Sunday, January 31, 2016

Cats! (And Other Special Creatures)

Welcome!

This blog post is mostly about cats! I love animals in general, (We had cats, dogs and other assorted creatures when I was growing up.) and cats in particular, especially Greg's and my special babies who were litter mates that we got from a local animal shelter.

Most pet owners think their pets are special, and they are. Each one is unique and has its own personality.

For instance, Mitzi, our little tabby cat, is very outgoing and expressive. She's certainly not shy about telling you when she wants something. I'm usually pretty busy with my business, etc. projects, so to get my attention, Mitzi cleverly uses unique body language to let me know what she wants.

I guess you've probably heard the old expression, "He sings for his supper."

Well, Mitzi dances for hers!

I have no clue as to how she came up with this idea since I've never seen anything like it before, but she shakes her tale, and her back feet move up and down usually for ten seconds or more. If she wants a treat, she stands in front of a cabinet, and if she wants her regular food, she stands in front of the refrigerator and does her dance.

If we happen to be in another room when a hunger pang strikes, she dances in front of either a white rectangular piece of furniture or a white door which to her, I suppose, represents the refrigerator.

Check out the video below:

Hungry Dance

We have another adorable furry sweetheart, Kallie, our calico, who is shy, but the motherly type. She often treats Mitzi like she's the baby. Sometimes Kallie acts like she's consoling Mitzi, licking her like she's her kitten.

Kallie is also creative; she has invented a little game. She likes to jump into a small space behind our TV stand which is, like my Daddy used to say, "Not big enough to whip a cat in." (Excuse the expression!) She stays there a little while, and then jumps straight up and out which requires strong little legs and feet. These cats may be eight years old, but they are apparently in pretty good shape!


Kallie, Who Just Finished a Round of Her Jumping Game

They also like to occasionally copy each other. Kallie has learned to do a shorter version of Mitzi's dance, and Mitzi sometimes likes to play Kallie's jump-behind-the-TV game. My brother, Nick, said that one of his cats copies the other one sometimes. I guess we could just call these cats "copy cats!"

We do try to keep our kitties in good health, so as to avoid going to the vet. We do this partly by giving them the healthiest food we can find by researching on the Internet and by reading labels. I've also started preparing some of their food myself, with people food, going by guidelines on what to feed and what not to feed your cat.


The Cornucopia Institute (www.cornucopia.org) has a great report on dangerous/unhealthy pet food. One of the worst ingredients in a lot of pet food is carrageenan, as well as a host of others.

The link for that report is:

http://www.cornucopia.org/2015/11/new-report-exposes-dangerousunhealthy-pet-food/

Another site that discusses cat health including pet food, vaccines, etc. is:

www.catinfo.org

Locally, "Pet Pals of Maury County TN" is a wonderful group that provides for animals. They collect food for animals, as well as doing other things.

Check out their Facebook page: (I love the video about how a "vicious" dog that was chained became normal after he was unchained!)

https://www.facebook.com/PetPalsofMauryCountyTN


Two of Becky's Favorite Photography Subjects

Positive Thought: "A cat's eyes are windows enabling us to see into another world."-Irish Legend
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, February 7 (sooner or later!), Becky,  www.beckyarnottartist.com

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Snow Days

Welcome!

Many of us have been reminded the last few days that it's still January, and it's very much winter which means cold weather, and snow!


"When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels."
-Author Unknown

Snow does mean different things to different people, and I believe the best way to look at it is in a positive light, which to me means pictures of snow and quotes about snow!

"The first snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?"
-J. B. Priestly


One of my favorite poems is by one of my favorite authors-

From "Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening"
By Robert Frost

"Whose woods these are I think I know.
 His house is in the village though;
 He will not see me stopping here
 To watch his woods fill up with snow...

 The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
 But I have promises to keep...
 And miles to go before I sleep."

"Snowmen fall from heaven...unassembled."
-Author Unknown

Snow humor: "There's one good thing about the snow, it makes your lawn look as nice as your neighbor's."
-Clyde Moore

We had a little visitor in the snow, peeking through our glass doors, sometime when we weren't looking, and here's the proof!


Here are several great photos of snow scenes sent to Greg and me from Mike and Betty in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina-(Thanks, you all!)







"In the old days...when snow was on the ground...people stayed indoors and made the best of things...Story-telling was always a favorite pastime, particularly "Jack Tales" which were stories about a boy named Jack..."
From "A Southern Appalachian Mountain Calendar 2016"
-Becky Arnott, www.beckyarnottartist.com


Positive thought: "Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine."
-Anthony J. Angelo
Thanks for visiting: Until next Sunday, January 31, 2016, Becky




Sunday, January 17, 2016

A Brand New Website!

Welcome!

I'm delighted to announce on this blog post, the existence of my brand new website, "Becky Arnott Artist."

It's been in the works for months, and now it's all set up for you to visit.*

"Becky Arnott Artist" is "A Place of the Arts...Art, Photography, & Writing," with an emphasis on Southern Appalachian Mountain culture.


Links to my two blogs, "The Art of Positive Living" and "Spirit Photographs" are on there, as well as access to my paranormal book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind."

My website also has information about my portraits and photography.

Be sure and check out my Southern Appalachian Mountain items-coal jewelry, note cards, and a 2016 Southern Appalachian Mountain calendar!

Please take a look for yourself, and enjoy your visit!

www.beckyarnottartist.com

*My special thanks to gifted graphic designer, Lynn Ashley, for doing an outstanding job with my website. (Lynn Ashley, "ImaginArt Promotions & Graphics")
Her link is:

https://www.facebook.com/ImaginArtPromotionsTennessee/?ref=hl  

Positive thought: "Live what you love." (Saying on a shirt)
Thanks for visiting! Until next Sunday, January 24, 2016, Becky

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Christmas Spirit Every Day

Welcome!

