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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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.


About Burns Mailing & Printing

June 1, 2018

Phyllis Robinette Burns, President

Burns Mailing & Printing, Inc. has been in business since 1981.  It was started by my late husband, Ken Burns, in our garage.  Ken was very good with anything mechanical and printing came very natural for him.  He put two presses together that were not running and made a working press.  After a couple of moves out of the garage, we built our current location at 6131 Industrial Heights Dr. in 1994.  This was the same year that both of our daughters got married.  If you think that building a building, moving a business and having two weddings all in one year is stressful, you would be right.  I was Vice President of a local car dealership and supported the family while Ken got the business going.  In 1990, I joined him and I have now been in the printing/mailing business for 28 years.  In 2010 Ken had a major stroke and could not work in the business and in 2014 he passed away with Leukemia. He was the love of my life.

I have a very professional and supportive staff with most of the employees being here for some time. The great thing is that if I cannot be at the business, I don’t have to worry that my customers are not being taken care of.  We pride ourselves with great customer service.  Their success is our success.

If you would like to find out about our great customer service for yourself, give us a call at 865 584-2265 or email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com for a free estimate. You can also set up an appointment for a free consultation about your project.  I think every good direct mailing or printing should start at inception.

We are 100% women owned and certified by the State of TN as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE).


Peony Flowers, And What Memories They Hold For Me

May 8, 2018

My mailing Manager, Amy Motsinger brought me this lovely bouquet of Peonies.  I mentioned that these were my Mother’s favorite flowers so she wanted me to have this beautiful arrangement that she picked from her yard.

My family, as did many other families, in my childhood had decoration day at the cemetery and then usually a dinner outside at a relative’s house.  I loved it because I got to play with all my cousins.  Mother grew the Peonies to put on the graves of her parents and other loved ones.  She called them “Pineys”.  It was not until I was an adult that I knew that they were called Peony.  I can remember her say “I sure hope my Pineys are in bloom by decoration day”. The flowers were picked and put into big tubs of water to later be put in vases at the cemetery.   My brother-in-law, Delmar Haynes, joked that his job was to carry the tub on decoration day. It is strange how just a flower can invoke memories of childhood.  My sisters and I have carried on the tradition of putting the flowers on the graves at Asbury Cemetery but we don’t grow the flowers we buy them from a green house.  I wonder if the tradition will continue after we are gone?

Thank you Amy for the lovely flowers and the lovely memory that came with them.

 


WOW! What Great Color We Are Getting Out Of Our New Konica Minolta Accurio C6085 Digital Press

April 6, 2018

We ran our first jobs on the new digital press yesterday after they finished the installation and the color and registration is EXCELLENT.  We also have finishing capabilities such as booklet making and stitching.  The thing that we did not have before was the banner capabilities.  I am not talking about banners that you hang with grommets,  but the ability to print much longer sheets of paper and other substrates.

We would love to have you schedule a visit and see for yourself the quality of color.

A reminder that Burns Mailing & Printing offers graphic design, offset printing, digital printing (we now have two digital presses) and direct mail service.  Why run all over town when we can do the entire project from the concept to the mailbox.  Call me, Phyllis Burns, at 865 584-2265 or email me at phyllis@burnsmp.com. We are a 100% women owned and certified by the State of TN as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE).

 


Taking Care Of Things That Irritate Me

February 19, 2018

There are two things that have really been irritating  me lately.  The first is an issue with my Mac computer.  About once or twice a day the Mac mail freezes up and I have to do a hard start to get it to work again.  My IT company has looked at briefly but did not get it fixed.  So I take it to the Apple store today and got surprisingly quick service as I did not have an appointment.  I could have gotten an appointment but it would have been 8:00 PM tonight.  No thank you, I do not do West Town Mall at night by myself.  They could not get it to replicate what I was telling them but they did do something that that thought would fix the problem.  Don’t ask me what because most of this is Greek to me.  I am back at work and keeping my fingers crossed that the fix is in and I won’t have anymore problems.  I did look at new computers while I was there since mine is a 2011. They did comment that my computer was in good shape and is quick to open for its age. Since I am of a certain age, older computers do not bother me unless they don’t work.  It seems the new models do not have a lot of things that my current computer has such as USB ports, ethernet ports, etc.  So if I got a new computer I would have to buy, wait for it, adapters to make all of that work. That would total around $120.00.  Why don’t they just put them in the computer and charge me for them? While I am on the subject of Mac computers, I have a pet peeve.  I use folder for my customers and I sort the emails so that I can go back and reference what I have done on their print/mail projects.  Mac computers does not alphabetize those folders, they must be done manually.  Apple has come up with so many innovative things and they can’t alphabetize my folders. What??

The second that has been irritating me is two big scratches on my prescription sun glasses, right in the center.  Now this is the first prescription sun glasses that I have ever had and I thought I was really taking care of them.  Apparently not.  So I go to see about the scratch and I thought maybe they could just polish the scratch off.  Wrong.  A new lens is require.

I was determined to get these two issues fixed today, so I am hoping that the Apple store got my email issue fixed and I definitely have the sun glass issue fixed.  I was pleasantly surprised that Apple did not charge me for working on my computer, no so with the sun glasses, ouch.