Making A Wish

Rainbow Birthday Cake Slice Watercolor Illustration

Though I’ve been celebrating all month, of course, today is my actual birthday. Hence, the prompt of “Cake” as a not-so-subtle way to celebrate with even more cake today through your lovely sketches! My own sketch is not my actual birthday cake, as I made this post a bit early and Philippe hadn’t created it yet. I’m not quite sure what it’s going to be and I’m excited to find out! So instead, I sketched this one entirely from my own imagination and offered it up to him as a possible recipe. Since there’s just the two of us to celebrate today, I don’t think I’ll be getting all five layers, but it was fun to dream! Also, I opted for just one candle to signal that this is indeed a birthday cake as putting on all of the candles required to count my age would have completely obscured the cake and turned it into a fire hazard. But, it only takes one candle to make a proper wish, so that’s all I really need.

There’s not going to be a party of any kind, since that’s not allowed these days. But, that’s really not too different than usual. I stopped having parties after my 40th birthday. It was a huge party and I actually didn’t recognize many of the guests, since I just sent out a blanket Facebook invite and waited to see who would show up. Whoever some of them were, they were all quite nice, so it was a lovely birthday bash indeed. Since that time, it’s really only been Philippe and I on my birthday, along with our dog Phineas who spends the entire evening irritated that he wasn’t served a slice of cake. Since we like to talk for him, we assume he thinks that any special occasion is about him and is thinking, “Oh wow, it’s my birthday today!” Any attempts to explain the true nature of the situation are simply met with a series of coarse sneezes to express his extreme displeasure.

This is a very different time today and certainly memorable as it’s the first time I’ve ever had a birthday in the middle of a quarantine lockdown. And while I thought this might end up being a touch depressing, it’s turned out to be as wonderful as every other year. The main difference this year, of course, is that my lunches with friends have turned into toasts with wine over video chats. This won’t last forever. So, I’m simply happy for the simple things in life, like that cake that I’ll be enjoying later. Philippe and I will have a lovely dinner with a champagne toast as the dog looks on disapprovingly. Everything is still wonderful as long as we’re safe at home, healthy, and happy. Though, when I blow out that candle this year, I’ll have thoughts in my mind that will extend far beyond simply myself. I’ve no idea if dreams made like this can actually come true, but I’ll be thinking of one for all us this year as I once again find myself closing my eyes and making a wish.

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  1. Nancy NIxon 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday!

  2. Mary Roff 1 year ago

    Wishing you the happiest of birthdays, my friend! 😘

  3. Joanne 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday💕

  4. Janis Huntley 1 year ago

    A Very Happy Birthday Charlie! You are a Special Person. May your Birthday year bring you all of the joy you bring to everyone who follows you🎂🍰🧁

  5. Stacy Smith 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday! Another lucky 13 baby!

  6. Priscilla DeConti 1 year ago

    Your cake looks scrumptious!! Happy happy birthday and many many more!!! Thanks for all that you do for all!

  7. JA Wilson 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday!

  8. Cathy France 1 year ago

    Un doux anniversaire pour vous !

  9. Karen Fortier 1 year ago

    🥂 Here’s wishing you the happiest of birthdays my friend!

  10. Sandra Strait 1 year ago

    I’m glad you’ve enjoyed your birthday! Mine comes up next month and I’m hoping we won’t still be sheltering in place, but I suspect we will. Even if we aren’t, I’ll probably just stay at home, anyway. I hope this is the first day of a fantastic year for you!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕Here’s to a wonderful birthday month ahead!

  11. smzang 1 year ago

    Charlie says, “Everything is still wonderful as long as we’re safe at home, healthy, and happy.”

    Yes, yes and yes!!

    Happy birthday! and many, many more!

  12. Ellie 1 year ago

    Happy happy birthday, Charlie! I hope it is a wonderful one spent safely and snugly with your little family! (Your latest book arrived the other day – I’m enjoying drawing foods and utensils and glass all around!).

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Ellie! 😃💕Aww yay! I’m so happy to know you’re enjoying the book!

  13. Fanna Turano 1 year ago

    “Happy birthday to you,
    Happy birthday to you,
    Happy birthday deeeeear, Charlie,
    Happy birthday to you!”
    To many more, Charlie! Happiest of birthdays to you! My wish is FABULOUbiS cake and tons and tons of presents! Unsure if you tried Chantilly cake, as for some reason I”m not getting any responses from DW. Regardless, I’m certain Phillippe ensured a yummy cake for you to share. And I’m positive Phinieas gave you lots of love!

    Happy birthday, Charlie!


  14. Fatima Chamkha 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Charlie!

  15. Danai Mongkolrat 1 year ago

    Happy birthday!! Charlie. Very beautiful cake painting!!

