Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Yet another long day for our family. Really hoping Irv can get settled and come home soon. Today we had Laryssa, David, JJ , myself and Michael and Maaike Pendergast in to visit.

That’s a roomful for sure.  Irv always describes himself as my minion so I took him one to remind him to get home soon. This minion is attacking a pack of cookies EXACTLY like Irv would do. Lol!

I cancelled three classes this week and I will get them rescheduled. 

Laryssa brought  a beautiful 10 minute video from the wedding which I’ll be thrilled to show anyone who asks.
Here are four photos Irv has up on the wall  in his room that Maaike and Michael brought. 

Irv can’t get out of bed with all his wires and tubes. 

We cropped this one but it loses the detail. Thanks to Maaike and Michael for those. 

More on this adventure tomorrow. Good night everyone. 

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Monday, July 17, 2017

Off to Hamilton General

Off to Hamilton Geral today to be with Irv. They are sending him this morning so get an angioplasty to review damage from his latest heart attack. 

I had to cancel my CraftD Stampers club but I’m sure they understand. 

Irv’s spirits are good and he slept well last night. My mom, brother terry and sister in law Diane visited last night with me. Irv wanted to play cards so I went and bought a deck and we had several hands of euchre. He was really glad we did that. A sense of normality. 

Today he got his angioplasty then had a big tube inserted into his shiymder tgar Ruben’s into 3 chambers of is heart. It has an electric wire in it which creates wave form images show what’s happening. More like a plumbing job. Lol. 

Team meeting on Friday had some great cards for the swap.

Gif card holders. 

Top left Sue Mustard
Top right Denise Donald
Middle Melissa Omoniyi Bellefontaine
Bottom left Karen Rutledge bottom right Irma and Andrea Radzick 

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sunday in ICU

I spent a big chunk of time today with Irv in ICU at Norfolk General. He got a really nice private room. He’s having some trouble breathing right but the doctors and staff seem really good and are getting I under control. 

I said he was just looking for a few days off. Lol. Our schedule will change a bit once we know what’s happening with him. 

His experience with hospital food there is 50/50. 50% inedible and 50% not good. Lol. He can get regular food as long as it’s low salt and sugar free. Low carbs, Fat free, low trans fat and under 1500 calories per day. He figures he can eat an unsalted stick. Three times a day. 

Selfie of Irv. Loves his Coronation Street. 

Or team meeting on Friday was great and we have to get the team swap picture up here. But it’s been a long day. I’ll sign off for now. 

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Yippee!! It’s Saturday!

Let the fun begin!  Well it actually started last night with Team Meeting!  Our technology worked!  The online system hung together nicely with a repaired laptop we had sitting at home.  But Canada Post didn’t deliver the card projects I sent to North Bay so we still have to do that with our North Bay team. There are 6 team members there now.

The team swap theme was Gift Card holders. Got some really nice cards to show you all soon.  One of the things I do during the meeting is award prizes for achievements and prize patrol. Our ladies who attend in person help keep the tickets and prizes for the online ladies and they get their prizes sent to them. So everyone has an equal chance to win. 

Last night Melissa was online and won a candy bouquet for her sales effort. She wanted to taste it so we held it up to the screen for her. 

Sue Mustard got to try the real thing!

However, Irv had not been feeling good all day. Heart issues.  During the meeting he had to go lie down. But at about 9pm the angina pain went away. Then at 11.30pm the pain came back with a vengeance. We headed to hospital right away and he had test results showing he had another heart attack. He is at Simcoe General. Doing fine. Remember this isn’t his first time with this. Nor mine. I’ll keep you all posted but here he is. 

He is off to Hamilton early next week for another angioplasty. 

I hope everyone has a healthy weekend!

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Friday, July 14, 2017

Gift Card Presenting

Hi everybody. Welcome to mid-July!!  Hope you’re going to have a fun weekend with friends and family. Tonight is my monthly Team Meeting night. I hold these meetings at my house and I have team members attend in person and via an online service called Zoom.  It allows my team to participate from their homes and they share our presentations and are able to join in via web cameras, microphones and speakers. Great technology!  But it has to work right and Irv is spending time today refining the process with a new laptop.

Today I created a gift card holder which is for our team meeting swap.  I wanted this concept to be centered on sweet treats. 

