This week has been busy. Two days ago our parish council president, Lex, who had been suddenly and mysteriously ill, died. Father had been visiting him daily in the hospital. Now we're preparing for a funeral.
|(This photo and the next two were taken by me and edited with the Brushstroke app.)|
The family is not Orthodox but to our great relief they are on-board with an Orthodox funeral. This is the first funeral St. Cyril's has done in their current location and there are details to be worked out. Tonight we're meeting to practice the music.
I am making some dessert to take to the mercy meal after the funeral tomorrow. Gooey Butter Cake is easy to cut into squares and easy to serve. We really don't know how many people to expect.
Currently a few of our children are sick with colds, most importantly, the two babies. Mittens is more-or-less attached to me every minute of the day. She is happy for a few minutes but is otherwise miserable. Miss Moppet is cranky and her behaviour is two-year-old squared. This makes it hard to get anything done.
She enjoyed some frozen watermelon a few days ago. Frozen watermelon is what happens when you run out of room in the fridge and figure you'll just pop the half melon in the freezer to cool off for supper.
And then forget until the next day.
I finally finished the last of the eight censers ordered this week and got them to the post office just now.
The next project in line is a set of five miniature phelonia in liturgical colors for a church school.
I had a bright idea to make a cake yesterday although it didn't turn out exactly as hoped. I mixed up a regular chocolate cake and put half of the batter in a bundt pan. Then I mixed up some peanut butter, confectioners sugar, cream cheese and a bit of whipping cream (just to thin it a bit). It was like the filling of a Reese's Cup. I spooned it into the bundt pan in a ring on top of the cake batter, then added the rest of the cake batter on top. I think it would have worked better if the peanut butter mixture hadn't sunk to the bottom of the pan (top of the cake). As it was, it was still pretty good and we ate it while it was still really too hot to eat.
Duchess and Flopsy had their first pep rally today at school. The theme was "overalls." Neither like overalls and refused to shop for something they didn't like and wouldn't wear. Duchess had this good idea instead and wore this today:
I have bread in the oven to have with supper tonight.
And so it goes.
Life is messy and complicated but still has joyful moments.