A Gift Of Roses

Day 15 - Roses In Vase Watercolor - Doodlewash

When I came to a prompt of “rose” today, I realized that this was probably meant to fall on Valentine’s Day instead, but in my haste to prepare the list we got penguins instead. No matter, as any day is a lovely day to receive a gift of roses. These are my gift to all of you who read and enjoy my little daily posts. Thanks so much for supporting me in my daily sketching and writing habit which is just about to pass 1,300 consecutive days. Yep, that certainly qualifies as a full on addiction! And, most of all, thanks so much for sketching and painting along with me each month during these challenges (we’re past the half-way mark this month!). It’s so inspiring to make art together each day with that happy feeling of knowing we’re all on this art journey together! Today’s little doodlewash has a decidedly spring look to combat the blizzard that is currently swirling around outside. There are no flowers to be seen from my window, just a several inch thick blanket of white snow. And while it’s quite beautiful, it’s made driving impossible, so Philippe and I are trapped indoors for the day. A perfect time to escape inside my sketchbook for some imagined warmth and color.

Philippe and I came home today before lunchtime and the snowy streets were already getting treacherous. Within an hour after we got home the news headline was “Snowfall Brings Kansas City Motorists To A Halt” so we’re thankful to be stranded indoors and safe in our house. And I’m still watching the snow fall as I type this, which is probably not a good idea as I’m so easily distracted. As a kid, days like this would thrill me and I would immediately start asking my mother when I could go sledding and enjoy it properly. These days, I still feel that little thrill, but I also remember just how soaking wet I was at the end, so I’m having a nice hot cup of coffee instead. I can feel Little Charlie pouting with every sip. Though, my inner child hasn’t lost entirely as Philippe announced he’s making spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. I’m pretty sure I squealed in a most uncivilized way, and then, like a true child, asked if he could also make snickerdoodle cookies for dessert. He just smiled, which is truly the kindest way to say “No” to a crazy person.

As much as I’m excited for spring and the return of beautiful, colorful flowers, I’m loving this snowy day. With most of the people in the city now hidden indoors, there’s a quiet and calmness that’s so wonderfully rare. Though our dog Phineas doesn’t like the snow, he’s curled up next to me snoring, apparently enjoying the silence as well. The hours this afternoon seemed to go by slowly as though they were in a coordinated dance with the gently falling snowflakes. Nothing felt rushed or crazed and there was nowhere we needed to be and no way to get there if there was. In short, it ended up being the perfect day. The kind that comes so rarely it’s almost as if it’s never happened before. So, I’m going to keep enjoying this bliss well into the evening. Also, Philippe has just started his sauce for the spaghetti and meatballs and I’m rather sure I won’t be able to concentrate on anything else soon. Phineas just had his dinner and is now sitting in the kitchen glaring at us to let us know he also deserves a treat of some kind. It’s a truly typical evening, but the day has somehow made it all seem just a bit more special, like a gift of roses.

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Roses In Vase Watercolor - Doodlewash Sketchbook
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31 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 5 months ago

    Your weather sounds like ours last week. Beautiful to see, but I’m glad to see it gone, too! I can’t complain – I have friend in Maine posting pictures of the snow that’s higher than the balcony on her second floor! *shudders* Enjoy your spaghetti and meatballs while I scroll back up and enjoy your beautiful roses!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕Glad you enjoyed my roses. I’m determined to challenge myself to sketch more flowers. And wow… second floor snow sounds terrifying! We have another round coming this evening, but thankfully should pile up quite that high! hehe

  2. Julpha Jean 5 months ago

    beautiful roses 🙂

  3. Sharon Nolfi 5 months ago

    Your roses look like the kind that have a beautiful scent – they are fully in bloom, to be enjoyed only briefly before their petals start to fall. In your painting, of course, they will remain perfectly open forever! Snowstorm sounds lovely.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, that’s the beauty of sketchbook… everything stays in that captured moment. I think that’s why I love sketching so much!

  4. Jacob 5 months ago

    They’re amazing! It’s been unseasonably warm here over the last couple of days, which is quite nice, but snow! Snow wins for me – especially when it’s a Friday and there’s spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. Jealous! 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks, Jacob!! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, I can attest the spaghetti and meatballs were incredible and the snowy backdrop was perfect! But… I’m quite sure Phineas would be very jealous of your unseasonably warm weather! hehe 😉

  5. Mary Roff 5 months ago

    Beautiful roses!!! Your snow day sounds delightful! I remember the quiet of a snowstorm…magical.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, that quiet of a snowstorm is so wonderful… we have another round coming tonight!

