#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Day 86 and This Week’s Winners

First, our winners: Denise Smith and Alice Harnisch.  Jenni will be in contact soon, asking for your snail mail info, and then you’ll each receive an autographed book.  The new contest begins today: just comment, and you’re in.  Jenni will draw two winners at random and your names will be posted right here next Monday.

I’m on Day 86 of keeping my gratitude journal in the new way and have no plans to stop, ever.  In fact, when I did the Valentine’s Day signing at Barnes and Noble yesterday, I stocked up on new journals, just to have them on hand.  (Plus, I LOVE any kind of journal.)  Kasey, of B&N, did a marvelous job of keeping a herd of authors happy–and even though we didn’t draw a crowd, we had a blast, talking to each other and to the readers who did come in.  Midge, it was great chatting with you and looking at the pictures of your pets.  Juanita, your brother Lynn came in.  :)  And there was another couple–I’m sorry, your names escape me–but you knew people at Northport, the old hometown, and brought me a Weight Watchers soup recipe.  Thanks for that–I can’t wait to try it.

Speaking of this being a small world: one of the other authors present was Mary Williams, and she’s from Northport, too!  In fact, her mom, Nonie, gave me my first job, waiting tables and washing dishes at the Parrot Room, the restaurant next door to Lael’s Motel.  :)  I made $1.25 an hour–minimum wage then–plus tips.  I once got into big trouble with Nonie for putting quarters in the jukebox and playing the theme from “Batman” six (or nine) times in a row.  Nonie was a great role model, way ahead of her time, and she did not suffer fools–including this one.  :)  I learned a lot from her and will always be grateful.  

My two funny Valentines, Tule and Mowgli, have arrived in Spokane, but they’re still at the shelter, waiting to be neutered.  Once they’re sufficiently recovered, they’ll be coming to the Triple L to join Button and Wiki and the five horses as part of the menagerie.  :)  We’re having fun getting ready for them–kennels, food and a few toys await.  There will be a lot of cuddling and settling in; first priority is to make them feel welcome and safe, of course.  I’ve never had all-boy pets before–Bernice, Sadie, ChaCha and Jitterbug were all girls.  :)  Ought to be interesting!

Hope you had a happy Valentine’s Day, my friends.  You know you’ve always got a place in this ole cowgirl’s heart.  :)

57 comments to “Day 86 and This Week’s Winners”

  1. Caryn Horn
      · February 15th, 2016 at 1:53 pm · Link

    I love it when just a few people show up to an event and you have a chance to chat with the ones that do show up. Catching up with other authors must be a favorite pastime of yours! Glad you had a great day. I had the memorial for my mom yesterday and even with the rain and it being Valentines Day, we had a lot of people come to pay their respects. Emotion filled day for my family but we got through it. I know I got several hugs from my oldest son during the day and one or two from my mom. Mom joined my oldest in January.

    • midge watkins
        · February 15th, 2016 at 10:17 pm · Link

      You made a sad day into a God filled happy one. Straight
      from the heart.

  2. Jan
      · February 15th, 2016 at 1:56 pm · Link

    Welcome to the 2 newest members of your family.

  3. Teresa Forduce
      · February 15th, 2016 at 1:57 pm · Link

    Ah just opposite of me who usually has all boy pets and now have a girl dog for 2.5 years is quite an adjustment – she is one that doesn’t give a darn!!

  4. Regina Merchant
      · February 15th, 2016 at 2:03 pm · Link

    Hope you also had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!! I’m sure your two new Valentines, Tule and Mowgli, will settle in just fine. After all, you’re their new Mom!! Have a great week!!

  5. Patrice
      · February 15th, 2016 at 2:04 pm · Link

    Wait, how did I miss you are getting new fur babies? Good for you! Much joy and laughter will be had I’m sure. I have had all boys for awhile now. used to have one girl in the mix and she ruled for sure! lol :)

  6. Courtney Buchanan
      · February 15th, 2016 at 2:04 pm · Link

    I had to work all day, but it was still a great day. Glad you enjoyed it!

