Time To Relax

Harvest Mice On Sunflower Watercolor Painting Illustration

For our prompt of “Harvest” today, I made a little sketch of two little harvest mice taking a break in a sunflower. I’ve been spending my Saturday as I always do, which means I’ve been relaxing all day long. Well, I took a break from that to watch videos of harvest mice running around before drawing and painting them. They’re so cute and so tiny! I’ve no idea why, but anything in miniature always makes me smile. Seeing these little mice bounce around on blades of wheat was particularly entertaining. They seemed to be having a blast, performing incredible gymnastics with their long tails wrapping around things with such skill. I wondered what it might be like to have such agility. I’m not quite so athletically coordinated. At any rate, It would be rather wild to shrink down to the size of one and see the world from a different view. Chilling in a sunflower sounds like a lovely way to spend the day indeed!

Though my Saturdays are quite fun, I always feel like I’ve managed to do nothing much at all. And then, I sometimes feel a touch of guilt that I wasn’t a bit more productive. Today, however, I did do one domestic thing, which felt rather nice. Our master bath has a steam shower that came with the house and that we’ve never really wanted or ever used. Recently it acquired a mind of its own and started coming on by itself in the middle of the night. Since it’s not something we use, the sound was perfectly terrifying. We turned it off again, but it didn’t seem to get the message and would still come on sporadically. Our first step was to simply turn off the water valve which seemed to solve things for awhile. Then the generator started grumbling on its own and so we thought we’d find the fuse and turn it off. Unfortunately, nothing was labeled, and we couldn’t find which one it was easily. So, I had Philippe call me from upstairs while I tried all of the fuses so he could tell me if anything happened. The last one I tried proved successful and we both started cheering.

The pesky steam shower was finally laid to rest. It’s perfectly ridiculous, of course, to get excited about something this stupidly simple to solve. But, Philippe and I are not what you’d call domestic mavens and each little house problem is a complete confusion to us. We thought about learning more things so we could do them ourselves, but then remembered that we absolutely don’t like doing any of those things and quickly gave up. So, today was a brief and silly celebration of our success, while completely ignoring our utter ineptness. It was lovely. Then we went back to our sunflower world of happy things and continued our day without being interrupted by possessed appliances. We had a lovely lunch consisting of delicious Mexican food and watched an old episode of Murder, She Wrote. It was one of the more exciting ones where there’s more than one culprit and crime. Jessica Fletcher solved it all as usual with her amazing deductions. Yes, it was a silly and, to some, a perfectly dull day. But to the two of us, it was just a beautiful time to relax.

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  1. Mary Roff 3 years ago

    Sounds like a perfectly wonderful Saturday, Charlie!! Adorable harvest mice too!!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 Hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend!

  2. Karen Fortier 3 years ago

    Adorable Charlie and I’m glad that you got the steam shower disabled. 😉 I had day one of our group’s virtual art tour today and had one sale through my website. A repeat customer so I now have a collector. 😉 It was nice to see that everything worked, website, payment system, tour discount and notifications. When you build it yourself you wonder. The show that I would have tried things out at was canceled in May. Have a happy Sunday!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Yay to getting a collector! That’s awesome!! And yay that everything worked… I know how that can be indeed! Hope you had a lovely Sunday!

  3. Sandra Strait 3 years ago

    I never understood why Jessica Fletcher wasn’t avoided like the plague. You’d have to know there was going to be a murder any place she was. Although, I’m (barely) old enough to be your mother, I think we both came from a generation that placed little value on learning the ‘handy’ skills. I suspect those skills will be highly valued in the world to come. That and recognizing that you should stay away from people like Jessica Fletcher!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      haha! Indeed! Philippe and I said we’d love to live in a town like Cabot Cove, but one without all of the pesky murders! lol 😉

  4. Fascinante, Charlie, me gusto

  5. writerleenda 3 years ago

    Sounds good to me, Charlie. I like to fix stuff around the place too but somehow it just doesn’t turn out the way my brain knows it should. It has to leave my hands first and then … oh oh. Sigh. I am glad nobody got electrocuted with that shower — meaning if it has a fuse then it has to have electricity someplace. Have a happy Sunday too. Plumbers know all about that stuff.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much! 😃💕 Yeah, we didn’t want to call a plumber for something we wanted to disappear rather than fix. lol So happy we managed to disable it!

