Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Sad...


I have to say I have had better weeks than the one that has just passed
 The glorious Mushu the Wonder Mutt died suddenly last Tuesday
 he had been responding to his heart medication, but his giant heart was just too damaged
 and before we knew it, his fabulousness was taken from us
to say it has devastated us all is an understatement
as regular readers will know, the little furbag was beyond treasured
and so it is quite the thing to not have him around after 11 years
Sinus, Phants and I are grateful that he passed quickly and without any suffering
and we know we have an incredible number of memories and he brought us such joy
but for now it just plain sux... I miss him


So there hasn't been a lot of creating in the last week
The flip flops above were painted early last week to celebrate Australia Day
Flip flops are called thongs here in Australia
which is not to be confused with the arse floss that this term denotes in the US
which is none the less endlessly hilarious to us here in Australia
and I quickly sketched and painted it before joining the rest of the family in the pool
to escape the relentless heat of high Summer
we had a great afternoon as a family, and Mushu was right amongst it as always
scamming treats, running around and generally causing maximum mayhem and laughter
he really was a magnificent mutt


This little breakfast table sketch was done the other morning
and I was pleased to be painting at the kitchen table
as it is very odd being in the studio without my furball
Mushu was my studio companion and was either lying up on the table watching me
and trying to sneak slurps from my teacup or paint water when I wasn't looking
or he was flat out on the floor snoring like a walrus with sinus issues
and occasionally gracing me with truly eye watering bottom burps
so it has taken me a few days to get back into the studio without him
but this morning I ventured back and finished the Hermes perfume bottle
which was a welcome distraction and blast of prettiness and colour to soothe my heart
 it still feels a bit wrong to be in here without him
but it does feel therapeutic to be creative and get in and do some painting 
and blogging of course
when things are tough I have found blogging is always a good thing
it is like having cups of tea and chats with a whole crowd of your favourite people all at once


So I am going to keep myself distracted and get busy preparing and writing a post for Friday
I did this awesomely fun illustration job recently
and really want to do a post about my process
and then I think I may just need a bit more paint to calm my brain
so happy painting all...xx

39 comments:

Jennifer McLean said...

Mom and I think of you hourly and we mourn Mushu. I have trouble thinking of all of you without that furry white mutt running around creating hilarity an chaos. I'm so sorry you have such pain and I hope painting, in some small way helps ease the ache in your heart Trace. Hugs to Phantom and Sinus from us. Of course, hugs to you too, my friend.

Marji said...

My heart is broken for you. Thankfully we have them in our lives even if for such a short time. The void they leave when the go is cataclysmic. It takes time to mend, but it will given time. Hugs to you and family. Thinking of you every day. xo-M

Lynn Richards said...

Oh...this is so very sad. I'm so sorry and wish you all much comfort to be found in the memories of your sweet Mushu.

Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours said...

I'm so, so sorry for your loss Tracey. Our fur babies hold such a special place in our hearts. Sending hugs to all of you. xoxo

Serena Lewis said...

My heart is crying with you all. It's hard to believe he's gone. One thing is for sure, Mushu was very loved and he will be greatly missed. xx

Carol said...

I am so sorry for your heartache. Our fur babies are family and their loss is significant. ♡

Neesie said...

Reading your heartfelt post Trace, I'm smiling but have tears streaming down my face... such was the mighty power of Mushu the Wonder Mutt!
I know when someone takes Mufftypup out of the house for an adventure without me, it's not long before I'm looking for her in each room or feeling the emptiness, so I can imagine the huge space left by his absence. Thank goodness your painting can at least at times ease your heartache... He'd like to know that. I'll never forget him for sure... as all of you're blog followers will too... he was such a special furrbaby. You gave him the best life and to think he didn't suffer is a comfort. Hugs to you all at this incredibly sad time my friend, but don't forget we're all here with you feeling your pain.
Your perfume bottle is exquisite! ♡X♡

Julia Dunnit said...

It's horrid Tracey, I feel ,your loss and am very sorry. Those 'firsts' without Mushu at your side are always hard..but ultimately will be a source of great memory. For now, though, it hurts. bless him and his amazing company. So glad you have a therapy on hand to help!

Nic McLean said...

My heart aches for you Tracey. Sharing your home and heart with an animal is the best thing in the world-they bring us so much joy and unconditional love but all that love just makes loading them all the more painful. I'm so sorry you're all going through that loss right now but take comfort from the fact that you gave Mushu the best life a dog down under could have and made him a little bit famous too so that we will all always remember him fondly. Xx

Nic McLean said...

My heart aches for you Tracey. Sharing your home and heart with an animal is the best thing in the world-they bring us so much joy and unconditional love but all that love just makes loading them all the more painful. I'm so sorry you're all going through that loss right now but take comfort from the fact that you gave Mushu the best life a dog down under could have and made him a little bit famous too so that we will all always remember him fondly. Xx

Sinderella Studio Designs said...

