For our prompt of “Icicles” today, I decided to toss in a squirrel as well. Today, in my part of the world, it actually warmed up and was raining most of the day, but ice is normally more likely this time of year. I’m actually one of those crazy folks who adores the really cold weather. There’s just something magical about seeing icicles on everything along with a bit of snow. It’s the sort of weather that makes everything sparkle, where as rain just sort of makes everything wet. As most of the birds head to warmer temperatures, there’s a wonderful silence in the air. I remember as a kid playing in the snow and how I would stop and listen, hearing the sound of nothing but my own thoughts. It’s such a peaceful feeling. And though I don’t play in the snow like I used to, I will still stop and listen to enjoy that moment of infinite wonder. Though Philippe, along with our dog Phineas, isn’t a fan of winter, he was noticeably bummed out today for the warmer temperatures. There’s still a glow in our house from the holiday season and it just feels better with that familiar chill in the air. Phineas is bummed because he got the warmer weather he wanted, but it came with rain, which he hates. I was simply happy to grab a moment to sketch the weather in whatever form I wanted it to appear.
Philippe and I have been staying indoors all day, safe and dry. Our friend Aesha is coming over this evening to share the last of our foie gras and other treats. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen her last, so I’ve very excited for the night ahead. Also, because we’re basically celebrating Christmas together, so it’s a nice extension of the holiday. The menu for the evening turned into my favorite one of all. Just a lot of tiny plates and lovely things to taste as the evening moves along. Our puzzle is still sitting on the table, finally complete after hours of delightful frustration. It’s a major trophy at this point so I have a sneaky feeling that it will remain there for several days until we decided to either glue it or rip it apart and put it box in its box. I wanted to start another one, since I’m off work for a few more days, but Philippe goes back to work on Monday and it’s really not the same putting together a puzzle alone. Soon, this holiday break will be over and another year will begin anew. So, I’m taking every moment to enjoy these first days of the season, even if the weather isn’t playing its part.
This time of year my mind begins to shift to all of the things I’d like to try next. Just little random thoughts and ideas pop into my mind, mulled like wine and tasted without any firm commitment. There are so many directions I could go next, so many things I could DO, that it almost feels overwhelming. But, that’s all part of the fun. We were listening to songs from the movie Frozen 2 while putting together our puzzle last night. In it, there’s a song that’s a bit sad called “The Next Right Thing.” Though it has nothing to do with actual context of the song in the movie the notion of “DO the next right thing” resonated with me. That’s really always the perfect answer to the question of what to try next. It’s strangely simple and somewhat obvious, but that’s usually the case with things that provide the best solution. So, I’m excited to let my heart lead me forward to whatever it is I’m supposed to try next. And as the chill in the air returns in the coming days and my world gets covered in ice, I’m once again just feeling warm and cozy as winter begins.
About the Doodlewash
Da Vinci Paint Co.: Gold Ochre, Quinacridone Red, Leaf Green, Cobalt Turquoise, Terra Cotta and Ultramarine (Green Shade). Staedtler Pigment Liners 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!