It has been quite a full week around here. We are still on hold regarding our new Day Camp blog but some progress has been made and several people are working on the "behind the scenes" technicalities so there is hope things will soon come together. We would like to wait to send out the 2021 application forms until the new site is ready to launch so that we can share it with the wider Day Camp community, butI am determined to distribute the forms this month and so am anxiously awaiting further updates from the “techies”.
CTM's Harvest/Fall Newsletter is also getting sorted out, although I still have not received content from a few people. It should be ready for publication in time for Thanksgiving so I need to do more badgering over the next couple of days.
I am also updating the list of contacts to whom we want to send news of our 2021 Day Camp programs. The main CTM contact list on this laptop has about 400 names, this week I got as far as “Q” so I've almost finished checking through that main list and compiling a comprehensive one for Day Camp contacts woo hoo!
The revised Community Planner has been sent back to Jessica for reformatting, which is another step forward so it won't be long before all the core documents are completed in the hopes host communities decide to apply.
Of course the uncertainty of the future looms large and this week Montreal and several other areas of Québec were placed in the “Red” zone so we are back largely to a lockdown situation for the next month.
Outside of office work I seem to have a growing pile of sewing projects to tackle. I wanted to get started sewing fabric buckets in which to give Christmas cookies but have now been diverted by ongoing orders for masks! The fabric finally arrived the masks for my Godsons in Ottawa. I washed and ironed it yesterday and plan to cut them out this afternoon. Bishop Mary also called yesterday and has ordered 5 more Liturgical masks so I may need to lay aside Christmas projects for a while.
The Bishop has also ordered a blue Advent chasuble, then there is the cape I’ve been asked to sew for my friend Jenna, “Newsboy” caps I plan to make as Christmas presents for all my Godsons and a pair of warm wooled overalls for myself. EEK!!! that sounds like a lot of sewing 😊.
When Jenna brought over her cape fabric she also brought me a Reishi mushroom, which she had harvested on a foraging excursion. I was super excited to receive it and processed it one afternoon and it is now ready to turn into immune boosting tea.
Although garden work will soon be winding down the next few weeks will include a lot of leaf raking, then comes cutting down all the perennial plants and harvesting herbs. Never a dull moment. It was overcast this morning as I did my garden work but the whole while my chores were accompanied by the honking of geese above the clouds, it was magical!!Everything in the garden was pretty soggy as we have had a fair bit of rain during the week.
Soon I need to get Sue’s bread into the oven, along with a miche for myself, a a large pan of pink banana squash to roast and a skillet pizza for dinner😊.
Before I head to the kitchen we had better have a recipe. Last evening I made one of my favourite types of Gyros-
½ cup hummus
1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
½ cucumber, diced
½ cup tomatoes, diced
½ cup feta
¼ cup sweet onion, diced
1 avocado, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
Fresh lemon juice
Cut 4 rectangles of aluminium foil and lay out a pita on each. Top each with ¼ of the hummus and tzatziki. Divide all remaining ingredients into fourths and top each pita with a portion. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and fresh lemon juice to finish. Roll each filled pita into a cone shape using the foil to hold everything in place.