#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


Linda Goes Pyro

Don’t panic!  I’m not playing with matches or anything like that, though I have been known to smoke up the kitchen and permanently bond bread wrappers to the sides of innocent toasters.   :)  I came across a magazine called “Pyrography”–commonly known as wood-burning, of course–and I was blown away by the possibilities!  Wow, there are some artists out there doing downright amazing stuff!  So I’m going to have to dig out my old Walnut Hollow woodburning tool and see what happens.  :)  Check out artist Sue Walters if you’re curious, and there’s an online museum at www.pyromuse.org.

Like I need another art hobby.  :)  I’ve GOT to try this, though.

We’re still having murky weather–I’m back to using my happy lights for sure.  I have a really powerful one downstairs that I turn on in the early mornings, to shine me awake while I’m studying the Course in Miracles, journaling, etc.  I also have a floor lamp, here in my office, and its a lifesaver.  (For those of you who are new here, by ‘happy lights’, I mean the full-spectrum kind we S.A.D. types use in fall and winter.)

Growing season is over for sure, but the kale and Swiss chard I planted last week are coming up.  According to Doug, handyman extraordinaire, the little buggers will grow right up through a layer of snow.  Nature is amazing.  Actually, GOD is amazing.

Be sure to comment if you’d like to enter this week’s contest, by the way.

Tomorrow is Weight Watchers–should be interesting.  :)  I may have discovered the plateau-culprit–sugar-free gum.  I was chewing a lot of it.  Well, turns out, every stick has 2 carbohydrates–not a lot.  Unless you’re going through a package a day…

Sigh.

 

48 comments to “Linda Goes Pyro”

  1. marilyn
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 4:13 pm · Link

    Have fun!



  2. Chris
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 4:17 pm · Link

    Darn gum!



  3. Kathy Corlett
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 4:23 pm · Link

    Love your books!!



  4. Pam paterakis
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 4:26 pm · Link

    Enjoy your hobbies and your plants! Keep your light burning for God and yourself.



  5. Leanna
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 4:27 pm · Link

    A pack of gum a day that is a lot. Try drinking water that is supposed to help with hunger.



  6. Ruby Norwood
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 4:30 pm · Link

    We can’t win for losing can we Linda!! but I got to have my Gum even if it does have 2 carbohydrates in a stick.. Keep us informed on your new art project. I’m sure WW will turn out fine.



  7. Tammy
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 4:50 pm · Link

    It’s always the little things that make a difference. One of the core things I learned in Weight Watchers was you can have anything, but remember moderation. Anything in a great amount can impact us negatively, balance. I appriciate the wisdom you share and your books provide hours of entertainment. Thank you.



  8. Maria Sanchez
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 4:55 pm · Link

    Wood burning? Sounds interesting! You have got to let us know more!



  9. Peggy Casey
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 5:53 pm · Link

    Please share some samples of what you create while in your “pyro” phase. LOL. I wish I had half your creativity!!!



  10. Linda A. Beaudoin
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 6:21 pm · Link

    I have S.A.D. also. I have to make sure all the curtains, shades and blinds are open first thing in the morning. I have a full spectrum light as well. It helps. I count down the days until Dec. 21st because that is when things turn around and we start getting a little more light each day.



  11. Brenda Ireland
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 6:34 pm · Link

    Thank you for my winning prize. Started to read it already and know it’s gonna be a page turner.
    Good luck at weight watcher’s.I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you.
    Thanks again.



  12. Lois Rotella
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 6:43 pm · Link

    Today I got the “Snowflakes on the Sea” I do not have the book in my collection. I do not recall reading it. Looking forward to reading it. Have a good wednesday



  13. Norma Stanforth
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 7:00 pm · Link

    Linda, i hope you don’t caught something a fire. Good lucky tomorrow with weight watcher. Hope everything is looking great.

    God’s blessings to everyone.
    As always your friend
    Norma



    • Gloria
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        · November 4th, 2014 at 9:54 pm · Link

      Still praying Norma. Are you still in the hospital?



  14. Gloria
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 7:03 pm · Link

    I went to GA today and a friend from high school, (many years ago), spent the most part of 6.5 hours trying to get the hard drive from my old computer down-loaded to the new one, and nothing worked. He used 2 different computers.

    He went out of the room, after saying he was going to try it on one more computer, and while he was gone, I placed my hand on the hard drive he was trying to down load, and I prayed for it and asked God to please let him get it to work.

    It had all my pictures from the last several years on it and all my favorites, and I didn’t want to lose them. My few pictures of my grandchildren were on it. (I only had over 3,ooo pictures on there, he said.)

