#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


A Getting-Ready Day

Sunshine! YES!!

The peonies are blooming–big, fat pink blossoms. Most of my plants are too young to produce much, but every year, it gets better. My goal is to have a yard full of them, and carry the blossoms into the house by the armload. I cannot get enough peonies!

I managed to clear up some of the craft mess yesterday–worked at it on and off all day, and it was a job. HOWEVER, now I can journal and work on ATCs without pushing aside paint bottles, scrapbook paper, etc. I try hard to confine myself to one project at a time, but as a Gemini, I find this especially difficult. :)

Today is a getting-ready day. I have a list of things I’ll need on the Blue and Gray tour–yesterday, on the trip to Walmart, I even bought a small photo printer. (Good thing I’ll be seeing my favorite chiropractor soon after I get home from Dixie.) I’m going to need to keep those battlefield pictures straight, and if I wait until I get back to Spokane, I won’t know Gettysburg from Antietam! So at night I plan to print out the best ones, label them, and tuck them into the special loose-leaf notebook I put together for the purpose. Each battlefield will have its own journal-section, too. There are places for postcards, too, and the like.

Once, on a long trip to Italy, I kept a careful journal. To this day, when I read that journal, I am instantly back in Florence, shopping at the flower shops, sipping espresso, eating risotto. (I ADORE risotto.)

Anyway, back to the getting ready. Today, I’m packing basics. Jeans. Lightweight tops. P.J.’s. You get the picture. I’m scheduling a haircut, too. My hair grows so fast, one of my former hairdressers used to say you could hear it, like corn growing in August. :) I guess that’s better than not having enough, though, so no complaints here.

I continue to eat the Weight Watchers way, and I’m loving it. So easy, and no more wearing fat pants! Yes! I’ve lost about 22 pounds so far, and have about that many to go. Lots of walking on the Civil War tour, of course, and since counting points on the road is hard, I’ll just have to eat sensibly. In other words, I KNOW how I should eat–I just don’t always follow my own good advice.

Have a wonderful day. It’s your choice, you know. You can’t choose what happens to you, but you CAN choose your attitude. Make it one of gratitude. That always works for me.

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