Sweet Temptations

Beagle Puppy and Donuts Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Ring” today, the first thing that came to mind was a stack of donuts. This was not because I’ve actually had a donut recently, but because I’ve been trying to avoid sweets in general lately. After I turned 50, my metabolism officially broke up with me completely without so much as an “it’s not you, it’s me” letter of warning. So, I’ve lowered my portions accordingly and have yes, sadly, removed most all sweet treats from my menu. However, this time of year is all about food and fun, so I’ll still have the occasional bite of dessert here and there. Philippe shared his Godiva chocolate from his birthday and I carved off about a quarter of a truffle to try it. It was delicious, and I realized that sometimes even just a taste of something sweet is extremely satisfying. Indeed, I appreciated that bite much more than I would have if I had simply gobbled down the entire thing (though, yes, of course I contemplated doing just that!). Yet, there’s a sparkling magic that comes with rarity, and it’s why I enjoy this time of year and the holiday season so much!

One of Philippe’s gifts for his birthday last week was an air fryer lid to go with our Instant Pot. He’d been talking about it a few weeks earlier, and since we don’t have room for another dedicated appliance it seemed like the perfect gift. His first experiment was a rotisserie chicken, which we served when a couple of friends came over on Saturday night. It was so good! After dinner, we went to an outdoor show called Ghost Light that included live music and live readings of ghost stories. It was a fabulous night with a bit of chill in the air, along with a clear sky and a glowing moon. We had so much spooky fun! This month is going by so quickly and I keep wanting time to move a bit slower. I always feel that way this time of year. I want to savor each moment and each, now much more meager, taste of everything this moment has to offer. I have so many great memories of this time of year from when I was a kid. Philippe said he wanted to try making caramel apples, and I keep reminding him that it hasn’t happened yet. Even a little bite of my childhood would make this month that much more amazing and wonderful.

The days are already getting shorter, but that just means the nights become even more special. Truly, the days are so long during the summer months here that we often end up in bed before it even gets dark, and never get to enjoy the moon. It’s nice to enjoy the night again. I use this time of year to hibernate a bit and think about all of the cool things I’d like to try in the coming new year. I already have quite a long list of new creative projects I’d like to tackle next, but for now, I’m just letting those dreams dance in my mind. I know that my inner child will point me in the direction that’s the most fun! And, even if my metabolism broke up with me, I’m so happy that you are still here with me on this amazing creative journey. Indeed, when it comes to creative possibilities, I’m a bit like a kid in a candy store. I like to examine each colorful morsel and consider things a bit before making my decision. Though there seem to be infinite options, there are really just a handful of things that are perfect for me. In the meantime, I’ll keep dreaming big dreams and enjoying each creative possibility, before moving on to the next one, enjoying the wonder of the world and the thrill of those sweet temptations.

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31 Comments
  1. writerleenda 1 month ago

    Charlie I know, I wouldn’t even eat more than half the two inch slab of my birthday cake (chocolate truffle) and got the hostesses mad at me. I don’t worry about gaining weight as I can’t do that easily but I do worry about cholesterol and saturated fats. The amount I ate was over the line.

    For some reason I am looking forward to winter this year. Now this is a mind spasm I am sure as I hate winter with a passion. Up here we get black, white, grey, and brown for a vista. The ice is dangerous when you racewalk in a blizzard. Ahem. And it is too cold anyway. But somehow I anticipate the awful thing — maybe the winter cooking I look forward to.

    Enjoy — safely!

    • Marisela Delgado 1 month ago

      Hola, Linda! Girl, back in February, Texas as a whole was brought to its knees by the freak snow storm and 9*F temperatures that we NEVER have. The mayor said,”Thank God this only lasted a week and that we don’t have to do this every year. Imagine the people who do!” My sentiments exactly. As Texans, we are in awe at how you guys handle that kinda cold. No thanks, Linda. I’ll keep my shorts and flip-flops and relish tanning in the Winter. 😂😂😂
      Warm hugs. 💜 Marisela

      • Nellie Nellie 1 month ago

        Oh Charlie a puppy and donuts! Nothing could be sweeter! We went to see Wayne Thiebaud’s exhibit this weekend at Laguna Beach. All glorious color! Only thing for me spooky, it was all clowns😆 😨🤡So I picked up his luscious illustrated counting book for our great-niece! All deserts!! So much better😋It’s fun being Graunty and Gruncle! So happy your birthday celebrating was joyous and I need to hear how the Air-fryer goes. I love the Insta pot, I just started soup!

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          Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

          Thanks so much! 😃💕 That’s awesome! Love Thiebaud! What a wonderful gift for your great-niece. So far so awesome on the air fryer lid… it’s worth it for the chicken alone! Yum!

      • writerleenda 1 month ago

        Marisela, It actually doesn’t get that cold here in the tourist country of Okanagan, in BC, where vineyards, wineries, and orchards abound. We are outside the Sonoran Desert that runs from Mexico to the Yukon so we get the desert nights and days. We have had minus 35 Celsius (-40F and -40C are equal) but only for a day, the coldest it usually gets is in the minus 20s C. You would be surprised how many times I called the police when people were wandering around in -35 and I was sure they were going to get hypothermic and die on the ice — such as the young woman who was so drunk/stoned she could not walk and kept falling at 5:30 on a Christmas morning. One kid did a flip on his scooter, and knocked himself out. I called the ambulance and he must have regained consciousness and took off. Good thing because they told me I won’t get an ambulance as those were all out on calls. Yet in summer it reached to the 40sC this year (116 F). Apparently that is going to happen more often, the meteorologist informs us.

