Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Picturesque Abingdon, Virginia


Greg and I had a very busy Labor Day weekend (as I'm sure was the same for many of you), so I'm running behind on my projects, including this blog post!

This is a post that I believe you will really enjoy. It's about a place, a town, that you may or may not have ever visited. If you haven't yet been there, you might want to put it on your to-do list of places you'd like to go and see.

The name of this town is Abingdon which is located in Southwest Virginia.

Abingdon is beautiful, very picturesque.

It is the epitome of art and culture.

Which can be seen on the streets...

as well as at the annual...

 which is held in August.

There are high-quality arts and crafts galore.

There are several refreshment stands with delicious food.

A strawberry smoothie, anyone?

Right next door to the festival is the elegant Martha Washington Inn...

which is also known as...

The grounds are lovely-

You might want to just relax and enjoy,...

the sights and sounds of Abingdon,

or you might want to play a rousing game of croquet.

Later, you could have a tasty supper there, and even spend the night in one of the beautiful rooms.

Before turning in, however, be sure to take in one of the excellent professional productions at the famous Barter Theatre which is just a stone's throw from The Martha.

The Barter Theatre

The Barter has some wonderful productions. "Wait Until Dark" which starred Audrey Hepburn in the movie version is coming soon. Greg and I are planning to go see "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" in October which is one of my very favorite tales of all time. The ad said it was for children of all ages. That's good, because Greg and I are just overgrown children at heart.

(Remember to be true to yourself. Be who you are! You are unique! Don't try to be someone you are not.)

(Please support the Barter, especially right now, as they are going through some financial difficulties.)


Positive thought: From a painting on a car parked in Abingdon, Virginia-

Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, October 6, 2019, Becky

Sunday, August 11, 2019

How We Manifested Our Dream Home


This post is a continuation of the post from last week, "We Moved to a New House, to a New State" which I posted on August 5, 2019. On that day, I said that Greg and I manifested our dream home, and that I would tell how we did so.

Our 1901 Farmhouse

Greg and I knew exactly what we wanted, and we were determined to have it, so I decided to fix a treasure map or what some people call a vision board. A treasure map is something that you fix that helps you focus on what you'd like to have.

I got a large poster board and divided it into six sections for the things in my life I wanted to improve. I could have just concentrated on our house, but I thought that I'd also like to work on other areas as well such as health, etc.

Our Dream House Part of the Treasure Map

I looked at this map almost every night before I went to sleep, and I thanked God and the angels for it in advance. When it begins to seem real to you, that's when it will manifest. This is not just mumbo jumbo. It really works!

Notice how similar our real house looks with the one on the treasure map which is a picture I found in a magazine. Also, our kitchen and the one on the map are almost identical. We have an open staircase just like on the map. We also have fireplaces, three instead of two. (We got a little bonus!) We didn't know it until we first went and looked at the house that it had a fountain just like on the map!

It's on over an acre of land with beautiful views of the mountains of Southwest Virginia which is near where we used to live before we moved to Middle Tennessee seven years ago. Greg was originally from East Tennessee, and I was from Southwest Virginia. We lived together most of our married life in East Tennessee.

We had a great real estate agent who helped us get our new house. We got it for an unbelievably low price. It's a partial fixer-upper which Greg and I love. We have fixed up three other houses in the past.

There are other, simpler types of treasure maps you can fix to help manifest your dreams, as well.

This is just a framed photograph of a dream house with a cutout of a couple (which just happens to be Greg and me as an example) along with an affirmation and the words, "Thank you."

This is just a photograph of a house with a for-sale sign, and "SOLD" placed on the sign in photograph to help manifest the sell of the house.

Also, in addition to making treasure maps, vividly imaging what you want also helps. I did both to help us get our house.

Greg just fixed in his mind what he'd like, and he got what he wanted from a certain type of lamp post to living in a quiet place without much traffic.

Also, we didn't just dream. We really worked at searching the Internet daily, and we actually looked at six houses which was a drive of over 350 miles for us each time. 

