Friday, 4 October 2013

Nature's Fight Club ....



This week it has been attack of the bugs around here
well as far as the daughter is concerned anyway
you would think that a 17 year old would be bulletproof
especially when you have a nickname like Phantom Steve
it isn't like she is buttercup or something, though we are thinking a change might be in order
it has been hot this week ... like summer hot
so Phants has been out catching some rays and having a swim
but I noticed she was getting quite the tan line
not the tan line you would expect either this one runs down the sides of her body
so that from the front she looks tan, but the back is still glowingly white
I let it ride for a day or two thinking she might even it up... but no three days later still two toned
eventually I caved in and asked why
have to say I didn't see the reasoning coming


Phantom Steve claimed that two giant hornets were fighting
and, preoccupied with trying to kill each other, flew into her leg
she said that if they hadn't been in a death match they would have turned on her
and she probably would have died, or at the very least been traumatized for life
in fact she claims she has a bruise from the encounter... really...
now I accepted this explanation with grace and good humour 
while inside giggling like a maniac... two hornets... really ???
 never seen a hornet in our neck of the woods
but hey this is the kid who thought a grasshopper was a lobster
so the hornets could have been pretty much any winged bug
and I asked for clarification about the only lying on her back thing
apparently it has to do with being able to make swift evasive maneuvers
fair enough I suppose


Now I have been tempted to remind her that she is only seeing bugs
coming at her from the front and they could be lying in wait behind her while she suns herself
but I think I will save that one for when she is being a bit annoying
the look on her face when it dawns that she could be surrounded will be priceless
bugs are not her thing at all... they freak her out in a most satisfying way

which is not optimal as it has been quite the bugg-ish week
we have a huge moth that has made its way to the top floor of our house
and I hate moths... they are just creepy
and so we are waiting for our resident giant gecko to take him on
this gecko kindly eats all the mozzies for us, so after a few wet summers he is huge
and we are quite fond of him despite his slightly alarming size
and at this stage if he takes on the dreaded moth then he will earn himself a name I think
not sure what a suitable name would be for a moth eating gecko would be
and we have come to the conclusion that he talks like a surfer dude
 he has that sort of a laid back swagger about him so the name has to take that into account
but some time will be spent in consideration and suggestions will be welcomed...


So other than having a front row seat to nature's fight club
I have been doing some sketching in my books
little quick paintings I can do in no time to keep my hand in
I find it annoying that they don't scan well from sketchbooks
but as long as I am drawing and painting all will be well in the world
happy painting all ...xx


59 comments:

Lynn Noyes said...

Oh dear...Poor Phantom! What an ordeal!! Lucky to be alive. She must look like a topdeck chocolate though! Lovely sketches as always. xxx

Moon Stumpp said...

You have the most interesting (in a good way) blog posts!!!

Patricia said...

Wow...a harrowing experience with those hornets!
Love your posts...they always bring a smile to my face...and your sketches are divine!!

minnemie said...

Hahahahaaaaa! I would love to be a fly on the walls of your house - except for being scared of the resident gecko...he might like flies as much as moths:-) Loved the laugh- thank phantom on my behalf;-)

Rita said...

I am not a fan of bugs in general and prefer that they stay outside and, when I am outside, off of me. Now the resident gecko I would love!! I'd love to see a picture of him!! Please! Please!

I'm glad you are sketching, dear one!
*love and hugs*

Catherine Constance said...

OMG, and if they are australian hornets or whatevers they are bound to be deadly at the very least. I'm amazed Phantom goes out at all. I'm thinking Brice de Nice for the surfer dude gecko. There was a spoof film here in France a few years ago about a French surfer dude. Very silly and the kids loved it. Wiz a French accent the "i's" are pronounced "ee" but I'm likin Brice de Nice with an ozzy accent.
loving your sketches...you have alot of knives. :) xx

Heather Foust said...

I don't blame her I don't like bugs either!! Love your sketches! Lovely as usual!

Lynn Cohen said...

I wondered if the knife set you have so accurately drawn is associated with fighting off unwanted flying creatures!

