About me

“Just a small town girl – living in a lonely world.”

Concert tickets are practically essential. Musicals are the key to life.

This blog is about books, music, travel and other stuff. Most of it is fun. I’m a mom but not exactly a mommy blogger. It’s fine. My kids would starve if I didn’t read mommy blogs so we appreciate all of their work.

Please stop by again. I’ll be putting up new things because I like change. Except for furniture. I have almost never moved the furniture. If you visit, in 20 years, the furniture will probably be in the same spot.

Feel free to stop by with coffee. You can also send a tip to help out with the blog.

Thanks for visiting! If you see a post that you like, feel free to share. Comments are always welcome. πŸ™‚

 

280 Comments

  1. As a multi-tasker, I wish there was a way to hug and pillow fight at the same time. Right now all you get is some weak shots on their back. . . ;o)

  2. I like people who like to laugh.

    Welcome! Thank you for subscribing to follow my blog. I hope you are encouraged, inspired and enjoy the photos I take of life’s events as seen through the lens of my camera.
    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

    1. Thank you! I like people who inspire. πŸ˜‰ We all need some encouragement. I hope you are also!

  3. Thank you for stopping by and deciding to follow me on my journey! I’m so happy to have you join me!
    I hope you have a wonderful week!
    Blessings to you!
    Becky

    1. Thanks! Thanks for visiting! Lovely blog. I like the scripture from Isaiah. Always good to remember. Easy to forget when things don’t seem to go our way. πŸ™‚

  4. Hi, thanks for stopping by and following my photography blog. It gave me a chance to find and explore your blog. I shall enjoy future entries in your blog as well. There are so many “challenges” in the blogging world, I thought about doing more, but I enjoy the weekly photo challenge and I don’t want to get “strung out” trying to keep up with everyone else’s challenges. πŸ™‚
    See you again in my blog reader!

    1. Thanks for following me also!! I really enjoy the photo challenges. The writing challenges are something new I’m trying for awhile.
      πŸ™‚

      1. Cool. I went back to your blog (through the link in your name). Found all the info. Thanks for the nomination. πŸ™‚ Very sweet!

  5. So you decided to join the small clan of Uncle Spike followers Holley…. That makes me a happy blogger now – I really appreciate you making that special mouse click.

    Hope you like my upcoming posts and if you get bored one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too.

    If you have any likes, dislikes or suggestions about my blog, just let me know, either through β€˜comments’ or via email. Always welcome reader input πŸ™‚

    Have a great old day…

    UNCLE SPIKE
    uncle.spikes.adventures1@gmail.com

  6. Hey there ,
    You have the same Theme like mine πŸ˜‰ and i guess we may have many more things in common. I will visit again, lets find out πŸ™‚
    Take care and best regards
    Afsheen

  7. IAM here… IAM not a coffee fan, but on this occasion I will have a ‘cafe con leche’ por favor… Thank you…. Change is good… life is all about flowing, being and most of all creating… Thanks for coming over to my blog…. You are so full of potential.. we are destined to be divine sisters and enjoy each others journey into the unknown… Barbara

  8. Please accept these THREE AWARDS!!!
    One is “Blog of the year” One star award. If you need more starts, go to the link under the award.
    The Sunshine Award
    The Lighthouse Award
    This is an easy Award to give out.
    I hope you can acccept.
    http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/2013/12/14/3-awards-for-the-price-of-one-i-got-given-so-i-pay-forward/
    Thank you…

    Shaun

    PS: Holly to get the 2 star “Blog of the year” follow the link below the picture on my link

    xx

    1. On occasion. The last one that I remember posting about was Rock on the Range. It depends on if I can go to concerts. I write about music-related stuff sometimes.

      1. Cool! I’ll keep an eye out, then. I want to feature some good music blogging on my site, but I don’t have time to do it myself, so I occasionally post videos with brief comments, and those just don’t seem sufficient to me.

  9. Hi Holley! Thanks so much for visiting my blog, liking a post and following! I truly appreciate it and welcome your comments when you visit. I am off to take a look around your blog! Blessings, Robyn

  10. Hi holley4734,

    Thank you for discovering my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com.

