I  grateful for time spent hanging out with the boys in the backyard tonight. Coop was all curled up on the hammock with his Harry Potter book, and Farley bounced around in the trampoline and swung in the swing.

I am grateful for some productive time in the quiet, quiet garagenous zone.


I am grateful for:

  • Time in the studio.
  • A bike ride with Farley.
  • A piece of paper I found on the living room floor, that I was about to recycle, that turned out to be Cooper’s list of treasures from a school assignment. His little brother was #1, followed by chocolate, gold, and money, finally his mother and then father. Love that kid. He makes my top 6 treasures list, too.


I am grateful for a walk home today.

I am grateful for time at the studio.

I am grateful for a nice hug and kiss from Farley tonight. He got out of bed, wordlessly gave hugs and kisses to Julie and I, then ran with a pitter-pat back to his room.


I am grateful for the hearty laugh I heard through the screen door when the guy who was going to sell me the rooftop car box that I found in a classified ad saw me. Turned out he was the dad of a kid in Cooper’s class that I’ve met a few times before. It inspired a nice small world, neighbourly community feeling in me.

I am grateful for a fun time with old friends who came over for dinner tonight; a buddy who went to junior and senior high school with me, then university, where I also met his then girlfriend and now wife, and their two kids. It’s been about 20 years since we’ve spoken, but thanks to Facebook, we’ve reconnected, and it was really great to sit in the back yard and catch up while the kids swung on the swing and jumped on the trampoline.


I am grateful for Coop, who has a willing recipient for face painting in Farley. Coop takes seriously and does a nice job, although he is sometimes disappointed when Farley washes it off.

I am grateful for a plan-free Saturday, and for time spent creating and setting up my booth for the Moss St. Paint In in the back yard. I’m looking forward to doing it for real next weekend!


I am grateful for time with Farley today. Poor kid. He wasn’t feeling well.

I am grateful for the chance to make lots of progress on my closet wall finishing project.

I am grateful for corn on the cob.

I am grateful for time at the studio. First time back in a while.


I am grateful for Coop, who told me he stood up to a kid who was picking on a younger friend of Farley’s who was attending the same summer camp. I asked him what he said, exactly. “I would appreciate it if you didn’t bully my brother’s best friend,” was his reply. I was so cussing proud it brought a tear to my eye.

I am grateful for Farley. We made a race car from some spare pieces of wood lying around. It was fun. Also, when I dropped a bottle of ibuprofen all over the bathroom floor, he totally stepped up to help me pick them back up.

My kids are awesome.


I am grateful for a relaxed morning. I puttered and tidied up the garagenous zone while the boys took it easy with some cartoons and  Julie made us an amazing breakfast.

I am grateful for a terrific afternoon. We packed up the canoe and our swimming suits, and headed to the lake. Coop and I went for a paddle, and then we frolicked in the water for a good long while. We ended the evening going out for Chinese food. 

If that’s not nice, what is?


I am grateful for time spent puttering this morning.

I am grateful for time spent with friends who are camping at Goldstream. That campground is dear to my heart. Coop and Farl have so much fun tearing it up on their bikes with their pals.


I am grateful for the chance to particupate at the Gorge on Art at the Gorge Canada Day Picnic today. It was fun to put my work up in front of so many people and hear what they thought about it.

I am grateful for neighbours who had us over for their Canada Day BBQ. It was delicious and a good crowd of people.

I am grateful for our traditional get together on the front lawn to watch the fireworks. I love having all the kids here, running around like crazy until well after their bedtime.