Mint Leaves & Mojitos

#WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 22 - Mint Leaves And Mojitos - Doodlewash

Though I totally intended to paint more expected leaves for today’s prompt, the weather is so cold here that I could only think of mint leaves and mojitos. In my mind, I escaped to a far warmer climate, heard the sound of ocean waves crashing nearby, and grabbed for a refreshing drink. Yep, I jumped way past spring and went directly to summer. It’s all a fantasy to be sure, but a lovely one when compared to my current view. The sky is a sheet of gray that has no discernible characteristics giving what dim light manages to break through an eerie lifelessness. Due to icy conditions this morning, lots of people were home with their kids as many schools were cancelled here today. On my way to work this morning, the streets were empty and quiet, as though a comet had struck the evening before and I was the last surviving soul on the planet. Terrifying to be sure. If for no other reason, because I don’t actually know how to make a proper mojito.

It was actually around 16 years ago now that I tried a drink like this. I was on a business trip and visiting southern Florida. My coworker and I decided to take a little break and stop for lunch at a restaurant near the beach, ordering a drink we’d not really known before. It was refreshing and awesome and so we returned and had another during the trip. This time, I decided to change things up and get the mango version and that’s when I discovered I was rather allergic to this fruit. Nothing that required a trip to the emergency room, just a little closing of the throat and lips that grew twice their size. This was unfortunate as I was to be meeting clients soon after, and so we rushed around looking for some Benadryl to hopefully help fix the problem. Thankfully, we were near the hotel and they had some, for the low, low price of $2 per pill. At the time, I was singularly focused on fixing the problem and didn’t think about much else, but looking back, I’m sure I looked rather insane running around frantically with my oversized lips and the blurred speech of a madman.

This wasn’t the first and certainly not the last time I embarrassed myself in public without worrying about it. I was just glad that my lips returned to their normal size just in time for the meeting. Had it been a meeting on the other coast, I”m sure they would have just thought I’d come from a bit of plastic surgery. Perhaps even secretly applauded my efforts to improve myself. But despite all the drama, it was a good learning experience and I’ve avoided mango ever since. There was indeed a brief accidental encounter later as mango seemed to become ever popular, sneaking into salsas and sauces without announcing itself properly.  I’ve no idea why this particular story popped to mind in the middle of a nature hike, but that’s what I hope you’ve come to expect here on Doodlewash. These posts in themselves are a bit like a nature hike, heading down a path and discovering whatever comes along the way. And while you could find something you might anticipate, there are those other random days when you simply end up with mint leaves and mojitos.

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 #WorldWatercolorGroup - Day 22 - Mint Leaves And Mojitos - Doodlewash


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  1. Teri Casper 4 weeks ago

    What a fun way to use the leaf prompt. All you need is a little sunshine to drink this wonderful glass of fun. k ok, I’m still working on getting that sunshine to you 😄🌞🌞🌞

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks, Teri! 😃💕Please keep trying! lol It’s not quite here yet!

  2. Mary Roff 4 weeks ago

    Great Mojito! LOL…Love your observations!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 hehe… my mind often goes to unexpected places!

  3. artandmoondreams 4 weeks ago

    Would love to enjoy the leaves with a delicious like the one you painted, beautiful. Love how you play with light and color to make it glow.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Haunani!! 😃💕 So wonderful to see you here my friend! Glad you liked this!

      • artandmoondreams 2 weeks ago

        Working my way back, always lovely to see you and all your painting adventures. Hugs!

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          Charlie O'Shields 2 weeks ago

          Thanks! Always lovely to have a visit from YOU my friend! 😃💕

  4. Lisa 4 weeks ago

    I’ve been told that people pay good money for lips like that! I’ve never had a mojito. This looks so good!

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      haha! They DO! But I’m happy with my normal lips so I’m glad the Benadryl worked! 😉 Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕

  5. Sandra Strait 4 weeks ago

    As a fellow mango-allergee (did I just create a new word?), I feel for you. I’m also allergic to some kinds of mint (there are over 600 varieties) so I don’t drink mojitos, but I’ll enjoy yours and save myself the allergic reaction.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Oh wow! Yay to the new word! I’ll use that from now on! 😃💕 hehe But oh no, on the mint… that’s one I think I’d miss. Weirdly mango and possibly passion fruit are the only ones I’ve found for me so far.

  6. smzang 4 weeks ago

    I will remember to carry Benadryl wherever I go…

    love the glass, the leaves, the story…

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 hehe… yeah… I now make sure there’s some nearby just in case. Mango wasn’t even an issue until the last decade when it became so popular and started appearing in everything!

  7. Sharon Nolfi 4 weeks ago

    Gorgeous glass, refections, and shadow.

  8. gabriellaquintini 4 weeks ago

    The glass of leaves looks great, I didn’t know that it’s possible to be allergic to mangos and I never heard of Benadryl before.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Yep… apparently it’s possible! lol I had no idea either!

  9. Pamela Smith 4 weeks ago

    Never had one but, it looks very refreshing beautiful glass..

  10. Shar Kennett 4 weeks ago

    Still waiting for that glass painting class. : )

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      hehe.. thanks, Shar! 😃💕 One day, when things slow down a bit, I promise!

  11. Pam 4 weeks ago

    Enjoyed your story. I haven’t ventured into painting glass yet but I have ventured into the world of Mohito which is my favourite summer drink. I had the best ones in Barcelona with strawberries. Delicous. I am also a gardener and they have a mohito mint now I include in my deck planter every year to make my own. Gardeners know not to put mint in the garden it’s very invasive.

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      Charlie O'Shields 4 weeks ago

      Thanks so much, Pam! 😃💕 And yay to fellow mojito lover! It’s a wonderful drink in the summer. I don’t have a garden, being in the city, so everything is safely in pots! hehe

  12. Anita Sinha 3 weeks ago

    Loved your Mojits drink painting..One of my favourite mocktail drinks..Never thought the popular mango can cause such havoc…

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 weeks ago

      Thanks, Anita! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, mango causes havoc with me at least! Most people just get to enjoy it properly!

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