The Beauty Around Us

Petunia striped 2016

I love walking all year round for exercise and just to enjoy being outdoors in the lovely weather. Being especially observant I notice everything beautiful or even strange. I took a photo of this moth on my slider recently. It actually waved its legs in annoyance at me. It was evidently trying to nap. It is a tad creepy, wouldn’t you agree?


I can’t help myself when I see flowers I have to snap a few pics. Here is a small circle near my home that my husband and I take care of and plant flowers each year.


The beautiful red and green leaves are from the tree we planted several years ago, a red forest pansy. In the spring it has lovely red blossoms.


The variegated marigolds have filled in and created a magnificent border around the tree while inside the circle are gorgeous purple striped petunias. A lovely red rose bush stands amongst these holding its own beauty. Plenty of water is provided each day to give these beauties a chance to thrive in the scorching summer temps.

Caring for these beautiful flowers clears my head and awakens my creativity. Time to get back to my books. I feel refreshed and ready to create more adventures.

I am working on Books 3 & 4 of the Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. There is plenty of fun, adventures, magic and mystery for all ages with twins, Davey and Derek Donato. Go to for your copy and get in on all the magic in books 1 & 2.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you are enjoying your summer reading! Remember – Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!




About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 35 books: 17 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 5 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 26 Book Awards and a few Finalists in contests. AWARDS: 4 MOM'S CHOICE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Lamby the Lonely Lamby, Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon, Louey the Lazy Elephant, Jesse the Precocious Polar Bear 11 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, Books 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6. Abby & Holly Series, Books 1-6 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION - Davey & Derek Book 1, READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - SILVER MEDAL - Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, Book 3 READERS' FAVORITE AWARDS - BRONZE MEDAL - Abby & Holly Book 1 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - HONORABLE MENTION — Abby & Holly Book 2 READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 5 PINNACLE BOOK ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS - Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, Sebastian Meets Marvin the Monkey BOOK EXCELLENCE AWARD - FINALIST - Davey & Derek Book 6 Authorsdb Cover Contest Silver Medal - Davey & Derek Book 5 FINALISTS: Authorsdb First Lines Contest, - Hunting Mariah and Mariah's Revenge were Finalists Red City Review Awards - Finalist - Davey & Derek Book 4 READERS’ FAVORITE BOOK AWARDS - 5-STAR REVIEW - Davey & Derek Book 4 All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 1 of a YA fantasy series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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3 Responses to The Beauty Around Us

  1. Kev says:

    Beautiful, Janice! 😊

  2. macjam47 says:

    A lovely little island garden.

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