I am grateful for a fun overnight trip to Science World in Vancouver. Soon after we had breakfast this morning Coop and I said our goodbyes and we parted ways with the rest of the Cubs.

I am grateful for a chance to walk in the stables and see the horses race from the other side of the racetrack at Hastings Park. My father in law owns a share of a racehorse, and he took us all to check that out. It was pretty cool; it’s hard for me to believe that I lived in Vancouver for 12 years and had never been.

I am grateful for time spent reading to Farley and rubbing his back at bedtime.


I am grateful for an action packed day. 

I am grateful for warm hospitality at my inlaws, and for the familiar comfort of their home.

I am grateful for a fun day hanging out with Coop and his buddies in the Cub pack. We strolled around Granville island and ate spaghetti in Gastown before an overnight program at a science world.

I am grateful for my backpacking cot. This thing rocks.

I am grateful that the lights are out. I’m bushed!


I am grateful for a brunch with friends this morning. I made coffee and tea. They brought traditional a Polish Easter breakfast, It was delicious and great to visit.

I am grateful for the opportunity to decorate pisanki Easter eggs, with the fancy pants dyes and the wax resist and all. Everyone at the table had their heads down in full project mode when that was underway.

I am grateful for Julie. It was her idea to celebrate with ice cream bars by the water at Cattle Point this evening while the sun was setting. kids and grownups alike clambered on rocks, we watched a pair of seals while the pair of seals watched us, and we debated how to pronounce anemone, and it was beautiful, and then we went home.


I am grateful for great weather today. It’s the first day that’s felt like summer to me..

I am grateful for yard work accomplished.

I am grateful for kids having water fights and jumping in a trampoline with a sprinkler running underneath it.

I am grateful for some time in at the studio.


I am grateful for some new luggage we recently acquired. Farley fits in there nicely. We’re going to save a bundle on airfare, even if there is an extra charge for checked baggage!

I am grateful for some time flying kites and playing catch with Coop, while Farley played with his pals, and Julie got in a visit when we met up with a friend and her kids at a park today.

I am grateful for Chuck Berry. I was young and impressionable when I first really started listening to him in grade 10 or so, and he sent me down a great rabbit hole that wound up running by Bo Diddley, and leading to Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, right when I needed them most. RIP.


I am grateful for Coop. Today he presented a puppet show for us at the foot of our bed featuring himself and a leprechaun.

I am grateful for my Irish heritage, which I’ve acquired through marriage. We dined on corned beef, soda bread, and colcannon tonight. Leprechauns came, like they always do, and left a trail of green jellybeans from the boys’ room to the living room, where they also hid chocolate coins for the kids to find. Fun stuff!

I am grateful for family fun night: Cooper’s pick. We watched Pete’s Dragon on Netflix.

I am grateful for unwatched episodes of BBC’s Sherlock that we discovered tonight. 

I am grateful for time in at the studio, and a painting completed.


I am grateful for my Mom. She had a birthday today.

I am grateful for the convenience of air travel. 

My father, brother, and I cooked up a crazy idea to surprise her with dinner at her favourite restaurant with the four of us. It’s not often it’s just the four of us, my brother and I each have our own families and it’s usually a commotion, which is always fun, but a commotion nonetheless.

This afternoon I got on an airplane and flew to Calgary, my brother picked me up and we went to the restaurant where my mom thought she was going to have dinner with just my dad. There we were, and we had a great time, and after dinner I got on an airplane to fly to Victoria, and now I’m in a cab on my way home.

What a way to spend the day! It was great to be there with my family of origin and to honour my Mom. She’s a heckuva lady. She’s been a constant in my life. She loves us all, fiercely, and I love my mom, too. I think she had a great night.


I am grateful for a cookout day at Goldtream park with the crowd Julie and I refer to as “the village”. Being outside, in some sun (chilly, but whatever), with a bunch of kids, going on a tromp through the woods to the nature house, climbing trees, roasting hot dogs, these are the simple pleasures that make life worthwhile.

I am grateful for time spent with Coop on the floor playing lego. We made a Trammel of Archimedes. It was fun!

I am grateful for bedtime with Farl, reading a book, and laying there with him until I could tell by his breathing that he was asleep.


I am grateful for the opportunity to attend the 2017 Victoria Cub Car Rally. Lots of cool cars to see, and lots of races. Coop was disappointed with his car’s performance overall.  He won a few races, though, and I was glad to be with him through the highs and the lows.

I am grateful for a card that came to Coop from all the kids at his out of school care last week when he was ill. I was told it wasn’t the teacher’s idea, but a few of his friends there started it and then everyone signed. 

I am grateful for family tea time before bed.

I am grateful for time spent with Farley today. We played lego, then at bedtime I read him a story and rubbed his back. 

I am grateful for Julie, who kept all the cuss together in this family while I was dealing with a sudden and no-fun fevery flu for a couple days there. Grateful that’s over, too.