Gratitude day 103


I am grateful for the Google Photosphere app. It lets you take and post Google streetview type photos and post them to google maps, like this one I took on a great pedestrian family shopping adventure. We came home via Summit park, which is another thing I’m really grateful for.

I am grateful for two boys, tuckered out after a swim with friends, hamming it up for the camera, sitting on the floor, and eating a banana before bed.

I am grateful to be here in bed before 11:30pm. It was a great weekend. I don’t want to go back to work tomorrow, but I feel ready to, and that feels good.

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I am grateful to live in a place where it doesn’t snow often, but it does snow sometimes, and when it does, it’s pretty, and it’s fun for kids.

I am grateful for a night out by myself at the movies. I saw “Maze Runner”. I suspect it wasn’t very good, but I liked it anyway.

I am grateful for the crew working on my house. I asked them if I could use a few 2×4’s. They said “Sure. What for?”. I told them I was hoping to build a shelter with a tarp roof for the bikes, which have been ousted from the garage while the reno is going on. They said it would be fine to use the lumber, but when I got home that night they’d already built me the shelter. Score!

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I am grateful for the crablike technique Farley uses to eat roasted seaweed. Poor kid had hands that looked like a crab’s today too. It was a chilly bike ride home, and his mittens were wet so he didn’t want to wear them.

I am grateful for fish sticks. I haven’t eaten them often as an adult, but now I have kids, and so I’ve recently had fish sticks again for the first time in a long time. I can’t advocate eating them on a daily basis for health reasons, but once in a while I can attest that they are tasty and quick to make.

I’m grateful for an opportunity to fight crime. I don’t want to post more about that online just now, but feel free to ask next time you see me. It’s a pretty good (albeit a tad boastful) story.

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I am grateful for Coop, who completed his investiture at Beavers tonight, reciting the beaver motto, promise and law from memory in a lovely ceremony the leaders put together. In the photo he’s checking out all the badges. Some go on the uniform, some go on the campfire blanket.

I am grateful that Farley appears to have figured out how to go to bed without screaming and crying. The secret appears to have been having his brother tell him he just wants to sleep, but the noise keeps him up. Coop asked “Can you please go to sleep quietly in your bed, Farley?”

“Okay.” Farley replied. Then he did, 3 nights in a row, so far. I thought we’d tried everything; perhaps I forgot to ask nicely.

I am grateful for this blog. Taking time to be grateful on a daily, regular basis has been life changing for the better, albeit in a small and subtle way. When I started I didn’t know how long I’d keep it up. I didn’t think I’d make it this far, but it turns out I have, and now I am grateful for my own dang gratitude. A little narcissistic to write about that publicly here, but I’m gonna anyway, because it’s my blog, and because it’s true.

Gratitude day 98

I am grateful for simple tasks that allow for a sense of accomplishment. This morning, there was a wall to the area under the stairs.


And now, there is no wall.


In the time between those two photos, there was lots of sledgehammering, hauling of rubble, digging of dirt, and hauling of rubble and dirt and more digging. Now, there’s storage space under the stairs for whomever rents out basement suite, and it will be even nicer when it has flooring and finished walls.

I am grateful my kids are asleep, with no fuss and no muss tonight.

I am grateful we hired the guys that we did to do the reno. We still have a long way to go before its done, but near as I can tell, they really like what they do, and they work hard. They take the time to do a job well, think it through, and do it right the first time.

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I am grateful for a feeling of contentment I felt earlier. Our house is in a better state than it was a week ago, my mind is, too. There’s always room for improvement, but I feel headed in a good direction.

I am am grateful for a kid date with another stag dad while our wives were out gallivanting. My two boys and his daughter tore it up at the Royal BC Museum today, covering more ground than we usually do, and enjoying good sharing behaviour with a slice of lemon loaf in the cafe afterward.

I grateful for a somewhat impromptu dinner party at our house this evening. Good friends, good food, good wine, and 5 kids ranging in age from almost 6 weeks to almost 6 years graced our home this evening. I had a great time, and my kids were worn out nicely and went to bed easily.

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I am grateful that the last remnant of oil heating at my house is gone. The oil tank was removed today. If they leak, environmental remediation is costly, legally required, and the owner of the house is liable. There have been many cases in Victoria where the cost of cleanup has been 6 figures; this often exceeds the equity the owner has in the home. That’s how crossed of my list of things to worry about.

I am grateful for incremental home improvements. We switched a few pieces of furniture around today and put up some hooks. Little things, but I think they’ll make a big difference in our day to day life. I am reminded I should be thinking of small incremental changes all the time, and in every facet of life. Big crazy crisis driven change is not always great, I’ve found, but frequent , thoughtful, small-scale changes often are.

I am grateful for the $3/person family swim on the weekend from 10-noon at the Gordon Head Rec Centre. We had a great time in the pool today, and an added bonus was seeing neighbours with similarly aged kids there.

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I grateful for a warm dry place to sleep. It’s raining cats and dogs out there. I think I may have seen a wildebeest and a couple marmots too!

I am grateful for a nice family dinner, with the added drama of a 5 year old freak out and recovery.

I am grateful to live in an age where the coziness of home is felt when there is a storm that knocks out the Internet, so family movie night plays off a hard drive instead. How rustic!