Sep 30, 2012

Ten Amazing Years

Happy 10th Anniversary to Bill and Janet McParland (seen here with their boys Ethan and Jack). The couple's big day was Sept. 28th and although they've been busy with major home renovations these days, we're betting they still found time to celebrate.  CONGRATS!!

Face Off

William Blythin looks dog gone adorable with his face painted like a puppy, while his little sister Kiera takes matters into her own hands, using her yummy cupcake to create her cool look.
The Wil Show Posts Final Clip in Big Brother Parody

Here it is, the last of three video clips which pokes fun at this year's Big Brother series. For more silly clips and music videos by Wil Heuser, Click Here >> THE WIL SHOW

Sep 28, 2012

One Year Later...
 ...We Will Always Remember "Mrs. Campbell"

I was taken back when visiting my mother Joan recently and she mentioned that we were quickly approaching the anniversary of Vivian Campbell's passing.

"Anniversary" seems like an odd word to be using when mentioning someone's departure. Anniversary is a word that we usually associate with joyous events like a married couple who have enjoyed another year together or the date one acknowledges an accomplishment, such as the date for which they quit smoking or drinking and other worthy causes.

Yet September 28, 2012 is the anniversary of Vivian's passing and while we're not celebrating the fact that she is no longer with us, we do take this time to remember when she was.

Vivian and her family lived next door to my family on Rebecca Street. My mother often recalls how Vivian was the first to welcome her to the neighbourhood, all those years ago. I became friends of the "Campbell kids" and over the years we shared many wild and crazy adventures.

In what seems now like the blink of an eye, the kids in those homes soon became adults and moved out on their own. Vivian and Joan became widows and their similar paths brought them even closer. "Mrs. Campbell" had become far more than the lady who lived next door, she was a very special friend.

After Vivian crossed over, her son and daughters (Kirby, Karin and Kelly) brought a large potted fern next door to Joan's house. It was from Vivian's garden and she had requested they give it to my mom. That fern means a lot to her.

Joan tells us "I cherish this fern and every time I look at it or water it I think of Vivian, and the many years I was blessed to have her as a dear friend. Now I have a part of her in my garden too. I think of her often and will always miss her friendship too. My thoughts and prayers are with Kirby, Kelly, and Karin with this the first year anniversary of their dear Mother’s death."

I couldn't have said it better myself.

To view our original tribute to Vivian from last year, visit our MEMORIAM PAGE HERE.

Sep 26, 2012

The Best Thing About Autumn

This little chipmunk fills its cheeks with corn, no doubt preparing to store it away for the months ahead. And in case you had the same idea, remember only four-legged critters can get away with stuffing their faces this way.

Sep 25, 2012

Family Guy

We're so used to seeing our buddy Bobby Rock with his musical sidekick Shane Christopher Neal, we'd almost forgotten that being a rock star is only one of the things that bring joy to B.R.'s life.

But thanks to this amazing family photo B.R. (whose real name is Byran Rehkopf) posted on facebook recently, we get to see that being a loving husband and dad also make him proud.

Talk about having your cake and eating it too.... Rockin' Daddy looks good on you buddy...and you son looks like a real chip off the old "Rock!"
Stormy Weather

We found this funny video clip tucked away on Angela Whiteley's facebook page and once we watched it, just knew it had to be added to Scribbles.

Angela stars as Sandy St. Clair, a reporter on location "live" from "Absolutely Nowhere, Nova Scotia". A tropical storm has struck and Sandy is there to show us the "heck" which has broke out, including an innocent child (played by Christopher Whiteley) who flies by, thanks to the heavy winds. And wait till you see what happens next!

Scribbles added some sound effects and graphics to the original clip to enhance the storm coverage and thanks Ang for letting us have some fun with this already hilarious video.

Sep 24, 2012

photo by Stepher Noodle Doodle

Sep 23, 2012

photo by Mandy Todd
(taken in Italy)

Honeymoon "Sweet"

Newlyweds Mandy and Randy Todd enjoyed a dream cruise on their honeymoon as evident by the massive collection of photos Mrs. Todd recently posted on facebook. 

Here's a few breathtaking shots taken in France and Italy. It certainly looks different than Ontario, that's for sure!


Sep 22, 2012

If you were a fan of Wil Heuser from this season's Big Brother and wish you could see him some more, good news. Wil has his own website, filled with silly parodies including his spin on Big Brother 14. Watch as he assumes the roles of many of your favourite house guests from season 14 plus BB hostess Julie Chan.

