#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Winners, songs I sing to my dog, my kind of prepping

First, the winners of last week’s contest are: Brenda I. and Valdi McCoy.  Congratulations, both of you!  (If you didn’t win, no worries.  A new round starts today, and all you need to do to enter is comment.)

Second, yes, I confess, I sing to my Yorkie, Bernice, especially when we’re making one of our weekend mailbox runs.  She sits on my lap and I sing silly songs that I make up as I go along.  (Let’s just say, I won’t be giving up my day job.)  These little ditties almost never rhyme, and furthermore, they don’t make sense.  (Well, maybe “Stinky Dog, Stinky Dog” and “Porky Snorky Yorkie”, but that’s about it.)

Have you guessed?  All my brain power, such as it is, is going into the new book.  :)

Now, for my version of Doomsday Prepping: While others stash food and bottled water and batteries and get ready to ‘bug out’, all of which are good ideas, I suppose, I’m laying in plenty of craft supplies, the non-electrical kind–paint, paper, glue, rubber stamps, etc.  I figure after a day spent hunting and gathering and doing battle with roaming mutants, holing up in my craft room will be just the thing. 

Plus, I have plenty of books.  And candles, of course, because there probably wouldn’t be any electricity…

Don’t say I didn’t warn you about my brain power.

58 comments to “Winners, songs I sing to my dog, my kind of prepping”

  1. Dawn Roberts
      · August 4th, 2014 at 7:03 pm · Link

    As a quilter, crafter having enough supplies isn’t usually my problem. It’s finding the correct project to use them. This becomes even a bigger problem, since I work at JoAnn Fabric and Craft store

  2. Joy N
      · August 4th, 2014 at 7:04 pm · Link

    You never fail to make me smile. :lol: I love the pics in my head of you driving with your sweet yorkie on your lap and making up songs. Sometimes, I just make up songs as I drive down the streets of Spokane and look at the billboard ads, etc, and often laugh at myself and the goofy things I try to rhyme. Well, my brain is sometimes just plain mushy and for a late 60’s something…I do pretty well. Take care.

  3. Linda Wilson
      · August 4th, 2014 at 7:05 pm · Link

    Glad I am not the only one to treat my dog like a baby. Mine thinks he is and I don`t have the heart to tell him other wise

  4. Michele B
      · August 4th, 2014 at 7:06 pm · Link

    Do I see an old manual typewriter (perhaps with a sticky “a” and a broken “t”) there in your post-apocalyptic shelter?

    • Lizzy Gaasenbeek
        · August 12th, 2014 at 5:47 pm · Link

      :) Love this!!! Don’t forget the liquid paper and a case of typing paper too.

  5. Gwenda Underwood
      · August 4th, 2014 at 7:12 pm · Link

    Glad you will be able to take care of the craft things for all of us as would not be what I would want to be doing!!

  6. karen machamer
      · August 4th, 2014 at 7:13 pm · Link

    I love reading your e-mail updates, they always make me smile. :lol: :)

  7. Norma Stanforth
      · August 4th, 2014 at 7:35 pm · Link

    Congratulation, Brenda I, and Valdi McCoy on your win, I know that you will enjoy them.
    I sure that Bernice and your Yorkie really enjoyed your singing to them.
    Hope everyone has a great week end.
    Does anyone know how Virginia Horton is after her hip replacement went? God blessings to all.
    As always your friend,

  8. Ruby Norwood
      · August 4th, 2014 at 7:43 pm · Link

    Congratulations, Brenda and Valdi on your win. Linda you are so funny, and I know for a fact that you have plenty of brain power by the books you write.. Hope everyone has a good night.

  9. Virginia Horton
      · August 4th, 2014 at 7:44 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners! Hip replacement has went good so far. I am puttering around on a walker right now. I am sure I will be fine when I get the muscles built back up in my leg. This has got to be better then the hip I had before because it was in bad shape. I am just not getting on the computer to much right now, spending a lot of time in the recliner.

    • Norma Stanforth
        · August 5th, 2014 at 8:16 pm · Link

      Virginia, I am so glad to hear that your hip replacement went well. I hope you keep improving each day. I wonder how things went for you. God blessings to you.

