#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Determined to blog :)

This is one wicked cold–the worst one I can remember, in fact, but it’s hard to keep a cowgirl down–(completely down, anyway)–so I’m writing this in bed, on my laptop.  I have the usual symptoms–coughing, etc.–but the predominant one seems to be simple fatigue.   My goal is to write a little–rest a little–write a little more.  It’s a challenge, all right, but as my old daddy used to say, “No matter how rough you feel, you don’t have to look very far to find somebody who’s worse off than you are.” 

There are so many things to be grateful for, though, so I am in good spirits.   

For instance, today is my daughter Wendy’s birthday.  Needless to say, we’ll have to celebrate later–but Wendy is a joy to me every day, not just on the 6th of February, and her name is at the top of my gratitude list. 

Sister Sally flew up the 31st, and we spent the evening with our mom,  whooping it up, laughing, taking pictures, etc.  This part of the year is loaded with family birthdays–first Mary Ann, then Sister Pam, then the Canadian Wrangler (Larry), then Mom and Jerry, with stepmother Edith clocking in on February 1 and finally Wendy, bringing it on home on the 6th.  Phew!

Bernice and Cha Cha are keeping me company–I’m not sure where Jitterbug is at the moment, but she’ll turn up, if only because she won’t want to chance missing something, like cat treats.  :)

I so appreciate all your prayers and good thoughts–they really do help.  I’m doing what I can in the way of natural remedies–moss agate is good for a cold, and I’ve taken zinc (yuck!  the taste is awful!) and droplets of colloidal silver, both of which seem to be better as preventatives than cures.  :) 

Few things, methinks, could be more boring than me rattling on about symptoms and cures, so I’ll cut this short–before I start whinging, as the Brits say.  (Pronounced Win-Jing).  

Be well.   





44 comments to “Determined to blog :)”

  1. susan Leech
      · February 6th, 2014 at 2:13 pm · Link

    Linda get better. I just got over it and it sure is no fun. sue

  2. Ruby Norwood
      · February 6th, 2014 at 2:23 pm · Link

    I sure am glad that you are feeling a little better, but you take care of yourself. You know you are missed when you don’t blog, but like your dad use to say no matter how bad you feel their is someone worse off than you are. You take care of yourself Linda..

  3. DONNA
      · February 6th, 2014 at 2:34 pm · Link

    Feel better. I know it’s no fun not feeling well.

  4. Teresa
      · February 6th, 2014 at 2:39 pm · Link

    Have u tried onion soup or a hot toddy? I’ve done d onion soup, seemed 2 help. Family says d hot toddy will help clear sinuses, help ya rest & help you sweat it out. Don’t know never done it but… Hope you get 2 feeling better, REST. Body & m

  5. Rosemary
      · February 6th, 2014 at 2:41 pm · Link

    Take care and do not over due it, I pushed on and it turn into flu that lasted over a month…and I’m typically healthy and don’t get sick often.

  6. Maryjane Hoffman
      · February 6th, 2014 at 2:44 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Wendy! Linda, hope you are feeling better! Rest and plenty of liquids and of course all that love from your pets make things better! Take care, have a good weekend and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Diana E.
      · February 6th, 2014 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Hope you will be feeling better real soon, Linda. I just hate getting sick as it seems to hit harder the older I get. I always want Chicken Noodle soup when I have a cold, makes me feel better.
    Sending continued prayers your way and a happy birthday wish for Wendy. Blessings.

  8. Dennis
      · February 6th, 2014 at 3:00 pm · Link


  9. marilyn
      · February 6th, 2014 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Sorry you’re still feeling ill, I stick with peppermint tea, earl grey or Chamomile with lemon and honey. Lots of rest and I live on chicken soup homemade if possible. Hope you feel better soon! cuddling the cats helps too!

    Be well!

  10. Sherry Wallace
      · February 6th, 2014 at 3:27 pm · Link

    Don’t try to do too much, Linda. Just take it easy & enjoy cuddling with your babies :). If you have to be sick, better it be in winter time when you’re inside anyway, right? Looking for positives here – HA!! Feel better soon

  11. Terrie Fulk
      · February 6th, 2014 at 3:39 pm · Link

    January seems to be the big month for birthdays around here. Grandpa Deom is January 1. Son-in-law Brandon the 5th, mine on the 16th, Li’ll Sis Kathie the 24th, Fur Baby Jack the 30th. To wrap up the month is my nephew DJ’s on the 31st. Hope you are feeling better soon and back on your feet.<3

  12. Gloria
      · February 6th, 2014 at 3:54 pm · Link

    I’m glad you’re feeling better. Keep on healing.

    • Gloria
        · February 6th, 2014 at 8:18 pm · Link

      I forgot to wish Wendy a happy birthday, so…HAPPY BIRTHDAY WENDY!!!

  13. Rosanne Bolton
      · February 6th, 2014 at 4:10 pm · Link

    I hope you feel better soon, I also had the flue last week and it does linger. Hot chamomile tea with honey and lemon at bedtime helped me sleep.’
    I am reading Big Sky Secrets and I love Landry

  14. Rosanne Bolton
      · February 6th, 2014 at 4:11 pm · Link

    sorry, I had the flu not flue

  15. Jessica W
      · February 6th, 2014 at 4:15 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to Wendy!! Hope its a great one! I’m sure the best thing right now is rest. Everyone in my area seems to be having a cold right now. Feel better soon!! :)

    maybe you have a chance to cuddle up with a good book you’ve been waiting to read ;)

  16. Judy Eagle
      · February 6th, 2014 at 4:23 pm · Link

    My family has a lot of birthdays in January and February, husband (counts to me even though he is on the “other side”) sons, grandsons, grandaughter, daughter, whew!! seems like every week there is somebody. What is it about March that brings this on? :)

  17. Lois Rotella
      · February 6th, 2014 at 4:26 pm · Link

    Rest is best for a cold. For me chicken soup makes me feel better. Prays are going out to you for a speedy recovery. Happy Birthday Wendy !!! Rest, sleep and eat to get stronger.

  18. Virginia Horton
      · February 6th, 2014 at 4:35 pm · Link

    I hope you feel better soon. I am surprized we are all not sick the way this crazy winter has been. I am really tired of snow. Happy Birthday to Wendy! I am so glad you got to spend time with your sister. I always enjoy that myself.

  19. Patricia Taylor
      · February 6th, 2014 at 4:37 pm · Link

    Hang in there as they say “this too will pass” even though it doesn’t seem like it right now.

  20. Terri Shortell
      · February 6th, 2014 at 5:02 pm · Link

    My son’s birthday was yesterday. Really close to Wendy’s. Don’t worry about whinging. I did it a lot when I was sick. When you feel awful you deserve to whine. Hope you feel better soon. Thinking of you and sending healing thoughts.

  21. Leanna
      · February 6th, 2014 at 5:43 pm · Link

    Glad you have your cats to snuggle with you in bed.

  22. Alice Johnson
      · February 6th, 2014 at 5:59 pm · Link

    Do hope you get well soon, to be sick is no fun :(

    My daughter & granddaughter both had birthdays in Jan, on 15th & 22nd, a week apart…it is always nice to celebrate theirs together.

  23. LynneW
      · February 6th, 2014 at 7:34 pm · Link

    Hot tea with unfiltered local honey and lemon works for me. I especially like a caraway infusion: boil a handful of seeds in water about 10 minutes, strain and add honey to taste, drink as hot as you can without burning your tongue and throat. It’s especially good for laryngitis.

    • linda
        · February 10th, 2014 at 1:49 pm · Link

      Thank you–I’ll try this!

  24. cheryl Morgan
      · February 6th, 2014 at 7:44 pm · Link

    Get well soon. We’re pullngfor you!

