For our prompt of “Puppy” today, I ended up with a little beagle and a Christmas present. I’ve no idea if the present is from him or one that’s for him and he’s wanting to know if he can open it now. When I was a
Legal dog precedent decrees that the present belongs to the dog. Haven’t you seen the t-shirts with the dog rules?
1. I found it, it’s mine.
2. I got to it first, it’s mine.
3. If it’s in my yard, it’s mine.
4. I chewed it all up, it’s mine.
5. It looks like my toy, it’s mine.
6. It was in my mouth first, it’s mine.
7. I had it all day yesterday, it’s mine.
8. I have it buried someplace, it’s mine.
9. I do not care if it was yours, it’s mine.
10. If I broke it, it’s yours.
Back to beagles! I approve! There is a possum out on our deck right now eating cat food. That’s the only Xmas gift he needs. Especially if it comes every day. They don’t hibernate so they are always looking for food.
He’s a beautiful and well behaved beagle. Just look at the patience he’s exhibiting by not tearing into that pretty package. It’s almost like he’s waiting for the go ahead from you, Charlie!! When we had dogs they never showed any interest at all in opening packages at Christmas but our first cat LOVED opening her presents and watching her tear into those packages was more fun than opening our own….okay, almost more fun! Have a great week, Charlie!!
Adorable Charlie! I’m glad your Christmas lights arrived. We just saw pictures from the younger daughter who’s house is all decked out already. I think I counted 5 trees. A bit over the top. She makes up for my lack of holiday spirit.
So sweet. I think he is thinking, “Great, you gave me this gift early, but I can’t open it for another month?!?!” I like to wrap the gifts early (even my own), because most of the time I forget what is in them. 😉
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For our prompt of “Herbs” today, I thought about food first, but then I thought about a little craft project I saw recently on how to make a holiday wreath out of rosemary. I didn’t have the materials to make one
I painted three pine trees in snow today to send away to friends who have sent me gifts. Now my fingers and dress have gauche snow on them! Lol. I was thinking about Xmas cookies. I bet you could use a very soft brush and watered down food coloring and do a watercolor on a white frosted cookie. Two birds, one stone!
Sweet little character and what a wonderfully fragrant wreath that would be. It is time to start thinking about making Christmas cookies. In past years I’ve made 9 or 10 different varieties to put in boxes and give as gifts but I think this year I am cutting back a bit; so many of the people I’ve given cookies to in the past have moved away and that many cookies in the house is just too much of a temptation. 😍
Oregon has just required that workers who do go into work must wear masks at all times even if no one else is in the room. Hubby doesn’t want to wear a mask all day when he’s the only one there, which he mostly is, so he’s going to be working at home for a while. It will be interesting to see how we get on. I’m looking forward to it but it will mean I’ll have to change some of my art habits!
Time off, Charlie! Yes you deserve it and have fun with that tree and the lights. I am sure Phillippe will make cookies and likely enjoy those too. I am going to make Scotch shortbread. I bought half a pumpkin pie in October and no other dessert since last Christmas so I am giving myself a good girl treat. It isn’t the calories, it’s the fats and cholesterol you gotta watch. Have fun!
Thanks so much, Linda! 😃💕 Well, it’s time off for me as Philippe is still working and I’m just getting caught up on projects. But it’s a nice break. Yay! I’m glad you’re giving yourself a good girl treat. You deserve it!
The idea of a rosemary wreath is appealing. On Thanksgiving break from college I would make huge, very full balsam wreathes to sell. Dad would paint pine cones, Mother would make big bows and decorate the wreathes . A family project. We lived on a farm on a fairly busy road between larger cities and the wreathes would be sold right on the edge of the road. A simpler time.
She is so sweet. Her little expression is almost saying, “I’m sorry for pooping in your yard all year.” My tree is glowing and making me very happy. I’ll finish it up today and start on the rest of the house. I’m happy to hear that I am not the only one who has their tree up!
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yay for decorations! I love that you’re good at it. I’ve no idea if we are, but everything sparkles so I consider that a win. lol And yay to no toxic or bitter people. There’s never a need for that!
For our prompt of “Coffee” today, I ended up with a little mouse smelling a cup. I usually have a little extra time on the weekend, but Philippe and I decided to decorate for the holidays. So, I had less than 20
I used to love a live tree in the house! The smell was so wonderful in December. We no longer do a tree. It’s just too hard for me to navigate. But you have me thinking that maybe I should get Joe to cut some boughs just for the smell of them. Cute mouse! I too didn’t like my dad’s coffee with cream, but now I either have it black, or with whipped cream and hazelnut syrup!
