Hard Candy Christmas

Craving something sweet after the salty popcorn, you make your choice as a trap door opens and you suddenly disappear. Well, actually you find yourself spinning down a slide into a room filled entirely with Christmas candy! You get your bearings and realize you managed to grab some ribbon candy on the descent. Sweet! Then that voice pipes back into your ear again.

“So, I’m heading back to Kansas City today, but managed to make a quick doodlewash before heading to the airport. And by the way, ribbon candy is super hard to paint! I almost wish you would have picked the tricycle. But it was good to try something different so thanks for the challenge!

“I’m writing this on a tiny commuter airplane that’s experiencing turbulence while the woman behind me is sneezing without covering her mouth. I could actually hear the spray hit my seat. While the first one could have been a surprise to her, by the third you’d think she’d collect herself and show a bit of decorum. But instead, she just keeps flinging her snot like an infant in a car seat.

“This is the primary reason I hate travel. Being trapped in small quarters with people who have yet to evolve. It’s not always awful. It’s entirely possible to meet a delightful little old lady who shows you photos of her cats. But it’s much more likely you’ll be crushed by a grotesquely fat man who traps smells and should have been forced to purchase two seats!

“Oh dear, that has nothing to do with candy. Did I mention travel makes me cranky? We never really had much candy at Christmas in my family except for decoration. I did rather like the Dolly Parton song Hard Candy Christmas when I was young though. Yeah, I’ve got nothing. I’m honestly blocked with no story coming to mind (and the woman behind me sounds like she’s starting again! Ugh!), but feel free to tell yours! Just don’t forgot to answer the question first!”

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38 Comments
  1. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    Your doodlewash looks SWEET, Charlie! :-))) Your description of the sneezing lady behind you cracks me up! But I know it really isn’t that funny to be in your situation… The only candy story I can think of is how someone would give my family a box of chocolates when I was a kid. The chocolates weren’t labeled so my mom would stick her “clean” finger in them to pick out her favorites. It was kind of funny to open the lid and see chocolates that had finger holes in them. Lol! 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks Jill!! 💕😃Made it home safe and sound! And hahaha! That’s a wonderful story! Lol That’s very resourceful of her! Though I’m not sure I’d want to eat the ones left over. 😳

      • Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

        Happy you made it home safely, Charlie! 💖💕

  2. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Charlie, you have captured the shiny look of the hard candy beautifully. I remember the the milk glass bowls my mom had filled with the same candy.
    Travel can be annoying, but thanks for writing your very funny narrative.

    • Author

      Thanks so much Sharon! 💕😃I think these are pretty, but have never actually tasted them. They looked too much like decorations and not like food. But luckily made it home just fine! A bit tired, but happy to be back! 😉

    • memadtwo 2 years ago

      Sharon, my mother had them too! Thanks for bringing back that image. (K)

      • Sharon Mann 2 years ago

        I think that was a popular ceramic in the 1950s. 😍

  3. Rachel Murphree 2 years ago

    well done, on something that looks extremely difficult. hang in there…you will land soon! I used to love to fly and lately it has lost its shine…but your candy hasn’t!

    • Author

      Thanks Rachel!! 💕😃These were super hard to doodlewash! Lol…I had no idea what I was doing. 😊 But glad you like it! And I’m back home and glad I don’t have to travel again until next year! 😉👍🏻

  4. Marcus 2 years ago

    you know – I could have gone all season without seeing that. Now I have to have some. Excellent job!

  5. Kari 2 years ago

    It looks difficult to paint but you did it marvelously!

    I always get sick after traveling.. Ugh! I hope the germs stay away! Safe travels!!

    • Author

      Thanks Kari! 💕😃These were more difficult than I thought. Hehe…and I made it home, hopefully germ free, but we’ll see!

  6. thepaperbaker 2 years ago

    Bravo!!! I know it was a rather difficult thing to doodlewash…..but knew you could conquer the rask….THANK YOU TONS :)….Just be thankful her teeth have not flown over your seat and into your lap 😉

    • Author

      Thanks Nicole!! 💕😃This was a big challenge, and wasn’t sure if it would win or not as this vote was close!! Hehe… And wait… did you actually have someone teeth fly into your lap?!! 😳

      • thepaperbaker 2 years ago

        LOL…No, but if it would happen, I’d be the one it would happen to. That’s what I pictured happening next on your germ infested return flight 😉

      • Author

        Lol! Yeah, well luckily I was spared this trip, but that’s probably just because it was a short flight. 😉hehe

  7. Nancy 2 years ago

    Nicely done ribbon candy! My grandmother always had dishes of this as well as other the hard candies with the filling, at her house during the holidays. I tried one once and spit it out (I was..like…8 so it was sort of acceptable). As far as I know,or saw, I was the only one who ever ate any of it so I’m pretty sure she just packed it all up in a bag at the end of the season and put it back out the next year. Kind of like fruit cake.
    Hope you arrive home germ free!

    • Author

      Thanks Nancy!! 💕😃And I KNEW it!! I always suspected these were recycled and never really meant to be eaten! Lol I wonder how old the one you tried was! 😳

      • Nancy 2 years ago

        Eww! 😁😄

  8. Sand Salt Moon 2 years ago

    xo

  9. Jodi 2 years ago

    oh goodness – always an adventure with you Charlie O! 🙂 Glad you are home safe and sound and hope those germs escape you. Beautiful doodlewash of ribbon candy! Sweet dreams back by at home sweet home! xo

    • Author

      Thanks Jodi! 💕😃Glad you liked this one…it was super tough and had to be super fast, but I managed to get something out! It’s good to be back home! 😉

  10. Rebecca 2 years ago

    These look very realistic to me, Charlie. But never mind being hard to paint – aren’t they hard to eat? They look like they’d be really uncomfortable in the mouth… 😳

  11. itsmyhusbandandme 2 years ago

    Coughs and sneezes spreads diseases! You have my sympathy. Lovely pic but I am worried about my capped teeth.
    JP

    • Author

      Thanks!! 😃Lol…yeah…I think I made it through unscathed on the flight. But I’d say just look and don’t eat these. They’d be murder on capped teeth!

  12. kirkistan 2 years ago

    That is a great image. It reminds me of the ribbon candy we got as kids–there was something magical about it. Your image brought it all back. Thanks.

  13. memadtwo 2 years ago

    Yes, no one eats this stuff. Not like the candy canes we put on the tree!
    And traveling by air…too many bad vibes to even think about. Glad you made it through the journey. (K)

    • Author

      Hehe…yeah…I don’t think anyone should eat them! And I think I made it through the travel fine…we’ll see in the next 24 hours I guess! 😉

  14. Phil Cooper 2 years ago

    Great drawing of what looks like a very tricky shape, and an enjoyable post to read, although not an enjoyable journey by the sounds of it 😕

    • Author

      Thanks Phil! 😃Yeah…this was a tricky little doodlewash! And they say the fun is in the journey, but I hope they’re talking about something other than plane travel. Hehe

  15. Tori 2 years ago

    Here I am trying to loose a few pounds before the madness that is Christmas and all you keep doing is posting tempting Doodlewashes of food 😄 Glad to hear that you’re home safe and sound and hope that you managed to avoid any germs on the plane!

    • Author

      Hehe….sorry about all the food, but it turns out I rather like painting it! I’m hoping to not get too many extra pounds heading into the new year, but Philippe has lots of wonderful things on the menu for Christmas!! And so far so good on the travel…still germ free!

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