Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!

Now that spring is finally here every day is a beautiful day to me in the the neighborhood!

My husband and I try to walk every day 2-3 miles, sometimes more, around the neighborhood. On this particular trip I took many photos which drove John utterly crazy. I stopped every few minutes to admire trees budding, flowers springing up, and grass growing greener to the eye.

Here are some of the beautiful photos I snapped with my cell.

The flowering trees are gorgeous to  look at especially if they are all in a row as below.

The sky this day was an azure blue, bright, clear and breathtaking. I photographed some sky here.

We live close to golf course which makes for some fabulous photos in all seasons. I was fortunate to be able to snap these photos after they updated their gazebo with a new roof.

I don’t like to golf even though I took lessons. It is the only time I cry constantly. When I get to each hole I have a terrible time hitting the ball. My swing is perfect (well for me, that is) but alas, the ball doesn’t go anywhere. This causes for some consternation on the part of my husband who keeps telling everyone, “She’s new at this.”

I will always be NEW at this frustrating game! Tom Hanks said in A League of Their Own, “There’s no crying in baseball!” I say there is plenty of crying in golf! Ha! Well that ended my career in golf. My husband happily plays with his friends and my brother and there is no crying going on but maybe some arguing! LOL!

Here are one of the hills above we take to get our blood pumping. It’s quite a trek coming back. At our age we need a challenge and it’s good for our circulation to keep moving. Like Dori says, “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming!”

Below photos are of some of our yard blooming and coming to life! Love it!

Below is the beginning of great beauty with my rose bush! Last year it was gorgeous in all its splendor. But this year the landscaper cut it farther back. I hope it will flourish and produce a multitude of roses as last year. Finger crossed!

The next photo is of our hydrangea. We only had a few blossoms last spring. It’s beginning to green up so maybe we will have better luck this year!

This photo below is of an Easter Lily that John planted recently. Next to it are two more plants from previous years coming up.

One lone dandelion sits on our front lawn. Hopefully it will not have any friends joining him soon before the landscaper puts him out to pasture (on someone else’s pasture, that is).

There is beauty also inside to share. My Christmas cactus flowers around Thanksgiving and Christmas but also around Easter. It is now in full bloom and is just beginning to drop some of its pink flowers.

The violet is wearing its deepest purple flowers to show off and the lily lives off of the beta fish which in turn gets its nutrition from the plant.

This is called aqua-ponics. This is the combination of aquaculture (raising fish) and hydroponics (the soil-less growing of plants) that grows fish and plants together in one integrated system. The fish wastes provide an organic food source for the plants, and the plants naturally filter the water for the fish.

There is a third participant here called microbes (nitrifying bacteria). These bacteria convert ammonia from the fish waste first into nitrites, and then into nitrates. Nitrates are the form of nitrogen that plants can uptake and use to grow. Solid fish waste is turned into vermicompost that also acts as food for the plants.

In combining both hydroponic and aquaculture systems, aquaponics capitalizes on their benefits, and eliminates the drawbacks of each.

For more info on this – go to which is where I found the above information.

I hope you enjoyed my photos today. Thank you for stopping by! Please come back again for plenty of new posts about all kinds of things thrown in along with my writing, publishing, helpful info for authors, readers and my travels.

Wishing you a beautiful day today and every day! May God shower you with love!


Reading is good for your health! Happy Reading!

Blessings & Hugs!


About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 39 books: 19 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two 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 31 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. 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 2 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. There are books in the works about an angel and another about a dog for ages 17+. 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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12 Responses to Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood!

  1. Teri Polen says:

    Beautiful pics, Janice! ‘Just keep swimming’ is my mantra.

  2. I’m glad you’re able to get out and enjoy some lovely Spring weather.

  3. Colline says:

    The blossoms are so beautiful.

  4. macjam47 says:

    Lovely photos from your walk around your neighborhood! Thanks for sharing. Love and hugs.

  5. dgkaye says:

    How gorgeous and serene looking Janice. Thanks for this lovely share. ❤

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