Spicy Sausage Quiche #Recipes for a #Crowd

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For me, October is a month full of entertaining. I have over a dozen friends and family members who celebrate birthdays this month so it seems like I’m celebrating every single day! And with all those parties in mind, I thought I’d share one of my “recipes for a crowd.” This quiche is always a hit, and because it makes 2 quiches and serves 12 to 16 people, that makes it a perfect addition to your recipes for a crowd file! Since the holidays are quickly approaching, you might want to print out the recipe and tuck it away for your next family gathering. Happy eating!

Spicy Sausage Quiche – Recipes for a Crowd Recipes for a Crowd

Yield: 2 quiches (6-8 servings each)

1 1/2 pounds bulk mild pork sausage
12 eggs
2 cups small-curd cottage cheese
3 cups pepper jack cheese, shredded
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, minced
1 4 ounce can chopped green chilies, drained
4 tablespoon Parmesan cheese, optional
Green and red pepper strips for garnish, optional

  1. In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain and set aside.
  2. Coat the inside of 2 round 9-inch baking dishes with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, cheeses, flour, butter, and baking powder until well combined. Stir in mushrooms, onions, chilies, and cooked sausage.
  4. Divide mixture evenly into 2 greased baking dishes, and if desired, sprinkle the top of each quiche with 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake at 375º for 35 – 40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Garnish with pepper strips if desired.

I hope you enjoy this quiche! It’ll come in handy the next time you need Recipes for a Crowd!

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Christmas In October?? #mgtab

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Yes, for authors October is the month we aim for when releasing a Christmas book, and since I finished my latest Christmas story just today, I figured I’d include previews of my two new books, both from the bestselling, award-winning Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Series.

Two Hearts’ Christmas Wish

(Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 4)

Released on September 26.

Seventeen-year-old Jason Matthews made a wish when he’d shared a kiss with Katherine Conlin under the mistletoe at Dragonfly Pointe fourteen years ago. Now an Air Force Captain and wounded warrior, he awakens in the hospital in Germany where his dreams have been invaded by the girl from his past. Once he returns home to the states, he finds out approaching Kat might be a little more difficult than he’d thought since she’s been in a long term relationship for nearly two years. But another year later when Jason discovers she’s on her way to the Dragonfly Pointe Inn for the Christmas holidays without her boyfriend, he seizes the opportunity to become reacquainted. Kat had been expecting a proposal this Christmas, and when her boyfriend backs out yet again on the carefully laid plans she’s made for them, she realizes she probably wouldn’t have been happy with him anyway. Kat has often wondered what happened to Jason Matthews, the boy she’d made a wish with years ago, and the last thing she expects is to run into him again at the Dragonfly Pointe Inn. Will there still be that special Christmas magic between them to make those long ago wishes come true?

Amazon: http://bookShow.me/B074KC1NCJ

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/two-hearts-christmas-wish-tamara-ferguson/1127090782;jsessionid=8117450500E4CE1C8A720E0F79117B5F.prodny_store02-atgap09?ean=2940154954089

Itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1282813021

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/two-hearts-christmas-wish

My latest release is

Two Hearts Find Christmas

(Two Hearts Wounded Warrior Romance Book 5)

Josh Loughlin, a blind wounded warrior, has returned to Crystal Rock where Nurse Nina Chandler helps him confront the demons from an abusive past.

But it’ll turn out to be a Christmas they’ll always remember.

An excerpt:

“No, Josh. I’d never laugh at you—only with you.” She took in a deep breath. “I’m pretty sure that I’m in love with you, you know.”

“Well, I’m not pretty sure I’m in love with you,” Josh answered.

And Nina stilled.

“I’m positive that I am,” he muttered fiercely.

Nina breathed out softly, “Oh, Josh.”


This story will be part of the new exclusive

Authors’ Billboard Boxset

A Christmas She’ll Remember.

It will be coming out in (you guessed it) October!!

