Three weeks today, God willing, I shall be
sitting in Lennox Hall at Isaiah 40 surrounded by Team Members, for Team
Training Day, the real start of the Day Camps Summer.
 
Well at least that is what I should
be doing but as I write today we still have only 7 Team Members when 17 would
be more like what we need.
  It
has been a fairly arduous week.
  I
have continued to bake and cook “on faith” (or lunacy?) for the Retreat Week
because the food must be prepared ahead of time, there is no time to cook later
in the month.
  The
Lord has blessed us with 25 churches and communities, all eagerly awaiting Day
Camps, I just cannot believe we are not meant to send Teams to them.
   As
I pray and ask the Lord to show us the way forward I am haunted by images of children,
lunch boxes in hand arriving happily at church doors only to find a sign
reading “Day Camp Cancelled” those are scary images and I simply cannot believe
they represent God’s Will for our Program.
 One
antidote is to sing a song, which was used a number of years ago as our
Liturgical Dance, that, combined with vigorous sweeping of maple keys,
sometimes helps!
 On
to brighter thoughts.
  Two
days this week I was joined by committee helpers, Thursday Jessica met me at
the supply room and we worked again on packing Team Supplies. Refilling the
paint bottles was a messy task, but we got it completed. Yay! And then
yesterday Jillian, just back from a few weeks with relatives in the US, came to
help with music copying and other music related tasks. My spirits are lifted
when we can get some important jobs done and talk about how to work out the
current dilemmas.
 It
has rained quite a bit this week but in between I have filled 5 giant paper
leaf bags with maple keys. Again on Thursday it took close to three hours just
to mow the lawns as one had to keep stopping to sweep and rake!
 And
as mentioned earlier I have cooked and baked! Great pots of curry, chilli and
ratatouille, rolls, cakes and biscotti.



       Oh yes and from last Saturday until late
Tuesday there was no service on the house phone line. This was eventually
rectified by a very kindly Bell technician who traced the problem to “water in
a terminal” on a pole in the nearby lane. It took quite a while to clear the
backlog of messages left while the phone was out of order!
 
Today I was up VERY early (5am) and left for the Electoral Synod, soon
after 7.
  As
Lay Secretary I had to be there for registration, starting at 730 and was SO
grateful for a ride down to the Cathedral with a Clerical friend. So now we
have a new Bishop Elect! Whose duties will commence in late August when our
current Bishop retires and moves to Ontario. Her name is the Very Rev. Mary
Irwin-Gibson, current Dean of the Cathedral in Kingston Ontario, and I am very
pleased because she was the candidate I voted for!
  This
evening I am hunkered down quietly with 2 Godsons sleeping upstairs, one tiny Godson
dozing next to me, Wil and Mandu also piled on the bed and the Huyers 2 dogs
sleeping in kennels in the basement. Not exactly the recipe for quiet time, but
I’m just praying no one knocks at the front door as I can imagine pandemonium
will break out!
  
One recipe I made this week for the Retreat is my Mum’s “Curry Creole” a
really delicious vegetarian curry, which will be served with homemade Naan
Bread.
It makes a great summertime dinner.
                       Curry Creole                                 
2 medium onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ cup butter
2 sweet potatoes, diced
2 red peppers cut in strips
1 fresh pineapple, cubed (or equivalent in
frozen chunks)
2 bananas, sliced
1 28oz. can tomatoes
1 can coconut milk
½ tsp. each ground cardamom, turmeric and
fenugreek
1 tsp. ground coriander
¼ tsp.chili powder
1 ¼ cups vegetable stock

Melt the butter in a large stovetop
casserole and fry the onion and garlic, over medium heat, until softened. Add
the sweet potatoes, zucchini and peppers and fry for 5 minutes. Mix the spices
with 3 Tbsps. water to make a paste and stir this into the vegetables. Add the tomatoes,
pineapple and bananas bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cook for approx.
15 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are just tender. Stir in the coconut
milk and heat through. Serve over rice or with Naan. Serves 6.