I am grateful for help from my neighbour getting the trailer moved out from where it was yesterday, to make it more accessible for sanding and painting. It was cool to see it hooked up to a car, after sitting where it’s been for so long.

I am grateful for Farley’s family fun night. There was macaroni and cheese AND burgers from McDonald’s. There was also a fun time swimming at crystal pool.

I am grateful for the release of Julie’s butterflies. She received them as caterpillars, and she cared for them as we watched them form cocoons, then emerging as butterflies.

I am grateful for Farley’s baseball game tonight. He made a great play as a first base player, hustling back to get his foot on the base as he raised his hand for the perfect catch just in time. Great stuff.

I am grateful for chocolate fondue Cooperade tonight.


I am grateful for time.soent chatting with old friends on Zoom this morning, like I have every Sunday morning pretty much since the pandemic began.

I am grateful for a quick trip with Farley and his remote control motorboat to the model boat pond on Dallas Road. It’s been a while since he had that thing out, it was a really fun thing to do with that fella.

I am grateful for the opportunity to get some.yardwork done in nice weather.

I am grateful for fried chicken for supper.

I am grateful for time spent with friends batting around a badminton birdie, throwing a frisbee, and playing cornhole.


I am grateful for

I am grateful for a field of ferrel daffodils we visited this afternoon.

I am grateful for time spent chatting with friends online and across a front yard today.

I am grateful for time spent on my travel trailer project.

I am grateful for the reminder of a memory of a fantastic steak dinner a pal of mine reminded me we ate when we were in Seattle many years ago.


I am grateful for time spent at Summit park with my lads, finding a hill to go sledding. There was limited snow, but there was success. It was fun to watch them revel in it.

I am grateful for some rigging that Cooper and I participated in making in an effort to help Julie assemble our gingerbread house, to hold it in place while the icing that holds it together solidifies.

I am grateful for time spent working on a jigsaw puzzle with Cooper and Farley while listening to the Radiolab for Kids podcast feed.


I am grateful for a trip to the museum, where there is currently an exhibition of Emily Carr paintings and drawings. It was fantastic to see. I hope to get there again before it’s gone. All 4 of us went, and all 4 of us enjoyed it.

I am grateful for snow. It usually comes to Victoria every winter, and usually goes away within a few days. That’s the perfect amount of snow in my book. The kids were eager to frolic in it, and made a snowman this afternoon, and named him “Old Joe”. Seemed fitting; Wise beyond his years.

I am grateful for the solstice. it feels like a day we can all turn the page. The days get longer from here until summer, and hopefully in a better year, with less Covid and more social proximity.

I am grateful for a screening of Die Hard in our living room this evening. It holds up fairly well, I’d say. I think the last time I saw it may have been in the theatre when it came out, in 1988.


I am grateful for a bit of time spent painting this morning.

I am grateful for family fun night, stilly pick..we went for a kayak around smugglers Cove at 10 mile point. The water was calm in there, but a bit too choppy to get around to Cadboro Bay as I’d hoped to, but the thing about being in a kayak is that it’s fun just to tootle around, which we did, for a good long while, and I really enjoyed being out in those boats.

I am grateful for the way Farley can get deep into observing small things in nature. He found a small jellyfish he was pointing out to us in the photo above.

I am grateful for takeout sushi for dinner. Oh sushi, how I have missed you!


I am grateful for time spent in my sunny front yard flogging paintings to friends and neighbours. I had a request from a customer who wanted to see some of my work, so I decided to put it all out on the front lawn and told the world to drop by. It was a nice way to spend the day; after a while I set up my easel and spent the afternoon painting out there, with intermittent breaks to chat with folks who were kind enough to come and peruse.

I am grateful for Julie, who kept the kids watered, fed, and as far as I know, out of trouble for the day.

I am grateful for time spent shooting hoops with Cooper.

I am grateful for time shooting photos of one of our lizard neighbours with Farley.


I am grateful for time spent painting, while in a Skype meeting with a bunch of old friends like we’ve been doing every Sunday morning.

I am grateful for time spent huddled with the whole dang family when Farley managed to get an aphid under the digital microscope he recieved for his birthday. The aphid was kind of a cute little feller, it turns out.

I am grateful for the Boardgame Cafe, which remains open, and was where a masked Farley and Coop managed to get their hands on some D&D figures they could spend their money on.

I am grateful for the fleeting glimpses of the European Wall Lizards that have taken up residence under our front steps. They are also cute little fellers.

I am grateful for a screening of Pacific Rim we all watched this evening. That movie was better than I remembered it.


I am grateful for a good long while spent on the living room floor with my lads building Lego. I built a drawing machine, and I was pleased with how it turned out. The pandemic has been tough on the artist in me. I am driven to paint but it’s hard to find the time when I have my kids to look after all day. When I can let go of my ambition and just embrace dadhood, though, I can very much enjoy just hanging out with my lads.

I am grateful for time spent on the treehouse project, and for foam tiles that came to me from my downsizing friend, Francis. Farl and I were able to trim them in to cover the entire floor. With just one half tile and a few scraps to spare. Perfect!

I was similarly grateful to witness an inaugural game of rummy in there, just after supper.

I am grateful for a good chunk of time spent painting this evening. It was the first time I was able to do that in a while, and it felt great.


I am grateful for a morning I spent sleeping in today. That there’s a silver lining, I suppose.

I am grateful for Farley, who has been challenging me to a pre-lunch tickle fight the last few days. That kid has loved that kind of thing for as long as he’s been alive.

I am grateful for these days spent with those kiddos. They drive me crazy fairly regularly, but it’s been rewarding and fun too. As we spend our time sequestered in this time of physical distancing, we are making memories that will define the relationship that my children and I will share for the rest of our lives.

I am grateful for free worksheets found online so the boys could do some math work. I introduced Coop to exponents today. We even got into the pythagorean theorem a bit. He picked it up quick!

I am grateful for bounty from the grocery store that Julie brought home today.

I am grateful for dinner tonight. I made lettuce wraps. They were tasty as all heck and everyone gobbled it up like crazy.

I am grateful for time spent playing D&D with those guys. We explored the ruins of an ancient dwarven temple, having defeated a few monsters in there last time.