#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Monday Ramblings

Autumn is my favorite time of year, as I’ve said before–I love the ‘new beginning’ feel of it (doubtless a holdover from school days), the changing colors of the leaves, the (mostly) sunny weather and the crisp breezes and the sugar-bowl-blue skies.  At the same time, it always makes me wonder, Where did the time go????  2013 still feels like a New Year to me, and here it is, almost gone.  How is that even possible?  Five minutes ago, we were carving pumpkins for Halloween and now it’s time to do it again.


The weekend was lovely–Wendy and I met up with some of our kin folks at Northern Quest Casino’s buffet, where we dined in style, talking a mile a minute–it was a mini family reunion.  We gathered to celebrate my Aunt Donna’s recent birthday, however belatedly.  I was in Jackson Hole on the actual day and, since it was a milestone, I figured a second party was in order.  The visit was wonderful; there was a lot of laughter, like always.  We’re already planning a bash for Aunt Wanna, whose birthday falls in December. 

I was at home the rest of the time, happily puttering, reading, gluing and painting.  :)  I made two small Christmas ornaments, inspired by an article in the current issue of Somerset Holidays, and they’re very cute, if a little on the work-intensive side.  Basically, they’re match boxes, with an opening made by a paper punch, and some kind of scene inside.  The hanger is a strand of ribbon and the look is delightfully old-fashioned, in that fussy Victorian sort of way–as in, lots of glitter and small embellishments.  I might make more, but I think I want to use the larger match boxes.

I’m STILL holding on to Sue Grafton’s “W is for Wasted”, though I’ve read a few pages.  I just don’t want to say good-bye to Kinsey for another year!

I listened to “An American Childhood” by Annie Dillard on my iPod.  (Her novel, “The Living”, was one of the best books I’ve ever read).  Like Pat Conroy, Dillard is one of those writers who take my breath away.  I also listened to “Coming Clean”, the memoirs of a woman who grew up with a hoarder father and a mother who basically gave up and joined him, and it was quite sobering.  I thought my craft room was bad–this story went well beyond clutter, though.  Yeesh.  If you want the details, you’ll have to read or listen to the book–it’s not for the faint of heart.  :)

Television is improving slighty–emphasis on slightly–because new seasons are starting.  Theresa Caputo’s Long Island Medium is a favorite, not so much because of her talking to dead people, but because Theresa herself is so delightful.  I’m on the lookout for new episodes of Celebrity Ghost Stories, too, and my new editor, Paula, recommended a mini series by Ric Burns (brother of Ken, of “The Civil War” fame), called “History of New York.”  I’ll be looking that one up on Netflix, for sure. 

Because of my work, I’ve been to New York a number of times, but I’ve never gotten to stay very long.  This year, I’ve taken a small apartment near Gramercy Park for three weeks in June.  For all my visits to the Big Apple, I’ve never been to ANY of the museums, so 2014 is the year.  I especially want to see a place called The Cloisters.

To wrap it up, this week’s contest begins today.  Start commenting–later in the week, Jen will notify the winners, and I’ll announce the names on Friday.

In the meantime, God bless every one of you.


48 comments to “Monday Ramblings”

  1. Dawn Roberts
      · October 7th, 2013 at 2:36 pm · Link

    Reading Big Sky Wedding and managed to do nothing all day yesterday, bt read. I got through over 200 pages. And for a mom of teenagers that’s pretty good. I love these people, I tend to feel like I want to visit Parable Mt. :-D

  2. barbara wallin
      · October 7th, 2013 at 2:43 pm · Link

    How wonderful to spend 3 months in the big apple. I would love to go there. I enjoy your e-mail chats. :-P

  3. Jaime L Brooks
      · October 7th, 2013 at 2:45 pm · Link

    I love the fall time!

  4. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · October 7th, 2013 at 2:48 pm · Link

    Your reference to fall reminding you of school days. I have always felt that way about fall. Then again, I loved going to school.

    One of my favorite quotes in reference to fall and school is from You’ve Got Mail:

    Joe Fox: Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms.

    Be Well~ Deborah

  5. Regina Merchant
      · October 7th, 2013 at 2:49 pm · Link

    I too LOVE the fall!! Here in Alabama we don’t usually get really nice fall weather, but this morning was wonderful!! I love sitting on the porch in a rocking chair with a cup of coffee and a good “cowboy book”, especially yours!! Your characters are so vivid I feel like I’m right there with them!!! Keep those great books coming!! Happy Fall!!!!

