A Spoonful Of Cranberries

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 23 - A Spoonful Of Cranberries - Thanksgiving 2017 - Doodlewash

For those of you celebrating Thanksgiving today, I hope you’re having a fabulous day filled with family, friends, and lots of wonderful food! In our house, we don’t eat the big meal until dinner time, so Philippe is still preparing things and I’m about to open a glass of wine for us. He’s got quite a menu planned and since nobody else will be joining us this evening, it looks like we’ll have enough leftovers to last through the weekend. A bag of cranberries was sitting out early and I asked him what he was going to do with them. He just looked at me and shrugged. It had seemed like something we should buy when we were at Trader Joe’s early this week, as it’s normally on the list of Thanksgiving treats. But, after buying the cranberries and getting them home, we realized we had no real plan for them. I’ve still no idea whether they’ll make an appearance this evening or just sit there like a bit of decoration. Either way, they’re a wonderful part of what has been a festive and glorious day!

I have a habit of getting things that just feel right for an occasion, when I’m excited and in the mood to celebrate. A few years ago, I saw a large styrofoam polar bear head that you could hang on the wall. He was wearing a festive red scarf and was a bit glittery so he charmed me thoroughly. We often forget to take him down after the season, however, so he’s often accidentally left up all year. He’s become a bit of mascot and now I feel a bit bad about shoving him into a closet. One year we managed to leave the Christmas tree up into February. It was a real tree, which Philippe lovingly watered daily, and it was so content in the house that it actually began to break bud and grow. These are likely things one would attribute to eccentric people, but I like to think we’re just laid back. We like to take each day as it comes and enjoy life without all the fuss of having to live it in a horribly scheduled fashion. Those with a Type A personality are likely shocked beyond belief, but the Type B folks know what I’m talking about.

And as the evening comes closer, and I’m about to enjoy a wonderful dinner, I’m so thankful for everything. Life doesn’t always turn out perfectly, but perfection is equally an impossible thing to judge. What happens more often is that the thing we thought would occur turns out quite differently. This perfectly imperfect aspect of life is what makes it so darn interesting and keeps me coming back for more. It would be terribly boring if everything turned out exactly as I had planned. I love the crazy surprises that life brings and I love the people that I’ve met along the journey. I’m thankful for each of you in this wonderful watercolor community. Thanks so much for sharing your vision and your passion and making the world such an exceptionally beautiful place. Together, we’ve built something amazing and without any real recipe or plan of attack. That’s the beauty of just letting things happen as they should. It’s a definitely something worthy of thankfulness. Even if, in the end, you’re still left wondering what the heck to do with that spoonful of cranberries.

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#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 23 - A Spoonful Of Cranberries - Thanksgiving 2017 - Doodlewash


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  1. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    Your cranberries are berry wonderful (ah! I’ve been using that joke all day). Our Thanksgiving got canceled due to illness but I’m thankful that the Doodlewash community was here to keep me company instead!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 And oh my! So sorry to hear that! Much so thrilled that the Doodlewash community kept you company! Cool! That’s awesome!!

  2. Susan Cuss 5 years ago

    Love the shine and red of those cranberries. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Marrianne Wadley 5 years ago

    Leaving the little bit of white space works so well for cranberries!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Marrianne! 😃💕 Yeah, I sketched a bowl of them and erased it and started over! hehe

  4. So lovely! I can see cranberries jumping out of the spoon – “don’t eat us! paint! just paint!” 🙂

  5. Pamela Smith 5 years ago

    Lovely cranberries,Charlie,,,enjoy your dinner,ours was wonderful as was our time with family..

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Pamela! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled to hear you had a wonderful time!

  6. Carol Hartmann 5 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving, Charlie and Phillipe (and bear head mascot 😁)! I am very thankful to be a part of this awesome World Watercolor Group!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Carol! 😃💕 To you as well! And I’m so thrilled you’re part of the group!

  7. Ellen 5 years ago

    Although I am not an artist in any sense of the word, I still wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving! I am a dedicated follower of Doodlewash, because I love your doodlewashes and I love your writing! It seemed the perfect day to tell you this, again. Thank-you for the pleasure you give to me everyday.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww you’re so sweet, Ellen! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you enjoy my posts! And I bet there’s a doodlewasher inside you waiting to paint… give me time… I’ll convert you! hehe Thanks so much!!

