Winter Wonderland

Dog Looking Out Window At Snow Watercolor Illustration

For our prompt of “Window” today, I made a quick little sketch of our pup Elliott begging to go out and play in the snow. There’s been snow on the ground for the past several days here, and as soon as the sun comes up, he starts in with those puppy eyes trying to lure us outside, despite the bitter cold temperatures. Philippe and I are not a fan of the extreme cold, but our pup doesn’t seem to mind it one bit. In fact, when we do give in and brave the outdoors he happily chases sticks and lays in the snow as though it’s as warm and comfortable as sand on the beach. This particular winter storm was actually named Elliott, so he thinks it’s just another gift from Santa. He got quite a few little gifts from Santa this year, since it was his first Christmas and I think he’s rather a fan of the season now. Even the sound of wrapping paper makes him come running. Yet, like all little ones, running out to play in the snow is still the biggest treat of all!

I hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Christmas! Philippe and I enjoyed our usual evening of opening multiple little gifts throughout the night. This year, I bought Philippe a karaoke microphone which was a huge hit! We had so much fun playing with it, that the time got away from us and we realized we had quite a few more gifts left to unwrap before we could head to bed. The house was aglow with candles as Philippe performed a rather amazing Cher impression in between bites of gravlax and foie gras along with sips of champagne. We then sang Christmas carols and ended the night with a bite of what we call Christmas cake. This year’s edition turned out perfectly and we still have a little bit left to enjoy this evening. We’re off work until Tuesday of next week, so we can play with our toys and enjoy a bit of relaxation before a new year begins.

I get so excited for this time each year, and once it finally arrives, I’m clinging on to each little moment, wishing it would last forever. But, like most wonderful experiences, it’s the rarity that makes it so special. For just one time each year, we lose ourselves in a spirit of play, love, and happiness. It’s a beautiful break that also comes with quiet contemplation and thoughts of what the new year will bring. Neither Philippe nor I make lists of things we will actually DO in the coming year, but we love to toss out ideas. I usually have a brand new project brewing in my head by this point, but this year, I haven’t selected the next thing I’ll try yet. And that’s just fine. I’m sure that next year will be full of fun surprises. And, I hope that you have a very Happy New Year ahead! With all of the hope the season brings, there’s still that happy tingling of anticipation and excitement for what’s coming up next. In the meantime, I’ll be reveling in the coziness, hiding under a blanket, and sipping a mug of hot cocoa while enjoying the delightful view of a winter wonderland.

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  1. Sandra Strait 1 month ago

    Happy Holidays! I don’t know why some people feel animals don’t have language skills. We had Christmas dinner in a house that had two mini-schnauzers. One of them went to each person in turn, put a paw on them, then ran to where the turkey sat, looked at it, and barked. When that person failed to understand he wanted turkey, he moved on to the next. Poor guy. He finally gave up and went to his crate, with an attitude that clearly said what he thought of our overall intelligence.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 hehe… that’s such a cute story! Yep… dogs are excellent communicators, but sometimes humans fail to listen properly.

  2. scrittoralinda 1 month ago

    Happy New Year Charlie!

  3. Laura Hale 1 month ago

    What a great expression on Elliott. Our pup frequently uses the same one…quite successfully.

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Laura! 😃💕 Yep… those puppy dog eyes are hard to resist! hehe

  4. Robert Coleman 1 month ago

    You’ve captured Elliott’s puppy expression perfectly! “Oh please please Please!” We have a 17 year old shih tzu that still loves the snow, but she wants to get out and eat it! She doesn’t run around in the snow any more, though, but her tongue gets a workout gobbling up the white stuff!
    Happy New Year to you and yours!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Bob! 😃💕 hehe… that’s so cute about your dog… and 17… wow! Elliott just discovered that he could also eat the snow, so that was his new pleasure today. Have a very Happy New Year!!

  5. KT 1 month ago

    Very Nice ! and Happy New Year Charlie!

  6. Marisela Delgado 1 month ago

    Feliz Año Nuevo, mi amigo, Charlie! Email on the way…..
    Cute painting! 😍

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much! Feliz Año Nuevo, mi amiga! 😃💕 Much love to you!

  7. Mugdha 1 month ago

    Hello Charlie,

    Awwwww Elliott is reeeeeaaaalllly begging to be let out. Your Christmas celebrations sound like fun and I’m so jealous (and very glad) that you got a snowy Christmas. I think snow makes everything more magical and sparkly🙂 I don’t watch the news Charlie, but last night my Dad was watching the news and they carried some scary looking clips of extreme snowfall and unbelievably low temperatures in certain states. I hope you and every person on this group are safe, warm and well. Big hug to you Charlie and if you do step out into the snow, please make a tiny little snowman on my behalf. It’s been years since I got to play in the snow and I’ve been missing it terribly. Oh! And enjoy lots of hot chocolate!🥰

    Love & Hugs,

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 Yes, it was a fabulous Christmas and the snow wasn’t too bad where we were at all. Extremely cold so we couldn’t get out much, but winter storm Elliott mostly passed us by. Snow doesn’t make everything more sparkly! It’s warming up now so all of the snow will be gone shortly, but it was nice to have at Christmas. And yay for hot chocolate! Much love to you!! ❤️

  8. Brenda Sommerville 1 month ago

    Great story Charlie, I get that look from our Pepper all the time 🙂

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Brenda! 😃💕 hehe.. yeah, I bet Pepper is a pro at that look!

  9. Mary Roff 1 month ago

    Happy New Year, Charlie! It would be difficult to ignore that sweet face!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 I hope you have a fabulous New Year!!

  10. Gary Middleton 1 month ago

    Great doodle, Charlie.

  11. louiseaprimeau 1 month ago

    Awww….so cute! Rosie is not a fan of walking in winter – in fact, we have to catch her because she runs away from us when she know we are going for a walk.

    Enjoy the holidays Charlie!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Louise! 😃💕 Yeah, our Phineas was like that with the cold weather. Elliott seems to love anything outdoors at any temperature (unlike us… hehe). Happy New Year!

  12. Judith 1 month ago

    I always enjoy your posts and inspirations about life. A wonderful New Year to you, Philippe, and Elliott. JB

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Thanks so much, Judith!! 😃💕 A very happy New Year to you and yours!!

  13. Jacob 1 month ago

    Aww, I know that look! I’m with Elliott on going out to enjoy the snow, though not sure I’d go so far as to lay in it.

    Wow, you got Philippe a karaoke machine! Next year, he can sing “f-ing pie” for the whole neighbourhood to hear!

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      Charlie O'Shields 1 month ago

      Haha! Indeed! It was definitely on the playlist… thankfully the neighbors were out of town. 😉 I do enjoy the snow, but yeah, I think laying in it is only for the truly passionate like Elliott! lol

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