Sunday, December 4, 2011

Catching Up with Some Art Work

Wow, I've been neglecting this blog - I am so sorry.

I'll show you something I painted up this summer.  :o)

I finished a Cheshire Cat (from Alice in Wonderland) Table / Magazine Rack


an painted up an old metal gnome that some friend's found in their garden.    LOL    He had a peg leg, so I KNEW I had to paint him up as a pirate. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Bob's going to start making his own Comics

So, Bob loves to draw and sometimes he has gone to classes where they have models and he sketches them.   It's pretty impressive to see the work he has done.  He has always liked Manga art, so that is the next step he is going to learn, but one day decided he was going to make up his own comic based on the two of us and our life together. 

This is the very first one he has created.   Enjoy!


Saturday, April 2, 2011

Introducing THE THROWBACKS - Local band in the Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

The Throwbacks are a five piece cover band who play a wide variety of guitar-based, 1980’s rock music. The members of the band grew up with this music and play it with passion. Band members include Will  (vocals/guitar/harmonica), Twan (lead guitar & vocals), Tony  (drums), Dave (bass guitar) and Tom  (rhythm guitar). All of the members have stable day jobs (four are professors at Niagara College, the other a service technician), but playing with The Throwbacks is something we all look forward to and we bring that energy to our shows.

Each of them has a long-standing background in music, with all of of them having played in bands or other musical venues. Lead guitarist Twan  has played with many local Niagara bands over the past 20 years and works actively in the studio. Tom played guitar in various cover bands and used to organize the ‘Brock Jam’ back in the early 1980’s at Brock University. Tony  played drums with various original bands since the 80’s. He was also part of the Ottawa music scene in the early 90’s. Although he started on the guitar, Dave took up the bass four years ago. He has played coffee house venues during his university days, done numbers at various weddings, and plays bass in a church praise band. Will played in various bands with friends (Wayward Sons) and loves to sing harmony and has honed his skills via Beatles Rock Band.

The band covers material by artists such as The Pretenders, U2, The Police, The Clash, Dire Straits, The Romantics, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Teenage Head, Oasis, and a wide variety of ‘one hit wonders’ (songs you forgot you loved) from this period. The material they cover ranges from laid back grooves to faster rockers, with some reggae beats, slower & softer tunes, and the odd pop-punk gem to add some variety.

While The Throwbacks have only been in existence since May of 2010, the band has played a number of large gigs including the Rankin Run for Cancer (where we played to 7,000 people), the Niagara College orientation, and various other Niagara College events. In July & November we played at the bar Different Strokes (Grimsby) and returned in December to host their New Year's Eve party (2010). They have also played at The London Arms and at Johnny Rocco’s in St. Catharines. They hope to keep playing live, gain more experience on the local bar scene and continue to appear at larger scale events in the Niagara community.


Sunday, February 27, 2011

THUNDERSNOW - 02-26-2011

While watching CHCH NEWS (Channel 11) on Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 6pm, Nicola Jones (Weather Specialist) had reported we would be getting THUNDERSNOW for Hamilton and the surrounding areas.   I was trying to tell people on Facebook that she had said that and I don't think they believed me, so the next time she popped on the air I quickly recorded her actually saying it.   LOL

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Video of a Track Grinder Train - 02-12-2011 - Jordan, Ontario, Canada

Well, darn it all - we had a big snow storm a couple of weeks back and our poor little train set has been covered in deep snow and . Blah! Not even Bob's little shovel can go through it and even if it did, there is ice on the tracks that our locomotive won't stay on the tracks.... (sigh)

Tonight we were huddled upstairs (It was approx. 10:41pm) - Bob was watching TV and I was doing some computer work. We had the fire scanner on (which we have on from time to time). A local call was dispatched to some area volunteer fire stations. It came in as a possible structure fire at Victoria Avenue & the North Service Road in Vineland. Yikes, yesterday was not a very good day for the region as we had a lot of fires (Click Link Here to see the St. Catharines Standard Story DAY OF FIRE, TRAGEDY) not to mention we saw an actual Shed Fire just off of 4th Avenue in St. Catharines when we were coming back from EB Games.    But then as crews were showing up on scene and not seeing anything it was reported as a possible train which had cars derailed, but it was still moving east.   We realized that was coming our direction.   We heard how they might be shutting down Victoria Avenue in Vineland as cars drive underneath a bridge.   We were on the edge of our seats, and then someone came on the scanner saying it was a Rail Grinder.  I looked at Bob and scream "HEY!!! This is our chance to see one!!!"    Without a second thought, we bought grabbed our cameras, put on some shoes, grabbed our coats and ran out to the backyard.  We had to wait approximately 15 minutes, but slowly the train made it's way up the tracks towards St. Catharines and we were able to capture this video.

I feel bad as I was updating my brother when all this was going down (as he is a fire fighter) and I totally left him hanging.   Oops, we heard it was a Rail Grinder and I forgot to send him a message that we were dashing outside, so he was left hanging for 20 minutes until I messaged him again.   Poor guy.  LOL

Wouldn't that be a neat item to have for a G-Scale Track. LOL!!!!!