Merry Christmas!!


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Vengeance rules her life… Maggie’s Revenge by Jacquie Biggar #RomSuspense #MilitaryRomance #mgtab @jacqbiggar

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DEA Special Agent Maggie Holt is fierce, smart, beautiful– and in over her head.

Maggie has been working undercover 15 months when she is taken by Chinese-Mexican cartel leader, Chenglei. She tries to escape with 8 other women and is captured and brutally punished.

Adam O’Connor is angry and frustrated. It’s his fault his partner, and one-time lover, is missing and no matter how many leads he chases, they don’t bring Maggie home.

An unexpected break in the case sends Adam south to Texas. His old SEAL Team Chief, Frank Stein, offers his home and his help in the search effort.

Will these two strong men find Maggie? And will their decades old friendship be destroyed by their love for the same woman?

Read the exciting continuation of the Wounded Hearts Saga this December!

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she scared him. Magdalena Holt had the power to rip his safe, secure world apart and Frank wasn't sure he could handle the fallout.


Maggie wiped the sweat dripping into her eyes and scowled at the still-too-damn-hot sun taking its sweet time to dip behind the hills. She looked at the other women hunkered under the Humvee to grab what shade they could, and sighed. They were bruised and bloody, but alive. That’s all she could ask for right now.

Well, that and a tank of gas would be nice.

And a cool shower.

A steak dinner.

Her own bed.

Maybe she was hallucinating.

She laid the rifle across her thighs and leaned against the massive tire of the truck, one of the only spots she could touch without getting burnt. Someone with a sense of humor must have a plan for her, otherwise how could she have escaped a Mexican prison after months of captivity, get shot and survive it, then outgun a truckload of banditos and still be able to sit here boiling to death?

“You should join us,” Olga called, her voice raspy. “It’s safer under here. You don’t look so good, my friend.”

Maggie tried to make her smile reassuring, though the pain in her side was getting progressively worse. She’d glanced at it a few minutes ago and been dismayed by the redness surrounding the wound. “Soon. I need to do a reconnaissance of our friends over there first. I’m just getting up the energy.”

She hated how weak and dizzy she felt. They had neither the time for her to fight through an infection—and unless one of the ladies knew some desert secret—nor antibiotics to help the healing process.

Thank goodness, the men had not been trained troops. It took only moments for the firefight to end, with no injuries to the women. Maggie hated to kill them, but there was no choice. It was them or her. The grenade blast had done a good job of creating chaos among the men. They’d jumped from the truck, fearing another blast, and then it was a simple matter to pick them off from there.

She used the butt of the rifle to climb awkwardly to her feet and trudged through the sand toward the carnage, stiffening at the sound of steps behind her. She turned and frowned. The women trailed her, Olga in the lead brandishing a piece of lead piping that had been lying on the floor of the Humvee.

“Go back,” Maggie cried. “It’s too dangerous. At least until I make sure they’re…”

Olga reached her side and clasped a hand around her waist, careful to avoid the wound. “You can barely stand,” she whispered, for Maggie’s ears alone. “Do not be so brave, you’re stupid. We need you to get out of here. I need you,” she added.

Maggie gulped tears of gratitude. They may be in the middle of a war, but she’d made a friend for life.

She nodded. “Okay, let’s do this.”


Chenglei poured his tea and ignored the foot soldier sweating in his doorway. The child he’d been training lay sobbing quietly on the floor at his feet. Her leg was red and angry-looking where the hot liquid had spilled. She’d been warned on the proper etiquette; he never repeated himself.

It was a sign of weakness.

And Chenglei refused to fail.

“Tell me, how is it your militia cannot manage to capture five scrawny women? This is beyond my understanding.” He glared at the soldier. “Did I not make myself clear? I want them,

dead or alive. Why could your fools not accomplish this one small matter?”

