Friends for 50 Years

July 13, 2018

 

I just got back from Blue Ridge GA on Wednesday.  I was invited by my friends of 50 years, Willie and Charles Stancil.  Charles and Ken worked together at Lockheed back in the 60s and the two families quickly became friends.  At the time they had Doug and we had Kathy who were just 6 months apart.  It was Doug’s and his wife Allison’s cabin in the mountains where we stayed.  On Sunday their daughter NIcki and her family came and we spent some great time catching up.  What is really special about this friendship is that Ken and I moved back to Knoxville about a year after we met them but we have kept up over the years, visited, camped, and enjoyed the times that we got to see them.  When we are together it is just like we saw each other yesterday.

If you have not been to the mountains in North GA, I highly recommend it.  The drive from Knoxville is beautiful, but the roads are winding. Weekends are very busy in Blue Ridge, but we visited on Monday and it was not crowded.   Also if you are in the area, I recommend you go to an apple orchard called Mercier’s.  They have fresh baked goods, honey, a brewery and of course, apples when they are in season.

It was good to have some time with friends, relax and see a new place.

 

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Voting Is Our Responsibility

July 3, 2018

I probably think more about election time than most because we design, print and mail a lot of political mail.  When I stop to think about the history of our country and how many men and women have died to give us the privilege of voting it makes me want to never miss the opportunity to vote.  Align yourself with the party that best represents what you feel is important and get out and vote. There are many people in this world that would like to have the privilege that we sometimes take for granted, of voting for the candidates that we feel will do the best job of representing us.

What a great time to reflect on voting at this 4th of July celebration.

 


4th of July In The Middle Of The Week

July 2, 2018

Because the 4th falls on Wednesday, we will be celebrating tomorrow at Burns Mailing & Printing, with an employee luncheon.  We really love sitting down with each other and visiting about things other than work.  Some times we all bring things but tomorrow we are having it catered.

This is a good time to reflect on the freedom that we have in this country and to honor those who made that freedom possible and to those who are serving now to protect our country.  We thank them for their service and appreciate the sacrifices that they and their families make.

May all of you have a blessed and safe 4th of July.


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.

 

 

 

 


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.


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.