A Birthday Celebration and a Mystery!

Yesterday was a lovely day to celebrate my birthday. Thank you to all who had sent kind birthday wishes to me making my day more special than ever!

My loving husband sent me more roses. Our anniversary and my birthday are too close together. We didn’t think this one through. He has to come up with gifts for two occasions. He has done a commendable job so far. God bless him!

Birthday Roses

We went to an upscale restaurant which is also a venue for weddings. The grounds are pretty as you can see here. My sister and her husband came with us. It was a special way to spend my 71st birthday with my wonderful husband and my loving sister and brother-in-law. (We may have to remortgage the house on this dinner!) We don’t go here more than once every ten years so we can save up!

Bedford Village Inn and Restaurant
This is the venue part of it.
The restaurant and tavern are in the yellow section behind this fountain.
Inside restaurant – John & I
My sister & her husband
My dinner – Seafood Bouillabaisse
Fruit & Goat Cheese Salad
My dessert – Triple Berry Sorbet

We snapped some photos with my new IPhone here.

My baby sister and I

It was a beautiful day and celebration with family. I am grateful for this special day and all the memories that I will cherish.

Beta tank minus Bubba Blue

Now for the mystery – when my husband and I woke up this birthday morning we noticed upon feeding our fish in the little 6 gallon tank in the kitchen that the beautiful blue and red beta fish was missing. We took apart the little tank and sifted through the rocks at the bottom but no fish. I recited my prayer to St. Anthony – Dear St. Anthony, please look around something is lost but can’t be found. (Three times) But alas, little Bubba Blue is still missing. We are at a loss to figure out where he could have gone. If he jumped out to freedom he is nowhere in sight on the floor. Sigh. Maybe one day we will find him!? Then we can give him a proper send off down the toilet.

We bought new fish – seven neon tetras but they are so small we will buy more to fill the tank. Still miss Bubba Blue though.

Neon Tetras
Neon Tetras in small tank

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Blessings & hugs!



About jjspina

Janice is an award-winning author with 12 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 9 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, Davey & Derek Book 6, and Abby & Holly Books 1 & 2 all won Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards. Book 5 of Davey & Derek also won a Silver Medal from Authorsdb Cover Contest. Hunting Mariah and Mariah’s Revenge were Finalist in Authorsdb First Lines Contest, Book 4 of Davey & Derek Series was a Finalist in Red City Review and receive a 5-Star Review from Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. All Janice's books are available on Amazon.com, 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 4 of Abby & Holly series for girls and a Dragon series for young children. A YA fantasy series will be coming in 2020 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 http://jemsbooks.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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20 Responses to A Birthday Celebration and a Mystery!

  1. Darlene says:

    Sounds like you had a great birthday celebration. The food looks amazing!

  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful birthday celebration… Glad to hear it!

    Sorry about the fish. Hope you find him, even if it turns out to be too late to do more than give him a proper send-off. We can’t flush fish in our house… There was an incident involving a fish not flushing first time when I was little, and it made enough of an impression on me that just the mention of flushing fish in a toilet I need to be using makes me panicky. It wouldn’t be so bad if we had a second bathroom, so I could avoid the one used for the fish for a couple of days.

  3. wolfpug says:

    Looks like you had a wonderful birthday celebration. Depending on the other kind of fish in the tank, Bubba Blue may have been eaten. Neon Tetras are very pretty, tho!

  4. Jennie says:

    Delightful, Janice (except for Bubba ☹️). Where is the Bedford Inn?

  5. macjam47 says:

    What a beautiful way to celebrate your birthday (BTW – sisters are the best). I’m so sorry to hear about your fish. Hope you find him soon. 💕🤗💕

  6. Amy Caudill says:

    Happy belated birthday, Janice! It looks like you had a great time and the restaurant was just beautiful. Thanks for sharing your photos.

  7. It looks like you had a wonderful birthday meal with your family, Janice. Lovely photographs.


  9. Andrew Joyce says:

    You know what’s sad about getting old? With pictures of beautiful women floating about, I zeroed in on the food. Anyway, it looked like ya’all had a good time.

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