Whispering Wilds – Politics & Prophecy

February 15th publication.

Set at a grand gathering of multiple faye kingdoms. The human druid is coming and the forest must prepare but will the young one listen to the Yakashi and Treants? This story follows two Yakashi who are making preparations.

Conversations of the recent growth in Gnarlwood population, as well as Diphyllia Roseflower having recent retaken her throne, and of course, murdering people.

Sithik interrupts the grand gathering, being pursued by an angry swarm of creatures. Something may be causing him to float.

January Reading 2023

Rupert, Algy and the Cannibals by Albert Bestall

Rupert and the Wonderful Kite by Albert Bestall

Beauty and the Beast retold by Annette Smith

Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

Cinderella retold by Jenny Giles

See Pip Point by David Milgrim

Shimmer the Unicorn by Kathrine Sally and Daniela Dogliani

Frosty the Snowman by Jack Rollins

Raccoons by Elizabeth Russell-Arnot

Ready Freddy by Cynthia Rothman

Triangle by Barnett Klassen

Darly and the Dragon by Stephanie Gorman

Curious George My First Bike by H.A. Rey

Curious George My First Kite by H.A.Rey

The Tortoise Shell & Other African Stories retold by Geoff Smith

Kim the Bug by Tamar Reis-Frankfort

Jack Sparrow the Sword of Cortes by Rob Kidd

Scooby Doo the Surf Scare by

Eight Days A Story of Haiti by Edwidge Danticat

Scooby Doo The Big Bad Blizzard by Gail Herman

Peppa Pig Super Peppa by Lauren Holowaty

Where’s Your Tooth by Rozanne Lanczak Williams

Big Al by Andrew Clements Yoshi

At the Park by Peter Sheryl

Barbie Yummy Cupcakes by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg

Pip and the Bar by Tamar Reis-Frankfurt and Wendy Tweedle

Smelly Socks by Robert Munsch

Festival of Colours by Kabir Sehgal

Puffin Cliffs by Sara Wenham

Happy Hippo Angry Duck by Sandra Boynton

Teddy Bears’ Picnic by Beverly Randell

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

Super Heros No Joke by Quinlan B Lee

Super Heros Get That Cat by Quinlan B Lee

Super Heros Mr Freeze by Quinlan B Lee

Boots by Anne Schreiber and Arbo Doughty

Trolls Poppy’s Party by Frank Berrios

The Water Princess by Susan Verde

Alligator Baby by Robert Munsch

Happy New Year 2023

Happy New Year everyone!

This past year has been much more of a challenge than I thought it would be initially. I am so happy to bring in the new.

There are a few things I want to do today to bring in the new year refreshed. Like painting my nails with the girls, writing this post and setting my intentions for the year. I also wish to replant my Tower Garden, which we have named Phyll (as in chlorophyll).

This month marks one year of having our Tower Garden by Juice Plus+ and it has been such a blessing! I do not have a green thumb despite loving plants I kill them so easily. This tower has made it so we have fresh grown food all year and my kids have been eating more greens as snacks because of it.

All replanted. Keeping the bell peppers from previously though.

I don’t really want my post to become a commercial for the product but seriously, if you are at all interested in one check out the link to my Tower Garden sales page.

Over-all I am excited for this upcoming year. I have already made a general intentions board for this year and over the month plan to make a more detailed one for my costume shop. I want to work on my physical health, have my time with my family be more intentional, be more creative, and I want to spend more time out side.

So you have any goals or plans for the upcoming year?

