Sunday, April 1, 2018

Some Ideas for a Happier, More Positive Life!


One of the main things we'd all like to have is a happier, more positive life, and that is something that we all can achieve with the right frame of mind.

I've found that one of the most important ways that we can be happier is to feel well physically, mentally, and emotionally. To do that, we need to have an evaluation of our health, and if we're not quite up to par, we need to get that corrected either through the help of a traditional doctor and/or by an alternative practitioner. (At the same time, being more positive tends to make us feel better!)

Getting adequate sleep and rest is also important for having a happier, more positive life.

"Put your positive pants on."

I recently learned a good trick to get rid of negative thoughts, and that was to write down any negative thought that comes to mind, and then throw away the paper with the negative thought written on it. It really worked for me. Amazing!

"Replace every negative thought with a positive one."

I have never liked washing dishes. It's always just been a monotonous chore for me, until I started dancing! Now, the chore has become something I actually look forward to! I put on some jivey music and dance while doing the dishes. Not only do I have clean dishes, but I also get in my daily exercise, and I feel uplifted with the upbeat tunes I play!

"When life gives you Monday, dip it in glitter and sparkle all day."
Blair Turner

Step a little bit out of out of your comfort zone. Do something you've never done before. For example, I recently got brave and fixed a dish using fresh asparagus since Greg said that he'd like to try fresh asparagus sometime. I don't pretend to be a gourmet cook, but occasionally, I do like to try something different.

Here it is-"Asparagus with Lemon Butter Crumbs," along with salmon and brown rice farina to complete the meal. (And, Greg loved it!)

It wasn't that difficult. I just had to have a positive, I-can-do-this attitude!

"Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you."
-Mary Lou Retton

Doing nice things for other people, like giving them special little gifts can make you as well as the recipients feel happier and more positive.

Happy Easter!

Positive thought- "Always believe something wonderful is about to happen."
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, May 6, 2018, Becky

Sunday, March 4, 2018

New Beginnings!


Winter is almost over, and spring is just around the corner, in a couple of weeks! Yea!

While we don't want to wish our lives away, there's nothing wrong with having something nice to look forward to!

Winter does have some bright spots-some nice holidays, fun in the snow, hot chocolate by a warm fireplace, etc. (Guess winter's not so bad after all! We can find the good in everything!)

The last holiday of winter is St. Patrick's Day where for that day at least, we can all become a bit more Irish, if we wish. My mother always loved Ireland, and I guess I get that same love from her. Part of our family heritage is Irish.

What's not to like about Ireland? The gorgeous scenery, the great food, Irish dancing, the haunting music!

And who can forget the wonderful Irish blessings, sayings, and prayers!

"An Irish Prayer"

"May God give you, for every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends, A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer."

We can make the best of things whatever the season, but some of us prefer the warmer months of spring and summer when you can get out more and enjoy the beautiful sunshine and warmer temperatures.

It's out with the old-winter, and in with the new-spring!

Pretty Spring Flowers in Our Yard

There are plenty of wonderful spring celebrations like Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and Father's Day.

In years past, on May 1, even in the United States for a while, there was another holiday, May Day, in which there was singing and dancing around the maypole, which was a tall pole decorated with flowers and colorful ribbons. There was a May queen. May baskets were taken around and hung on people's doors. (From

May Day is still celebrated in places like the quaint little village of Rugby, Tennessee. Greg and I went to this celebration a few years ago, and we loved it!

Another small town in Tennessee, Bell Buckle, has a yearly festival, "Daffodil Day," which celebrates the arrival of spring. During the time of the festival, six miles of colorful daffodils line the road which leads to Bell Buckle. This year (2018), the festival is on Saturday, March 17.

Also, I recently read an interesting, helpful article by author and life coach, Valorie Burton, who asked "What are you tolerating?" She wanted you to think about what it is in your life that you are putting up with needlessly that you need to change.

For example, clear out the clutter, replace or repair old worn out furniture, work on unsatisfactory relationships, etc.

It's good to make out a to-do list of all of the things that you have been tolerating since they can really drag you down. Handling these issues should give you more energy and less stress.

This does work, because I went through our house and other facets of my life, and found some things that needed attention, and after I'd taken care of them, I felt so much better, and more positive.

So, throw off the cloak of winter, and embrace spring and new beginnings!

Positive thought: "Every ending is creating the space and opening for an amazing new beginning."
-Bryant McGill
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, April 1, 2018, Becky

Sunday, February 4, 2018

A Valentine's Day Celebration!


Valentine's Day is a wonderful day for a celebration, so let's celebrate with words and pictures!

"Without Valentine's Day, February would be...well, January."
Jim Gaffigan

"I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach."
-Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Pendant with Genuine Southern Appalachian Mountain Coal 

 "The most beautiful view is the one I share with you."
-Author Unknown

"Valentine's is...
a time for love
a time to celebrate life
a time to give and forgive
and a time to say a prayer for
you who have touched my life."

"True love stories never have endings."
Richard Bach

Valentine humor: "I love you more than my laptop."

