finding calm in the chaos

January 5, 2020

~ this is a rather long read, for me, just to forewarn you; at this point it’s 972 words, but I think it’s a pretty easy read…

My thoughts for today

I was going to take the time and show you some of the first photos I took this year, but, as I knew would probably happen, I got to working on one photo and that was the end of the story. I only allowed myself an hour to work… The one below, turned into a project in and of itself. I knew when I took the photo, I could play with it, but I didn’t think it would turn out the way it did. Not really…


The original photo was taken January 1, 2021, with my LG cell phone camera. We had an ice storm, and of course, I had to go out and take photos.

Looking at the original photo above, I see what looks like could be the sun peeking out from behind dark clouds, or maybe an opening into another galaxy…what do you see?

Anyway, it’s no surprise that while playing with this photo, I came up with the images I did…


pathway into the chaos


you must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star

~ unknown

a dancing star


All of the photos will eventually be available somewhere…when this happens, I will let you know. If you follow me on twitter, they automatically show up there. There may be more, as I’ve got 5 more variations of the “birth” photos to work on. The photo directly above is a “transformation” or crop of the “chaos” photo that I had put through the polar coordinates filter in PhotoShop.

finding calm in the chaos

I know I said I was going to do an over view of the last year, and I haven’t forgotten. I’m trying ever so hard to keep in the present, so looking back at the past isn’t conducive for me at the moment. There have been some really trying times in the past year, I know I’m not the only one.

So, instead I’m going to provide links to some of my most popular posts from the last year…

Sunshine Blogger Award January 29, 2020, with 151 views
Sunshine Blogger Award July 17, 2020, with 149 views
my name is Max: Holly has cancer June 24, 2020 with 135 views
life is beautiful March 8, 2020, with 116 views
one minute of patience, ten years of peace October 11, 2020 with a 104 views

Her secret is patience

my top 2 posts of all time …

Black and White Dragonfly November 5, 2019, with 217 views

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Black and White Dragonfly has held the top spot for over a year, at least as long as I’ve actively been keeping track

Did you know that today will never be tomorrow? November 16, 2019, with 201 views

I’m not sure exactly what the future holds for Holly’s World, but I do know that I’m not going anywhere. I do plan on continuing “fun with words”, Legends”, “picture of the day”, “picture of the week”, and “Sunday’s Inspiration”. May not be on a set schedule, but I will do my best to make sure “fun with words” and “legends” happens every week. I’ve been thinking about sharing more of my personal story (cancer, raising a son as a single parent, for example)…it could be a bit painful, as I have tucked some of that back into the shadows. But at the same time, everything I have gone through has brought me to this place and time. So maybe what I’ll do is pull a certain photo and just talk. Might be the best thing… or way, instead of planning everything out.

“Each moment of the year has its own beauty…
a picture which was never before and shall never be seen again.”

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I do plan on getting out more over the next year…not shopping or anything like that. I’m done sitting at home and letting the government tell me when and where I can go. Even here where I live, they’re trying to tell us to wear a mask all the time, indoors and out, whether or not you’re alone or with a group of people. I, personally, just don’t get that. Wearing a mask 24 hours a day, 7 days a week isn’t good for you – unless you’re wearing a special mask, it can do more harm than good. But I’m not getting into all that, not right now. You need to do what’s best for you and your family.
I also plan on having yard sales, with the proper precautions, getting rid of some of the junk that’s been piling up (real junk like old mattresses and box springs, broken tv’s, and other junk that is no good), and fixing the place up as I can. I’m sure there will be stories…

Kalimba says “don’t put a mask on me!”
My poor baby, passed away June 25, 2020

I plan on getting out, going hiking, road trips, fishing – whatever I can, as long as the weather permits. I did manage a little bit last year, but not as much as I had hoped.


What the Fact?

January 5, 1825: Alexander Dumas, the French author known for his sword dueling epics The Man In The Iron Mask and The Three Musketeers was no great duelist himself. On this day, the 22 year old won his first and only sword fight because his opponent tripped over a tree root and fell backwards into the snow, causing him to surrender. Dumas was unhurt, but left the fight with a deep psychological scar: His belt buckle broke during the fight, causing his pants to fall down.

Hope you have a great day, night or evening
where ever you may be!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Here you leave today
and enter the world
of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy

take care
stay safe
much love

5 Comments on “finding calm in the chaos

  1. I think some of the best posts are not really planned. Just from the heart ❀
    And I also hate masks. Crazy world. πŸ€—
    I hope you get out more, it really really helps me. Anywhere outdoors works.

    • Now that winter has set in, I rarely go out for long periods. Especially if it’s really cold…I guess we’ll just have to see how things go in the future.
      Spontaneity is a good thing, but loving where you live also helps. And I’m grateful I live in farm country, with 3 acres to roam around on.

      • Oh yes! …and I tend to forget being outside might be a bit cold. Where I live it is almost always nice enough to be outdoors, at least if you are moving around. (except for the heat of summer…)

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