#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Lap Cat

As I write this, Button is on my lap, constantly head-butting my arm in a rather successful attempt to reorder my priorities: to wit, #1, the Cat.  #2, Everything else in the cosmos.  For an old fella–he’s 20–he’s energetic.

It’s a regular menagerie around here at the moment; besides Wiki and His Royal Highness the Button-Man, daughter Wendy’s cat, Cooper, is visiting, along with our circuit dog, Cherry Pie.   

Other business: this week’s winners are Rose Marie Moran and Jane.  By now, you will have received an email from Jenni, verifying that you are the actual winners.  You will each receive an autographed book.  The new contest is up and running as if today–two winners will be chosen at random, notified by Jenni, and announced here next Monday.  If you comment, you’re entered.

I had a wonderful, quiet Thanksgiving with Wendy and Jeremy–turkey with all the customary trimmings and lots of happy talk and plan-making.  In other words, there was a great deal to be thankful for, that special day and EVERY day.

I have a book to recommend–this was in the blog that got partly eaten last week.  The title is “Make Miracles in 40 Days”, and the author is Melody Beattie, who wrote the classic “Co-Dependent No More”, along with many other books of rich and applicable content.  I’m on Day 9 of following the very simple exercise Ms. Beattie recommends, and I can tell you, it’s working!!!  

I discovered the book on Audible.com during my admittedly plush exile through the power outage that followed our big windstorm, and it marked a watershed moment for me.  I mean, this book has done more to change my way of thinking than any book since “The Course in Miracles” and “Autobiography of a Yogi”, to name just two of my favorites.  

Later, using player points, of which I have a great many, which is why we ate and camped out in hotel rooms for 3 nights and 4 days, I bought a not-very-expensive but still lovely crystal heart necklace to remind myself that God definitely took care of me and mine during our banishment from the Triple L–in spite of all my grousing about wanting to Go Home.  

Last night, on my tablet, I watched four–count ’em, FOUR–movies.  I, who have not watched that many flicks in 4 years, never mind one night.  (No, I don’t hate movies.  I just have ADD, and sitting still is hard for me.)  Why?  Well, I couldn’t find anything on TV, and I was in the mood for classics.  So I took in “Meet Me in St. Louis” (what is more beautiful, I ask you, than the way Judy Garland sang, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”?), “The Bells of St. Mary’s”, which I had seen in pieces but never in one sitting, “Little Women” (the one with June Allyson), which I have seen countless times, and, finally, “Little Boy Lost”, starring the incomparable Bing Crosby.  (Did you know that Spokane was Bing’s hometown?  Fittingly, we named a theater after him.)  I had never seen “Little Boy”, or even heard of it, but it was really wonderful.

OK, Button is back.  He’s behaving himself at the moment, but I’m sure the head-butting will start up again any second now.

Blessings, one and all.

50 comments to “Lap Cat”

  1. Lynn Hill
      · November 30th, 2015 at 3:11 pm · Link

    Congrats to the lucky winners!!!! :-D

  2. Karen Dieffenbaugher
      · November 30th, 2015 at 3:12 pm · Link

    I am glad you have changed your mind about audio books…I use them when I am cleaning …I discovered them when I have had eye surgery and had to lay or sit with head down for 14 days…this has happened 3 times in the past 5 years…It was a god-send to me , as listening to the radio was an option , but music wouldn’t do it for me My recovery was so much easier…And the public library has an assortment of titles and authors…The biggest blessing is that I am still able to see and read…

  3. Terri S.
      · November 30th, 2015 at 3:14 pm · Link

    Buttons sounds like my cat MoMo. If he wants attention when I’m on the computer, he’ll just lay across the keyboard. Lol Classic movies are wonderful. I just saved Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Love that movie. Happy Holidays everyone.

  4. Andrea Lammly
      · November 30th, 2015 at 3:15 pm · Link

    Glad you had a Happy Thanksgiving and love hearing about your animals. Our two cats rule our house as well. The Bells of St. Mary is one of my absolute favorite movies! I just love it; especially the boxing scene with Ingrid Bergman standing by the window doing her shadow boxing. Priceless movie!

  5. Pamela Paterakis
      · November 30th, 2015 at 3:18 pm · Link

    Just got guardianship of two grandchildren, will need to add little boy lost to our movie list. I own the others.

