Sometimes I just want to write and talk to you about this or that! Feeling freer now? Go grey or not?

Sometimes I just want to write and talk to you the only way I can – in my posts. Are you feeling safer now with restrictions being lowered since the Pandemic? Tell me how you feel.

I am just starting to feel safer and freer. Recently I posted about a trip to the mountains in New Hampshire, specifically, The Flume. We had brought along our masks as always but were told, when I inquired, that we did not have to wear masks. I did see one of the park workers wearing one though. She must have a medical issue to do so, I guess.

John & I in the mountains – no masks

Well, I enjoyed our walk without having to catch my breath hampered by a mask. It was freeing! Also the restaurant we ate at didn’t require masks either. Thank goodness. It was lovely walking around without masked men and women.

Masks I made for John & I in 2020
Other masks I made and sold some and gave others away.

There are still places that require masks so don’t throw yours away just yet. All my doctors require masks in their office and some restaurants still do too. I have enough paper ones to make a quilt. I use them once and then throw them away now. What else are you doing to do with them. I pray we never have to go through anything like this Pandemic again. But that’s wishful thinking. There is always another germ around the corner that we will have to be inoculated for in the future. As long as we stay safe and healthy and get vaccinated we are home free.

If you haven’t received your two vaccines, please do so as soon as you can. You will be safer and it didn’t hurt or cause any bad side effects – just minor ones like chills, aches or tiredness that went away quickly. It’s how our body deals with the vaccine to prepare antibodies to protect us the next time around if we do come into contact with the virus. Stay safe and well. God Bless!

When you are masked don’t you find it difficult to recognize people on the street that may have said ‘hello’ to you? I ran into a neighbor in a store recently and I was inches from him and he still did not know me. I took off my mask before he did. Even then he looked at me a little strangely, maybe because I was standing too close for comfort or he hadn’t seen me since I let my hair go grey. That was probably it. I don’t recognize myself at times when I look in the mirror. But it is like taking off a mask – it is freeing to let your hair go natural and not have to worry about it so much. I guess as I get older I must be losing my vanity along with my sanity.

Here are two photos of me – one with dark hair and one with grey. Quite different. But it is the real me and I like it. Some of my family look at me and shake their heads. They don’t understand why I like feeling free. I’m not getting any young, so why not do what I want to do and the way I want to do it?

I got a haircut here and the hair is almost all grey. I want to let it grow a little longer like below.
HereHere I had longer hair and less grey. I included this photo to showcase my novel, In A Second. Haha!

I keep telling everyone that grey or gray is in. It’s popular now with the Hollywood set too. Even Lady Gaga is wearing a grey wig for a change. I’m in like Flynn. So what’s the problem? The hair dye companies might not be too happy about that. They should start selling grey dye then. I do save some money not dyeing it anymore and time too. It took 1 1/2 hours to do the hair every 5-6 weeks. Now I go for a trip every 2 months or so. Love it! I no longer have to purchase powdered dye and sticks to keep touching up the grey, oh my! Heaven forbid a little showed! I laugh at all that now. I no longer worry. I brush and go and clip it up here or there or wear headbands, which I love. In the summer it’s too hot to do that so I use a banana clip and it keeps it up off my neck – much cooler that way.

What do you think? Are you going grey too? Do you feel free? Do whatever you want to do with the time you have on this beautiful planet. Life free or die (New Hampshire’s motto). Enjoy life and feel good about yourself. Don’t worry about what others think. I’ve learned that as I get older and wiser.

When I wrote Lubelia Alycea, the story I dedicated to my grandmother (Avoa) I learned to think like her. She never colored her hair in her life. She let it go grey naturally. She never lost any of her hair either because of that. She wasn’t vain like most women her age. She did what she wanted to do and how she wanted to do it. I hope you will get to read the story. It may remind you of your own grandmother and ancestors who paved the way for you to come to another homeland wherever that may be.

Check it out on Amazon and also on Barnes & Noble.


Lubelia Alycea leaves her native country of Madeira, Portugal to travel to her new home – America.

This is the story of how a strong, resilient young girl grows into a formidable woman. She must survive many tragedies in her lifetime, separation from family, sickness, death, betrayal, and a lost love. Will she find happiness and a new love in her life?

