I Look Forward

Just got back in, so I got a bit of time to sit down and type. Yaaaay!

Newho, last weekend my children and I celebrated my daughters birthday. I made her a vanilla birthday cake. She loved it. It was also the long weekend, so when we went to the park, we got to see fireworks going off in the neighborhood. It was cool. One kind teenager even gave my daughter a sparkler. So thanks to that kind young lady, my daughter loved it while it lasted.

Overall, it was a good weekend. It just ended kinda stressful. I just had to misplace my keys, and I noticed they were missing when it was time to take my children back to Merrymount. Anyways, as time went on with my search for the keys, by this time, I knew I wasn’t going to make it there on time. So I sent a message to Merrymount, saying something along the lines of forwarding a message to my ex to come to my house for the pick up. To make things more stressful, Merrymount could not arrange that and suggested that I either contact my ex, or someone we both know and trust to help out with the exchange. Well…obviously I don’t associate with my ex’s crowd and vise-versa. So yeah, I was in a bit of a pickle. I guess they were giving my ex a hard time on his end as well. Luckily for me, I was able to find his number and contact him directly. So yeah, now he has my number. But when he came to pick up our kids, he agreed, regarding keeping our communication to minimum.

My ex was saying we should just cut Merrymount out all together. I don’t know, he was concerned that they were going to call the police or something. Seriously? I just misplaced my keys, and threw it in the laundry. That happens sometimes. It’s not a crime.

But then again, another crazy suggestion from my ex was to go off radar. Well that would mean give up one of my passions. Writing this blog. He wants me to shut it down. Umm..no.

As an introvert, I need an outlet which is this blog, and my art. My writing, and my art, the things I create, that is the very essence of Pooks. Pooks is a creator, and a messenger. And whatever that message is, isn’t complete until I’m dead. Capiche?! I will leave my mark in this world, and my writing and my art is a part of that message.

Getting back on track, I did manage to find my keys though, 2 hours later after the time I was too drop my kids off at Merrymount. That being AFTER I tore the interior of my house apart, making a huge mess, then cleaning it all back up. Actually, I was going to give up, and decided to give the laundry pile one more shot. So when I was about to throw some clothes into the washer, I found my keys in the pocket of the sweater I was wearing the night before. Go figure. So the moral of all that chaos is…don’t throw your keys in the laundry pile!!

Moving on…

Monday I had dinner at this new person in my life, whom I can proudly say is now my boyfriend. He’s an amazing cook. One evening he made me deer steak, salad, fiddler heads, and a double baked potato. Another evening he made me a very cheesy omelette. and another evening we had pasta.

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Anyways…Monday! That was Victoria Day here in Canada. So we planned to go see the fireworks at the Fanshawe Conservation Area. We were a bit late, but the walk there and back was amazing. We seen the fireworks from a distance, seen fireworks along our walk through the countryside, outskirts of London. We shared ghost stories. And when there was some kind of animal in the bush, he kept me safe. He scared it off, whatever it was. Our walk gave us plenty of time to talk and learn about each-other. It was awesome. Near the end of it, we lied down by the Thames River and gazed at the stars. It was an awesome night, and I look forward to more hikes and adventures with him.

Tuesday… there was no Leads appointment this week. That is next week.

I went to the New School of Colour, and guess what?!! I finished my oil painting!! So yes, my art will be in Up with Art this year. Just when I thought otherwise. Things have a funny way of working out, don’t they? But I guess my name was already on the list as a confirmed artist, so I could have submitted an old piece, and still would have been in the show. However, when it comes to big exhibitions like Up with Art, or the Twitter Art Exhibit, I would much rather submit something new. So yaaaay! It’s in! Up with Art, June 20th, 2015. 6pm – 11pm at The Palace Theatre!! Tickets are $40 in advance, or $50 at the door!! And as our Fearless Leader, of the New School of Colour, would say; “Be there! Or be square!” Haha! http://www.upwithart.ca

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Anyways, this week was the last session of the New School of Colour for awhile. Our facilitator is going on vacation. So to all the artists, volunteers, and the facilitator, enjoy your break! See ya June 9th!

As for regarding all my babble about volunteers last week. A fellow artist, and former facilitator gave me an idea, and that was to co-facilitate the New School of Colour with her during the summer. During the months of July and August. Since she’ll be working, she suggested alternating between her and I. That sounds like a fabulous idea!! Anyways, she said she’d speak to the executive director of The Ark, and the facilitator of the New School of Colour. Hmm…maybe it is time for Pooks to step up so to speak. We shall see…

Within the week somewhere, a friend and I had dinner at our other friends apartment. He made us garlic and ham fettuccine alfredo. It was delish. And afterwards, of coarse, we had a couple games of dice. I am in fact the Dice Queen ya know? Haha! Just kidding. I think we all won a game each that night.

