#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Mother’s Day and other stuff, too

Yesterday, we (Mom, my brother Jerry, sister Pam and her husband Jon, plus Wendy and Jeremy) celebrated a lovely Mother’s Day at one our favorite haunts, a restaurant called The Onion.  Pam and Jon live in Seattle, and Jerry traveled from his home near Ellensburg, and there was a lot of laughing and picturetaking.  :)  Only one sib missing, sister Sally.  (We missed you, Sal.)

On Saturday, Bernice and I had another adventure: we drove to Hobby Lobby instead of just going out to get the mail and make a sweep around the neighborhood.  I brought along a towel, a bowl and some water, and one of her beds–be prepared, that’s my motto.  :)  Once we arrived at Craft Mecca, I got the dog situated, cracking a window slightly, making sure she had water, etc., locked up and went inside.  Now, mind you, the Yorkster was just fine where she was, but I couldn’t help being a little obsessive.  (Okay, a lot.)  I think that must have been my fastest trip ever, because I just about threw sparks, racing through the place.  Sure enough, when I got back to the truck with the loot, Bernice was just fine, though very happy to see me, as always.  I replaced the towel (yes, I know about those pads some of you mentioned, and use them at home), plunked the Bear back on my lap, buckled up and headed for home.

Our original objective, as you may remember, was to pick up the mail from the day before.  As it turned out, the post-person was there, with the boxes all open, so we came back later. 

Before I forget–I am prone to forgetting, alas–I was supposed to announce the names of last week’s winners on Friday.  Didn’t happen.  Now, Jen is off in Scotland on a well-deserved adventure, and I’m having a little trouble finding their names.  They have been notified, however, and not to worry–you will receive your prizes.  :)

A new contest began today–all you need to do is enter a comment.  On Friday, I will choose 2 new winners at random, notify them, and announce their names.  (No, really, I will.)  In the meantime, I will try to find my current winners–knowing Super Jen, your prizes are probably already on their way.

What I’m listening to: BUT ENOUGH ABOUT YOU, by Christopher Buckley.  This is a collection of essays, most of which are witty as all get-out, though a few of the really serious ones were too gritty for me, and I had to skip that particular track.  Buckley, among his other accomplishments, was a White House speechwriter during the elder George Bush’s administration, and though some of the material is political, there’s nothing heavy-duty.  My favorite essays, so far, are Buckley’s made-up histories of things like the hotel mini bar.  VERY funny stuff.

I’m downloading a couple of books by one of my favorite mystery/suspense writers, Patricia MacDonald.  I may have read them, though they didn’t sound familiar.  (Even a sketchy memory has its upside, I guess.)

May the Good Lord bless and keep you.

I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow, as Daily Audio Bible’s Brian Hardin likes to say.

34 comments to “Mother’s Day and other stuff, too”

  1. Judy Eagle
      · May 12th, 2014 at 7:28 pm · Link

    It sounds like you have had a busy week and it is only Monday. :) Have a good week. :wink:

  2. Gloria
      · May 12th, 2014 at 7:32 pm · Link

    I’m glad you and your family had such a good Mother’s Day.

    Have a good week ahead.

    • Norma Stanforth
        · May 12th, 2014 at 9:57 pm · Link

      Hi Gloria, got your beautiful card to day and really appreciate it.It really meant a lot to me. Would love to be friends, you never can have enough friends. Blessings to you.
      Love, Norma

      • Gloria
          · May 12th, 2014 at 10:11 pm · Link

        Hi Norma, I’m glad you received the card. I hope it found you feeling better.

        And, you’re right…you can never have too many friends.

        Take care! Still praying!

  3. Denise King
      · May 12th, 2014 at 7:34 pm · Link

    It seems you had a great weekend and a very nice Mother’s Day. I spent my Mother’s Day with my sisters of the HEART and our children, it was a wonderful day.

  4. Marcy Collins
      · May 12th, 2014 at 7:35 pm · Link

    You have been busy & I am happy you had a great weekend! I love hearing about your daily routine and even a trip to get the mail can turn into story to relate…thank you!

  5. Laura Davidson
      · May 12th, 2014 at 7:44 pm · Link

    OOOOO!!!! I love craft stores!!

  6. DIANA E
      · May 12th, 2014 at 7:45 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a nice Mother’s day and weekend. I’m reading Nora Roberts “The Collector” and enjoying it. I’m lucky to be in Maui sharing mom’s day with my daughter and the rest of the week. Blessings.

  7. Linda Greenleaf
      · May 12th, 2014 at 7:55 pm · Link

    Since you sometimes request for names of interesting books to read, I thought I’d send you two of my favorites. Remember the ABC radio show “The Rest of the Story” by the wonderful, in my opinion, Paul Harvey. There are two books “The Rest of the Story” and “For What It’s Worth” that I own and reread countless times. They are the kind of book you can pick up a read a few pages, because every couple of pages there is a new story to discover. I really hope you can find a copy and read it. Definitely worth any trouble you have to go through to find a copy.

    • linda
        · May 14th, 2014 at 10:55 am · Link

      I LOVE Paul Harvey and will order those books today. Thank you!

  8. Gwenda Underwood
      · May 12th, 2014 at 7:58 pm · Link

    Enjoy your books & almost daily comments!!

  9. Nadine Spradlin
      · May 12th, 2014 at 8:57 pm · Link

    I’m glad that you were able to spend mothers day with most of your family .Family means everything . I have a thing for shoes , my oldest son gave me the cutest card, it said no one could fill my shoes cause I had so many ….. hope your week is a continuation of Mothers Day GREAT.

