#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Mother’s Day, a mammogram, and beeswax in my hair….

I had an absolutely fantastic time on Mother’s Day–Brother Jerry picked me up here at the house, and we drove north to fetch our Mom.  My daughter, Wendy, and her fiance, Jeremy, met us at the Onion, one of our favorite restaurants.  Mom and I were both pampered–and that’s the way we like it.  :)  After lunch, Wendy and Jeremy and I made a quick stop at Michael’s (as if I needed more art supplies), and then they brought me home.

It was a great day–mostly because I have a great mom and a terrific daughter.

Sunday evening I was full of energy, so I decided to whip up a batch of soap–this time, our local AIDS network was the recipient–and since I’d picked up some candlemaking stuff at Michael’s, I decided to make a couple–beeswax–I absolutely ADORE the smell of the stuff.  Well, one of the candles turned out okay, but I’m not sure this is a good hobby for me.  :)  Somehow, during the process, I managed to get wax in my hair.  How that could have happened is a mystery to me, although folks around here often marvel at the places they find tiny bits of soap.  What can I say?  I do everything with a flourish–I’m either all in or all out, but there’s no middle ground with me.

Monday, I intended to blog and tell you all about the Mom’s Day celebration, but I was scheduled for my annual mammogram, and by the time I’d been to the medical center, had the uncomfortable photos taken, and returned home–through a driving and fairly dismal rain–I was tuckered out.  The weather is better today, though still partially cloudy with a chance of meatballs ( :) )  Changes like this wreak havoc on my knees–not much I can do besides take the recommended dose of Aleve and soak in the tub.  (Which is finished, thank heaven.)  I was getting spoiled by all that sunshine, I guess, and though I tried to be positive about the rain, I didn’t quite pull it off.  I wrote a few words on the book and then I pooped out.

The daffodils and tulips are pretty much gone, but things are growing out there in the greenhouse (near the barn) and Jeremy planted some of those wonderful, funky pumpkins–the ones that look as though they have warts–in piles of horse manure.  (With six horses, we have an ample and steady supply of the stuff.)   The sunflowers are certainly determined, and the lilacs are really blooming now.  The peonies have huge buds, and since they’re my favorites, I’m really looking forward to seeing them in all their brief but magnificent glory.  I’d have acres of the things, if I had the space–I’m that crazy about them.

The big Western Art Show in Ellensburg, Washington, is coming up this Saturday.  Wendy and I are traveling together–and we’re looking forward to hanging out with family–Brother Jerry, his wife Anna, and the kids, Jerome, Chyanne and Sydney, as well as getting a look at some lovely art and swapping howdies with some of you.

A big trip to New York follows, the 27th.  I always have fun on those expeditions, and deeply enjoy seeing my beloved editor, Joan, and my long-time and much-adored agent, Irene, along with various friends.  My publisher, Harlequin, treats me like royalty, which is always nice.  Occasionally, I catch a glimpse of a celebrity–rounded a corner one year, on my way back from a lunch break or something, and there sat Dog the bounty hunter and his wife, Beth.  There’s no mistaking those two, and I got an enormous kick out of seeing them, since I watched their TV show quite faithfully.  Loved how they would stand in a circle, hold hands, and pray–then head out to capture those bail-jumping so-and-so’s and kick their you-know-whats.  :)  The irony of it all was great!  And, appropos of nothing, I think Beth has the prettiest complexion I’ve ever seen.  Lucky girl.   I wonder what kind of face cream she uses?  :)

Well, I guess I’d better get back to Three Trees.  Things are poppin’!

 Be well, be kind, and be good to yourself.

11 comments to “Mother’s Day, a mammogram, and beeswax in my hair….”

  1. Juanita Rice
      · May 14th, 2013 at 2:32 pm · Link

    The big Art Show in Ellensburg, Washington, is coming up this Saturday.

    Need details!! We don’t know where or when to find you except at an art show somewhere in Ellensburg on Saturday! :)

    Really looking forward to this!

    • linda
        · May 15th, 2013 at 7:50 pm · Link

      The Kittatas Event Center was formerly called the Ellensburg Fairgrounds. Hope that helps!

  2. Renae Kinsey
      · May 14th, 2013 at 2:32 pm · Link

    You are a celebrity!!!! I would love to see her
    In person …is she fit or overweight!!? I’d love to
    See you again soon!!!! I just had a mammogram
    Too!! Please give Jennifer our best and we
    Miss you!! You’ve probably for the best personality
    I’ve ever encountered!!! Love – renae and bill

    • Renae Kinsey
        · May 14th, 2013 at 2:34 pm · Link

      I meant to say you have the best personality Linda that I’ve ever come across! Love the attitude you carry!! Hugs!!!

  3. Hilda
      · May 14th, 2013 at 3:09 pm · Link

    Linda, I so love to hear how your flowers are doing. I haven’t planted that many yet – I intend to – but we had a storm in the Seattle area that I couldn’t quite believe yesterday! I’m glad my blooms weren’t all blown to smithereens when I got home from work. Do you have a problem with aphids or earwigs? I never cut any of my flowers to take indoors because I don’t want any bugs to come along for the ride.

    How cool to see Dog and Beth! I too love the prayer before the hunt. Have you checked out their new show on CMT? It’s very good. Slightly different from the A&E show but just as good.

    And last comment but not least, that’s so wonderful that you spent Mother’s Day with your mom and daughter. What wonderful memories you are making!

    I wish you Happy Writing!
    Your devoted fan,

  4. Ida C
      · May 14th, 2013 at 4:12 pm · Link

    Glad you had a good Mom’s day Linda. We had snow here as an extra present for the day and it hung around until Monday morning!! Ugh!! But now we can hopefully settle down and get right into spring. Happy Days to everyone.

  5. Gloria
      · May 14th, 2013 at 4:13 pm · Link

    Linda, I’m glad you had a wonderful Mother’s Day.

  6. Marlene Kubick
      · May 14th, 2013 at 6:02 pm · Link

    Oh, I remember those days when my knees would just ache. Sometimes it felt like there was a storm going on in my bones. So, I sympathize with you. I had them both replaced so there is no more hurting. But, I can feel for you.

      · May 14th, 2013 at 6:27 pm · Link

    Sounds like a wonderful day with your mom. Glad your keeping up on your mammograms. My sister went through breast cancer last year, she had put off the test for several years. God willing she is cancer free
    We had three days of rain here in Maui but the sun is back out today. I think all that weather is hitting the west coast.
    Just finished one of your older books, Linda, have several more on my Nook! Will keep me busy until my grandkids arrive, thursday.
    Blessings to all.

  8. Norma Stanforth
      · May 14th, 2013 at 6:29 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, i am glad you had a great time for Mother’s Day with you mom, brother Jerry, your daughter Wendy, and her fiance Jeremy, at yours and your mom favorite place to eat. I hope all the other ladies on this blog had a wonderful mother’s day. I talked to both of my sons and was with my daughter. I hope everyone had a wonderful week, and God bless each and everyone.
    As always your friend,
    Norma S.

  9. carole
      · May 14th, 2013 at 8:44 pm · Link

    Hi! So glad you had a wonderful pampered Mother’s Day! I had a nice one my daughter made a carrot cake and took me out to lunch, we both love chinese food! then came home to watch the golf match..I like golf and rodeo’s. Have fun in New York, haven’t been to the city since 1990, love it! Take it easy! Looking forward to reading your next book at the end of this month!

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