Much love abd hugs.
Dana

Pallavi Iyer said...

Oh my God.I am so so so sorry for your loss.I know I am not regular here, but I had fallen in love with Mushu.I know how bad it hurts to lose your fur baby.Hope you feel better soon.Hugs.

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Mushu will be missed around the whole world. He was an extraordinary Mutt and gave you and also us a huge amount of touching and fun stories. {big hug for you and the family}

minnemie said...

Oh Trace... I am so terribly sorry... a heartfelt hug to all 3 of you...

Mariane C said...

My condonlence, Tracey - I know how it is... Gives you a warm online hug!!!!

Kind regards
Mariane

Laurie M said...

I was thinking of your yesterday, wondering how you were holding up.Losing one's fury family members leaves such a void, in our hearts and our lives, be well my friend, my heart aches for you,

Catharina Engberg said...

Oh I´m so terribly sorry to hear about your loss Trace! :( I´m sendig you a big warm hug from Sweden to comfort you a little.

JackieP Neal said...

terribly sorry for your loss Tracey- I know how much a furbaby is part of family. Keeping you all in my thoughts and sending healing wishes as well as having pleasant thoughts of Mushu playing with all of other furbabies who have crossed over the bridge ") love and hugs

Carmen said...

So sorry to read about Mushu the Wonder Mutt. What an incredibly lucky doggy he was too, to live with such a warm and loving family.

x x x

TwinkleToes2day said...

I am so sorry for your families loss Tracey. It's an awful time. I actually don't know many people at all that haven't suffered this loss; our furry family members surely leave their mark on our lives and in our hearts. May time bring you all peace and acceptance and the memories of Mushu the Wonder Mutt come to the fore and make you smile without tears ((hugs)) xox

Valerie-Jael said...

Sorry about your Mushu, I know how that hurts. Hugs, Valerie

alarmcat said...

oh, this is so sad. i'm sorry to hear about Mushu. i know what you are going through ... sending hugs your way ...

Linda Kunsman said...

My heart aches for your loss Tracey. Just went to drop off my taxes and I always have had treats in my pocket for the family golden retriever Abby. Last year she was in some declining health and today I learned that only a few months ago she had a stroke after recently being diagnosed with cancer. A huge loss for my childhood friend and her family as any dog lover would know. My treats in the pocket did not go to waste as they were so lost they got a puppy - for the first time not a golden, but a Shih Tzu which they named Reilly and he is adorable. Although you feel such a loss right now I am glad you are in the art room painting your beautiful illustrations.

lorik said...

It is sad. Thinking of you...as well as looking at your beautiful art.
Why is it that I had not realised that you were in Australia too?

Trece said...

I am so deeply sorry for your enormous loss. (((((HUGS)))))

peggy gatto said...

I am sad for you. It is s hard .

Denise Price said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. Pets are important family members, and it's always hard to say good bye.

Rita said...

Speechless.
*hugs* *hugs* *hugs*

Helen Campbell said...

Oh Tracey! I'm so very sorry to hear about Mushu. Losing a long time fur friend is such a difficult thing, and takes much adjustment. Keep painting, it helps the healing process.
Sending you hugs!

Sandra Busby said...

My heart breaks for you all as you know... I am so sad... Mushu the Wonder Mutt will be so missed by all of us too - He was after all quite famous! What a lovely life he had - so loved! Thinking of you xxxx And by the way, your paintings are stunning xxx

sue said...

Sending a big hug to you and your family. It's such a huge loss. His spirit is with you always.

Leesa Padget said...

So sorry, I love my dogues too :)

Roxanne said...

I'm so sorry that your wonderful Mushu has passed. I will miss the hilarious stories about him you share with us. Sending you a sympathetic hug.

cjsrq said...

Oh, Tracie, I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing so many wonderful stories about Mushu. The joy he brought to you also brought smiles and laughter to so many of us.

CatieAn said...

big hugs I am so sorry for your loss your art work is so wonderful

stefanie stark said...

Oh Tracey, I feel so sorry to hear about your loss of little Mushu. I loved all your diary notes about this faithful and humourous companion so much. Sending also a big hug to you and your family!

sharon said...

xx to you and the family

Giggles said...

Deeply sorry for your loss..I know this feeling well!! How did I miss this post. Sometimes I am way behind the eight ball!! All the sweet Mushu stories kept me so entertained. You are the third friend who has lost a long time animal (Family member) in the last 10 days. So so sorry for your family!! He was such a treasure!

Much love Giggles

Michellem said...

So very sorry to hear about Mushu!! Our pets aren't just animals but part of our families - you sweet pooch will be missed by all your followers, as well!!