Gratitude 


I am grateful for waking up on a beach. Not just any beach, but a really spectacular beach.

I am grateful for the light in the mist in the trees this morning.

I am grateful for a day spent exploring the East end of Sombrio, this time without backpacks.

I am grateful for my safe return home, and to see Julie and my boys again.

I am grateful for great friends, I am grateful to live near this place, I am grateful for the trip I just had, and u am grateful for Julie, who made it possible for me to attend.

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I am grateful for a good sleep.

I am grateful for a great walk with great friends.

I am grateful for good weather. I packed light to make the hike more enjoyable; I am glad I didn’t need the rain pants I didn’t take.

I am grateful for the seals, snakes, and bear I bore witness to today.

I am grateful for another shower in another waterfall.

I am grateful for a swim in the ocean.

I am grateful for an afternoon on Sombrio beach.

I am grateful for great food and conversation with great friends around a fire tonight.

I am grateful for the smell of burning kelp on our campfire.

I am grateful to be on the beach now as I write this, with the sound of the waves beckoning me to sleep.

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I am grateful for our first day of hiking the Juan de Fuca trail.

I am grateful for botanical beach; it’s a place that feels sacred by the happenstance that nature created.

I am grateful for conversation that lasted from daylight through dusk and into darkness with old friends.

I am grateful for the waterfall that provided me with water to drink, a place to bathe, and white noise to fall asleep by.

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I am grateful for success in fixing something that had to be fixed today.

I am grateful for a fun and uneventful trip on the Ferry to Saltspring island.

I’m grateful for time my kids get to spend with their cousins.

I am grateful for Julie’s family. We’re having a great visit. We stayed up way too late, under the stars, on a deck, with a fire burning in the fireplace. If this isn’t nice, what is?

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I am grateful for 14 years of marriage today, and 23 years of being together with Julie later this summer. This year marks the first anniversary where we’ve been together longer than we were apart before we met. And that feels like it’s just as it should be. I’d do it all again, and I hope I can. Maybe even twice, health permitting.

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I am grateful for a quiet Monday.

I am grateful for the home for trucks that Farley made.

I am grateful for time spent painting, finishing the first one since starting in on it again. I am reasonably happy with it, but am looking forward to making better ones next. I really have enjoyed the process; I  amazed at how it’s changed the way I look at things. I don’t mean in some zen-like contemplation of things, I mean literally, my vision is different, and more attuned to colour.

Above is the final product, below are the steps that led there.

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

I  grateful for a warm summer day.

I am grateful for the opportunity to meet a tiny brand new human. Babies are awesome. Especially friends babies. And especially friends babies being held by my own dang babies. All the babies.

I am grateful for a quick swim in Elk Lake this evening after supper.

I am grateful for Google. I just learned that dinner just means main meal of the day, could be anytime. Supper refers to the evening meal, so that’s more specific. The use of the word supper has been on the decline since 1900. I’m starting a campaign to bring it back. Are you with me, or are you against me?

I am grateful for blueberry pie. Coop made it. He read and followed the recipe for the crust, and made the filling with blueberries he picked himself yesterday. Nom nom nom!