The man wiped a shaky hand over his brow, then resumed Parade Rest position. “I am sorry, señor. I lost good soldiers today. The woman, she has training. My men were not expecting a firefight. They did their best under the circumstances.”

Under the…

Chenglei sipped his tea and tried to calm his nerves. The girl’s sniveling wasn’t helping matters. He gave her a shove with his toe. “Go to your room. I do not wish to see you again this night.”

She hiccupped and lifted her head, eyes red, cheeks flushed. She would be a beauty one day; if he didn’t kill her first.

“Go,” he snarled, some of the fury churning within escaping despite his control. He took a deep breath and let it out slowly.



There, see. The monster who beat at the doors of his mind did not rule him, he was its master. Just as he was the ruler of his fate. And one stupid American woman was not going to change that fact. He waited until the child slipped out of the room before addressing the captain.

“You are right. The woman—the one with dark hair—she is a spy.” The soldier stiffened. Chenglei hid his satisfaction. “She is here to destroy the cartel. We must do whatever is necessary to stop her. Do you understand?”

The man gave a sharp nod, the light of retribution shining out of his dark eyes. “. I will round up another team, and this time, she will not get away.”

Bueno,” Chenglei murmured. “Bring her back alive, if you can. I do not care about the rest; your men may do as they wish with them. But Señorita Holt and I have business to finish; I want her returned to me.”

The captain bowed and backed out of the room, closing the heavy brass-plated door behind him. Chenglei had a love of beauty and was careful to surround himself with only the very best of everything. The wall-hangings dated from the sixteenth century, as did the Aubusson rug he sat upon, legs crossed. The rich greens and golds pleased his eye and the silkiness of his robes gratified his skin.


He’d made something of his life; he wasn’t about to let some gringa federal agent take that away from him.

I’m so excited to share Maggie’s book with you. Her story began way back in #2 of the Wounded Hearts series, The Rebel’s Redemption (soon to be available in Audible format), and quickly became a fan favorite. It’s taken me a while to give her journey the attention it deserves. Her voice has haunted me for long enough, it’s time to tell the tale!

When writer’s say they work in solitary, that’s not strictly true. At least, it isn’t for me. My characters live in my mind. They argue, dream, demand, ask for advice, rule my heart and my pen.

While I’ve written a few standalone novels, I have to admit I favor writing in a series. I like building a world and filling it with strong, interesting people readers can connect with, have empathy for, fall in love with.

If I can do that, I’ve done my job 🙂

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Understanding Suicide and How You Can Help @arithatcher

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September is Suicide Prevention Month, but I’m sad to say that didn’t inspire this post.

Within weeks of each other this past month, young family members of mine lost someone dear to them. Two young people weren’t able to get past the point where their minds told them death was best for their situations. Each loss leaves so many friends and family feeling lost, confused, and wondering what they missed, that, if they’d recognized it, could have saved the victim.

Yes, victim. Suicide is rarely a case of someone feeling sorry for himself or crying out for attention. A lack of attention might put him on the path that ended in suicide, but it was an illness, a malfunction of the brain, that resulted in his death.

I’m not a trained professional, I’m a survivor. To be honest, I never actually attempted to kill myself, but I had made a mental list of everything available to me to end my life. I was able to fight long enough to get help, to find someone who’d take me to the hospital. According to the leader of the therapy group I was in at that time, most people don’t survive the point I’d reached.

As I mentioned, “poor me” rarely leads to an actual suicide attempt, from what I’ve learned in the years since. The brain can normally slip into thoughts of people not caring enough, or being a loser, “I wish I was dead,” but those feelings pass. When depression has become serious enough to lead to thoughts of suicide, the brain calmly and rationally points out how your loved ones would be better off without you. You understand they’ll feel pain, but by not having to suffer through/deal with all the problems you’ll create in your lifetime, they’ll be happier.

It’s hard to imagine, isn’t it? That same voice in your head that says you really ought to get off your butt and do the dishes, begins to point out all the methods at hand to end your life. It happens that simply.