  7. Marjorie Hawkins
      · February 15th, 2016 at 2:06 pm · Link

    it’s sleeting/snowing in S. Carolina today. I spent a good part of the day reading “Time Without End” on my Kindle. It’s been so many years since I read it that it’s like a brand new book. I have “Tonight and Always” downloaded and ready to read next. Thanks so much for the free books. I have to stop reading to do a little housework. I’m a widow and live alone, but can only let my house get to a certain point before I have to stop and do something. I’m 72 years old and still go to the gym three times a week. That keeps me going, so I can spend time sitting and reading. i Hope your new pets and established ones all get along with each other. I have always had female cats. Take care.

    • Gloria
        · February 15th, 2016 at 3:19 pm · Link

      Hi Marjorie! I live in the upper NW area of SC and so far, nothing has fallen, but they’re calling for it and it is COLD! Keep warm.

  8. Debbie Koziel
      · February 15th, 2016 at 2:20 pm · Link

    Hope to see pics of your new fuzzy family!

  9. Lorraine Pitts
      · February 15th, 2016 at 2:27 pm · Link

    I love journals too, my youngest daughter has some awesome ones, she collects also!!! Hope the boys get home and settled soon!!!! Prayed for your Mom to get settled also!!! Thanks for happy hours of reading!!!

  10. Virginia H
      · February 15th, 2016 at 2:28 pm · Link

    I have a boy kitten and he is pretty independent but he still wants his petting when he wants it. He likes to spend a lot of time outside even if its 10 degrees but I still make him come in before dark. He doesn’t like the snow or rain to much but will still go out for a while. I can’t wait to see pics of all of your fur babies.

  11. Mary Williams
      · February 15th, 2016 at 2:35 pm · Link

    Pick me

  12. Gail edgar
      · February 15th, 2016 at 2:42 pm · Link

    I read all your books and would love to win

  13. Carol Monson
      · February 15th, 2016 at 2:47 pm · Link

    I would be great to win one of your books.

  14. Lynn Hill
      · February 15th, 2016 at 2:55 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners! I have had both male and female dogs and I really do think I like the male dog a bit better. I bet your new rescue babies are going to just love it joining the family and will settle right in!!

  15. Linda Holmes
      · February 15th, 2016 at 3:08 pm · Link

    Congrats ladies.

    I would have definitely played that Batman song as many time as you did.

    There was this restaurant that we always went to for lunch back in the seventies when I was a kid (grade school years) and I would always play Mandy and Mac The Knife.


  16. Margaret
      · February 15th, 2016 at 3:16 pm · Link

    My first job was also in the Parrot Room–the older one nearer your folks motel. I also made $1.25 per hour and Mrs Striker was the cook. I think this is before Nonie took over but I don’t really remember. Ah the good old days when you were thrilled to get $1.25 per hr. Lovely to hear about the dogs, I know that the rest of their lives will be wonderful!

  17. Gloria
      · February 15th, 2016 at 3:16 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Denise Smith and Alice Harnisch!!! enjoy your books.

    Linda, I pray you have a great week ahead, and have time to make that soup. I’ve been craving macaroni and tomato soup for weeks, and I make it, but still I want more.

  18. Sandi in OH
      · February 15th, 2016 at 3:35 pm · Link

    I hope you will share pictures of your new babies. Have a good week.

  19. Lois Rotella
      · February 15th, 2016 at 3:38 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Love the names of your boys. It was a very cold Valentine day. Stayed home and read. Have a great week.

  20. Sharon Sovereign
      · February 15th, 2016 at 3:45 pm · Link

    I had a wonderful Valentine’s weekend. Hope you did too.

  21. Leanna
      · February 15th, 2016 at 3:46 pm · Link

    I look forward to many puppy stories when they get to the Triple L.

  22. Sherry Wallace
      · February 15th, 2016 at 3:57 pm · Link

    What breed of dogs are your arrivals?