    You gave me the opportunity to discover, explore and follow your blog. Hope we both enjoy our journeys.

    On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we wish you the best.

    Regards,
    Harold

    1. Thanks for visiting! I wish I still had my Nikon. It met with an unfortunate pop-spilled-in-my-purse accident. Glad I could see some of your posts also.
      πŸ™‚ I’m sure I’ll see you around the blog soon.
      Holley

  11. holley4734,

    Thank you for β€œLiking” the post β€œDear Daddy.” The Alcoholic: Dark Side.
    on my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com.

    I have re-read the words, and looked into the little boy’s eyes many times now while Amazing Grace was playing. The continuation of the music, after I have read, allows me to think deeply of people I know who are alcoholics or families that are struggling with the problems of the abuse of alcohol.

    On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we truly appreciate your enjoyment.

    We hope you continue to join us on our journeys. Β 

    Best Regards,
    Harold

  12. Holley,
    Thank you for β€œLiking” the post β€œAngel In The Sand”. Streets Of Our World. on my photography blog http://throughharoldslens.com/2014/02/18/angel-in-the-sand-streets-of-our-world/

    On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we truly appreciate your enjoyment.

    We hope you continue to join us on our journeys. Β 

    Best Regards,
    Harold

  13. Wow! What an eclectic variety of Amazement greets the eye here! Thank you for reading my “Don’t Change that Channeler” post so I could follow the breadcrumb path back to all of this! I love Loud Laughers and Loud Clothes Wearers! (Sounds like two characters from Seinfeld, eh?) You’re a true free spirit – – comes across so vividly! Wonderful to meet you.
    Stephanie

    1. Thanks for visiting! I enjoyed your post. πŸ™‚ Funny stuff. It does sound like Seinfeld characters. lol Hopefully better than the soft talkers. Maybe – I might be one of those too.

  14. Thanks for following KenMaursCorner! I did question “where” you found me—–then I found the answer! BE CREATIVE !! Did you enjoy the weekend? I did, even though my brain still feels like sticky toffee!

    1. I worked but it was a pretty good weekend. πŸ™‚ I also think my brain feels like sticky toffee.
      Yes, I found your link on Be Creative πŸ™‚ I like doing art projects, even if it’s not a masterpiece. Still fun.

  15. Hey! First of all, you sound awesome!

    Thank you so much for following my blog, Inspiring Evolution. It feels great to connect with others who also believe in the power of change.

    Please stay connected and hope to more from you!

  16. I’ve nominated you for the Lighthouse Award. You can find the guidelines on this page:
    http://yadadarcyyada.com/2014/03/14/look-out-i-won-the-lighthouse-award/

    If you accept awards, please accept this with my gratitude…if not, I get it. They are lovely, but take a long time and it’s way, way, way too difficult to only thank a few people since so many wonderful people support us on our journeys. No worries. Thank you either way.
    Donna

    1. Thanks! I appreciate it! I love it when people like me because to quote Erykah Badu . . “I’m an artist and I’m sensitive about my sh**t.”
      Congratulations!! πŸ™‚

  17. Hi there. I really love following your blog and reading all your posts. So, I’ve taken this opportunity to nominate you for β€œThe Lighthouse Award”. You can find the guidelines for accepting this award at http://cinesolace.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/i-won-the-lighthouse-award/

    If you do accept blogging awards, please do accept this award as a token of the immense joy, satisfaction, and appreciation I get from following your blogs and reading your different posts. Your blogs are truly eloquent, informative, and succeed in making a connection with your readers. The other useful blogs your posts have directed me towards is another added incentive.

    I know that it takes a long time to complete the guidelines for accepting an award. So, if you don’t believe in accepting blogging awards, I totally understand. Any which way, it is and always shall be a pleasure following your blog.

