Gratitude

I am grateful for my residency at the Hotel Grand Pacific. Today was my last day. It was a great experience for me, as it was last year. I hope I get to do it again.

I am grateful for the privilege that it is to be a professional artist. It’s not easy, and not a great way to get rich quick, but it’s working for me so far. It’s been my main gig since January. I set modest targets for the year, and as I look at the sales so far for 2019 I see that I am on track to meet them. I have ambition to do better, to work harder, to do more, but I am also aware of my fortune for this experience in the here and now. I am blessed to be in a position to do this job, and I am glad that it’s working for myself and my family, and I love doing it, and I am grateful.

I am grateful for family fun night: my pick. We ordered pizza, stopped by the neighbour’s back yard to serenade their son with the traditional song on his 3rd birthday, and headed back to our side of the tracks for a screening of The History of the Future Folk, which turned out to be a great little indie film that deserved it’s position on the internet list of “100 science fiction films to see with your family” I perused this afternoon.

Gratitude

I am grateful for gratitude; this practise, and the knowledge that if I am ever feeling grumpy, or resentful, that if I can consciously shift my thoughts toward thinking about some way in which I am lucky, or something or someone I am grateful for, it can make my whole day better.

I am grateful for a day spent painting at the hotel.

I am grateful for bounty from Costco.

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I am grateful for omelettes made with veggies from surplus pizza toppings from Friday.

I am grateful for an afternoon on Thetis Lake in kayaks with our family. We paddled out to a spot where we felt we were right in the middle of nowhere, had a snacky picnic, went swimming for a bit, and paddled home. it was magical.

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I am grateful for time spent playing a Pokemon game with Farley this morning.

I am grateful for a new laundry machine, here in my house, and laundry done, without the use of a car or laundromat.

I am grateful for the sale of a painting today.

I am grateful for time spent at the hotel getting everything set up a bit better.

I am grateful that there is now a dosa place in town, that Julie knew about said dosa place, and for a dosas enjoyed by myself and the rest of my family this evening.

I am grateful for some top notch snuggles with Farley this evening.

Gratitude

I am grateful for time spent painting at the hotel today.

I am grateful for Family Fun Night: Cooper’s pick. We made pizza, and then he showed us how to play the Pokemon card game, which is complicated, and fun. He was a patient teacher for the other 3 of us, and we all got it in the end, and agreed it’s a fun and enjoyable game.

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I am grateful for time spent with Cooper today. He showed me all of his Pokemon collection, we played Settlers of Catan Jr with Farley, then later Yahtzee.

I am grateful for time spent at the end of the day watching an episode of Stranger Things before bed.

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I am grateful for a day off from the hotel. I got a lot of stuff around around the house and computer done today.

I am grateful for a visit from my cousin, his spouse, and little baby today. Babies are the BEST! Cute little fella, that guy.

I am grateful for some more art biz success.

Gratitude

I am grateful for some success in the art biz.

I am grateful for an order placed for a new washer, replaced under warranty. It might come this Saturday. Here’s hopin’.

I am grateful for a nice dinner together.

I am grateful for the opportunity popcorn twists afforded me to blow my kids’ minds.

Gratitude

I am grateful for laundromats. They are just the thing when your washer is in a state of warranty purgatory, and you have a family of 4, and you want to get a week’s worth of laundry washed in an hour or so. Also: grateful for the sun and a clothesline, making the drying part after we take home buckets of clean wet laundry easier.

I am grateful for Coop and Farl, who are helpful assets with all this laundry business.

I am grateful for a bunch of crappy canvases and craft acrylic paint we had around, so we could spend part of the afternoon painting together. In situations like this I try to do something I’m not used to painting so I asked what kind of animal I should paint. “Plankton!” was his reply, so I painted plankton.

I am grateful for dinner together this evening.

I am grateful for time spent with Julie in the hillbilly hot tub this evening.