Second Book Published!

Good news! I  got my second book published!

This one is different than my first. It is a photography book. A large collection of photos that I  have taken here in London, Ontario over the years. 

After hours and hours of editing it, I finally got it done! Yaaay!

I know you may think $115 is pricey, but here’s the thing: I will only get $23 off each sale, Lulu gets the rest for printing and publishing. It makes sense when you think about it. 

Anyways, if you do purchase my new book (My Gift to London, ON), not only are you freakin awesome, but you are supporting an artist.  Local or not. 

Anyways, I  hope everyone likes the finished product.  I  lost some sleep over this project, but I think it was totally worth the time and effort. 

“My Gift to London, ON ” by Pooks is available online on Lulu’s website. Along with my first book that is still available for grabs “Random Thoughts of an Alien Goddess”. 

Enjoy, and thanks so much for your support! Peace and love! – Pooks

“When the awareness of what is achievable brushes your life, your journey has begun.”- Lorii Myers


5th Anniversary! 

Hi again!

Since today is my 5 year anniversary as a WordPress blogger, let’s blog! Haha!

Anyways, quite a bit has happened in a week. Such as my partners family members coming down to visit us on Saturday. They brought gifts for Christmas, Valentine’s and Easter. Lol That was nice. Miigwech! They came to pick up the last 2 puppies. One of them remains in the family. The pure white one. My eldest daughter called her Snowflake, but her name might be changed to Beanie now.

Anyways, thier visit was short. They stayed for an hour or so, then went to go visit my partners sister and her family.

I was surprised that my partners mom asked me about Scentsy, but yeah…My personal Scentsy site is down, and I’m not going to cough up more money to keep it running. Like I  said, I  spent more money on Scentsy stuff, than I actually earned. So yeah. No point on going broke for a job that doesn’t really gauruntee an income. So I am no longer a Scentsy Consultant . At least I tried. I can now be set free to do whatever my creative heart and mind desires.

Lately I’ve  been working on my photography book and believe me, it’s not as easy as it sounds. It’s  taking a lot of work and effort. But I’m sure when it’s complete, it will have been worth the time.

My daughter started her first job last week. I  walked her paper route with her, and guided her along. She did so well.

Soon we will have to do that again, because  there has been more fliers delivered on our front step. So yeah, my eldest daughter will be downstairs sorting those out tonight, and getting them ready to hand out tomorrow.  

I  opened a bank account for both my daughter’s last week at TD Bank.  I  was surprised how quick that was, I  was expecting it to take much longer. 

I didn’t make it down to the New School  of  Colour  last week, we had a CAS visit scheduled, but then I  got a call that she cancelled the visit. But yeah, we might make it back this week.

My visit with my son was good. However he seemed a bit distant this time around…it took a while for him to be open. It was like he wasn’t in the best of moods at first.  I don’t know.  I  told him I was invited to the next progress meeting in March, and his response was; ” Whatever, those workers are stupid.” 

I’m not sure what’s going on, but his court date is coming up in April. So I  told him he won’t be staying there much longer. He thinks he’s  just going to another foster home. It’s  hard to say for sure with the 4 options available for the judge. But yeah, I can only hope for the best.  

What else? I am worried about my partner. He is working in a lot of pain lately. He says his shoulder, and neck constantly hurt.  I think it might be because of an old injury.  He did say he broke his collar bone years ago. Maybe all this heavy lifting shifted something. Which is another thing… His boss pushes him too hard. He is being over worked. For a while there he was doing 3 separate job positions, and now he’s down to 2. Still, he only gets paid for one, and technically a Site Supervisor should be getting paid more than a laborer , but my partner gets paid what a laborer gets even though his job title is a Site Supervisor. Not only should he be getting paid the proper amount that a Site Supervisor gets, but any labor work he does should be extra income . But that’s besides the point. It’s obvious that his boss takes advantage of him. That money goes to the bosses trips to Ireland and Florida. EEERRR!! Moving on! To continue to make a worker work like he’s  some kind of Incredible Hulk when injured is absolute madness! I  keep telling my partner that he needs to see a doctor, but he doesn’t.  Ya know? I just don’t want the same to happen to him as what happened to a friend. He got injured at work, didn’t get it taken care of right away. Waited a year…and now he’s  in pain every single day. Anyways…yeah. I  hope he sees a doctor soon. I  worry. 

