#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

It’s Friday again? You’re kidding me….

Where do the days go???  Five minutes ago, it was Monday!

I had the BEST writing day yesterday–really made some progress.  I plan to write today and take the weekend off to do crafts, watch videos on Joggles.com, among other sites, and listen to at least one audio-book.  :)  I just finished a sort-of suspense novel called DON’T TRY TO FIND ME, and it was pretty good.  It’s a family-in-crisis story, about a 14 year old girl who runs away from home, and what her parents go through trying to find her.  Rough going at times, because running away is never a good idea, and young Marley has to learn that the hard way.  If there are any teenagers reading this and thinking about leaving home, listen up.   Don’t do it.  There are some really, REALLY bad people out there, and trust me, they WILL hurt you if they get the opportunity.  If you can’t talk to Mom and/or Dad–not if you just think you can’t, but if you really, truly can’t–approach a teacher, your doctor, a priest, rabbi or minister, or a friend’s parents, anyone you know you can trust.  There ARE solutions, no matter how bad things may seem.

Here’s me, up on my soapbox again.  :)  Now, for the part where I ramble.

The Canadian Wrangler is mending slowly but surely.  Thanks for all your words of encouragement; I know he appreciates them.

Little Gibson is turning out to be quite the chow-hound, and he’s growing like the proverbial weed.  We all love him so much, and we are all thankful for your prayers and good wishes.

I was up early again this morning, studying the Course in Miracles, enjoying the candlelight, and cutting house shapes out of watercolor paper for a project I’ll be working on over the weekend.  (Not that it can really be called work.)

Just glanced out my office window and saw a flock of turkeys trotting by, single-file.  They’re real comedians, those birds, and some of them are huge.  I’ve seen them try to perch on the slender branches of my Aspen trees and bob up and down like crazy.  Maybe they think they’re robins…?  When early November rolls around, we start warning them to be careful.  :)  We see a lot of deer, too, along with the usual coyotes, and the occasional moose, too.  I am still awed when Bowinkle shows up. 

I’ll be announcing this week’s contest winners on Monday, right here on this blog, so be sure to stop by.  A new round will start the same day, and all you have to do to enter is comment.

Have an extra-special weekend, my friends.


45 comments to “It’s Friday again? You’re kidding me….”

  1. Linda Wilson
      · July 11th, 2014 at 12:07 pm · Link

    You enjoy your weekend too

  2. Virginia Horton
      · July 11th, 2014 at 12:18 pm · Link

    I am so glad everything is going well for you. Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy it.

  3. rita hutcheson
      · July 11th, 2014 at 12:25 pm · Link

    So glad your writing is going well, and you can enjoy this weekend. We in the NW have so many things that go on in the summer months its hard to choice which or just be home. Have a fun weekend

  4. Pam paterakis
      · July 11th, 2014 at 12:26 pm · Link

    I used candles this morning for my scripture study and what a wonderful difference it made! Peace reigned all around. Thank you for the idea!

    • linda
        · July 14th, 2014 at 3:29 pm · Link

      :) You’re welcome!

  5. Mary Clayton
      · July 11th, 2014 at 12:30 pm · Link

    Have a blessed weekend too.

  6. Ruby Norwood
      · July 11th, 2014 at 12:42 pm · Link

    I am so glad your writing is going well and little Gibson is growing like a weed. Linda your blog is so funny sometimes it just makes my day reading it. Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

  7. Lynn Hogan
      · July 11th, 2014 at 12:56 pm · Link

    Oh wow. That wounds like such a super spot to live! You take care and enjoy your weekend! Glad all are doing well.

  8. Lindy Park
      · July 11th, 2014 at 1:10 pm · Link

    My home life was really bad when I was a kid and I ran away from home a few times when I was a teen. No, it’s never a good idea and you DO get into trouble that affects your entire life. If I had had somebody to turn to, I would have but I didn’t think I did have anyone that could help me. I know now that I should have looked harder to find somebody to help instead of following my stupid teenage thoughts. Had I done so, my life would probably not have been the struggle that it has been to find the love I was so sorely missing and wanting most of my life.

    • linda
        · July 14th, 2014 at 3:31 pm · Link

      I’m so sorry you had a difficult time. I know that not everyone has someone trustworthy to turn to at that point in their lives, and it breaks my heart.

