Gratitude

I am grateful for time my kids get to spend with their cousins.

I am grateful for a walk along Locarno beach chit chatting with my brother in law.

I am grateful for a nap on a living room couch.

I am grateful for the opportunity to celebrate my parents in law’s 50th wedding anniversary, and to be with them in their church to see them renew their vows.

I am grateful for the feast thereafter.

And I am grateful for the epic charades game that somehow came out of this experience, where the more devout followers of the Star Wars Franchise acted out their favourite characters, droids, aliens, spaceships, and military hardware while everyone else guessed who or what it was. We’re all surprisingly good at it. Salacious Crumb from episode V, for example, or the eyeball monster in the trash compactor from episode IV, we’re each guessed within 40 seconds, I’d say.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a drawing Farley made of our new trailer. He’s almost as excited about that thing as I am.

I am grateful for a safe journey to Vancouver, and for the ferry trip. I pretty much always enjoy the ferry, but especially so on a nice day like today.

I am grateful for time spent in Ikea.

I am grateful for time spent with my in-laws, seeing my boys run rampant with their cousin, eating great food, chit chatting on the deck in the backyard.

Gratitude

I am grateful for some time in the studio today.

I am grateful for a date with Julie tonight. We ate supper out at a pub, then went to a really dumb movie. It was like we were in our twenties again.

I am grateful that I am able to enjoy movies no matter how bad they are. However bad you think Rampage is, trust me, it’s worse, but know what? Enjoyed it anyway.

Gratitude

I am grateful for time in the studio today.

I am grateful for a run in warm weather.

I am grateful for a good long conversation with my brother on the phone today.

I am grateful for Farley, who took charge of table setting, including place cards, and running up to get ice cream, bowls and spoons, and served it all up to us at supper tonight.

I am grateful for Coop, who got bigger today, yet again. Love that kid.

Gratitude

I am grateful for breakfast out with my boys at the grocery store cafeteria this morning.

I am grateful for a last visit from my folks this morning before they headed out for the airport.

I am grateful for dinner with some folks at our place tonight; another family with similarly aged kids that go to our kids’ school. We’ve been acquaintances for a long time, but it was a great night, with kids playing outside until they were tired right out, and grownups chit-chatting while they knew they had the chance. I am glad to know those guys a bit better.

Gratitude

I am grateful for time spent collecting driftwood and using it to assemble a structure over our pond to stretch mesh over in an attempt to thwart poaching on my land. Your move, trash pandas (a.k.a raccoons).

I am grateful for time spent puttering around the house.

I am grateful for a Chinese Food feast my folks treated us to, consumed in the backyard while Farley alternated taking bites with swinging on the swing, and flying his glider airplane.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a productive day in the garagenous zone.

I am grateful for yard work. I’ve been doing that instead of going to the gym some days lately. Nice to be outside, nice to see tangible fruits of my labour.

I am grateful for time in the studio.

I am grateful for parents who have come to town to celebrate Farley’s approaching birthday.

I am grateful for family fun night: Farley’s pick. We went out for supper, then he opened some gifts from his grandma and grandad, then we all played croquet. Croquet was Farley’s plan anyway. He was too consumed by his new LEGO set to be distracted, but the rest of us were out there, and the LEGO set was assembled, and it was a great game of croquet, and all’s well that ends well.

Gratitude

I am grateful for confirmation of a show I’ll be having at a local cafe that arrived today. Stay tuned…

I am grateful for a productive day in the garagenous zone.

I am grateful for some time in the studio.

I am grateful for wild flowers that have chosen to grow on the boulevard in front of our house.

I am grateful for time spent watching a friend of Coop’s little league game. Really, we like his whole clan, and a few of them were there too. I am also grateful for the quality of the fries at the concession there. They were really good fries!

I am grateful for Farley, who kept at a skill he was working on accomplishing at the play park until he was doing it again and again like a champ.

Gratitude

I am grateful for time spent in the studio today.

I am grateful for a new custom that has developed when I put my lads down for bed. We each take turns talking about how our days went. I am amazed by how well they listen to each other intently, making sure to ask questions so they are sure they understand each other. Sometimes those guys are like cats and dogs, but at other times they are like peas in a pod.