I have been blessed to travel with my family over the last 5 years. Our spring trip this year was to Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic. This was one of the most relaxing trips we have taken. I think that everyone recharged and relaxed. I read 4 novels while I was there and got lots of sunshine and good food. We also celebrated Michael’s 24th birthday.
We did drive to Samana, about a 3 hour drive from Juan Dolio to do some whale watching. Samana is where the mother whales come to give birth and train their calves for the long trip back to the Boston area. We saw two mother whales with their calves. One of the calves breached and gave us a thrill. I have tried to see the whales in Hawaii, Boston and California, to no avail. Either it was the wrong time of year and in the case of Boston, the weather was so bad the boats could not go out.
Back at work today, doing what we do best..graphic design, printing & direct mail. Thanks to all my great employees for keeping things going while I was gone.
Digital printing does not use printing plates the way that conventional offset does, but instead uses toner. In conventional offset ink is put on paper and the ink is absorbed into the paper. In digital printing the toner sets on the paper and is not absorbed into the paper. This gives a different look to the printed piece and often digitally printed pieces has a brighter color. Digital printing is usually used for smaller quantities. We usually run up to 10,000 on our digital press but if it goes over that quantity, we move it to an offset press.
A big benefit of using the digital printing is the variable data capabilities. Variable data printing is a form of on-demand printing in which elements (such as text, numbers, graphics, etc.) can be changed from one printed piece to the net, without stopping or slowing down the press, using information from a database. For example, a set of personalized letters, each with the same basic layout, can be printed with a different name and address on each letter. At Burns, we can print and address double-sided postcards on one pass of the press. When we personalize a letter we add a bar code on the back of the letter and our smart inserter can then read the bar code on the back and insert the letter into a non-window envelope. This is like a hand match without the expense of a hand match.
Advantages of digital printing
Setup costs are lower for short runs (up to 10,000)
Print only the amount you need, when you need it
Lower minimum quantities (as low as 1,20 or 50 pieces)
Inexpensive black and white digital printing
Improved technology has made digital quality acceptable for more uses.
One thing that the buyer needs to be aware of is that if you print a small quantity on the digital press and then decide on a larger quantity that requires the printing job to be put on an offset press, the two jobs will not look the same because of what I described above, ink being absorbed into the paper and ink setting on top of the paper. They will both be quality printed jobs but will not have the same look.
Before my late husband Ken and I got married, he ask me if I would cook breakfast for him every morning. That was probably his favorite meal and he was a big breakfast eater. I agreed that I would and for 52 years, I did just that and enjoyed seeing him enjoy the biscuits, pancakes, waffles and such. When our two daughters, Kathy and Joy were in middle school and were old enough to have overnight visits with friends, they discovered that some families did not have a big breakfast like we did at our house. In fact, one day Joy asked me “can’t we just have cereal like our friends have at their house”. However, when their friends came to our house, they were surprised that I cooked every morning.
I don’t cook like that now that Ken has passed away and sometimes I miss that very much. However yesterday, I cooked all afternoon because we were celebrating Kathy’s birthday. I enjoy cooking for people who enjoy eating and last night was one of those nights.
Today, I am sharing one of my favorite recipes, pecan pie. I have been making this for 40 years and it is the easiest recipe to make. I usually have pecans and the other ingredients required so if I need a dessert in a hurry, this is my go to recipe.
3 eggs, slightly beaten
½ cup light brown sugar
1 cup white corn syrup
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
¼ cup butter, belted
Beat eggs slightly, add brown sugar, corn syrup, salt and vanilla. Mix well by hand. Stir in butter and pecans. Mix well. Pour into an unbaked pie shell. Bake 45-50 minutes at 375 degrees or until set. I use broken pieces of pecans but you can use whole pecans as well.
On my recent trip to Lisbon Portugal and to other day trips to surrounding cities I saw lots of interesting and magnificent things like this church and beautiful views of the city. However, there was one place that I had not counted on seeing in Lisbon and that was the inside of the ER at a Lisbon Hospital. Our first day of sight seeing begin with a visit to a castle. We rode an elevator to get to a street that was pretty high up and there was a deck with a beautiful view of the city. All of a sudden I felt like I was going to pass out and I did. When I woke up an ambulance had been called and they quickly loaded me up and took me to a hospital. This is where it gets different. Most of us have been to an ER at a hospital and they put you in a room or cubicle for treatment. Not so in Lisbon, they take you to a room that is very crowded, so crowded that the beds are touching each other. There are no visitors allowed unless the doctor calls them back and there is security to make sure that rule is followed. I understand the no visitors rule because they was not room for visitors to stand. When a nurse needed to attend to a patient she had to move the beds over in order to get to the bedside.
Although the ER was crowded, the care was excellent. Most of the nurses and the doctor spoke English. They never asked me if I had insurance or for any payment. They only took my personal information and my address. Turns out, when I got home and check with my insurance company, they will pay for all except the ambulance. They sent me home with a packet of information for my doctor here in Knoxville and it was all in Portuguese. However, thanks to Covenant Health, a translator was provided here in Knoxville so that my doctor had all the notes from Lisbon. It was nothing serious and the next day, I was out touring again. It makes me appreciate the good hospitals that we have here in Knoxville. I feel very blessed.
Oh by the way I have another trip planned and I purchased trip insurance, just in case.
If you are like me, you get a lot of emails throughout the day. If you don’t control them they can over take you. With the Christmas holidays, traveling and generally lazy about deleting them, I had a real mess on my hands. I have spent considerable time the last two days cleaning them up and deleting about 700 emails. I feel good that I can start the New Year with a little more control of my emails. It is not that I do not like emails, I actually love them. Especially the ones with purchase orders, requests for quotes, customer emails, church emails and the ones from family and friends. The ones that overwhelm me is the ones from where I ordered something for Christmas (and will never use again) that send me things daily. Some I have no idea why they are sending me emails. Some of them start out with dearest, we would like to have a financial partnership with you, and I know that all they want to do is fleece me for money.
So if you are a customer, a potential customer, family, friend or church family please keep sending me email. For the others I will try to be more vigilant and not acquire 700 before I clean them up. This is my New Year’s resolution, hope I can keep it.