May 17, 2024

Spring Has Sprung!



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May 14, 2024

Green Thumb & a Broken Back


POSTED SUN. MAY 12 TO KEN'S
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Well THIS certainly wasn’t how I had hoped to spend Mothers Day weekend.

I injured my lower back and left thigh and knee. How? Well on Wednesday I decided to transplant my hosta because it was taking up valuable space in my garden. I didn’t want to disturb the roots, so I dug deeply around the plant with the shovel and pushed on the handle with my foot, to help get the plant out. Then I lifted it to the new spot.

Friday when I got up I could not walk. I could not stand up straight. The pain was worse than any pain I have ever experienced (and as those who’ve known me for a while are aware, I have lived with chronic pain for over 40 years, it’s one of the reasons I am on permanent disability).

It’s been 3 days now. I can walk a bit better and can stand up more (but not completely) There’s no swelling, I can wiggle my toes etc. I am pretty sure I pulled muscles or nerves and that’s what’s causing the pain.

I did not go to the hospital for two reasons. The wait time is often many, MANY hours and sitting on the waiting room chairs can be painful. Two, I have every pain medication known to mankind. Some I already take every day and others are used only when necessary. I was thankful to have this arsenal of meds on hand, along with bags of frozen veggies that have now been relegated to ice pack duty.

Thank you to my sister Kim who brought me some food and the Cheeseburger Happy Meal that I requested. Thanks to my neighbour Deanna for lending me a cane.

I am a bit better now but I know this will take a bit of time to heal.

I didn’t check email or go on Facebook for 3 days (a world record for me) and any Scribbles stuff has been put on hold.
BRIEFLY.

I also missed getting together with my mom and sisters for Mother’s Day - although the pop I had bought and the Subway coupons I clipped for the occasion were picked up by my sister, so I was there in spirit.

I look forward to standing up straight and walking properly again hopefully soon.

May 9, 2024

May 3, 2024

Bright Preview of Spring


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May 1, 2024

scribbles VIDEO / Battle of the Best Series 5 RESULTS

From March 1 to April 15, Scribbles offered you 26 friendly battle round on an array of topics, with a mission of finding out which you liked the best.
 
As always the results had some cool surprises, like in some rounds when I thought you'd all vote a certain way but it turned out to be the exact opposite. I love it when that happens!

In this new video, we offer you the results of all 26 rounds plus we have 2 prize draws, where 2 Scribbles pals will win a Mini Mr. Sock and Scribbles keychain.
 
With all that we have to cover, this video is a bit longer than our usual clips. I don't know why I am kinda apologizing for that, the more the merrier would be a more positive way of looking at it. Give us 22 minutes and we'll give you lots of exciting reveals.
 
This video is rated 13+

 
**INSTEAD OF STARTING AT THE VERY BEGINNING THIS VIDEO MIGHT START AT A DIFFERENT SPOT, PLEASE RETURN TO THE BEGINNING TO ENJOY THE VIDEO COMPLETELY. 

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Apr 21, 2024

Majestic View



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Apr 16, 2024

HANDY TIPS / Our Annual Guide to All Things Spring-Related

Here's our special Spring Garden & Cleaning section 

VIDEO  |  Use Vinegar in Your Garden


Save the Bees


VIDEO |  10 Amazing Tips from Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
DIY | Backyard Fountain

DIY  | 
Way To Grow & Tv Stand Repurposed


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Apr 15, 2024

scribbles VIDEO | Make Your Own Organizer


When I visited my sister, I noticed her partner (who has joined in the colouring book craze) had separated his pencil crayons into 8 plastic cups. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong about that, when I got home I came up with this idea. 

This takes up minimal space and can hold a lot of pencil crayons. You could also use it for small paint brushes or office supplies. Let your imagination go wild.


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Sweet Sunset

ENCORE POST FROM MAR. 2023

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Apr 13, 2024

scribbles QUICK CLIP / Mr. Sock & the Total Eclipse

The solar eclipse lasted only a few minutes and Mr. Sock's coverage of it lasts even less time than that (42 seconds to be precise). Here's that brief clip of a once in a lifetime surreal event. 



