QUICK UPDATE

Hey there blog readers!

 

I know that I have not posted in almost a week. Things have been a bit busy around here, and I suspect that they will continue to be for the next week or so. However, I thought it would be good to give an update on what we have been up to in the last week:

 

UPDATE ON HOMESCHOOLING

This has really kept me busy most of this week. But, gosh! Though it has been quite challenging, it has also been soooo fulfilling. On the first day, we did the classes in 15 minute spells, taking breaks of 15 minutes after each class. By Friday, my son was enjoying himself so much that he wanted to keep doing more and more lessons.




 
Once, when I refused (this was after like 3 worksheets back to back), Mr. O asked why I was rationing the lessons. I explained to him that I needed the breaks as much as our son did too. Those 15 minute breaks, though less frequent than on Day 1, help me get some other stuff done. Until I fully find my rhythm, I use the breaks to cook, clean up, read, catch up on the blog, rest etc.

 

However, I am so happy and proud that my son is enjoying home school under my teaching. I am motivated to continue and to improve on our schedule and content. While we were able to do all the planned worksheets, we did not complete as much of the Bible as we intended to. Thus, in this new week, we have to be more deliberate about our planning and scheduling to make sure that the Bible learning does not fall through the cracks again.

 

A FRIENDLY ENCOUNTER

So during the week last week, my son and I went for an afternoon walk. We had barely left the house when a neighbour (a 60 something year old French guy who was working on his car in his garage) beckoned us over to come and take pears from his garden. He then disappeared into his garden and came out with about 10 pears for my son. As if he knew that the little guy as a fruiti-vore!



He proceeded to stuff them all into my son’s tee-shirt to make a “pear belly” as he called it. We had to tuck in his tee into his shorts first though. He told us that this was how his friends and him would carry their loot from the garden home in his childhood days.

 

The neighbour told us that he also had cherry, and he essentially supplied the street cherry for their jam or jelly as they call it. My son was soo happy and excited to show his dad his pear belly. We thanked the neighbour and rushed home to show Mr. O. When I think back about that incident, there are like 4 major things that stick out to me as being in stark contrast to my beloved Nigeria.

 

I am not bashing Nigeria (that is not my intention at all). I am just constantly aware of some of the differences between here and there. BTW, these differences also make adapting quite challenging to be honest.

 

NIGERIA VS. CANADA

  1. Run…..or not? In Nigeria, if an old man calls you, your first instinct is to run. This is most often the smart thing to do. However here in Canada, I somehow felt safe following the man to his garden. We waited on the street though, while he went into the garden. In Nigeria, I never even answer strange people when they call, as I have heard stories of people being entranced from the moment they opened their mouths to respond. lol.
  2. Neighbours share! Honestly, later that day, we were standing in front of the house and the next door neighbour came to ask for some home made jam from our landlord. Her son dashed into the house and came out with a mason jar of freshly made jam. At the same time, a lady from across the street brought another jar to give the same neighbour. In Nigeria, for all our good intentions, several unfortunate and evil incidences have made us all very careful and cautious in receiving and giving help. Even if we had to offer, we would hesitate to do so, before someone would later accuse one of poisoning them.
  3. The people here in Canada mostly have what I call “free mind”. This is a state of believing the world and the people therein are good, until they prove themselves to be otherwise. In Nigeria, we have been trained to be the total opposite – believing that everyone is evil, till proven innocent. With religion though, one must learn to ignore all of that, and instead believe in God Almighty, the one who is “greater than the greatest” *in my Daddy G. O. voice*. How else can we navigate life if we are constantly running scared, even when no one is chasing us?
  4. They make jam! Seriously? Who makes jam? What happened to the N300 or N400 jam that is sold in the supermarkets in Nigeria? Our apartment came furnished, and with cooking utensils and dinnerware. I saw some mason jars in the cupboard and could only think of using it for my homemade smoothies. Storing jam in them was definitely not one of the uses I envisaged I would put them to! Lol! However, clearly here, that is their number 1 use. To be fair, cherries, strawberries, etc do not grow in Nigeria so making jam from those fruits is really not realistic. But we could make orange jam? What do you guys think?




 

UPDATE ON DRIVE TEST

We initially planned to take the test on Monday last week, then we pushed it to Tuesday and then just pushed it out indefinitely. We instead spent last week focusing on our new business venture, as well as homeschooling our son. I am not sure when we will take the test tbh, but I hope to get it out of the way fairly soon, before I forget all that I have read. Lol!

 

Mr. O has read the handbook and has suggested that I do too. Not for the purpose of the test, but to ensure that we are fully aware of all the road rules before we start driving. I started reading the handbook last week but I probably stopped on page 30. I guess that is how I will spend my breaks during school this new week. Lol!

 

UPDATE ON HOUSE HUNTING

Photo by Jelle Harmen van Mourik on Unsplash

Today we went for our first viewing. We hope to put in an application for this tomorrow. We love the house and the neighbourhood. It also has 2 of Ottawa’s best schools in its area. We confirmed that the house would give us eligibility to attend these schools by putting the address into the Ottawa School District Board School Locator.

 

This is a very useful tool by the way. For those intending to come to Ottawa, I suggest you use it when house hunting. Other cities have their own school locators. You could use Google to search for this.



