Saturday, July 28, 2012

Buy Local, Feel Good


                                               Original Magnet by Becky Arnott

Did you know that shifting your buying to locally-owned businesses can make many millions of dollars difference a year to the local economy?  For every $100 you spend at a national chain, the total economic impact is only $13, yet the same amount spent with local merchants is $45!

Greg and I try to spend locally as much as possible whether it's at restaurants, pet stores, health food stores, or whatever. 

Even when we travel out of town, we always look for the local restaurants, etc.  Besides, what's the use of traveling somewhere new or different if you're just going to visit the same ol' chains that are back home?

One of our favorite places is McCreary's Irish Pub & Eatery in Franklin, Tennessee.

                                            Photo taken by our waitress, Anna.

                                      This shepherd's pie was sooooo good!

McCreary's Irish Pub & Eatery
414 Main Street
Franklin, TN 37064

You might want to check out my new blog, .

Positive thought: Support your local businesses.  You'll feel good about helping your local business people and economy!
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Room with a View


Those of us who go to the dental office of Drs.Gillis and Harter feel very fortunate as we have a beautiful view (like the one above) from the window as we're having our teeth worked on!  An office like this (Every patient room in the office has a different view of this exquisite garden.) is what I call people-friendly.  This is a great example for any business that is health-oriented (or for anywhere else really!).

This makes me wonder how we could all make our lives, as well as the lives of those around us, more people-friendly.  Food for thought!

Malcolm E. Gillis, Jr., D.D.S.
Elizabeth Gillis Harter, D.D.S.
1201 Hatcher Lane
Columbia, TN 38401
Telephone (931) 381-9044

Also, if you're the least bit interested in, or just curious about the paranormal, you might want to check out my new blog, "Spirit Photographs" at  which just started this weekend.

Positive thought: (From a sign in the dentists' office) : "Keep you face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow.  It's what the sunflowers do."
-Helen Keller
Thanks for visiting!
Until next Sunday, Becky

Saturday, July 14, 2012



There's one thing you can always count on, nothing ever stays the same.

                                                 The Butterfly, a Symbol of Change

I've enjoyed writing this blog for a year and a half, but it has also taken a lot of my time each week.  Because of other projects, I even considered cutting it out all together.

However, one day while in the shower (when many of my ideas come to me), I decided that I'd just abbreviate my blogs, to make them into what I call mini blogs.  That way I can continue with this blog, and still have time for projects like my new blog about the paranormal which will start soon.  (I'll tell more about it in next week's blog post.)

The mini blog posts will be somewhat like my previous posts (the positive lifestyle, places to visit in our area, and the arts) except they'll be more to the point. In other words, they'll be short but (hopefully) sweet.  I think I've got some pretty neat posts lined up, starting next week.

                                                                      Photo by Greg

Thanks to all of you for continuing to read my blog posts and for the nice comments which several of you have sent.

A positive change:  I'm going to attempt to make my own healthy liquid soap which should be a lot more economical than regular liquid soap.

Positive thought:  Change yourself (your thoughts and feelings), change your life!
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Coffee Company


On the way to a wedding, Greg and I stopped by The Coffee Company in Elizabethton, Tennessee for a quick lunch. 

This is a great place to enjoy a gourmet meal at a reasonable price.

                                                    The staff is friendly and helpful.

The menu includes a wide array of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, and, of course, coffee.

                               Yum!  Healthy, tasty, and you sure don't leave hungry!

There are desserts, as well, including scones. A German woman makes their scrumptious baked goods.

My brother, Nick and my mother, Jean joined us for a delicious meal, and fellowship.

              My mother celebrates her birthday July 9.  Happy birthday to Mama on Monday!

For more of their complete menu, products, services, etc., please check out their web site below:

F. Y. I.
The Coffee Company
Owners: John & Lisa Bunn
444 East Elk Avenue
Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643
(423) 542-3438
(800) 358-2709
Open : Monday-Saturday-7-5PM
Lunch: 11-3:00

Positive thought: Connect with loved ones this week somewhere special for a meal or other activity.
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky