New Additions to our Saltwater Tank!

We have some new additions to our saltwater tank to share. Some fish have short lives and we replace them with new fish. We have 16 fish in our 92 gallon tank at the moment.

We recently added a basslet with yellow and fuscia coloring. It didn’t look too happy in the tank because the other larger fish were bothering it. I snapped a closeup of him and hope that he is hiding behind the rocks and getting acclimate. We haven’t seen him since. Some fish are just bullies! Basslet is supposed to be a pretty aggressive fish and should be able to take care of those bullies. We hope so!

Basslet

Here are some of the other new additions – damsels – 5 striped black & white and 6 blue. They are very happy schooling together and feeling safe against the larger fish. We planned it that way. With the basslet we couldn’t do that. Basslet don’t school or get along well. If we put in two together they would fight and possibly one would die. Sigh!

Damsels – blue and striped
Blue damsels
Blue Damsel, Striped Damsel and Basslet getting acquainted
Side view of the tan with Trigger in center, wrasse above him (green) and damsels scattered around
Clown fish striped, green wrasse and blue damsel with yellow tail
Picasso Trigger above with blue damsel and striped damsel meeting basslet
Hermit crab – Sebas Jr. in the corner in his shell home

Let’s not forget about our hermit crab – Sebas Jr. He is hiding ins his shell here in the corner of the tank next to the heater. He stays much to himself and doesn’t bother any of the fish unless they try to steal his clams that John drops in regularly. Sebas is very adapt at opening the shells and feasting on them.

Sebas Jr when we first got him

Sebas has since moved to a larger shell in the previous photo above. He sleeps during the day so I can’t photograph him until he wakes up at night after the nights are off in the tank.

Sebas Jr. working on a clam in his new shell home as he gets larger we will have to find him a new shell

I guess the fish in the tank are something like humans. They judge each other and accept or reject others who are different. Life is difficult in the sea just like this. Only the strongest survive and it is eat or be eaten. At least we try to keep them all as safe as we can. We are discerning about our choices of fish living in the tank. They are well fed and taken care of. Some live longer in our tank than if they stayed in the aquarium store. They get special attention. After all, they are our pets.

I hope you enjoyed learning about our new fish. I will let you know if basslet makes an appearance. Finger crossed.

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Hottest Summer on Record for New Hampshire! Even the birds are feeling the heat!

This summer has been so hot that we can’t even go out on our deck to eat dinner like we always have done in past summers. We have had some torrential rain from time to time but because it is so dry the ground soaks it up immediately.

Pond drying up in this heat since it was cut back

We have a ban on watering here in New Hampshire. We are on an odd day schedule right now. We have to keep turning our watering system on and off. Our plants are doing well though as long as we keep watering them. I feel as if I am drying up along with them. We’ve been staying inside with the AC going non-stop. When we go out it is usually to another place that has AC like the movies or stores. Even though the movie theater has had its problems with AC not functioning up to snuff in all theaters.

Dipladenia flourishing in the heat

I’ve been watching the birds especially the hummingbirds. They are frantically feeding at all of our four feeders. Sometimes they are fighting to get to the feeders first. I think they too are feeling the oppressive heat of this summer. They usually stay until the end of August but this year they appear to be readying to leave sooner. Sigh!

My husband makes sure that all the bird feeders are full. This is quite a job since he has four hummingbird feeders, one Baltimore Oriole feeder, one bluebird feeder, and three other feeders with seeds or seed cakes. It is a full-time job for him. I’m not counting what he has to do to take care of our tropical and freshwater fish! That’s another post coming up.

The Baltimore Oriole birds have been scarce recently. They may be leaving soon too. Here are few photos of them in feeding mode.

Male Baltimore Oriole
Female Baltimore Oriole
Two Baltimore Orioles at feeder

Here are some photos of hummingbirds feeding at a frantic pace.

Since the birds are so small, you may have to zoom in on the photos. The last photo above is a bird in flight from the feeder. Once he saw me he took off in a flash! They can really move!

Here is one I videotaped in action at one of our feeders. Incredible feeling to see them and to hear their wings beating symphonically. Takes my breath away. They were flying all around me but I couldn’t get my snapshots fast enough so I waited with my video ready to go. But unfortunately, WP did not let me put it in so I snapped this one of an emerald hummingbird feeding in flight.

