Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Yes I am a single parent - and I am ALL good with that

I read a post titled 10 Things Single Parents Won’t Say (Because Of How They’ll Be Judged) today and I have to say I apparently don't have anything in common with the 'Anonymous' writer. IN fact I was a tad upset that the author would JUDGE single parents with the Biased opinion of single parents.

So here is my response to their 10 things:


1) I think I do a great job as a single parent - better than some 'double parents' - My children have one parent that is 100% there for them - some kids have 2 parents who BOTH think things like parties are their priority ;) So if anyone has unkind words for me - it doesn’t hurt at all ;)

2) What kind of people does the author hang out with that would refer to ANY child as baggage . I suppose I don’t have anything in common with the author as I don’t have any such people in my life and if I did I’s kick them to curb.
Our pony

3) Of course I am not rich but I don’t think it costs $250 000 to raise a child – I am HAPPY with my modest home and un-materialistic children who will grow up to be world changers not self entitled adults … my annual income is about $30,000 a year and we own a home, have pets, a modest car, and food in the cupboards, and access to quality health care. (We even have a pony – yes a pony that wins ribbons at the 4h fairs.) Their fathers contribute about $500 a month in total when they can. I am the sole RESPONSIBLE financial provider and that is fine.

4) There will always be some drama with the other parent? I co parent quite well with my ex husband not sure there has been any ‘drama’ for years. IN fact some of my ‘double parent’ friends have WAY more drama on a daily basis then we do!

 5) I am not isolated nor lonely. I fit in where ever I CHOOSE to fit in – that has nothing to do with me being a single mother. I don’t need other single parents in my life to feel whole.

6) I Do Not worry CONSTANTLY if I am doing a good job. ALL PARENTS feel like this at some point of parenting. But overall – knowing I am doing the job of both mother and father 80% of the time – I KNOW I am an AMAZING parent.

7) I am fun – but I don’t care if I am fun or not- it’s not a character trait I would measure myself against in any way. I don’t need to go out dancing to be a fun person. In fact I don’t need to be ANYTHING for other people – who cares if some self-entitled party person who thinks dancing all night and leaning over a toilet the next day is FUN. Poor ‘fun’ people I have sympathy for them – they obviously aren’t very ‘JOYFUL or GIVING or Caring” all of which are a LOT more valuable as far as character traits go in life.

8) I don’t have any sense of SELF because I am a single parent? I have more sense of self then some women (or men) who feel they need a partner to be fulfilled in life. I am a single parent and I DO find time for me by not raising children who feel they are more self entitled then I am as a mom. So yes, I drop my kids to a playdate or arrange sleep overs for all FOUR on the same night so I can read and pamper myself. I go away on mothers day by myself to recharge. All of these things are choices that I make to be a well balanced mom who is successfully raising FOUR children who will appreciate their partners one day and realize that everyone deserves some personal time.

9) I don’t talk to my kids like an adult because I am lonely and have no one to talk to… I do however talk about subjects with my older children other families don’t. My kids understand how our government works, they know about what’s going on in the Ukraine and Syria and what the UN is. I talked to my children as infants to help them develop language skills and because I love them not because I am lonely.

10) Someone complementing our kid means the world to us… well of course and I am pretty sure I HEAR IT a lot. In fact almost every time I am out I am told how thoughtful, kind, and articulate my children are. Yesterday the pediatrician told me that sadly I wouldn’t believe how many 16 year olds in our community are using drugs and what a GREAT kid my 16 year old is. That I did a wonderful job at teaching him that ADHD can be a blessing not a curse. Strangers tell me how wonderful that at age 2 my children would try to hold a door, would say excuse me, and offer to help others.






Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Homeschool resources Bridge to Terabithia

I have a group of three grade six girls homeschooling with us this month and one of the assignments we are undertaking is a novel study of the book Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson. I wasn't able to locate any free Bridge to Terabithia lapbooks online so I have compiled a list of other online resources that are free (and some not).

