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Saturday, September 16, 2023

Hark! Autumn Approaches by Joan Reeves

In less than a week, the autumnal equinox will occur. Thank goodness!

Summer was long and HOT with little rain here in Houston. In fact, we've been under water restrictions for three weeks.

I love Autumn. It's my second favorite season with Spring being number one. 

The change of seasons is of course a natural phenomenon caused by the Earth’s axis tilt and its orbit around the sun.

From ancient times to today, the changing of seasons was celebrated with festivals marking its importance to life. We're no longer an agraian society, but in many countries, autumn is a time to celebrate traditions from bygone days like Oktoberfest, Halloween, Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Bonfire Night, Thanksgiving, and others.

Autumn Adventures

1. Take a walk on fallen leaves or have a leaf fight which is similar to a snowball fight. Even better, after the fight, take a break and kiss the one you love.

2. Seasonal changes have an impact on many parts of life, including agriculture, weather patterns, and human behavior. You may find yourself wanting to sleep more. Go ahead and give in to that. You'll feel more energy  afterwards.

3. Each season has specific colors associated with it. Autumn's colors are red, orange, and gold. Bring some of those colors into your home with some new throw pillows on the couch or napkins on the dinner table.

4. Attend a Harvest Festival or Oktoberfest. Many of them have dances, craft fairs, food, food, and more food! Take the whole family. You'll have so much fun.

5. Animal migration has already begun. The most common type that everyone sees is the V-shaped formation of migratory birds. Tell your kids about this and watch the skies together on a Saturday afternoon.

6. Fall into Love is Hallmark Channels celebration of romance in Autumn. Enjoy an afternoon of romantic movies—no testosterone allowed if they make fun of chick flicks.

7. The use of the word "fall" as another name for autumn goes as far back as the 1500s. Of course, the word makes sense because it is the time when leaves fall. This seasonal change marks the climate change when we spend more days indoors. This is the perfect time to read more.

To encourage you to read more, I have a romantic comedy on sale that will brighten even the cloudiest autumn day.

STILL THE ONE is only 99¢ this month.Burke Winslow needed a wife. But he didn't have his ex-wife in mind for the position.

He stands at the altar, ready to marry his business partner in a marriage of convenience. The minister solemnly asks: "If anyone here knows why this man and this woman shouldn't be joined in holy matrimony, let him speak now or forever hold his peace."

A rain-soaked, bedraggled Ally Fletcher, Burk's ex-wife, limps down the aisle and shouts, "Stop the wedding!"

What follows is a funny, sexy romp that proves when there's love, passion never dies, it just smolders away until you toss some gasoline on it. Burke and Ally provide that gasoline when they find themselves locked in a marriage of—inconvenience.

Can the ex-husband fall for his ex-wife? Can Burke and Ally stop fighting long enough to peel away the layers of the past and discover the truth about their love and passion? Will the truth free them or put them asunder?

Get your sale copy of STILL THE ONE today!

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By the way, one last way to celebrate Autumn. Stream the old song, Autumn Leaves. This  song has been recorded in many languages and by many singers and musicans like Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Edith Piaf, Roger Williams, Eric Clapton, and many others.

Listen to the romantic song and and slow dance with the one you love while it plays.

Thanks for joining me this month. Have an autumn as glorious as the colors of the falling leaves.


  1. I love autumn in the Central Pennsylvania mountains. In October, our landscape will be decked out in marvelous colors, thanks to trees like maple and birch with the ever-lasting pines in green to pop the reds, golds, and oranges. Wonderful post. Thanks.

  2. I love "autumn adventures." Also autumn afternoons in a chair with tea and a really good book...

    1. A favorite reading memory? A fall breeze blowing through the windows while I read a Nancy Drew mystery by the light of a flashlight under the covers.


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