    1. Oh my goodness!! What a great surprise!! I was nominated for a Lighthouse Award just yesterday too. I’m so glad that you’ve noticed my little blog. πŸ™‚ I look forward to seeing more of your posts as well. I did add you to the post that I did today also. πŸ™‚
      Thanks again!! I really appreciate it!
      -Holley

      1. My pleasure Holley. I too eagerly await all your future posts. Whatever I’ve read so far have been very interesting.

        I saw that you were already nominated by Donna. What I’d like to know is if you could win the same award a second time if somebody else nominates you? Can you please clarify this for me?

        Look forward to your posts and hearing from you. Cheers!

      2. Well, I’ve been nominated three times for the Lighthouse Award. So when Donna nominated me I posted it again so I could nominate different people. I think you can accept nominations from different people. I combined your nomination and Donna’s because they were so close together. πŸ™‚
        That’s what I know. I don’t think there are any rules that the award police are going to get you for. lol πŸ™‚

      3. Ha ha……lol…….well, we don’t want thosy pesky award police guys anywhere near us now, do we. πŸ˜‰

        Actually, the reason I asked you this, was because two separate people have nominated me for the same award too, and this is the first time I’ve been nominated for blogging awards. I’m relatively new to blogging (started six months ago, but thankfully the traffic is showing a steady growth). So, I too posted it again and nominated different people just like you. I was just wondering whether posting on the same award again makes any difference. Thanks for clearing that up. πŸ™‚

        Also, one more thing. My apologies for troubling you. It’s just that I have a few doubts since blogging is fairly new to me. Once I’ve completed the guidelines, do I just have to wait for the awards to appear on my blog? Do they just appear on the sidebar of my posts, or do I need to add any widgets for this?

        These questions might appear a tad silly, but I’m embarrassed to admit that I don’t know about these aspects of blogging. Also, none of friends are bloggers. Even though it’s a blogging award, I’ve been nominated for the first time for it and it seems like something nice for all the effort I’ve been putting into my blog.

        Could you just clear this last bit from me. Appreciate it. And once again, I apologize for taking up your time like this.

      4. Oh yeah, no problem. You’ll have to add the image in the widget section. There is a section that you can choose called “image” then copy the url of the image. So double-click on image. It should enlarge. Then copy the address at the top. Paste that into the widget image box. And save. Go to your home page to make sure it worked.
        It’s not silly. I had to learn and nose around. And experiment with what worked.
        You can paste the image as soon as you get the award. Or you can wait until you’ve completed the guidelines. It’s up to you.
        You’re welcome! Glad I could help out. Let me know if I can help with anything else. I don’t mind at all. πŸ™‚

      5. Thanks a ton, Holley. You’re a real sweetheart. πŸ˜€

        Lol……..funny thing is I knew about this widget all along, just didn’t know it was used for this purpose. I thought once I fulfill the guidelines, WordPress would automatically upload the awards on the sidebar of my blog. πŸ˜€

        You have been most helpful. Thanks so much for understanding. Really appreciate it. πŸ™‚

        One last thing and then I should be good to go (I don’t think there’s anything else that should confound me)…..How do I link my posts to people?

      6. Okis……….thanks again……..I don’t think I’ll be troubling you anymore. πŸ˜€

        But, please feel free to ask me anything you’d like to know. Maybe not about blogging, since you obviously know more than me, but perhaps about anything else, I may be of assistance.

        Hope you enjoy my posts in future as well. πŸ™‚

      7. As long as you acknowledge and link to both people who nominated you, I think there won’t be any issues. When I say issues, I mean hurt feelings and things like that.
        Most people appreciate the links and acknowledgement. πŸ™‚

  18. Great photo. Full of joy. Reminds me how long it has been since I went to a concert. Tooo long! Looking forward to enjoying your blog. Already having a great visit!

  19. Hi Holley. I really love following your blog and reading all your posts. So, I’ve taken this opportunity to nominate you for the β€œSunshine Award”. You can find the guidelines for accepting this award at http://cinesolace.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/i-won-the-sunshine-award-for-a-second-time/

    If you do accept blogging awards, please do accept this award as a token of the immense joy, satisfaction, and appreciation I get from following your blogs and reading your different posts. Your blogs are truly eloquent, informative, and succeed in making a connection with your readers. The other useful blogs your posts have directed me towards is another added incentive.

