Friday, August 24, 2012

Appalachia the Beautiful


The beauty of the region which will always remain close to my heart.  Appalachia is to me as Tara was to Scarlett O'Hara in the epic movie and book, Gone with the Wind.

All four seasons are truly beautiful in Appalachia.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
"All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within."
-Horace Friess

Positive thought:  "Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky

Sunday, August 19, 2012



This past week was Greg's special time in our family as it was Greg's birthday!  It wasn't just one day, it was actually several days:

-With a celebration with family one day, eating out, cake and gifts...

-Greg and I ate out another night at Betty's Parkway Restaurant (which one of Greg's co-workers had told him about) on his real birthday, complete with a free dessert!

                            Our waitress even brought an extra spoon.  Great staff!

-Another co-worker had his wife bake Greg a birthday cake which he brought to Greg at work. 

(What a great bunch of guys!)

-Others sent Greg cards or e-mailed their birthday wishes.

Find occasions to celebrate your happiness.  There is more to celebrate than birthdays.

"...make every day a holiday and celebrate just living."
-Amanda Bradley

"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."
-Oprah Winfrey

Betty's Parkway Restaurant
912 Riverside Drive
Columbia, Tennessee
(931) 388-5578
Voted best steak and best burgers by Maury County citizens.

Positive thought of the week and beyond: Celebrate life!
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky

Friday, August 10, 2012

What Has Helped Me Be More Positive


I hate to start out this positive blog post negatively, but it seems as though we're surrounded by negativity these days, especially from television!  Greg and I went a few months with no TV (Please see the January 20, 2012 blog post, "Life Without TV."), but we decided to add it back on a limited basis, because there were a few shows that were, in our opinion, worthwhile.  However, since we got used to doing without it, most days we don't even bother to turn it on.  We believe that life is just too short to waste it in front of the TV, especially since much of it, unfortunately, has become such a cesspool!

                                                 This is definitely not a cesspool!

So, I try, as much as possible to stay away from anything negative.  (Eliminate the negative, accentuate the positive.)

On the positive side, I say affirmations daily, such as, "I am special," "I am positive," etc. 

Also, every day, I enjoy looking on YouTube and other similar web sites for things that are positive, inspiring, and uplifting such as affirmations, "the truth vibrations," etc. and videos that are funny and/or cute.

Being out in nature on a beautiful day puts me into a positive state of mind.

Colorful crepe myrtles are now in bloom here in Tennessee.

Positive thought: Look for the positive; magnetize the positive.
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Childhood, Revisited


                                     Greg and me, around the time of our engagement.

Sometimes, we get so caught up in the seriousness of being adults that we forget to enjoy life and have fun.

Occasionally, it's good to reminisce about the happy days of our childhood.  To help refresh our memories, it might be helpful to look through some old photos.

What was fun and enjoyable during those times?  (Nobody's childhood was perfect, but we all have things that we used to love doing.)  It's not that we want to be children again, it's just that if we could only recapture what gave us joy, maybe we could use some of that to enrich our present lives.

Did you really enjoy painting or drawing as a child, but that activity got pushed aside as you got older?  Why not try your hand at it again?  It could make a positive difference in your life.

It doesn't even have to be anything big.  For instance, just recently, I rediscovered puzzles.  Every day now, I look forward to doing a right-brained type of puzzle like what's-the-difference-between-these-two-pictures puzzles.

Greg and I recently enjoyed going to a county fair, something we both loved doing as children.  (We were there as part of our 29th wedding anniversary celebration.)

More pix of the fair:

Positive thoughts:
"If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older." (Tom Stoppard)
"It's never too late to have a happy childhood." (Berke Breathed)
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky