Would You Like To See What Mail You Are Getting Before It Is In Your Mailbox?

June 28, 2018

The United States Postal Service now has Informed Delivery and you can sign up free at usps.com/intheknow.  After signing up you will get a daily email that lets you view exterior images of your letters and check on packages arriving soon. You can view your mail from an easy-to-use dashboard and you can keep tabs on USPS package deliveries without inputting tracking numbers.

If it is in the mail, it can be in your email.

 

 

 

 

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Things Sometimes Have To Get Worse Before They Get Better

June 25, 2018

Cabinets painted by The Painted Room

I have been working on updating my house for the last few years.   Hopefully the last thing that I am doing is the kitchen.  I had a customer a few years back that paints kitchen cabinets and they do a really good job. My cabinets are pretty old but were in good shape.  I had to take everything out of the drawers and they took the doors and drawers back to their shop for repainting. I put everything in boxes according to the drawers and was able to cook despite the mess.  Last week they finished and it makes the kitchen so much brighter.  Today the granite people are coming to make a template of the counter tops and they have to have everything off the counter tops in order to do this.  My job this evening will be to put everything back in place. Hope I remember how to hook up the computer.

One thing that I have been putting off for years is cleaning out the attic .  When my youngest daughter Joy was in college she asked when were we cleaning out the attic.  I told her we were not cleaning it out and that we were going to die and leave everything to them, including the attic.  I was only kidding but I bet she was surprised when I had it cleaned out.  I had 3 helpers and it was a trip down memory lane for sure but what a mess.  All 4 of us were covered in dust and it took some time to vacuum up the mess.

With the remodeling, puppy sitting and working, my summer has started off very busy.  I think I need a trip to the beach already.

 


Puppy Break Time

June 22, 2018

It is Friday and who doesn’t need a break.  After sitting at a computer all day Amy, our Mailing Manager need a break and came into my office to play with Lincoln.  He has been lazy all day, snoring under my desk.  She had to coax him from under my desk to get him to play.  It is Friday and I think that he has started his weekend early.  Oh wait, he doesn’t do anything every day, he is living the life.  He could be just a bit spoiled.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.  I am having my attic cleaned out, bright and early in the morning.  It will be interesting to see what is up there. A lot of my two daughters things from childhood and teenage years.  Joy once asked he when were we cleaning out the attic. I told her we were not cleaning it out, we were going to die and let them clean it out. I changed my mind on that.  Joy will be here next Friday, no telling what might end up in her car.

 

 

Amy and Lincoln taking a break.


Hectic Summer

June 18, 2018

There are a lot of things happening at my house this summer.  One is that I am keeping my Granddaughter’s dog, Lincoln for two weeks.  Today was the first day that he came to work with me and he really loved it when he came in and saw all the people who wanted to pet him.  After the excitement died down he just pretty much sleeps under my desk.  He likes confined spaces, I guess it makes him feel secure.

The second thing is that I am doing some work to my kitchen.  32 years ago Ken and his two best friends took out all the old cabinets and put in new ones.  Ken and I sat down at the house we had just bought and planned out the kitchen.  We must have done a pretty good job because in 32 years I have never once thought that I would like to change something.  Instead of new cabinets, I opted to paint them through a company called the Painted Room.  They have been customers of mine in the past and I like to do business with folks who do business with me.  The doors and drawers have been off for over a week and tomorrow they come and put all the drawers and doors back in place. Can’t wait to see how it will look.  The next step is new counter tops and back splash.

It is hectic at my house, I think I need a beach trip.

At Burns we are not so hectic that we can’t handle your design, print and direct mail needs.  Call me today at 865 584-2265 or email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com.

 

P.S. I am looking for a social media guru to help me with marketing and social media.  Know someone who would might be interested?  Call me at the above number.

 

 


Today Is Grand Puppy Day

June 15, 2018

For  next two weeks I will be having a special guest, Grand Puppy, Lincoln. He will be visiting while my granddaughter Kate goes to camp and my daughter Joy and her husband John take a vacation.

Lincoln is a very sweet Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  They are very laid back and loving dogs.  He will love coming to work with me and getting all the attention from my employees.

It will be really different at my house after not having a pet for over 10 years.  That is what Grand Puppy’s are for, you love them, spoil them and send them back home.


Reputation Is Everything

June 12, 2018

My son-in-law, John Day, a trial lawyer in Brentwood, TN, publishes a newsletter every quarter that goes out to other lawyers.  We print and mail it for John so I often read it.  The subject on his latest newsletter is about Reputation. Reputations can be good or in some cases bad. A quote in John’s newsletter is “ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right”. (Potter Stewart) That says a lot about any business or person. Is doing what is right always the easiest, not it is sometimes the hardest thing but in your heart if you know it is the right thing to do, then do it.

I had an example of this today.  There was some confusion about a mailing date for a customer and we thought that we knew when he wanted his post cards mailed.  Turns out we mailed it a little earlier than he wanted, so I told him we would print another post card for him to be mailed on the date that he desired.  Did I lose a little money, yes, but the most important thing is that I have my reputation as a company intact and that means everything to me.

John’s reputation as a good lawyer is know state wide and beyond, but he is one of the most ethical  men that I know. He is a good Dad, husband and family man.