Sunday, May 3, 2015

Great Eatin' in East Tennessee

Hey, y'all!

I just wanted to fill you in on a few great places to eat that Greg and I have found the past few weeks in good ol' East Tennessee.

Seriously, though, two of the restaurants are in Johnson City and one is in Elizabethton.

The first one is a new restaurant in Johnson City, called "Tupelo Honey Cafe."

A Sample of Tupelo Honey's Beautiful Decor

My cousin Bruce and I celebrated our February birthdays there, along with Greg, of course, and some other family members.

I love that Tupelo Honey has several items that are gluten-free and organic.

I had delicious organic veggies.

The other restaurant in Johnson is not new, but it was to us.  It's called "Freiberg's German Restaurant," which has authentic German cuisine.


The food was superb.  If you don't believe me, just look at Greg's "before" and "after" plate!

The final restaurant I'd like to share with you is called "City Market" in Elizabethton.

Since this was a cool spring day, I really enjoyed the wonderful beef stew with corn bread.

Greg and I ate there with some of the (family) members of what we call our "Monthly Lunch Club."

Lisa, Nick, Greg, Me, and Bruce

(Photo, courtesy of Brandon Hicks of the "Elizabethton Star."  The funny thing is, I needed someone to take our picture for this blog post, and I asked a man walking near us if he minded taking our picture.  Little did I know that he was a professional photographer with the local newspaper!  How's that for synchronicity?)

City Market is a favorite of the locals, as you can see from this accolade which is one of many on the walls.

Hard to decide where to eat with all these choices?  Why not try them all, just as we did!

Happy eatin'!

Tupelo Honey Cafe
300 Buffalo St.
Johnson City, TN 37604

Freiberg's German Restaurant
203 E. Main St.
Johnson City, TN 37640

City Market
449 E. E St.
Elizabethton, TN 37643
(on Facebook)
(423) 543-1751

Positive thought: Here's a lovely Irish blessing someone (Betty) sent me recently that I'd like to share with you-
"May God grant you always...
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering Angel,
So nothing can harm you,
Laughter to cheer you,
Faithful friends near you,
And whenever you pray,
Heaven to hear you."
-An Irish Blessing

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there (including my wonderful mother!) on Sunday, May 10.

Thanks for visiting!  Until Sunday, June 7 (or sooner!), Becky

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Positive Changes, a Time of New Life

Welcome back!

Hope you're having a wonderful, fantastic, positive day!

The butterfly "...undergoes a metamorphosis and emerges in a new and beautiful form."-"American Bible Society"

I've missed being with you these past few weeks, but I have been extremely busy, just living my daily life and starting new endeavors which I hope are positive changes, not only for my life, but for you, my blog readers, as well.

This time of year, the spring and Easter seasons, are a time of new life, a time of renewal.

This is the time of year that I evaluate my own life to see how far I've gone and where else I need to go.

Right now, Greg and I are trying to change our eating habits from eating conventional food to food that is organic and healthier.  One book that has helped us greatly with this is "The Food Babe Way" by Vani Hari.*  Check it out!  It's a real eye-opener.  You'll never look at food the same again after reading this book.  Also good is Vani's website,*

We're on the lookout for places to eat that have organic food, but that has been a bit of a challenge for us.  However, just today, our niece Bonnie filled us in on a new restaurant in Franklin, Tennessee, Thrive Cafe, that has organic, gluten-free and dairy-free food.  She also mentioned  Vegan Vee, a gluten-free bakery in Nashville.

One place Greg and I enjoy eating is at the Whole Foods food bar.*  Whole Foods seems to be really catching on, since more and more of their health food stores are opening all the time.  I believe as word gets out on what conventional food is really like, there will be even more restaurants, etc. that serve genuinely healthy food.

