#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Atticus, Boo Radley and Irish Stew

Yesterday, Wednesday, Jen, Wendy and I attended our Weight Watchers meeting, as usual.  I’m down 1.4 pounds, I’m happy to say.  Since I started exercising in earnest, I’ve been doing a lose-gain-lose kind of thing.  Fortunately, I am a WW veteran, so I understand the phenom.  (Which is not to say it didn’t frustrate me sometimes.)  I’m determined to keep on riding my stationary bike every day, however–I love the way it makes me feel.

After the meeting, we carvanned it downtown to have lunch at O’Dougherty’s Pub–I might be misspelling the name–where I thoroughly enjoyed a steaming bowl of Irish Stew–delicious!  On the way there, I made some very happy discoveries–two wonderful shops (already well-known to Wendy and Jen, who get out more), one called Atticus and the other, Boo Radley’s.  (Yes, the owner of both establishments is a BIG fan of To Kill a Mockingbird, as am I.  First clue is the bird–a finch, obviously–on the Atticus sign.)  Well, folks, there’s nothing like taking a mini-vacation in your own city.  :)  (I was born in Spokane, and have lived here since leaving Arizona in 2006–also spent the first ten years of my marriage here.)  Both shops offer intriguing kitchy stuff–I purchased an Edgar Allen Poe lunch bucket and a Boo Radley’s t-shirt–and I’ll definitely be going back for stocking stuffers.  (Christmas is my favorite holiday and I buy stocking stuffers and gifts throughout the year and stash them away.)  I talked Jenni into buying an inflatable toupe (no kidding!) for a certain podcaster who is a friend of hers and is always lamenting his baldness.)  Got a great stocking stuffer for my mama, but since she reads this blog (hi, Mom), I can’t say what it is.  :)

The weather today is overcast, but for all I know, it will be hot and sunny five minutes from now.  :)

That’s today’s news from the Triple L, folks.  More tomorrow.



43 comments to “Atticus, Boo Radley and Irish Stew”

  1. Andrea Lammly
      · September 18th, 2014 at 1:38 pm · Link

    I know we are pushing the envelope talking about Christmas but it’s my favorite time of the year too! I just love the decorating, music, festive spirit and all the baking I do and especially the message of the season. But for now, I’m going to enjoy our fall and the foliage is coming in beautifully here in Vermont and the apple picking going on. Here’s hoping everyone has a great day!

  2. Paula L Rollins
      · September 18th, 2014 at 1:41 pm · Link

    Love To Kill A MockingBird…..I also buy stocking stuffers year round….some years I even forget where I hid them….hahaha
    hope you have a great week

  3. Pam paterakis
      · September 18th, 2014 at 1:47 pm · Link

    Sounds like a resl fun day!

  4. DONNA
      · September 18th, 2014 at 1:57 pm · Link

    Keep up the good work with WW. Christmas will be here before we know it. It is the most fun holiday. The stores here in NJ start pushing the holidays earlier & earlier. Although I just don’t look forward to the snow winter can bring here to NJ.

  5. Alison
      · September 18th, 2014 at 2:09 pm · Link

    Way to go!!

  6. Leanna
      · September 18th, 2014 at 2:10 pm · Link

    Its so great that you have friends to go to meetings with.

  7. Sandra
      · September 18th, 2014 at 2:10 pm · Link

    Love To Kill a Mockingbird and a visit to Monroeville, AL is on my list of things to do someday. I pick up small items for Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes all through the year.

  8. Laura Ann Harris
      · September 18th, 2014 at 2:10 pm · Link

    Hi Linda. Those stores sound fantastic. I’m going to look them up on the internet and see if they have an online store.

    Wasn’t Gregory Peck the perfect Atticus Finch!?!? Sigh.

  9. marilyn
      · September 18th, 2014 at 2:32 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  10. Margaret
      · September 18th, 2014 at 2:49 pm · Link

    Just last Christmas I couldn’t find two presents I had bought for my brother. I found them and gave them to him for his birthday(March). I say better late than never!