December Reading 2022

Animorphs The Warning by K. A. Applegate

The Go Karts by Annette Smith

Amelia Bedelia Rocket Scientist by Herman Parish

The Unicorns Are Coming to Town by Clare Fennell

Arthur’s Pet Business by Marc Brown

My Cat by Annie Thomas

Just Like Dora by Alison Inches

In the Rain by Liza Charlesworth

Dragonflies Are Amazing by Marie Powell

Dragon Masters Roar of the Thunder Dragon by Tracey West

Pete the Cat’s Groovey Guide to Love by Kimberly & James Dean

Hats by Sara Shapiro

Owls by Elizabeth Russell-Arnot

MMM Cookies by Robert Munch

Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce

The Lookout by Sundus Butt

Froggy’s Best Christmas by Jonathan London

Pandas in the Mountains by Beverly Randell

Luke’s Go-Kart byJenny Giles

Dashing Through the Snow A Canadian Jingle Bells by Helaine Becker

Pokemon Phonics Run Away by Quinion B. Lee

Do Not Open This Book by Andy Lee

Zelda and Ivy by Laura McGee Kvasnosky

Card Captors Sakura and the New Boy by Kimberly Weinberger

Rosie, the Pirate Parrot by Pamela Rushby

Little Miss Hug by Roger Hargreaves

Mrs. Marlowe’s Mice by Frank Asch

The Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow the Siren Song by Rob Kidd

Card Captors Sakura’s Never-Ending Day by Kimberly Weinberger

Great Hair by Liza Charlesworth

On the Go bt Rozanne Lanczak Williams

Dress Up by Wendy A. Lewis

A Giraffe Can Laugh by Kerri Donnell

Perfect Paper Planes by Heather Hammonds

Nella the Princess Knight Picture Perfect by Derek Harmening

Nella the Princess Knight Pals on Parade by Derek Harmening

Huey, Dewey, and Louie Meet the Witch by Justine Korman

Pirates of the Caribbean Jack Sparrow the Pirate Chase by Rob Kidd

Thomas’ Snowsuit by Rober Munsch

Long Live the Pumpkin Queen by Shea Ernshaw

November Reading 2022

Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Peggy Parish

The Animal Band by Annette Smith

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr Seuss

Mr Tickle and the Scary Halloween by Rodger Hargreaves

Dragon Masters Power of the Fire Dragon by Tracey West

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves retold by Jenny Giles

Shimmer and Shine Magical Mermaids by Bryan Swenlin & Jennifer Bardekoff

The Wonders of Winter in Children’s Own Words Why I Love Winter

Wangari’s Trees of Peace -A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter

