I am grateful for several video calls with friends and family today.
I am grateful for time spent painting in my studio.
I am grateful for an expedition to circumnavigate Elk and Beaver Lake today. It was a long haul for us and took longer than expected, but the weather was fair, cheezies were doled out in reasonable amounts at regular intervals, and the sunset from the east side of the Lake on the last leg of the journey was a stunner. Julie and I each gave it an 8 out of 10, Farley gave it a 3 and Coop gave it a 5. That’s a family average of 6. We’ve done worse!
I am grateful for a trip to the dump with a utility trailer that’s been collecting detritus for the last 6 months or so. Trips to the dump are always a productive catharsis.
I am grateful for time spent playing crokinole with my lads this afternoon.
I am grateful for a full day in the studio, working on some computer stuff, finishing off one painting, and starting a new one.
I am grateful for family fun night: my pick. We dined on burgers from the Tartan Toque, took part in a family Zoom on the occasion of my mother in law’s birthday, and then screened Searching for Bobby Fischer, which none of us had seen. We all liked it!
I am grateful for venues I’ve had to show my artwork. Today I took down a show from the Parkside Hotel, and installed one at Caffe Fantastico.
I am grateful for Cooper’s scout meeting. They made firestarters out of melted wax from candle stumps, egg cartons, dryer lint, sawdust, and whatever else that seemed like a good idea. It was fun to watch them figure that all out together.
I am grateful for a walk this morning to get Farley to school. As I often do, I ran into a few folks I knew and had brief conversations. Since the pandemic started, I’ve noticed just how valuable those small interactions are. They make the whole day of working alone in my studio seem a little less weird.
I am grateful for time spent with Farley looking at a few stars with his telescope this evening.
I am grateful for flank steak with peanut sauce that Julie made for supper tonight.
I am grateful for an episode of Law and Order this evening.
I am grateful to be warm and snug on my bed while a storm blows and rains outside.
I am grateful for a quiet day working quietly in my studio.
I am grateful for conversations with my parents and then brother today.
I am grateful for time with my family this normal evening.
I am grateful for a living room date night with Julie tonight watching Super Intelligence, a romcom featuring Melissa McCarthy that fit the bill nicely.
I am grateful for time spent video chatting with the fellas that I usually do on Sunday mornings.
I am grateful for David Bowie.
I am grateful for a bike ride with my boys, even if they weren’t all that grateful for that same bike ride.
I am grateful for a hum drum day at home.
I am grateful for success in a co.puter maintenance project. Between a new battery and Linux, I think I might get another year or two out of an old laptop.
I am grateful for Julie, who took the boys out gallavanting today. Meanwhile, I had one of the finest naps ever had, a good 3 hours worth.
I am grateful for Cooper’s family fun night part 2: spaghetti and Bolognese sauce for supper followed by a screening of “Now You See Me”, which we all found enjoyable.
I am grateful for time spent painting in my studio today.
I am grateful for a tidy home.
I am grateful for family fun night, Cooper’s pick: we got takeout burgers from the Tartan Toque, which were amazing, and then watched a few episodes of Matt Groening’s series on Netflix, Disenchanted, which was entertaining.