change is in the air

September 26, 2020

picture(s) of the week

Yes, this week you will get more than one! So much is changing…I guess it goes with the territory, Holly’s World is going through some changes, the weather is changing as well! I will go through some of the changes at a later date, but nothing to worry about! Nothing major…
All the photos I’m sharing with you today were taken with my cell phone.

It only takes one person to change your life
~ you ~

we’ve got babies!

September 19, 2020

baby snakes, that is!

September 19, 2020

I didn’t think they would hatch, but I guess they did! LOL!!

September 19, 2020

I don’t know what prompted me to check on the eggs, but I’m glad I did! Snakes don’t really bother me, especially black snakes! I’ve had a couple get in the house, and all were put back outside, without being killed!

And then there’s this…

a baby mouse
taken September 25, 2020

He was stuck in the trash can, with bird seed for a couple of days before I scooped him out with a cup! I’d actually been hearing him making noise every once in a while, while sitting on the deck, for a couple of days. Usually at night, but I never checked, because I thought it was coming from under the deck. Didn’t want to look and see a skunk or snake… so, on the 25th I couldn’t sleep and while sitting outside on the deck I heard the noise again, and decided to check the bird seed container. Grabbing the flashlight, I took the lid off and there he was, staring up at me! I left him there ’til morning, when I could see better.

He had a whole lotta food to “survive” on, so it wasn’t like he was in any trouble. Last night (Friday night), I heard some noise again and checked the bird seed…no mouse! I’m going to have to get a metal trash can to put the bird seed in…right now it’s in a plastic one, with a piece of sheet metal wrapped around it. Squirrels, and mice as well, had managed to eat a hole through to get to the bird seed. Until now, the sheet metal had worked. I readjusted the metal so it’s more snug fitting.

“I may be small,
but I’ve got friends
that make me feel
ten feet tall.”
~ Mickey Mouse

Have you noticed my new profile pic? I’m sure you have!

taken September 25, 2020

Don’t get used to it!!

In all seriousness, I will take a new pic of myself every once in a while, so you can see what I actually see what I look like. I know it’s a good idea to snap a picture every once in a while, but I prefer to be behind the camera – not in front of it!

If you believe in yourself
Anything is possible

to see what photos/art I have available, click on any link below…

pixels
picfair (albums)
shutterstock (collections)
pinterest (Holly’s Photos)
my store (this is brand new on WordPress, so if there are any issues, please let me know)
free images (also on WordPress, in Holly’s World)

hope you have a great day!
thanks for stopping by!!

smile like a monkey with a new banana

(pinterest)

take care
stay safe
much love

one day, or day one…you decide

September 25, 2020

In ten short days, I have reached 1,607 followers. That’s up from 1,574 (+33) when I originally posted this! Amazing!! So…again, thank you! It boggles my mind!! Some things/thoughts have changed, but mostly I’ve added a shop to my site, where you can download a photo. I think I’ve worked out all the kinks… it’s inevitable that there will be a few when first starting.

The pool is cleaned out and closed for the winter…
Still need to drain the hot water tank, I will probably do this this weekend… be sure to look for that post (I will be taking pics)
As of right now I’ve got downloads available, which you can see a sampling of below.
I was hoping to provide different sizes, and I tried…boy did I try…but it looks like, right now, I can only offer you one size, small. When I upload a photo to my shop, it automatically resizes it to a small size. Which is fine.

below are new images I’ve added to my shop!

I won’t be doing this too often, but since this is all new…I’m having fun with it! Maybe once a week…I really don’t know. As of right now, the only payment option I have is paypal…oh, and before I forget, you can also support me by making a donation… the widget is in the right sidebar and had been updated from before. I’ve taken ads out…hopefully you don’t see any.

Below you will see the original post with updated numbers, if you so choose to read…or missed it…


originally posted September 15, 2020

TAKE TIME TO RECONNECT

my thoughts for today

black and white dragonfly
still my number one post, with 216 all time views
my home page/archives has over 4000 views, but…
that’s where you are right now.
So why would I count that?

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is black-and-white-dragonfly.jpg
available at Picfair
photo is linked to the original post
“In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.”
~ Aristotle

Not sure if you noticed, but on my site I have a new widget…Holly’s Images. These images will – eventually – be available for downloads and possibly even prints, through my site. Meaning, you don’t or won’t have to click out. This will be another option, so to speak. I pretty much just wanted to see what it looks like, for now.

