#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Monday greetings

Winter is in full swing here on the Triple L–we haven’t had a LOT of snow, but it’s pretty steady.  Thank heaven for the Canadian Wrangler, the tractor, and the plow blade.  :)

It was a quiet weekend, except for a brief and fruitless visit to the casino.  Oh, well, I enjoy it, anyway.

I’ve listened to two full books in the past several days–“The Art of Hearing Heartbeats” and “What Happened to My Sister?”  Both are excellent.

On the topic of favorite books–I have a number of faves, as you probably do.  I loved “Gone With the Wind”, of course, and “Girl of the Limberlost”.  I couldn’t get enough Nancy Drew stories at one point, and I will never forget Ana Seton’s classic, “Katherine” or any of Jude Deveraux’s historical romances.  Then there was “Jane Eyre”–the suspense!–and “Anne of Green Gables”–all the Little House books, too.  I could go on and on.

I continue to follow my Food Lovers program–though not perfectly–and I’m on Day 16.  As I’ve said before, I can already notice changes, but they’re mostly not noticable to others.  Yet.  :)  How not perfect?  Well, I’m not doing the exercise part of it, as I have problems with my feet, but I’ve got a solution in the works, going back to basics.  I ordered an exercise bike on Amazon–is there ANYTHING that isn’t sold on Amazon?  Otherwise, I’m golden–drinking all the water, skipping my glass of wine, eating every few hours.  Stay tuned.  :)

I did some art work over the weekend, too–mostly artist trading cards (ATCs)–and got a batch sent off for a swap I’m in.  That’s always satisfying, to complete even such a small project–makes it easier to keep slogging along with the big ones.  I’ve discovered poster paint, thanks to a Pam Carriker video, (she’s one of my favorite artists), and am having a ball using it on cards and journal pages.  Discoveries, discoveries!  That’s one of the reasons I love mixed media, along with the colors, which just blow me right out of the water sometimes.  Magenta?  I could EAT it, it’s so gorgeous!  Turquoise?  Be still, my beating heart. 

Colors.  Yet another of God’s staggering gifts.  They are countless.

I’ll be here tomorrow–in the meantime, stay warm, stay safe, and be kind.  Make a difference, however small it might seem to you–it might mean the world to another person, or to a critter.

25 comments to “Monday greetings”

  1. Norma Stanforth
      · January 14th, 2013 at 2:55 pm · Link

    Hi Linda,
    Both of the books you are reading sounds good, the one “What Happen to My Sister” really sounds good. I am glad you’r still doing good on your food plan.So you are getting you a exercise bike, that is good.There is so many favorite books.I hope you have a great week. God bless you and take care of you.
    Norma Stanforth

  2. CJ Vierow
      · January 14th, 2013 at 3:06 pm · Link

    Girl of the Limberlost was my absolute favorite book as a young girl! As we’re most of the others you mentioned. I have that same food lovers program. Perhaps I should start using it! Enjoy your books immensely! May our Lord richly bless you. CJ

  3. Anne Little
      · January 14th, 2013 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Linda I just wanted to share with you that I started swim class (4 months ago) and it is so great with both weight loss and in the fact that if you have not excercised or like me have an aversion toward excercise (the very mention of the word makes me cringe) you definitely want to give this a try.
    First of all I have managed to avoid the aches and pains, the warm water soothes away the aches and adds just the right amount of resistance.
    2. I love the staff!! They are so great.
    3. I always have a buddy to work out with. Most of the time we do are excercises and chat, gossip, trade recipes, etc and I really am not thinking about how I am working out or getting aquatic therapy for weight, ms aches and pains.

    Most insurence plans now cover the costs. My doctor recommended it and filled out the physical exam forms. He works with the staff on the excercise regimen that is best for me. My pain level is way down. And in the 4 months I have been going, two and three times a week I have lost 16 lbs (combined with weight loss program doctor recommended). Just thought I would toss this out there and see if this is something you might find interesting. Oh, almost forgot, its an indoor pool and here I have a choice or going to the Y or Hospital pool.