Love y'all!

Happy Valentine's Day!

If you like the paranormal, check out my other blog, "Spirit Photographs."

I have written a book on the paranormal, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" which is available now in paperback or as a kindle download.

Positive thought: "Love is a perfume you cannot pour onto others without getting a few drops on yourself."-Emerson
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, March 4, 2018, Becky

Monday, January 15, 2018

Resolutions for a New Year, a New You!


Since I was a young girl, I've made resolutions for self-improvement on New Year's Day, to help start the new year off right. I like to think that making those resolutions has helped propel me in the right direction. This year was no different. I made a few resolutions that mainly continue the ones I made last year.

In addition, I'm certainly in agreement with author Rhonda Byrne who has a resolution for the new year to be positive. In fact, being positive is her only resolution every year, because if you're truly positive, everything else should fall nicely into place.

Being positive is my main resolution, but I feel that I need other goals to aim me in the right direction. For example, for my business, I have goals I want to accomplish by a certain date. One of those goals is to publish another book no later than August 1 of this year. (I'll keep you posted on that one!)

Resolutions don't have to be made only on New Year's Day. In fact, I just added another resolution a few days ago, and that was to simplify my life. I was over a week late with this blog post this time, because I've just been trying to accomplish too much. I'm now trying to step back and to evaluate my life and to decide to do what's really important to me, and to just let the rest go.

It is never too late to make a resolution. If you've yet to make yours, or if you'd like to add another, what would it be?

Good luck with your resolutions, and may this be your best year yet!

Positive thought: "A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of allowing your circumstances to have power over you."-Joyce Meyer
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, February 4, 2018, Becky

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Christmas Spirit

Do you have the Christmas spirit?

After last week, Greg and I can say that indeed we do have the spirit of Christmas!

In historic Franklin, Tennessee, we attended "Dickens of a Christmas" which is a festival where Christmas comes alive around the time of author Charles Dickens.

Costumed characters abounded on the streets of Franklin-

A little girl is talking to Scrooge, the Dickens character who finally gets the Christmas spirit in "A Christmas Carol."

Another character looked like a statue!

Some of the vendors even got into the act...

as did some of the visiting dogs-

There was Christmas music-

of different types-

There was plenty of yummy food to try...

and coffee to help keep warm on a cold day,

although some found other ways to stay warm-

After the festival, it was on to Nashville, to visit the Hermitage Hotel which is in a word-

elegant, especially at Christmas!

Across the street is the Tennessee Performing Arts Center which presented-

the Nashville Ballet's "Nashville's Nutcracker,"

in which we are proud to say that our little niece performed, and did a great job!

Afterwards, we visited with family at their house which was beautifully decorated for Christmas.

Hear ye! Hear ye! Have a very merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!

If you like the paranormal, check out my other blog, "Spirit Photographs."

Also, I have a book which might make a nice Christmas gift for someone that enjoys the paranormal,, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" which is available now, either in paperback or as a kindle download.

Positive thought: Always remember the spirit of Christmas which is love.

Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, January 7, 2018, Becky

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Celebrating Fall, Tennessee Style

Fall is a wonderful time of the year, especially in Tennessee, with the vibrant colors, the cool crisp air which calls for warm, rich foods and drinks, festivals, and other types of celebrations.

Greg and I have taken time from our busy schedules to thoroughly enjoy this time of  year.

We have visited several places this fall, both far and near.

First of all, Greg and I met some special members of our family to enjoy "Bush's Visitor Center" in the Smoky Mountains in Dandridge, Tennessee.

Everything was dressed up in its fall finery.

We visited the General Store, Museum, and the Cafe.

Bush's Family Cafe

Our helpful, personable waitress Sharon (not pictured) was great. She made our visit there more enjoyable.

The food in the Cafe was simply delish!

There had to be beans on the menu, of course!

And, we just had to try the pinto bean pie! Yum!

In Spring Hill, Tennessee, Greg and I went to "Vintage 615" ("trendy clothes, gifts, furniture, & decor") for the "Fall Photo Party & Anniversary Sale" where we had our picture taken with a vintage truck which was decorated with pumpkins and bales of hay. 

We really enjoyed the free refreshments.

And, I found a pretty bracelet at a reasonable price which I absolutely love!

Next, we traveled to Waverly, Tennessee to a small but terrific restaurant with a big menu, "Hole in the Wall Diner," where they make "Homemade Donuts & Buns Every Day."

Does this look good or what! It was! They even serve fried cheese!

Greg and I just happened upon "Pumpkinfest" in Franklin, Tennessee, and we're glad we did! It was so much fun!

There were pumpkins galore,

and a pumpkin carver-

There was delicious food, even gourmet Greek-

There were great arts and crafts-

Check it out!  A lovely little handmade bookmark and much more!

The pumpkin festival was well-attended. Many people even brought their dogs.

A darling little sweetheart!

After "Pumpkinfest," we went to a new coffee shop in Spring Hill, "The Fainting Goat Coffee."