All the while, I'm trying to be more positive with different things, like posting more sayings on my special bathroom bulletin board, like, "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.-Philippians 4:8 (NIV)

Also, the other day while I was in the dentist's office waiting room, I decided that instead of sitting in a chair to wait, I'd go look at the reading material on a nearby table.  I felt like there was something on it that I needed to see, so I kept searching, and there it was, an intriguing little book that seemed to be calling to me, "Going the Extra Smile" by George Foreman.*  On the cover it said, "Discover the Life-Changing Power of a Positive Outlook."  I glanced through the book that tells how George Foreman went from being a very negative, angry person to one who smiles and has love in his heart for everyone.  It's now on Amazon at a bargain price and has excellent reviews.

I'm currently working on a new website which should be up and running soon.  I'll let you know when it's ready.  It will be a place of the arts-art, photography, and writing.  I'm excited about it, and I hope you will like it.  I'll try to connect with you more often then, once it gets going.

*Disclaimer:  What is right for me, may not be right for you.  Please use your own judgment on anything I recommend.

Positive thought:  "Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life."-S. D. Gordon
Thanks for visiting!  Until Sunday, May 3 (or sooner!), Becky

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Miss Bea's, A Neat Place to Be in East Tennessee!


A couple of months ago, Greg and I decided to visit a really neat place in East Tennessee, Miss Bea's Perks and Pies, in Rogersville, and we're glad we did!

We first became aware of Miss Bea's when we read about it in the "Tennessee Magazine."  We were very impressed when we learned that various years it has been voted both the "Best Desserts in East Tennessee" and the "Best Bakery in East Tennessee."

The decor is attractive-

In addition to having fresh baked goods, they also serve breakfast and lunch.

We were there for lunch, and we really enjoyed our food.

This is a hearty, man-sized meat and potatoes lunch that Greg just loved!

This soup and chicken salad croissant were perfect for me.

But, to top it all off, we just had to try a couple of Miss Bea's bakery items which were superb!

Some other food items include stratas, paninis, salads, and even Belgian waffles!

Miss Bea's is also a coffee shop, and they cater.

(For more info, see F.Y.I. below.)

Hats off to owners, Mike and Connie Reeves, for having such a great place to eat in East Tennessee!

Owner, Mike Reeves,Who Makes You Feel Welcome

Mike and Connie have also welcomed famous celebrities!

A Delightful Dessert, Just Waiting to Be Taken Home...

and, a Table, Waiting for the Next Lucky Customers!

Miss Bea's Perks and Pies
109 South Church Street
Rogersville, Tennessee 37857
(423) 272-6555

Positive thought: "I glanced out the window at the signs of spring.  The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright."-Millard Kaufman, "Bowl of Cherries" (As seen in "Woman's World.")
Thanks for visiting!  Until Sunday, April 5, 2015 (or sooner!), Becky

Sunday, February 8, 2015

A Valentine's Day Idea

I'm glad to be back, after a five-week's absence from this blog.  I've been really busy with other projects which I'll share with you at a later time.  For a while, I'll be back with new posts about once a month.  Once I get things under way, I hope to write posts a little more often, and maybe even some mini blog posts in between.

With Valentine's Day less than a week away, I'd like to share with you an idea that might be fun if you live near the Columbia, Tennessee area.  It's a wonderful little place that Greg and I have visited several times.  It's called the Columbia Coffee Cafe & Bakery.

The decor has several cleaver and charming touches-

It's a family-owned business that has not only coffee and bakery items, but many other delicious items, as well, including soups, salads, sandwiches, several side items, and ice cream which are all  homemade.

Here are pictures of some of the bakery items-

Blueberry Muffins for Two (Romantic!)

My Special Valentine!

The interesting Columbia Coffee Cafe website (See F.Y.I. below.) gives a complete look at the family members who own and run the cafe, the business days and hours, as well as a detailed menu. 

For lots more pictures of their delightful desserts and other food, be sure and check out their Facebook page.

Columbia Coffee Cafe & Bakery
1907 Shadybrook Street, Suite B
Columbia, TN 38401
Phone:(931) 901-0825

Greg and I just spent a couple of wonderful days with Mike and Betty, including a visit to the fabulous Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.

