Sunday, May 2, 2021

A Celebration Tour


Greg and I have had some recent good news, so we decided to celebrate by doing something we had been wanting to do, but had never made time for, which was a more in-depth visit to downtown Abingdon, Virginia. This would be our celebration tour.

Abingdon has so many wonderful little shops that it's unbelievable! We spoke to one girl who has lived in Abingdon all of her life, but she said she had never seen many of the shops until she started working in one. We suddenly didn't feel quite as bad, since we have lived near Abingdon for less than two years, and had never seen most of the shops. Better late than never!

Before visiting the shops, we decided to have lunch. Greg noticed an old house with with someone sitting on the large porch and a sign in the yard, and we decided to check it out. It was, thankfully, a restaurant.

The Peppermill

WE found out that this house was built in 1908, and that the small house to the right had been a children's playhouse.

The chicken salad sandwich and sweet potato fries are the best!

From our vantage point on the porch, as we were enjoying lunch, we noticed this beautiful piece of artwork on the building across the street. As I've said before, Abingdon is a very arty place.

After lunch, as we were walking down the street, we passed by the impressive St. Thomas Episcopal Church...

which is made of stone. As one visitor said, it looks as though it should actually be located in England.

Greg and I love antiques, so we decide to go into Zephyr Antiques.

We're glad we did since they have so many nice things!

This sign looked intriguing, so we thought we'd go in and check it out.

Salt of the Earth is a place you can go and "Relax-Restore-Rejuvenate." They offer massage therapy, infrared sauna, salt therapy, etc., and they have several healing types of items you can buy such as salt lamps, essential oils, etc. Looks like a great place to go and unwind! 

I went into this cute little women's clothing boutique, Forget Me Not, which had some really neat things, including...

this cute cap advertising the nearby Virginia Creeper Trail.

Greg was waiting for me outside the next shop I was going to see, Market on Main, where I enjoyed quickly looking around the 65 booths that had a large variety of things including clothes, jewelry, household items, toiletries, pet treats, etc.

I didn't feel sorry for Greg, waiting outside, however, because apparently he was enjoying his time watching girls walking their dogs, etc.!

We decided it was about time to go home, but first, we needed to stop by Anthony's Desserts to get take-home snacks. Greg got a brownie, and...

I got this delicious sugar cookie.

On our way back to our car, we noticed that this restaurant which used to be a hardware store was being remodeled, and will be open by Memorial Day weekend.

This building which used to be a furniture store is being turned into a restaurant, Foresta, which is "upscale Mediterranean with an Italian flair." 

Things are looking up in Abingdon!

Although we visited several wonderful places, there were others that will have to wait until later.

The Tavern is one of those places that we want to visit on a future trip to Abingdon. It's the oldest building in town, and it's a popular place to dine.

This shirt sums up everything nicely-

An adventure awaits!

Kit-Cat update:

Our little partly-feral cat recently had to have emergency surgery since she could not have her kittens due to a damaged pelvic bone. The vet said she only had a 60-70% survival rate even with the surgery. Several of us were praying for her, and thankfully the surgery was very successful! We credit our prayers and Dr. Jay at VCA Animal Hospital in Abingdon for saving her life. Now, she is fully recovered and better than ever!

Positive thought: "Prayer changes things."

Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, June 6, 2021, Becky



Sunday, April 4, 2021

Small Businesses in a Small Town



As I've mentioned before, we live in an area where there are many small towns, and Greg and I are gradually working our way around to all of them. Our latest trip was to the town is Meadowview, Virginia. We have been there a couple of times before.

Meadowview is a quaint little town with a few small businesses.

One of those businesses is a bookkeeping place where Greg goes to get our taxes done. The owner is a woman who has her business at home. She's very accurate and through. She does a great job.

This year, after we'd finished at the bookkeeper's, we decided to stop by two businesses that are side by side.

