I am grateful for time spent painting this morning.

I am grateful for a productive afternoon.

I am grateful for a walk through Summit Park this evening. I especially enjoy seeing ferns start to flourish as the rain starts to come back. They look fresh and green, in stark contrast to the Garry oaks, now bare of leaves as winter approaches.

I am grateful that I haven’t yet had to experience a megathrust  earthquake, or as it’s referred to around here, the “Big One”. At an earthquake safety presentation we attended tonight, I learned there is a 1 in 10 chance that’s something we’ll see here within the next 50 years. Yikes!


I am grateful for Farley, who is too small for my old motorcycle jacket.

I am grateful for a swim this afternoon. All 4 of us were grumpy. I know I was anyway. As soon as we got in the pool though, we all felt lighter, figuratively and literally. I can’t get enough of watching my kids run off the diving board again and again. It’s great to watch them frolic, be fearless, and have fun; it’s also great to see them tire themselves out!

I am grateful for an A&W coupon in the glove box. Neither of us wanted to make dinner. We don’t do that kind of thing often, but it was convenient, fun, easy, and cheap. After 2 turkey dinners, it made for a fine thanksgiving supper tonight.


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

I am grateful for a swell dinner with good people, friends new and newer. I especially liked the part when everyone at the table proposed a toast for something they were thankful for, including the kids.

I am grateful my kids went to bed fairly easily. I’ll be honest. They were dialed up to 11 today. I don’t know if it was the intense visiting schedule over the last 48 hours or so or what, but it was nice to shut their door after they went to bed tonight.

I am grateful for some time spent with Julie tonight, watching the second US presidential debate. As horrifying as this whole election has been, at least it’s made from some compelling television.


I am grateful for the insane real estate market in Vancouver. It’s caused many people to move to Victoria, including some very good old friends of mine. We toured their new home, a 5 minute’s drive from our place, while our children ran rampant.

I am grateful for Farley, who wore his helmet while trying out his great grandfather’s drill on a scrap piece of wood today. Safety first!

I am grateful for my good friend and colleague Robert and his family. They had us over for thanksgiving dinner. Now that we don’t share an office I don’t see him as much; it was great to have a chance to catch up, and they put down a fine spread!


I am grateful for a productive morning in the office, and some time in the studio.

I am grateful for time spent with Julie today, she was home.

I am grateful for Farley’s drawing of his family that he made at daycare.

I am grateful for family fun night: my pick. Slow cooker roast beef and baked potatoes followed by a trip to the Royal British Columbia Museum. We got to see Lyuba, the preserved baby mammoth. She died about 42,000 years ago. It’s quite something to look at her little body and think about what life was like on this planet, way back then.


I am grateful for a phone call with an old friend I haven’t spoken with in too long this morning,

I am grateful for a productive work day.

I am grateful for stuff in the mail. Packages for my kids arrived from my aunt (Dad’s cousin, actually, but aunt is easier to say and think). She sent cool handmade art cards and tracings of her hand. First thing my boys did was to slap their hands down on the image. Who knew you could send a high five in the mail!

I am grateful to Julie for taking the boys while I spent the evening in the studio. It was great in there tonight; I started a new one.



Sombrio, 30″ x 30″, Acrylic on Canvas

I painted this based on a photo taken when I was hiking part of the Juan de Fuca trail with a group of very old, very good friends. I was ambivelant at this moment that we were near the end of the trip; sad it was almost over, but really happy to be there. I couldn’t stop declaring that it was awesome that whole hike, not that I tried.

Here it is in progress:


I am grateful for another fun commute, bike riding with the boys.

I am grateful for lunch with an old friend.

I am grateful for a van that’s mechanically sound. It had a few little issues when we bought it, now they’ve been fixed.

I am grateful for my electric cargo bike. We were without a car for 2 days, but getting kids and myself around has not been a problem.

I am grateful for date night with Julie. We rented Eddie the Eagle, which I enjoyed both because it was a good movie, but also because I was there to see him jump at the Calgary Olympics in 1988.


I am grateful for construction on the street in front of our house. It keeps my kids on the edge of their seats.

I  grateful for opportunity to ride behind Farley on our morning commute. I love watching that kid bike.

I am grateful for time at the studio today. 

I am grateful for time quietly working at my quiet desk.

I am grateful for a night spent relaxing with Julie and watching “Joy” on Netflix. We both really enjoyed it.

I am grateful Farley finally went to sleep. After bedtime we kept hearing the pitter pat of little feet, but he did eventually settle down.