I am late again...and once again, I apologize for that. April and May have been two fun filled and action packed months that, for me at least, have flashed by far too quickly. April is typically a busy month for us, as this is the time for our annual year end financial audit. We are very fortunate to have an excellent accounting manager who always does a great job preparing us for this fiscal review and, according to our corporate accountants, this year was no different. Thank You Joan !
April is also the month that the AHTD holds their Spring meeting and this year’s event took place at the fabulous La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs, California. Needless to say, it was a welcome break to get away from the cold, wet and dreary remnants of our long winter season to the sun and heat of Palm Desert. For me, AHTD meetings are always rewarding both personally and professionally and this one was no exception. The weather, the venue, the program, the food, the drinks, the networking and the chance to reunite with friends and colleagues is a winning combination that I look forward to twice every year. The meeting prior to La Quinta was in October at the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City and our Fall meeting later this year will be held at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee.
The remaining days in April were rounded out with seven supplier visits and other assorted springtime responsibilities. May was even busier. We planned and executed a cosmetic facelift to our Oakville office lunchroom over three weeks in May. After 23 years, the original pastel wallpaper and peach millwork were looking their age and the room was
badly in need of a renovation. The project went quickly and smoothly and the room looks clean and fresh once again. However, just when I thought that I was finished with building maintenance for the year, we experienced a pretty serious leak in the middle of the warehouse roof. A comprehensive roof inspection confirmed that, like the lunchroom, our roof was quickly approaching the end of its life. Although we had not initially budgeted for a roof replacement this year, we are going to have to find a way to get it done, or deal with the consequences of more extensive, expensive damages down the road.
In my own defense, every time I tried to sit down and write another blog entry, something else slightly more pressing came along to distract me. Hopefully I can now get back into a rhythm again and pop these out more consistently.