Living A Life Full of Simple Pleasures

Waffle Syrup Butter Watercolor Illustration

Today, for Day 11 of #WorldWatercolorMonth and our prompt of “Simple Pleasures,” my mind jumped to waffles, since Philippe and I enjoy them on Saturday and Sunday mornings each weekend these days. This is combined with a cartoon of some kind that takes me right back to my childhood. And just like when I was a child, I had trouble staying focused much of the day today. When I came home from work, I hadn’t even thought about what I might sketch and then got distracted by a million other things. Once I landed on my subject matter, I still stopped entirely to fantasy shop for new cars with Philippe. Our own car was in the shop today and we just got it back. Dating back to 1998, it’s now technically considered a classic car, which just makes me feel really old. But, what it lacks in new car reliability it more than makes up for in a lack of a car payment. I haven’t had one of those in over 15 years now and that makes me incredibly happy. This is now the old man in me talking because the kid inside would love to zoom around in a new awesome car. But, that kid will just have to settle for waffles on the weekends instead.

It was actually a fun experience tonight building a car with Philippe online. We dutifully picked our base model and then started looking at all of the add-ons available. I had to stop and giggle many times when Philippe would ask me about a particular trim addition. He’d say simply, “but what does it DO?” to which I would reply, “it doesn’t do a thing! But I guess it makes some people happier to have it!” Then he would scrunch up his nose in that usual way and tell me to move on to the next one. What made it all so fun is that we both agreed on the things we might actually really need in a new car and those things were very few indeed. We’d both skip on the strange blue LED interior lighting that cost over $300, but both adamantly wanted the utilitarian plastic mat in the back that cost only $49. The car, after all, was being “built” to fit our life and therefore didn’t end up requiring any of the usual bells and whistles available. After trying a few different models, we miraculously discovered they all cost the same. Without all of the unnecessary things, cars are all about the same price now it would seem.

Still, it was way more expensive than we wanted to bother with so we moved on to funny pet videos instead. This left me with precious little time to sketch something, but I managed to make this bit of waffle in the process. It was created in fits and starts between conversation and car shopping. That’s pretty much how everything I’ve created has been made and that’s why I love each little thing that shows up here. It’s not a masterpiece by any stretch, but simply a bit of time spent quickly doodling on the side while real life happens. I’m not a painter, I’m a doodlewasher. I’m not a true sketcher, I just like sketching stuff. I’ve made a hobby for myself that I perfectly enjoy and one that never fails to excite me. While I was marveling over the options available in a new car, I realized I’m already experiencing the greatest luxury in the world! I get to show up and make things while living my regular little life. This is the most wonderful thing I could ever have hoped to experience. And, why I think life is just more rewarding when I find myself, once again, living a life full of simple pleasures.

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30 Comments
  1. Karen Fortier 1 week ago

    Whetr is my fork! This looks so yummy. Simple pleasures are the best!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      hehe! Thanks, Karen! 😃💕 The fork is in my mouth of course!! LOL I love waffles!

  2. Sandra Strait 1 week ago

    Oh now I want waffles! Maybe I’ll splurge on them this weekend. I could probably get them since I have breakfast at Mom’s assisted living place most days – but I think they are actually toaster waffles. That’s what they look like and I’m afraid to try them. I’m with you on cars – no extras. Although, I do have trouble with my neck and some days it is hard to look over my shoulder to check on traffic. Maybe I’d spring for the rearview camera option. I haven’t looked but I’m sure it is NOT cheap.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Yay for waffles! 😃💕 You should definitely get some… even the toaster kind are rather awesome in their own way! hehe And yeah… it’s funny with cars… it’s not really expensive to get the things you actually need! lol Even the pricey features. As long as you ignore the rest!

  3. Yvonne Nikolaison 1 week ago

    Hmm yum. We often have pancakes

  4. Sharon Nolfi 1 week ago

    We keep our cars for 15 – 20 years and have saved an enormous amount of money by doing that. It’s truly the sensible thing to do.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Truly!! 😃💕 I realized mine is now a “classic car”… hehe… which is awesome! As long as I ignore the fact that I’m getting much older as well! 😉

  5. Lisa 1 week ago

    Waffles are really dessert. You know that right? But don’t tell Philippe or he might not make them as often and you’ll be back to oatmeal and a banana. Speaking of dessert, I had an iced coffee with hazelnut flavor, and whipped cream today. Those things are really bad for you! That must be why I love them so! We have both of our vehicles and our house paid off. If not for the cost of health insurance, I’d be swimming in art supplies!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Hehe! Yeah, I know! But DON’T tell Philippe waffles are dessert! I’m quite sure he’d stop them immediately! lol 😉 And yay to having things paid off… I hate debt and insurance costs. Oh, to just spend money on art supplies! 😃💕

