#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Present and Accounted For :)

Surprise!  I’m here and I’m on time–sort of.  :)

I had a wonderful weekend; I was in an arts and crafts frenzy of sorts.  I made artist trading cards and experimented with painting the backs of clear glass tiles.  Some of them turned out beautifully, others–not so much.  Such, of course, is the nature of experimentation.  When it comes to things like that, I’m much more interested in the process than the end result–I think the happiest thing about doing art is making discoveries.  Interestingly enough, for me anyway, the failures are as fascinating as the successes.

Go figure.

Bernice-the-Yorkie turns 14 this month.  I can hardly believe it’s been that long since I brought her home that first time.  She’s pretty spry for her age (like me), and occasionally springs a leak (unlike me, thank heaven), but, no doubt about it, she’s my heart.

I’m downloading the week’s crop of audiobooks as I write this; I listened to ALL of the new Mary Higgins Clark book, I’VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN, on Saturday night, after I turned in.  I’m not sure I slept at all, which meant I was dragging a little on Sunday.  I always love MHC’s stories–I remember attending my very first Romance Writers of America conference way back in 1983–Ms. Clark was the keynote speaker, and it boggled my mind just to be in her august presence.  Ditto Jayne Krentz–I found myself in the same elevator and almost died on the spot, I was so star-struck.  :)  If you’d told me then that Jayne and I would become friends, I wouldn’t have believed it.

I’ve started a new lecture series from the Great Courses, too–this one is GREAT MINDS OF THE FAR EAST, or something close to that.  Very interesting stuff.  I’m hoping to keep my brain lively by stretching the dendrites a bit, not to mention opening new neural pathways.  (Still forgetful, though.  Sigh.)

Our new contest begins today, so be sure to comment.  I haven’t decided on the prizes yet, but never fear, they’ll be fun, I promise.

We are enjoying the loveliest spring weather–it really lifts my spirits.  The daffodils and tulips are up, but they haven’t bloomed yet, and Jeremy planted six new peony trees last week.  I firmly believe that it’s impossible to have too many peonies.  :)  It’s also impossible for things to be too shiny, but that’s another story for another blog.

I made some mirror pendants this weekend, for myself and a few friends, after reading about their ability to deflect negative energy in one of Echo Bodine’s books.  (Please note: I realize that there is no magic in the mirror itself–wearing one simply reminds the subconscious mind to screen out bad vibes–unless, of course, some action is required.)

Are there any angel stories out there?  I know some of you were planning to take part in the project I wrote about here the last week in March.  While I didn’t have any Road-to-Damascus type of experience, I certainly felt their protective presence, and I really missed them when they’d gone, although my guardian angel(s) stayed behind, I’m sure.

That’s today’s chitter-chatter, my friends.  I’ll be back tomorrow.

No, really.

52 comments to “Present and Accounted For :)”

  1. Lorraine Pitts
      · April 7th, 2014 at 3:50 pm · Link

    You have such a busy and fun life. I love reading about your adventures as much as I love reading your books!!! Have a great week!

  2. Linda (Lindy) Park
      · April 7th, 2014 at 3:51 pm · Link

    This is what I love about you, Ms. Lindy. You are so laid back and down to earth. You get star struck like the rest of us “common” people. :-)

  3. Laura Davidson
      · April 7th, 2014 at 3:52 pm · Link

    I love your blogs. :) Can’t wait for “The Marriage Pact”! :)

  4. Betty Hamilton
      · April 7th, 2014 at 3:55 pm · Link

    Your posts are always so interesting. I truly enjoy them.

  5. Denise King
      · April 7th, 2014 at 3:56 pm · Link

    Hello Linda, i see you had a very productive weekend. Do you know Beverly Jenkins, I see you named a few other authors I like, so I was just wondering. She’s one of my favorite authors. Enjoy the rest of your day.

    • linda
        · April 8th, 2014 at 1:46 pm · Link

      I’ve met Beverly several times.

  6. Lynn Allen
      · April 7th, 2014 at 4:01 pm · Link

    Love your posts Linda, they always leave me with a smile on my face!!!

  7. Ruby Norwood
      · April 7th, 2014 at 4:01 pm · Link

    Linda you stay so busy all the time, don’t know how you do all the things you do and write such good books. I really enjoy hearing about all the things that you do. I didn’t get to do the angel & apple thing due to sickness.

  8. Lauri
      · April 7th, 2014 at 4:12 pm · Link

    The angel visit is well underway! Thank you so much for sharing this experience with others! At first it was little things here and there, like a white feather on the dash of my car, an inner vibration, and…well, lets just say, those “little things” have been growing!

