After you have lost a loved one, Christmas can sometimes be tough because you expect or wish that things could be the same as they were before you lost your loved one. I am adult enough to know that it can’t be like it was, and that I have to adjust to a new normal. I am so grateful to my family for making the new normal as happy for me as they can. However, sometimes you can’t help but be a little blue. I have experienced that feeling this Christmas and then it just hit me, this is not about me. It is not about the presents, the tree and all the good food. This is about the most glorious gift that human kind has ever been given. This is the celebration of the birth of Jesus. As my family and I celebrate on Christmas, may that thought always be in my mind, that He is the reason for the season.
It’s that time of year. I am not talking about Christmas but it is time to start thinking about tax season.
At Burns Mailing & Printing, Inc. we can make the tax season a whole lot easier for you because we can process your 1095-C forms, W-2 forms and 1099 forms. Before you buy tax forms call us because most of these forms can be printed as we run the variable data. Save money on forms and have your forms inserted at high speed.
Save time and money and give us a call before the tax season arrives. 865 584-2265 or email me at Phyllis@burnsmp.com.
I got some sad news this week about a local printer going out of business. This is a printing business that has been in business for over 40 years. It was the business that my late husband, Ken Burns worked at when we moved back to Knoxville from Atlanta. Why am I sad that a fellow printer has gone out of business, isn’t that my competition? First I am sad because I know the owners and they are friends and they know the printing business as well as anyone I know. I am sad because I think of the years that they put into the business and the struggles that all small businesses have on a daily basis. I am sad for the employees who lost their jobs and at a bad time of the year to lose a job.
So please, please, shop local businesses when you need a product or service, because the next time you need a local business there is a possibility that they might not be there for you. Local businesses put money back into the community and that is good for everyone. Lets keep the money in our community when ever possible.
USPS January 2017 Rate Change
On Sunday, January 22, 2017, the United States Postal Service® will change postage rates. While the price of a postage stamp will increase from 47¢ to 49¢, the price to mail a one-ounce First-Class Mail® letter with the postage meter rate discount will actually decrease from the current 46½¢ to 46¢ (a savings of 3¢ per letter) when compared to stamped letters. This 6% meter differential price between a metered First-Class piece and a stamped First-Class piece will yield significant cost savings for all postage meter users.
Additional price changes taking effect on January 22 include: a 1.135% increase to Media Mail® and Library Mail; an average increase of 3.9% to Priority Mail®; and a 3.4% increase to Priority Mail Express. The single-piece price to mail a postcard will remain unchanged while Standard Mail® (also known as “direct mail”) will be re-branded as USPS® Marketing Mail.
I have been working on a cookbook for my son-in-law’s law firm. I am contributing a few recipes of my own and as I got the scraps of recipes that I have cooked for so many years, I looked at them and they were all stained and tattered. You can certainly tell in my collection of recipes which ones I have used over and over. I am sharing one today that was passed on to me many years ago by my sister-in-law, Margaret Burns. It was given to her by a family friend that we called Granny Caldwell. Granny Caldwell lived on my brother-in-law and sister-in-law’s property before she died. They live near Charlotte, NC. There were several benefits to knowing Granny Caldwell. First is the recipes that she handed down and that I have continued to hand down to family. Then there was the fact that if you went to eat at our favorite seafood restaurant and you had Granny Caldwell with you, you moved to the head of the line. You see there was always a line at the restaurant but Granny’s relatives ran the restaurant and they would just come out and get her and bring her and anyone with her in for immediate seating. I remember Granny fondly when I make this cake that she handed down to us.