Saturday, April 28, 2012

Farmers Family Restaurant


Greg and I just recently discovered a great place to eat, the Farmers Family Restaurant in Columbia, Tennessee.  We're not the only fans, because the place was packed when we first got there for the lunch buffet a few days ago.

Rustic Decor with Several Great Prints of Country Scenes, Many of Which Feature Mules

In fact, one lady who works there, Mary Sackrider, was so impressed with the restaurant that she wrote a poem about it!  (She's even had her poetry published!)

                                                   "A Great Place to Eat"

If you are hungry, come on down
To a wonderful place on the west side of town.
To a restaurant that's fabulous, its one of a kind
With great tasting food, that will blow your mind.
Monday thru Thursday, from 11 till close
You would not believe how the buffet grows
Most of the food, like the chicken and fish,
And barbeque ribs are a regular dish.
Also the lasagna, and the mac and cheese
And the chicken and dumplings are there to please
There's roast beef, turkey, and pork chops too,
And so many vegetables, just to name a few.
Mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn casserole & beans
Cabbage, Brussel sprouts, and even turnip greens
Then comes Friday night when the seafood is prepared
The boss tells all about it and then he says a prayer.
Saturday begins the day with breakfast bar at seven
The food is so delicious you'd think you were in heaven.
I know you're getting interested
So I'll tell you if you want
The name of this fabulous place is
The Farmers Family Restaurant!

I couldn't have said it better!  Good job!

                                                 One of Three Long Buffet Bars

                                                         Salad for Starters

                                                  Finish It All Off with Desserts

                                     Amanda Conaway's Creations Are Works of Art!

A lot of good country cooking at a reasonable price in a friendly atmosphere!  Where could you beat that?

1918 Shady Brook Street
Columbia, TN
Owner-Billy Raynor

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Can you guess what this is?  (Answer below)

Positive thoughts:  "April showers bring May flowers." (Proverb)  May is right around the corner!

Thanks for visiting!  Until next time on a Sunday, Becky

Answer:  It's a peacock flying over a fence.  (Once a day, Mr. Peacock seems to enjoy leaving the confines of his home to stroll around on the outside in search of adventure!)

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Inspiration, Illustrated


Today, I'd like to share with you some inspirational quotations which we could all use from time to time (I really got inspired while working on this blog post!) along with some photographs that  hopefully inspire, as well.


"Stop and smell the roses."

"A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."
-William Shakespeare

"See life through an artist's eye."

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do.  So, throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover."
-Mark Twain

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined."
-Henry David Thoreau

"Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
-Robert Brault

"Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has many..."
Charles Dickens

"Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow."

"Optimist: A man who gets treed by a lion but enjoys the scenery."
-Walter Winchell

"The truly important things in life-love, beauty, and one's own uniqueness-..."
Pablo Casals

"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul.  Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal."
Ralph Vaull Starr

"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
George Eliot

Positive thought: "When you wholeheartedly adopt 'with all your heart' attitude and go out with the positive principle, you can do incredible things."
Norman Vincent Peale

Thanks for visiting!  Until next time on a Sunday, Becky

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Living on the Right Side of the Brain


As you may have heard, the brain is divided into two parts, the left and the right sides.  Basically, the left side is the logical side and the right side is the intuitive side.  Although we all use both sides of the brain in our daily lives, one side tends to be dominate in each person.

A few characteristics of those that are more left-brained are: They tend to be better at reasoning, math, and speech.  They like to do things in a planned, orderly fashion. And, they tend to be dog-lovers.  Some of their preferred professions are law, banking, mathematics, and non-fiction writing.

On the other hand, right-brained people are creative, imaginative, and philosophical.  They love cats.  A few of their preferred professions are art, athletics, acting, politics, and creative writing.

Although the left side of the brain is overwhelmingly emphasized in the school system, actually, the right side of the brain, in some circles, is now thought to be just as important or even superior in many ways.  For instance, making a decision based on intuition or gut feeling supposedly can give a better outcome than one just based on logic alone.  (Also, contrary to popular belief, people who are right-brained are not stupid just because they are not as good at remembering facts or doing math as are their left-brained brothers and sisters.  Their strengths just lie in other areas.)

