May 31, 2018
Last weekend, my daughter, Joy Burns Day and I made 41 half pints of strawberry preserves. This is had become a tradition for us to make preserves every summer. We make strawberry, plum, peach and I make apple butter. It all started when one of my former employees, Nancy, brought me a jar of peach preserves and my daughter tasted it on a biscuit and declared that it was the best thing she had ever eaten out of a jar. We bought peaches for Nancy as an incentive to come over and teach us her method of making peach preserves. We have been making various preserves now for about 10 years. Ken, my late husband, enjoyed it as well and so he bought us the big copper pot in the picture. Copper cooks so much faster than stainless steel. We each have our own chore in the process. I prepare the fruit and chop it in a food processor. Joy does the cooking. Kate, my 10 year old granddaughter labels the jars. This years batch turned out beautiful. Joy said “the preserves are so red that it looks like we added food color”.
I don’t know which I enjoy the most, eating the preserves or the family time together making them. Come to think of it, I love both.
January 22, 2018
I had an appointment in Nashville last week and so I thought I would combine it with a visit to my daughter. I had the appointment on Monday and this is what I woke up to on Tuesday. It was beautiful but made it impossible to come back to Knoxville that day. I actually stayed until Thursday and enjoyed time with my family and especially my 10 year old granddaughter, Kate. She completely amazes me with some of the things that she says such as “you still wear makeup?” and “I will not lose to a Grandma” when playing UNO, and “I can’t believe that a Grandma is beating me at UNO”. I told her that old age and treachery will get you every time. LOL We had a great time playing and she beat me several time as she is a good UNO player.
A few day off is fun but I was glad to get back into the office this morning and see all of my work family. We are all trying to avoid the flu but some have already had it. Come on spring we are ready for you.
If you are over the holidays and have started planning your next printing and mailing project, give me a call at 865 584-2265 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 9, 2018
This is a picture of my Dad, Odes Robinette in Lynch KY. He is the first one on the left. I was born in 1943 during the war, and coal was essential to the war effort. My Dad got injured and was released from the mines. Oak Ridge TN (the secret city) had become a boom town because they were building the Atomic Bomb, although no one knew what they were working on. When my Dad was released from the mines, he got a job at Oak Ridge working for K-25. None of the workers had any idea of what they were doing but just knew that it was a very closely held secret and if questions were asked you would not have a job. After we moved from the secret city, we moved to a little community in West Knoxville called Ball Camp. I attended Ball Camp Elementary and then Karns High School where I met the love of my life, Ken Burns. We were married 52 years until he passed away in 2014. Ken started our business Burns Mailing & Printing, in the garage and then moved it to commercial locations until we purchased our present site at 6131 Industrial Heights Dr. in Knoxville. In 1991 we started offering graphic design and direct mail services. This year marks the 28th year that I have been in printing and mailing. I have a fantastic staff of experienced pressman, trade binders, graphic designers, mailing staff, estimator/planning and accounting. Because we are operating three businesses in one (graphic design, printing and mailing) each department must know exactly what is required and execute it flawlessly.
Too bad I can not sing, but I do know the printing/mailing business. Give me a call today at 865 584-2265 or email me at email@example.com for a free quote. I promise I will not sing to you, unless its your birthday and then I will make an exception.
December 29, 2017
In order to do business with the Federal government you must be registered under their SAM system. There is no charge for registering. This week I got an email that looked like it was official and it said my registration was expiring. My registration does not expire until March 2018. At first, I thought it was legitimate but when I went a little further, it gave the option of signing up for 1 year, 3 years or 5 years and of course it asked for personal information and money. This is when I realized that this was a scam and when I checked on the internet, other people have been scammed by this. Of course, they want your credit card and personal information.
If you do business with the federal government, please be aware of this scam.
December 27, 2017
I almost fell for the Amazing Calendar being posted on Facebook. If you haven’t seen it, it shows that 01-01-2018 is on Sunday and that 02-02-2018 is on Sunday and so on. Does that mean that I can’t believe all the political rhetoric as well? I need a good laugh so this is my giggle for the day.
Hope that all of you have a wonderful new year and watch out for the things you read on the internet.
December 26, 2017
Last Thursday, I attended my first Business Advisory Council meeting.I had been to a meet and greet previously, but this was the first meeting for me, where a presentation was made by a City of Knoxville employee. Our presenter was Peter Ahrens, director of building inspections. When I saw the topic, I thought, this is going to be boring, but it was anything but boring. We learned more about permits, pre-submittal conferences and expedited permits, and blighted neighborhoods. Peter’s department is changing some procedures to expedite approval of new buildings and re-modeling of current buildings so that business can get in their buildings a lot faster. Making it easier for permitting, inspections etc. makes it easier for business to locate in the city. More business in Knoxville increases the tax revenues, creates jobs and helps the overall economy of Knoxville. For me, as a small business owner, this is very important.
Lets keep moving forward Knoxville.