#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Ladies Who Lunch and Do Other Stuff, Too

Yesterday was my Weight Watchers meeting–one of those nonspectacular weeks this time–.8 pounds.  (Note the decimal!)  Afterward, I paid a visit to Trader Joe’s, which is near our meeting place, to stock up on some WW-friendly food.  Next, Wendy, Jen and I had lunch at a place called Hogan’s–I was craving a BLT, so I had one (10 points, since I left off the mayo) and a cup of tomato soup.  You’ve got to love a program that allows you so much variety–or, at least, I do.  :) I’m skimping on points today because I had the other half of my enchilada-beans-and-rice dish from the Mexican place where I met with some family Tuesday.  Fortunately, this is doable, thanks to Progresso soups and the soy chicken I’m making for supper.  It’s an easy dish–you just toss together a few boneless, skinless chicken breasts, a cup or so of soy sauce, half a cup of water, a slosh of lemon juice, poultry seasoning–and I like to add oregano and parsley.  (OOPS! LEFT OUT TWO IMPORTANT INGREDIENTS!  GARLIC AND ONION, TO TASTE–I USE THE FLAKED KIND).  Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes–until the meat is done, anyway–and serve.  It’s excellent with rice, but I’ll be skipping that due to my high-point breakfast.  I’ll whip up a salad–I like Walden’s Calorie Free Ranch and Bacon dressing–and presto, I’m in business.  Now that most fruit is point-free, it’s a lot easier to stay on track.

On another subject, I listened to a Mary Roberts Rinehart mystery, “The Yellow Room”, over the last two nights.  I’ll bet some of you old-timers, like moi, remember this author–you younger ones probably won’t.  The book was set during the Second World War, on the homefront, and even though certain factors date the novel–people smoke, all the time, everywhere, drink ‘pre-lunch’ cocktails, and use terms that would SO not be P.C. in this day and age–I found it so fascinating that I’ve downloaded a couple more of Rinehart’s lively tales.  That woman sure could juggle clues, that’s for sure.  I thought I knew who done it, and boy, was I surprised.  :)

This blast-from-the-past got me thinking about other favorites–Dorothy Eden, Mary Stewart, Phyllis A. Whitney, and Naomi Hintz, to name just a few.  I used to borrow their books from the library and devour them.  There was always a waiting list for Ms. Whitney’s new releases, especially, and it was a happy day when someone from the library called to say it was my turn.  :)  I also loved Janice Holt Giles and Taylor Caldwell–back then, I hadn’t discovered my all-time favorite, Dorothy Dunnett.  Elisabeth Ogilvie’s books, all set in Maine and usually involving the lobster business, were a treasure–especially “Waters on a Starry Night.”  Since most of my friends were in the same leaky financial boat, being young, stay-at-home moms, we’d pass the word when we enjoyed a particular story or author, and that made for some very eclectic reading experiences.

What would we ever do without libraries????

“The Valley of Amazement”, by Amy Tan, is still on my bedside table.  I’m about halfway through it.  Like the last Sue Grafton book, I’m in no hurry to finish.  It took Ms. Tan eight years to write this one.  Let’s hope the next one won’t take so long!

The skies are overcast today, which only makes my well-lit office seem even more cozy than usual.  Bernice is here, snoozing away in her fancy new bed–she loves it when Mom settles down somewhere and stays put–not always the case, alas, with my raging ADD.  The meds help, of course, but some days, it’s still a battle.

I’m writing, and later I’ll be doing some art work, if I still have the energy.  :) 

Be blessed.

28 comments to “Ladies Who Lunch and Do Other Stuff, Too”

  1. Lois Rotella
      · November 14th, 2013 at 3:20 pm · Link

    Congrats Linda on the weight loss. I have Phyllyis Whitney books. I have enjoyed her books. When I was a kid I read the Earl Stanley books about Perry Mason. I have always enjoyed mysteries. You though are my favorite author. You make make me cry and laugh in the same book. Keep well and say hey to Bernice for me. :lol:

  2. Jean browning
      · November 14th, 2013 at 3:22 pm · Link

    Don’t forget Anya Seton and her wonderful books
    Like “Katherine ” etc.ayn Rand and her interesting
    “The fountainhead “…the days of innocent reading!

    • linda
        · November 14th, 2013 at 5:22 pm · Link

      Heavens, yes! I LOVED “Katherine”!

  3. judy
      · November 14th, 2013 at 3:23 pm · Link

    I am going to have to quit reading until after Christmas. I have some things to crochet and a quilt or two to sew the binding down.
    Enjoyed your comments today.

  4. Barbara Linkous
      · November 14th, 2013 at 3:26 pm · Link

    I like Taylor Caldwell also. Have you read “This Side of Innocence”?

    • linda
        · November 14th, 2013 at 5:21 pm · Link

      I don’t remember that one, but I liked, “Ceremony of the Innocent”.

  5. Karen McClung
      · November 14th, 2013 at 3:35 pm · Link

    I also love Mary Stewart, have all her books, and a lot of
    Phyllis Whitney, whom I also really loved.
    Have you ever read Capt Heimrich mysteries by
    Richard Lockridge, he also wrote Mr & mrs North
    mysteries……old but good.
    Probably my all time fave is Williamsburg series
    by Elswyth Thane…….Love those old stories.

    Karen McClung

  6. Ruby Norwood
      · November 14th, 2013 at 3:45 pm · Link

    Congrats Linda on the weight loss. It sounds like you are wide open again today. I am going to try some of those Author’s books that you mention, but I am sure they want be as good as yours.