    • linda
        · April 8th, 2014 at 1:47 pm · Link

      That’s wonderful! Tell us MORE!

  9. Terri Shortell
      · April 7th, 2014 at 4:12 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a busy weekend. You got quite abit accomplished. We had a couple days of nice weather then the rain came back. Oh well, like they said April showers bring May flowers. We should be getting a boatload of flowers next month. Lol. Blessings to you.

  10. Regina Merchant
      · April 7th, 2014 at 4:22 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had a terrific weekend! The weekend ended here with torrential rains and some flooding. I knew we built our house on this little hill for some reason! Hopefully it will dry out before long. The weather has been so unpredictable lately it’s hard to decide what to wear.

    I have a daschund that will be 8 in October. She’s showing some signs of her age — hope she lives a long, long time. She’s become my “sidekick” and loves riding in the truck!

    Hope you have a great week!!!

  11. Ida C
      · April 7th, 2014 at 4:29 pm · Link

    Sounds like you had an interesting and busy weekend. Glad someone is having spring. We were stormed in again Sat morning, roads were closed because of white-outs!! And they are telling us we could have snow again overnight. I thought it was April!! Anyway, here’s hoping everyone has a great week. :wink:

  12. Rhonda Terstegge
      · April 7th, 2014 at 4:32 pm · Link

    Cannot wait to read another of your books. You are one of my favorite authors.

  13. Diane Sallans
      · April 7th, 2014 at 4:33 pm · Link

    I thought spring was here, but it’s retreated again!

    I love crafty ideas – I’m going to look up that painting on glass tiles.

  14. Lois Rotella
      · April 7th, 2014 at 4:35 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday Bernice !!! Sounds like you had a nice crafty weekend. It was a lovely one whete I live. Enjoy the week !

  15. Judy Eagle
      · April 7th, 2014 at 4:44 pm · Link

    This winter has seemed to stay on and on like a house guest you are ready to have go home. Unfortunately where I live we did not get enough moisture.

    Thanks for your blogs, I enjoy them.

  16. Virginia Horton
      · April 7th, 2014 at 4:51 pm · Link

    We had beautiful spring weather this weekend and I got to take a walk both day. But today we have had rain and clouds all day. Things are looking up on the weather front though.

  17. judy
      · April 7th, 2014 at 5:05 pm · Link

    glad you had a nice weekend. Ares was ok.

  18. Lynn
      · April 7th, 2014 at 5:10 pm · Link

    Hi Lady!
    Love reading your stuff.. both the blogs AND the books!!!
    So glad things are going well for you! I’m still working on my weight loss… so keep up the good work and example!!
    Hope you have a wonderful week! We are trying to dry out a little before the next onslaught… had about 7″ yesterday in some areas of our state! It was a rough one! our basement is flooded… ah well…. que sera’ sera’ and we read on….! :)

  19. Susan Lee
      · April 7th, 2014 at 5:15 pm · Link

    We have had the worst winter ever here in central and western Canada The snow and cold came early and stayed late. Just the other day it was minus 27 Celsius with the wind chill. Finally the temperatures are hitting the above zero mark and staying there during the days. The snow is melting and the roads are clear for driving. Looks like a few weeks yet before any spring flowers make an appearance. I always enjoy your blog.Even though I am not personally into stones or crafts I appreciate the enthusiasm with which you discuss these things.

  20. Paula L Rollins
      · April 7th, 2014 at 5:17 pm · Link

    Glad you had a good crafty weekend…I sewed and spent time with my lovely daughter and grand daughters….My angel told me to SLOW down as she could not keep up with me but I know I am blessed with them watching over….Bought “I Got You Under My Skin” for gifts for Easter for BFF….have a great week. :-?

  21. Tia
      · April 7th, 2014 at 5:20 pm · Link

    I welcomed the angels into my home. I’ve noticed that there have been times of intense energy going on that have brought me to face things that I’ve been putting off.
    Then another day there was a lighter mood and lots of laughter.
    When the visit is over I’ll report on the rest.

    • linda
        · April 8th, 2014 at 1:50 pm · Link

      Keep us posted. I love it!

  22. Pam Oram
      · April 7th, 2014 at 5:21 pm · Link

    I envy your ‘Spring’ weather Linda! The snow has finally melted here in MI except all the huge piles from the snowplow. We have had a couple of days with temps reaching in the low 50’s and one day of gentle rain. The snow piles are still 10-15′ high. After the snow melts everything looks so dirty. I can’t wait until the lawns and fields start to green up!!!

    I need to make some birthday cards for my family & friends for the rest of April. Went shopping today and couldn’t find all the supplies I need. It’s time to get back on the internet to find some sales on supplies. I also bought one of your books “Only Forever”. It is one of the few I have not read from your list.

