#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
If it’s Monday, I must be Linda….

Yeesh.  There’s been so much going on here on the old homestead, I’m not sure if I’m coming or going.  :)

First, our winners for this week.  They are: Peggy Clayton and Louise McCourt.  Congratulations, both of you; you’ll be receiving your autographed books soon.

Second, let’s round up some winners for next week.  All you have to do is comment, and you’re in.  2 winners will be chosen at random, contacted by Super-Jen, and finally announced right here in this space on Monday morning.

Now, for some catch-up.  :)  Mom is still here, recovering from her cold, but she’s much better and already making noises about going home, which is a good sign.  My ankle is almost back to normal, though there’s still a little swelling and I have to be careful when walking on uneven ground. 

Wednesday was my birthday, and you can see a video of My Big Surprise on my Facebook page.  I wore a tiara all day, and the news at Weight Watchers was good–down 2.2 pounds.  (YES!)  A great fuss was made over me, including cake, party hats all around, and noisemakers.  Before I move on from Weight Watchers, though, I want to mention that I met one of you there!  Joy showed up, and I must say, her name certainly suits her.  She glows when she smiles, which is often.

I’ve been reading and listening up a storm–everything from Steven James’s young adult suspense books, BLUR and FURY, as I may have mentioned, to WEIGHT LOSS FOR PEOPLE WHO FEEL TOO MUCH and MINDFULNESS, which is an 8-week program for–you guessed it–becoming more mindful.  :)  I particularly enjoyed the Chocolate Experiment.  :)  (Good thing dark chocolate only has 2 points per square.) 

I’m pleased, proud and very, very grateful to report that THE MARRIAGE SEASON is enjoying its second week on the New York Times bestseller list–#9 this time.  Thanks, in large part, to all of you.

Well, I’d better get back to the new book, ONCE A RANCHER.  If you love this story and these characters half as much as I do, we’ll both be happy.

God bless and keep.  I’ll see you tomorrow.

Ankle and Mom Updates

First, though, a happy birthday wish to my nephew, Jerome Lael.  He’s 16 today!  Hard to believe–they grow up so darn fast.

Mom is still coughing, and I’ve asked her doctor to refill her antibiotics Rx, and also to make sure she’s getting enough oxygen.  She’s resting comfortably in my guest room and eating better, which is progress.  Thank you for your prayers and good wishes; we both appreciate all the love you can send our way.

My ankle is much improved, though still a little swollen.  I have to be careful on uneven ground, and when I get too tired, I wear a brace.  Don’t want to molly-coddle it too much–you might say I’m being cautiously active.  :)

Tomorrow is my birthday, and I will be 66 years old.  Amazing.  I don’t feel any older than 35 most of the time!

I have Weight Watchers in the morning and hope to do a little better than last week–I’ve been very, VERY good.  :) 

Though the term “stick ’em up” is widely used in Western films, it wasn’t actually coined until the 1930’s.