Leaves Come from Trees


As always there are some funny things that happen, even in the midst of major natural disasters. Take for instance this story. During work to clear roads of trees and debris in our retirement village, one of the village residents got his gas BBQ operating (there was no electricity for quite a long time – 24 hours) in order to give his neighbours a hot coffee or cup of tea. Maintenance staff also got an opportunity to get a hot drink.

One woman came down and began to speak of how she had been picking up leaves all morning from near her place. At this point another woman pointed out to her, ‘the leaves come from the trees.’ Well this was one revelation that we were all thankful to get, not knowing where all these leaves had come from.

Later on, one of my staff decided to take a seat on the roof we were cutting a large tree branch from (it had gone through the roof). Incredibly he decided to sit in the hole that the branch had made through the roof – he says he didn’t know it was there. Well, that had me stumped, especially since the hole was the reason we were on the roof in the first place.

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Another Day at Work


Well, another day has gone by at work. Flat out today as usual – but at least I’m home only 2 hours later than I should be. So much to do, so little time.

What do I do? I’m the Maintenance Manager at a retirement village. We have been busy getting a central kitchen up and running with not enough time to get everything done. Still, we haven’t done too bad. More of the same tomorrow – except tomorrow its a bathroom as well as a kitchen, then Wednesday a couple of suites as well. So, too much to do and not enought time, staff, etc.

BACK TO IT


I have been flat out as I indicated I probably would be some time ago. What have I been busy with – not with the website I hear you say. Well it’s true I haven’t been – with the website I mean. My role as Maintenance Manager has kept me very busy and I expect to be so for quite some time (if not all the time). However, things are becoming a little more manageable at the moment and I hope to keep it that way for most of the time except when major problems occur at the retirement village where I work.

A lot of work has been required to catch up with things that should have been completed well before I took over the manager’s role, as well as new projects and things that are happening now. One little thing that’s been keeping me busy is compiling the Chemical Register for the village. This has turned out to be a bigger undertaking then originally thought because very little has been done to keep anything like it before and most of the MSDS sheets were outdated, missing, etc. Anyhow, I’ve just about got this under control, as well as instituting several changes in the way chemicals are stored, issued, etc. All this should make for a safer workplace.

As for me, well I’m a little down in the dumps – truth is, I have been for some time. Who can you blame but yourself for this predicament really? There is no real reason why a Christian should be depressed, at least theoretically! But when you consider your own sin, frailties, etc, it becomes obvious that there are plenty of reasons for being so in a fallen world. But that’s not to say that a Christian should be depressed.

I am down and it’s mostly my own fault. I acknowledge that, but it is difficult to lift the dark clouds once they descend and engulf you. Still, God is gracious and is more than able to deliver me from the darkness of my own sinfulness and thoughts. May the Lord look upon me in His mercy for I am an undeserving sinner!

THE NEW YEAR BEGINS


2004 has now begun and with it the many challenges that the year brings. One of the challenges is to get the web site re-organised yet again – this time to allow for expansion of the site and easier management of it. I have been playing with the idea of grabbing a domain name for the site and may yet do so. But not right now. A few months times perhaps. We’ll see – it’s still about content really.

I’m not sure just what the new year will bring with the change of job role at the retirement village, though I’m sure it will cut down on the time I have available for the web site work. Here it is probably a case of further redeeming the time – better time management, etc.

END OF YEAR WRAP


2003 is now over – well, near enough anyhow. It’s been an interesting year with disappointments as well as challenges and highlights, etc. I won’t add to much here, except to say the next year is looking quite exciting for many reasons, full of new challenges, etc.

From February 2004 I begin my new role at work as the maintenance manager and part of the board of directors (more-or-less) that will manage the retirement village where I work. This will prove both challenging and rewarding I’m sure. But the most exciting part of this new role is the added cash – why I hear you ask with thoughts of I must be greedy, etc, formulating uin your head … because it will give me some resources to be able to get the many Aussie Outpost ministries and opportunities off the ground and into action. The Outpost is desperate for financial support and this blessing of providence will help immensely!

A new years resolution? Well, how about I start adding to the blog a little more regularly – I am getting better as the directory of entries shows.