Charlie yes and I love my Folgers decaf because it tastes and smells like “real” coffee. I have to have it ready before I tackle my Morning Pages and after I slug back a 12 oz glass of water (five of those every day and did I mention I don’t like water). Your routine is not solid til you have coffee!
Look up Julia Cameron and her books. Her first creativity book is The Artist’s Way where she teaches the things you have to do whether you are writer, artist, redecorator, any creative. Walks are one. Artist Dates are another (take yourself out once a week by yourself and do something you like). Morning pages are three full pages of anything writing every morning as soon as you make your coffee. I am reading her “Finding Water” which discusses perseverance, and “It’s Never Too Late To Begin Again” regarding creativity in retirement. Thanks for asking.
I’ve pretty much switched over to tea, though I tend to drink the British stuff and brew it up til it’s almost like coffee. It gives me the morning jolt but doesn’t seem to make me crave more like coffee does. I still have coffee on the weekends when we go out for breakfast. The restaurants here have been closed again so that’s an end to coffee for a while.
As cute as he is, I would not want him visiting me upon my first cup of coffee for the day. Yikes! Hubby got our tree out of the attic today and put up the lights outside. They are currently on, along with our neighbors. Let the holidays begin! I’m in!
Wonderful Charlie! The smell of fresh coffee beans is marvelous! Since I was lucky enough to land an art exhibit last February at a local downtown coffee shop i buy my coffee there now. They roast there own beans so I buy a couple of pounds at a time. Yum.
The smell of coffee, always and forever! From 4 to 44, no problems, then one day-The End. It’s taken years for me to be able to have a cup after a meal, and I enjoy it like I’m having the best dessert! It’s Cacao or coco or a light tea for me but I still get to relish the smell when my husband gets his ready for the morning. As for the mousie, that was me, utterly silent till my first cup, then I could walk, talk and drive😄 I grew up on my dad’s version of Navy coffee, I’m sure I was the most attentive Kindergartener in my class 😆
Ps We put up our first set of lights last night, but I didn’t actually see their entire repertoire until I drove up the street this evening. OMGOSH! I have to ask the neighbors if they are able to sleep, or if they possibly have any kind of disorder that could result in seizure. (I sort of love my lights though, so I could move them to the backyard…🤣)
I wonder if these recurring mice are a subconscious hint that you really want a pet mouse for Christmas. What would Philippe say to that? Furthermore, what would Phineas say to that? I feel like he’d need more convincing. 😛 While I quite like the smell, I don’t drink coffee. We’ve probably had arguments about this before!
hehe! I think we have! 😉 Well, at least you enjoy the smell of coffee. And as for mice, I’m really just practicing making characters and figured I should do them more than one every couple of weeks to practice properly. And Phineas would never allow another pet of any species in this house! lol
For our prompt of “Owl” today, I made a sketch of a little owl reading a book. Indeed, this is what you’ll find me doing every evening before I go to sleep. In my mind, I think I’ll get ahead by several chapters,
I used to fall asleep whenever I read. Turned out I needed a different prescription for my reading glasses! It was the eye strain that made me so tired. Good thing. I hardly watch TV anymore and can’t go out to the movies, so I need my fiction fix from books!
Wonderful owl, Charlie! I read until the wee hours every night even though I’m all snug in my bed by nine. I’ve been doing that since I was a kid when my parents often threatened to remove the bulb in my bedroom lamp. I got around that by smuggling a flashlight into bed and reading under the covers and I’m sure you can imagine how long that lasted. It’s just difficult to put down a good book.
Charlie that is nice of you to reassure him. And I too am passing out on my Reading Chair on the first page, first lines, at 8 and waking up about six hours later. Eight hours is what we need for good blood pressure. Imagine, awake at 2 or worse. I make myself stay abed til four or close to it and then get up and write my Morning Pages for an hour or so. Sigh. I just can’t seem to turn my inner clock ahead. And to think when I was a kid I hollered mightily to stay up like grownups do… 8 PM. Ya. I love the owl.
Ahhh, he’s so cute. Complete with your blue glasses. Love him! I have been having the same sleep issues. I agree, 3:00 a.m. is too early, is even for this early bird. I love mornings, but that borders on the middle of the night. Haha. Do you suppose it’s from the inactivity we are experiencing? I was going to the gym, just because I knew it would help me sleep, but we can’t again. Gyms are closed again so today we went on a vigarious hike to the Pillars of Hercules in the Columbia Gorge. I should sleep for days!
Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Oh wow! That does sound like a lot of good exercise. Hopefully it will help you sleep. For me, it’s always more about what’s on my mind. If I’m thinking of lots of ideas I just can’t shut the thing off! lol
Fantastic Charlie! Yeah I’m with you in being able to stay away to read much at night. My routine has now turned to trying to listen to a Canadian news/human interest show on NPR. It starts a 10 and lasts an hour. I don’t always get upstairs to catch the start. I set the radio to go off in 30 minutes and am usually asleep before the radio turns off. The eyes are too tired to read too late at night. Enjoy your weekend!
Ha ha brilliant doodle, Charlie. I know what you mean about the early to bed and early to rise. Although I actually don’t mind getting up early, especially in the summer when I can get out when it’s nice and quiet.
My husband shouts and kicks in his sleep. He seems to always be fighting off someone, but he seldom remembers what the dreams were about. I used to sleep like the dead for 8 hours. Now I’m lucky to get 5 in. I miss sleep. I do find it comforting the read before I sleep. Itsit’s kind of like mediation.
Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yay that you’re a night owl! Yeah, I used to be able to stay up so late, but not anymore. Though now, I only need about 6 hours sleep to feel fine. And yeah… a Monster dog is way better than a Monster truck! hehe
Night owl by nature, but I would like more sleep especially during the dark days of the year. Asleep just before 3am isn’t unusual. I’d love to paint then but it’s too cold and in my little home, I also don’t want to wake my husband. Reading often will do the trick. When we first locked down we read to each other every night. Winter’s a great time to that, hmmm, flannel sheets and a long book🤗😴
More like printing. You spread paint on a surface, like glass, printing press, etc – in this case a GelliArts plate, and press a piece of paper onto it to pick up the paint. Then you add more paint and repeat as often as you like. I have a tutorial for the process coming up on Monday.
For our prompt of “Hiking” today, my mind drifted to nature in general and then I got a sudden urge to sketch some chipmunks. I’ve never actually done the kind of hiking that takes hours and hours and requires a
Squirrels always seem to know the dogs that are serious hunters and the ones that are just playful. They love teasing both, but are much more careful around the former. It’s amazing the animal companionships that form when hunger is satisfied without the hunt. Even in the wild such bonds will form on occasion.
Fabulous Charlie! I’ve done a little day hiking years ago. How could I not given that I grew up in the foothills of the Appalachian trail and lived near Mount Washington for years. The views are spectacular! I lived in Wisconsin for a while and was shocked at how flat it was.
Love this, Charlie! Chipmunks are so much fun to watch but I have never seen one down here around our house…possum, raccoons, and lots of squirrels…. loads of little gecko characters who I love! but no chipmunks. The squirrels, possum and raccoons pretty much mind their own business but the little gecko guys will stop in their tracks and act like they’re listening if you talk to them. And, I have to admit, I can’t pass one by without saying something to it. Gotta love nature and all its wonderful little critters.
Charlie I could write lots of stories about living at the edge of a cemetery. As for nature hikes we went all over the bush, grizzly country etc. I was fine until I found out there are cougars out there too (BC Canada). End of camping. We had a huge gray squirrel in a locust tree right outside the balcony doors for about three years. It disappeared one freezing February and I missed it til I did some research and learned those are predatory animals. They eat bird eggs and the babies too. Then I was glad to be rid of it — but by summertime we had a new batch of squirrels. Meantime I knew why the robins in the next locust had never come back. Grrrrr. So now I just try to teach the crows to talk although I don’t know if those do, ravens do. Your mouse is bigger than the squirrel! Awesome/
I love chippies! We don’t have any by the house though I’ve seen them on the trail.. I’m guessing too many cats around here. Joe picked up our groceries yesterday. He had me buy some canned cat food. Usually they just get dry. It must be the holidays making him want to get them a treat.
So cute! It looks like me and my son. I used to question ask him a million questions any time he would leave for a hike. I quit the day we went on a day hike. We stopped along a a creek. He started getting out his water filtration gear. I asked what he was doing. He said, “Mom, you are almost out of water. I am going to fill your bottle.” Once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout.
We have a variety of critters passing our backyard, deer, rabbits, squirrels and birds..that is why I love the spring and summer and being outdoors to see them pass by…hiking maybe…
Your painting is a joy!!!
Working for the Daily Bread. Did you know that squirrels have double-jointed hind legs? So you might meet one while hiking but don’t try to race it up a tree!
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Working for the Daily Bread. Did you know that squirrels have double-jointed hind legs? So you might meet one while hiking but don\'t try to race it up a tree!
#PostcardsForTheLunchBag #DanielSmithArtistMaterials @Hahnemühle_USA #ZebraPen_USA #ZebraAmbassador #DoodlewashNovember2020 prompt: Hiking WORKIN~1
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