But before I can do anything, I need to upgrade my site. Right now, I’m in the premium plan which doesn’t allow me to sell and has a very small photo/media library. I’d like to do more, without worrying how much space I have. I can collect payments, but not sell anything with the plan I’m in. It’s not that much more to take the next step, but I just need to make sure that it’s something I should do, if I can afford it…and, it looks like I’ll only be able to sell in the United States. But, taking the next step should pay for itself, I hope. But I’m not here to talk about money…

If I move up two steps, I’ll be able to sell all over the world. I think what I’m going to do is step up in baby steps. I’m sure it will be worth it to take this next step. I just wish that my selling capabilities weren’t limited to US only. Is paypal the same way? Just a thought that crossed my mind…

One step at a time…right?

I’ll be starting with downloads…small, medium and large, with prices set accordingly. One thing I did notice with the next “plan” is that I’ll have much more storage space. Eventually, I think I will make prints available…postcards, greeting cards, or just regular 8×10 prints (or smaller). But that is going to have to wait, the printing anyway. Making downloads available is easy…the printing part, not so much. At least that’s my thought…

Do I print myself?
If I do my own printing
How do I handle shipping?
I’ve never printed a bad photo
nor would I sell one that isn’t good
so that’s not an issue

Of course, there’s always the option of contacting me to get info, if you so choose.

“nature does nothing uselessly”
~ Aristotle

available at Pixels

Thank You!

I also wanted to take this time to thank you! I wouldn’t be able to do this without you! So, as a thank you, here are some images (below)…free! If you’d like to use one, or two…or what ever. Just right click on the photo, and click on copy image. (I’ll have to check and make sure, and edit if I need to. . . it looks like this does work – copy/paste – but you can only paste into wordpress. If you know a way…)

more images available – for free – at free images
The link above will take you to my page, free images. Which I need to update!

Anyway, there are nearly 1,600 of you following me! 1,574 to be exact. I’ve really been meaning to do this for a while, but things have been moving so fast…I can barely keep track.

by the numbers…

wordpress: 611/620 (+9)
twitter: 906/936 (+30)
face book: 53
email: 4
*I know these numbers don’t add up, 1613 should be the number, as opposed to 1,607.
So maybe my counter is off a little…?

I’m not going to get into where you all come from, that would take me forever! But I know Holly’s World has been seen all over the world. Which was my intended goal…I couldn’t just limit myself to the US, or just English speaking countries or places.

That would be so unfair
To keep you from seeing what I am up to!

hmm…what else is there to share? Things are pretty quiet here at the moment…I need to do a final cleaning of my pool and close it down, so if anyone wants to come over and help…just kidding! I also need to drain the hot water tank. This is to get rid of the sludge in the bottom, and helps to keep the tank running efficiently, longer. It’s not going to be loo long before I need to replace it, it’s getting to be about that time. But for now, draining it will do.

That’s about all I can think of at the moment. Besides, I think I’ve rambled on enough…

hope you have a great day!
thanks for stopping by!!

Have the confidence of a naked toddler
wearing a t-shirt on his head.

take care
stay safe
much love

softness is not weakness

September 25, 2020

picture of the day

delicate purple
taken September 9, 2020
f-stop: f/9; exposure time: 1/400; ISO 2000
focal length 55mm
available at Picfair

“Beautiful. Crushingly so.
You look like the rest of my life.”
~ Beau Taplin

to see what photos/art I have available, click on any link below…

pixels
picfair (flowers)
shutterstock (floral)
pinterest (Holly’s Photos)
my store

hope you have a great day!
thanks for stopping by!!

79 Funny Quotes And Sayings Youre Going To Love 41
(pinterest)

“Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it
not as a reflection of their character
but as a reflection of yours.”
~ Dave Willis

take care
stay safe
much love
keep believing!

up and running, short and sweet

September 24, 2020

Just wanted to let you know that my “store” on Holly’s World is up and running. I’m not sure exactly how it works, so if you have any issues, let me know.

These images, below, are what I have available so far. Not much, I know, but it’s a start.

These are in addition to what I have available at my other shops. As far as I can tell, I can sell all over the world, so buying options aren’t limited to the U.S. like I originally thought. Eventually, I hope to have prints available as well. We’ll see how everything goes!

I can’t think of anything else to tell or share with you, so I will say adieu.

hope you have a great day!
thanks for stopping by!!

