Dec 28, 2019

Dec 27, 2019

Holiday Editorial

Season’s Greetings Everyone,   

I could start by saying how quickly the past year has gone by, but that’s a bit predictable. I could say how exciting and joyous the holidays are, but although that’s true for many, it’s not everyone’s reality.

What I will revel in is something we all share....This very website. It’s been an exciting year here at Scribbles, as we celebrated our 40th anniversary. Never did I imagine I’d still be Scribbling 40 years later, when I created the first Sunny Digest in Sept. 1979...and likely I wouldn’t be, had you not embraced my efforts.

Scribbles has uniquely linked us together for 4 decades. We have gotten to know each other, watch ourselves grow, care for each other and celebrate our accomplishments.

On my side of the equation, Scribbles has been a true lifesaver. It provides me with an outlet to share my creative talents and get out of my head for a while. That can often be a very good thing and the results are a win/win for all of us.

This time around, in addition to our colourful Holiday features, you'll also find a review of the Elvira Kurt's recent appearance at the Performing Arts Centre, stories featuring more of your cool pets, a new Scribbles Video and the return of the popular quiz What Is It? 

Thanks for continuing to share Scribbles with me. To infinity and beyond as we launch into the 2020’s.


With transcripts from Klyde

Dec 23, 2019

Merry Pastamas ... A Dinner for Anyone in Need


Our Scribbles friend Falynn Shaw is sharing the Christmas spirit as she plans a free Merry Pastamas dinner to be held at Third Space Cafe in downtown Niagara Falls.

"It's for anyone in need, not just the homeless — any community that doesn't have somewhere to go, or they don't fit in, they can come out and join us," Falynn told Raymond Spiteri from The Niagara Falls Review. 

"Some of them, it was just because they didn't fit in, some of it was mental health, others were gay, I mean the list goes on."

"I just hate the idea that some people have nowhere to go. I just want everyone to know that they're welcomed — all ages."

The dinner include vegan, non-vegan and gluton-free options. It will held on Wed. Dec. 25 from 2-5 pm at Third Space Cafe, 4345 Queen St., Niagara Falls - a safe space for everyone to enjoy.

Donations can be dropped off at the cafe. THIS IS A LGBTQ FRIENDLY EVENT

Dec 22, 2019

Liam's a Masterchef Junior

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take

– Wayne Gretzky

Dec 18, 2019

The Muppets Family Christmas is a Gift of Love & Laughter

Fozzie Bear's mother is all set to vacation in sunny Malibu, when her comic son and his Muppet pals show up at her rural farmhouse for a surprise Christmas celebration.It's a full house of colourful characters, but someone's missing. Kermit's beloved Miss Piggy has not arrived to join the others and must make her way through a massive snowstorm.

With classic Christmas carols, humour and love, this is a Christmas special that's sure to warm your heart.

Dec 15, 2019

Rural Splendor

You just can’t beat the person who never gives up 

– Babe Ruth

Elvira Kurt Brings Us to Tears

Since its opening in 2015, my friend Shelley and I have attended many shows at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines. Most of the shows have been singers or groups, however our most recent outing was spent not singing along with the performer, but laughing out loud. Minute Canadian stand-up comedian Elvira Kurt brought her quick wit to the PAC on Dec. 5th and had us tearing up with laughter.

This was not Elvira’s first visit to our fine city. She has now appeared several times at the PAC both on her own and as part of a series called Girls Night Out, which features a group of funny ladies.

Although no opening act had been announced, Kurt did bring out a local comedian and Carolyn Taylor from the CBC series Baroness Von Sketch Show, who each did a brief stint before Elvira returned to the stage. She spoke often of the unique bond between her and those who come out to see her at the PAC. We’re not sure if it was something she professes when appearing in other venues, but it came across as genuine.

