Joy, Kate and Phyllis
I have been on a Stay Vacation for several days and yesterday was my first day back at work. My granddaughter Kate came to Knoxville to spend time with me. We had a great week, just hanging out, shopping, eating at our favorite restaurants, going to Dollywood and touring Burns Mailing & Printing to show her how the printing and mailing process works. On Sunday, Joy came to pick her up but not before we had a day in the mountains at our favorite swimming hole. Our family has been going there since I first met Ken in 1960. That is where my daughters learned to swim and we have lots of good memories there. As I sat by the river, images of family playing in the water and picnicking with family came to mind. Joy and Kate had tubes and they rode the tubes for hours. We did this a couple of years back but we have decided that this will be a yearly thing and that we want to make more memories that Kate can look back on and cherish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.