Tangled Up In Lights

One of the best parts of the holiday season is getting out the lights to decorate a tree. At least the final bit when the tree is sparkling with color and providing a warm and festive glow to the room. The first bit involves a game of unraveling, no matter how diligent we were to carefully put the lights away the year before. It’s as though the lights came to life in the garage, turning into snakes and quietly slithering into impossible knots. As infuriating as that part can be, everything sorts itself out in the end and soon the tree is glowing bright and ready to be dressed in ornaments. This will be the main event when we’re back home next weekend and I can’t wait!

Last night we saw a play called Sylvia, about a guy going through a mid-life crisis who finds a dog in the park and brings it home. The dog is played by an woman, and as weird as that sounded in the description, it was actually a wonderful show. For anyone who has ever talked for their pets, it was hilarious and insightful. And it made us miss our own little furball, Phineas, who is currently visiting a pet resort and waiting for our return tomorrow. As nice as it is to get away and visit family, it’s bittersweet to have to leave a family member behind. It will be nice to be settled in back home for the holiday season with our own little traditions and lights.

Today, we had a full Christmas dinner with the family, since we won’t be here on the big day. I’m now in a bit of a food coma, though I won’t likely turn down dessert when it’s served shortly. My mom is going to make me some whipped cream, so I may just have that. No matter how much you’ve eaten, whipped cream can just slide between the cracks. That’s why it’s so wonderful! Though it’s December, the weather is sunny and mild where we are so we’re able to sit outside. My great nephew, also named Charlie, is running around with limitless energy. I really envy that right now, but I’m content to sit and just enjoy the time together. It’s a rare and wonderful treat. Next week, we’ll be home again, back to a small and, indeed, far quieter house, but reliving the fun memories of these moments. Starting our own little version of the holiday season, just two guys and a dog, tangled up in lights.

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  1. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    Your lights really glow! Have a safe and comfortable trip home!

  2. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    Excellent painting of the lights – they are luminous. Same in my family, the lights always need to be untangled before the fun of decorating the tree can begin!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 Yeah, the untangling is definitely part of the whole experience! hehe

  3. SnehLata Maheshwari 5 years ago

    Ah beautiful 🥀 bright lights. Here oct.up jan. Different festival goes on.inbetween lights also that called diwali.same like xmas. Near my house is a one of the biggest charch of Asia. I enjoyed there
    So beautiful lights.
    Thanks Charlie no doubt you have shown me Texas. If possible send some side seen.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Snehlata! 😃💕 Yeah, bright lights are so beautiful!! I love them!

  4. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 years ago

    Somehow I find the tangled lights very pretty. You could just plop them in an empty bowl, plug them in, and you know they’d be so much fun to see.

    Whipped cream isn’t an actual dessert? Since when? Sure is in my house!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Yeah, I totally think tangled lights are festive all on their own…. and yes!! Whipped cream is definitely a dessert!! hehe… love it! 😃💕

  5. Beautiful painting as always!
    Have a safe trip home.

  6. Rod Fletcher 5 years ago

    Beautiful wistful words, lovely depiction

  7. Sharon Mann 5 years ago

    Beautifully tangled! Your trip sounds delightful!

  8. Thomas Blanchard 5 years ago

    Lovely glowing bulbs!

  9. Heide 5 years ago

    Even when they’re hopelessly tangled, the lights still glow. I think there’s a good metaphor for life in there, Charlie! 🙂 Happy holidays to you and yours — and safe travels home, too.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Heide! 😃💕 That’s a beautiful metaphor for life indeed!

  10. Laura Hale 5 years ago

    Your lights actually glow. Enjoy your time with your family and have a safe trip home.

  11. Jennifer McLean 5 years ago

    you create a beautiful little vignette Charlie. Now I’m off to go look up good photos of christmas lights, yours inspired me! That’d make a great christmas card. :o)

  12. Susan Cuss 5 years ago

    I love how your lights twinkle!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 I love to paint glass and sparkly things!

  13. Sandra Gilbert 5 years ago

    You deserve your whipped cream for painting tangled lights. I would have gotten lost trying to get the wires to look right. And sigh, mom made whipped cream is the best.

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      hehe… I totally got lost in the wires. But the whipped cream was a nice reward! 😃💕

  14. Delores Azary 5 years ago

    Now I am wanting to see the play Sylvia! I even talk to my next door neighbors dogs!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      lol… yeah, it’s a wonderful play! You should see it if you get the chance! 😃💕

  15. M. Caulder 5 years ago

    Food coma! LOL Just seeing those tangled lights made me laugh! Hahaha, love decorations, but really hard to deal with those lights. Okay, so which one of you gets to put up the lights, you or your partner? And does your little dog try to bite them, because our cats do that… some kind of fatal attraction, I guess, Lol! We have to keep them away from the tree, kind of like little kids!

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      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      haha! Actually, we do the lights together… handing them off to spin around the tree which sits in the corner. The trick is to be the one who doesn’t have to crawl into the tiny corner side to do it. I usually make Philippe do that bit. 😊 And Phineas… he just seems bored by the whole thing, but I think he does enjoy the lights in the end. 😃💕

      • M. Caulder 5 years ago

        Oh, that’s nice to have help with lights! Makes it more fun! : D
        Awww, that’s so cute, pets are so smart, sometimes too smart, hahaha! : D
        Charliiiiee, when are we going to have emojis here, since I’m not on my phone when on Doodlewash?
        And I’m getting the Guest Artist package ready for you right now. *Finally* Lol

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          Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

          hehe… I use emojis all the time! I’m on a Mac though… it’s CTRL-Command-SPACE to bring them up! 😉

  16. M. Caulder 5 years ago

    ☆😎🌸 Yay, thank you!!!!! 😃💕

  17. M. Caulder 5 years ago

    I’ve been using it everywhere now, haha you set me free! 😁

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