How does one begin to put into a short
paragraph or two what took place the entire year before?
Thatís why we should do a monthly or quarterly newsletter as I
am so often reminded by my husband; but sometimes there is
nothing you want to share and if the month is busy, who has
time to sit down and do a newsletter? What is news worthy to
one is just gossip or nonsense to another. Iím rambling
alreadyÖso let the news begin.
January will mark my second anniversary
with Dr. Burks. Our office had some changes this year. We lost our nurse
and the P.A. has gone part-time. My main job is the front
office, but Iím also on call to do some medical assisting when
needed. My health is steady and generally good. Iíve tried to
come off the medication several times, but I just hurt too bad
so always go back on them. Iím just happy to be able to get up
and go everyday. Last June my dad and I went to Greensboro, NC
because my nephew Matt graduated from high school. Iíve been
to Greensboro so many times I canít tell you, but sure enough
this trip we get lost. I ended up in Roanoke, VA! It was a
beautiful drive, but took us 3 hours out of our way. In July
we went to Hilton Head. On our kayak trip we got as close as
15 feet to the dolphins, it was awesome. This was the first
time in years that we went to our condo just adults,
another couple went with us, and it was very nice. We
celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary this past November.
What did we do? Took our 5 year old granddaughter, Abby, to
Disneyworld. How things change as we get a little older.
For our 25th
anniversary we went to Aruba for two weeks and it was so great, then 5 years
later we go to Disneyworld? Thatís what aging will do for you.
We did have a great time. The weather was perfect and Abby was
so much fun to watch. Speaking of Abby, I just have to
share one funny thing. She was spending the day with me
and asked if I would write a letter for her. Of course I
said yes. " Write exactly what I say", she demands and so
continues, "My name is Abby and I approve this to my family."
I won't repeat the whole letter, but does that not tell us
commercials are doing their job, maybe a little too well.
As usual Deena covered most of it...
but there were some things she left out. Work has been a
little stressful these days. Most of you know the
economy stinks, that is not news. We have had several
cutbacks, all the temporary workers are gone. We have
one product line that is shining through. As long as
people are drilling for oil or natural gas I am sure it will
do well. It out performs any other drilling product on
the market. On a brighter note our parent company
Sandvik, a Swedish company, is investing money in our plant.
The project deck looks full for 2009. Lots of equipment
and controls upgrades which means my department has work.
So as long as the company can weather the economy until it
On our Hilton Head vacation this year
we had a great time. My golf stunk as usual, the courses
are a lot harder than they are here in Springfield, but they
are beautiful and impeccably maintained! On the way back
home, we stopped at our friends home, they had gone with us on
vacation. Their son Michael has a trampoline in the back
yard. As most of you know I was on the gymnastics team
in high school, so I played with Michael on the trampoline.
I just refuse to give up, well I have to tell you the next day
it was very hard to get out of bed. Every muscle in my
body ached!!! I refuse to get old, at least that is what
my mind is saying but, my body is telling me different.
I will have to tell you I did impress the young man though.
Deena and I want to wish you a safe and
happy New Year. We hope it brings you much happiness and
Deena and Darrel