#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Catch as catch can

It seems my friend, Mr. Gates, of Microsoft fame, is having trouble keeping MSN online today.  :)  Therefore, I’m dashing off this blog between gaps in service.

I have acupuncture this afternoon–definitely looking forward to that.  It’s wonderfully relaxing, and I always enjoy chatting with cousin-in-law Debra.  We have many interests in common, including energy medicine and spirituality, so it’s always an interesting session.

This year’s gardening experience is also interesting–and very catch as catch can.  My cherry tomato plant is producing; problem is, I keep eating the little buggers as soon as they’re ripe enough.  I peeled and sliced the first cucumber last night–plan to use it in a salad today.  My mother-in-law used to make this marvelous dish–sliced cucumber, vinegar, a dash of sugar, and, of all things, milk.  Sounds awful, tastes great.  (If you like cucumbers, that is.)  There is an abundance of squash, not surprisingly, and the pumpkin patches, one in the pasture (yes, the horses leave it alone) and one near the greenhouse, are flourishing.  Maybe on Halloween night, I’ll sit out there and wait for the Great Pumpkin, ala Charlie Brown.  Certainly none of our friends and neighbors will be short on jack-o-lanterns!

The dahlias and zinnias make such lovely cut flowers–the more color, the better, that’s my opinion.

The Yorkster is snoozing in her bed beside my desk, bless her little pea-pickin’ heart.  She’s always good company, awake or asleep.  :)

I’m reading “Issac’s Storm”, by Erik Larson, at the moment.  It’s fascinating, but requires concentration–which is probably good for my brain.  My aunt and uncle, Larry and Bethany Lael, recommended this author at last weekend’s reunion, along with a few other titles, including, “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter.”  I think my favorite way of discovering new (to me) reading material is hearing about it from friends and relations.  Until the kinfolk recommended the latter, I snickered whenever I saw the title and had absolutely no intention of bothering with the thing, ever, but their assertion that it’s an interesting read was enough to convince me to one-click a copy on Amazon.  Larry and Bethany and I have similar tastes–we love histories above all other kinds of books (I’m a huge fan of David McCullough, “1776”, “The Johnstown Flood”, etc. and so are they) and it’s really great when we find a mixture of history and compelling fiction.  I sent them my copy of “The Lincoln Letter”, by William Martin, a first-class piece of work, and I know they’ll love it. 

As for listening to books, I just finished another of Rick Bragg’s memoirs, “The Prince of Frogtown”, which is mostly about his wild man of a father.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again–THANK GOD I got Skip Lael for a dad!  There are some real ringers out there.

And, of course, I’m grateful for lots of other blessings, too.  Readers like you, for instance.

Smile at someone today, and be kind to yourself.



11 comments to “Catch as catch can”

  1. Renae Kinsey
      · August 14th, 2013 at 2:01 pm · Link

    Yes cukes and milk does sound awful!!!!
    I just can’t imagine and will need to find a recipe!
    If I take that to my next family reunion they
    Just may shoot me…love reading your blog

  2. Kristie Wilson
      · August 14th, 2013 at 2:18 pm · Link

    I grew up eating cucumbers that way – minus the milk. Mom would slice fresh cucumbers and Vidalia onions and let them soak in equal parts apple cider vinegar, sugar, and water a few hours before dinner. Just out of curiosity, I’m going to have to try it with the milk, but it really doesn’t sound very good :)

  3. Betsy
      · August 14th, 2013 at 2:20 pm · Link

    If you like history and fictionesque writing, Try these: The Worst Hard Time about the dustbowl, and The Speckled Monster about the history of eradicating the small pox disease. Both are awesome reads!

  4. Ruby Norwood
      · August 14th, 2013 at 3:13 pm · Link

    Linda u are amazing the things you can come up with.
    I just love reading your blog, I look forward to it
    everyday. I do love tomatoes and cucumbers , but
    never tried cucumbers in milk.
    See u tomorrow !!

  5. Sherry Wallace
      · August 14th, 2013 at 3:21 pm · Link

    I enjoy biographies if I’m interested in the person. Have you read Killing Lincoln & Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly? Very good!! I just love fresh flowers in the house & have plenty with zinnias like you! I don’t plant veggies cuz I have friends that give me so much, but I don’t care for cucumbers. When I got a bag thought they were zucchini squash at first. Took the whole bag to the horses, but they wouldn’t touch them! And, they are still on the ground in the pasture; not even raccoons or possum want them! What kind of squash do you grow? I especially love the yellow ones, which we call crook neck or summer squash down here.

  6. hilda
      · August 14th, 2013 at 3:36 pm · Link

    Hi, Linda, I’m home with whooping cough and pneumonia, so I thought I’d tell you about a cucumber salad I made the other day, close to your recipe but no milk: sliced cukes, chopped onion, chopped green pepper, vinegar, sugar, celery salt. It’s wonderful! I save the juice when the cukes are gone and slice another cuke into it.

    How do you read so many books so fast? Either you skip ahead or don’t ever sleep! It takes me usually 4 days, or more, to read a book, depending on the book and my schedule of course. It’s one of the advantages of taking a bus to work; I have at least 50 minutes morning and afternoon to read a few chapters! How DO you do it?

    • Norma Stanforth
        · August 14th, 2013 at 4:27 pm · Link

      I am like you Hilda, it take me at less a week to read a book.

    • linda
        · August 15th, 2013 at 9:45 am · Link

      First of all, get well soon! God bless you, you’re really under the weather.
      I’m going to try your cucumber salad recipe.
      I don’t really read all THAT many books–but I listen to them every night on my iPod.

  7. Norma Stanforth
      · August 14th, 2013 at 4:04 pm · Link

    Sounds like you have a lot of books to read. I am reading a wonderful book, Winter In Full Bloom by Anita Higman, but it doesn’t have your cowboys in it. You are the one that writes the best cowboy books. God bless each of you.
    As always your friend,

  8. Judy Whitman
      · August 14th, 2013 at 6:33 pm · Link

    Linda, that cucumber dish tastes even better with thin sliced onion.

    • linda
        · August 15th, 2013 at 9:42 am · Link

      Yum! Sounds so good!

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