  6. Marcia White
      · November 30th, 2015 at 3:25 pm · Link

    Cats do seem to need to reset our priorities. My girl, Lua, doesn’t head butt, she pokes with her paw gently. However, if you ignore that she just sits herself in the middle of what one is doing, be it knitting, reading a book. But I think her favorite is sitting on the keyboard of my laptop. Ha!

  7. Pamela Devereux
      · November 30th, 2015 at 3:27 pm · Link

    Glad you had a good Thanksgiving. I enjoyed having the kids home and now that they have left, the place seems to quiet.

  8. Linda Lattin
      · November 30th, 2015 at 3:39 pm · Link

    Love to hear about you new little feline family members. My Miss Kitty gives me so much joy I am happy you get the same. Great movies you chose. I had never heard of the one with Bing Crosby, thank you I will order it. I watched a lot Hallmark Christmas movies this last weekend and I keep waiting to see A McKettrick Christmas, or A Creed County Christmas, or Christmas in Mustang on Hallmark. I would love to see one of yours made into a movie. Best of Wishes.

  9. Diane McCarthy
      · November 30th, 2015 at 3:41 pm · Link

    I absolutely love The Bells of St Mary as well as White Christmas for classics. I have never seen the June Allison Little Women. I have been a part of community theater for several years with my two children, and one year we performed Little Women the musical, with my daughter playing Jo. It was awesome. Have a wonderful Holiday season Linda.

  10. kelley morrow
      · November 30th, 2015 at 3:50 pm · Link

    Glad you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I love your blogs and I cannot wait to read your next story. Hope you have a blessed week!

  11. Deborah Nelson
      · November 30th, 2015 at 3:51 pm · Link

    Your movie and book recommendations are always welcome.Almost all of the holiday movies are among my favorites. However, your mention of them reminds me to watch them yet again! Best Wishes to you.

  12. Roz Goodenough
      · November 30th, 2015 at 3:59 pm · Link

    Thank you for your book suggestion. I’m going to look into it.

  13. Nina Bennett
      · November 30th, 2015 at 3:59 pm · Link

    I love the way you incorporate the rescuing and adopting of animals in your books and in your life! Have a good day!

  14. Virginia H
      · November 30th, 2015 at 4:12 pm · Link

    So glad everything is going well with the kitties.Since mine is still a kitten he is doing well but has his not so bad kitty things going on, sometimes into every thing. I had dinner at my mother in laws on Thanksgiving and cook a dinner for my family on Sat. It was Thanksgiving dinner and sister’s birthday dinner all in one. I served about 14 altogether and everything was good I think. We had a good time. :-D

  15. Peggy Casey
      · November 30th, 2015 at 4:25 pm · Link

    So jealous of your luxurious digs during the windstorm…

  16. Diane Sallans
      · November 30th, 2015 at 4:26 pm · Link

    had to look up ‘Little Boy Lost’ – may have seen it when I was a kid and they showed old movies on Saturdays – I’ll have to see if I can find it to watch.

  17. DONNA
      · November 30th, 2015 at 4:37 pm · Link

    Happy you had a great Thanksgiving. I love old movies a lot are better than the remakes of some.

  18. Sandy Fincel
      · November 30th, 2015 at 4:40 pm · Link

    A belated happy thanksgiving to you and your family. One of the things I am thankful for are your books. I am so grateful to you and the way you write your stories. I can’t wait for the movies on hallmark.
    Sandy Fincel

  19. Lauri claes
      · November 30th, 2015 at 5:00 pm · Link

    I am glad your kittys bring you so much joy. I have 2 as well i,have cricket and ghost I will be looking for the book u suggested. Thank u again for all the wonderful books u write I have so many of them.

  20. Diana Eagen
      · November 30th, 2015 at 5:34 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you made it through the power outage. Really something. Also your happy Thangsgiving. We all have lots to be thankful for. Enjoy your critters! God bless.

  21. Margaret
      · November 30th, 2015 at 5:48 pm · Link

    My BIG cat Spudy likes to lay on the desk in front of the screen. Sometimes he sit up to groom himself and blocks the whole screen but usually he sleeps away while I am online or playing a game. He also likes to lay over my shoulder and groom my hair for me. He was also a rescue and I love him to bits. Glad you had a nice thanksgiving Linda.

