I am grateful for the home office lifestyle. I’m trying it out for a bit; it’s an adjustment. If it doesn’t work, I’ll change it, but today it was nice to work with the garage door open, to make my own lunch in my own kitchen, and to tidy up and run the dishes more conveniently through the day.

I am grateful for friends over for dinner, people we’ve known from Cooper and Farley’s daycare for years and years. We’ve attended many of the same birthday parties and crossed paths while dropping off and picking up many times, but this was the first, and long overdue time we’ve intentionally socialized. They’re good folk, with great kids, and I’m grateful to know them.

I am grateful for eating outside, where it’s okay for a kid to get up in the middle of dinner, leave their half eaten plate, grab a fistful of cheezies and eat them while smiling, barefoot in a kiddie pool. “Whatever floats your boat, man. Pass the potatoes, please.” That’s what I say.


I am grateful and humbled by birthday wishes via Facebook and other media.

I am grateful for a morning serenade with ukulele and harmonica by the other 3 members of my immediate family this morning.

I am grateful for a swift and relatively pain free office move. It was all done in about an hour.

I am grateful for that moment that came when I sat down at my computer after setting it up; there was a sense of relief knowing that it was all going to turn out fine.

I am grateful for an evening out at the movie theatre with an old friend, an older buick, and no kids.

I am grateful for a house decorated with streamers when I got home, and the three dearest souls to my heart snoring away peacefully snuggled up in my bed.

I am grateful for the air conditioner I bought last week.


I am grateful i was able to book movers on short notice for my impending office move.

I am grateful for warm weather today.

I am grateful for time spent with my boys. Stars aligned for an extended story time tonight, we read lots of books, all snuggled up in bed. If that’s not nice, what is?


I am grateful I have a house with a garage, which is where I’ll be working out of fairly soon. I found out today that the company I sublet my office from needs to leave by the end of the month, so it turns out I do too. I’m done with shuffling around my desks. My garage is rustic, but I have a vision of a workspace that just gets better over years of incremental improvements. And it’s where I am headed unless something better, that I am 100% convinced is more permanent, comes up.

I am grateful for a fun time swimming at the pool with my boys this evening.


I am grateful for lunch with Julie. On a related note, I am grateful for Vietnam,  the nation that gave us pho and salad rolls.

I am grateful for the maiden voyage of El Banana today, just me and first mate Farley. Or perhaps he was captain. T’any rate, the boat floats, and took us all the way across the Gorge waterway to the play park and back. Total time invested was two hours, including loading and unloading the canoe on the car. I am excited by the possibilities having a canoe will open up for us!



i am grateful for the rain that’s come here and there over the last week, and particularly the giant thunderous torrent that came this afternoon.

I am grateful for the weekend spent with my boys, while Julie joined her mom on Saltspring Island for some kayaking.

I am also grateful Julie’s come back home.

I am grateful for a surprise ferry layover visit from Nana for my boys. We met at a restaurant in Sidney, and I kept the guest star a surprise until we got there. Those kids sure do love their Nana, and she sure loves th right back.


I am grateful for Farley, who frequently thinks he’s hungry when he’s actually tired. When he’s hungry he asks for something to eat, when he does that I often give him a banana. This is why it’s not at all unusual to see him sleeping while holding a half eaten piece of banana.

I am grateful for some time spent with just Farley and I. while Cooper was attending a birthday party. We went to Goldtream park. It was nice there.

I am grateful Coop and Farley are (most of the time) good buddies who like to play and have fun together.

I am grateful for shaving cream. I recently discovered that kids  really enjoy playing with it in the bath. 

I am grateful for fibreglass and epoxy resin. I learned a new skill today, and that’s using it to repair a crappy old canoe. What a material! It’s as easy as papier mâché, but you can use it to repair boats and make things that will last decades. I bet it would be hard to do it really professionally, but banging out a crappy job to keep a near worthless canoe afloat is as easy as pie.


I am grateful for a second hand big yellow canoe christened “El Banana” that I bought today. It’s just about the right canoe for me. It was cheap, and is seaworthy in its current state. Restoring it is a fun project that I’d like to do sometime but don’t have to anytime soon, if ever. In the meantime, there’s lots of lakes and an ocean nearby that would be fun to paddle in. 

I am grateful for the drawing Cooper did today of parachuting carrot minions. The big one is Carrot Man, he has two carrot minions riding on his feet.

I am grateful for family fun night. It was Farley’s turn to choose. We went to Mr. Tubbs arcade and ice cream parlour.

The goth pig Farley likes to ride there used to give me the creeps, but that kid loves that thing so much, it doesn’t bother me at all any more. I’d even go so far as to say I am grateful for it.

I am grateful for Netflix, which I watched for a while after the kids were down.


I am struggling with gratitude today. Painful, hard things happen to good people who don’t deserve it. Thinking about writing this post tonight, I’ve tried to find some silver lining on a dark cloud that has moved in on the lives of some folks I know, but there isn’t one. Things like this shouldn’t happen to anyone. This doesn’t inspire gratitude. Not a bit. Not at all.

One thing I’ve gained by writing this blog has been a deeper understanding of the complexity of human experience. In particular, that you can have a bad day, a good day, get bad news, feel overwhelmed and powerless, feel lucky, find safety, etc, etc, all in the same 24 hours. 

Good things happen every day. They happen on bad days, too. Both are true. Recognizing the bright spots shouldn’t mean denial of the darkness we sometimes experience.

I am grateful for my bike ride home, and for warm, summer weather.

I am grateful the macaroni and cheese I made tonight turned out well.

I am grateful for near daily glimpses of ferrel deer in my city.

I am grateful for my family’s health.