It is a very popular place, and it's almost always crowded inside and out although it's not evident in this photo. Right after I took this picture, the outside tables filled up even though the temperature was in the 50's!

We really enjoyed the coffee and the bakery items which were perfect on a cool autumn day!

And, speaking of food, what about a pumpkin pie for this time of year, especially for the perfect ending for your Thanksgiving meal!

This luscious-looking pumpkin pie is from "Pie Sensations" in Columbia, Tennessee.

Fall Decorations Outside "Puckett's Downtown Columbia"

If you like the paranormal, check out my other blog, "Spirit Photographs."

Also, I have a book you might enjoy, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" which is available now, either in paperback or as a kindle download.

Positive thought: "Eat, drink, and be thankful!" (from a plaque)
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, December 10, 2017, Becky

Monday, October 2, 2017

Fall Festival Time in Tennessee!


"My Take on Fall"

"Tell stories around the fire...
Jump in leaves
Wrap your hands around a hot mug
Eat a caramel apple
Be outdoors...
Roast marshmallows
Carve a pumpkin
Go on a hayride...
Wear a scarf
Bake cookies and pies
Take a drive just to look at leaves."

Go to a fall festival in Tennessee!

This is such a beautiful time of year in Tennessee, and the weather is warm with a slight breeze. It's just a perfect time to attend one of the many fall festivals in Tennessee during the month of October.

"Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen."
- From

Here are some of the best fall festivals in Tennessee that I have either personally attended or that I know of-

-Unicoi Apple Festival, Erwin

Although I've never attended this festival, I know it's very popular. A friend of mine from Erwin told me that it's fantastic, and that she thought I'd really enjoy the arts and crafts, the wonderful food including apple dishes, and the entertainment. Greg and I decided that we're finally going next year, so we're putting it on our 2018 calendar!

Dates: Oct. 6 & 7, 2017

-National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough

We have been to historic Jonesborough many times, but we have never been to this festival either. The stories are told by professional storytellers, and I have heard that the event is quite good and well-attended. This is its 45th year, so you know they're doing something right! You can see examples of the Storytelling Festival on Youtube.

Dates: Oct. 6-8, 2017

-Robert A. Tino Smoky Mountain Homcoming, Sevierville

For those of you who like art, you will love this one! Greg and I once stopped by Robert A. Tino's art gallery on our way to Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg. Robert Tino is an excellent landscape artist who paints scenes of the beautiful Smoky Mountains in acrylics and in watercolor. Besides the artist's work, this festival also features Southern food, mountain music, crafts, and activities for children.

Dates: Oct. 6-8, 2017

-National Banana Pudding Festival, Centerville

Greg and I have attended this festival which we really enjoyed, especially the banana pudding! (It's flavor brings back fond memories of back home, and of the wonderful banana pudding Mama used to make.) The pudding made at this festival should be good since this is a competition to determine the best banana pudding in our nation! Besides puddin,' there are crafts, entertainment, and children's activities.

Bananas on Display at the National Banana Pudding Festival in Centerville, Tennessee

Dates: Oct. 7 & 8, 2017

-Heritage Days, Rogersville

Not only have Greg and I attended this festival in the past, but we have also had our own booth in the arts and crafts area where we did portraits of people. It was a great festival, a lot of fun, and we did really well there. Besides the arts and crafts, they have a lot of other things going on-traditional Appalachian Mountain music, dancers, food, storytelling, pioneer demonstrations, antique cars and quilts, etc.!

Dates: Oct. 13-15, 2017

-Webb Art and Craft Show, Bell Buckle

We have been to Bell Buckle many times since it's such a unique, quaint little town (with a population of only 500!). According to "Thrill List" which rates the best small town to visit in each state, Bell Buckle is the best small town to visit in Tennessee! We have to agree that it's a fantastic place to visit for its charming little shops and tasty food. I've written blog posts about it several times, including the last one that I wrote on 8/21/16, "A Bell Buckle Celebration."

Greg and Me at a Festival in Bell Buckle

A good time to visit Bell Buckle might be this month for the Webb Art & Craft Show where there will be over 100 artists with their pottery, plants, jewelry, paintings, photography, and many other delightful things.

Dates: Oct. 21 & 22, 2017

-Henry Horton Spirits of the Past, Chapel Hill

Lastly, no October celebration would be complete without doing something kinda scary, so how about going on a paranormal Halloween investigation at Henry Horton State Park! We have been to this nice park before, but not during October, and certainly not on a paranormal investigation. A friend emailed me about this event, and Greg and I are thinking about going. It would make a great "Spirit Photographs" blog post!

Date: Oct. 28, 2017

So, the different above-mentioned festivals and events offer something for just about everyone, and hopefully you'll find something here that you might enjoy. Have fun!

If you like the paranormal, check out my other blog, "Spirit Photographs."

Also, especially since Halloween is coming soon, might I recommend my book on the paranormal, "Photographic Encounters of the Spirit Kind" which is available now, either in paperback or as a kindle download,

Happy Halloween!

Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, November 5, 2017, Becky
Positive thought: "One way to make the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure."
-William Feather