Jan 16, 2011

"I don't care how many cans you've opened,
I refuse to come out until you open the cat food variety I decide is best today"

Chloe (Tammie Holditch and Lee's kitty)

Ken's Ten Most Memorable Events of 2010

10. Getting my iphone - Ok, it sounds pretty superficial to put this on my countdown list, but it does represent a favourite moment of my 2010. Not to sound like a TV ad but there's so many things I can do with this device, it's a perfect match for me and for scribbles.

9. Around the bonfire at N.E.T. Campground - For so many reasons, this Sat. evening in Oct. was special. It was the first time I would get out to visit my pals Doug and Heather seasonal campsite in some time, it was their son Andrew's 25th Birthday, it was soon be Doug's 50th, I had just celebrated my own leap to 50, so I was rolled into the celebration. I met Tammie Holditch and her boyfriend for the first time and her brother Ricky was also able to join us cooking up a storm on the BBQ. Heather handed out extra-long sparklers which we lit around the fire while singing Happy Birthday to Everyone., Bob, Liz, Steph, Jack, Sassy..LOL - It was such a magical moment.

8. Wine Fest with the Girls and Figure Four - Niagara's Annual Wine Festival in Sept. is a favourite any year, but this year it was even better. Not only did I get to hang out with girlfriends Becky, Shanny, Julie, Jodi, Elena and Pam but I got to watch the local group The Figure Four perform twice that day. Later, scribbles featured an interview with Michael Chess -lead singer for the group. We have since seen the Figure Four at local venues and each show is truly one-of-a-kind.

7. Weekly Dinner at Mom's - Sometimes it's on a Tues. sometimes on a Wed. but with few exception I usually get to enjoy dinner at my mom's each week. This 'tradition' of sorts started years ago when she first got a computer and needed some basic tips. I'd come over and after dinner give her a pc lesson, it was great. These days there's not many computer lessons but still a checklist of things for us to do after dinner, and I hope there always will be.

6. Girls Cottage Weekend - Pappineau Lake was the location of an exciting girls-weekend at the family cottage of Becky Lee and Susan Edwards. Invited to join them were Jodi, Gail, Patti, Shanny, Julie and yours truly as "Jack". Timmi was also on board and despite car problems on route, it was an amazing weekend and I can't wait until we do it again in 2011.

5. Engagement Announcement - OK I expected some interest when Rob and I announced we were engaged on his birthday Mar. 5th. What we failed to anticipate is just how many people wanted to attend the big day. Both
Rob and I agreed, nothing too elaborate, but a sizable guest list was a must. Recently we have decided to call off the engagement. We can't afford to have the wedding we want right now and we are still very much in love. So it is all good.

4. I was actually dreading my 50th birthday on Oct 2nd but it turned out to be quite the day indeed. A Sat. afternoon visit to a local club turned into Party Central as I was followed around the bar by an interesting character to the enjoyment of my friends Becky, Susan and Gail, who had taken me there. This was part of my 3 day birthday celebration, which also included a surprise from the girls at work and a family birthday party at my mom's. Not bad for something I had dread.

3. I originally hadn't planned a hiatus from scribbles this Spring, but when my then web program provider messed up my site I got very hot and needed a break. During that time I discovered the Blogger site and instantly took to it. So number three this year is the new scribbles web site you are at right now.

2. Everlasting Pain -It's not something I enjoy but I certainly can't ignore ...my continuing chronic pain in my neck and back. If you're lucky enough to have an old hard copy scribbles magazine around, you could probably check and see neck and back pain on lists way back then too. I've had in for years and we just keep trying new things to relieve it. For better or worse my miserable old neck is still on the hit list.

1-Visiting Renfrew -There were so many reason to enjoy this years visit to Renfrew. It was my first time driving there and back, it was Rob's first visit and it was the first time I'd been in the Valley in some time. What a great week we had! Visiting with relatives, showing Rob my hometown and other Renfrew favourites. Crazy fun with Jeanne, Megan and Peter -like hot tub night- LOL. YEP #1 in my book, #1

 posted JAN 2011

Another Frightening Fire at my Apartment Building

It's 1:30 am, I am sleeping, the fire alarm sounds. I wake up. "F**k, not again" I cry out. Not another fire in my apartment building, didn't we just do that a few years ago? (Yes we did and yes it was)

But as I had suspected as I threw on some pants and shoes and prepared for another abrupt exit from the big brick building I've called home for over 12 years now, this is no drill and the danger is very real. A corner unit on the 2nd floor is engulfed in flames. We would late find out, 4 people were rescued from the unit, including 2 from the bedroom window by firefighter's ladder. Careless smoking is the suspected cause. One person would be hospitalized for several days to follow.

Huddled together in Rob's big car until 5:30am were Rob, myself, my sister Jane, her partner Ken, my nephew Graham and my cat J.R.  (Absent were Timmi -who fortunately was at Nana's and missed the whole thing and Alysha who was tucked safely under the bed and wouldn't come out). There were several city buses for tenants to stay warm and dry.

