#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

My weekend

I DID get some writing done, though the whole process is moving much more slowly than I’d like.  On Saturday, I was too exhausted to work, so I puttered, slept, listened to Lisa See’s wonderful book, “Snowflower and the Secret Fan”.  I’m now RE-listening to “The Joy Luck Club”, and enjoying it even more than I did the first time.

I managed to restring my prayer and meditation beads, and I also made a couple of bracelets, the stretchy kind.  I’m still having a challenge with getting the tension in the cord just right–but I press on.  One bracelet is made up of moss agate and rose quartz, meant to be soothing.  The other is clear crystal–which amplifies the effects of any other stones one might be wearing/using at the time.  I started the bracelets meant to aid concentration–yellow calcite, smokey quartz, angelite (a lovely blue stone) and clear crystal, but they didn’t turn out, so it’s try, try again. 

Speaking of trying again, we have a new contest starting today, so be sure to enter your comments.  (I so enjoy reading them, by the way.)  Gift cards and signed books are on their way to last week’s lucky winners, and there are still two weeks left in the giftcard giveaway.  I’m hoping to bring back some fun prizes from Cowboy Christmas for future contests, and I haven’t forgotten about the artist trading cards I promised, either.

The tree is still mostly naked, and I’m leaving for Las Vegas and the big rodeo on Wednesday.  If I’m lucky, a band of elves will finish the decorating while I’m away.  :)  The travel computer finally arrived, and I’ll be taking that along, to blog (cross your fingers that there will be no connection glitches) and snatch whatever writing moments I can.  Of course I’ll be writing like a crazy woman today and tomorrow, as well.

Our weather is a little on the murky side today, overcast and very, VERY cold.  This is the time of year when I have to be extra-careful to keep my spirits up–I’ll be using sunstone for that, and plan to send some to a few friends who are also prone to SAD.

We have the big, honkin’ one-ton truck this year, and once we have a blade attached, the plowing will be a lot easier and faster (the Canadian Wrangler mostly handles this job) than it has been in previous years, using the tractor.

I continue to be glad I rejoined Weight Watchers–the program is easy to live with.  I haven’t started exercising yet, but I plan on making a new beginning as soon as I get home from Vegas.

You should see my craft room!  Kat has done an amazing job of organizing it, and I actually have surfaces to work on!  Not only that, but I can find my supplies.  :)  Now, to find some time–alas, that seems to be in very short supply these days.  I’m sure you can all identify with the rush-rush of getting ready for the holidays.

Well, it’s time for a healthy snack and a trip to Mustang Creek.

Be well, be safe, and be kind.




77 comments to “My weekend”

  1. Judy Eagle
      · December 9th, 2013 at 2:13 pm · Link

    Do you drill holes in your own stones or get them ready to incorporate into what you are making?


  2. Teresa Fordice
      · December 9th, 2013 at 2:13 pm · Link

    We also have a Ford F350 and then a tractor with an 8 foot bucket = with cattle in the pasture – no way we can be snowed in – even in Indiana the cows gotta eat – love that the next book is out on 12/31!!

  3. Lynn
      · December 9th, 2013 at 2:15 pm · Link

    I absolutely love reading your stuff!! The books as well as this! I hope you have a wonderful trip! You are inspiring me to start weight watchers…. I worry that I will not have the time to do all the measuring tho…I can never get the frozen stuff because I have so many allergies and it seems they flavor EVERYthing with bell peppers!! lolol I hope you have a wonderful trip!! Be safe and stay HAPPY!!

  4. Janet Finlayson
      · December 9th, 2013 at 2:18 pm · Link

    Thank you so very much for my signed book and gift card, Linda. They came on Saturday and what a day brightener!!!
    Wishing I too could get over to Las Vegas for the rodeo, what fun. Hoping you have a wonderful time. Take care.

  5. Denise King
      · December 9th, 2013 at 2:18 pm · Link

    Good afternoon Linda,glad you had an enjoyable weekend. I was with my daughter on Saturday for movie and lunch,since it snowed all day Sunday I stayed indoors, watched some of my EAGLES win that game@ home in all that snow :) so I guess it’s safe to say I had a great weekend.

  6. jane
      · December 9th, 2013 at 2:21 pm · Link

    Enjoy the Rodeo Finals. I was in LV a few years ago when this was going on….couldn’t make it to the events that year, but hope ro go just for that in a year or so.