    • Hilda
        · January 15th, 2013 at 1:17 pm · Link

      Congratulations Anne, on your success! Swimming is to me the perfect exercise, my only hang-up is being seen in a swimsuit by others! Stupid, but that’s the way it is. Keep it up! I’m going to pray about your information and thoughts and maybe I’ll show up at a pool one of these days. (Maybe if I take my glasses off, they won’t be able to see me? I surely won’t be able to see THEM!) :O)

      • Anne Little
          · January 15th, 2013 at 11:31 pm · Link

        Oh, I went through that for about a week until I learned several others felt the same way about bathing suits too. We made a pact. No one would comment unless we were sort of hanging out (whispering it) or seriously bagging in it in which case we would celebrate the bagging issue and quickly forget what we saw if it was the former. We all wear one pieces anyway and when not in the pool we have the option of covering up.

  4. Sue Mccormick
      · January 14th, 2013 at 3:50 pm · Link

    I don’t know if you read any Science Fiction? There is an old story by L. Sprague deCamp in which “Girl of the Limberlost” is a catalyst; I have always loved that particular story because Girl of the Limberlost is one of my favorite stories. (And speaking of Science Fiction, I should have included your “neighbor” C. J. Cherryh on my list of favorite authors in response to your earlier post.

    • Sue Mccormick
        · January 14th, 2013 at 4:31 pm · Link

      I am “repyling”to my above post in order to add the name of the book by L. Sprague de Camp; It is called “Rogue Queen.” Since it was printed a long time ago, it probably doesn’t count as a novel by today’s word count. Still, I find it a very satisfying story.

  5. Juanita Rice
      · January 14th, 2013 at 5:41 pm · Link

    I have several copies of “Jane Eyre”. They are part of my collection that I share only with certain people. :)

    Oh, yes!! Magenta!! Combine it with Windsor blue and you have me hooked! :)

    No snow here but, boy, are we cold! Some roofs have frost on them all day long.

  6. Shari Grant
      · January 14th, 2013 at 5:45 pm · Link

    Oh my. When I was a senior in high school, my literature teacher recommended Anya Seton’s Katherine. I absolutely loved it! John of Gaunt. Loved the historical setting and the romance of it. You are the only other person I know that has read that book. It was my all time favorite for many years. I read a lot. I used to love Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice, Bronte and Austin and most of English literature. Now, I have favorite authors really rather than favorite books and I try to read everything they have written. I love that Pat Conroy can draw such beautiful pictures with words. As a teacher my favorite has always been The Water is Wide. I have read most all of Nora Roberts books. I like Stephen Taylor’s Irish Country books. One romance series that I absolutely loved years ago and read until I wore out the books were by Janelle Taylor about a Sioux Indian warrior and his white captive. I still have dogged earred copies of those books and get them out once in a while. I love Tami Hoag’s mysteries and just finished Down the Darkest Road an outstanding read. Just read Linda Howard’s Mackenzie series but actually liked the first one, MacKenzie’s Mountain, much better than the rest. I enjoy many of Jodi Piccoult’s books and finished Lone Wolf not long ago. I also love Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books and am a Joe Morelli girl all the way. I’ve read all of Maeve Binchy and actually saw her home in Dalkey, Ireland. I’ve read all of Lavyrle Spencer’s books and was sorry when she stopped writing and publishing. I’ve read all three of the 50 Shades books and found myself captivated by the characters as much as by the sex, although I am not opposed to the sex and find love in all of its forms fascinating. All that having been said, I think you win my personal prize. I have 46 of your books on my Nook alone, and many more in paperback purchased before I got my Nook. There are so many wonderful authors and so many worlds to explore and friends to meet. I am so grateful.

    • Karen
        · January 14th, 2013 at 10:27 pm · Link

      I also am a huge fan of Anya Seton’s Katherine. I think I have read it 3 times. After reading it, I was so intrested in the history, I had to look her and John of Gaunt up in the encyclopedia. this was way before the Internet. I was thinking the other day it was time to read again. I also loved her Winthrop Woman.
      I also love Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books and am a Joe Morelli fan.

