#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Look out bumper cars, here I come!

There are bumper cars at or near the site of this year’s Lael reunion (I think those sneaky Kramers might be plotting a take-over :)), and there’s a waterslide, too.  I’m taking my swim suit, for sure, although it remains to be seen whether or not I’m brave enough to wear it in public.  I can definitely see myself on the bumper cars, though–we all have orders to go after Cousin Eric–at the request of his wife, Debra.  :)  So, of course, we will.)  Yes, sirree, this is going to be FUN, and I’m definitely up for some of that.  I plan to send Miss Jen a few photos to post on my Facebook page–I’m still working on putting pictures up on this blog.  (But I won’t quit, because I’m a Lael, and Lael’s don’t quit.  They just die trying.)

Your kind messages of condolence mean so much to me, and so do your prayers.    I know Buck is in a better place and he did let me know he was ready to go on to a whole new rodeo.   Anyway, thank you for your caring notes and good wishes.  You are one fine outfit to ride with.

I finally made that Martha Stewart macaroni and cheese–it was the same day Buck passed over and I couldn’t settle down to write anything coherent, but I definitely needed to be busy–and, well, the finished product was mind-blowingly good, if I do say so myself.  :)  The funny thing is, I’m not all that wild about mac and cheese, mainly because, as a young and distinctly poor bride, I made the blue-box variety, the one with the neon orange “cheese” powder, for the hubby, who did, against all reason and good sense, actually like the stuff.  In any case, Martha’s version is a far cry from the aforementioned goop, and guess what?  I LOVED it!  Furthermore, I plan to make another batch, soon.  (I still have some of the cheese I picked up at Zeus’s Deli.)  Forgive me if I’m repeating myself, but I whipped up a batch of black bean soup a few days before, and while there was only 1/8 tsp of cayenne in the whole shooting match, it was too spicy for me, even with a big dollop of sour cream to dilute it a little.  Fortunately, Wendy and Jeremy both like spicy food, and they described the soup as “amazing”, so it didn’t go to waste, and I’m glad about that.  I’ll try again–sans the cayenne–because a good black bean soup is hard to beat.  The only thing I like more is cold avocado soup, as served in a little roadside place in New Mexico, which I will probably never run across again, as much as I travel.

Bumper cars and soup.  What a topic.

Have a great weekend, and be kind–especially to yourself.


11 comments to “Look out bumper cars, here I come!”

  1. Ruby Norwood
      · August 9th, 2013 at 1:21 pm · Link

    Bumper cars and soup was a great topic Linda, but don’t forget about the Mac & Cheese. I do hope everyone has a great time
    at the reunion and you be careful on those bumper cars.

  2. Diana E
      · August 9th, 2013 at 1:27 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful time this weekend and take it easy on those bumper cars. Mac & cheese sounds good, my daughter-in-law makes a good one on occasion. Wishing you sunshine, laughter and love. Blessings

  3. Jeanne
      · August 9th, 2013 at 2:04 pm · Link

    Hi Linda. I make really good black bean soup that does not call for cayenne (and I LOVE spicy food). Let me know if you’d like the recipe. It’s easy, good and does not require hard to find ingredients.

  4. Pat
      · August 9th, 2013 at 3:43 pm · Link

    Linda, you could probably never eat even breakfast at my house! lol My family calls me pepper pot. The hotter the better. Take of yourself but have fun.

  5. Norma Stanforth
      · August 9th, 2013 at 5:05 pm · Link

    You are welcome, i know how important our pet are to us and if you loss one it devastating. Have a great time a the reunion and watch that bumper car when you are after Eric. God bless each and everyone.

  6. Hilda
      · August 9th, 2013 at 6:46 pm · Link

    Does Eric read your blog? Better watch your back!!!!
    Either way, have fun! You need it!

  7. Lea Williams
      · August 9th, 2013 at 11:58 pm · Link

    I don’t like mac and n cheese because I don’t here cheese, any kind, any nationality, none no how ( get the idea I don’t like it) but the black bean soup sounds Wonderful, probably not with the cayanne though. I love black bean soup. In fact, I have never met a bean I didn’t like. Am glad you are perking up, losing an equine friend has got to be awful. Bless you, enjoy your family get together. Our family had one in June. It is wonderful to see everyone.

  8. Juanita Rice
      · August 10th, 2013 at 1:01 am · Link

    Have a great weekend, Linda! :)

  9. Marlene Kubick
      · August 10th, 2013 at 10:20 am · Link

    Oh! I have finally found a another person who doesn’t like “spicy”. It frustrates me when I go out to eat and just about everything on the menu has some form of “heat” to it.

    • Hilda
        · August 12th, 2013 at 3:13 pm · Link

      Here’s No. 3! No spicy food for me either! After that first bite, you can’t taste any more because your tongue is “dead.” Why eat any more after that???? I hear that spicy food is good for you, but I figure non-spicy I good too.

  10. Patty C.
      · August 12th, 2013 at 4:25 pm · Link

    Linda, sorry about your lost. Hope you have a wonderful time at your family reunion. :)

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