A
somewhat frazzley week, largely because most of it was spent fighting off a
rather nasty flu bug! Happily it now seems to be almost wrestled into
submission. When there is no one else in the house there is not much choice
but to push on, particularly when there is a large and active dog anxiously
waiting for the next Walk, AND when snow continues to fall, thus needing to be
shovelled, ugh!

     The
best piece of news came yesterday when Arnee sent “Revision 2” of the complete
Program Manual in PDF and with great trepidation page 83 was printed out (it
being a page on which the charts had previously gone out of whack and also
being a “rightfacing” page all of which had wrongly justified margins in the
Rev.1 copy).

     SUCCESS!! Despite the ongoing problem of no
ink in the printer, there was sufficient viewable text on the page to check
both the charts and margins and find everything in the correct place. YAY!!! I
immediately emailed Arnee as I knew she was going away for the weekend and made
sure she received the good news before she left.

     In
the coming week we can begin to send pdf copies of the Manual to those churches
whose Applications have been completed and the annual conundrum called “how
many hard copies should be have printed?” needs to be puzzled over.

    The completion of the Program Manual is a
huge step on the road to Day Camps. There are many smaller items involved with
the Program that a Team can manage without, but it is virtually impossible to
function without our trusty Manual! A big sigh of relief to know it is done.
And there is some really first rate content this year, the many people who
contributed to this manuscript have done a great job!

   In
other news, several more Church Applications have arrived, time has been spent
badgering people about the upcoming Team Gathering,(yikes!!! it will be
happening NEXT Saturday!!), making lists of people to approach regarding
Travelling Team and writing a rough draft of a Blogpost on “Mission” which I
have been asked to compose for our sister SYC Blog.  Typing up the AGM minutes took a while, but
they appear to now be in good order, so the real push in the coming days needs to be
the hunt for the elusive species “Day Camp Team Member”.

    My
first dozen Pysanky are completed and the second dozen (on DUCK eggs!)has just
been started. Another cut little merino baby hat and a pair of slippers were
knitted, I was very pleased to finish sewing a Spring dress with a lovely piece of
striped linen, given to me for Christmas by Jill.

 
I hope it will be warm enough
to wear it at Easter (Ha!)

    The copper crosses for Team Members are also coming along
nicely, I have made 18 to date, and shall make a few more, in the hopes (God
Willing) that every single one will be placed around the neck of a Team Member
or Leader at their Commissioning.When Jill visited on Thursday she offered some cord that she has , that can be used for
hanging the crosses, woo hoo!

     So
this afternoon is “baking and blogging”. In anticipation of Steven coming for
dinner I have baked a blueberry pie with some of the berries I froze last
Summer.

      The
main course is one I like to do in the Spring (well it is supposed to be
Spring!)

     A
homemade Sloppy Joe filling over freshly baked wholewheat Hamburger buns, accompanied
by a Spinach and Black Bean Salad, which I have chosen to share as today’s
recipe

                                    Spinach and Black Bean
Salad

1 red onion, cut into fine slivers

8 oz. button mushrooms, sliced

¼ cup sharp cheddar, grated

1 lb. baby spinach, well washed and dried

1 cup cooked black beans, well drained

Dressing:-

½ cup Olive Oil

Juice of 1 lemon

2 Tbsps.  Soy Sauce

¼ tsp. pepper

Place spinach in a large shallow salad
bowl, layer on the other ingredients, topping with the cheese. For the dressing,
mix all the ingredients in a serving jug. Whisk well, just before serving.
Serves 4-6