If you need an online version of the book you can find the html version HERE for free

The official Bridge to Terabithia website of author Katherine Patterson can be found here

A free Bridge to Terabithia study guide by chapter (including vocabulary) can be found here

A full printable free pdf Bridge to Terabithia study guide can be found here

Bridge to Terabithia Literature Resource Guide can be found here 

Harper Collins Teacher Guide can be found here 

Paid resources:

Bridge to Terabithia Worksheets: These look great, nice layout that would be appealing to students.


Friday, August 8, 2014

John Altoon About Woman Artist Proof xviii Gemini Publisher

Some time ago I 'SAVED' this amazing piece of art that appeared to be pastels. I thought it seemed whimsical so when it was offered to me I excitedly said yes despite some water aging? It had a pencil signature "Altoon" and some sort of embossed Gemini Symbol stamp in the corner. It came home with me and adorned my daughters bedroom wall for almost a year.

At one point I tried digging around to find out who the artist was but I misread the signature as Alton and it sure wasn't the work of Alton Kelley so I was stumped.


I sent an email inquiry to the framing company which was listed as "Back Door Framing" and never received a reply. Life is busy for this Canadian mom with four children so I have enjoyed the art and got on with life. This morning we moved some bedrooms around and it came down from the wall.

I couldn't help myself and I began researching the gemini symbol  of Gemini G.E.L. to discover the amazing history of print making in Southern California during the late 60's and the art work of John Altoon. I am not sure many people have artwork proofs by John Altoon hanging on their children's bedroom wall but I am happy to say I own it, and I love it.

I can't wait to learn more about John Altoon as an artist and to try and research just where the other artist proofs of the untitled piece from the About Women Prints ended up in this world. I am so glad my friend and mother saved this amazing pieceof history that would have otherwise been lost from the world and gifted it to me.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Chewy apple oatmeal cookies

Looking for a way to utilize left over apples? How about some chewy apple oatmeal cookies.

Blend together until light and fluffy:
1cup margerine or butter
1 cup brown sugar packed
1/2 cup sugar
Blend in:
2 eggs
2 teaspoons Real vanilla because that artificial stuff is gross ;)

MIX TOGETHER dry ingredients in another bowl:
1 1/2 cups of flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
Pinch of cloves
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
3 cups oats

Mix bowels together

Bake on Convection
325. 11 minutes

cups Peel core and diced apples

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

blue mountain pottery bowl

I found this beautiful large (I havent been able to measure it as of yet) Blue Mountain Pottery bowl today. I am not sure if I have seen the logo before but the drip glaze definatly resembles an older Blue Mountain Pottery pitcher I own.

I was informed that this came from an estate as a donation to the non profit store I purchased it from. I also purchased a Blue Mountain Lotus flower dish from the same collection. They had a few pieces, however this bowl appeared to have the nicest drip glaze markings. There are some hardly noticeable cracks in the glaze and some wear inside the bowl (it obviously was a used piece of pottery which I can understand as it is a beautiful bowl and a practical size).

I will try to find some similar blue mountain bowls to see if I can track down more information about the bowl.

This Blue Moutain Pottery piece won't be boxed up nor sold. I plan to display it on my hutch holding a plant so I can enjoy it everyday!

I will edit this post in the near future as it was blogged using my phone ap.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blue Mountain Pottery Scalloped Flower Vase

I received a wonderful gift last week from my younger sister and mother. A beautiful new piece of Blue Mountain Pottery full of bright yellow daffodils...

The Blue Mountain Vase is just over 11 inches high with a bmp Canada stamp one it's base.

It has four hard to see hairline cracks in the classic blue mountain green glaze and no other defects.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Heart and Stroke Foundation alert for Canadian Parents

This video about the Heart and Stroke Foundations endorsment of a childrens snack as healthy is a must watch for all Canadian parents.