#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

A cold morning

On this sunny Labor Day morning, when Bernice and I went out for an after-breakfast stroll, I actually needed a coat!  Amazing, given the days and weeks of almost unrelenting heat we’ve been experiencing in and around Spokane.  I love that crisp snap in the air that signals the coming of autumn–it is hands-down my favorite season of the year.  Yes, spring is lovely.  Summer brings flowers and tomatoes still warm from the sun, among other pleasures, and winter’s snow, whatever problems it may bring, is gloriously beautiful, cloaking the countryside in white diamonds.  But it is the autumn that I hold dearest, as I’ve said on this blog many times.  There’s a sense of new beginnings, a hint of approaching festivities and bright surprises, it seems to me.  The crops are in, and cool-weather projects like crocheting something colorful regain their appeal.  Heck, I even love the clothes I get to wear–cozy sweaters, corduroy pants, boots and jackets…ah, yes.  Bring on the fall. Our winners this week are: Teresa Wilson and Kathy.  Way to go, ladies!  You’ve probably already heard from Jenni. Now, for the new round.   Leave a comment and you’re automatically entered–the winners will be announced next Monday. I spent a low-key weekend–it was very pleasant and restful.  Bernice and I made our usual mail runs on Saturday and Sunday, and I met Wendy and Jeremy for lunch at Azteca, one of our favorites, yesterday.  I played with art supplies–I’m on a make-it-rusty kick at the moment.  I took in a few podcasts, paged through some new art magazines–Cloth, Paper, Scissors–Somerset Studio’s Apprentice–a very interesting publication from England, called Daphne’s Diary.  CPS arrived in Saturday’s mail, which was actually Friday’s mail, since it usually isn’t delivered until 4 pm or so, but I picked up the others at Barnes and Noble after lunch yesterday, along with several books, of course. I’m listening to The Miniaturist, a novel by Jessie Burton.  The story is set in Amsterdam, in the 1600s, and I like it so much that I bought a copy for my “keeper” shelf.  (I do this with particular favorites.)  The writing is wonderful, and the characters are well-drawn.  On the reading front, I’m still involved in Lisa Jackson’s latest–it’s great.  

Once again, cyberspace has eaten part of my blog.

To repeat myself, I hope you’re having a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

57 comments to “A cold morning”

  1. Virginia Horton
      · September 1st, 2014 at 1:27 pm · Link

    Its been a quite weekend here. It rained all day yesterday and today it was in the 80’s but we just had a rain come through again and dropped the tempts for a while. We haven’t had a lot of rain this year but we sure got a lot yesterday. I did get my walk in this moring before the rain hit, so thats a plus.

  2. Eileen
      · September 1st, 2014 at 1:55 pm · Link

    I totally agree about fall. I went to the two local craft stores Michael”s and ACMoore. I got fixings for wreaths and centerpieces The cinnamon scented pineconese and the pumpkin potpourri will add a great smell to my projects. Leaves are starting to change here in the Pocono mountains in Pennsylvania.

  3. Patricia Stout
      · September 1st, 2014 at 1:56 pm · Link

    Weather sounds great, heading up that way for a motorcycle trip with the hubby. Taking a week off and camping out and just traveling around the state. :-P

  4. Paula L Rollins
      · September 1st, 2014 at 1:57 pm · Link

    Busy weekend at our house also…Horse show (youngest grand daughter crowned Queen) oldest grand daughter home for a short visit from college and putting up tomatoes and salsa….life can be hectic but love spending it with family and when all are calm I sit down to a great book…stay healthy

  5. Dennis
      · September 1st, 2014 at 2:03 pm · Link

    You can have the winter!! Give me the sun & Fun!!

    • Hilda
        · September 2nd, 2014 at 1:02 am · Link

      AMEN! Too many clothes in the Fall/Winter! Going outside and freezing is NOT for me!

  6. Loretta Brittain
      · September 1st, 2014 at 2:05 pm · Link

    What a restful weekend we have enjoyed. Took the time Sunday to visit my mother. She suffers from dementia. She lives in a memory care unit. While her social skills have deserted her, her eyes lit up with delight when see saw us fill her candy dish with fruit flavored lifesavers. Hope she enjoys the treat.

