Saturday, May 22, 2021

When you have upgraded your Home and the people you live with are intent on destroying it.

Sometimes you wonder ...will this sh%% lockdown ever end? Everyone is at home, in your face, indefinitely. And no matter how much everyone tries to sugar-coat it, having your family around all the time is a challenge. 
A ginormous challenge. 

Mother feeling depressed

Phrases like ....'You are the worst parents and this is the worst Family ever!' get thrown out there by adult children who randomly decide to move back into their parents Home. In the meantime, parents who thought their parenting days were done, are thrown into complete chaos:  clothes and belongings pitched onto floors, bathrooms that are filthy, and driveways that are packed with trucks, and campers and boats, among other things. 

Bathroom with soaking tub,

The only place left to go is the bathroom, and your vehicle, yes, you can go,  and just go sit in your car. (sounds like someone has watched Too much Cat in the Hat....). You just want to run away from it all. but wait, you CAN'T go anywhere because of Covid and lockdowns. 

If some don't get sick from Covid, they will surely feel the effects of prolonged isolation, and may suffer prolonged mental health issues, depression, alcoholism and drug addictions, and sadly death by overdose. If someone in your family has died, you can't have a funeral as Churches are closed. 

Let's talk about your Home. Since the outbreak of Covid, Home renovations have increased to the point where wood and building supplies have jumped upwards in price. Supply chain challenges have hit every industry and product, which is why this is not a good time to do Home Renos. What renos are the most popular? Decks, Kitchen redos, Bathroom redos, Home Gyms, and Home offices.  House prices have jumped, partly because of low interest and mortgage rates. For most people, their Home is their biggest asset. Which is why it makes no sense when people who live in your Home are intent on destroying takes money, time and a lot of upheaval when doing Home renos. No-one is anxious to redo a room you have already done. 

oak floor being removed

Have you renovated rooms, only to have to redo them after a couple of years? What is your take on this? While your children are growing up, wear and tear of a Home is inevitable, but when they are adults and have moved out, then decided to move back home, it is very difficult. When they start yelling at you, in your own Home, because you dare voice your opinion, then something is very, very wrong. 

Who decided that parents should forever look after their children ...? Until the parents enter the Nursing Home, or until said parents are dead....surely it is not too much to expect that adult children can adult? 

Parents don't want to parent for the rest of their lives, maybe they have things they would like to do, like travel, or learn to paint, or whatever... They have earned the right to some time off. They are not responsible for the choices an adult child has made. It is not their job to FIX everything that is lacking in an adult child's Life. 

woman walking on a beach

Somehow, in the midst of all the chaos, we must struggle to keep our sanity, and to choose to be Happy. Baby step by baby step. Self care is of the utmost importance.
'nobody said it was easy' scrabble letters

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Mother's Day Gift delivery, Thunder Bay & Slate River, On

Thunder Bay Flower & Gift shop

Joanna Gaines Cookbook 1

Happy Mother's Day to all Moms! If you need some ideas for a Gift for your Mom, read on. This is our Joanna Gaines Gift package, with her first Cookbook and our black ash Charcuterie board with live edge. There is also a small tin of Culinary Lavender buds, for making Lavender lemonade, or Lavender cupcakes.  

Joanna Gaines cookbook & charcuterie ash slab

Lake gift set the Camellia

For your Mom who loves Camping, but hates all the bugs we have here in Northern Ontario. A pair of handmade Flannel pillowcases, a No-see-um Mosquito net, camo leggings with Bug spray, and a stencilled Lake sign. Phone to order at 807-475-3551. 

No see um net

What are No-see-ums? They are pesky things that are tiny, they come out in the evening, their bites sting and are very itchy. This netting is very fine, 210 threads per square inch. Price is $49.95 +hst.

Dried Rose bunch for Thunder Bay delivery

 A  Gift of Dried Roses will last for a long time, and as long as you place then in a spot that's away from light, there is no upkeep!

coconut husk plant hanger

For all you Plant-Mommas out there, this Coconut Plant holder is a unique Gift, and will hold 2 Air plants. Buy online at

goats milk fish theme soap

Being a Mom is hard. Sometimes a shower is the only place to sneak a break from taking care of others. Here at the Camellia, we have a fine selection of hand-made Goat Milk soaps, like this Fish themed soap. 

Clara Clark sleep well package

Moms need all the sleep they can get ( their job is a tough one!), so why not treat  her to our Sleep well package? it has a Clara Clark cooling pillow, a set of very, very soft microfibre sheets, and a Lavender sleep spray from Neob Lavender farm in Niagara-on-the-lake. 

Lavender products to help anxiety

Lavender helps with anxiety, and as children get older, Moms will be fighting anxiety. We have Lavender bunches grown in France ( these really smell wonderful1), Lavender soap from Napa soap company in St. Helena, with Pillow spray and Muscle aches reliever roll-on from Neob Lavender.

Lavender spa package at The Camellia

If you need Mother's Day gift delivery in Thunder Bay and surrounds, ( Slate River), phone us at 807-475-3551. Shop online at
Parking lot pick-up at this time of Covid Lockdown. 
30/32 Hacquoil Rd. Slate River, On.