Monthly Archives: August 2003

J You Are The Best!

Today I realized again just what a great staff I have working for me.  One of my staff members has been waiting to see if she would possibly get into the School of Dental Therapy.  She applied a long time ago – just after January.  She dosen’t fit the ethnic group that the school tries to choose most of the students from – which caused some resentment on her part – but that is another story.  She has been at the top of the waiting list to get in since May.  I knew this and although I would really hate to see her go, it would be a great opportunity for her.  She is one of the most capable assistants we have in our office.  If it were not for the cost and the time she would have to commit to studying she might have applied to the College of Dentistry.  She could have done it too.

Last week she got the call – a place was now open for her.  A chance to increase her earning power to twice what it is now.  She turned the school down.  Her reasons – she has too many other things on the go right now that she can not just drop – like car payments.  But one of her reasons was that there are no dental assistants to hire anywhere in our city.  One of the other assistants in the office is pregnant.  J did not want to leave our office so short staffed. 

Such loyalty from our staff is a precious commodity.  I don’t know if I can find a way to show enough appreciation to her.  Next year she will probably go.  She’s irreplacable but we will have a year to look for another bright young woman to take her place.  J you are the best ! Thanks.

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Proverbs for the day

From my morning readings:

Proverbs 18: 2 and 4  (NLT)

2  “Fools have no interest in understanding; they only want to air their own opinions.”

4  “A persons words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.”

I’m back to work today.  The break has been too short. 

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A great blog I recommend

Chuck at The World According to Chuck writes some really great stuff.  In his latest he is sending his daughter off to school.  And as I send one of my kids off to University too, I identify with the feeling that something is going to be missing around here.

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Birthday's and Old age

Sunday’s are always full of stuff to do.  Not work stuff, unless I have the misfortune of being on call, but full of family and kids and friends. 

My oldest son and wife were up from Saskatoon.  They moved some of Patrick’s stuff down to their place yesterday so they brought him home and stayed overnight.  They don’t come because we have the greatest beds that is for sure!  Usually they just sack out on the couch but last night Sara was away so Michelle got the use of her bed. 

Michelle’s mom lives on her farm just north of Prince Albert so they went out there for supper then back here to sleep so they could come to church with us this morning.  Today we all ate lunch with Steve and Lisa(our youth Pastor and wife) and Mathias.  Then Eric and Michelle headed back out to the farm to see Michelle’s mom again and then back in here to visit Grandpa who is 84 today.  They do an incredible amount of visiting while they are here – like non-stop!  I admire the way their relationships with people are so important to them.

I was visiting my dad too, before they arrived at his house, eating some cake and ice cream with my aunts who are also getting up in age.  The conversation was something else!  We were discussing (or at least they were) which were the better choices for seniors homes.  There is a new one being built just across the street from our church – fairly expensive.  Basically a room with a bath, common living and eating areas – very nice layout.  But the concern seemed to be that someone else might mistakingly take their stuff from one of these common areas and that would create conflict. The other concern was that they had better get on a list somewhere or you might end up needing a place and have nowhere good to go. I sat there thinking – is this going to be the subject of my conversation in another 30 years? 

I don’t know what I am thinking will be happening when I am 84- maybe that I would be discussing current events?  Grandchildren’s lives?  Music and artistic things?  Maybe I should go and get on a list and get that hurdle out of the way!  Ah Heck!  When I’m 84 it probably won’t matter what the people around me are discussing – it will all be new to me!


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That Clean Feeling

Our home is heated by hot water through a boiler, pipes, radiators.  We haven’t needed much heat over the past few weeks.  In fact every summer we keep wondering if there is any way that we could put air conditioning in.  Every year we run out of the necessary funds to even consider it so that is about as far as it goes.  This year, it sure would have been nice – but now we have made it to almost the end of August – surely it will start to cool off.

We have had more than our share of trouble with this boiler.  It was installed during a nice cold snap in February about two years ago – while we heated the house with every electrical heater we could get our hands on.  We survived for about a week then.

Last year we had a problem with one of the valves.  We discovered then that no shut off valves had been put into any of the four loops of circulating pipes. 

Also trouble with the air intake – if it doesn’t get enough air it shuts itself off.

We couldn’t call the plumbing company we had bought it from – they went out of business – wonder why?

Our hot water is heated through the same system. By the same boiler.  Yesterday morning we got up planning on nice warm showers.  No hot water!  This time the ignitor went.  And to make things worse, the part has to be ordered in.  This time we decided to go with the largest and most reliable plumber in the whole city.  They ordered the part and maybe today sometime we can finally get those warm showers we are all waiting for.  If not, well friends and relations – here we come!

Update:  The part came in! Yeah!!!  We have now been cleaned with hot water.  All ready for church tomorrow – can’t go to church without the good old Saturday bath!

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It's Bright and It's Orange

One of my daughters is in love with bright colours.  I promised her that she could paint her room this summer if she was willing to do most of the work herself.  And I did say that she could pick out her own colors but please not to pick black. 

Well she did Not pick black.  First of all there were several coats of Marigold Yellow.  She was disappointed because she really wanted Neon Orange and the color just was not orange enough for her.  So like a good (ie: too easily persuaded) mom, I went and bought a quart of Orange and we just spent the afternoon doing a thing to the walls with cheesecloth and paint.  Now it is orange!  With the stippled ceilings Marigold Yellow!  If you walk in you think you are a little closer to the sun – not desirable these hot days.  Maybe in the middle of the winter the brightness will help her to wake up early for school!

Next thing she is doing is to paint her furniture Lime Green.  No kidding!

I would have taken a picture (and maybe will later) but the camera has gone on a journey with it’s rightful owner.  Leo has gone down south.  In this province that is just about anywhere south of Prince Albert.  He is going to the deep south- south of Assiniboia – down into French Canadian territory.  He grew up in the little town of Lisieux and this weekend is going down to help his brother pour cement.  They are pouring a grave cover for his father who passed away a few years ago now. 

Rachelle, our oldest daughter, is driving down with him, which is nice since it is a long drive.  She is anxious to see the dog which she gave to Uncle Paul because the dog was too rambuncious for our backyard.

Patrick is also in the process of moving down to Saskatoon.  He moved out some of his stuff this afternoon.  I think he will enjoy university but is a little bit nervous about it all.  Glad he’s going to be living with Eric and Michelle (our oldest son and wife). 


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Dallaire's Book

On his site Jordan Cooper links to the Globe and mail’s story on the book by Gen. Dalliare Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda.  It looks like for the Africa aficionados and for those concerned with the cause of justice in this world, it will be a must read.

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