In any case, most of us do not get to use the right side of our brains nearly enough.

If someone wanted to practice using the right side of his or her brain more, regardless of which side is more dominant, that person could:

Work on some type of art or craft.  (Don't worry about trying to be perfect.  Just enjoy the experience.)

However, if you really want to learn how to draw better, one good book I used with my art students was Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain  by Betty Edwards.

Try the exercise (found in magazines or even in whole books) which shows two pictures and asks, "What is the difference between these two pictures?"  This exercise is a great alternative to so many of the left-brained puzzles like crosswords, (although any kind of puzzle is, of course, good training for the brain).

Having fun is good for the right side of the brain. An easy, convenient way to have fun can be playing with your pet.  Your dog or cat, etc. should also benefit from the extra attention.

                        You might want to watch you fingers.  Things can get pretty wild!

Everyone has her own idea on what is fun.  I have a "fun list" which I try to consult once a day to make sure I don't take everything too seriously.

Make up a story and write it down, or just tell your own bedtime story instead of reading one from a story book.  Bet your child would love it!

And, the list goes on!  Do research, be creative.  See what right-brained activities you might come up with.

My grandmother was a very creative cook.  She used to put jelly on top of her meat loaf, and it was good!  (I haven't attempted that one yet!)

Sometimes creativity comes from necessity.  For instance, a few days ago, I didn't have enough macaroni for the dish I was preparing, so I decided to use rotini to make up for the macaroni I lacked, and it was fine!

Recently, several of us attended an impressive pre-Easter service.  A highlight was the minister's daughter performing a lovely interpretive dance.  Afterwards, I told the minister how much we'd enjoyed his talented daughter's performance, and I asked him where she'd gotten her training. Much to my surprise, he answered that she'd just made up the dance on her own!  She was just using her God-given gift, doing something she apparently enjoyed.

Seeing her performance reminded me of myself when I was about her age and older.  I used to love putting on beautiful music and dancing to my heart's content, creating my routine as I went. 

Being creative can bring real joy into your life, and it can also bring joy into the lives of others, if you decide to share your creativity with them.

If nothing else, its great to be outside in nature, maybe looking for interesting shapes in the clouds, or just daydreaming.

And, the next time someone tells you to "go fly a kite," you just might decide that's a pretty darn good idea!

Positive thought: Have fun! Life was meant to be enjoyed!
Thanks for visiting!  Until next time on a Sunday, Becky

Sunday, April 8, 2012

A Tennessee Spring


Greg and I love this time of year, and we would like to share some of our spring pictures with you that we took right here in Tennessee.

                                         Our Wildflower Garden (How Easy Is That!)



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                      Several of us recently gathered to help celebrate Greg's father's birthday.

Positive thought:  Happy Easter, happy spring!

Thanks for visiting! Until next time on a Sunday, Becky

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Mule Day in Columbia, Tennessee


And, a special welcome to our newest Follower!

You know what a mule is?  It's a cross between a male donkey and a female horse.  They come in many different sizes, shapes and colors.

Greg and I feel as though we know a lot more about mules now that we've been to our very first Mule Day in Columbia, Tennessee.  It's an annual event with a wagon train that leaves from Leiper's Fork early in the week of Mule Day and gets to Columbia in time for the festivities to begin.

The parade is perhaps the highlight of the Mule Day celebration.

We also enjoyed the food, the live music, and the arts and crafts festival at Maury County Park.

The stars of the event, of course, are the mules themselves.  Not only are they in the parade, but they are also in several shows and competitions.

Mules weren't the only animals at Mule Day.  Several dogs came to enjoy the festivities!

                     Tired, but happy.  Everyone seemed to have a doggone good time!


Positive thought: Happy April Fool's Day!
Thanks for visiting!  Until next time, Becky