Gratitude

I am grateful for a successful first visit to the physio today. After several weeks of not doing anything, the novelty of idle leisure has worn off completely. It was nice to hear that this ankle is healing up very well for this kind of injury, and I now have stuff that I can do to help my recovery and a better of understanding of what to do and what not to do.

I am grateful for the Print Lab, which is where my canvas and paper prints are made. Today I picked up a print of a painting I did several years ago that was zoomed up a bit larger. I thought it turned out really nice, and am pleased to be found a supplier who can help me create a product I am happy to sign my name on.

I am grateful for a whole dang day of driving around the city with Julie doing errands. Errands! It’s been a long time.

I am grateful for a lamb souvlaki and spanakopita at the Fig Mediterranean Deli. If you’ve been there, you know how good it is. If you haven’t, you should.

I was grateful to get back to my bed after it all, too, the ankle was throbbing a bit by the end of it.

I am grateful for time spent reading with Farley at bedtime.

I am grateful for Julie, who is doing all the things, and is awesome like the sound of new strings on a guitar that really needed them.

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I am grateful for the help of our friends to drive kids where they need to go while we are down one driver.

I am grateful for time spent painting.

I am grateful for the wherewithal to spend the day mostly on hold via speakerphone to paint whilst painting, in an effort to sort out phone and internet issues with our ISP. The experience itself wasn’t anything to be grateful for, but it with a broken ankle I am not much use for anything else, so I guess it was nice to be useful for that.

I am grateful for news from kids when they get home from camps.

I am grateful for time spent with Julie watching telly.

I am grateful for Julie, who is doing all the things. Julie is awesome, like a perfectly packed up car trunk right before a road trip.

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I am grateful for time spent painting today.

I am grateful for a friend who is helping us co-ordinate getting kids to and fro. we’re down one driver, and that complicates things, but we’ve got some help on the carpooling front that’s making it all possible.

I am grateful for the way Farley gets around with his big mop of hair, occasionally transforming into a car like the transformers, and almost always in a jog if not a run.

I am grateful for Cooper, who practiced his heart out and auditioned at his Musical Theatre camp today.

I am grateful for sloppy joes Julie made for dinner today.

I am grateful for an exciting adventure to Langford to purchase a used phone to replace Julie’s old one. We tested it, and it didn’t work, so we didn’t buy it. I count that as a success.

I am grateful for Julie, who is doing all the things. Julie is awesome like the first time you see a crocus in bloom in the springtime.

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I am grateful for a video conference with old friends this morning.

I am grateful fortime spent outside picnicking with my family and auntie J, and watching them play bocce in a park this afternoon.

I am grateful for Cooper, who took initiative to clean out our car and vacuum it out. I helped sort stuff for a bit, but he did most of it on his own.

I am grateful for a lovely dinner julie made.

I am grateful for Julie, who is doing all the things. Julie is awesome, like that deep colour of blue sky when you look straight up in the middle of a summer afternoon.

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I am grateful for time spent painting.

I am grateful for time spent hanging out with my family.

I am grateful for Farley’s family fun night part 2: we made pizza and watched more Simpson’s. I am not entirely sure it’s appropriate for everyone in the room, but we are definitely all laughing together.

I am grateful for Julie, who is doing all the things, and is awesome, like just a little bit of anchovy paste in the tomato sauce.

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I am grateful for time spent painting.

I am grateful for some of the constraints that come with commissions. My last one was requested based on a painting I did nearly 4 years ago, and it was a trip to go back and revisit that style. The one I am working on now is of Westwood Lake near Nanaimo, which is a beautiful spot I never would have heard of if it wasn’t for the commission I am doing now. If you go there, though, stick to the trail and don’t trip and break your ankle.

I am grateful for a conversation on the phone with my dad this morning.

I am grateful for Family Fun Night, Farley’s pick. We dined on takeout from McD’s, then watched several episodes of the Simpsons. After that we all wound up hanging out in the same room for a while, reading mostly. It was nice.

I am grateful for Julie, who is doing all the things. She is awesome, like when you totally ace preparing fish on a grill.

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I am grateful for time spent painting today, this time at the kitchen table.

I am grateful for my plein air easel, which has been a godsend this past while.

I am grateful for time spent with my whole dang family, chilling out in our bedroom. Coop read a book, snuggled up with Farley between Julie and I while I also read a book.

I am grateful for the wherewithal to make dinner tonight.

I am grateful for the wherewithal to do dishes afterward, although I felt like I’d run a marathon after that. At least, I presume that’s what running a marathon might feel like.

I am grateful for Julie, who is doing all the things. She is awesome like when you find a pair of shoes that fit, look slick, and are on sale.

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I am grateful for time spent on a trip out to Sidney in search of a toy Farley wanted at a toy store out there, and strawberries from the peninsula.

I am grateful for a constant serenade by Cooper as he practises for an audition for his musical theatre camp.

I am grateful for time spent with Farley assembling his newly purchased model trebuchet kit.

I am grateful for time spent with Cooper helping him figure out how to use my sander to smooth out some edgesnina Mandalorian helmet he is constructing.

I am grateful for time spent with Julie on an immense strawberry jam project this evening.

And I am grateful for Julie, who is doing all the things, and is awesome like the realization that a big bunch of plants grew their hearts out for months to take sunbeams and dirt and bear strawberries, and that I was holding heaps and heaps of them in my hands, and it was such a feeling of precious divine bounty, that it makes this godless atheist start to doubt his convictions. Some things are just that good.

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I am grateful for some time spent getting another painting started today.

I am grateful for some new vacation booked to replace the one cancelled by my stupid ankle injury.

I am grateful for time spent reading with Farley this afternoon.

I am grateful for Cooper, who has been serenading us all with a song he’s been singing for his musical theatre camp audition.

I am grateful for Julie, who has been doing all the things. She’s awesome like Sam Elliot in The Big Lewbowski.

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I am grateful for time spent with another family camping at Goldstream. Hot dogs were roasted, smores were made and consumed, kids ran rampant, grownups talked grownup. They are good folks who are easy to hang out with. I am grateful for friends like that.

I am grateful for a deer sighting in our front yard. That’s a two edged sword, because while seeing deer is still novel enough for me, this one was eating our lilacs. I’ve aspired to get to a point where deer were a problem in my life, and now they are, so I guess I am grateful for that.

I am grateful for a successful walk I took around the campground tonight. Felt good to stretch my legs for the first time in a while.

I am grateful for Julie, who is doing all the things. Julie is awesome like an empty seat still next to you when the doors are closed just before a long flight.