  7. Denise King
      · November 14th, 2013 at 4:35 pm · Link

    Good evening Linda, I see you had another full day, I’ll think I’ll check out some of those books you mentioned, enjoy the rest of your day

  8. Leanna
      · November 14th, 2013 at 4:52 pm · Link

    I love the library. When I lived in Minnesota I went every week. The libraries in Texas aren’t as good but I stll read A LOT. Have a nice week!

  9. Cathy
      · November 14th, 2013 at 5:30 pm · Link

    Wow Linda a lot of my favorites too, I still love to reread Emilie Loring and Grace Livingston Hill. But my family love your books we pass from Mom, to me to my sister ( she is a slower reader)

  10. Carolyn Jacobs
      · November 14th, 2013 at 5:35 pm · Link

    .8 is better than gaining! That is still good and you are not going to lose lots every week! Good job!! :wink:

  11. Sue McNare
      · November 14th, 2013 at 6:04 pm · Link

    Oooh, I loved Janice Holt Giles too, although it’s been years since I read her books. The only thing I’ve read of Taylor Caldwell was The Captains and the Kings.

  12. Gloria
      · November 14th, 2013 at 6:12 pm · Link

    Linda, I too, had a ladies luncheon on Tuesday. We ate at 12 noon. At 1:30, I had lunch with a cousin. And, at around 4 PM, I had lunch with my son. And, this was in 2 states in 3 different places in two towns.

    And, I was doing weight watchers…I was watching my weight escalate. :lol:

    Just kidding. Because I knew I had all of this on the same day, I had a small baked potato at noon, 3/4 of a chicken salad sandwich at 1:30, and had dessert with my son while he ate a grilled chicken salad and dessert.

    Although I didn’t eat any more than some people at one regular meal, I still felt as if I was pigging out. Have you ever done that and felt that way?

    But, it was delicious and I enjoyed every bite of it, and especially the good company.

    • linda
        · November 16th, 2013 at 10:57 am · Link

      Sounds like a healthy way to eat to me!

  13. Rebecca "Becky" Hicks
      · November 14th, 2013 at 7:02 pm · Link

    You mentioned a favorite, Mary Stewart. Have you read her Merlin Trilogy-plus one, one of the most important contemporary literary and highly readable works on the Authruian legends? And, it is incredibly researched. Who knew while she was writing those romantic mysteries we loved that she was reading ancient manuscripts!?! These are so incredible we taught them in our high school honors English program when we studied King Arthur. I recommend reading “The Legend” and “Notes” (both at the end of the books) first, especially if you know the traditional story of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. These stories are true “romances,” in the literary sense and for us readers today!

    • linda
        · November 16th, 2013 at 10:58 am · Link

      I ADORED those books, and recently tracked them down so I could read them again.

  14. Roberta Giordano
      · November 14th, 2013 at 7:21 pm · Link

    Hey Linda would like to ask just one thing of you, Can you ease share some of that energy you have?? Really need it thanks have a nice weekend

  15. Cheryl Messer
      · November 14th, 2013 at 7:22 pm · Link

    Losing .8 is better than gaining .8! some weeks you plateau, no matter how hard you try, Keep up the good work! 8)

  16. Diana E
      · November 14th, 2013 at 7:24 pm · Link

    Wow, you have so many books going at the same time, I’ve never even tried more than one, it amazes me! Any weight loss is a good weight loss, right? Congratulations. Just saw your new cover on facebook, looks pretty darn good, Linda.

  17. Wendy Mathews
      · November 14th, 2013 at 8:29 pm · Link

    I love those old stories/authors, too. My favorite was Victoria Zholt. Have you ever read her books? They are SO good!

  18. Patti
      · November 14th, 2013 at 8:34 pm · Link

    I remember getting Victoria Holt novels at the bookmobile.

    You are a joy.

  19. Linda P
      · November 14th, 2013 at 9:16 pm · Link

    I also used to read Phyllis A Whitney. I now buy every book written by Linda Lael Miller, Catherine Coulter, Dorothy Garlock whom I recommend to you since her early books were Historical romances, J. D Robb, Kay Hooper, Iris Johansen along with her son, Roy. I love Suzanne Brockmann’s Books which are about brave men and women many of whom are current or former Seals. I should also mention that I fell in love with Marvel comics back in the 50s & 60s and have quite a collection in my library. I now look forward to all of the Marvel movies being produced by Disney. I always enjoy hearing of the books that you are currently reading.

    • linda
        · November 16th, 2013 at 10:59 am · Link

      I used to love this comic book series about a girl named Katie–wish I could recall the title. She had beautiful black hair and wore the most fabulous clothes–fabulous to a wide-eyed Northport girl, anyway!

  20. Lea Williams
      · November 15th, 2013 at 12:41 am · Link

    I read every horse story on the face of the planet growing up. Not a lot of time to read having 6 children but have been making up for it in the years past. Several favorite authors and some I recently discovered but who have been around. Bob gave me an old western novel he had read and it was published in l932. About mustang horses. You might have guessed. As has been said .8 pounds much better than gaining any. Have a blessed tomorrow.

  21. Sandra Wheeler
      · November 15th, 2013 at 1:10 am · Link

    Stick with it. A disappointment today means a victory next time. One of my old, old favorites was, Grace Livingston Hill’s ” The Enchanted Barn.”

    • linda
        · November 16th, 2013 at 11:00 am · Link

      I don’t remember “The Enchanted Barn”–sounds good, so I may scout it out on ebay or Amazon….

  22. Amy
      · November 15th, 2013 at 9:34 am · Link

    I started my Friday off good by checking my mail and there was my book and jewelry!! Thank you so much!! This has made my day already! Have a great weekend!

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