We're still in the process of making our house our home, to fix it just as we want it to be. Each day we're getting closer to our goal, and we're enjoying it every step of the way!

What we have done, so can you. Happy manifesting!

As Paul Harvey used to say, "This is a strange." - Both the woman that we bought our house from and the woman who is on the staff helping us sell our other house have the same first and last name, Beverly Jones! (This is not their real name.)

Positive thought: "Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change."-Unknown
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, September 1, 2019, Becky

Monday, August 5, 2019

We Moved to a New House, to a New State


I'm running a little late with my "The Art of Positive Living" blog post for this month, and I do apologize, but I believe I have a pretty good excuse. If you have ever tried to move all of your possessions from one location to another, you must know how challenging that can be.

Besides, what made the situation perhaps a little more challenging for Greg and me was that we moved over 350 miles from one state to another one.

It may look like chaos now, but there is light at the end of the tunnel! 

We're staying positive, and have a mental picture of the end results. We actually enjoy trying to create something beautiful out of what looks like chaos. It's as though we're sculptors trying to create a masterpiece out of a lump of clay. We are basically already in our dream home that is daily becoming even more like what we imagined.

Next Sunday, August 11, I'll let you know exactly how we manifested where we now live, and more.

Positive thought: "Challenges are what make life interesting, and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful."-Pinterest
Thanks for visiting! See you Sunday, August 11, 2019, Becky

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Our Visit to Fall Creek Falls in Tennessee


A few weeks ago, Greg and I made a little journey to a park in Spencer, Tennessee, several miles from where we live. The park we visited was Fall Creek Falls.

On the way, before we went to the park, we stopped for lunch in Pikeville, Tennessee. We'd planned to go to a restaurant we'd researched online, but we couldn't find it after we got there. I remembered that it was supposed to have been near an ice cream parlor, which we easily found. I went in and asked where the restaurant was, and the girl that worked there told me that it had just recently gone out of business. A customer there said that he was sorry about that, because it was a really good restaurant. I thanked the girl for her information, and I told her that we might be back later after we ate lunch somewhere.

As we drove through the small town, we went by a restaurant that looked very attractive so we decided to try it out. 

It was called Pig-N-Catch.

On the sign outside, it said that they had barbecue, catfish, and steak. That really got Greg since he loves barbecue!

(I decided to get chicken tenders which I'd never before had. They were delicious! A few weeks later, I even worked up to chicken and waffles which I had thought was a weird combination, but now, that's my new favorite occasionally when we eat out.)

We were really lucky with this restaurant, and for dessert, we decided to go back to Ember's Ice Cream Shoppe in Pikeville where the girl had been so helpful earlier.

Ember's Ice Cream Shoppe

Delicious Again!

So far, this had been a great day, and we hadn't even been to the falls yet!

Fall Creek Falls State Park was so pretty!

There were several waterfalls to see. What an adventure!

To me, this was the most picturesque of the falls-

Fall Creek Falls is one of the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States at 256 feet-

We got plenty of exercise, walking around and seeing the waterfalls and other beautiful scenery.

Time for a Break! (Notice the waterfall between the trees on the left in the distance.)

For those who love being in the water, there's always swimming here in the park. 

Some people even jumped into the water from the large nearby cliff!

Fall Creek Falls State Park
2009 Village Camp Road
Spencer, TN 38585

Positive thought: "Blessed are the flexible, for they will not be bent out of shape."-Anonymous
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, August 4, 2019, Becky

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Our Middle Tennessee Weekend Adventure


A few weeks ago, the last weekend in April, Greg and I were invited for what we'd consider an adventure in Middle Tennessee, since most of the things we did were new to us. A couple of the things we did were even somewhat out of our comfort zone.

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."
-Neale Donald Walsch

On that Saturday, we got to attend a baseball game which is something that Greg and I never do, but our little nephew was playing, so we, of course, were eager to support him and his team.