I got a call from my exes mother, and she does think there is some kind of mental condition that runs in her family. She said one of her grand daughters have ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder). I never heard of that before. But she said my sons tantrums (when he attended school) sounded similar to her other grand child. Problems with authority. Temperamental..So yeah, maybe it’s not schizophrenia.  Maybe it could be something else… 

My partner made a joke saying that that sounds like me. There’s a difference.  I choose to be defiant and rebellious.  As an artist, I  believe that is a part of my duty. I am to show the world things that they are trained to ignore through my art and my writing. Wither it be what I  see, or through personal experience. I am to create and share as much as I possibly can. 

Anyways, that new bit of family information may come in handy in the future.  We shall see. 

For Family Day, we went out on Sunday to go bowling at Bowlerama Royale.  It was hosted by Lisa from N’Amerind. So I  would like to thank them for hosting the event, and providing all the families (registered for the event or not) with breakfast. Thank you! My family had lots of fun. And my partner kicked my ass in both games…after I said that he and my eldest daughter were going down…Yeah,my ass got served. Lmao! 😂 In one game he beat me by 14 points, in the other, just by 2. I WAS SOOOO CLOSE!!! Lol

After we went to a local coffee shop, Locomotive Espresso.  That’s a cute little place. My eldest daughter loved how they created art on her beverage.  There was a heart within the frothy foam of her hot chocolate.  

From there we decided to go for a nature walk to  enjoy the weather. Ya know? It’s  February, but it feels like spring. There was a lot of people on the trails that day. Looks like they had the same idea! 🖒

My baby has been making amazing progress. Matter of fact when we went to Vanier to visit my son, a worker at Vanier said that he thinks my baby daughter may be advanced for her age, just like my son. Right on. She’s starting to take more steps, and she is starting to climb on EVERYTHING! Maybe she will be her Daddy’s rock climbing side kick one day. Lol She keeps me on my toes. Hence, why I blog when she’s asleep.

It’s my 5 year anniversary with WordPress.  It’s amazing how much time flies…and so much has changed…It’s been quite the journey to say the least.  It’s not over yet though. 😉 

Anyways, if you liked what you read here today, please leave a donation.  Keep me doing what I  do best!  Peace and love – Pooks 

Valentines Day

Happy Valentines day to all muh readers!

I was surprised this morning with a stuffy, chocolate, and a planter with actual tulips starting to bud. So thanks to my babe for that! I  wasn’t expecting anything, mainly for 2 reasons. One, we talked and he said he’d rather focus on celebrating Family Day over Valentines Day. Two, is because women have spoiled Valentines Day for him in the past by cheating on him. So I understand if he doesn’t want to celebrate.  But he did…❤

It kind of makes me feel bad though. Because I don’t have anything for him in return.  Just my gratitude.  However, my daughter suggested that we make him something. That’s a good idea! I  was going to say when my eldest daughter is out of school, but she has her visit with her father and brother this evening.  That’s  okay. I  can make something on my spare time today, when my baby goes for a nap. 

Anyways, it’s been a good start of  the day. I hope you all enjoy your Valentines Day.

Thank for reading! Peace and love- Pooks

p.s Don’t forget to donate if you can! Even a little can go a long ways. Thanks in advance!

“Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses.” 

– Lao Tzu

Do what you Love

Hi again, 

First off, I will inform you that I  finally got a “donate” button placed on my blogs side bar. That is visible on a computer, on a mobile device…you might have to scroll down to find it. 

If you like what you read here, if you enjoyed my post, feel free to donate to keep it going. Donations will cover the Internet bill. Plus it would be nice to be paid for what I love to do, and that is share my life story with you. 

The whole reason I moved my blog from Pooks Online Blog, to Pooks82 The Vault was so that I could try to make an income off what I do. It took me ages to figure out, but I  did it! To your left, if you’re on a computer, is my donate button! Yaaay! 

Moving on… Lol 

I am very tired. But I  am still making an effort to post something. 

Things have been tough without receiving the baby bonus for awhile. Since I got custody of my eldest daughter, we stopped receiving it…just to find out that they needed my partner to change his marital status. Getting him to do things sometimes is like pulling teeth. So I filled out the form, and all he had to was sign it. Anyways, I  mailed that off Friday, so maybe in a month we’ll start getting baby bonus again. Until then, we gotta find other ways to make up for the loose ends, financially speaking. 

