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 award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 7 middle-grade/preteen/young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 3 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 children's book, Lamby the Lonely Lamby, won a Silver Medal in the Mom's Choice Awards. Book 1, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Missing Cell Phone, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Honorable Mention from Readers' Favorite Book Awards. Book 2, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series, The Case of the Mysterious Black Cat, won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and so did Book 3, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. Jerry the Crabby Crayfish, Broose the Moose on the loose, Colby the Courageous Cat, Book 5, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Sad Mischievous Ghost, and Jeffrey the Jittery Giraffe, all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah was a Finalist in Authorsdb First Lines Contest. Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review. 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 3 of Abby & Holly series for girls, a fairy tale and Book 6 of Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2019 along with more children's books. Her hobbies are crocheting, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, 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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