As the friend or loved one, how can you recognize the difference between the two moods? The best answer is you can’t. You can’t rush a friend to the hospital every time they mutter, “I wish I was dead,” either. But you can start by talking.

Opening a dialog can help the person who hasn’t reached ideations—the point of listing various methods. You can gauge the severity of the depression…use your gut. Talk to his friends, a school counselor, your minister. If you continue to have a bad feeling, act on it. A person can be hospitalized involuntarily in most states, if they appear to be a threat to themselves or others. A doctor will interview the person before admitting, so if it’s a false alarm, you’ll only have to deal with a pissed-off loved one. That’s far better than dealing with the loss and wondering what you missed.

What you missed. You’ve probably heard the usual list of warning signs, (if not, go to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline for more information), but there’s a group of signs most people wouldn’t recognize as being a problem. In some cases, the victim will have reached the decision that death is the right thing to do, but rather than do it that instant, they get their affairs in order. Someone might get all the bills paid, clean house, and cook dinner for the family–all normal enough events, but he might be unusually happy while doing so. Young people give away possessions, or might slip up and mention, “When I’m gone.”

They’re all things you see and do every day, right? Is it any wonder we miss signs? Again, I say trust your gut. You won’t always see it coming, but it’s so much better to be wrong about him wanting to do it than realizing it after the fact.

I’m not trying to scare you, just make you aware. We’re taught the signs for different types of serious illnesses, but not suicidal ideations. You can teach yourself, though, through groups like Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Like CPR training, you never know when it might be something you need to know.

I can’t tell you why I’m here and others aren’t. Some part of me fought back. Oh, and speaking of which, don’t assume that because they have an upcoming appointment or group therapy session they’ll get the help they need. Among the calls I made that night, I spoke to the suicide hotline. I was told to call my doctor Monday morning for an appointment. I wanted to scream, “I might not be here Monday.” I’m lucky. I’m blessed. I’m here.

It can’t be said enough. Please go to Suicide Prevention Lifeline and read the various articles on how you can help. You don’t need to volunteer somewhere if that’s not your thing. Think CPR or the Heimlich maneuver: learn what to do in case you one day need to.

The biggest way you can help is to spread the word. Share the link Suicide Prevention Lifeline on social media every so often. Don’t wait until next September. Make sure the young people in your life know where they can go for help, or what to do if a friend seems depressed. Just talking about it, reminding people there’s help, might fall on the right ears at the right time. You might never know whose life you saved, but his loved ones will reap the rewards of your help.

If you suffer from depression, seek help. You are worth it. You’re stronger than you think. This moment is not forever. Things do get better, but it can take time to get there. You can do it. You are loved. You are worth being loved.



And go to Suicide Prevention Lifeline to find out how to get the help you need.

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Remembering a Feminist Pioneer by Taylor Lee @taylorleewrites

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Kate Millett’s best-selling book “Sexual Politics” published in 1970, was a landmark of cultural criticism and a manifesto for the modern feminist movement. Millett died early this month. She was 82.

If your introduction to the second wave of feminism was in the ‘70’s, as mine was, “Sexual Politics” changed your life. I can still remember my fevered excitement reading Millett’s indictment of the paternalistic society that relegated women to second class citizenship, particularly in the realm of sexuality.

Those were heady days for those of us who were teenagers in the fifties and early sixties and had been taught to view our sexuality through a distinctly male prism. Instead all the old shibboleths about women’s sexuality were smashed to smithereens by feminist pioneers like Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Germaine Greer and of course, Kate Millett.

We newly-minted feminist women got to see ourselves, particularly our bodies, in entirely new ways. And we got to think about sex in ways that we never had. Not only did we get to decide whether or not we would get pregnant—thank you, birth control—but that we could and should take control of our sexuality. And we got to decide how and what sexual practices would bring us pleasure as women and as lovers
For me, as the mother of three daughters, books like Sexual Politics were life-changing. My great hope, that has been realized, was that my daughters would grow up believing in their right—frankly their obligation—to claim the kind of sexuality that honors them as women and pioneers.