  10. Lois Rotella
      · August 4th, 2014 at 7:52 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners !! I love how your mind works. I laughed thinking about the zombies and have crafts to do. I think animals enjoy singing humans regardless of the tunes they sing.

  11. Pamela Devereux
      · August 4th, 2014 at 8:14 pm · Link

    That’s Ok Linda to sing to your dog. You’ll be amazed at how many people do sing & to whom & where they sing. And if they love you, it won’t matter whether you can sing or not.

    As for crazy times, I like the part about your craft room. Yes candles, book & water. But I want a solar powered charger. Access for all my books on my Kindle & access to music on my phone.

  12. Evelyn Dinunzio
      · August 4th, 2014 at 8:21 pm · Link

    I love your brain power. As long as I have books and candles I will be OK…of course a little food won’t hurt.

    I also sing to my baby (Blue Heeler). I think she knows what I am singing as she seems to grin all the time. Oh well. Have a great week my friend.

  13. Rita Crofoot
      · August 4th, 2014 at 8:25 pm · Link

    Well, it looks as if you are taking a mental break, which I highly approve of. No power of phone here since the Storm on Sat ( Mt Spokane) so candles and a good generator a good idea.

  14. Terri Shortell
      · August 4th, 2014 at 8:42 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners. I can understand the silly ditties because I have done the same thing. They don’t have to make sense, just entertain your animal and yourself. Lol. Good thinking about the crafts for doomsday. Need to be able to decompress after fighting zombies. :lol:

  15. Bev Evanger
      · August 4th, 2014 at 8:43 pm · Link

    You always make me smile and today a giggle. I thought I was the only one who sang to their dog. In my case, cat too. They look at me like I’m nuts. Trust me I’d never make it pro, but I enjoy being silly with them, and singing is one of them. LOL I’m glad to see I’m not alone. Have a great week dearheart. I can’t wait to read your new book. You have the most awesome books. Especially the cowboys. YUMMY!

  16. Roberta Giordano
      · August 4th, 2014 at 8:48 pm · Link

    Congratulation Brenda and Valdi !
    When I babysit my granddog I always have long conversations with him. I would never subject him to my singing,if I did he probably would never want to come back ! Lol
    Have a great week Linda.

    • Valdi McCoy
        · August 5th, 2014 at 2:23 pm · Link

      The Bible say’s to Make a Joyful noise unto the Lord. It is just a good thing he never ordered an in tune song. at least not from me!

  17. Teresa W
      · August 4th, 2014 at 8:53 pm · Link

    My mother got me going with oil lamps. She used alot of unscented candles if she couldn’t get lamp oil. I like Yankee Candle but theres a Twisted Peppermint from Bath & Body works I love. I get bottled water by the gallob distilled use it for alot of things, c-pap, car engine, drinking etc . Buy alot of can food so I don’t have to shop every month. So think I’m set pretty good except fresh stuff & milk etc. Go figure, its how I was taught raised, whatever.

  18. Leanna
      · August 4th, 2014 at 8:57 pm · Link

    I sing to my dog all the time. I would even talk to my dog when he went deaf in when he was older. Have a nice week!

  19. Diana E.
      · August 4th, 2014 at 8:57 pm · Link

    Congratulations to this weeks winners.
    I’m a card makers myself so rubber stamps would be by choice!!!
    You made me laugh today, Linda. Blessings.

  20. Hillary H
      · August 4th, 2014 at 9:29 pm · Link

    I sing to my lab lucy all the time!!

  21. roz goodenough
      · August 4th, 2014 at 9:41 pm · Link

    You are such a hoot! I love your ideas.

  22. Gloria
      · August 4th, 2014 at 9:43 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Brenda I. and Valdi McCoy! Enjoy your win.

    Virginia, I’m glad your surgery went well.

    Norma, I hope you’re feeling much better.

    Linda, I’m glad to see you’re still having fun. I know your dog loves to go riding with you while you sing.

    • Norma Stanforth
        · August 5th, 2014 at 8:37 pm · Link

      Gloria, thanks for asking no i am not feeling any better. Hope you are. sending blessings to you. Love you.

  23. Judy Eagle
      · August 4th, 2014 at 10:00 pm · Link

    I did silly ditties to my grandchildren until they asked me to stop because they thought they were too old.