  7. Rosemary
      · December 9th, 2013 at 2:26 pm · Link

    Safe Travels….share pictures :)

  8. Tracy Garratt
      · December 9th, 2013 at 2:27 pm · Link

    Have a fantastic time at NFR one day the canadian country girl will get there. would love to see some pictures of the amazing creations you make

  9. Diana E
      · December 9th, 2013 at 2:30 pm · Link

    Sounds like you’ve been busy again. My tree is up but can’t seem to get the energy up for decorations. Please send your elves!!! Actually maybe I need one of your energy stones. Did make some progress on my Christmas cards this weekend, have been pretty homebound with the snow and ice. Have a good writing day, Linda. Blessings.

  10. Juanita Rice
      · December 9th, 2013 at 2:31 pm · Link

    My six-year-old great-granddaughter just decorated our tree. Should I leave it? I probably will. :)

  11. Debra Wright
      · December 9th, 2013 at 2:32 pm · Link

    Linda I too suffer the blues when the weather gets colder, and I’m from Arizona! I just curl up with one of your books and I’m fine!!

  12. Sherry Wallace
      · December 9th, 2013 at 2:33 pm · Link

    Ahhh, a stone to aid consentration – now that’s what I need :). Is there one to prevent procrastination? Really could use that as well!! Hey- have you considered giving some stone combinations (bracelets, earrings, etc) as a contest gift? I’m sure many of us would enjoy them like you do

  13. sam
      · December 9th, 2013 at 2:35 pm · Link

    Linda, have a safe trip and I can not wait to hear all about the rodeo :) What crystals will you take along with you? Take care

  14. Laska
      · December 9th, 2013 at 2:36 pm · Link

    Have a fun time at the NFR…We go every year but not this year. I have knee surgery this Wednesday — so walking is out of the question. I am green with envy that you are going. Hope you plan to go next year so I can meet you. That would be the highlight of the Vegas trip for me…..
    Be safe and Blessings to you.

    ~Laska Bull

  15. Maryjane Hoffman
      · December 9th, 2013 at 2:41 pm · Link

    So glad that you got your beads restrung! Safe travels to LV and look forward to your blogs and photos! Looking forward to reading your next book! Each day is a Blessing, take care and enjoy!!

  16. judy
      · December 9th, 2013 at 2:44 pm · Link

    I am crocheting a bear afghan. I hope I get it down by Christmas. There must be 200 little blocks to sew together. Made the great granddaughters little croched hand bags. They turned out nice. Going to put little things in them. Hope you have a good time on your trip.

  17. Nanci Sipes
      · December 9th, 2013 at 2:50 pm · Link

    Your blogs and books are AWESOME, love reading both!!! Can’t wait for the latest one. Enjoy the NFR, was there years ago after my husband passed away, would enjoy going again. Especially to
    Country Christmas!! Take care and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!

  18. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · December 9th, 2013 at 2:54 pm · Link

    Happy crafting in your reorganized craft room :wink:

  19. Kathy Andrews
      · December 9th, 2013 at 3:12 pm · Link

    I love moss agate and rose quartz together. Have a fantastic time at the rodeo!

      · December 9th, 2013 at 3:18 pm · Link

    It always amazes me how busy and successful at the same time, you can be. God bless you to continue to be so. I love your parting words, and I wish the same for you. May you be well, safe and kind also.

  21. Lois Rotella
      · December 9th, 2013 at 3:19 pm · Link

    You are on busy lady. It seems like I am going to retire sooner than I thought. I might try working with gems after I learn more information on them. Have a safe trip !!!

  22. Marianne W
      · December 9th, 2013 at 3:22 pm · Link

    So glad you had a good weekend. If you find the elves that decorate when you leave, please send them my way! 8-)

  23. Leanna
      · December 9th, 2013 at 3:25 pm · Link

    Glad you finally got your computer. Have fun in Vegas!

  24. Anita
      · December 9th, 2013 at 3:31 pm · Link

    My 9 yr old grandson happened to be here when I began decorating our tree. He was fascinated as we unwrapped each ornament (no two are alike) and asked where they came from. Soon he said, “I have this Nanny, you can sit down”. So I did…

  25. gloria bare
      · December 9th, 2013 at 3:50 pm · Link

    I heard on the weather channel today that it is pretty cold in your neck of the country. It’s cold here to. We got snow and freezing rain on Sunday, more snow in the forecast. You really have me interested in stones, I will be checking them out in the coming new year. Can’t wait for the next series in Mustang Creek to come out. You have a great day and a safe trip to Vegas.