  22. Linda Solcich
      · November 30th, 2015 at 5:57 pm · Link

    Sounds like you, in your rural area, are like us. Nothing on TV cause we can’t always get stations and no cable available here. We are lucky to get ABC most of the time and CBS some of the time.

  23. Susan Craig
      · November 30th, 2015 at 6:05 pm · Link

    My dog Audrey also corrects my priorities: 1) throw the ball 2) squeeze the rest of your life in quickly, then repeat.

  24. Linda Holmes
      · November 30th, 2015 at 6:37 pm · Link

    It’s been a long time since I’ve seen Meet Me in St. Louis. I am also a fan of Bing Crosby and I knew he was from Spokane. When if I put my tree up tonight I will probably watch White Christmas or Holliday Inn.

    Some night there is nothing on TV, but I have cable, so that is pretty bad.


  25. Phyllis Odell
      · November 30th, 2015 at 6:57 pm · Link

    I have seen all of those movies except the Bing Crosby one also. I don’t think I have ever heard of it. I also have a cat that loves to do the head butt too but she will not sit in my lap but will sleep along side my leg or on the arm of my recliner. I got her from SCRAPS last Easter. You can probably tell that I also live in Spokane. Love reading your books. Have you ever thought of writing a mystery? Romantic mystery? Thanks

  26. Marjorie Hawkins
      · November 30th, 2015 at 7:00 pm · Link

    I have always had cats until recently. I would get them for my children, but they always ended up “mine”. My last cat, “Smokey”, lived to be 22 years old. Cats are so independent, until they want some attention. I doubt I’ll ever have another one, but loved all the ones we had through the years. I hope Button and Wiki live for a long, long time. I’m waiting for your next book to come out. Love to read you, Nora Roberts, Susan Mallery and Debbie Macomber. I collect all of your books. Thanks for adding so much to my life!!.

  27. Gloria
      · November 30th, 2015 at 7:08 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Rose Marie Moran and Jane!!

    I’m glad you’re enjoying your cats, Linda!

    I pray you and everyone has a great week ahead.

  28. Melaine
      · November 30th, 2015 at 7:12 pm · Link

    The classics are classic because they are wonderful. I have at least 2-3 movies that I watch every year, and on occasion, some of them twice in a year.

    Sounds like you have a house full right now…at least, with furry friends and babies. Dogs are here to please us, cats expect US to please them!

    Congratulations to this week’s winners. Have a great week, Linda!

  29. Beverly
      · November 30th, 2015 at 7:20 pm · Link

    Love all your books! Am on a reading binge this month as all my craft shows are over, currently reading Daniel’s Bride & The Vow, just finished Only Forever & Memory’s Embrace! Next up Together & Angelfire! Gonna be a great month! Merry Christmas!

  30. Ruby Norwood
      · November 30th, 2015 at 7:23 pm · Link

    Congrats to Rose and Jane on your win!! Linda sounds like your Thanksgiving was a lot like mine, Turkey and all the trimmings and my family that I love so dearly. I will have to check out the book you suggested, sounds interesting!!

  31. April Mc Vey
      · November 30th, 2015 at 7:23 pm · Link

    Bells if St Mary’s was a Chistmas / New Years tradition of mine until my divorce loved all three of Bings movies of the priest. Holiday Inn is also on my Christmas favorites. Easter Parade is on my Easter list. Love those movies. Especially as my Aunt taught us all the songs!

  32. Lois Rotella
      · November 30th, 2015 at 7:23 pm · Link

    Congrats ladies. Nice to hear the cats are feeling at home. Thanksgiving sounds wonderful. I have seen all those movies except Little lost noy. Need to check it out. Have a good week.

  33. Roberta Giordano
      · November 30th, 2015 at 8:24 pm · Link

    I love watching old movies. One of my favorites,The Bells of Saint Mary ! My cat Tiger was 25 when he passed and that cat was very active right up to the end. Miss him so much. Have a great week.

