All Good Things End With Dessert

Day 31 - All Good Things End With Dessert - Fruit Cake #doodlewashMay2018 Doodlewash

We’ve made it to the very end of this month’s art challenge, and what better way to end a month of smiles than with a bit of dessert. Or in my case, an entire cake that I hoped would be enough to entice my partner Philippe to make a real one. Though I did receive a “yum” reaction from him, suffice it to say, we still won’t be having dessert this evening so this one remains another fantasy. Still trying to return to an appropriate summer weight. But, I’m thrilled to have sketched my way through another month and excited to begin again for our June Art Challenge of Outdoor Fun! I hope many of you will be joining me, or at least jumping in whenever you can. It’s way more fun to paint and sketch together, and it’s so enjoyable and inspiring to see what people come up with to share during the month. And June is, of course, just a warm up for the ultimate challenge of 31 watercolors in 31 days when World Watercolor Month returns in July! Don’t miss it this year! There are so many incredible things coming and it’s definitely going to be the most amazing month for watercolor ever! Actually, when you think about it, it’s like the year’s best dessert!

 It’s been unseasonably warm here and Philippe and I awoke yesterday to find our air conditioning wasn’t working as intended. Trying to get someone out to provide a bit of service during a heat wave is a challenge in itself. Thankfully, we found someone who came out and solved the issue today, which involved replacing a capacitor, something that is still a bit of a mystery to me. I’ve never been a “fix-it” kind of guy when it comes to homes. They’re like a complex living organism with too many moving parts to ever possibly understand. Me and my home live together in a roughly symbiotic relationship until that moment when something fails to work and I’m left scrambling to think of what I’m supposed to do next. There are many who excel at domesticity and can even fix their own appliances. I’m not one of them. Even when a notably exhausted visiting repairman talks me through the problem during my “learning moment” my mind dissolves it all as soon as he’s gone and moves on to other more interesting things. Our house is now slowly moving from hell to heaven and, I’m just happy to be looking forward to a good night’s sleep.

The funny thing about bad things happening is that when they are resolved, the good thing is more cherished than ever. Perhaps that’s why I never really fret too much over anything that happens in life. Sure, things we don’t like may occur, but if we simply push through it there’s always a wonderful and positive finale. The truth is, life likes to be positive in it’s most natural state. That’s where everything always returns to at some point or another. We can choose to give bad moments too much credit than they deserver or simply wait a bit, until our real destiny reveals itself and yes, the real one is always rather fantastic. This is how I choose to approach life. There’s simply too much good to be found to ever let the bad trump it. Perhaps it’s my own naivety talking, but I simply must believe that life will always sort itself out somehow. Sure, I’m a dreamer, but I don’t think there’s any harm in thinking that all good things end with dessert.

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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Yellow Ochre, Quinacridone Red, Leaf Green, Terra Cotta and Cobalt Blue. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia 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!
 Day 31 - All Good Things End With Dessert - Fruit Cake #doodlewashMay2018 Doodlewash
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20 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 5 months ago

    Your cake looks too decadent, Charlie – especially since I sinned and had pancake cannoli with strawberries for breakfast. My excuse is that my mother wanted it, but wouldn’t eat it all and wanted to share. It’s hard to get her to eat enough (oh, that I had that problem, lol) so, of course, I agreed. Absolutely, a sacrifice on my part!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕hehe… what a beautiful sacrifice you made! Those are definitely the sweetest kind of all! 😉

  2. Margaret Parker Brown 5 months ago

    Sometimes I kick myself over the fact that I miss out on reading your posts, you give your heart when you write. I love your attitude and what you share. You come across authentic and what I like to think as a ‘kindred spirit’ ❤️ I Love your painting and now I want some dessert! I will do better in coming over to read your posts, I realize that I am missing out. Now I have to stop procrastinating!!! 😊

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Argh! I had to rescue your comment from my Spam folder. So sorry for the delay! Thank you SO much my friend!! 😃💕 I’m so happy to see you back! I literally post daily so it’s sometimes impossible to keep up with me, but thanks so much for the visit! I find myself totally behind on posts lately, but even if I don’t comment, I’m still seeing and loving every awesome painting you make! So wonderful work!

      • Margaret Parker Brown 5 months ago

        No worries, I don’t know how you do it 😊 ❤️ your writing seems so fresh and never rushed, at least the ones I take the time to read!

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          Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

          That is such a lovely compliment!! Thank you Margaret! 😃💕 I do think that blogging daily has made both my illustrations and writing happen a bit easier. Guess practice does work after all! (I’m glad, because I totally talk about and encourage that all of the time! lol). I’m actually compiling some of my favorite posts in an upcoming podcast series, because as you know, I can’t sit still and always have to come up with something new to try! hehe

  3. June Hadaway 5 months ago

    What a wonderful looking dessert. I am afraid I would have to run to the bakery for that one. Then I could eat my cake and draw it too!! Lol😁😂🤣😃

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, June! 😃💕 hehe… nothing better in live than eating your cake and drawing it too! lol

  4. Lisa 5 months ago

    I fixed a toilet once with a rubber band! Lovely cakr!

  5. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 months ago

    Problems with the house? Take dessert outside and eat on the patio! Especially THIS dessert – I am hungry now, and I wasn’t really hungry at all before – this is your fault, Charlie. Don’t you ever crave bay leaves?

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yes, problems that were thankfully resolved. It’s too hot here to sit outside comfortably right now, but it was still cooler outside until we got our air conditioning fixed! Ugh! And I do crave bay leaves as it turns out, but it’s only happened once… lol …. https://doodlewash.com/a-bit-of-bay-leaves/

  6. smzang 5 months ago

    ” I simply must believe that life will always sort itself out somehow. Sure, I’m a dreamer, but I don’t think there’s any harm in thinking that all good things end with dessert.”

    Words to live by!

    That cake looks divine.

  7. Sharon Nolfi 5 months ago

    Charlie, your positive attitude is catching. I always get a lift when I read your blog. Your cake looks fabulous!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Aww that makes so incredibly happy to hear!! Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕

  8. SnehLata Maheshwari 5 months ago

    I loved and appreciated your positivity about life and that was a horrible seen of AC. In summer time this problem , i have also faced. But u r lucky one get boy for help.i didn’t.n liedown in floer.
    🍰 is yam. thanks

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks, Snehlata! 😃💕 Yeah… there’s nothing worse than having the cool air disappear in summer, but thankfully all was resolved!

  9. Katie Felgar 5 months ago

    I love it you did a great job!

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