I have to say the giantnormous gecko sounds far more intimidating that a little moth! But we each have our own set of fears I am sure.

Glad you are feeling up to drawing at all. What looks like a smoothie there looks quite refreshing.

Hugs to you dear friend.

MeOfCourse said...

Hi Tracey. Hope you are doing well. We have had hornet before and they sure aren't a party. tee hee. Love your work. Those knives look great and also love the look of those pens. I wonder what kind of pens they are?:) Tracey, great work.
gloria

Michellem said...

Poor Phantom Steve and her harrowing hornet encounter!! She sounds like our 16-year old son - he freaked out when a June Bug flew by his head one night while he was peacefully playing a computer game. He actually shrieked, "Oh Jesus!!!" while frantically flapping his arms erratically! (BTW he is over six feet tall and 200 lbs so what is a June bug going to do to him??!!) ROTFL!!
Anyhoo the bug landed on the floor and the dog walked over and immediately chomped it to death and then looked at Connor as if to say, "Seriously, was that so hard?"

LOVE your paintings -even if they are quick sketches for you - they are amazingly full of life and color!!

Helen Campbell said...

Goodness, a one sided tan whist fending off hornets; moths and moth eating geckos! You have quite the menagerie.
Your paintings are lovely, even if they don't as scan well as you'd like; the photography sets them off nicely.
Have a wonderful week!

JKW said...

Love the post. I have flecks in my eyes and cannot see bugs (for the specks look like bugs) so the ants, this year, had a head start on me. Gadz. Blessings, Janet PPF

Paisley and Brown Paper said...

Haha! Fabulous story Tracey. And as always, your work is simply fabulous! Alison

Jennifer McLean said...

Hey Babe, I totally agree with Rita, WE WANT GEKKO PHOTOS!

We're having a bug problem here too, can't figure it out. Either the same cricket misses us every day or we have a cricket infestation somewhere outside our apartment door. Every day one and only one cricket shows up somewhere in the house. Three times this week he was sitting on the same piece of furniture just staring at me as though to say... "missed ya Jenn". And it's not like there's a mommy and daddy cricket who are breeding behind the sofa, these are all big, full grown bugs sitting there twitching their antennae and awaiting a ride outside on yet another piece of paper. what am I, the cricket whisperer??

Tell P.Steve I feel her pain, bugs aren't my thing either and I just cannot get my head around your spiders, EESH!! Poisonous?? Seriously?? My sympathies. :o)

We're used to cold creatures, big foot, the abominable snowman and moose (or is that Moosi?). ;o)
Hugs my friend.

Jessica Mack said...

I really love the collection of knives, they are painted so well and are just so interesting!

Jana TangledPen said...

Your sketches are awesome, Tracey. I really enjoy reading your posts - very vivid :)
...how about a sketch of that gecko?!
I'd like to meet him/her ;)
I hope you're well (as one can be while 'under treatment')
Cheers! Jana

Nic McLean said...

Well if these giant hornets are anything like the ones killing people in China that I saw on a news website this week then I don't blame poor Phantom Steve. In fact I think she's brave stepping foot outdoors at all! I love geckos-we saw loads of really tiny ones in Florida last week. Pity they didn't eat the mozzies that left 3 gigantic red bumps on my legs mind you! Glad you're still sketching. X

Nic McLean said...

Oh and there's only one cool dude name for the gecko in my mind-he's got to be Heath!

Netty said...

terrific post again Trace and love your new drawings. Hope all is going OK with you. Happy PPF, Annette x
http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

Sandra Busby said...

Hmm... A male Gecko without a name? But I thought ALL male Australians were called Bruce??? At least that's what I thought! And I thought that Phantom Steve was just short for Sheila! Yes - the gals are all named Sheila, the dudes are all named Bruce - The Bruce's barbie all day long with a Fosters in one hand and a Didgeridoo in the other, while shouting 'Stone the flaming crows' at everything, while the Sheila's run around clearing up the random boomerangs floating in the pool and force feeding their families Vegemite! Am I wrong??? Well, I personally think he should be named Bruce - like all the other men down under - or he might feel left out! Anyway - Bruce aside, am SO glad to see you're feeling well enough again to be painting! I love your paintings - they are always so lively! :0)

Sandra Busby said...

