#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Update from the Triple L

Prayers are needed for my brother-in-law’s mom, Betty Lang.  She’s a brave lady, and she’s mighty ill right now.

On a (much) more mundane note, my weight was down 1.6 pounds this week–a relief after all this time stuck in neutral.  I continue to exercise and eat the Weight Watchers way–up to an hour on my bike, five to six days a week, and I actually look forward to it!  (Go figure.)

I planted kale and Swiss chard in the outdoor planters the other day–I have become a kale fanatic and, like my mama, I have always loved Swiss chard.  I’m hoping to get my tomatoes in earlier next spring than this year–since there will be a lot more, barring blight, etc., I intend to preserve a lot of them.  Again, like my mama, I love canned tomatoes with macaroni.  Now that I’ve discovered quinoa pasta, I have this favorite often.

I’ve been babysitting my grand-cat, D.C. Cooper–aka Coop–for the past few days while Wendy and Jeremy visited Wendy’s dad in Montana.  Coop is a character; gave her free run of the house this time around, since Bernice and Jitterbug are harmless, and she gravitated to a windowseat downstairs in the craft room.  Except when she’s eating, that’s where she spends her time.  :)  She’s coal black, small for her age, and ridiculously cute.

Well, it’s Halloween.  For me, that means extra spooky podcasts.  :)  Since I live in the country, we never get trick-or-treaters, but I laid in a couple of bags of Butterfingers fun-size bars just in case.  I won’t be eating any leftovers, but I must confess, I do eat a York’s peppermint pattie almost every day–only 4 points and well worth it.

Planning a quiet weekend–a batch of Beef Burgundy (the crockpot kind), a little reading, a little music listening, some art and some dog-walking.

Life is good.

44 comments to “Update from the Triple L”

  1. Virginia Horton
      · October 31st, 2014 at 1:50 pm · Link

    Prayers for your brother in laws mom. I just spent 30 mins. on my bike because it is raining here today and cold. I had about a 130 trick or treaters here last night because they had ours last night due to the weather. Send some of your kale this way, I love cooked kale and ate a lot of it when I was pregnate with my son maybe that why I didn’t gain a lot of weight with him. I gain it after. I started to buy kale at the grocery but it didn’t look good so ended up with a head of cabbage. Any way congrats on the weight loss, wish I could loose some.

  2. Dennis
      · October 31st, 2014 at 1:52 pm · Link

    Great job on the weight!! Boo!! Happy Halloween!! There is a bogeyman!!

  3. Pam paterakis
      · October 31st, 2014 at 1:52 pm · Link

    Prayers for Betty. Enjoy your kitty sitting this pumpkin day! Warm crock pot food sounds wonderful! It is 33 with wind chill of 20 right now.

  4. pat Dennis
      · October 31st, 2014 at 1:58 pm · Link

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN from the sunny Southeast

  5. Sherry Wallace
      · October 31st, 2014 at 2:04 pm · Link

    Yes, life is good! Big football wknd for us in Oxford w/son & family comeg here – always love that Cuz I never see enough of them

  6. Diana E.
      · October 31st, 2014 at 2:07 pm · Link

    Praying for Betty. Congratulations on your loss this week. Every little bit helps. I dog sit my Gran-dog on occasion. I enjoy the company and she puts up with my quiet life style but really misses my son, daughter-in-law and the two sets of twins. Lots of activity in their house! Have a great weekend. Blessings.

  7. Billiesue Sanders
      · October 31st, 2014 at 2:07 pm · Link

    Happy Halloween, Linda!
    Cold in Knoxville; snow forecast tonight.
    Prayers for Betty.


  8. DONNA
      · October 31st, 2014 at 2:07 pm · Link

    Prayers for Betty. Keep up the good the work with WW. Black cat around Halloween – how appropriate!!

  9. carole
      · October 31st, 2014 at 2:10 pm · Link

    Happy Halloween! Praying for Betty! Hope she gets feeling better soon! Have a nice weekend!

