For our final prompt of “Sunrise” this month, I made a quick little doodle of a rooster and then sort of made up a fast and loose background of what I remember from my childhood times on the farm. It’s more the feeling than any specific scene, but those early mornings there are some of my favorite memories. Though, I never liked getting up early as a kid, unless it was Christmas or I was spending time on my grandparent’s farm. Each day there felt magical and I was so excited to start a fresh new day. And, as we complete our November challenge, I’m excited for a fresh new month as well! So, I hope you’ll join me for the December Art Challenge and keep right on sketching and painting lovely things each day! As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of the month of December as I like to count down the days until Christmas like when I was a kid so I’m looking forward to the days ahead!

Today, I was back to work after being in vacation mode almost all of last week. It was definitely like waking up too early in the morning as it took my brain quite a bit longer to shift gears. And, I’m still a bit behind on things that I saved until today, but slowly starting to get caught up on everything again. It was one of those frenetic days where I was in a blur of motion and ended it just hoping that most things got completed along the way. Now, I’m typing like a crazy person so I can finish this post and enjoy a tiny bit of down time with Philippe. Well, and our dog Phineas, of course, but he’s currently intent on watching Philippe as he makes a little snack for us. Philippe was making dough earlier and I asked him what he was creating and he said he was just playing. He just put it in the dough in a skillet with oil and then served me some. I asked what was and he said, “I don’t know, some sort of Turkish bread?” He cooks like I doodle, apparently, but it was absolutely delicious!

To be truthful, I can’t believe that’s it’s already time for December to begin tomorrow. I always feel a bit like the month sneaks up on me each year, but this year it was sneakier than ever. It’s been a very different year indeed as most of it was spent living through a pandemic. Time became a very strange thing as we spent so much of it at home and not many other places at all. I won’t be able to visit my family this year on either continent, but I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to do so next year at some point. For now, I’m just happy that we’re all healthy and ready to enjoy another holiday season. I want each day to pass by slowly so I can enjoy it properly, but I’m rather sure that won’t happen. My favorite month flies by each year and I’m soon saying a fond farewell. Even so, I’m totally ready for the countdown to begin at the break of dawn.

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35 thoughts on “Break Of Dawn

  1. Love this, Charlie!! There is nothing quite like the sound of a rooster at sunrise and when we first moved to Florida our neighbor’s rooster sang us a tune every morning. I love the sound; it reminds me of childhood mornings on my grandparent’s farm. November did zoom right by and I swear we’re in some sort of time warp…can Christmas really only be 25 days away??

  2. Hi, Charlie! Beautiful rooster 🐓🐓🐓! Yeah, time has been weird this year. I still can’t believe that we have been locked in for 9 months! Every month seemed to just fly by. I can’t believe that the year is almost over! I can’t believe that we are actually watching shipments of the vaccine flying out to parts of the world in preparation for salvation! Beautiful hope that this virus nightmare is almost over! Wow! Charlie, thank the Lord that we live in a country with the technology and capability to create a vaccine to save us. This nightmare is almost over! How amazing that the end of the year correlates with the end of this virus. I am so ready for 2021 and to get this year behind us. Hope on the horizon!
    I thought of you. I wore my hoodie out last night and I looked like a snowman! haha haha 😂

  3. Charlie yesterday sunrise came with a rose coloured sky so I ripped open the balcony door and flashed my cell. Yes I remember rooster call in our little coal town in BC Canada’s Kootenays which reminds me I have to get back to my memoir and get some work done.

    1. Hello Leenda,

      I noticed you mentioning Kootenay and could not help asking… do you live there? No wonder you paint! Recently some friends of mine visited the Kootenay River and shared pictures of a breathtaking place. You must have so much beauty all around! It is one of the places I’d like to visit with my sister. Im so happy for you. 🙂


      1. Hi Mudha,

        No I lived in the Kootenays when I was a kid. Natal is no longer a town as it was taken in the 60s by a mining company for minefield (coal). Another company has it now. Natal and its Turtle Mountain is slightly west of the famous Frank Slide. Now we are in the Okanagan where we don’t get the famous Canadian winters although we do get that season. I call it The Ugly. The Kootenays are tremendously beautiful but the Okanagan has it all. Four Season playground. I sound like a travel salesperson.

  4. He’s a beautiful rooster. It’s been a while since I painted one. I might have to do one this month. December is always too fast. Quick on the heels of my favorite holiday of Thanksgiving, I have a December birthday then Xmas and New Years Eve. Plus I’m quite into celebrating the winter solstice because the days start getting longer and I’m all for looking forward to spring in December.

    1. Hi, Lisa! How wonderful to have a dear friend that would gift you a giant box of Crayola Crayons. I just love the way they smell! I am with you….I would sit it on a shelf and admire the pretty colors! 😀 Have a great week, Lisa!

  5. 2020 has seemed to go on forever, and yet it’s hard to believe it’s almost over. It’s funny how much importance we place on such time-keeping, since it is totally a man-made invention. Part of our need to have that feeling of starting fresh, I think.

  6. Hello Charlie,

    What a lovely rooster! I feel like it’s gonna be ages till Im able to paint a rooster like this. But keeping my fingers crossed till it happens. 🙂 Your memories of your grandparents’ farm seem very exciting. You must’ve grown up eating a lot of the “farm kitchen goodies” that find their way into children’s stories. I envy you those. 🙂 And as you’ve got back to work, I hope you have a no stress, full of fun and totally fulfilling work week ahead!


    1. Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Yes I grew up eating lots of farm kitchen goodies. My best memories of childhood! And you’ll totally be able to paint a rooster… I used to fuss over all of the details and then I stepped back and look at the parts. It’s not a lot of parts as it turns out. So I just scribble in those and jump in and color!

  7. Ha ! qu’il est sublime ce coq ! un vrai coq, et non un faux pour les enfants – nous revenons enfin à vos merveilleux dessins, d’avant, ou vos animaux, étaient si véridiques, si bien dessinés – à quand ce retour aux vraies choses de la vie, et non rêvées et enfantines ? – en France Noël n’est pas encore là, rien en début de mois de décembre – çà sera le 24/12 et le 25/12 puis le 31/12 – bien que nôtre gouvernement ne désire pas, des mélanges dans les âges, séparer les grands parents – et pas plus de 6 personnes à table, et ne pas sortir après 22 heures – portez-vous bien vous et Philippe – profitez de cette période de fête !

    1. Bonjour, Cathy! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed this! Yes, more in the style you personally prefer. 😉 True, this is a very different holiday season to be sure, but so much to be thankful for in the coming year. All the best to you and yours!

  8. Lovely rooster. Love his coloring. December?!? It can’t be. My hubby the other day was commenting that he felt it was still October. I think a lot of us are feeling that way Charlie!

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