      • Shari Grant
          · January 14th, 2013 at 11:07 pm · Link

        Hi Karen, I haven’t read it in a long time, but also looked up John of Gaunt and his mistress Katherine when I did read it. Jut love historical romances. Anya Seton also wrote a book about reincarnation. Can’t remember the title. It might have been something like Green Darkness. It was a fiction but really interesting. So glad to meet another Joe fan. Ranger just doesn’t do it for me. He is too unethical. I love Joe. There was a lady in the check out line at the grocery store today buying Now and Then and also Willow. I mentioned to her that I was also a Linda Lael Miller fan and she said she loved all of Linda’s books. I love to meet other readers who enjoy the same kind of books. Thanks for responding to my post. It is nice to meet you.

        • Karen
            · January 16th, 2013 at 7:53 pm · Link

          Shari, you are right about Green darkness I have read it a couple of time but probably 20 years ago. I love all of Linda’s books too.

      • Shari Grant
          · January 14th, 2013 at 11:11 pm · Link

        Oh I forgot to ask, is the Winthrop Woman the one about the Puritains? I think I read that one, too, but again, a long time ago.

        • Karen
            · January 16th, 2013 at 7:54 pm · Link

          Yes that is the one. I had to look up the history on this one too, when I got done reading it.

  7. robin h
      · January 14th, 2013 at 7:30 pm · Link

    Glad you had a good weekend. I have too many favorite books to list. I am one of those who say-“so many books, so little time” My favorite of your books would have to be Daniels Bride.

  8. Gloria
      · January 14th, 2013 at 8:27 pm · Link

    Linda, I’m glad you had a good weekend.

    I remembered more books over the weekend, or rather authors…There is Grace Livingston Hill and Emily Loring, and I also liked Anne of Green Gables.

    It is sooooo HARD to choose, but I’ll still go with Heidi.

    • Hilda
        · January 15th, 2013 at 1:20 pm · Link

      Gloria, thanks for the reminder! My dear Mom, who passed away in December 2010, had a whole collection of Grace Livingston Hill books. When I visit my Dad and go into his room to put his laundry away, I see the books sitting on the little bookcase she had. (We haven’t had the heart or the time to go through her things yet.) I have read a few of them and they were good.

  9. Rebecca (Becky) Hicks
      · January 14th, 2013 at 9:29 pm · Link

    Can’t find that blog about a favorite book because I had to think some. Pride and Prejudice is my ALL-TIME favorite! (Although I have lots of favs!) J. Austen was the FIRST romance writer, and P&P was her BEST! As an Eng. teacher, I also see it as a great piece of LITERATURE!! And, I was able to get my guy-students to like it by examining the men in the novel. I really liked the K. Knightly film–kids didn’t understand the hilarious satire or the sexual tension until they saw scenes from the film. If you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice as an adult, read it. You will laugh and shake your head at the same time, recognizing these people in your own life. And, it has a HAPPY ENDING! :-P

    • Hilda
        · January 15th, 2013 at 1:21 pm · Link

      HERE! HERE!

  10. Karen
      · January 14th, 2013 at 10:40 pm · Link

    Linda, I also love Jude Deveraux’s historical romances. I think I have read them all. I got to meet her a few years ago as she came to town for some kind of Homecoming thing at the college here that she had attended. I thought that was really cool that she had gone to college here in such a small town.

  11. Monica Reed
      · January 14th, 2013 at 11:57 pm · Link


    It sounds wonderful, well except for the casino. You description of color’s are just about like mine. They are wonderful. So, you like swap meets. I enjoy jewelry auctions and online rummage sales. I’m addicted. I feel like I could talk to you for hours but I won’t do that to you. I just found your blog tonight and look forward to reading about your day. Take care.

    Monica Reed

  12. Linda Scarchuk
      · January 15th, 2013 at 6:55 am · Link

    Glad the food thing is working out. I eat well, cook well but like you enjoy my glass of wine. I also need to get into an exercise routine. Ugh, hate it. Do you remember the book Mrs Mike? That was one of my favorite books when I was young.

      · January 15th, 2013 at 10:19 am · Link

    Linda, glad all is well. Cold and rainy here in Louisiana but that great reading weather! Have a wonderful day!

        · January 15th, 2013 at 10:22 am · Link

      OPPS THAT IS !!! LOL

      · January 15th, 2013 at 10:22 am · Link

    OOPS!!! Look at me can’t type!

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