Gratitude – grandad’s radio

I am grateful for an old radio that once resided in my grandfather’s office, then later in the work shed at my family’s cabin, and now on a shelf at my office. It’s a radio that’s been present for decades of enjoyable puttering, and I am honoured to imbue it with a (hopefully) few decades more of the same.

I am grateful for the breakfast sandwich one can get at Picnic on Fort Street in this town. It’s some kind of good!

Also: Anar, a Persian place on Quadra Street. Friday is lamb shank night. Omg, omg. NOM NOM NOM!

I am grateful for kids jumping on a trampoline before bed. They were at it for a good 20-30 minutes, and after that, bedtime was pretty dang easy!

Gratitude – new laundry machines, sashimi, swimming

I am grateful for a new washer/dryer, in my house. Our old laundry was in the garage, here we now have to exit the house to get to. Huzzah!

I am grateful for the realization that I can just go buy frozen chunks of salmon or tuna for sashimi at Fujiya, a store not too far from my house.

I am grateful for a swim at the pool tonight with Julie and our boys. The bigger they get, the easier it is to do stuff like that, even on a school night!

Gratitude – home, ticklish farley, cargo bike

i am grateful for my home, in every possible definition of that word.

I am admittadly ambivelant about an unexpected day at home to take care of a sick Farley, today, but nonetheless grateful to spend some time with that kid.

I am grateful for my cargo bike. I hauled my boys all over town today. It was a great day for it, and the van didn’t move from the driveway.

gratitude – remote control airplanes, fun late night


I am grateful for a fun day in Calgary. My brother’s 40th birthday isn’t for a while yet, but I presented him with a remote control airplane for a present a bit early when I came here to Calgary yesterday. Today we took it out to a large open area and gave it a spin, along with my nephew, will. It was pretty dang fun, albeit a bit too windy.

I am grateful that when it got stuck up a tree the wind blew it down just before we were going to resort to hare-brained risky measures involving poles and ladders.

I am grateful for an evening spent with Paul and my Pal, Troy. It was a late night, and holy cuss, I’m tired.

Good night!

Gratitide – calgary, air travel, family, friends.

I am grateful for Calgary. Makes no difference where I go, it’s the best hometown I know.

I am grateful for air travel. Airports aren’t the happiest places, and the seats are never as comfy as you’d like, but it sure beats walking.

I am grateful for my family of origin. It was just the 4 of us at my folks place for dinner tonight: my mom, dad, brother and myself . The last time that happened was likely a decade or two ago. It was fun, and I am grateful.

I am grateful for old friends. I just had drinks at a bar with old friends I’ve known since I was a kid. It was really great to see those guys tonight.

gratitude – great bike ride to a park on a beach

I am grateful for a great bike ride after work today.

I am grateful to live here. Victoria is a pretty town, and the weather was nice for my ride today. Also, I biked pretty much from one end of it to the other, and it’s small enough that the ride was only 25 minutes long.

I am grateful for Gyro park at Cadboro Bay. It’s got some great vintage concrete play structures, including a giant red octopus with slides for arms, and a zip line, and a big boat fort thing. All this perched on one of the nicest beaches in town.

All that, and it’s where Coop’s Beaver scout hall is, and that’s another thing I am grateful for.

Gratitude – Coop’s school, full day at work, trip to Calgary

I am grateful for Coop’s school. Today it was student-led conference day. He took us on a tour of the classroom and school, and showed us some of the stuff he’s been working on. We saw him listening intently and doing as his teacher asked; at least I presume. She was speaking in French – Coop appeared to understand, but in honesty, Julie and I don’t know the language well enough to get it all. Crazy!

I am grateful for Farley, who, upon picking him up, said several times in the car, “I can’t wait to go to Cooper’s school!”. Chances are, one day soon it will be his school, too.

I am grateful for a full day at work, without any having to go anywhere to do anything. It’s a little too rare, that, these days. It’s sure easier to concentrate when you can sit and work at something for a longer period of time.

I am grateful for an upcoming trip to Calgary this weekend. I’m there principally to visit my brother. It’s nice to have something to look forward to.