I am grateful for success in fixing something that had to be fixed today.

I am grateful for a fun and uneventful trip on the Ferry to Saltspring island.

I’m grateful for time my kids get to spend with their cousins.

I am grateful for Julie’s family. We’re having a great visit. We stayed up way too late, under the stars, on a deck, with a fire burning in the fireplace. If this isn’t nice, what is?


I am grateful for a quiet Monday.

I am grateful for the home for trucks that Farley made.

I am grateful for time spent painting, finishing the first one since starting in on it again. I am reasonably happy with it, but am looking forward to making better ones next. I really have enjoyed the process; I  amazed at how it’s changed the way I look at things. I don’t mean in some zen-like contemplation of things, I mean literally, my vision is different, and more attuned to colour.

Above is the final product, below are the steps that led there.


I am grateful for time spent painting at the studio this morning.

I  grateful for a warm summer day.

I am grateful for the opportunity to meet a tiny brand new human. Babies are awesome. Especially friends babies. And especially friends babies being held by my own dang babies. All the babies.

I am grateful for a quick swim in Elk Lake this evening after supper.

I am grateful for Google. I just learned that dinner just means main meal of the day, could be anytime. Supper refers to the evening meal, so that’s more specific. The use of the word supper has been on the decline since 1900. I’m starting a campaign to bring it back. Are you with me, or are you against me?

I am grateful for blueberry pie. Coop made it. He read and followed the recipe for the crust, and made the filling with blueberries he picked himself yesterday. Nom nom nom!


I am grateful for time spent painting while Julie took The boys blueberry picking.

I am grateful for 17 lbs of blueberries. Julie said they picked them in the space of 30 minutes.

I am grateful for the Moss Street Paint-In. It’s an annual event where artists set up along the street, painting on site and selling their work. 35,000 attended last year. We all went, and saw some cool stuff. 

I am grateful for Star Wars Episode VII on Canadian Netflix.

I am grateful for plum pie Julie made this evening.

Not a bad day. Not a bad day at all!


I am grateful for a fun day of vacation with my family.
I am grateful for water wings, to replace the ones I forgot at home, that change the experience of taking Farley swimming.

I am grateful for the opportunity to make eggs Benedict for a crowd this morning. I always enjoy that.

I am grateful for time at the beach. My boys and their cousins dug in the sand, caught crustaceans, and flew kites.

I am grateful for spaghetti and  meatballs for dinner, and for a surprise belated 70th birthday cake for my dad.

I am grateful for a rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” sung by my niece while Julie accompanied on her ukulele.


I am grateful for a fun date night with Julie. We were going to go see a movie, but we didn’t see any that looked interesting. Instead we ran a few errands, picked up some junk food, parked the van by the sea and watched some of our favourite TV on my laptop in the back of the minivan.


I am grateful for some time spent futzing with my table saw. That thing is awesome.

I am grateful for a day at home.

Is am grateful for great friends and neighbours on our front lawn for Canada Day festivities and fireworks observation. We lucked into a great group of people in our lives, and a great lawn to view fireworks from.


I am grateful for two master magnaformer builders this morning. Coop was totally encouraging Farleey to build his own car rather than getting someone else to do it for him, and was showing him how to build the same car he was making step by step. Farl was right into it and doing great.

I am grateful for a productive work day.

I am grateful for a potluck at Farley’s daycare today. Great kids and great families. Also grateful my mac and cheese turned out well.