I am grateful for fun times with family today.

I am grateful for time on, in, and beside Elk lake today.

I am grateful for a canoe voyage with Julie’s cousin Kerry and my nephew Henry (really, 2nd cousin-in-law, but I am going to go with nephew).

I am grateful for a takeout supper by the hotel pool.

I am grateful for 4 kids playing and swimming together all day, morning until night, until both Farley and Coop were both telling me they were tired and ready for bed.


I am grateful for our backyard.

I am grateful for time at the studio today.

I am grateful for visiting family, with cousin type kids to hang out with ours. They’ve come from far and wide: Kansas City, Sacremento, and Seattle. They are all great people, and serve as proof that I married well.

I am grateful for hotels with pools and water slides.


I am grateful for our air conditioner. I spent a good part of the day working on my laptop in bed, because that’s where the air conditioner is. I could not think when I was at my desk, where my thermometer read 28 Celsius.

I am grateful for lunch with Julie.

I  grateful for an evening spent in the backyard. We cooked on the bbq, ate out there, watched kids play on the swing, and lolligaged in a hammock. It was too hot to be inside, but it was nice to be out back.


I am grateful for breakfast with my boys. I made omelette muffins.

I am grateful for a productive day.

I am grateful for construction adhesive. I used it today to install some transitions for the new floor. It’s great stuff!

I am grateful for our babysitter, and for time spent in the studio, and for a painting completed and another begun.



I finished another painting today, based on a photo I took in the morning just after waking up on Sombrio Beach from a good sleep after the last day of our hike on the Juan de Fuca Trail.

I took a photo each time I left the studio, you can see the progress here:


I am grateful for a day without much rushing around. I got lots done, but I was working alone, quietly, and on no-one’s timeline but my own.

I am grateful for an apple gallette brought to me from Coombs by friends who travelled there recently.


I am grateful for my brother, who came out for a couple days to help me install flooring.

I am grateful for his appreciation for that painting I made. Giving it to him is the very least I can do. I bet he’s going to spend more hours helping me with my project this weekend than I spent painting that thing.

I am grateful for some pretty skies and mountains this evening.

I am grateful for another day that Julie  showed the kids a great time, while I spent the day causing distruption in our home. I heard that  there were some ups and downs, but Coop declared it the best weekend ever, and I think they made some great memories today.

I am grateful for Stranger Things. We watched the final episode tonight. I enjoyed the whole series, and I really hope there’s a season 2.