Gratitude

I am grateful for time spent visiting with family.

I am grateful for Coop, who rose to the occasion to fulfill a requirement for his Cub Scout building badge, and to help his Nana and Pop by installing a bracket for the vacuum cleaner they received from my brother and sister in law for Christmas.

I am grateful for the East Van Panto, which was the impetus for our Vancouver visit. It never disappoints.

I am grateful for dinner for 8 at Chongqing, on Commercial at 12th, which I think is some of the best Chinese food anywhere.

I am grateful for a safe journey and arrival home.

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I am grateful for a safe trip to Vancouver

I am grateful for the Pacific Buffet, and for turkey and brussels sprouts, among other delicious things.

I am grateful for easier and more pleasant travel with kids, the older they get.

I am grateful for a nice visit that included singing Christmas Carols and playing guitar with my in-laws this evening.

I am grateful for circumstances that led to my sister in-law and niece being here from Portland at the same time we are.

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I am grateful for time spent in the studio this morning.

I am grateful for some yardwork that made me feel better about skipping the gym today. The weather was good for it.

I am grateful for Coop’s drama club play. It was awesome.

I am grateful for time spent with my lads watching Episode 1, the Phantom Menace of the Star Wars prequels this evening. That one gets a bad rap, and it is widely regarded as the worst Star Wars movie ever, but watching it with a 10 and a 6 year old who are totally into it made it better, IMHO.

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I am grateful for time spent at the studio this morning.

I am grateful for Cooper’s Christmas Concert at School. All of it was great. I am biased, but I gotta tell ya, Cooper’s class did the Little Drummer Boy, with different groups singing different parts, and with an actual little boy drumming, and it was sublime!

I am grateful for time spent with that kid this afternoon. We finished off his toolbox. That kid has drills and wood screws down pat.

I am grateful for our newly lit and decorated tree.

I am grateful for time spent reading with Farl. That kid read out a whole sentence to me from one of the books on his own. It was awesome. High fives were involved.

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I am grateful as all heck for some time in the gym and studio again.

I am grateful for some success in the art biz. This has been a good week that way.

I am grateful for time spent with Cooper, Farley and Julie as well as some other scouters, kids and parents selling Christmas trees (and buying one for ourselves) to benefit Camp Barnard at the Canadian Tire on Admirals road. It’s become a trAdition I look forward to.

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I am grateful for scallops. I didn’t eat any today, but somehow they got in my head, and man, those are tasty little critters.

I am grateful for Coop, who showed some resilience in the face of adversity, though it was a tough go for him for a while this evening.

I am grateful for a jam packed day with lots of rushing around where it all worked out okay in the end.

I am grateful I can now write this blog, then proceed to watch some TV with Jules.

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I am grateful for a healthy amount of contact with other humans in my life. In particular, today, the ones that aren’t my close family or near and dears; I’m thinking of the people I see around when I paint at the studio, or parents of my kids friends that I only know in passing, or people that I always see in the same place at the same time at local businesses I frequent. In this day and age of online everything, I find navigating my life through this crowd of actual living people, exchanging pleasantries and common courtesies, and  just being a human being in the company of other human beings keeps me grounded, and where I need to be, here in my community.

I am grateful for a conclusion to Cooper’s birthday party sleepover extravaganza. That gang had a ball this morning. They consumed crepes as fast as I could make them. To my surprise and delight, all they wanted to do was go outside and run around in a park after breakfast, albeit with a laser tag set. Fun was had by all, and then they went home.

And I am grateful that after all that I was able to relax for a while and paint at the studio.

And after that I am grateful that Julie and I were in agreement about not cooking, and we had a great dinner out with Farl while Cooper attended ANOTHER birthday party.

And now we’re all at home, dog-tired and settling down, and I am grateful for my cozy little house.  

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I am grateful for the sale of two large paintings this morning.

I am grateful for time spent with Farley this afternoon, at a park, then later at home.

I am grateful for a fun birthday party for Coop. It started with a swim this afternoon, and is ongoing with a sleepover this evening.

I am grateful for a cookie decorating party Farl and I attended this evening.

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I am grateful for time spent in the studio this morning.

I am grateful for leftovers.

I am grateful for family fun night: Farley’s pick. I made Mac and Cheese, and then we watched the new version of the Ghostbusters movie. We all really liked it.