A Few Chuckles to Ease the Stress of the Holidays!

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To help ease the stress of the holidays please enjoy these for some  much needed chuckles. They were sent to me by my friend, Steve.

I found this timely, because today I was in a store that sells sunglasses, and only sunglasses. A young lady walks over to me and asks, “What brings you in today?”

I looked at her, and said, “I’m interested in buying a refrigerator.” She didn’t quite know how to respond.

Am I getting to be that age?
I was thinking about how a status symbol of today is those cell phones that everyone has clipped onto their belt or purse. I can’t afford one. So I’m wearing my garage door opener.
I was thinking about old age and decided that old age is when you still have something on the ball, but you are just too tired to bounce it.
I thought about making a fitness movie for folks my age and calling it ‘Pumping Rust.’
When people see a cat’s litter box they always say, “Oh, have you got a cat?” Just once I want to say, “No, it’s for company!”
Employment application blanks always ask who is to be called in case of an emergency. I think you should write, ‘An ambulance.’
The older you get the tougher it is to lose weight because by then your body and your fat have gotten to be really good friends.
The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement.
Did you ever notice: The Roman Numerals for forty (40) are XL.
The sole purpose of a child’s middle name is so he can tell when he’s really in trouble..
Did you ever notice: When you put the 2 words ‘ The’ and ‘ IRS ‘ together it spells ‘Theirs…’

Aging: Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Some people try to turn back their “odometers.” Not me. I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way. I’ve traveled a long way and some of the roads weren’t paved.
You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
Ah! Being young is beautiful but being old is comfortable.

Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

May you always have Love to Share, Cash to Spare, And Friends who Care.

Remember to pace yourself and don’t get too stressed. We all try to do too much over the holidays. I wish everyone well and hope these chuckles gave you some relief.

Blessings & Hugs!


Here is my Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/janicespina7

for gifts for all ages! Children love books about animals, books in rhyme and fun adventures. Please check them out today!

All Jemsbooks’ children’s books have life lessons in the stories that help children learn good behavior and how to be kind to others. If you have a child who doesn’t listen to you, read Louey the Lazy Elephant or Ricky the Rambunctious Raccoon for valuable lessons that will help. If you have a child who needs help understanding differences read Broose the Moose on the Loose or Lamby the Lonely Lamb for a lesson in accepting difference and being kind to others.


Hurry and pick up my two novels, Hunting Mariah and How Far Is Heaven, at 99 cents each now and until 12/11/16!


Check out Jemsbooks MG/PT/YA books – Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series Books 1-3, for adventures, mysteries, magic, fantasy! Kids and adults love them. They have won three book awards so far! Book 4 is coming soon!


Spread some love through Reading this season!




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Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Christmas Update – Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene, Karen Ingalls, Janice Spina and Cynthia Reyes

Please check out Sally Cronin’s fabulous online book store on her incredible blog. I am honored to be part of it amongst so many wonderful authors! Thank you, Sally! ❤️️

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life


Throughout the year over 120 authors have been promoted weekly on the blog and their books now reside in the virtual bookstore along with their buy links and websites. In the run up to Christmas I will be visiting all the authors in the store and checking for updates and new reviews on their most recent books. If you are in the bookstore and have recently published a new book, received a rave review then please let me know.. Sally.cronin@moyhill.com


My first update today is for author Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene who has delighted us over recent years with her vibrant and enchanting weekly series. Many of us have contributed ‘three things’ in the hopes that Teagan would weave her magic around them and we have all said… that needs to be a book .. and  a film.  Thankfully Teagan has published what we hope is just the first of…

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Blogging Anniversary – Special Promotions!


I can’t believe it but I have been blogging for FOUR YEARS now! WordPress sent me a reminder but I got so busy with stuff that I forgot to post the news! I also received today a notice that I now have posted 500 posts! It’s exciting to think that I wrote that many already. I think my husband believes it because he said my head is always in my blog!


A special promotion will be taking place to celebrate this momentous occasion. I am offering both of my novels, Hunting Mariah and How Far Is Heaven (Kindle copies) at the discounted price of .99 cents each – that is a discount of 81%. Now you must take advantage of this wonderful offer before you lose out. The promotion will run from 12/4/16 – 12/11/16 in time for Christmas shopping. Remember the price goes back up to $4.99 on 12/12/16.

