In Other News…

In other news…
I completed my painting for Up with Art. Thanks to Sylvia Langer for being so understanding and allowing me to submit my registration form and painting early. The submission deadline is just 2 days apart from my baby’s due date. So I am grateful that she came to my home and picked up the painting, and allowing me to email my registration form.


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She even came by with another surprise. I have been kinda cooped up indoors because my feet and ankles swell up, and I can’t squeeze my feet into my boots. I had shoes, but they were falling apart. So yeah, I was surprised by her kindness and generosity to help me out. While she picked up my painting, she gave me a pair of runners. I couldn’t slide them on at first, but after loosening the laces, I can actually get out and about again. FREEDOM!! J/k Haha!
So yeah, Pooks will once again be apart of the Up with Art exhibition/ fundraiser. Yaaaay!!




I’ve also been told that children can get in free. So that means…my baby is covered, and so is my daughter if a visit lands on that particular Saturday. I think she will like the event if she does go. And since artists get to invite one guest, once again I will be bringing my man.

So now that I’m done my Up with Art painting, next I will be working on something for the Framing of the Phoenix Art Exhibition.

What else? Family will be happy to be aware that another ultrasound of the baby has been scheduled for next week. So maybe we will find out the sex of the baby after all. Even though that is not the reasoning behind the ultrasound. My doctor wants to double check on their measurement of the baby, as it seems to be getting kinda large.
However, my doula brought it to my attention that perhaps the reason why the baby could be big is because maybe I could be due sooner. That could be possible. Not all estimated due dates are 100% accurate.

I had a dream this morning, that my baby was already born, and it was a boy. It could be wrong. But yeah, got to love dreams while you’re pregnant. They seem so real.

I remember my doula asking if I notice anything different about this pregnancy compared to the other 2. Yep. I don’t recall my feet swelling as often late in the pregnancy. I get more indigestion with this one. And it seems like I’m constantly put on antibiotics for a bladder infection. But yeah. Considering how many times I’ve been put on antibiotics, I am hoping it hasn’t had any effect on my baby.

Wat else? Visits with my daughter have been going well. I was surprised she even cleaned her room. She’s been such a good girl. I know I haven’t been able to be that active lately. So I’m glad we can find other things to do, such as play board games. She always kicks my butt at monopoly, even the Junior version. Haha!

Congrats to a good friend of mine that has finally moved out of a building she’s been trying to get out of for the last 8 years. I haven’t been able to visit her new place yet, but hopefully soon I can. I know she will be busy with school starting this month. But yeah, will have to arrange a visit. It’s so weird going from having her just living on the other end of the bridge, to another end of the city. But in order to keep a good friendship maintained, an effort must be made.

I haven’t been to the New School of Colour for a week. As for today, there’s a snow storm warning in effect. So I probably won’t make it today either. Hopefully tomorrow. Even though I noticed that I get more done at home than I do at the New School of Colour lately. It seems like someone always wants to talk. Which kinda takes my focus away from my art.

Speaking of tomorrow, I have an appointment at the hospital. Some kind of assessment needs to be done because of my rheumatoid arthritis. It hasn’t given me any problems during labor before. So I don’t see why the staff keep bringing up the epidural. I refuse to take a huge ass needle in the spine. I can only see that making my arthritis worse in my back. So no,  arthritis or no arthritis. No epidural! I can normally tolerate the pain of my arthritis without any medication. So I guess you can say I have a high pain tolerance.

So yeah, things are going to get more busy this month, the closer I get to the baby’s due date. Even my regular check ups will now be every week, instead of every 2 weeks.
I think that’s pretty much it. 3 weeks and 4 days to go, and our baby will be here!!
Oh! My man started a new job last week, and he gets to use a company truck. I’m so proud of him. He had quite a few job offers. So yeah, it’s pretty awesome his hard work is getting some recognition.

Another thing. We might have to save up to visit his mother, and other family members in April. His grandfather will be there. And yeah, it would be awesome if we make it there with the baby. My man says I would love it there. His mother lives on a property surrounded by nature. So fingers crossed! Let’s hope we can make the trip! We may have to rent a vehicle.

Anyways, that’s enough blogging for one day. 2 posts should be enough. Lol Thanks for reading. Peace and Love – Pooks

“Of course I can do this. I’m pregnant, not brain-damaged. My condition doesn’t change my personality.”

– Christine Feehan


Pooks Return to Up with Art

Last night Up with Art took place at the Palace Theatre, and compared to the last time I participated in 2012, this year it was packed. It was like walking through a maze of people, it was fun. I have met some new people, and mingled with my fellow New School of Colour peeps.

