I am grateful for the opportunity to watch my kid, and a bunch of other kids too, learn and master new skills at Cub Camp. Today they used jack knives to make cedar shavings, and then learned to make and tend small fires with them. They ran wild, played games, and explored the woods just as kids always have, always should, and always will.

I am grateful for the hours of volunteer work the scouters put in to make this all happen.

I am grateful for my fancy pants backpacking cot. I’m as comfy as one can possibly expect to be while camping.


I am grateful for luck. There was a tight schedule today, everything depended on the preceding thing going okay, and it all did. Nothing terribly critical is going on, but it’s nice it all worked.

I am grateful for family fun night: Farley’s pick. We ate Mac and cheese, and then watched the Princess Bride. What a great movie. Still holds up just fine, after all these years.


Summit Park, 30″ by 30″, Acrylic on canvas. 

This is one of my favourite places, a meadow at the top of a hill populated by Garry Oak trees. These trees are particularly twisted and bent by nature, but I imagine that’s exacerbated here because this is the very northern tip of their range. They at once seem tough but graceful; in a way that’s acquired through struggle and perseverance. 

Here it is in progress:


I am grateful for a new shared workspace I tried out today. It went well. I think I’ve been going a little crazy in my lonely garagenous zone. Not sure if this will be the magic bullet, but I was working well there today.

I am grateful for time spent at the studio. It’s been too long since I was last in there.

I am grateful for Coop. We were packing his stuff for a Cub Camp this evening. He’s pretty excited, and that enthusiasm is contagious.


I am grateful for trees. These days, I can’t get enough of just looking at trees.

I am grateful for a network of friends, acquiantences and colleagues who have expertise on all kinds of stuff, like how eyeballs work, and how our musculoskeletal systems work and how auto insurance works.


I am grateful that the car accident I was involved in this morning wasn’t worse. There’s nothing like that kind of event to make you realize what’s important in life, or what you have to be grateful for.

I am grateful for some nice light in the trees as they are changing colour.

I am grateful for some time spent painting in the studio tonight. Julie put the kids to bed while I did that. It did not feel like things were going my way today, it was nice to get some time in doing just what I wanted to in there.


I am grateful for Julie, who had the idea that we should go to this farm on the Saanich peninsula, where you can pick a variety of fruits and veggies, and you can feed a pig the apples that have fallen to the ground. We picked and bought bought apples, raspberries, leeks, broccoli, celery, onions, garlic, cabbage, and squash. We ate some for dinner tonight.

I am grateful for Oh Henry, which is the name of the pig. He seems like a good and happy pig. I liked that Oh Henry guy.

I am grateful for lots of productivity today. We ordered new closet doors, I accomplished a welding project, we did some other errands around town, and the boys carved some jack’o’lanterns.


I am grateful for a quick visit to the studio this morning

I  grateful for boys snuggled up in bed listening as their mama reads a story.

I am grateful

For family fun night: Julie’s pick. We went swimming, and as always, it was fun. It was the right choice, too. Those jokers had a megaton of energy to work out, and they did.

I am grateful for tuckered out kids, it made for an easy bedtime.