Missy Barrett's Adventures

The amazing adventures of a fictional child

Welcome to 2019 Everybody!

My New Year’s resolution for 2019 is to pay way more better attention to my blog.  I kind of slipped a bit in December and that’s mostly because I was superly crazy busy this year with all kinds of neat Christmas stuff including volunteering at places to make Christmas bright for everybody, not just me and my family members.

Something I like to do is to let people know I appreciate them and what they do, so one of the things I did this year was to give a great big humongous Missy Barrett style thank you to three superly special people at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce that do so much for a lot of people, and not just for Chamber members.  They’re the kind of people that are just loving people and if you ask them a question, they do their hugest best to give you the right answer.  If they don’t know the right answer, they find out who probably for sure has the right answer, and then they either phone them and ask the question, or they tell you who to call to get the right answer.

Now the people I’m talking about are people that hardly ever get too much recognition and that’s because they’re kind of quiet about what they do.  I don’t mean what they do is a secret.  I mean they just don’t make a big deal about what they do when they’re busy doing their jobs, so most people pretty much don’t get how much work they do.  It’s a whole bunch and I know because when I go in there, nobody’s just sitting around doing nothing.  They’re always working but they are not so busy that they don’t stop and say hi to me when I come over there with my mom, and they are not so busy they don’t stop and listen to my questions and work at finding out the right answer for me.

Anyway, my mom and both my grandmas say that things that come from the heart make the best surprises, and I wanted to surprise these people I’m talking about.   My one grandma is a amazing baking grandma, and she knows how to make so many things I never heard of before it’s crazy.  She even knows how to make things from Canada (because my grandpa is from Canada and plus he’s a Mohawk) like fry bread and bannock and Nanaimo bars and butter tarts and other yummy stuff like that.  Someday I want to know how to make everything she knows how to make, so she’s teaching me how to make some of those things already.

So, I spent time in the kitchen with my grandma making delicious treats for people I wanted to surprise, and one of those people were three people at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce.  I didn’t want their surprises to get wrecked when they took them home from work, so my mom helped me pack them with tissue paper in the kind of boxes you can put desserts inside of and not have to worry the box is going to bust open and everything falls out (because that would be superly sad if that happened).

Maybe you can guess the three people at the Chamber that got surprise Christmas treat boxes from me, but if you cannot, here’s a picture of them.

That’s Ms. Emily Murgolo (she’s the Administrative Coordinator) and Phil Word (he’s the Information Specialist) and David Stanfill (he’s the Membership Coordinator).

One thing my mom taught me is that sometimes people are working so hard for everyone else that other people kind of don’t really think of what they do every day to help them, but not me because I’m a kid and I know what it’s like when all your hard work gets missed by grown-ups.  I even know what it’s like when grown-ups say what you do isn’t really important and make you feel stupid for thinking you did something they should know about.

So this year, my other New Year’s resolution is to keep on recognizing the good things people do because you never know when that recognition is going to make their day.  Maybe even their whole entire week!

P.S.  If you want to know what the yummy surprises in the Christmas boxes were, you need to go to the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce (they’re at 110 Gary Wade Boulevard, where City Hall is and the Civic Center and not so far away from the police station) and ask them.

P.P.S.  If you have a business and you are not a member, you need to ask them for a information package about being a Chamber member.  My mom is a member (for a long time already now) and I’m a member because I plan on being a undercover supersleuth private eye detective when I grow up and I’m already working on solving not-so-big crimes.  If you’re interested in hiring me, you need to talk to my mom first because she makes those kinds of decisions for me.

P.P.P.S.  Watch for the first book in my Detective series coming out in April.  It’s called “The Case of the Vanishing Valise.”

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10 Years and Counting

Last week, I went with my mom to a very special Sevierville Chamber of Commerce member event.  The Hillside Winery celebrated 10 whole years of making excellent wine in Sevier County!  They had all kinds of neat things there for their celebration including this delicious cake with purple and blue icing on it.  The only thing that would have made this even more delicious is if the cake was chocolate.  It was vanilla and it was superly yummy!