Up with Art is a yearly fundraiser that is for a good cause, relief of the homeless in London.  There are lot’s of people, and artists within the community, and organizations that make the event possible. Proceeds that the event earns go to The Unity Project, which is a homeless shelter that provides support for those in need.

Thanks to Jeremy Jeresky for getting my art into the show. He’s not only a facilitator of the New School of Colour, a teacher, a friend, he’s like family ( a brother), and he’s like the New School of Colour’s own personal manager. He’s the one that pulls the strings and get’s our art out there. So huge thanks, he’s awesome. I didn’t capture a pic of him during the evening amongst the chaos, but he is appreciated. Matter of fact, he did say my painting would sell this year, and he was right! Thank you Lindsay Stevens for buying my painting and for doing your part in supporting the homeless. You rock!

I think the New School of Colour did well during this event, a lot of our art was sold by the end of the night. Matter of fact, one member, Sarah Curran, her art got sold online before the event even took place. Congrats! I am proud of my Ducky Doo! I knew it would do well, it caught my eye back when it was underground at the New School of Colour.

George Wallace got good news during the night. Not only did his piece sell too, but someone offered to show him how to take electronics apart, and put them back together. Not only that, they are going to give him electronic parts to use for his art. Big projects are ahead for George, a whole different level of art, and I am happy for him.

It was awesome that the event shed some light on Monica. She came a long ways. She was one of the people that had used the Unity Projects services, and she would go across the street to the New School of Colour to paint. She started this trend at the New School of Colour she calls “Drop Gravity.” She’s awesome, and I’m glad her story of success, how The Unity Project, and art, has made a positive impact on her life was shared.

That’s the thing, since the New School of Colour’s art studio is in the basement of a soup kitchen, we do meet and interact with the homeless on a regular basis. But that’s not all, all sorts of people come to the program, and it doesn’t matter what income they have, what race, age, or social stature they have, the New School of Colour has a way of proving that we are all people, and we can get along great with each-other.

At Up with Art I met Donnie Claudino, which I think I made a funny first impression because I was talking about holding an olive in my hand. Haha! I also met Jesse Helmer who is one of the people I follow on Twitter, so that was cool to meet someone off of Twitter. I also got a pic taken with Tara Overholt from CTV news. She was very nice.

During the event Melissa Parrot a.k.a DJ Media Frenzy was the D.J throughout the evening. Although there was barely any room to dance this year, everybody was kind of wiggling past each-other, but the tunes were great! Good job DJ Media Frenzy! I was happy to see her there!

I can go on and on about this event, it was very surreal. Just like the first time I had participated.

Although, this year there was an after party held at the East Village Coffee House, home to my favorite coffee. After I had walked a fellow artist to the bus stop, I did go. I just had to have my coffee. Haha! Anyway, there was a live band playing, and I was sitting beside an artist that was drawing the band as they played. She wanted to get closer, she thought it would be strange to sit on the floor, but I said “Go for it! You’re an artist!” I even tried something new, I never had prunes before, but the East Village Coffee House had samples out, and there were these prunes wrapped with bacon, they were delicious! I was pleasantly surprised. I think they were gluten free or something. Anyway, the interior of the East Village Coffee House looks amazing, I finally got to see what they’ve been working on so hard. Well done, the place looks great!

Anyway, the event was awesome, and I am pleased that the New School of Colour was a part of it. Even some of the younger artists from the New School of Colour youth programs had their art on display, and they too were amazing.

I didn’t have my children this weekend like I had thought. I’m still trying to get use to the schedule. But I did see them Friday, and we had our own adventure.

Next up, the Ark Aid Street Mission Fundraiser in June… 😉 – Pooks



Hello fellow WordPress bloggers & readers,

I have decided to join in on the Trick or Eat, Meal Exchange, to fight hunger. Since I know what it is like to be homeless,  & to be on welfare, struggling to make ends meet. It only makes sense to try to help those in need.

On Halloween, I will be dressed up going door to door collecting non-perishable food items for local shelters, and the local food bank, along with other members/ students from the campaign I joined, which is Western University.

You can assist me to help those in need by making a donation, and sponsoring me at the link provided below. I look forward to this experience. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you. Merci. Miigwech! You’re awesome! – Pooks

Trick or Eat.

“The poor themselves can create a poverty-free world. All we have to do is to free them from the chains that we have put around them!”- Muhammad Yunus