Gratitude

I am grateful for a safe trip to Vancouver

I am grateful for the Pacific Buffet, and for turkey and brussels sprouts, among other delicious things.

I am grateful for easier and more pleasant travel with kids, the older they get.

I am grateful for a nice visit that included singing Christmas Carols and playing guitar with my in-laws this evening.

I am grateful for circumstances that led to my sister in-law and niece being here from Portland at the same time we are.

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I am grateful for time spent in the studio this morning.

I am grateful for some yardwork that made me feel better about skipping the gym today. The weather was good for it.

I am grateful for Coop’s drama club play. It was awesome.

I am grateful for time spent with my lads watching Episode 1, the Phantom Menace of the Star Wars prequels this evening. That one gets a bad rap, and it is widely regarded as the worst Star Wars movie ever, but watching it with a 10 and a 6 year old who are totally into it made it better, IMHO.

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I am grateful for time spent at the studio this morning.

I am grateful for Cooper’s Christmas Concert at School. All of it was great. I am biased, but I gotta tell ya, Cooper’s class did the Little Drummer Boy, with different groups singing different parts, and with an actual little boy drumming, and it was sublime!

I am grateful for time spent with that kid this afternoon. We finished off his toolbox. That kid has drills and wood screws down pat.

I am grateful for our newly lit and decorated tree.

I am grateful for time spent reading with Farl. That kid read out a whole sentence to me from one of the books on his own. It was awesome. High fives were involved.

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I am grateful as all heck for some time in the gym and studio again.

I am grateful for some success in the art biz. This has been a good week that way.

I am grateful for time spent with Cooper, Farley and Julie as well as some other scouters, kids and parents selling Christmas trees (and buying one for ourselves) to benefit Camp Barnard at the Canadian Tire on Admirals road. It’s become a trAdition I look forward to.

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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.  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.