#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller
Winners and More

This week’s winners are: Kay Schock and Tammy Carter.  Both of you will receive a signed copy of my new book, “Once a Rancher”, which will be on sale March 29.  To enter next week’s contest, simply comment.  Winners will be chosen at random and announced this coming Monday, right here the blog.  The prizes are the same.

I spent today working on my Civil War novel, “North of Eden” (the title may change), and I’m feeling very tired and very happy.

I’m listening to an audiobook called, “Ghost Gifts”, by Laura Spinella.  I’m enjoying the story a lot, and I recommend it to anyone who likes ghost stories.  Clever story, well written.

My weekend was quiet, spent mostly with my furry family.  As I’m writing this blog, Button the cat, age 20, is resting his chin on my wrist.  He is so cute and so loving that it’s easy to forgive him for being a little stinky.  :)  (OK, a lot stinky.)  Wiki, the other cat, kept his usual low profile, except when it was time to eat.  The dogs got gloriously dirty, playing in the rain and tromping through the flowerbeds.  Last night, I had to toss both of them into the sink and hose them down, one by one.  They were very indignant, but soon forgave me.  :)

Mom will be moving to the new place soon, and she’s excited.  It will be so nice to have her closer and know she’s getting the care she needs.

That’s today’s news, my friends.  See you tomorrow. 

Weight Watchers and Homespun Philosophy

Today’s Weight Watchers meeting was a good one, and I lost a full pound to boot.  Gotta love it.

Speaking of love, I’m so grateful to and for all of you, so ready with prayers and encouragement, even though most of you are going through trials of your own.  Reading the comments, I noted that several of you have lost pets and/or beloved family members in the last few months, and a lot of you are dealing with health or financial difficulties.  Still, you were and are willing to extend kind words and prayers to each other and to me.  Such generosity truly touches my heart.

A few days ago, I mentioned the bracelet experiment.  Basically, it goes like this: you put on a stretchy bracelet and, the first time you catch yourself complaining, you move the bracelet to the opposite wrist.  The goal is to go for 21 full days without having to switch wrists.  An important note: things you think don’t count as complaints.  Only the verbal ones do.  I haven’t had to move the bracelet, not because I’m especially angelic, but because the simple presence of that bracelet makes me think before I speak.  I might just wear it, or one like it, for the rest of my life.  According to the author of “A Complaint Free World”, Will Bowen, this experiment can be a total game changer.  Why?  Because of quantum physics.  

No, seriously.  Words have substance, they are energy.  What we talk about, like what we think about, shapes our experience in very real ways.  If you complain aloud, you are actually re-enforcing the very things you don’t want.

Skeptical?  Let me ask you this: what do you have to lose by giving it a try for 21 days?

A “ten gallon hat” can’t hold ten gallons of anything.