Thursday, October 7, 2021

Living Positively


Living positively can be a challenge anytime, but especially in today's unsettled world. It can be done, however.

In this blog post, I'll tell you some things that have helped me in my positive-living journey. Some of these guidelines might even help you!

First of all, I always try to be true to myself. For example, if I feel that a certain fashion trend is not for me, I just don't buy the trendy items. Also, Greg and I are very low-tech. We don't go for the latest technical gadgets. We actually still read real books. We have decided to do what's best for us. Doing this has made us feel happier and more in control of our lives.

-"To thine own self be true."-Shakespeare

Nothing in nature is perfect, but everything is still beautiful. In the same way, you don't have to be perfect to be a beautiful person.

Express yourself! Be creative!

Have a hobby. Do something you'd really enjoy!

Celebrate! (Often!)

Enjoy yourself, wherever you are...

in your own back yard or...

on an adventure!

Pal's in Abingdon, Virginia always has the right idea!-

Surround yourself with happy memories.

Greg and I, with the help of a friend, turned our old unfinished storage room into a finished room, complete with some of the mementos (photos, souvenirs, etc.) that we'd kept from our childhood and beyond. We're still adding things from our recent trips, special occasions, etc. I love this room. When I walk into it, I feel like I'm getting a warm hug.

You don't need to fix a whole room like we did, but keeping things around that make you feel happier can be a good thing!

Always make it a point to only hang out with with others that are kind, supportive, and respectful.

It's nice to have someone special to love, whether it's a person or...

a pet.

We recently made a new friend, this super-cute dog that we met on one of our walks through town.

We try to eat healthy food, even when we eat out.

This parfait may look unhealthy, but it's actually made with pumpkin, yogurt, and honey, and is really quite good. (Also, don't be afraid of doing something new, like making this parfait! You might even start to feel like you're a gourmet chef!)

Every once in a while, though, have a special, decadent treat-

(It's the yin/yang theory [you know, balance] that a massage therapist once told me about. That's one great theory!)

Like at-

Blue Hills Natural Food Market in Abingdon, Virginia and...

Natural Foods Market in Johnson City, Tennessee

These health food stores have good quality items, and the clerks are knowledgeable and helpful. Also, we try to shop at places that share our values.

Happy Halloween!

Positive thought: "Be spiritual. I've found that things go much smoother, life is much easier when you are!"-Becky Arnott

Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, November 7, 2021, Becky

Sunday, September 5, 2021

Grounding- Positively Life-changing!


And happy fall y'all! (Wednesday, September 22, 2021!)

I feel like today's blog post is one of my most important ones ever, and I hope you learn something helpful. Enjoy!

Not long ago, I was talking with relatives, and they were all telling about doing yardwork and gardening, and I told them that I didn't do that type of thing, that Greg handled all of that. I said that I was more of an indoor girl than an outdoor girl (except for an occasional walk in the park or for a picnic now and then).

Little did I know that in a few short weeks, I would change my tune after I discovered- grounding (earthing)!*

While searching online one day, I accidentally found out about the Schumann resonance which is 7.83 Hz, the frequency of Mother Earth. When we get in touch with that frequency, we can hopefully be healed. It is a good EMF energy that can be healing physically, mentally, and emotionally!

The concept was so interesting that I did further research, and I found a website, Intuition-Physician, that seemed to explain it all simply and convincingly. Dr. Laura Koniver's website has a ton of information about grounding, and I am still learning a lot when I have the time to study it.

With my newfound knowledge, I started grounding right away. It's easy to begin since all you have to do is to put your bare feet on the bare ground...

or in the grass to get the healing energy of the earth.

You can make grounding a very special time... 

like eating barefoot at a table for one or two. (Greg grounds regularly now, too.)

You can also ground on...


or while...

gardening. (Yes, I even help Greg some in the garden now. It's a win-win situation for both of us!)

You can engage in different activities like-

taking pictures while grounding.

Want some proof of what grounding can do?

In the photo above, the flowers in the foreground are planted in the earth, and they are vibrant and full of beautiful blooms. However, the flowers in the background are planted in a plastic container and are not touching the ground. They are not doing as well as the ones in the foreground.

More proof of the importance of grounding- Grounding is supposed to heal inflammation which is something many of us have. I have an inflammatory autoimmune condition for which I have had to take a medicine with many side effects for a couple of years. Since I've been grounding, however. my inflammation levels have come down, so much so that I should be off of my medicine soon! Also, I'm now sleeping a lot better now!

All of this grounding in the grass, etc. in the summer is pretty simple, but what about grounding during the other seasons? Are you sensitive to EMF's? How do you shield from harmful EMF's? How do you safely keep bugs away while grounding?

For answers to these questions, and to learn a lot more, check out Dr. Laura Koniver's website, and get her book, "The Earth Prescription." Bet you'll be glad you did!

Please support small business!

Pet feature:

For indoor grounding, we bought a grounding mat from Dr. Koniver's website.

Grounding mats are not just for people. Pets can use them, too. Indoor pets need indoor grounding since they don't get to touch the earth like outdoor ones do.

Mitzi loves the new grounding mat...

and so does Kallie!

