For today’s prompt of “Brown Sugar,” I ended up with a some sugar cubes in a jar paired with some coffee. I honestly don’t like sugar in my coffee, but it seemed like a good visual pairing. I’ve no skills when it comes to cooking, so I just know that brown sugar was often used to bake many of the treats I loved while growing up. To be sure, I didn’t even know what made sugar brown until I looked it up and found out it’s just regular cane sugar with a bit of molasses. That makes me happy to know as molasses cookies were one of my favorites as a kid. I used to have these cookies all of the time, or frequently enough that they felt like a tradition. But, it’s been a really long time since I’ve had one. I’m still trying to talk Philippe into making some snickerdoodles, but now molasses cookies have been added to my wish list. He told me that American cookies are, “so not refined,” which is not remotely surprising coming from someone raised on French cuisine. But, he always indulges me eventually because, in the end, it’s more about the memories than the recipe itself. Though, it’s probably good that we don’t indulge in sugar very often as adults, even if it pretty much fueled me through my childhood when I was able to burn it off quickly. So, that’s why I often indulge once more by at least recreating sweet treats virtually in doodlewash form.
Tonight, we had a bit of an adventure in that we were under a tornado warning and had to move to the basement for a period of time. I was in the middles of writing this post when Philippe heard the sirens, grabbed our dog Phineas and instructed me to move downstairs immediately. There was indeed a rather large tornado moving through our area, but it thankfully broke down as it moved in our specific direction and traveled farther north. This changed everything about the mood of the night, as we were suddenly huddled together in a basement hoping for the best. Moments like these are very distressing, to be sure, but, I was struck by the feeling of being with the person I love most along with our furry companion. In that moment, I knew that all I wanted in this world was more time to spend with them. The storm, thankfully passed us by, but the feeling it left in its wake was remarkable. Though, I have so much I’d like to accomplish in life, my real life is all that matters to me. My tiny family, and all of the joy they bring me each and every day, is the most important thing.
So, I’m a bit late posting this today, having just come out of a tornado shelter, but I’m still here. I’m still showing up, despite all of the odds, and I happily recommend this. The world is crazy and unpredictable, but, no matter what, I think we should always show up to add our part of the story. No matter what happens. Even a tornado can’t stop me from showing up to sketch stuff and create each day. Our heart always finds a way. Though, sure, I’m quite happy and thankful that there was no drama to report this evening. And, certainly happy that I’m still here and able to report that bit of news. Anything is possible in life, whether things seem good or bad, and in order to live it properly, we just have to side with the good. At least, that’s how I like to view life. It’s no secret that I’m an insatiable optimist, if you’ve been reading along with me for any length of time at all. I’m not unrealistic, as I know bad things can happen, but I choose to live a life that imagines only the best things. Maybe I’m crazy, but I have to belief that life is better lived with just a touch of sugar.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Nickel Azo Yellow, Cobalt Turquoise, Terra Cotta, and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with black ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book. Want to purchase a print of this doodlewash? Send me a note with a link to this post, and I’ll add it to my shop!
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