#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


That darn dog…mac and cheese…and Martha

Bernicie got me up at 3:00 this morning–granted, I usually rise at 4:00 anyhow–so I figured I might as well roll out, especially since she was standing on my chest.  :)  The cats do that, by turns, but for the Yorkster, it’s a new trick.  She wanted to go outside–funny, but she’s not always that picky in her habits, if you know what I mean–so I let her out, tuned in to the Daily Audio Bible, brewed coffee.  (I have one of those one-cup dealies and I’d cleaned it yesterday–after several rinses, my first sip of java tasted like soap–so there was some drama over that.)  By this time, Bernice had gone back to sleep in her kitchen-bed, perchance to dream.  I decided to meditate and headed for the Uncle Harry chair in the living room.  I settled in.  I fipped on the new app on my iPhone, called “Just Being”.  I closed my eyes and settled in–the more I meditate, the better I like it–only to feel tiny paws scrabbling at my legs.  Now, it’s one thing to let your thoughts float by, and it’s another to ignore a persistent Yorkie.  I have no idea what she wanted, so I gave up and went back to bed.  I guess that was where the dog thought I ought to be doing my meditating, because she joined me, and I switched on my iPhone app again and, well, the next thing I knew, it was almost 9:00!  Yikes!  That’s the middle of the day for me.

We’ve had great weather the last few weeks, but today, the sky is clouded over and we’re expecting some rain.  Since we probably need it, and I’ll be in my cozy office writing anyway, I haven’t registered any complaints with the Home Office.  :)  Not that He pays much attention to complaints of a weather-type nature.  :)  As I’ve said before, He’s not big on ‘why’, either.  But ‘how’?  That’s another story.  I don’t think I’ve ever offered a prayer that began, “Now, how do I–?” and not received an answer.  Mind you, I don’t always like the answer, but it’s invariably the right one.

I picked up a new book at the grocery store yesterday–you should have seen the cartload of stuff I had, because I’d been procrastinating about going food shopping–anyway, it’s Pamela Morsi’s “Bitsy’s Bait and BBQ”, and it’s going to be a great read.

As for needing a lot of groceries, well, I’m planning to try Martha Stewart’s famous recipe for Mac and Cheese, and to make the stuff you need about six kinds of crazy rare and, of course, expensive cheeses.  (Think food of the gods, available only at Zeus’s Deli on Mount Olympus, premium price.)  Does Martha think EVERYBODY owns a multi-billion-dollar media company and can just snap their fingers to make several varieties of artisan cheese appear on their cutting board?  (Just kidding, Martha.  I’m on your side.  No, really.)  In any case, you’ll read all about the experiment here. 

This weekend, I plan to cut a few hundred (kidding) more hexagon shapes with my handy-dandy Accuquilter, to go toward my black and white quilt.  I think it will be a while before I have enough pieces to stitch the thing together.  Ditto the mac and cheese–I’ll write about it on this blog.

Since I should be working, I’m going to wrap this up for today.

Be kind.  When you put good stuff out there, good stuff comes back to you.

I promise.

9 comments to “That darn dog…mac and cheese…and Martha”

  1. Diana E
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      · August 1st, 2013 at 1:48 pm · Link

    Sounds like Bernice knew you needed more sleep! Another interesting blog, Linda. I look forward to hearing about the Mac & Cheese. Have a wonderful day and you probably need the rain as much as we do in OR. Blessings



  2. Hilda
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      · August 1st, 2013 at 2:03 pm · Link

    Hi, Linda. It was drizzling in Federal Way this morning but by the time I got to work in Seattle = dry! You’re right, God knows what we need even when we think we don’t need it. He also knows what we don’t need even when we know we want it. Go figure!

    I’m with you on grocery shopping. I refuse to go for one item – I’ll make do without until I need a bunch of things.

    Your Bernice is a character. I love reading about her antics.
    Anyway, enjoy the rest of your day, and happy writing!



  3. Pat Yates
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      · August 1st, 2013 at 2:21 pm · Link

    If you have too much rain send some our way in E.Texas! Dry here. As for dogs I had three this morning barking at 3:15. Big guys were in a hurry, Pom just wanted to play. Blessings always!



  4. Ruby Norwood
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      · August 1st, 2013 at 2:49 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, It sounds like Bernice is a character. I sure hope you go to bed early, getting up at 4:00 AM every day. Martha Stewart recipes are always good, so i am your mac and cheese
    will be delicious.
    Ruby



  5. Sal
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      · August 1st, 2013 at 3:37 pm · Link

    Tried to find the app, may be Simply Being…



    • linda
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        · August 2nd, 2013 at 10:58 am · Link

      Yep. Simply Being. It’s on iTunes.



  6. Norma Stanforth
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      · August 1st, 2013 at 3:56 pm · Link

    Yes, when your pets want something they don’t quit until they get what they want. Your quilt sound like it is going to be beautiful.
    Everyone have a great day. God bless you all.
    As always your friend,
    Norma



  7. Lois Rotella
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      · August 1st, 2013 at 6:38 pm · Link

    Wow Linda, Getting up at 4am.. I thought I got up early and is 5am but you beat me. Bernice sounds so cute. Standing on your chest is s cat trick usually not a dog trick. I guess she is picking up what the cats do. Have fund cutting your quilts pieces this weekend. Food shopping is a task. I only go with a list because I will buy way to much.



  8. Bridget
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      · August 3rd, 2013 at 9:31 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,

    So glad that you mentioned that Pamela Morsi has a new book out, I read her other books and really enjoyed them.

    Thanks, and have a good weekend!
    Bridget



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