A Bit Of Herbal Tea

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 9 - Herbal Tea - Doodlewash

Today I was feeling a little under the weather, fighting either the start of a cold or just general exhaustion. So when faced with a prompt of herbs, the only thing that came to mind was herbal tea. Which, I promptly served myself before dashing off this quick little doodlewash. I’m hoping to get to bed a bit earlier tonight and get some extra sleep so the lack of caffeine is much appreciated. Even the smell of hot tea makes me feel a bit better. It’s such a cozy feeling to sip on a mug of the stuff. As a kid when I wasn’t feeling well, my mother had all sorts of remedies at the ready. For an upset stomach, a can of Sprite was usually the recommended treatment, which I always thought was kind of awesome. For a cold, a bowl of chicken soup, which was nice as well. Actually, all these simple remedies were so wonderful, I almost wished I were sick more. Well, not really, as that would be daft, but it’s still a wonderful thing when someone you love takes care of you.

When I was in high school, I got the chicken pox for the first and thankfully last time, since I never managed to acquire it properly as a child. I remember spending a week on the couch while my mother gave me glasses of Sprite with a straw. The straw was important because she’d also covered me in so many strips of cloth soaked in something or other that I resembled a teenage mummy. I could only manage to poke a straw through the area of my mouth to drink anything. But what I remember most is that she rented a bunch of Hitchcock films for me on VHS tapes. Those giant things from the past made with bits of film and plastic that we used to use to watch movies. I watched nearly all of Hitchcock’s repertoire that week and it was amazing. So many wonderful, weird, and suspenseful stories, told with just the right bits of information at just the right moment. It made me want to grow up to be a movie director. That never happened, of course, though I did get to be a movie producer once and that was pretty close.

Although being wrapped like a mummy for so many days was a bit disconcerting, when I finally got better, I was as good as new. No pock marks, scars or issues at all. It was like nothing had ever happened. Though I don’t know exactly what sort of herbal remedy my mother applied, I’m thankful that she did. Life just wasn’t meant to navigate alone. You always need those other people who look out for you along the way. We never actually do anything entirely by ourselves. And I’ve never forgotten that time when I had chicken pox, not because it was a terribly embarrassing experience for a teenager, but because it was a dramatic event. As Hitchcock once said, “Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.” So even on days like today, when things aren’t quite perfect, I’m thankful all the same. Life would be pretty boring without the mishaps and trials that it brings. Best to smile, move on, and top them all off with a bit of herbal tea.

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52 Comments
  1. Susan Cuss 1 week ago

    Hope you feel better soon, Charlie! I love a nice mug of tea. I actually have a tea cupboard that contains black tea, red, white, green and herb tea! Lots of herb tea. Tonight I had a mug of ginger-turmeric tea, and am now steeping a mug of ginger-mint tea. Enjoy a hot cuppa!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Susan! 😃💕 And yum! That cupboard sounds perfectly amazing!!

  2. Mary Roff 1 week ago

    A lovely cup of herbal tea. Hope you feel better soon!

  3. Jodi 1 week ago

    Feel better Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks, Jodi!! 😃💕 Hoping this doesn’t last long… I’m a big baby when I feel bad! hehe

      • Jodi 7 days ago

        lol

  4. Sandra Strait 1 week ago

    I hope the tea, and good night’s rest do the job and you feel better soon! As always, your painting is healthful brew in and of itself!

  5. Laura 1 week ago

    Hope you feel better soon. What a nice cup of tea.

  6. Pamela Smith 1 week ago

    Hope you feel better soon,it’s a beautiful cup of tea.

  7. Nay Aung 1 week ago

    Love the transparency you’ve got!!!Take care Charlie!

  8. Carol Hartmann 1 week ago

    I hope you feel better tomorrow, Charlie, and that no soaked strips of anything are necessary! I really enjoy herbal tea on cold evenings, and yours looks especially warming.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks, Carol! 😃💕 hehe.. yeah, I still don’t know or know if I want to know what was in those strips, but they worked! lol

  9. Sharon Nolfi 1 week ago

    Lovely job on the tea and glass. I’m glad you survived chicken pox unscathed.

  10. debiriley 1 week ago

    great tea, it will help! coffee is a necessity normally, but tea hits the spot when ill. Hope you are better ASAP 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks, Debi! 😃💕 Working on it!… in the evenings, I still have a touch of wine before tea. hehe… I think it’s helping!

