Gratitude

I am grateful for a lazy morning sleeping in today.

I am grateful for time spent with my lads at the swimming pool this afternoon.

I am grateful for my first night at the curling club taking curling lessons, because that’s apparently the stage of life I am at. It was fun enough that I am fine with that though, and having a beer with friends old and new afterward was great too.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a humdinger of a fine day, spent with cousins and a cousin in law and my immediate people too, walking up to the trestle, the falls, and the nature house at Goldstream, then consuming sloppy joes made from our beloved late grandmother’s recipe, then playing guitar and singing songs until late, and then sipping bourbon and talking about life, politics, religion, family and childhood until late late.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a full day of painting at the hotel

I am grateful for family fun night: Farley’s pick. It was pleasantly low key. Penne in Alfredo sauce for dinner, then off to Mr. Tubbs for a while, then back to the living room where Julie and Cooper read and Farley and I drew.

Gratitude

I am grateful for all the pros I’ve found to help me get prints of my paintings done.

I am grateful for a long productive day painting.

I am grateful for the moments I get to connect with my kids, even if it is often just in the small windows of time between rushing them to and fro.

I am grateful for a team Mike and Julie project that we totally nailed, getting more styrofoam beads into our bean bag chair.

I am grateful for a sale on steaks that Julie and I devoured this evening after the kids went to bed.

Gratitude

I am grateful for the hotel residencies I’ve been able to participate in here in Victoria. They’ve been a great way to get out there, and the opportunity to be there adds to the commitment to paint regularly. In addition to the exposure, I find I get a lot of paintings completed.

I am grateful for time spent painting at the hotel today, for example.

I am grateful for time spent watching Farley at Martial Arts class, while also drawing a turkey for inktober today.

Gratitude

I am grateful for the Canadian medical care system.

I am grateful for a visit at a friend’s new place. It’s really nice, and after a tumultuous couple years, it’s great to see him land in a home that suits him so well. Then we had lunch for the first time in a while, and I counted myself lucky for having the friends that I do.

I am grateful for time spent with my family at a taco place this evening for Taco Tuesday.

I am grateful for time spent outside with my lads while they scooted up and down the street on their scooters, joined by other neighbourhood kids and parents. One showed up with a pogo stick, which Coop adored. I am grateful there’s at least one night a week where one kid or another doesn’t have some activity planned, and things like that can just happen.

I am grateful for time spent while 2 family members drew and the other 2 read in the living room this evening.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a lazy morning.

I am grateful for the second hand market through websites like usedvictoria.com, and for a new to us kick scooter for Farley.

I am grateful for Cooper, who was upset that Farley was getting a scooter from us even though he’d just bought a fancy new one with money he’d saved, but after a very short while accepted it in stride and enjoyed scooting up and down our street with Farl.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a lazy Sunday morning.

I am grateful for time spent at the skate park, watching my kids roll around.

I am grateful for family fun night: Julie’s pick. We put up Halloween decorations, then played a course themed boardgame, and enjoyed bread pudding Julie made from leftover homemade bread from our Thanksgiving dinner last night.

I am grateful for every dang song on Abbey Road.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a day for gratitude.

I am grateful for a Thanksgiving dinner with 8 of my favourite people all around the table.

I am grateful for the effect the federal election has on the level of engagement in dialogue in my community. Good and interesting conversations seem to abound in my life these days.

I am grateful for the sound of Farley singing to himself while he plays in the other room.

I am grateful for Cooper, who is one of the engaged participants in the conversations I mentioned I’ve been having these days.

I am grateful for time spent decompressing with Julie in the hillbilly hot tub this evening.