This winter has been one for the books that's for sure! We got lots of snow in December which I was ok with because it got me into the holiday spirit and we had a nice white Christmas. Then we continued to get more snow all through January and I've come to dislike the month of January, what a LONG month it was! When it wasn't snowing the temperatures would plummet into the single digits and below zero so it was frigidly cold. It is now February 1st and we haven't seen the ground for two months, we still have gobs and gobs of snow and ice. It's really starting to get old!
January was filled with illnesses, lots of snow and cold, and Lance had a record-breaking month as far as call volume so having him gone a lot didn't help with the cabin fever. December and January are always the busiest months of the year for him and January he did 206 calls for the month which is about 7 a day. But I guess that's good for business. Next week he has a meeting in Seattle - he's planned for the last several months to expand his removal services to the Seattle area and he's hoping to get it all set up and ready to go by May. He'll only contract with SCI to begin with and they have 11 locations so that will keep the staff busy. His current #2 guy is wanting to move to Seattle and will act as the manager for the area so he'll receive and dispatch all the calls. We'll have to get more vans, removal equipment, and 4-5 full time guys. The timing is just horrible with me having a baby at that time, Lance will be in Seattle quite a bit for the first few months but once it's up and running it should prove to be a good revenue booster and if things continue to go well then he can always offer his services to other funeral homes in the area. So we are praying that in the meantime this is a step in the right direction as far as business expansion, we definitely don't want to move to Seattle (especially me) so having a good manager and staff will be key.