News you might use: "The Food Babe Way," a book by Vani Hari, will be for sell starting February 10.  I pre-ordered mine from Amazon.  It should be really interesting, helpful, and informative.  (Disclaimer: What might be right for me, may not be right for you. Please use your own judgment on any suggestions that I might make.)  (Also, I get no payment for recommending this book.)

Positive thought: Happy Valentine's Day, and happy every day!
Thanks for visiting!  Until Sunday, March 8, Becky


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Last Positive Blog Post of 2014


Not only is this my last blog post of 2014, but it's also my last post until Sunday, February 8, 2015 because I have a lot of plans for the new year, and I'm going to have to slow down a bit to work in everything.  For now, I'm planning to have my regular posts around once a month with occasional mini blog post updates in between the regular ones whenever something interesting happens.

Some of my projects are, working more on my art, photography, and writing.  My writing includes two books on which I'm currently working, one paranormal and the other one on abuse (with a positive slant, of course!).  I'm currently thinking about some other project ideas, as well.  I even have plans for a website.

Since this is the end of the old year, I always like to look back on the year and evaluate it in terms of what I've learned and what good things happened during that time.

I have learned some valuable lessons in 2014:

-I learned to never give up on your dreams.

-Live life on your own terms, not according to what other people expect of you.

-Cultivate true, non-judgmental friends that are appreciative of who you really are.

I'm thankful for so much that has happened for Greg and me this year.  We have been truly blessed, as evidenced in my thankful journal that is overflowing with all the things I'm thankful for each and every day.  We're looking forward to even more blessings in the new year.

-One big thing for which I'm thankful is our changing ninety percent of the food we eat to organic.  It's making a big difference in our lives.

-I'm thankful for all of you: the readers of my blogs, those who have taken the time to email me with your kind comments, those who have been supportive of my book, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind," and those who have bought my coal jewelry, art work, and photographs.

-And, the list goes on!

I'm looking forward to many more exciting adventures in the new year, and I'm wishing for you the same.

"Cheers to the new year and another chance for us to get it right."
-Oprah Winfrey

A Toast to 2015!  (With sparkling organic grape juice, of course!)

May you have a positive New Year (2015) filled with happiness, good health, and good fortune!

Positive thought: "Approach the New Year with resolve to find the opportunities hidden in each new day."-Michael Josephson,

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Thanks for visiting!  Until Sunday, February 8, 2015, Becky

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Magic


And, welcome Winter!

On this blog post, in words and pictures, I'd like to share with you some of  the magic of Christmas.

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

"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know..."
-Irving Berlin

"O Christmas Tree"
-Traditional German Christmas song

"Tradition: sit with husband in a room lit only by tree lights, and remember that our blessings outnumber the lights."
-Betsy Canas

"A candle is a lovely thing;
It makes no noise at all,
But softly gives itself away."
-Eva Logue

"The stockings were hung by the chimney with care..."
From "The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore

"I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was six.  Mother took me to a department store, and he asked me for my autograph."
-Shirley Temple

"Gifts of time and love are surely the best ingredients of a truly merry Christmas."
-Peg Bracken

-"The worse gift is a fruitcake.  There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other."
-Johnny Carson

"Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home."
-W. J. Ronald Tucker

"A three-year-old gave this reaction to her Christmas dinner, 'I don't like the turkey, but I like the bread he ate.'"
-Author Unknown

Lest we forget, this is what Christmas is all about-

"Love was born at Christmas.
Star and angels gave the sign."
-Christina Rossetti

"And they went with haste, and found Mary, Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger."
-Luke 2:16

And, even more magic in our part of the world-

Bell Buckle, Tennessee, All Dressed Up for Christmas

A Unique Marriage Proposal, Right Before Christmas (What a Great Gift!)

And, finally, I must give the Christmas "creativity award" to these guys (Bob Matlock and a co-worker) at our nearby convenience center, for they certainly have the right idea, to use what you have, and to create beauty out of the less than beautiful, for that is the essence of positive thinking, a sort of "when-life-gives-you-lemons,-make-lemonade" mentality...

 or "Bloom where you are planted."



"Meo-wy Christ-mouse!"

Positive thought: May your Christmas be filled with magic!
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky

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