Turkey Day

Turkey Day by Charlie O'Shields

In the States, today is Thanksgiving, a day originally about giving thanks for the harvest, but often a day to be thankful for anything you like. It’s commonly referred to as Turkey Day, because that’s the traditional main item on the menu. More often, it’s a day of binge eating that results in a blissful food coma and a promise to oneself not to do it again… until Christmas. After that, is the obligatory New Year’s resolution to exercise more and generally stop eating like a grizzly bear.

For those of you who are anti-turkey, you’ll be happy to know some are celebrating Turkey Free Thanksgiving. Technically, Philippe and I will be celebrating this one as we’re just having a piece of farm-raised chicken instead. We don’t eat that much meat so a single turkey would outlast our ability to consume it. If you are not in the States today, or simply don’t care about turkeys one way or the other, it’s also Cake Day, so you might try that one!

Several years ago when my dad was still alive, he and my brother-in-law tried to deep fry a turkey. I say tried because while they were sitting next to the huge vat of scalding peanut oil, they were also consuming beers and chatting. By the time they rescued the poor turkey it was black as night and roughly the size of a quail. My mom wasn’t pleased, but calmly mashed some extra potatoes and moved on with the meal.

I rather like the idea of giving thanks for anything and everything in your life. Though we should probably do this every day, it’s a nice reminder to stop and think about what really matters most in life. I am, of course, thankful for Philippe, who’s currently cooking while happily singing along to Spotify’s Thanksgiving playlist, and our dog Phineas, who marched upstairs earlier rather pissed off because he was told he couldn’t have any of the food he smelled.

Beyond this, I’m thankful for all of you. Your support for Doodlewash has been amazing over these past few 4 and a half months since the site launched! It’s truly a labor of love and it’s very challenging some days to paint and write, but knowing you’re out there watching and reading my silly stories keeps me going.

And I’m tremendously thankful for all the fabulous Guest Doodlewashers who have shared or are about to share their personal stories and phenomenal art on this site. Very soon, there will have been 100 of you featured on doodlewash.com, sketching and painting all over the world – on all 7 continents! (still pretty cool that Antarctica made the list. Thanks again, Lucia!)

No matter where you are in the world, I hope you too are thankful for everything good in your life and are celebrating each and every day with the people you love.

Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you'd like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!
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43 Comments
  1. Teresa Robeson 2 years ago

    And I am so very grateful to have you in my life! I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for 4.5 months…seems like everyone knows and loves you!

    Big hugs, my friend! Thank you for making me laugh, dazzling me with your talents and broadening my world! ❤️💙❤️

    • Author

      Awww shucks, Teresa! Now you’ve gone and made me blush!! 😊😊I’m also smiling, though you can’t see that either. It feels like much longer to me too! There’s been so many posts so far with this daily doodlewash business! But the best part is making friends like you! Thanks for everything! ❤️😃

  2. izabolinha 2 years ago

    I am thankful that I found you 🙂
    Happy Thanksgiving and Turtle Hugs

  3. Jacob 2 years ago

    I forget how I found you Charlie, but I’m very thankful that I did. Not only because of the stunning doodlewashes (as demonstrated once again!!) but because you manage to be entertaining and endearing *every day*.

    I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, and I hope Phineas is less pissed off now 😉 we don’t want him slipping into drunk Scot mode again 😉

    • Author

      I think it’s too late for that…he’s passed out in the bed and snoring loudly. I’m not sure when he got into the liquor but he seems content now at least. And thank you so much for the kind words! 😊 I’m so happy we did find one another as the blogosphere is far more rewarding when you have friends to play with. It would be even more so with Citrus Polos, but as we know that dream is dead 😥

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Oh, the little rascal – too cute, liquor or not!

        Yesss… I feel bad for telling you tales of such a thing when they’re no longer available for you to try. Perhaps I should e-mail Polo and force them to make you a tube. Or concoct my own – that can only go well! 😉

      • Author

        Yes please!! Either will do, but I had no idea you were a budding Willy Wonka…you should make them!! 👍🏻😉

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Haha! Neither did I! I actually went to school dressed as him once… for a ‘book day’, I hasten to add, not just cos I fancied looking weird. Top hat and everything!

      • Author

        I want to see these pics!!!! 😉

      • Jacob 2 years ago

        Oh, I don’t know – I think my mother might have some. I was about six at the time. All I remember is spending the whole day fending off people who thought the golden ticket attached to my jacket was real.

      • Author

        Haha! That’s awesome! Ring her and get these photos!! Lol And then draw one! It would be brilliant! 😃👍🏻

  4. Sand Salt Moon 2 years ago

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your hubby! We bought turkey parts – a breast and drumsticks and it was so much easier to cook. Instead of cake, we had pie and fat free vanilla ice cream (cherry pie!). Your turkey doodlewash is GRAND.

