#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Monday winners and other stuff

First, this week’s winners: Sharon Louise Rackham and Sue Grace.  Congratulations, both of you.  Your autographed copies of “The Marriage Season” will be on their way soon.  As always, a new round begins today, so just comment and you’re in.  2 winners will be chosen at random and their names will be announced right here, next Monday. 

Things are busy around Casa Linda, which is pretty much normal.  Mom has another cold, so she’s back with me for a while.  For once, she’s letting us fuss over her.  (She’s an independent type.:) )The peonies are at the height of their glory and the roses are blooming, too.  The tomato plants are going strong–I can already taste those delicious sandwiches.  The lettuce is lush and I see a lot of salad in my future.  :)  (Definitely not a bad thing.)

Yesterday afternoon, since Jeremy was here in case Mom needed anything, I decided to take a quick walk around the pasture.  Off I went–forgetting to take my phone, a thing I don’t usually do.  I’m thinking writerly thoughts and stepping along, and just as I’ve about made the full circle, I look up and see a MOOSE standing in one of my flowerbeds!

He looked at me.

I looked at him.


I turned around–very slowly–and headed in the opposite direction.  He went on eating my flowers.

All good.  :)  He didn’t seem particularly interested in yours truly, which was fine by me.

Then there was this morning.  I woke up early and turned off the sleep-button on my Activelink bracelet–one of those little devices like a Fitbit that track exercise, etc.–and promptly went back to bed.  (Probably because I read until after midnight.)  When I got up again, I logged onto my phone app to see where I stood.  At zero, naturally.  :)  Still, I hit the link that predicts when I’ll hit my objective, which is, at the moment, 6 Activity points.  And what did I get?  Attitude, that’s what.  Basically, the prediction was, “At this rate, you’re probably not going to get to goal at all.”

Say what?  :)

Slapped down by a mouthy bracelet.

55 comments to “Monday winners and other stuff”

  1. Gloria
      · June 8th, 2015 at 5:21 pm · Link

    Congratulations to Sharon Louise Rackham and Sue Grace!!!!

    Don’t ya just hate it when a “THING” thinks it knows more than you do. I hope you showed it you’d reach your goal.

    Good luck!

  2. Lynn
      · June 8th, 2015 at 5:25 pm · Link

    Rofl!! Love it. But won’t catch me wearing one. Get enough from family. Lol. Have a great week!!

  3. pat Dennis
      · June 8th, 2015 at 5:26 pm · Link

    Speaking of tomatoes, had the best BLT yesterday for lunch. Of course the bacon isn’t on my better half ‘ s list of approved food.

  4. Louise McCourt
      · June 8th, 2015 at 5:32 pm · Link

    Looking forward to reading The Marriage Season. Thank you for years of wonderful reading…

  5. Diane Sallans
      · June 8th, 2015 at 5:34 pm · Link

    so if you had your phone when you came upon the moose would you have called someone or taken a picture?

    • linda
        · June 9th, 2015 at 8:48 pm · Link

      Both. :)

      • Linda Solcich
          · June 10th, 2015 at 7:52 am · Link

        Think I would have taken a picure

  6. Dawn Roberts
      · June 8th, 2015 at 5:37 pm · Link

    Finished The Marriage Season, only comment is the it wasn’t long enough. Wish there were more in the series :mrgreen:

  7. Kari Lynn Wellborn
      · June 8th, 2015 at 5:38 pm · Link

    I get slapped down by mine fitbit all time too. Love your books.

  8. Rita Crofoot
      · June 8th, 2015 at 5:39 pm · Link

    Too funny, your techy toys are in revolt. Hang in there Linda, My first week back at weightwatchers, and a very good tracking week. I am down 2.5… thanks for the motivation.

  9. Rita Crofoot
      · June 8th, 2015 at 5:39 pm · Link

    Too funny, your techy toys are in revolt. Hang in there Linda, My first week back at weightwatchers, and a very good tracking week. I am down 2.5… thanks for the motivation.

  10. Donna Brant
      · June 8th, 2015 at 5:41 pm · Link

    A Moose! Glad you kept your cool. Poor flowers, oh well. Good luck with your exercises. Do let that techy stuff get you down. :wink:

  11. Hillary H
      · June 8th, 2015 at 5:43 pm · Link

    Love peonies!!! Bet yours are beautiful!!!

  12. Melaine
      · June 8th, 2015 at 5:43 pm · Link

    Linda, you didn’t mention anything about your ankle…I’m taking that as a good thing and that it is doing well. I don’t see any moose on my walks, but I have certainly run into a Javalina and a coyote in the past. Fortunately, the only time I’ve seen rattlesnakes when I’m out is when I’ve been in my car.

    Have a great week. Hope your mom is feeling better soon.