Emerald hummingbird at feeder
Hibiscus doing well

Some of our flowers like the hibiscus above are tropical plants and love the heat. They flourish in it. I guess I am not tropical because I melt. Even though I love Aruba which is a desert island with a tropical flair. The water is what keeps me cool in the high 80’s there.

Our Rose of Sharon are blooming like crazy as I shown you in other posts. Once they are all in full bloom I will share some more photos. They are too beautiful to believe. I can see them from our windows since they reach up to them with their blossoms.

I hope you are having a happy summer or whatever season you are in in your part of the world. Stay cool in the heat or keep warm in the cold.

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Abby & Holly Series Books 1-6 for MG/PT/YA – Magic/Ghosts/Haunted House/Time Travel!

This series is perfect for middle-graders, preteens and young adults looking for some fun adventures, magic, mystery, ghosts, haunted house, time travel and more. There are six books in this enjoyable series about two cousins who are more than relatives, they are best friends. Check out this series about cousins, Abby & Holly, as they solve mysteries, make friends with ghosts, live in a haunted house and travel through time.

Blurb:

PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER!

READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS – BRONZE MEDAL!

This is Book 1 of a series of Abby & Holly books. These two girls were first introduced in Book 5 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series.


The girls are first cousins on their mothers’ side. They moved to the quiet town of Lindon, New Hampshire and live in a grand old Victorian which is haunted.


The cousins are excited about attending the 6th grade dance. When their friend, Justine, is bullied, Abby and Holly, along with the help of a ghost and Davey & Derek, work together to formalize a plan to put a stop to the bullying.

This series was written for my granddaughter and step granddaughter. They both love to read about mysteries and fun adventures. If your children have not read this series, now is the time to grab a copy of book 1 and let the fun adventures begin.

Parents never have to worry about what is in these books. There are no objectionable situations or language EVER! Adults loves these books too! Valuable life lessons and good family values are evident in each book. It’s time to let the fun adventures, mysteries and magic begin!!

Abby & Holly Books 1-6

This series has won 8 book awards – 6 Pinnacle Book Awards and 2 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards – Bronze Medal and an Honorable Mention.

My goal in writing for MG/PT/YA is to encourage all ages to read daily to enhance their creativity, increase their vocabulary and enable them to live healthier and happier lives. Keep reading and I will keep writing. Thank you! Happy Reading!

MG/PT/YA books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Abby & Holly Series provides more fun and ghostly adventures with cousins, Abby & Holly, as they discover things in their old Victorian and go back to the past to solve mysteries. There are ghosts, a haunted house, time travel, mysteries, and magic. Life lessons will also be learned about friendship, family, respect, love and caring for one another, and bullying will never be accepted or tolerated! MG/PT/YA will be hooked and parents will feel good about the quality of books their children are reading! Adults are reading and enjoying them also!

Check out these reviews on Amazon using AllAuthor.com promos:

This was a fun series to write. I felt like a kid again as I became part of the story and engaged in what was happening past and present. Girls and boys will love this series! Parents do too! It’s a good, wholesome series with nothing that parents have to worry about. Life lessons are evident throughout the stories. Grab your copies today!

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Magic/Mystery/Fun Adventures with Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Books 1-6 – a multi-award-winning series!

Looking for that special series for your middle-graders/preteens/young adults? Summer is flying by but there is still time to do plenty of reading. This is a multi-award-winning series with 11 book awards – 5 Pinnacle Book Awards, 3 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, 1 Book Excellence Finalist Award, 1 Authorsdb Book Cover Contest and 1 Top Shelf Award – First Place.

Blurb:

PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER!

READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS – HONORABLE MENTION!

Davey and Derek Donato are twins, but not identical, who love to play detective. They are always ready for adventure living in the sleepy little town of Lindon where nothing happens. The twins overhear about a sixth grader who lost her cell phone. The fifth grader twins kick into detective mode to solve their first case with the help of their friends, Mickey Catonni, aka cat. Things don’t seem to add up when a bully gets into the mix.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 1-6
New cover of Book 2

This was such a fun series to write. Sometimes I want to pick it up again and continue the story, but I have so many other projects on the back burner that my head is spinning. Maybe one day I will begin another series for Middle graders/preteens again. All my MG/PT/YA books have life lessons as do my children’s books. There is never any objectionable situations or language in my wholesome books. Parents feel comfortable with my work and enjoy reading it too!

