I am grateful for some great work digitally capturing my paintings I had done today. My guy for that is a genius.
I am grateful for supper outside with my parents and family. They are in town for a few days; my boys were pretty dang excited to see them.
I grateful for time spent hanging out with the boys in the backyard tonight. Coop was all curled up on the hammock with his Harry Potter book, and Farley bounced around in the trampoline and swung in the swing.
I am grateful for some productive time in the quiet, quiet garagenous zone.
I am grateful for a walk home today.
I am grateful for time at the studio.
I am grateful for a nice hug and kiss from Farley tonight. He got out of bed, wordlessly gave hugs and kisses to Julie and I, then ran with a pitter-pat back to his room.
I am grateful for the hearty laugh I heard through the screen door when the guy who was going to sell me the rooftop car box that I found in a classified ad saw me. Turned out he was the dad of a kid in Cooper’s class that I’ve met a few times before. It inspired a nice small world, neighbourly community feeling in me.
I am grateful for a fun time with old friends who came over for dinner tonight; a buddy who went to junior and senior high school with me, then university, where I also met his then girlfriend and now wife, and their two kids. It’s been about 20 years since we’ve spoken, but thanks to Facebook, we’ve reconnected, and it was really great to sit in the back yard and catch up while the kids swung on the swing and jumped on the trampoline.
I am grateful for Coop, who has a willing recipient for face painting in Farley. Coop takes seriously and does a nice job, although he is sometimes disappointed when Farley washes it off.
I am grateful for a plan-free Saturday, and for time spent creating and setting up my booth for the Moss St. Paint In in the back yard. I’m looking forward to doing it for real next weekend!
I am grateful for the victory that comes with a completed house project.
I am grateful for time spent in the studio tonight with Julie.
I am grateful for time with Farley today. Poor kid. He wasn’t feeling well.
I am grateful for the chance to make lots of progress on my closet wall finishing project.
I am grateful for corn on the cob.
I am grateful for time at the studio. First time back in a while.
I am grateful for progress and skills learned on a home project today. I can now mud, tape, and apply stucco to an interior wall. Thanks be to YouTube, and aso to random strangers at the hardware store.
I am grateful for Coop, who told me he stood up to a kid who was picking on a younger friend of Farley’s who was attending the same summer camp. I asked him what he said, exactly. “I would appreciate it if you didn’t bully my brother’s best friend,” was his reply. I was so cussing proud it brought a tear to my eye.
I am grateful for Farley. We made a race car from some spare pieces of wood lying around. It was fun. Also, when I dropped a bottle of ibuprofen all over the bathroom floor, he totally stepped up to help me pick them back up.
My kids are awesome.