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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Bullying has to stop now

In watching tonight's episode of Glee I opened a discussion with some friends about the final scene and to tell you the truth it disturbs me. And if you've ever been the victim of bullying I'm sure it disturbed you too. It bothered me because Kurt's friend spoke of regretting the decision to run from bullying instead of having what he called "courage". But if your life is threatened, it would be regarded as foolishness to stay at a school that couldn't protect you. So I put it to my friends, what if transferring wasn't an option? There are always options. But ask yourself if your child knows what his/her options are. I say that because what some people fail to consider is that some victims do not have the support of their parents, or their school, or any known source of support. Some parents think that bullying "teaches" them to hold their head high in spite of adversity. To those parents I say "Think again."

That episode of Glee opened scars that I bear. Scars of a nightmare called highschool, where there were no options to transfer because it was the only school in the district and distance learning was unheard of. No options because my family was supported by my mother's salary, the only salary in the family, and my father was incapable of homeschooling me because of his own problems with alcohol and depression. No options that came from the school, or came from the outside. Fortunately I had the support of my parents in helping me cope with the bullying. I had a student councellor who for all her misguided advice tried to help be bear up under adversity. Did the bullying "teach" me anything at all? Without the support that I had, I would have rather died than endure another day. And unfortunately, that's what some children are choosing today. Because they don't have support. Because someone close to them doesn't support them, perhaps because they think that their child is strong enough to endure it, or will become strong enough to endure. But that's simply not true.

To those of you that have children, I plead with you, support your children. Find your options. Even if your option is to cope and support one another in love until it passes. And to everyone who knows a child being bullied, speak out. Give that child an option. Push for zero tolerance policies, push for legislation, push for financial aid, whatever it takes to give that child an option. Because bullying has no good purpose in this world. And it has to stop. Now.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Charlie's got some new products you need to see!

Well, I've finally opened my new store, and that gives me a chance to get back to normal life (yeah right), with my CT layouts and blog posting and designing and life. Just life. My mom finally today seemed to come to the realization that I love designing. Ya think? Too funny.

Anyhow I want to show you something really cute that Charlie has out at her new store. Cute or what? I love different kinds of butterflies!
Pick them up at her store, here.

And I love her new brushes...anything that resembles a watercolour brush and I am there. These are soft and pretty and perfect for making papers. Check it:


Get them here. She's a terrific designer and photographer and you can't beat her quality so don't miss out on picking these up.

For now, I'm working on a new blog train giveaway and a new dog kit. Looking forward to doing that one because it will be such a challenge for me, and I've been needing one for my own pics for a long time.

Have a great weekend folks and we'll see you sooner next time.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Busy long weekend!

Well the long weekend is here, and it's been fabulous. Believe it or not, today the weather is in the 30s. Celcius. HELLO!!!! In May? That's unheard of!

Paul is outside looking after his square-foot garden and I'm so proud of him. It keeps his hands in the dirt and outside, and he loves that. Not to mention that finally it looks like his corn will come up. Once the garden work is done, we'll be working on getting our patio furniture out there, and enjoy the fruits of our labour.

Today, I've been working on getting the boxes unpacked and out of the living room. Now they'll just be in the basement or garage and then we can start to decorate. I'm thrilled about that because it's starting to really feel like home!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Finally, some warmer weather!

I don't seem to recall in any of my memories such an odd spring. I remember long winters and short spring seasons. I remember weeks of beautiful sunshine, but too cold to wear shorts, and then suddenly needing to find the shorts and tank tops almost overnight. But a spring like this...nope. Can't say I remember anything like this before.

Winter wasn't that bad for us here this year. Mild winter overall, with not too much snow. Not like Paul's first winter here where we got 14 feet of snow. No, that's not a typo. We got 14 feet. Of snow. In one winter. It was not my favourite winter to be sure. But Paul loved it. This winter was pretty mild, with some cold snaps, but certainly nothing to complain about. And then spring hit. And hit it did. It went into the 30s in March. That's Celcius people. We hit the 30s in late June or July. And it lasted about a week. Then it went down. Thank goodness. But it stayed in the 20s for a while. Which made all of us winter-weary Canucks feel like we had to have dirt under our fingernails from putting in our gardens. "Wait!" I told Paul. Wait until Victoria Day, May 24th. That's the sign. The blessed day when you can safely plant around here. And then we got hit with snow and temperatures below zero. Well, sorry to say, we lost the blueberry plant. It seems to have died with the frost and snow this past weekend. And it seems that the corn planted may die or rot as well. Now Paul believes me.

But at last our real spring weather is here and Paul is going to start building our raised bed for our vegetable garden and I'm so excited about it. We are doing a square foot garden to try and take advantage of every bit of space dedicated to the garden in our small stamp-sized backyard. But at least it's our backyard and not shared this time. And it gets full sun. And it is fenced. Hurrah for moving! So hopefully in the next few weeks, I'll find my shorts and t-shirts and be able trot around the backyard without blinding anyone with my lily-white legs.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

I've prettied up my blog!

I finally bit the bullet so to speak and bought a blog in a box by Zoe Pearn from SSD. Isn't it pretty? I decided that it's time I updated my own blog from time to time, with things that are going on in my life. Like my 5th anniversary for example.

Paul and I had a lovely day - it was sunny and a little windy, but it was warm enough to take a long walk with the dog. So Paul and I grabbed Nanouk and went out by foot headed for the trail behind the Nepean Sportsplex. All in all, I think we walked for about 3 hours and covered approximately 8 kilometres. Not exactly the smart thing to do before dinner, since it just about wiped us both out.

But we did head for dinner. We tried to get a table at The Keg, but the wait time was over 45 minutes, so we decided to try a little place my mom had recommended. Flying Piggy's is a delightful little trailer-turned restaurant on Bank St. and it's tucked off the road, so you really have to be watching for the sign. They took us right away and we had a lovely dinner of antipasto, wine, gourmet main dishes and then headed home. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who loves authentic italian.

Of course following that day, our anniversary, with lousy weather and snow (yes, I said the s word), is no fun. Especially since Paul wanted to plan his garden this weekend. But we are going to plan it out on paper first, and then do some errands and chores.

All the same, despite the cold weather, it sure is nice to be sitting here, near the fire, with the dog curled at my feet, while Paul busies himself with caring for the plants in the house. We love our new home.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

So much going on for iNSD!

I am so looking forward to this weekend! There's so much going on that I think I'll HAVE to go to the chat tomorrow at Simple Scrapper to see how to best plan it.

Check out what's happening at Scrap Matters.


And look at the FWP deal you can pick up! Be sure to visit starting Friday!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Aha! She's back!

Yes, I'm back! It's been a while. My move to my new place was absolutely chaotic, and to boot then I ended up in the hospital. Let me just say that morphine is your friend if you think that dying would feel better than the pain you have, but you still want to live. 'Nuff said.

So Charlie's been back at it, and she's got some lovely goodies for you! Check it!

Here's her part of the April DSV CU Grab Bag: (image is linked to the bag)

And she's got some lovely springy CU in store too, at DSV!




What are you waiting for....? Get over there!