Friday, 22 November 2013

Things I Never Thought I Would See ...


I opened this slightly weird week by seeing a dog drive a car
seriously
I was getting the bags from the back of the car at the grocery shop
when out of the corner of my eye I saw a car gently rolling across the car park
which is unusual enough but add to that there was a dog sitting very calmly in the drivers seat
and I was fairly gob smacked... so what did I do
I stood and giggled... I mean come on there was a dog driving a car
 it kept rolling until it came to rest against a now slightly crumpled BMW SUV
the dog continued to sit there tongue out  and looking fairly pleased with itself
turns out he wasn't much of a driver because there were plenty of older cars he could have come to rest against, but no he picked the newest and shiniest to act as his brake
I realized there was another witness to this madness because there was an elderly gentleman laughing so hard that he could barely speak
eventually he stopped laughing and all he could choke out was
that dog is a rubbish driver ...
 no kidding that is what he said
anyway I have no clue how it all turned out because he said he would wait and tell the driver what happened because he wanted to shake the hand of the dog
he seemed so amused by the whole thing that I left him to it
of course I couldn't wait to tell Sinus and Phantom,
though they took some convincing that I had seen a dog drive


Next on the list of things I never thought I would see is the laundry room floor
the great wall of washing is no more because it turns out that I am not the only one capable of making the washing machine work
Sinus and Phantom have stepped in and done some washing to help out
when I am laid up by the dreaded chemo and it turns out it isn't that hard
well as long as you don't mind a few misshapen clothes 
and some creatively tie dyed numbers as a result or mixing colours and whites
not to mention the poor washer has danced across the floor so often due to uneven loads 
I have renamed it John Travolta
but the great wall is gone and that is quite something


The final thing I never thought I would see is that I finally lost my rogue hair
due to the onslaught of chemo I lost my locks months ago now
but there was one random very grey hair that stubbornly hung on behind my ear
not one of the really long past my shoulder type hairs thank goodness
that would have looked very odd
but a shortish single grey hair ... It may sound a bit weird but I was quite fond of that grey hair
and the tenacity it showed so I named him Nigel
not for Nigel over at freebird... that would be oddly inappropriate
but Nigel as in Nigel No Mates
but this week I woke to find poor Nigel had finally given up the ghost
and was lying forlornly on my pillow
poor Nige ... he was a good hair


So it has been a week of odd happenings
so I am also posting the odd drawings I have done in my sketchbooks this week
did I paint a dog driving a car ... no
or a washer named John Travolta ... nope
or a lone tenacious hair that deserved to be immortalized for hanging in there for so long... sadly even poor Nigel didn't get a look in
instead I painted my water well pens, some masking fluid
and the Buddha wall hanging from outside... 
which like everything else this week is a combination I never thought I would see...
happy painting all... xx

63 comments:

Michelle V. Alkerton, mixed media artist said...

Thanks for being you and making me smile :).
Stay inspired!

VonnyK said...

Only you could see a dog driving a car. I would love to see what the BMW driver put on his insurance claim. You couldn't write a car driving dog hit my car, they'd think you were nuts. Hmm, I wonder if the dog was insured. Poor little Nigel, I hope he didn't lay eggs before he left you or you could end up with a heap of those suckers, not that I have any (cough cough). Hope you're feeling much better my friend, thinking of you and sending big hugs.
Luv Von.

Netty said...

LOL such a great post Trace, thank you for sharing and of course the fab drawings, hugs Annette x

Laurie said...

well, I will mourn for Nigel but the new hair will be glorious I just know it, to see the dog behind the wheel certainly would be a shock, thank goodness no one was hurt and it could be a funny situation, would it be fun to know what was going on in that dogs mind, your painting is beautiful as always but I always love to see your sketching you have great sketching skills, really awesome,

Nic McLean said...

Tracey only you could see a dog drivinga car and rename a washer dryer John Travolta and find the humour in losing your last tenacious hair.i love this post and I love your illustrations even if they have no bearing on the subject matter of the post!

Studio Kaufmann said...

So jealous that you saw that dog driving a car - I saw a documentary once that they are training dogs to drive cars although I can't remember why so maybe he was on that training scheme! Sorry you had to say goodbye to Nige.

JoyCorcoran said...

