I am grateful for a day of safe travels to Anaheim, California.

I am grateful for clear skies over the Rockies.

I am grateful for Target, where you can buy shoes for your 5 year old at 11pm after realizing halfway through the first flight down that he’s wearing heavy rain boots, and that’s the only footwear he has that fits properly for your trip to Disneyland in warm, 25-30 degree weather.


I am grateful for a phone conversation with an old friend from long ago this morning. I was a Scout, and later a Venturer in my younger years. The Scouter was a guy named Tracey, who had a profound and positive effect that lasted many years after I was too old for the scouting program. We were in touch into my 20s, maybe even some of my 30s, but we hadn’t talked for a long time. It was good to hear his voice this morning.

A new year’s resolution of mine has been to get in touch with people I remember having strong personal connections with in my past, but for whatever reason, haven’t spoken with lately. Facebook friendship is great in many ways, but it presents me with an illusion that I am in touch with people that I haven’t connected with in a real conversation for many years. I have too many people who are too dear to me that I haven’t talked with in too long. I made a list. I’ll be reaching out. Feel free to get in touch with me first if you feel you are someone who belongs on it.

I am grateful that at last a big secret Julie and I have been keeping is out. We revealed to the boys when they got home from school today via a game of hangman that they would be going to Disneyland all next week. We decided to go back in September, but really wanted to surprise them. They were indeed surprised, and we’re all pretty excited!

I am grateful for a productive day on all fronts but painting. I missed that today, but really, I am also grateful to be someone who just doesn’t have much they need to complain about.


I grateful for a short visit to the beach at mount Douglas park today when i had some time to kill before an optometrist appointment.

I am grateful for time in the studio.

I am grateful for a night out with Julie. We saw Justice League. It was dumb and predictable. Also, we enjoyed it anyway. Nice to see the good guys win every now and again.


I am grateful for dim sum this morning. The whole crew went with a friend. It was delicious, and I was full, and I’d like to do that again sometime, but not for the next 6 months or so.

I grateful for time spent hanging out at our kitchen table with my in-laws.

I am grateful for time spent in the studio.


I am grateful for a day that started out making breakfast for Coop and 2 of his pals.

I am grateful for a quiet afternoon.

I am grateful for an action packed evening. We all went to a housewarming party, then We took the kids home, and Julie and I had a night out. First we had conversation and a coffee in a hip cafe (been to long since we’ve done that together), then we saw Lady Bird, which was a great show.


I am grateful for a van full of material my brother and I plan on making into closet shelving next week. I am stoked.

I am grateful for Farley’s Beaver meeting.

I am grateful for time at the studio and the gym, while Julie put the kids down and took care of the home front. I needed that, and I have Julie to thank for it.


I am grateful for time spent in the studio this morning.

I am grateful for the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, the Greater Victoria Public Library,
and especially to all the people who showed up at the opening of my show at the Central Branch today. I’ve found painting to be a rewarding pursuit for me, just for myself, on my own terms. To be able to share it, and to see and feel the support coming from so many great people in my community is overwhelming and humbling.