Here it is. Top photo shows the closed card holder. When you open it up you see the gift card slide up to show the sentiment. That’s the middle and bottom photos. 

This design can be modified to fit any occasion and is super easy to put together. It makes giving a gift card more personal than the standard commercial envelope you sometimes get with these cards. 

Irv and I are going to try to get deliveries done this weekend.  We enjoy our drives together and it’s very satisfying to me to be able to hand orders over to customers in person rather than shipping to their door.  I might not see some of them otherwise! Lol. I spend a few minutes with each customer just to talk about how things are going. Social chit chat. Irv waits in the car. But he isn’t idle. 

Irv is an official Google Maps Guide and uses the time waiting to update local information into GooglecMaps. Google asks him questions about local points of interest and he answers those. In particular he tries to correct the wrong positioning of businesses to be more accurate. More than once he tried to find a place only to discover it’s not where the map shows. It was that frustration that made him join this volunteer Guide organization. Lol!  He also uploads photos of locations for people to enjoy. It’s a neat way for him to keep out of trouble!!  

I hope your days are good!! Remember to enjoy life!

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Thundery Thursday

The weather is yucky!!  But warm!  But it may all pass over by tonight. That’s Port Dover under the blue circle with white cross.

So I always try to get the most out of every sheet of cardstock or roll of ribbon. I don’t like wasted product. Last night we needed to get a certain number of pieces of ribbon from a partial roll I had. I’m getting pretty good at estimating. This is what was left when the project was done. Lol!  I’m getting better. 

As promised yesterday, here are the 5 sample cards from the new Carols of Christmas Bundle that goes on sale August 1. 

Don’t forget you can order the bundle from me in advance and I’ll get the orders all placed as soon as the system lets me order on August 1st. 

Did you know today was National French Fry day?  
It’s believed by some the term “French” "was introduced to fried potatoes when U.S., soldiers arrived in Belgium during World War I and consequently tasted Belgian fries - they called them 'French' as it was the official language of the Belgian Army at that time."

Some Interesting Facts
- Canadians don’t skip the dip: When it comes to toppings, most people prefer dipping, almost 50% choose dip, 35% choose pour over/sprinkle and 15% dip and pour over.
- Men don’t share fries or are at least less likely to than woman, only 49% of men share fries compared to 63% of women
- We’re in love with the shape of every cut of fry but the straight cut fry is the leader with 33% nationally.
- Close second in Quebec was the shoestring fry at 27%.

And nobody gives away free fries today!  Lol.  Our family love our French fries 🍟.  But we are picky!  

Hope you all have a great big plate of fries today the way you like them!

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Midweek and almost mid July

Well where has July gone so far!  Wasn’t July 1st just a few days ago?  How did we get to the 12th already??

Today in Port Dover it’s overcast and rainy. Chance of thunderstorms. Yuck!

Last night I had to tell JJ I couldn’t go for our new nightly walk due to blisters on my feet. Those are painful and have to heal before I can go back to that routine. A pleasant one at that. The walking that is. 

So many things happening with Stampin’ Up! that Irv and I continue to work at. Bonus Days (sales promo) in July, Christmas in July (recruiting promo) and Carols of Christmas (new bundle promo that’s available August 1).   We are starting to do more social media marketing than ever before so there’s a lot of work prepping to do that. But we still had time last night for the Toonie Tuesday ice cream at the Tugboat Candy company right at the pier.  They have a loyalty card program so Irv got his ice cream for free. JJ asked us to bring one home for him. That’s the last time we do that!  Lol. Timed it so we got his ice cream and jumped in the car to drive home. We live two minutes from downtown. No traffic lights on the way. Well do you know how fast ice cream starts to melt??  It was dripping all over me, the car, my hands, everywhere and we were not even a quarter of the way home!!  Irv said hold it out the car window. Sounds smart but the wind was hotter than the car and it was like putting a blow torch to the ice cream!  No photos as Irv was driving and I was trying desperately to hang onto this creamy mess. Lol. I called JJ and told him to meet us in the driveway. He did and got to licking it right away.  Amazing what can happen in two minutes. 

There is still time for everyone to enjoy Bonus Days. 

Storm warnings issued for this area now. Take care everybody and stay dry!!

Thanks for visiting today! 
Denise Donald
Craft D Cave