What impressed me most about the show was Kurt’s spontaneity. Four people with front row seats arrived a bit late for the show and immediately became the subjects of her jokes. It was the same with the people in the balcony and an audience member who was a retired ice skating instructor. Each of them became part of her act and I can’t remember the last time I laughed that much.

Shelley and I kicked off the night with dinner at The Works, a downtown bistro whose specialty is gourmet hamburgers.There’s actually an entire page of unique creations including one that combines Reese’s Peanut Butter cups with a burger. We didn’t try it this time around, but it is on my bucket list for future visits.

Both The Works and Elvira Kurt’s show get 5 stars from Scribbles.

Storm Chaser

When you feel overwelmed, repeat this to yourself until you remember that it's true;
You'll get it all done, you always do.

Ho Ho Ho, Ha Ha Ha's

Joe Friday

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears 

– Les Brown

New Video Take Us to Garden Gallery's Wintery Wonderland

My sister & I returned to Stevensville Garden Gallery recently, and it was the perfect place to get lots of creative Christmas ideas. Take a walk through Stevensville Garden Gallery's Winter Wonderland in this new Scribbles clip.

Hedgehog's Christmas Surprise...

What a heartwarming ad, suitable for the whole family.


Say something nice to a stranger.

Remembering Last Year's Holidays

While we're busy making new future memories this holiday season, here's another look at how we enjoyed last year's festivities.

Watch for an ALL NEW Holiday Recap Scribbles Video coming in early Jan.

Dec 14, 2019

Awesome DYI Coffee Table

We featured this DYI a few years ago, but it's worth repeating. This is a project that doesn't seem overly difficult and it sure looks great when completed.  

A Holly Jolly Good Time

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Success is getting what you want, Happiness is wanting what you get

~ Ingrid Bergman

Dec 13, 2019

Karloff's 'Storm' Withstands Time & Still Thrills

Boris Karloff's Thriller was an NBC TV series that aired from 1960-1962. Comparable to Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Thriller offered up weekly doses of suspenceful, twisted tales.

I am a huge fan of the show and since you can find the entire series on You Tube, I binge on them regularly. There's several episodes that are a must-see like The Hungry Glass, The Grim Reaper, Choose a Victim and Parasite Mansion.

One of my absolute favourites is The Storm (featured below). This is a scary delight, best when watched at night and when there's a thunderstorm.

Grab your favourite snack, get comfy and enjoy....


Dec 9, 2019

Classic Kitty

This amusing post first appeared in January 2017

Is 'The Simpsons' Coming to an End?

Is The Simpsons finally coming to an end? According to composer Danny Elfman, next season will be its last. Elfman wrote the infamous Simpsons theme song and he told the UK entertainment site JOE "I don't know for a fact, but I've heard that it will be in its last year."

The Simpsons is TV's longest running primetime series, currently in its 31st season, with over 700 episodes in its library. In 1987 the popular yellow characters first appeared in short segments on The Tracey Ulman Show before getting their own series that premiered Dec. 17, 1989.

It's no secret that I'm a major fan of the series, who has collected Simpsons stuff for 3 decades. The early seasons are my favourite but I haven't enjoyed the last few seasons much.

The Simpsons was renewed for season 32 and the buzz is, that will be the last. Stay tuned. Here's an encore look at my collection of Simpsons collectibles from other animated series.

Dec 8, 2019

A Short Film by Adam Patch

I loved this video when I first came across it in 2013 and I still find it funny today. See for yourself what makes me LOL every time I watch....

Dec 7, 2019

The Back Laneway
by Sarah Toner
Renfrew, ON

Encore from Feb. 2017 

Dec 2, 2019


Dec 1, 2019

Introducing Bellamy

I’ve learned in life that my favorite quotes and sayings
 can often become principles to live by

She's a 'Bad Guy'

Here's Some Billie Eilish Videos That We've Been Enjoying...

bad guy


i love you  (The vocals between Billie and her brother are haunting)

my strange addiction

"We only have this moment to enjoy this moment"

~ Billie Eilish