Covid 19 – Self Isolation

Sorry I have been absent again. Hopefully this post for explain in part why I’ve been absent!

We recently found out that my (estranged) father has tested positive for Covid 19. He is at Lakeridge Health Oshawa.
There is a story behind his diagnosis/prognosis that I would like to tell. I can’t decide if the intent of this post is for the purpose of public shaming of my mother and sisters (again estranged), Christine Wilkes, Brenda Wilkes and Jennifer Wilkes, a public service message or just to reiterate the importance of self isolation if there is even the SLIGHTEST chance of having come in contact with this virus.

My mother and sisters recently came back from a trip of some sort from the US. They obviously did not heed the advice from the government of Canada or the US because my daughter ran into both my mother and father when she went to the doctors for her PREGNANCY whooping cough vaccine. At that point he had not yet been tested. So, not only has she (my “mother”) possible infected my father with the virus, she has now also possible infected my 8 month pregnant daughter who goes home to her husband and my almost 2 year old granddaughter and whoever else she and my sisters may have come upon in their travels as they go about their normal days!!!!
As my father lays in his hospital bed, I am being informed… second hand… of his condition, and having to relay this information… now third hand information to his 98 year old mother because not one of them can bring themselves to call her and keep her up to date on his condition
Having “balls” the size of watermelons, still at her age, my grandmother called my mother… who of course refused to answer the phone… asking if she could please bury the hatchet for at least the time HER SON is in the hospital and keep her updated. They (mother and sisters) had one of my sister’s husbands, a complete stranger to my grandmother, call and ask her not to call my mother, that she is already getting her from me! Well, they are being updated twice a day from the hospital and we are lucky to be receiving these updates once a day. Me, I really feel nothing but concern for my daughter, son-in-law, granddaughter/grandchildren and grandmother, so that is the extent of my interest in the updates, but I know my grandmother needs them. I had to call her and explain to her that her son was in the hospital, had tested positive to the virus and wasn’t doing well…. in essence, I had to break my grandmother’s heart. That was the worst thing I have ever had to do to anyone! She could barely speak by the end of our conversation. Neither could I from listening to the sound of her heart breaking.

We have been watching the devastation this virus has been causing on the news every night, but from a “happening to everyone else” perspective. Now it has impacted our family and the concern for our daughter and her little family, for my grandmother…. it is overwhelming and it really makes you think.

My hope would be that most people would be able to look past petty squabbles if for no other reason than to appease a 98 year old mother who could quite possibly lose another son, or that most people would not be too selfish or self absorbed enough to actually follow the self isolation rules when returning from out of country. Their refusal to follow these Self Isolation rules could quite possibly kill their husband/father. Will they be able to live with that knowledge?

Self Isolation saves lives people!!!!

Take care Everyone!


Brown Sugar Coffee Cookies

There are plenty of “tea” cookies out there… so why not some “coffee” cookies? These cookies are brown sugar based with a hint of coffee taste. They are nice and crisp on the outside but chewy on the inside… great with a nice strong cup of black coffee (my favourite kind lol)

Easy to make and delicious to eat!


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Crispy Potato “Cake” – Side Dish

A post that doesn’t involve my Cricut!!!! This post is a recipe I made a few weeks ago to have with dinner one night. It is similar to the Potato Stacks I made a while ago except it is one BIG stack and made in a sort of “cake” form The potatoes are sliced thin, covered in a mixture of olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper, parmesan cheese, shredded mozzarella/cheddar and then “stacked” inside a spring form cake pan to get the shape before baking in the oven to get the nice crispiness!

These potatoes are a delicious side dish to go with any meal!


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Embellished Cake Plate – Cricut Project

Again, this is one of the projects I did with all of the cutting I did the week I had my Cricut Machine upstairs. I had been thinking about doing something to my cake plate for ages and while I had the Cricut out it seemed the perfect opportunity.

I decided to just go with some roses going around the outside of the domed top of the cake plate. Originally I was going to cover it with words like cake, cookies, pie and such but changed my mind and went with the flowers instead. I am happy with how it turned out.

I found a nice pattern in Design Space of plain old roses and leaves and cut it out of permanent vinyl. I used red and green. I would have used a burgundy but I didn’t have any on hand.

Here is the cake plate after I finished applying the vinyl. It looks so much brighter and fresher and stands out on the kitchen table…. EVEN when there is no baking under it lol!


Dog Bandannas – Cricut Project

When I had my Cricut out last week I ended up cutting a bunch of stuff so that when I felt like doing something I had it all cut out and ready to apply to whatever project it was cut for.

One of those projects was Personalized Dog Bandannas. You will notice that I only have a picture of Leroy sporting his new fashion accessory lol. You might even notice in the picture Dillon laughing in the background. He is laughing because 1) he is holding Lucy so that she can’t “attach” Leroy to try to steal his bandanna, and 2) because for the life of us we could not get a picture of her sporting her new bandanna. She was way more interested in trying to eat/play with them lol! She is 6 months old now and still has way too much puppy in her to just sit and pose for a picture when she has something different around her neck!

It did take a little bit of bribery to get Leroy to sit somewhat still for his pictures as well but at least I got a couple of them to add to this post!

These aren’t anything fancy. I picked up two white bandannas from the dollar store and chose a font in Design Space and colours of Heat Transfer Vinyl that I thought would stand out and cut it out using my Cricut.

I ironed the vinyl onto each bandanna, tied them to fit the dogs necks and then attempted to take my pictures. I swear it took longer to take the few pictures I got of Leroy than it did to create the bandannas lol!

Here are the pictures of Leroy modeling his bandanna!


50th Birthday T-Shirt – Cricut Project

I would first like to start by first thanking everyone for your well wishes. I am starting to feel better and hopefully will be back to blogging on a regular basis soon. That leads to the second part of this paragraph… I would like to apologize for the very sparse blogging. I hope to remedy that once I feel better!

This week Chris turns 50, and can finally stop bugging me about being old lol! Since I am a whole 2 1/2 years older than him, he bugs me incessantly about being “old!” He doesn’t want an actual party, but we had a nice lunch with Kim and Scarlyt (my granddaughter)…. it was so nice to see them, and even better to get a whole bunch of grandbaby hugs and playtime! I was getting worried there for a while that we were going to have to put it off for a while because of how sick I have been. Thankfully I am not contagious!!!

Back to Chris and his 50th birthday. As I said, he didn’t want a birthday party, so I made a nice pot of everyone’s favourite potato soup, some cheese and crackers (Scarlyt LOVES crackers) and as per a very big hint from Chris… a Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake lol! I will still make his Favourite Cake on his actual birthday but he really, really likes ice cream cakes so it was a ice treat!

Now back to this T-Shirt. I found this pattern on Etsy. I had seen a lot of different ones with different years on Pinterest so I started looking for the year Chris was born. Once I bought the pattern and had a good look at it, I realized I probably could have made it myself in Design Space… but time, illness and just plain tiredness at this point made that impossible, so I bought the pattern.

It took a few days of weeding again because of the above mentioned hurdles, but I am happy with the T-Shirt and hope Chris will be as well once I give it to him!

After all that… .here is his shirt!