A Moment By The Fire

Mouse Sitting By Fireplace Christmas Chidren's Book Watercolor Illustration Painting

For our prompt of “Hearth” today, I ended up with a little mouse enjoying a bit of time in front of a fireplace. Though I do have a fireplace that is often burning bright in the colder months, this time of year gives me more moments to simply sit and truly enjoy it. My dog Phineas is a huge fan of the fireplace once winter arrives and the days get super cold. You’ll often find him sitting in front of it as the couch simply isn’t close enough to the warmth. The days here haven’t been super cold yet, but we still always have a fire going on Christmas Eve. It reminds me of when I was a kid, sitting in front of a crackling fire and mesmerized by the light. Also, of course, I was always careful to make sure we extinguished the fire in preparation for Santa’s arrival. And today, I’m just as enthralled with every spark of flickering light and just as hopeful for all of the beautiful things to come.

If you’ve been reading these posts, you know that I get super excited for the Christmas countdown. It’s the same level of excitement one would normally only see in a young child. I’ve simply never lost any of the joy that I had back then. Each time this month arrives I get just as thrilled as when I was little and that feeling just continues to grow. Seeing the sparkling lights in the evening hours just makes my heart smile. It’s like being wrapped in a blanket of happiness. I’ve spent much of the afternoon just listening to music and letting each minute pass by more slowly. I spent a few minutes cuddling with Phineas as well, since he’s been wrapped in an actual blanket and just looks really cute. Philippe has been in headphones watching a French movie, that’s apparently quite funny as I keep hearing him laughing.

It’s a beautiful day and one that I really don’t want to end. Those are the best days ever. The days that feel so perfect, not for all of the exceptional things that are happening around me, but for the beautifully mundane ones. The kind of moments that remind me just how wonderful my life is and how I wouldn’t trade any piece of it for something new. A few more little stocking stuffers arrives for Philippe today and I hadn’t even remembered purchasing them. I giggled when I saw the silly things I’d picked out. I think he’ll have a lot of fun on Christmas morning, and I’ll just enjoy watching him find those little bits of crazy that will be waiting for him. I’m always reminded that of all the little presents we exchange, my favorite gift of all is still just seeing him smile. Sometimes, life shines the brightest when there’s simply lots of love, plenty of hope, and a moment by the fire.

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28 Comments
  1. writerleenda 4 months ago

    Bless you Charlie, you always know what really counts. The smile of a loved one. The dog wrapped in a blankie. A toasty fireplace. Blessings to you and yours.

  2. Karen Fortier 4 months ago

    Such a cozy scene Charlie! Enjoy your week!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Hope you have a fabulous week ahead!

  3. Lisa 4 months ago

    I wish for a fireplace this time of year. We have one in the basement. One of those free standing black ones. If I went downstairs it would be lit, but since I don’t, it just sits. Years ago, when I was still walking, we had our furnace go out in the evening on a cold winter. Joe lit that stove and we tossed a mattress down in front of it and had a warm cozy night with no frozen pipes!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww that sounds like a fun night indeed in spite of the furnace going out. It’s like camping indoors! 😃💕

  4. Mary Roff 4 months ago

    One cute and very content mouse, Charlie!! Seems like the older I get the more I realize what’s really important in this life and the smile of a loved one is certainly at the top of that list.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Yeah, I think smiles are the best. Hopefully some time next year we can start showing our smiles again! 😉

  5. Laura Kate 4 months ago

    I have been enjoying your mouse drawings very much. In a few days, I will give the print I purchased from you to my daughter. It’s the mice playing on the hot cocoa cup. I’m excited to see her reaction.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Aww that’s awesome!! I hope she enjoys it!!

  6. Sandra Strait 4 months ago

    We have an electric fireplace, but it just isn’t the same and we never use it. I do miss the real fireplace from my childhood home. Though I remember my father burning the Christmas tree, and getting it so high that flames would shoot from the top of the chimney. It’s a wonder he never burned the house down. One of the few things that my Mom would yell at him about. All part of the holiday traditional, lol.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Oh wow! That’s a fun memory… though yeah, sounds also a touch terrifying as well as awe-inspiring! lol 😃💕

  7. Jen De Los Angeles 4 months ago

    So cute!

  8. Marisela Delgado 4 months ago

    We don’t have a fireplace, but I imagine that they are fabulous.I want one in my dream home because I want to hang stockings. Besides, how else would Santa 🎅 get in? haha haha 😂 I think cuddling up with someone or a poopie-doop (doggie/a Monster nickname) would be pretty awesome! Of course, Monster didn’t like to cuddle. haha haha 😂😂 We have a standing gas heater that we use. They serve their purpose for our “cold” Winter nights. Monster’s bed was to the side aways from it, but when he got really cold, he would curl up and sleep in front of it because the floor was warm. The rest of the year, we use it like a shelf. haha haha 😂😂😂
    You are such a great storyteller, Charlie. 💜 Enjoy your evening and your new magic trick!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Phineas isn’t truly a cuddle type either. You can get away with it for awhile, but then he thinks it gets weird. Our fireplace is a gas one now… I like that we don’t have to deal with wood, but ohhh I miss the crackle and the smell of a real fireplace! As for the tricks, they’re getting harder…. hehe… so Philippe is going to have to learn some of them later. 😉

      • Marisela Delgado 4 months ago

        If Phineas is anything like Monster, he probably stiffens up like my Gordo, who would growl. I imagine they would both say, “Awkward!” before running off. haha haha 😂

  9. Zoie McIntyre 4 months ago

    Wish I was that little mouse. Love your hearth Charles.

  10. Gary Middleton 4 months ago

    That’s a lovely cozy doodle. We have mild, damp weather at the moment which is really miserable. An open fire like that would be lovely to sit in front of.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Yeah, damp weather is my least favorite. We had several days like that, but today it’s sunny and a bit warmer even.

  11. LoriCtoo 4 months ago

    So cozy. This is such a sweet sketch. It also reminds me that I haven’t watched my Jimmy Durante Christmas movie with Rufus the mouse. It is an old old black and white. The name excapes me right now. 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Oh wow! I haven’t seen that one, but it sounds fun!

  12. Linda Murray 4 months ago

    Charlie, you are such an inspiration to all of us. You really make me take a step back and see what is important in life. My family, friends and a deep belief that we will all connect again some day. Such a wonderful season of love and sharing. ❤️🙏🎄

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Aww thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Yes to that! I think this is still a beautiful season and as love as we have love, they’ll always be something to celebrate!

  13. Priscilla DeConti 4 months ago

    Thank you Charlie for reminding us all of the joys of the season! and also how its the little things that matter..
    And the painting is wonderful as well! 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 months ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed this post!

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