  26. Deborah
      · December 9th, 2013 at 4:08 pm · Link

    A friend of ours used to have a pre-Christmas party with the intent of having many hands to decorate her Christmas tree. It was nice to get together with friends, share tasty treats, and hear stories of the origins of some of her special ornaments.

  27. Terrie Fulk
      · December 9th, 2013 at 4:15 pm · Link

    I love rodeos. Can’t wait the hear about your time at the rodeo. The weather is cold and gloomy. We also had a bout of icy participation last night. The roads have been somewhat cleared, but are still slick in spots. I may need to get some sunstone for around here. We are all getting the winter blues already. Have a safe trip. :)

  28. Patricia Drennen
      · December 9th, 2013 at 4:36 pm · Link

    I love to watch the rodeo finals even though they aren’t over till midnight here in Texas.I wish I lived closer so I could go.enjoy and I am looking forward to your next book and series. Merry Christmas

  29. Gloria
      · December 9th, 2013 at 4:50 pm · Link

    I sure need some of those yellow calcite, smokey quartz, angelite, and clear crystal stones, as it is hard for me to concentrate on anything long enough to get anything done.

    And, I am in full agreement with Sherry Wallace about something to prevent procrastination. If I had a dollar for everytime I procrastinate, I’d be a millionaire, at the least :-o .

    I, too, “suffer” from SAD, but last year, I found those Daylight Bulbs, and I had a better winter. I bought some more the other day for my plants, and I have one in the bedside lamp. I leave my bedside lamp on all night long and can read till I fall asleep, and if I wake up, I just continue reading without reaching to turn the light on or off. I usually still have the book in my hand, and my thumb holding my place. It works great for me.

    Have a safe and fun trip.

    • Gloria
        · December 9th, 2013 at 8:30 pm · Link

      Linda, I forgot to ask…where do you get the little cards for the art trading cards?


  30. Tammy R. Dodson
      · December 9th, 2013 at 4:55 pm · Link

    Have a fabulous time in Vegas! Lots of hottie cowboys there right now, you lucky girl! :-P

  31. Toni Smith
      · December 9th, 2013 at 4:58 pm · Link

    oh how I do love Christmas and your Christmas book was divine! Thank you for your blogs as they are so encouraging and uplifting even when your day is not going like you had planned. My Christmas wish is for peace in the world for everyone. I know that is a tall wish, I just wish everyone could see the peaceful sight that you and I enjoy from our window every day. Many blessings to you and your family !!

  32. marilyn
      · December 9th, 2013 at 4:59 pm · Link

    Have fun at the rodeo…!

  33. Ida C
      · December 9th, 2013 at 5:00 pm · Link

    Glad you enjoyed your weekend and your stones. I will have to look into them in 2014 (something else to take up my time). We babysat 3 grandsons on Sun evening so parents could go to work Christmas party and it was great! Always enjoy any time spent with them. Enjoy Vegas and stay warm! :oops:

  34. Jo-Ann Baker
      · December 9th, 2013 at 5:30 pm · Link

    Rereading some of my McKettrick and Creeds books. What wonderful stories they are. Love to read and waiting for the new year for new books to read.
    Thanks and inter me in your contest. Love all your books.:)

  35. Joyce M.
      · December 9th, 2013 at 5:39 pm · Link

    It’s been misty, drizzly, and dark all day long. No sun.

  36. Lorraine Pitts
      · December 9th, 2013 at 5:56 pm · Link

    Once again, I was feeling down and your blog perked me right back up!!! Thank you so much!!! I love reading and rereading your books. Waiting for the next one!!! Love ya, Linda.

  37. Jaime Brooks
      · December 9th, 2013 at 6:08 pm · Link

    I hope you have a great time at the rodeo!

  38. Jeanne Wagner Shaw
      · December 9th, 2013 at 6:33 pm · Link

    Love Las Vegas! My daughter lives and works there now. If you go to PF Chang’s in Planet Hollywood, please ask for Robin. Tell her I sent you – the food is good and her service is excellent. (but who’s biased?)

  39. Patrice
      · December 9th, 2013 at 6:48 pm · Link

    I am glad to hear mine is not the only mostly naked tree! I just have lights but am determined to get the ornement boxes down tomorrow and get the trimming done. I have to find all the non-breakable ones this year because I have a new kitten. Yes he has climbed the tree several times already! He seems to like sleeping under it now, but who knows? Better to use the crochet snowflakes and plastic ornements. I have a collection of colorful ones that may be mismatched but will be cheerful. :) Keep warm and Be Merry!