    He came back in, picked up the hard drive, took it to the 3rd computer, hooked things up, and it started down loading the pictures. Tell me God doesn’t answer prayers!!!!!! He sure answered mine.

    I asked my friend if I should buy a lottery ticket and pray to win, and he said I should. :-D

    I just wanted to share with all of you how good God is, even with material things.

    I pray you do good at WW’s tomorrow.



    • mary D. Wornick
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        · November 4th, 2014 at 7:12 pm · Link

      That is beautiful !! You are one good person and you believe no matter what and that’s what so beautiful ……………



      • Gloria
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          · November 4th, 2014 at 9:53 pm · Link

        Thank you Mary. That is so nice of you to say that.

        Another man who was also there laughed and said he didn’t think God was concerned with fixing computers. I told him God could fix ANYTHING and ANYONE.

        Since I’m on the computer and doing things I haven’t done since August, I guess that proves I am right about God.



  15. Patricia McLeman
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 7:09 pm · Link

    So did you find any recipes for Kale to make it taste better, it’s so bitter. I would love to eat more of these things but it’s not easy.



    • Ellen
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        · November 7th, 2014 at 2:16 am · Link

      I just started eating Kale this year after trying “Superfood Salad” from the deli at our local Fred Meyer (Kroger) store. It worked for me because I have a sweet tooth and I think I that helps reduce the “bitter” taste you are referring to. Asked deli person about recipe & their dressing then I did an online search using “Superfood Salad” and came up with several versions. I used the recipe by Susan at (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Super-Summer-Kale-Salad/Detail.aspx – (“Re-created from a deli salad sold at a national grocery.”) I didn’t make my dressing like the recipe; I bought two ready-made vinagarettes and combined them in equal amounts (one is a raspberry-walnut and the other a pomegranate dressing), but would’ve used a blueberry one if I could have found one in our local grocery stores. Hope that recipe works for you.



  16. mary D. Wornick
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 7:15 pm · Link

    Linda,
    You sound like you stay busy all the time and i love the lights you have .I will have to see about getting one of those.
    Okay y’all have a bless day, keep safe talk with you later.
    Mary D.Wornick



  17. SHELLEY S
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 7:18 pm · Link

    I LIKE THE SUN BEING OUT LONGER GUESS I WILL BEGAN TO BE A GRUMP TILL SPRING ROLLS AROUND. ENTER ME IN THE GIVEAWAY.



  18. Fran F
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 8:04 pm · Link

    Good luck at WW day. I have tried woodburning and it is a fun hobby, just not enough time to get involved in it right now.



  19. Roberta Giordano
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 8:16 pm · Link

    You are one busy lady. Have a great week.



  20. Valdi M
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 9:47 pm · Link

    My daughter suffers from S.A.D. It breaks my heart when she is so depressed. But God does do wonderful things and I will trust Him to know how to help her. Prayer helps me.



  21. Terri Shortell
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      · November 4th, 2014 at 10:29 pm · Link

    I may have to look into the happy light. The weather is getting cold again. Wish it would make up its mind. The wood burning hobby sounds interesting. Good luck with your new endeavor. Good luck everyone and have a great day tomorrow.



  22. Niki Davis
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      · November 5th, 2014 at 7:05 am · Link

    Ain’t life grand???!!!!!!



  23. Lorraine Pitts
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      · November 5th, 2014 at 8:43 am · Link

    Good luck at WW. Have a fantastic week!!!



  24. Teresa
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      · November 5th, 2014 at 10:31 am · Link

    I’m sending “sunny” thoughts and prayers for all….love the lamps light too…though gotta confess, nothing brightens my day like prayer time, licks and tail wags from my furry family, and time in with a good book………thanks, Linda for your rays of light too!



  25. Dotty Weis
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      · November 5th, 2014 at 10:38 am · Link

    Boy that was a scare



  26. Patricia Hann
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      · November 5th, 2014 at 1:30 pm · Link

    good luck with WW. And have fun with the wood burning project.



  27. Lynn
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      · November 5th, 2014 at 1:50 pm · Link

    Bless your heart! Hang in there girl!

    WOW! These were burnt into wood and then painted? These are really, really good! I can’t even DRAW that well, much less, burn, and paint! Wish I were more talented, but alas, just not in the genes!!

    Have a great week!! Hope all goes well.
    Lynn



  28. Juanita Rice
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      · November 5th, 2014 at 2:15 pm · Link

    ALL gum has that nasty artificial sweetener in it. ick! And this is just my opinion because I can’t stand the taste of it. (Although I do think real sugar is better for you.) :)

    Have a happy day!