The fire was brought under control quickly but the damage from smoke was severe. Every tenant on the entire 2nd floor are not allowed in their apartments until further notice. There are official notices posted all over the place and 24/7 security on the floor. I'm one floor above the action So it came very close.Imagine how that would feel. one minute in your apt., the next you're out. WOW that could be ME right now!

We often hear how even in the most trying of times, people come together.  I saw it that night - when I was instructing my neighbour one floor below me that the fire was on her floor and to place wet towel at the door and return to the balcony. I saw it when a tenant pulled up with his Caravan and offered people a warm place to sit. I saw it at 5:30 in the morning when someone who had been waiting in their car knocked on the window to tell us we could go back inside now. Neighbours banding together at time of crisis.

Never fun at the best of times and even a bit more unnerving for me right now with the med change going on. I've had a few dreams with fire in them now and then. That's a dream I hope doesn't come true again for a very long time.

 This just in...
I was happy to read notices when I got home tonight that 2nd floor residents could return home. All units except the fire unit and the unit above it are inhabitable again. That was a week out of their homes, just for living on the same floor as the fire. Actually given the degree of work that had to be orchestrated, they returned rather quickly. Although I'm certain for the 2nd floor residents it was more than long enough.

Another New Furry Face

OK, maybe we did mention Rover before, who cares, he's too cute not to mention again and fits in perfect with all the great pet photos scribbles is featuring this week.

Seen here, Ethan MacParland of Renfrew poses with his little furrball friend Rover. Since kids and kittens grow so fast, we'll kept you up to date with new pix of both.

Jersey's Snow Day

Here's more pix of Jersey, Sami Basnett's terrier poodle, as she braves the elements on these cold January days. BRRRRRR....bundle up baby girl, does mommy give you a treat when you're back inside all cozy and warm?
Tammie Strikes the Pose!
Oh baby, we love this 'superstar' shot of our rookie scribbles fan Tammie Holditch, found on facebook (wow, there's a surprise, LOL) Good one Tammie, I'm totally lovin' those shades and head tilt.

Well Hello There Big Blue Eyes!

This orange sweetheart is Archie and her new mommy is Millie. How are Millie and Archie associated with scribbles?  Millie's daughter is Marlene Jansen -it was Marlene Inch when we went to High School together.

Thanks to facebook, Marlene and I reconnected recently and of course this gave me a chance to introduce her to scribbles. These days Marlene is a wife and mother and as adventureous as ever, as her facebook page reveals.

Marlene it makes me smile to think that you have taken the time to enjoy scribbles and my pleasure to officially introduce you to our scribbles family. It was some time ago, but I do remember hanging out at your family's home after school and sharing laughs together (although I'll be damned if I can remember what we might have been laughing about.)

Jan 15, 2011

A Little Faith

This dog was born on Christmas Eve in the year 2002. He was born with two legs - he, of course, could not walk when he was born. Even his mother did not want him. His first owner also did not think that he could survive and he was thinking of 'putting him to sleep'.

But then, his present owner, Jude Stringfellow, met him and wanted to take care of him.

She became determined to teach and train this little dog to walk by himself. She named him 'Faith'.

In the beginning, she put Faith on a surfboard to let him feel the movement. Later she used peanut butter on a spoon as a lure and reward for him for standing up and jumping around. Even the other dog at home encouraged him to walk.

Amazingly, after only six months Faith learned to balance on his hind legs and to jump to move forward.
After further training in the snow, he could now walk like a human being.

Faith loves to walk around now.

No matter where he goes, he attracts people to him.

He is fast becoming famous on the international scene and has appeared on various newspapers and TV shows.

There is now a book entitled 'With a Little Faith' being published about him.

He was even considered to appear in one of Harry Potter movies.

His present owner Jude Stringfellow has given up her teaching post and plans to take him around the world to teach that even without a perfect body, one can have a perfect soul.

It's a Gold for Winger at World Hockey Championships

Our Niagara scribbles pal Mike Wing got up-close-and-personal with hockey's original "great one", Bobby Orr at the Buffalo World Junior Hockey Tournament. When proud Mikey posted the awesome photo one of his facebook friends asked who that was beside him. Google Bobby Orr and get back to us.

You look very happy here Winger.  So many of the photos I copy from your facebook page are of you and some celebrity. Rock stars, Sports stars, you mingle with the best of them and I consider you our official unofficial scribbles star trekker, so please keep those awesome photos coming.

It's a Small World After All

Diane and BJ Murray enjoyed a week at Disney and Univeral Studios in Florida this December and from the smiles on their faces and photos on facebook, the Vineland couple were just big kids having the time of their lives.

Be sure to click on the pix above to see a larger version of the happy couple hanging from "Jaws" mouth..LOL, ya, that's my kind of funny. Glad you had a great time!!

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Up Up and Away

On their recent trip to Key West, our TO pals Jeff Stewart and his life partner Frankie got to take flight, swim with dolphins and evidentally have the time of their lives.

