Sunday, March 5, 2017

Celebrating in March


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.)


"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! -

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


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

Sunday, January 1, 2017

People Living Positively

A big welcome to you, and to the new year, 2017!

This is the time of  year many of us make our resolutions, and one of mine every year is to live my life more positively.

This past fall, I got to visit with a woman I know who seems to live a positive, fulfilling life.

Her name is Vonnie.

I didn't realize how talented and creative she was until she took me on a tour of  her yard.

She makes beautiful pieces of art out of found objects.

Seeing these cute pieces makes you want to run home and make something!

She even has a mini-farm, complete with real chickens.

After going on her tour, (The tour was longer than I've shown here.) one could even sit on one of the benches, contemplate nature, and listen to the water from the nearby creek peacefully flowing over the rocks.

Not only is Vonnie creative, but she's also a success coach and an aromatherapist. She even started, and is the leader of a local business networking group. She stays active, and seems to really enjoy her life which includes her husband and son.

She's such an inspiration to be around, and is a great example of someone who is living her life positively, and is helping others to live positive lives, as well.

There are some other people I'd like to mention that inspire me to live more positively-

I really admire another talented, creative woman, a graphic designer, that I often work with. Although she has a serious, chronic illness, she is still a successful business person. She has a wonderful sense of humor which I believe has helped her live a more positive life.

Without her encouragement, I think that I would have had a more difficult time achieving the business goals that I have set for myself.

Another encouraging, positive person in my life is a psychic that I sometimes call. She helps me get back on the right track when I need some advice. Genuine psychics are great because they know the truth of what's really going on with us mere mortals! The bottom line is this, whenever I talk with her, I feel greatly uplifted.

Also, there's an older man who works at our local convenience center (garbage dump) who seems happy whenever he sees me, and he always has something positive to say. Boy, if you can be pleasant while working at the garbage dump, there's hope for all of us!

Finally, Pastor Joel Osteen is great! He has such a positive message for all of us on how to live happier, more fulfilling lives. Not only is he a minister of the largest Protestant church in the United States, but he is also a successful author of several empowering books.

Greg and I were lucky to see Joel at one of his recent book signings at our local book store. He was just as nice in person as he seems to be on his television show.

These are just some of the people that I know that tend to live positive lives. Their positive attitudes spill over from themselves which helps other people.

In this new year, let us resolve to become the best that we can be, to make the most of ourselves. We may not be a creative artist or a great speaker, but we are all talented and creative in our ways. We need to find that talent and use it, not only to benefit ourselves, but in so doing, to be a blessing to the world, as well.

"Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works..."
-Matthew 5:16, ESV

Want to be a better you in the new year? If so, just go to Mike Dooley's "Love Your Life 30 Day Project" on TUT. It's free!  See the website link below, and scroll down to find this project and sign up!

Positive thought: "Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will."-Zig Ziglar
Thanks for visiting, Until Sunday, January 15, 2017, Becky

Monday, December 19, 2016

Festive Christmas


"Be merry all, be merry all,
With holly dress the festive hall;...
To welcome merry Christmas."
-William Robert Spencer

During this special time of year, I'd like to share with you some very special images of festive Christmas decorations in Tennessee and North Carolina-

Christmas Wreath in Jonesborough, Tennessee

Festively decorated Christmas Window at Pie Sensations in Columbia, Tennessee 

Also at Pie Sensations

A Carriage Decorated for Christmas at Homestead Manor in  Thompson's Station, Tennessee

Collection Box at Homestead Manor

"Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart... that thinks of others first."

Christmas Tree in Franklin

"O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, How lovely are thy branches!"
-Traditional German carol

With Mike and Betty During Their Christmas Open House in North Carolina

A Decoration at Mike and Betty's

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."
-Norman Vincent Peale

"Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love!"
-Hamilton Wright Mable

Shop Window in Franklin, Tennessee

"Perhaps the best yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles."
-Author Unknown

(Also, remembering my father, whose birthday was December 19)

Positive Thought: "May you have the gladness of  Christmas which is hope;
                                 The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
                                 The heart of Christmas which is love."
                                 -Ada V. Hendricks
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, January 1, 2017, Becky

Sunday, December 4, 2016

A Fall Celebration in Tennessee

Greg and I had a wonderful two-day fall celebration a few days ago when we went to East Tennessee to celebrate Thanksgiving with some of our family.

When we got to our destination, Jonesborough, Tennessee, it was time for supper, so we asked our B&B host to recommend somewhere to eat, and he suggested a new restaurant in town, "The Black Olive." We were so glad he did since the food was delicious!

Chicken Primavera from "The Black Olive"

After our meal, we went to the "Blair-Moore House" in historic downtown Jonesborough where we were spending the night.

This B&B has been highly rated by "Southern Living" magazine, and there are several other accolades, as well. Greg and I will have to agree, this is one of the best places that we've ever stayed!

There's even an excellent short "PBS" documentary on "Facebook" about "Blair-Moore House" which tells the history, etc. of the house that you can access from the "Blair-Moore House" website. (See website address below.)

The innkeepers renovated and beautifully decorated the house themselves.

Everything is so authentic to the period.

An artist friend of the innkeepers painted the primitive mural above on the stairway wall.

Our beautiful room even had a canopy bed which was a first for Greg and me.

There were even scrumptious chocolates by our bedside. They were handmade in Jonesborough by "Earth & Sky Confections."

Speaking of food, the next morning's gourmet breakfast was also a special treat-

The fresh fruit with dip was terrific, as was the French toast, bacon, potatoes, and more.

"...What might be the world's best breakfast"-"Southern Living" magazine

One of the Four Adorable Resident Dogs Asleep on One of the Dining Chairs

After breakfast, Tami Moore, one of the inn keepers who also cooked our wonderful breakfast, showed us some of the pieces her talented husband, Jack, had made for the house. He even has his own workshop on the grounds where he makes his quality wood pieces.

Tami is talented herself. Besides being an excellent chef, she is also an artist who does paintings, and...

she makes lovely jewelry to sell.

Me, relaxing outside the "Blair-Moore House," with thoughts of, "How soon can we come back?"

"Blair Moore House"
201 West Main Street
Jonesborough, TN 37659

While our stay there was a wonderful experience, it was time to move on to our next destination...

Betty's, for a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner!

We all pitched in and brought some of our favorite things for the meal. 

"Eat, drink, and be thankful."

Greg, Getting Dessert-Yum!

The family cat, wishing at the moment that he were an indoor cat instead of an outdoor one.

We all had a wonderful time together, and we're planning our next get-together for December.

Positive thought: "Today be thankful and think how rich you are. Your family is priceless, your time is gold, and your health is wealth."
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, December 18, Becky