Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Life's Changes

I've never been one to easily accept changes.  I'm sure this goes back to the first horrendous change in my life, the death of my Dad when I was 11 years old (and he was 33 years old).  My life and my brother's life were shattered and it seemed after that, our lives were nothing but change.  Our mother remarried, to a man with five children so instead of "we are two", he and I were told to adjust to being "we are seven".  We were told to call another person Dad ... it was, to say , traumatic. AND I think that is the reason I don't accept change  easily and never have.  If I decide to make a change that's fine (after careful thought) but  I don't like changes done without my input.

SOOO I think that's why the constant changes in the place where many of us sell just drive me NUTS :+)  I am aware that  due simply to technology, changes DO have to be made, but when a group of so called "management" people just take it upon themselves to change the appearance and the management tools for the shop I've poured thousands of hours into , I am more than a little disturbed. And since this has happened many times over the years I've been selling with them, I've developed a strong distrust.

SOOO I just want you to know that if the new changes have you banging your head against the nearest wall, you aren't alone.  I don't like being forced to accept change while at the same time most of our suggestions are ignored  ... AND I am very concerned about the impact it has on our shoppers. Good old Wal-Mart is the best B&M shop to use as an example ... every other year they do a "reset" of their stores.  AND every  time they do this, I visit their store less and less.  It was fine to begin with, everyone who shopped there knew where everything was UNTIL their biannual change.  Our venue for selling seems (at least in my mind) to do it more often!   SO just know, if you are frustrated, you aren't alone!!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Sandy and I would like to wish all of you who are moms and grandmothers a very Happy Mother's Day. Our's will be very quiet I believe.  Sandy's daughter lives half way across the country from her ... and in our family our youngest grandchild has her graduation party on Saturday.  I think we'll spend Mother's Day resting!

For those of you who are not yet grandmothers, I have to tell you that your children are going to get just a teeny tiny (VERY teeny tiny) nudge to the back of the line once they give you grandchildren :+)  We have two who live in the same city we do, and one who lives not far away.  The not far away one graduated from college two weeks ago!  How proud we are of her.  The two who live here in the city .... the oldest graduated last year, and has finished his first year of college. Now little sister is  graduating this year.  She decided when she went into 9th grade that she WOULD graduate in three years.  She has always been stubborn and when she says she will do something, she DOES it.  She was a three year cheerleader, played volleyball for two years, and still managed to graduate in three years.  Her party is Saturday and then graduation is a week from Saturday.  (I don't question why they do it backwards ... I just go :+) SO this year I gladly don't mind graduation shadowing Mother's Day! And hubby is making 25 pounds of potato salad for the party, as he did last year, and he very sternly told our daughter "this is the LAST time .. if you have parties for college graduation YOU make the potato salad or you don't have any".

SOOO this is a very happy week for us.  Sandy knows she'll be getting a phone call and long talk with her daughter (and no doubt gifts) ... and we'll be surrounded by family.  Who says Christmas is "the most beautiful time of the year"??? :+)

Happy Mother's Day!