  25. Norma Stanforth
      · February 6th, 2014 at 8:14 pm · Link

    Sorry you are still not feeling well. Hope you get to feeling better soon and don’t over do it, you better rest some or you will be back down sick again before you get completely well. Happy Birthday Wendy, have a great time together. Blessings to all.
    As always your friend,

  26. Carol Miller White
      · February 6th, 2014 at 8:32 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to Wendy :)

  27. Diane Shea
      · February 6th, 2014 at 8:51 pm · Link

    Hope you feel better soon. Can’t keep a good woman down. Hang i n there.

  28. Diane Sallans
      · February 6th, 2014 at 8:56 pm · Link

    I hope you’re getting some chicken soup! When I have a cold I like a hot toddy when I get in bed – hot water, heaping teaspoon of honey, squirt of RealLemon & a shot of whiskey (tho you can leave the whiskey out if you don’t imbibe). I’d rest the mug on my chest (it was nice & warm), inhale the steam to help open the sinuses, and sip it to clear & sooth the throat. :wink:

  29. Rita
      · February 6th, 2014 at 9:15 pm · Link

    I will continue to send you all green lights and best wishes for a quick recovery.

  30. Lisa Wyant
      · February 6th, 2014 at 9:19 pm · Link

    I hope u feel better soon. I love ur books. I have read almost all of the series. And now starting on all others. I cant wait tillnew ones come out. Just get rest and get better.

  31. judy
      · February 6th, 2014 at 9:29 pm · Link

    Glad you are felling a little better. I am trying hard not to get anything. We have a lot of birthdays right now. Three in Jan. 1 in Feb. Take care now.

  32. Deborah Nelson
      · February 6th, 2014 at 9:58 pm · Link

    And you be well too :wink:

  33. Juanita Rice
      · February 6th, 2014 at 10:07 pm · Link

    Poor thing. You sound so miserable. Hope this soon leaves you. :)


  34. Fran Fee
      · February 6th, 2014 at 10:33 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,

    Sure hope you are up and about very soon and able to celebrate Wendy’s birthday in style and good health.

  35. Emily
      · February 7th, 2014 at 8:32 am · Link

    Lots of people I know have had the same thing. Take care and get lots of rest. That is the most important thing.

    Happy birthday to Wendy.

    Get better soon, lots of prayers coming your way! :-D

  36. Brenda
      · February 7th, 2014 at 9:38 am · Link

    Keep toughing it out. Have you had your flu or pneumonia shot?

    Feel better.

  37. Lorraine Pitts
      · February 7th, 2014 at 10:59 am · Link

    Praying for you.

  38. Laska
      · February 7th, 2014 at 12:45 pm · Link

    Feel better soon. May God Bless.

  39. midge watkins
      · February 7th, 2014 at 12:50 pm · Link

    Win-Jing all you want, Linda.
    altho I have a better way to get your mind of the yuckiness:
    Read a good book! Where have I heard that before? Stay
    warm and curled up with your furballs. Whatever you do,
    don’t go outside and breath that coooold air. It was -11 at
    my house at 7 mile this morning when I fed the horses. Take
    care and my prayers are with you.

  40. debbie g
      · February 7th, 2014 at 8:14 pm · Link

    Linda, don’t know if it works but, Cold-Eze is on commercials several times a day. It is an OTC. Promotes its self as cuts the time of the cold. Hope you get well real soon.

  41. Drenda Auvil
      · February 8th, 2014 at 3:11 pm · Link

    Get well, we need you! My Doctor once told me during the worst virus I ever had to go play basketball, in the cold at the park, 35 degrees, 6 inches of snow, and guess what? I was the first at work to shake the virus off. :-P

  42. Laura Davidson
      · February 9th, 2014 at 12:45 pm · Link

    Get better soon!!! Loving the Big Sky Series …. Hutch is my favorite! :D

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