Today I would challenge Millett’s most sweeping theories. I’m not as consumed by ideology as I was in my radical 20’s. On the other hand, I’m confident that I wouldn’t write the kind of books that I write, HOT Romantic Suspense, if I had not come through the crucible of the 70’s.
So thank you, Kate Millett, for waking up a generation of women to their rights as women in a central aspect of their lives—their sexuality.

One quote that for many years was on my wall speaks to Millett’s passion and hope for the future. A future that unfortunately has not been realized.

“It may be that a second wave of the sexual revolution might at last accomplish its aim of freeing half the race from its immemorial subordination — and in the process bring us all a great deal closer to humanity,”

Well said, Kate.

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Taking A Chance by Natalie Ann #mgtab

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Taking A Chance

With risk comes great reward. We’ve all heard this before, correct? Maybe we’ve said, “That’s right, I’m going to take a risk and I’m going to win.” Then you get all excited, you dive head first into the freezing cold water, come up for air and you wait. And wait. And wait.  “Where’s my reward?” you ask yourself.

That was me twenty plus years ago. I wanted to be a writer. An author. That was my goal. That was my dream. I’d started and stopped writing too many times to count, getting frustrated and giving up.

Then four years ago I told myself, it’s now or never and I made a plan. I’m good at making plans. And lists. Lots and lots of lists. My lists have lists and I’m proud of that fact!

My plan was to write one book. Start and keep going until it was done. Just to say I could do it. The finished product didn’t have to leave my computer, no one had to see it but me, but darn it all, I was going to finish that book.

Not only did I finish that book, Road to Recovery, but I wrote Road to Redemption and Road to Reality. Three books in draft form and I had no clue what to do next. So I started to search out editors, and since I’m a firm believer in fate, I kept coming back to this one editor.  Something pulled at me and said, “Reach out and see what she says.”

That risk I talked about before… well that’s what I did. My finger hovered over the mouse after I reread my email fifty times. The last thing I wanted to do was have a typo in the introduction email!

I didn’t have a long wait. I wasn’t floating in the cold water wondering when I could get out and grab a fluffy towel.  Now I’m not going to say my reward was instantaneous, because it wasn’t. I had a lot of work ahead of me, and I got right to it. Pulled out another ream of paper and made another list of where to start and how to approach it.

Here I am—not even three years after Road to Recovery was published—my fourteenth book, Take A Chance, was released this month.

Rene Buchanan did what I did. She’d had a life she lived for twenty-nine years and when it wasn’t working out the way she always envisioned. When she knew there was more out there and she just had to find it, she dove into that ice cold water and took her chance. Luckily for her, Cole McGuire was there to hand her a nice warm towel, wrap her up tight and show her that her risk was both their reward.

You can read Take A Chance now. Available on Amazon.

Natalie Ann

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Where characters are born, good, bad, or evil

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Where  characters are born, good, bad, or evil

In the first stage of birth, the novel must deliver characters. So who are they? Female or male; are they protagonists, the goodies, or antagonists, the baddies, the ones who are going to stir up trouble in some form or another leaving the goodies to fight it all, whether it be physically or mentally?. Next come the secondary characters that surprisingly can in the first instance be the prime movers, introducing a chief protagonist. There can also be two protagonists namely the hero and heroine forming the basis for romance or a Boudicca, queen of the Iceni against the Roman Emperor. A secondary character can sometimes primarily drive or introduce the main protagonist.

Some writers even before planning the outline for the novel may well look for the personality and outward personality traits of the characters. There is of course, the writer who does not plan but writes without prior thinking on the characters, plot or storyline. However, for this type of writer once the character emerges, she or he usually then fills in the character traits. With either form of writing, uncovering the character traits, in my opinion, will be the driving force for the storyline. As a writer may say, there is the story-driven plot and the character-driven plot, I for one prefer the latter.