  23. Rita Crofoot
      · February 15th, 2016 at 4:12 pm · Link

    I am so dissapointed to have missed out on your time at B & N , I was at the one at north Spokane Library couple of years ago, and would have loved to have visited with you all.
    Congrats on your new life surrounded by boys , it ought to be quite a change.

  24. Rita Crofoot
      · February 15th, 2016 at 4:12 pm · Link

    I am so dissapointed to have missed out on your time at B & N , I was at the one at north Spokane Library couple of years ago, and would have loved to have visited with you all.
    Congrats on your new life surrounded by boys , it ought to be quite a change.

  25. Shirley Meyle
      · February 15th, 2016 at 4:19 pm · Link

    Hello Linda,
    Glad to hear you’re rescuing 2 new pets. I know you’ve lost some
    Recently and your heart was broken. Best wishes to all at the Triple L for a happy home!

  26. Shirley Meyle
      · February 15th, 2016 at 4:19 pm · Link

    Hello Linda,
    Glad to hear you’re rescuing 2 new pets. I know you’ve lost some
    Recently and your heart was broken. Best wishes to all at the Triple L for a happy home!

  27. Phyllis Odell
      · February 15th, 2016 at 4:20 pm · Link

    I had intended to go to B&N yesterday but it went out of my mind just like wanting to go to the starving artist show yesterday too.What did I do? Reading. Hope I will get another chance. Thanks again for the autographed book I won love it. Phyllis

  28. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · February 15th, 2016 at 4:37 pm · Link

    Wishing you’d come to OKC!

  29. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · February 15th, 2016 at 4:40 pm · Link

    Here’s hoping all your fur babies get along with all your other fur babies.

  30. Roberta Riggs
      · February 15th, 2016 at 4:47 pm · Link

    I’m looking forward to your latest book.

  31. susan Lee
      · February 15th, 2016 at 4:57 pm · Link

    thanks for blogging. Reading about your life is always such a positive experience. I love your books but I greatly admire your determination to live a positive life. It’s all in the attitude and reading about what you are doing always fills me with new determination to continue my own attitude of gratitude.

  32. Ruby Norwood
      · February 15th, 2016 at 5:01 pm · Link

    Congrats to Denise & Alice on your win! Enjoyed the blog and do keep us informed on how your mom is doing, and your little boys.

  33. Laura Ann
      · February 15th, 2016 at 5:27 pm · Link

    Gosh Lida, I am as excited as you to get your new “sons.” I have only had male chihuahuas bir always wanted a girl. Somehow I always ended up with typical “mamas boys” dogs. Since you are new to make dogs, I have two words…”belly bands.” Just in case, they are handy to have around. Good luck and bless you for giving all your animals a wonderful home!

  34. Louise McCourt
      · February 15th, 2016 at 5:45 pm · Link

    I know you will be glad to get your Valentine’s home..We had our Missy for 22 years..have not replaced her yet but would love another dog..thanks for years of great reading and rereads.

  35. Teresa G
      · February 15th, 2016 at 5:47 pm · Link

    I absolutely love your posts. Have a good week.

  36. Lauri Claes
      · February 15th, 2016 at 6:58 pm · Link

    I am glad u had a good time.

  37. Lauri Claes
      · February 15th, 2016 at 6:59 pm · Link

    I am glad u had a good time. Can’t wait to hear more

  38. Lynn
      · February 15th, 2016 at 7:37 pm · Link

    Congrats. Guess I missed the new additions. What are they? Love and blessings!!

  39. Eriko
      · February 15th, 2016 at 8:23 pm · Link

    I always look forward to your posts!!! So glad you will have 2 more doggies to add to your family!

  40. Elaine Key
      · February 15th, 2016 at 8:55 pm · Link

    My Shih Tzu, Sabrina, passed last Sept. I miss her so much. I want to get another one but my husband don’t want any more. He says it’s too hard when they pass away. Yes, it is hard but they bring so much joy in your life while they are living. He also said they are too much work and he’s too old. He is just 60 years old. That’s not too old. Anyway I have been putting in applications to get a rescue Shih Tzu. So far I have not been accepted. I have about decided to go with a reputable breeder. I have been saving my money to get one. I will get another fur baby one way or another.
    On Valentine’s Day we stayed home and slept most of the day. We were both so tired. My husband did give me a dozen of yellow roses. Yellow roses were used in our wedding 39 years ago. He’s still a romantic.