Ummm…I did go to the New School of Colour with my daughters.  It didn’t go as I imagined it would. My eldest daughter was moody and rude to the facilitator.  He told her that with an attitude like that, she’s not going to enjoy the evening. And she didn’t.  That was embarrassing, especially since it’s because of the New School of Colour and The Ark Aid Street Mission that I am known as Pooks to begin with. I apologized on her behalf afterwards. But yeah, a negative attitude just spoils things period. That, and a teething, screaming baby. So needless to say that I didn’t really enjoy myself this time around. And maybe I am better off doing art at home while my eldest daughter is at school, and my baby is napping. I honestly thought my eldest daughter would enjoy going and creating art, but I  guess she just wants to be at home watching Youtubers play video games, or play with her friends.  She was tired, and cranky. And I  do apologize to the New School of Colour and The Ark for her behavior.  If she was rude, I’m sorry. 

Most of time she isn’t like that. She is a delightful funny child. However, we still have to teach her how to behave in public, and my partner has been trying to teach her some responsibility, such as cleaning up after herself.  So yeah, she’s still learning. 

However it was nice to run into the Executive Director of the Ark, his wife, and a regular volunteer at the Ark. They told me the New School of Colour got a grant, and are working on something about collaborating amateur artists with established artists. The Executive Director said he doesn’t quite know where I  fit. Established? Lol  I  don’t know. But thanks for the flattery. 

I saw my son on Friday, and he kicked my butt at both Chess and Checkers.  Lol Smart kid. I  even met one of his teachers at Vanier, and she said that he is getting better at reading. That makes me so happy, because now, the possibilities are endless. You know how to read, you can pick up a book and teach yourself anything.

Not at this visit, but the one prior. My son was saying that he wants his Indian Status. That way he can go to college or University.  This blew me away. Lol Completely different from the time just before he stopped visiting. He wanted to be like his Dad, and do nothing. But now look at him, he’s starting to have goals in life. Beginning to believe in himself. However, the teacher did say that he still does the whole “I can’t ” thing, but not as much. So his confidence and self esteem is improving. Thank you Vanier. Kinda got teary eyed there for a moment. But yeah, it’s a positive change that I  am so happy to see. 

That reminds me, I got invited to one of the progress  meetings with Vanier, my son, and CAS. It won’t be until March, but I  see it as a good sign that they want my involvement.  It’s another step closer in the right direction. 

Oh! My eldest daughter got a job! She starts on the 16th. She will be delivering papers for Starmail.  Another thing that will teach and encourage responsibility.  Plus she might gain a sense of accomplishment to be proud of from it. It makes me proud. I  know it’ll give her ahead start when it comes to jobs and whatnot. So yaaay and congrats to her! 

I  will have to open up a bank account for her so that she can get paid. 

As I said before, my baby is teething. I  get nipped at on a daily basis. I kinda feel like I  have a little piranha swimming around me at times. Haha! But yeah, overall, she seems to be handling it rather well. 

The puppies were sold. Thank god! We sold 2 here in London, and the other 2 were sold by my partners mother. So glad she helped out. The amount of drama I was going through over puppies here in London is ridiculous.  Some people thought they were being so righteous, thinking that by preventing people to buy the puppies would “save” them. That doesn’t make any fuckin sense. If you got a problem that the puppies were in my care, wouldn’t you encourage a sale and finding them a home, rather than trying to prevent that from fuckin  happening? Ugggh!!! STUPID!! Whatever, I  guess you can’t expect everyone to have a functioning brain. 

But yeah, so grateful that my partners mom jumped in. And I  am grateful 2 puppies are at thier new homes and are settling in nicely.  Thanks to the people who bought a puppy, despite the drama, and for loving their new puppy, and welcoming them into thier homes. The other 2 puppies will be picked up either next week or the week after by my partners mother, and she will get them to thier new owners in Oshawa

Anyways, got a crowd of kids here. Gotta go! Thanks for reading.  And to anyone that donates to my blog, Miigwech! 

Peace and love- Pooks 

The Visits

Hi again, 

2 things I want to write about in this blog.  My daughter’s big sister visiting, and the facilitator of the New School of Colour visiting. Little note as a reminder. 

So yeah, my eldest daughters (and sons) big sister came to London on Tuesday.  That was awesome. She is my exes eldest daughter from a previous relationship.  Anyways, we tried to arrange her visit so that could drop in on my exes visit at the CAS building. But it didn’t work out that way. However, she got to see her father, and her sister. She has yet to see her little brother.  