  7. Diana E.
      · September 1st, 2014 at 2:13 pm · Link

    Congrats to last weeks winners.
    I agree with you about fall, Linda, its my favorite season too. We still are in summer mode here in the Willamette Valley but I can see the signs. Some of the leaves are changing and that nip in the air. Sad to see my sweet peas withering but I know they will be blooming again next year. Blessings to you and yours.

  8. Leanna
      · September 1st, 2014 at 2:16 pm · Link

    Its not cooling down in Texas yet, fall doesn’t come until November. The heat index was 108 yesterday. I look forward to wearing jeans.

  9. Dixie Hadley
      · September 1st, 2014 at 2:16 pm · Link

    Linda, I am always amazed at how many things you can do at one time. You go girl!! I thought I could “multi – task. My daddy always use to say to me “Dixie Jean you need to slow down”, my answer was always the same. ” I just take after you, We don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to have fun, try something new or just get things done.” My daddy passed away Dec.2005 and I still miss him like it was yesterday. Reading your message about the fall made me think of him, he loved the fall too.
    Thanks for sharing and stirring up a treasured memory for me. I have slowed down some , but if he was still with us he would still be telling me to Slow Down :)

  10. Gloria Jenkins
      · September 1st, 2014 at 2:24 pm · Link

    I love the Fall as well. Here in Virginia we are having summer high 90’s. Worked all weekend off today store is closed. Walked my little dog Nala ( my grandson named her) for a early walk this morning. Home relaxing and reading Deadly Gamble. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their day.
    Gloria J.

  11. Melba herod
      · September 1st, 2014 at 2:33 pm · Link

    Dear Linda,

    I really enjoy reading your blog. Makes me want to not only read your books but all the books you are reading, listen to all the audio
    Books you are listening to and do all the interesting things you do.
    I would even like to live in Seattle.

    Keep on posting,I love you.


  12. Judy Eagle
      · September 1st, 2014 at 2:41 pm · Link

    Hi Linda

    I must be fractured. Each time a season starts I think it is my favorite and am so happy. Then is it almost done and I am done with it. Then like a new treasure here comes a new one to enjoy.

    I too admire all the things you get into doing.


  13. Ruby Norwood
      · September 1st, 2014 at 2:55 pm · Link

    Congrats!! to Teresa Wilson and Kathy. Linda send some of that cool air down my way. It is like 96 degrees here today and very humid. I love the fall as well, love my boots and sweaters also. Hope everyone has a great Labor Day!!

  14. Lois Rotella
      · September 1st, 2014 at 3:17 pm · Link

    I also love the fall. I like the changing of the leaves, pumkins and fall flowers. Have a wonderful week.

  15. Risemary
      · September 1st, 2014 at 3:31 pm · Link

    As usual, your words paint a pretty picture in my mind. Happy Labor Day!

  16. Betty Hamilton
      · September 1st, 2014 at 3:31 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners!
    Having been born and raised in “The Great Northeast” I am fully aware of the beauty of the seasonal changes. However, here in South Florida we don’t see much seasonal changes. Although as a long time resident I see the very subtle changes that tell us we are moving into the next season. The grass and leaves become so much greener in Spring and Summer and then in the fall they become more muted and even more so in the Winter months. However…it is all still green.

  17. roz goodenough
      · September 1st, 2014 at 4:06 pm · Link

    Fall is my favorite season also. In Michigan the Maple trees are something to behold when they turn colors. Our county fair starts this Friday and there will be lots of 4H projects & animals, FFA cattle, sheep, goats etc. There will be antiques, home made quilts and afghans and baked goods. The little ones will be crazy about the rides with flashing lights and the elephant ears & cotton candy. No matter how old I get I still feel excited when the fair is here.

  18. Roberts Giordano
      · September 1st, 2014 at 4:24 pm · Link

    Spent Subday at the Goshen Agricultural Fair. Just taking it easy today. Hope you have a great week

  19. judy
      · September 1st, 2014 at 4:42 pm · Link

    We had two birthdays yesterday. My daughter who turned 50 and her grandson who turned 3. My daughter is are baby. We have three more boys. Boy the time goes by so fast any more. Glad yu are enjoying the weekend.

