Carrot Soup

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 30 - Carrot Soup - Doodlewash

Today is the final day of our November challenge. I hope you’ve enjoyed this bountiful month of food. Next up, we have all the familiar icons of December and lots of good cheer. I arrived in Texas today to visit family and this and the next few days of posts will be attempted entirely from my phone. And this is a super quick 15 minute doodlewash dash. There’s no wifi at my mom’s place so it always feels a bit like going camping here, albeit with more humane toilets. Thankfully, my art studio is tiny and perfectly portable and doesn’t require an internet connection. And my phone can occasionally locate itself and allow me to make a quick post.

The great part about this annual trip is that there’s always a bit of down time to paint. I always demand this, of course, no matter where I am because the introvert in me can only take so much human interaction. At some point each day I have to retreat entirely so I can recharge. Watercolor is such a wonderful and relaxing way to escape for a bit. And my mom likes to see my paintings. She still talks about how last year I managed to make popcorn look just like popcorn. “I don’t know how he does that!” It’s always nice when you can impress your mother. Even nicer that it gives her a story to tell about the adult me. Sorry, Little Charlie, it can’t all be about you.

Best of all, I’m happy to have a few days off to spend with family. We’ll eat at the same little local Greek restaurant and the woman will miraculously remember me, even though I only show up once a year. We’ll attend the local dinner theatre one evening for a show as we always do. It’s whichever one happens to be playing that year, whether we like it or not. We’ll put together puzzles, drink wine and be generally silly. And though we’ve heard them a thousand times before, we’ll tell the same stories that we always tell. They are what binds us together no matter how little we get to see each other. Nothing very adventurous and new. Just the same things that make us happy. Simple and comforting, like a bowl of carrot soup.

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#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 30 - Carrot Soup - Doodlewash

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28 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 8 months ago

    Your 15 minute soup is super! It sounds like you are going to have a marvelous time!

  2. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 8 months ago

    You reminded me of a Little Golden Book, the one where the Hungry Lion (that may be the title) comes to the home of the rabbit family, intending to eat them. They persuade him they must first cook a huge pot of carrot soup, and he loves it so much – well, even if you have never read the story, you can guess the sweet ending. Carrots are good for our bodies, our eyesight, and our soul. It is nice to impress Mom and the Hungry Lion. Thanks for your bowl of carrot soup, Charlie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕I love that!! What a lovely story… actually not sure I’ve ever read it and now I want to!!

  3. Sharon Nolfi 8 months ago

    It’s definitely comforting to do the same family traditions, year after year. And what could be better than a mother’s praise? Enjoy!

  4. anamika808creative 8 months ago

    Wooo….yummy…nice texture…!!!!

  5. Have a wonderful time with your family, Charlie! Your carrot soup looks beyond delicious!

  6. SnehLata Maheshwari 8 months ago

    Hi at least u have reached u r destination.
    Although u r older as u says but for Ma always kid. And her first question is oh u r not eating properly looking so weak.ha ha that’s called Ma.
    Carrot soup is nice. Enjoy with the family.
    Good luck.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks, Snehlata! 😃💕Hehe!! Yes! That sounds just like a mother! We’ll always be just kids no matter how old we get in their eyes!

  7. Pamela Smith 8 months ago

    One bowl of soup at a time,family love and memories…have a great time..I have enjoyed Watercolor Challenge November and am looking forward to December…Thank you Charlie.😀

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks, Pamela!! 😃💕 Yeah, I always look forward to December… lots of sparkling things to paint! Hehe

  8. Delores Azary 8 months ago

    What great times you have ahead of you! I too am an introvert and can relate to the need to have some alone time. Enjoy your valuable time with family.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks, Delores! 😃💕 Yeah, I just need a little break here and there and then I’m ready to mingle again. Hehe

      • Delores Azary 8 months ago

        You are probably very outgoing as I am. As you mentioned, we just need a little break here and there.

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          Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

          Actually, in person, I’m terribly shy… but tend to compensate for it so nobody thinks so. 😊

  9. Thomas Blanchard 8 months ago

    Yum. I make a spicy peanut carrot soup that rocks 🙂 Enjoy your stay in TX.

  10. Susan Cuss 8 months ago

    Carrot soup= delicious. Have a wonderful visit!

  11. ann christina 8 months ago

    What a nice post and pretty, yummy looking picture! Have some wonderful days with your family, Charlie! (Btw: My aunt is saying exactly the same words about my pictures as your mom about yours, just in Hungarian: “Nem tudom ö ezt hogy csinál…” 😊🍜❤️

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Aww, thanks, Ann!! 😃💕 And your aunt should say that … your work is fabulous! But so cool to see it in Hungarian. I say “see” as I’ve no clue how to pronounce that. 😊hehe

  12. smzang 8 months ago

    stopping by for good soup and good vibes…
    both very satisfying…

    Yum!

  13. Sandra Gilbert 7 months ago

    I hope you had fun with your family, there is such comfort and happiness in spending time with people you love.

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      Charlie O'Shields 7 months ago

      So much! It was a wonderful time. Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕

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