Hunting Mariah

How Far Is Heaven 



Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you take advantage of this special offer.

Thank you for your kind support and following over these past four years. It wouldn’t have been as much fun without you!

Check out all Jemsbooks at http://Jemsbooks.com and at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. There is something for all ages on your Christmas list.

Please check out these fantastic book trailers by Chris Graham for both novels.

Hunting Mariah Book Trailer

How Far Is Heaven Book Trailer


Remember: Reading Gives You Wings to Fly!

Blessings of the Holiday Season to one and all!



PLEASE NOTE: If you could not access these books at the .99 cent deal please be aware I have contacted Amazon. They are not available on Sunday. I should hear from them by tomorrow (Monday) to fix this. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Thank you for your patience! Now up and running! Yippee!

If anyone in the USA wishes to have a signed paperback of Hunting Mariah in time for Christmas, please contact me. I do not have any copies left of How Far Is Heaven at this time to send in time for Christmas but I can order some if you want one. Email me at jjspina@myfairpoint.net for prices of book and shipping.

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Promotion – Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Christmas Update

Check out lovely Sally’s fabulous site for promoting your books! She is an incredibly generous and kind lady with her time to do this for us authors! Thanks, dear Sally! Hugs and appreciation! 😚❤

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life


There are over 100 authors in my Cafe and Bookstore along with their buying links, four of their covers and their website or blog link.

From November 28th I will be doing a feature for a number of authors at a time with one of their books and the latest review which I will source from Amazon.  I will include the covers for any other books plus a central buy link and website.

However, if you have published a new book that we have not promoted in the last year then let me know so that we can do a full promotional post.

It is an alphabetical list so it is easy enough to find your name and please let me know if the central selling link is not correct (I use Amazon) or if your link to your website or blog is wrong.

You can check your entry here: …

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Goodreads Giveaway Ended for How Far Is Heaven!


Thank you to all who took part in the recent Goodreads Giveaway of my newest novel, How Far Is Heaven

Congratulations to the three winners – 2 from USA and 1 from Canada.

I will be mailing out the books today!

Look for more Goodreads Giveaways of Jemsbooks over the next several months. The next one up will be Book 3, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives, The Case of the Magical Ivory Elephant, followed by Colby the Courageous Cat.



I hope to complete Book 4, Davey & Derek Junior Detectives Series soon. My next project will be a collection of short stories for all seasons in January sometime.

If you are looking for something special for Christmas please check out http://jemsbooks.com for ideas. There is something for all ages from PS-Grade 3 children’s books, MG/PT/YA, and 18+. All books are available on Amazon and BN and Create Space.

Thank you for stopping by and for your continued support! I couldn’t do this without you!

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

Blessings & hugs to all!

Janice Spina

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Short Story – A Loss in Time by Janice Spina

On this Thanksgiving Day may we feel blessed for all we are fortunate to have. May we all have love and hope in our lives. May we stay close to family and friends and revel in that closeness. Time is short and should be enjoyed as if each day was our last. God’s blessings to everyone! Thank you, Sally Cronin, for sharing my short story today on your marvelous blog. Much love to you and yours! ❤️

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short-stories-twoToday millions will be getting together with families and friends to celebrate and give thanks for all that they have. However, many will have faced loss this year of someone they loved, and will find it difficult to reflect on the good things that they shared rather than the pain. It is hard to imagine that there can be a future without them. Janice Spina’s story is about loss but also about hope.

A Loss in Time by Janice Spina

She didn’t see him as he walked into the bakery. She didn’t notice the way he looked at her. She was oblivious of her surroundings, only absorbed in her thoughts. She concentrated on her coffee as the cream swirled around in her cup making circles as she mechanically stirred without really seeing it.

He moved closer to her table while he continued to observe her catatonic state. He only wished…

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Happy Thanksgiving to All Who Celebrate!



A time to give thanks

A time to show our love

A time to share all that we have

A time to pray together

A time to look forward not back

A time to heal all wounds

A time to forgive all wrongs

A time to give of ourselves to others

A time to savor the precious moments

A time to be thankful to God


Blessings of the day to all! May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Thanks for stopping by!  Blessings and Hugs!


