A Bowl Of Tomatoes

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 11 - A Bowl Of Tomatoes - Doodlewash

Tonight, I’m reporting to you live from Chicago as we’re taking a quick little weekend break. In answer to today’s prompt of tomatoes, and my extra limited time to paint and post, we have a quick and fun-sized sketch of a bowl of just that. It was a wonderful day today, but I’m completely exhausted as we walked over six miles. This was actually a good thing as we had a big lunch at Chicago’s oldest Italian restaurant. The number of carbs we consumed were probably more suitable for a marathon than a long walk, but it still managed to make us feel a bit less guilty about the earlier gluttony. It’s a bit colder here and had snowed yesterday, so there’s still bits of snow about. This combined with the twinkling lights and early holiday decorations makes it quite a lovely scene indeed. As for tomatoes, the ones I actually consumed were pulverized on a lasagna hidden under some cheese. It’s was amazing!

The thing I love about a quick little trip is that you can let yourself indulge a bit, knowing that it’s not really enough time to do any real damage. When we’re in Paris for a couple weeks, we end up sort of dialing back and dieting half way through the trip. But here, it’s just a chance to go for it and the oh-so-sensible diet can wait until we’re back at home. So yeah, I’m still fighting a cold and wandering around for miles in the cold is probably not a sensible thing to do either. But, I’ve never been good with taking the sensible path in life. I prefer to take the ones that seem like the most fun. Life would be terribly dull if we only did the things that we were supposed to do. And though I’m more tired than usual, I’m still having a blast. Tonight, perhaps, I’ll get some extra sleep and then be back to pushing through another day tomorrow.

Since lunch has worn off with all the walking, we’re heading out to a dinner shortly so I should probably say goodnight. Sneaking in this post is a bit of an accomplishment and I’m typing so fast I have absolutely no idea what I’m actually saying. But I hope that, wherever you are, you’re having a perfectly lovely evening. The kind that doesn’t come with a lot of rules and instead comes with a ton of doing the things that make you smile most. Mine is about to include a bottle of wine and some lovely bites that I haven’t chosen yet. But I’m thrilled to find out what they might be. Hopefully, the restaurant we picked in haste has small plates though, as even the long walk hasn’t managed to burn off lunch yet. Yet, I’m sure, in the moment, I’ll forget all about that and indulge all the way through dessert. And it will be worth it. Tonight is just for having fun, and when I’m back, I’ll balance it all out by switching to a bowl of tomatoes.

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#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 11 - A Bowl Of Tomatoes - Doodlewash

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40 Comments
  1. Mary Roff 6 days ago

    Have an absolutely beautiful weekend!

  2. Thomas Blanchard 6 days ago

    Heck yeah to desert! :0 Enjoy it you guys. Cheers!

  3. Sandra Strait 6 days ago

    I hope you continue to enjoy your tomatoes in the best way possible (actually, salsa – but pasta sauce has to be a close second). Have a fabulous weekend.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 days ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 yeah, I like tomatoes in about every form they come in! hehe

  4. Susan Cuss 6 days ago

    Tasty looking tomatoes, Charlie. Hope you have a marvelous weekend, and may your bowl always be full.

  5. Lisa 6 days ago

    I love Chicago! Hope you have a great time! We loved Chicago when we lived there. So much good food!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 days ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Yeah, the food has been our favorite part! hehe

  6. Sharon Nolfi 6 days ago

    I’m glad you guys are having fun this weekend. As an Italian-American, I’m allowed to repeat the following stereotypical complaint: “The trouble with Italian food is that you’re hungry again two days later.”

  7. Pamela Smith 6 days ago

    Nice bowl of tomatoes,sounds like a great weekend getaway..

  8. Such a lovely bowl of tomatoes. So nice of you to take the time to pant and share.
    Here’s to your lovely weekend!

  9. Jodi 6 days ago

    have fun!

  10. SnehLata Maheshwari 6 days ago

    Wah kya bate hen. Carry on walk n enjoy the evening. I am happy with beautiful 🥀 tomatoes and amazing bowls
    Happy painting.

  11. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 days ago

    They look like red gems. Have a fun weekend.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 days ago

      Aww thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, it’s been fun, but I’m so exhausted… hehe… I guess that’s part of having a lot of fun.

  12. Kaye Boggs 6 days ago

    Chicago is a fun city. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  13. Jacob 5 days ago

    You can never go wrong with love apples, or lasagne for that matter. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  14. Sandra Gilbert 5 days ago

    I love how you approach everything as if it were a grand adventure. I always smile when I see whatever you are up to. Have tons of fun in Chicago.!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 days ago

      hehe! Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah, I definitely try to approach life like that. It just makes it so much more fun!

  15. Kaye Boggs 5 days ago

    you’re supposed to be having fun,,on a little holiday…relaxing…It’s OK if you forget about us at Doodleswash for a few days… We will survive and look forward to your return. R E L A X. We will watch the site for you.

  16. Jennifer McLean 5 days ago

    Indulging sometimes is good for the soul. Enjoy Charlie, great tomatoes, looks good enough to eat!

  17. memadtwo 5 days ago

    Life can be a bowl of tomatoes too! Have fun (I’m sure you will) (K)

  18. Delores Azary 5 days ago

    Sounds like you all have packed in a lot of memories into your trip! Love the bowl of tomatoes

  19. Yvonne Reeder 4 days ago

    Awwww Charlie!!!! If I had known you were here, I’d have just shot a flare up instead of my emails! lolol Next time you and Philippe are here, let’s try and coordinate a play date. 🙂 Love your tomato’s bowl!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 days ago

      Oh my! We totally should! hehe… we were only there for a very short time. 😊💕

      • Yvonne Reeder 3 days ago

        Weekend getaways are wonderful and Chicago packs in the fun for everyone! Hope you’re feeling better! 😘

  20. smzang 4 days ago

    Here’s to the joys of being, and to the beautiful red tomatoes!

    Thank you for sharing.

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