Love the light in your Buddha painting. I think it'll take a while to process and create an actual painting of a dog driving. I'm sure these stories will simmer and come out in some odd form in later art work. I found an oddly long gray hair growing on my chin recently. I was not as kind to it as you were to Nigel. Thanks for telling the best stories I've heard all week.

Jennifer McLean said...

well that's just a cool week now isn't it? Sorry to hear about Nigel, I bet he was a good hair and we'll miss him.

cjsrq said...

So good to hear your voice and your sense of humor again...and of course, see your art!

cjsrq said...

So good to hear your voice and your sense of humor again...and of course, see your art!

minnemie said...

Hahaha, wait till I tell the boys about this one!

Darnell J Knauss said...

I have to tell you, honey chile, that all my other friends who have gone through chemo have gotten quite fuzzy-brained for a bit. No such thing is happening to you, my pet. Your writing is as sharp as a tack, as ever, and as equally enjoyable! You would have me hanging on every word if you wrote about a dog turd ~ and for that matter, you could paint it and I would think it was a fabulous thing!

Just keep on being you and never let them forget that you know that they know that you know that they know how to do laundry!!

Love and hugs and prayers abound! Darnell

Jaz Higgins said...

Hahaha! The uncoordinated dog sounds like he picked just the right car to run in to!! I would've loved to have seen the owners face when they realised what had happened. Poor owner! I'm glad no one was hurt though. What can you do in that situation!? You can't exactly throw yourself in front of the car Superman/Edward from Twilight style!

Bye Nigel! May you make room for brilliantly luscious locks in the future. xo

Tammy N said...

Congratulations on being featured on PPF. Beautiful work!

MeOfCourse said...

Everything you painted was done very heartfelt. Love all your illustrations and glad the dog wasn't injured. Happy Days to you Tracey!

Helen Campbell said...

Goodness, you've had an interesting week! The dog driving made me laugh, I've seen dogs sitting in the driver seat while parked, but not while moving. Love your paintings, strange collection that you think they are.
Congrats on being the PPF featured artist this week, by the way! Hugs!

sharon said...

I am still giggling over the dog, therfe was a a film recently here about teaching dogs to drive for an advedrt, Maybe he saw the film and wanted to have a go. Maybe Nigel fell out because of the shock of seeing the dog drive? Great post Tracey, keep brightening our lives.

Lynn Cohen said...

I'm sure you are seeing and experiencing many things you never expected to see or feel ... I'm most impressed by your continued ability to keep your sense of humor going throughout it all! The dog was definitely there to make your day! Sending good thoughts for total healing, my creative friend!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Congratulations on being featured on PPF this week Tracey. Beautiful work!

Debbie said...

Such an eventful week for you! Your storytelling makes it all even more hilarious. Great paintings, too!

Giggles said...

I never fail to get a chuckle when a large dog hangs onto a steering wheel while waiting for his owner!! What a hoot...sad for the BMW...Hope the dog doesn't have whiplash!! lol I'm having a giggle picturing it... but Nigel also gave me a giggle...So does chemo also get rid of those tenacious chin hairs too?? The washing king and his princess just wanted to keep it relevant to your artwork by tye dying a few items...everyone loves tye dye!!
Love to hear the humour in your voice again!!

Big hugs Giggles

WrightStuff said...

Oh you must have missed the interview the dog did on TV after the aforementioned driving incident. He said "woof". It was compelling stuff!!

I love that story so much - I too would have loved to have seen a dog driving across the car park. Did it give a jaunty wave as it went past?

Priceless!

Karla B said...

Inspiring work!Happy PPF!

Alpha Shanahan said...

i love the way you write. i can actually see that dog driving a car! lol! i will you well... truly... I am glad you have the sense of humor re losing your hair to chemo, etc. melinda 38

Carmen said...

Oh my word! Can you imagine coming back to your car, which wasn't there... and that your dog had driven it away! Just chuckled so much I now have hiccups!

Thank you Tracey! ;)

Nigel Roberts said...

Hmmm......

I'm not sure whether to be chuffed to get a mention, or offended at being compared to a straggly grey hair!

Good to see you back on form :D

ann @ studiohyde said...

I think I would have laughed too at seeing a dog driving a car...sad it crashed though and into a nice new shiny vehicle...wonder what the car owners said to each other!
(I won't tell our William about this incident, he might get ideas!) lol.
Love your drawings you have done this week.

