The Cherry On Top

#WorldWatercolorGroup - The Cherry On Top - Cherries - Doodlewash

Though it’s always fun to get away and go to a new place, I’m thrilled that tonight we’re heading back home again. I’m actually posting a bit late this evening as I’m attenpting to type this post with my thumbs. Though I managed to paint a little something, I kept getting distracted before I could make a post. I’m currently on a plane and rather tired so “all thumbs” would be a fairly accurate description of what I’m feeling right now. Please excuse the many typos that may occur ahead. The actual travel part of traveling is a tiring experience. But I did actually order a little dessert before getting on the plane, so that was lovely. Even though it didn’t come with a cherry, so this is just a fantasy doodlewash.

Today, I attended a trade show for my day job, while Philippe visited the Art Institute Of Chicago. Yeah, he had the cooler day, but mine was filled with interesting new things as well. When we met up again at the end of the day we were both equally exhausted for very different reasons. But strangely energized for having done something new. Of course, once we made it through security, the first order of business was to find a place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine. This is far more difficult than it should be as most airports are built for beer and hot dogs. Finding a wine that doesn’t immediately induce a headache is often tough. But we managed to find a wine bar and close the day properly, complete with live jazz music provided by a disembodied electronic piano. A strangely fitting end for the trip.

Now, as I sit here thumb-typing, I’m just excited to be home again. We’ll be picking up Phineas from his pet resort on the way back, and will then all be reunited again tonight. It’s only been a few days, but I miss that little dog. And I miss our stupidly ordinary life filled with those more expected moments. Home is certainly where the heart is after all, and I always appreciate it a bit more when I’ve been away for a bit of time. Don’t get me wrong, it was a perfectly wonderful escape in Chicago. We ate amazing food and enjoyed wondrous new sights. But no matter how much fun I have in a new place that I visit, coming back home will always be the cherry on top.

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37 Comments
  1. Sharon Nolfi 4 days ago

    Fabulous cherries! Glad you had a terrific time and also that your family of three will be together, snug in your home tonight.

  2. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 4 days ago

    Glad you had such an interesting weekend and the cherries are so sweet!

  3. Sandra Strait 4 days ago

    I’m amazed at the quality of your work day in and day out. Mine always suffers when I’m tired or distracted. Have a safe flight and sleep well once you’re home!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 days ago

      Aww thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Mine suffers too, but sometimes after the fact or when I least expect it! hehe… I just keep painting on!

  4. Your consistency in everyday painting is admirable, Charlie. I always get distracted while travelling.
    Nice cherries 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 days ago

      Thanks so much, Violeta! 😃💕 Yeah, I’m too distracted to urban sketch, but if I take a little break in my hotel room before dinner, I’m contained and ready to paint! hehe

  5. Pamela Smith 4 days ago

    There’s no place like home,,,lovely cherries

  6. Mary Roff 4 days ago

    Welcome home! Delicious looking cherries!

  7. June 4 days ago

    Beautiful cherries. Glad your trip was fun.

  8. creatingincolors 4 days ago

    Beautifully said! It’s always exciting to see a new place, but home is our “castle”.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 days ago

      Definitely!! I’m always most excited to come home again! 😃💕

  9. Delores Azary 4 days ago

    Amazing cherries!! Hugs to Phineas! I am sure he was so very excited to see you!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 days ago

      He was thrilled! hehe… and a little mad at us I think, but he got over it! 😊💕

      • Delores Azary 3 days ago

        I remember one time we had to board my poodle while we went to a funeral. Dad chose a place close to where we were staying. When we picked him up for the ride home, he did not want to look at me. I had abandoned him and he was not happy about it!

  10. Thomas Blanchard 4 days ago

    I love your vibrant cherries Charlie. Glad you had a fun weekend. I’m with you on the comfort of home. Nothing like it. 🙂

  11. June Hadaway 4 days ago

    There’s that beautiful shine again!!

  12. Susan Cuss 4 days ago

    Love the reds and purples in the cherries, the shadows, the leaves. Yes, home is the cherry on top. Happy homecoming!

  13. Sharon Mann 4 days ago

    They look so juicy, well done Charlie!

  14. smzang 4 days ago

    Beautiful!…the art and the soul.

  15. Kaye Boggs 4 days ago

    welcome back.. you’re like the cherry on top of a doodlewash sundae,

  16. jaemac 3 days ago

    isn’t that what Dorothy said? “There’s no place like home.” Have a great week Charlie.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 days ago

      Exactly!! hehe… I am next to Kansas after all! Thanks so much! 😃💕

  17. SnehLata Maheshwari 3 days ago

    Well come to sweet home Charlie.
    As well the shaed of 🍒 super .

  18. Sandra Gilbert 1 day ago

    Welcome home, I agree I always love coming home as much as the get away. There is something so nice about being in your own little place with all your things, memories and silly routines.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 day ago

      Thanks, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah, coming home is definitely the best of all!

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