Sunday, April 27, 2014

Happy Retales Helps Animals


Last weekend, Greg and I were visiting in the Brentwood, Tennessee area.  While there, we decided to stop by the Happy Retales store for the first time to buy cat food for our two cats, Kallie and Mitzi.  We try to shop locally all we can, and we found out that Happy Retales has organic, natural, and holistic foods which is just what we need for our cats, especially Mitzi who has severe food allergies.

We were really impressed with the store, because in addition to having a great selection of pet food, they also have many other things, as well.

For That Special Occasion

Clothing for Pets and Their People

Jewelry for Pets and Their People

They also have original artwork, pet beds, toys, etc.

Visitor Coco seemed to enjoy being there!

They even provide a grooming service for dogs.

Daisy just got groomed by grooming manager/groomer Trey Healy.

Best of all, one hundred percent of the profits goes to Middle Tennessee Animal Rescue.  Most of the people who work there are volunteers.

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."-Mahatma Gandhi

Any time we're in that area, we're going to shop there, because the prices are reasonable for the type of food that they sell, and we're helping out animals at the same time.  Besides, our cats love their new food and seem to be thriving on it.

You might want to stop by and check out this place for yourself.  Bet you and your pets will be glad you did!

Happy Retales
101 Creekside Crossing, Suite 700
Brentwood, TN 37027
Phone: 615-309-1835
General Manager: Kimberly Thompson

Funny Quote:  "Ever consider what pets must think of us?  I mean, here we come back from a grocery store with the most amazing haul-chicken, pork, half a cow.  They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth."
-Anne Tyler

Positive quote: "Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."-Anatole France
Thanks for visiting!  Until sometime Friday through Monday, Becky

Monday, April 21, 2014

A Busy Week!

This past week has been really busy, and it doesn't seem to be letting up!  I'm not unhappy about it; it's just that I'm running a little behind, like with this blog post!

I hope you all had a-

Here's a brief synopsis, in a few words and pictures, of what my past week (hectic, but fun!) was like-

I had a new Home Solutions job in a pretty rural area of Tennessee where there lived...

a llama!

Then came the weekend-

We visited a special place on Saturday which I'll feature next Sunday on a post.  (The above photo is just a preview.)

And, then, there was Easter-

We enjoyed a wonderful Easter dinner with some special relatives.  We had a great time visiting!

Greg was the first in line!

We went for a walk near their home after dinner.

We later decided to further enjoy nature in a pretty park.

Unfinished business:  On my March 30 blog post, entitled "Doing This Can Make Life More Positive," I asked readers if they could identify the tree in our new backyard that I had pictured on that post, and Mike and Betty from North Carolina said that they thought it was either a crab apple or cherry tree.  Thanks so much for sending us the helpful info.

Positive thought: "That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet." -Emily Dickenson

Sunday, April 13, 2014

An Appalachian Mountain Poem


I just ran across a lovely poem from the Appalachian Mountains, Big Stone Gap, Virginia, (where I used to live) to be exact.  It was written by a talented local poet, Bonnie Ball in 1935.  I decided to share a brief excerpt from the poem with you.  It is entitled "Rare Pleasures."

                   "Rare Pleasures"

Do you know where the violets grow?  I do!
I have gathered them fresh in the due
Over in Grandpa's meadow, white and blue...

Have you ever drunk from a mountain spring, 
From a cup made of leaves...or anything?
Have you heard the sound mountain waters sing? ...

Have you ever made a daisy chain? ...
Have you ever really roamed a country lane? ...

-Bonnie Ball from "Bonnie's Rhythmic Verse"

(There are so many talented people everywhere who can write, sing, act, do arts and crafts, etc. whose work goes virtually unrecognized.  Let's all try to support those locally who have gifts so that others can be made aware of their talents and abilities.  Maybe that talented person is you.  If so, remember-don't hide your light under a bushel.  Step out with your talents and share them!)

Positive thought:  "In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks." -John Muir
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky

Friday, April 4, 2014

A Picnic, in Early Spring?


And a special welcome to our newest Follower!

A few days ago, we had such a warm, pretty day where we live that we decided to go on an impromptu picnic, even though it is still early spring.  We went by one of our favorite local restaurants and got a carry-out which we took to one of our favorite local parks and had a picnic lunch.

After our picnic, Greg and I enjoyed exploring the park.

The flowers, flowering bushes, and trees were a profusion of loveliness.

The hyacinth is not just pretty; it also has a wonderful fragrance.

"(One of) the things that makes me happiest in the whole world (is) going on the occasional picnic."
-Kate Winslet

F.Y.I.: International Picnic Day in 2014 is Wednesday, June 18.

Positive thought:  For many of us, the best time of year is here for the next few months.  Looking forward to that!
Thanks for visiting!  Until next Sunday, Becky