She said her visit with her father was “interesting ” to say the least.  I guess my ex kept asking her about her mother, and babbling on about things that didn’t make sense to his eldest daughter. Not to mention that he told her that he met her before, yet hasn’t been involved with her life at all. So yeah, glad she sees for herself that he will believe his own delusions, and that he is legit mentally unstable. 

I appreciate that her and her boyfriend chose thier words carefully around my eldest daughter when speaking of thier experience with the ex .  Little ears. My daughter  is still kinda young to understand the whole situation. 

Anyways, after she dropped her dad off, she came to my home to visit my eldest daughter, her sister. It was thier first time meeting, and I’m glad to be the one that connected the two.  Actually it was the eldest daughter of my ex that looked me up on Facebook and reached out to me. But I’m glad she did. They wouldn’t have met through thier father. And I’m glad to be the one that connects my eldest daughter and son to thier family members.  I feel the more support they have, the better. 

Anyways,  there was another person that came by for a visit later on in the week. The current facilitator of the New School of Colour.  He came by to buy an art piece I did years ago. It was good to catch up with a fellow art friend. 

I was surprised that he was willing to give me bus fare just so I can make it back to the New School of Colour. So I  will take my 2 daughters next Wednesday, and see how that goes. I doubt I will get any art done myself, but maybe my eldest daughter might benefit from the experience.

I was told that Carol died last year. She was a sweet New School of Colour member that always complimented me and my work. She was always happy to see me there. I would have never guessed that she was dying of luikemia. I was saddened by this news. Just as I  was sad to hear the recent passing of Samm Dodge. Another New School of Colour artist. She died of a stroke. In a place as magical as the New School of Colour, you think that the people there will always be there when you return. But that isn’t so. Death is inevitable for everyone.  So yeah, I will miss those two, and the light and laughter thier spirits brought to the group. May they both rest in peace. 

Anyways, thank the current facilitator for stopping by. It sounds like the New School of Colour is doing very well, booking lots of art shows and whatnot. Congrats to all the artists! 

He said that the past facilitator completely resigned, I guess the current facilitator thought it would only be temporary, but the past facilitator has no time for the New School of Colour. Big mistake if you ask me. To give away something that actually improves and benefits the lives of others. It actually worked when it comes to the supposed social barriers, it brings people together despite what class or background each individual may have. And you toss it away like garbage?  But whatever. At least the Executive Director of the Ark Aid Street Mission and the current facilitator of the New School of Colour realize the impact and value that it has on others to continue on. That is pretty admirable and selfless of them, putting the needs of others before themselves. So kudos to them. 👏

In other news…it sounds as though my time in London may be ticking. My partner brought forth another possible future plan, which is to save up and move to Alberta. That would be a nice change.  We’ll see. I  still am not leaving without my son.  And saving up for this could take years. We’re struggling as is just to pay off debts. 

I visit my son weekly now, and it seems like he still wants to live with his father when all is said and done. However, both myself and his grandmother ( the exes mother) are concerned that all of Vaniers hard work will just go flying out the window again, and things will go back to the way they were. Problems with schools, video games, and sleeping all day. My son is doing extremely well at Vanier, he even runs and does yoga. He’s a lot healthier, and it would be a shame to have all Vaniers efforts go to waste again if he gets placed back in the care of his father. Just saying. 

Thanks to my exes mothers encouragement, she believes I should keep art in my life, as it comes from the soul. Even my mom said that…matter of fact she said I should focus on my art, not Scentsy. Lol

I did get a start on my photography book. But it’s going to take some time to complete. I plan to call it; “My Gift to London”. 

I also need to finish some touch ups on my Twitter Art Exhibit piece, print off a form to fill out, and mail it to the U.K before March. It will get done!

Which reminds me, the art piece I  did was based on some discrimination I experienced online from Londoners. Since Donald Trump wants to ban immigration in the United States, Justin Trudeau ( our Prime Minister) and Matt Brown ( the mayor of London) are saying things like Canada is a country proud of its diversity. Even Londoners hopped on that train preaching equality. But I’m skeptical after what I experienced.  It’s one thing to say it, it’s another to do it. Actions speak louder than words. Too many people just say things to “look” good. So yeah, I’ll believe it when I see it. So much needs to change, including what all organizations and institutions teach. Not just the local police department.  

That’s enough for today. Thanks for reading! Peace and love- Pooks

The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking. – Albert Einstein