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Dawn is Way More Than Just a Dish Soap



We've all seen those ads where they're getting oil off birds using Dawn detergent. Dawn removes grease but does not harm the bird. It's biodegradable and contains no phosphates.

Here's some other ways you can use Dawn detergent. They came from a post on Facebook, not sure who wrote them.

BUBBLES

According to Bubbles.org, Dawn dishwashing liquid makes great homemade bubbles. Here is the Giant Bubble Recipe used in bubble makers at many children’s museums: 1/2 cup Ultra Dawn 1/2 gallon warm water 1 tablespoon glycerin (available at any drug store) OR White Karo syrup works too! Stir gently. Skim the foam off the top of the solution (too much foam breaks down the bubbles). Dip bubble wand and get ready for some good, clean fun!

GREASY HAIR PROBLEMS

Kids get into the darnedest things! Like Vaseline and baby oil rubbed into their hair! Dawn is mild enough to use on their hair and strong enough to remove the most stubborn grease.

HAIR PRODUCT BUILDUP

Once a month use original Dawn as you would shampoo. It will remove excess oil from your hair and scalp and strip away any build-up of styling products without any damage. Perform this once a month and you won’t have to buy expensive salon products that do the same thing.

MANICURE SECRET

Soak fingers in full-strength blue Dawn. It makes the cuticles soft and easy to work with. And it removes the natural oil from the fingernails, which allows the polish to adhere very well.


REPEL HOUSEPLANT INSECTS

A safe, effective way to repel insects from your houseplants, including aphids, spider mites and mealy bugs. Put a drop of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid in a spray bottle, fill the rest of the bottle with water, shake well, and mist your household plants with the soapy water.

CLEAN YOUR WINDOWS

Try this recipe from Merry Maids: mix 3 drops Dawn in 1 gallon water and fill a spray bottle with the solution. Spritz and wipe as you would with any window cleaner.

PETS AND PESTS

Use it to bathe the dogs. It kills fleas on contact and is much cheaper than expensive dogshampoos.

CLEAN AUTOMOTIVE TOOLS

After you have finished your automotive repair project, soak your dirty tools in Dawn before you put them away to remove all the oil and grime. Dawn also helps prevent rust from forming on the tools.

ICE PACK

Partially fill a strong zip-type sandwich bag with Dawn dishwashing liquid, close and freeze. The liquid soap stays cold much longer and it can be re-frozen many times. It will conform to the place you need an ice pack.


TUB AND SHOWER CLEANER

Take a spray bottle and fill it halfway with white vinegar. Heat in the microwave. Fill the rest of the way with blue Dawn. Put lid on and shake to mix well. Spray on your tub and shower walls. Allow to sit for a few minutes and rinse away. It will totally melt all the gunk, slime, sludge and other stuff that builds up including a bathtub ring.

REPEL ANTS

Spray counter-tops, cupboards and any other area where you see ants with a solution of Dawn and water. Wipe dry. The slight residue of Dawn that remains will not be a problem at all for kids or pets, but ants hate it. Should you see a trail of ants, go ahead and hit them with the Dawn spray.

STRIPPING CLOTH DIAPERS

Add a squirt or two of original Dawn dish soap to your washer and run a hot wash, then rinse until there are no more bubbles. Dawn is a degreasing agent and helps stripping by removing oily residue. Be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse until the water runs clear.

UNCLOGGING TOILETS

A cup of Dawn detergent poured into a clogged toilet allowed to sit for 15 minutes and then followed with a bucket of hot water poured from waist height will clear out the toilet.

POISON IVY

Poison ivy spreads through the spread of the oil within the blisters. Washing the affected area with Dawn, especially on children who keep scratching the blister’s open, helps dry up the fluid, AND keep it from spreading.

DRIVEWAY CLEANER

If you have gasoline or motor oil stains on your driveway, you can use the kitty litter method to clean up the excess oil and then use a scrub broom and a solution of biodegradable Dawn dishwashing detergent and warm water to safely and effectively remove excess motor oil from the pavement.

OILY SKIN

Dawn makes a great facial cleanser for oily skin. A drop or two combined with warm water will do the trick.

PAINT OR GREASE REMOVER FOR HANDS

Dawn combined with corn oil makes for the perfect paint or grease remover. Simply combine a little bit of both in your hands then rub it over affected areas. The corn oil and the dishwashing liquid both help to dissolve the grease and paint – yet leave skin soft, unlike harsher paint removers.