  29. Lea Williams
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      · November 5th, 2014 at 4:06 pm · Link

    Wasn’t the gum a surprise? Who would have thunk it. I am slogging through my list for today. Need to take a nap though. Blessings.



  30. Gram
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      · November 5th, 2014 at 4:35 pm · Link

    You have to watch out for that gum…and every other hidden carb!



  31. Darlene
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      · November 5th, 2014 at 5:27 pm · Link

    you sure keep yourself busy!! Hope you have a wonderful week :-D



  32. Cindy
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      · November 5th, 2014 at 5:42 pm · Link

    I have seen some beautiful woodburnings. I would love to try it myself.



  33. Pat Yates
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      · November 5th, 2014 at 5:57 pm · Link

    Raining here in East Texas for the last two days. Thank you God! Bought pumpkins ( 4 ) last week. 3 to put in jars and 1 for G-grandkids to carve. Kids didn’t carve so now I am canning pumpkins ! 26 pts. so far and have 2 left to process. I suffer from S.A.D. too and by this time of year I have projects going. Guess the projects will have to do with pumpkin this winter! Has cut down on my reading time! Just finished one of yours I didn’t have which rounds out my complete collection of L.L.M. books until you write more. God bless and take care!!!

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  34. Jeri Housholder
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      · November 5th, 2014 at 7:02 pm · Link

    I can’t wait for your next book. My office workers start the day with how far we are in the books we are reading. We all love yours! Take care!



  35. therese
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      · November 5th, 2014 at 7:16 pm · Link

    I love your newsletters, you give us such fun stuff!! I love kale and it’s so good for you too!! I didn’t know that about gum and I love gum too, who knew!! Can’t wait for next week, have a great week!!



  36. Crystal Carney
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      · November 5th, 2014 at 8:32 pm · Link

    Good luck at WW ! The apt I am in never gets any sun & it bothers me a lot, never mind winter blahs but I trust God to get me thru. I enjoy your blogs !



  37. Helen Kraayenhof
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      · November 5th, 2014 at 9:55 pm · Link

    Good luck at WW. Diet soda is know to sabotage weight loss also. [sigh] I had to give up my daily diet Coke.



  38. Janet Clark
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      · November 5th, 2014 at 10:57 pm · Link

    Hope your day went well. You may find you like woodburning a lot…….it could happen……..
    the lights for SAD are so wonderful, so glad they help as much as they do



  39. Katina Fragakis
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      · November 6th, 2014 at 12:09 am · Link

    Please post pics if you find your woodburning tool. Love your western romances. I enjoy rereading the McKettricks and can’t forget Mr. S.O’B., but my favorites are about Parable, Montana. Thanks for the many hours we’ve spent together.



  40. Anne Sines
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      · November 6th, 2014 at 9:46 am · Link

    I HATE TO SEE THE COLD WEATHER COMING. WE HAD A VERY SMALL GARDEN THIS YEAR WE ONLY HAD TOMATOES AND GREEN PEPPERS. I CANNED A LOT OF TOMATOES AND FROZE STUFFED PEPPERS TO USE THIS WINTER, I LOVE WORKING IN THE KITCHEN. I MAKE A LOT OF SWEETS AND SHARE WITH OUR NEIGHBOR. HIS WIFE IS ILL AND HE DOESN’T HAVE TIME FOR THE EXTRAS. THEY ARE SUCH NICE NEIGHBORS. TAKE CARE
    ANNE



  41. Christina Callahan
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      · November 6th, 2014 at 2:55 pm · Link

    I remembering doing some wood burning as a teen. I had gotten one as part of a kit for Christmas. I stuck with macrame instead.
    Have fun.



  42. Joyce M.
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      · November 6th, 2014 at 6:46 pm · Link

    Happy to read that I’m not the only one who has bread wrapper + toaster problems.



  43. Christina Keach
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      · November 7th, 2014 at 3:06 pm · Link

    Those lights sound pretty awesome. I come from the land of 360 sunny days a year & I think I’m the opposite. I cheer up when the weather is gloomy because we get too much sun for me.
    Love that kale keeps kicking in the cold! Think I’ll plant some next year!
    Havea a beautiful day everyone!



  44. Carol L
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      · November 8th, 2014 at 3:40 am · Link

    I am definitely going to have to get at least one of these lights. My daughtr suffers from Sad also. So heartbreaking seeing her so down. Good luck onthe wood burning Linda.
    Carol L



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