  6. Robert J. Coleman 1 week ago

    Ah, waffles – haven’t had a waffle maker for years and miss them. They are a simple pleasure and easy to make. Probably easier than designing your new car; it’s a shock when you hit the Finish button and see how much the car will cost, then you start cutting things down to what you actually need. I guess when your car is old enough to vote and buy booze, it may be update time. Or just keep doodling!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      haha! Thanks, Bob! 😃💕 Yeah… it’s true… my car is now old enough to BOTH vote and by booze! Awww, how they grow up so quickly! lol

  7. Oh Charlie. On holiday in our motorhome last week, mainly in France we slipped across the border to Belgium. I thoroughly enjoyed their famous gaufre, although the lady thought I was strange when I asked for a ball of butter caramel ice cream on top! Your lovely sketch brought the taste right back to me. Thanks.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Oh wow! That sounds like a lovely trip indeed! 😃💕Love it! And seriously, a ball of butter caramel ice cream goes with ANYTHING!! 😉 lol

  8. Mary Roff 1 week ago

    Ooh! Haven’t had a waffle in years and this one looks so delicious!!! Agree with you about the car; mine is only 13 years old but I would love to drive it until it is a classic. It’s intriguing to see all the bells and whistles when I ride in my friend’s cars but all those marvels of technology are way more than I need or want.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 So true… since our car IS now a “classic” I’ve experienced the upgrades when I have to take an Uber to work. In my mind, I’m just thinking… that’s a lot more things that could break! lol

  9. LoriCtoo 1 week ago

    Even your waffles are pretty! Car shopping is not fun. However, I must admit, the internet has made it a whole lot easier!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, car shopping online is rather awesome… you don’t have to talk to anyone… you can just dream! And then close the browser in sudden fear after the price shows up! lol

  10. Karen Howard 1 week ago

    Ahhhhhh What you are is….a writer.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Ahhhh… thank you SO much, Karen! 😃💕 That’s the best compliment ever. I’ve always wanted to be a writer. 😉

  11. louiseaprimeau 1 week ago

    Since my grandchildren are often with us in the summer, we make sure to always have them make a batch of waffles in advance of their arrival. Waffles freeze well and we just have to toast them to make them crunchy again. As another reader mentioned, they are great as dessert too! I made some chocolate sauce the other day and we picked strawberries and added ice cream to our waffle treat. When our grandchildren see waffles much later in life, they hopefully will remember summers spent with us. Have a great weekend Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Louise! 😃💕 I hope you have a wonderful weekend as well! And trust me… your grandchildren WILL remember those moments. I remember every one with my grandparents and they’ll they most magical moments of all!! ❤️

  12. Laura Hale 1 week ago

    What a lovely Doodlewash and backstory–not only yours, but those from this wonderful community.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed this! Yes! I love hearing everyone’s stories… it’s so wonderful!

  13. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 week ago

    Waffles and new cars – only you, Charlie, could find a way to combine these. Fun read. I hope you get a car that serves you another 21 years. That’s the age of maturity, right?

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      hehe! Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, my mind can make a connection with anything! lol Though I’ve no idea the age of maturity, and quite sure I’ve not really reached it yet. 😉

  14. C Kent 1 week ago

    I’ve just discovered the awesomeness of homemade sourdough waffles from scratch. If you haven’t tried these and you know someone with sourdough starter, you must! I’m making more on Monday and I think I’ll try sketching them … or maybe photographing then eating then sketching from the photo. Priorities, right?

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      Yum!! Sourdough waffles sound awesome!! We’ll have to try that! 😃💕And yay for the photo… honestly… I always DO that! I can’t stand to let food sit there and congeal…. it’s meant to be eaten! lol Okay… yeah.. I just really want to eat it. 😊

  15. smzang 1 week ago

    Charlie says, ” the kid inside would love to zoom around in a new awesome car. But, that kid will just have to settle for waffles on the weekends instead.” Wisdom and humor in the same sentence creates an instant classic…for sure Charlie’s comment is that!

    and this Charlie original should not be missed either: “Without all of the unnecessary things, cars are all about the same price now it would seem….Still, it was way more expensive than we wanted to bother with so we moved on to funny pet videos instead”

    Truly THAT is the good life!! Hard to match, but I have to admit waffles for breakfast is a splendid yum!!

    (as is the painting)

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 week ago

      haha! Glad you liked this Sarah! 😃💕 Yeah… you know you’ve been paired with the right person in life when you both decide at the same time that real life just got ludicrous and it’s just time to watch some funny pet videos instead! lol

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