"I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year."
-Charles Dickens

Remember how you felt last month during the Christmas season, all happy, friendly, and giving, wanting to be nice and to help you fellow man? You might have even felt buoyant, lighthearted. If you did feel this way, it's because you had the Christmas spirit.

Wouldn't you like to feel this way most or even all of the time?

I know how you might get that feeling back, or to get it in the first place if you never got it last year or ever.

It's easy. Just go to The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee!


Greg and I were there a few days ago, and I still feel like I'm under its charming spell!

What's not to love about this place?

It's the number one hotel in Pigeon Forge according to "TripAdvisor."

It also got a "Certificate of Excellence" from "TripAdvisor."

It won the "Travelers Choice Awards" in 2011, 2012, and 2014.

It was also the winner, "Top 25 U.S. Hotels."

It's reasonably priced, as well!

Also, the people who work there seem to have the Christmas spirit, as they are personable  and helpful.

Take a look for yourself-


This is how it looked when we arrived at the back entrance. There were Christmas lights everywhere.


A large beautiful Christmas tree greets you in the lobby.


I almost felt like a child again, standing here with Santa and one of his reindeer.


There were manger scenes...


and snow scenes.


There was a small Christmas tree with deer atop the TV in our room with a lovely fireplace DVD that also had beautiful (what else?) Christmas music playing in the background.


The next morning, we enjoyed a large tasty breakfast buffet in the dining room to the sounds of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers singing Christmas songs.


After breakfast, we made our way to the The Incredible Christmas Place across the street which is a really neat place to shop for all things Christmas.   

F.Y.I.
The Inn at Christmas Place
119 Christmas Tree Lane
Post Office Box 130
Pigeon Forge, TN 37868

The Incredible Christmas Place
("Celebrating the spirit of Christmas every day of the year.")


We really enjoyed our trip to Pigeon Forge which, along with Sevierville, and Gatlinburg, celebrates Winterfest all winter long!

Positive thought: "Wouldn't life be worth living
                              Wouldn't dreams be coming true
                               If we kept the Christmas spirit
                              All the whole year through?"
                              -Author Unknown
Thanks for visiting! Until next Sunday, Becky, www.beckyarnottartist.com


Sunday, January 3, 2016

A Toast to the New Year!

Welcome!

And, "A prosperous new year to you."
-Irish toast



"...the old has passed away, behold the new has come."
-From Second Corinthians 5:17

I love beginnings, a chance to improve things, for a fresh start. Each new year and even each new day brings new opportunities for a better life, a better future.

Have you made any New Year's resolutions yet?

New Year's Day, I made a general statement, and I'm still working on the details to follow for each day to carry out that resolution, to make improvements in my life.

In addition, this year, I'm trying something different, something that has really impressed me so far, that hopefully helps to improve your life. It's called the "Infinite Possibilities" 30 Day Project which was created by author and speaker Mike Dooley. Anyone can sign up. It takes only ten minutes of your time each day (The exercises are easy and fun!), and it's free!

If you are interested, just go to www.tut.com .

I believe it's good to have guidance when you're trying to change something in your life, and for me, this "30 Day Project" is perfect.*

A quote to remember for the new year-
"Family isn't always blood. It's the people in your life who want you in theirs, the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what."
-www.quoteeveryday.com

Positive thought: "May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold-And at the end of all your rainbows may you find a pot of gold."-Irish toast
Thanks for visiting! Until next Sunday, Becky

*We're all different and I can't guarantee you would be helped in any way by following what I'm doing. I'm not responsible for anything you decide to do or not to do.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas in Tennessee

Welcome!

The Christmas season is busy for almost all of us. Sometimes working around everyone's schedule for family get-togethers is somewhat of a challenge, however, like it was for us this year, but with some planning, it can be done.

This year, we started our celebration early.


First of all, we went to Nick and Lisa's on my side of the family. We had a delicious meal, and then took keepsake family photos.


Since this was sort of a progressive-meal type of thing, we then went on to Betty's, next door, where we enjoyed dessert...



Greg, at the Dessert Table

and we opened Christmas gifts.


A few days later, we met several members of Greg's side of the family at the elegant Hermitage Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee where we took more keepsake photos and had a gourmet dinner. Finally, we all went to the Nashville Ballet where we enjoyed "Nashville's Nutcracker" in which our talented little niece performed.


And, we have a couple of other Christmas events planned since there is so much to see and do this time of year.



"Christmas is a day of meaning and traditions, a special day spent in the warm circle of family and friends."
-Margaret Thatcher

From our home to yours-


Positive thought: "May you have the spirit of Christmas which is peace, the gladness of Christmas which is hope, and the heart of Christmas which is love."-Ada V.Hendricks
Thanks for visiting! Until next time, Becky




Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Magic of Christmas

Welcome!

I'd like to share with you some Christmas quotes and pictures that hopefully illustrate some of the magic of Christmas.

"It's the most wonderful time of the year."
-Edward Pola and George Wyle


"When Christmas Day comes
there is still the same
warm feeling we felt as
children, the same warmth
that enfolds our hearts
and our homes."
-Joan Winmill Brown


"Now Christmas comes, 'tis fit that we
should feast and sing and merry be..."
-From the 1766 "Virginia Almanack"


"I wish we could put up some of the Christmas spirit in jars and open a jar of it every month."
-Harlan Miller


"Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings."
-From "It's a Wonderful Life."


"Today in the town of David
a Savior has been born to
you. He is Christ the Lord."
-Luke 2:11


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


Positive thought: Wishing you and your loved ones all the wonder and magic of Christmas.
Thanks for visiting! Until next time, Becky