Snap said...

Sorry to hear about Nigel, but I am happy to hear YOU! Marvelous post ... sounds like Trace is back and getting through the chemo. Many hugs and much love ......

Boo said...

Once again, you have made my morning. I love it when your blog post is in my Inbox. I know that I will have a smile first thing in the morning.

I really would like to see a sketch of the dog driving. I think tie dye is in so your clothing is ok.

You have the very best attitude of anyone I know. Nigel the hair... you are an inspiration!!

Thanks again for the smiles.

bellefrogworks said...

Guess what - there is something somewhere (a lot of help there) on youtube I think (even more help) that I saw about dogs being trained to drive. I think it was in Australia. I am not making this up - it was about a man rescuing dogs that no one thought could be trained to do anything and teaching them to drive. Now the point was not for them to hit expensive cars in parking lots - they were only going to drive at the training place and had a trainer walking next to them - but I have to admit it was one of the funniest things I ever saw. Maybe this was one of those dogs who didn't want to give up his license. Always in my prayers -

Yolanda said...

This post is hilarious!I picture the dogs with giant smiles one sees in the dog treat ads. And Nigel was such a great name for that lone hair.

Sandra Busby said...

OMG! Good job I don't yet have a week bladder! I would have LOVED to have seen that! As long as it wasn't Sherlock in our own car of course! And - I wouldn't mind a few blue whites if it meant that someone else did my washing either... So all this time our families pretend they need looking after... Anyway - sorry to hear that poor Nigel has gone :0( Hopefully he will be growing back soon :0) LOVED peeking inside your sketchbook!! Full of awesomness! xx

kat said...

You are such a funny quirky one Tracey, such a great sense of humor and funny stories, keep laughing and having fun, your art and stories are great!

Ilona Heimböckel said...

Seeing a dog driving a car must be a funny experience, or scary! I might have tried to stop it (only if the dog didn't look scary) :D
You put a smile on my face once again, thank you!
And how wonderful to see the fact that your dear ones are able to handle a washing machine!

Happy PPF
Ilona

storybeader said...

that doggie must have gotten a talking to! {:-D

Linda said...

Reading your story about the driving dog I was sure you were going to end it by saying it was a dream that just seemed real because of your treatments-the laugh's on me!! I def. would have stayed like the older man. Glad to hear your wall of laundry has come down. Amazing isn't it how family members who had never attempted such things depending on you to take care of it have managed-even if they're dancing with John :):)Congrats on your gorgeous flowers gracing PPF's front page! Your Buddha is beautiful. And now you have also reminded me I need more masking fluid. Here's wishing you a great, feel good weekend-XO

Michellem said...

Glad your wall of laundry is gone! John Travolta the washing machine made me laugh out loud! Many hugs to you!!

Christine said...

cute collection of sketches this week, happy PPF and congrats on the feature!

Belinda Basson said...

I am sure you were sorry to see Nigel go, he showed some tenacity! I think I should ask my friend who is also having Chemo if she saw a dog driving a car...perhaps it is the meds? She is not far behind you on the Nigel thing...not so sure she will see what you saw...

Catharina Engberg said...

Thanks for posting again Trace. An otherwise sad feeling when comming home, turned very fast to "laying double on the kitchen-chair, laughing". Thanks for making my friday evening a bit brighter my friend!

Jo Murray said...

That story has made my day! Glad you are operational again...even if a little seedy. You'll be 100% soon.

pauline said...

she is getting zapped with chemo, and STILL, she fucking cracks me up! That dog in the car - OMG. And John Travolta. ;-) Glad to see you still making art Tracey. xox

soulbrush said...

I bet that Nigel no mates will soon have some friends. Probably curly crinkly pink or purple hairs.
You keep on smiling and keep us smiling too. Hugs and HPPF. xxx

Martha said...

Tracey, I love your works-of-art, & your fabulous sense of humor, & your wonderful story-telling!

I would love to see you paint that FUN "Dog Driving a Car" story! OH, you cracked me up! I laughed, & laughed, & laughed! I'll have to read it to my husband.

Also, I wanted to say that I'm so sorry to read about what you are currently going through. You certainly know how to find ways to stay upbeat...even in a mountain of laundry.

miz katie said...

