I am grateful for time spent building a marble run with Farl, then meccano with Coop tonight.

I am grateful for time spent finishing up a small painting at the kitchen table after the kids were down tonight. It’s based 12×12″ oil on canvas, on a photograph I took at sunrise at Clover Point a few weeks ago.


I am grateful for time at the studio this morning.

I am grateful for a visit to the Bob Wright Observatory at UVic with Cooper’s Cub pack tonight. Julie and Farley came too. There were a zillion great questions and our host had a great talent for answering them all in a very understandable and compelling way. It was too cloudy to look at any stars, but it was fascinating, fun, and interesting to ask the big questions about what we know about the universe, astrophysics, and this, the pickle that we all find ourselves in.


I am grateful for the time we had with Stripe, the fish that Farley picked out for our tank back in January. We’ve voted him off the island; it’s against the rules in this house to eat your roommates. We found a pet store that accepted Stripe as a donation. If you see this fish, don’t let him near any little fellers. Can’t really blame him, I guess; fish is as fish does.

I am grateful for Coop’s play date with a buddy of his from school. Nice to get a chance to meet other nice folks in ‘hood.

I am grateful for time spent with my boys today, building Mecanno with Coop; rubbing Farl’s back at bedtime.


I am grateful for productive moments on the laptop a few times today.

I am grateful for a talk at the Opus Art Store Visiting Artist series this afternoon.

I am grateful for an excursion to take the boys to a bike park today. We were joined by a friend and her daughter, and they folllowed us back to our house where I fed everyone spaghetti and meatballs. After that we got out markers and paint and origami paper and we all went to town on some projects. I had a small canvas and water mixable oil paints, and I felt a lot more like I was getting the knack for them today.

I am grateful for time spent reading Roald Dahl to Cooper today.

I am grateful for the many styles of hugs from Farley. A favourite right now is the floppy armed 8 second school hug, which he doesn’t just save for school days anymore.


I am grateful for a walk to school with my boys this morning. It’s the first time we’ve walked in a while. The sun was out, it was warmer than yesterday, and it felt like spring was really on it’s way.

I am grateful for lunch with my friend Judd today. Always good to catch up with that guy.

I am grateful for time spent relaxing with my family in the living room this evening Cooper talked with a firiend on the phone while playing a online competitive and educational math game with him on the computer, Farley was building his lego set, Julie was playing online scrabble on her phone, and I had my nose in a book.