Mar 28, 2019

SCRIBBLES VIDEO | All Too Beautiful

To say this video took a lot of  time would be an understatement. Including filming, prep and actually creating the clip, this video will go down as being the one that took "forever".

Follow along (if you wish) to see how it all came together...

The idea of using Small Faces 1969 psychedelic hit Itchycoo Park as the subject for a video began last summer after watching the season finale of The Handmaid's Tale. The  suspense filled episode featured Itchycoo Park played in its entirety, while a handmaid prepares to serve her new master. It had been a long time since I heard the song and after Handsmaid's Tale was over, I played it repeatedly on You Tube. I also started envisioning bringing new life to the tune in a crazy Scribbles video.

The footage of me laying in the grass, carefree, with large, colourful flowers and carrying on in wild wigs was shot last July, with the intent to edit it into a Scribbles video shortly afterwards.

But that was not to be. Shortly after I transferred all the footage to my laptop, it crashed & died and I had not yet backed up the footage to my external hard drive. As if having to replace my laptop wasn't bad enough, I had also lost all the video footage I worked so hard on. The project would be scrubbed...or would it?

Several weeks later while checking how much memory I had left on my iPhone, I noticed that one of the movie making apps was taking up a lot of memory. Why would an app need that many gigs?  Then I remembered. When I had shot the footage of me lip syncing Itchycoo Park last July, I transferred it on to this movie maker app, in order to give it a few special effects. A copy of that enhanced video was still on the movie app. I was thrilled and the project was back on the table...or was it?

We all know the series of events that consumed most of the fall months. Our friend Bob passed away, then my dog Timmi. I was rushed to the hospital twice with chest pains and went to emerg another time, after having passed out and bumping my head. With all these woes and the dark emotions that accompanied them, the last thing on my mind was creating a funny video.

Feeling healthier and happier, in January I once again decided to give this project a go. I recorded the additional winter scenes one snowy day and looked for more old photos and video clips to use in All Too Beautiful.

It actually didn't take a ton of time to edit everything together. After all, I had been thinking of what I wanted to do on this video for over 8 months.

And there you have it. It was all too complex but in the end became all too beautiful.

Mar 26, 2019

ARTFUL | Night Vision

photo courtesy Kathryn Stengel

SCRIBBLES VIDEO | Joe & Tussy's Snow Day

Four years ago, a cute little canine named Joe Friday made his debut into the world and shortly afterwards into Scribbles. Since then we've featured lots of photos, complete with amusing captions, all taken from Joe's dad Jim's Facebook page.

Joe and Jim love to go on walks and they are often accompanied by friends both two-legged and four. Joe is BFF's with wee Tussy and Jim posts an abundance of photos of the two doing all sorts of things.

We grabbed copies of Jim's pix and turned them into a slideshow with a story. Although we used a few of Jim's captions, for the most part, the dialogue came from the creative masterminds at Scribbles (did we mention they're also modest?  LOL) 

Enjoy Joe & Tussy's Snow Day... 

YOU | Showing Off Their True Colours...

photos courtesy your Facebook pages

YOU | Trans Meet & Greet Draws Much Interest

photos courtesy Falynn's Facebook page

Mar 25, 2019

PETS | Meet Gracie

photos courtesy Joanne's Facebook page

QUIZ | Match the Product Slogans

photo courtesy Megan's Facebook page

ARTFUL | Bee Cool

This colourful print is an enlarged copy of a piece created several years ago by Jim Steel. Jim (who many of you know as doggy Joe Friday's dad) says he used a computer from the "early days" to create this picture.

I remember those computers as I had one, it was a Commodore 64 and I was over-the-moon with excitement when I purchased it from the son of a lady I worked with at Troll Book Clubs. The computer was massive in size compared to today's devices and its abilities were somewhat, shall we say, limited...LOL! Still, it was my very first computer and I loved it.

We're not sure if Jim's old computer was exactly as seen here but we do know it helped our talented pal create a very cute picture. When we asked if we could include this piece in Scribbles, Jim found the fact we referred to it as "art" quite amusing.

"What a hoot" chuckled Jim, when talking about this piece, "It is so silly. I still love it."

We love it too Jim and it's a perfect way to kick off the early days of spring.

Mar 21, 2019

YOU | The Great Escape

When Kim was in Florida, I also made an escape. See how we both spent that week in the video below...

PASSAGES | Cotton Was a Cool Cat

The years I spent with Rob are crammed with a lot of memories, many of which involved members of his family. Rob's mom Merry had two pets when I first met her in 2007.  Precious was her dog and Flipper was her cat. Both of them passed away the following couple of years and Merry soon adopted a unique cat named Cotton.

Most cats take off in a flash when you turn on a vacuum cleaner. Not Cotton. He liked it and would let Merry vacuum his long white fur when he was shedding (see the video below if you don't believe us.)

When I lived in Welland,  Merry, Rob and Cotton became my neighbours. Although Merry and Rob liked my dog Timmi, the same could not be said for Cotton. If Timmi went to their place for a visit, Cotton would hide and once Timmi went home, Cotton would pee on the floor. As a result, Timmi wasn't welcome at their place anymore. 

Cotton liked to get cozy on big sofa chairs and watched TV with Merry. He greeted Rob each morning and always liked when Patty, Deryk and Joanna came to visit. 

Our heartfelt condolences go to Merry and her family on the sudden loss of Cotton. He was a very special pussycat and we will never forget him. 

YOU | Bigger is Better...MOST of the Time

Mar 15, 2019

SCRIBBLES VIDEO | Birds of a Feather

Something catches my eye during a site-seeing excursion...see what it was in this one minute video clip.


Mar 13, 2019

RECIPE | Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe

1 pound Ground Beef
Lasagna noodles
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


Brown ground beef and drain. Spoon 1 C. spaghetti sauce in bottom of 4 quart crock pot. Mix remaining sauce with beef. 

Place 2 uncooked lasagna noodles on sauce in crock pot. Spread 1/3 meat mixture on top of noodles. Spread 3/4 C. cottage cheese over meat. Sprinkle 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese over cottage cheese. Add another layer of uncooked noodles, 1/3 meat mixture, the remaining cottage cheese and 1/2 C. mozzarella cheese. 

Place another layer of uncooked noodles, meat mixture, and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top. Cook on low for 4 hours.

If cooked much longer, it gets a bit well done.

As featured on 'Fun Recipes' and brought to our attention through Heather Weir's facebook page

Mar 12, 2019

ARTFUL | New Zealand Beauty

Wow! It seems many Scribbles friends decided enough was enough when it came to winter weather and they headed off to warmer locations around the planet. Here’s a few of them...

Our pal Becky spent some much deserved leisure time in Florida with pals Pam & Jim; former mobile phone guru Bryan was in China, Leeanne had fun in Cayo Coco (once she and her traveling companion’s luggage was found); Sally said aloha in Hawaii; Cathy & Ernie went on a cruise, Darin, Gerald & Xander went to Mexico and Kirt is wrapping up a month in Trinidad & Tobago.

Not to be outdone, our friends Renee & Norm ventured to New Zealand, where they amused their Facebook friends with many, many photos of large rocks. Thankfully there was also some pix of flowers, including the amazing pix above.

Hopefully we’ll soon have warm, sunny days and colourful blooming flowers in our own neighbourhoods, but I’ll admire this photo until we do.