Warmer Weather came and went again! Everything is Greening up though!

We had a short spurt of 90 degree weather for a few days then cooler temps rushed in to freeze our toes once again. I walk around with a sweater handy just in case. But this is New England for you! Just wait a minute and the temperature either drops or rises suddenly. Sigh!

I may complain about our weather but there isn’t anywhere else I would rather live. Love this area for its beauty and crazy weather. But when it is warm and sunny it is beautiful without the rain or humidity. After all, there is always something to complain about.

Here are some photos I snapped of the beauty around us in late spring.

Pond backyard – greening up now
Beautiful spring day
Rhododendrons blooming
Mint plant is thriving.
Petunias on deck
Dipladenia
Rhododendrons, Ash tree and Rose of Sharon’s
Garden snake

When I went outside to snap some photos of my flowering plants I spotted this garden snake at the bottom of our front stairs. It made me jump back in alarm. I could have stepped on it. Yikes!

Dianthus
Rhododendron front yard
Geraniums
Hibiscus

Our hibiscus will soon be flowering on the deck. Multiple buds are already showing up. I will definitely share some photos of them. They are glorious!

Also, in another month or so buds will be forming on the 16 Rose of Sharon bushes that are all around our yard. They are truly beautiful and breathtaking. Photos will be shared when they blossom.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again. You are always welcome. Your kind support is appreciated.

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A New Addition in the Tank! A New Guy is in Town!

I wanted to share with you the newest addition to our saltwater tank. He appears to be happy in his new home, a Tang. I’m not sure of his official title – some type of yellow scoops tang?

We have seven fish in the tank at a time in a 90-gallon saltwater tank. We do lose a few here and there as they age or are attacked by the more aggressive ones. We always check carefully with the store where we purchase these fish to ensure that this does not happen. But Clown is the one who causes most of the trouble. He may look cute and innocent but he is anything but! Sigh!

Tang
Tang and his friends

In the photo above Tang or Scoop which we nicknamed him is in the middle surrounded by Foxface (yellow with black face), Sargent Major (black & white stripes), Clown fish (orange & white stripes), and Wrasse (green with yellow tale). He is surrounded by his fellow inhabitants of this new home. They are still checking him out in this photo. But since then he has been accepted though the Clown fish is still keeping him in his view. Clown fish are very territorial and fierce. We keep a watch on Clown too and scold him when he gets too aggressive to new fish we introduce into the tank.

More views of fish going about their business

Notice in above photo that Picasso Trigger black and white is being watched by Clown above him. This area in the tank has been claimed by Clown and his mate who is behind the rocks guarding their territory. These two only come out to chase other fish away from this area. They do this because they build a nest for their young. In this tank if they do spawn their offspring will be eaten by them or other fish before we can rescue them. I haven’t notice any eggs though since they have been here. If we could rescue the eggs we would have to have another tank that is a certain temperature to keep them viable.

Each time we add another fish to the tank the larger Clown comes out and chases the new fish around the tank to let it know he is in charge. They do fear him because of his aggressive nature. He looks so innocent but he is fearless. He doesn’t like me when I scold him. I bet he would love to take a bite if I put my fingers in the tank. Yikes!

Tang Scoop is in the center and getting acclimated with his new friends

Notice the clown fish in the middle keeping everyone on edge. Foxface has had a taste of Clown’s ire and keeps away. He is above everyone else near the top of the tank in the back.

Wrasse, Trigger and Clown are giving me the warning to stay away.
Lovely photo of Tang, Sargent Major, Wrasse and Clown fish

Wrasse and Clown are getting cozy in the photo above. I think Wrasse is telling Clown a secret about the new fish. Ha! They love to gossip.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post and learn about the new addition to our tank. I hope you enjoyed my photos of our pets. They didn’t like being photographed though. I guess they have had enough of me snapping away all times of the day. Sigh! I can be quite a pest at times!

Please come back again for more posts about whatever pops into my already overcrowded head. You are always welcome.

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Interview an Author with Author Annette Rochelle Aben!

It is always a sincere pleasure to welcome a fellow author to Interview an Author on Jemsbooks.blog. Today, please help me welcome talented author, Annette Rochelle Aben.

