Monday, January 23, 2023

We Are All Special, Unique


Greg and I recently visited a unique store a few miles from our home in Southwest Virginia...

and we were impressed.

It was a Mennonite store where things were a little different. 

There's an area in the store where you can place an order for soup, made-to-order sandwiches, and salads. While waiting, you can look around and perhaps pick up some potato salad or small fruit pie to go with your order.

Also, you might want to check out their jellies, breads, desserts, Amish snacks, etc., ice cream, and bulk candies of all types. They also have kitchen items, home decor, toys, religious items, fresh vegetables, as well as many other things.

Greg and I enjoyed our sandwiches, and we took a couple of their desserts home with us-

An Apple Turnover

Banana Pudding



The Dutch Pantry, 6891 W. Lee Highway, Rural Retreat, VA 24368

All of this made me think of how special and unique this experience was. Mennonites have a different way of life, and they express who they are in their own unique way. In this store, they are just living their lives, and they are sharing with the world who they are and what they do, and those that go there benefit from what they have to offer.

In the same way, each of us has something special to offer just by positively expressing our God-given talents, whatever those happen to be.

~ Don't "hide your light under a bushel." means not to hide your talents or abilities. This is from the Sermon on the Mount.

~ "Being different means you have something unique to offer to offer the world." -Unknown

We are all different expressions of God. We are all very special.

Positive thought: From a sign in The Dutch Pantry-

Also important- 

Thanks for visiting! Until Tuesday, February 14, 2023, Becky

Sunday, January 8, 2023

Some Positive Thoughts for the New Year


A new year has begun, and I have some positive thoughts for this new year.

I made out some resolutions for 2023, and I imagine many of you have. as well. My resolutions are mostly a continuation of last year's, like to be a positive thinker, feeler, doer, and speaker.

~ "Look at yourself. Love what you see. Go be the 'you' you're meant to be."- Andrew Blackman, Hallmark Writer

I also have some observations about a few things that happened in my life just recently.

During the cold spell that many of us just experienced, we were without water for three days. (It would have been longer, but Greg figured out a couple of solutions. He's, thankfully, very resourceful!) Sometimes an experience like that makes you appreciate the things that we so often take for granted. We feel so much more thankful now for all of our blessings, both large and small.

~ "When life gets sour, sweeten it with gratitude." -Unknown

For several weeks, I wanted a small pendant. I knew what I wanted, but I thought I'd have to travel a long distance to get one, but synchronicity came into play a few days ago when, before going out, I was trying to decide what jewelry I'd wear. I finally decided to wear a gemstone bracelet that I liked, but hadn't worn in a while.

It just happened, while I was out, that a lady noticed my bracelet, and commented on how much she admired it. I told her that I really liked gemstones, and that I needed a gemstone pendant since I had lost one that I loved and had worn a lot. She then told me about a place where I might find one to replace my old one. She referred me to a place in the town where I was visiting at the time, Johnson City, Tennessee. 

The shop was-

I went by the shop that same day since I was already very close to it. Although I didn't find one ready-made, the owner made me one to order right there in the shop in less that ten minutes! I love it! I like it even better than the one I lost!

I felt like I had been guided in the right direction when I needed a new pendant replacement. I feel happy every time I wear it, and I will wear it more than any of my other ones because it was exactly what I wanted to go with most of my outfits. 

Let the helpful people there make your gemstone/jewelry dreams come true. Check it out!

Finally, I was in line recently at the checkout in a small store in a small town when a woman in the front of the line wished the cashier and the others of us in line a happy new year. She seemed positive and very happy. Just being in her presence made you feel uplifted. Although it was after Christmas, it was like she was continuing the Christmas spirit. How wonderful if we could all carry that same spirit throughout the rest of the year!

Greg and I would like to wish you all a very happy 2023!

Positive Thought: ~ "2023 A Year to Be Free and a Year of Great Victory"-

Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, January 22, 2023, Becky

Friday, December 16, 2022

A Christmas Open House


Greg and I, and a few of our relatives were recently invited to a wonderful Christmas open house. It was hosted by other relatives, a young couple who are newlyweds. They have a really nice house that was made a lot nicer with their hard work. (We know what it's like, to fix up an old house. Greg and I have redone three of them, and we're still working on our fourth one. Working on our house is actually more like a hobby for us.)

We were greeted at the door by this festive Christmas wreath...

and also by John and Ashley, the owners of the house.

They have done a beautiful job of restoring, furnishing, and decorating their house. 

We could hardly wait to see the rest of the house, so John and Ashley took us on a tour-

John really likes his new man cave.

After the tour, it was time for refreshments, and they were wonderful!

 There was eggnog (my favorite!) and a wide variety of munchies and other tasty treats.

We all enjoyed not only the food, but also the fellowship.

Way too soon, our memorable afternoon was over; we always enjoy being with family. It is time well-spent!

"The magic of Christmas never ends, and its greatest gifts are family and friends." ~The Random Vibes

Gift suggestion: "Down Memory Lane," a nostalgic memoir by Becky Arnott on Amazon. For more information, click on the widget above.

We wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Love, Greg and Becky

Positive thought: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." -Luke 2:14

Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, January 8, 2023, Becky

Thursday, December 1, 2022

'Tis the Season



This is a very special time of the year, for many reasons. 