  20. Dawn Roberts
      · September 1st, 2014 at 4:43 pm · Link

    I love the colors of spring, not to crazy about fall colors unless they are the leaves on the trees, having spent my first 16 years in the mid-west I always loved the leaves falling from the trees, racking them with my big brother and then throwing them all over the yard at each other. But then I spent 25 years in Arizona, there are some beautiful sunsets there, but never enough seasons. Always made a point to go to flagstaff at least once in the fall, and to Pine Top for the fall festival. tried to get up to see snow when possible. but now I’m in Texas (north) and we have seasons, grass growing, leaves falling, and sometimes even snow for more that one day. but this summer has been never ending…..today was still 98 degrees, Yuck! I’m over the heat, bring on the fall!

  21. Teresa W
      · September 1st, 2014 at 5:06 pm · Link

    Well here in St. Louis, MO it got outta the triple digits. Yeah. How long it’ll last is anyones guess. As for reading started “Keep Me Closer,” by Rhyannon Byrd, next up is “Riding Hard,” a Sons of Chance book. Then to restart a “Dash of Peril,” by Lori Foster. I’ve mentioned I’m way bhind on books, then I’ll go back to my Nook, finish the Lexi Blake series. As for getting outside I’ll wait till its a bit cooler & my doc gives me some more sitting time.

  22. Jeannette Garand
      · September 1st, 2014 at 5:11 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, It always great to hear from you. I love the energy you have even when your health wasn’t up to par you kept soldiering along. I’m on a trip to St. John’s, Newfoundland. I came to visit two of my great grandchildren. We just said goodbye as I’m flying home to Alberta tomorrow. They were sad and didn’t want me to leave yet. It was so great to see them, 7 & 4 years old. Real little monkeys. I’m so blessed.
    Have a good day and I’ll chat later,

  23. Ginny Thompson
      · September 1st, 2014 at 5:12 pm · Link

    I also love Autumn. I don’t care for winter cold but enjoy the leaves changing color and I get very homesick for the farm I grew up on and my husband lived there for several years before moving to town.

  24. Ginny Thompson
      · September 1st, 2014 at 5:19 pm · Link

    I meant to say my husband and I lived there on the farm several years.It is near a small south eastern Iowa town.

  25. Dory
      · September 1st, 2014 at 5:39 pm · Link

    For some reason I am not motivated to do anything today. Not that I don’t have loads to do, and some of it is super important, but I can’t seem to make myself work at it. So, I was poking through a box that has been stored in my garage for a long time – years – and found a bunch of knitting patterns. Suddenly, I was motivated to examine each and every pattern – in detail. So, the important stuff I ignored and had a great labor day not working! :roll:

  26. Rita Crofoot
      · September 1st, 2014 at 5:49 pm · Link

    I,too love the fall, I have been thinking about soups and stews and homemade rolls. Colors are showing up in the underbrush up here on the mountain. Quilting in my thoughts too.

  27. Norma Stanforth
      · September 1st, 2014 at 6:33 pm · Link

    Congratulation Teresa Wilson and Kathy on your win, hope you enjoy it.
    Hope everyone had a good weekend and Labor Day Holiday.
    God’s blessings to all.
    As always your friend,

  28. Brenda I.
      · September 1st, 2014 at 7:28 pm · Link

    That is good news to hear that autumn is on the way! Fall and Spring are my favorite times of the year because it’s not too hot or too cold. Enjoy!

  29. Sue Gulley
      · September 1st, 2014 at 9:23 pm · Link

    I love fall also,wish it would last longer!!! Lov reading your books!!!

  30. midge watkins
      · September 1st, 2014 at 9:26 pm · Link

    Seems like many of the other readers, I’m a 4 season person,
    too. Autumn is my favorite season, too. I feel like you do; that
    it’s a new beginning and I’m truly worn out from this hot, stormy summer. I’m getting lots of yard cleanup done with the
    cooler weather and even dragged out my long, lost crochet
    stuff. I took a class about 15 yrs ago and started an afghan,
    but now, I realized I need to start back at square one. So, I’m
    getting a beginning crochet book at Joanne’s tomorrow and
    see if I can find something I can finish! The horses are just
    starting their winter coats and I want to get some short rides
    in before the fur gets too thick. I just found a re-released book of yours; “Lily and the Major” and I’m about half way
    thru. It’s pretty good and I’m sure he’ll straighten out his
    marriage problem in the end. Take care and hug Bernice for
    me. Midge

  31. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · September 1st, 2014 at 9:46 pm · Link

    Fall is a wonderful time. Your area of the country sounds beautiful.