WRAPPING IT ALL UP

In this new week, I hope we are focusing on house hunting and improving our home schooling schedule. Hopefully, we will also find time to sit for the knowledge test. As always, I will update you guys soon with hopefully good news on all fronts by God’ grace.

 

Have a great week everyone. May God bless you all!

 

Mrs. O

16 thoughts on “QUICK UPDATE

  1. Your experience in Canada sounds so sweet and heartwarming. Reminds me of my younger years in the village where there was an old man who with an orchard. He had guava trees and other fruit trees and we used to look forward to when he’ll invite us to have some of his fruits.

    It’s amazing that humans still live and act this way. It feels and sounds like a real home, a real neighbourhood with truly caring neighbours. The kind of environment a child should grow in.

    I pray I get such a homely neighbourhood to bring up my children too.

    Is your present home an apartment building (All those sky rise we’ve been seeing on kijiji) or a proper house?

    1. U make me wanna come to Canada. My own Mr O has been dragging me since. He asked that i check your blog to see your experiences perhaps they will encourage me, and I must say i haven’t been let down.

      About the fruits….serious lol. all the fruit trees in my neighborhood while growing up had red clothes and water bottles hanged on them. (u dare not get close to them if u love yourself and your family). whether or not the myths behind them are true, I did not want to find out. I wish you a very nice stay babe.

    2. Ooooh! I can just imagine, re: fruits in the village. I’m sure they were big and fresh too!

      I also pray you get a nice neighbourhood to live in. From speaking with the landlord’s wife, this is really important. The kids here are like a family. They go to one another’s homes. They ride their bikes together almost everyday. Their parents are all good friends. I asked her why she likes it here and she said, “because the parents here share our same priorities.” She said they found some neighbourhoods where they were more focused on the cars they drove, and what they owned. But the people here are very unpretentious.

      Our neighbourhood is not too bad. We live on a nice street. It is a detached house and we are renting the basement. All the houses on the street are similar. However, some of the nearby roads have some mini apartment blocks. The residents here are not too happy with this, as they have brought in some “low income” crowd. This, she said, was the only bad thing about this area. But still, it is quite safe.

      We are considering a condo (a serviced flat in one of those sky rise buildings) for our permanent accommodation. It all really depends on what we find in the good school districts. Even though our son doesn’t start school till next year, we do not want to have to move again in September next year.

      1. Nice to hear you are making good progress settling down. I have always thought getting a job (or at least having a good idea where your prospective workplace would be) should come before getting a permanent accommodation…looks to me like you are of a contrary opinion. May I know why this is so? We are planning to come in 5 months (by faith)

        1. Well done Mrs O. My fiancée and I plan on applying together as common law partners. We are not ready to get married yet. Do you think its feasible using the common law partnership route?

        2. Very good question Mrs. O (I’m the original one btw :p).

          We didn’t really come here with the intention to work right away. We have a small business which we run, and we will be focusing on that for the next couple of months. Also, Mr. O’s profession means that he can work remotely and so wherever we chose to live should be fine with his work.

          However, that said we have paid till the end of October (2 months) in this temporary accommodation, and we have the option to extend it till the end of November if we want. Our host has been very understanding. This time should be sufficient for us to get clarity on our situation and what we want to do next.

  2. Well done Mrs O. My fiancée and I plan on applying together as common law partners. We are not ready to get married yet. Do you think its feasible using the common law partnership route?

    1. Hi BolajiO,

      I am afraid I do not know much about this route. The advice I usually give people who are not yet married, is to go ahead and apply as a single applicant, and add your spouse once married. Lots of people have done this with relative ease and their application have only taken an extra 4 weeks or so from the moment they added their spouse. You would need all the usual supporting documents though. Photographs, marriage certificate etc.

      Now, the route you are proposing may be better, but I have not heard of it before now.

      Hope someone with more experience here can help. Please update us if you learn something.

      Best,

      Mrs. O

  3. Nice blog. I eagerly look forward to reading your blog post every week. We are planning towards relocating to Canada precisely Ontario (thinking of London) and the first hand information has been really really helpful.

    1. Thanks Desola. Wish you all the best on your journey. Please keep us posted. I have heard nice things about London. Why did you choose there?

  4. Mami Mrs O, am loving your writeup, as thoe am also in ya backyard****

    Fruits like strawberry, raspberry and some other exotic fruits are kuku grown in Jos, it was recently that the confidence level for the farmer increased hence patronage even in down west here ( talk of patronize made/produced in Nigeria & capacity), we shall get there someday…

    In the spirit of Independence & independence holiday, have a fab week!!

  5. what a warm write up..
    i could not but notice your house hunting experience. i just what to know, were u accommodated by strangers provided by the government?

  6. what a warm write up..
    i could not but notice your house hunting experience. i just what to know, were u accommodated by strangers provided by the government?
    thanks

    1. No, we didn’t. We rented an airbnb apartment. I didn’t even know there was such the option of staying with a stranger.

      I would assume that would be for refugees only though. That is the reason they ask us to show funds of a certain amount – to prove that we can sustain our families for up to 6 months in Canada.

      Please share more info. Thanks

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