    My mother-in-law’s dog was named Sheeza to remind everyone She’s a dog. Have a productive happy day.

    • Valdi McCoy
        · August 5th, 2014 at 2:21 pm · Link

      I still sing to my grandchildren who are 24, 16,17,& 15. It is their punishment for not visiting more often. ooops maybe that’s why they don’t…

  24. Nikki H
      · August 4th, 2014 at 11:08 pm · Link

    My daughter sings to her 10 mo. old son. Perfectly weird, and I caught it on my phone and learned the words. Perhaps I’ll start singing to our dog. 8-O

  25. Paula L Rollins
      · August 4th, 2014 at 11:40 pm · Link

    My son is prepared for the doomsday effect….me I would just share anyway….but I do have a great book supply….I have everyone you have wrote and read them over and over….so I am prepared…HAVE A GREAT WEEK

  26. Kelley Morrow
      · August 5th, 2014 at 12:38 am · Link

    Love that you let us peek in the window of your private world, it means so much to us(your fans)! Please keep up the great work!!!

  27. Sharon Sovereign
      · August 5th, 2014 at 4:48 am · Link

    Love your books.

  28. Jane Goldsmith
      · August 5th, 2014 at 8:12 am · Link

    Yep, your preparations sound like they are on the money. Where I live I would also have to make sure I have a no-electric heat source (or would the smoke give me away)?
    Really enjoy reading your books.

  29. marilyn
      · August 5th, 2014 at 8:51 am · Link

    I sing into the west lord of the rings and the lonely mountain from the hobbit to my puppy, he doesn’t mind that there are a few notes that I can’t hit. Other than that we do 80’s hair music! Hope you have a great week and take care.

  30. Sue Gahagan
      · August 5th, 2014 at 9:18 am · Link

    What would the world be without a craft room? And books and nooks and I pads and grandsons next door. LIFE IS GOOD!!! My new favorite craft is fairy gardens. Fun to be a kid again.

  31. DONNA
      · August 5th, 2014 at 9:19 am · Link

    I also sang to my toy fox terrier. ( I have to keep my day job also) My songs never made sense either. He never seemed to mind my horrible singing. That’s one of the great reasons about having a pet – they love you no matter what.

  32. Joyce M.
      · August 5th, 2014 at 10:48 am · Link

    Smart idea. You never know what could happen.

  33. Dotty Weis
      · August 5th, 2014 at 11:07 am · Link

    I have tons of books too LOL

  34. Tammy L
      · August 5th, 2014 at 1:10 pm · Link

    I sing to my dog too! she loves it!

  35. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · August 5th, 2014 at 1:42 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners! And I love your singing pup :wink:

  36. Valdi McCoy
      · August 5th, 2014 at 2:02 pm · Link

    My doomsday prepping consists of praying that I will be among the first to die. If not I always wondered why I collect more books than I can read right now. I guess I have enough to last for a few years is I survive doomsday. Then they will all become History Books. :). I am really excited about winning the contest. Thanks!

  37. Susan
      · August 5th, 2014 at 2:08 pm · Link

    My cat just loves Beethoven’s 5th, since she knows all the words… Me Me Me OW, Me Me Me OW!

    • Susan
        · August 5th, 2014 at 2:09 pm · Link

      Sorry, forgot to add that my Doomsday Device is a treadle-operated sewing machine.

  38. Laura Ann Harris
      · August 5th, 2014 at 2:25 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, so good to hear that I’m not the only one that sings to my dog! I love to sing Barry Manillow’s Copa Cabana to my chihuahua, Porter. Except I changed the words to Porter Cabana…the hottest dog north of Havana!

    Have a great day!

  39. Ann Bartholomew
      · August 5th, 2014 at 5:11 pm · Link

    My doomsday prep would be stacks of books. I have a Nook but like the feel and smell of a book much better. Besides, how would I keep the battery charged? Today the top book on the stack would be Second-Hand Bride. I’m rereading the McKettricks and loving every word all over again.

  40. Peggy Casey
      · August 6th, 2014 at 1:00 am · Link


  41. Anita Holt Graue
      · August 6th, 2014 at 1:34 pm · Link

    I sing to our horses. Yep good thing they don’t judge me for my dinging skill :-)

  42. Jeannine Klimt
      · August 7th, 2014 at 3:13 pm · Link

    Linda, I hope that you are well and singing! :) I can’t wait to read the new book. I sing to my granddaughter’s. The oldest makes us all sing to Puff of course!!