You can check out part one and two of Wil's Big Brother videos below and visit THE WIL SHOW for more rib-tickling, wacky clips.

Sep 21, 2012


Sep 19, 2012

Big Brother Wraps Up for Another Season

I'll admit it. I spent far too much of my Summer glued to my TV watching the trials and tribulations
of this season's Big Brother house guests. It wasn't as though I'd never been a fan before. I watched Big Brother when it first hit the air 14 years ago, but after a few seasons I lost interest. I blame my pal Becky and her sister Susan for falling off the wagon. They got me hooked on the reality show again two years ago, when we were all enjoying the serenity of their family's cottage at Pappineau Lake. Despite the fact we were surrounded by nature and spent most of our time outdoors, they just HAD to gather around the TV to catch Big Brother and I continued to do so once the vacation was over.

This year's offering has been one of the most riveting ever. Big Brother pulled out all the stops with game twists, secret alliances, back stabbings and a colourful cast of characters that included 4 of the show's most popular past guests.

We cheered with delight when geeky Ian won this year's BB, thankfully beating out evil Dan and dippy Danielle.

Sep 18, 2012

Snug Bug

Christine Mantej enjoys a precious moment with her best "snug bug" Daisy Duke. We haven't seen Christine since earlier this Spring, sadly because I no longer work with her.  But Scribbles wants to let her know that "out of sight" does not always mean "out of mind" and we think of her often.

Miss You "Angel"  xo

What are these humans doing? Dancing. Many humans on Earth exhibit periods of happiness, and one method of displaying happiness is dancing. Happiness and dancing transcend political boundaries and occur in practically every human society. Above, Matt Harding traveled through many nations on Earth, planned on dancing, and filmed the result. The above video, the latest in a series of similar videos, is perhaps a dramatic example that humans from all over planet Earth feel a common bond as part of a single species. Happiness is frequently contagious -- few people are able to watch this video without smiling.

Video Credit: Matt Harding &  Melissa Nixon; Music: Trip the Light

Cruisin' the Dub for a Worthy Cause

A&W was the place to be on August 23rd, as the popular burger chain hosted a fundraiser for MS. Rob and I went to the A&W Niagara Falls location, where we enjoyed a tasty meal, played games for charity, listened to live "oldies" music by the Cruisers and admired some classic cars, which were on display in the parking lot. I always love going to this revamped A&W location, it's truly a blast from the past.

While we were checking out the cool cars, we met Wally (aka "Sheriff") who owns a car dedicated to the Dukes of Hazzard. Wally's General Lee (pictured below) is crammed with Dukes memorabilia inside and out, including many autographed photos of cast members who Wally has met.

Wally is a major part of the group "KustoM  KarZ Club", which always welcomes new members. To find out more about the group and/or contact Wally visit KustoM KarZ here.

Sep 17, 2012

That's Alotta Bull

Keeping up with our friend Laura Degraaf's adventures this year is no easy task. Laura and her boyfriend Ryan Haanappel have been making the most out of every waking moment with a vacation in Calgary, attending concerts (including Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley and Zac Brown Band) line dancing, horseback riding, motorcycling, camping and lots of parties. WHEW...I'm exhausted just listing them all..LOL.

Laura is seen above at the Calgary Stampede with a very large bull and larger-than-life cowboy, who just happens to be wearing the same essemble as Ms. Degraaf.  When it comes to being a true blue Country girl, Laura definitely talks the talk AND walks the walk. YEEHAA!

It's time to pick the winner, in Scribbles Fit for Queen Contest. We had six entries and one of them will soon win a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Plate and Book set.

Since each of our entrants matched all six of our Queen related questions correctly, they would have each been entered in our draw twice. But since everyone got them, one entry per person was all we required.

We wanted everyone to see that we haven't rigged our contest.
So here's a short video clip where we will announce our winner....

It's a Girl

Congratualtions to Karen and Steve McGuire (inset above) on the arrival of baby Emily.  Emily arrived by C-section on Sat. Sept. 8th, weighing 9 lb 6 oz.  Karen is related to Rob who we see here with cute little Emily.

Dylan Pops a Wheelie

Putting on his big boy brave face, Dylan Dick waits patiently for the doctor at a walk-in clinic - in this photo taken earlier this year. I don't see any cuts, scrapes or broken bones and he appears to be ok. So why was young Dylan at the clinic?  He stuck a mini toy skateboard wheel up his nose and needed a physician to help get it out. 

What will inquisitive Dylan's next adventure be?  Who "nose"?

