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.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Favourite Place

Have you ever found yourself day dreaming of a favourite place as a means to relax? I have a few places I visit both in my mind and on foot when I need a quiet break. This is one of my favourites. There is a little house ( it doesn't belong to me so I refrain from taking photos of it) just steps away from this creek.  To the right is the edge of a large mountain range (Beaufort Range) where wild wolves run, bears lumber, and deer prance. Across the gravel road behind me taking the picture you find beautiful rolling fields that hundreds of majestic white swans flock to twice a year. On the day of this photo graph there were but a pair of white swans. I imagine they would make for a nice traditional Christmas feast in a month or so ...

This exact spot has found it`s way into some creative writing at the end of my pen, and I am sure will inspire much more writing in my lifetime.... 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Canadian McMaster Pottery souvenir pieces

I discovered this extraordinary McMaster Pottery piece this morning. It`s a two piece set souvenir piece. It was hard to make out the gold location, but a bit of sleuthing determined it was from
South Baymouth - Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

 It`s a red clay with adorable scalloping detail flower / leaf detailing in rust brown and red.

I havn't collected any other McMaster pieces but I know there was a McMaster /Blue Mountain Pottery connection and one time and my daughter has a connection to some 'McMaster potters' from Ontario so I will need to research the history of McMaster Pottery/Ceramics a bit more.

I think one small souvenir piece I have in green that was given to me as a gift may also be a McMaster piece as well.

This one called out to me as I am infatuated with bowls, jugs, and pitchers :-) 

I found this piece in a small fundraising thrift store that supports a local food bank in Port Alberni BC. It's full of treasures and well worth the time it takes to dig through everything!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

November 2012 and Canadian Mary Jane

November 2012 is the last time I wrote a post on my parenting blog. I wonder if this is why when you type the name of my blog 'That Canadian Mom' into Google the number one result is for mom canada dot ca which happens to be a website that Sells POT (as in Mary Jane) to the doors of Canadians and NOT the blog 'That Canadian Mom'.

I am not against the legalization of pot (I am NOT a Canadian pot head), in fact I am all for it (the whole let's TAX it and regulate it theory wins the argument for me) but now I have to compete with a site selling pot for the Google Keywords 'Canadian Mom' if I ever want anyone to find my blog. I suppose it's a good thing that I am not expecting the world to rush to my blog because I don't think I can compete with a leading pot selling site that delivers to your door... hmm I wonder if they are charging HST I will have to go check.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Candy Cane Cookies

1 cup sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon peppermint extract
1 egg
3 1/2 cups  flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red food color

In a large bowl stir together:
peppermint extract 
egg i

Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. 

Divide dough in half. Stir food color into 1 half. 

Cover and refrigerate at for 4 hours.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

ADHD increase in North America

A quote on a local forum and my reply....

"A report on the front page of today's Vancouver Sun newspaper reports that ADHD rates have tripled in the past decade. 4.6% of children in the U.S. under 19 took meds for ADHD. In the Netherlands the number was 1% while in Germany  it was .7 %. So what accounts for the much higher number in the U.S? Some experts are linking genetically modified foods for the increase as they are very common in the U.S. and Canada but have been banned in Europe. Seems to be there must be some rational explanation for such a large difference.

Pharmacare in Canada filled 312,304 prescriptions in 2011 while 94,251 were filled in 2000. Experts say the condition remains underdiagnosed.

  So it looks like we have another time bomb on our hands, just like Autism, and yet nobody seems to be looking for answers as to the why it's happening. Is it the rapid proliferation of wireless microwave emitting devices, genetically modified food or a combination of both? 

 The costs to our medical system, lost productivity, crime, and many other results attributed to these conditions will quickly bankrupt our already overburdened medical and justice systems." -bigbird

I don't think any of those things contribute to ADHD. I fully admit that I have ADHD, if I look at my family a few generations back. I think in Canada we do have kids diagnosed with ADHD that DO NOT have ADHD and that kids in Europe, who do have ADHD simply aren't diagnosed because they treat the whole child rather than place labels on everything. 

For example, one of my sons was forced to utilize our local youth mental health system and I was told over and over it was simply depression and anxiety. Which would be ok, accept that there are no real services available to help him. I had to push for over three years to get him proper assessments that I don't feel are available here. 

You can NOT diagnose adhd or a mental health concern with ONE 20-30 minute session. We spent three days in Vancouver before he was diagnosed with ADHD and a variety of neurological concerns.
OK great- so now you have an 'answer' what is a parent to do? There are no real resources to actually help the children here. There is one quality behavior therapist, but it is more about treating the family unit as a whole and I personally already implemented most of their suggestions into our daily life.
VIHA has a small amount of support available but it is more like 'respite'. When I went to MCFD, I was told my son would get additional medical services unless he was in care and they offered to send my children to a foster home each weekend so I could have a break. I didn't need a break; I needed supports for my son. And sending him from one place to another every weekend with different expectations sure wasn't going to help his 'anxiety'. I would be starting from scratch every Monday morning and he'd have serious trust and abandonment issues.

Just in this last 6 months have I finally found an actual counselor for my son who is actually teaching him skills he can use and helping him. To find this person (who I have to pay privately) I called EVERY single psychologist on Vancouver Island. I was told over and over that they do 'assessments' - I kept saying I have all the assessments; I need to know what to do know? Who will sit with me and help develop a plan that is individualized for him? Not just one that says here - take these drugs and hope for the best? Finally, I found one who said - here call this guy in **** *******

Treating the whole child means that all of these people would put the supports in place the child needs to be successful. The school, the health professionals, and the family. Our school system is broken and underfunded, yet they want to put all the supports for children with mental health issues into the schools, which means the parents aren't actually a part of the plan to help the child. Yeah, kids are in school 6 hours a day for 10 months, but these problems don't stop on June 15th and go on summer break.

The appearance of ADHD is increasing (in my opinion) here in North America, because the environment our kids are in each day highlight and increases the negative symptoms of ADHD. There are amazing parts of ADHD, and we don’t allow those to flourish. It’s a social issue within our schools, our healthcare system, and our society’s focus on the measurement of success is how much STUFF you have. If parents spent less time working to afford giant TV’s, computers for all their kids, brand new 40,0000 cars to measure their success in life, but instead measured it based on what sort of adults their children grow up to be, maybe we would see more of the ADHD kids succeeding in school and life because they would have the skills they need by the time the leave home to be contributing and outstanding members of our society who are willing to take the risks to make the world a better place (by giving up the need for STUFF).