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#Glimpses – The Short Story Lineup

Hey everyone! Please check out creative blogger and now author, Hugh Roberts, electric and entertaining collection of short stories. Coming your way soon for pre-order! I can’t wait to get my copy! Congrats Hugh! ❤️

Hugh's Views & News

I’m jumping with joy because I’d like to announce that Glimpses, my first collection of short stories, will shortly be available to pre-order.

Glimpses - The new book of some of my short stories. Publication Date: Paperback: Thursday 1st December 2016. Kindle: Tuesday 6th December 2016 Glimpses – The new book of some of my short stories. Publication Date: Paperback: Thursday 1st December 2016. Kindle: Tuesday 6th December 2016.

The Kindle version of Glimpses will be available to download from Tuesday, 6th December 2016 and will be available to pre-order within the next few days.

The paperback version of Glimpses will be available to buy on Amazon from Thursday, 1st December 2016.

The book is made up of 28 short stories, many of which have been rewritten for the book; some with different endings to those previously published on my blog.

Here’s the complete lineup with a synopsis for each of the stories that will appear in the book.

01. Last Train To Aldwych

Genre: Ghost

A journey on the London underground takes Grace Simmons to…

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New Family of Fish after Sad Loss of Saltwater Fish Tank!

As I mentioned in this previous blog as an addendum at the bottom of the post, we were saddened to lose all of our saltwater fish in our 35-gallon fish tank. Today we purchased new occupants for the tank.

Here are the new clown fish (Nemo & Marlin).


They are tiny compared to our previous ones but they will grow. They look happy in their new home!

Here is the chocolate chip starfish making himself at home already.


Two cleaner shrimp that keep the fish in the tank clean by eating the parasites and food off of them.


A Diamond Watchman Goby joined the new tank family. His job is to eat sand and digest the food in the sand and expell the sand out through his gills. It’s amazing to watch him in action! He is cute little fellow, don’t you think?


Here is a Royal Dottyback who is a little shy but came out to say ‘hello.’


And last but not least, for there will be more to add soon, is this adorable hermit crab.


As I mentioned before I wrote a children’s story about a a hermit crab that we had previously named, Clarence Henry. He was quite a unique character because he only had one claw and three legs. My story tells about how he adjusted to the tank in his condition and how over time he grew another claw and leg. Children and adults will be fascinated by this fact. I did take numerous photos of his claw and leg as they developed. It was incredible to witness. My husband will be working on that book over the next six months or so. I have two other books for him to work on. Poor fellow, I work him to the bone!

Thank you for stopping by to share in our joy over our new saltwater family of fish. It takes away some of the pain of losing the others.

Blessings & hugs,


Addendum:  11/21/16 – I am sad to report that Goby and Royal Dottyback did not make it. Unfortunately they were stung by an animone my husband purchased for the clown fish to host (accept as their home base). We woke up two mornings recently to find a fish that had escaped the tank. It appears they were stung when they got too close to the animone and flew up and out of the tank. It was so sad to see and upsetting to find. Poor little things! We will not purchase any more fish for the time being. The clown fish are the only ones that can get near the animone and not be harmed.

Here are two more fish that were stung by the animone, Hawkfish and Copper Striped Butterfly. They were both beautiful! The crab, starfish and shrimp are all doing well, thank goodness.

This is a new fish that is doing well so far, a Purple Dottyback, we got in place of the the Yellow Dottyback.



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Saluting All Veterans on Veteran’s Day!


Thank you, Veterans, for all that you have done for your country.

For keeping us safe on our soil!

For protecting us and preserving our freedom!

We are indebted to you for serving your country!

May God bless you and your families for your sacrifices!


My dad served his country during WWII and received a Purple Heart.


He never wanted to talk about it back then but as he got older he shared a little of his experience of the day on Guadal Canal in 1942 when he was shot. He expressed regret that he had to shoot when being shot at and for all the men who died during that horrendous war. He was deeply saddened when he spoke of losing his ‘buddies’ as he called them, his fellow Marines. He was proud to be a Marine and was never sorry for proudly serving his country and would have done it again.


Here’s a photo of my handsome father. Unfortunately it is not a clear one but it is the only one I have with him in uniform. I loved him dearly and was proud of him and his service. I miss him and his crazy sense of humor. He died in 2001.

Thank you for stopping by!

Blessings & hugs to all!


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