Saturday, May 28, 2016

A Fun Overnight Trip

Last week, Greg and I had an enjoyable, fun, overnight trip to a place that's only a few hours from where we live, a place that neither of us had ever before visited, Lookout Mountain. On this trip, we got to visit not only another part of Tennessee, but Georgia, as well, since Lookout Mountain is located in both Tennessee and Georgia.

When we first arrived, late in the day, we briefly visited Point Park in Tennessee which was a battlefield during the Civil War. The park is dedicated to the soldiers of both the North and the South.

It's a beautiful, picturesque park.

It has a great view of Chattanooga.

It's a nice place to walk while enjoying the view.

After we toured the park, we went to the nearby Cafe on the Corner, also in Tennessee, for our supper.

The food was wonderful! It's Southern cooking "with a little flair."

 Pictured above, "Fried Green Tomato BLT'


Finally, we got to our wonderful B&B, which was also nearby, in Lookout Mountain, Georgia.

It was charming and romantic...

The Garden Walk Bed and Breakfast Inn 

It had a beautiful garden, flowers everywhere.

We loved our pretty little bungalow, "Lavender and Lace." 

It was charmingly decorated.

After a peaceful night's sleep, we went to breakfast... 

in the dining room.

The food was superb!

Important Note: This is only part of where we went and what we did. Please come back next weekend for part two of our fun overnight trip!

(To be continued!)

Have a great (and fun!) rest of the Memorial Day weekend!

Positive thought: "Fun is good."-Dr. Seuss
Thanks for visiting! Until next weekend, Becky

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Local Parks


I recently mentioned on a blog post that I'd write about one Tennessee park every month. This month, this post is about one of our local parks here in Tennessee.

We are blessed with several local parks here in Columbia. One of our favorites is Riverwalk Park.

A few days ago, after I had finished up some business in town, on a whim, I decided to stop by Riverwalk Park since it was such a beautiful day.

This wonderful park has something for everyone-

A nice picnic area-

Plenty of  walkways-

Areas for games like basketball-


Places to rest and just contemplate nature-

A shelter for the farmers' market-

Beauty everywhere-

I'm so glad I stopped by this park a few days ago because I felt so refreshed after having spent some time there.

Why not visit your local park soon? You don't need a special occasion to enjoy the wonders of nature that await you.

Positive thought: "Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life."-Rachel Carson
Thanks for visiting! Until next weekend, Becky

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Mothers Are Special


Mother's Day is a special day to celebrate a very special person in each of our lives, our mother!

"We know moms are special. Mother's Day is celebrated in different countries and cultures to honor the selflessness and love of mothers since 1900s. The American incarnation of Mother's Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908...."

The traditional Mother's Day flower is the pink carnation to honor mothers who are living, and a white carnation represents mothers who have passed away. (I can still remember going to church on Mother's Day when I was little, all dressed up in my Sunday best including my hat and white gloves, and a pretty little corsage with a pink flower.)

A gift of flowers for Mother's Day can be any colorful bouquet of flowers, including spring flowers like daffodils which represent joy and happiness.

Some special Mother's Day quotes:

"God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers."
-Jewish Proverb

"All mothers are working mothers."
-Author Unknown

"A man's work is from sun to sun, but a mother's work is never done."
-Author Unknown

"A  mother who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie."
-Tenneva Jordan

Humorous quote:

"Insanity is hereditary. You can get it from your children."
-Sam Levenson

A wonderful website for all things Mother's Day is:

Here is an excerpt from that site:

                     "A Mother"
"When you're a child she walks before you,
To set an example.
When you're a teenager she walks behind you,
To be there should you need her.
When you're an adult she walks beside you
So that as two friends you can enjoy life
-Author Unknown

The site also has Mother's Day gifts, recipes, games, crafts, articles, etc.

Greg and I wish all mothers everywhere a wonderful Mother's Day, with a special Mother's Day wish to our own special mothers and grandmothers who are in spirit.

"Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart."
-Author Unknown

Positive Thought: "Mom, when thoughts of you are in our hearts, we are never far from home."-Author Unknown
Thanks for visiting! Until next Sunday or Monday, Becky

Monday, May 2, 2016

Lessons from the Internet


Isn't the Internet amazing? You can find out almost anything you need to know on the Internet from how to spell certain words, (I use that a lot!) to how to make your own hand cream, to finding out why "Finding Bigfoot" is not on at its scheduled time. It's a big world out there, and the Internet seems to have it covered!

It's truly a great tool to use, when it's working!

The past couple of weeks, ours has been working, when it feels like it!

Our service provider technicians have already been here once, and they gave us a new modem, and said all was well. All was well, for a while! Then, it started acting up again. More technicians are on the way. (Fingers crossed!)

Anyway, I decided to make the best of things, whether it was working or not working. I finally concluded that I needed to be reminded of important life lessons from this lack-of-Internet experience.

First of all (I feel a little bit like Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" when, at the end of the movie, she tells her family what she lessons she learned from her adventure in Oz.)...

-Learn to make the best of whatever curve balls life throws at you . Nothing is perfect. Learn to "go with the flow." Learn to be more flexible.
-Learn to appreciate the things you have instead of taking things for granted.
-"Moderation in all things"-I decided that I was spending way too much time on the Internet, and this was a wake-up call.  Not only did I use it for researching, but for my business, for emailing, for entertainment, etc. We hardly ever watch TV, but the Internet was another story for me!
-During those times when the Internet was down, I caught up on a lot of other things I'd been neglecting. I decided I'd never again let the Internet control my life the way it had been.
-Technology is great in its place, but it's only one facet of life.

It is a big wonderful world out there! Let's all enjoy it now while we can!

Positive thought:
"Life is like a camera:
focus on what's important
capture the good times
& develop from the negatives."
-Author Unknown
Thanks for visiting! Until next Monday, Becky