Sunday, May 7, 2017

Visit to a Tennessee Resort

Welcome!

Just recently several of us visited a really beautiful resort in the "Great Smoky Mountains" of East Tennessee, Dollywood's DreamMore Resort and Spa in Pigeon Forge, near Gatlinburg.


The resort is very spacious with a spa, indoor and outdoor pools, two restaurants, and more. It even received a "Certificate of Excellence" from "TripAdvisor."


It is beautifully decorated with many unique touches.


This is not a view of the outside, but a fascinating, ever-changing landscape on the wall!

We thoroughly enjoyed touring the resort-


This was a really interesting area featuring pictures of  Dolly Parton.


Bird's-eye View of the Outdoor Swimming Pool

Sittin' pretty-



Photo by Bruce


Some of us were having way too much fun!

Our main objective besides touring the resort was to dine at the resort's "Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery."




We really enjoyed the all-you-can-eat dinner buffet. It was in a word, delicious!


(Photo by our personable waiter, and courtesy of Nick from his photo collection.)

We left happy and planned to return, to maybe spend the night, and certainly to again enjoy the wonderful culinary delights of this fabulous "southern eatery."

FYI:
www.dollywood.com/Resort

Positive thought: "We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us."-Quote painted on the wall at DreamMore Resort
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, June 4, 2017, Becky
(Also, you might enjoy my paranormal blog, "Spirit Photographs." www.spiritphotographs.blogspot.com.)

Sunday, April 2, 2017

A Mule Day Visit

Welcome!




This is a common sight in Columbia the "Mule Capital of the World" around Mule Day.

Each year, Greg and I look forward to the Mule Day event in Colombia, Tennessee, and this year was no exception. The celebration for us was even more special since we welcomed several people to this area to enjoy the festivities with us.

Before we went to our first Mule Day event, we all met for a tour of one of our most elegant mansions, Rippavilla Plantation, in nearby Spring Hill, Tennessee.


Trunk of Tree on Grounds of Rippavilla That's Hundreds of Years Old

After Rippavilla, we enjoyed a tasty meal at Farmers Family Restaurant in Columbia which has an all-you-can-eat Southern country-style buffet. We sure didn't leave hungry!

Next, we went to the Maury County Park fairgrounds where some of the Mule Day activities were being held.


There were arts and crafts, as well as flea market items for sale.


There was entertainment.


There was food aplenty.


And, of course, there were mule-related activities and contests.


We finished up our first day with an evening meal at the charming, historic Homestead Manor in Thompson's Station, Tennessee


Greg and Me, with Our Out-of-town Visitors

The next day, after taking everyone on a quick tour of our home, we all went to the highlight of Mule Day, the parade!


Folks come from near and far to see and to participate in the more-than-an-hour-long parade.


A Wannabe Mule, Watching the Parade

Next on the agenda was lunch at the popular Puckett's Downtown Columbia on Public Square.


Some of us chose their breakfast buffet which was a great choice!

That afternoon, we were back to Maury County Park for more Mule-Day fun.


One of the Blue-ribbon Winners

Dinner, anyone?

What about dinner at the Union Station Hotel in Nashville? 



Great idea!


It's a fabulous place with good food!


Broad Street, downtown Nashville, is vibrantly alive at night.

Nashville was a great way to end the two-day adventure with our visitors.


After all of this celebrating, we were dog-tired. We were ready to go home, to get some much-needed rest, and to dream about our next big adventure.

Happy Easter!

Positive thought: "Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless."-Charles M. Crowe
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, May 7, 2017, Becky



Sunday, March 5, 2017

Celebrating in March

Welcome!

If we just look around us, we can find so many wonderful things to make us happy.

"The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings."
-Robert Louis Stevenson

The month of March is no exception. So, let's celebrate March!

The first event worth noting in March is St. Patrick's Day which is on March 17. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated every year in several countries besides Ireland, including, of course, the United States.

As they say, "Everyone's Irish on March 17!"

This year, downtown Nashville will have its first annual St. Patrick's Day celebration. It will feature Irish music, dancers, and green beer. There will even be a Blarney Stone to kiss! Sounds like a lot of fun!

In historic Franklin, Tennessee, there's a neat little Irish pub, McCreary's Irish Pub, which has both Irish and American food. Greg and I love the shepherd's pie. (We enjoy eating at one of their tables outside during the warmer months.)

