A Magic Potion

Halloween has arrived and with it, a host of spooky things and creepy costumes are wandering the night. I wasn’t sure what to doodlewash for today, so I opted for a mysterious potion of some kind. As to what this potion is for, I’ll let your imagination decide, because I have absolutely no clue. Though I do like the idea of an all-purpose potion. One that doesn’t have a predesignated purpose, but simply exists to grant a wish. That, to me, would be the best potion of all. I’m not sure such potions exist in a bottle form or in any form really. But, I do think that if we want something badly enough and put in the time and energy to make it happen, it just might. That’s a bit like magic in the end. On this evening of ghouls and ghosts, Philippe and I are hiding indoors and since we don’t get trick or treaters where we live, we’re just relaxing and don’t have to answer the door every few minutes. I kind of miss that though as I love seeing the costumes and creativity of the kids that drop by. On the bright side, we don’t have to part with any of our candy.

Actually, we don’t have much candy about at the moment, so if the random child stopped by they’d be terribly disappointed. We sometimes have a bit of chocolate, but Philippe eats it all before I can get a bite. It literally disappears like magic. I don’t mind as it’s probably the best diet one could hope for. Rather than restricting yourself, you simply have someone kind enough to eat all the naughty stuff before you could possibly indulge. That said, if there’s anything I truly want, I make it a point to say so, and if that doesn’t work I sort of hide it from view. Tomorrow we celebrate our anniversary, or at least it’s the day that it happens. We don’t really do much to celebrate. For a 3rd anniversary, apparently the theme is leather, which is odd if not a bit salacious. I don’t think we’ll be following that particular tradition, but I think it’s as good of an excuse as any to have a bit of cake.

And this is the last day of yet another Doodlewash challenge which is always a bit bittersweet. Next month is a celebration of gluttony! Well, not exactly. Just a wonderful chance to fill a cornucopia full of lovely sketches and memories. And the beginning of my two absolute favorite months of the year! My inner child has already been happily scribbling a list of presents for Santa to deliver. And retail stores everywhere have already started showing signs of the holiday season. Sure, the end of the year has become a rather commercial event, but give me a bit of egg nog, smart conversation, and cuddles by the fire and I can forgive all of that. It’s a beautiful time of year to enjoy the things you love and the people you love who made having those things possible. This time of year is such a simple mix of love, kindness, and family, all wrapped in a spirit of giving. I really can’t think of anything more wonderful than that. And, in the end, it’s really the most memorable way to make a magic potion.

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31 Comments
  1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 10 months ago

    Ooh, it’s a beautiful red – I’ll drink it – yum!

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      hehe!! Thanks, Shari! 😃💕 Glad I could seduce you, though I’m not entirely sure what the potion can do, so full disclaimers abound! 😉

  2. Sharon Nolfi 10 months ago

    Beautiful potion! Happy Anniversary to you and Philippe!

  3. Carol Hartmann 10 months ago

    Happy anniversary, Charlie and Phillipe! I hope the magic potion brings a bit of chocolate for each of you and a lovely piece of cake! 🍰 🍫 🥂💝

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks, Carol!! 😃💕 Just picked up the cake today and we’ll be enjoying it later! hehe YAY!

  4. Sandra Strait 10 months ago

    Happy Anniversary! I think this potion is to ensure another happy year!

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Aww thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Here’s to a happy year ahead for all of us!

  5. Teri Casper 10 months ago

    This painting is just awesome! I’m hoping it’s wine😉😉😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Hehe… thanks, Teri! 😃💕 Since I made it, it’s definitely wine with a hint of unknown magic! LOL

  6. Lisa 10 months ago

    Alice in wonderland would be perfectly happy drinking this lovely red potion!

  7. Jill Kuhn 10 months ago

    Happy Anniversary Charlie! ❤️ Enjoyed your post today! 😍

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jill!! 😃💕 I’m just so excited that we get to eat some cake! hehe

  8. Jennifer McLean 10 months ago

    We’re all about Christmas here and since this is a rearrangeChristmas year we already own and have up half of the decorations. The next part is the tree!! I’d give it two weeks and it’ll be up, hehehehe.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Wow! FUN!! 😃💕 People complain that Christmas comes too early, but I think it can’t come early enough! More time to enjoy it properly!

  9. Nay Aung 10 months ago

    Whether it is magical or not,it seems delicious to drink Charlie!!! Makes me thirsty 😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Awesome! hehe… I’ve no idea what potion this is by the way! Thanks, Nay! 😃💕

  10. SnehLata Maheshwari 10 months ago

    I really appreciate the potion.
    Naver test it neither know the making of this .but like the bottle and colour of it.
    And the story as use well
    Thanks

  11. Thomas Blanchard 10 months ago

    Use your potion tonight 🙂 CHEERS 🍷 Happy Anniversary! I can’t wait to see a video of you painting. The way you handle glass, reflections and shadows always amazes me.

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Aww thanks, Tom! 😃💕 I love painting glass… it’s just super fun! But I never have time to make videos… maybe one day!

  12. Susan Cuss 10 months ago

    Potions can be a bit spooky, too. Happy Anniversary.

  13. Sandra Gilbert 10 months ago

    Hey I want a general purpose magic potion too. I bet that would be really handy.

  14. Yvonne Reeder 10 months ago

    Awww Happy 3rd Anniversary to you both!!! You two are such a cute couple and I hope you celebrated fully as every year together matters! ❤️ Cheers to many many more!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 10 months ago

      Thanks so much!! 😊💕 We’re celebrating all weekend actually. I made sure the cake was big enough for that! LOL

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