#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

And a fine Tuesday morning it is

A writing day–my favorite kind!  Yesterday I drafted Chapter Four of “Big Sky Summer”, and I plan to write Chapter Five today, since I’m on a roll.

Last Friday, Wendy, Jeremy and I picked up my mom, Hazel, and took her to lunch at the Onion, here in Spokane.  After that, we went shopping for Mom’s walk-in bathtub, and we were successful!  In a month–the tubs are evidently made as they are ordered–Mom will be the proud owner of a tub she can actually get in and out of without fear of hurting herself.  There are bath people and there are shower people, and Mom’s among the former.  She likes to read and use plenty of bubblebath, but we warned her–no bubblebath when the jets are on.  :)  The salesman, a witty type, added that that would be a good way to get herself on “America’s Funniest Home Videos”, saying she’d surely win the grand prize.

The good weather is holding–sunshine, but with a nip in the air.  The sky is periwinkle blue and virtually cloudless.  The rose bushes and other outdoor plants are preparing to hibernate–I think we’ve had at least one frost already.  Planted a few more tulip bulbs, this time in pots on the deck.  It’s like making a downpayment on Spring.  :)  I’m composting like mad, determined to have good tomatoes next year, because I love few foods more than a fresh, homegrown tomato.  YUM.  Year before last I tried to grow some in those hanging dealies, but there was a blight of some kind and that ruined the crop.  The underside of every single fruit was moldy.  Now, being a card-carrying Lael, I’m ready to try again and keep trying, darn it, until I get tomatoes!!!!  Or die trying.

Sweet memories of the reunion linger.  I had such a great time with my funny, crazy, loving family.

Tomorrow I’ll award the prizes for this week’s Best Advice question.

Stay well, stay safe, and be kind.  There’s no such thing as too much love.



4 comments to “And a fine Tuesday morning it is”

  1. Teresa
      · October 9th, 2012 at 2:33 pm · Link

    I am also a tomato lover – and being in Indiana they are only around for a short time. However, I have come to realize that the roma tomatoes that are available year around do quite well in a brown paper bag on the counter – never refrigerated of course = they take off the sharp edge of wanting those warm wonderful just picked ones from the garden in July sense that seems to hit mid January!! Thanks!! Teresa

  2. Nana
      · October 9th, 2012 at 3:10 pm · Link

    I enjoyed this year’s crop of beefsteak tomatoes! Best tasting tomatoes I’ve ever had! And I’m not even a lover of that fruit. :-| The Roma got a bad blight but continued to produce until the end… which is right about now. The beefsteak plant is healthy, huge, and is still loaded with green fruit…many too small to have any hope of ripening even on the window sill. Next year for sure. :)

    I’ve struggled with the “good advice” thing and keep coming up empty. Not that I never had any, I’m sure. More likely that I didn’t take any of it!! :-D

  3. Lois Rotella
      · October 9th, 2012 at 7:49 pm · Link

    I wish I could grow tomatoes and other veggies. I live in the city and there is not place to grow them in an apartment. Good luck with all your plantings.

  4. Carole Sklenar
      · October 10th, 2012 at 8:51 pm · Link

    WE totally agree with you about the tomatoes. We also enjoy cucumbers that we slice and pour Italian Dressing over them and eat that way. My hubby also like to make a dressing from mayo, onions and white vinegar and a little sugar. I like that too, but without the onions as onions just don’t agree with me for some reason. Our gardening is over for the year now so will have to wait until next summer to enjoy. Happy gardening Linda.

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