    Enjoy the art exploration. And thanks for the thanks for the listening and reading tips.

    Congratulations to Teresa and Kathy.

  32. Nadine Spradlin
      · September 1st, 2014 at 10:21 pm · Link

    Fall is my favorite season over all. love the warm days & cooler nights . congratulations to Teresa & Kathy . Linda so glad that you had a good weekend, doing things that you enjoy . I just finished HotShot a Julie Garwood book and really enjoyed it , now I’m into Sandra Browns ‘ Deadline ,like it too . looking forward to your new book. Hope to hear from you tomorrow until then have a good night !

  33. Brenda Miller
      · September 1st, 2014 at 11:46 pm · Link

    Speaking of rustic — if you would like to get ideas on how to upcycle some of your collected items, precious “junk”, etc., check out junkmarketstyle.com for ideas of what to do with it.

    I’m certainly ready for some of your fall weather. It was near 100 degrees here in OKie land this weekend. We need some rain also.

    Enjoy the first week of September everyone!!

  34. Terri Shortell
      · September 1st, 2014 at 11:57 pm · Link

    I’m with you Linda. I love autumn. The changing leaves and crisp air. It’s great. Glad u had a relaxing weekend. It’s been storming here but we really needed the rain. As a matter of fact, I’m listening to the thunder as I write this. Hope all y’all have a great week.

  35. debbie g
      · September 1st, 2014 at 11:59 pm · Link

    Linda you make me just a little envious of you, with the cooler temperatures. Here in Florida I only have the rest of hurricane season to look forward to. You have the apples and snow coming up. You have talked about the tomatoes up there and it makes me drool. The tomatoes up north are best!!!!!, coming from New England we had our share of fantastic tomatoes, in Florida not so much. Now unless, I have been visiting on another planet for a while, your last book was Thee Marriage Pact, of which I received autographed from you, thank you very much. I am have withdrawals anticipating your next book. When will it be out? Thanks for your time and I trust the little master Iis growing like a weed. Debbie G.

  36. Jo-Ann Baker
      · September 2nd, 2014 at 7:32 am · Link

    I love warm tomotoes from the garden. I have yellow ones this year that remind me of our Dad’s. The yellow cherrie tomotes are good too. Nice to eat what we grow and know where it comes from. Thanks for the great stories. Waiting for the next one.
    Just reread the McKettric ‘s . Going for the Creeds next. Love them books.
    Have a wonderful week

  37. DONNA
      · September 2nd, 2014 at 8:35 am · Link

    It is still hot here in NJ. I don’t mind the cooler weather in the fall but I don’t look forward to snow. My home owner gave me tomatoes from the garden & they tasted better than the ones I buy in the store.

  38. Elizabeth
      · September 2nd, 2014 at 8:54 am · Link

    It is still hot here in the South. I am ready for some cooler weather. I agree fall is a beautiful time of year.

  39. Ann Bartholomew
      · September 2nd, 2014 at 9:09 am · Link

    I agree with you about fall. The spring flowers are beautiful, but in fall God uncovers the colors of the leaves and puts on an amazing display.

    I just finished Two Brothers. I especially liked it because my husband is a twin. He and his brother were especially close. I can’t imagine the two of them being separated at birth. Beautiful story.

  40. marilyn
      · September 2nd, 2014 at 9:43 am · Link

    We’re just passing the heart of summer here in Arkansas, I love fall too and can’t wait for the rains and the cooler temperatures.

    Have a wonderful week.

  41. Jane Goldsmith
      · September 2nd, 2014 at 9:59 am · Link

    I love the fall too. I am ready for lower temperatures and being able to open the windows and let in the cooler, drier air.

  42. Joyce M.
      · September 2nd, 2014 at 10:23 am · Link

    Fall is my favorite, then Spring.

  43. Fran F
      · September 2nd, 2014 at 12:14 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,

    You may be interested in this book that I just read about the Titanic. It is based on a true story about a survivor. It’s called “The Girl Who Came Home” by Hazel Gaynor. If you like historical fiction, you might enjoy this one.