    • Author

      Thanks Cynthia! ❤️😃Sounds like a lovely and delicious Thanksgiving! Hope you’re enjoying your new digs! We were going to try turkey parts, but our butcher was already sold out. Philippe doesn’t “trust” supermarket meat he says, though I’m not sure why or what that means. But our chicken part was delightful! And he made a cranberry upside down cake that was fantastic (the ice cream was full fat though…😊🐽)

  5. thepaperbaker 2 years ago

    Heartfelt Post! Fabulous turkey 🙂

    • Author

      Thanks friend! 💕Glad you liked this guy…turkeys are super complex. Lol…I was half way in before I realized that. 😊

  6. Wren 2 years ago

    i hope you and Phillipe had a lovely day, Charlie! Thanks for all you do–including painting that wonderful turkey!:D

  7. memadtwo 2 years ago

    Majestic bird. Ours was delicious. N.

  8. Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

    What a GRAND turkey, Charlie! 💕💖😊 Enjoyed your story about overcooking the turkey into a Quail! Lol! 😄 I like cooking a turkey breast – a lot less meat. We usually cook it on the BBQ. Since we spent this year at my hubby’s sister’s house and have no leftovers – the best part IMO, I think I will try cooking one in the crock pot. 🍗🍴🍷 I’m thankful for you too my friend! 😊 Happy you got to spend the day with those you love. 💜

    • Author

      Thanks Jill! 💕😃hehe…glad you liked this post! I totally agree about the no leftover thing…I’m not a big fan of them. Except dessert…that’s perfectly fine! Lol 😊 And I’m so thankful for meeting you and for all you do to spread happy Jill! 🎨❤️😃😃

      • Jill Kuhn 2 years ago

        Thank you so much Charlie! 💖💕😄

  9. Kari 2 years ago

    I am also grateful we found each other! Thank you for this wonderful blog as I have gotten to know wonderful artists here and they are also terrific people!

    I am currently in that food coma after consuming more carbs than I’ve done the last 6 months. But it was worth it! I often cook with my earphones on singing and dancing emabarrisingly (according to my kids). I think you have to experience joy in everything you do.. Your turkey is fabulous!!

    • Author

      Thanks Kari!! 💕😃Totally agree! Doing something without joy is like doing nothing at all! And you know I’m totally picturing you singing and dancing all over your kitchen now right? And smiling real big! Haha! Thanks! 😉

  10. Sharon Mann 2 years ago

    Your turkey is outstanding and I love his pointed posing toe. Thank you Charlie for wonderful posts and platform to host so many wonderful artists. I don’t how you can keep up with your daily posts, but it is remarkable and appreciated. If you decide you need a day off, we will all understand. 😍💕

    • Author

      Thanks Sharon! 💕😃I’m sort of addicted so I think you might be stuck with my daily doodlewashes for some time! Lol The writing can get difficult some days so I just crop those posts a bit and call it my break day. Lol 😉Thrilled to have you along on this adventure!

      • Sharon Mann 2 years ago

        Lol, Ok, we are benefiting from your addiction, now on to more adventures!

  11. Tori 2 years ago

    I hope you all had a lovely day 😊 As a vegetarian Brit I didn’t celebrate turkey day but I do have lots to be thankful for, one of them is finding your fabulous blog and your heartfelt words of encouragement 😊💕

  12. I hope you all had a delightful Thanksgiving. Your blog, pictures and words are certainly something for the rest of us to be thankful for – there’s always something to enjoy. Today, as well as the splendid painting of the turkey, I shall take away the image of your Dad deep-frying the bird. He was clearly a man who liked to push the envelope…

    (By the way, isn’t every day cake day?)

    • Author

      Hehe…thanks so much Michael!! What a wonderful thing to say! 😊😃So happy you enjoy my silly stories. And every day SHOULD be Cake Day!! I vote for that! Hope you’re having a wonderful day my friend!

  13. amaryllislog 2 years ago

    Ah Charlie, I’m a day late but ever so thankful for you and your blog! You are a gem of a discovery and so dedicated to your daily double header posts. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your dedication, talent and charm! Everyday is a joy with you! And Mr. Tom is very impressive!

    • Author

      Awwww Cathe!! You just made my day with your kind words!! 😊❤️😃 I’m so happy you like this little blog…it’s a lot to do and I appreciate your wonderful comments so much!! Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday!😃😃

  14. Jodi 2 years ago

    Thankful for you too buddy!!

  15. Rachel Murphree 2 years ago

    We have so much to be thankful for, and I am thankful for your cheery posts (and the laughs they produce!) and your lovely doodles. Oh yes, and for asking me to be a guest doodlewasher!

  16. kirkistan 2 years ago

    Great post, Charlie.I love the story about the deep fried turkey.I also appreciate the community of artists and sketchers.

    • Author

      Hehe…yeah…that was a memorable day! Lol Had quite a few food mishaps over the years though. My family may be cursed. 😳

  17. Damita M-S 2 years ago

    Happy Belated Turkey Day! 🦃 Thanks for starting this community of Doodlewashers because I learn so much and I look forward to seeing the new work of artist.

    I plan to give my art a jolt to share. Thanks again 😊👍🏼

    • Author

      Thanks so much!! Hope your Turkey Day was amazing and filled with people you love. And Uhm…I’m gonna say, heck yeah! Jolt that art and let’s get you featured here! 😉

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