Will she be strong enough to face the storms ahead and still keep her family together? Will the secrets in her life destroy her and all that she holds dear?

I think my grandmother would be proud of me for telling a story about a woman like her. I think she is smiling down on me and probably feeling good about herself too for the wonderful life she did live. I would love to hear if you liked this book.

Here is another book you might like:


Athena feels as if she is going out of her mind. She can’t function after losing her fiancé, Justin, in a car accident, or did she? She keeps having dreams or rather nightmares of being trapped in a car with Justin’s lifeless body. But when she wakes up in the hospital no one will tell her what happened to Justin. She begins to think that he is a figment of her imagination until she calls his number and he answers. They make a date but then, he doesn’t show up.

There are many secrets that Athena’s parents are keeping from her. Can she deal with all the secrets that threaten her whole being? Her only salvation is her Gramma Grace who knows the truth and has the power of clairvoyance to help her.

Athena finally meets someone who could possibly give her a chance at love again but can Lucas give her what she needs or is he asking too much of her? When her psychiatrist, Dr. Nick Jasper, shows an interest in her too she feels overwhelmed and confused.

Will Athena be able to choose between Dr. Jasper and Lucas? Will she ever forget Justin?

Each time I write a story I get so involved with it and the characters that I escape the world around me. It is another way to feel free! If you write you may know what I mean.

I am currently working on book 1 of a fantasy series for YA (young adults). There will be six works in the series, I hope. I have no ideas about any of the other books yet. But that is how I write – off the cuff. I never know what is going to happen next. Talk about feeling free! It is an amazing feeling that you can’t share with anyone else unless they do the same thing when they write.

I think I could compare it to a runner who gets a high from running and is addicted to getting that feeling again and again. They continue to run. Well, we authors feel free too when we write and are off to the races with a story as the characters take over. It’s incredible!

Just writing this off the cuff as I think is a freeing feeling. I hope you have enjoyed my ranting on and on about feeling free. I hope you are feeling free too.

There are plenty more books for all ages from Jemsbooks. If you keep reading I will have a reason to keep writing! Thank you! Enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by to read this post. I appreciate your kind support of me and my books and all the reviews that I receive. Please keep them coming! I hope you will keep coming back for more entertaining reading and events about new works, daily news, birds, fish and other things that pop into my already overcrowded head.

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 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 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 36 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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15 Responses to Sometimes I just want to write and talk to you about this or that! Feeling freer now? Go grey or not?

  1. Congratulations in many ways! Nice to hear, you are now far away from wearing masks, and can enjoy the daily life much more. Thank you for sharing the news about your books. Will try to get closer to them too. Very styling masks you had made. Maybe in future there are occasions one can wear more for remembrance, as against the fear getting infected. Have a beautiful weekend°! Michael xx

  2. Thank you for your post.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Here in Queensland we had only right in the beginning to wear masks, for a very short time. then again in the beginning this year for a week. It was very hard for me. I hardly could breath. so didn’t went out. only quickly shopping.
    And grey hair or not? If you like it, then that is what you do. I myself colour my hair, but need to do it only twice the year. Because of being blond. when it’s grow out, hardly anyone can see the difference. white or grey hair underneath. It’s blending in. I am lucky i guess.
    Take care Gigi

  3. Victoria Zigler says:

    I’m not going grey yet, but when – or if – I do, I’m going to just let it happen. Personally, I hope I live long enough to become a little old lady with grey or white hair, because then I know I’ll have lived a long life, which is something to be grateful for.

    Feel safer? No. Not because of the virus, but because I’ve never really felt safe around too many people, an issue that got worse when I lost the last of my sight. While I’m glad the choices and freedoms are returning, I hope some of the things don’t go back to pre-pandemic days.

  4. Love the gray! Congrats of the new book! Voted on your cover! 🙂 We’re still making up indoors when we go out and outdoors in crowds as well. It’s wonderful to be out and about again… xo

  5. You look lovely with gray hair. I had a peek on your author page and was totally impressed by all the books you’ve written. WOW! That’s a great accomplishment. Congratulations, Janice.

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