Gratitude – Tiny Farley, Hike, Beach, Nap





I am grateful for another great day.

Coop made more progress on his bike. He’s getting better at stopping, which is a really key skill, I figure.

I’m grateful Farley is still small. It’s convenient for us that Coop can just grab him and stand him up on top of his head.

I am grateful for a nice hike with friends. We went to the top of Bear Hill, and then to Island View Beach, both of which were amazing, and the boys had a blast.

I am grateful for Farley’s nap on my lap this afternoon. I’m pretty sure I dozed off too. I don’t know how many of those I have left, so I cherish them when they come these days.

Gratitude – Saturday breakfast, Coop on bike, great day



Today was a good one. I have lots to be grateful for.

I am grateful for a terrific breakfast. Julie and the boys made egg muffin quiche things. The boys were heavily involved in the process, and everyone was very pleased with how they turned out.

I am grateful for Coop’s perseverance and willingness to try riding a bike without training wheels. He said he felt like was like I was keeping him up with the force, That’s how I felt too, running along with him and removing my hands from him, keeping them six inches away from his body, but it felt like I was still holding him as he balanced there in between them. It wasn’t me using the force though – that was all him. He rocked that bike today. I can’t wait to go riding with him sometime soon.

I am grateful for an all around fantastic day. It’s a Saturday, and the sun was out and it felt really warm. We washed the car in the driveway, and it all ended with me pouring buckets of water over my giggling sons. Then we went for a swim, and after a couple of hours in the pool we went and hung out in a park for another good long while. After that we got a few sandwiches from Subway, and got home just in time for Farley to fall asleep on my lap while we watched a little TV. With Farley asleep in bed, Coop and I finished off the evening with some Lego construction. Simple pleasures are the best kind, and I experienced a lot of that today. Days don’t get much better than this one, and if that’s not nice, I don’t know what is.


Gratitude – capable kids, heat, reconnecting with old friends

I am grateful for capable kids getting more and more capable every day. This morning Cooper got the bagels out of the toaster, buttered them and put them on plates his brother and himself. He got water for Farley and milk for himself (their usual orders). He made sure Farley got the green cup and green plate, because that’s Farley’s favourite. After they were done he went and found a pen, and put a star next to his name on the chart he’d decided (on his own) to make on the fridge. How about that!

I am grateful for heat. We now have electric baseboard heating in our bedroom and bathroom, for the first time since the furnace was removed in November.

I am grateful for reconnection with old friends. Today I had a friend from my university days and his family over for dinner. Near as I can figure, I hadn’t seen him for over 20 years. Since then he’s met a nice girl and had 2 fine sons. It so happens I did the same thing. The boys all got along like a house on fire, and I’d dare say the grown ups did too. I’m looking forward to seeing more of that gang, soon.

Gratitude – my kids and neighbours, sunny day, leg recovery


I am grateful for my neighbours, who brought over chocolates for my kids last week. How nice is that? And the boys loved them. Those boxes were opened every night after dinner when they got to choose one until they were gone.

I am grateful for a nice sunny day, with kids playing on the lawn for a bit.

I am grateful for steady progress on recovery for my leg. Today I felt mostly like a functional human being – I bet it feels even more normal tomorrow.

Gratitude – Sun, quiet office, family

I am grateful for a warm sunny day. Victoria is known for it’s mild climate in Canada, but while there isn’t a lot of snow, it’s usually pretty grey and cloudy even when it’s not raining in the wintertime. Today it was bright with blue skies, and if that’s not nice, I don’t know what is.

I am grateful for a solitary, quiet experience at my desk today. TGIM.

I am grateful for the opposite of that experience with our kids tonight. For some reason, perhaps even just the weather, everyone was in a good mood. Lego was assembled; tickle fights were battled; lost, and won; dinner was simple faire and enjoyed by all the 4 of us relatively whine and scream free at the table tonight. It was one of those nights that will someday become the good old days.

Gratitude – croci, summit park, eagles










I am grateful for crocuses blooming. Today we went for a walk, we saw lots, starting in our front yard.

I am grateful for summit park, where we went for a walk today. It’s pretty there.

I am grateful for bald eagles. We heard a strange bird call, and a woman in the park said it was the eagles in the cel tower. Apparently they were there last year, and a bit later in the spring there were eaglets, too. Here’s hopin’ we get some eaglets there this year, too.

A short family history of my great-grandfather, William A. Howlett

After my grandfather died in 2012, My mom, going through his old stuff, found this document he wrote in which he paints his family history in some pretty broad strokes. In it, he manages to sum up the lives of a number of people over 100 years into a 2 page word doc. It seems like the kind of information that someone searching for genealogy stuff might want to find, so I figure it might be useful to have on the internet. If that describes you, dear reader, well, I am pleased to be related, or at least that you are interested. thanks for taking the initiative.

Going through it, it’s really fairly dry, but if you try to unpack some of it, there’s some pretty good narrative in there.

For example:

In the spring of 1906, my parents came to Tisdale via rail and settled on the homestead.

They first lived in a tent, and later in a shack located on the adjoining quarter section. The first year they cultivated ten acres with the aid of three horses and a Verity walking plow. The horses died of swamp fever, and they turned to the use of four oxen. In 1913, they purchased an I.H.C. model tractor and threshing machine. Their first car was a Model T Touring, purchased in 1916.

Grandpa wrote this about my great grandfather. It’s a few matter-of-fact sentences, but I can only imagine that was quite the 11 years, going from living in a tent on a farm, using livestock and elbow grease to work the land, and ending up owning farming machinery and automobiles. I bet there were a lot of intense emotions felt by William and Isabella Howlett. Intensely cold, in a tent, on the prairie, in the winter, how could one not question the decisions that led them there? And barely a decade later, driving home from a auto dealer in your new-to-you Model T; home to your well equipped farm with all this new-fangled machinery; to the land you’d been working and home that wasn’t there when you started. There must have been a great sense of accomplishment, right?

Anyway, here it is internet, use it as you will.

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