Sep 16, 2012

Invasion of the Mutant Plants

Joan Storie looks rather tiny standing beside one of the massive plants that adorn her backyard. Would you believe that large pot contains only three plants?  They barely covered the soil when she first planted them this Spring, but after a long, hot, sunny Summer and weekly treats of Miracle Grow, those three little plants grew into the enormous foliage we see here. 

Gee mom, that stuff really works....too bad they don't have a formula for us...hahaha!

Sep 15, 2012

How long can a bear take a bath in my rain barrel? As long as he wants to!

People living in Colorado Springs wondered why their rain water barrel was almost empty every day. They set up a couple cameras. And look what they caught on film ~ Isn't nature beautiful?  [Forwarded to Scribbles by "Wilma Flintstone"...LOL]

Sep 14, 2012

America's Got Talent Goes to the Dogs

Congratulations to Olate Dogs, the phenomenal trained dog act took top prize as the winner of this year's America's Got Talent. In a season filled with some of the most unique talent the show has ever seen, Olate Dogs narrowly beat out stand-up comedian Tom Cotter, who performed on the finale with veteran comic Joan Rivers.

Now finishing its sixth season, the show has had some of its highest ratings ever, thanks in part to the addition of new judge, radio shock jock Howard Stern.

Sadly this marks the final season Sharon Osborne will be a part of the show, following a much hyped spat with NBC when they axed her son Jack from the reality show Stars Earn Stripes alledgedly due to health concerns.  A replacement for Osborne has not yet been announced.

Sep 13, 2012

Happy Birthday Buddy!

September 10th was my furry friend J.R.'s 12th birthday. Ask anyone who's met him, J.R. is quite vocal, a trait he has had since the very first day we met -as you will see in the encore Scribbles video clip below, created for his 11th birthday last year.

Happy Birthday J.R. Ewing-Leavoy, you are still the most amazing kitty I have ever met.

"It's J.R.'s Birthday"

Sep 12, 2012

Pucker Up!

Up until recently, the closest my nephew Graham had ever been to fishing was helping me scoop a few koi from my friend Becky's pond for use in my aquarium, just over two years ago.  That little adventure is a mere ripple in a pond, now that he has experienced the "reel" deal of going fishing.

Accompanied by his parents, Graham appears to be captivated by their big catch, just as long as they're kept a safe distance from his face.

"Kiss the fishie Graham" 

"No thank you please!"

Sep 11, 2012

Mouse Trap

My mother sometimes has uninvited house guests....mice....and she was told that you can use toy snakes to scare them away. She bought a couple very convincing wooden snakes  placing one in her garage and the other in the kitchen closet.

This Summer when mom was on vacation in Renfrew, I dropped by regularly to check on her home. One night I was greeted by a chubby little mouse, who was sitting smack dab in the middle of the kitchen floor and did not seem the least bit fazed by my presense or that of my vicious guard dog Timmi.

Before I left mom's place on this particular evening, I moved the toy snake from the closet to the middle of the kitchen floor. Perhaps when I was gone the mighty mouse would see the fake snake and flee from mom's home.

Unfortunately, I forgot one important fact. My mother had made arrangements with a neighbour. She would check mom's mail each day and leave it in the kitchen. When I awoke late the following day, there was a voice message waiting for me. It was mom's terrified neighbour and her message was "There's a snake in the kitchen, get it out of there or get the mail yourself" I immediately returned her call and explained the origin of the snake. The neighbour laughed but I'm pretty sure she had to change her pants when she had raced from mom's place earlier.

And did the snake that scared the daylights out of the neighbour do the same for the mouse? Hardly!!. It was back the next night, boldly scooting into the dining room and right past Timmi. I eventually captured it in a bowl and tossed it outside, far from mom's house, pleading with the little critter to please stay away as he might not be so lucky next time.

As for those wooden snakes? I guess mice are smart enough to know that real snakes don't come with a Dollarama sticker and the words "Made in China". Now if we can only get mom's neighbour to figure that out.

Sep 10, 2012

Despicable Me 2 - Official Teaser Trailer (2013)

This trailer was part of the 3D previews they featured when my nephew and I went to see The Lorax. Graham laughed hysterically whenever the one minion would blow on the party favour, as the 3D the noisemaker appears to be coming right towards you. Now whenever I watch this clip all I can think of is little Graham's delightful laughter, which even has some of the other people in the theatre chuckling.

Enjoy this clip -For some reason it repeats playing even if you do not request it to. Just hit stop when you've had your fill of silliness.