It’s good, to begin with, the outward personality traits, the one the protagonist shows to the world.

Nibbling on a pen or fingers on the keys, the writer will begin uncovering traits. Usually, he or she might have a certain type of personality in mind, but sometimes in delving deeper, the writer will uncover traits that could well become the driving force of the novel. Questions arise on the veracity of the personality traits for the intended story that may be accepted. For instance, what is the extent of the character’s knowledge; is he an academic or does he prefer sport, or is it a historical novel, hunting and shooting? Will the male protagonist appear passive in nature or outgoing? What of his bravery, does he appear to shout courage, or whisper of fear? Is he a vital or subdued character? Is she positive or depressed in her demeanour? Or to foes, does he show strength in an intense but quiet determination that brooks no opposition? These questions set the tone of the character and the story.

The same goes for the heroine, but again is it a historic or contemporary novel? A woman of Regency times was subjugated to an inferior role by the male; indeed it was believed she had a much smaller brain and far fewer teeth than men – shades of Aristotle. So to the traits of our heroine. Is she submissive? Fearful? Or quiet but determined?. Or was she a feisty miss liable to tantrums as the men fondly thought, giving the male the odd kick in the shins? Again her character has a significant even driving force on the plot and storyline.

So having looked very briefly at possibilities of character traits, one can see a plot forming, for instance, a quietly determined male with the threat of aggression in his sapphire blue eyes, teamed with a feisty female, leading to a firecracker of a plot. Alternatively, it could be the extroverted, flamboyant male breaks through the subdued character of the female, feeding her strength and a belief in herself after a tyrannical upbringing, either in historical or contemporary backgrounds. Or yet again, it may be the strong silent type, who falls for a fickle female who it turns out, was cruelly treated as a child, or by a former lover, turning her to fight against the trappings of polite society.

The other characters in the storyline should have various characters traits that arouse the interest or alarm of the reader, but not so much that they push the main characters into the background.  Meaning, they must not have too much foreground disclosure.

With further depth and embellishment of the characters,  the story builds as the writer turns to the internal and intra-personal traits of the characters. The outward behaviour may tell a different story to the internal character. The aggressive blustering male may be shielding a wounded personality, and if so, what wounds did he experience? This takes us deeper into the character and the story. We may have a woman with flighty behaviour or who is oversexed, who succumbs too easily to the male, out of fear of being unloved or rejected.  Or again, there is the man who takes on woman after woman only to discard them at the slightest sniff of marriage, this is a man rejected by the love of his life whose trust in women is broken. This is a very familiar theme but points the way to delving deeper into the internal traits of the character. The wounded personalities are fertile ground for a plot within a plot.

This leads to the difference between normal or extreme characters, for example,  one can have an aggressive male who despises himself for his outbursts of anger which he cannot control, a man who longs for someone to have the strength to not only stand up to him but put him right, to use the vernacular. Again an old plot well used in romance, but again it can have twists and turns, that develops and enriches the plot giving originality.  It’s a case of an angry male looking for a female who sees beneath the armour of the warrior to the wounded sensitive man within.

The formation of the outer and inner traits of the character has numerous dimensions. So many stories can be formed from just a couple of the examples above. Of course, it does become more intricate according to the skill and dedication of the author, and also whether the author wants to please the public or delve into their own soul.

There are some wonderful books on character formation and personality traits, which will help enormously in deepening the characters and the story.

I personally, often turn to Edeston’s ‘Writer’s Guide to Character Traits.’

I have put on a small list of books below, which is an incredible source of information leading to ideas for imaginative stories from the character traits above or for those leaning to Sci Fi, Fantasy, Time Travel and shapeshifting.  I hope you enjoyed this.  It’s really sent me down memory lane to a rebirth of ideas for plots that I can use today.  Freud is in the soup, as he is ideal for ideas on erotica, dramatic or comedy.

