#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Monday’s Blog on Tuesday

First, our winners: Mary Jane and Judy.  Congratulations, both of you.  This week’s prize, as always, is an autographed copy of my latest book.  The new contest is underway now; to enter, simply comment.  Two winners will be chosen at random, notified by Super Jen, and announced here.  Stay tuned!

My Christmas was lovely, quiet, and a little lonely, since Wendy and Jeremy are now in California, where they have long wanted to be, with my two grand-dogs and sweet grand-kitty.  The trip has been quite an adventure for them; both contracted severe cases of flu, not much fun anywhere, but especially not in an RV.  :)  I’m happy to report that they have recovered and so very happy to be back in Southern California.  I missed them, but enjoyed Christmas anyway, as I always do.  We had a lot of snow, so I couldn’t visit my mom, but we chatted, and I’ll be getting together with her tomorrow, after Weight Watchers, carrying a pile of presents.  On Christmas Day, I joined Larry, Mary Ann, Jen, Dustin and Nola for a nice dinner and a gift swap.  The dogs were absolutely delighted by their presents; in fact, after toys and treats had been distributed, they thought every package was for them.  :)  Since they liked the wrapping paper just as well, they were thrilled.  They seem undaunted by the snow, even though it comes up to their chests!  They’ve forged a path to their favorite lookout, up by the fence, and over to the flowerbeds in back, where they like to bark fiercely at deer and wild turkeys. 

I’m working on NORTH OF EDEN, and loving it, though after a near-miss of my own with the flu, I didn’t get as much done as I’d hoped.  Oh, well.  What matters is the story–I want you all to enjoy every word.  If you don’t, it won’t be for lack of effort on my part.

I’ve developed some new interests, in addition to cooking and art and stones/crystals, all of which still fascinate me.  My favorite stones quite literally help me fall asleep  (moss agate), soothe pain (malachite), and restore creative energy (labradorite) when it flags.  I’ve discovered herbal teas, and plan to make ointments for gifts and for my own use.  I haunt Pinterest, where I find terrific Paleo recipes, beautiful photographs of nature, advice on starting tomatoes indoors, and plenty of other things, too.  I am constantly amazed by how creative people are!  I also enjoy YouTube, and turn to it whenever I want to learn how to do something in particular, like unclog my coffee machine or operate some new gadget.  :)  I LOVE gadgets, and I’m determined to USE them instead of stashing them away unopened, looking at them regretfully now and then, and finally giving them away.  I am especially fond of my air-fryer and my Instant Pot pressure cooker–in which I cooked a tender, delicious roast in–wait for it–30 minutes flat.

I hope each and every one of you had a warm and beautiful holiday.  Let’s make 2017 a year to remember with smiles.  

44 comments to “Monday’s Blog on Tuesday”

  1. Gloria Herring
      · December 27th, 2016 at 11:18 pm · Link

    CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Jane and Judy!!

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

    Can you tell me what an air fryer is? This is the second time I’ve read that tonight.

    Happy rest of this year!!!!

  2. Deborah Nelson
      · December 27th, 2016 at 11:18 pm · Link

    Glad your Christmas was joyful. Happy New Year to you and yours.

  3. Dixie Hadley
      · December 27th, 2016 at 11:30 pm · Link

    Enjoy the blog tremendously. Glad you had a nice Christmas inspite of the absense of your daughter.Hope you have a nice “late” Christmas visit with your mother

  4. Terri Shortell
      · December 27th, 2016 at 11:33 pm · Link

    Congratulations to the winners. So jealous of your snow Linda. No white Christmas for us. I’ve been thinking of buying an air fryer too. I’ve also been drooling over the Instant Pot Pressure cookers. Soon I’ll have one. Lol. Glad you had a nice Christmas and everyone is over the flu. Happy New Year everyone. May all your dreams come true.

  5. Paula L Rollins
      · December 27th, 2016 at 11:34 pm · Link

    So glad you had a enjoyable if snow filled Christmas. My family had a wonderful day and continue to each and every day. My son gifted me with an Amazon gift card so I can load my Kindle with many, many, more books….Yeah. May your New Year be blessed with Health, family, friends and time to enjoy each day.

  6. Leanna
      · December 27th, 2016 at 11:45 pm · Link

    I had a low key Christmas with my sister and her spouse. This week my brother and his family will be driving from Minnesota to Texas to celebrate Christmas, my parents will also be here. I love watching dogs in thesnow.

  7. Lea Williams
      · December 28th, 2016 at 12:00 am · Link

    I have not been on the computer too much for a little while. Made most of the Christmas gifts. So I have been holed up in my sewing room. finished it all but one quilt and I do that by hand. My granddaughter cried over the top which I had finished so I know she will like it. We are not minding the snow too much. The wind was blowing up here on the West Plains and drifting. I am glad you had a nice holiday. So did we. Love having our family all in one place at one time.

  8. Pat
      · December 28th, 2016 at 12:10 am · Link

    Our Christmas was a quiet one, too. I love YouTube. Saved me a bundle fixing my toilet. It was an easy 5 minute fix.

