Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Stroll Through the Parks


Greg and I love being out in nature whenever we can, so we feel very fortunate that there are so many nice parks where we live.

We'd like to share with you a few of the pictures we've taken to showcase the beauty of our area.

"In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous."

"You will find something far greater in the woods than you will find in books.  Stones and trees will teach you that which you will never learn from masters."
St. Bernard

"Nature is my medicine."
Sara Moss-Wolfe

"The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration."
Claude Monet

"Flowers are the sweetest things that God ever made..."
Henry Ward Beecher

"Nature is the art of God."
Dante Alighieri

"The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature, and God."
Anne Frank

Photo Feature

                                                         Kid in a Meadow

Positive thought:  You can even commune with nature in your own back yard!
Thanks for visiting!  Until next time on a Sunday!, Becky

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Marcy Jo's Mealhouse & Bakery


Greg and I recently discovered a fantastic little restaurant and bakery in Pottsville, Tennessee.  It's got a downhome atmosphere and great gourmet country cookin'.

We were there for lunch on a Saturday, when breakfast is served all day, but we chose from the misc. lunches.

Tuesdays through Fridays they have daily specials.  For instance, on Wednesdays they have fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn, and green beans.

Greg had the June burger which is a marinated cheeseburger.

I had the blt on homemade wheat bread with tater salad.

                                    (One of the best potato salads I've ever had!)

Desserts include peach cobbler, pecan sticky buns, strawberry cake, and even an Elvis cake!

Our waitress, Heidi, is the daughter of one of the owners.  She is a singer/songwriter and plays the guitar.  Her cd's as well as those of her parents are on sale at the restaurant.  You can find out more about her parents, etc. by visiting their informative web site listed below.

We're planning to go back and try their breakfast next time, as we simply adore the place!  Bet you would, too!

F. Y. I.
Marcy Jo's Mealhouse & Bakery
4205 Highway 431
Pottsville, Tennessee
(931) 380-0968

Just click on the link below to see Greg's and my latest photos on iStock:

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

Sunday, May 13, 2012

An Art Lesson


(And, a special welcome to our newest Follower!  You are appreciated!)

You might remember that in an earlier blog post (Please see the April 15, 2,012 blog post.) I discussed the importance of developing the right side of the brain.  Today, I decided to share some art techniques that not only develop the right side of the brain, but they could help one become a better artist, and they are fun to do, as well! 

Here are some simple exercises that may seem child-like, but, heck, nobody's looking; you won't be judged or graded; just give them a try, and, you might even enjoy yourself!

Also, it would be great to do these with any children that might be in your life (or with anyone, really!)

I've successfully used the following exercises with my students when I taught art classes to both children and adults.  For most of these, you only need plain computer-type paper and a pencil.

In the following exercises, you are to use your imagination:

Get out a piece of  paper and a pencil and divide your paper into eight sections. (Use a ruler, if you'd like, to draw your sections.) You will have eight minutes to draw whatever you think of in these blocks.  In other words, you have around one minute to draw something in each block, using your imagination.  (Use a clock to time yourself.)  Good luck, but remember to have fun!

In this exercise, draw a scene from your imagination.  (No timing on this one!)  Select one, or even all, if you like, of the following:
-Draw your favorite place to vacation
-Draw your favorite hobby
-Draw your pet
-Draw your best friend  (Remember, your don't have to show it to him or her, unless you want to!)
-Your own idea

Draw the best animal in the world.  This is no ordinary animal, for this animal is made up of the parts of several different animals, for example, the trunk of an elephant, the wings of a bird, etc.

This time, you will look at a picture and copy it.  A simple coloring book picture will do just fine.  The important thing is to draw it upside down.  You will be amazed at how much better it turns out than drawing it the regular way!

I learned to draw by drawing pictures of movie stars that I'd found in magazines.  I'd show my drawing to my family members and ask them to guess who I'd drawn.  If they guessed it correctly, I knew I'd been successful, if not, back to the drawing board!

Hope you've enjoyed this little adventure into the world of art, and that you'll join me sometime in a future blog post when I'll share with you some of my art notes about color and design. 

In the meantime, happy drawing!

A special message to a special person (as well as a talented artist!) who's always been an important part of my life. 
Happy Mother's Day, Mama.  We love you!

                                                       Flowers for Our Mothers

Positive thought:  Happy Mother's Day to all mothers everywhere on your special day!
Thanks for visiting!  Until next time on a Sunday, Becky

Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Golden Rule


"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" (Matt. 12:35) may seem trite to some, but I believe if we all followed "The Golden Rule," the world would be a much better place!

I personally would steer clear of anyone who didn't respect me or treat me fairly.  This would include gossips, bullies, and other abusers.  For the most part, these are angry, jealous, disturbed individuals who put others down to make themselves feel better.

"Gossiping and lying go hand in hand."- Proverb

"Whoever gossips to you will gossip about you."- Spanish Proverb

"Never spend time with people who don't respect you." -Maori

 These people are not to be hated, but rather forgiven.  I'd send them love and let it go at that.  If you hate others, you are merely hurting yourself.

"If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive." -Mother Teresa

"Forgive all who have offended you, not for them, but for yourself." -Harriet Nelson

I would surround myself with people who are kind, supportive, and respectful.

I believe if you send out good, positive vibes, you will attract more positive people.

A few days ago, I overheard a woman ask, "Why can't we all just be kind to each other?" I thought how right she was-so simple, yet so profound.

"My religion is very simple.  My religion is kindness."- Dalai Lama

"True religion is the life we lead, not a creed."- Louis Nizer

"The time is always right to do what is right."- Martin Luther King

"Rather than always competing against each other, a far better idea is to work together in a spirit of co-operation."- Becky Arnott

"I will speak ill of no man and speak all the good I know of everybody."- Benjamin Franklin

Featured photo-

                                My Mother's Cat, Angel, Checking Out the Visitors!

Positive thought: Do an act of kindness this week!
Thanks for visiting!  Until next time on a Sunday, Becky