I love fall and this weekend I took advantage of the cool weather and sat by the fireplace and read a good book.
The leaves turning reminds me of the first time I saw the property at our current location. The previous owner had planted several tree around the commercial building and the leaves were just beautiful. We purchased the property and build on a production area and have been here ever since. It was a good move for our business and we are in a great location near our paper suppliers and the United States Postal Service where we take our mail. The lady who owned the property was a window and she had closed her business. I was out looking at property and she just happened to be at the building. I knew that it would be perfect for Burns Mailing & Printing, so I asked her if she would meet me later that afternoon so that Ken, my husband could see it. He loved it as much as I did and so we told her we wanted to buy it and would she take a down payment. I called our lawyer and asked how I could make it official and he said to write out an agreement to sale and have her sign it with a witness. She hesitated for a moment and then said, “I have someone who told me they were going to buy it but they haven’t gotten back with me”. They think I am old lady who doesn’t know what she is doing so I am just going to sell it to you all”. That was one of the best purchases that we ever made.
Another trip down the fall memory lane is at a local cafeteria that is well known in Knoxville called Wright’s Cafeteria. Everyone who is political can be found at Wright’s Cafeteria on any given day. Governor Bill Haslam was there on the day that he got elected to governor. They serve just good country food, like homemade rolls, pies, fried chicken etc. Every fall at the end of the line they have Claxton fruit cakes for sale. Ken, my late husband looked forward to those fruit cakes every year and he would buy one. Today I went there for lunch and there were the fruit cakes for sale. Memories are both sad and good. Today as I looked at the leaves turning at our print shop, I was glad and a little sad when I saw the fruit cakes.
Happy fall and wishing you only good memories.