  13. Virginia H
      · June 8th, 2015 at 5:47 pm · Link

    Love the moose story. Things are going pretty well here I did get in a thirty min. walk today before the rain really started. Not complaining about the rain, we need it right now. I always take my phone with me when I walk because I listen to music while I walk. It make the walk more enjoyable and if something happens I have the phone with me. I walk about a mile and a half in thirty min, but would rather do the two miles but don’t always have the time. I may not be loosing any weight but its still healty to take walks. :-P

  14. Pam paterakis
      · June 8th, 2015 at 5:48 pm · Link

    Hate technology that thinks it is so much smarter than I am!

  15. Teresa F
      · June 8th, 2015 at 5:51 pm · Link

    Oh my that last paragraph was really funny! My bracelet would have found itself against a far walk!! But tomorrow is another day!

  16. Beth Almeida
      · June 8th, 2015 at 5:53 pm · Link

    I would throw it in the garbage! I deal with my fair share of ‘mouthy’ people. I wouldn’t deal with it from my bracelet thingy.

  17. Linda A. Beaudoin
      · June 8th, 2015 at 5:59 pm · Link

    Makes you wonder if machines are getting close to being alive.

  18. Peggy Casey
      · June 8th, 2015 at 6:02 pm · Link

    Thank you for the giggle! I too have had a day, that if I had a bracelet tracking my activity, would have been sassed to by my electronic conscious! Tomorrow is a new day… and everything that you do today does count!

  19. judy
      · June 8th, 2015 at 6:19 pm · Link

    enjoyed your comments today. Hope your mom is felling better.

  20. Margy Manear
      · June 8th, 2015 at 6:40 pm · Link

    You are so funny!!!

  21. Lorraine Pitts
      · June 8th, 2015 at 6:55 pm · Link

    Praying your Mom is feeling better soon!!!! Hope the rest of your week goes well!!!

  22. Linda Holmes
      · June 8th, 2015 at 7:11 pm · Link

    I don’t get any moose’s in my yard but there was a skunk last night, might be back to night about the same time (7:30). My mom gets deer in her yard. She is close to a small forest perserve.

    Congrats ladies.

    Have a good week.


  23. Marjorie Hawkins
      · June 8th, 2015 at 7:17 pm · Link

    I’m glad the moose left you alone. I just heard today of a new Mama Moose (with twins) who has attacked two people. I’ve finished Bex’s book and am looking forward to the next book you write. I hope your Mom feels better soon.

  24. Laurie H
      · June 8th, 2015 at 7:30 pm · Link

    Technology can be such a nag….lol

  25. Nadine spradlin
      · June 8th, 2015 at 7:36 pm · Link

    I’m glad you have your Mom with you . I lost mine in 1979, & my Daughter has one of those things that she wears on her arm , Saturday she had 26000 on hers better her than me . Still looking forward to Christmas IN Mustang Creek . Have a Blessed week !!!

  26. Niki Davis
      · June 8th, 2015 at 7:38 pm · Link

    Isn’t technology wonderful?????? I should know, I work with it every day!!!!!

    Hope your mom feels better soon. Know how precious they are as I lost mine over 14 years ago. Keep her close and safe.


  27. Ruby Norwood
      · June 8th, 2015 at 7:40 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners!! Linda you are so funny, that’s why I love your books so much. There is always some funny little wise cracks in your books and I will just start laughing. The Marriage Season was a very, very,good book. Hope your mom feels better soon, and I guess your ankle is a lot better. If I had walk up on a moose I would have been running.. Lol

  28. Garen
      · June 8th, 2015 at 8:07 pm · Link

    Reading Marriage Season right now. So far, Sooo good.

  29. Leanna
      · June 8th, 2015 at 8:22 pm · Link

    If you had your phone you would have had a great picture! I never have mine with me when I want to take a picture.

  30. Linda Solcich
      · June 8th, 2015 at 8:40 pm · Link

    Love the moose thing. For me it is a coyote

  31. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · June 8th, 2015 at 8:42 pm · Link

    I wish you’d had your phone so you could have snapped a pic of the moose. I’ve never seen one in the wild.

    I am exceedingly glad he/she was more interested in your flowers than in you.

  32. Kathryn Smith
      · June 8th, 2015 at 8:48 pm · Link

    What is the world coming to when your fitbit disses you..lol. I hope you show it a thing or two! Sending get well wishes to your mom! Happy writing!!!

  33. Roberta Giordano
      · June 8th, 2015 at 8:52 pm · Link

    I have a Fitbit and I have to say since getting it I am moving a whole lot more ! If after dinner I see that I am not near my goal I will walk around my whole house and keep going till I reach my goal ! Lol. May I ask which one you have ?