CLEANING THE KIDDIE POOL

Plastic wading pools can get very gunky, very fast. Dump the water, then scrub the pool with Dawn and a sponge. More potent cleaners like bleach will weaken and dry out the plastic in the sun.

MULTIPURPOSE CLEANER

Merry Maids recommends using a drop of Dawn in water to clean ceramic tile and no-wax/linoleum floors. You can also use the spray on:
• Bathroom and kitchen counters and sinks.
• Woodwork, e.g., baseboards, shelves, and wainscoting. (Dry as you go–wood doesn’t like prolonged contact with water.)
• Tubs and toilet seats.

LAUNDRY PRE-TREATER FOR OILY STAINS

For oil-based stains such as lipstick, grease, butter, motor oil, cooking oil, and some pen inks, simply apply some Dawn dishwashing liquid directly to the stain and scrub with a small brush or toothbrush until the oil is removed, and then launder as usual.

NON-TOXIC LUBRICANT

Sliding glass doors, door knobs, hinges etc. It lasts much longer than any aerosol type spray that I have tried. And Its non-toxic! It does a great job of cleaning the parts that its lubricating as well!


SIDEWALK DE-ICER

For icy steps and sidewalks in freezing temperatures, mix 1 teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1/2 gallon hot/warm water and pour over walkways. They won’t refreeze. No more salt eating at the concrete in your sidewalks


POOL CLEANING

Squirt Dawn down the middle of the pool and all of the dirt, suntan lotion, etc. will move to the edges of the pool for easy clean up! AND it makes the pools sparkle.


EYEGLASS DEFOGGER

Simply rub a small drop of Dawn on eyeglass lenses, and wipe clean. It will leave a very thin film that will prevent them from fogging up.

SHOWER FLOORS

Cover greasy footprints on shower floors with a coating of Dawn; let sit overnight. Scrub away the gunk in the morning with a stiff brush.

APHID CONTROL ON FRUIT TREES

Mix two tablespoons Dawn to a gallon of water and put in your sprayer. Try to get spray both sides of the leaves, branches and the tree trunks. Let sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse the trees THOROUGHLY.

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Apr 10, 2024

RECIPE | Pineapple Delight by Joan Storie

She hasn't made this for some time, but back in the day when my family still lived all under the same roof, my mom used to make this sweet treat fairly regularly. We first featured this recipe in Scribbles Magazine 30 years ago. It was part of our pullout Summer Centrefold, featuring Summer Tips, Gardening info and Recipes. 

The recipe lists items in ounces and inches, that's just how old it is....LOL! You can do the necessary conversions using your smartphone or computer. 


Pineapple Delight

by Joan Storie 

  INGREDIENTS:   

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

1/2 cup butter

1 cup icing sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 cup Cool Whip

20 ounce canned pineapple (well drained)


  INSTRUCTIONS: 
  INGREDIENTS:   

Moisten one cup of graham cracker crumbs with butter and place mixture in bottom of an 8 inch pan. 

Blend remaining butter and icing sugar till light and fluffy. 

Add eggs one at a time beating well. 

Spread mixture over crumbs. 

Sprinkle crushed pineapple. 

Whip cream till it stands and peaks. Spread on top of pineapple. Sprinkle with remaining crumbs (not moistened) 

Preparation time 30 minutes - Chilling time 4 hours

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Apr 7, 2024

scribbles VIDEO / Easter Egg Hunt DRAW 2024

Hippity Hoppity, Easter is over for another year, but not before we find out who this year's winner of Scribbles Annual Easter Egg Hunt is. Check out this new video, featuring Easter Bunny Mr. Sock... of course!
 

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AD / Trivia Night to Help Animal Assistance Society


 

Apr 2, 2024

DIY PROJECT / Make Your Own Bubble Gum Machine (It's Super Easy)


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Mar 28, 2024

scribbles VIDEO / Easter Egg Hunt 2024

We've hidden Easter eggs around Ken's home.
 
Watch as Easter Bunny Mr. Sock goes from room to room pointing out where the eggs are. Count them all, then send us your answer.

All correct entries will have their name added for our random draw.