  8. Jodi 5 years ago

    Oh Charlie O – your Type B life sounds just divine and wonderful! I hope you opened a bottle of wine and not just a glass 🙂 – I made an amazing fresh cranberry appetizer I must share with all soon. It was sooooo yummy! Happy Thanksgiving! so thankful for you!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Jodi!! 😃💕 hehe.. you can’t open a glass, so yeah, it had to be a bottle! LOL And yum!! Can’t wait to hear about your appetizer. Happy Thanksgiving to you! And back at ya my friend!!

  9. June Hadaway 5 years ago

    A nice way to paint the cranberries. And a nice story too. Hope your Thanksgiving was special just like you.

  10. Jennifer McLean 5 years ago

    I don’t remember what we did to make cranberry jam last year for our holliday, we did something but darned if I can remember, lol. But how about sticking them in the freezer to freeze then using them as gorgeous ice cubes in your champagne or spritzer. :o) Maybe someone else has a cranberry sauce recipe. Enjoy all that wonderful food Charlie, I’m a little envious up here in cold Canada. ;o)

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Jennifer! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m sure we’ll figure something out for those cranberries… hehe… And yep… it was t-shirt warm here today. Wait… now I’m just gloating! 😊 lol

      • Jennifer McLean 5 years ago

        *Rolling my eyes a little jealously”hehehehe. Enjoy it while it lasts my friend.

  11. Lisa 5 years ago

    The bear head story is sooo good! Sounds just like me!

    Best cranberry sauce
    1 bag cranberries
    2/3 cup sugar
    2/3 cup fresh orange juice and zest from one orange

    Toss all in a pot. Bring to boil. Berries will start to pop. Summer for 5 minutes till thick. Cool and eat. Easy peasy.

  12. anamika808creative 5 years ago

    Woooo…..lovely red….I loved them…!!!

  13. Jill Kuhn 5 years ago

    Hope you and Philippe had a wonderful dinner, Charlie! ❤️ We had my MIL for dinner. She has dementia and kept repeating herself. Enjoy the little moments as they are precious. 😘 xo

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks so much, Jill! 😃💕 The little moments are definitely the most precious of all. Sending you love and hugs!!

  14. SnehLata Maheshwari 5 years ago

    Charlie u made a wonderful berries no idea of making what with them but of course .
    I made Custerd with whiped cream
    Some furits with berries. Thanks .

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Snehlata! 😃💕 Custard and whipped cream??? YUM!! I’ll have some please!! hehe

  15. Rod Fletcher 5 years ago

    Happy thanksgiving to you and yours

  16. Hania 5 years ago

    Cranberry cheesecake is the best!

  17. Thomas Blanchard 5 years ago

    You can always string them with popcorn for the tree! Hope you enjoyed the day and will be eating all weekend!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Yes! Yay! That would be fun to do! I’m not sure I could go without eating all the popcorn though… I love the stuff! LOL 😊💕

  18. smzang 5 years ago

    Ok, when the cookbook is done, and then the collection of essays is published, how about a book of O’Shields’ One Liners with Illustrations.

    “so content in the house that it actually began to break bud and grow”

    That wonderful line is as joyfully poetic as anything I have ever read.

    As for the cranberries…they make me feel good just looking at their happy redness.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww you’re always encouraging… I don’t really consider myself a writer and yet you always manage to make me feel like one. Thank you so much for that! 😃💕

  19. Tom Cunliffe 5 years ago

    You’ve certainly captured the essence of cranberry Charlie!

  20. Sandra Gilbert 5 years ago

    I don’t know what you ended up doing with your cranberries, but my mother in law cooks raw cranberries with a cup of orange juice and a cup of sugar until the berries split. They are so yummy. Giggle, she makes them for me every year. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Yum! That sounds delicious! 😃💕 Actually we still haven’t managed to do anything with them yet. hehe

  21. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    I’m thankful for doodlewash!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      I’m thankful for you my friend! Thanks so much for being a part of it! 😃💕

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