#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
Hurray, hurray, it’s Sticker Day!! (And other ravings)

First, I will announce last week’s winners–as I intended to do yesterday.  :)  Tammy Carter and Laura Ann Harris, your books will be on their way pronto.  Enjoy!  As always, a new contest is underway at this very moment.  All you have to do is comment, and you’re in.  :)  2 winners will be chosen at random and will each receive an autographed copy of one of my books. What about the crazy title I’ve given today’s post?  :)  Well, those of you who’ve been hanging around the virtual ranch for a while will probably recall that I am a real sucker for stickers–gold stars, butterflies, little crowns–whatever, I love them all, though the shiny ones are particular favorites.  As a child, I would memorize the entire New Testament (slight exaggeration here) just to get that little metallic star next to my name on a chart at Sunday school. :)  (I once won a week at church camp for committing the most Bible verses to memory.)  Ridiculous as it may sound, given that I am no spring chicken, as the saying goes, I STILL get a little thrill when I can reward myself in this small way.  For the last month or so, I’ve been slapping a pretty sticker in my Weight Watchers tracker (a food journal) every time I meet my goal to exercise 5 times within a given week.  Hence, today is sticker day–and the achievement was a bit more of a challenge this time around, because I’ve been traveling–more on that in the next paragraph–and since my WW week runs from Wednesday to Wednesday, and I returned home on Friday evening, I needed to hop on my bike and pedal diligently if I wanted to reach my objective.  :)  (I normally work out early in the morning, as my batteries start to run down an hour or two after lunch.)     

DRAT!  Once AGAIN, the computer gremlins ate a MAJOR chunk of my blog.  I’ll fill you in on my visit with Debbie Macomber tomorrow.

Thanksgiving/winners/travel plans and more

First, the new winners are: Niki Davis and Therese.  Congratulations, both of you!  Your signed books will be headed your way soon.  (What’s that you say?  YOU didn’t win?  Well, the old adage certainly applies here: try, try again.  :)  There is a brand new round beginning right now; just comment, and you’re entered.

Thanksgiving was lovely and quiet.  I roasted a turkey and made all the trimmings.  (Well, okay, the Schwan’s people made the pumpkin pies, Ocean Spray did the cranberries, etc.)  HOWEVER, I personally peeled the potatoes (I usually stick Jeremy with the job), threw together the stuffing and all that.  Jeremy DID do the potato mashing and make the gravy.  The dinner was delicious, and the company was even better–along with Wendy and Jeremy, my grand-Golden Retriever, Margie, Jenni and Larry the Canadian Wrangler also put in appearances.  Jen and I, Weight Watchers veterans by now, were content with small servings of our favorites and a sliver of pumpkin pie.  :)  And guess what?  I was perfectly satisfied.  Yet another thing to add to my very long gratitude list!  (Mom was invited, of course, but she likes to enjoy the holiday meal in the dining room at her retirement center.)

Now, for my travel plans.  I’m headed over to Seattle to spend some time with Debbie Macomber, my dear, funny and very famous friend.  It’s become a tradition for us to get together a day or two before Jayne Krentz’s Christmas party, where we’ll see a lot of our writer friends.   We always have a great time, naturally, talking shop, munching delicacies, catching up.  This year, Debbie is having a little gathering in Port Orchard, and I’m excited about that, too, since I haven’t seen many of the people who will be there in years and years.  Deb and I will do some shopping, some laughing, and maybe shed a few nostalgic tears as well.  Debbie’s husband, Wayne, is a Civil War buff, like me, and it will be nice to chat with him, though I imagine he’ll be dodging the Estrogen Overload Factor as much as possible.  :)

The long and short of all this is that I probably won’t have a chance to blog until Friday or Saturday.  I’ll have stories to tell then, though, and maybe a few photos to post on Facebook.  :)

In closing, I want to recommend a podcast I’ve mentioned before, for those of you who are trying to improve your girlish figure: HalfSizeMe.  Today’s episode, #147, was a gift.  Terrific insights and some really good online resources that I definitely intend to check out.

Be well, be kind, and stay warm.

In the old times sometimes cowboys referred to beans as “Deceitful Beans” because they talked behind your back.