Now that the days are (sadly) starting to
draw in it looks as if there will be a return to cosy “bake& blog”
Saturdays with the kitchen warmed by the oven. Sigh. Whereas they do hold a
certain virtue, I am really not quite ready to bring in the deck and porch
furniture and call an end to the outdoor life!
    It has been the usual crazy week around
here. Regular blog readers may have noticed a lack of “Sunday Reflections” post
but Sunday was truly over the top madness from start to finish and Monday was
not much better, and as  “Sunday Reflection on a Tuesday” is not the catchiest of
titles, I threw in the towel and decided to skip it for this week.
   Sunday morning I got up extra early in order
not to miss Cousin Ron’s call from the UK. I hurried Wil outside for his first pit
stop of the day only to discover that, during the stormy night a HUGE branch had
fallen out of our tree onto the neighbour’s front lawn. Now these neighbours tend
to be shall we say “difficult” in the extreme so it was urgent that I remove
all the evidence before they noticed. I quickly tied Wil to the corner stop
sign and hauled the largest piece into the gutter, swept the lawn (and part of
mine too, got a big paper leaf bag and put all the debris in it, untied Wil and
dashed into the house, only to see the phone light flashing and to hear a
plaintive voicemail from Cousin Ron. Oh dear!

  Then it was a mad rush to be ready to leave
for church at 9am since I was driving down with Nick because, being on lunch
duty, there was a huge pot of soup, 40 individual Naan breads and various
sundry objects, including my laptop, for Children’s Ministry( last Sunday we heard the story of Joseph, and so, of course, it was necessary to watch this song)
  After church and lunch, I rode home with Guylaine
and Matt, from Ottawa, who had come for the Service and lunch and a brief
hangout time with me before the 3pm CTM Board meeting, In the hour between
arriving home and the meeting Wil needed another long walk and a friend’s cats
had to be fed! As I was setting out refreshments and sharing a snack with Guylaine
and Matt, the Board Members started to arrive, along with the whole Huyer
family and Mark (who was going to look after the little boys during the
meeting). It being a lovely Sunday afternoon we moved the meeting out to the deck
and I grabbed my computer again to take the minutes.
   The meeting was fruitful and there are some
good plans afoot for the re-visioning of two Ministries and a revitalisation of
the monthly Crossroads Youth Service.
   We finished at 5pm, fed the dog and  piled
into the Huyer’s van to head to Crossroads.
   Since this was the first Service in its new
location (St, Stephen’s House!!) plus the reunion for all the SYC Campers I had
agreed to attend and to organize a prayer mural activity.
  Prior to the Service there was to be a BBQ.
When we arrived burgers were being cooked and a happy group of Campers was gathered
on the grass. By this time I was beginning to regret having promised to attend,
it had already been a long day but then a gang of Day Camp Team Members came
running toward me each wanting to give me a big hug! In that moment I knew I
had made the right choice!
  54 people crammed into our Worship space for
the Service, I had to set up FIVE prayer mural stations to accommodate everyone,
and afterwards Alexander and Sarah generously drove me home, so, as you can
see, Sunday was just a bit over the top crazy, a good sort of crazy
J
  Having already written 650 words, it looks as
if the rest of the week should be recounted in the “condensed version”
  But Monday was very important too since it
was the Day Camp Committee Meeting! We had a slightly smaller than usual
turnout but boy did we cover a lot of territory as we made decisions about
allocating all the 2016 Program Manual Chapters, drew up a list of potential
Wednesday Words contributors, planned details of the October 3rd Team Gathering
and began organizing the Fall Coffeehouse! All of this work is essential at the
September Meeting, as, God Willing, we begin to set the course for the year ahead.
  So the rest of this week has largely consisted
of my following up with all of these plans. Writing to each person who we
listed, sending out files for those editing Manual Chapters etc.


        

         In between there has been a steady stream of
visitors, some planned, some unexpected, but all equally welcome! Somehow I
have also managed to complete my quilting project and put in a fair bit of
knitting on my cardigan, mow the lawns and harvest herbs for drying, oh and
plan children’s ministry for the coming Sunday! (Moses)

       Things are pretty zooy around here at times
but I would not have it any other way…Carpe Diem!!!


  Oops! Time to cook the English Muffins, and
then add this week’s recipe choice…
                               Fresh Tomato and Cannellini
Bean Soup

We enjoyed
this, for dinner at the Day Camp meeting along with a loaf of homemade
ciabatta!
2 lbs.
ripe plum tomatoes

2
Tbsps. olive oil
1 cup
roughly chopped onions
2
garlic cloves, crushed
4 cups
chicken or vegetable stock
2
Tbsps. sun-dried tomato paste
2 tsps.
paprika
1 Tbsp.
cornstarch
1 can
Cannellini Beans, drained and rinsed
2
Tbsps. fresh cilantro, chopped
salt
and pepper to taste
Place
the tomatoes in a large heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave for
approx. 30 seconds then drain and peel. Cut each tomato into large chunks,
saving all the juices.
 Heat the oil and cook the onions and garlic
until softened. Add the tomatoes, stock, tomato paste and paprika, Stir well
then bring to the boil and simmer for 10minutes.
 Mix the cornstarch with 2 Tbsps, cold water
and stir into the soup along with the beans. Cook for a further 5 minutes.
Adjust
the seasoning and stir in the cilantro just before serving.

Serves
4