    I know that it takes a long time to complete the guidelines for accepting an award. So, if you don’t believe in accepting blogging awards, I totally understand. Any which way, it is and always shall be a pleasure following your blog.

  20. Hi Holley,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog, I’m glad you liked it.
    It’s neat that you laugh loudly and are good with wearing loud clothes. About the only thing I do loudly is SNORE! (or so I’m told). πŸ˜‰
    Cool picture there on the left, Las Vegas right?

      1. Yeah, Vegas is always fun. I don’t really gamble much but I can spend days just wandering around watching the free on the streets and around town.
        Its also a great base for exploring around the area.

  21. Hey, Just saw something on my list from your Twitter account that looks like spam. Sent around 8 Central Time. If you tweeted it and I’m just misreading, I apologize. It’s just way different from what I usually see – “I Just Gained +25,000 followers from this site!” with a link. If that wasn’t you, you should change your password. Again, sorry if I’m misunderstanding. It just looks like something I should mention.

      1. Twitter passwords get hacked like clockwork, and you’re +1K follwers make you a nice target. More so than with most services, Twitter passwords should be secure and changed regularly.

      2. Blog calendar, hehe. I have one of those, too. It’s impossible to manage without a planner at this point πŸ˜‰

      3. Yesss. I have realized that myself. πŸ™‚ I kept missing this one challenge. It might even be two challenges. So they go on the calendar.

  22. You had me with “laugh really loud.” My husband’s laugh can be startling, like a gong. Love it! Fearlessly be yourself–and explore your space with all your laughter! –and java. Read several of your blogs. Can’t wait to read more!

    1. Yeah, it’s cool. Seems like an alright dude. πŸ™‚ It’s ok. I’m not Posh either. lol I think I would have been a totally different spice girl. just kidding.

      1. Lol, I can only commend you on your kindness at not calling me out on my spelling mistake which I just noticed, a cope of coffee ffs lol

        Good to meet you and glad to be following πŸ™‚

  23. Ohhh right. I forgot that Dowie Egbert’s was coffee. lol. I was like “Wasn’t the guy named Steve?” Omigosh. That is silliness. And Dowie Egbert’s works for me. Cream & sugar. lol Nice to meet you & Dowie Egbert.

  24. Hey Holley – thanks for the award -and thanks for your cool energizing blog posts – there is a lot of joy over here – and I am going to get some coffee for us right now — πŸ™‚

  25. Hey there! Thanks so much for visiting and following my blog. πŸ™‚ I’m a tiny bit behind because I was away for a bit and had some stuff going on, but I’m now following you too! πŸ™‚ Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

  26. Hi Holley, thanks for following Duniya Ku πŸ˜‰ I’m now gonna go snoop around yours and see what I can dig up. Have a great day ahead!

  27. Hi. Thanks for following my blog. Looks likes there’s lots going on with yours. I’ll be back to take a look. Lots more Nepal pictures coming on mine. I’m here for another year. Regards, Caroline

  28. thanks for the follow. I love coffee too but not as much as my boss. egads. but, to each their own. my almost 15 year old kid is now addicted to it too. I guess there are worse thing πŸ™‚ I’m going to go check out some more of your blog now. happy blogging!

  29. Hello, it is nice to be in contact. Somehow you found the blog where I write about photography. If you took the time to peruse my many articles, you would know that the only subject I present and discuss is photography.
    I do expect there will be some subjects and discourse that will be interesting to you. Now that we are in contact I will spend some time wandering your site reading your words and looking at you pictures and get to know you.

  30. Holley, just popping over to say many thanks for the follow that you bestowed upon my wee corner of the blogosphere. Great too meet you and you are warmly welcomed aboard. Feel free to provide feedback and chip in with any comments. Let me take a tour of your popular place on the web, MM πŸ€

      1. Yay glad youve written something were all waiting with baited breath. Re who to pass on to i dont know, mark had to help me out as i couodnt figure who was or wasnt in it! Maybe he can help you too πŸ™‚

  31. Hello, I love your blog. I always find that your posts are very attractive.
    In this occasion I nominate you for Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. The rules can be seen at this link http://sanwajourneys.com/2014/11/27/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/
    If you accept this blogging award I will be glad to know you more, if you don’t, it’s okey.
    I always love your posts by the way, it’s inspiring πŸ™‚
    Thank you and nice to know you πŸ™‚

    1. Awesome! I need to go to the store & get more coffee. I’m just not motivated because I need coffee. Catch 22. πŸ˜‰
      Thanks for stopping by! Hope to talk with you soon!

