Since the upcoming weekend is even going to
exceed my usual crazy busy schedule, it seems a good plan to make a start on
this post today!

    The week has been full of different bits and
pieces, stitched together in this crazy quilt, which makes up my days!

   
Some progress has been made on the Creative Connection chapter of the
Something to Celebrate Program, although I still need to invent one more
“Connection” and 2 more “extra activities”, hmmm.

    Next
Monday we will be having our October Committee Meeting so I’m anxious to hear
about the other Manual sections and to consult with everyone about the holes,
which still need to be filled. Early days yet, but it is amazing how quickly
the various deadlines appear.
  Another important job was scrubbing off the Day Camps Schedule whiteboard and then marking in all the 2015 info on the clean slate.

   It
was also great to post Jennifer’s “Wednesday Words” column after
having a ghastly time trying to convert various files. Fortunately our super
tech person came to the rescue and, by late yesterday the Post was published.
YAY!

   
During the week I met with Sarah to talk about making a few alterations
on her wedding dress.
This will be a very special wedding, a year
from now, as two former Team Members who are closely involved with the work of
Day Camps, are to be married. VERY exciting!! and another Team Member has asked
me to make her wedding veil for her July wedding. It is such an honour to be given even a small role
in the special life events of these young adults who have been a part of the
Day Camps Ministry and who are still active in the work of CTM.

  
Sometimes the lines do blur between the “Job” of Directing Day Camps and
the twenty-four hour a day lifestyle that has evolved as an extension of the
work of the Ministry. But I have come to the conclusion that this just isn’t
the sort of thing that can be quantified with a time clock and for me the
richest 
(and most valuable) moments are often spent washing dishes with one of the committee members after
9pm and not the morning hours sitting at this laptop and I believe it’s an okay conclusion!

  As
the leaves begin to fall in huge bunches there has been some raking
but the week has also included a few rainy days so there is still a lot of
garden clear up to do. I was able to buy and install new coco matting on
the front stairs, as the previous piece, after several hard winters, was
looking pretty scruffy.

 More
herbs having been given away from my seemingly inexhaustible garden bed and the
warm weather has caused the different plants to continue growing.  Meanwhile, on the indoor days, there has been
baking, sewing and more Christmas knitting, beginning with a pair of fingerless
gloves I’m designing as a special gift.

 
This afternoon it’s time to pump up an air mattress in anticipation of
tomorrow’s visit from the Huyers. All of us are invited to the wedding of Chris
and Joanne, SYC staff members and both older siblings of Team Members.  My little Godsons may not make it through the
ceremony so we are possibly having a couple of Team come over and mind them and
then I shall take over for dinner and the evening while Victoria and Timothy go
off to the reception. It was a very difficult decision to make  since I do not want to appear rude or
ungrateful for this special invitation but I just am not a “party” person and
cannot face the 200+ people who will be at the dinner reception.

     
On top of everything else tomorrow is also our Diocesan Synod. As Lay Secretary
I should really be on duty ALL day but I have been given permission to leave at
lunchtime while the Clerical Secretary does double duty for the afternoon!
Leaving at lunch should just give me time to bus home and take Wil for a long
walk before dashing to the wedding! Whew!!!

So that’s why I’m writing today.  There will definitely be a wedding report
sometime soon, possibly tomorrow evening, if those little guys get to sleep in
good time!

 I’m
not closing off without a recipe. My friend Barb was over for lunch on
Wednesday and we had these cookies for dessert. She said “you should put this
recipe on the Blog” so here you go, Barb…

                                    
Molasses Crinkle Cookies

12 Tbsps. margarine

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

4 Tbsps. molasses

2 ¼ cups flour

½ tsp. salt

2 tsps. soda

1 tsp. each cinnamon and ginger

½ tsp. cloves

Cream margarine and sugar, add egg and
molasses and stir until well combined. Whisk salt, flour, soda and spices and
add to creamed mixture, mix well. Chill dough then form into 1½-inch balls.
Roll balls in granulated sugar and place 1 inch apart on parchment-lined cookie
sheets. Bake @ 350F for 12-15 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen.