Sunday, July 24, 2016

A Tennessee Road Trip

Greg and I recently took a little trip to yet another park, David Crockett State Park in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. and this was a really nice one. In fact, this park got the "National Gold Metal Award," "Best in the Nation" which it truly deserves.

The 1,100-acre David Crockett State Park "is in honor of one of Tennessee's most famous native sons," a "pioneer, soldier, politician, industrialist, legislator, statesman, patriot and hero..." according to the brochure.

The park offers camping, fishing, boating, hiking, and swimming. It also has cabins, picnic pavilions, an amphitheater, bike trails, and a restaurant.

When we arrived, we were really impressed with the beauty of the park, and that same excellent quality was evident in the Crockett's Mill Restaurant & Patio inside the park where we enjoyed lunch.

The decor was very attractive.

You can either order from the menu or opt for the buffet, and we chose the buffet, as we usually do whenever there's a buffet available.

The food was great. In fact, this was probably the best ham I've ever tasted!

View from the Restaurant Window

 After lunch, we decided to explore the park, and...

the scenery was gorgeous!

Paddle-boating is so much fun!

In fact, our entire visit to the park was fun. You might just want to try it for yourself sometime!


We went into Lawrenceburg after we left the park, and saw this impressive statue of David Crockett on the town square-

It just so happened that the day before our trip I decided to work on ridding myself of a not-so-good (bad) habit. I told Greg that I had a plan to rid myself of this habit. My plan was to reward myself in some way during the late afternoon of each day that I got through the day without giving in to this habit.

These rewards were just little things, gifts to myself (like special food, under $5.00 items, watching favorite DVD's, etc.) for doing a good job. I made out a list of rewards, and started implementing my plan on the day that we went to the park.

My first day's reward was a cone of ice cream which was easy to obtain since we were on a trip.


(However, I don't plan to give up one bad habit for another one! I eat something sweet just once or twice a month. That's why this ice cream cone was such a special treat for me, a perfect reward!)

Anyway, the plan seems like a good one because I have refrained from this bad habit for several days, and if I can get through a whole week, I'll buy myself a book that I've been wanting. If I can just get through twenty-one days, the bad habit should be eliminated completely.

In the meantime, I'm thoroughly enjoying every day as I have something positive to look forward to with my little rewards. I can't vouch for anyone else using this plan, but this seems to be working for me.

Even after I'm completely rid of my bad habit, I think I'll try to give myself little rewards for completing tasks in a timely manner that usually cause me to procrastinate.

This trip to David Crockett State Park was just part of our Tennessee road trip. We also enjoyed a little extra add-on excursion which I'll write about next week on this blog.

Please stay tuned for "A Tennessee Road Trip, Part 2" next Sunday.

Positive thought: "Good habits are as addictive as bad habits, and a lot more rewarding."

Thanks for visiting! Until next Sunday, Becky

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Angels Among Us


I got something in the mail just recently that was the inspiration for this blog post. It was an invitation to subscribe to a magazine, "Angels on Earth," which I'm thinking about doing. The magazine is from "Guideposts."

On the "Angels on Earth" website, it says, "Angels come in many forms, from helpful animals to mysterious strangers. Angels can come to us in dreams, on a breeze, or in a strain of music. When they appear, they always radiate life affirming hope and comfort." Even if you don't subscribe to the magazine, the website has some helpful articles worth reading, like "Overcoming Negativity."

"I saw an angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."

I've experienced angel contact myself which I've written about on previous blog posts.

Just recently, I've had a couple of unusual things happen which I believe are related to the angelic realm-

The first one was, that one of Greg's large sunflowers fell over and died, but this pretty little flower seemed to appear out of nowhere and took it's place-

Then, after I'd taken a picture of this canna on our deck, I noticed what appeared to be ectoplasm in the photo. An angel, perhaps?

"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."
-Paul of Tarsus

From a cute email someone sent us-
"All angels are girls because they gotta wear
Dresses and boys didn't go for it."
-Antonio, age 9, from " explained by children" email

Positive message:
"May God grant you always...
A sunbeam to warm you,
a moonbeam to charm you,
a sheltering Angel
so nothing can harm you..."
-An Irish Blessing
Thanks for visiting! Until next weekend, Becky

Saturday, July 9, 2016

New Ice Cream Shop in Tennessee


If you love ice cream as much as I do, check out the new ice cream shop in Columbia, Tennessee, "Hattie Jane's Creamery," which is next door to the locally famous restaurant, Puckett's, that's on the town square.

It's a cute little shop...

with cute decor...

and homemade ice cream that is simply delish!

This is Tahitian Vanilla with caramel sauce in their homemade waffle cone. They also have intriguing sweet treats such as "The Elvis" which consists of 'nana puddin' ice cream, peanut butter, candied bacon, and amaretto whipped cream.

Not only do they have ice cream, but they also have other wonderful confections like brownies and cookies.

And, to wet your whistle on a hot summer's day, how about some ice cold lemonade?

I believe these nice ladies would agree that...

"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy ice cream. And that's kind of the same thing."


I'd also like to add a birthday cake as a special treat for a special person, my mother, whose birthday was on July 9. We love you!

Food for thought: "Tomorrow we can eat broccoli, but today is for ice cream."-Mallory Hobson, age 9
Thanks for visiting! Until next weekend, Becky

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Homestead Manor in Tennessee


On this post, I have a very special place to share with you, Homestead Manor, located in Thompson's Station, Tennessee.

