Fall has begun....that starts with my Birthday early October 6 and from there it's all fast pace. We here at TQ have our Fall Open House on Saturday, October 13....every year is usually the 2nd Saturday of October. Hopefully the weather has changed by then, this year maybe not. Summer just won't let go, and fall is lagging behind. This year we plan to once again to help out a local animal shelter, Marshal County Animal Care and Control in Benton, KY.
They will be here with some dogs that are seniors, a little pit bull mix, and some other furry friends looking for a new home. As most customers or consignors know, we give back to a local charity each month thru our Thrift store located inside TQ. We have decided with hoping that the weather will be good and cool, that our furry friends will be out front of Top Quality looking for that special family who will take them home. Marshall Co. Animal's adoption fee is $50 and TQ has agreed to sponsor up to 6 dogs and pay 1/2 which is $25 to help these animals who have lost all hope. We also have a donation bin in the store that will accept any items for the Shelter thru Saturday October 13 or cash to help and sponsor more dogs in getting a new home.
That just starts out the fall and into more giving. Halloween will be a fun filled day and TQ will be giving out candy and maybe more? be watching our FB page for those specials. Any then comes our Christmas Open House, with more giveaways..Christmas is around the corner with our families and then off to the New Year.
Whew...the running has begun....but just remember to slow down, take time for your loved ones...give back to the community and BREATHE!!! Have a Blessed Day
Does anyone remember when?? Yes, when school was out before Memorial Day and didn't start until after Labor Day? A kid had 3 months to play and just be a kid. Of course that has changed with technology. In those days, summer meant you were outside until dark and didn't even come in for a drink of water...you got it from the water hose outside. If it was raining, you were in the basement where all you toys were stored. The kids bedroom was for one thing....sleep and bedtime was 8:00 during school and late in the summer until you fell asleep on the living room floor. Those good ole days...long gone. Now its all about TV, laptops, cell phones or staying connected with your friends via tech instead of riding a bike over to their house. Am I understanding now that the parents of today or letting their high school teenagers just do sports and nothing else? NO summer job? What? I was cutting grass with my brother, Kevin, (Miss Him Dearly) when I was 12...and before then babysitting when I was 10 years old. During school you were expected to get a part time job as soon as you could and keep your grades up. I started at 15 with a work permit and stayed at the first job for 3 years until I graduated high school. My first car was picked out by my father and I had to pay for the car and the insurance. But even though I had all that going on; friends, Pom Pom Squad, 4.0 student Honor Roll, work...I made it thru just fine. I believe that my parents taught me that whatever I wanted I had to work even when I had responsibilities with school. It can be done. Push your kids, challenge them to reach for the stars. Dream BIG and never taken your parents for granted. They will not be around forever kids...love them and HUG them everyday and let them know you appreciate all they do for you. For one day, you will miss them and they will be in Heaven looking down upon you and cheering you on from afar. And parents, do the same for your kids....for God may call them home early.
Another year gone by. Time seems to fly by faster as you get older. It's true what they say...remember your parents and/or grandparents would say that and you were like what??? All you wanted to do was get out of school, now I just wish time would slow down. This year I would like to get my life back. My priorities in line. God first, spouse or family, work and everything else us humans can squeeze in next. Why do we do that? stay so busy....stressed all the time. It's time to take life back and not let it control us. Enjoy what we have now, be content with what we have now, and spend time with God and family more. I'm not sure what a blog really is, a place to vent your dreams, goals, frustrations, etc...with someone else who can relate? Well I hope that I have inspired someone to take their life back and not let life control you. Stay healthy, happy and be content in the Lord.
From the Desk of Tina Simpson
General Manager since 2007