I am grateful for one of the best Christmases in my memory of all time.

Kids euphorically opened gifts, we made snow people, grandparents came, we visited with neighbours after serenading them with carols, and we had a feast that featured a turkey I prepared that was so dang good, I am not even a little timid to tell you of how proud I am to have prepared it. It was a really, really great day.


I am grateful that I was able to get some time in at the gym and studio this morning.

I am grateful for a morning showing of the new Star Wars movie we all took in today. It was highly anticipated, and did not disappoint.

I am grateful for an evening taking in the lights and displays with the rest of the crowds at Butchart Gardens. This has been a tradition for us for a while.I still remember the first time we went; Cooper was only 2 and a half weeks old, and I carried him in a baby carrier inside my big wool coat. That year, like this one, there was snow on the ground. I am grateful to have these memories, and look forward to making more.


I am grateful i was able to attend a celebration of life today. It was for a friend’s father. It was sad, but inspiring. I only met him once or twice, but he was a great guy, and it was too soon.

Which is why i am also grateful for every minute.

I am grateful for time spent with Julie this afternoon.

I am grateful for family fun night: my pick. We ate dinner out and went to a number of addresses on the Victoria Buzz Christmas Lighs Tour. It was really fun.


I am grateful for lots of time in the studio today. I got started on the biggest canvas I’ve ever painted. So far, it’s been fun.

I am grateful for Farley’s Christmas Concert. I saw the dress rehearsal for it yesterday because Julie couldn’t make it today, but Farley wanted one of us in the audience and I am only too happy to oblige. I love those things. Nothing makes me think all is going to be alright with the world than watching my kid in a school concert.

I am grateful it’s solstice. I look forward to days getting longer. We have a few traditions around solstice. We talk a bit about what was great about this year and what we hope for in the next, and we set up and light the candles in our Christmas angel chimes. This year we added a singing a few Christmas carols into the mix, too. It was nice while the kids were into it, and over as soon as they weren’t.


I am grateful for a few days of less grid. I’ve switched back to the dumb phone for a while.

I am grateful for a fun trip to Vancouver. We went to fisherman’s wharf in Steveston, saw the East Van Panto (which was terrific), hung out with my in-laws, and made lots of plans that didn’t quite happen; but what the heck can you do, sometimes that’s how it goes. All in all, a good and safe trip.

I am grateful to have had coffee today with someone I loved once, a long time ago, that I haven’t seen for 24 years. This isn’t something I am accustomed to doing. It was great to reconnect.

I am grateful for new glasses. With this one pair of glasses, I can see things that are near, and also see things that are far. The world is a place full of wonder and amazement!

I am grateful for every delicious thing Julie makes this time of year.

I am grateful for Coop’s Cub meeting tonight. It came together really nicely and it was as enjoyable as always to watch those guys problem solve and have fun.


I am grateful for a start on a new painting. I bought my biggest canvas yet this morning, 60×30″. Can’t wait to get paint on it!

I am grateful for a productive day in the garagenous zone.

I am grateful to be part of the 2017 Cedar Hill Artists Exhibition. It’s a great collection of work. I am amazed by the talent in that group of people. We attended the opening tonight. Farley and Coop were grateful for the free cookies.


I am grateful for sushi Julie brought home for lunch.

I am grateful for Coop’s Christmas concert at school. I love those things.

I am grateful for time spent with Farley raking up leaves. He helped out with his wagon and Tonka digger. Then he jumped in the leaf pile again and again.