Zeus, Preserve Thee!

February 16, 600


“When a person sneezed in Ancient Rome, the customary response was “May Jupiter preserve you.” After a sneeze in Ancient Greece, the stricken would be enjoined to “Live! Zeus preserve thee!” Sneezing was believed to expose the body to evil spirits, which could only be opposed by invoking a blessing by the divine – though exactly which divinity best dealt with sneeze induced possession was a matter of dispute. On February 16, 600, Pope Gregory I finally put the issue to rest. As part of his crusade to expunge Europe of pagan influences, Gregory decreed that there is only one correct response to a sneeze – “God bless you!””

~ From the book “What The Fact” by Gabe Henry ~

“The best preparation for tomorrow is to do your best today”
~ H. Jackson Brown, JR

“According to Greek Mythology, humans were originally created with four arms, four legs, and a head with two faces. Fearing their power, Zeus split them into two separate parts, condemning them to spend their lives searching for their other halves.” ~ Plato’s The Symposium

“A true hero isn’t measured by the size of his strength
but by the strength of his heart”

~ Hercules

On this day, February 16 . . .

~ in 1659, the first known cheque/check written (£400), now on display at Westminster Abbey
~ in 1840 American Charles Wilkes discovers Shackleton Ice Shelf, Antarctica

Naval Officer and Explorer Charles Wilkes
Charles Wilkes
~ Union Naval Officer during American Civil War
~ led the United States Exploring Expedition (1838-42) to the Pacific Ocean and Antarctica
~ In 1861, he commanded the USS San Jacinto when it attacked a Royal Mail Ship carrying two Confederate diplomats which almost caused a war between the US and the UK (court martialed for second time)

~ in 1847 Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka, German composer (Album polonaise), was born
~ in 1861, Abraham Lincoln stops his train at Westfield on his way to Washington
to thank 11-year old Grace Bedell in person for her advice to grow a beard to gain more votes


Some pics I took today…

The sun FINALLY came out today! We hadn’t seen it in 7 days, since February 9. The snow is melting…it’s since clouded back over, but I think I will still put my boots on and go for a walk! As of this morning, they’re calling for another “storm” on Thursday, with 3-6 inches (7.62 – 15.24cm) of snow.

“The sun’ll come out
So you gotta hang on
‘Til tomorrow
Come what may”

~ Annie (1982)

Yours is a story, so brave and so true
. . . .
And life is awaiting the hero in you.


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“The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.”

~ Marcus Aurelius


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stay safe
much love

someday, everything will make perfect sense

February 16, 2021

picture of the day

bright blue
available at pixels

“It was only a sunny smile
and little it cost in giving
but like morning light
it scattered the night
and made the day worth living”

~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

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someday everything will make perfect sense…
so, for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears
keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason!


Thomas Jefferson. Too bad that did not apply to his slaves.

“If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.”

~ Thomas Jefferson

“This quotation has not been found in Thomas Jefferson’s papers.  It has been suggested that it is a paraphrase of Jefferson’s statement in the Declaration of Independence, “…whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…,” although such a paraphrase would seem to be taking some radical liberties with the original version.  The quotation bears a much closer resemblance to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s comment in his famous letter from Birmingham Jail: “One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”” (monticello.com)

Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth. - Albert Einstein

Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

~ Albert Einstein


“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among things you only hoped for.”

~ Epicurus


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much love

high hopes

February 15, 2021

picture of the day

love hope dreams
(Panic! At the Disco – High Hopes/youtube)


Had to have high, high hopes for a living
Shooting for the stars when I couldn’t make a killing
Didn’t have a dime but I always had a vision
Always had high, high hopes
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
Didn’t know how but I always had a feeling
I was gonna be that one in a million
Always had high, high hopes

~ Panic! At The Disco ~

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

picfair (snow)
shutterstock (snow)
pinterest (Holly’s Photos)
shop: Holly’s World

“the soul that sees beauty sometimes walks alone”
~ Goethe

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People might find it odd that I limit my time spent with others.  The times I do mingle are reserved for “my tribe” aka those who understand my limited patience.  I find bliss in qualit…

a large group of people is called a “no thanks”


“at least it’s not Trump”
should I put my thoughts to this at some point? hmmm…

This is America…

We have a virus, but 99% of those who contract it will survive.
We have some racists, but 99.95 of the people you meet are color blind and don’t have a racial bone in their body
We have some bad cops, but 99.95% of the law enforcement you meet would risk their lives your yours.

