Drowning In Sweets

Hot Chocolate Mug Marshmallows Hamster Watercolor Illustration

One of my favorite bits about this time of year is that everything is just a little bit extra. That mug of “Chocolate,” our prompt today, becomes so inviting that you want to just dive in! So, I decided to sketch a hamster doing just that, and we’ll assume the chocolate had cooled down a bit first. I’m currently visiting my family in Texas and there have been lots of sweet things so far. I’ve taken to just sampling things in small bites, but even though, after adding up all of those bites it’s still deliciously excessive. One of my downfalls this time of year are those tins of butter cookies. Normally, but mother just has one large tin, but this year she found little mini tins and decided to buy a whole stack of them. I didn’t realize this at first and was initially glad that the tin was so small. After Philippe and I ate all of the cookies in the first tin, my mother just quietly replaced it with a full tin. While at first, this seemed like a Christmas miracle, we quickly realized what was happening and that we had no long had any way to properly monitor our intake. Not that monitoring oneself when it comes to cookies is any kind of tradition whatsoever this time of year.

Last night, my sister had us over for small bites and it was all delicious. Her rum balls were excellent this year and those do require a bit of monitoring as they are extremely strong. She also had little mini tiramisu cakes, but admitted it was the only thing she didn’t make from scratch. This was another addition from my mother who had found them on QVC. It’s her version of online shopping, since she doesn’t own a computer or have Internet access. These were imported frozen from Italy and were really quite delicious. I only had one little bite, though, as I’d hit my limit by that point. Not a responsible self-imposed limit, as that never happens, but a physical one. I was just far too full to stuff anything else in my face at that moment. My great nephew, also named Charlie, was there and at one point he was eating chocolates and his mother informed him, sweetly, but sternly, that the one he was holding was his last one. It was in this very moment that I’d stuffed another rum ball into my mouth and I wasn’t quite sure which Charlie she was trying to save in that moment.

But, the holidays wouldn’t be the same if they came with a noticeable level of restraint. It’s the excess of everything that makes it such a fun time of year. Sure, the extra food, the extra desserts, and all of the extra gifts are wonderful. Yet, in the end, that’s not really my favorite part. What I adore most is all of the excess laughter and love. That warm glow of family fun and stories that seem to only happen in abundance this time of year. All of the funny things that happened in holidays past are relived and new silly stories are made in the moment that will no doubt be retold next year. These are the stories that define us as a family and make us feel special and loved. And all of the smiles, with all of their sugary goodness remind me why I’ll always adore the holidays most of all. When, once again, I find myself drowning in sweets.

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38 Comments
  1. Sandra Strait 8 months ago

    You have me laughing with the image of two Charlies, sitting with mouth full and a ‘Me?!!!” look on their face! I love your painting but have to admit, I prefer my hot chocolate served without a hamster in it.

    • Cheryl Anderson 8 months ago

      My reactions exactly, Sandra!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕haha… yeah, I prefer my actual hot chocolate hamster-free as well.

  2. Sharon Nolfi 8 months ago

    Lovely sketch and perfect for this season. Yay to sweets and eating them in excess. After all, Christmas comes only once a year.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 Yay for that! Best season ever!

  3. Purnima Manjunath 8 months ago

    This one is adorable,Charlie!

  4. Karen Fortier 8 months ago

    How cute, Charlie! Sounds like a sweet visit with your family!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕It’s been such a wonderful visit!

  5. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 8 months ago

    So cute!!!! a nice cozy warm place to you can eat and drink too!! Sounds like a wonderful idea. lol 🙂

  6. CURIOUStotheMAX 8 months ago

    Drowning? or Bathing?

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      hehe… depends on how much chocolate he ends up eating I guess. 😉

  7. Mary Roff 8 months ago

    Sweet, Charlie!!

  8. Darlene Campbell 8 months ago

    YUM! I love hot chocolate! Your little mouse looks so happy drowning in sweets! His/Her hat is quite a fashion statement! =) Maybe he/she is wondering why you left the marshmallows on the side. 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks, Darlene! 😃💕hehe.. I imagined the marshmallows popped out when I sketched it, but then forgot that bit when I painted it! lol

  9. Zertab Quaderi 8 months ago

    Love the hamster, Charlie 😀. Great to know you’re having the best of times! Carry on!

  10. Robert J. Coleman 8 months ago

    Question: what is that hamster doing in my hot chocolate??
    Answer: Backstroke!!
    Wonderful images you have drawn with your words, all colored golden by love.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      haha! Exactly! 😃💕 yeah, my mind goes to odd places sometimes. Glad you enjoyed this, Bob!

  11. Gary Middleton 8 months ago

    Ha ha such a funny picture. We put sweets out on Christmas eve and always tell myself I’m going to pace myself. That goes out of the window by boxing day.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks, Gary! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, the only pace at this time of year is fast and furious!

  12. Ann Hyde 8 months ago

    Love it!

  13. LoriCtoo 8 months ago

    I love him! He is soooo cute. Love the whip cream on his head. Sounds like you are have a deliciously fun time!

  14. Lisa 8 months ago

    Fun painting!

    An interesting thing has happened. One of my medications has taken away my craving for sweets. Weird but true. I can leave a box of chocolates alone without a problem. They just don’t taste good to me! Now I’m craving fruity stuff like popsicles. Much more figure friendly. I did have some birthday cake yesterday though, and that was pretty good. Maybe the side effects are going away.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Now those are some good figure friendly side effects indeed. I actually don’t like sweets in too much excess, but Philippe has no such filter.

  15. smzang 8 months ago

    The most precious mouse ever!!

    Charlie says, “What I adore most is all of the excess laughter and love. That warm glow of family fun and stories that seem to only happen in abundance this time of year. All of the funny things that happened in holidays past are relived and new silly stories are made in the moment that will no doubt be retold next year. These are the stories that define us as a family and make us feel special and loved.”

    It is impossible to read your words without feeling the contentment that fuels them. Thanks for sharing!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sarah! 😃💕Aww… I’m so happy you enjoyed this. My words come even faster and quicker when I’m traveling. 😊hehe

  16. smzang 8 months ago

    oops…I know that is a hamster….a friend here collects mice and I was distracted!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      hehe! No worries! Mice would be more expected at Christmas, I’m just running out of animals to add to these! lol 😉

  17. Priscilla DeConti 8 months ago

    I love this picture!!! hope you had a good time with family!

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 It was a fabulous time indeed!

  18. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 8 months ago

    Funny, funny, funny. Your mom urging excess, your nephew Charlie’s mom demanding restraint, you giving in to that “last” rum ball, and the hamster giddily relaxing in a chocolate spa. Move over, Hammie, I’m coming in. Ah, drowning in sweets of all kinds, a perfect family holiday.

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      Charlie O'Shields 8 months ago

      hehe! Glad you enjoyed this one, Sharon! 😃💕Yeah, these are the moments that make this season of gathering so much fun!

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