  40. Terri Shortell
      · December 9th, 2013 at 7:36 pm · Link

    Hope you have fun at the rodeo. I still need to finish decorating also. I’m extra slow this year.

  41. Heather Charity
      · December 9th, 2013 at 7:47 pm · Link

    I’m struggling, myself, to get the tree decorated. But things have been rough this year and only gets rougher as we proceed into the Christmas season. So I think it’s going to be that much more important to finish the job!
    Wish I was going to the rodeo with you. I miss them so much out here in the East! Giddy-up and YEHAWW!

  42. Emily
      · December 9th, 2013 at 9:23 pm · Link

    Have a great trip to LV and enjoy the rodeo! Wish I was there this year, but it is not to be. Too many sick family members for me to go away.

    Be safe and enjoy!

  43. Becky in Hauser, Idaho
      · December 9th, 2013 at 9:37 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful time at the rodeo Linda, and safe travels. Would love to see pics some time of all of your beautiful craft creations.

  44. Merry M
      · December 9th, 2013 at 9:41 pm · Link

    You’re so lucky to go to the rodeo. It’s definitely on my bucket list!

  45. Susan C
      · December 9th, 2013 at 9:44 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful time in Las Vegas. We are going Christmas week for the first time. Any recommendations?

  46. Deb
      · December 9th, 2013 at 9:45 pm · Link

    I’ll keep an eye out for you in Vegas! Can’t wait–my first NFR _and_ LLM in same town. Too cool. :)

    • linda
        · December 10th, 2013 at 1:43 pm · Link

      Hope to run into you at some point. I’ll be at South Pointe the 12th (I think) for the Justin Crisis Luncheon, and at the Western Art Auction, too

  47. Tia
      · December 9th, 2013 at 9:57 pm · Link

    Do you make your own tree ornaments? Big Sky Secrets just arrived in my Harlequin shipment and that’s great timing because I’m reading Big Sky Wedding right now and loving it.
    Have fun in Vegas

  48. Jennifer Damone
      · December 9th, 2013 at 10:10 pm · Link

    Not ready for winter! Yesterday the high was 48 and today the high was 70. Wish it it figure it out! Looking forward to the next book!

  49. karen machamer
      · December 9th, 2013 at 10:29 pm · Link

    I love your work. have read everything i can get my hands on and i am never disappointed. have a great trip to Vegas and enjoy the rodeo :wink: :lol:

  50. Sherry Marks
      · December 9th, 2013 at 10:49 pm · Link

    Safe travels to the rodeo Linda. I love the rodeo especially the bull riding. I love your books, reading has been one of my favorite things to do since I was a girl. I love hearing about your stones and glad you got your beads restrung. Wishing you and your family Christmas blessings and sunny days ahead.

    • linda
        · December 10th, 2013 at 1:42 pm · Link

      Bull riding is my favorite too–scary as it is!

  51. Robin Hudson
      · December 9th, 2013 at 11:31 pm · Link

    Let’er Buck and enjoy the rodeo? Organized craft room! Only for the first half hr you are in it. Lol

    • linda
        · December 10th, 2013 at 1:42 pm · Link

      As they say in the chutes, “open ‘er up!”

  52. Kantu
      · December 10th, 2013 at 12:06 am · Link

    Love your books, and great to “know” you thru your blog. I’d love to hear more about the stones that combat sadness and depression and help to focus. Is there such a thing possible?

    • linda
        · December 10th, 2013 at 1:41 pm · Link

      Absolutely! I’ll say more about these stones as time goes on, but for now, I recommend sunstone, best worn against the skin or held in the hand.

  53. Lea williams
      · December 10th, 2013 at 12:07 am · Link

    Oh I wish I could go to the rodeo. I am watching it at this moment. Its on my bucket list but don’t know if I will ever get to do. I have a terrible time with dark dreary days too. But no so many yet. I try to go ride when I get feeling that down feeling. Have fun is LV and cheer Shane Proctor on once for me. :)

    • linda
        · December 10th, 2013 at 1:41 pm · Link

      Will do. So proud of Shane, our Grand Coulee cowboy!

  54. Angela Maivelett
      · December 10th, 2013 at 12:28 am · Link

    Have a safe trip. I need Weight Watchers to but first I need to make a job change. I’m nervous but I feel like I’m in a war zone.Not a good feeling

  55. Bill Francis
      · December 10th, 2013 at 6:37 am · Link

    Safe Travels! Be careful of those “Wheels of Fortune!”

  56. Bill Francis
      · December 10th, 2013 at 6:38 am · Link

    OH, Florida is calling!! Hope to see here this winter!!