Thank you, Annette, for stopping by today to share a little bit about yourself and your books. I am excited to have you here! The floor is yours!

Annette Rochelle Aben

Please tell us something about yourself. 

Well, the basics are, that I am a single senior who shares a house with 2 single senior siblings in the great State of Michigan! Of the 3 of us, I am the wordsmith, and as such writing is how I spend most of my time. I see each moment of my life as an opportunity to be grateful. One of the most wonderful reasons for me to be grateful is the fact that my 86-year-old Dad is still alive and kicking! Want to start a conversation with me? Bring up quantum physics, gratitude, cats, music, or cooking, and pour me a cuppa coffee (keep the pot close at hand). 

jjspina: You have many reasons to be grateful, Annette. Having your father with you is a special one indeed!

When did you know that you wanted to be an author? 

Once the turn of the century rolled around, I knew that it was time for me to try my hand at creating and self-publishing a book. After that first book came out, I knew I wanted to create more. Blogging gave me fodder for many of my books what with all the poetry I was posting. I jokingly refer to the blogging/publishing connection as my circle of life. 

jjspina: With all the writing, blogging and publishing you do, you definitely have a perfect circle of life.

How do you come up with ideas for your stories? 

When I am inspired, I can write. What inspires me? Thank you for asking! Watching the squirrels dashing about. Smelling freshly brewed coffee. Hearing a song lyric. Reading a passage in a book. Listening to the neighbor’s children playing outside. The challenges of everyday life are a big source of inspiration.

Jjspina: I don’t think you need inspiration – you are the inspiration behind your creativity, Annette!

What projects are you currently working on? 

I have the working title of Vision in Verse for a series of books of specific styles. For instance, Vision in Verse- Abhanga, Vision in Verse – Etheree. There are at least 2 others, perhaps 4 more to be included. I am working on the book of Abhanga first. 

Jjspina: I look forward to reading this book and others. I am sure you will be my inspiration to write more.

What hobbies do you have when you are not writing?  

I get lost in my boxes of markers, card stock, stickers, and glitter resulting in cards I send out to family and friends all over the world.

Jjspina: That is lovely, Annette. I too like to create my own cards but just the verses. You go one step further with your creativity. Good for you! I bet your cards are beautiful!

What is your target audience for your book? 

My latest book: Tell Me a Story in 99 words was written with people who enjoy storytelling in mind. I see the demographic as people aged 15 and up. Although none of the books I have written were designed specifically for children I can’t discount the appeal to a curious young person. 

jjspina: I look forward to reading this book. It sounds intriguing to have stories told in 99 words.

Please share your links and where to purchase your books. http://www.amazon.com/author/annetterochelleaben

Is there anything else you would like to share? 

I want to thank you, Janice, for offering me this opportunity. Your blog posts always bring a smile to my heart. And the variety of books you write encourages me to try something different.

Jjspina: You are most welcome, Annette. Your support and encouragement have been an inspiration to me. Thank you for coming today to share yourself and your work. It was a sincere pleasure having you here. Free free to come back again when you have a new book to share.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would head to Traverse City, Michigan to see my poppa! After that, I would love to meet the fine folks I have met in the blogverse. This means heading to at least 3 continents in addition to those I can connect with right here in North America. 

jjspina: I would love to meet you if you are ever in my neck of the woods of New Hampshire. I will have plenty of coffee ready for many a cuppa.

Here is Annette’s book that is being featured here today.

Links to blog & website  http://www.annetterochelleaben.wordpress.com 

Links to social media  https://twitter.com/YouAreTheExpert 

https://facebook.com/annetterochelle.aben 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/annette-rochelle-aben-79b55a104/ 

https://www.goodreads.com/?ref=nav_home

Here is my review of Annette’s book, Tell Me A Story in 99 Words:

This is an imaginative, creative and enjoyable collection of very short stories. Annette has created varied stories in a few words that were filled with meaning and emotions.

Each story drew me in and held me captive until the ending that came so soon that it was like a blink of an eye but at the same time memorable. It takes quite a talent to write a short story that is complete and emotional all in just 99 words.