Oops! I didn't mean to say 'force feeding everyone Vegemite'... I meant of course, 'lovingly offering everyone that yummy Vegemite' :0D

ann @ studiohyde said...

If only Phantom knew how entertaining her bug encounter is :)
I love the sound of your gecko, in my mind I'm calling him Gavin!
Lovely to see your sketches, and it looks like your sketchbook holds up well to watercolour (some don't...well, ones I have just buckle). Hope you are doing okay....ann.

Ginny said...

Your sketches look great to me as always! I too would love to see a sketch of the gecko.

Linda said...

great post and sketching as always Tracey! I'd be afraid of the hornets for sure although most bugs don't bother me. Have to admit too that I much prefer tanning the front :)Have a fab weekend!

Laurie said...

I think your daughter needs to sun bath with that big gecko beside her, he could share her spot, for protection like, I'm so happy you are sketching, I'm so happy you are feeling some better??

soulbrush said...

How old is phantom? Is she the only one? I love the fact that she plays such a big part in these posts- does she get to read them too?
Happy PPF dear one and hope the meanies are staying well away from you. xx

acreativeharbor.com said...

Google can be maddening ~ I wrote out a comment and it got lost in cyberspace ~

Wonderful sketches as always ~ healing hugs to Phantom and Happy Weekend to you and your family ~ xx ~ carol ^_^

Anne Manda said...

Beautiful sketches, love your skills! Suntanning with the gecko sounds like a legit solution, as Laurie said. Have a great weekend! <3

Marji said...

Hornets are unfortunately one of those things about summer. I too have had some unfortunate encounters. I'm quite intrigued with naming the Gecko. I'll have to lean my brain on some super surfer dude kinda name for him :)

Abigail Davidson said...

I always enjoy your style of drawing! The different shapes of the set look great, and love the touches of color. Happy PPF!

Christine said...

Beautiful paintings Tracey, what would life be without Phantom, lol.

Carol said...

love your drawings!!!! Poor Phantom!!! It has been the year for the bugs ...they don't bother me too awful much.... but the attacks of the yellow jackets this fall had me in arms with wasp spray ...fogger ... and bug powder. I try real hard not to use chemicals in my life...but after 8 stings it was all out WAR!!!

Victoria said...

Fabulous art..gorgeous..I am loving the one with all of the assorted knives..stunning work my friend! Always a joy to visit your world and your stories!Wishing you a wonderful wkd Tracey! Thanks for your thoughtful visit!
Victoria

Karen said...

I'm visiting your blog again after 3 months (in the meantime i moved overseas... that's mostly why...) and now that I read back your blogs I find out you had/have a crazy period in life... hope you're doing well by now! Lots of warm greetings!

TwinkleToes2day said...

Hahahaha - oh my dear Tracey. You are a woman after my own heart. How is Phantom with plastic bugs? Or is she past that now? You know? Secreting them into places she may visit, like the cutlery drawer - inside her favourite mug. Mwahaha - evil tricksy palying to be had huh?
Meanwhile - your knives are superb and I hope you are feeling a little sharper in yourself, (EEsh! sorry about that).
Not.
Love n hugs
Mo xx

Debbie said...

Haha I enjoyed your story this week, dear Trace. I've really missed your blog as I've been on vacation lately. Your sketches are wonderful as always!

Rita said...

The only thing I would have enjoyed more than this post is seeing a picture of the gecko! :)

Giggles said...

You go Phantom.... I don't like bugs either...hence all the screens on my windows! A hornet almost flew in my car window this afternoon... both Cupcake and I powered up our windows so fast, but the annoyance followed the car several blocks ...it was the oddest thing. Finally a firetruck sped by with sirens and finally it disappeared so we could open our windows and enjoy the sunny day! Love your sweet sketches...but what's up with those knives.were you sharpening them...scary. Does the gecko join you in bed....I'd call him Kirby...don't even know why...just thought of it this second! Wasn't there such a thing as a Kirby vacuum back in the day. Oh and we have those same glasses as you have your shake in....

