Happy Labor Day

Someone asked me if I liked the cooler temperatures better because the workers complained less.  Without even thinking about it, I told them the workers never complain.  I just know it’s so much easier on everyone when we’re not working through intense heat.

It’s the truth.  I rarely hear anyone complain about the weather on our jobsites.  Recently we’ve had the chance to plow through the mud.  It’s a welcome sight, even if it does slow things down a bit.

Happy Labor Day to all the hard workers out there.  (Especially those who never complain!)

Gary Fields –  Field Day, Inc.

New Mexico Christian Children’s Home

The New Mexico Christian Children’s Home is growing, and I’m pleased to be playing a part.

On a sunny February day west of Portales, we broke ground on the newest cottage.

I appreciate the NMCCH for their great work with kids, and I’m grateful to the board for allowing me to build this new addition to the campus.  Thank you!

Gary Fields – Field Day, Inc.

Wrapping It Up

This may be my constant job description:  Wrapping things up.  Always trying to see a project to completion.  It’s been a good year with good projects, and as 2011 draws to a close, I’m trying to bring a couple of projects to the finish line.

Today it’s freezing cold in eastern New Mexico.  Temperatures won’t get out of the 20s for a couple of days, and there’s snow on the ground.  But the people who put houses and church buildings and stores together will keep carrying on, even though the working conditions will be far from pleasant.

As these crews work along with me, dealing with all kinds of weather and all kinds of inconveniences, I want to take a few minutes (in my warm office and comfortable chair) to give them all sincere thanks and appreciation.

I would like to start calling people by name, but there’s just no way to do that.  There are so many men and women who continually go above and beyond, always have something cheerful to say.  They drop what they’re doing to help me unload supplies when it has nothing to do with their portion of the job.  Our crews are always polite to the owners, and work hard to give them the very best.  They’re on their feet all day, and they go home tired at night.

To the workers and suppliers who keep Field Day, Inc. running smoothly – I thank you very much.    To all you bosses out there who run your business well, answer my calls day and night, and help me keep things rolling – thank you for making it happen.  While I’m thanking people for keeping this ship afloat – thank you to each and every one of you who trust us with your projects.   A great big thank you!

I wish you all a Wonderful Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.  Carry on!

Gary Fields – Field Day, Inc.

Portales Valley Church of Christ

There is always a massive push to finish a big project, and it usually takes some kind of rallying cry.  Since I typically build houses, that chant usually goes like this:  “The carpet is coming!  The carpet is coming!”  I get it scheduled, and everyone knows they have to wrap up their part and be out of the way.  It’s always down to the wire, but on the day the carpet shows up we’ve got that house ready and waiting.

We broke ground on the church building the first week in January, and as we head into October we’re wrapping things up.  It’s time for the rally, and the chant has been this:  “The pews are coming!  The pews are coming!”

It’s been my privilege to put this building together.  I have enjoyed all the Tuesday night meetings, and I’m going to miss the good food and fellowship.  Sandy and I are honored that we were chosen for this important project, and we especially look forward to coming over and singing with this wonderful group of people for years to come.

I’m just about ready to hand over all the keys.  A few inspections and some serious work with the lemon oil, then this building will be the new home for the University Drive Church of Christ.  A new home with a new name.  If you haven’t seen it yet, head out west of town on Highway 70, and nestled between the two hotels you’ll find the Portales Valley Church of Christ.  They have a Gospel Singing planned for the first weekend in November, and I’m sure they’d love to see you there.

Gary Fields – Field Day, Inc.

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Sandy’s Field Days

Sandy has a blog called “My Field Days”.  Yesterday she wrote about being back on the job.  Take a couple of minutes to read the entry.  You’ll like it.

I agree.  To all the men and women who work so hard on our projects, we both say “Thank You”!

Gary Fields – Field Day, Inc.

Here’s the link:  “Field Day Clean Up”

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Church Building

2011 has proven itself to be one busy year.  One of the tasks on the “to-do” list was to get a website up and running.  Better late, than never.

Sandy and I are in the middle of several projects right now.  The biggest one being the future  – and soon to be actual – location for the University Drive Church of Christ in Portales.  Here’s a photo of some recent work in the auditorium.  Things change rapidly, and I’m looking forward to posting a photo of the finished product before too long.

Let me know if I can help you with your building needs,

Gary  Fields

Field Day, Inc.