I am grateful for 2 big deadlines met this week, and a good afternoon of home improvement project work that had nothing to do with computers as my just reward.

I am grateful for an evening trip to our grocery store, where they have a great salad bar and Chinese food counter, so we shopped for thanksgiving and got ourselves fed there, too.

I am gratefu for my boys sitting quietly together before bed tonight with a book for long enough to take out my phone and take a snappy.



Monster Coop Devours Classic Architecture

I am grateful for a work day that’s over before 10pm. That’s what it’s come down to, folks. NOT TO SAY that I am not grateful for the biz, because too busy is WAY better than not busy enough.

I  grateful for some time with my boys tonight while Julie was out. We finished building the Notre Dame model that Coop bought me at his school’s loonie emporium for Christmas last year. It was fun. At the end of it Farley was popping out the pre-cut flying buttresses for Coop to install.

Flying Buttresses. (Snicker!)


I am grateful for Farley, because he is awesome. I am also grateful for the clothes my mom bought for him and Coop recently.

I am grateful that Farley took some time to show me his truck today.

I am grateful for a long and productive day of work, and I am grateful for Julie, who has been taking on all the slack I’ve been leaving on the parenthood front as I put on the blimders and work late. It’s not easy on anyone, and I look forward to a less busy time.



I am grateful for another boring worky day. I am grateful my next deadline is just barely far enough away that I can feel okay about relaxing a tiny bit for a small part of my day. I am grateful for some great time on the floor building lego robots and spaceship boats with my kiddos.



 I am grateful for some quality time making rainbow loom bracelets with Coop, who showed me how to do it on my fingers.

I am grateful for some kid free time in my folk’s house while they took the kids to the park.

I am grateful for the Blackfoot Truck Stop. It is less smoky than it was in the 80s, otherwise it’s exactly the same. I spent many happy hours there in my teens and early 20s; it was nice to spend another one or two in there today for lunch.

I am grateful for a great afternoon with my kids, their Calgary cousins, my sister in law, and Julie at Telus Spark, the science centre here in Calgary. So much fun stuff in there.

I am grateful for a fantastic event tonight, the celebration of my Grandmother’s 90th birthday. I counted 29 people there; most of us direct descendants. She and my Grandad are largely responsible for how my Dad parented me, and so also how I now parent Coop and Farley. 

I have a strong sense of family in my life, and she is someone I have to thank for that. I can’t think of anything that’s more important to me. I am grateful to feel I’ve got my priorities straight that way, and I’m grateful for her role in knowing that.

I am grateful for the gift my dad and his brothers put together for her, which was an endowment for the Home Bound Readers program she volunteered with for many years at the Calgary Public Library. She would often take care of me when I was a kid, and at least once I remember going with her as she did so, bringing books to the people on her list, and picking up the ones they’d read, but also coming in for a quick visit, sometimes a cup of tea. I think it was a service that provided a lot more than book delivery for both my grandma and those she served. I have many warm feelings for her; pride is one of them, and I’m also proud of my Parents, aunts, and uncles for honouring her in this way.


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I am grateful for another productive day at work, although that’s getting a little monotonous.

I am grateful for a break in the monotony though, tonight I took the boys for another quick walk up the hill to Summit Park again, just like last night. It’s amazing what a difference 30 minutes can make.

I am grateful for a feeling today that everything is going to work out okay, on time and on budget on these projects I am working on. For the record, it’s very rare that I don’t manage that, but It can get overwhelming at times, and in this line of work, you rarely know exactly how everything will get accomplished when you start out. It’s nice to get to the point where you can see the path to completion, and I’m grateful for a glimpse of that today.


I am grateful for our hummingbird feeder.

I am grateful for pizza, and all the excitement that surrounds it in this house when we have it for dinner.

I am grateful for working from home. It makes it easy to make things that involve timing and waiting, like say pizza dough, pretty easy to accomplish.

I am grateful for anchovies.

I am grateful for a productive work day, and for light and the end of the tunnel as deadlines approach. Hopefully it’s daylight at the end, and not another oncoming train.


 I am grateful for a productive day. 

While I am not grateful for imminent deadlines, I am grateful for the business.

I am grateful for my children. I’ve heard too many alarming stories about other children in the last few weeks. It’s hard to hear them. I’m grateful my boys are doing fine, and that I can hold them tight for a little while every day.

I am grateful for Coop, who got new shoes today, and went from not knowing how tie a bow to lacing them up like a pro in no time.

I  grateful for the sound of the rain, coming in through my bedroom window.


 I am grateful for a great Saturday.

I am grateful for some time spent repairing our canoe.

I am grateful for an epic swim with my boys, well over 2 hours in the pool, maybe it was even 3. the boys both got to go on big water slides, and the each had a chance to try flippers, too. Fun stuff.

I am grateful for an fantastic jam with friends I haven’t seen for too long. It was awesome to be banging on the drums with that crew.