For our prompt of “Grapes” today, I did a quick little doodle of a little peach-faced lovebird admiring some. I’ve actually not eaten grapes very recently so I just sort of made up what I remember them looking
Sweet!!! I was thinking today I really, really want to make a big batch of mac and cheese…and chili…and soup!!! It seems like a long time without our favorite comfort foods and I’m a bit tired of salad in every way imaginable. The weatherman says the first cold front is coming through tomorrow; that translates to a low of 70 degrees and a high of 85 with low humidity…not quite comfort food weather (or a cold front for that matter) but we’ll take it.
Wonderful Charlie! It has been down right chilly here.we had frost three nights in a row. I hate to turn the furnace on this early. I did bake corn bread to go with supper tonight. I hate to bake because neither of us need it. It did taste good.
Hey Charlie, I wanna pumpkin pie and I think I will actually buy one. I take the crust edge off so I can feel a bit less guilty. Yum. Lovely grapes — I don’t buy those usually either although I do like them. I just forget to eat them and they sit there and get tired. Sigh.
I used to look forward to all the pumpkin treats that proliferate this time of the year. In the last few years though they seem to just taste of nutmeg and not enough pumpkin. I’m not sure if that’s my taster getting tired, or pumpkins losing flavor. I suspect it’s a bit of both. I do miss a good pumpkin pie.
Two of our cats paw me because they want to be pet. Usually no big deal, but sometimes both of my hands are busy and I just want them to leave me alone! So far, telling them so has made no difference whatsoever! I’m thinking that fish make great pets! Or Guinea pigs!
For our prompt of “Landmark” today, I decided to sketch a London phone booth being inspected by a little bunny. I’ve only been to London once in my life, but it was such a fun trip. Big Ben came to mind first
Well done, Charlie! It’s so nice to know that these wonderful old “landmarks” are being saved and repurposed. It always makes me sad to see something old being torn down and discarded without any thought to how it could be used again.
I haven’t been traveling overseas since I got a cell phone but it definitely made it easier to call my brother when he was living in London and Ecuador. Those phone cards were a nightmare. Once when I was out of State on a business trip, I got trapped overnight at the airport when my connecting flight was canceled due to snow. I needed to let Patrick know. Of course, there was a huge line at the phones, and trying to get all those codes typed in correctly was impossible, and everyone was yelling at you to hurry up, .A good way to make a miserable situation even more miserable!
That’s a great painting! When I spent a semester abroad someone discovered one of these phone booths that let people call the U.S. Cheap or free. I didn’t get to use it and in fact I can’t remember calling home at all. I was never one for homesickness anywhere I went. These days I do wish I could go to Door County just for the beaches. Also, I’m stuck at home.
Great phone booth Charlie! The English one’s where always so much cooler than the one that was in the middle of my tiny home town when I was growing up. We never had the Beatles or Doctor! I use to think it would be cool to have one in my house when I grew up. Random memories. I hope you have a calmer week!
Great doodle, Charlie. When my daughter and I went to London earlier in the year, we were amused to see tourists queuing to have their photos taken in something, that to us is an everyday object . I live out in the countryside and there is one at the end of our road. You’re right about re-purposing them. Some have been turned into tourist information booths.
Wow! Nice sketch! For a split second, I wondered if they have rabbits in London. Well of course they do, that’s where Peter lives! No fact checking with me, I go to my imaginary mind for my resources. 🙂
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 So true!! I loved those Bill and Ted movies! I want to watch the latest one… hehe… but Philippe has never seen them so I’ll have to watch on my own some afternoon! Hope you had a wonderful weekend!
Thanks for a lovely memory of my visit to England. We went to a museum that held some of the older models of these booths..they were wonderful! and I love Paddington…Another busy weekend for me..not much time for painting or drawing but I will make up for it during the week…Thanks again!