      • debiriley 1 week ago

        of course it IS!! 🙂

  11. Marrianne Wadley 1 week ago

    Makes me want to make a cup of tea. Feel better!

  12. Sandra Gilbert 1 week ago

    I’m actually having my nightly cup of tea as I read this. Tea does seem to make everything better. Hope you feel better soon.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah tea is pretty awesome… I’m just about to make some more!

  13. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 week ago

    As much as I enjoy your art, Charlie, it’s the commentary that makes each entry very special. Everyone should read your article today so they all know why they should be grateful. Your mom was a very special lady, and you’re now an appreciative person who takes joy in little things and lots of memories. Thanks for reminding me that childhood illnesses are usually benignly overcome.

    And do enjoy your tea.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Aww thanks, Shari! 😃💕 My mom is the best! She was always so clever and creative. I can only hope that I inherited her mad skills.

  14. SnehLata Maheshwari 1 week ago

    I hope you will feel better Charlie my good wishes with you. Ma is like this to love her kids . the tea n cup also pretty . I am also makeing a cup of tea , as quite cold here.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks, Snehlata! 😃💕 yeah, the cold weather is the perfect time for tea! I’m going to have a bit more now!

  15. I like the way you integrated splashes of orange colour and transparency of glass. Btw, my absolutely favourite drink is tea and my little bubu (11 yrs) wants to be a film director. You see, you’re not alone with us, Charlie. Wishing you fast recovery 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      hehe… awww I love that, Violeta! 😃💕 Tell your little bubu to go for it and never look back! That’s the best way to chase dreams properly!

  16. June 1 week ago

    I hope you feel better this morning. Tea is always
    comforting and warming. You did a great job on the painting and story.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, June! 😃💕 Feeling a bit better, but there’s still something there threatening to take me. Hoping another night’s sleep will pay off!

  17. Delores Azary 1 week ago

    Hoping today finds you feeling much better! Love the painting of the herbal tea! What a fun rendering! n

  18. Thomas Blanchard 1 week ago

    Hope you are feeling stronger Charlie. Love your tea. Isn’t it funny how hot tea tastes better from a clear glass mug? lol Odd but true for me.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks! 😃💕 Hehe… it’s true though isn’t it?? We have both clear glass mugs and a clear glass pitcher to serve it in! Delicious!

  19. Kaye Boggs 1 week ago

    I hope the tea makes you feel better today.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Kaye! 😃💕 Feeling a bit better, but still fighting something yucky!

  20. Ellie 1 week ago

    Hope you are feeling better. Your herbal tea is just the thing, both in your painting and for sipping!

  21. Jacob 1 week ago

    I hope you’re feeling better today, Charlie! Tea is the answer to everything, of course.

    Sprite for an upset stomach? You learn something new every day! 😛

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      hehe… yes, I would assume you’d agree that tea is the perfect answer! 😃💕 But also ice cream! hehehehe

      • Jacob 1 week ago

        Haha. Together? That would mean some concoction like ‘iced tea’, and we know that most definitely isn’t the answer 😉

  22. smzang 1 week ago

    I’m late to this one, and I am hoping by now you are feeling a bit better.

    That last paragraph is Pulitzer material.

    “on days like today, when things aren’t quite perfect, I’m thankful all the same.”

    Gratitude is a beautiful attitude. It sends out the best of vibes which are sure to
    return to you twice over.

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      Charlie O'Shields 6 days ago

      Aww you’re too sweet! 😃💕 Don’t know that’s it’s quite at that level, but I’m so happy it brought good vibes. That’s always a wonderful thing indeed!

  23. Michele Harris 5 days ago

    What a magical brew you’ve stirred to life!

    • Michele Harris 4 days ago

      Hello Charlie,
      I love it when I feel inspired to write poetry! This morning, as I was walking my pup and taking in the fresh autumn wind, I combined your tea drawing into my Haiku.

      Grey clouds gathering
      Autumn confetti waltzes
      Tea stems the window.

      • Michele Harris 4 days ago

        Grey clouds gathering
        Autumn confetti waltzes
        Tea steams the window.

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        Charlie O'Shields 3 days ago

        Oh wow! That’s awesome!! Lovely haiku, Michele! Thanks for sharing! 😃💕

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