Wednesday, February 3
I love a pretty day.
Wednesday, February 3
I love a pretty day.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Wednesday, October 8 & Thursday, October 9
Can you tell that I am back to regular posting – and catching up with October photos? 🙂
The last few days of September.
It was not enough, so he ordered a partial load the next day. Then it rained, then he was busy, then it rained, then it rained. So there is still a pile of dirt in our yard. 🙂
I am going to post more pictures than usual tonight to bring you up to date in our lives.
Monday and Tuesday: At our house – the Daryl Bollinger Company did a great job of installing fascia and soffet in the spouting/roof area of our house. They also installed a gutter guard in the spouting (to keep leaves and sticks from getting inside).
Now no more painting under the roof, and hopefully Cerwin will not have to get on the roof to clean out the spouting. 🙂
Tuesday: It was a beautiful, foggy morning as I traveled to and from the post office.
It’s fun for me that my sister and I have granddaughters who are good friends.
Friday Evening: Jere’s invited us for supper.
While we waited for supper the boys showed us the boats they made with Legos.
He usually wears contacts, but at times needs glasses and his old ones were getting too small.
Jere grilled the chicken and steak to perfection!
Jared was roasting mine ~ and I told him that I like them melted the whole way through.
After the Hershey’s left, we refreshed the table cloths and prepared for our Sunday school picnic.
That brings you up to last night ~ and we have big travel plans for tomorrow, so stay tuned.
I began working on bulk mailings in 1977.
That is the bulk of what I did as I volunteered several hours – one day a week – for ten years: add new addresses, remove old ones, then retype everything every-so-often when the labels were too messy.
As I thought about that today, it reminded me of life and how many times we wish we could see through the fog of life and know the end of the story.
My bulk mailing knowledge was stretched in 1987 when TFC went from typewriter to computer.
That is when I began working in the office two days a week – one volunteer and the other for pay. (I needed some income to cover the cost of travel as it was a one-hour drive each way.)
After the region and our mailing list grew, I also began mailing newsletters for our region’s staff – and bulk mailing became a bit overwhelming.
One day a Pitney Bowes representative came to my home/office and explained how nice it would be for me if we used SmartMailer for bulk mailings. 🙂 Though it sounded nice, I tuned her out until she mentioned that I would no longer have to rubber band the bundles of sorted newsletters.
She had my attention and later that day I explained this fabulous opportunity to Cerwin and our advisors, and because our region had funds available at the time, we purchased the software.
Again I was muddling through a fog of new things. But eventually the sun came out and things became routine again – until TFC, the Post Office, or Pitney Bowes updated or changed things. 🙂
Sometime – about 2005/2006 – after a series of brainstorming meetings – a TFC leadership team concluded that it would be wise to erase the regional lines and have ministry directors instead of regional directors.
Cerwin became Director of Chapel Construction and I became Director of Staff Communications.
Late last summer I began receiving information that the Post Office was making a major change to bulk mailings, as all reports would have to be submitted online by January 26, 2014.
This week – after life began to return to normal, and my partial retirement (I no longer help with the layout and design of ministry newsletters) seems to be in effect – I began working on the online submission with the goal of having it completed by the end of this week.
On Thursday our friends John, Arlene, Josh, and Janessa came to help label the Highway News, and by 11:30 we had the 16 mailing bags loaded and ready for the Post Office.
He took me to his computer where we tried to figure out what was wrong. We found nothing, so the bags had to be loaded back into our RAV4. He gave me a submitted cover report from someone else whose submitted reports were working.
I called PostalOne this morning – the part of the Post Office responsible for these submitted reports. She couldn’t find anything wrong, and said since I was using full-service, I would not have any reports to print. Everything was submitted online. (The other lady was not using full-service.)
Our decision: he would research the error code with a state post office and I would call Pitney Bowes.
The problem was a glitch in Pitney Bowes software. He fixed it remotely and asked me to run the mailing list through the software and submit it again.
I called Mike at the post office – and it worked!
But the sunset did look especially pretty tonight.
When I walked outside this morning, this scene took me back to my early teen years when I enjoyed reading Harold Bell Wright books.
He described it so well that I could almost see it and feel it.
I used to love drawing when I was his age.
Sometimes I miss my dad during an evening thunderstorm.
He loved to sit on the porch during a summer rain – especially after the storm had passed.
I am glad that we live in the country so nobody can see me walking around our yard in the early morning – in my house coat – taking pictures. 🙂