I am grateful for time spent painting this morning.

I am grateful for lunch with Julie and my parents today.

I am grateful for a fun visit to Butchart Gardens this evening with my family and parents. We all took in the lights, and found the items on the list to get the kids the candy canes, watched them ride the carousel, and then had dinner out there. We go every year, and tonight was a perfect, clear night for it.

I am grateful for some online chatting with my brother on the computer internet this evening. It felt like it completed the family of origin bonding that went on for me today.


I am grateful that Cooper kid came into our lives, and I am grateful for the opportunity to throw that kid a birthday party today. It was at a swimming pool that we went to a lot when he was a toddler, and I had to watch him like a hawk or he’d drown himself in two shakes. Now he’s a big galoot, as are his friends, and while I a was nearby in the pool, I was at a good distance the whole time, and they just romped around like they owned the place and had fun. He’s a great kid, and he has great friends, and it was nice to be there and happy for him, watching from the hot tub, learning that he and his pals would be just fine even if I wasn’t there at all.

I am grateful for my folks, who took Farley to Dinolab, where he got to help remove dirt from a triceratops skull. He had a ball, because that’s just the kind of thing he’s keen to do. They gave him a fossil to take home there, and he can’t wait to look at it under a microscope. This is something he told me while we were looking at the moon through the telescope he recently purchased with saved up allowance money. The universe is an open book for that guy.

I am grateful for an evening spent curling, because curling is a fun game, and it’s good way to be part of a team and be distracted from everything else in life for a couple of hours.


I am grateful for a visit from my parents. They are in town for a few days. Last night, they were over for dinner and my pick for family fun night, which was a screening of “A Christmas Story”, and tonight we went to see the truck parade before they took us out for dinner at Romeo’s. Good times!

I am grateful for the curling trophy reading lamp they brought out for me. It was awarded to my grandfather in the league he played in during the 1970-71 season. I remember it on his desk in his house from when I was a kid. It was one of his prized possession s, and now it is one of mine.


I am grateful for Coop. He’s getting into not a kid anymore territory, but he’s still a kid, and he’ll always be my kid, and u am grateful to have that nice young fella in my life.

I am grateful for a day of setting them up and knocking the down, but I could have gone for a day with more painting in it. Maybe tomorrow.


I am grateful for the first day painting at the studio in a long, long time. It’s a great space, and it was wonderful to be able to really concentrate on painting without distraction.

I am grateful for time spent with my lads this evening, we took a dip in the hillbilly hot tub, then I listened to them do their French reading, then we played some boardgames, then listened to a podcast at bedtime.


I am grateful for time spent perusing Princess Auto with no particular agenda or schedule this morning.

I am grateful for time spent walking around downtown looking at Christmas displays with Farley and his Cub pack.

I am grateful for time spent playing a board game called Paradox with both of those fellas before bedtime.


I am grateful for a smooth transition out of the Coast Hotel this afternoon, and for a great month there.

I am grateful for some card games with Coop this afternoon.

I am grateful for time spent curling this evening. It’s a fun game, and I think I am getting better at it, as is the rest of my cohort there


I am grateful for a full day of all the things. Coop and I went shopping for party provisions, then grabbed a slice of pizza before meeting up with Julie and Farl and heading to the Royal BC Museum, where we got new annual passes and went for a peruse before stopping to get some pho, then collapsing in a heap and watching Toy Story 3 together.

That run-on sentence was intentional. It captures they vastness of family experiences that we managed to pack in. I am grateful for all of them.


I am grateful for my last day of painting at the hotel for my November residency at the Coast Hotel. It was a great place to be, particularly for the people. Everyone there was great.

I grateful for daily fun night: Cooper’s pick. We made burgers at home, then went out for some ice skating.

I am grateful for the employee at the rink that helped both my kids with some pointers to get them a bit more confident on skated. She spent some time with each of them, and it mAde a real difference.

I am grateful for the acquisition of a new coat this evening.



I am grateful for a milestone achieved today. When I decided to become a full time artist, I was aware it would be a challenge. We can’t afford to live on one income, and so I set a target for gross annual sales when I transitioned out of the last of my web development practice in January this year. Today I met that target, and it justified my work as an artist as a real job in my mind.

When I say I am grateful for the achievement of the milestone, I should say that what I am really grateful for is the help and the circumstance that led me to be able to achieve it.

I have had the support and blessing of my spouse in this endeavor. That wouldn’t come easy for most people, but it did for me. She has a unique understanding of what makes me tick, and she knew I needed to try. She also has faith in me even when I don’t, and I am grateful for her and the relationship we’ve built for eachother every single day.

I am grateful for my children. Nothing inspires you to live your best life like your kids do. For better or worse, I know I will exemplify at least one way they can choose to live their lives. Bearing that responsibility means I need to live a life worth choosing, and if that means giving it all up to become an artist, well, so be it.

I am grateful for my parents. They raised me right, and I credit them for showing me how to know what my priorities are.

I am grateful for dumb luck. I was born genetically, geographically, and economically advantaged through no merit of my own, and that has afforded me the capability to take risks without the same consequences failure would bring if I were dealt a different hand at birth. Gratitude for these circumstances is key to my humility. I have worked hard and now have reaped some reward, but dumb luck is why I am able to do so as easily as do, while many are not so lucky.