Candy Cane Dreams

Baby Koala Candy Cane Christmas Watercolor Painting

As my inner child gets more and more excited every day, my head is filled with thoughts of “Peppermint,” our prompt for today, and fun! Today was a travel day as Philippe and I headed to Texas to visit my family. Since I’ve added dogs and cats to illustrate my delight in the season, I thought a sleepy baby koala was in order for today. Indeed, after a day of travel, this is pretty much what I’d like to do next. Minus the candy cane that’s taller than me as that would be a bit too gigantic and rather terrifying. Our flight was changed to hours early, but since we had a connection, we just had a longer layover and had to get up stupidly early. So, I’m extra exhausted, but so thrilled to be back with my family! We’ve got something fun planned every day and I can’t wait. First step was to go get some wine, which is always the first step when we arrive. And some extra treats that we find at the grocery. My mother doesn’t always go with us, but insists on paying and gives me money each time. I’ve given up trying to tell her no, so I just take the dough, secretly quite glad to be treated like a kid again.

Philippe and I had a long layover in Dallas and decided to have a wine flight at lunch. Then, soon after, we also decided we had to have an extra large Starbucks coffee to negate that choice. We were feeling a bit sleepy and the day was only just beginning. We went into full on vacation mode, though, which was super fun. We travel so rarely, that is was fun to experience that sense of reckless abandon that comes with travel for pleasure. Each moment feels like a once in a lifetime opportunity even if we’re just stuck in an airport. And though I don’t love running through terminals and being cramped on a plane, the destination always makes it worth it. Our last flight was slightly delayed so I texted my sister to let her know. We have a running joke that she’s basically beside herself with anticipation to see me again and any delay would be pure agony. The opposite is probably more true, but we love teasing one another.

The final flight is barely 30 minutes in the air, as it’s only a 2 hour drive from Dallas. But not having to deal with a car and driving is another wonderful perk of vacation. After arriving at our destination, my mom and sister were waiting. I always give my sister our flight number, but in reality, there’s only one gate at the airport, so we’re the only afternoon flight from Dallas that day. And suddenly, though I’ve never lived in Texas, I felt like I was home again. Even if my mom’s house isn’t the one from my childhood, it’s filled with all of the wonderful things I remember and cherish. And though it’s a short trip, I’m excited to enjoy each and every precious glittering moment while enjoying these candy cane dreams.

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  1. Mary Roff 3 years ago

    Enjoy your visit and the journey. Sounds like fun to me!!!!

  2. Sandra Strait 3 years ago

    I’m giggling like a fool – your Koala and his candy cane cracked me up! I’m glad you had a good flight and arrived at your Mother’s safely!

  3. Sharon Nolfi 3 years ago

    Sweet sketch. Glad you made it safely home. Enjoy!

  4. Karen Fortier 3 years ago

    Fantastic post and so glad the first part of your trip went well, Charlie! Enjoy your time with family!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 It’s been a lovely time so far!

  5. Lisa 3 years ago

    Have a wonderful time! I miss returning to the home where I grew up. It became a habit that whenever I was back home I’d walk around the property just to see what was different, and what was the same. I’m turning 60 this month. I don’t think the connection with your youthful self ever fades. Every thing that happened in the first 30 years of life seems burned in your psyche, for better or worse. Mostly better in my case.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 So true… that first 30 years always seems to hold such powerful memories!

  6. Zertab Quaderi 3 years ago

    Have a great time with family, Charlie and please give them warm regards from our group!

  7. Darlene Campbell 3 years ago

    Oh man! That koala has the most content look on his little face, clutching his candy cane! No doubt, it’s having sweet dreams! Excellent, as always!

  8. popsiclesociety 3 years ago

    So beautiful! Enjoy this precious time 💕🎄🎉

  9. Priscilla DeConti 3 years ago

    Enjoy your family precious..just like the koala bear and his candy cane. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Glad you liked my little koala!

  10. Eva Gageik 3 years ago

    I don’t think mothers ever stop treating us as a child and sometimes that’s nice!😊 Especially at Christmastime! Enjoy this time! The coala reminds me of how we went to bed after we got our presents on Christmas Eve, holding the most precious present very close to us, keeping it beside the bed or even in it! Christmas is pure childhood memories! That’s what I love most about it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Eva! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… mothers will always see us as the little children we were. Great reminder that our inner child is always still right there as well. And love your description. That’s exactly why I love this season as well!

  11. Laura Kate 3 years ago

    Somehow I don’t think about koalas at Christmas. Very cute cookie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks, Laura! 😃💕 hehe… I just had to branch out a bit since I’m adding animals in this month when I can!

  12. Jacob 3 years ago

    Well, now I rather think we need more Christmas Koalas around the place! And indeed, a candy cane taller than yourself would be terrifying, but I still kinda want one 😉 Have fun!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      hehe! Thanks, Jacob! 😃💕Yeah, I think there should definitely be more baby koalas at Christmas. They’re cute! Hopefully I’ve started a trend!

  13. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 3 years ago

    aweeeeeeee the cutest ever!!!! 🙂

  14. smzang 3 years ago

    Good to know that you’re with your family. The koala is the dearest,
    snuggled on his favorite pillow, hugging his candy cane., If he doesn’t
    have visions of sugar plums in his head, I’m guessing he has dreamed
    himself into a grove of eucalyptus trees. Whatever he sees, it has
    obviously made him very happy.

    Charlie says, ” Each moment feels like a once in a lifetime opportunity ”

    That is exactly how we all feel about DOodlewash.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕 You’re so sweet! I’m so happy you’re enjoying these posts. The ones while I’m in Texas are are tougher to sneak in, but I always like to try! 😉

  15. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 3 years ago

    A wine flight while waiting for the actual flight to take off. I had to ask someone else what a wine flight is as I don’t drink. Can’t even tell the difference between white and red were I blindfolded and asked to choose. But I know enough about wine to know this is funny.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      haha! Yeah, it didn’t occur to me that people might not know what that is. It’s basically a chance to try several wines at once and mostly a good way to kill time when stuck at an airport. 😉

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