Another Year Older

Day 13 - Birthday Cake Ice Cream Illustration Watercolor - Doodlewash

Yes, today is my birthday and I didn’t feel shy at all about making the prompt “cake” for today! I truly can’t think of anything better than lots of cake. Philippe is making my birthday cake now, though I tried to get him to make it earlier claiming I needed it as a reference for this doodlewash. He just smiled at me as he often does in the way one regards a little pet and said nothing. So I had to imagine what the scene would be like later and assemble my own version of what I’m about to enjoy. A bit of white cake, some ice cream and a single candle because lighting the appropriate number would amount to a fire hazard. Ice cream scoop at the ready, of course, to get a little more ice cream when that bit is finished. Right now, the entire house smells like a cake, so it’s both wonderful and frustrating all at the same time. But, I’m thrilled and excited to celebrate in just a few moments! I was so excited about the cake, I almost forgot that I’m actually getting gifts as well. Just little toys, I’m sure, that any big kid like me would enjoy, though I haven’t opened them yet. Growing old as I always say isn’t something one can avoid, but growing up is entirely optional.

Tonight, is just a simple little party of only Philippe and myself. I’ve opted to just do group parties for each decade at this point. And only the champagne this evening will signal that this isn’t actually a child’s birthday celebration. Beyond that, Philippe is making burgers and fries, which sounds totally decadent and it is a bit. Though, as ever, he’ll make the portions small to balance everything out, which I adore because it will look even more like something ordered off the children’s menu. I had a choice between that and spaghetti and meatballs, and honestly couldn’t decide so, in the end, he just made the decision for me. I’m thrilled! Though, yes, tomorrow will be a day of salads to further compensate, but it’s totally worth it. Birthdays only happen once a year, thankfully I guess or we’d age like dogs, and should be enjoyed to the fullest. Speaking of dogs, our Phineas has been a bit antsy today as he knows something is happening. No doubt he thinks it’s actually his birthday and will be expecting presents later as well. He’s never been very happy when he’s not the center of attention.

I’m equally a bit reflective when I hit these yearly milestones. I think about all that I have hoped to accomplish and wonder how I’m doing on that front. We only have so much time on this little planet and I DO always try to make the most of each day. But, there’s so much left to do still. Then I saw all of the wonderful messages from friends and realized I’ve done everything I could hope for after all. I’ve connected with wonderful people who add so much joy to my life and inspire me with their creativity each day. I feel very lucky. Thanks to you all for supporting me in my art journey, and most of all, for supporting each other along the way as well. I love that we’ve done so much together and I can’t wait to see what we’ll all do next! And, I hope with every birthday I’ve grown a bit wiser, as they say that comes with age. But, mostly I’m just happy to start another year of chasing dreams and following my heart. There was a little boy once upon a time who had high hopes for what we’d become and I’ve no intention of letting him down. In so many ways, I’m still that little boy, after all… just another year older.

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Birthday Cake Ice Cream Illustration Watercolor - Doodlewash

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  1. JA Wilson 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday, enjoy your cake!

  2. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 years ago

    Charlie, no matter how hard you try to catch up to me in years, you will continue to fall far short. Enjoy your celebration – I bet cake made by Philippe is out of this world delicious and worth every calorie of the second and third pieces. Happy Birthday, young man, and on to another year of accomplishments. Now, paint this day HAPPY.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      hehe! Yay! Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, the cake was awesome and lower in calorie and sugar than most, of course, so it was impossibly to feel any guilt! lol

  3. Phil Cooper 4 years ago

    Happy birthday Charlie, enjoy your cake 😀 and thank you for all your wonderful work on the fabulous Doodlewash ❤️

  4. June Hadaway 4 years ago

    Lovely setting you painted for your special day. Happy Birthday Charlie. Wishing you many, many more birthdays with lots of cake!!!

  5. Laura (PA Pict) 4 years ago

    Many happy returns on your birthday, Charlie!

  6. Mary Roff 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday!!!! I hope you’ve enjoyed the cake and that decadent dinner; your birthday only comes around once a year so celebrate!!!! Wishing you many, many more birthday celebrations!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks, Mary! 😃💕 We did… but were both a bit full and ready for bed by the end! hehe

  7. Sandra Strait 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday, Charlie! I think if you get any wiser you’d be toppling over from the weight of it all! Have a fabulous day!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      hehe…. you’re too sweet! Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 It was a fabulous day!

  8. Jacob 4 years ago

    Happy birthday, Charlie! Here’s to never growing up! <3 Sounds like you've a great evening lined up, so make the most of it; it's one day where any amount of ice cream is allowed 😉

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕 hehe… even if ice cream isn’t your thing. 😉 lol It was all good, but a lot at once for sure!

  9. Fanna 4 years ago

    Happy birthday fellow Aries! (mine is Thursday). Do you think your hubby would Fed Ex me one of his gorgeous gateaux’s in advance?

    Hope this day, this year brings all joy and lots of color, Charlie. You deserve that and so much more.

    Fanna Turano

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Fanna! 😃💕 And happy birthday month to you as well my friend!! hehe… I’m not sure the gâteau would travel very well. It had lots of fluffy icing.

  10. Annie 4 years ago

    Happy Happy Birthday Charlie! Enjoy your celebration!

