Gratitude

I am grateful for a phone chat with my mother and brother those morning.

I am grateful for a phone chat with an old friend, right after that.

I am grateful for a walk we took to the post office so I could mail a package. Along the way, the boys rode their scooters. It was good to get the smell of the house off of us.

I am grateful for pizza for dinner.

I am grateful for time spent doing projects with Farley in the garage. He was sanding and painting an old small wooden cabinet, and I was building a picture frame.

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

Gratitude

I am grateful for a morning I spent sleeping in today. That there’s a silver lining, I suppose.

I am grateful for Farley, who has been challenging me to a pre-lunch tickle fight the last few days. That kid has loved that kind of thing for as long as he’s been alive.

I am grateful for these days spent with those kiddos. They drive me crazy fairly regularly, but it’s been rewarding and fun too. As we spend our time sequestered in this time of physical distancing, we are making memories that will define the relationship that my children and I will share for the rest of our lives.

I am grateful for free worksheets found online so the boys could do some math work. I introduced Coop to exponents today. We even got into the pythagorean theorem a bit. He picked it up quick!

I am grateful for bounty from the grocery store that Julie brought home today.

I am grateful for dinner tonight. I made lettuce wraps. They were tasty as all heck and everyone gobbled it up like crazy.

I am grateful for time spent playing D&D with those guys. We explored the ruins of an ancient dwarven temple, having defeated a few monsters in there last time.

Gratitude

I am grateful for some time spent painting this morning. I think that one is done!

I am grateful for time spent with Cooper working on the treehouse.

I am grateful for Farley’s good hearted spirit. That kid.

I am grateful for an unofficial part 2 of Julie’s family fun night. We made BLT’s, then drew on T-shirts with pastels made for drawing on fabric. As I write this, I am wearing a shirt I drew an octopus on. Why an octopus? Why do you need to ask? Octopi are awesome. That’s why.

I am grateful for my friend Robert, who dropped off pandemic survival supplies, and invited me to sip them as I attended a virtual get together via the computer internet with the rest of the curling guys and their spouses. It was nice to socialize. Not as good as the real thing, and truth is I’ve never been much of a house party guy to begin with, but I am starved for adult conversation these days, and it was nice to hang out with other kids my own age.

Gratitude

I am grateful for some time spent painting this afternoon.

I am grateful for family fun night: Julie’s pick. We made nachos, then watched and experienced some virtual museum tours and Disneyland and Disneyworld rides, We also found footage of a Star Trek themed ride I recall being really good when I was there at the Hilton in Vegas in the 90s; it has since been shut down. We finished it all off with some Marbula One, which, if you haven’t heard of it, I recommend googling.

Gratitude

I am grateful for time spent painting this morning.

I am grateful for time spent building the treehouse with Cooper. I’m really glad I got the materials for that when I did; it’s been nice to have a project in these doldrums.

I am grateful for the last 1 hour instalment of the Lord of the RIngs movies that we screened tonight. I really enjoyed seeing those movies again. Last time was in the theatre during the theatrical releases. They hold up well. Looking forward to the Hobbit, but maybe not for a few days.

I am grateful for my brother’s suggestion that I read some Ray Bradbury short science fiction to my kiddos. We did that tonight at bedtime. We read “The Sound of Thunder”. It was a bit dark, but we all enjoyed it.

I am grateful for time spent watching some telly with Julie after the kids were in bed.

Gratitude

I am grateful for time spent painting this morning.

I am grateful for time spent building the tree house with Cooper and Farley this afternoon.

I am grateful for time spent in the hillbilly hot tub with Julie this evening without any dang kids anywhere in sight.

Gratitude

I am grateful for time spent painting today.

I am grateful for the sale of a painting today. You may have heard, the economy has slowed a smidge. Selling paintings is not as easy as it was a few months ago, so I’m grateful that this one did.

I am grateful for a delicious breakfast for lunch that Julie made today.

I am grateful for a walk we took together to post some letters today.

I am grateful for a brief conversation across the street with a neighbour this afternoon.

I am grateful for a game of backgammon with Coop.

I am grateful for the screening of the first installment of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a trip to Costco this afternoon that was pleasantly not nightmarish. I was impressed with how they were doing things, and how other customers were behaving. All in all, it was much more civilized than I thought it would be, and frankly, much more civilized than the last time I was there on a Sunday. I went there out of necessity, and hopefully bought enough that I won’t have to return for a while.

I am grateful for brief phone and text conversations with friends and family. It helps to feel connected.

I am grateful for all this time with my kids. It’s daunting, and I get annoyed and grumpy at times, but I am enjoying them. While this crisis is scary and the uncertainty of it a can seem unbearable, it’s also a time that Julie, myself and our boys are spending all together, recreating, working, learning, and playing. I am sure we will remember these days for the rest of our lives.

I am grateful for the first half of the second Lord of the Rings movie, which we watched together tonight.