#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Let’s Pretend It’s Monday

Or not.  :)  I spent Monday recovering from Sunday, which was a lovely if very busy Mother’s Day.  Wendy, Jeremy and I visited Mom at her new place; she’s in assisted living and very happy there.  Honestly, the place is marvelous, resembling a good hotel in many ways.  The staff is cheerful and efficient, and the facility is so much closer than the previous one that it’s easy to visit.  After a brief celebration–Mom tires easily these days–we returned to the Triple L.  Wendy cooked a marvelous Mother’s Day dinner while Jeremy fed the horses and kept the dogs busy.  The food was absolutely delicious; my daughter has become quite the little cook.  She also introduced me to a whole new concept: flavored salts.  Who knew?  To this old cowgirl, salt was salt, meaning it comes out of a blue cylindrical box with a girl and an umbrella on the front.  :)  Alas, I am now an aficionado of alderwood salt–a smokey flavor–lemon salt–great on fish–and one whose name escapes me at the moment.  I used lemon salt last night to pep up my baked orange roughy and it was SO good.  

You learn something every day.  :)

I hope you all had an equally marvelous Mother’s Day.

This week’s winners are: Denise Dragonetti and Rita C.  Congratulations, Denise and Rita.  Each of you will receive an autographed copy of ONCE A RANCHER, my most current book.  As usual, a new contest is already rolling; you can enter by commenting.  Two winners will be chosen at random and announced next Monday.  (Or Tuesday.)

On the reading/listening front, I’ve been devouring Maggie Steifvater’s YA series, The Raven Cycle.  (THE RAVEN BOYS, THE DREAM THIEVES, BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE, and THE RAVEN KING.)  Oh, my goodness, I LOVE these books!  Books on my playlist, waiting to be heard: AMONG OTHERS and MY REAL CHILDREN, by Jo Walton; both sound fascinating.  I will also be listening to MERCER GIRLS, a novel about the mail order brides brought to Seattle by one Asa Mercer back in the day, when the place was full of lumberjacks and miners in dire need of wives.  

I seem to be back on track with my weight loss program, thank heaven.  I try to remember that this, like everything else in life, is a journey, with ups and downs and a few (okay, more than a few) wrong turns and dead ends.  Good thing it’s a woman’s (and a man’s) prerogative to change her mind!

12 comments to “Let’s Pretend It’s Monday”

  1. Lois Rotella
      · May 10th, 2016 at 11:30 am · Link

    Congrats ladies. Sound like you had a very nice mother’s day. Looking forward to slightly warmer weather and more sunshine. Have a great week.

  2. Kay Moorhead
      · May 10th, 2016 at 2:41 pm · Link

    Glad you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

  3. Betsy
      · May 10th, 2016 at 2:44 pm · Link

    Just thought you might like to browse this company’s flavored sea salts. http://www.maineseasalt.com/

    Have a great day!! Looking forward to the next Rancher book!!

  4. Roberta G
      · May 10th, 2016 at 3:19 pm · Link

    Sounds like you have a very nice Mother’s Day. Have you tried the punk hymalian salt. My hubby has high blood pressure but I can use this salt it helps lower blood pressure. We love it.

  5. Juanita Rice
      · May 10th, 2016 at 7:35 pm · Link

    Glad you had a good Mothers’ Day. :)

  6. Janet Clark
      · May 10th, 2016 at 10:52 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you had a good mother’s day.
    We had my mom in assisted living and it was so nice to know that she was taken care of well.
    I have never tired flavored salts …..something to look into!
    Have a great day!
    I am loving the nice warm spring weather!

  7. Denise Dragonetti
      · May 10th, 2016 at 11:44 pm · Link

    Glad you had such a wonderful Mother’s Day.
    I’m looking forward to getting my autographed copy of Once a Rancher. Thank you so much!

  8. June
      · May 11th, 2016 at 12:01 am · Link

    Mother’s Day is so nice when we get to be with our children. I had all three of mine and their families. Nice day. Looking forward to your new books.

  9. Mary
      · May 11th, 2016 at 2:32 pm · Link

    I haven’t ever read any of your books, but love western novels that have an historical “flavor” to them. Look forward to buying Once a Rancher.

  10. Carol L
      · May 11th, 2016 at 3:15 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. I’ve heard of gray salt but it seems all these different flavors are really big in cooking now. A book I think everyone should read and would love is The Forgotten Room .
    It’s one of the best books of the year for me so far.
    Carol L

  11. Sue Gosland
      · May 11th, 2016 at 5:45 pm · Link

    What a wonderful Mother’s day!! This is the second Mother’s Day without my beautiful mother, and the first without my wonderful dad. My three boys made it terrific for me, however. My middle child and I were supposed to go to the beach, but Southern California was having what we call “May Gray”, which is usually followed by “June Gloom”!! Since this year has been one of travel for me, I was thrilled to stay home, do a load of laundry and empty some boxes from my parents’ home. I was given an amazon gift card, which I got to spend on my favorite thing, books!! Enjoy the week!!

  12. Virginia Horton
      · May 14th, 2016 at 6:35 pm · Link

    So glad you had a good mother’s day, mine was just so, so. Hubby had to work and I had to cook.It nice to here your mother is doing well in her new place. A friend of mine’s mother is in a place like that and enjoys it.

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