I am grateful for the pond in front of my house, and the lilipads in it, and their flowers. I’m chuffed that the new cover makes it all much easier to see.

I am grateful for a quiet day in my quiet office, where I sat and worked quietly for most of the day.

I am grateful for the wanton orgy of mass consumerism we all partook in at Costco this evening. We spent a ton of money, but the cupboards and freezer were bare, and now they are not, and we’ll be dining like kings and queens at our house for the foreseeable future.


I am grateful for a day spent at the Victoria Highland games. We watched large men in kilts throw various heavy things, saw sheep shearing demonstrations, and ate food truck fare. One highlight was a sword fighting demonstration, followed by a free introductory lesson for Coop. I think he quite enjoyed that.

I am grateful for my boys, who spent much of the day today entertaining each other. I delight in seeing them be friends as well as brothers.

I am grateful for some time spent on a project today. I made a mesh cover for our pond to keep raccoons and herons (hopefully) out. I used pvc pipe to build the structure. That is one fantastic material. Fitting it all together was as fun, if not funnier than Lego.


I am grateful for a warm day.

I am grateful for a trip to Home Depot, and the euphoria that comes with the stage of a project that consists of wandering the aisles and actually seeing and handling the materials one might use to turn a vision into a reality, even if that reality is something as mundane as a new cover to keep raccoons out of the pond.

I am grateful for an afternoon and evening in the backyard, eating streak and asparagus, and making up cocktails with rum, grapefruit juice, and carbonated water.

I am grateful for euphoric kids jumping on the trampoline with the sprinkler on underneath.

I am grateful for pavlova Julie made tonight. It turned out very well.


I am grateful for house guests, they make a great excuse for eggs Benedict, which we enjoyed for breakfast this morning.

I am grateful for a few hours to myself while Julie was out this afternoon; I read a book and had a nap. Doesn’t sound like much, but that’s a rare experience in my life, and awesome.

I am grateful for boys night out. We biked down to a Chinese restaurant, and Coop and Farl tired themselves out at a playground before we headed home.


I am grateful for time spent with Julie this morning, doing errands while kids were at school.

I am grateful for tickles with Farley this morning.

I am grateful for a visit from a friend and her 2 month old infant. Infants are awesome.

I’m am grateful coop got to spend some time with said infant.



I am grateful for a new (to me) bass guitar I found on the local classified ad website here. I’m familiar with another one of the same make and model, and I always liked it, so when this one popped up for cheap, I snapped it up. Score!

I am grateful for happy clients.

I am grateful for Beavers tonight. Both Coop and Farley came. A real live Bike Police Officer was there to talk about bike safety, but all the kids wanted to ask about was the stuff on her belt, and what to do with robbers, and handcuffs, and tasers, and the like. She was great, and fielded all questions like a pro.


I am grateful for a fantastic deal on shoes. It’s not every day a guy with size 14 feet finds shoes that fit in the discount bin, but I did today, and they are RED.

I am grateful to live near Summit Park. It’s beautiful there. Usually when I am up there it’s to bring kids, but today I just felt like a break and thought I’d go for a wander. I was delighted to find it only took 17 minutes, and it cleared my head right up. I might have to make a habit of that little walk.

I am grateful for Coop’s sweet potato and dried Apple rendition of the Falcon (from the avengers). I am also grateful for Farley, who needs to get in on the action when someone is taking photos.

I am grateful for kid free time and uninterrupted conversation with my lovely spouse over sushi tonight.

I am grateful for a visit with a very pregnant friend at the hospital. It’s an intense, important, nauseating, joyful, difficult, exciting, happy and worrisome time when babies are about to be born. I feel honoured to be around any part of it.


I am grateful for a walk with Cooper to his school this morning.

I am grateful for the boulevard and the little path on it that goes up my street. I hope they never put in a sidewalk.

I am grateful for some time spent tidying up. Nothing quite de-tidies a house like a 4 year old’s birthday.

I am grateful for Coop’s optometrist. His eyes are working better than they did before, huzzah!

I am grateful for dates booked at a campsite in a few weeks. Nice to have that to look forward too.


I am grateful for Farley’s long sleep last night, from 6pm until 7am. I think he must have been tuckered right out!

I am grateful for great kid and general universe behaviour today. I had a lot stacked up, and there were multiple points where it all could have fallen like a house of cards, but it didn’t.

I am grateful for a productive work day.

I am grateful for time spent with Coop, listening to him while he reads French story books to me.

I am grateful for Farley, who loves it when I hold him upside down and tickle do I know this? He comes up to me and says, “papa, papa, papa, PAPA, PA-PAAAAA! HOLD ME UPSIDE DOWN AND TICKLE ME!”. 


I am grateful for Farley. He’s 4 years old today. So big! Coop was 3 and a half when Farley was born, so it feels a little like we’ve left the charted waters and will now be setting off into new territory. I’m grateful these years having babies and toddlers around, and I am grateful for these big capable kids that are filling the void the little guys left behind.

I am grateful for my folks who flew out for the day to spend it with Farl and the rest of us. We hung out at the beach in Sidney, we conquered Bear Hill and ate donuts at the top, we bought fresh strawberries, we searched for pirate treasure on Island View beach and then wrapped it up with dinner at the Spitfire Grill before dropping them off at the airport. It was a short trip, but we packed a lot into a fun day.

I am grateful for some downtime after the boys went to sleep.