It has been a very full week around here. As mentioned in my last post, I had a number of visitors last weekend all of whom were delightful and none of whose visits I would have wanted to miss but the general kerfuffle did put a hold on “Changing the Decorations” 😊
Last Sunday, after The Pod, I launched into things by stripping the Tree and then spent that afternoon and evening taking down many of the decorations, packing china etc. Monday I blitzed the whole house, including a deep clean and now everything is in order for Epiphany/Winter.
Once I was able to dive back into office work I discovered most people seemed to only be slowly coming up for air after a two-week hiatus but as the week progressed email replies did start to dribble in.
There was very good news from 2 other Dioceses with which we have long-term connections. Both of my contacts responded enthusiastically about involvement for summer 2020 and as well as hosting a number of Day Camps they hope to be sending us Team Members, hallelujah!!!!!!
I wish there was more positive news about Program Manual Chapters, nothing has yet been submitted, which is slightly depressing.
Next week things will be totally back to normal as there are meetings scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday and the Epiphany Team Gathering is happening next Saturday evening. Woo hoo!!!
Outside of office hours there have been a couple of rounds of shovelling (that’s winter in Canada 😊) more knitting of mittens, and I’ve also been sewing a couple of gifts, one for a birthday and another for a wedding anniversary.
Today we are bracing for yet another ice storm, which due to global warming, seems to be the new “norm” as opposed to blizzards. Both are very unpleasant but an ice storm is more likely to cause power outages and there are many more accidents both driving and walking. so I’m pretty nervous about what tomorrow might bring. If we have ice I just cannot take Thomason for proper walks until the road crews get out and spread salt and gravel, so I’m praying the city will be spared over the next couple of days.
Right now I’m off to start baking (while we still have electricity😊) and so will close off with a recipe.

Thursday I made a favourite quick weeknight meal…
Spicy Thai Noodles

1 lb. brown rice noodles
2 carrots, julienned
1 large red pepper cut in thin strips
2 Tbsps. sesame seeds
½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
½ tsp. dried red pepper flakes
½ cup dry roasted cashews
Sauce: –
¼ cup sunflower oil
1 ½ tsps. sesame oil
2 tsps. rice vinegar
1 tsp. Sriracha
¼ cup peanut butter
2 Tbsps. honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 green onions, minced
Heat a large pot of water and cook the noodles. Meanwhile combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl and whisk vigorously until smooth.
When the pasta is cooked, drain and return it to the pot, off the heat. Add the sauce and all the other ingredients and toss with a wide spatula. Transfer to individual bowls and serve immediately.
Serves 3-4