Sunday, November 3, 2019

Apple Festival in Tennessee

For years, I'd heard about the Unicoi County Apple Festival in Erwin, Tennessee, and this year, since Greg and I now live a lot closer to Erwin, we decided to go. We were not disappointed! It was so much fun!

There were arts and crafts galore!

Margaret Pinney from Georgia...

had her cute "woodland critters." (

A J Harris...

had his unique glass creations. (

And, there were over 350 other arts and crafts vendors from around the country. There was something for everyone. I bought a pair of pretty bead earrings.

In addition to arts and crafts, there was also a food court with all kinds of goodies.

This food truck from Uncle Lars Outpost from Trenton, Georgia had some delicious, healthy food for our lunch.

And, for dessert, we shared a very tasty key lime pie from... 

"Buttermilk Sky" ( in Johnson City, Tennessee. 

There were also canned delights...

But, the stars of the festival were, of course, the apples!

Like from the True Family Apple Orchard in Flag Pond, Tennessee. They also have homemade jelly and jam. (423-791-7620)

There were:

caramel apples...

and fancy apples.

Each year, several thousand people visit the festival.

Some of the visitors even have fur!

The next festival is October 2-3, 2020!
(I can hardly wait!)

Positive thought:

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, December 8, 2019, Becky


Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Our Flea Market Adventure

The past few weeks, Greg and I have been searching different places to find some things we needed for our new house. A few days ago, we went to a couple of flea markets near where we live which was quiet an adventure.

When we got to the first flea market, we looked around, and I found a cute magnet with two cats on it on sale for just 50 cents. I felt proud of myself since I love finding a bargain.

Just as we were about to leave, I went over to a man's booth that had some pretty antique pieces. However, as I was trying to look around, the vendor at this booth bombarded me with a barrage of negativity which included, among other things, his lack of health and his lack of wealth and how horrible the world was. I'd only been with him for two minutes, and during that short time, he'd told me his life story which was nothing but doom and gloom. No wonder things didn't go his way since he was so negative!

I couldn't get away from there fast enough. I backed away quickly, while saying something like "I try to look at the positive side of things." That poor man is a good example of how not to be in life. If you are that negative, you are going to attract negativity to you, but if you are positive, you'll attract positive things, people, and events into your life since like attracts like.

I knew that I'd never be able to convince him to be otherwise, so I decided that I'd just use him in my blog post on how not to be!

When we got back to our car, I got out my very helpful book, "365 Ways to Raise Your Frequency" by Melissa Alvarez to regain my emotional balance.

By the time we got to the next flea market, the "Tri-Cities Flea Market" in Bluff City, which is the largest flea market in Tennessee, I felt really good, and we had a wonderful time meeting new people and finding more bargains.

There is something for everyone here, with over 1,000 vendor booths!

Antiques and Collectibles

Plenty of Stuff for the Guys

You won't go hungry here!

A couple of the more outstanding booths were...

...with some of the most delicious desserts we've ever had, made with healthy sugar!

This talented lady has some beautiful creations, one of which I took home with me, a small cloth pumpkin like in the photo for only $3.00!

I wasn't the only one who bought something as there is truly something for everyone here! Wonder what you might find!

Tri-Cities Flea Market
Bluff City, Tennessee
(423) 538-3532

Sugar Daddy's Soda Pop Cones and Bakery
(423) 444-9980

Dyed and Tied Creations
(423) 330-7845

Positive thought- "Happy, positive fall, y'all!"-Becky Arnott

Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, November 3, 2019, Becky

Monday, October 7, 2019

New Blog Post on Wednesday


I've been really busy, and we're off on yet another adventure. I will have my newest delayed blog post this coming Wednesday, October 9, 2019, sometime during the afternoon. Please stay tuned!

Positive thought:
"Life is like a camera...
Focus on what's important,
Capture the good times,
Develop from the negatives,
and if things don't work out,
Take another shot!"

I can relate to this quote since I'm really into photography...

as is my husband Greg...

and my cousin Bruce...

and my brother Nick. Check out Nick's unbelievable photograph on my next "Spirit Photographs" blog post on Saturday, October 19! Warning-It's pretty scary, and appropriately, just before Halloween! 

Thanks for visiting! Until Wednesday, October 9, Becky

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