I'm almost jealous of your dog driving car experience. What a sight that must have been!! :) And, a washer named John Travolta!! Cracks me UP!! :D I hope you scooped Nigel up, and put him somewhere for safe keeping. xoxo <3

Rita said...

I never think to grab my camera or my cell phone for a picture or a video when things like that happen--too busy watching--LOL! Love your random things (but sorry about the loss of Nigel) and your sketches. Makes me curious as to what you were using the masking fluid for or did you just like the bottle? ;)
Have a glorious weekend, dear one!!

missy k said...

That is some week! Dogs driving, washing machines dancing.... whatever next week I wonder?

Sorry you had to say goodbye to Nigel....

Karen x

Polly Birchall said...

What a lovely uplifting post from you.xx

FLO said...

Hello Tracey,
félicitations pour l'article sur PPF et c'est toujours un plaisir de visiter ton blog :)

Neesie said...

For a second there Trace, I thought your medication must have been a wee bittee strong...seeing dogs driving a car??!?!
What a laugh! You really do light up the day my friend.
I've had bluey white undies in my time, but I wouldn't dream of complaining...positive encouragement for any help with chores is my policy ;D
We use a similar saying as 'Nigel No Mates' only our's is 'Billy No Mates'. He put up a brave fight...bless, but maybe it's time to move over for the luscious locks that will be arriving any day now.
Fantastic sketches :D
Huge hugs XOXO

Jez said...

I just read your whole post out to Dev, who was feeling a little under the weather after his hospital procedure yesterday, and he laughed out loud all the way through. You must be doing something right! Sketches lovely too. Poor Nigel, gone to that great hair emporium in the sky.

Anne Manda said...

Great post, thanks for the laughs! Although I wasn't sure if I should laugh or cry over Nigel… but you hang in there! Lovely drawings, I have a masking fluid bottle exactly as your's - this inspired me to use it soon! :)

Ayala Art said...

Great set of paintings... an the washer named Travolta had me giggling.
Hugs to you... and I know there will be more of Nigel's friends coming soon.

Creatively yours Fi said...

A hair called "Nigel no mates" you are so funny Tracey! Fabulous post :)

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Why does it not surprise me that you named a lone tenacious hair Nigel....Good for you. Love your buddha. My naughty beagle can't drive, but he did manage to open a bag of dog food and consume about 3 cups before we caught him. He is the naughtiest of the 5. xox

artatag said...

Tracey, I am only concerned about one thing: did Nigel get a dignified funeral???
Love
Gabriele

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

Congratulations on being featured at PPF! Your work is always delightful and your posts very uplifting even during low times. Blessings, my friend!

Serena Lewis said...

Tracey, in recent months, there has been segments on the news and current affairs programs about dogs being trained to drive...I think it is planned for assisting the disabled/blind so, at first, I thought that may have been what you witnessed but obviously not! I laughed so much reading your story! LOL I hope the pooch didn't get a telling off from his owner. After all, his owner was the one who left his dog unattended in the car which isn't recommended, especially at this time of year with the dreaded heat.

So glad that the laundry floor has been sighted again. I get very depressed when I have mountains of laundry to get through. Especially after I've just finished a big wash, having emptied all the baskets of dirty clothes and linens, only to turn my back and find them all filled up again within a day. Grrrrrr!

As for poor Nigel-gray-hair...maybe he didn't like the name, Nigel?? No offense to Nigel over at Freebird. I have been told from a friend who went through chemo years ago that, after chemo, the hair can sometimes grow back very differently to how it was prior to chemo. Straight hair can become curly and vice-versa...also colour can be affected too. My friend's hair wasn't affected though but she had hoped her pre-chemo, straight hair would have grown back curly/wavy.

LOVE all your artwork, as always!

Love and hugs ~ xo

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

Thanks for the giggle. Sorry to hear about Nigel....

Ritu Dua said...

Oh this is an awesome pots...love your stories ...they always bring a smile on my face and your gorgeous art uplifts my spirit...always !!

Ophelia said...

Your work is so very amazing!!! I am so inspired by my visit!!!

Jana TangledPen said...

seriously awesome blog post, Tracey!!! Thanks for making me chuckle :)
I really admire you for not losing your humor over this dreaded chemo and all... Cheers to you, dear friend!

Corn Dena said...

pretty nice drawings!

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