  6. Ruby Norwood
      · October 7th, 2013 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Linda, you will have a ball in New York staying 3 months at the Big Apple, and I am like you I do so like the fall of the year. You are such a busy Lady I am surprise you are going to stay that long. Happy Fall and God Bless Everyone..

  7. Juanita Rice
      · October 7th, 2013 at 2:58 pm · Link

    Gramercy Park…lucky girl!! Know you will have a ball. :)
    New York isn’t a place I would want to live, but it’s always so much fun to visit.

  8. Denise King
      · October 7th, 2013 at 2:58 pm · Link

    When I left work Saturday morning I’d planned to do absolutely nothing, all that changed with one phone call:-) . One of my bff called and said get up if you want to go to the diner with us, so Mrs Johnson, her sister in law Aunt Alice and 2 more sisters of my heart Brenda and Sandy. Well we had a great time eating and talking just catching up with each others lives. We left there and went to church to hear some good old fashioned Hymns that you don’t hear to much anymore. So suffice it to say I had a lovely day. May you stay Blessed also and continue to write great books

  9. marilyn hurst
      · October 7th, 2013 at 3:11 pm · Link

    I loved New York and all the museums, have a wonderful time when you go, also check out some of the art galleries if you get the opportunity. Have a great week and enjoy the October weather.

  10. Mary Goodman
      · October 7th, 2013 at 3:16 pm · Link

    Iam enjoying the changes also .We are making plans for trick or treating where has the time gone? Love reading your post. :)

  11. Anita C
      · October 7th, 2013 at 3:19 pm · Link

    I love fall too – it always has and always will be my favorite time of year. I live in Wisconsin and right now the leaves are so beautiful – the reds, orange and yellows are just brilliant. If it would only last a few more weeks before the leaves fall…. Oh well, live in the moment and enjoy it while it does last.

  12. marilyn Everhart
      · October 7th, 2013 at 3:22 pm · Link

    I always love your descriptions of the weather. Living in Wenatchee, our weather is very much the same – maybe just a tad warmer. I, too, love New York City. My sister and I talk of going to New York for a week around the holidays just to enjoy the tourist stuff – windows at Macy’s, Rockefeller Plaza skater’s and the Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall.We will make it, I know, though time seems to go fast!

  13. Lois Rotella
      · October 7th, 2013 at 3:23 pm · Link

    I love the fall also. The colors are beautiful. I live in new York but don’t get to the museums much. The Cloisters are very nice. The Smithsonian Museum of American Indians near the Battery is also very nice. I enjoy the museum of natural History and well as modern Art. I am sure you will also. Have a great week, Linda.

  14. Sherry Wallace
      · October 7th, 2013 at 3:23 pm · Link

    Fall is my favorite time of year as well – so many holidays to plan, decorate & look forward to – & football

  15. Sherry Wallace
      · October 7th, 2013 at 3:24 pm · Link

    My message was cut off again – why is that happening???!!

  16. Tia
      · October 7th, 2013 at 3:25 pm · Link

    Autumn is my favorite time of year, too. There’s just something about the weather and the energy that is in the air that brings on a calming feeling.
    Had to smile when you spoke of holding on to Sue Grafton’s latest book. I do the same thing when reading books in a series. But I end up caving because the books are just too tempting.

  17. Jennifer Legan
      · October 7th, 2013 at 3:28 pm · Link

    I have to agree, fall is my favorite time of year. All the leaves changing colors with their burst of red, gold, and orange. The brisk clean air, makes me feel like things are clean and new and anything is possible. So glad that you enjoyed a mini family time. (I love mini family reunions!). Hope you have a great week!

      · October 7th, 2013 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Fall is my favorite time of year also. The cool weather, making soup, chili, & chicken & dumpling. Can’t wait for your next book to come out.

  19. Judy Eagle
      · October 7th, 2013 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Every time the season changes I think this is my favorite time of year. :) Maybe I am fickle. I would hope New York will be having perfect weather in June so you can enjoy the things you are doing. Keep writing too, I love your stories whether they are in Parable or some place else.

  20. Karen McClung
      · October 7th, 2013 at 3:44 pm · Link

    The Cloister in New York is Wonderful…………I saw
    it about 40 years ago……..There is an old Clint
    Eastwood movie that was filmed partially there.
    Can’t remember the names, but it was cool.
    I also love Autumn, just with days were a little
    longer with daylight and sometimes a little
    warmer………….Never satisfied……..Also
    love spring and the flowers……….

    Have a great week.

