For our prompt of “Mug” today, I made a sketch of a little cat with a mug of coffee, mugging for the camera. Actually, this is pretty much how I look each morning when I finally get my cup of coffee to start the day. Prior to this moment, I’m far less recognizable and peering at everything around me with my eyes barely open while still trying to make sense of things. I’m not particularly what one would call a morning person. I always assume those folk are bounding out of bed, full of energy and glee the moment their feet hit the floor. My own ritual is one that takes considerably more time. And, it requires a bit of coffee to get things going properly. The ridiculous part of not being a morning person, is that I’m not really a night owl either. It’s rare that I’m even up past midnight. Many mornings, though, I wake up still clinging to dreams that I enjoyed overnight and don’t quite want to leave. There’s something so intriguing and wonderful about a world of imagination that it can often make the real world seem a bit less impressive.

This past weekend, Philippe and I took our little pup Elliott on his first overnight trip. We visited friends at their vacation home just outside of the city. While it was by no means a full vacation, it still felt good to get away for a little while. The road to get there is actually the same path we would take to the airport, yet, instead of battling surly crowds and dealing with luggage, we got to drive right past all of that. Just 15 minutes later, we found ourselves in a delightfully charming small town called Weston, nestled in beautiful tree-covered hills and featuring one long block of clustered antique buildings framing each side of Main Street. It’s that sort of idyllic setting that one might see in a Hallmark movie. While Philippe and I became enamored with all of that, Elliott was just thrilled to have a fenced yard to run in and a new friend in the form of a Black Goldendoodle named Chief. This was their first time meeting so we weren’t sure how things would go, but by the end of the short trip they were already best friends.

After we arrived in the late morning, we headed to a local winery for a tasting and were impressed by the quality. So much so that we got a bottle to enjoy along with a basket of meat, bread and cheese for our lunch. Having a glass of wine before evening is one of those super rare “naughty treats” that only happens when we’re on vacation.  After a fabulous day and evening with friends, we had a wonderful night’s sleep, but were awoken early the next morning by Elliott who apparently had no concept of “vacation time” and wanted his breakfast. It was then we realized that we were also up an hour before the coffee shop opened. We waited patiently, but I was still the first one inside when they flipped the Open sign, beating out the only others up that early, a long line of retired gentlemen that quickly formed behind me. As I was drinking my cherished cup of coffee, I realized I’d been totally unplugged for 24 hours, completely lost in this little storybook world. And though I would have to bid it all farewell soon and return to the hustle and bustle of my regular life, in that moment, I hoped that I would be able to bring that feeling home like a souvenir. Yet, I also knew that we would be returning very soon, so next, a feeling of pure happiness washed over me. This truly wasn’t the end of the story, it was simply a delightful beginning.

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19 thoughts on “A Delightful Beginning

  1. Aww, Charlie, how I love your kitties, and WITH coffee! Perfect illustration and suggestion for a cuppa joe! Adorable! Have a great day! 🙂

  2. Well Charlie I don’t know if you would call me a morning person but I am up around 4 – 4:30 and I do run around and do two things at once: get dressed and make my bed at the same time and run back and forth getting coffee made. Oh wait that is three things at once. I am bright eyed and bushy tailed and have a glass of water first (I heat it, hating cold water as I do except in summer). Then my Folgers Decaf, green can. Ahhhhhhh oh my my my yes.

    By 8 pm I am likely just falling asleep since my Circadian slipped backwards. And like you did on your nice vaycay I have my four ounces of red wine in the early afternoon and then forget about wine till next afternoon. That way I don’t have it in my system at bedtime. When I was a kid I would snort at bedtime and tell myself when I am a grownup I will stay up late. Imagine that silly concept.

    Enjoy yourself wherever you are!

    1. Hehe!! I think you’re definitely a morning person if you’re bright-eyed and busy tailed that early! 😃💕 And I did the same as a kid… I wanted to stay up so late, but then I grew up to realize that sleeping isn’t so bad after all! lol Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  3. Hubby and I took a long weekend a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t totally unplug, but close to it. I really enjoyed it but found it so hard to get back into the swing of things when I came back. I’m just now finally getting caught up!

  4. Great doodle Charlie. I’m definitely a morning person. Jumping out of bed before my alarm goes off at 4 am. My 2 day get away on my bike did me the world of good, after the sad and unexpected loss of my wife in April.

  5. Hello Charlie,

    That coffee in the mug must be quite strong! Kitty looks wide awake and alert after one sip. Hehe.. Your vacation sounds perfect specially because you could totally unplug. Am glad you’re not a morning person – though I don’t have anything against those who are. But I’ve always felt that fairies have specially created ‘non-morning’ people so that someone could enjoy and appreciate those dreams that they put into our minds at night. That is what I tell my ‘morning persons’ relatives and friends anyway. 😉


    1. Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 It was wonderful to have a little break. So much so that we’re going back tomorrow! hehe I love the fairy idea behind the night. That’s so wonderful! Much love to you my friend!

  6. Such a cute kitty, Charlie! He looks so happy to be drinking a cup of Joe. Either that or it’s the caffeine. haha haha I am not a morning person, I am a night owl, and I have never had wine or coffee. haha haha Boy, I sure do sound like a boring person. 😂😂😂
    Your weekend sounds wonderful. I want to go to a tropical island and beach. Maybe one day. I feel like we haven’t talked in a while. Sending you a great big hug, my friend.

    1. Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 I think this cat has definitely had too much caffeine! lol It was a fun weekend, but yeah… I want an island and a beach. That would be the best getaway indeed. I did that years ago, but it’s been way too long. Big hug to you and much love, mi amiga!

  7. Wonderful sketch, Charlie!!! In a perfect world my alarm clock would be birdsong. I’m usually awake early and ready to start the day but a good cup of coffee sure tastes good.

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