I am grateful for Jody Wilson-Raybould.

I am grateful for time at the studio.

I am grateful for spaghetti and meatballs.

I am grateful for time spent building Lego with my lads.

I am grateful for time spent snuggled up with the both of them in Farley’s bed, listening to the Story Pirates podcast in the dark at bedtime.


I am grateful that the nightmare I woke up from this morning was just a dream.

I am grateful for a peek at the newly hatched salmon in an aquarium in Farley’s classroom. In the early summer they’ll be released into the river at Goldstream. I am looking forward to that; it was a fun day when Cooper did it a few years back.

I am grateful for a good long while in the studio today.

I am grateful for lunch with Julie this afternoon.

I am grateful for a quiet weeknight at home when nobody had to go anywhere.


I am grateful for a local printer for my greeting cards. I used to pay more for them, and ordered them up from the States via a website. This new supplier is more responsive, won’t require shipping, and does great work. I also like that I can keep the business local.

I am grateful for my rock tumbler. I don’t believe there is any monetary value to the polished rocks I pulled out of that thing today, and I don’t know what I plan to do with them. They are beautiful though, and we just plucked them all from the ground. Now I can gaze at them with wonder for a good long while, and pick out favourites. It’s a simple pleasure, and those are the best kind.

I am grateful for kids that still like to play spaceships.


It’s been a while, but not because I haven’t had plenty to be grateful for. Just got too dang tired by the end of the day for the last while.

I am grateful for Coop’s annual Cub Car Rally today. Cooper did great, and as I reflect on the other ones we’ve been to over the years, it amazes me how he’s grown and matured. This year, he really took on the task of making the best car he could. He made it look just how he wanted, and carefully added weight to get it right to the maximum amount allowed. Our test runs at the meetings showed it to be a much slower car than the others though, but he didn’t get hung up about it. Today though, all the cars received graphite to lubricate the wheels, and we think it’s what made all the difference, He won and kept winning, right up until the last race, where he came in 6th overall out of 165 registered cars. He received a medal. He was ecstatic. It was just awesome to see.

I am grateful for time spent with Farley building his lego-compatible mars rocket set. I am also grateful for the cake he baked with his mama today. Rumour has it he did most of the heavy lifting on that.

I am grateful for extra tickets for a WHL hockey game that a neighbour needed to get rid of, that we were able to foist on my cousin Jacqui, who took Cooper. Someone caught a puck that went into the stands, and they gave it to Cooper. I am not much of a hockey fan, but it sounds like even I might have liked this game; against our rival team from Vancouver; going into overtime. I know Coop had a fun time and I think Jacqui did, too.


I am grateful for a swim with my boys and some friends this afternoon.

I am grateful for extended family at my house for dinner this evening, my parents and my cousin. I had ribs in the smoker for around 6 hours today, they turned out terrific.

I am grateful for a board game with a bunch of those folks too, instigated by Cooper.


I am grateful for Farley’s Family Fun night on Friday. He wanted a fancy dinner with Grandma and Grandad, grapes with toothpicks that had maple leaf flags on them, then ravioli with tomato sauce. So we did, and it was great.

I am grateful for time spent at the studio this morning.

I am grateful for the hospitality of friends who had us and our brood and a few other families over for dinner tonight.


I am grateful for Valentines Day. Our family members all exchanged cards of vatious sorts; Cooper and Farley’s each stating clearly that they loved each other “in a brotherly way”.

I am grateful for time spent in the studio.

I am grateful for lunch out with Julieand my parents.

I am grateful for a screening of the Wizatd of Oz at our house tonight. It’s amazing how well that movie, released in. 1939, still holds up so well.