Beautiful Butterflies by Liza Charlesworth

Penguins Can Go! by Teddy James

The Rainy Day Picnic by Ruth Lerner Perle

Dragon Masters Song of the Poison Dragon by Tracey West

The I’m Not Scared Book by Todd Parr

Luke’s Go Kart by Jenny Giles

Bat Facts by Lydia Carlin

Counting Bats by Elizabeth Schaffer

An Owl by Scotty Jones

Hello, Whale! by Violet Findley

The Surprise Dinner by Annette Smith

The Ikabog by J.K. Rowling

This Pumpkin by Lilly Perez

I Love Fall by Megan Duhamet

Fall Leaves by James McGee

A Frog Grows Up by James Duhamel

Dragon Masters Flight of the Moon Dragon by Tracey West

The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale

Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine by Herman Parish

What is Cold by Lucy Lucere

Owls in the Garden by Andrew Kelly

That Bug! by Harper McCann

Snow White by Melissa A. Torres

Elephant and Piggy Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems

See the Snow by Scottie Jones

There is a Bird by James Larkin

The Crown on Your Head by Nancy Tillman

Meet Some Mammals by Liza Charlesworth

It Is Winter by Brad Carmichael

Almost Spring by Deborah Schecter

National Geographic Kids Great Migration Elephants by Laura Marsh

Is Your Mama a Llama by Deborah Guarino

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr & John Archambault

Polar Bears Are Wild! by Megan Duhamel

See the Reptiles by Megan Duhamel

Who Is Hiding in the Snow by Violet Findlay

Fish Live There by Lydia Carlin

Dragon Girls Quinn the Jade Treasure Dragon by Maddy Mara

No Coins Please by Gordon Korman

Mr Zinger’s Hat by Cary Fagan

Dreamers by Yuyi Morales

A Wise Wish by Anne Miranda

Let’s Go For a Drive by Mo Willems

Can I PLay Too? by Mo Willems

Bunnicula The Vampire Bunny by James Howe

Pat the Cat by Jennifer Liberta Weinberg

Wake Up Dad by Beverly Randell

Bear’s Diet by Annette Smith

Bathtime by Christine Finochio

Meet Terry Fox by Elizabeth MacLeod

Where is My Hat? by Jill Eggleton

A Kite Race by Christine Finochio

Fishing by Christine Finochio

M Mom by Andy Greer

Ninja by Arree Chung

Dragon Masters Search for the Lightning Dragon by Tracey West

Jounrye of a Humpback Whale by Caryn Jenner

Pam by Tamar Reis-Frankfort

JAck and the Magic Harp by Beverley Rendell

Run for Fun by Steve Metzger

October Reading 2022

The Chronicles of Malachai : The Gift by Daniel L. Sweetnam

The Girl and the Wolf by Katherena Vermette

When I Was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

Not My Girl by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

Dragon Masters Saving the Sun Dragon by Tracey West

Stolen Words by Melanie Florence

Blue’s Clues My Favourite Letters by Deborah Craig

Shimmer and Shine Movie Night Magic by Mary Tillworth

Malaika’s Costume by Nadia L. Hohn

Pete the Cat : Cavecat Pete by James Dean

Watch Out William by Nette Hilton

Little Miss Curious by Rodger Hargreaves

Dragon Masters Secret of the Water Dragon by Tracey West

Scooby Doo’s Super Case Book II by Suzanne Weyn

Why we have Day and Night retold- by Jan Bourdeau Waboose

The Cat and the Hat by Dr Seuss

The Three Beavers Brown by Liz Stenson and Iris Zammit

Dragon Girls Aisha the Sapphire Treasure Dragon by Maddy Mara

The Berenstain Bears and the Shaggy Little Pony by Jan and Mike Berenstain

Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard

The Water Princess by Susan Verde

One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root

Sometimes We Think You Are a Monkey by Joanna Skibsrud and Sarah Blacker

Under the City by Steven Kroll

Canada ABC by Paul Covello

The Long Wait by Carol Nymark

There’s a Hole in the Bucket a retelling of a traditional Carribbean song

Play Ball Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

A Piece of Home by Jeri Watts

Chance To Win

Hello all,

We are one week away from Penti-Con and we have some exciting news for those attending!

First off, we will be having a sale on many of our items at the shop for Penti-Con 2022.

Secondly, there is a chance to win a Canadian Artisan “LED Blush Tail” made by the lovely people at Kitten’s Playpen. This one of a kind, white and pink hand painted tail has two LED strips of light sewn into it, with removable battery packs to turn the lights on or off. It is 55 cm/ 22 in length and has two ways to attach it to your outfit, the first by pin, the second by a ribbon. It includes a bonus removable bow that matches the ribbon tie.

To enter the draw, applicants must spend $40 or more at our costume shop during the Penti-Con event. Multiple entries are available. We will make the draw on Sunday October 23rd, around 2:00pm and will post the video with the winner’s name on both this site and on our Facebook page.

September Reading 2022

Dragon Girls: Quinn the Jade Treasure Dragon by Maddy Mara

Come Back Amelia Bedelia by Peggie Parish

We’re Amazing 1, 2, 3 by Leslie Kimmelman

Froggy’s Day With Day by Jonathan London

Wake Up Mama by Hope Vestergaard

Pinkalicious the Princess of Pink Slumber Party by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious and the Pink Hat Parade by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious Flower Girl by Victoria Kann

Pinkalicious Soccer Star by Victoria Kann

Darker Ages by Aron Lewes

Little Red Gliding Hood by Tara Lazar

Little Red Rhyming Hood by Sue Fliess

Twinkle Twinkle I Love You by Steve Metzger

Rainbow Wakes Up by Debbie Lovestone

Alice the Fairy by David Shannon

Together We Grow by Susan Vaught

Knight Owl by Christopher Denise

Pet Shop Revolution by Ava Juan

Big Al by Andrew Clement

The Ikabog by J.K. Rowling

Goddess Girls: Pandora the Curious by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

The Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown

Gus Was a Friendly Ghost by Jane Thayer

Scooby Doo Shiny Spooky Knights by Gail Herman

Mr. Greedy Goes Shopping by Rodger Hargreaves

Little Miss Sunshine and the Wicked Witch by Rodger Hargreaves

Where Are My Books by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Boy Soup by Loris Lesynski

