Gratitude

I am grateful for a morning I spent sleeping in today. That there’s a silver lining, I suppose.

I am grateful for Farley, who has been challenging me to a pre-lunch tickle fight the last few days. That kid has loved that kind of thing for as long as he’s been alive.

I am grateful for these days spent with those kiddos. They drive me crazy fairly regularly, but it’s been rewarding and fun too. As we spend our time sequestered in this time of physical distancing, we are making memories that will define the relationship that my children and I will share for the rest of our lives.

I am grateful for free worksheets found online so the boys could do some math work. I introduced Coop to exponents today. We even got into the pythagorean theorem a bit. He picked it up quick!

I am grateful for bounty from the grocery store that Julie brought home today.

I am grateful for dinner tonight. I made lettuce wraps. They were tasty as all heck and everyone gobbled it up like crazy.

I am grateful for time spent playing D&D with those guys. We explored the ruins of an ancient dwarven temple, having defeated a few monsters in there last time.

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I am grateful for an early morning to catch the sunrise, first at Trafalgar Park, then at Kitty Islet this morning. I was there with my camera, taking photos for a commission. It’s nice to have the reason to go and be there. Especially in the summertime when it’s so early, there’s nothing like being out there while everyone else is asleep.

I am grateful for time spent building a quick and dirty ping pong table with Coop. I am also grateful for some ping pong with Coop. We improved over the course of the 45 minutes or so that we were at it.

I am grateful for more time with Coop, at Pizza Prima Strada, out for lunch while Farley and Julie were otherwise occupied.

I am grateful for the Harbour Cats Baseball Game the 4 of us took in tonight. We came back from 4 to 2 to 10 to 5 by the end of the game, and then there were fireworks. We walked to the baseball park and then back home. It was a great night, and I am grateful for the thought Julie had to arrange this all as a Father’s Day gift.

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I am grateful for time well spent in the garagenous zone, sorting through all the stuff and shuffling it around in an effort to make it a better space, which it is, but man, it still has a ways to go.

I am grateful for Cubs, where they played kick the can and did a scavenger hunt, and learned how to lash driftwood together from a scouter who is the best in the business.

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I am grateful for the opportunity to see my father in law’s investiture to the Order of Canada this morning.

I am grateful for time spent in the studio.

I am grateful for all the people who teach and support my kids while they are at school.

I am grateful for my folks, who brought over take out and took care of the boys while Julie and I went out for dinner and took in the camas now in bloom while we walked around Uplands park.

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I am grateful for success in a project Julie and I devised on our way home from our getaway last week. We’ve dreamed of installing a hot tub since before we got into our house, but it’s never been the right time for us to invest in one, and it’s also always seemed like it would be one more thing to manage if we did.

At the place we were staying last week, one of the big draws was a private 2-person outdoor bathtub, and it was great. We realized we don’t really need jets, we just wanted a big warm place to soak. A bit of googling revealed a solution, and on our way home we purchased a 180 gallon stock tank from a farm supply store in Langford. This is the thing you’d typically use to hold water for cows and horses to drink from, but it turns out, it’s a very comfortable place to be, even for up to 3 of us, when filled with hot water, and in our backyard.

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I am grateful for the car sharing co-op I just used for the second time today. I don’t need it often, but it works well and is nice to have access to it when I do.

I am grateful for a good mechanic, and a new alternator in our van.

I am grateful for all the artists I am showing with at the Mosaic art show I am in at Goward House, here in Victoria, We installed the show today, all 59 pieces, from 6 diverse artists. I think it looks great, if I do say so myself. If you are reading this, you are invited to the opening reception, this Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30. More info here. It’d be great to see you!

I am grateful for time spent with my family this evening. We watched Ponyo. I am also grateful for that film and every other one I’ve seen from Studio Ghibli.

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I am grateful for time spent visiting with family.

I am grateful for Coop, who rose to the occasion to fulfill a requirement for his Cub Scout building badge, and to help his Nana and Pop by installing a bracket for the vacuum cleaner they received from my brother and sister in law for Christmas.

I am grateful for the East Van Panto, which was the impetus for our Vancouver visit. It never disappoints.

I am grateful for dinner for 8 at Chongqing, on Commercial at 12th, which I think is some of the best Chinese food anywhere.

I am grateful for a safe journey and arrival home.

Gratitude

I am grateful for some time in the studio this morning.

I am grateful for an afternoon with Farley at a Candyland themed community event put on by a local church.

I am grateful for Coop’s choir concert at the Saanich municipal hall. They did, among other songs, Christmastime is Here from the Peanuts Christmas Special, and it was awesome.

I am grateful for the Truck Parade right after that.

I am grateful for dinner out at an Indian Restaurant, with my folks, who are here in town this weekend.