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Wednesday was my sons 10th birthday. I cannot believe it’s been 10 years. No matter what, I am one very proud mama. So yeah, I hope he had an awesome birthday!

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Thursday, I got to meet a couple of my man’s friends. They were funny. Before we sat down, chilled and had a couple beers, my man surprised me with a bouquet of white roses. I was just so in awe that he thought of me while we were apart.  Anyways, while the men talked and joked around, I just giggled. They were funny together. After they left, it was dinner and movie….and some adult explicit content that I’ll keep private. Haha! But yeah, Thursday we agreed to officially be a couple in a relationship. I really like him. He really likes me, and yeah. I actually have a boyfriend. 🙂 I guess he’s had a secret crush on my since a friend of ours daughters first birthday. Thanks to that friend, and her daughter, otherwise we would have never met, and wouldn’t have kept crossing each-others paths. I mean, there was that birthday…then I’d run into him at Sunfest, then we met at Tim Hortons…then the LTC bus ( which was when I gave him my number and things kind of went forward from then on).

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I couldn’t be happier. He truly is amazing. We have a similar taste in music. He plays bass. He can cook. He can grow plants. He can build houses. He even used to draw. He’s so talented in various areas. But I think what really drew us together was our love of being out in nature, and hiking. He’s adventurous and wild. He’s a family man. He comes from a huge family. I love the way he talks about his mother. All good things. She sounds like a wonderful woman.

Anyways, we have future plans to hike some trails, possibly go fishing, going to a baseball game, etc etc. He even plans to attend Up with Art. That is so awesome that he is going to be there to support me.

So yeah, things are good. I’m enjoying life.

Today I handed in my painting at the Unity Project. So everything is all good for Up with Art. I even went shopping for my sons birthday gift, as I will be seeing my children again tomorrow.

Anyways, I think that is all I will write today. Thank you for reading! – Pooks

“I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.”- Arthur Rubinstein


The Fabulous Life

Once again, a day behind. I guess there is no more schedule. Just post when I can post. My social life has definitely been altering things.

Anyways, recap…

My visit with the kids last Friday was good. It was very hot out that day. So yeah, we were drinking lots of juice. We tried to do the park-hopping thing we do, but my son and daughter couldn’t come to an agreement on what to play, and they kept changing the rules…it got really confusing. So yeah, after awhile this mama was like, let’s just go for a walk. And we did, and we had some laughs along the way. That was nice.

I gave my daughter her birthday present, which was 2 small Beanie Boos to add to her collection. I had originally got her the unicorn, and a penguin. But since she already had a penguin, we went back to the store to return and trade for a Beanie Boo she doesn’t have yet, the monkey. I think she has 7 Beanie Boos in total now. Perfect! Considering she just turned 7 years old.

I got a home-made gift from my son for Mother’s Day. I rarely get things home-made, or any art from him, so that just makes the gift he made me that much more special. I love it!

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On Tuesday, I went to Leads, and found out that the voice mail I failed to check was actually my worker calling to reschedule. Well la dee da! So there was no Leads appointment this past week.

At the New School of Colour, I don’t know… Just feeling like I’m under a lot of unnecessary pressure when it comes to this upcoming show, Up with Art. Been thinking of backing right out, because there is no way my painting will be complete for the deadline. Which is Monday. Ya know? The whole reason we had Wednesday sessions was to give us artists more studio time, more time to work and prepare for this exhibition. However, the volunteers that get assigned to supervise these days are not committed, and often move onto other things. So us artists get kinda teased with an extra day like a yo-yo. Rather than assigning a regular artist to supervise, say someone that has been going to the program for years, no. For some reason we aren’t trusted, and the facilitator of NSOC and the Executive Director of the Ark seek outside help instead. Doesn’t make any sense to me. The people they hire often don’t stick around.

So yeah, now our Wednesdays are cancelled and are no longer. Even though there is an artist, that is listed as an Ark volunteer that would be more than willing to run the Wednesday sessions. He has the time to do it.  So yeah, I don’t get it.

