Pink Lemonade

Pink Lemonade Lemons Mouse Drinking Watercolor Illustration

We’re starting a brand new month with our first prompt in June of “Lemonade,” so I made a quick sketch of a little mouse enjoying some of the pink variety. I’m still jumping in occasionally this month, but I’m super excited to be back with daily posts for next month as World Watercolor Month returns in July! And as for lemonade, it’s actually been quite a long time since I’ve had a glass. I’m now really craving it, but something tells me this little mouse wouldn’t be too keen to share. I’ve always liked pink lemonade, which basically tastes the same as regular lemonade, but comes in pink so it’s just more festive. As a kid, lemonade was just a powder that you added to water and I’m not sure that any actual lemons were harmed in the process. Today, I’m sure my husband Philippe would insist on making it from scratch to test out his new Vitamix blender. We’ve been enjoying a ridiculous number of various vegetable soups and smoothies recently. In fact, it’s become rather rare and even a bit tedious to actually chew food.

Though this past weekend, we enjoyed a hamburger with our friends that was thankfully not blended as that would be gross. Actually, it was a plant-based burger as I no longer eat red meat, but it was perfectly delicious. Philippe was going to make some oven fries, but didn’t have enough potatoes so he put in an order for delivery. When I brought everything inside, we realized that it wasn’t actually our order, though there was a bag of potatoes so that was good. The rest of the accidental order was somebody else’s Memorial Day cookout, so I hope they were able to get a replacement since it’s not possible to return food. It was all of the usual things I remember from my childhood. Burgers, hot dogs, buns, and baked beans. There were three large cans of baked beans, each in a different flavor. We sent most of it home with our friends, as Philippe started reading the nutrition labels and making his disgusted face. It was nice to at least get a glimpse of childhood, at least, before it all disappeared again.

Our dog Phineas was rather miffed that we didn’t simply give all of the unwanted food to him. But, in truth, Philippe might actually let me eat it before he would ever allow the dog to have something unhealthy. I’m actually not entirely sure how I’m meant to feel about that. There are so many little treats from childhood that carry such fond memories. Though, I’ve learned that many are best left as only a memory since they don’t taste quite as appealing to my adult palette. Each time I think back to childhood, I have to pause and bask in all of those dreams that Little Charlie once had. There are still so many more things that I had planned to do in life. Sure, I’m not likely to have many of the adventures I imagined back then in real life, but I can still tap into that imagination when creating my drawings and books. So, I’ll keep right on playing and trying all of the crazy ideas that pop into my head. At least one or two of them might still work out. And, I’ll continue to imagine those warm days of summers past, and dream of all the most colorful things that I once enjoyed, like pink lemonade.

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33 Comments
  1. Lisa 5 months ago

    We got a wrong bag of groceries last year. There were a few winners in it, but it was the first time I ever have chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and I couldn’t believe how bad it was!

    July is sneaking up on me. I’ve decided to concentrate on trees this time around. My garden is all planted and July is usually a waiting game for produce, so I’ll be ready to paint.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      That’s awesome on July! Yay! 😃💕 hehe… and fun that you tried the wrong groceries. I’m not a fan of cookie dough ice cream either. lol

  2. Sandra Strait 5 months ago

    They say you can never go home again, and that’s certainly true when it comes to food. Between less savory ingredients, and fading tastebuds nothing tastes the way I remember it. I have to be happy looking at pretty pictures and fondly remembering the rapture of Mom’s cooking. Looking forward to your daily posts in Jully!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Yep… I think we can’t ever really go back, but the memories taste just as sweet! And July will be an extra fun challenge this year since I’m not in the habit of daily posts.

  3. writerleenda 5 months ago

    Hi Charlie — yeah I wonder what Phillippe means by that too, letting you try it but not the dog. All those veg soups sound great as I’ve been wanting to do that and get away from eating so many noodles. Even though it is rice pasta it still makes for a Santa stomach. I love the painting!! I was going to do pink lemonade too and was too lazy. Love it.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕 So true!! It was precisely pasta that we wanted to cut down on. It definitely makes for a Santa stomach… hehe

  4. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 months ago

    Pink lemonade is definitely pinker tasting! What a mess with all the incorrect food. But things could always be worse and I see you’re counting your blessings.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      I am indeed! 😃💕 And yeah… if anyone wondered what pink tastes like, that’s definitely pink lemonade! lol

  5. Mary Roff 5 months ago

    Wonderful Doodlewash, Charlie. Little mouse looks so content with that big pitcher of lemonade and it sure would be nice to tackle a large lemonade without worrying about the consequences of all that sugar. Oh for the good ole days Look forward to World Watercolor month and to seeing your daily posts next month!!

  6. Mary Roff 5 months ago

    Nice one, Charlie! Remember the days when you could consume a pitcher of lemonade without worrying about the consequences of all that sugar? Ah, the good old days.

