When I was at lunch today, the little cafe where we ate had some citrus-infused water that was delightful, so that was on my mind for today’s prompt of “glassy.” The water was actually mostly oranges and maybe a lemon, but limes make things so much more colorful. The weather was sunny for a brief period, but the wind still had the harsh chills of winter. In that moment at least, I could at least enjoy the idea of spring and warmer weather. Dreaming of the lovely days ahead once winter decides to finally give up already and move on properly. Our dog Phineas is not a fan of winter and has been sneezing his disapproval each time he dares going out on the terrace to his favorite spot. The spot where one day he’ll spend long afternoons baking in the sun as though that’s what actually gives him his golden color. There he’ll no doubt be dreaming of smarter dads who had the good sense to move to southern California in the first place. But for now, we are all simply waiting and wishing the winds would blow some warmer air our direction.
I have to admit, though, the act of painting something citrus did warm me up a bit. Or perhaps it was the glass of wine I had nearby, safely out of reach so I didn’t dunk my brush into it. Which has, of course, happened a few times before. Either way, it was a happy little moment this evening. I’m running a bit late with this post as I had a dental appointment after work. All seems good and I was told if I would only floss a bit more, I might be able to keep these same teeth until I’m 80. I wasn’t told what would happen after that, but still felt good with the diagnosis. Yes, going home directly after having your teeth cleaned to drink red wine probably defeats a bit of the purpose, but all other ways to celebrate a successful dental appointment seemed dull and less festive. Actually, I didn’t spend much time thinking of other ways, and instead thought that most people probably don’t use a dental appointment as an excuse for a celebration. I, however, will use an excuse I can, any chance I get.
Beyond citrus drinks, Philippe has already moved our menu into spring mode. We’re done with winter and ready to move on whether it likes it or not. Tonight we had a lovely little appetizer of spicy beans and avocados that’s a sure signal that warm weather food is coming back. Soon we’ll be eating our dinner out on the terrace again and enjoying evenings when the sun stays around a bit longer. I always seem to be in a bit of a dream state, thinking of things ahead and in the past. Perhaps this is why I rarely sketch exactly what’s in front of me, but instead what’s on my mind in the moment. Bits of memories and dreams that can be far is the past or as nearby as tomorrow. I use painting to reflect and ground myself a bit before moving on with life. It’s a bit of therapeutic exercise that makes me happier each time I sit down to create something. And though even the windy winter day that I actually had today was lovely in its own right, I prefer to take a little moment and enjoy a drink of spring.
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