These books were dedicated to my three grandsons when they were young. They are now in their teens and twenties! Yikes! How time has flown! I hope your middle graders and preteens will love this series as much as my grandsons did. Grab Book 1 now and let the magic begin!

MG/PT/YA books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Here are some reviews from Amazon using AllAuthor.com.

Let the magic begin with Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Books 1-6 today!

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series is a fun and magical series with spells, wands, black cat, good witches, time travel, ghost hunting and more. There are also life lessons that include being kind, caring and respectful toward others, listen to parents, be helpful and do chores and bullying is never tolerated or accepted. Parents love this series too! When your MG/PT/YA read these books you will rest easy that they are reading good, clean and wholesome books. What more could you want in a book for your children? Parents are reading and enjoying them too!

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Drystan the Dragon and Friends Book 1: Drystan and Durward Save the Day won a Runners-up Award from Top Shelf Awards!

I am excited to announce that Drystan the Dragon and Friends Series Book 1: Drystan and Durward Save the Day won a Runners-up Award from Top Shelf Awards! It is so thrilling to see one of my books honored like this. Thank you so much, Top Shelf Awards, for this honor. I am doing a happy dance again! I feel blessed! I think Drystan and Durward are quite pleased too!

Children – Fantasy/Sci-Fi – Drystan the Dragon and Friends Book 1:
Drystan and Durward Save the
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Blurb:

This is a magical series about Drystan the dragon and his friends. These dragons are colorful, engaging and fun to read about. They teach children the importance of friendship, caring for one another, being kind to others, and it’s okay to be different.

All dragons are of different colors and their names begin with the letter ‘D’ – a fun way for young children to learn the letter ‘D’ and colors.

In Book 1 Drystan makes a new friend, Durward, who invites him to visit the Land of the Rainbows. While they are there, they have an adventure. Find out what the dragons do to save the day.

I created this magical/fun/adventure series for young children to enjoy. What child doesn’t like dragons who do good deeds and are kind and caring to one another. All my children’s books carry valuable life lessons and important family values.

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

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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 – four are male and three are female.

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 all year round. Children will love reading these books and they may 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.

If your children haven’t read these books yet, please check them out today for some enjoyable reading time with you and your young children and for those early readers too. Happy reading!

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Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 4: The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog – won a First Place Book Award with Top Shelf Awards!

I am so thrilled and excited to announce that Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Book 4: The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog won First Place in Young Adult Mystery Genre in Top Shelf Awards! I am doing my happy dance! I feel so blessed and thankful to Top Shelf Awards for this honor!

Young Adult – Mystery – Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Book 4:
The Case of the Brown Scraggly Dog

Blurb:

READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS – 5- STAR REVIEW!

First Place – Young Adult Mystery – Top Shelf Awards!

Davey and Derek Donato are at it again in this new book. In this case they come across a brown scraggly dog with blood on its paw but when the boys try to stop the dog, it runs away.

Aunt Gigi is here once again to assist the boys with their magic and provide some new spells.

Clues surface that suggest that someone may be injured and in need of help. The boys will have to use their skills and a little magic to solve this case.

This is a six-book series of mystery/magic/adventures/warlocks/witches and lots of fun for MG/PT/YA for summertime or any time reading. The series has won 11 awards at this time. Check it out today! You won’t be sorry. You will be entertained and delighted with the twins as you help them solve another mystery. Happy reading!

Here are some reviews from Amazon using AllAuthor.com promos:

Here are all the books in this series for your enjoyment.

MG/PT/YA books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Books 1-6

This series was so much fun to write. I found my fingers flying over the keyboard and the stories flowed with the guidance of the characters. When I write a story, I am truly inside the story along with the characters. They tell the story as I follow along not knowing how the story will end. It is an exciting feeling. I hope you will enjoy these books as much as I enjoyed writing them. Thank you so much!

My goal in writing for MG/PT/YA is to encourage all ages to read daily to enhance their creativity, increase their vocabulary and enable them to live healthier and happier lives. Keep reading and I will keep writing. Thank you! Happy Reading!

MG/PT/YA books are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Rose of Sharon are Gorgeous!

