So Much Rain – No Cookouts – Flowers doing well!

We have had so much rain the past two weeks that we haven’t been able to have our usual cookouts and enjoy our deck. Sigh! I wish we could send all the rain to other parts of the country that are arid and in dire need of some precipitation. I will curtail my complaining since I think they are in a worse place without rain. I would do a rain dance for them but I’m afraid we would get more rain ourselves here.

Some of my flowers are doing well while others are dying from being overwatered. Yikes! I will share only the good ones. The one good thing about all the rain is that my husband who usually waters all the plants (also plants them) got a reprieve from watering for a little while.

Mini petunias
More petunias
Petunias on the wall
Petunias and Sunflowers
Passion Flower plant with lots of blossoms at the bottom
Mint plant
Pond lush and green

The pond in the back of our yard is lush and green. The bittersweet along the fence is abundant and spreading out profusely. It will have to be cut back in another year or so. The red winged blackbirds along with other birds love the pond and all its vegetation. They nest in there and care for their young.

Today we got a shock as we were sitting at breakfast a good-sized hawk went flying into our window and startled us. He must have been after one of the birds at the feeders nearby and veered the wrong way into the window. Of course it happened so fast I didn’t get a photo. Oh well. I don’t think he got the birds. Thank goodness.

Yesterday I got a surprise from a little chipmunk. I was doing a workout downstairs in our basement on my tapping routine when I heard a scratching sound at the slider. When I turned around I saw a chipmunk tapping on the glass. I asked him what he wanted and he scurried away. I resumed my routine and he did it again with the same results. He hurried away and didn’t come back again.

This has happened also with birds who tap on our windows or peek in to try to get our attention when the bird feeders are empty. They are clever creatures and know who feeds them. They must think we are feeble and forgetful. Haha!

Rose of Sharon
Rose of Sharon

We have 17 Rose for Sharon plants in and around our yard. They are so gorgeous! Many of them used to have purple or lilac blossoms but now more of them are showing only white blossoms. I am waiting to see how many of the ones that did not blossom yet will have purple or white flowers. Ten of them are still not showing any flowers. I will share them as soon as I see some.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read this post. I hope you will come back again real soon. Thank you also for your kind support of me, my books and blog and also for all the reviews you have posted wherever my books are sold.

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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4 Responses to So Much Rain – No Cookouts – Flowers doing well!

  1. Victoria Zigler says:

    Everyone seems to either be getting too much or too little rain lately.

  2. What beautiful flowers! Thanks for sharing, Janice. Flowers always uplift.:)

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