Obviously the head facilitator of the art program can’t do it, because he runs the same program for the youth in other parts of the city. That’s cool, but…I thought that the whole purpose of Wednesday evening art sessions was to prepare for this show, but just before it, the carpet kinda gets swiped right beneath us. Go figure. Yeah, our last volunteer got a job. Understandable. But that doesn’t explain why an artist from the program isn’t qualified to step up and facilitate in their place. Especially a veteran artist of the program that knows the routine, and how things are done.

So in a way, I feel like I kinda got screwed over. My painting isn’t going to be complete if the due date is this coming Monday. That would mean all pieces would have had to be completed last Tuesday. But even our Tuesdays are being cut short because our facilitator has other priorities. Our art sessions have been closing down early lately on Tuesdays. So there really isn’t much time to do shit.

Hence, why I currently doubt my involvement with Up with Art this year.

I am not the only artist that feels this way. Others are angry, upset, frustrated, so on and so forth. There is a lack of trust, there is a lack of organization, and yeah, things just get overwhelming and stressful for the artists. Not good!

So yeah, maybe I won’t be in Up with Art this year, maybe next year. That gives me a whole year to work on something, and maybe I’ll just work on whatever that will be at home. It may not be an oil painting, but whatever medium I have available at home.

So yeah, that is that.

Besides that pickle. I have been more social lately. Hanging out with friends. Playing dice, playing Cards Against Humanity, listen to rock and metal music, drinking coffee, eating muffins, cake, pie and ice cream… Haha! Yeah, my friends like to feed to me, and I find lately earlier in the day I have to squeeze time in to exercise. At least try to keep the weight down. I can’t really afford a new wardrobe. Not on my budget.

Newho, we hang out a lot. Those are muh peeps! Muh best buds.

Umm… I met up with a friend downtown, and we went East to pick up her new glasses. She took me out for lunch and we had subs. I’m grateful for that. No idea when I can pay her back  the favor. Not only that, but awhile back she even got me sandals. I may have mentioned that before or not. I can’t remember. So yeah, it’s sweet that she thinks of me. I hope that I can be as generous to her as she’s been with me someday. I don’t know. Just randomly surprise her as she does with me.

What else? I recently caught up with an acquaintance I met at a friends daughters 1st birthday party years ago. The last time I saw him was when we met up for coffee once at Tim Hortons a year or two ago. Newho, I ran into him briefly on the bus. I was in a hurry. I believe that was on Tuesday, just before the New School of Colour. I caught the bus to take me over the bridge, so yeah, our convo was very short.Haha!  I did however, write my number on his hand, before rushing off the bus, and through text messaging, we planned to meet up at Tim Hortons on Thursday evening.

That turned into an awesome evening/ night. We didn’t stick around Tim Hortons very long. We went to his place, and hung out there. We talked. Although it was funny and kinda cute how many times he got tongue tied.””Bleh! I can’t talk!” Haha!  I guess he’s normally social, and talking isn’t normally a problem. So yeah, that was flattering and funny. I made a new friend named Molly, his pet dog. He took me out for dinner, and we went to the Palasad. After that we went for a walk. When we returned to his place we watched The Wolverine, and I crashed on the couch. It was an early morning the next day, because he had to go to work. He’s a carpenter, builds houses. So yeah, up before sunrise. Surprisingly, being awake  that early wasn’t as rough as expected. He had our coffees ready and waiting. Yaaay!! Shortly after, we took Molly  for a walk. She’s so cute! Just a little white shiatsu, a rescued pet. So that is admirable. Her owner, however, is becoming a good friend. Maybe more. I don’t know. Time will tell. It was a good night regardless. We plan to meet up again on Monday for the fireworks at the Fanshawe Conservation Area. I’ve never been there so that should be fun.

Back in the day, I used to be iffy about him because he was quite the partier. And well… I’m over that phase. There is the very very odd time I’ll drink alcohol. However, since the last time I saw him, it seems like he has mellowed out a bit. AND he no longer owns 2 giant pythons. I remember being a bit concerned about that.

Newho, yeah, suddenly I’m talking about a guy. Not necessarily all mushy. But still. A guy. Hmm…A new person in my life. How can that not be exciting?

Anyways, today I was dying my hair. May have to redo it because I missed spots. Not surprising because my hair is so damn thick. I think next time I’ll take my buddy’s advice and have another person help me out with that, rather than doing it myself. I can’t see what the heck I’m doing when it comes to the back of my head. And apparently the longer my hair gets, the more difficult it is to dye my hair evenly on my own. I recall dying my hair, with much shorter hair, being so much easier. Anyways, it’s just a darker shade of brown.