  16. Purnima Manjunath 1 year ago

    Happy birthday, Charlie! Nicely painted rainbow cake!😍🥰

  17. Patanjali Bhati 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Charlie 🎂 🎉🎈 the layered cake looks yum, make a wish 😊🌻🤗

  18. Haripriya k 1 year ago

    Happy birthday 😍
    The cake looks yum!

  19. Mari 1 year ago

    Happy Personal New Year to you!! May it bring mountains of sweet gifts that fill your heart ❤️!

  20. Ellen 1 year ago

    Oh bother! I had finally gotten around to reading yesterday’s post (now two yesterday’s ago) with the adorable “Benjamin Bunny” Doodlewash. In my excitement I included in my comment since, as Benjamin says, : “today is the tomorrow from yesterday” it was now your birthday and I have already given you my two Julia Child quotes about cake. Here you have beautifully Doodlewashed a yumalicious cake with your eloquent writing and I am without another cake quote for you! Do not be dismayed, to prove that my children are quite correct when they say my epitaph will read “She had a quote for that”, I have a quote for that. This slice of cake has a candle that is waiting for you to make a wish before blowing it out : “The most fantastic, magical things can happen, and it all starts with a wish.” – Jiminy Cricket in the movie Pinocchio. Happy Birthday Charlie and may all your wishes come true! Thank-you!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Aww thanks so much, Ellen! 😃💕 That’s a wonderful quote indeed!!

  21. Lisa 1 year ago

    I love the perspective on this piece of cake! A very happy birthday to you. I think having a birthday during this pandemic with isolation is unique and interesting. It will be something to tell the young whippersnappers when you’re 90. And no matter what, you still get cake, so everything is right with the world!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕So true! Life is all about the stories we can tell!

  22. Gary Middleton 1 year ago

    When I read this your birthday is over but I hope you had a great day. Great doodle.

  23. Wendy Robinson 1 year ago

    Hi Charlie and Happy Birthday. I hope you get the cake of your dreams. Thank you for sharing every day with us and thank you also for your session in Sketchbook Revival. It was really good fun.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Wendy! 😃💕 I’m so thrilled you enjoyed my Sketchbook Revival session!

  24. Anupragati Singh 1 year ago

    Happy birthday 🤗🍰

  25. LoriCtoo 1 year ago

    Such a happy cake! I love all the colors in it. Sounds like you had a nice birthday. Yesterday, I left that little rock next to the other. It gave me such a boost of happiness. So now when I go by every day, I’ll look to see if it’s still there keeping the other company.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 That sounds lovely indeed! Would be cool if it inspired someone else to do the same!

      • LoriCtoo 1 year ago

        It was still there. 😉 And yes it would be fun to see others appear.

  26. memadtwo 1 year ago

    Happy birthday Charlie! (K)

  27. kiddlescarol 1 year ago

    🎶 Happy birthday, dear Charlie 🎶 And many mooooore! 🥰😘

  28. Jodi B 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday, Charlie!!

  29. nutsfortreasure 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Charlie.

  30. Susan Feniak 1 year ago

    Happy actual birthday day. Keep enjoying this month of your birth. Cheers to you Charlie 🥂💙😊

  31. Linda Murray 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Charlie! You are just a kid at heart!

  32. dulcedelgado 1 year ago

    Congratulations and have a nice day!

  33. Mireya 1 year ago

    Happy late birthday Charlie! Hope you had a blast!

  34. Lisa Ann Ulibarri 1 year ago

    Ohhhhhhh looks so yummy!!! I do hope you had a most excellent birthday indeed Charlie!!! 🙂

  35. Linda Calverley 1 year ago

    I hope your real birthday cakes tastes as delicious as this one looks.

  36. Loan Anh Pham 1 year ago

    Happy belated birthday, Charlie. Wishing you many joys, health and well-being. And today is my son’s birthday. April is really a special month ❤️

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Loan! 😃💕 It’s my birthday month, so it’s not belated at all! hehe A very happy birthday to you son my friend!

      • Loan Anh Pham 1 year ago

        Thanks, Charlie ❤️. I love the warmth of your words, I miss you and friends here so much.

  37. Susan Masters 1 year ago

    Happy Birthday Charlie what a fantastic cake you made!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks, Susan! 😃💕 This is literally the only way I could make a cake! In a sketchbook!

  38. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 1 year ago

    A unicorn birthday cake – how wonderful! Happy Birthday, Charlie. And may the year be extraordinary for you.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 1 year ago

      Thanks so much, Sharon! 😃💕 It was an unusual birthday to be sure, but I’m excited for the year ahead!

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