be fun! A friend used to wear a piece of stocking/pantihose under her wig to help with the itch.

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful how a 'sup nod' can change everything. always nice to feel included, understood and cared for.

i bet your pup could have fun with a wig, so darn inviting!

sending you a bright smile and healing vibes.

always wonderful to see your art.

Anonymous said...

if the dog gets it, you might start a whole new american trend! miley cyrus is looking for a new 'do! you never know! glad to hear that you are still the sharp witted gal i have come to know and make the IV bag look good i'm sure you will rock the short hair number...i'm sad i didn't get to see you in elvis though...sniff...happy PPF dear tracey...xoxo

Giggles said...

Oh darn it my comment from yesterday never got posted...I got called away, it was a biguns too!! I wished you got dreadlocks...nothings says artist more than those. I have been wanting them for a while now and Cupcake even supported me getting them. However I can't imagine trying to stave off the grey and have dreads!!She even directed me to get extension dreads...I'm sure that would be a sight at 57 but you could get away with it!!

Love that you are hanging onto your great sense of haha and still putting out bits of art! Thanks for sharing those gorgeous roses... Can't wait to see your version of them!!

Thinking of you and the family with love!

Sure glad Sinus nipped that Elvis thing in the bud.... poor dude..would have had to walk around with a crazy woman!!

Hugs Giggles

sharon said...

You are so amazing, keeping your humour is very inspirational. IO would sneak back and get the dreadlocks. Anyway wishing you the best for the next few weeks. Hang in there.

Kate Robertson said...

The roses are lovely and will be beautiful painted.I love your attitude, its the best. I would have loved being in the wig shop with you. We would have tried everyone on. Sending healing thoughts your way.


GlorV1 said...

Love the roses and I'm sure when you paint them, they will be even more beautiful. Love your attitude Tracey. You are an inspiration.

Ayala Art said...

Well, I'm glad they didn't let you get the Elvis wig hahaha You'd have to move to Las Vegas to be with the other Elvises :oP
PS your roses are beautiful ♥

Faye said...

You are one amazing woman, Tracey. I can't imagine that anyone else in the world has sketched the IV and chemo bags. As for wigs, years ago they weren't as nice as they are now. However, a friend of mine who was a well-known speaker in our area often wore one. It was exactly like her natural hair and I never could tell when she had the wig on and when she didn't. Have fun with the short blond bob. You're in my prayers.

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

My own party poopers don´t want me to have blue hair. *sigh* Let´s go on an expedition together to find our perfect fit! ;)

soulbrush said...

What about a huge tattoo on that pate of yours, like I LOVE art, or even FUCK CANCER! Okay bit radical? Then go blonde or redhead or even the dreadlocks and chweing gum look.
Now you have my silly imagination running riot. Love you lots gal! xx

Theresa Plas said...

You art and attitude = AWESOME! Best to you T!

Nigel said...

I can sympathise the dreadlock thing. Whilst I was convalescing I wanted to dye my beard copper, plait it, and weave beads into it. The youngest was up for helping too. Until her big sister got wind of it and gave us 'the look'.


Lorinda.C.F said...

Tracey, is there nothing you can't add humour and light to? Myself, I would have gone for a pink wig. Am seriously considering one while all the halloween stock is out. Hugs to you. xx

K J D said...

I'm sure you could have got away with the dreads!

You have such a great positive attitude Tracey... hope you have a good week

Karen x

VonnyK said...

You are such a giggle, I can just imagine Mushu burying your hair, he he. There is one thing you must think of when going out in your wig, you know how windy it gets around here, maybe put a bit of chewing gum (prechewed of course)on top of your head before you put the wig on, might stop it blowing out of the car window!!
Sending lots of hugs.
Luv Von

Prairie Jill said...

What, no dreadlocks or Elvis wig? I'm disppointed! Well, I'm sure the blonde wig looks great.

Hope you'll soon be back to feeling better, and painting fun things like chocolate and mugs and roses instead of iv stands.

Unknown said...

I am hoping you also will at least try ON the Elvis wig:) Nick and I were in the hospital one time and everytime a nurse left the room he changed into a new crazy hat...flamingo, zebra etc...but we both kept a completely straight face:) We also dress up the IV pole- his name is Steve. Usually just a wig and shades...but he wears a full lab coat when it's a bit bag o chemo:) We love you and keep smiling my friend- this too will pass! Prayers and love!

Jez said...

Hi Tracey, so glad to see another post and your 'drip' sketch is fantastic. I laugh to think of the dog and what would happen if he managed to snaffle it, and it's rather mean not to let you have a dreadlocks wig.
I don't email often because I know how many kind thoughts you get, and time is so precious. I remember that Carol would sleep for three weeks and then try to catch up on things in the fourth week before starting the next chemo. So it's good to see you still with your smile, and you are an inspiration to so many of us.

Lisabella Russo said...

I love your water bottle, it looks so refreshing. Your wig sounds lovely, you have the best attitude and always bring a smile to my day. The roses are so pretty too.