  11. Lois Rotella
      · September 18th, 2014 at 2:52 pm · Link

    Sounds like a fun day. Today I had lunch with my friend. We sat in Bryant Park in NYC and had a piece of cake and listened to the US Air Force band. They are celebrating 67 years. It was a nice day.

  12. Ruby Norwood
      · September 18th, 2014 at 3:39 pm · Link

    Sounds like Y’all had a fun day. Congrats on the 1.4 lbs. that’s a big high five. Keep up the good work and I think you should have hinted on the stocking stuffer so mom would know. Lol

  13. Virginia Horton
      · September 18th, 2014 at 3:46 pm · Link

    It sounds like you had a fun day and to find new shops is awesome. I love going into places like that. Here its is cool in the mornings and gets to the low 70’s in the afternoon, to me this is perfect weather.

  14. Michele B
      · September 18th, 2014 at 4:16 pm · Link

    Envy=I really gotta have one of those Poe lunch pails too. Checked on line, Atticus has an on-line store but didn’t see one for Boo. Sent inquiry, fingers crossed.

    I wonder if your hazy sky is from the fires to the South of you. Maybe Spokane is further N than I recall. We have hazardous air quality here today, East of Tahoe. Today will be the 4th day the Zephers will blow it down into the valley, promptly at 4pm. Then it just sits here all night and seeps into the cracks of our homes. My heart really goes out to the evacuees, have had to do that myself and the stress, before, during, and after was way off the charts.

  15. Dotty Weis
      · September 18th, 2014 at 4:40 pm · Link

    Boy would I love to see that inflatable toupe LOL

  16. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · September 18th, 2014 at 4:47 pm · Link

    Congratulations! And the exercise is good for the weight control and your heart and overall health. Great!

  17. DIANA E
      · September 18th, 2014 at 4:53 pm · Link

    Good for you. Sounds like you had a really fun day. Blessings.

  18. Debbie Koziel
      · September 18th, 2014 at 4:54 pm · Link

    I’ve been to Boo Radley’s…..love that store! My daughter bought a t-shirt from there and wears it all the time!

  19. Lynn
      · September 18th, 2014 at 4:59 pm · Link

    Oh I LOVED Spokane when we lived there many moons ago. Had a tragedy in our lives, and lived there for about 4 months – not long, but long enough to really like the area! My daughter was only 6 at the time and still remembers it! We hope to get back and visit one day…(this was back in 92 so it’s been a while!)

    Love your blog.. keep up the good work and keep the faith!

  20. Dennis
      · September 18th, 2014 at 5:02 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weigh in! keep up the good work! Love all ur books, especially the “McKettrick” series!

  21. Carol L
      · September 18th, 2014 at 5:12 pm · Link

    Love To Kill A Mockingbird as well as the late Gregory Peck.
    I wonder if either of the shops have a web site. Love the whole idea. Thanks Linda for sharing.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  22. judy
      · September 18th, 2014 at 5:25 pm · Link

    I went to two great-grandchildrens progam this morning. One at 9:00 and one at 10:00. They were good. Have one more in the morning at 10:00. They are sure growing up.

  23. Jo-Ann Baker
      · September 18th, 2014 at 5:44 pm · Link

    Hi, Don’t forget to change your excerise arround everyday so your not doing the samethings all the time. Your body remembers and stops loseing weight. Have a great day! :) 8)

  24. Carol Stevens
      · September 18th, 2014 at 6:00 pm · Link

    The two stores sound delightful. Wish we had them in SC.

  25. Brenda I.
      · September 18th, 2014 at 6:18 pm · Link

    Good work with the loss of weight! Keep positive. I thought the names of those shops sounded familiar. My daughter is reading “To Kill a Mockingbird” for English.

    Autumn is right around the corner, so hang in there.

  26. Lea Williams
      · September 18th, 2014 at 6:53 pm · Link

    Glad you had aa good day. I spent the morning at my quilting group. The wind is whooping it up here on the West Plains. Blessings.

  27. Ann Bartholomew
      · September 18th, 2014 at 7:01 pm · Link

    What neat names for the stores! I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve read To Kill A Mockingbird. EVERYONE should read it before leaving high school. How nice for you to make a nice accidental find.

    How about a deli named Dill’s!