They are the Meadowview Farmers' Guild and the Harvest Table Restaurant.

It was time for lunch so we decided we'd try out the restaurant first. To get to the restaurant, you need to go through the Farmers' Guild country general store, which we didn't mind at all since it's a pretty neat place.

Friendly shop clerk, Denita, greeted us when we went in and escorted us to the restaurant.

The walls of the restaurant are full of the paintings of talented local artists.

This is where you can watch them fix pizzas, etc. right from your table.

Is this a good-looking meal or what! You don't leave hungry from this place! What's more, the food is very healthy, and locally and regionally-grown.

Two Satisfied Customers
Photo by New Server Madeline Who Did an Excellent Job!

No room for dessert? That's okay, because there's always take-home! 

After we left the restaurant, we looked around the shop that was chock full of interesting things...

including books by Barbara Kingsolver whose book "Animal, Vegetable, Miracle" inspired the opening of the restaurant. There are books by other authors as well.

These are our purchases from the store. Two of them are gifts for others.

We loved our visit to both the restaurant and the shop. Bet you would, too!


Making a difference: Support small business. That's something we can all easily do!

"You can, do, and will make a difference."- "Woman's World"

Also around Meadowview-

The Old Railroad Depot

A Large Church Near the Railroad Tracks

Kit-Cat Update: The little stray cat that we adopted a few weeks ago is doing much better. It seems a lot healthier. It has gained weight, its fur is prettier, and its eye infection has cleared up. That just shows what a little love and attention and healthy cat food can do!

Quick Quiz-Can you find the bunny in this picture?

Positive thought: "Easter is meant to be a symbol of hope, renewal, and new life."-Janine Di Giovanni
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, May 2, 2021, Becky


Sunday, March 7, 2021

Spending the Night in Beautiful Western North Carolina

Greg and I really love our state, Virginia, and we also love an adjacent state, North Carolina, especially Western North Carolina with its beautiful, scenic mountains. 

Western North Carolina is not that far from where we live, so we don't normally have to spend the night there, but if we did, I know of the perfect place to stay-

Cardinal Springs Farm in picturesque Candler, North Carolina!

When we lived in Middle Tennessee, we did stay there in the past, and it was a delightful experience. 

Mike and Betty are the perfect hosts, and they make sure your stay is comfortable and enjoyable. They want your Vrbo experience to be "Your vacation home away from home!" They have an excellent rating.

When Greg and I were there a few years ago, we stayed in Carolina Cottage...

which was wonderful. We enjoyed the large yard that...

had unexpected touches.

Inside, the cottage is cozy and festive, no matter what the season.

It's made even cozier with this rustic stone fireplace. 

Enjoy meals for two or more in this lovely dining area.

We'll end our visit here at Carolina Cottage on a whimsical note, with this cute handmade piece that is sure to bring a smile.

Let's move on to a second house on Vrbo at Cardinal Springs Farm...

to Mountain Side Cottage which is equally as nice.*

Love this kitchen!*

And, this comfy bed! Sweet dreams!*

Did you know that most weekends you can see hot air balloons drifting overhead from these cottages?

And as if all of this were not enough, there are plenty of things to do and see in nearby Asheville, and at beautiful Pisgah National Forest...


*From the Vrbo website.

For more great photos of the cottages, go to, and type in 1128348 for Mountain Side Cottage and 841917 for Carolina Cottage. By the way, while looking at Carolina Cottage, see if you can find a pastel horse portrait that I did for Betty and Mike in one of the photos.

For even more information about these two wonderful rental cottages, and the fun, adventurous things to see in this area, contact Mike and Betty. (See the card below.)

P.S. Mike recently told us that they are planning to have a hiking trail behind their house for any guests that might like to hike. Sounds like a great way to exercise!

View from Cardinal Springs Farm

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

Let's go!

Positive thought: Less than two weeks until spring! Happy spring!
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, April 4 (Easter!), 2021, Becky