Prizes include a limited edition Mini Easter Bunny Mr. Sock, Mini Original Mr. Sock, Scribbles keychain and $5 (e-transfer or cheque). 

Because there is a new prize in this contest, everyone can enter, even if you have won recently. Sorry, this contest is open to Canadian friends only, but regardless of where you live, you are welcome to still hunt for the eggs. 

SEND ANSWERS TO US VIA EMAIL, TEXT OR MESSENGER



CONTEST CLOSES THUR., APRIL 4 @ 11:59 PM

CONTEST RULES:
You must be a Facebook friend of Ken's or on Scribbles Email List to Enter. One entry per person. Only those who correctly identify how many eggs are hiding, will be entered in our random draw. 
If your guess is wrong, we will advise you, you can then try again. You can try 3 times. Canadian residents only.

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Things That Turn 45 in 2024

Scribbles isn't the only thing that turns 45 this year. These iconic things do too...
 
Sony Walkman. They were the Smartphone of '79 - early 80's and if you didn't own an authentic Walkman, well that just wasn't cool.

The Dukes of Hazzard. Them good ol' boys Bo & Luke, their sister Daisy and Uncle Jesse spun their wheels and dusted up a storm in their car the 'General Lee', when they hit the airwaves on CBS in January 1979.

Happy Meal. Hard to believe McDonald's "kiddie meal" has been around for over four decades. Today, the Happy Meal offers some healthier options, but a hamburger and fries is still the main attraction.

The Muppet Movie. Wow...Kermit and his felt companions look pretty darn good for 45. With its inspiring message and rainbow connection, The Muppet Movie withstands the passage of time and is as incredible today as it was when Kermie, Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo & pals bicycled their way into theatres in 1979.

Mandarin Restaurant. The popular all-you-can-eat Chinese food chain opened its first restaurant in Brampton, 45 years ago. 

The Facts of Life. This NBC hit was a spinoff from the series Diff'rent Strokes. It starred Charlotte Rae, who reprised her role of housekeeper Mrs. Garrett. Featuring a cast of young up-and-coming actors, The Facts of Life was one of the longest running sitcom series of the 80's.

Dustbuster. These handy, dandy portable vacuums have been sucking for four decades.

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Attempting to cash in on the popularity of Star Trek & Star Wars, this NBC series received lackluster ratings when it first aired. Although it had only 2 seasons, the series went on to become a syndicated cult favourite.

Ringpop. Is it a ring? Is it a candy? Well actually it's both and we've been slipping them on our fingers and licking them for 45 years.

Knot's Landing. Set in a California cul-de-sac, Knot's Landing was a spinoff of the blockbuster prime time soap Dallas.

This Old House. Setting the tone for a multitude of similar themed series, This Old House followed participants as they repaired and renovated their homes.

Hubba Bubba. Created by the Wrigley Company, Hubba Bubba's original promotion was the fact it is less sticky than other gums making it is easier to peel off your skin after a bubble bursts.

Honey Nut Cheerios. Popular cereal Cheerios first hit store shelves in the US in 1941. In 1979 General Mills debuted Honey Nut Cheerios, a new flavour of the breakfast staple.

The Littlest Hobo. Canadian series The Littlest Hobo featured an owner-less German Shepard who wandered from town to town helping people in need. The tail wagging hit was actually a remake of the 1963 series and lasted for 6 seasons. It now airs in syndication around the world.

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scribbles VIDEO / Mr. Sock & the First Day of Spring



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ORIGINALLY POSTED JAN. 26, 2024
In last year's Reader's Survey, you said 'what's NEW with YOU' was your third favourite Scribbles feature. For me, however, it ranks a bit higher. There's something uniquely satisfying when I complete a new edition of 'what's NEW with YOU'. It's kinda like a diary entry, only more colourful and informative. It takes your Facebook pix and turns them into a People Magazine type of celebrity news feature. I love saving your photos, then highlight your adventures here, for you and your fellow special Scribbles friends to enjoy. It makes me happy and I hope it does the same for you.  

Here's what you've been up to...










 “People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” 
– Abraham Lincoln
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Mar 27, 2024

Mar 23, 2024

scribbles VIDEO / Mr. Sock Celebrates Joan's Birthday



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