I am grateful for the sale of our old van, and for the service that car has given us. 

I am grateful for a walk up bear hill with friends this afternoon, and supper at big wheel burger afterwards.

I am grateful for a glimpse of what I think was the helicopter carrying the Duke and Duchess of York and their children as they came to visit Victoria today.

I am grateful for a visit to a thrift store, and a few good finds; not the least of which was a complete Othello board game, which Coop and I played this evening.

I am grateful for Julie, who has learned about the wonders and health benefits of fermentation, and has perfected sour pickles, which are amazing. We started our second batch tonight.


I am grateful for our fireplace. I lit the pilot for the first time this season; it was chilly!

I am grateful for family fun night: Farley’s pick. He chose Mac and cheese and a visit to Mr. Tubbs ice cream parlour and arcade. It was fun. Farl enjoyed an extra long ride on the goth pig, and won temporary tattoos at the claw machine.


Everyone in the house slept in by about 40 minutes this morning, but we all wound up where we needed to be (just) on time. I am grateful for that.

I am grateful for a sale on 30″ square exhibition depth canvases (canvi?) at the art supply store this morning, and I am grateful my cargo bike is just fine to haul 4 of them.

I am grateful for a good chunk of time at the studio today.

I am grateful for a good chunk of time working at my desk.

I am grateful for dinner with my kids.

I am grateful for our babysitter, and for a night out with Julie. We went to a movie. We saw Sully, I’d call it good, but not great. It was in 2D IMAX, which is rare these days, but my favourite way to enjoy a film.

I am grateful for 20th century technology. Our new car has a CD player in it, which is a first for me in a car I’ve owned. I just burned a CD full of music the boys dig, and I can’t wait for them to hear some of it on the way to school tomorrow morning, without any cord fumbling or arguments with Siri!


I am grateful for a productive work day.

I am grateful for time spent with a baby today. Julie was home and a friend was visiting with her cute-as-a-button baby daughter.

I am grateful for apple crumble Julie made for the occasion.

I am grateful for some time spent in the studio.

I am grateful for family fun night: Julie’s pick. We ate BLT’s, then collected acorns in the backyard, then painted and crafted with said acorns.

I am grateful for Farley, who has been bravely honing his pedalling skills, and had a real breakthrough tonight. He is a pedalling superstar!

I am grateful for Cooper, who just after lights out tonight said, “that was a fun road trip”. This started a conversation where he and Farley and I reminisced about our favourite parts; it’s nice to know it made an impression.


I am grateful for Farley and his pal Trevor being goofballs on the back of my bike while we rode alongside Cooper to meet Julie at the pool for a swim this afternoon. 100% fun!

I  grateful for a moment Coop said exactly the right thing to me at exactly the right moment. He has also been known to say exactly the wrong thing at exactly the wrong moment, but this is a gratitude post, and I digress. Today it was the right thing, at the right moment.


I am grateful for a chat with my brother today. We talked exclusively about cars. Few things bring me as much comfort.

I am grateful for Coop, who showed me how he can spell his name in American Sign Language.

I am grateful for a visit with friends in our village who dropped off another kid from our village for a sleepover. We have a great community of people in our lives.

I am grateful for a bike ride with Coop, each under our own steam, from our house to Clover Point, where we joined Julie, Farley, and his buddy for some kite flying.

I am grateful the three of them are all sleeping soundly as I write this.


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I am grateful for a productive day quietly working in my quiet office.

I am grateful for family fun night. It was my pick. I attempted to replicate Kentucky Fried Chicken, for which the secret recipe may have recently been revealed. It was close, but not the same. Tasty though! And very salty. After that we went for a walk at Beaver Lake, where it’s pretty as all heck, and then got ice cream cones on the way home.