January 1, 2018
It’s time once again to honor my top five commenters of the year. They are: Ann Martin: 95 LeeAnne: 89 Phyllis: 75 Kari: 70 Mel: 57. (This is the third year Ann has been number one!)
Here are the top twenty. Love my Commenting Superstars!
I’ll start with a collection of miscellaneous photos. (Click on the first one to see them all full-sized.)
One highlight of the trip was getting to see Nathan’s office at Publix, the company he has been with for a couple of years, ever since the State of Florida lab where he worked closed.
When we arrived, the receptionist buzzed him to let him know he had visitors waiting for him. A LOT of visitors.
As soon as he came around the corner, Madi . . .
and Noah ran to hug him.
One thing that really impressed me is that when we (his mom, dad, sister, wife, son and daughter) showed up en masse, our visit wasn’t treated as an intrusion but as a welcomed event. His co-workers and manager all popped out of their work places and hung out with us for about ten minutes, introducing themselves and chatting cheerily. His manager even took me aside and spent a few minutes bragging on Nathan which, of course, made my mama heart so proud.
Showing his sister around his office.
I don’t quite understand all of Nathan’s job so I asked him to sum it up for me. This is what he said.
I work in corporate quality assurance in the labeling department. We are responsible for reviewing the labels of our private brand products to ensure they meet all the regulations set by government organizations, including health claims, verifying nutrition/calories, reviewing ingredients, ensuring proper allergens are listed and a host of other details.
We also have menu labeling in the Deli and other areas where we help create calories for restaurant type, ready to eat food. In addition, we are involved in the development of new products which we build with special software for nutrition and ingredients. We hand enter this information into a server so that the “scale label” can be printed on products around the company. To sum it up, our main responsibilities are labels, ingredients, food safety, nutrition, claims, and allergens.
If you shop at a Publix store, you can know that Nathan had a hand in the nutrition info you see on many of the products.
On the way home from our visit, we stopped by a Publix that features Aprons Meal Kits. Nathan wanted us to try them because he is involved in compiling the nutritional data for them. The best thing about these meals is that they are doable for any cook with simple, simpler and simplest levels. We got a simple level.
Speaking of kitchens and food, Sheri (Meagan’s mom) had me over to her house one morning for breakfast.
She served me scrambled eggs, grits, bacon, cinnamon rolls, two kinds of fruit, rolls and 3 kinds of jelly displayed on lovely Christmas china. It was a treasured treat to sit with my dear friend, co-grandma, and fellow pastor’s wife and share the ups and downs of our lives. I am grateful that my son married a woman whose mom is so dear to me. (P.S. If you have ever been discouraged as a parent, you must read Sheri’s latest post. It’s an amazing story that brought tears to my eyes.)
by wishing a happy 36th anniversary (Jan. 2) to my fabulous husband. It always makes me smile (actually, laugh) to see what the two of us have looked like through the years. Lots of changes on the outside but the love inside our hearts stays the same.
What about you? On this first day of the new year, I am curious to know how you celebrated New Year’s Eve. Are you a go out-er or stay in-ner?
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.