  9. Lindy Park
      · July 11th, 2014 at 1:19 pm · Link

    No, it’s never a good idea to run away. As a kid, my home life was really bad. Alcoholic, abusive mother and father who’s work took him out of town half the week every week. I didn’t have anyone to turn to, or so I thought, but I know now I should have found somebody to help me. Running away affects your entire life, for all your life. The trouble you get into is always there. I’ve spent my entire life (I’m approaching 70) looking for the love I never had as a child and still haven’t found it. Perhaps it is because I have never known love that it is hard for me to make friends, etc. I was married for 31 years but there really was no love there. I have 5 kids, 9 grandkids and 5 great grandkids but I don’t really have any family that cares enough to even call to see how I am doing. Because of my being “alone” all my life (as I’ve perceived it), I’ve lived a very lonely life.

    • Gloria
        · July 11th, 2014 at 3:58 pm · Link

      Lindy, I am so sorry your life hasn’t been better for you. If you can afford it, now is the time to make some changes and be what you want to be and love yourself.

      If you’re like me and can’t afford to do better, just treat yourself better. I know this sounds selfish, but…I’m trying to put myself first, (almost), And do for myself what I’ve always done for others.

      God Bless you!

    • Norma Stanforth
        · July 11th, 2014 at 7:24 pm · Link

      Hi Lindy, I am so sorry you didn’t have a good home and that you felt like no one cared for you when you were a child and that you still feel that way even thought you have children and grandkids and great grandkids. God loves you and other people care for you. I care for you, i want you to know that. God will never let you down, as long as you trust in Him.
      Love you in Jesus Name,

    • linda
        · July 14th, 2014 at 3:31 pm · Link

      Dearest, GOD loves you. Speak to Him, and give Him a chance to prove it. He will!

  10. Rita Crofoot
      · July 11th, 2014 at 1:20 pm · Link

    Aren’t we lucky to live in such a great area, to be able to enjoy all the critters, I love it.
    On time passing, you know they say life is like a roll of Toilet Paper, the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.

    • linda
        · July 14th, 2014 at 3:32 pm · Link

      That’s funny!

  11. Nadine Spradlin
      · July 11th, 2014 at 1:29 pm · Link

    checked for your Blog earlier this morning , then I happened to think there is a three hour difference in there and Georgia, have a blessed & restful week end ….. Keep smiling— every picture that I’ve seen of you ,there has always been that Lovely smile.

  12. Lorraine Pitts
      · July 11th, 2014 at 1:31 pm · Link

    You give good, sound advice. Have a good weekend. Love your books.

  13. Carol s
      · July 11th, 2014 at 1:52 pm · Link

    you are one busy women!!!

  14. Diana E.
      · July 11th, 2014 at 1:55 pm · Link

    Good to hear from you today, Linda. I’m so glad the writing is coming along so well.
    I live in a residential neighborhood and was surprised to see a mama turkey and her flock(?) of babies and right in the middle was a white one. I was amazed! Very interesting. I had to stop the car and just stare!
    Have a wonderful weekend. Blessings.

  15. Anita C
      · July 11th, 2014 at 2:05 pm · Link

    It sounds like you have a wonderful relaxing weekend coming up. I’m very happy that Gibson is doing so well – babies are so wonderful for their families. As for the teenage runaways, it is such a sad, tragic situation. Teens are so vulnerable and have no idea they are. I am so grateful my children are grown, but while they were teens, there were some hairy moments with them all. I like your soapbox and hope your wise words reach anyone who need to hear them. Have a nice weekend!

  16. Leanna
      · July 11th, 2014 at 2:08 pm · Link

    Have a great weekend crafting!

  17. Pamela Devereux
      · July 11th, 2014 at 2:17 pm · Link

    Happy Friday Linda!!! It was a good week for you. You added a new member to clean up your arts & crafts area. You lost weight. We just received an update on your Canadian wrangler. Glad to hear he is doing much better. Every time you tell us something new about Gibson, I smile. He is a little miracle.

    You seem to be getting your groove back. So much loss at one time. I look forward to hearing more about the Triple L.

    Have a Happy & Blessed Weekend!!!

  18. Juanita Rice
      · July 11th, 2014 at 2:19 pm · Link

    Has Bowinkle damaged any more of your property? :)

    • linda
        · July 14th, 2014 at 3:33 pm · Link

      Not yet. :)

  19. Linda Holmes
      · July 11th, 2014 at 2:26 pm · Link

    I’m happy to hear Gibbson is doing really well.

    I’m reading the Marriage Pact right now, plus I am working on crafts too.

    Even though I’m not done reading the book yet, I’m enjoying it very much.


  20. judy
      · July 11th, 2014 at 2:33 pm · Link

    Your comment on the runaways WAS VERY GOOD AND RIGHT. there ARE a lot of bad people out there. Have fun this weekend.