National Geographic Coral Reefs

National Geographics Manatee

Shopkins Babysitting Blues

Raven and the Box by Terri Mack

The tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan by Beatrix Potter

The Berenstain Bears Out West by Stan & Jan Berenstain

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate

Scooby Doo the Surf Scare by Michelle Nagler

Not Quite Snow White by Ashley Franklin

Dragon Masters Rise of the Earth Dragon by Tracy West

My New Friend Is So Fun! by Mo Willems

A Day of Discouragement

Today I feel defeated as I lay in bed unable to cope with the pain involved in getting up.

For a few years now I’ve felt as though things in my life were becoming more and more of a struggle. I had so many things I could blame that upon. My mental health, my physical health, the financial state we were in, the lack of communication between people, etcetera. Despite this I always tried to look positively towards the future, I’d make goals and plans and begin to work towards them.

Things have been tight financially for us. Prior to purchasing our home we spent money frivolously on things we wanted at the moment but could always make our bills. Recently paying our bills has become a strained game of where the funds will come from. But there was a light at the end of the tunnel. I would be able to work more once both my children were in school. I could get back into making my own costume items for the costume shop, I could take on more shifts with Skip (as long as my body remained mobile) and we could get ourselves out of what feels like an endless circle.

For the last two or so weeks, I had a bad feeling about going out of my evening Skip shifts. It gave me anxiety attacks that would keep me home. I now feel like it was a premonition or a guardian angel or something giving me a warning that something was about to happen. Last night I ignored that nagging feeling, hopped into my car, and made a few deliveries. I wanted to go home but figured one last delivery would be okay to do.

Instead, I ended up in an accident. The arrow for me to turn left onto the highway turned green and I began my turn, meanwhile a woman drove straight through and we collided. Airbags deployed, my car crunched up, I could see a yellow-white smoke and I felt shaken. I have yet to get the dashcam footage out of my car but fortunately all people involved appear to be alright, although in shock. I ended up with the worst of the physical damage with a swollen scratched lump on my forearm/wrist area where the airbag must have hit me.

The car is probably totaled. We have two years of payments left on it and I had planned on beginning to save up for our next vehicle this autumn/winter.

I have so much to figure out, such as: what I’m going to do for income now that I don’t have a vehicle and the buses around my home come around only a few times a day; how I’ll get my children to and from school as it takes them between 45 minutes to an hour to walk to the school from our home; how I’ll attend appointments so I can get my disability application together; and will I even be able to get a replacement vehicle with the way costs are rising?

If it were only the car being damaged, perhaps I wouldn’t feel like this today. But we’ve had a slew of ‘bad luck or fortune’ recently. Deaths of friends and family, our deep freeze breaking down causing us to throw away hundreds of dollars worth of food that went bad, the instability of my health, a hose bib that leaks, an infestation of rodents that our indoor cats have been leaving randomly around the house as gifts, and so on.

So for today only, I am allowing myself to feel the frustrations, the anger, the discouragement, while I attempt to figure out how to move on from the issues bogging me down. Tomorrow I will look for opportunities and positive things in life.

Vibing

I am feeling like I can be productive today like I am vibing on some higher plane and that I can accomplish anything. So I put on my bell-sleeved orange top, and elephant bell jeans, a geode necklace, and some dangly earrings, and put on some nature sounds in the background. I got the kids ready for school and then found that doing dishes wasn’t so easy.

According to my schedule, I’m supposed to be writing or working on my website stuff today, so after dropping the kids off at school I’ve decided to do just that. I am behind on getting my costume shop’s stock up on the website after having taken inventory of our items. I’ll begin that as soon as I’m done here. Not everything will be going up though – as I don’t plan to put event sales items onto the website.

And after that, I’ll work on finishing up Kevin and my most recent short story. I am really enjoying this fantasy world that we are creating, we are struggling to find the time to write together though as I tend to work evenings while he works during the day. We plan to have our short out some time at the beginning of October.