Oct 29, 2016

KIDS | "Snow Way!"

SCRIBBLES HISTORY | From Hand-Drawn Magazines to Unique Website, We've Come a Long Way

The Scribbles you are reading here is a far cry from the Scribbles you would have been reading in 1979, when we debuted that September on Labour Day weekend.

In our initial years, we were a single-copy hand drawn magazine in digest format. Created initially for my sister Jane and going by numerous titles, most notably, Sunny Digest, the one-of-a-kind magazines soon became popular with family and friends, who would take turns reading each new issue.

In 1990, Scribbles went from being a single copy magazine to a "multi-copied" one. Well, maybe "multi" is a bit exaggerated. We initially started with 16 copies, distributed to family and friends. It was an instant hit.

By 1994 we were up to 60 copies and in September of that year celebrated our 15th Anniversary with our largest issue ever. It also took the most time ever to put together.

As enjoyable as it was to create, Scribbles it also became increasingly more expensive and time consuming to put together on a regular basis and hard copy magazines ended in 1996.

After a brief hiatus, Scribbles resurrected online in the format of a newsletter, initially sent to 30 pals.

There have been many features that have kept us popular over the years, including reader's stories & photos, jokes, contests, events listings & more.

The year 2017 will mark Scribbles 38th year in existence -in one format or another. That's a long time. I used to joke when I was with Rob because Scribbles is a year older than he and his twin brother Rodney are. It's freaky when the hobby or whatever you'd call this Scribbles thing, has been around longer tan many of its followers. No matter how you slice it, it's been a good, long time.

Whether you are discovering Scribbles for the first time of have been around for the ride for many years (or even from day one!) you are welcomed in our unique group.

[revised from Scribbles HISTORY page]

ENCORE VIDEO  |  The Way We Were
Video created a few years and several apartments ago :)

Oct 28, 2016

YOU | She Did It!!

IN MEMORIAM | Konstantinos Vogiatzis

Our condolences to our friends Eva Miller, her sister Kitsa Statti, their family and friends, on the passing of Eva & Kitsa's father Konstantinos Vogiatzis.

Growing up, the Vogiatzis family lived on the same street as my family and my sister and I hung out a lot with Eva and Kitsa and went to the school with them as well.  

I remember their family's restaurant in Crystal Beach, where they spent each summer. It was located across the road from the infamous Crystal Beach amusement park and the Vogiatzis' worked hard providing hungry visitors with an array of delicious dishes to choose from (thanks to the Vogiatzis family's fine culinary skills.) 

Eva, Kitsa, your dad was a special man and you should be proud of all he accomplished.

Obituary of Konstantinos Vogiatzis

Vogiatzis, Konstantinos - On Wednesday October 26, 2016 at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital with his loving family by his side. He was born on December 22, 1929 in Symi, Greece. Predeceased by his parents Maria and Vasilios, brother Athanasios, sister-in-law Sevasti, brother-in-law John and nephew Bill.

Devoted husband to his wife Maria since 1959 and loving father to daughters Eva Miller (Joe Zettler) and Kitsa (Frank) Statti. Fantastic Pappou to Chris, Nick, Stephen, and Matteo. Cherished brother to Sotiri in Canada, Irini (Stellios) and Yiorgos (Dikea) in Greece. Beloved Theo to Gus (Michelle), Nick, Eva (Mark) and Niko in Canada and Irini (Michalis), Maria (Ilias), Ilias (Georgia) and Vassilis (Evy) in Greece. Special brother-in-law to Brenda Roditis and loved by many family members and friends.

Before coming to Canada, he worked as a ship builder and was part of the Greek navy and travelled the world on cargo ships. In 1966, he brought his family to Canada, working as a yacht builder at C&C Yachts in Niagara-on-the-Lake and eventually settled in St. Catharines. As an entrepreneur, he worked as a finish carpenter, painter and owned Surella's Spaghetti House in Crystal Beach. With his brother Sotiri he ran Sunrise Restaurant and a chicken farm in Wainfleet.

