Keeping Busy During Pandemic!

I have been so busy during the Stay At Home Orders that I don’t feel like I have any extra time on my hands. Do you agree?

So far I have completed four books which is what my goal was for the whole year! I will go over my goal for 2020 for sure!

In between writing, editing and publishing books I have been blogging, emailing, Zooming and FaceTiming family and friends during the day.

Evenings I crochet and watching some TV on Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflicks or regular channels for something to entertain and pass the time. I cannot sit still for long – always looking for something to do. It drives my husband crazy! Ha!

Here are the crochet projects I completed so far. I am working on two full-size afghans which will take quite a while to complete – probably throughout the summer and into the fall.

Baby boy afghan, sweater and hats set
Baby girl afghan, sweater and hat set

I will be ready for any new additions to our family whenever they arrive with these sets.

As I was writing this we had some snow. Here are a couple of photos showing what we received. It was all gone within a few hours once it began to rain and melt it away. This is crazy New England where you just blink once and the weather changes. But I’ve lived here all my life and love it. There isn’t anywhere else I’d want to live. Hmm…maybe Aruba?

April snow didn’t seem to bother the birds
April snow on our back deck

Of course I am also reading extensively – 5-8 books a month. Check out my monthly reads segment each month for my reviews and ideas for new books to read.

I hope everyone is staying safe and well in their homes, washing hands regularly for 20 seconds each time and when going out for groceries wear a mask for safety sake.

The easiest way to do things is to order everything you can online and have it delivered. That is what we are doing. My husband does all the grocery shopping for us. Bless him! We even order food from local restaurants a couple times a week for variety. It makes us feel as if we went out to eat for a treat. Stay positive and do something each day to stay that way. God Bless!

My goal in writing for children is to encourage them to read daily to enhance their life through good health and increase their creativity. Please read to your children daily even after they can read by themselves. This is a wonderful time to bond, cuddle, and get closer to your children. They will love and remember fondly the times you spent with them. Please keep reading and I will keep writing! Happy Reading Everyone!

Watch for new books in the Abby & Holly Series coming in May and in August 2020. I will be working on a new YA fantasy series this winter, on new books to add to the Mariah Series in 2021 and beyond, and an historical fiction in 2021 or 2022 whenever I can complete all these projects. I love tackling new things and look forward to sharing all my completed works with you.

My wall of books keeps growing! I’ve run out of space on this wall and may have to find another to fill!

Blessings & Hugs! Stay Safe, Stay Well and God Bless!


Janice Spina aka J.E. Spina

Award-Winning Author

Jemsbooks for All Ages!







About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 41 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 6 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 33 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 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel 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 a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, 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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13 Responses to Keeping Busy During Pandemic!

  1. Darlene says:

    You are using your time wisely!! Well done. Stay safe and healthy. xo

  2. Lifehood says:

    Wow! What a human. Living a life of constructive writing can be a very sacrificial one. But our children? With all these cartoons and movies, music and media chats on every hand-set? Only God can help.
    How i wish i have your writing talents!

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you! But the more you write the better you will become! Keep writing and reading to learn how others write. That is what I do. I read up to 10 books a month. Check out my months reads for suggestions for books to read each month. Get your children reading today too. Check out my books for all ages for children on They will be entertained and learn valuable life lessons at the same time. Good Luck! Keep safe and well. God Bless!

  3. Lifehood says:

    Tell you what, I started writing again few days ago. After running away from blogging for some time.

    • jjspina says:

      Keep it up every day whether it is blogging, writing letters, book reviews or a WIP. The more you write the better you will become. I love it! I feel I am getting better the more I do it. In blogging I sometimes pour my heart out too much. I have to rein myself in. Good Luck! Stay safe and well! God Bless!

  4. You are doing well, Janice. I think it is easier to make use of your time at home when you are retired or still working and not worrying about money and loss of income. I am also fine as my husband and I are both still working but I am concerned about what will be left of our economy when we finally emerge from our sheltering in place. I love your baby clothes. They are divine.

    • jjspina says:

      Thank you, Robbie. Yes, we are both retired and thankfully still getting our pensions and social security. We pray they won’t be touched, otherwise we couldn’t function without them. I’m worried about what will happen when things are back to a new normal too. Small businesses are suffering. I pray that things will get back to normal for them soon. Take care and stay well! Blessings!

  5. Awesome you’ve managed to get so much done. Wish I could say the same, but I’ve only started to feel like I can be productive very recently. For about the first month I really struggled, and only did a good job of reading, watching Netflix, and playing with the petkids. It’s not the being stuck at home… I don’t go out much anyhow. It’s all the stress and uncertainty, and all the other stuff you hear about on the news. I started rationing my online time more strictly though, which has helped with the anxiety-related issues, even if it means I’m often a few days behind on blogs and things these days.

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