I am grateful for a visit to Telus Spark, a science centre here in Calgary, where Coop, Farley and j met up with my Sister in-law, my niece, and my nephew

I am grateful for a full evening of visiting with lots of family.

I am grateful, perhaps most of all, for a couple hours at the end of the evening at the Blackfoot Truck Stop with my brother.


I am grateful for time at the studio this afternoon.

I am grateful for time on the water in kayaks with Coop and his cub pack at their first meeting tonight. Julie brought Farl, too, who wound up wading around with his shoes off and shorts rolled up. The weather was perfect, and we’re late enough in the year we can’t take that for granted anymore.


I am grateful for good news about Farley’s health today. I wasn’t that worried before, but now we’re not worried at all.

I am grateful for lunch out with Julie and that kid today.

I am grateful for time spent in the studio today.

I am grateful for family fun night: Cooper’s pick. We made butter chicken for dinner, then watched the first half of the 2010 Tron movie. I liked it in the theatre then, and I still like it halfway through now, too.

I am grateful for news that one or more of the pieces I submitted to the 2018 Sidney Fine Art Show have been accepted. I look forward to making a more official announcement when I know which ones.


I am grateful for a morning of getting cuss done in the garagenous zone.

I am grateful for time spent in the studio.

I am grateful for a school policy that’s changed to let kids climb in trees.

I am grateful for a few hours of wanton consumerism at Costco with my lads this evening.


I grateful for my lads on this first day of grades 1 and 4 for them.

I am grateful for the first day back into my normal routine, after a month of my artist in residence at a hotel routine. One thing this meant was the first day back at the gym in a while; that felt good.

I am grateful for a partial game of Monopoly with Coop this evening.


I am grateful for Farley’s company on a few hours worth of errands today. Highlights included when he jumped right in to the self checkout process at the grocery store, batting my hand away and telling me he really wanted to do that whole cart himself, and then also getting some hoity toity frozen dairy treats at Parachute Ice Cream.

I am grateful for Auntie J, who came for dinner this evening. We feasted like kings and queens, then played some Yahtzee, probably the same way a king or queen would, too.

I am grateful for a terrific summer, here on the eve of the first day of school. I never have fully embraced the fall, but there is a nice feeling of settling in to a routine that comes with this time of year.


I am grateful for a close encounter with a tiny hummingbird today. It got into our house and was up against the window trying to find it’s way out. Poor thing. It would hover up and down against the glass and fall down, looking tuckered out. In the end I scooped it up in my hands and released out the open part of the window. Not something that happens every day.

I am grateful for time spent with Farley today. I took him for a haircut, then to the Egypt exhibit at the museum, then for ice cream at the fancy dipped cone place on Government street.

I’m grateful to live in a place that has a tourist district with all that kind of thing. It’s fun to go down there and pretend like I am on vacation too.


I am grateful for time spent painting today. I varnished one I recently completed, and got a start in on a new one.

I am grateful for a great summer. I’ve noticed they seem to end abruptly these days. It rained a bit today and was cool enough for a jacket this morning. We did some back to school wardrobe shopping for the boys; as if the weather turning wasn’t marker enough. It was a great summer though, and we might still get some good long hot days out of it.

I am grateful for family fun night. We took it easy, popped corn and watched a movie (Guardian Brothers) for Julie’s pick. It was low key, and that was just fine by me.