Anyway, Mr. Stanfill (he’s the Membership Coordinator for the Chamber) and Ms. Clabo (she’s the Comptroller of the Chamber, and I don’t know exactly what that means except I know she’s in charge of knowing where all the money is coming in from and going out to at the Chamber) and Ms. McCroskey (she’s the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber), they were all there, too, and I think maybe I saw Ms. Marr (she’s does Marketing for the Chamber) but I’m not sure because there were so many people at this event.

In fact, here’s a picture I took of people just coming to the event at the beginning of it!

That’s in the store part of Hillside Winery and there were way more other people in the other room by the exit sign that’s actually a enter place to get to the wine tasting section of Hillside Winery and even past that is where they make all the wine.  And plus, if you want, you can go there any day they’re open and ask for a tour, and if it’s tour time, one of the Hillside Winery people will take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of where they make wine.  I went on that tour and it was crazy what I learned about how wine gets made,.  Also it was superly interesting.

So anyway, while we were at the 10th Anniversary Celebration of Hillside Winery, I made sure I took a look at all the neat stuff in the store part and I even took pictures.  First off, I like this place a whole lot because they’re Chamber members just like me (I’m a Chamber member) so that means we’re kind of like business cousins.  We know each other, and we’re sort of related and that means we’re a lot like family, except we’re business related, not grandparent related.

Just like me, Hillside Winery totally loves kitty cats, and they have a lot of kitty cat and wine related things for sale on the store side of the winery.  I took pictures of some of the sayings you can put up on your wall, and then I saw this superly cute kitty cat corkscrew.  I don’t know what it means that it’s a double-hinged corkscrew but I know kitty cats like to play with corks from wine bottles, so I think probably this corkscrew makes sure the corks don’t get stuck in the bottle when you try opening it up.

My one grandpa had trouble this one time at our house opening a bottle of wine with a cork in it.  He used my mom’s corkscrew she had for like a bazillion years and it broke.  So my mom got her back-up corkscrew out (the one she won in a gift basket from another Chamber event she was at I didn’t get to go to with her), and my grandpa broke that one, too.  Next, he went out to his truck and came back with a screwdriver and I said I didn’t know there were screws on a bottle because that would be way easier to open the bottle than trying to pull a cork out with a corkscrew.  And then he used the screwdriver the same way he used the corkscrews, and this time the cork came out and the screwdriver did not break.

I’m thinking maybe a double-hinged corkscrew is probably superly strong like my one grandpa’s screwdriver is.

Also, the Hillside Winery store side has lots of other great stuff for sale (besides the wine on the wine side).  For example, they are totally a hundred plus percent ready for Hallowe’en, and I love Hallowe’en.  This year, I’m going trick-or-treating dressed up as a Ninja Princess, and maybe between now and when Hallowe’en happens, I can get my mom or grandma to buy some of these great Hallowe’en things from Hillside Winery.  I especially love the orange wine bottle with the black spider and spider web on it even though I really don’t like spiders in real life.  But if it’s just a painted spider on a painted web on a orange bottle, we’re good to go on loving that kind of spider.

And I saved the best for last because in just two more weeks, it’s going to be the Missy Barrett Treasure Chest of Hope Pirate and Swashbuckler Party where I’m going to raise as much  money as I can for the Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries and that’s on Thursday, August 30 from 5 in the evening until 7 in the evening at the All Season Suites at 239 Dollywood Lane in Pigeon Forge.  The good news about that is that the day after is a day off because that’s Labor Day weekend.

Hillside Winery has this great pirate display area and I didn’t take pictures of everything in that corner because I think you should go there and see for yourself how cute all their pirate and mermaid stuff really is.  Here is a sneak preview of that pirate area though.

So Happy 10th Anniversary to Sevierville Chamber of Commerce member Hillside Winery, and I hope you’re around for another 15 years (because 25th Anniversary parties are the best) because then I’m going to be old enough to drink some of your wine that my mom and lots of other people say is superly delicious especially with steak grilled on an open flame in the backyard.


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