Gratitude

I am grateful for time spent painting at the gallery and then the hotel.

I am grateful for time spent with Farley in the hillbilly hot tub this evening, He was at a sleepover at camp last night, it is nice to have him back.

I am grateful for delicious things Julie made today.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a smooth morning where no-one missed any busses.

I am grateful for the opportunity to write letters to Cooper while he is at camp. I’ve enjoyed that more than I thought I would.

I am grateful for time spent painting at the Hilton Doubletree Hotel this afternoon.

I am grateful for the staff there. They’ve been great to be with.

I am grateful for an evening without kids. They are both at camp tonight. I am grateful for time spent with Julie. Truth is, we mostly talk about the kids when they are gone, but I enjoy that, too.

Gratitude

I am grateful for two, count’em TWO times out for repast with Julie today.

I am grateful for time spent painting at the gallery this morning.

I am grateful for kids on the bus headed for summer camp.

I am grateful for some time on my own with Farley. We played some battleship, we watched some dinosaur documentaries, we read some stories. Good times!

Gratitude

I am grateful for a day with my kids, packing and getting ready, nervous and excited about summer camp.

I am grateful for the dinner Julie made – assorted vegetables and this crazy good magic dressing sauce she makes.

I am grateful for children snug in their beds, all packed up and ready for tomorrow.

Gratitude

I am grateful for time spent working on my bicycle this morning doing some overdue maintenance; replacing the chain and the cassette. It was easy. There’s not much to a bicycle. Considering how much utility I get out of that thing, it’s amazing what a simple machine it is.

I am grateful for kids who were pretty good co-operators about cleaning up the living room this morning.

I am grateful for time spent on the same living room floor playing with lego with those guys, spreading it everywhere, and undoing all our good tidying work.

I am grateful for an urban hike we took to Uptown Mall to run a few errands. On our way there we exchanged pleasantries with acquaintances on a street not far from home. When we got to our destination, we read books at the library, and we dined on tacos from a taco stand. We got Coop the shirt he needed. On the way home, we were beckoned in to visit with friends who are neighbours that live on that same street, and enjoyed a drink on their patio while our kids played together. It would have been a 5 minute drive, and was instead a much longer walk, but made a quick trip to the mall into a social neighbourhood experience; the kind I could use more of.

Gratitude

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

I am grateful for a stroll through downtown at lunchtime, and for a wide selection of reasonably priced bike parts at Mountain Equipment Co-op.

I am grateful for Family Fun Night: Cooper’s Pick. We feasted on burritos from La Tacquisa, then saw the latest Spider Man movie. It was a fine evening!

I am grateful for time spent reading to Farley while he fell asleep. I am not actually a big fan of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but for a while there, I was the only one listening to myself.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a functioning right arm. It was injured last October. Yesterday evening I injured my left shoulder. It’s a drag, but not nearly as bad as it would be if it were my right. Also, I am glad it’s not a really bad injury. It should be fine in a week or two, maybe not even that long.

I am grateful for physiotherapists. It’s good to know these things, and not have to wonder.

I am grateful for my bike. I am not grateful that I’ll have to do without it for the next few days, but facing that fact makes me aware of how much I like, use, and enjoy it.

I am grateful for a day to get stuff done on my computer. Computer errands pile up; it was nice to get through a stack of them.

I am grateful for the greek souvlaki wraps Julie made for dinner tonight.

Gratitude

I am grateful for time spent painting at the gallery and hotel today.

I am grateful for dollar stores. I can’t help but to feel sheepish saying so, I also feel that they are a symptom of an unsustainable throwaway culture built on economic, political, and supply chain systems that just can’t be good for anything alive on planet earth. But I love getting stuff for cheap. I love walking away without any buyer’s remorse, because I hardly bought anything of value, and I hardly spent any money. Today, I needed a pair of scissors. I got them for $2. I am grateful.

I am grateful for time spent with my family this evening.

Gratitude

I am grateful for time spent painting at the gallery and hotel today.

I am grateful for Julie, who stayed home with sick kids while I did so.

I am grateful for time with those fellas watching two episodes of Walking with Monsters, a fantastic fake nature series from the BBC about long extinct animals that I remember watching when it was new, in the mid 2000’s, but is even better with my kids.

Gratitude

I am grateful for a hike to Troll Falls this morning with extended family.

I am grateful for an uneventful trip home.

I am grateful to be home here on the Island. It’s nice to get away sometimes, and it’s also nice to return. Win-win!