Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday, November 25, 2016 – Water Greenhouses, Carthage Leaf Removal, “Light up the World”

The Friday after Thanksgiving is a regular work day for the missionaries that serve in the historic sites as well as those who are teamsters and all of us that work in FM (Facilities Maintenance). The paid employees at FM are home with their families. They deserve the day off and we wish them a happy Thanksgiving weekend. 
Sis. Johnson and I spent our work day in Carthage removing fall leaves from the grounds around the Visitor’s Center and the Carthage Jail. For the first couple of hours both Sis. Johnson and I used the “Backpack” leaf blowers. These blowers are much more powerful than the handheld blowers we usually use. They make the task of blowing the leaves off the sidewalks and away from the buildings and away from the flowerbeds and hedges much, much easier.
In fact, last April when we first arrived in Carthage, it took us three weeks to remove all of the leaves that were solidly impacted in the two long hedges.  We tried to use the handheld blowers to get the leaves out but they were not powerful enough. But today, we used the backpack blowers and did the job in about an hour. Wow, what a difference a lot of power makes.
After of couple of hours blowing leaves out into the open I hopped on the mower and started vacuuming them up. Sis. Johnson continued with the backpack blower and completely cleared the parking lot of its leaves. She blew them into piles so I could use the mower the suck them up and haul them away. By the end of the day the grounds of the Visitor Center as well as the whole parking lot looked great.
Some of you are aware that this year the Christmas theme for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2016 “Light the World – In 25 Ways. Over 25 Days.” As the theme says, there will be 25 ways over the 25 days leading up to Christmas to become more like the Savior. Each day will have a different challenge for individuals to act upon as we strive to follow Christ’s example. will be the starting point for those who wish to visit and participate. Web content will go live on December 1st. Here is the link to the website:  

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