  21. Patricia M Hann
      · October 7th, 2013 at 3:45 pm · Link

    I have read the latest Sue Grafton novel. I will reread her other novels to last me. I also do that with your books. I cant count the amount of times I have reread the Mckettrick series

    • Denise King
        · October 7th, 2013 at 3:57 pm · Link

      I have reread all of The McKettrick books also the historical ones and the present day ones I LOVE THEM

  22. Penny Culberson
      · October 7th, 2013 at 3:51 pm · Link

    I love Fall…the colors, cooler temperatures and weekend bonfires.

    My to be read book list is out of control so can’t wait for extra time to read this Winter.

  23. Pat Dennis
      · October 7th, 2013 at 3:54 pm · Link

    If you are interested in the “spiritual” and “ghostly” things, google Willard Library’s Gray Lady. It is a wonderful library in an old section of Evansville, Indiana and there have been sightings of the Gray Lady. I too “hoard” paper craft goodies – no not really a hoarder yet.

  24. Barbara Callihan
      · October 7th, 2013 at 4:07 pm · Link

    Please, please more Virgin River books :wink:

  25. Barbara Linkous
      · October 7th, 2013 at 4:12 pm · Link

    The fall is always beautiful here in Virginia, but it stirs memories of family and friends who are no longer with us. Just nostalgic I guess.

  26. Joye
      · October 7th, 2013 at 5:22 pm · Link

    I have read and enjoyed most of your books. I like the way you write and the subject matter. Keep writing and i will keep reading.

  27. Gloria
      · October 7th, 2013 at 5:32 pm · Link

    We’re having a great Autumn, so far. Warm or hot days and cooler nights, and plenty of sunshine, with a little rain thrown in for good measure.

    Your match box ornaments sounds like things we used to make, only ours wasn’t fancy, just make-shift. We used to make “villages” out of all kinds of boxes. The cardboard was a little stronger back then. My favotire box was the round Quaker Oatmeal box.

    You’re ornaments also sounds like making the eggshell ornaments. A woman told me how to cut out an opening without breaking the shell, but I’ve never tried it.

    Have a good and Godly and productive week, no matter what you’re doing.

  28. Leanna
      · October 7th, 2013 at 6:08 pm · Link

    I love fall! I am in Minnesota this week visiting family. I cannot handle the 50 degree temps and I look forward to the 80s when I get back to Texas later this week.

  29. Sue Ellis
      · October 7th, 2013 at 6:33 pm · Link

    Hello, This is my first time to comment although I read your blogs every time you post one. I really enjoy hearing about your part of the country, family, animals, crafts, etc. Since I live in Texas it’s amazing the difference in the way our weather and seasons change. I’ve never been to the North West but know it must be beautiful this time of year.
    Just wanted to drop you a note and let you know how much I love reading you books. Since I was raised on a ranch too, I can relate to the situations and hardships ranchers face…also the romance is not bad either.
    Thanks for the blogs,
    Sue Ellis

  30. Suzanne Mongan
      · October 7th, 2013 at 6:44 pm · Link

    I’m glad that you had such a great weekend. I love my weekends, as I work 5 days a week in a small township office and lately it has been very stressful. I love the fall weather, and yesterday and today, got a taste of it. I love reading your books, and I am really looking forward to the next one. I hope you have a great week.

  31. Diana E
      · October 7th, 2013 at 6:46 pm · Link

    Sounds like a most enjoyable weekend. The leaves are changing here in Eugene, too and will only be getting more spectacular as the days pass. I had a beautiful weekend filled with granddaughters soccer game and grandsons football. Keeps a grandmother busy which is good!!! Still would like to see pictures of your various craft projects, Linda. Blessings.

  32. Norma Stanforth
      · October 7th, 2013 at 7:23 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, my favorite is Winter because of Christmas i like all the lights and trees decoration and the homes.Most of all i love the celebration of Christ Jesus birth even though we don’t know the exact day of HIS birth. Sounds like you are really getting in these Ghost stories! Hope each and everyone have a wonderful week and God bless each and everyone.
    As always your friend,

  33. carole
      · October 7th, 2013 at 7:35 pm · Link

    Hi! You sound busy, this weekend was homecoming at FSU but needed to get prepared for the tropical storm but it only rained but you need to take it seriously for you just never know. I had a nice weekend with my son, his girlfriend and my daughter, watched a lot of football! I’ve been looking at my Christmas cookie list the ones that I always make and a few new ones, so getting ready to bake at least for my son’s birthday that’s on Oct.26 thinking of a carrot cake! Anyways, have a good week!