  21. marilyn hurst
      · July 11th, 2014 at 2:50 pm · Link

    Have fun working on your crafts, and glad to hear that Gibson and the wrangler are both doing better. I know what you mean about the moose coming around, I lived in Alaska for 13 years and would round a corner while walking my dog and there they were eating the spruce tree over the fence. Our neighborhood was popular with a set of sisters that seemed to have twins every two years or so, it was fun to see them grow into yearlings. Have a wonderful weekend.

  22. Marilyn Fish
      · July 11th, 2014 at 3:28 pm · Link

    Your blog makes my day! Driving to my yoga class this morning I saw an eagle sitting on a rock over looking Little Washeo Lake. It is a thrill to see him as he usually hangs out along Big Washoe Lake. I enjoy wildlife sightings as well.

  23. Gloria
      · July 11th, 2014 at 4:03 pm · Link

    LInda, I pray you and yours all have a good and Godly weekend.

    Enjoy your crafts. If I was there, I’d enjoy “helping” you. :-D

    But, there is one thing I DON’T like about your crafts…we don’t get to see them when you finish, or even while you’re working on them. :(

    Take care!

  24. Jessica W
      · July 11th, 2014 at 4:03 pm · Link

    I hope you have a great weekend!! So glad Gibson is doing well!

  25. Lois Rotella
      · July 11th, 2014 at 4:14 pm · Link

    Have a fun weekend with your crafts. I enjoy doing crafts also but I need to do what I have and not buy more. I am glad I am close to a craft store.

  26. Patricia Taylor
      · July 11th, 2014 at 4:28 pm · Link

    Our county is having our 7th barn tour this weekend and we’re hoping the rain will hold off. We haven’t been rained out yet. I’m on the committee so I know all the hard work the barn owners have put in to make their barns look special. One stop has a Victorian privy, a necessary or what we called an outhouse but there’s nothing plain about this one it is beautiful!

  27. Norma Stanforth
      · July 11th, 2014 at 7:03 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, yes the time so times feels like it just fly by.
    The book “Don’t Try to Find Me” sound like a great story, about the 14 year old girl running away from home.
    I am so glad that the Canadian Wrangler and little Gibson is doing so well.
    Your blog is always so good.
    My daughter-in-Law has a little bit of pneumonia so it look like they will be doing the triple bypass and biopsy Monday or Tuesday.Thanks for all the prayers for my daughter Gloria and daughter-in-law, Dianna. Blessings to all.
    As always your friend,

    • Norma Stanforth
        · July 11th, 2014 at 7:10 pm · Link

      I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and getting to do so of the things you enjoy to do.
      Linda, i hope you get to work on some of your crafts. I love to crochet. So take care of yourself and hope to see you all back on this blog, which is so good.

  28. Terri Shortell
      · July 11th, 2014 at 8:14 pm · Link

    I’m glad to hear you’re taking the weekend off. You have been doing so much and deserve the break. Hope everyone enjoys the weekend. 8) :-o

  29. Roberta Giordano
      · July 11th, 2014 at 8:27 pm · Link

    Enjoy your weekend off. Glad that Gibsonis doing so well.

  30. Brenda I.
      · July 11th, 2014 at 10:05 pm · Link

    Very now a day advice for teens. So good to hear that Gibson has a good appetite and is growing and flourishing well. Enjoy your weekend!

  31. Patricia Hann
      · July 11th, 2014 at 10:47 pm · Link

    Have a great weekend. I am planning on going to a reunion with a group of great people.

  32. Janie
      · July 12th, 2014 at 10:57 am · Link

    So thankful baby Gibson is thriving and that your Canadian Wrangler is recovering. I haven’t set up my crafts area yet since moving—hope you’re enjoying a weekend of crafting. And it does seem like it’s Monday and then Friday, Monday and then Friday again! I ask for prayers for one of my daughters-in-law, she’s having breast cancer surgery Monday. She’s only 35 with no family history. Blessings to all.

    • linda
        · July 14th, 2014 at 3:36 pm · Link

      What’s her name?

  33. Tammy
      · July 12th, 2014 at 2:51 pm · Link

    Love reading your posts!

  34. Joan Marchand
      · July 12th, 2014 at 6:00 pm · Link

    Hi Linda – we are watching the Calgary stampede and I keep waiting for the announcer to call either a McKettrick or Creed !!! Lol lol – just a little humour on this hot afternoon. I enjoy all your books so please keep them coming .

  35. Joan Marchand
      · July 12th, 2014 at 6:06 pm · Link

    Just watching the Calgary stampede and keep waiting for the announcer to call a ” mckettrick or a creed” to ride lol – just a little humour on this hot Saturday afternoon !! I love all your books so please keep them coming.

  36. Joyce M.
      · July 13th, 2014 at 10:45 am · Link

    Have a peaceful and blessed weekend.

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