He was an active member of the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, donating endless volunteer hours and managing Club Hellas with extreme enthusiasm even while he was ill. He was known for his dramatic storytelling skills and knowledge of historical facts. He loved to eat and frequented his nephew's restaurants regularly with his brother Sotiri and friends.

Family will receive friends at the George Darte Funeral Home, 585 Carlton Street on Friday between 2-4 & 6-9pm. Prayers will be said in the funeral home at 7 pm. Divine Liturgy will be held on Saturday at 10 am at the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church, 585 Niagara Street with burial to follow at Victoria Lawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Konstantino's honour.

IN MEMORIAM | Remembering Gia

Oct 23, 2016


Falling Leaves
by Sarah Toner

Oct 22, 2016

YOU & ME | She's Come Undone

Tues. Oct. 18, I enjoyed seeing and hearing Burton Cummings in his one man show at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre, with my friend Shelley Stewart. 
Shelley is a big fan and was moved by Cummings lyrics and spoken words between songs. She clapped and cheered throughout the show and who could blame her. 

Burton Cummings may be 68 years old, but he's still got the pipes to sing the songs that have made him a Canadian legend as he performed for approx. 2 hours, sharing bits of trivia about how some of the songs came to be and his career that spans over 5 decades. 

Burton said he gets nervous when performing a live show that's just him and a piano, but added that we (the audience) made him feel very at ease and comfortable, like we were all sitting around in his living room. (a sold out to full capacity living room.)

Other Scribbles pals including Ted Mouradian, Jim Steel (Joe Friday's "dad") and Michael from the local band The Figure Four, were also at the show.

This was my second time seeing Burton Cummings, although there was no singing at my first encounter. I met him in the early 80's when I worked at Hojo's 24 hour restaurant, as revealed in the encore post below.

From restaurant visit to performing live on stage, Burton Cummings continues to give me fond memories.

Oct 18, 2016

Scribbles VIDEO | Graham's 11th Birthday

We celebrated my nephew Graham's 11th birthday on Oct. 16th. I made Graham a card with him as a Nascar winner, he loves Nascar, so the card was a hit.

Oct 17, 2016

YOU | Heel, Toe, Heel Toe...



YOU & ME | Getting Back to Nature

Once upon a time, I used to visit St. John's Conservation Area almost every month...sometimes even several times a month.

What is St. John's Conservation Area? The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority website describes it best:  

"Nestled within the Niagara Escarpment and Twelve Mile Creek valley, this natural area provides a tranquil setting for wildlife and visitors. Renown as a hot spot for seasonal trout fishing, this site is also known for birdwatching and nature education.

The Tulip Tree, Sassafras, Horseshoe, and St. Johns Ridge Trails wind there way through this large interior forest, allowing visitors to experience the spectacular ‘old growth’ trees, the largest stand of tulip trees in the Niagara Peninsula, groundwater seeps, a variety of magnificent song birds and pond ducks. Hiking trails are of varying lengths and difficulty, and some have wheelchair and stroller accessibility, making this a place for everyone to connect with nature at their own pace.

St. Johns is a unique and fragile ecosystem. Help us protect it by keeping to the trails and refraining from removing any plants or animals (including minnows, tadpoles and frogs)."

Visit St. John's Official website HERE.

Recently, my mother, my dog Timmi and I paid the popular conservation area a visit. Timmi seemed to know where we were going and as we got closer to our destination, made sounds of excitement while shaking with antici....pation. LOL.

Here's some photos taken at St John's. 

Timmi absolutely loves St. John's Conservation Area

Visit St. John's Official website HERE.

PETS | Attention Seeker

YOU & ME | Freshly Picked

A closer look at all those delicious apples....

Sadly, I don't have the name or exact address of this great place.  I was there after my mom and I went to St John's Conservation area and continued on Hollow Road around the bend past a field just full of big pumpkins, If  you stayed on this road it becomes Pelham Street in Fonthill. So you could get to the farm from that direction as well.

Oct 10, 2016