  7. Jacob 5 months ago

    It’s been a while since I had any lemonade, pink or otherwise. I really want some now, it has been quite hot today and this looks perfectly refreshing!

    Good to see the Doodlewash Crew back!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕 Hehe… well the crew is still going strong. I just took a break from the dailies while I tried to figure out how to make picture books! I did it! Second one is launching now! But, yep… now I’m super craving lemonade so I think I might have to fix that!

      • Jacob 5 months ago

        Aha! It’s crazy how far you’ve come! I should think a celebratory pink lemonade is in order, at the very least!

  8. Zertab Quaderi 5 months ago

    Love the mouse relaxing on lemons and drinking some lemonade. Sure is an uplifting scene! Thanks for the smiles, Charlie!

  9. Simply Splendid Food 5 months ago

    Adorable! ❤️

  10. creatingincolors 5 months ago

    Awww love the pink lemonade and the little mouse! I know it should taste the same, but pink lemonade tastes so much sweeter!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, for some reason pink lemonade does taste sweeter. If if it was just food coloring!

  11. Marisela Delgado 5 months ago

    Hola, Charlie! Super cute painting! It looks so tempting! 😀 You made me laugh out loud saying that chewing was too much work. I thought of you and Philippe the other day when I was surfing channels and the shopping channel was selling the Vitamix blender as their promotional item. I don’t know, Charlie, but I think Philippe likes that thing. haha haha 😂😂😂 Yeah, I could see him giving you the unhealthy food instead of Phineas. My father had a dog named Pee-Wee and he shamefully spoiled that dog. I was in high school and he bought him a kiddie pool. Did he ever buy me a kiddie pool? Only once, while Pee-Wee got a new one every year. 😂😂
    Isn’t it funny how we remember things from our childhood, but they taste so different as adults? I used to love cotton candy. YUCK! I ate so much candy corn with my playmate next door that it grosses me out now. Of course, warm pretzels are still delish and remind me of getting a warm pretzel and an ICEE at Sears whenever we visited, which was often. Funny how memory works.
    Have a great week, my friend. We are still getting heavy rain and storms. And mosquitoes the size of mini helicopters. haha haha Warm hugs to you! And Phineas. 💜💜💜

    • Marisela Delgado 5 months ago

      Forgot……scrunchy face is back, huh? haha haha Those can food labels will scare you. 😀😀😀 But so tasty. haha haha

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        Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

        Total scrunchy face when it comes to labels. That’s why our fridge is full of whole fruits and vegetables now. But I don’t have to chew them, so that’s a plus! 😉 haha

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Yeah, Philippe is totally into the new Vitamix, but I have to admit that I am as well. SUCH delicious soups that he’s making now. But yes, men and their dogs… Phineas eats so healthy, but now I am eating much healthier too. A warm pretzel and ICEE… now there’s a something I remember well. Yum! Hopefully the storms scare away those monster mosquitos!! lol

  12. Gary Middleton 5 months ago

    Great doodle, Charlie. That mouse looks so chilled.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Gary! 😃💕 Yay… was hoping to get that chill feel across.

  13. Fatima Chamkha 5 months ago

    Great doodle Charlie!

  14. Gaina 5 months ago

    I love this little mouse! ❤️

    When things like the order mixup happen, I always think it’s The Universe having a little fun with us. 😊 Phillippe was just being a good Dog Dad (I don’t think I could resist giving Phineas a little treat, though 😉).

    I like to make my own Pink Lemonade with soda water, cloudy lemon cordial and a shot of wild strawberry syrup (my favourite is Monin).

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Thanks so much, Gaina! 😃💕 Yeah, we’ve actually had a few items in a grocery order get swapped and discovered things we liked! Your Pink Lemonade recipe sounds delicious too!!

  15. shawnthompsonart 5 months ago

    Nice drawing, it looks like the illustration from a childrens book. I like how the mouse is sleeping on the lemmons.

  16. Nellie Nellie 5 months ago

    Oh Charlie, it’s so great to see your post! And July and World Watercolor Month is right around the corner! Can you believe it! It didn’t seem like we’d ever get to outings and being with our friends, and WWM is just part of a fun summer for me now! Once again I will say, Thanks for putting Doodlewash and the community together! I am so grateful for the joy AND doodlewashing that happens here! PS-I love my book, still needs to be signed mister!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 months ago

      Aww thanks so much! 😃💕 Yeah, World Watercolor Month is coming up quick!! It will be extra fun for me this year as I’ll be back to daily posts for the month. It’s been awhile since I’m done that as I keep working on books! My second book “One Little Dog” just launched, but the Paperback hasn’t quite synced up with the Hardcover on one listing yet so I haven’t started promoting it! 😉

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