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.

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