  1. Edelston, PH. D. Writer’s Guide to Character Traits. Writer’s Digest Books.

Carl Jung. Archetypes.  Great for Fantasy.

Stanislav Grof –  Transpersonal Psychology. You can find out a lot more about him in Wikipedia. This psychologist is a different ball game and an exciting one. This field of psychology is of great value not only to psychology but also to the writer of fantasy, time travel and fertile ground for shapeshifters.

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Happy Autumn by @JoanReeves #mgtab #KissThrill

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Happy Autumn! It’s the first day of Fall!

I guess it may look like autumn in many parts of the country, but not here on the Texas coast. We’re still in summer and probably will be for another month before the cool down starts. Our first blue norther will probably blow in around Thanksgiving.

Contrary to popular belief, we do have trees that change colors. This photo is one I took last year that shows the beautiful foliage in my neighborhood. Our changing leaves are most frequently seen on crape myrtles, sweet gum trees, and tallow trees. Although the photo shows only one tree, there will be a few more trees with autumn leaves scattered amidst the massive live oaks that grow here.

Fall Means Winter’s Coming

Now that Fall has, uh, fallen, cold weather will be coming. Many of you will be turning on furnaces and putting away the garden hoses much sooner than we will. Now is a good time to go through a seasonal checklist because there’s more to getting ready for winter than putting away a garden hose and turning on a furnace.

Take Care of Your Home: 9 Things to Do Now

Take care of your home so it doesn’t end up looking like the one at right!

1. Service your furnace and change the filters in the air returns. If you don’t have an annual inspection plan, now is a good time to get one with a reputable heating/cooling company. They usually do a fall and spring check and do it more thoroughly than you can. Ask your neighbors for recommendations because this really is a good thing to pay for.

2. Drain garden hoses. Coil them up, secure with extra long cable ties or twist ties, and store in the garage or a shed until the spring thaw. They will last a lot longer if you do this even in moderate climates like Texas.

3. Clean all gutters and downspouts. Even better, hire someone to do this. This is a dreaded job. Far easier to pay someone a few bucks than to tackle it yourself. In fact, pay someone to put gutter guards on them. We just had that done.

4. Winterize, clean, and store your lawn mower. Winterize usually means draining oil and gas if needed. Wash the underside and remove built up grass “scum.”

5. Check all doors and window seals for cracks in the caulking or in the frame itself. Caulk and weatherize as necessary. This costs little but can save you a lot of money in heating and cooling.

6. Visually inspect your roof. Actually, see if you can take a good set of photos so you can compare the roof aging from one year to the next. (Good reason to buy a drone, right?) If you see any suspiciously dark spots or cracked shingles, call a roofing company. Squirrels

can do a lot of damage to a roof so if you have a lot of squirrels in the area–like we do–check your roof every month.

7. Check out the way your lot drains. Has anything overgrown its spot in your landscaping and now keeps rain from draining away from your house? Rain water should always drain easily away from your house not flow back to it.

8. If you have a chimney, inspect it. Clean out the fireplace if you didn’t do it at the end of the last cold weather. If you burn a lot of “dirty” woods like pine, etc., get a chimney sweep to clean the inside of the chimney. Always check the chimney cap. (That drone would really come in handy!) We found out during Hurricane Harvey that our chimney cap was cracked. It cost us $1,200.00 to repair the cap and the interior damage from a leaking fireplace. Far cheaper and easier to handle small repairs than to let it go and end up replacing the entire roof.

9. Trim overgrown shrubbery and trees away from the roof and exterior of your home. Tree branches scraping against a roof can prematurely age the roof. Clean up all debris. Where home maintenance is concerned, procrastination is disastrous and expensive. Inspect at the beginning of fall and spring. These few things, if done now, might save you thousands of dollars.

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