I highly recommend this book as a quick and unforgettable collection of lovely short stories that you will want to read and read again and enjoy even more each time.

I was gifted a copy of this book and chose to share my review.

Thank you, Annette, for sharing this lovely book with me.

Thank you, readers, for stopping by to read this post and visit with my fellow author and friend, Annette Rochelle Aben. I hope you will take the time to peruse her links to discover her talents in writing.

If you would like to be featured here on Interview an Author, please contact me at jjspina@comcast.net and I will send along what you will need for your interview.

Please remember to support authors by reviewing their books wherever you purchased them. We authors appreciate your reviews! Thank you for your support!

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Reading is Good for Your Health! Let’s Get Reading!

Did you know that reading is good for your health and that of your children. When a person reads his/her brain sparks alive with creativity, memory improves, an all over good feeling chases away the blues and all your troubles. You escape to a different place and time. 

According to a research on activebeat.com: Overall, the data showed that participants who read a book for just 30-minutes per week reported greater overall life happiness, satisfaction, and social connectedness.

Let’s get reading everyone! How many books do you and your children read each month?

Children’s Books PS-Grade 3

When my children were young I took them to the library to get their first library cards. We returned each week and took out 3-4 books which I read to them each day or night. They began to expect to have more books each week. We took out more the following week and so on.

At the same time I also took out five books per week for myself. I showed my children that I also loved to read. This only encouraged them to want to read more too. I continued to do this as they were older by reading their books too and discussing together what we read individually. I managed to read all the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew Mysteries during that time. That is probably why I began the mystery series for girls and boys, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series and Abby & Holly Series for middle-graders, preteens, and young adults.

Of course that didn’t last beyond their preteens when they did not want me to read their books anymore. I went back thereafter to just reading the books I took out for myself. Sigh!

What do you do to encourage your children to read? If children see their parents reading all the time they will pick up books too out of curiosity to see what you are reading.

Growing up I loved to read. If I was sad or unhappy about something I would lose myself in a book like 1984 which I read again in 1984 to see if it fit the time. It was certainly way beyond its time back then.

I always loved books like Pride and Prejudice and anything by Agatha Christie. I liked getting swept away into their lives to escape mine which was quite boring. I imagined what it would be like to live in their times instead of mine.

Whatever you enjoy reading keep it up for reading will enhance your life in so many wonderful ways. It makes one think about things and opens one’s mind to possibilities. I so love to read. There is never a time that I do not have one or two books open to enjoy. There are millions of choices on Amazon and elsewhere to choose from. I hope that you will chose some of my books for yourself and your children. I would be most appreciative and honored also if you do a review even if it is only two words – such as GREAT BOOK! LOVED THIS! WONDERFUL READ! ENJOYABLE BOOK! or whatever else you want to say about them. Thank you!

If you read my blog regularly you will know that I read and review several books each month in my Monthly Reads and Reviews. I love sharing my thoughts with you about books I have read whether I enjoyed them or not.

When I am looking for a new book to read I always check the reviews on Amazon before purchasing. Amazon doesn’t care if you have 50 one, two or three star reviews they will promote your book and spread word about it. Of course we authors love the four and five star reviews but welcome any reviews from readers. I usually will not purchase a book if I see too many negative comments about it. So you see, words are powerful and can affect the outcome of a purchase.

Watch for new books coming from Jemsbooks soon. Please keep reading and reviewing and I will keep writing joyfully! I can’t imagine doing anything else that makes me as happy!

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again. You are always welcome. Thank you also for your kind support and for any reviews you may post.

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Summer Reading with Jemsbooks Express! Hop on Board!

Can you believe it? The year is flying by. Soon children will be out of school and looking for something to keep them busy. Do you want a suggestion?

Hop on board JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS for entertaining, good, wholesome and fun reading with DRAGONS for children PS-Grade 3.

I wrote this series for all the children who love dragons. I am one of them (the child inside me loves dragons). They are written in rhyme with life lessons and colorful illustrations created by my husband, John, that will delight children.

Begin with Drystan the Dragon and Friends Book 1 Drystan and Durward Save the Day, and let your children have fun with Drystan and his friends while they learn good values, kindness to others, colors and letters and it’s okay to be different. I hope your children will enjoy this series and read them every day. Keep them reading all summer long and help strengthen their reading ability so they will be ready when school begins once again.

Book 1 recently won a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for which I am honored and grateful!

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This magical series is new for kids PS-Grade 3! There are six books in the series with a different dragon introduced in each book plus Drystan – the star of the series. There are seven dragons in all.

It is a fun educational series for children to learn letters, colors and good behavior, friendship, respect and kindness toward others. Check it out today! Your children will love the rhyming and descriptions of each dragon. There is a poem that introduces a new dragon to each book. All dragons’ names begin with the letter ‘D’ and their colors will be in brilliant shades of blue, green, red, purple, pink, orange and brown. A fun series for kids to enjoy and learn at the same time. This series will keep them occupied and happy during this Pandemic and beyond. Children will love reading these books and they will become their favorite books at bedtime and any time. The illustrations and covers were created by my husband, John.

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Jemsbooks Children’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Please consider giving books to all the children on your list for all occasions. There is nothing better than to see a child’s eyes light up when you give him/her a book – even more so when you read the book to them. You are giving them so much more than you could ever imagine, e.g., you spark their imagination, heighten their creativity, lift their spirits, increase their vocabulary, open up a whole new world to them, and encourage them to love reading. The gift of a book is worth more than gold to our children, grandchildren. Keep reading and gifting books to children. Let’s bring up a generation of readers and thinkers. Thank you for your support!

Here are some reviews from Amazon:

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post and for your kind support of my blog and books. Please keep the reviews coming of any books you read wherever you purchase them. We authors will appreciate your efforts. Reviews are one way to share your opinions of books you enjoyed so others can enjoy them too.

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Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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What books are your children going to read this summer?

Jemsbooks has books for children PS-Grade 3 and above. Do you want your children to read good, wholesome books in rhyme with life lessons that will encourage good behavior? Well, look no further than Jemsbooks.

Hop on JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS for fun adventures, animal stories, books with good family values and important life lessons. Also, they have colorful illustrations created by my talented illustrator husband, John, who brings my stories to life.

JEMSBOOKS EXPRESS

Keep your children entertained all summer long with my books and reinforce their reading skills. They just may become avid readers for a lifetime.

Children’s books – PS-Grade 3

Jemsbooks Children’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Please consider giving books to all the children on your list for all occasions. There is nothing better than to see a child’s eyes light up when you give him/her a book – even more so when you read the book to them. You are giving them so much more than you could ever imagine, e.g., you spark their imagination, heighten their creativity, lift their spirits, increase their vocabulary, open up a whole new world to them, and encourage them to love reading. The gift of a book is worth more than gold to our children, grandchildren. Keep reading and gifting books to children. Let’s bring up a generation of readers and thinkers. Thank you for your support!

Jemsbooks have won 31 Book Awards – 18 Pinnacle Book Awards, 5 Reader’s Favorite Book Awards (Silver, Bronze and 2 Honorable Mentions and Finalist Medal), 6 Silver Medals – Mom’s Choice Awards, 1 Authorsdb Silver Medal for Cover Contest, 1 Book Excellence Award Finalist, 2 Finalists in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, 1 Finalist in Red City Review Book Awards, and many 5-Star Reviews from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards

I feel pure joy writing for children and hope with God’s help and blessing to continue to write many more fun adventures for children to read and enjoy. I do enjoy writing for MG/PT/YA and 18+ too!

Here are all the life lessons in Jemsbooks Children’s Books: Parents love these books for all the important life lessons children learn as they read along or are read to by their parents. Parents will never have to fear that there is anything in my books that is not suitable for young children ages 1-7, PS-Grade 3.

Louey the Lazy Elephant – Louey teaches children the importance of not being lazy and always listen to your mother.

Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon – Ricky teaches children to always listen to your mother.

Jerry the Crabby Crayfish – Jerry teaches children that it is okay to be different, be the best you can be and be happy with who you are.

Lamby the Lonely Lamb – Lamby teaches children to accept differences and to be kind to others.

Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear – Jesse teaches children that friends are important and mothers know best.