Greg and I had been wanting to go to a local farmer's market, and decided we'd try the one in Thompson's Station, at Homestead Manor, and we're so glad we did, since we got much more than we expected!

This May-October farmer's market features locally grown produce, home-baked goods, and various crafts, as well as several other offerings such as raw honey and bison.

I bought an organic cantaloupe from Arrowhead Farms which was the best one I ever tasted!

While there, Kate filled us in on the lovely old plantation-style house next door, Homestead Manor, which she told us is a restaurant, now.


Since Greg and I love old houses, especially plantation-style ones, we decided to go check it out.

We ended up having lunch there...

and, a delicious one it was!

The food was gourmet and very healthy! Their organic vegetables, etc. either come from their farm or from farms in the surrounding area. (Also, you don't leave hungry since the portions served are generous, unlike some gourmet restaurants we have been to!)

We spotted a couple of luscious-looking strawberry shortcakes go by our table, so we decided to split one. Great decision! Yum! (All homemade! They even make their own bread.)

Food humor-"A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand."
-Author Unknown

After lunch, Hannah, our personable waitress, took us on an interesting tour of the mansion which we really enjoyed. Each room was professionally decorated with different themes for the different periods of the house. Rich in local history, Homestead Manor is on the National Register of Historic Places.

If you'd like, you can even have homestead Manor fix you a picnic lunch to go.

Also, it's a beautiful place to have a wedding!

Homestead Manor in Thompson's Station, Tennessee is a multi-faceted event place that we would highly recommend to anyone. In fact, our afternoon there was one of the most memorable, enjoyable ones that we've ever had!


Happy Fourth of July weekend!

Positive thought: "Good food is wise medicine."-Alison Levitt
Thanks for visiting! Until next weekend, Becky

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A Mini-Celebration of Summer

And, a big welcome to summer!

This has been a hotter than usual month of June with highs in the 90's. It's most likely balancing the cool May we just had. Anyway, my favorite season of the year has arrived, and I'm happy!

So, in words and pictures, let's have a mini-celebration of summer!

"Then followed that beautiful season...Summer...
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light...."
-Henry W. Longfellow

"It was June, and the world smelled of roses."
-Maud Hart Lovelace

"Woods are filled with the music of birds, and all nature is laughing under the glorious influence of summer."
-Charles Lanman

Summer humor: "A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken."-James Dent

Memories: My grandmother's (Mema's) birthday was in the summer. I always remember her fondly, especially around her birthday, June 23. She was a special person who always tried to make us grandchildren feel special.

In her home, when we were little, she'd have a drawer for each one of us with little gifts she'd put in there for our visit. Her cookie jar was always running over with delicious sugar cookies which she'd make without using any recipe.

Mema's cookie jar now has a special place in our home.

She took her time to help me with my art since she was a naturally talented artist. I still have a painting we did together. In fact, she got my parents and brother interested in art, as well.

One of Mema's Beautiful Paintings

Although she's been gone for many years, her kindness still lingers.

"A simple act of kindness can have a tremendous impact on a person's life."

"Scatter kindness!"

Happy summer!

Positive thought: "There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart."-Celia Thaxter
Thanks for visiting! Until next weekend, Becky

Sunday, June 19, 2016

A Tennessee State Park, Plus a Side Excursion

Another month, another park! Several blog posts back, I mentioned that Greg and I intended to visit one park a month throughout the warmer months.

So, a few days ago, we went to Henry Horton State Park in Chapel Hill, Tennessee. The 1,500 +-acre park is on the old estate of Henry Horton who was the 36th governor of Tennessee.

It has an inn, cabins, and a restaurant. It also has an 18-hole championship golf course, a skeet and trap range, a playground, and a swimming pool.

Since the park is located on the scenic Duck River, swimming and canoeing are also available.

When we first arrived at the park, it was lunchtime, so we headed over to The Governor's Table for their lunch buffet.

It looked really great as we were starved!

It was good. We ate almost every bite!

After our meal, we took off to explore the park...

One thing we noticed right away was the abundance of picnic tables. I've been to a couple of parks that had a shortage of tables during holidays like Memorial Day.

No shortage here! Many tables had a nice view of the Duck River.

And what a beautiful view it is!


After thoroughly exploring the park, we decided to visit the nearby small town of Chapel Hill since I needed to mail an important letter. While there, Greg spotted a monument in honor of Civil War general, Nathan Forrest, who lived there as a boy.

We saw a sign about his boyhood home, so being the Civil War buff that Greg is, we decided to go check it out.

The house is rustic and attractive, outside...

and inside...

We took a tour which was only $5.00 each, and the money raised goes to the restoration and upkeep of the house. They also have periodic fundraisers. It was in bad need of repair when the Sons of the Confederate Veterans took over the house which is on the "National Register of Historic Places", and they have done a great job thus far, but there's more work to be done. Kudos to the dedicated men working on this project!

We had a wonderful afternoon at Henry Horton State Park, plus an unplanned side excursion to General Forrest's boyhood home.

We can hardly wait until our next trip! You just never know what adventure awaits!

Happy Father's Day to fathers everywhere, including my dear father who is in spirit.

Positive thought: "If you truly love Nature, you will find beauty everywhere."-Vincent Van Gogh
Thanks for visiting! Until next weekend, Becky