  9. mary hutton
      · December 28th, 2016 at 12:20 am · Link

    Seasons greetings from Iowa. It was a white Christmas here in the midwest this year. Just finished reading The Creed Legacy and Creed’s Honor Great reads. They were a Christmas gift but now have to find A Creed in Stone Creek to complete the series.
    Can’t wait for North of Eden to be published.
    Sorry to hear the flu was at your house. Feel better Blessings in 2017

  10. Caryn Horn
      · December 28th, 2016 at 1:48 am · Link

    I’m so glad you were able to have a lovely Christmas even though no family was local! And you have wild turkeys in your area. My DIL does too and I’m also fascinated by them, just like the dogs!!I was with my DIL in Spokane for Thanksgiving. I still call her that but I guess now she’s my son’s widow. I spent time with youngest and family on Christmas eve and opened gifts EARLY with daughter’s family on Christmas. Then later had dinner fixed by my daughter’s husband at his mom’s. She doesn’t leave the house so we always go to her. I finally got it right this year! All my kids and GRANDs LOVED their gifts. The only thing they didn’t like was that I overbaked. I just laughed and told them to do what I do. Put a couple pieces/cookies/whatever in freezer bags and freeze them for lunches. Although with my daughter’s boys, they won’t last long enough to make it to the freezer! Have a great New Year Lael!

  11. Peggy E Casey
      · December 28th, 2016 at 2:25 am · Link

    You have me wanting to go gadget shopping now! LOL. May 2017 be filled with health, happiness and the success I know you will enjoy with North of Eden getting published!

  12. Jane
      · December 28th, 2016 at 6:20 am · Link

    Have a Happy New Year’s, Linda.

  13. Theresa
      · December 28th, 2016 at 6:39 am · Link

    Happy & Healthy NewYear! Glad you side stepped the Flu!! Looking forward to North of Eden.

  14. Linda
      · December 28th, 2016 at 7:47 am · Link

    Happy to hear you had a wonderful holiday. Hope New Years is even better.

  15. Ruby Norwood
      · December 28th, 2016 at 8:29 am · Link

    Congrats to Mary Jane and Judy on your win!!Linda I know you did miss Wendy and Jeremy, maybe next year they can fly back at Christmas. Hope you have a Happy New Year!!

  16. DONNA
      · December 28th, 2016 at 8:33 am · Link

    Glad you enjoyed Christmas. I am glad NJ didn’t have a white Christmas. I am not a fan of snow. Have a wonderful New Year!!

  17. Ann Bartholomew
      · December 28th, 2016 at 8:33 am · Link

    Gotta love YouTube for nearly everything. We were eating at Cracker Barrel and my son decided to beat the peg game. He did it with easy instructions from YouTube! It has everything you could ask for.

  18. Charlotte Litton
      · December 28th, 2016 at 9:09 am · Link

    My grand kitty got a little mouse, but like yours he liked the paper. But, he loved the big box my granddaughters’ Barbie Dreamhouse came in.
    I had a wonderful Christmas, spending time with my family in Nashville, Tennessee.
    I’m glad you were able to beat the flu. Have a wonderful 2017.

  19. Clarita Goodspeed
      · December 28th, 2016 at 9:18 am · Link

    Family get together with my oldest Daughter, son-in-law, great grandson, two great grand children and my very best friend. I too was under the weather, but managed to last most of the night. So happy to hear you had a good, but snowy Christmas Sure hope you have a Healthy New Year!

  20. Virginia Horton
      · December 28th, 2016 at 9:25 am · Link

    I am so glad we didn’t have snow because I travel to my sister’s on Christmas eve. This was not a good year for me, I threw out my back two days before Christmas and I still went to my sister’s house and then had a gall bladder attack so was sick the whole night. Going to the doctor this Friday. I didn’t go to my mother in laws on Christmas day, I stayed home and rested. It was a rough Christmas for me. Hope things will be getting better, my back seems better just very sore and as far as the gall bladder I hope they find what is wrong with it.

  21. pat Dennis
      · December 28th, 2016 at 9:44 am · Link

    We flew back to Indiana on Dec. 16th and started the Christmas festivities right away. our oldest grandaughter flew in from Colorado but could only stay a few days. At least we got to see her. Enjoyed all the get togethers with the rest of our families though.
    We avoided the colds and flu, we hope. Back to the Sunny South on the 30th.
    Hope you have a Blessed New Year.

  22. Janet Zachary
      · December 28th, 2016 at 9:47 am · Link

    Glad you have a nice Christmas, and Have a Happy and healthy New Year. You are my favorite author ever.

  23. Dolores yevich
      · December 28th, 2016 at 9:51 am · Link

    I’m waiting anxiously for North of Eden mainly because I lived in Gettysburg for four years. One of those years lived in farmhouse on Tanneytown Rd that was a hospital during the battle. It was inhabited by many spirits.

  24. Eriko
      · December 28th, 2016 at 10:15 am · Link

    You are truly amazing! I love that! Sorry to hear your Xmas a bit lonely, but you made the best of it! I love labradorite and never knew it was for creativity! I love that you are always seeking to learn something new by going to You Tube for How Tos. Thank you Linda for your posts! Happy New Year!

