A Synod and a Wedding

Since the upcoming weekend is going to exceed even my usual crazy busy schedule, it seems a good plan to make a start on this post today!
       The week has been full of different bits and pieces, stitched together in this crazy quilt, which makes up my days!
       Some progress has been made on the Creative Connection chapter of the Something to Celebrate Program, although I still need to invent one more “Connection” and 2 more “extra activities”, hmmm.
       Next Monday we will be having our October Committee Meeting so I’m anxious to hear about the other Manual sections and to consult with everyone about the holes, which still need to be filled. Early days yet, but it is amazing how quickly the various deadlines appear. Another important job was scrubbing off the Day Camps Schedule whiteboard and then marking in all the 2015 info on the clean slate.
       It was also great to post Jennifer’s “Wednesday Words” column after having a ghastly time trying to convert various files. Fortunately our super tech person came to the rescue and, by late yesterday the Post was published.YAY!
      During the week I met with Sarah to talk about making a few alterations on her wedding dress. This will be a very special wedding, a year from now, as two former Team Members who are closely involved with the work of Day Camps, are to be married. VERY exciting!! and another Team Member has asked me to make her wedding veil for her July wedding. It is such an honour to be given even a small role in the special life events of these young adults who have been a part of the Day Camps Ministry and who are still active in the work of CTM.          Sometimes the lines do blur between the “Job” of Directing Day Camps anthe twenty-four hour a day lifestyle that has evolved as an extension of the work of the Ministry. But I have come to the conclusion that this just isn’t the sort of thing that can be quantified with a time clock and for me the richest  (and most valuable) moments are often spent washing dishes with one of the committee members after 9pm and not the morning hours sitting at this laptop and I believe it’s an okay conclusion!
        As the leaves begin to fall in huge bunches there has been some raking but the week has also included a few rainy days so there is still a lot of garden clear up to do. I was able to buy and install new coco matting on the front stairs, as the previous piece, after several hard winters, was looking pretty scruffy.
More herbs having been given away from my seemingly inexhaustible garden bed and the warm weather has caused the different plants to continue growing.  Meanwhile, on the indoor days, there has been baking, sewing and more Christmas knitting, beginning with a pair of fingerless gloves I’m designing as a special gift.
        This afternoon it’s time to pump up an air mattress in anticipation of tomorrow’s visit from the Huyers. All of us are invited to the wedding of Chris and Joanne, SYC staff members and both older siblings of Team Members.  My little Godsons may not make it through the ceremony so we are possibly having a couple of Team come over and mind them and then I shall take over for dinner and the evening while Victoria and Timothy go off to the reception. It was a very difficult decision to make  since I do not want to appear rude or ungrateful for this special invitation but I just am not a “party” person and cannot face the 200+ people who will be at the dinner reception.
       On top of everything else tomorrow is also our Diocesan Synod. As Lay Secretary I should really be on duty ALL day but I have been given permission to leave at lunchtime while the Clerical Secretary does double duty for the afternoon! Leaving at lunch should just give me time to bus home and take Wil for a long walk before dashing to the wedding! Whew!!!
       So that’s why I’m writing today.  There will definitely be a wedding report sometime soon, possibly tomorrow evening, if those little guys get to sleep in good time!
       I’m not closing off without a recipe. My friend Barb was over for lunch on Wednesday and we had these cookies for dessert. She said “you should put this recipe on the Blog” so here you go, Barb…

Molasses Crinkle Cookies
  • 12 Tbsps. margarine
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 Tbsps. molasses
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsps. soda
  • 1 tsp. each cinnamon and ginger
  • ½ tsp. cloves
Cream margarine and sugar, add egg and molasses and stir until well combined. Whisk salt, flour, soda and spices and add to creamed mixture, mix well. Chill dough then form into 1½ inch balls. Roll balls in granulated sugar and place 1 inch apart on parchment-lined cookie sheets. Bake @ 350F for 12-15 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen.
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