Hugs and keep on healing!
Giggles

Miss Marple said...

Thank you so much foryour lovely comment on my blog!I am a big fan of yours! I wish you a great and bugless weekend! - Irma

Darnell J Knauss said...

So lovely to hear your voice, Trace, and see your sensational sketching and painting! Poor child has gone all buggy then, has she? I wonder where in the world she gets her brilliant imagination from, hmmm?! Wrapping you in hugs, Darnell

Enejy clemens said...

Poor Phantom, hope she is getting even colors by now. I do hate bugs too... I love your work, avery time a sea a beautiful teacup, tea boxes, cups, etc. I think of you. You have your beautiful and clever style. Love it!

Have a great day!
Nora

SLScheibe said...

Ha! A funny post :)

Love your knives! And the gorgeous plant. such wonderful skills you have and a great style :)

Lorraine said...

you always make me laugh with your tales about hornets and fight club knives..keep well

Boo said...

As usual, you have me smiling. It is so funny that she doesn't realized the bugs could be behind her. I'll have to think on a name for a surfer dude gecko. Does he live in your house all year long?

kat said...

Hello Tracey! Wow what stories here...you always have plenty to tell us! Great sketches! Enjoy the first of summer your way!

sharon said...

I suspect that Phantom is a chip off the old block! Hornets! Those knives are great though look a bit menacing, and a resident geko, awesome! How about calling him Eek the geko? This last week haS been wonderful, hot and sunny, summer is on the way. Thanks for your comment on my post, I am so much better now.
Take care.

Fallingladies said...

So glad to see you are feeling well enough to be out visiting blogs....hope this round of chemo goes well...i was trying to think of a name and Mr. Migraine popped into my head... Not sure why, i don't get migraines nor does it really relate to a moth eatting gecko but it just feels right to me!

Jez said...

I think that row of knives and cleavers is a bit over the top in the way of defence against even giant hornets and moths!
Always interesting and fun to enjoy your posts in the morning.

Alexandra said...

I'm not a fan of hornets either. Just a few months ago I had one trapped in my skirt and it stung me 3x! Ohhh. Phantom is brave! :)

Loving your sketches and watercolor. Forgive me for taking so long to visit you. Thinking of you lots. Much love. xx

janice smith said...

I'm thinking your gecko is a bit larger than the ones we see around here...or maybe your moths are smaller than ours? I sure do love those knives nod the plant. You think to draw things I just look right past. It's part of your genius, I suppose. Hope all is well in your world this week. Still plenty of good vibes headed your way from my place:-) xo, janice

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

Shudder, bugs! I love your beautiful paintings. They are gorgeous. I tend to feel good about a day I get to paint too.

Aga Gasiniak said...

Dear Tracey, lovely sketches. thank you for great and full of humor post!
Big 'bugs' ... and big hugs to you!

Prairie Jill said...

Oh, dear. Poor Phantom! Sounds like you've had a good week. Love your drawings!

missy k said...

Great sketches... impressive array of knives!

A moth eating gecko!!! Could come in handy :)

Karen x

Kristin said...

LOVE that!!!! And her reasoning . . . xoxo

Catharina Engberg said...

I guess that she is not living in the best corner of the world as she is affraid of small crawling and flying creatures! Poor thing!

Gloria said...

I love your squiggly-wiggly leaves and your very properly lined up parade of knives. One bug is okay but it feels like a take-over when there are too many!

miz katie said...

:)))) Another great story, as always. I hope you're doing well, Tracey. I haven't been blog hopping around as much lately. I've missed some of your posts.

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Moths don't bother me but I did just see a huge cockroach in Texas scurrying and did the flying ballerina leap out of the way....No snakes thankfully either, but a big tarantula....Nice flight club sketches---catching up on 9 days worth of everyone's posts over the weekend. Hope you are feeling well. xox