I am grateful for a busy day that all worked out.
I am grateful for dinner at our place tonight with another family of good folks that are easy to hang out with. It’s also convenient that our eldest sons celebrate their birthdays and half birthdays on the same day every year, which makes for a nice excuse for a get together.
I am grateful for Cooper. He’s 10 years old today. He’s a great kid, I love him, and it’s nice to celebrate the day he was born. That day was a big one for me. I remember it well, and it changed my whole life in ways I could not have anticipated.
I am grateful for time in the gym, and then the studio this morning. I am also grateful those two things are in the same place.
I am grateful for Julie, who was kind enough to bring me my glasses, so I could see what I’d been painting.
I am grateful for time spent reading and chit chatting with my lads at bedtime.
I am grateful for some time spent tidying up the garagenous zone this morning. Lots left to do, but it was nice to make some progress.
I am grateful for Fanny Bay Oysters at Adrienne’s today with my parents before they left on the flight to their side of the Rockies. Nice that they are so ready, willing, and able to visit as much as they do.
I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Gage Gallery Arts Collective. I attended the annual general meeting this evening. I was impressed at how quickly and well the meeting ran, and I am pleased to be a part of this organization.
I am grateful for Julie, who took the kids to the climbing wall for the Cub meeting tonight.
I am grateful for a pop up market a friend organized where I got to display my wares in her home along with a few other artisan vendors. It was fun, and a cool idea.
I am grateful for my folks, who came and showered Coop in birthday presents, and ate burritos that Coop asked for, that we made with the groceries they shopped for.
I am grateful for Farl, who kept it together while his brother opened said presents, although there may have been an occasional tremble in his lower lip. He did receive a conciliation brother gift, and I think that helped.
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.
I am grateful for time in the studio.
I am grateful for a more comfortable body after a few days at the gym.
I am grateful for family fun night: Julie’s pick. We made snowflakes for our windows, then played a board game. Simple pleasures are the best kind.
I am grateful for time in the studio this morning.
I am grateful for circumstances that have led to most of the things needing to get done successfully getting done this last few days.
I am grateful for date night. Julie and I saw Widows. it was excellent.
I am grateful for a perfect free downtown parking spot right when and where I needed it. Money can’t buy that kind of happiness.
I am grateful for a good long time in the studio today, which is good, because it’s been a while, and I was starting to forget how to paint.
I am grateful for some time in the gym this morning. I had a pretty good habit on that before my bike accident; it’s nice to returning to it.
I am grateful for the electric bike, too. I’ve started getting around on it again.
I am grateful for time spent playing a boardgame with my nuclear family today.
I am grateful for a long conversation with Cooper that ended with the four of us talking about gratitude, and listing things we are grateful for. I am into that kind of thing and see the value in it.
I am grateful for conventions that stick around long enough for me to really get the hang of them, like Robertson screwdrivers being used whenever possible in this country, and USB as a power supply.
I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Gage Gallery Arts Collective, which I will be officially in December.
I am grateful for time spent talking about baseball with my lads tonight, which, I have to be honest, I have no business doing. I don’t really know anything about baseball, or pretty much any other sport. I enjoyed it anyway.