For our prompt of “Serene” today, I sketched a little cat sleeping happily. Indeed, it was Saturday, so I slept a little bit later than usual which is always a lovely thing. Truly, I don’t like to actually sleep
Serenity is indeed a state of mind, and therefore with us everywhere if we’ll just look for it. On the other hand, it’s also a spaceship with a fiesty crew and Captain Tightpants. I was surprised that no one painted that for the challenge, lol.
So peaceful Charlie! I likely will be spending time with my sister’s gray cat. Just waiting on the call to go spend a few days with Mom so she can deal with a family situation. Likely I’ll have several nights on Mom’s sofa fighting with keeping the cat off me as I try to sleep. Oh well.
Your tabby cat is purrfect! She looks just like ours, napping all over the house. Ours are getting older now, so they are napping even more. Of course Joe and I have been known to nod off in front of the TV after dinner every other once in a while. Especially now that the days are getting shorter and cooler. I made Joe turn the heat on a couple of days when it got cool.
Purdy kitty! Amazing! I’ve tried to sketch my kitty, but have not been happy with her. Parly because her fur on her back is a bunch of mottled what should be stripes. However, I never thought to do just her head! You may be onto something here! I had to giggle at your comment about not sleeping in because you want to experience the whole weekend. I think that is what all of us ADHDLMNOP’s feel! I love getting up early on the weekends because it’s quiet and I don’t have to get moving. I can spend a few hours sketching, why on earth would I want to lay still in bed?! Have a good rest of your weekend! (I thought it was Monday when I awoke, so I am pretty happy now!)
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 hehe! Yep… if the whole things gets too complex… just focus on the head! Yay to enjoying the weekend. Though sometimes I do play video games and read in bed in the morning before jumping out. But I’m up and doing something fun at least! lol And thank goodness it’s not Monday yet!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 I did check out the panda!! So awesome!! Definitely instant happy! And so far I only like the cauliflower crust of this particular restaurant… it takes the best. More like the original crust!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 So true! The Internet itself is a dream come true. Finding truly like-minded people is often a challenge in life. So it’s wonderful to be able to find each other my friend! You keep dreaming as well!
For our prompt of “Hero” today, I thought of comic book heroes, and how I’ve always envied the ones who had the ability to fly. Well, I always thought it would be super cool when I was a little kid. These days, I
Wonderful Charlie! I had a hero dog growing up. At the age of 5 I got to keep a male boxer puppy that my dad trained to be the watchdog at our grocery store which was next door. During the day we were inseparable. For 10 years he was my hero and saved me more than once. Stories for another day. Enjoy your pizza and your long weekend. Decompress and have some fun!
When I was a kid, a bunch of us would play superhero by taking turns jumping off the next door neighbor’s shed. It was probably about a six-foot jump. Proof that we might not be superheroes, but that kids don’t break all that easily because none of us ever got hurt. Some of things we used to do amaze me now to think of!
I love the pads on dog’s feet! These are so cute! Remember Mr. Peabody? On Captain Kangaroo? Hero dog that didn’t have to fly because of his exceptional brain. I used to dream I could fly. I wonder if that’s a common childhood thing? I used to want to be reincarnated as a polar bear, but maybe an albatross would suit me better. Hmmm?
Thanks so much, Lisa! 😃💕 Yes!! I remember! Loved Mr. Peabody. Brains can often feel like you’re flying over other’s heads at least! lol And I vote albatross, only because it’s such a cool word and you need a cool sounding animal. 😉
Oh my gosh! He is stinking adorable. Job well done! My son used to tie his baby blankie around his neck and run around the house. I have a great picture of him in his underpants, yellow rubber boots, fire helmet and his blankie around his neck. He actually had posed for the picture. Hahaha, it hangs on my craft room door. 🙂 We actually saw some blue sky and a bit of the sun yesterday afternoon. The rains are doing their part! Have a great weekend!
How wonderful!! Love the superhero! and he looks like he is having a great time too! Thank goodness for art as we can all soar above the clouds and let our imaginations run free. What a joy and a privilege to be our own superheroes even if just for a moment!! Enjoy your weekend as you deserve it !!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, a tall person scared of heights! hehe That is rather odd isn’t it? Aww and what a sweet thing to say about my paintings. I’m so happy you enjoy them and find them super!
