Sunday, May 5, 2019

A Fun Afternoon in Franklin, Tennessee

Merridee's Breadbasket Welcome Sign

Greg and I recently spent an enjoyable, fun afternoon in Franklin, Tennessee.

Our first stop was lunch at Merridee's Breadbasket in Franklin. (I have a confession to make-This is my very favorite place to eat in this whole area. You ought to try it and see for yourself.)

The food is fantastic, the people who work there are super nice, and Merridee's has a great atmosphere.

They make their own bakery goods.

After lunch, we walked around town to take in the sights.

The downtown shops are beautiful.

Here's a peek inside of one of them.

Kilwins has all kinds of goodies, and they must be doing something right as they have been in business since 1947!

Here's some of their wonderful fudge which Rose who works there explained to us.

Historic Franklin is, well, historic!

And, here's (above) some of the proof.

And, it's entertaining!

After all of this walking and visiting shops, we decided to stop by one of Greg's favorite places, Starbucks. 

We'd never before been to this particular one, and it was even more special since it was housed in this awesome old building.

It was a nice day so we decided to have our refreshments outside. We asked a passerby to take our picture, and she turned out to be a fellow artist! Small world!

Her name is Jennie Schut, and according to her business card, she is a "Creator, Retreat Leader, Artist, Author." She is a very talented artist. Check out her two websites.


Positive thought: "Have fun, because that's what life is all about."-Ryan Lochte
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, June 2, 2019, Becky

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Drug Stores Past and Present Including One That Became a Restaurant

This blog post is a very special one for me because it's about a drug store that became a restaurant. I'm talking about Swaney Swift's on the Square in Gallatin, Tennessee.

You see, my parents used to own a drug store when I was growing up in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. It was called-

Here's the interior of Swaney Swift's-

as compared to the Botts Drug and Variety Store one in Big Stone-

Shirley used to work at the drug store for my parents.

Greg and I really enjoyed our little trip to Gallatin which we'd never before visited. Swaney Swift's used to be an old drug store, but just recently it became a restaurant.

The restaurant is decorated in a drug store motif.

We had a delicious meal there, served by our waitress, Lexie. I had a yummy raspberry grilled cheese sandwich, and for dessert-

what else would be more appropriate in a drug store turned restaurant than a milkshake!

Was it good? Here's the answer! "Good to the last drop," just like that popular coffee that's been around for a while. 

And, this old milk shake machine brought back more fond memories of my parents' old drug store.

This experience was like a walk down memory lane for me. It was one I'll always treasure.

Just go to Swaney Swift's if you'd like to make your own fond memories.

Swaney Swift's

Positive thought: "Life is a collection of moments."-Pinterest
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, May 5, 2019, Becky

Sunday, March 3, 2019

A Celebration in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee


In February, Greg and I met some family members in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee to celebrate Cousin Bruce's birthday, as well as mine. It was a fun time for us all to get together. And who wouldn't have fun in Pigeon Forge!

We met at The Pottery House Cafe and Grille which is a wonderful place to eat. In fact, it's the number two restaurant out of 109 in Pigeon Forge according to TripAdvsor! And, it's reasonably priced!

The food was great! It was served on pottery dishes.

From The Pottery House Website

After the main meal, we all indulged in what else, birthday cake! They let you BYOC (bring your own cake) to celebrate birthdays.

Cutting the Cake

Gifts were opened-

Pictures were taken-

And, a good time was had by all!


Positive thought: "Time spent with family is worth every second."
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, April 7, 2019, Becky

Sunday, February 3, 2019

A Special Day in Bell Buckle, Tennessee

Yesterday, Greg and I visited one of our favorite places, Bell Buckle, Tennessee. We were celebrating a special day for us. It was my first big outing since I'd been sick. I've been slowly recovering from a rare serious illness the past few weeks. We decided to celebrate Valentine's Day early since the town was already dressed in its valentine finery.

First of all, we had a delicious lunch at the Bell Buckle Cafe. The quality and quantity of the food is amazing. No wonder the cafe is always so busy.

After our meal, including dessert, of course...

Oatmeal Cake (Yum!)

we looked around at all of the interesting little shops and other curiosities.

It was a beautiful, warm day for the first of February so you didn't even need to wear a jacket.

We even worked in ice cream for a snack from the "Bluebird Antiques & Ice Cream Parlor" on February 2, Groundhog Day, 2019.

The groundhog surely saw his shadow in this area, but we didn't care since we were there just to enjoy this day.

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."-Charles M. Schultz

Yes, this was Greg's and my special day that we thoroughly enjoyed, and I want to thank Greg for all of his help and support during my difficult time. Greg, I love and cherish you, my best friend and soulmate. (Also, I really appreciate others who have shown their love and support.)

"The best thing about my life will always be that you are in it."

Positive thought: "You don't have to wait until Valentine's Day to show how much they mean to you."
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, March 3, 2019, Becky

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Next "The Art of Positive Living" Blog Post


I have been seriously ill the past few weeks and was unable to write my monthly blog post. I'm still recuperating, but plan to publish my next post late in the day on Sunday, February 3.

Thanks so much for your understanding.

Positive thought: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."-Philippians 4:13
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, February 3, 2019, Becky