I am grateful for the sale of our old van, and for the service that car has given us. 

I am grateful for a walk up bear hill with friends this afternoon, and supper at big wheel burger afterwards.

I am grateful for a glimpse of what I think was the helicopter carrying the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children as they came to visit Victoria today.

I am grateful for a visit to a thrift store, and a few good finds; not the least of which was a complete Othello board game, which Coop and I played this evening.

I am grateful for Julie, who has learned about the wonders and health benefits of fermentation, and has perfected sour pickles, which are amazing. We started our second batch tonight.


I am grateful for our fireplace. I lit the pilot for the first time this season; it was chilly!

I am grateful for family fun night: Farley’s pick. He chose Mac and cheese and a visit to Mr. Tubbs ice cream parlour and arcade. It was fun. Farl enjoyed an extra long ride on the goth pig, and won temporary tattoos at the claw machine.


I am grateful for time spent futzing in the garage, and for a task that required me to dust off my welder. Man, nothing makes you feel as omnipotent as using molten steel to make the cuss you want to make.

I am grateful for time spent working, and time spent at the studio, and for a lifestyle where doing both in one day is not uncommon.

I am grateful for a community event at Cooper’s school, and to have been there long enough that we see a lot of people we are familiar with there.

I am grateful for Cooper’s reading prowess. He just keeps getting better. Tonight he was holding Farley’s attention with a story he was reading. If that’s not nice, what is?


Everyone in the house slept in by about 40 minutes this morning, but we all wound up where we needed to be (just) on time. I am grateful for that.

I am grateful for a sale on 30″ square exhibition depth canvases (canvi?) at the art supply store this morning, and I am grateful my cargo bike is just fine to haulĀ 4 of them.

I am grateful for a good chunk of time at the studio today.

I am grateful for a good chunk of time working at my desk.

I am grateful for dinner with my kids.

I am grateful for our babysitter, and for a night out with Julie. We went to a movie. We saw Sully, I’d call it good, but not great. It was in 2D IMAX, which is rare these days, but my favourite way to enjoy a film.

I am grateful for 20th century technology. Our new car has a CD player in it, which is a first for me in a car I’ve owned. I just burned a CD full of music the boys dig, and I can’t wait for them to hear some of it on the way to school tomorrow morning, without any cord fumbling or arguments with Siri!


I am grateful for time spent painting today.

I am grateful for burgers for supper with my kids.

I am grateful for games night at a buddy’s place. I played Settlers of Catan for the first time. It was fun.

I am grateful for love and support from Julie. I am a lucky man.



Acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 36″. I based this painting on a photo I took in Goldstream Park. I am pretty sure I took that photo the day Farley said his first word, which was “Trees”, although it sounded like “Tees”. I remember he was on my shoulders, pointing up at a scene that looked like this.

Here it is in development:


I am grateful for a chat with my folks this morning. It’s a regular thing in my life. Not every week, but most weeks. 

I am grateful for a visit to the Art Gallery of Victoria today. Admission was free, which meant I didn’t have to feel disappointed in our short visit, with 2 kids that don’t have attention spans as long as mine.

I am grateful for errands done with the whole family in tow.

I am grateful for a heck of an anniversary party we attended tonight. Ther was great food, great people, and kids running around until even they’d had their fill.


I am grateful for a productive work day.

I am grateful for time spent with a baby today. Julie was home and a friend was visiting with her cute-as-a-button baby daughter.

I am grateful for apple crumble Julie made for the occasion.

I am grateful for some time spent in the studio.

I am grateful for family fun night: Julie’s pick. We ate BLT’s, then collected acorns in the backyard, then painted and crafted with said acorns.

I am grateful for Farley, who has been bravely honing his pedalling skills, and had a real breakthrough tonight. He is a pedalling superstar!

I am grateful for Cooper, who just after lights out tonight said, “that was a fun road trip”. This started a conversation where he and Farley and I reminisced about our favourite parts; it’s nice to know it made an impression.