    Have a great week!!!

  23. Patrice
      · April 7th, 2014 at 5:22 pm · Link

    Happy new week! :) Sounds like both your flowers and creativity with arts and crafts are blooming. There were many arts and crafts and music festivals this weekend. Beautiful weather!

  24. Leanna
      · April 7th, 2014 at 5:40 pm · Link

    I’m looking forward to the Marriage Pact! Have a great week!

  25. marilyn hurst
      · April 7th, 2014 at 5:54 pm · Link

    Glad your here and present in all ways. My pup Titus is 10 this year and he still amazes me! Hope you have a wonderful week!

  26. Gloria
      · April 7th, 2014 at 6:17 pm · Link

    We’ve had yukky weather for a couple of days, and it is chilly. My cousin said it best when she said she believed Spring sprung a leak and winter crept back in. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and warm, again. God is good!!!!!

    I’ve already told you about God, or one of His angels, driving my car while I was asleep, but once, I was the angel. I had to have surgery and already put it off one time because they didn’t have a private room for me. (I can’t sleep in a room with other people.)

    So, they told me if I’d come on to the hospital, they’d put me in a semi-private room the night before surgery and I’d go to a private room following surgery.

    I hate to say they lied, but…they did, and when I got there, I had to go into a ward. Needless to say, I was awake all night long, but…a woman in the next bed had been giving the nurses fits by taking off her gown, and doing all kinds of things and they weren’t very nice about it. They started to ignore her.

    Over in the middle of the night, I heard an awful noise and I looked around the curtain and the woman was strangling to death. I called the nurses and when I told them the problem, their attitude was showing. I informed them the woman was going to die if they didn’t do something and they came and helped her.

    If I had been where I wanted to be instead of where God wanted me to be, that woman would have died that night. No one else in the ward would call the nurses.

    It just goes to show that angels come in all shapes, sizes and disguises.

    Have a happy week, Linda, and everyone.

    • linda
        · April 8th, 2014 at 1:51 pm · Link

      What a great story! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Hillary H
      · April 7th, 2014 at 6:31 pm · Link

    Spring always raises my spirits as well!!! Happy birthday Bernice!!

  28. Cecelia Kelsey
      · April 7th, 2014 at 6:36 pm · Link

    I just finished Mary Higgins Clark Book, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, on Saturday! I read it in two days. She just keeps getting better and better! Love her books!

  29. Cricket McCloud
      · April 7th, 2014 at 6:49 pm · Link

    I have been hooked on your books since I read the first one! Keep writing!! Pretty sure I’ve read them all but it’s fun to go back and read one for a second time.

  30. Diana E.
      · April 7th, 2014 at 7:35 pm · Link

    I believe you!!! Sounds like you had a good weekend, I did too. Enjoyed my Grandsons basketball game and the Granddaughters soccer game yesterday. Luckily, I have twin Grandsons and twin Granddaughters!
    I’ve never had peonies but I love them. Did get my sweetpeas planted yesterday, they make me very happy. Blessings.

  31. Margaret
      · April 7th, 2014 at 8:02 pm · Link

    I didn’t do the calling the angels thing but I certainly believe in them. My experience with an angel happened last summer. I was leaving work and just getting into my car and happened to glance up. There sitting on a tree limb was the most beautiful white bird and it was looking at me. I immediately felt like it was my angel letting me know that she is around. My office is right near the Spokane river and I see birds all day long but have never seen one like this. I even looked in my much used bird guide but found nothing even close to the one I saw!

  32. Patricia Taylor
      · April 7th, 2014 at 8:26 pm · Link

    My yorkie is 14 years too. She doesn’t act her age either. We had to go to the vet today for her annual checkup, shots, etc. The poor girl somehow had torn her nail outside. She’s been having problems with it ever since especially when she’s chasing the squirrels. Today she got it cut off the rest of the way and her leg was wrapped in a cute pink bandage. She seems to have forgiven me for taking her to the vet.

  33. Debbie C
      · April 7th, 2014 at 8:36 pm · Link

    I wanted to invite the angels but life got a little crazy and I know this will sound sad but I couldn’t find 3 people to send them too. I wasn’t sure if I could do it without that. I hope to be able to do it sometime in the future. I could really use an angel visit. I received my first order of crystals and stones and really understand why you enjoy them so much. I placed my second order which should be arriving later this week.