If you choose to see evil, then evil is all you will see…


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much love

you make my heart smile

February 14, 2021

Happy Valentine’s!

this goes out to everyone!
male, female, in a relationship or not
hope there are smiles
and memories made
Love remembered

Happy Valentine’s Day

“After all, soulmates always end up together”
~ Cecelia Ahern

“Love is friendship caught fire”
~ Laura Hendricks

Believe what your heart tells you
not what others say

Snoopy on a positive attitude - A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. — Herm Albright

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.


Love is…

does not envy
does not boast
is not proud
is not rude
is not self seeking
is not easily angered
keeps no record of wrongs

Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preservers

Love never fails

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Remember that happiness is a way of travel- not a destination.

remember that happiness is a way of travel
not a destination


a few pics I took this morning…I’ve still got my Christmas tree up, but it’s mostly decorated with fun, wintry stuff, so it works for today…lol… it’s not as cold today and we didn’t get anywhere near the ice they were calling for, which is a good thing. My boyfriend’s been using snow to cool the coal/tenders that come from the wood stove. The melt in the snow looks like a fish, which caught my attention, as well as the ice on the Tahoe’s grill. Kinda neat!

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stay safe
much love

fear makes the wolf bigger than he actually is

February 13, 2021

~ mostly just some of my ramblings, but at the end I should let you know I do get a little political – just a paragraph

It’s so freezing cold here at the moment, and it’s not going to go anywhere anytime soon. From the looks of it anyway…we’re in what they call an Arctic Blast, which means that cold air from Canada has found its way south. An Arctic Blast is also known as a polar vortex, and in the south, the cold air comes from Antarctica.
According to the news, the cold, Arctic Blast, is going to stick around through next week at least, with winter storms off and on. What those winter storms will amount to, we will only know at a later date. They can kinda prepare us for what’s coming…

In this post, I’m sharing some photos I’ve taken yesterday (February 12) or the day before (February 11)…

wanna join me for an icy swing…?
Feel free to go ahead and take a swing if you so wish, I will stay right by the fire
I’m really only joking here…

some beach (youtube)
taken January 12, 2021

there are ivy leaves growing on the tree, which is a Tulip poplar, that kind of give an optical illusion of ice on the tree

Some beach, Somewhere
There’s a big umbrella casting shade over an empty chair
Palm trees are growing and warm breezes blowing
I picture myself right there
On some beach, somewhere

~ Blake Shelton ~

It is currently 29 degrees fahrenheit (-1.667 C) on the deck, which is where my outdoor sensor is. With the windchill, it’s probably about 25 degrees. Too cold to do much of anything. We’re also supposed to get ice or freezing rain, maybe about one-tench of an inch locally, but at the moment it’s doing nothing.

cold as ice
taken February 12, 2021

A hazy shade of winter
I look around
Leaves are brown, now
And the sky is a hazy shade of winter
Look around
Leaves are brown
There’s a patch of snow on the ground

~ Simon and Garfunkle

I couldn’t tell you the last time we actually saw the sun around here…it’s been a few days.

It might be freezing cold out right now, but soon it will be spring, and I will be getting busy bringing my gardens to life…or back to life. So, I am grateful for this downtime…a time to reflect, rejuvenate, get ready for a busy time with spring and summer.
And somehow, time wight now isn’t just dragging on. Which I am also grateful for. I wake up around 6 or 7, work on my blog and check out twitter and facebook, and the next thing I know it’s dinner time…a movie, a tv show and then bed, which, lately, has been around 9pm.

Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’
Into the future

~ Steve Miller Band

time’s always slipping into the future…right?
never stops!

these boots (Nancy Sinatra, youtube)
taken February 12, 2021

life is better in boots

especially in the winter months, or when I’m doing something where I really need to protect my feet…like helping my boyfriend split logs a few weeks ago. That day, I was so very glad I had my boots on…I had tipped a log over on its side to roll it to my boyfriend. It fell over, right on my right foot…it was big, and it was heavy! But, I never did get a bruise either! It hurt like the dickens, still hurts a little, but nothing to cry about. There’s no time to cry, when there’s work to be done.

snow garden

“Winter knows to hush, still, listen
so the soul can speak”

~ Angie Weiland-Crosby

I should be working on photos, but I’m in no rush. I do have to admit, I have been listening to the impeachment trial…they’ve acquitted President Trump. I refuse to call him “former”…we don’t call Obama “former president” or Bush, or Clinton. Not formally anyway. It is rather irritating, though, listening to the Democrats with all the accusations of ONE riot…not an insurrection… when antifa and Black Lives Matter have been rioting, looting for almost a year. And we get blamed, criticized, shamed…and we are tired of being blamed for their actions or inactions and not being able to speak up for ourselves. I guess I’m not “woke”. In my opinion, the Democrats have been doing anything and everything to discredit Trump and the Republicans for the past four years. Remember, they started their talk of impeachment before Trump was even sworn in. I don’t believe that Biden won the election either, not legally, but…I won’t get into that today. I do think, more and more people are starting to at least question the election results and the Democrats and starting to see who they really are. The Democrats are scared to death… One day, I will go into a little more detail. When I do it will probably be based on history/facts and not really my opinion….kinda like my Legends series. That’s really the way to do it… Anyway, most days, I don’t listen to that much news, not anymore…mostly music.
The song Ripple comes to mind…

There is a road, no simple highway
Between the dawn and the dark of night
And if you go, no one may follow
That path is for your steps alone

Ripple in still water
When there is no pebble tossed
Nor wind to blow

You who choose to lead must follow
But if you fall, you fall alone
If you should stand, then who’s to guide you?
If I knew the way I would take you home

~ Grateful Dead ~

on a rusty chain
taken February 11, 2021

As iron is eaten away by rust,
so the envious are consumed by their own passion

~ Antisthenes

old as time
taken February 11, 2021

challenge me
dare me
or even defy me
but do not underestimate me

~ unknown ~

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Tradition Of The Snowman

For centuries children have gleefully awaited the winter’s first snowfall. Rolling large balls of that fluffy white gift from heaven, they delight in making their own special companion. Completed with a a carrot for a nose, coal for the eyes and mouth, and sticks for arms, the snowman does truly come to life for the children their frosty friend.

(image from Pinterest – tradition from the book Ornament Legends, Symbols & Traditions by Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland)

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much love

what a difference, a single life makes

February 13, 2021

picture of the week

let your love shine
taken December 17, 2020

she sparkles because she believes
~ Kailin Gow

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You see it your way I see it mine
But we both see it slippin’ away

~ The Eagles ~

“Still round the corner
there may wait
A new road
or a secret gate.”

~ J.R.R.Tolkien



“There is some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for.”

~ J.R.R.Tolkien, The Two Towers


snow covered azalea leaves with Paul Theroux quote

winter is a season of recovery and preperation

~ Paul Theroux

(pinterest – Holly’s Photos)

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stay safe
much love

who, being loved, is poor?

February 12, 2021

who, being loved, is poor?
~ Oscar Wilde
(A Woman Of No Importance)

picture of the day

I choose to live by choice, not chance

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JRR Tolkien Quote

It is the small, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay, small acts of kindness and love.

~ J.R.R.Toklien


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stay safe
much love