For Day 16 of World Watercolor Month and our optional prompt of “Silver,” I ended up with a mouse trying to use a silver spoon to eat some ice cream. The backstory for this particular sketch isn’t terribly inspired. I’ve just really been craving ice cream today since it’s so hot outside so that’s what ended up there. The mouse simply scurried into place because I’d sketched some yesterday and they were still on my mind. Thankfully, I don’t have mice racing through the house at the moment, though it’s happened in the past. And, I don’t actually have ice cream, nor the ingredients to make any, so the impossible nature of my predicament lead to this rather absurd scene. Of course, a mouse would never bother with a spoon, but this is apparently a proper mouse who wants to be more civilized. I do indeed have spoons available, but if someone were to place an actual bowl of ice cream in front of me right now, I’m not sure I’d bother using one. That’s how bad my craving is today.

This morning we took our pup Elliott to an outdoor event in Union Cemetery next to our house. It was called the “Dog Days Of Summer” and though we went mid-morning, it was still very humid and warm. There were food trucks, vendors, and much to the delight of Elliott, lots and lots of other dogs. There was also a photographer there doing free dog portraits. We wanted to get one of him, but unfortunately all of the dogs around him proved too much of a distraction and he refused to sit still long enough to take one. Actually, he was featured on the Instagram post for the event earlier, so I guess that counts. In this photo, he was kissing another dog, which seems to be the way he greets most dogs. I suppose it’s better than the usual shoving a nose in the butt. I think each dog feels special when he does it and I don’t have the heart to tell them that he does that with every dog he meets.

There was also an ice cream truck there like the kind that drove around my neighborhood when I was a kid. I really wanted to get some, however, holding on to Elliott’s leash took two hands. He was beyond excited and it was all I could do to keep him from running off to play with the next dog who entered the cemetery. It was still fun, though, and he was joined by his two besties Tipsy and Olive. Tipsy liked to use the little pool they had there, but we couldn’t get Elliott to join her. He just stood on the perimeter and would occasionally put one paw in while she splashed water in his face. We were able to move off away from the party for a bit and let the threesome run off leash for a couple of spins. And soon, Elliott was tired enough head back home on his own without putting up a fuss. Even though the weather was close and gross, it was worth it to see the joy exuding from all over him. Even if I didn’t manage to get some of that ice cream, the day was still quite shiny and sweet.

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20 thoughts on “Shiny And Sweet

  1. Elliott the poster dog! Maybe he has a potential for a career in modeling once he settles down. He’s getting to be pretty big! And he still has at least a year or two’s worth of growing!

  2. So, it was held in a cemetery? Why does that give me the “ewwww” factor? Are there tombstones still there? Okay, speaking of distraction…. that is cute that a dog event was held. My Gordo was not socialized so I wouldn’t have tried, but it sounds fun. Side note: did you hear about the 4,000 Beagles that were rescued from a facility? It broke my heart and reminded me of my little boy. I wish they were closer and I think we would’ve gotten one. Yes, we would’ve gotten a puppy. I know that I would have cried, but I think it would’ve been good. 😍 I had mint chocolate chip ice cream today. I hope you get ice cream today. 💜💜💜 Un abrazo fuerte, mi amigo, Charlie. Te quiero mucho.

    1. Muchas gracias, mi amiga! 😃💕 It’s an historic cemetery that’s now a park! hehe… it’s definitely peaceful! 😉 It’s great to have as we live in the middle of the city so we have a park next door to walk the dog. I did hear about the beagles… ugh!… made me want to adopt a friend for Elliott, but one dog is plenty. You should definitely get another dog though… you’ve so much love to give it! Big hugs to you!

  3. Hello Charlie,

    I love today’s Doodlewash! Though your mouse is a regular mouse, I imagined a Sylvanian Families mouse wearing a dress with an apron and a miniature spoon in her hands. Now you have me craving for ice-cream. Only my favorite ice cream parlor closed down sometime during the two weeks I was quarantined. Sniff sniff! 🙁 🙁 And Elliott’s Day Out sounds really fun, though I agree with Marisela… the venue kind of gave me a jittery feeling. But what matters most is the fun you had. Wishing you more of this happy summer!


    1. Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Glad you enjoyed this one! And sorry about your ice cream parlor. We lost quite a few of our favorite places during this pandemic. It was a fun time with Elliott! Hope you’re having a beautiful time! Hugs to you!

  4. Oh Charlie, you have done it again! No one does shiny like you! Cute story and your cravings for ice cream are like my hubbies. I have to rein him in 🤣😆

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