  28. Norma Stanforth
      · September 18th, 2014 at 7:16 pm · Link

    Always love to hear what is going on down on the Triple L. So glad that you have lost 1pound and 4th keep up the good work. Irish stew sounds delicious. Hope everyone had a good week. God’s blessings to all. If anyone would like to pray for me i would appreciate it i have been in a lot of pain for the last couple of mouths. Thank you.
    As always your friend,

    • Gloria
        · September 19th, 2014 at 1:43 pm · Link

      Norma, I still don’t have a computer. Thank The Good Lord for Libraries. If I said that before, it needs repeating…often.

      I’m still praying for you.

      Linda, I pray you and yours and all the blogging buddies have a good and Godly weekend.

      • Norma Stanforth
          · September 19th, 2014 at 8:22 pm · Link

        Gloria, i thank the good Lord for the libraries to so we can keep in touch. Love you.

  29. Nadine Spradlin
      · September 18th, 2014 at 8:54 pm · Link

    I fudged a little we’ve already had home made Chili, Irish- stew will probably be next , with home made biscuits. it was 59 degrees (in our town in GA. ) last night, good sleeping weather . when you find something unexpected it really perks you up doesn’t it ? our family is so large now ( 42 ) kids grands , great grands, we have to start Christmas shopping early. next month we will be married 60 yrs. Linda have a Blessed week end . Norma, our church has a Large prayer chain I’ll gladly add you to it . PRAYER WORKS.. Nadine

    • Norma Stanforth
        · September 19th, 2014 at 8:08 pm · Link

      Nadine, thank you so much for adding me on your church prayer list, i greatly appreciate it. God’s blessing

  30. Rita Crofoot
      · September 18th, 2014 at 8:56 pm · Link

    Sounds like such a fun day.

  31. Gloria Jenkins
      · September 18th, 2014 at 9:18 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a fun day. Have a Bless weekend everyone.

  32. Roberta Giordano
      · September 18th, 2014 at 9:46 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the weight loss. Sounds like you had a fun day ! Enjoy your weekend.

  33. Therese Lopez
      · September 18th, 2014 at 10:39 pm · Link

    Those stores sound fun, wish we had those here. I love Christmas too and love to start my shopping early especially the stocking stuffers. Hope you have a great weekend, love your updates!!!

  34. Terri Shortell
      · September 19th, 2014 at 12:03 am · Link

    Glad to hear about the weight loss and the new shops. I love finding new, unusual shops. These two sound fascinating. Was overcast and drizzling here. More rain this weekend. (sigh) Have a great weekend everyone.

  35. Jackie McComas
      · September 19th, 2014 at 12:23 am · Link

    Heading to Spokane this weekend. Your haunts sound good and I hope to check them out. Hubby and I will be shopping for a used Jeep so who knows how much time I will have to indulge. Need to drop down to Cheney to a garage sale to benefit a member of the family who is fighting cancer. My sister-in-law and her daughter were visiting last week from Arkansas. I shared my collection of your books with them and I am sure you have two new readers. Just keep moving and stay safe.

  36. Kelley Morrow
      · September 19th, 2014 at 1:29 am · Link

    I love Christmas also and it’ never too early to shop for it! Glad you’re doing well and have a great and (hopefully) relaxing weekend!!!

  37. Joyce M.
      · September 20th, 2014 at 11:10 am · Link

    Can’t believe Fall is here. Where did the time go?

  38. Billie Sanders
      · September 21st, 2014 at 9:00 pm · Link

    Just a touch of fall here in Tennessee. Spent a few days at a cabin in the Cherokee National Forest last week. So beautiful and peaceful.
    Best to all.

    Billiesue Sanders

  39. Patty Castillo
      · September 22nd, 2014 at 4:39 pm · Link

    Linda, congrats on your weight loss!! May I ask how much weight you have lost? You look GREAT on the picture behind your books; the one where your are next to a horse, I didn’t think your would need to lose the weight. And speaking of books, how soon for my next fix? :) I mean the next book? Love them all.

  40. Valdi McCoy
      · September 26th, 2014 at 3:03 pm · Link

    No greater joy than finding the right gift for the right person. Just a little reminder of how much you love them.

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