Gifted with Art

Gifted, as in ‘ receiving of a gift’ and not ‘one blessed with skill’.  Thus far I haven’t found a reliable supplier for Gifted in a Bottle.

Darling Hubby gifted me with 2 carry cases of art supplies but these came with strings attached.  He wishes me to do the #sketchaday challenge.  Is it because he has faith in me? or because he is tired of hearing the artist’s whine ‘thissss suckkkkssss…SIGHHHH’?  Regardless, I am going to strive to not let him down!

Insert here one Instagram account, updates to the website, and several new Netflix series and we should be about set.  Join me!  #sketchaday

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Jackskull’s Youtube Channel

Dear Friends and Family,

I am starting my own Youtube Channel, I do have a starter recording software called Bandicam. I will most likely be making a Studio in the office or my Mom’s Art studio, or somewhere that has quite a bit of Light. My channel will have 1 or 2 videos posted a week, and will be mostly Gaming or Entertainment.  I will also be playing with my little brother Gabe on a few different games like Garry’s Mod,Unturned,Cry of Fear, and more.

Some of you may be worried about my safety, But there is no need to worry, because I have reviewed the Rules and Privacy policy of being a youtuber.

  1.  Make sure you are comfortable with the videos you have posted or going to post
  2. If you have videos that you don’t want certain people to see, it might not be a good idea to post them
  3. Know what type of Content you want to record and/or post
  4. :Don’t just post a video because someone told you or asked you to
  5.  Make sure you want to post the video, you never know who might Repost or share it.


We have also made Home Recording rules;

  1.  For the first Three Months or first 12 Videos, can only be seen by Friends and Family only
  2.  Have a Suitable room for recording
  3.  Mom or Dad must Preview the video before it is Posted.
  4.  I must have permission from anyone/everyone in the Video.
  5. We do not use Anyone’s real Name or Addresses.

In Conclusion,

I hope to hear feedback from anyone who chooses to. (this means you (Specifically))

Sincerely Jackskull


Pack Education


This morning I am filling the silence with a video on the rebuilding of the wolf population in the Yellowstone Park.  I know.  Riveting.  But I am enjoying the sounds of the howls and the family-ness of the social structure is awesome to study.  It inspired me to take a moment with my own k9 pack.

I went outside with them for a bit. I wandered around my gardens for a bit with them and then welcomed them into the house.  That’s when things got funny.

The documentary carried on and the sounds of the wolves started up again.  My hounds got very excited in response to the calls.  I am not sure what they thought they had found but they really wanted to check them out. Lol


Love these moments.


Give me the Lake or Give me Death

I love my kids and, for the most part, homeschooling has brought us closer together.  There.  I have covered my butt.  Now the rest of the story.

There are days where the love may not be enough to save their hides and where the F-bomb falls from this mothers lips as an indicator of the last nerve snapping.  These are not the days of glory.  These are not the days where are gets added to the home gallery or where we triumphantly whoop when a unit gets completed. These are the days where you are having to decide what fights are worth being Tha Waterloo.

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Working on a submission for High River Banners


Spending a Sunday afternoon being brave.  High river is doing a banner contest where 40 pieces of local art will be made into street banners.  I have been encouraged to submit something.  I am terrified.  My inner sabateur is having a field day with the ” you aren’t good enough” and ” who do you think you are?!” Comments.  I am going to push through and submit.  Regardless of the acceptance of this piece or not, I will see it as success if I hand it in and DO it.  See it through and be brave!

Newspaper Photo

In the News

My picture was in the paper…  right opposite the article about High River Families being Apathetic.  Nope. You didn’t read that wrong.

Newspaper Photo

  1. YAY I was in the paper!   And the picture wasn’t horrible.  I am really flattered and honored to be in print.  It’s odd and giddy feeling.  :)
  2. I emailed the newspaper with the following:

I am saddened to see that the reputation the High River Times has for it’s errors has been supported.

In this week’s newspaper the first 4 pages had 2 easily found errors, one of which completely changes the tone of the article.