  6. smzang 5 months ago

    “The hours this afternoon seemed to go by slowly as though they were in a coordinated dance with the gently falling snowflakes. Nothing felt rushed or crazed and there was nowhere we needed to be and no way to get there if there was. In short, it ended up being the perfect day. The kind that comes so rarely it’s almost as if it’s never happened before”

    fine writing…it wraps itself around your readers and pulls us right into the scene.
    What a beautifully comfortable scene it is, too. And the lovely roses, the wonderful glass… even though I’ve arrived late, this is still a gift!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks, Sarah! 😃💕 I’m so happy you enjoy this. I love snowstorms. And, if I could, I’d give you a rose in person. Appreciate your support of my writing!

  7. smzang 5 months ago

    I forgot to credit the above quote to the inimitable Charlie O’Shields.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      hehe! I’m quite sure I’ve never been described in such a grand fashion. Thanks! 😊

  8. glacken2016 5 months ago

    Over 1,300 consecutive days! Wow! That is quite an accomplishment!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, my friend! 😃💕 It’s a fun habit that I hope more people try!

  9. Lisa 5 months ago

    Nice roses! I got a pot of blooming tulips for Valentine’s day. Once spring gets here I’ll pop the bulbs into the garden and enjoy the flowers again next year. It was a nice sunny day here today. We are to get our snow this weekend. It has been an awfully snowy year here. I’m chomping at the bit for spring to come. Or at least for my tiny early crocus to show up. They always make me happy even if I have to use binoculars to see them because it’s too muddy to go out in the grass.😂😂

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Hehe… you and me both! I’m SO ready for spring… I think I’d even risk tromping through mud to get a look at this point. lol But, it will be here soon enough, I guess.

  10. Leena Uniyal 5 months ago

    The date 15 th instead of 14 th for roses worked out well, as all got to paint their very own ‘gifts of roses’ received!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      True!! hehe… that’s awesome! 😃💕 I should have said I planned it that way, but I’m perfectly incapable of lying. 😊lol

  11. LoriCtoo 5 months ago

    Your roses are so beautiful and cheery. As much as I love flowers, I do not look forward to the “yard” season anymore. There are so many more other things that I rather be doing. That is why I get happy when it rains. We have brief snow storms here and they normally are gone in a day or two and so I enjoy every snowflake that falls. Just a beautiful sight.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 hehe… it’s been years since I lived in a regular house, so I almost forget about that yard work. Don’t miss it though. lol For us, spring means sitting on the terrace having wine. 😊

      • LoriCtoo 5 months ago

        So jealous! And I don’t drink wine. Haha!

  12. Laura Hale 5 months ago

    What beautiful roses! Since my best friend and I are celebrating our 39th anniversary on the 15th—thank you for posting this. Your timing is just right! Wonderful commentary today. I too have my inner child get antsy while watching those beautiful snowflakes fall. We requested the day off together, so I can identify with your description of spending it with the ones you love. Yes, spring will be wonderful to see, but it’s also good to enjoy today’s blessings. Have a warm weekend Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 That’s so wonderful your celebrating with your friend. Happy anniversary! Wow, for your 40th you should go on a trip! hehe And I’m enjoying the snow, with more of it to come tonight. It’s fun to hibernate as well. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  13. Fatima Chamkha 5 months ago

    Still winter in America(Midwest) we have here in West Europe a strange winter heatwave its very Sunny and quit warm in the sun it feels like Spring here already in February very rare weather so early never happend before,i read you enjoyed you day with philippe cooking a nice dinner.I love you vase of roses.Have a lovely weekend!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Fatima! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed the roses. And your weather sounds like a wonderful surprise. I love days like that! Hope you have a wonderful weekend as well!

  14. memadtwo 5 months ago

    Roses in the snow! Perfect. (K)

  15. June Hadaway 5 months ago

    Congratulations….1300 wow. You are Amazing!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful painting of roses….my favorite!!! 🌹 i will always remember gifts of roses from my husband along with his contagious smile. I am happy you both, are home safe. Snow is pretty but also very unpredictable.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks, June! 😃💕 It’s been a fun and crazy journey. I would never have imagined I would still be painting daily after all this time. But I’m hooked!! And I love your description of your husband’s contagious smile… that’s another way to describe love at first sight. 😉

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