I look forward each year to the blooming of our 17 Rose of Sharon bushes all around our house. They are absolutely the most beautiful sight each year. Many of our neighbors walk by to gaze at them especially when they are in full bloom. They are getting there with their blossoms.

Here are some recent photos of them in all their glory.

Rose of Sharon mother bush
Rose of Sharon Mother bush taken from inside our office
Two bushes on one side of the house blooming in profusion
10 Bushes on other side of house
Rose of Sharon 10 bushes blooming more now. They reach up to and above the windows. We can see them flowers from inside.

These photos are the many flowers that are blooming now in different shades of purple/pink and white. The birds, bees, butterflies and dragonflies are loving these blossoms.

I recently shared our beautiful hydrangea bush with eight flowers. It was the most flowers we have ever had on one plant. Unfortunately the deer developed a liking to them and here is what the bush looks like now! Sigh! YIKES!

Hydrangea with 7 blossoms
After deer ate most of the flowers! Sigh!

I was shocked to see it like this. I had come out a few days after taking the first photo above and cried out for John to come see it. I guess the deer took a liking to the taste of these beautiful flowers! I was so crushed! I’ll have to wait until next year now to enjoy them! Sigh!

Here is our hibiscus plant with two flowers. They are a lovely color of salmon. Bugs are doing a job on it laying their eggs (white fluffy things). I tried to water it the other day and I was engulfed with these white things all over me! Yuck! I did a little dance around and waved my arms to get them off of me. I took a shower just in case there were any still there! Haha!

Bugs are loving my rose bushes too! We have had to spray them heavily to protect them. One plant I don’t want to share the photo of is completely devastated, hardly any leaves and no flowers! Sigh!

I will share some more of the Rose of Sharon soon. They are not through with flowering yet. They sometimes have so many flowers on their stems that they lean over because of the weight of them. So gorgeous!

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will come back again soon. You are always welcome. Keep reading and I will keep writing. Take care.

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Famous Sayings – Where did they originate?

Did you ever wonder where some of these sayings came from? Here are some familiar ones that you may have used in your daily lives in the past or present. A friend of mine sent these along recently. I thought you might enjoy them. How many did you know?

I guess we learn something new every day. I know I did. I hope you enjoyed these and maybe the next time you use them they will mean more to you.

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Freddie the Frog doing well!

I never introduced our little freshwater frog named Freddie. He was small when we got him. He has grown quite substantially over the past few months or so. He loves to eat. He is quite an active character.

Here are some photos I have snapped of him in his water world.

This first one is when we just got him. He looked directly at the camera and stuck out his tongue at me. He has since grown quite a bit as you can see.

Freddie the frog back in May 2022
Younger and thinner Freddie with a Molly who is no longer with us
Freddie getting bigger August 2022
Freddie swimming doing the frog kick
Freddie going up for air
Freddie going up and down the tank

I think in this photo above he sees himself in the glass. He kept going up and down making me dizzy watching him. He is quite active and never stays still for long unless he is sleeping.

Freddie spreading out his webbed feet to propel himself along
Freddie checking out his lovely reflection here

One day last month Freddie jumped out of the tank while my husband was cleaning it. Freddie took quite a leap and landed on a towel on the floor. He jumped around a few times evading my husband’s hands while I screamed – GET HIM, GET HIM! I didn’t want to touch him. I felt a little queasy about it. In the past we had two frogs who jumped out of the tank unbeknownst to us until the next day. We found one outside our bedroom door and the second behind our office door quite far away. It was amazing that they had traveled that far before they succumbed (dried out). Sigh! Since then I am a little nervous about it happening again.

I guess Freddie thought that there was something better on the other side of the tank walls. He ventured out to see for himself. He always appears to be trying to find a way out. He is well taken care of and fed by my husband. I just enjoy watching Freddie in action all over the tank.

Freddie doesn’t appear to be able to see but he feels around for his food and always finds it. He is active and eating well for sure by the size of him. I hope you enjoyed learning about our frog. In case you are wondering – he eats whatever fish food we put inside the tank. We did recently purchase some small pellets for frogs and will see if he likes them as much as the shrimp and other fish food we give him.

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will come back again for more eclectic posts about whatever pops into my overcrowded head. Thanks for your kind support.