FYI:
www.mccrearyspub.com

"St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time-a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic."
-Adrienne Cook

Well, it's not summer yet, but it's almost spring, and I'll settle for that!

This is a picture I took in mid February!


Guess our local groundhog was right when it forecast an early spring! So, let's march into spring!

"Spring; an experience in immortality."
-Henry David Thoreau

Since March came roaring in like a lion this year, at least where I live, it should go out quietly like a lamb. And that is good news for us here in Columbia, Tennessee, especially since the end of March is Mule Day celebration time!

Check it out! - www.muleday.org

Hope to see you all there!

Positive thought: "May the dreams you hold dearest be those which come true. And the kindness you spread keep returning to you."-An Irish blessing
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, April 2, 2017, Becky


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Celebrating Valentine's Day, Tennessee Style



Hope you've got some Valentine's Day plans, since Valentine's Day is right around the corner! If not, never fear, because in this blog post, I have some suggestions on how you could celebrate Valentine's Day right here in Tennessee.

Might I suggest one of Greg's and my favorite places in the whole world, the small town of Bell Buckle, Tennessee.


The Bell Buckle Cafe is now all dressed up in it's Valentine finery, and...


is serving its wonderful home style country dishes...


including dessert like this delicious fruit cobbler with ice cream!

(The Cafe serves both lunch and supper.)

Another place that would be great for lunch or a snack is Southern's Charm's charming Tea Room-


How about this lovely table for a romantic meal for two?

Besides food, Bell Buckle has several nice little shops to buy all of your Valentine's Day gifts.

Southern Charm which has the tea room, mentioned above, also has really nice gifts, as does Miss Jane's which is one of the newer shops in Bell Buckle.


 Miss Jane's-Is this romantic, or what!

Also, another must-visit place in Bell Buckle is Bluebird Antiques & Ice Cream Parlor.

I have to admit that I am a romantic. I love vintage, Victorian things, handmade things, beauty, nostalgia, hearts and flowers...Guess that's why I love Bell Buckle so much!

If you prefer the big city, how about a trip to Nashville, Tennessee, 


and The Loveless Cafe! (If this is not the most romantic place to visit, it's one of the most enjoyable.)

(Greg's and my personal fave there is the biscuits which is their specialty. Just add butter and their delicious preserves. Yum!)


Need a gift? The Loveless has gifts in their two shops, including food gifts.

I was watching a show on HGTV a few nights ago, and guess what place was on the show? That's right, The Loveless Cafe! It's famous, and many Nashville celebrities have visited there. The walls are just full of signed celebrity photos. Everyone needs to go there at least once!

Well, there you have it, a couple of neat places to go if you happen to be in Tennessee around Valentine's Day.

If these are not your cup of tea, you might want to research some places in Tennessee on your own. You might even discover that not only is Tennessee a great place to visit, but is also a great place to live!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Positive thought:


Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, March 5, 2017, Becky





Sunday, January 15, 2017

Positive Thoughts for the New Year

Welcome!

Glad you're here today!

Hope your  year has been going great so far!

Just to help keep things on the right track for the new year, I'd like to share some positive thoughts with you using quotes and  pictures.

Without further adieu, here they are: (Enjoy!)


"Every moment is a fresh beginning."-T. S. Eliot
 (A robin symbolizes new beginnings.) 


"It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all."-Laura Ingalls Wilder


"Be yourself because an original is worth more than a copy."-Unknown


"Life is beautiful. Enjoy the ride."-Mitch Koppel


"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do."-Rumi


"Life is as sweet as a cupcake."-Unknown


"Kindness matters."


""Life is so much easier with a sense of humor."-Unknown


"Think happy thoughts."-Unknown


"Dwell on the beauty of life...."-Marcus Aurelius


"Taking time to do nothing often brings everything into perspective."-Doe Zantamata


"Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia."-Charles Shultz

Important note: Starting next month, February 2017, "The Art of Positive Living" blog will be only on the first Sunday of each month, and starting this month, the "Spirit Photographs" blog will be only on the third Saturday of each month.

Positive thought: "A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot, and realize how blessed you are."-Unknown
Thanks for visiting! Until, Sunday, February 5, 2017, Becky