Blooming Sage

Sage Purple Flowers Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Sage” today, I sketched a bit of sage blooming. I love fresh herbs this time of year and though Philippe and I don’t have a proper yard, we have grown herbs in pots. I say that in the past tense as we haven’t done so in a couple of years since herbs seem to lack the ability to water themselves. Philippe has something delicious cooking right now in the InstaPot, but I’m not exactly sure what it is. I didn’t think I was hungry, but the smell of some yummy food cooking always makes me change my mind. That, and being in the presence of a donut. That also has the miraculous effect of changing my mind. But, fresh and healthy food is really quite appealing. And the smell of fresh herbs reminds me of all of the wonderfully simple things that nature has to offer. These days, I’m just sort of taking everything one day at a time, focusing on life’s simple pleasures and enjoy every little minute of it along the way.

Though indeed, I mentioned before that Philippe and I eat much lighter as the weather gets warmer, our dog Phineas is going on a bit of a diet. He had a vet appointment today and we discovered that he’s a touch overweight. So, Philippe spent the afternoon crunching numbers and determining the perfect portion for him going forward. Needless to say, Phineas will not be pleased. But he’s still a touch stoned as we have to give him a pill to help relax him on his annual appointment. While many hate going to the doctor, Phineas deplores it and lets his displeasure be known by turning into an unruly beast if not properly calmed first. It was actually curbside pickup because of social distancing, but a few minutes after Philippe was waiting in the car he got a call asking him to don a mask and come inside to help tame the monster. I only heard the story of the saga after the fact, and Phineas returned home perfectly pissed, but otherwise unfazed.

I really can’t blame him as I don’t like going to the doctor either. Last time I went my doctor told me that I “could lose tend pounds.” Not that I should lose weight, but offered up as a sort of mysterious idea of something I might love to try. There are lots of things I “could” do in life and most are far more pleasant than going on a diet. So, I just nodded and said, “yes, I could.” This seemed to placate the doctor though my response was as perfectly noncommittal as his suggestion. I’ve actually been at my goal weight many times in life, and it usually causes my mother to ask me if I’m sick and would like something to eat. Though I guess even if one is healthy, it’s always possible to be even healthier. I prefer to strike a nice balance in life instead. And I’m ready for all of the wonderful food that nature has in store for me in the coming months, and the beautiful sights like blooming sage.

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  1. ~M 2 years ago

    Lol… my doctor often “suggests” the same thing to me. Finally this last time he didn’t! Guess I’m doing better by his standards. Lol

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Lol.. good to hear it! Yeah, I haven’t been back yet to find out! 😉

  2. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    Basenjis are not noted for suffering foolishness, and I’m sure Phineas thinks visits to the veterinarian are totally unneccessary.

  3. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Beautiful Sage, Charlie. We are so fortunate; our vet has a fully equipped mobile unit and pulls up in front of our house to take care of our 3 kitties. She’s the most caring and wonderful vet…we just love her.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Aww… what an awesome vet! So cool!

  4. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Wonderful sage in bloom Charlie! I remember taking my Irish setter to the vets years ago only to be told that I had to lift him up on the table which was not an easy task. Our next vet would get down on the floor and met on his level. Much better.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yeah, the next vet sounds much better indeed!

  5. Priscilla DeConti 2 years ago

    My dr has suggested the same for me…I haven’t taken him up on it yet LOL and since being on lockdown I know I have gained a few more…but now that weather is better I hope to get out more..maybe..thanks and your sage looks wonderful!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Priscilla! 😃💕 Yeah, suggestions are simply that I guess… hehe… though I hope to get out more as well!

  6. Lisa 2 years ago

    A number of years ago we were vacationing in South Dakota and I found some wild sage growing by our camp ground, so I picked some to bring home. Later in the car I started sneezing and my eyes were watering and I was feeling pretty punky. That’s when I discovered I’m allergic to sage.

    I grow regular basil, Thai basil, and parsley in my garden. Even though I cook a lot, I don’t tend to use many fresh herbs except cilantro.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Oh wow! Allergic to sage, eh? And to find out in a closed space like that… ugh! Basil and cilantro are delicious though! 😉

  7. Danai Mongkolrat 2 years ago

    Wonderful painting,Charlie!

  8. Debra Armstrong 2 years ago

    So delicate and pleasing!

  9. Susan Masters 2 years ago

    Lovely colours!

  10. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Great doodle Charlie. We have varieties of sage and salvias in our garden. The bees love the flowers.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks, Gary! 😃💕 Oh to have a garden! That sounds so lovely!

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