I am grateful for my Mom’s health. Last week, we were celebrating her birthday. A few days after that, she slipped on some ice, and fell and broke her hip. This morning, she had surgery to replace it, and this evening, she sent a photo of herself standing up. She’s got a positive attitude that just won’t quit, and I’m really glad she’s okay.

I’m grateful for our health system.

I’m grateful for a night out with Julie. We saw Paterson, directed by Jim Jarmusch. It was a bit boring, a bit quirky, and just what I was in the mood for. I enjoyed it very much. Or should I say very musch. Bwahaha!


I am grateful for a snow day. We kept the kids home from school and daycare.

I am grateful for a glimpse of Mt. Baker from a walk we took to Summit Park.

I am grateful for the best cup of hot chocolate I’ve ever had. Julie made it. It involved cream and chocolate chips. It was sublime.

I am grateful for a feast with my folks at JJ’s (a fave Chinese restaurant). It’s the last time the boys will see them before they head home to Calgary. I am grateful they have the means and motivation to spend the time out here that they do every winter. 


I am grateful for a busy day that went smoothly.

I am grateful for a campfire on the beach for Coop’s Cub pack this evening. I am also grateful we got through that meeting. 8-10 year olds have a predeliction to chaos and noise that is challenging to contend with at times.

I am grateful that Farley was able to come, too.

I am grateful for a clear sky with lots of stars on that beach. Nothing makes me feel more grounded and aware of my place in this universe than an unobstructed view of the stars, a planet or two, and the horizon.


I am grateful for nice folks to hang out with at a kid birthday party this morning.

I am grateful for a great walk around Matheson Lake with children, spouse, cousins, and parents today.

I am grateful to be home and just about ready for bed. I’m bushed!