It's the holiday season that began with Thanksgiving, which most of us just celebrated in many different ways with family and/or friends.

"If you practice gratitude a lot every day, your life will change dramatically and in ways you can hardly imagine."-From "The Magic" by Rhonda Byrne

So, it's important to give thanks, not just at Thanksgiving, but throughout your day, every day. the more you are thankful, the more you are blessed.

Last week, Greg and I were outside a grocery store which is in a small shopping center when we heard absolutely beautiful music outside another nearby store. A grocery store employee walked by, and I asked her what was going on. She said that it was a busker. I had to ask her what a busker was, and she explained that it was someone who performed for money, usually on a street.

Greg and I had seen people occasionally performing on the street in larger towns and cities, but we'd never before heard the word "busker." This type of entertainment is very rare in our area.

I decided to investigate, and I saw a man expertly playing an electrified violin. 

Tears filled my eyes as I read the sign beside him and listened to his wonderful music. He was good enough to play with the finest orchestras in the world, and yet, here he was, during the time of the holidays, having to help support his family the best he knew how. Many people who passed by were thankfully donating to him and his family.

"Help one person at a time, and always start with the person nearest you."-Mother Teresa

"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted."-Aesop

The talented violinist is not the only one who has suffered during this time in our country (and in other countries, as well). I recently heard a caller on a radio talk show, and I learned that through no fault of his own, he was without a job and was homeless. This, unfortunately, seems to be the tip of the iceberg these days!

"Helping others in need is not only a responsibility of life; it is what gives meaning to life."-Molly Marti

While it is great to help others when they need it, nearly everyone can improve their situation in life by applying certain principles.

"A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you."-Joyce Meyer 

To overcome any difficult circumstance, I do believe we need to have a positive attitude, to pray, and to believe everything will turn out for the best. 

Don't go by appearances; we need to know in our hearts that- "Everything Will Be Okay"-Dana Perino

"The Best Is Yet to Come..."

"-play, laugh, sing, dance, be joyful, hug a tree, and love each other!"

Yes, 'tis the season to be thankful, to give to others, and to be positive, all of which would be great to do all year long! What a great world we'd all have then!

Positive thought: "As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way."-Mary Anne Radmacher
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, December 11, 2022, Becky


Thursday, November 17, 2022

A Great Place to Stay!


When you are in Western North Carolina, I know of a great place to stay, at one of Mike and Betty's vacation rentals, because there you will see beautiful views of the peaceful countryside and the picturesque mountains, and you might even see some horses grazing.

You'll have a choice of two cottages in which to stay.

The first one is-

Mountain Side Cottage

Interior View

The second one is-

Carolina Cottage

Interior View

There's a picture everywhere you look!

This charming place is like your home away from home.

Mike and Betty are wonderful hosts, the cottages are comfy and cozy, and there are great mountain and pastoral views any season of the year. Also, there is so much to see and do in this area, including Asheville, which is only a few miles away.

"The mountains are calling, and I must go."- John Muir

FYI-  Once on the website, for more information, type in the following numbers:

For Mountain Side Cottage, 1128348

For Carolina Cottage, 841917

Happy Thanksgiving!

Positive thought: 

Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, November 27, 2022, Becky

Sunday, October 30, 2022

An Important Opportunity


In a few days, on Tuesday, November 8, we have the opportunity to make our voices heard in this country through our right to vote. This is an important election since state and local elections are just as important as national ones. Greg and I are looking forward to once again casting our votes since we are proud citizens of The United States of America.

Here are some quotes that might inspire you as they did me-

"All beings are free. Truth can never be destroyed. Right action creates right results.." -Mark Passio

"Voting is not only our right-it is our power." -Loung Ung

"The eagle will soar again." -From the "Bible"

These great quotes inspired me so much that I created a quote of my own-

"Vote as if your future depends on it which it does!" Becky Arnott

Here is part of a banner on display in downtown Abingdon, Virginia-

"Remember, if you don't vote, you lose the right to complain." -George Carlin

Photograph taken at The Martha Washington Inn & Spa in Abingdon-

Happy Halloween!

Positive thought: "Somewhere inside of all of us is the power to change the world." Roald Dahl
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, November 13, 2022, Becky

Monday, October 10, 2022

It's the Most Colorful Time of the Year!


Although each of the seasons has its own special kind of beauty, fall seems to be the most colorful time of the year with its vibrant oranges, yellows, and reds which I'll show in this blog post.

Let's begin with our neighbor's cute fall display,

complete, with a fodder shock.

"It is time for a great harvest." -Julie Green,

It's also time for October fall festivals in the mountains of Virginia, like Home Craft Days in Big Stone Gap, from October 21-October 23 which features music, culture, and art.
There is also a fall festival in the mountains of Tennessee, in Gatlinburg, the Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair from October 13-October 30.

Downtown Gatlinburg

Small Business Feature-

A couple of weeks ago, Greg and I met Nick and Lisa for lunch at Greeko's Grill & Cafe in Abingdon, Virginia.

Lisa, Nick, and Greg

This is a great place if you love Greek food, as well as a place for those who prefer good ol' American food options such as cheeseburgers, like Greg does!

Happy Columbus Day!

Positive thought: "Always believe something wonderful is about to happen." -Unknown
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, October 30, 2022, Becky