I am grateful for success in fixing something that had to be fixed today.

I am grateful for a fun and uneventful trip on the Ferry to Saltspring island.

I’m grateful for time my kids get to spend with their cousins.

I am grateful for Julie’s family. We’re having a great visit. We stayed up way too late, under the stars, on a deck, with a fire burning in the fireplace. If this isn’t nice, what is?


I am grateful for 14 years of marriage today, and 23 years of being together with Julie later this summer. This year marks the first anniversary where we’ve been together longer than we were apart before we met. And that feels like it’s just as it should be. I’d do it all again, and I hope I can. Maybe even twice, health permitting.


I am grateful for a quiet Monday.

I am grateful for the home for trucks that Farley made.

I am grateful for time spent painting, finishing the first one since starting in on it again. I am reasonably happy with it, but am looking forward to making better ones next. I really have enjoyed the process; I  amazed at how it’s changed the way I look at things. I don’t mean in some zen-like contemplation of things, I mean literally, my vision is different, and more attuned to colour.

Above is the final product, below are the steps that led there.


I am grateful for time spent painting at the studio this morning.

I  grateful for a warm summer day.

I am grateful for the opportunity to meet a tiny brand new human. Babies are awesome. Especially friends babies. And especially friends babies being held by my own dang babies. All the babies.

I am grateful for a quick swim in Elk Lake this evening after supper.

I am grateful for Google. I just learned that dinner just means main meal of the day, could be anytime. Supper refers to the evening meal, so that’s more specific. The use of the word supper has been on the decline since 1900. I’m starting a campaign to bring it back. Are you with me, or are you against me?

I am grateful for blueberry pie. Coop made it. He read and followed the recipe for the crust, and made the filling with blueberries he picked himself yesterday. Nom nom nom!


I am grateful for time spent painting while Julie took The boys blueberry picking.

I am grateful for 17 lbs of blueberries. Julie said they picked them in the space of 30 minutes.

I am grateful for the Moss Street Paint-In. It’s an annual event where artists set up along the street, painting on site and selling their work. 35,000 attended last year. We all went, and saw some cool stuff. 

I am grateful for Star Wars Episode VII on Canadian Netflix.

I am grateful for plum pie Julie made this evening.

Not a bad day. Not a bad day at all!


I am grateful for news about a good friend’s impending parenthood. There’s no happy like being happy for that.

I am grateful for time spent hanging out with Julie tonight. We were at cattle point. It’s nice there.

I am grateful for kids gobbling up the soup I made for dinner. Every scrap of vegetable matter down their gullets is a victory.