Gratitude

I am grateful for time spent running around getting some errands done this morning. Any trip past my driveway is an occasion these days. I had to pick up a print from the printer, drop off some paintings to my photographer, and I picked up some old frames from a friend and neighbour who was getting rid of them. I maintained a safe distance the whole time through all that, but interacting with other adults was a novel and pleasant experience.

I am grateful for the sandwich Julie made me for lunch.

I am grateful for time spent quietly at home with my lads this afternoon.

I am grateful for supper together.

I am grateful for time spent playing Dungeons and Dragons with my lads. It went past their bedtime, but it was fun.

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I am grateful for a fairly low-key day at home with my lads.

I am grateful for time spent getting the roof on the treehouse, and for the good luck involved in any work that involves the use of a ladder that turns out injury free.

I am grateful for the completion of a 5th painting that hasn’t been documented yet. That means I’m headed to my photographer tomorrow to drop them off, and will start releasing them on my website soon. It also means it’s time to start a new one, which is always fun.

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I am grateful for time spent chit chatting with a bunch of old pals on Skype this morning.

I am grateful for time spent painting, some of it whilst talking on said Skype call with old pals.

I am grateful for time spent building the treehouse with the lads. We are getting close to completion on that project.

I am grateful for Julie, who made a heckuva fine feast for dinner this evening.

I am grateful for time spent in the hillbilly hot tub this evening, but I still think I’ll be sore tomorrow after all that treehouse construction.

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I am grateful for strawberry shortcake Julie made this afternoon.

I am grateful for time spent painting this morning. and for the first time I can recall arranging things in the garage studio I am using that seemed to work light-wise.

I am grateful for family fun night: my pick. We dined on takeout Chinese food, and watched October Sky, which wasn’t a bad movie, and it fit the bill.

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I am grateful for time spent getting the garage into reasonable shape for painting. I even got a few brush strokes in this morning.

I am grateful for time spent reading with Farl.

I am grateful that Cooper is largely self directed in our home schooling efforts so far.

I am grateful for time spent building the tree house with Coop while Farley used a garden hose and the available natural world in our backyard to apply a film of dirt to every square inch of his body.

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I am grateful for time spent scooting up and down the street with Farley on Scootzilla, the scooter I made from an old kids bike, parts from our defunct garage door opener, and other various bits of scrap I had lying around, with my underused mig welder. It came together successfully. Farl and I were on it at the same time. It’s got a wide turning radius, but it’s a smooth ride.

I am grateful for the weeding tool I bought as an impulse purchase at Costco the other day. I spent some time battling the many, many dandelions in the front yard today, and it was nice to have the right tool for the job, it was not too hard on my back, which weeding usually is.

I am grateful for a nap I managed to have this afternoon. I was hoping it would give me the energy I’d need to paint this evening, but here it is, 10pm, and alas, no. Still, that nap got me this far, and for that I am grateful.

I am grateful for good weather today. It rained most of the day yesterday, so it’s not yet something I can take for granted.

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I am grateful for a day with my lads. Not a bad one, especially considering the rain that kept us all inside, except for Farl, who got some biking in up and down the block with his buddy across the street.

I am grateful for a conversation with my brother on the phone this evening. It wasn’t long, but a short check-in with an adult human who doesn’t live here is good for me once in a while, so it was enough.

I am grateful for a e new show recommendation from a friend that Julie and I enjoyed tonight. Sisters, on Netflix. We watched the first one, and found it compelling.

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I am grateful for bounty, so much bounty from Costco this morning. It took an hour of waiting to get in, but I bought all the things, and now the cupboards are overflowing, and I won’t have to go again for a good long while.

I am grateful for time spent with my lads, and a neighbour and her lads, for some physically distant but socially proximal empty mall parking lot scootering and biking this afternoon.

I am grateful for Better Call Saul, the spin-off show from Breaking Bad that I prefer to the original show. I just finished the last episode of season 3. That’s some fine telly, there.

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I am grateful for an exhausting and rewarding day with my lads.

I am grateful for the luxury of my mostly free schedule, which allowed me to drive to Costco this evening, see the lineup, think “nope, maybe I’ll try tomorrow morning instead”, and then high tail it out of there.

I am grateful for the indulgence I’ve allowed myself in a project that has no rightful place in my life, but I am doing it anyway. I built an adult size scooter like the ones my kids have, kinda, out of an old kids bike, and scrap bits of steel that were lying around. I took it on its maiden voyage tonight. Needs a bit more work, but it’s coming along nicely.