For our prompt of “Snack” today, I had only a few precious minutes to come up with something to sketch and indeed actually sketch it, so I just sketched the first idea that popped into my head. A little squirrel,
It’s quite likely that the year 2020 will be remembered by historians as a bad one, possibly a turning point in the future to come. But it’s easy to get lost in that thought and forget all the wonderful things we still have. I hope your troubles soon turn around, so you can catch your breath, finding it easier to be your usual happy self. If there is anything I can do, let me know.
Strawberries are a wonderful choice for a snack Charlie! My thoughts are with you as you struggle through. I’m sending you positive thoughts in the hope that on some level it helps to know we are concerned for you! Take care of yourself through this difficult time!💕
Most if not all of us are feeling some kind of anxiety during this time…hold on to your optimism and your family as these will help you get through. The uncertainty, the chaos and the unknown…I have my faith (and my art) to help me through and for all its just one day at a time..Praying for you and family and sending you a big hug…!!😊🤗🤗
May you overcome all the challenges with the support of Philippe and Phineas, and all of us sending you good vibes from all across the world! May you always have optimism brimming over the cup of life, Charlie!
Everything will be okay. Not that you’re not allowed free floating anxiety, because everyone is, but, it will be okay. We adapt. Its what humans do. So eat some comfort food and remember that you’re surrounded by love. It’ll be okay.
He looks like one of the little guys we’ve had visiting our yard lately. The squirrels around here are looking rather small. There seems to be more than in the past few years. I think we had a good birthing year this Spring! Good to see. We were awoken by a wonderful large rain thunderstorm this morning!! It was music to my ears even at 3:00 a.m. Thank you for all the prayers!
How cute! I probably wouldn’t even care if a squirrel came and helped itself to the garden. They are just too darn adorable!
Yes, it’s hard to be particularly optimistic at the moment – for various reasons – and that does draw us back to the known and the constants. You have the rest of your trio, and I daresay countless people have had you and your posts over these trying times. You are doing so much for people, and the support shown here proves it! Wishing you plenty of pizza, Animal Crossing New Horizons and, yes, even ice cream. <3
Hey Charlie, just remember this: The world does not end til God tells it to. It is only man who tries to annihilate other man and what is man? This too shall pass. About that I have no qualms or thoughts. Right now I have my watercolours set up and several retreats for some reason all in the last two weeks of this month. My plants are happy and this time there is no mold in the apartment (from my overly generous watering hand). It is beautifully quiet and if the smoke ever clears I will resume my daily race walk whereby I pass joggers. Life goes on is what I am saying. Just like nature. You will too!
As for strawberries, cook in a bit of water and freeze. I did that with packaged cranberries, made that into a sauce with only half the sugar or less, and froze in little containers to put over my hot rice cereal.
For our prompt of “Happy” today, I went to where I often go when I’m trying to think of something happy. Straight to the beach! Well, at least an imagined one that I’m sitting on as I’m nowhere near an actual
The Oregon Coast is often cold and rainy, so not great for sitting and reading. One of our favorite things to do on those days, is to get a book on CD and listen to it while driving along highway 101. One of the ways, I’ve been dealing with the stress lately is reading. I have to be careful, though. It’s too easy to get lost in the pages and then I get no artwork done!
Haha, well you certainly nailed the expression. This dog is in a happy place, that’s for sure! It has been a stressful working week for me too, and I’ve been brilliantly productive… at procrastinating. Ugh, so much to do! Like yesterday, I tend to listen to music (obligatory Carpenters namecheck!) or play games when stressed. If you pick the right game, like something from the fighting or action genre, it can be quite a powerful release. 😉
Charlie enjoy the peace and quiet. It will likely never happen again in our lifetime. Time for family togetherness and creative outpouring and getting to know yourself better. I find myself getting closer to God since he is always around even in this dead time. Be like Phineas. Soak in the love and the food and just enjoy your life.
