I delayed writing this week’s post so that I could report on our Day Camp Committee Meeting which took place on Monday evening.
        Yesterday proved to be such a mad scramble that I could not get my act together, so here I am on a bright and sunny May morning ready to report from my side porch vantage point.
Mandu in Hiding!

    Mandu is overjoyed that “we” are back working outside . This is the second day that I have moved the wicker furniture out  and she just loves to sit hidden on the shelf under my table!. She likes to spy on the birds which does make me a bit nervous because she can be pretty speedy and I do not want her diving over the railing as she is a totally INDOOR cat!

    
     The Committee Meeting went well. We were delighted that Jill and Owen (age 3 weeks) were able to join us and there was much cooing and admiring of his big blue eyes and gorgeous mop of red hair!

     Yes, we did get some work done too. We first enjoyed a dinner of California Salad Bowl 
(see below) , iced mint tea (the first mint from my garden), iced cappuccino and Boston Cream Pie cupcakes. Poor Brenda, who was joining us via g-talk, was a bit envious of the cupcakes and sadly technology does not yet run to passing her one through the computer screen!


     The annual saga of Team Member Recruiting is now reaching the scary phase. We were very sad to lose a key applicant but Michael ( a veteran of the past 2 Summers) suddenly received confirmation of acceptance into a Sports Journalism program and the orientation session coincides with REZ and the first Week of Day Damps, so, sadly, he is out of the Team picture. Another potential has since dropped off too so we are back down to only 7 Team Members. 

I know that the Lord will send us just the exact number we need but, as always, I feel totally committed to turning over every stone on the “hunt’ for these very special volunteers.
    The sermon at St. Stephen’s last Sunday included some interesting observations on the topic of “God’s Will’ for our lives. Jenna was speaking on Acts 21:1-16, in which the Will of Paul is counter to the Will of the Community of Believers, both of whom believe that they are moving forward “in the Spirit”. Jenna postulated that, it is quite possible that God does not have any one particular “finite” plan for our lives but that, as long as we are constantly seeking to walk on the path He would have us follow, the outcome of events  will be according to His Will.

    So, applying this  hypothesis to my own life, there is a certain comfort in that, as long as I wholeheartedly offer myself as His servant, there will be a perfect provision of both Team Members and  Host Churches in which the Teams can Minister to the children whom our Lord so dearly loves . 


    The Church Schedule is not complete either, but Jill encouraged me by pointing out that she recalled it contained many more post-it notes last year at this time. I’m hoping her memory is accurate! At last count we still need about 7 more host churches- 1 in the Montreal region, 2 in Eastern Ontario, 1 or 2 in the Regina area, and 2 in the Maritimes. If anyone reading this can make a suggestion PLEASE leave a comment or contact us via email or phone. 

Of course the same goes for potential leads on TEAM MEMBERS!!!!

  REZ is coming together. We still need a couple of workshop leaders and evening speakers but I’m pleased to report that the key Staff positions are all filled   and that our Bishop is able to join us this year to Commission our Teams.

    Parish Kick Off Day in both Montreal and Edmonton will be taking place on June 2nd so we did a little basic planning for that. I will need to pin down some key helpers via email and phone, and flesh out the details of the agenda.

      Now I’m off to accomplish some of these tasks………..

        At the same time the house is in an uproar as my long-time boarder has recently graduate from McGill and is in the throes of moving out with 3 year’s worth of accumulated clothing and other paraphernalia.


        Meanwhile it is also “Decoration
Changing Time” and I am busy packing china and linens and ornaments from
my ” Spring/Easter setting and turning the house over to the
“Pentecost/Summer” design.

Chaos

Summer Livingroom

Summer Baskets

Blue “Shirt” Quilt

Summer Studio
   
“Huffy” Wil

      
   Wil and Mandu are very huffy about this as I’m always appearing to shoo them off favourite pieces of furniture as I change slipcovers and bedding!


The California Salad Bowl is worth a try, the 5 of us made short work of it on Monday and there was a small portion  left over which I’m looking forward to eating for lunch today!

                                                              

                                        California Salad Bowl

16 cups of mixed salad greens and sprouts- washed and torn  into pieces
2 cups cooked chicken,diced
1/2 cup crumbled feta or Blue cheese
8 slices cooked bacon, diced
1/2 cup sliced scallions or chives
2 avocados, diced and tossed with 1Tbsp lemon juice

Dressing:-                                       

1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 tsp curry powder
2 Tbsp water
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 tsp pepper
In a large bowl toss greens, chicken, scallions and cheese. 
 For the Dressing-Place 2 tsps of the oil with the curry powder in a small saucepan and cook over low heat for 5 mins. Remove from heat and beat in all other ingredients.
Toss 1/4 cup dressing with the salad. Arrange in a serving bowl and sprinkle with the avocado and bacon. Serve extra dressing on the side.
Serves 6