I am grateful for scallops. I didn’t eat any today, but somehow they got in my head, and man, those are tasty little critters.
I am grateful for Coop, who showed some resilience in the face of adversity, though it was a tough go for him for a while this evening.
I am grateful for a jam packed day with lots of rushing around where it all worked out okay in the end.
I am grateful I can now write this blog, then proceed to watch some TV with Jules.
I am grateful for a healthy amount of contact with other humans in my life. In particular, today, the ones that aren’t my close family or near and dears; I’m thinking of the people I see around when I paint at the studio, or parents of my kids friends that I only know in passing, or people that I always see in the same place at the same time at local businesses I frequent. In this day and age of online everything, I find navigating my life through this crowd of actual living people, exchanging pleasantries and common courtesies, and just being a human being in the company of other human beings keeps me grounded, and where I need to be, here in my community.
I am grateful for a conclusion to Cooper’s birthday party sleepover extravaganza. That gang had a ball this morning. They consumed crepes as fast as I could make them. To my surprise and delight, all they wanted to do was go outside and run around in a park after breakfast, albeit with a laser tag set. Fun was had by all, and then they went home.
And I am grateful that after all that I was able to relax for a while and paint at the studio.
And after that I am grateful that Julie and I were in agreement about not cooking, and we had a great dinner out with Farl while Cooper attended ANOTHER birthday party.
And now we’re all at home, dog-tired and settling down, and I am grateful for my cozy little house.
I am grateful for the sale of two large paintings this morning.
I am grateful for time spent with Farley this afternoon, at a park, then later at home.
I am grateful for a fun birthday party for Coop. It started with a swim this afternoon, and is ongoing with a sleepover this evening.
I am grateful for a cookie decorating party Farl and I attended this evening.
I am grateful for time spent in the studio this morning.
I am grateful for leftovers.
I am grateful for family fun night: Farley’s pick. I made Mac and Cheese, and then we watched the new version of the Ghostbusters movie. We all really liked it.
I am grateful for a busy day that all worked out.
I am grateful for dinner at our place tonight with another family of good folks that are easy to hang out with. It’s also convenient that our eldest sons celebrate their birthdays and half birthdays on the same day every year, which makes for a nice excuse for a get together.
I am grateful for Cooper. He’s 10 years old today. He’s a great kid, I love him, and it’s nice to celebrate the day he was born. That day was a big one for me. I remember it well, and it changed my whole life in ways I could not have anticipated.
I am grateful for time in the gym, and then the studio this morning. I am also grateful those two things are in the same place.
I am grateful for Julie, who was kind enough to bring me my glasses, so I could see what I’d been painting.
I am grateful for time spent reading and chit chatting with my lads at bedtime.
I am grateful for a pop up market a friend organized where I got to display my wares in her home along with a few other artisan vendors. It was fun, and a cool idea.
I am grateful for my folks, who came and showered Coop in birthday presents, and ate burritos that Coop asked for, that we made with the groceries they shopped for.
I am grateful for Farl, who kept it together while his brother opened said presents, although there may have been an occasional tremble in his lower lip. He did receive a conciliation brother gift, and I think that helped.
I am grateful for some time in the studio this morning.
I am grateful for an afternoon with Farley at a Candyland themed community event put on by a local church.
I am grateful for Coop’s choir concert at the Saanich municipal hall. They did, among other songs, Christmastime is Here from the Peanuts Christmas Special, and it was awesome.
I am grateful for the Truck Parade right after that.
I am grateful for dinner out at an Indian Restaurant, with my folks, who are here in town this weekend.
I am grateful for time in the studio.
I am grateful for a more comfortable body after a few days at the gym.
I am grateful for family fun night: Julie’s pick. We made snowflakes for our windows, then played a board game. Simple pleasures are the best kind.