Broose the Moose on the Loose – Broose teaches children to be kind and accepting of others who are different than you are.

Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey – Sebastian teaches children how important it is to be kind to animals, that animals have feelings too like humans and deserve our respect.

Colby the Courageous Cat – Colby teaches children to love one another and take care of your siblings.

Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe – Jeffrey teaches children to be brave and help others in need.

Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab – Clarence Henry teaches children to work hard and do the best you can do and be happy with who you are.

Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier – Lucy teaches children to be kind to pets, how important a pet can be and how much this pet loves us unconditionally.

The First Star – teaches children that love of family is more important than all the riches in the world.

Drystan the Dragon Series Book 1: Drystan and Durward Save the Day – Drystan demonstrates to children that being kind and helping others is important and the right thing to do.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 2: Damara Helps Drystan Find His Roar – Drystan demonstrates the importance of friendship, being kind to others and helping others in need.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 3 – Delbert Finds Himself – Drystan teaches Delbert, a shy dragon, the importance of loving yourself as you are and that all colors are beautiful!

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 4: Delfina Solves A Problem – Delfina helps Drago love himself and teaches him to be kind to others.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 5: Drago Does A Good Deed – Drago finds a rabbit in need of his help. He learns that it is better to be kind to others.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 6: Dragana Helps a Fairy – Dragana helps a fairy who is injured and in need. She doesn’t hesitate to help in any way she can and goes above and beyond to help this fairy. Being kind and helping others is what Dragana learns.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. Please come back again for more entertaining post and new books coming soon! Thank you for your kind support of this hard-working author’s efforts! Happy shopping!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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MJ’s Book Reviews: The Legend of The Taken Ones by Janice Spina @janice_spina #book #review

Thank you so much, Marje, for the  lovely review of my fantasy book on your blog. I appreciate your kind support!

Synopsis This is Book 1 of a fantasy series that will have six books in all. In this book learn about the three children of King Gateskin and his wife, Queen Solinara. The children have had powers since they were quite young.. Serena was three years old when she learned of her power to move…

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Beautiful spring weather is here! Flowers blooming!

Well, finally spring has sprung! Trees are blooming and sprouting their greenery and showing off their new coats in the warm spring breezes.

As always I snapped plenty of photos to share of all the flowers my husband planted recently around our house. He works so hard to make it look beautiful! I think he does a wonderful job! It keeps him busy and feeling productive while I work away on my books. Sigh! I do reap the rewards of his labors by enjoying the beauty that surrounds our home.

Petunias on wall
Marigolds too small to see yet but they will flourish and look gorgeous!
More petunias on deck
Small petunias
Dilapenia grows up to 2 feet tall
More Petunias
Hanging petunias in cone
Geraniums

These plants will flourish and grow much larger and fuller. Of course, I will snap some updated photos to share with you. I love watching them grow.

The pond in the back or our house is beginning to green up. The birds love it. So do the hawks who come regularly to try and snatch a few eggs for a snack from the nests of the redwing black birds who live there.

Pond showing a little more green

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did sharing my photos with you. Please come back again real soon. You are always welcome. You never know what I am going to write about! It is always a surprise to me too!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!

READING GIVES YOU WINGS TO FLY! SOAR WITH JEMSBOOKS ALL YEAR THROUGH! HAPPY READING!

Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!

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A New Children’s Book is coming from Jemsbooks!

Watch for a new children’s book from Jemsbooks coming in June 2022! I have been working on my fantasy series but took a break from it to put together this children’s book. I didn’t plan on writing any more children’s books but when I came upon some short stories that I had written, which were more suitable to young children, I decided to put them into one book.

I am excited about this new book! It is different from other books. I like to try new things to get children energized to read and hopefully become book lovers and avid readers. This book will become your children’s favorite bedtime stories collection. Perfect for reading during the summer or anytime. This collection is suitable for children ages 5-8 or earlier.

This will be a collection of short stories (6) in this new book. It is a bedtime reading collection that parents and children can read together or early readers can read alone. I hope you and your children, grandchildren will enjoy these stories. I plan to write more short stories in this manner for children. It is like getting six books in one at the same price of one story. The only difference is there is only one illustration at the beginning of each chapter for children to enjoy. Once they see the character in the story in the illustration they can visualize it more clearly. My husband, John, created the illustrations. He brought my stories to life.