  34. Barbara Murcray
      · October 7th, 2013 at 8:36 pm · Link

    Well after 3 wonderful weeks in Ireland we flew home to Wyoming on last Thursday just in time for our grandson Quin’s 11th birthday. The day was sunny in Denver when we left but in Rock Springs it was snowing. Fitting because on the day he was born we were having a snow storm. I love fall and all the wonderful colors. In Ireland the leaves were just starting to change and while flying over the Rockies we got to see the wonderful fall colors with the leaves changing. Today I went back to work and the company I work for sent me flowers to welcome be back. Life is just great!!!

  35. Pam monast
      · October 7th, 2013 at 8:59 pm · Link

    Busy lady!! Enjoy all your activities.

  36. Emily
      · October 7th, 2013 at 9:19 pm · Link

    Just got an e-mail today to order “Big Sky Secrets” which I did. Looking forward to that!

    The museums in N.Y. are amazing. My mother and I spent many days going through them, while on vacation. Great time!

    You are one busy lady, and I marvel that you can do all you do and write a blog too! Of course, I love the books you write, and are starting to re-read many of them, just waiting for the new one.

    Have a great, healthy week. Stay well, stay happy, and enjoy yourself while you write wonderful, all consuming stories.

  37. Heather Charity
      · October 7th, 2013 at 10:00 pm · Link

    I recently posted some lovely pics of the Penobscot River in Maine from this weekend. The fall colors were lovely but even better, it was sunny and the river very quiet. So all the colors and clouds in the blue sky were reflecting. Great time of year. Thanks for continuing to share with us.

  38. Lea williams
      · October 7th, 2013 at 11:12 pm · Link

    What a great weekend for you and it was for me too. Spent Sat down outside of Ritzville at a Mennonite church Country Auction. Lots of quilts to look at and were auctioned off. It was wonderful. The weather was nice wasn’t it? Hope the rest of the week is good for you.

  39. Connie Johnson
      · October 7th, 2013 at 11:35 pm · Link

    Fall has always been my favorite. I love the cool temps. and the wonderful colors.

  40. Maryjane Hoffman
      · October 8th, 2013 at 10:19 am · Link

    Sounds like you had a great weekend! Always fun to celebrate a birthday! Love the idea of 3 months in NYC too! So much to see and do. Enjoy! And “Fall” is my most favorite season what with the change in temps, the colors of the leaves and all the holdays! We have decorated for Halloween and our grandkids(14, 7 and 3) are enjoying talking about their outfits so should be a fun time! Enjoy your week, happy writing and working on your arts and crafts!!!!

  41. Carole Sklenar
      · October 8th, 2013 at 11:47 am · Link

    I agree – Autumn is also my favorite season of the year with winter a close second. And today is one of those perfect days of Autumn. Christmas – now – nothing can beat that tho. What a fund weekend you had. I love family get-togethers, especially when you get to see family you haven’t been able to see in a long time. There’s just nothing like it. I realize sine families aren’t so fortunate, but guess mine is. I have a cousin that is coming for a visit right after Thanksgiving and I hope to get as many family together for a BBQ at that time so we can all catch up with each other. Hard time of year to do that at times, especially at that time of year. :wink: God’s blessings to you

  42. Jessica G
      · October 8th, 2013 at 3:21 pm · Link

    I love it when you write about the books you are reading. I’ve found a lot of great authors that way! Thanks! :lol:

  43. Jennifer Damone
      · October 8th, 2013 at 3:40 pm · Link

    Fall is my favorite time of year! I made pumpkin bread on Sunday. Not using canned pumpkin either! I cut up the pumpkin, boiled it down, and made the bread. It was awesome! I love baking this time of year. Of course my hips don’t thank me for it, but it is part of what I love about fall. Have a great week! :-D

  44. judy
      · October 8th, 2013 at 10:11 pm · Link

    I love this time of year, it is so cool and i can have the doors and windose open. Have a good week

  45. zola udell
      · October 9th, 2013 at 2:24 pm · Link

    YES! Linda, you must find time to visit the museums. The biggest and perhaps the “finest” would be the Metropolitan Museum which has special presentations every year. But there are so many others like The Cloisters that you must visit and The American Indian and The Museum of Natural History that you must check out.

  46. Joyce M.
      · October 9th, 2013 at 6:46 pm · Link

    I live in NJ and went to UMass. So many people said they wished they lived so close to NYC. I went there more often when our children were little and they loved the dinosaurs and the huge whale!

  47. debbie g
      · October 12th, 2013 at 10:03 pm · Link

    Is it just me or is Autum the favorite season for those (to include me) who have ADD.

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