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Laughter May Not Be The BEST Medicine But, It’s A Close Second.

April is Daffodil Month. This time a year ago, I was a few days away from my second chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. Gulp. BIG GULP. If I wrote nothing else in this blog, that sentence would be enough. In preparation, I had already snipped my long hair and replaced it with a short sporty cut, reminiscent of my teens. In only days, that short hair would start to fall out in clumps like a husky shedding on a hot spring day. I think the shock of everything brought my partner and I to laughter more times than some would understand. It felt like the humour, or maybe the horror, of the situation crept up on you like uncontrollable giggles in church. The laughter was so cathartic it also brought us closer.

I remember being in the shower a year ago and calling my sweetheart to come to the bathroom. There on the floor of the shower were enough wavy locks to knit yourself a small pet. After a  few ridiculous days of doing my best Donald Trump impression, you know, not moving or touching my hair, I gave in and had my head shaved. Not surprisingly, we found a way to laugh through that too. And, as it turned out, I had a great bald head. Who knew.

Ileana Grimm Grimm Inc. Over the next year, I posted silly pictures and drew funny art in the hopes that it would let those close to me know I was ok, and maybe my art would get shared and make it’s way to someone in my situation, as well as help them smile for a moment. Of course, what I was/am going through was bound to show up in my artwork.

Today, a year later, I feel so grateful to be healthy and happy. I am so blessed to see life as a glass half full and have a career in art, but there are no words that can say how I feel when I make some laugh with my art, and for a nanosecond, they get to leave reality in the dust.

This is a something I created during that time.  Please visit grimm.ca to see much more.

Glass Half Full Funny T-Shirt

To know more about Daffodil month, click here. 

 

 

It is March 23rd and I’m eagerly waiting  for the month to leave like a lamb, given it came in like a lion. However, over the next two days, the forecast has us getting a Vegas style buffet of precipitation. Ice, snow, rain, kitchen knives and who knows what else, is coming our way.
In preparation, I will organize the appropriate weapons to fight this on-slot: broom, shovel, salt, sand, cork screw and whatever wine is handy.

I make it a habit, or more of a way of being to not complain, especially about the weather. I am kind of excited to see what comes our nastiness comes our way. There is always something beautiful every day, every season, everywhere. Not to mention, I LOVE bad weather but I am  looking forward to riding my bike to the warehouse every day .

In Canada, there are many brave souls that are four season bikers. I am not one but I did manage to ride on two freakishly warm December days and two this March, but otherwise I am a 3 season gal and dry day kind of rider.

In the last group of designs I did for the January wholesale shows, not surprisingly, there was a bicycle t-shirt design in there. It’s not my typical pun or humour, nor does it even look like most of my artwork, but I think it turned out really great. It’s now one of
my favorite t-shirts (and I own a lot of t-shirts). To check it out, click HERE. Pop over to

You can also pop over to grimm.ca to take a look at the other new ones.

Grimm T-Shirt Wheelmark