Monday, December 6, 2021

Thanks for the "Positive" Memories!


My new book, "Down Memory Lane"* was recently published by "Hoot Books Publishing." It is "A Nostalgic Memoir of Life in the Southern Appalachians." It is my memoir about growing up and growing older in the beautiful mountains of Virginia and Tennessee. In this book, I don't dwell on the negative aspects of my life, but, instead, I emphasize the positive aspects.

In this blog post, as an exclusive for my blog readers, I'm showing some of the photographs that pertain to what is written in my book.

My mother and father, Jean and Bill Botts, owned a drugstore in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and here is a picture of their soda fountain-

which is something that you hardly see anymore.

Next is a photograph of my mother with my brother, Nick,

outside at the Botts building which was across the street from the Trail Theater that showed movies.

Here is a photo of my grandparents whom we all called Mema and Giggy. They got these nicknames because when I was learning to talk, I couldn't say grandmother and grandfather.

They are sitting in a landscaped area behind the Botts building. As they got older, they lived in an apartment upstairs in the building. Giggy had his doctor's office downstairs.

This is our old house in Big Stone Gap when I was growing up-

In this photo, I am in front of our Christmas tree one Christmas morning-

Next, is a picture of my brother and me, all grown up, with Mama and Daddy in that same living room several years later-

My father painted the portrait on the wall.

As a teenager and a young adult, I, along with my family, took part in the official outdoor drama of Virginia, "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine."

This is a souvenir program for the drama.

A few years after I was in the drama, I was lucky to have met my soulmate, Greg Arnott, and only after five months, we decided to get married.

We announced our engagement at a big cookout at my parents'.

What a great turnout of family and friends!

We had a beautiful wedding ceremony inside my parents' house, and we had some of the wedding pictures taken out in the back yard. A cousin took a really nice photo that my mother turned into a beautiful painting of Greg and me-

which hangs in the bedroom of our house.

(In a couple of months, I plan to write a blog post about our family of artists.)

Greg and I love being together and doing things together. We especially enjoy traveling to new places, both far and near like...

Graceland in West Tennessee, and-

Hungry Mother Park in Southwest Virginia.

Our "children" have fur-

Mitzi and Kallie are Our Indoor Cats.

And, Kit-Cat, our newest baby,

Is Our Outdoor Cat.

Greg and I have had so many wonderful memories in our lives that we decided to work on our unfinished spare room in our new house in Virginia,

and to turn it into our memorabilia room-

 Everyone should have in a space in their house to keep and even display their treasures, things that bring back positive memories. You don't even need a whole room; you could just have a shelf or even a drawer for your memorabilia.

Greg and I feel so blessed; we are so thankful for all of our positive memories. We all have them; we just need to look for them, and to accentuate the positive!

Love, Greg & Becky

Positive thought: 

Great Advice!

Thanks for visiting! Until Sunday, January 2, 2022, Becky

*To buy "Down Memory Lane" by Becky Arnott, which is available in both Kindle eBook and paperback formats, just click the widget above. Thank you!