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The Reviews Keep coming on Gateskin 2 The Unknown Territory!

What a wonderful feeling to receive another wonderful review of my fantasy series, book 2, The Unknown Territory (Gateskin Chronicles Book 2)! If you haven’t read this series yet, please check it out on Amazon. Let the Adventures Begin and in book 2 – Let the Adventures Continue!! Thank you to this reader who posted this beautiful review on Goodreads!

Promo by BMGN – Theodocia McLean

August 1, 2022

King Gateskin, his family, and the people of Sovorotskina are back to fight off the enemy, evil King Kaposkaran of Parotovina. I have waited for this second book in the Gateskin Chronicles with great anticipation. As in everything, Janice Spina writes, her writing is always age appropriate and filled with imaginative characters and great stories. The characters in The Unknown Territory: Gateskin Chronicles Book 2 are beyond fabulous! The existing characters are consistent with the first book, The Legend of the Taken Ones: Gateskin Chronicles Book 1. The new characters follow in the tradition of the former characters with the addition of some fabulous new creatures in The Unknown Territory. If they’re good, they’re very good, but if they’re followers of King Kaposkaran, they’re diabolical. But can Kaposkaran be so evil that these followers are willing to risk life and limb to escape Parotovina and join forces with Gateskin? 

Appropriate for both young adults and adults, I promise you will not be able to put down The Unknown Territory: Gateskin Chronicles Book 2. It is mesmerizing! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Gateskin and the people of Sovorotskina in Book 3.
There is no way I can rate this anything but a five-star book!

Blurb:

The adventures continue in this addition of Gateskin Chronicles. Many new characters and creatures are introduced. Spells abound with magic all around. Many visitors come to Sovorotskina looking for asylum from the evil King Kaposkaran of Parotovina. Will King Gateskin accept them all or even be able to trust them not to be spies for the evil King?

Serena uses her powers to assist when wolves come their way. Other creatures are also about and threaten the safety of the village.

Kaposkaran finds himself in trouble when his village is attacked by creatures. Will he turn to Gateskin for help? If he does, what will Gateskin do?

There is a spy about in Sovorotskina. Will the spy be discovered and somehow stopped from undermining the magic of King Gateskin and his family?

There will be four more books in this series. I expect to write and publish two more, hopefully, in 2023. They may be the only two books I publish then since these books are epic productions and take a lot out of me. There is so much happening in them that I have a difficult time keeping all the characters, creatures and events straight unless I keep writing them down. I have provided a list in the beginning of the story in each book so far to help readers keep them straight too.

The books are growing in size. The first book is 500+ pages while the second book is 600+ pages. I do not plan to go to 700, 800, 900, and 1000 pages for the next four! I hope to keep the rest of the books between 500-600 pages unless my muse keeps the stories going stronger. I need to take a more active role in regulating the length of my muses diatribes. With the length of these novels they would entertain you all through summer or any time. When I wrote these two books I was taken away to the lands as if by magic. I soared along as if I were just an observer who never knew what was going to happen next. I didn’t know how each book would end until the muse and characters opened my eyes and led the way! Crazy, huh? But it is a thrilling ride, one that I look forward to in the next four books.

The names and places in this series are odd to say the least. Don’t ask me where they come from. I have no idea but my muse does. My muse sends me all these names at random and I have to write them down right away or I will forget them. This muse is unforgiving and does not repeat them but goes onto the next character, place or creature. Sigh! Once the characters come alive they take over the story and I am just along for the ride.

I have begun Book 3 but only wrote a couple of chapters so far. My muse has veered in another direction or should I say directions. He/she or whatever my muse is has pulled me into another series completely different from the fantasy. Once I finish this shorter series I will get back to Book 3 of the fantasy.

As you know, I am an eclectic writer as well as a reader. I love bouncing around with genres, ages groups and subjects. This keeps me thriving as my brain sends out sparks that push me forward to do more. Travel along with me to see what I come up with next. It will be a surprise to me too! Ha!

Check out this book trailer I created through Animoto.com. I hope it entices you to pick up your copies today! Thank you!

The Unknown Territory (Gateskin Chronicles Book 2) by Janice Spina

Here’s the book trailer I created from Animoto.com for The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)

The Legend of the Taken Ones (Gateskin Chronicles Book 1)

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