  43. Violette Ruffley
      · August 7th, 2014 at 4:09 pm · Link

    I just received the prize book and am so eager to begin reading it. I am most grateful for the winning of the book and it is such fun to lift the cover and see the dedication and signature.

    Singing is always good, to whom ever and when ever ~ just another way to express your joy! And for your doggie another way that the two of you bond. :)

    You are most gracious to send these great books out to us, I wish to thank you again.. stay well and keep singing.

    Blessed be always.

  44. Lizzy Gaasenbeek
      · August 8th, 2014 at 2:42 pm · Link

    You are funny, quirky, down to earth and no matter the silly moments of life, your genius shines through in the fabulous books you write. You are a kindred spirit and a blessing to anyone fortunate enough to read your posts and books. I’m spending the summer on the farm and loving it but the thing I am so loving is the time I can escape into your books, usually at night when the kidlets are in bed. Love the McKettricks!

  45. Dory
      · August 8th, 2014 at 7:14 pm · Link

    Every self respecting crafter has enough supplies to last through a ten year down swing in supplies. My recommendation is to buy more. Of course you sing to your dog, it’s only natural. My song is Jess Jess, he’s a mess mess, but I love him so…

    Really kind of scary…


  46. Joyce M.
      · August 10th, 2014 at 3:11 pm · Link

    Keep writing, please.

  47. Jim
      · August 11th, 2014 at 11:12 am · Link

    I sure miss our family reunions. They were run by the first generation cousins and now that they are gone or too old to handle the work and travel, the second generation cousins have dropped the ball and let them die. :(

  48. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · August 11th, 2014 at 11:17 am · Link

    You are an inspiration! I was singing to myself on my way home from Tulsa. Did I mention that I was in a borrowed convertible because my truck was in the shop?

    If anyone out there is a good friend with Toby Keith, have him contact me! The song I wrote in my head on the way home is one I think he could take to #1. Yes, I was jealous of a truck I passed. I called the song tail gate envy.

    I don’t know if I’d have had the courage to write it if I hadn’t pictured you smiling at my silliness!


  49. Pam (nedlnut)
      · August 11th, 2014 at 1:11 pm · Link

    My Dad made up songs and sang them to us. I find myself repeating the same songs & making up others to sing to my cat. Let’s just say, it’s a good thing no one can hear me!

    • Dory
        · August 11th, 2014 at 1:50 pm · Link

      My Dad had a different song for each of his kids. It became “our song.” I have followed that tradition for the next generation. My Dad died before any of his Grand kids were born, but each of his Grand kids “knows” their Granddad by his song for them.

  50. donna harris
      · August 11th, 2014 at 6:43 pm · Link

    Congrats to winners! Glad to hear Virginia that your hip replacement went well. Make sure you do whatever your doctor and therapist tells you. I assume you’re doing therapy. I had a total knee replacement done in 2011. I did all my therapy as I was told. I went through hell, but I did it. I really wasn’t a good candidate in the first place to have it done, but the doc did it anyway.
    Linda, I had to laugh at you singing to your Yorkie. My puppy dog thinks she’s a baby, (I don’t know where she got the idea). At night when it’s time to go to bed, she’ll let you know. She has to give me hugs & kisses and I have to tell her (sing it to her) night night sweet dreams see you in the morning. Then she lays down and I have to cover her like a baby. Every night, she’s 6 yrs old, maybe because she was born on Valentine’s day why she’s so lovey dovey. I’ve been told many of times that I’m not wrapped right. I don’t have any idea why they say that, lol!!

  51. Lizzy Gaasenbeek
      · August 12th, 2014 at 5:52 pm · Link


    You are packaged up just fine our dear friend. So open and transparent. Thank you for sharing who you really are in your blogs. Thankful for your incredible talent too! Your books have been the highlights of many a day for me, though I am blessed with my kids and hubby too. We have a hamster named Ginger. We treat her like family and love her so much. She comes when we call and loves treats, especially doritos. Pets are such an added blessing. Take care and God bless you. xo

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