Newho, it’s 3am. I should sleep. I got to pick my kids up in 6-7 hours or so. So yeah, busy busy. Until next time, I hope you enjoyed the read of my fabulous life! – Pooks

“There’s always a good lesson in meeting new people, its enlarging your circle of friends. And though there are times you don’t match with their likes, there are some whom you just blend well.” – Solita

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She drifts…

Even though I am really exhausted, I will make an effort to at least write up a blog post this week.

If you haven’t noticed, I skipped last week, and I apologize for that. Last week my rheumatoid arthritis flared up within my right shoulder and was giving me some serious physical problems. Every time there was slight chill in the air, BAM! My shoulder felt it. So yeah, for like 4-5 days in a row I was having trouble lifting my right arm without excruciating pain. Simple things like putting on a shirt, became rather difficult. I even lost sleep because of it. If I moved the wrong way, there would be this sharp pain shooting through my shoulder. So even actually trying to sleep became a challenge.

Lucky for me, these flare ups aren’t that regular. It’s not an everyday thing. It’s a random occurrence, depending on if there is a mix of moisture and chill temperatures in the air.

This time it was my shoulder, next time it could be a completely different part of my body.

Anyways, last week I missed my Leads appointment. I made it the building, but I was 50 minutes late. So yeah, by the time I got there, there only would be 10 minutes left of the appointment. So I was like, fuck it! Just re-book. And I did.

This week we did another test thingy, it was kind of like a career match-maker questionnaire online. Anyways, the top 3 results I got were for the following positions; an image consultant, an art director, and a craftsman. An artist was on the list as well, but much lower on the list. But my top three results were pretty much art related anyways. So yeah, art seems to be the way to go.

Last week at the New School of Colour I did paint, but kept it very basic. So I was just painting lines. I was painting with a sore shoulder, so yeah, I just kinda took it easy on myself. I guess I could have tried painting left handed. I’ve drawn left handed before. I am kinda curious how a piece would turn out if I paint using the opposite hand. Maybe another time. I didn’t want to try that on the piece I am working on, even though it is just an experimental abstract piece.

This week, however, I got back into the shading. I am feeling much better, and yeah, without the pain, I was able to paint with more movement using my arm.

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Uggh… I’m trying so hard not to fall asleep here…

I am spending less time around a computer, and more time with friends lately. By the time I get home, it’s 12:30am. Or such as tonight(last night), I got home around 1:30am.

Yesterday was my daughters birthday. She turned 7 years old. Yaaaay! I was invited to her birthday party at Adventures in Wonderland. But I decided not to go. I wanted my daughter to have a good birthday. Like I said, my ex and I have our issues. Communication is biggy. So to avoid any possible conflict, I’ll just wait for my visit. Which is tomorrow ( or later on today, since it is 3:08am on a Friday now). I’m sure we’ll have fun. Whatever we plan to do.

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A lot has happened these last couple of weeks. I’m trying to narrow it down. What else? What else? What else?

The Ark had a special visitor come in on Tuesday, her name was Marshmellow. She was a cute little Asian Chicken. I never seen one before, so that was neat. I never thought a chicken could be so fluffy. Some people thought it was an owl at first. Nope! Turns out it was a chicken.

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Uhh… I started a drawing on Wednesday at a friends house, and I worked on it Thursday for hours and hours.

I don’t know. It was weird. On Wednesday I was told by a fellow artist from the New School of Colour that Wednesday sessions were cancelled. The volunteer that opened up the studio moved on to other things. So when I contacted the head fascilitator about it, he got back to me later and said it was still on, and yeah. I guess the New School of Colour has a new volunteer for Wednesdays. Anyways, me and 3 other friends decided not to go in that day. We figured by the time we set up, it would be time to clean up. Hence, why I got some art time in at a friends place instead that evening.

I started working on a graphite drawing, copying an image from a book to practice. I’ve been kind of hesitant about drawing, or painting water for a long time. But if I ever want to get a certain image from a dream out of my head, I need to learn how to draw and paint water. Thanks to my dear friend for the encouragement, and I couldn’t ask for a better tutor. That’s what he does, realism drawings. Realism is a lot more technical. A lot of planning, mapping, measuring, math, and attention to detail goes into it. But like oil painting, so do many layers.

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Anyways, I wish I could write more. But I am very, very, very tired. And I need to sleep. So I might just cut it short this week, and end it here. Even though there is so much more I could say. Things are good. I am well…and clearly very tired. Good night. I hope you enjoyed. Thanks for reading. – Pooks

“There is a time for many words, and there is also a time for sleep.”

– Homer