  41. Juanita Rice
      · February 15th, 2016 at 9:48 pm · Link

    And you in ours, Linda.

    Brother Lynn informs me we may get to see you in September! I look forward to it. :) Hugs!

  42. midge watkins
      · February 15th, 2016 at 10:27 pm · Link

    Linda, I so enjoyed meeting and chatting with you yesterday at
    Barnes & Noble. It’s been a few years since I had a fun Valentines day. I think I could talk to you for hours. Hope
    we will meet again someday soon. Your little new furballs are
    adorable and I know they will join your Triple L herd quite
    nicely. If you would like to ride my Walker, Pearl, she needs
    the exercise and is fairly smooth on the joints! Thank you for
    being such a great person.

  43. Roberta Giordano
      · February 15th, 2016 at 11:16 pm · Link

    Welcome to your two new family members. They are just going to love living there

  44. Linda Solcich
      · February 16th, 2016 at 8:46 am · Link

    Looking forward to hearing the new adventures with the new pets.

  45. Colleen
      · February 16th, 2016 at 9:59 am · Link

    Congratulations to the lucky winners. Lucky pups to have found a home with you. My rescue, this time a cat, is snuggled in having his morning snooze on the most comfortable chair in the place.

  46. Joanne Balinski
      · February 16th, 2016 at 10:02 am · Link

    Congrats and welcome to your two new family members! May they bring nothing but joy.

  47. Jo-Ann Baker
      · February 16th, 2016 at 10:28 am · Link

    Hi Linda. Great picture of your Vacation. Looks like lots of fun. Lots of snow finally made it to Ohio. We had snow days for the kids here. Have a wonderful day :-?

  48. Linda Beaudoin
      · February 16th, 2016 at 10:50 am · Link

    Hope you had a wonderful Valentine’s Day too.

  49. Debbie G
      · February 16th, 2016 at 12:51 pm · Link

    Everyone needs a first job like the one you described. Let us know when your little boys arrive!

  50. Valdi M
      · February 16th, 2016 at 1:50 pm · Link

    Happy valentines day, presidents day, lent and whatever else is in the works!

  51. tammy carter
      · February 16th, 2016 at 10:37 pm · Link

    ♡Happy Valentine’s Day♡

  52. Melaine
      · February 17th, 2016 at 1:08 am · Link

    Linda, love your blogs as usual. I’m hoping when I’m back home in WA some summer I can take a quick drive to Spokane, and be lucky enough to meet you. I love your books. Living in AZ now it’s always fun to read about locations I know so well, such as Seattle. And, while I haven’t seen Marana mentioned we are right next to Tucson on the NW corner. Maybe some day…. :0)

  53. Marjorie Martin
      · February 18th, 2016 at 10:48 am · Link

    This Valentines day was really special. My husband and I celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary. WE took our dog baby, Molly, and went to Tulsa for a long weekend getaway-antique shopping trip for our antique mall.

  54. Peggy Casey
      · February 18th, 2016 at 12:39 pm · Link

    It was so much fun chatting with you and Mary at the book signing event! My youngest daughter married Lyle, Jack and Lois Murphy’s grandson and they are living on Flat Creek with my youngest grandson…. so much talent has come from people grown out on those farms…. I can’t wait to see what talents my grandson develops as he grows!

  55. Evelyn Baldwin
      · February 21st, 2016 at 10:41 am · Link

    Congrats on your new fur babies! I lost one in December! Oh how my heart hurts. He was 14. PLOTTHOUND. Always such a baby. I want another one, just like him! I think it is to soon though. I will never replace him. Look for your new book yesterday, at Books A Million, of course they did not have it. My daughter Wendi took me. I cannot get out and stand up long due to my spine. Maybe next time. God Bless you and yours! Evelyn

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