Beautiful sketch! Yes it is very hard to stay happy all the time during these hard times. That being said, I think about all the people who have lost their homes here in the past week. I am quickly reminded that I have nothing to fret about. Nothing! My home has become my happy place(instead of DL) and I am thankful every day.
We have been served another layer to the lock down life. Our air quality has been at the worst and we are told not to go outside for over a week now. Nor are our pets supposed to be out for long. COVID masks do not work with the smoke. We can’t even drive out of town, anywhere to get relief, it has impacted the entire state of Oregon. At least with COVID, we could go for walks and work in our yards. This is so much worse. The rain that was suppose to come on Monday, is now coming in late tonight, hopefully. It won’t help much with the smoke, but it will help with the fires. We will get through this, we have no choice. It is bringing people together and that is what we need right now.
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Indeed! Home is the happiest place! And those who can stay safely there are so lucky! My heart goes out you… as if this pandemic wasn’t enough. And so true… climate change might just be the worst thing we’ve done to ourselves. But YES! We WILL get through this because we’re us… we’re creative and resilient and even when the world seems almost unimaginably crazy and wrong, we’ll just imagine and create that amazing path to a better one!
Lovely Charlie, thanks for sharing your restful doggie! I miss sitting on our beach in Chicago and sketching—though our walks and bike rides there have provided much solace. I also miss plain air painting with my students. I see them online now for classes and plein air paint in my garden, a sanctuary of nature. Be well, let nature wash away some of your worries, and thanks for all!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 I think the virus teaches us who is on our side and who isn’t, even if we’d rather not find that out. Indeed, any time spent out in the world is now stressful, but yay for positive safe distractions and art!
You just made my day! 😃💕 Seriously… that’s the entire hope of my blog. Let me go ahead and tell you that YES! Your drawing are good enough… indeed… they’re likely much better than that. YES! You can improve by simply making a little something every day. And I sincerely, that you DO that! Join us! Make a little something each day and watch that amazing thing happen!! It’s so cool!
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 So happy you enjoyed this! Honestly, if I helped a migraine, that’s the best thing ever! Ugh… sending you much love! Yeah, people don’t seem to realize that things haven’t changed, and sometimes you find yourself stuck in a position where you have to confront that ignorance. Thank goodness for art! Sometimes, I think it’s impossible to understand what’s happening, but we can at least paint and explore the feelings that is creates and learn something more!
Wow your pup looks content and smirking about it as well😂.Yes we are living in strange times and I still take precautions. I do believe that things will get better but different…and that it is a one day at a time process..hang in my friend..hopefully you can have a peaceful quiet weekend and take time to rejuvenate and relax…Hugs
For our prompt of “Childhood Game” today, I tried to think of a game that I hadn’t yet sketched. Then I thought about that game we used to play with string. Though not really a competitive game, it was more of a
Adorable Charlie and I do remember playing that but never got to the real complex moves. Today was a yard work day as my husband is down to 3 days a week. Both of us have sore backs tonight from moving rocks. It’s a good tired. Each day is an adventure.
Charlie you are absolutely right. I believe that is why this pandemic was allowed (not caused) so that man would learn how to get along with others and also how to be alone without freaking out. Blessings on you and Phillippe.
Next time I find the odd bit of string around I might have to see if I can remember the moves to make this string game. If I can get Joe to cooperate. I’m guessing his attention span will last about two minutes.
Aww I adore that you still talk for Monster! hehe Always with you! That’s the best thing about pets. And I do hope you had a fabulous birthday indeed! 😃💕 As for the contest, I’ve never entered one. Always feels a touch stressful! 😊hehe
Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 So true that I think Phineas does understand what we’re saying. But, he’s so confident that he doesn’t mind. To him, those other dogs are just pets. That one pup who shreds things sound naughty… just the kind of pup I like! Full inner child and no rules! 😉
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