Gratitude

I am grateful for ventolin.

I am grateful for time in the studio this morning.

I am grateful for time spend with my boys at a laundromat and other mundane points of interest this evening (cafe, gas station, department store) getting stuff done and hanging out.

I am grateful for the moment the topic of Farley playing baseball this spring came up.

“I love baseball” said Coop.

“Do you want to play too?” I asked.

“NO. DEFINITELY NOT. But, I want to go to all of Farley’s games, and make him a big sign, and shout ‘GO FARLEY GO’ and, er, hey Farl, would that embarrass you? I wouldn’t mean to embarrass you…”

Farley, who I can see in the rear view mirror listening to all this, is now beaming and grinning ear to ear. He says, “No, I would just smile, and be encouraged.”

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I am grateful for hugs with my children when I dropped them off at school this morning.

I am grateful for time spent in the studio today.

I am not particularly grateful for planning meetings as a general rule; but the two I attended today, back to back, were short, efficient, and well-run, and I am grateful for that.

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I am grateful for phone conversations with my family of origin today; first my parents, then my brother. No particular occasion, just to touch base, like we do most weeks at some point.

I am grateful for time spent with another family at a park, where kids ran rampant, and Coop took photos of 6 different species of mushrooms in an effort to earn a cub badge, and Farley climbed pretty high in a tree by himself in an effort to do just that.

I am grateful for a walk in the forest to conquer Bear Hill with another family after that. Good for the soul to get out there.

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I am grateful for the sale of another painting today.

I am grateful for an easy Saturday afternoon.

I am grateful for some time at the park with my lads. Coop was determined to get photos of animals for a Cub badge project, but we found it was tough to capture them in the dwindling light. Nonetheless, we saw a beetle, big spider, an ant colony, and a snail. It was not going to help him meet the requirements, but it was cool to go in the expedition. We might try again at the beach soon.

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I am grateful as all heck for the first somewhat normal day in a while.

I am grateful for time spent in the studio this morning. I left feeling chuffed about the painting I had on my easel. I can’t wait to get back in there.

I am grateful for a segment of a podcast so poignant, human, tragic, compassionate, and beautiful it moved me to tears, stifled under my closed eyes as I stood still in a crowded room, alone between my earbuds. Podcasts and radio are like no other medium – so intimate and immediate; almost like s long personal conversation on the phone. We’re in a golden age of recorded spoken word right now, and I am grateful to be alive to enjoy it.

I am grateful for the first emails sent out to web clients letting them know I am winding down the web business to focus on art. After nearly 18 years as a freelancer, it feels weird to be doing the exact opposite of hustling that business; and I’ll miss it, and the people I’ve worked with over the years. As good as coding is, though, painting is funner.

I am grateful for lunch with Julie this afternoon.

I am grateful for family fun night: Julie’s pick. We ate like kings at a Korean BBQ restaurant, then came home to play Blokus.

I am grateful for happy news of the birth of a new baby I am related to. That’s a whole dang human life starting up there. New babies are born every day, and yet it’s always 100% magical and miraculous when it all works out okay. I look forward to meeting that kiddo in person sometime.

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I am grateful for lunch with a buddy I used to work with but haven’t seen for a while this afternoon.

I am grateful for some time I the studio. Just an hour, but so much better than nuthin’.

I grateful for time spent with family friends this evening. It wasn’t entirely planned, but our washer is on the fritz and they have access to several where they live; so they rescued us from dirty laundry, and fed and entertained us too!

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I am grateful for the sale of 2 original paintings this morning.

I grateful for the cuss ton of good stuff that Julie did for this household today.

I am grateful for periodic moments of quiet throughout the day.

I am grateful for time with my lads, and Julie too, at their bedtime tonight.

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I am grateful for a cookout with friends at French Beach. What a great way to spend the day.

I am grateful for tourtière.

I am grateful for time spent with my lads at bedtime.

I am grateful for time spent with Julie working on a jigsaw puzzle.

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I am grateful for time spent painting in the living room with my boys this morning.

I am grateful for time spent at Willows beach this afternoon. Mount Baker was in full display, colours of the sunset were filling the sky, and Farl and I checked out a few tidal pools.

I am grateful for a fondue we enjoyed with the friends that brought it over tonight.

I am grateful for a good view of the city and Washington state across the water, and for the fireworks we observed and celebrations we could hear at the stroke of midnight, popping up all over the eye could see. I heard bagpipes, too. They were a nice touch.

Gratitude

I am grateful for time spent painting in my living room with my kids this morning.

I am grateful for time spent skating with both my lads today; where they both started out the day hanging on to skating aids, and left having skated around for a good long while without them.

I am grateful for Farley, who built his own lego train car for his lego train set, then inspired his brother to do the same.

I am grateful for time spent with Julie plugging away on a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle for an hour or two this evening.