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.


I am grateful for an early morning to catch the sunrise, first at Trafalgar Park, then at Kitty Islet this morning. I was there with my camera, taking photos for a commission. It’s nice to have the reason to go and be there. Especially in the summertime when it’s so early, there’s nothing like being out there while everyone else is asleep.

I am grateful for time spent building a quick and dirty ping pong table with Coop. I am also grateful for some ping pong with Coop. We improved over the course of the 45 minutes or so that we were at it.

I am grateful for more time with Coop, at Pizza Prima Strada, out for lunch while Farley and Julie were otherwise occupied.

I am grateful for the Harbour Cats Baseball Game the 4 of us took in tonight. We came back from 4 to 2 to 10 to 5 by the end of the game, and then there were fireworks. We walked to the baseball park and then back home. It was a great night, and I am grateful for the thought Julie had to arrange this all as a Father’s Day gift.


I am grateful for time well spent in the garagenous zone, sorting through all the stuff and shuffling it around in an effort to make it a better space, which it is, but man, it still has a ways to go.

I am grateful for Cubs, where they played kick the can and did a scavenger hunt, and learned how to lash driftwood together from a scouter who is the best in the business.


I am grateful for the opportunity to see my father in law’s investiture to the Order of Canada this morning.

I am grateful for time spent in the studio.

I am grateful for all the people who teach and support my kids while they are at school.

I am grateful for my folks, who brought over take out and took care of the boys while Julie and I went out for dinner and took in the camas now in bloom while we walked around Uplands park.