Gratitude

I am grateful for a good amount of time painting and doing other painting related activities this morning.

I am grateful for the delivery of lumber from Lowes. No excuse not to finish that treehouse now.

I am grateful for time spent with my lads, who are rapidly learning that when I offer to make you a sandwich, you’d better say yes, because I only make really good sandwiches. Today it was montreal smoked meat with fried onions.

And in another humblebrag, but still sincere expression of gratitude, I am grateful for the experience that is making Farley my mac and cheese, because there is nothing like seeing that kid enjoy eating the mac and cheese I made him.

I am grateful for both of those lads, who worked together to unload the dishwasher this morning without being asked.

I am grateful for Julie, who works for a living, still, in this mad world. Thank goodness for that. Selling paintings isn’t easy to do right now.

I am grateful for bounty I brought home from the grocery store. Lots of empty shelves there, but we have plenty enough of what we need.

Gratitude

I am grateful for the first day where I felt productive as an artist for a while. No painting yet, but I have a canvas prepped and ready to go, and I tidied up the studio, and finished up a couple of pieces with varnish and frame making work. Onward!

I am grateful for Farl and Coop who are troopers with our limited home schooling effort. Farl particularly was rocking at math today.

I am grateful for a walk our family took together, and one where we stopped by for a physically distant driveway to sidewalk conversation with neighbours and friends, some planned, some not.

I am grateful for D&D with the lads tonight. They defeated a small party of orcs that attacked them.

Gratitude

I am grateful for time spent outside with my lads today. They jumped in the trampoline with a sprinkler for a while, then Cooper joined me in getting so excited progress in on the treehouse project.

I am grateful for the falafel Julie made tonight..it was tasty as all heck.

I am grateful for full participation in an impromptu family meeting this evening. The pandemic has changed a lot about how we live our lives, and while are increasing our physical distance from others, we are living much in much more social and physical proximity to our immediate family members. Tonight, everyone in my immediate family chimed in about what was working and what wasn’t, and I am grateful for the candor and constructive ideas that we each put forward.

I am grateful for a phone conversation with my brother this evening.

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.