  11. Beth Cristy 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday! Thank you for getting me started painting in a style I love. Purchased your book and am loving it. Enjoy that 🎂

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thank you, Beth! And, Aww that’s so wonderful to hear! 😃💕 And thank you so much for purchasing the book. I’m so happy you’re enjoying it! I have a fun one coming out later this month that’s about DOing art. 😉

  12. Terresa 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday 🎁🎊🎉.

  13. Louise 4 years ago

    Best wishes for a great year ahead Charlie!

  14. Sandra Gilbert 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday Charlie! I know the cake will be as amazing as the one you painted. ENJOY!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 The real cake was way better… so good… and there’s more left for tonight! hehe Yay!

  15. hootiebirdsartjournal 4 years ago

    Happy birthday Charlie!

  16. Terry Ganey Art 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday! Many blessings! (And lots of cake!) 😁

  17. Tom 4 years ago

    And Happy Birthday from me too, Charlie! (I stopped aging at 24 so I’ll never grow up or old!)
    Enjoy your party… and of course, the cake!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Tom! 😃💕 hehe… I might have you beat because I’m not sure I ever aged out of grade school! lol

  18. Susan 4 years ago

    And may you have many, many more, enjoying each and every one of them with good health and oodles of doodles.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Susan!😃💕 That’s a lovely message! Yay to that!

  19. Laura Hale 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday Charlie!

  20. Lisa 4 years ago

    Happy birthday! Cake! I’d always rather have cake. Strawberry shortcake is my first choice, but any cake will do. Since I know perfectly well how to make a cake, it’s surprising that I don’t have it more often. My grandma Mabel used to make me an angel food cake for my birthday every year. I loved the ones with the colored confetti in it. I was her first grandchild and she was my Godmother. I got extra special treatment for those reasons. People who grow up with grandparents are the luckiest people I know. All that unconditional love, and an ear always tuned to the concerns of a little person! What could be better?

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 And so true! Growing up with grandparents is a wonderful thing indeed. That kind of love is the best!

  21. popsiclesociety 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday 🥳 Enjoy it!

  22. LoriCtoo 4 years ago

    Looks like a good birthday meal to me. Give me a good burger and I am a happy camper. I don’t dwell on getting older, otherwise I will start to feel older. I am a kid at heart and will always be. You know they keep saying people are living longer….so I guess 50+ is the new 30+. 😉 Again, Happy Birthday!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks, Lori! 😃💕 hehe… yeah…. that’s true! I don’t feel old at all… still feel like I’m in my 30’s!

  23. Leena Uniyal 4 years ago

    A very very happy birthday to you, Charlie!! 🍾🍰🎂🍫😀

  24. Sharon Nolfi 4 years ago

    I’m wishing you a happy birthday and a glorious year ahead. I think you deserve a bigger piece of cake than the one you painted!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 And I’ll read your comment out loud to Philippe, but I doubt he’ll let me have a bigger slice! hehe

  25. Jesska 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday 🙂

  26. itsmyhusbandandme 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday and thanks for making our day(s) so colourful.
    JP x

  27. Ursula 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday! April 13th is my birthday also – I came across your piece by accident – serendipity ❣️

  28. Sarah 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday, Charlie!!! 😄 Your menu and cake sounds absolutely wonderful to me! Hope you had a fabulous day and weekend! 😃💕

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕It’s been a fabulous weekend… I don’t want it to end!

  29. Sharon Mann 4 years ago

    Yeah…happy birthday Charlie!

  30. diannmeynor 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday Charlie! Enjoy your cake and extra scoop of ice cream!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 hehe… I was actually too full for the extra scoop in reality. 😊But it was awesome!

  31. Carol Rieger 4 years ago

    Happy, Happy Birthday. Celebrate today and for the 365 more, then, repeat. Enjoy every day.

  32. smzang 4 years ago

    The best of the best:

    Charlie says, “Growing old as I always say isn’t something one can avoid, but growing up is entirely optional”

    May you never grow old but may you have a zillion more happy birthdays.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 And thanks for encouraging me to write more… appreciate it my friend!

      • smzang 4 years ago


        I just watched the spires of Notre Dame fall into the flames and my heart is breaking. I can only imagine how awful this must be for Phillipe and you to see. My heartfelt sympathy to each of you and to all the world. To see such a monumental icon so injured is devastating.

        • Author
          Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

          Thank you my friend. 😃💕 Yes, it was very tough to watch… I talk about in today’s post.

  33. ~M 4 years ago

    Hope you had a good birthday!

  34. Mélissa Vallée 4 years ago

    Happy birthday Charlie! 🙂

  35. Jennifer McLean 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday Charlie. I’m so glad to be part of your tribe. I hope your cake was spectacular!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks, Jennifer! 😃💕 I’m so happy you are part of the community as well! And the cake was awesome!! Best of all? There’s more in the fridge for tonight!! Yippeeeee!! lol

  36. Jodi 4 years ago

    Happy Birthday Charlie! What number did you turn this year? I know in your heart it is about 6 🙂

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Thanks, Jodi! 😃💕 Yep… it’s the big “6” this year! I felt like I’m finally ready for first grade! hehe… okay… yeah… it’s really the 4-8, but in my heart that means 12 at best! 😉 hehe

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