Well here we go again, in so many ways. Change is good for the soul, although we as humans don't like change, it helps us grow and give others a chance to do the same. Let's start off with the season change. Well, it hasn't! LOL It's still hot, still sticky and sweaty and not very pleasant. Most of us enjoy the fall season and are WAITING for it to show up, the sooner the better for retail. When the weather changes, sales go up and everyone is usually in a better mood. Second, the allergies and illnesses going around. From sinus infections to plain allergies to strep throat are affecting most of us and for sure 50% of my employees. Take those vitamins girls, and from the lips of Margaret (my favorite for this) a tablespoon of raw honey a day sure did make my sore throat go away! HA it rhymed. Third, school has started once again and there are a lot of changes for those kiddos out there. If you have moved it could be a whole new school. It could be new friends, new classes, new sports, etc...So much for the kiddos and teenagers to adjust to. Remember, they are resilient. I moved every 2 years if not more as a youngster at least 7 different schools and I survived. I believe it makes us stronger and helps us learn to adapt and grow in this society today. Phil 4:13 "I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me" that is what we need to teach our children. And then there is safety for our schools. I will not go into details how I feel about this matter, but I do believe prayer is the answer. Pray America! The last change is difficult for me. My Store Manager, Amanda.... has given me her 2 weeks notice. Ugh, here we go again. I have been thru many store managers, most have moved on to bigger things which I understand. This doesn't make it any easier for me. Yes, I admit I closed my office door and had a good cry of frustration. Again, here we go again. It's that change as humans we do not like. But I pulled up my big girl panties, dried my eyes, and reached for my devotional "Jesus calling" on my desk. And as expected it was what I needed. I will not quote the whole thing but here is a short version, "Bring Me all your needs, your hopes and fears. Commit everything into My care, turn your path of planning to the path of Peace." Peace is what I need, and I know I will receive it if I give everything to Him. Let it go, let it go....that frozen song imbedded into our minds came into play. I say this to my employees all the time, I need to hear my own words. Well, change I am ready for you! Bring it on, God's got this. I wish Amanda well in the future, and she will be sorely missed here at TQ. And for all you out there dealing with change....let it go, let it go....(gotcha).
Good Day everyone! Kids are out of school and summer begins. Vacations will soon be here and gone. Long nights of catching lightning bugs, campfires with smores, and swimming in the lake or laying in the sun relaxing will soon be memories. As a kid many moons ago, my family would take off to Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri just about every weekend. Boating, skiing, floating in a tire tube (a real one not store bought) in the lake to cool off was the highlight of many weekends. School back then would be out just before Memorial day and not go back in session until after Labor Day. As a kid that was how you knew summer was over. That last weekend in the Ozarks Labor Day Weekend was the final days of summer for us. A long summer of fun, friends and family you treasure. If we were not there on weekends, we would be at home riding bikes, playing baseball frisbee in the streets, and of course or chores of cuttings grass and weed eating for money. I remember when my brother Kevin would cut the grass and I would weed eat the yards with a handheld trimmer, for $2 the yard and $1 for trimming. What a deal that was!!! We had several customers in the mobile home subdivision we lived in at the time. I would hold on to the lawn mover behind the bike and the trimmer while Kevin pedaled every yard we had scheduled that day. Nowadays, you can't find a kid in your subdivision who even wants to cut your grass or snow shovel your driveway. They are missing out on so much spare money plus the teachings of good work ethics. I am so blessed to have grown up in those days and not now in the technology era. Kids don't know what they are missing out on. Parents, please show your kids the value of the $ and working for it. It will help them in their future more than you know. Value the dollar by buying second hand and recycling items instead of tossing or throwing away into our refuse. Help each other, be KIND to one another and have good old fashion clean FUN this summer with your family and friends. Cherish those memories and never forget. ENJOY!!!
Parenting....what a lifetime commitment. As I reflect on this season, my thoughts go to the children. Recently, TQ's 3rd key manager, Linda had a baby girl. She was born on my own daughter's birthday...so that will make it easy for me to remember. As you know getting older you forget a few things here and there. I was talking to Linda the other night on the way home from work, asking her how the baby was doing and herself. You see, the little girl was born early and was in NICU at Baptist Health. Linda was waiting patiently for the OK to take her home, but until that time comes, the nurses take care of her, Linda visits her and we prayer for her continued health. Well on one visit, Linda explained to me that she tries not to be there when they need to take blood from the baby. As most parents know this will break your heart. The cries, the pain, the waiting for it to be over. I had to experience this with my own daughter as I know most of the parents out there have also. It's heart wrenching! Knowing that your child has to suffer thru this for her own good, but there is nothing you can do, it's out of your control. What a horrible feeling. As I reflected on my experience and listened to Linda's....it brought back memories. When I was 6 yrs old, I had my tonsils taken out in the hospital. Back then it was an overnight or 2 day stay in the hospital. For me a little longer. You see, the anesthesia made me vomit. This happens to a lot of people to my understanding. This was my first surgery I believe. I remember going back into the operating room 3 times due to my stitches breaking loose from the upchucking. UGH! That last time, I remember screaming to my mom "Mom help me!" and she just sat there in the chair so still. After that, I never saw my mother go with me to the hospital, it was always my Dad and sister, Linda. No I know why...it dawned on me that she too felt helpless, and had no control. She was watching her child in pain and could do nothing. And then as I was talking to my 3rd Key, Linda...a light bulb went off in my head. This had to be the same pain that God felt watching Jesus suffer and die on the cross. Heart wrenching, and HE knowing that HE would not do anything, because HE loved all of us that HE sent his only son, Jesus to do just that. Die for us so that we may LIVE! So remember this season and what it's all about...take time to reflect and be thankful. Celebrate His Life! For a child is born unto us.....Jesus!
I'm forever thankful! Merry Christmas!!!
As I sit here in the evening on Thanksgiving night, full from the too much family meal, I reflect on the day and the days to come. Thankful for the family of today, for the husband in Louisville I miss, and content sitting at the home with Pepper, my rescue dog and 2 senior cats Astro and Bunny, current family members. Tomorrow starts off with the shopping madness either here at Top Quality or at other retail businesses. I hope and pray that you spend wisely, not to overextend your budget, and remember to be courteous and kind during this shopping season.
Remember the less fortunate, be thankful for what you do have and remember it's not the material things of this world that matter the most. It's the love you show to one another, the acts of kindness to each other, and the art of giving freely not just this season but throughout the year. I hope you were blessed today. Take every day and see something good in it no matter how small. If you are shopping or working this coming weekend, have fun! Hug someone! say I love you to friends. I will continue to write on my adventures this Christmas season. Stay tune
God Bless You!
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