I will be sharing a cover reveal soon of this new book created by my husband, John, once again. In the meantime, please look over all my other 18 children’s books. There is something of interest to all children. All my books come with life lessons that are subtly weaved into the stories for children to learn. I will share more about this new book soon.

Jemsbooks Children’s books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Here are all the life lessons in Jemsbooks Children’s Books: Parents love these books for all the important life lessons children learn as they read along or are read to by their parents. Parents will never have to fear that there is anything in my books that is not suitable for young children ages 1-7, PS-Grade 3.

Louey the Lazy Elephant – Louey teaches children the importance of not being lazy and always listen to your mother.

Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon – Ricky teaches children to always listen to your mother.

Jerry the Crabby Crayfish – Jerry teaches children that it is okay to be different, be the best you can be and be happy with who you are.

Lamby the Lonely Lamb – Lamby teaches children to accept differences and to be kind to others.

Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear – Jesse teaches children that friends are important and mothers know best.

Broose the Moose on the Loose – Broose teaches children to be kind and accepting of others who are different than you are.

Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey – Sebastian teaches children how important it is to be kind to animals, that animals have feelings too like humans and deserve our respect.

Colby the Courageous Cat – Colby teaches children to love one another and take care of your siblings.

Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe – Jeffrey teaches children to be brave and help others in need.

Clarence Henry the Hermit Crab – Clarence Henry teaches children to work hard and do the best you can do and be happy with who you are.

Lucy the Talented Toy Terrier – Lucy teaches children to be kind to pets, how important a pet can be and how much this pet loves us unconditionally.

The First Star – teaches children that love of family is more important than all the riches in the world.

Drystan the Dragon Series Book 1: Drystan and Durward Save the Day – Drystan demonstrates to children that being kind and helping others is important and the right thing to do.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 2: Damara Helps Drystan Find His Roar – Drystan demonstrates the importance of friendship, being kind to others and helping others in need.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 3 – Delbert Finds Himself – Drystan teaches Delbert, a shy dragon, the importance of loving yourself as you are and that all colors are beautiful!

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 4: Delfina Solves A Problem – Delfina helps Drago love himself and teaches him to be kind to others.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 5: Drago Does A Good Deed – Drago finds a rabbit in need of his help. He learns that it is better to be kind to others.

Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series, Book 6: Dragana Helps a Fairy – Dragana helps a fairy who is injured and in need. She doesn’t hesitate to help in any way she can and goes above and beyond to help this fairy. Being kind and helping others is what Dragana learns.

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The Amazing Baltimore Oriole – Bird! They have arrived!

This is a post I sent in the past that says it all about this amazing bird – The Baltimore Oriole! They remember to come back to the feeder that my husband puts out in the same place the past several years. It is a joy to see them again as with the hummingbirds. In 2022 the Oriole was spotted on May 6th by my husband! I have yet at this date 5/8/22 Mother’s Day to spot one. Keeping my fingers crossed. I will share some new photos this year with you soon, I hope.

Here is my post from a year or so ago.

Recently a pair of amazing Baltimore Oriole birds came to our feeder. They visit each year. It’s an exciting time when they arrive. My husband gets the orange colored feeder prepared with half an orange on the top and little pockets of grape jelly and water underneath in the well below.

They do eat the orange and jelly. It’s fun watching them enjoy their treats. If they happen to arrive before John puts out the feeder they let us know how unhappy they are if they cannot find it. Orioles have a distinctive sound almost like a chipmunk – they chatter loudly.

Female Oriole – lighter orange in color than male
Male Oriole – bright orange
Oriole eating the half orange
Male eating grape jelly

It’s fascinating to watch them in action. They do not want you anywhere near them so I sat in my kitchen and zoomed in to capture these photos.

I love to see the Orioles but hummingbirds are still my favorite bird. Their time with us is short as with the hummingbirds so we revel in their visits and treasure each sighting.

Have you ever seen a Baltimore Oriole? If not, I hope you get the opportunity if they come to your part of the world.

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