  34. Rita Crofoot
      · April 7th, 2014 at 9:26 pm · Link

    Interesting Blog, thank you Linda, as always I enjoyed your rambling thoughts, and I am also impressed by how much you read, my gosh, I must be wasting my life, I don’t do half of what you and still feel busy. looking forward to the next one.
    PS I felt a little star struck when I met you, so I think it is neat you had to feel that way too.

  35. midge watkins
      · April 7th, 2014 at 9:38 pm · Link

    What a great weekend you had. Do you use glass paint on
    the backs of your tiles or something else? I have all sorts of
    craft stuff squirreled away and now I may use it after hearing
    of your fun. Gloria had a great angel story. Bless her! I feel
    guilty with our beautiful weather after hearing some of the
    other stories. I feel so badly for them, but it will come. I got
    all my hoses (ten of them) hooked up today and watered my
    rose garden. I also rode Cheyenne, my 21 yr old paint QH.
    Only 20 mins of just walking and reining with an occasional
    trot. Now, I can look forward to the next 2 days of walking
    painfully bowlegged. After the first ride of the season I’m ok,
    but that first one leaves it’s mark. Take care and keep up the
    happy life you share with us.

  36. Patricia Hann
      · April 7th, 2014 at 9:56 pm · Link

    Happy birthday to Bernice. I can only imagine your group of friends who you have met thru your career. I have several questions I would ask each of my favorite writers if I met them and got the guts to say more then Hello. For you I would ask how do you pick the names of your characters? Are the places real where you can visit? And how do you stay on task in this very busy world? I read your blogs and I sometimes get tired on all you do.

  37. Colleen D
      · April 7th, 2014 at 10:07 pm · Link

    There can never be too many flowers. I bought three trunk loads of flowers, herbs, and plants over the weekend, and
    I still think the yard and deck could benefit from more!

  38. Cindy Zint
      · April 7th, 2014 at 10:42 pm · Link

    Happy Birthday to Bernice! My one set of Grandparents had a Yorkie named Peter Pumpkin III! We called him Petey! We have a Norwegian Elkhound named Geronimo! Doggies are so comforting! Have a great week! I love hearing about the stones and jewels, very interesting! Best Wishes and many Blessings to you!

    Love, Cindy :)

  39. Connie Johnson
      · April 7th, 2014 at 10:47 pm · Link

    Have a great week. I love Jayne Ann Krentz also, she has wonderful books.

  40. Kelley Morrow
      · April 8th, 2014 at 12:31 am · Link

    I hope you and Bernice have many more moons together. Have a wonderful week!!!

  41. Mary Anne Meyne
      · April 8th, 2014 at 3:27 am · Link

    Glad I found this at 2:30 am, to catch up with you before heading to bed. I really should have been there at least 2-3 hours ago, but I was wide awake. Starting to yawn now, hoping I fall asleep right away & don’t oversleep when I need to go to work. :roll: :wink:

  42. Jo-Ann
      · April 8th, 2014 at 8:13 am · Link

    Hi, Glad you had a good weekend. We had a good one too. Its been raining all day yesterday and so far this morning.
    I know rain brings spring flowers but enough already. After all the snow we need some Sun! You have a great day and waiting for the new book to come out. :) Thanks for the great stories. :)

  43. Emily
      · April 8th, 2014 at 9:08 am · Link

    Sounds like you had a very full week-end. That is great.

    I will be out of pocket starting Thursday for 2 1/2 weeks due to sickness in the family. I will be unable to read your blogs then as I will not have access to the internet.

    Have a great time with all of your projects. Look forward to catching up when I get back.

  44. Brenda I.
      · April 8th, 2014 at 9:48 am · Link

    So glad to hear that you had a good weekend. I enjoy Jayne Ann Krentz books as well. I enjoy the modern as well as historical books that each of you entertains us with.

  45. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · April 8th, 2014 at 12:07 pm · Link

    Always an inspiration and joy to read your blogs. Love hearing about what you’re reading and listening to in audio form. I’m totally immersed in the Outlander series by doing the Amazon Whispersync feature. Love it!

    So glad Bernice-the-Yorkie is enjoying a long healthy and happy life.

    Be Well~

  46. Juanita Rice
      · April 8th, 2014 at 1:10 pm · Link

    I’m quite sure your guardian angel is with you. We all have one. :)

    Hugs, Linda.

  47. Christina Keach
      · April 8th, 2014 at 5:53 pm · Link

    Agreed on the peonies. Can never have too many. Happy Birthday Bernice! I just celebrated mine and I feel so loved and grateful for everyone I have in my life. And that includes this fun group. I really enjoy reading all the posts & getting snippets of your lives. Have a fabulous day!!

  48. Dennis
      · April 8th, 2014 at 10:09 pm · Link

    All Good Linda!! Spring has sprung!!

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