  10. Ruby Norwood
      · May 12th, 2014 at 9:10 pm · Link

    Linda I know I have told you this before but I just love your blogs and it sounds like you had a great Mother’s day weekend. I hope the rest of your week is just as good.

  11. judy
      · May 12th, 2014 at 9:13 pm · Link

    I am glad you had a great Mothers day. Mine was good.

  12. Leanna
      · May 12th, 2014 at 9:29 pm · Link

    I am really looking forward to The Marriage Pact.

  13. Virginia Horton
      · May 12th, 2014 at 9:42 pm · Link

    I am so glad you got to spend mother’s day with the family. I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the day. I am really bad about not remembering what books I have read. My paper book I sign my name in them so I can remember.

  14. Norma Stanforth
      · May 12th, 2014 at 10:05 pm · Link

    Hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day.
    Linda, i am so glad you all were together for Mother’s Day. That means so much, you never know what tomorrow brings.Blessings to all.
    As always your friend,

  15. Melba herod
      · May 12th, 2014 at 10:08 pm · Link

    I really enjoy your blog and read all of your books. Am trying to learn all about healing stones. Thanks for all the information that you give us.

  16. Rita
      · May 12th, 2014 at 10:13 pm · Link

    Seems like a nice mother’s day was had by all. Sure enjoyed mine,and glad you did too.

  17. Pamela Devereux
      · May 12th, 2014 at 10:13 pm · Link

    So glad you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. My husband got up & made breakfast & served me in bed. That was so nice. The kids all called. Our oldest daughter just opened her business on May 1st, next daughter just started a new job on April 1st and son just started a new job last week. So all 3 will be coming home the last week of May. It will be so much fun. One night we are going to karaoke. I hope they make a recording.

    I actually didn’t read at all this weekend. I am going to get back into reading the book Brenda Novak put out called A Sweet Life. We went to visit the aunts. Aunt Rose 93 & Aunt Lucille 88. We took them out for lunch. Sunday we went to church. Beautiful weather all weekend long.

  18. Lois Rotella
      · May 12th, 2014 at 10:13 pm · Link

    Linda it sounds like you had a wonderful time with your family and Berince. I spent time with my niece and her gramddaughter. It was a lovely day.

  19. midge watkins
      · May 12th, 2014 at 10:43 pm · Link

    Glad you had a fun Mother’s Day. I spent mine with the 3 fur-
    balls(2 horses, 1 cat) and the garden. I can’t believe I haven’t
    been to Hobby Lobby this year! But, I’m trying to stick to my
    rule; use what you have before you buy more! Sometimes I
    actually heed that rule. Keeping track of books that I’ve read,
    especially by a favorite author, is quite irritating. I try to write
    out a list and keep it in my purse ( for visits to the library) and
    check off which ones I’ve read. I started that with Dick Francis’ novels years ago. Yes, you have a list, too. I’m about
    halfway thru “The Bridegroom” and really enjoying it. I liked
    all of the Yarbro brothers stories. Enjoy this beautiful week!

  20. Terri Shortell
      · May 12th, 2014 at 11:17 pm · Link

    Sounds like you and the family had a great time. A late Happy Mother’s Day to one and all. The pup seems to enjoy your adventures. :) Don’t worry Linda, we all have memory lapses. I enjoy mine because I can re-read a book or rewatch a movie and it will seem like the first time. Lol. Congrats to the winners, whoever they may be. ;)

  21. Cindy Zint
      · May 13th, 2014 at 12:40 am · Link

    So glad you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! I just love Hobby Lobby! I usually have to wait to visit my mother-in-law in Live Oak, FL and then we take a trip to Valdosta, GA; I got lucky because they finally built one near Fort Lauderdale, FL…Me happy! Have a great week!

    Love, Cindy :-)

  22. Donna
      · May 13th, 2014 at 8:42 am · Link

    Glad you had a terrific Mother’s day.

  23. Marilyn Hurst
      · May 13th, 2014 at 8:58 am · Link

    Have a happy week, and you and Bernie be careful as you wonder out and about!.

  24. Anita C
      · May 13th, 2014 at 9:54 am · Link

    What a nice Mother’s Day for you and your family. Mine was very nice – a family dinner with my Mom Rose, daughter Kristen and several family members. The weather was warm and nice so that added to the day. I love Hobby Lobby – but it’s an hour away both north and south of me, so when I wander to the big cities, I be sure to take the time to stop. Enjoy your week – may it be as productive as your trip with Bernice!

  25. Patricia Hann
      · May 13th, 2014 at 12:06 pm · Link

    I am glad you had a nice Mother’s day

  26. Brenda I.
      · May 13th, 2014 at 12:36 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you had a good Mother’s Day with your mom and siblings. Happy trails to you and Bernice!

  27. Dotty Weis
      · May 13th, 2014 at 4:34 pm · Link

    So glad everyone had a great Mother’s Day Keep up the good work with WW

  28. ,carol
      · May 13th, 2014 at 6:23 pm · Link

    Glad you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! I had a great morning with my kids, they washed my car and so one happy mom! Then I went to work! Have a wonderful week!

  29. Diane Vought
      · May 14th, 2014 at 12:53 am · Link

    Sounds like u had a
    wonderful Mom’s Day.
    Me too & my b-day :)
    Good luck 2moro at
    WW & enjoy your lunch

  30. Deborah Nelson
      · May 14th, 2014 at 11:57 am · Link

    Glad you had a happy Mother’s Day!

  31. Debbie G.
      · May 14th, 2014 at 7:18 pm · Link

    Thank you for the interesting insights into your days!

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