        Take care and enjoy the fall! Hugs.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      I think it must definitely be the winter cooking! That’s definitely one of the best parts of the season. But yeah… these days, I have to watch portions much more, but tasting is still so wonderful! 😃💕

  2. Jacob 1 month ago

    I don’t think it gets much more tempting than a doughnut with pink icing. As if they aren’t enticing enough anyway, the pink seems to take it to a whole new level of naughty. That Ghost Light show sounds like so much fun!

    • Zoie McIntyre 1 month ago

      lololol you are so right Jacob about a doughnut with pink icing!!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Jacob! 😃💕 Hehe… yeah, I added a bit of red and that pink donut started glowing! lol And yes! That show was super fun…. it was great to see live music again!

  3. Laura H 1 month ago

    I’m looking forward to watching the moon rise as well! There’s so much to enjoy in every season. Speaking of enjoying- love today’s sketch.

    • Zoie McIntyre 1 month ago

      I agree Laura. Every season has its own joy. I don’t even mind January because it means that spring is coming and I love those blustery, snowy days (as soon as I don’t have to do anything more than shovel in them) 😉

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Yes, always so much to enjoy with each season. I’m SO looking forward to this one!

  4. Marisela Delgado 1 month ago

    Charlie, it’s a joy to go on this journey with you. We’re thankful that you allow us to. 💜 Those doughnuts are enticing. I try not to keep sweets in the house. My game is candy. Oh, I love mint chocolate chip ice cream, but Snickers, Hershey’s with almonds, and peanut M&M’s whisper my name late at night so I try to not buy them unless I am really craving them. Otherwise, Charlie, I have no self-control. And then there’s chicken fried steak. Dude…….no fair! 😂😂😂 Cute doggie!
    I love star gazing all year, but Winter, Charlie! Those cold, clear, dark nights are so amazing! 🌌🌆🌃 I want to see the Milky Way so bad, but the light pollution is bad. Our friend in the jungle messaged me that she can see a faint trace of the Milky Way. That AND wild tigers— awesome! Enjoy your star gazing, my friend.

    • Zoie McIntyre 1 month ago

      Marisela it sounds wonderful where your friend is 🙂 You should paint that scene you described 🙂

      • Marisela Delgado 1 month ago

        Hi, Zoie! I met my friend here with Charlie. You may have seen her name, Mugdha. Her job takes her into the jungle to the national park/animal reserve in India, where she lives. She and I talk about falling stars and beautiful night skies. 🌌🌃🌆 I don’t use watercolors to paint scenes. I am a card maker with rubber stamps and use watercolors sometimes. My painting would be a mess. 😂😂😂 Thank you for the encouragement, though. Maybe one day I will try to paint the night skies. Warm hugs from San Antonio, Texas!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Aww thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 hehe… chicken fried steak was always my favorite as a kid. Now I can’t have steak anymore, but I’ve been craving fried chicken! I adore star gazing… at my mom’s house in Texas it’s well outside the city and it’s so amazing how many stars appear! I love it!

  5. Gary Middleton 1 month ago

    I know how that puppy feels, they look very tasty. I know what you mean about this month flying by. I’m now cycling to work in the dark,but like you I enjoy the dark evenings and snuggling up in the warm.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Yep… it’s definitely snuggle season. I think that’s why I enjoy it so much! 😃💕

  6. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    Love those donuts, Charlie!!! Last night I attended a small gathering of artist friends …the first time we’ve gotten together in two years also the first time in the same amount of time that I’ve driven anywhere at night. How fortunate it was last night; my due East drive was illuminated by a beautiful, nearly full moon in a cloud free sky.

    • Zoie McIntyre 1 month ago

      I love it that you got the prompts for November, I have to look at them next. 😉

      • Mary Roff 1 month ago

        Thanks, Zoie! Hope you enjoy the November prompts! It’s always nice to see your work on Doodlewash!

        • Zoie McIntyre 1 month ago

          Oh that is so sweet of you Mary 🙂 To be honest I haven’t looked at them yet, but I am sure I will love them and whatever is on the 3rd I’ll give it a go 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Aww that’s so wonderful you got back together with your friends!! And sounds like a gorgeous drive as well!

  7. Sandra Strait 1 month ago

    I’m in Florida, and missing much of the seasonal change I normally enjoy in Oregon. But I’ll be home soon and will enjoy the end of it all the more for missing the beginning!

    • Zoie McIntyre 1 month ago

      You have been so busy Sandra. I so love seeing all the work you do 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Indeed! Safe travels my friend and here’s to enjoying the rest of this lovely season! 😃💕

  8. Zoie McIntyre 1 month ago

    I love this Charlie – but I love all your paintings 🙂 and I love how you share with us. I love this time of year! To me autumn through until January feels cozy. October has the excitement of Halloween and I love the spooky aspect. November has the anticipation of Christmas up until the Big Day 😉 and to me Christmas means family and joy and laughter. So many exciting things in the fall and although it is a very busy time for me I try to take as much time as I can just to enjoy the cozy feel. Pheneus (sorry probably spelled his name wrong) staring at the plate of donuts just gives me the giggles. Thanks for the joy you always give. 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Zoie! 😃💕 Yes! I adore this season so much…. the countdown starts right away for spooky Halloween month and keeps going until the new year. It’s so awesome!

      • Zoie McIntyre 1 month ago

        I feel the same way Charles 🙂 It’s an awesome season. Lots of fun things coming up and lots to look forward too 🙂

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