  25. Susan Craig
      · December 28th, 2016 at 10:23 am · Link

    I would love to hear how the air fryer works. I have been coveting one!

    Happy New Year!

  26. Dotty Weis
      · December 28th, 2016 at 10:28 am · Link

    Happy New Year to you

      · December 28th, 2016 at 10:44 am · Link

    40 at my house Christmas Eve! Kids, grands, friends .. and it was 85 outside! I could use a little snow and quiet time!

  28. Melaine
      · December 28th, 2016 at 11:11 am · Link

    As always you amaze me with your many and varied interests. I don’t know how you manage to work all of into your busy days, but you seem to do just fine.

    Happy New Year! I wish you the best!

  29. Susan Lee
      · December 28th, 2016 at 11:36 am · Link

    May 2017 be a wonderful year for you and yours. thanks for writing those stories which add such colour to my life.

  30. Roberta Giordano
      · December 28th, 2016 at 12:07 pm · Link

    You have a n air fryer, I am jealous. I really would like one. May I ask what brand and do you like it ? Happy New Year!

  31. judy
      · December 28th, 2016 at 12:20 pm · Link

    It is always such fun to read about what you and your critters are doing. Thank you for letting us come along for the ride! jep

  32. Fran F.
      · December 28th, 2016 at 1:44 pm · Link

    Glad you had a nice Christmas and were able to avoid the flu. Hope you had a wonderful visit with your Mom. Best wishes for a happy new year filled with lots of new story ideas.


  33. Diana E.
      · December 28th, 2016 at 2:17 pm · Link

    I’m glad you had a nice Christmas, Linda, I know its hard when close family can’t be near. Hope you’re getting around in all that snow ok but your probably use to it. Congrats to this weeks winners.

  34. Lois Rotella
      · December 28th, 2016 at 2:36 pm · Link

    Congrats to the winners. Glad you had a nice Christmas. Mine was quiet but nice. Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2017. Be well and happy.

  35. Sandra S.
      · December 28th, 2016 at 5:25 pm · Link

    My, yet unused, Instant Pot pressure cooker just sits and glares at me from the counter above the dishwasher. Maybe your line “looking at them regretfully now and then, and finally giving them away” will be the incentive I need to finally use it. Thanks for keeping it real and letting us see your struggles as well as your triumphs. Hope you have a Happy New Year!

  36. Doris M. Ellis
      · December 28th, 2016 at 5:35 pm · Link

    Love your books….I have most of them.
    I hope you have a Very Happy New Year.

  37. Janet Hurt
      · December 28th, 2016 at 6:10 pm · Link

    Love you blog Linda! I too had a wonderful Christmas! My younger sister Judy had Aortic Valve replacement surgery (open heart) last Wednesday, Dec. 21st. Amazingly enough…she was released from the hospital on CHRISTMAS DAY! So I got a wonderful Christmas present… I brought her home to stay with me for a couple weeks to recover. I so love having her here. We are best of friends!
    Keep up the good work my friend…love your books! All of them!
    Jan :wink:

  38. Brenda LaFone
      · December 28th, 2016 at 6:18 pm · Link

    so glad that you had a wonderful Christmas we also did with our son and wife . It was our 49th wedding anniversary also and to spend it with family was awesome.Have a great new year and can’t wait for the new book!!!!!

  39. Elaine Key
      · December 28th, 2016 at 6:34 pm · Link

    Linda, I’m glad you had a good Christmas even though it was quiet. Our Christmas was also quiet. Without my son and his lovely wife around, it didn’t seem like Christmas. I guess I’m getting a taste of what Christmas will be like in the future.

    My little Shih-Pom loves to eat the wrapping paper. We had to put the paper in the trash as soon as we unwrapped our gifts. In fact, she eats everything she’s not suppose to eat.

    Here’s to 2017; may it be a blessed year.

      · December 28th, 2016 at 9:56 pm · Link


  41. Joy
      · December 29th, 2016 at 9:16 am · Link

    Here’s a terrific gadget that will contribute yummies to your Paleo diet….a Veggetti. A hand held, small gadget to make those lovely curly noodles out of zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes (make your own curly fries) etc. Don’t know how I managed without it.

  42. Trudy Wilson
      · December 29th, 2016 at 10:49 am · Link

    Happy New Year! Can’t wait to read your latest book!

  43. Sharon Sovereign
      · December 29th, 2016 at 11:50 am · Link

    I enjoy stones also so I’m happy you have found them. Good luck in the new year.

  44. Lorelei Sawtelle
      · January 2nd, 2017 at 4:29 pm · Link

    I got an email from Good Housekeeping and was surprised beyond belief to see that YOUR IDEA, LLLMiller, is becoming very popular.

    One of the Montana Creeds, Logan, had an ex-wife Laurie who married herself. Cassie, his Native American anchor to humanity, sent a toaster.

    Now, it seems marrying oneself is becoming popular. I still find it weird, but good on you for starting it all! :lol:

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