Jeff your photos really captured the moments -I admit,  I DO have a favourite, yep, it's your reaction when you and Frankie are about to set sail. That's a great one, I think I'll induct it into our new LOL Club.

I'm so happy for you my friend. From when we first met to where we both find ourselves today and then we have those crazy men in our lives that we're hopelessly devoted to...warts and all. Who would have thunk it?  LOL.

Here are some exciting photos taken when Marlene and Ron Jansen visited Asia

What a great view Marlene

Katie Loves her new Four-wheeled friend "Betty"

Katie Lacey took a few extra days off over the holidays to get better acquainted with her sporty new white car which she calls "Betty" (appropriately enough, since her last car was dubed "Barney")

In their initial weeks the "girls" have become BFF's, now let's just hope there's no little Bamm Bamm's down the road!  Enjoy your car Katie!

Where in the World is Little Tyson Lee?

We've looked all around St Catharines and we just can't find Tyson Lee anywhere. Could the rumour be true? Did he really move to BC to attend the Art Institute of Vancouver and make his mom, auntie and himself Skype's number one fans. LOL! True that! Tyson moved to BC after Christmas but his mom Becky's case of "Empty Nest Syndrome" hit well before he had left Ontario. To ease the transition, Tyson's Aunt Susan (aka "Mary") joined our young 20 something in BC to find a place for him to live, etc. This way Mama Bird back in St Catharines could sleep a bit easier, well, maybe for one night at least.

Sandra Makes Magic at her Mother's Bedside

Sandra Burger spent much of the holiday season at her mother Linda's bedside at the Welland Hospital. "Aunt Linda" as she is know to the rest of us (even if she isn't officially our Aunt) had some big health scares recently and has been in hospital for some time now. Things have improved over time. The tube is out and she can talk, she has lost some weight and her spirits are good. And as for daughter Sandra, who has been by her mom's side the entire time...well she's perfected the magical act of making her mother float.

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Hospital Hocus Pocus
Sandra the Magician

Christmas Memories 2010

Christmas in Port Colborne with hubbies Dave and Chris and below,
their adorable pooch Gonish.

get a bird's eye view - click on pix to view large version

Family gathered at Don and Kim Papple's home
on Christmas Day for lots of great food and company.

Forget the presents give me the wrapping paper anyday

Holiday fun with my family.

Seen here with his parents Jimmy and Phoebe Papple, this was little Thomas' First Christmas

William Blythin (above) shows his friend the fine art of unwrapping your gift.

Kiera Blythin's first Christmas 
and what a cute little Santa she makes.

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OK, so here's the scoop behind this Invasion of the Terri-Robes. While shopping I saw them a month or so before Christmas and it kept coming up as a great choice for so many on my list -myself included, of course. So up I went to the checkout counter with six soft fluffy white bathrobes and six less people on my gift list!

Our bathrobe beauties above are Don and Kim Papple, Jane Storie and her partner Ken Clark. Rob and I show off our robes in the top left corner of our robe collection.

more Holiday Memories....

Happy New Year from Rebekah and pals in Winnipeg Manitoba.

My mom having fun with her zebra squeak toy.

In this pix and video clip below, we're going for a zebra-themed "Statue of Liberty" look,
it didn't quite work...LOL,

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Fozzie relaxes on Sandi as Emily gets lots of attention from Clarence.
Christmas Eve 2010 @ Marsha Scott's

On Boxing Day, Rob helped his Patti sister prepare a holiday feast at her home in Welland . Rob set up a lovely table and there was even enough salad for baby Alina to have a bowl, even though she was still in her mommy Heather's belly at the time. LOL -It was a mighty fine salad!

Animal Magnetism.
 Megan Fox looks lovingly at Milo on New Year's Eve.

Got my shotglass-on-a-chain, I'm ready!

Shotglass seems to be working

Uniforms & muscles - I'm liking this guest list, Jeanne and Megan

Counting Down...

Graham cheers:
"Happy New Year...it's 12:00 AM
Whoa Whoa"

New Kid on the Block Making Her Rounds

Thanks to facebook and iphone, I've seen lots of photos of Rob's niece Alina Skye Dennis getting to meet her relatives and friends. There's one glaring exception, yours truly. She's met Uncle Rob but has yet to meet Aunt Kenny...LOL! (It's OK Rodney, Auntie still loves you and I will meet your new daughter soon) 

Heather and Rodney Dennis and 4 year old son Kade welcomed their beautiful daughter Alina at 8am Wed. Jan.5th. She weighed 7 lbs 8 oz. and was born at home with the assistance of a midwife in the family's Welland home. Proud papa Rodney said on facebook "She is so perfect I am definitely in for trouble when she gets older...lol". [ Now you will see things from a whole new perspective eh Rodney? ]

From Aunt Linda to her parents, niece, nephew, grandma, brother, little Alina looks even cutier if you click pix to view large version