I am grateful for a new to me Phone. I wanted something good for email, texting and phone calls and not much else. I found a 10 year old Blackberry that fits the bill nicely. It’s a nice little piece of kit, despite its age.
I am grateful for the opportunity to have my work up at Caffe Fantastico over this last 2 months. I took that show down today. I am excited about next month, I’ll have one piece with me at the Hilton Doubletree where I will be the artist in residence for July, and I will also have a bunch of work up at the Central Gallery in the Bay Centre downtown.
I am grateful for time spent with my lads this evening.
I am grateful for chocolate chip cookies, delivered still warm from the oven from our neighbours.
I am grateful for time spent with my lads and a buddy of theirs, eating bbq’d burgers in the backyard this evening.
I am grateful for time spent with Cooper baking blueberry muffins for his class party tomorrow at school. I am also grateful that we had enough of everything to make 2 batches, because it turned out the 5 teaspoons of salt we put in the first time around was actually meant to be .5 teaspoons of salt, which seemed, and tasted, much more reasonable.
I am grateful for time spent doing my own thing, working on a picture frame building project, while Julie had the kids. Praise be to Julie!
I am grateful for the milk man, which is a milk jug that the boys drew a guy on. He has a theme song. It is, somehow predictably, to the tune of “What does the Fox Say”. They can’t get enough of it. I can, but I am grateful for it anyway. Such is the paradox of the human condition.
I am grateful for time spent with my family in the park after Farley’s baseball event today.
I am grateful for lunch with Julie, at the Sour Pickle Cafe, where I haven’t been for a long time but used to go to regularly back when I had an office in Fan Tan Alley, which really doesn’t feel like as long ago as it actually was.
I am grateful for some time spent in the studio today.
I am not grateful for the mishap that ended in a hole through the canvas I was working on, but I am grateful that I wasn’t that far along in that painting. I was able to re-start the same image on a new canvas today, so that felt like the right thing to do.
I am grateful for some time spent with Farley and Cooper at Farley’s baseball practise tonight. There was a parents vs. kids game, and that was fun. Farley got a certificate for fastest base runner, and Coop, not even an official member of the team, received a certificate for being a fan and announcing the batters at the games. That was a proud Dad moment, right there.
I am grateful for time in the studio and gym today.
I am grateful for a pub night to debrief the past year with the other scouters involved in the cub troop Coop and I have been involved with. It’s a great bunch of people and I feel privileged to know and volunteer alongside each one of them.
I am grateful for my Dad and all the other fathers in my life, on this Father’s day.
I was talking with him on the phone this morning, we were considering the benefits of fatherhood. I mentioned that compassion for one’s own parents were one of them for me. Getting a different perspective on the parent-child relationship helps me understand what it was like for him and my mom when I was a kid.
There is another benefit too, he mentioned, when you get to be a grandfather (or grandmother). It’s getting to see your son have to deal with his kids the same way you had to when he was little. Through many years, particularly the teenage ones, I gave my parents the gears on a routine basis. Now my dad enjoys watching ME get some of those same gears.
I’ve decided to call the emotion he is describing Dadenfreude.
Fact is, I was dealt a fine hand on the Dad front. I am grateful as all heck for that guy, and he deserves every shred of gratitude AND Dadenfreude he can get his hands on.
I am grateful for breakfast hash Julie and the boys made for me this morning.
I am grateful for Farley’s last baseball game of the season.
I am grateful for a few quiet hours alone this afternoon. Julie took the boys out, and I managed to complete a fussy computer project that involved taking a Mac Mini all apart and sticking it all back together again. Victory!
I am grateful for aloo gobi Julie made for dinner tonight. It was delicious.
I am grateful for a fun day at the end of the year Scout family picnic. There was a fort built of lashed driftwood that featured a 7′ platform and flag pole. There was kayaking, sailing, and motorboating. There were hot dogs. There were taco salads in dorito bags. It was epic.
I am grateful for time spent with Julie in the hillbilly hot tub after all the schlepping was done.
I am grateful for family fun night: Farley’s pick. We got takeout from McDonald’s and went to a park where Farley could bike and Cooper could ride on his new scooter. It was a nice relaxed way to enjoy a summer evening.