  44. Susan Lee
      · September 2nd, 2014 at 1:19 pm · Link

    Labour day weekend is usually such a strange holiday for teachers. We start back to school here the day after and you cant really enjoy it knowing you have so much work to do. Great that you had a good one. Eagerly awaiting your next masterpiece. thanks for writing.

  45. Barbara Callihan
      · September 2nd, 2014 at 2:21 pm · Link

    Thanks for suggesting WaterMinder. Love the app! Sure does reminds one and I always grab a glass of water then. Thanks!

  46. Dotty Weis
      · September 2nd, 2014 at 2:21 pm · Link

    Love to have some of the nice cool weather

  47. Sharon Sovereign
      · September 2nd, 2014 at 11:09 pm · Link

    I have loved every one of your books I have read.

    Sharon Sovereign
    31 Mohican Circle
    Shawnee, OK 74801-5531

  48. Kelley Morrow
      · September 3rd, 2014 at 12:55 am · Link

    Hope all is well with you and yours! Still counting down to the next book…can’t wait!!!

  49. Gwenda Underwood
      · September 3rd, 2014 at 1:48 pm · Link

    Fall is also my favorite season of the year. Totally enjoy all the beautiful colors. Even though I get a lot of flack, cold weather is so special to me, don;t feel so guilty then about so much time spent reading!!

  50. Cathy Yonkers
      · September 3rd, 2014 at 2:22 pm · Link

    Wish we had seasonal changes in FL!! Autumn would be my favorite for similar reasons–get to wear my jeans and half-boots! I’m just beginning the 6th in the Parable series and will read slowly as I don’t want to say “goodbye” to these wonderful characters! Maybe the kids will grow up to “tell” their stories?! Anyway, I read all year long and always have a book or therein progress! Love my L L Miller collection!

  51. Cathy Yonkers
      · September 3rd, 2014 at 2:24 pm · Link

    Wish we had seasonal changes in FL!! Autumn would be my favorite for similar reasons–get to wear my jeans and half-boots! I’m just beginning the 6th in the Parable series and will read slowly as I don’t want to say “goodbye” to these wonderful characters! Maybe the kids will grow up to “tell” their stories?! Anyway, I read all year long and always have a book or three in progress! Love my L L Miller collection!

  52. Libby Cameron Scribner
      · September 5th, 2014 at 2:37 am · Link

    :-D :-D
    Linda, This is the first blog I’ve ever looked up. I loved it! I’ve read your books and greatly admired your generous, loving spirit. Yay! It’s 2 a.m. here in Maryland, just outside the Beltway. I came back a year ago to get well, and help my aging Mother out. Glad to do it, but I must get back to Santa Fe, NM or there abouts soon. I need to live out there. Here is not healthy for me. Really, just wanted to say a big Thanks to you for giving me so many hours of enjoyment reading your books, and reading about the scholarships you give. Again, yay for people like you who lift up my spirit and so many others. Thank you. You’re a blessing.

  53. Michele J
      · September 5th, 2014 at 8:52 am · Link

    I love the Fall too. My grandsons are starting football this year and I can’t wait to see them play. The little one refuses to take off his uniform. HAHA! His mama is having a fun time explaining that he can’t wear it to school. My husband and sons worked on the back yard this Spring and Summer so we are all going to be enjoying sitting outside to watch the pro games on TV and cooking out without the 100 degree days. The humidity in Dallas this year has been severe! God Bless All! :-D

  54. Teri S.
      · September 5th, 2014 at 2:29 pm · Link

    I’ll take autumn over any season, too—and not just because my birthday is in October! Besides the warm and cozy fleece clothing to look forward to, there’s always the fairs, pumpkins, gorgeous red/orange/yellow fiery leaves, hay rides, crisp apples. . . I could go on and on! Have a great weekend everyone! :)

  55. sue Leech
      · September 6th, 2014 at 10:14 am · Link

    I love the colors of fall but not the fact of what follows as that means heat bills and that white stuff known as snow.

  56. sue Leech
      · September 6th, 2014 at 10:17 am · Link

    My weekend will be spent relaxing and trying to do things for myself as the past few had been busy ones. I am not a lover of winter but enjoy autumn and the wonderful changes. We are taking a dinner train into the mountains of PA in late Sept. and looking forward to the leaves changing and giving us a beautiful view. Hope your week end is nice one.

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