#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
Jing-jing-jingle!

Ah, yes.  Christmas Eve.  My very favorite day of the whole year!

The tree is lit, the carols are set to play, the fireplace to crackle.  We even got a little skiff of snow during the night, just to set the mood.  :)  For me, this is a magical day, full of happy memories.  Mom and Dad always made sure we had the BEST Christmases, their very limited budget notwithstanding.  Our handmade stockings bulged with goodies to delight the heart, and there was always an orange in the toe.  Mom and I would go to church on Christmas Eve, and when the service let out at midnight, our little town was still, the trees were laced with diamonds, the sky bursting with stars; indeed, the whole world seemed to sparkle.  Thanks for that, Mom, and for so much more.

I’m off to weigh in, then Wendy and I are heading up to visit Mom/Gramma and deliver gifts.  The wrapping is done–mostly.

Because of my dear friends and family, a lot of little puppies and kitties will be munching kibble, and nothing could be better than knowing that.  Christmas is about love, after all, and I feel so blessed to have so many caring, generous folks in my life.  As we celebrate the Gift of All Gifts, given one long-ago night, when He was born in a humble stable, may His Peace live in our hearts, I’ll be thinking of each and every one of you. 

So, from all of us on the Triple L, two-legged and four-legged alike, have a lovely holiday season. 

Greetings from the sunbelt

No, I’m not in Florida or California–I’m right at home in good ole Spokane, WA.  (For those of you who care, one way or the other, ‘Spokane’ is pronounced SPO-CAN, not SPO-CANE.  Just sayin’. :))  It’s definitely chilly outside, but the sun is shining, the sky is blue and Linda is a very happy camper.  Also, a grateful camper.

This week’s contest winners are: Rhonda Dickinson and Suzanne Mongan.  Congratulations, ladies–books in transit soon.  As always, there’s a new contest beginning today.  Enter a comment, and you’re automatically entered.  How easy is that?  :)  Two winners will be selected, notified and announced on next Monday’s blog, so if you didn’t win this time around, no worries.  There’s always another giveaway coming up soon.

I’m in a reflective mood just now, looking back over 2014.  This was a challenging year for me, in many ways, and yet there were gifts–I discovered crystals and learned a great deal about working with them, I lost a LOT of weight and established a lasting exercise program, delved into “The Course in Miracles”, which has been truly, and broke a certain habit that was causing me considerable concern.  On the downside, I lost a favorite aunt, my 95 year old cowgirl, still saddling up and riding with the best of them.  A good friend lost his battle with cancer, and one of my kitties, fluffy little ChaCha, crossed the river unexpectedly.  I miss my aunt, my friend, and my kitty enormously, but I know I’ll see them all again someday.  Naturally, I mourned all three, but my main emotion is gratitude–it was and is a blessing just to remember them and all the light they brought into my life.

Last week’s visit to Weight Watchers brought a point-eight weight loss–nothing big, but at least I’m going in the right direction.  :)

This year, I’m performing a little private ceremony on New Year’s Eve.  I’ll be lighting 12 small candles, one for each month of 2015, and pondering my intentions for the near future.  There will also be a larger candle to honor and say “thank you” to and for the past year, for all the trials as well as the gifts.  For me, this is about releasing the past, letting go.  On New Year’s Day, inspired by author Isabel Allende, I will WRITE.  Ms. Allende has written on January 1 for years and years, believing that what one does that day sets the tone for the coming year.  Sounds good to me!

 

 

 

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