    1. Wonderful! So nice to meet you! Glad to have you participate in the puzzle project. πŸ™‚ Love your blog. Will visit again. and again. Just to see the photography and the loud clothes. πŸ™‚

  32. Just wanted to say thank you so much for the visit and the follow of my blog! Happy to follow back, and will enjoy my visits here on yours, as well! πŸ™‚

  33. You know the word loud, repeated twice in your intro, did snatch me out of a self-pity day. Thank you for being you. I’m also grateful that you are following my poetry/photography blog. πŸ™‚

  34. Thank you for following my blog. Reading a few of your posts…I like your sense of humour even when you discuss serious issues like depression. Some unique perspectives. Looking forward to following! πŸ™‚

  35. Thank you for following my blog, Holley. Nice to meet you. I like coffee so I will be stopping by to share posts. Best wishes!

      1. I thought your blog said you started the black and white photo challenge that’s going the rounds or did I read that wrong? if I did I’m off to the optician’s in the morning!

      2. I do a black & white photo challenge. I didn’t know more than 10 people have seen it. One is my mother. πŸ˜‰ That would be awesome If people noticed it.

  36. Hey Holly, nice to meet you. Your blog is awesome! And you have some truly stellar shots of musicians.
    I know it’s been nearly two months since you pushed the follow button on our blog. Sorry it’s taken so long to get back to you. Anyway thanks so much for following. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey. And don’t be a stranger – feel free to comment and join the conversation.
    Cheers,
    Alison

  37. Hi, just stopping by to say thanks for following my blog. I really appreciate it! Here’s to the little daydreamer in us all, dressed outrageously, and living their own life πŸ™‚

  38. Thanks for the like at my blog and the shout out for my latest Six Sentence πŸ™‚
    I’ve been to your blog before but not in quite some time. As I remembered it. Very cool.
    I’ll be back!

  39. Omg! I thought you were sort of only into serious stuff and music reviews, and then I saw…..a bunch of fantasy and comedy, including Undead Redhead?!
    Well, my paranormal comedy Day for Night came out in 2016 and I just finished the sequel (not out yet). I know you’re busy and I saw the picture of all the books and papers surrounding you, but….gotta ask. Would you have any time in the future to review Day for Night?
    Obviously no rush. I’m always whoring for reviews, which is one of the worst parts of writing today, so excuse my whoredom. I understand if you’re not interested and/or there’s no time. Also the worst self-marketer in the history of the world. But there. I asked. Also couldn’t find any private contact info, so……had to do it here out in the open. But I guess that’s okay. πŸ™‚

  40. Hi Holley! It’s nice to you! Thankyou for following and supporting my blog! I look forward to exploring yours, and getting to know you more!

  41. Hey! Your blog is great ✨ and I wanted to ask if you take any submissions for music reviews? Is therea nyway to contact you? 🌹

  42. I read every time people’s about-me-pages! Yours is great. Thank You. There is one thing which I wonder – Salsa. Why Salsa, why not Cumbia? The origins of Cumbia music are in Colombia. It has spread all over the western coast line of South America, Central America and some places in U.S.A. Cumbia is happy tropical danceable music. Its rhythm is distinct. Variety of instruments are great. Its style varies from country to country. Where is best Cumbia, I cannot say, because every country has β€œgems”. If you are not aware about Cumbia, I give here an example. Of, course one example is not the truth, but you can get an idea. Here:

    Example of Cumbia music

    Happy upcoming weekend!

  43. Your story on Frances Smith brought me here. I personally knew her and seen the night before she left to work. I thought about her and wondered if they ever caught who killed her. Thanks for posting about her. She was loved by many.

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