I am grateful for the a pleasant walk this morning.

I am grateful for open source software.

I  grateful for board games with Farley tonight.

I am grateful for stories this evening. Coop read one of his favourites from when he was little to Farley (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom). So sweet!


I am grateful for time spent getting a display ready for Gorge on Art and the Moss St. Paint-in, both coming up in the next several weeks. I am also grateful to the ocean for surrendering some driftwood for the project.

I am grateful for time spent with my boys tonight. Julie was out. We made lasagne. Farley cleared and set the table. I made lemonade, which we drank out of fancy glasses. We then read stories at bedtime, all 3 of us in Farley’s bed. It was nice.


I am grateful for my Dad, my grandfathers, and all the fathers in my life who are my friends, peers, and role models this Father’s Day.

I  grateful for a safe journey home with my boys.

I am grateful for pie for dinner and pie for dessert. Julie knows me well.

I am grateful for a quick visit to the studio tonight.


I am grateful for the great time I am having with both my lads at scout camp here on Newcastle Island. It’s a great spot, and there are great people here. We’re camped right by the water. As I write this I am in my tent between two sleeping kids, listening to the murmers of the last stragglers around the campfire and the waves lapping at the shore.

We had a full day. They practised making fires on the beach. We went kayaking.  They ran around lots, having the time of their lives. 
As my late grandfather used to say, “it just doesn’t get any better than this; and sometimes, I don’t even think it gets this good.”


I am grateful for a potluck dinner we were invited to for the end of the year of the Beaver Colony that Farley will be joining next year. He’s been to so many Beaver and Cub meetings, it’s hard to believe this will be the first time he’s officially been registered. It was a fun event that coincided nicely with a night I had the boys to myself, and there were lots of Cooper’s buddies from Cubs there, too.

I am grateful for Farley’s zeal for power windows.

I am grateful for a visit from a cool snail that Farley found tonight.


I am grateful for my Farley boy, who gave me a nice Father’s Day card today with a portrait of our family.

I am grateful for a productive day.

I am grateful for a night out with Julie. We went to the studio, and painted. We didn’t converse much, but it was a nice way to hang out.