I am grateful for some of the finest smoothie moustaches I've ever observed on the faces of my lads this morning.

I am grateful for blueberries we picked today.

I am grateful for Farley's love of animals. He was enthused to find lizards at the blueberry farm, and later a great big beetle and a ton of potato bugs in our yard.

I am grateful for pizza Julie made on the BBQ tonight. Yum!


I am grateful for a fun day with just the 4 of us. We went go-karting, we hit Costco, and then celebrated that victory with slurpees. After dinner, I took the boys for a swim.

I am grateful for all that, and also grateful to be in bed. I'm bushed!


I am grateful for some time with Farley and his daycare crew this morning. I met up with them at Beacon Hill Park, then had lunch with them at the Beacon Hill Drive-In across the street. I’ll miss seeing that crew on a near daily basis; Farl will be in kindergarten in a few short weeks. It was good to soak it up today.

I am grateful for Coop. That kid is a trooper.

I am grateful for date night. I wanted to go check out Sandcut Beach, and Julie was game. We picked up some take-out and brought it with us. No-one else was there but one harbour seal that poked it’s head up to watch us for a minute before sinking back down and coming back up somewhere else. We had the whole beach to ourselves. We heard the sound of the waves pulling the rocks back into the water from the beach and the water in the falls, We smelled the salt and cedars in the air. We gazed at the voluminous light in the hazy skies that resulted from the wildfires on the mainland.  It was an evening for all of the senses.


I am grateful for that time my brother came to help me build and install a window in the garagenous zone. It’s been hot here, and that window is a godsend.

I am grateful for time spent in the studio.

I am grateful for our air conditioner.


I am grateful for a great night. My Aunt Patti and Uncle Bill are in town, along with my cousin Jacqui and a friend of hers, Brittany. We fired up the BBQ, We drank cold beers. Some chatted around the table in the backyard while other more energetic types jumped in the trampoline or played backyard baseball. We got out a board game. In the end, we ate apple pie by the light of candle lanterns after the sun went down. It was way after the kids bedtime, but childhood is made for summer nights like this one. Adulthood, too, it turns out.

I am grateful for my goofball kids, who. In a series of selfies portraying various emotions, bolted to the kitchen to get prop toothpicks when I told them to look "tough".


I am grateful for more than enough work right now, but not too much, either.

I am grateful for another evening of Lego with my boys. My Saturn V rocket is coming along nicely.
I'm done the first stage.

I am grateful for some time spent with Julie tonight, after the kids were in bed and it was possible to carry on a conversation.



I am grateful as all heck for a hike I did with 7 friends on the Coast Trail in East Sooke Park. It was awesome.

I am grateful also for all the folks who met us at the end, and for Julie who did all the work of hosting a picnic for everyone. I only wish I hadn’t underestimated the time it would take us to do the hike, so I didn’t get as much time as I’d have liked to be there with them.

I am grateful for my boys, who loved me up good today.

It was great to see everyone, and it was just a terrific day.


I am grateful for time spent in the studio this morning

I am grateful for a great gift from my in-laws, a Lego Saturn V Rocket. The boys helped me build part of the first stage this morning. So cool!

I am grateful for a fun time at the Victoria Aviation Museum Open House today.

I am grateful for a BBQ in the back yard tonight.

I am grateful to be in bed. I am hooped.