I am grateful for my grandpa’s old 1972 buick. I drove it for the first time in a few weeks to do a small errand today. Suddenly it became an occaision. I can’t go anywhere in that car without someone remarking to me that they like it.

It’s good for me to remember these moments, because most of the rest of the time I am just wondering what to do with it.


i am grateful for cabbage. I started some sauerkraut today, and also attempted to make as noodly a food as possible with it, because my boys can’t get enough of noodles. Frying in butter did the trick! Coop had thirds.

I’m grateful for lunch with Julie and one of her co-workers today. 

I am grateful for the woman in the bank lineup behind me. She chased me down after I left, and caught up to me out of breath a good half block away to tell me I’d left my keys behind. I thanked her profusely, and she replied “we all have to take care of each other, right?” She’s right. We do. And when we do, it’s the kind of world I am grateful to live in, and when something like that happens, I look forward to finding an opportunity to take care of someone else, and pay it forward.


i am grateful for a small project that went smoothly, and was accomplished in a day as expected.

I am grateful for a bit more ease every day with the home office lifestyle. Many aspects of life have gotten easier and more efficient. The house is tidier, dinner is on the table when everyone gets home, and yet I think I am still managing more productive hours in the day. It’s also a relief that I am so far not crawling up the walls, like the last time I tried working from home. Things were different then; I didn’t have children. That’s something that’s changed everything I thought I knew about myself; I guess this is just another one of those things.

I am grateful for a great evening chowing down on BBQ fare in our backyard while our kids went bananas on the trampoline. One of folks we had over is the chocolatier behind La Sirene. Here’s some advice for you: if you are ever having a chocolatier over for dinner and they ask what they can bring, what you should reply is “chocolate!”. 


I am grateful to be feeling more settled into this whole working from home thing. Time saved from commuting has been spent doing a bit of cleaning up around the house that used to have to wait until weekends. It’s nice to be able to have dinner ready before the crew gets home, which is when we are usually tuckered out, and just getting started on making it.

I am grateful for an hour of watching tv with Julie after the kids are asleep and before turning in for the night.

I am grateful to be in bed. I am bushed.


I am grateful for lunch with Julie. On a related note, I am grateful for Vietnam,  the nation that gave us pho and salad rolls.

I am grateful for the maiden voyage of El Banana today, just me and first mate Farley. Or perhaps he was captain. T’any rate, the boat floats, and took us all the way across the Gorge waterway to the play park and back. Total time invested was two hours, including loading and unloading the canoe on the car. I am excited by the possibilities having a canoe will open up for us!


I am struggling with gratitude today. Painful, hard things happen to good people who don’t deserve it. Thinking about writing this post tonight, I’ve tried to find some silver lining on a dark cloud that has moved in on the lives of some folks I know, but there isn’t one. Things like this shouldn’t happen to anyone. This doesn’t inspire gratitude. Not a bit. Not at all.

One thing I’ve gained by writing this blog has been a deeper understanding of the complexity of human experience. In particular, that you can have a bad day, a good day, get bad news, feel overwhelmed and powerless, feel lucky, find safety, etc, etc, all in the same 24 hours. 

Good things happen every day. They happen on bad days, too. Both are true. Recognizing the bright spots shouldn’t mean denial of the darkness we sometimes experience.

I am grateful for my bike ride home, and for warm, summer weather.

I am grateful the macaroni and cheese I made tonight turned out well.

I am grateful for near daily glimpses of ferrel deer in my city.

I am grateful for my family’s health.


i am grateful for an acoustic bike commute this morning and afternoon. No electricity was harmed. On a related note, I am grateful that Cooper is now a net asset on the trailer bike behind me. It used to feel like I was pulling him around, now I feel I’m getting a push.


I am grateful for a great evening at the lake. The water was warm, there was chilli, and all 8 of us, 4 parents and 4 cousins, were in the water at the same time at one point. Good times!

I am grateful for Pedal Heads day camp. Coop is having a ball.

I am grateful for my brother, who a few years ago gave me a bottle of 40 year old scotch, and with whom I enjoyed a bit of that tonight. 


I am grateful for a nice, relaxed, impromptu dinner with the kind of family we met through our similarly aged kids that are so awesome, that we picked 2 weekends to alternate 2 night 4 kid sleepovers and 2 night parent getaways. Score!

I am grateful for my brother and his family, who traversed the Rocky Mountains to come visit us for a few nights. Let the wild cousin rumpus begin!

I am grateful for Mad Men. I’m sad it’s all over now, but man, that was some great television.



I am grateful for the sheer volume of joy that an elevator button brings Farley.

I am grateful for Farley’s response whenever I say “I love you”, which is often an annoyed “I know dat!”, accompanied with a furrowed brow. 

I am equally grateful for his response when I say “I love you, I mean it!”, to which he is likely to reply “does anybody want a peanut?”, with a wide grin.

I am grateful for the window I just thought to open; It’s hotter than the fiery pits of Tartarus here.

I am grateful for a mundane Saturday of hanging out in the backyard, and accomplishing a few errands. Simple pleasures are the best kind.

Have I mentioned the suite is done, and rented, and now I have a neighbour downstairs and I don’t have to wonder if it will all work out? Because even if I have, I am grateful for that, too.