Fort McMurray family overwhelmed by High River, FSD warm welcome
By Paul Krajewski
“People are so nice because of what they went through in 2013; they’re very apathetic of our state and how long we are going to be away from our homes …”


showing or feeling no interest, enthusiasm, or concern.
“apathetic slackers who don’t vote”
synonyms: uninterested, indifferent, unconcerned, unmoved, uninvolved, disinterested, unemotional, emotionless, dispassionate, lukewarm, unmotivated, halfhearted;

Spell Check does not make up for good editing.

The second error is one I was concerned about when I was interviewed by Paul at the High River Library on Wednesday. He was very eager to get information from me as an artist in residence but not willing to slow down and listen. I corrected him clearly that I am not THE artist in residence but one of many artists that share their work with the library and that I was one of the many resident artists. Also spelling my name for him repeatedly still lead to it being spelled wrong in the paper. While I appreciate the coverage, I would hope that news reporters would be more careful about the details of what they share.

Please show more care with your words and facts to avoid the alienation of your audience and to not contribute to the prejudices that small towns often fall victim to.

Will see what response I get.  ( Have mixed feelings about this. LOL)


Childhood Memories in Sticky Sweetness

My boys vibrated with excitement as they realized what they were making.  Every ingredient was their favorite and waiting for them to cool in the fridge was torture!  Simple, sweet, and packed with Manitoba Prairies Memories these treats are far from sugar free but fill a whole different food group category.  Sweet Memories.

Peanut Butter Squares
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Peanut Butter Squares
Print Recipe
1 8x10" pan
Cook Time Passive Time
15 min 30 min
1 8x10" pan
Cook Time Passive Time
15 min 30 min
Servings: 8x10" pan
  1. Melt together butterscotch chips, butter and peanut butter.
  2. Remove from heat. Fold in mini-marshmallows. Do not over stir as they will melt!
  3. Transfer to parchment paper lined 8" x 10" pan. Chill.
  4. Slice and serve. Store in cool location.
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Updated Mission – Tha Plan 2016?

Every spring I get the renewal notification for my website hosting package.  Every spring I try to decide if I will ACTUALLY write the upcoming 12 months.  I think it is more the archived memories that keeps me renewing than the actual commitment to pound the keys and express myself.

Dare I trumpet that this year will be different?  Sure.

That's LoveThe Plan for the remaining 6 months of 2016:

  1. Add an art section
  2. Have the spawn add to the homeschooling section
  3. Do weekly recipes for Charla ;)
  4. Do some backdating of events and information that have been sitting in draft form for way too long.
  5. Oh!  And actually publish some of those photos that I haven’t been processing from my camera

The old adage is that you make time for what is important to you.  This is important to me and I can make time for it.

  • Logs off to wave pompoms of pep-talk at the boys!

A death in the Fish-dom

'I take it you'd like the traditional, 'flushing down the toilet' service?'

“I wanna have a GOOD funeral” he says.  Another fish has gone to meet his maker.  This one was a doozer.  A Beta that got sick ( silver gills ) and we treated for 2 days only to lose him at the end.

“what do you consider not-so-dark?”  We brainstormed.  Post funeral snacks were mentioned.  This consisted of choclate in many forms.  I avoided suggesting red jube jube fishes.

“What about your eulogy?”  I attempted to redirect back to thoughts.  ” He was a good fish.  We are sad to have not caught his illness in time.  He was always roaming around in the tank…”  His eyes got teary.

“what about his good days before he got sick?  What did you really like about Bronze?”  Who knew that fish deaths would be this challenging.  ” Well, he was calm for a fighter fish.  Peaceful and quiet.  Each morning I loved watching him eat and he always said ‘Hi’ in bubbly fish speak.”

“How can we say good-bye?”  The child groaned.  ” Mom, you seriously aren’t putting this on the website are you?”  I tried not to laugh. Apparently, he knows me well!

Farewell, Bronze.  You will always hold a place of Gold in a child’s tender heart.


We have a jumper!


AKA Tha Jumper

So I got fish 3 days after Christmas. Digger,Ying and Yang,Goldy,Bronze and Reggi.

In the morning when I fed my fish I saw movement on the counter by the food. I looked and I SAW  REGGI!  He JUMPED OUT OF HIS TANK!  He  scared mum and I we did not no what to do in tell mum grabbed a post-it note and scooped hem up and put hem back.  She saved him.