  34. Evelyn Baldwin
      · June 8th, 2015 at 9:02 pm · Link

    I can see why your writing is ” AWESOME “! Your life is great! God Has Blessed you with great knowledge! Thank you for sharing.

  35. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · June 8th, 2015 at 9:13 pm · Link

    A moose AND electronics with an attitude :roll:

    Hope your mom is well soon.

  36. Lois Rotella
      · June 8th, 2015 at 9:31 pm · Link

    Congrats ladies. Linda wishing your mom a speedy recovery. Glad the moose decided to continue eating. Take care.

  37. roz goodenough
      · June 8th, 2015 at 9:36 pm · Link

    I just hate being scolded by technology!!

  38. Rhonda Dickinson
      · June 8th, 2015 at 9:59 pm · Link

    That is soooo funny! :lol:

  39. April Mc Vey
      · June 8th, 2015 at 9:59 pm · Link

    LOL! That is funny when technology wins!! I love the app that track exercise, steps and your food . I just hate putting the same information into 2 or 3 sites!! And then you get different answers!

    I have been wondering how your mother has been . Hope she is better soon, sending prayers for all of you and yours. :wink:

  40. Karen Dieffenbaugher
      · June 8th, 2015 at 10:23 pm · Link

    think I would leave the bracelet off…Hope Mom is feeling better… Karen

  41. therese lopez
      · June 8th, 2015 at 11:08 pm · Link

    Congrats ladies, enjoy the book!! I can’t wait to read this book, I loved the first two and I know this one is going to be fantastic!! Have a great week!!!

  42. Linda Gwiazdowski
      · June 9th, 2015 at 6:47 am · Link

    hope you mom gets well soon,bad time of year for colds,am getting over broncitis

  43. Dotty Weis
      · June 9th, 2015 at 10:35 am · Link

    Love those peonies wish we could grow them in Florida

  44. midge watkins
      · June 9th, 2015 at 11:15 am · Link

    It’s spring and the animals are out. I’m not into tech toys, so
    I get my joy from nature and the animals. I was sitting in my
    living room with my neighbor a couple days ago when a mule
    deer buck walked around my (fenced in ) pool about 30 ft away. He looked like he really wanted to jump in and I said
    “heaven help us”, but he nibbled some flowers and decided
    to walk away. So much fun to watch, but keep spraying your
    flowers! I’m about 1/3rd thru “The Marriage Season” and
    it’s great. Keep up the good work.

  45. peggy clayton
      · June 9th, 2015 at 1:08 pm · Link

    Wow a moose in the flowerbeds that I would not know what to do. I guess what you did is the best. You are very lucky that you have a mom that is staying with you plus she is letting everyone fuss about her I sure hope she gets well. My prayers are with her and that soon she will be able to get out and pet your horses!

  46. Diana E.
      · June 9th, 2015 at 1:09 pm · Link

    Hope your mom recovers quickly. Congratulations to last weeks winners.
    I would be very unhappy if I had a moose in my flowers but like you, I would get out of there! Did you have Berniece with you??? Blessings.

  47. Alice Johnson
      · June 10th, 2015 at 12:27 am · Link

    Loved the “mouthy bracelet”… bad enough to have a mouthy doggie!! Hope your mom gets better, it is no fun to have a cold or any type of upper respiratory infection at our age!

  48. Dona Kutska
      · June 10th, 2015 at 2:26 am · Link

    Yikes!! A moose!!!

  49. Fran F.
      · June 10th, 2015 at 9:16 am · Link

    Hi Linda. So glad you and the moose didn’t have an encounter while you were out and about. Also wanted to wish you a very happy birthday and many more good ones as well. Hope your Mom is feeling better.
    Best regards,
    Fran F.

  50. Marilyn Fish
      · June 10th, 2015 at 9:43 am · Link

    On my drive home from my daily yoga class, I take the back road through ranch country. I see all kinds of wildlife from peacocks to pelicans to hawks. Yesterday was a first as I saw a turtle about the size of a soccer ball walking across the road from one pond to another. I should have stopped to take a photo. I have never come face to face with a moose.

  51. Eriko
      · June 10th, 2015 at 10:04 am · Link

    I love your sense of humor and attitude on LIFE!

  52. Mary Cresto
      · June 10th, 2015 at 7:21 pm · Link

    I love it. What you said about your bracelet. Also got my book The Marriage Season. Thank Goodness. Came in from Readers Service. I hope you have a good week. Hope your Mom gets well soon. God Bless you always. Mary

  53. Carol Luciano
      · June 13th, 2015 at 6:31 pm · Link

    Happy to hear your Moose decided to go for the flowers instead of a la Linda. :) Congrats to the winners. Hope your Mom is doing better. Thanks for the posts & sharing.
    Carol L

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