I am grateful for the home office lifestyle, which afforded me the opportunity to make a great big pot of chilli at lunchtime so it could simmer all afternoon. I am grateful to have lots of leftovers in the freezer now, too.

I am grateful for a visit from Julie’s cousin Mary.

I am grateful for an evening spent in the front yard, looking out over the Olympic mountains, watching the sky turn dark so the stars could come out, all while nursing a large bottle of IPA. We could see the lights at Royal Athletic Park where Victoria’s beer fest was taking place, but I was pleased enough with my own private lawn chair beer festival.

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