You can actually feel the energy coming from this mat!

In my opinion, if everyone just grounded, the world and the people in it would be in a lot better shape!

Is grounding a missing secret?

*Disclaimer: Just because Greg and I have had good results with grounding doesn't mean it will necessarily work for or be right for everyone.

Special note: Happy birthday to my brother, Nick, on September 6!

Positive thought: "Radiate positivity!" (From a car sticker) You might even attract more positive things into your life as you send out the positive vibes you feel from being grounded!

Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, October 3, 2021, Becky

Sunday, August 1, 2021



We all know we can have fun at home, but since this is such a beautiful time of year, why not go out somewhere and have fun!

That's just what Greg and I have been doing these last few months, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air and going places and doing things, as have many other people.

"Never underestimate the importance of having fun." -Randy Pausch

We have been having picnics-

like at Veterans Memorial Park in Abingdon, Virginia.

We've visited interesting places like- 

 historic 150-year-old White's Mill which is near Abingdon.

They have a great gift shop with crafts, souvenirs, jams, etc.

We really enjoyed the recent-

in Abingdon which is an annual event.

There are arts and crafts and all types of unusual things at the festival.

There was a lot of food, like delicious hand-packed ice cream which is a cooling treat on a warm day.

And, I pulled out my old-

Fun Fest tee shirt to more fully to enjoy Fun Fest!

Fun Fest in Kingsport, Tennessee is a really popular event. It features hot air balloons, an outdoor food court, races, live music, as well as other fun things to do.

Some people bring their own seats so they can be more comfortable eating the great local food.

Bet this cute dog hopes he'll get some of this yummy food, too!

The person who painted the barrel above has an inspiring message.

"We didn't realize we were making memories. We just knew we were having fun." -Winnie the Pooh

Remember to make every day of the week a fun-day no matter what the season!

Featured Business-

The Arts Depot in Abingdon

It was wonderful to visit The Arts Depot and see artists creating their pieces of art. One man was painting portraits and others were painting landscapes and still lifes. There were also collages and mosaics. There was something for everyone. Most things were for sale, and others were just on display, like the unique guitar with its front covered in pieces of mosaic. 

Also, they have classes, galleries, and consignment space.

If you enjoy art, you would love this place.

Please remember:

Especially small business!

Positive thought: "Today is waiting for you. Enjoy!" -"Woman's World"
Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, September 5, 2021, Becky



Sunday, July 4, 2021

The Fourth of July


Today, I have a patriotic post for a patriotic day, the Fourth of July, a very important day in the history of our great country, the United States of America!

Through words and pictures, I'd like to help celebrate the liberty, the freedom that we now have for which our forefathers so bravely fought.

Just a few days ago, I came across this post card (below) when I was looking through some old photographs that had belonged to Greg's parents. The post card depicts the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is from a painting by the artist John Trumbull. (This post card is now proudly displayed in our new memorabilia room since freedom means so much to us.)

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." -From "The Declaration of Independence" (1776)

Some patriots, including Greg's fourth great-grandfather, John Arnot, are honored on this stone in Bent Creek Cemetery in Whitesburg, Tennessee because they fought in the Revolutionary War. (Please see my related "The Art of Positive Living" blog post, "Honoring a Patriot," on 6/6/21 for more about John Arnot.)

"I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!' -Patrick Henry

Local patriots proudly show their true patriotic colors-

"My patriotic heart beats red, white, and blue." -Anonymous

"Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit." -Ronald Reagan

"And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free, and I won't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me....God bless the U. S. A." -Lee Greenwood

(For real inspiration, check out the Lee Greenwood "God Bless the U. S. A." videos on Youtube.)

"From every mountainside, let freedom ring." -Martin Luther King, Jr.

"From the mountains to the prairies to the oceans white with foam, God bless America, my home sweet home." -Irving Berlin

"And the rocket's red glare, the bomb bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there, O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave, O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?" -Francis Scott Key (from "The Star-Spangled Banner," the United States national anthem)

Small Business Feature:

At the Wayne Scott Strawberry Festival in Unicoi, Tennessee in May, I met an artist who owns a small business, Old House Art. Her abstract pieces are really pretty, colorful. She not only paints pictures, but she makes jewelry, as well.

I loved her earrings so much, that I bought a pair. They were reasonably priced, too!

"I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true." -Wendell Willkie

I'm remembering my parents on their wedding anniversary. They married on the Fourth of July. That day was, of course, extra special for them. And, they were extra special, too.

I've been featuring cats quite a bit lately, so I decided that it was time to feature a dog on this blog post. It's only fair to the dogs and for those who love them!

Dog Feature:

Here's a rescue dog that was at the Unicoi Strawberry Festival that was hoping to be adopted. Bet someone picked up this little guy pretty quickly! What a cutie!


Did you know that there's another special day in July that is not that well-known? It's "National Ice Cream Day" which is the third Sunday in July. This year it's on July 18. Hope to see you at the ice cream parlor!

Oh, and have a Happy Fourth of July!

Positive thought: "Remember: light overcomes the darkness, good overcomes evil, love overcomes hate, and positive overcomes the negative, always."-Becky Arnott

Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, August 1, 2021, Becky