  10. Brenda Ireland
      · October 31st, 2014 at 2:16 pm · Link

    Hi Linda….Glad to hear that you are losing the weight that you want to get rid of.If you need some encouragement I will give you all you need. I let myself get heavy after I quit smoking. At 53 and over 200 lbs. I was told that I was diabetic.Now at 67 I take 5 needles per day to try and combat numerous daily battles. But I keep going
    Thank goodness my eyes have been not affected yet I can still enjoy your many books and if they get bad I will cross that bridge when it happens.
    So for your own health,please keep doing what you do and never give up. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
    Have a good weekend,

  11. Brenda Ireland
      · October 31st, 2014 at 2:17 pm · Link

    Please accept my thoughts and prayers for Betty’s recovery

  12. Dixie Hadley
      · October 31st, 2014 at 2:17 pm · Link

    I ‘m praying for your brother in law’s mother, Betty. Sounds like a nice relaxing week end. Enjoy yourself,you deserve it after all you give to others, especially in your writing. Congrats to the winners last week and so happy to hear the little guys is doing so well. :-)
    Happy Halloween

  13. Teresa
      · October 31st, 2014 at 2:24 pm · Link

    Add my name to the list of prayers as requested. Love reading about the cool temps…its only mid 80’s here today and sunny! I’m not kidding when I hum “I’m dreaming of a white…” well, lets not rush time too much……………I’ve been enjoying our yearly treat of a huge pumpkin patch set up across the way. Hundreds of pumpkins, tots in their costumes…..what a treat! Happy Fall ya’ll !!!

  14. Gwenda Underwood
      · October 31st, 2014 at 2:30 pm · Link

    Will pray for your brother-in-law’s mom Betty Lang, prayed God’s will for all of family!! You are right God is so good & life is good!!

  15. Lynn
      · October 31st, 2014 at 2:41 pm · Link

    Hi Linda
    Sounds like you are having a really good week! Congrats!!
    Prayers going up to the mom of your brother-in-law.
    Coop sounds cute!

    Tonight, going to my daughters. Granpa has been babysitting the last few days while her in-laws are out of town, so he drops me off at work, then I ride to my daughter’s house with her, then we go home from there.. about a 90 – 100 mile trip a day! :) Tonight we are staying and giving out candy while they take the baby (14 months) and our son-in-laws two older children (13 and 15 – I still call them mine) out trick-or-treating. I’m making a pot of chili while they are gone to have ready when they return. Going to be chilly for Alabama tonight (30’s). I have a wedding to attend in the morning, then I hope to get a little housecleaning in.
    Best wishes for you all!

  16. Mary Goodman
      · October 31st, 2014 at 2:44 pm · Link

    Praying for your brother in laws mother.Have a threat weekend

  17. Ruby Norwood
      · October 31st, 2014 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Praying for your brother in laws mother, Betty Lang and I hope that she gets better soon. keep up the good work on WW Linda!! you really look good on the pics I saw on Facebook.
    Happy Halloween Everyone!!

  18. Lea Williams
      · October 31st, 2014 at 3:12 pm · Link

    Happy Halloween. No trick or treaters here either. But this year I will be gone this evening. My grandson who is a senior is playing his last football game this evening. I will be there. Blessings to you Linda.

  19. Terri Shortell
      · October 31st, 2014 at 4:06 pm · Link

    Healing thoughts being sent to y’all. Hope your brother-in-law’s mother gets well soon. We don’t get a lot of trick or treaters either. The adults are waiting to have our Halloween party tomorrow so the people with children can do the kiddies thing without being rushed. Enjoy your peaceful weekend. Happy Halloween everyone. :) :)

  20. Linda Lattin
      · October 31st, 2014 at 4:11 pm · Link

    I will add your brother-in-law’s mother to the prayer intention at my church. I will also say a prayer. Glad all is well with you. I just received an adorable picture of my laughing 1 1/2 yr old great-grandson in is Engineer costume. There is nothing better than seeing their happy little faces. It is truly a blessing. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your extra hour!!

  21. Pamela Devereux
      · October 31st, 2014 at 5:11 pm · Link

    Prayers coming your way. Glad to hear you are keeping up with Weight Watchers & riding your bike.

  22. Lois Rotella
      · October 31st, 2014 at 5:36 pm · Link

    Glad that you are doing well. Your daughter’s cat sounds like a trip. Happy Halloween !!! :-D

  23. Debbie C.
      · October 31st, 2014 at 6:14 pm · Link

    Sending prayers. Have a wonderful weekend and have a Happy Halloween!

  24. Kathi M Cauley
      · October 31st, 2014 at 6:21 pm · Link


  25. Rita McCommon
      · October 31st, 2014 at 7:48 pm · Link

    Prayers sent for your brother in laws Mom! Fun time with kitty! lol I was told to eat oatmeal every morning to help me lose weight??? Not sure yet. Here’s a funny for you, I was raised on home canned tomatoes and macaroni, too! and I’m so far back in the sticks (Ozark Mtns) we don’t have trick or treaters either. Only 15 minutes from town, but still in the sticks!!! Have a great Halloween! Just so you know there was a whole shelf of your books at my library and I read everyone of them. Some more than once! Loved the McKettricks!