Our team won! Yeah, team! Good job!

On Sunday of that weekend, we went to our little niece's confirmation.

It was a beautiful ceremony, and the church looked beautiful, as well, decorated with white flowers.

The Two Children (Greg's and My Niece and Nephew) with Their Grandparents

After the church ceremony and sermon, there was a delicious dinner at Bonnie and Doug's who are the proud parents of these two special children.

Visitors Sampling, Previewing the Dinner at Bonnie and Doug's

Most of us need to get out of our ruts, and to try to do something adventurous at least once a week. That doesn't mean that you necessarily have to go mountain-climbing or scuba-diving, unless you just want to! It could be something as simple as trying butterscotch swirl ice cream instead of vanilla. Try it, you just might like it! I personally don't like reruns all of the time on TV or in real life.

I'm so glad we got to go and take part in this fun, busy weekend. It was something different to add to my thankful journal in which I write daily. I try to fill up a whole page in my journal every day with all of the wonderful things that happened that day. That way I'm mostly focused on what's good rather than what's not so good in my life.

Here's wishing you a strawberry/chocolate marshmallow/tutti-frutti type of life! Go for it!

Positive thought: "Fill your life with adventures, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show."-Unknown Author
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, July 7, 2019, Becky

Sunday, May 5, 2019

A Fun Afternoon in Franklin, Tennessee

Merridee's Breadbasket Welcome Sign

Greg and I recently spent an enjoyable, fun afternoon in Franklin, Tennessee.

Our first stop was lunch at Merridee's Breadbasket in Franklin. (I have a confession to make-This is my very favorite place to eat in this whole area. You ought to try it and see for yourself.)

The food is fantastic, the people who work there are super nice, and Merridee's has a great atmosphere.

They make their own bakery goods.

After lunch, we walked around town to take in the sights.

The downtown shops are beautiful.

Here's a peek inside of one of them.

Kilwins has all kinds of goodies, and they must be doing something right as they have been in business since 1947!

Here's some of their wonderful fudge which Rose who works there explained to us.

Historic Franklin is, well, historic!

And, here's (above) some of the proof.

And, it's entertaining!

After all of this walking and visiting shops, we decided to stop by one of Greg's favorite places, Starbucks. 

We'd never before been to this particular one, and it was even more special since it was housed in this awesome old building.

It was a nice day so we decided to have our refreshments outside. We asked a passerby to take our picture, and she turned out to be a fellow artist! Small world!

Her name is Jennie Schut, and according to her business card, she is a "Creator, Retreat Leader, Artist, Author." She is a very talented artist. Check out her two websites.


Positive thought: "Have fun, because that's what life is all about."-Ryan Lochte
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, June 2, 2019, Becky

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Drug Stores Past and Present Including One That Became a Restaurant

This blog post is a very special one for me because it's about a drug store that became a restaurant. I'm talking about Swaney Swift's on the Square in Gallatin, Tennessee.

You see, my parents used to own a drug store when I was growing up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. It was called-

Here's the interior of Swaney Swift's-

as compared to the Botts Drug and Variety Store one in Big Stone-

Shirley used to work at the drug store for my parents.

Greg and I really enjoyed our little trip to Gallatin which we'd never before visited. Swaney Swift's used to be an old drug store, but just recently it became a restaurant.

The restaurant is decorated in a drug store motif.

We had a delicious meal there, served by our waitress, Lexie. I had a yummy raspberry grilled cheese sandwich, and for dessert-

what else would be more appropriate in a drug store turned restaurant than a milkshake!

Was it good? Here's the answer! "Good to the last drop," just like that popular coffee that's been around for a while. 

And, this old milk shake machine brought back more fond memories of my parents' old drug store.

This experience was like a walk down memory lane for me. It was one I'll always treasure.

Just go to Swaney Swift's if you'd like to make your own fond memories.

Swaney Swift's


Positive thought: "Life is a collection of moments."-Pinterest
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, May 5, 2019, Becky