  6. Marisela Delgado 3 years ago

    What a beautiful painting, Charlie. This may be one of my favorites. 💜 We have to celebrate those little triumphs. It’s what makes life LIFE! My mother and I also have little domestic triumphs like that and we cheer also! Yay! 😊

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 So thrilled you enjoyed this one!! And yay for cheering for each one of those little domestic triumphs! hehe

  7. Zertab Quaderi 3 years ago

    What a lovely day of sunflowers, Murder, She Wrote, and Mexican food! It was a perfect Saturday including the triumph you guys had over the truant steam shower!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Zertab! 😃💕 Hehe! Yes it was the perfect day indeed. Hope you had a lovely one my friend!

  8. Mugdha 3 years ago

    Hello Charlie,

    I absolutely adore the harvest mice and the thought of them having a rest in a sunflower. I’m so happy you like miniature things too. I’ve been fascinated by them longer than I can remember. Which is why I loved books like The Borrowers by Mary Norton and toys like Sylvanian Families. And like you, Im pathetic at fixing things like showers and fuses , so for me, the handyman is an angel. 🙂


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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 We have much in common! hehe… yeah, I’m rubbish at fixing things around the house. But yay for miniature things… they’re just so cool. I loved The Borrowers as well!

  9. Lisa 3 years ago

    My Joe is a fantastic fix it guy. The only thing he doesn’t do is propane appliances. My stove is a gas stove so if something goes wrong, we have to call a repair guy. I have told Jim he’s in the wrong business. He needs to be the Guy! Let’s face it, everyone needs a guy they can call to do stuff. Want to replace a light fixture? Joe’s your guy. Need your new computer and printer set up? Joe’s your guy. See what I mean? Every one needs a guy.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      So true! Joe sounds awesome… please send him over! 😃 hehe… we have two guys in the house and not one of them is useful in that arena.

  10. jkpringle21 3 years ago

    Awesome painting Charlie. I look at this piece and come away feeling…Life couldn’t get any better than today.

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕 That’s such a wonderful thing to know and a lovely compliment!

  11. LoriCtoo 3 years ago

    Cozy little guys. So sweet, even for mice. :/ I spent the day sketching/painting. I also sketched a mouse for my Disney prompt. Mind is doing the laundry. 😉 I guess one could consider that “harvesting” Bahaha. My hubby is an all around fix it guy, thank goodness since we live in a 60 year old house. It is like when a car gets to that age when it starts to cost more than fix it. However with a home, you can’t always just get a new one!

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 So true! Our house is hitting that stage where things are starting to all go weird at once. We’ll get a fix it guy here to help us fill in the gaps. hehe Our car is actually at that stage, but so far, it’s still cheaper to fix it than to get a new one! 😉

  12. Susan Masters 3 years ago

    Beautiful harvest mice! My the things you learn about on doodlewash! I didn’t know harvest mice existed until you and Sandra, I think showed them to me. I admire your conquest of the steam shower I am working up the nerve to dismantle the shower head to get the damn flow restricter out and if that works I may take on the plug in my freezer drain. I pick up my handy person tips from YouTube as my love is definitely not the Fixit guy and he hates me to call the guy as then he will be exposed oh well wish me luck

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Susan! 😃💕 Good luck on fixing that thing! Ugh… yeah, we’ve no talent for that stuff here, but have managed to do a few things thanks to YouTube!

  13. shawnthompsonart 3 years ago

    Awee thats so cute, I really like how you captured their faces and the petals of the flowers.

  14. Priscilla DeConti 3 years ago

    Lovely painting and story 🙂 I am glad you had a big success(I am house challenged as well, luckily husband is not LOL)
    and were able to enjoy your weekend! Right now he is in process of fixing our leaky sink, pipes sink and all. I retreated to my art desk 😊

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      Charlie O'Shields 3 years ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 Yeah, we’re not good at the house stuff. Our leaky faucets are fixing themselves! Yay for retreated to your art desk! hehe

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