#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Picture it….

Spokane, Washington.

April 3, 2013

(Well, actually, this morning.  :) )

I was in my rocking chair on the deck, enjoying my quiet time, and I looked up at the sky and could not believe how blue it was!  Or how green the towering pine trees that all but surround my house.  It was the kind of intensity survivors of serious illness or deep catastrophe describe–colors so deep and true they almost don’t seem real.  Quite honestly, I was astounded.  Surely all this beauty is around us all the time, but how often do we see it???

I had a good writing day yesterday and hope to have another just like it today.  The philosophy in a book I’m reading—“The War of Art”, by Steven Pressfield–may just transform my life.  WOW.  If you have a big dream, and you’ve been putting off taking those first steps, READ THIS BOOK.  You might continue to procrastinate, but you won’t enjoy it, because you’ll know that you’re tricking yourself, tripping yourself up.  Me?  I want to be on my own side–after all, God is–and Pressfield’s book really helps.  The odd thing is, I’ve owned this book for years and years–I bought it when Wendy and I attended one of Robert McKee’s “Story” seminars in Boston (McKee wrote the foreward, which is a force of nature in its own right)–and it’s been sitting around on one of my many bookshelves, getting dusty, ever since.  The other day, I stumbled across it, started reading, and–well–powerful insights on every single page. 

I’m positively reveling in our weather–oh, the sunshine!  It saturates my very soul, like cool, clear water seeping into parched ground.  (I can’t help the similes and metaphors, gang.  They just come naturally, and some of them are a lot better than others.)

The renovation adventures continue.  At 8:30 this morning, the UPS brought the faucet, ordered yesterday, for my new bathtub.  Hallelujah, there was joy in Muddville!  Until I discovered that the taps for hot and cold water are sold seperately, along with the installation kit.  Yikes.  I can’t even complain, because the order page plainly states, “Without handles”.  Without handles???  Why not just sell the entire package and be done with it???  :)

For heaven’s sake.

Anyway, tomorrow morning, we should have everything we need.  (Fingers crossed.)

I’m still thinking on questions for another contest.  Any suggestions?  :)

May God bless you and yours.

9 comments to “Picture it….”

  1. Gloria
      · April 3rd, 2013 at 2:21 pm · Link

    They say great minds run in the same channels, and I had jsut such a thought on Monday. To get the parts to replace the insides of my toilet tank, I have to buy a minimum of 3 packages and maybe 5. It is riduculous.

    It is good that you can buy only the part you need and not have extra pieces around, but…what about the ones of us who’d like the WHOLE thing? :-D

    I’m glad you’re getting some beautiful weather for a change and that it makes you happy.

    Take care, keep writing, but…don’t wear yourself out trying to make EVERYONE happy. Just do what makes you happy.

  2. Wit
      · April 3rd, 2013 at 3:05 pm · Link

    I can relate to your latest entry…
    I bought new door handles after totally repainting the inside of my condo. They were rusty brown solid round handles…the old fashion kind I had remembered door handles to be like as a kid. Not the cheap brass French door grips that I have watched eroded in the PNW salty moist air over some 15 years.
    Come to find out…door handles do not come with their hinges. Yikes….$1000 dollars total….door hinges and door handles now match. Some think a woman is just dumb not to have known this as I first made my purchase but consider this….seems awful dumb to me to not be selling door handles with hinges in a assumed package grouping as….kinda tacky to no have them matching but…the shop I bought it as were strictly all men run…any surprises here???

  3. Norma Stanforth
      · April 3rd, 2013 at 3:41 pm · Link

    Linda, i hope and pray by tomorrow morning you will have everything you need for your bathtub and i hope you soon have your bathroom finish. Yes the Lord sure did paint some beautiful scenery when He made the earth, and all the beautiful colors no one could paint as well as He did.God is great. Everyone have a great day and God bless each and everyone.
    As always you friend
    Norma Stanforth

  4. Juanita Rice
      · April 3rd, 2013 at 4:10 pm · Link

    “Surely all this beauty is around us all the time, but how often do we see it???”

    Linda, I think it was three springs ago that I was traveling down a familiar, but less traveled road near my home, and was suddenly hit with the intensity of the colors that had always been there! The rhododendrons, azaleas, lilacs, even the green of the trees and shrubs…all more brilliant than in previous years. When I started paying attention to colors elsewhere they were just as stunning! The past several years have been back to normal, but I’m wondering if this will be another brilliant spring. :)

  5. Lois Rotella
      · April 3rd, 2013 at 5:48 pm · Link

    I love springtime. The flowers are blooming and the trees are turning green. The daffodils are blowing here in NYC but it is still cold. I noticed the buds on the bushes and trees. The sun is shinning and all is right. I also hope you bath tub gets finished so you can take a nice soaking bath. :-D

  6. Hilda
      · April 3rd, 2013 at 9:03 pm · Link

    Linda, when I have a chance to sit out on my deck and gaze into the blue universe, I feel the same way. The colors are so vivid when the sun is out, the trees so green. You want to hang on to that moment forever, never go indoors again. I’m with ya there, girl!

    I had a thought for your next possible question: If you could write one great novel, what would it be about, what genre, and would it reflect on your own life or would it be totally separate from your life? I guess that’s more than one question, though.

    Enjoy that wonderful weather and the flowers and all that Spring brings! God is faithful and Spring proves it! Cheers!

  7. Lea Williams
      · April 4th, 2013 at 12:01 am · Link

    The wild flowers are coming out. Daughter Nikki and went for a long (almost 5 miles) walk yesterday and found some beautiful little purple flowers. Don’t know what they are, kind of like a star. The made my heart sing, love the wild flowers. I like all flowers but wild ones are special. Just finished the Big Sky River book. Loved it. Hope there are more. There are people I want to know more about. Loved the entire series. When I was riding my horse yesterday, I just wanted to close my eyes and revel in the sunshine. Hope your bathtub is finished soon. :)

  8. Kathleen O
      · April 4th, 2013 at 9:42 am · Link

    It is just plain crazy not to sell them as a set..Who just puts one tap in when it calls for two.. Good luck getting the other one..

  9. Alice Bright
      · April 8th, 2013 at 1:12 am · Link

    Hi, Linda! I often wonder just how many of us even take the time to notice the wonders of God! It’s not like you have to go and find them, they are all around us everyday. This is the time of the year when everything smells and looks so beautiful. What a joy it is to be alive. Thank you for all you do to keep us entertained. You are such a blessing. “Every good and perfect gift is from above.” Many blessings to you and yours.

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