Nothing’s really going to change
just a little something more!

take care
stay safe
much love

to places unknown

September 24, 2020

picture of the day

more nonsense
available at Pixels

lets go somewhere
where the stars kiss the ocean
mountains long for the clouds
where rivers sing soothing songs

~ HCMorris ~

to see what photos/art I have available, click on any link below…

pixels
picfair (abstract)
shutterstock (abstract)
pinterest (Holly’s Photos)

hope you have a great day!
thanks for stopping by!!

(pinterest)

take care
stay safe
much love

are you ready for winter?

September 23, 2020

my thoughts for today
all images – new and old – were taken with my cell phone

Winter, in my opinion, is approaching way too fast! I’ve already had to light a fire twice this week! Not cool!! Or maybe it is…LOL.

taken September 19, 2020

There was a time, when I was younger, that we would get our first frost of the season around the same time as the county fair – in early September. But that was many moons, years, ago. Of course, this week we’ve also had frost advisories…and my house plants are still outside!! I’m slowly bringing them inside! In case I haven’t told you, I have well over 50 house plants. Yeah…sigh! I blame it on my mom 🙂 I have a really hard time killing house plants, although I have killed a few – I used to have somewhere around 80. It’s usually the ones that are the hardest to kill that I do end up killing…aloe and African Violets. Don’t ask me!!

taken September 19, 2020

Cold and snowy in the north.
Drought in the west.
And everything crazy in between!
Which side are you on?”
~ Farmers Almanac

all of the following info comes from http://www.farmersalmanac.com/extended-forecast

  • winter is in 88 days, 18 hours, 17 minutes, 30 sec (at the time of writing this post)
  • the Mid-Atlantic (that’s me) and Northeast could get a blizzard the second week of February, 1-2 feet of snow from Washington, D.C. to Boston, Maine
  • the great lakes region will get its fair share of snow, but expect normal to above normal snow in the Dakotas, “northern portions of Colorado and Utah, as well as Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and central and eastern sections of Washington and Oregon.”
  • it’s going to be colder than last year
  • the eastern half of the U.S. could get clobbered with a late season snow storm, with snow from the central states to New England, rain in the south
  • Arizona and Southern California will experience a dry and mild winter
  • the wild card…. the region of Tennessee and Ohio River Valleys, north and east through New England, the Almanac is predicting an intense weather pattern; storms will be active, with rain (wintry mix), snow, and ice throughout the winter season
US Farmers Almanac Winter Outlook 2020 - 2021
Farmers’ Almanac

what makes a blizzard? (noun) a severe snowstorm with high winds and low visibility (online dictionary)

So I guess I need to get busy winterizing my house, bringing plants in and gathering up firewood… with the way this year is going, I wouldn’t be surprised if old man winter came knocking at my door tomorrow! Although the trees haven’t lost their leaves yet, so there is that! (Just a few years ago we had snow on Halloween, kids were out Trick-or-Treating with winter coats over their costumes!)

…the rest of the post is a repost from last year…


2019 First Snow

originally posted Dec 11, 2019

Just wanted to share this!

It snowed last night!! Not as much as they said we would get, but enough to make things pretty!

Dec 2019 snow

It’s supposed to get windy later so taking photos is gonna be hard!

Dec 2019 snow

And it is cold! 33F (.55C) degrees but with the wind-chill… It’s cold!

I’ll be heading back out in a little bit with my Canon and I’ll be posting my normal am posts here in a few (I only woke up about 20 minutes ago).

See you then!

hope you have a great day!
thanks for stopping by!!

A Wintry Night

The sky is dark and the ground is white
The world is peaceful an this wintry night
No one around, not a sound to be heard
Not a laugh, not a car, not even a bird
For a moment, it’s just the snow and me
I smile inside
I feel so free
~ Lyndsey Kuster

(pinterest)

take care
stay safe
much love

trust your madness

September 23, 2020

picture of the day

a wasp
taken September 29, 2019
f-stop: f/5.6; exposure time: 1/2000sec; ISO 800
focal length 55mm
CANON EOS Rebel T6
available at Picfair

“Sometimes
the only way to stay sane
is to go a little crazy.”

~ unknown

to see what photos/art I have available, click on any link below…

pixels
picfair (bugs 2)
shutterstock (bugs, spiders, and butterflies)
pinterest (Holly’s Photos)
free images

hope you have a great day!
thanks for stopping by!!

Bountiful Heirlooms: Free Printables: Bee and Beekeeping Tags
(pinterest)

The hum of the bees
is the voice of the garden

take care
stay safe
much love