    • linda
        · December 10th, 2013 at 1:40 pm · Link

      From your mouth to God’s ears, buddy.

  57. Becky Carter
      · December 10th, 2013 at 6:48 am · Link

    Have a wonderful time at the rodeo. Going to Vegas and the big rodeo are on my bucket list. Be safe and have fun.

  58. Ruby Norwood
      · December 10th, 2013 at 8:49 am · Link

    Linda I hope you have a wonderful time in Vegas and when you get your bracelets like you want them. You have got to take a picture of them and share with us.. Have a safe trip.

  59. Vicky Shirey
      · December 10th, 2013 at 9:57 am · Link

    As always, I love reading your blog. Thanks for sharing a little bit of your life with your readers. Enjoy your trip.

    • Paula Osborne
        · December 10th, 2013 at 10:38 am · Link

      Linda , my family and I love to read your books and pass them around one to another. thanks for all the wonderful words you have in you and the ability to make stories that give so much enjoyment if it is first time book is read or again and again….
      Merry Christmas to you and your family

      Paula O :-D

  60. Jan Buckles
      · December 10th, 2013 at 10:52 am · Link

    I love reading about your adventures in working with your stones, and how they affect you! It’s so interesting.

  61. Janet Clark
      · December 10th, 2013 at 12:26 pm · Link

    I always have my spirits lifted by reading your blog…..
    safe travels to Las Vegas my friend…..enjoy!
    take lots of pictures!

  62. Pam Brewer
      · December 10th, 2013 at 12:32 pm · Link

    I am sure you have mentioned this in a previous post, but is there a website that you use to learn about the different gemstones? You have me curious and I want to learn about them and eventually purchase my own.

    • linda
        · December 10th, 2013 at 1:39 pm · Link

      There are numerous websites, just Google “healing with crystals”, “gemstones for healing”, etc. Keep in mind that some are better than others–if they’re too flakey, watch out. I usually recommend books, especially Judy Hall’s “Crystal Bible.”

  63. LynneW
      · December 10th, 2013 at 12:46 pm · Link

    Hi Linda!

    I am so happy to have found your blog again. I have been lurking and catching up – like others here, I would like to know more about gemstones. I found some this summer that just called to me, and now I have to figure out how to make them wearable.

    Thanks also for the heads-up on malachite – that is one of my new acquisitions, and I had no idea it was poisonous!

    Enjoy your craft room – even if you don’t do much with it, just being surrounded by your stuff has to be a refreshment to your soul! And safe travels ~ both There and Back Again.

  64. susan Leech
      · December 10th, 2013 at 2:02 pm · Link

    Good for you and all you have found time to do. Awesome. I know whatever you set out to do, you will get it done. Sue Leech

  65. Norma Stanforth
      · December 10th, 2013 at 8:09 pm · Link

    I bet the bracelets that you made Linda a gorgeous Lina. Maybe so one will come in and do your tree will you are gone to Vegas Wednesday. Have a wonderful trip and a safe on.When you get back you can start on your book again. God blessings everyone.
    As always your friend,

  66. Marlene Kubick
      · December 10th, 2013 at 8:23 pm · Link

    I love reading your blogs. I can relate to most of it. My tree is sitting in the middle of my living room with a sparkling gold Dove near the top. It never got passed that stage and may not get any further this year. The lights went on at night and no one knew there weren’t any decorations on it. :) I should get some of the gems that help with SAD. I haven’t had any problems in the last few years…..but this year is not off to a good start. Winter came early. The wind is sooo bad today. My niece and I went to Bahama Breeze Island Grille for lunch. So, for a little while we forgot about the frigid winds outside and pretended we were in the Islands.

    Oh I need to borrow Kat! My familyroom is a total mess with my jewelry supplies. Right now it’s in a “big pile”. Not conducive to making jewelry. :( I can’t find my gems that I got when I went mining in North Carolina. Guess I’ll find them eventually. Then I’ll need to find someone to identify them.

    Enjoy your time in Mustang Creek. :)

  67. Patricia Hann
      · December 10th, 2013 at 8:55 pm · Link

    I am glad you are having results with weigh watchers. Our weather in Pa has been cold and have had 2 snowstorms in the past 3 days. The last 2 winters season we did not get any snow. All of snow arrival in the fall. So it continues.

  68. Lynn Allen
      · December 10th, 2013 at 9:16 pm · Link

    Enjoy your blog ALMOST as much as your books… The books do win out though, hands down!!!!

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