  34. Patrice
      · November 30th, 2015 at 9:04 pm · Link

    Aren’t they funny when they demand attention like that? My old boy (14) is very like that. And if I don’t show him enough attention he will huff or grab my hand with claw tips just out and not let me move my hand away. Gotta luv em! :)

  35. Leanna
      · November 30th, 2015 at 9:05 pm · Link

    My dog Jaxxon used to bug me like that when I was studying or writing papers for school. Yesterday my dog Libby jumped on my lap while I was on the exercise bike, she wanted to play because it is cold outside. Glad you had a good thanksgiving!

  36. therese lopez
      · November 30th, 2015 at 10:03 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners!! Enjoy your books!! I’m glad you had a nice Thanksgiving. Your cat sounds like a lot of fun. Hope you have an awesome week!!

  37. Jan
      · November 30th, 2015 at 10:18 pm · Link

    Great movies you choose. Glad you were able to have a happy thanksgiving . We have much to be thankful for!

  38. Elaine Key
      · November 30th, 2015 at 10:20 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I had three Thanksgivings. One with just my husband and me. Two with my son and daughter-in-law. Three with my brother-in-law and sister in-law and their families. I am still eating left overs. I am also trying to convince my husband we need another dog. So far no luck but I will keep trying. Looking forward to next week’s post. Love your books!

  39. Teresa W
      · November 30th, 2015 at 11:03 pm · Link

    Holiday blessings to you and yours as well, Mz Linda!

  40. Martha Johnson
      · December 1st, 2015 at 2:48 am · Link

    Thanks for the book suggestions. I love all of your books. This is the best time of year to watch movies and to read good books. Happy Holidays to you and your family!1

  41. Brenda
      · December 1st, 2015 at 8:47 am · Link

    Good to hear you had a nice Thanksgiving. A favorite classic for me around this time of the year is “Christmas in Connecticut” starring Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan.

  42. diane wade
      · December 1st, 2015 at 10:07 am · Link


  43. Ann Bartholomew
      · December 1st, 2015 at 11:15 am · Link

    I just finished two of my favorite Christmas stories – The Lawman’s Christmas and The Outlaw’s Christmas. They are among my favorites that I re-read every year. That means Glory, Glory will probably be next!

  44. Marilyn Willerton
      · December 1st, 2015 at 3:01 pm · Link

    I enjoy reading your blogs. Over the past few years I have bought all your books but never got to read many because of working long hours seven days a week. I am now retired & moving out of province and all your books are moving with me. I can’t wait to be relaxed in my new home and to get caught up on all your books. Thanks in advance for the pleasure I know I will get in reading them.

  45. Donamae kutska
      · December 1st, 2015 at 5:00 pm · Link

    The bells of st Mary’s is such a good movie. I have a little dog that gets my attention when she thinks it’s time for her!

  46. Eriko
      · December 1st, 2015 at 9:46 pm · Link

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh…. I wish my kitty would be a lap cat. I am trying to train him. Meanwhile, I am glad to hear you had a nice Thanksgiving. I loved your tip on the Melody Beattie book.

  47. Rita McCommon
      · December 1st, 2015 at 11:13 pm · Link

    I also had a very nice Thanksgiving at my daughter’s house next door..She has a new baby to add to her menagery: a little bitty chauguaua(misspelled) puppy named Mito! He is so sweet and lovable I may have to kidnap him. He loves me( his Mamaw) the most and cries for me to pick him up! I’m gearing up for Christmas now with grandkids going crazy so I’m going to be busy for a few weeks! I hope you are having fun too!!! Keep writing so we can keep reading. xoxoxo

  48. Tammy
      · December 2nd, 2015 at 1:02 am · Link

    Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving! We did also, got to meet our son’s girlfriend for the 1st time! We both really liked her, plus she makes our son happy! I LOVE old movies, especially black & white ones! Can’t go wrong with Bing! Now that’s it’s December I will be re-reading all of your Christmas stories, which I just love! Hope you have a great week!

  49. Evelyn Baldwin
      · December 2nd, 2015 at 12:50 pm · Link

    Not feeling the best today! Sick doggie, my scoliosis has really got me down. Literally! Great hearing from you. In pain 24/7. Love your books! Make me laugh, even in this horrible pain. Thank you for taking me to other places, so my mind does not dwell on pain. God Bless you and yours! Evelyn

  50. Joanie gonsalves
      · December 13th, 2015 at 11:32 pm · Link

    Ty for recommending. Make Miracles 40 days

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