I am grateful for a bike ride with Coop and Farl to Mr. Tubbs, where Farley caught the Golden Lobster in the fishing game, and won SO MANY TICKETS.
I am grateful for a day spent mostly outside, with weather warm enough for shorts and a t-shirt and no jacket, all day long.
I am grateful for time spent in the studio this morning.
I am grateful for time spent with neighbourhood folk at Coop and Farley’s school playground this afternoon.
I am grateful for salad rolls we made for dinner tonight. Every family member participated in making them.
I am grateful for time spent painting today. I started a new one.
I am grateful for family fun night: Farley’s pick. We had macaroni and cheese for dinner, then screened Wreck It Ralph.
I am grateful for time spent building a marble run with Farl, then meccano with Coop tonight.
I am grateful for time spent finishing up a small painting at the kitchen table after the kids were down tonight. It’s based 12×12″ oil on canvas, on a photograph I took at sunrise at Clover Point a few weeks ago.
I am grateful for time I spent building Meccano and Marble runs tonight with my family.
I am grateful for lunch with Julie today.
I am grateful for time spent building a macaron set with Coop this evening.
I am grateful for time at the studio this morning.
I am grateful for a visit to the Bob Wright Observatory at UVic with Cooper’s Cub pack tonight. Julie and Farley came too. There were a zillion great questions and our host had a great talent for answering them all in a very understandable and compelling way. It was too cloudy to look at any stars, but it was fascinating, fun, and interesting to ask the big questions about what we know about the universe, astrophysics, and this, the pickle that we all find ourselves in.
I am grateful for the time we had with Stripe, the fish that Farley picked out for our tank back in January. We’ve voted him off the island; it’s against the rules in this house to eat your roommates. We found a pet store that accepted Stripe as a donation. If you see this fish, don’t let him near any little fellers. Can’t really blame him, I guess; fish is as fish does.
I am grateful for Coop’s play date with a buddy of his from school. Nice to get a chance to meet other nice folks in ‘hood.
I am grateful for time spent with my boys today, building Mecanno with Coop; rubbing Farl’s back at bedtime.
I am grateful for productive moments on the laptop a few times today.
I am grateful for a talk at the Opus Art Store Visiting Artist series this afternoon.
I am grateful for an excursion to take the boys to a bike park today. We were joined by a friend and her daughter, and they folllowed us back to our house where I fed everyone spaghetti and meatballs. After that we got out markers and paint and origami paper and we all went to town on some projects. I had a small canvas and water mixable oil paints, and I felt a lot more like I was getting the knack for them today.
I am grateful for time spent reading Roald Dahl to Cooper today.
I am grateful for the many styles of hugs from Farley. A favourite right now is the floppy armed 8 second school hug, which he doesn’t just save for school days anymore.
I am grateful for a productive day in the garagenous zone.
I am grateful for some time in the studio today.