  26. Jane Goldsmith
      · October 31st, 2014 at 7:59 pm · Link

    Happy Halloween! And congrats on the weight loss. Those plateaus are so annoying.

  27. Leanna
      · October 31st, 2014 at 8:23 pm · Link

    Happy Halloweew! You can donate your bags of chocolate to the food shelf. People on budgets often don’t have money for extras like chocolate.

  28. Roberta Giordano
      · October 31st, 2014 at 8:30 pm · Link

    Prayers for Betty. Hope she feels better soon.
    Happy Halloween! Enjoy your weekend

  29. Paula L Rollins
      · October 31st, 2014 at 8:55 pm · Link

    Prayers coming your way for all your family and loved ones…Spent the day with my grand daughters…what a fun day…Good luck on your weight loss…one day at a time :roll:

  30. Shirley W.
      · October 31st, 2014 at 11:15 pm · Link

    Sending prayers up for Betty. Hope she gets better soon. Happy to hear about your weight lost. Keep up all that fine bike paddling. Sounds like an easy babysitting job. My love and prayers to you and yours. God Bless.

  31. Joyce M.
      · November 1st, 2014 at 9:36 am · Link

    I’ll keep Betty in my prayers.

  32. Rose Marie Moran
      · November 1st, 2014 at 10:49 am · Link

    Hope that Betty Lang is doing better. Will add her to my prayer list.

  33. Rita Crofoot
      · November 1st, 2014 at 10:52 am · Link

    Interesting stuff,thanks,Linda.

  34. stephanie lazrins
      · November 1st, 2014 at 11:38 am · Link

    Yum! Warm blessings!

  35. midge watkins
      · November 1st, 2014 at 11:45 am · Link

    Blessing to your ill lady. It’s hard to see the joy in life when
    you’re sick, so I pray she will be better soon. I’m glad you
    finally got of the plateau. I’m hoping I can retain my wt thru
    the winter. It’s good to see someone else loves Yorks
    patties, too. I buy them by the bagfull(altho I noticed the
    price really jumped) and have a couple while reading your
    books in bed at nite. (Don’t tell my dentist). Take care and
    enjoy the beautiful fall scenery.

  36. Evelyn Dinunzio
      · November 1st, 2014 at 1:17 pm · Link

    Canned tomatoes and pasta . yeah! I thought that was only known in Virginia. Grew up loving it with my mom also. Another favorite of mine is cabbage and noodles. I made a big pan yesterday. Great for the snow we are getting right now.

  37. Norma Stanforth
      · November 1st, 2014 at 1:50 pm · Link

    Sorry about your brother-in-law mom, Betty Langley needing prayer could you please add me two. I am in the hospital with Bacteria Pneumonia and Pleurisy this makes the third time I have had it. God’Sorry blessing.
    As always your friend,

    • Gloria
        · November 2nd, 2014 at 2:24 pm · Link

      Norma, I didn’t know you were back in the hospital. I’ll continue to pray for you, and pray you get well soon.

      I’ll also pray for Betty Lang.

      Linda, I hope you’re having a good weekend.

  38. Lorraine Pitts
      · November 1st, 2014 at 2:04 pm · Link

    Prayers being sent up now. Enjoy your weekend. I always love reading your posts. Xoxo

      · November 1st, 2014 at 7:54 pm · Link

    Ah the memories, love fresh kale and macaroni and tomatoes. I ride an old bike from my childhood. Prayers for Betty and say high to Coop.

  40. Karen Sheets
      · November 1st, 2014 at 11:25 pm · Link

    Best wishes for Mrs Lang . I was just wondering when your next book will be out ,The Marriage Charm ,I love reading your books .Thanks for my enjoyment . Karen

  41. Rita Harden
      · November 2nd, 2014 at 7:32 pm · Link

    Enjoy your posts. My parents are in their 80s and both eat York peppermint patties on a daily basis. My father likes to say that since they are dark chocolate, it’s good for you! I actually buy the large box of York’s at Sam’s Club for them. :-)
    Love still having my parents around and appreciate them so much!

    Have a great week.

  42. mary D. Wornick
      · November 3rd, 2014 at 1:09 pm · Link

    Here are prayers and love going to your love one that is ill.
    Hope all goes well and hope y’all have a wonderful day. Its finally trying to act like winter here been in 30’s very nice weather…………
    Talk with you later………..Mary D.Wornick

  43. marilyn
      · November 4th, 2014 at 2:08 pm · Link

    Blessings to family and I hope you have a good week.

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