I am grateful for Cooper. It was his birthday today. 9 years ago he was born, and so was this father. He’s a great kid, and I don’t know what this world would have been without him. I think he had a great day, with presents in the morning, and a family dinner of Indian takeout from his favourite restaurant with Auntie J in attendance. I am grateful for all that, too.

I grateful for time at the studio today.

I am grateful for a productive day out of the studio, too.

I am grateful for time spent with Farley, helping to construct his birthday brother consolation prize, a Lego space shuttle.


I am grateful for a fun and full day,
We saw a play written by our talented friend Erin, we hung out with Julie’s folks, we ate Indian food, heard Coop’s school choir sing, watched the Christmas
Truck Parade, and had tea and played a card game called apples to apples. Doesn’t get much more action packed than that!


I am grateful for my brother. I love hanging out with that guy. I grateful to him, also, for flying out to help me on a fun house project. We built a custom closet organizer for out front hall, which is going to have a domino effect in my house that will ultimately lead to more space in the kitchen, and a less cluttered home. That was a great day.


I am grateful for time spent at Goldstream with my family and some friends. Going there to see the salmon run has become an annual ritual for us. It’s a spectacle to behold. It never ceases to amaze me how this environment is so conducive to living things. Everywhere you look, every possible place life could exist, it does. Moss on trees. Lichen on rocks. New trees growing out of old ones. A river full of fish, that while dying, are bringing in their bodies so many of the nutrients required to keep supporting so many living things.


I am grateful for a morning sleeping in. First time I’ve done that in a long time.

I am grateful for sheet pans. This morning I did up hash browns in sheet pans. They turned out pretty good!

I am grateful for an adventure on public transit to the swimming pool with the lads today. It’s novel and fun for those guys. Usually, if we aren’t driving, we’re biking or walking.

I am grateful for time in the studio, first in a few days.


I am still pretty dang grateful for Farley’s love for his hat.

I am grateful for time spent with Coop and his class today.

I am also grateful for time in the studio.

And I am grateful for a night out with Julie to see Thor: Ragnarok. It was a fun movie.