#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Stone Soup

That’s about the only thing I haven’t tried around here–stone soup.  (But stay tuned.)  :)  Gemstones ARE used by practitioners to energize food–although, obviously, one must not try to chew them.  :)  SERIOUSLY: certain semi-precious stones, like malachite, are deadly poisonous.  NEVER LEAVE MALACHITE WITHIN REACH OF A CHILD OR A PET, even if it’s been polished!  Resist any wild (and quite incomprehensible, I admit) urges you may get to grind or polish the stuff, too, because the dust, whether you breathe it in or absorb it through your skin, can kill you.  

On a more cheerful note, I’ve discovered that my favorite medieval mystic, Hildegarde of Bingen, used gemstones for healing, in addition to her other talents, and her amethyst water is still popular in some quarters–I plan to whip up a batch (rather strenuous phrasing for such a gentle process) when the raw stone I ordered arrives.  Apparently, the potion is great for the skin, and it’s made by suspending the stone over boiling water (I plan to use a steamer) and then allowing the condensation to drop into the water as it cools.  After that, you can bottle the stuff and splash it on your face after cleansing. Since I make my own bubble bath these days, I’ve begun to add stones to that as well–in this case, moss agate.

Interesting information on various stones can be found at Let’s Talk Stones on Youtube, or on the corresponding webpage at Crystalicious.com.

It’s a writing day, and that’s good.  I’m loving the story and the characters.  Because this is the first book in a new series, I’m moving a little more slowly than usual, which sometimes causes me anxiety, but between prayer and the energy of stones, I’m dealing.  Every story has an individual pace, experience reminds me, and that pace must be respected.

And now for the miscellaneous, end-of-the-week ramblings.  :)

This week’s book/giftcard winners will be announced later today.

I’m planning on a working weekend, although I will need to make time for my art as well, because that too is part of my process.  I’ve got some artist trading card swaps to wrap up for Art42, and I need to restring my prayer/meditation beads–at the moment, they’re contained in a bag, and while they’re still as powerful and as charged as ever, I miss being able to wear them.  I’m adding in a few new gemstones, as I’ve mentioned–rutilated quartz (quartz shot through with copper)  (good for multi-taskers) being the main one.

We have a new kitty on the Triple L–adopted, of course–and making her home with Jenni.  She’s a fluffy little sweetie, and we’re glad she’s joined the family.  She had her required vet exam this morning, at Dr. Steve Bauer’s office, and came away with a clean bill of health.  She stayed calm, too.  Jenni brought her by this morning so I could meet her, and I fell in love with our little Dorie.  :)

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends.  Tis the season to be jolly–and to be royally stressed out, so be sure to take good care of yourself–read a good book, sip some tea, indulge in a luxurious bubble bath–whatever does it for you.

18 comments to “Stone Soup”

  1. Leanna
      · December 6th, 2013 at 2:31 pm · Link

    I will be making butternut squash soup tomorrow. Have a nice Weekend!

  2. rosemary
      · December 6th, 2013 at 2:51 pm · Link

    More good information…Thanks!

  3. Maryjane Hoffman
      · December 6th, 2013 at 3:09 pm · Link

    I am so enjoying hearing about your stones and all they do and are good for! I remember one of my Great Aunts had a beautiful plate filled with stones in her bedroom which we could look at but not touch and she would show them to us and explain their strengths. She was a great believer in old time medicine too. Enjoy your day and writing! What color is your new kitten and enjoy!! They bring much entertainment!! Have a great weekend!

  4. Diana E
      · December 6th, 2013 at 3:17 pm · Link

    Snowing here in Eugene today so will be a good day to continue making my Christmas Cards. Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Linda. Blessings.

    • Sal
        · December 7th, 2013 at 10:11 pm · Link

      Hello neighbor! Snowy in Salem too…

  5. Lois Rotella
      · December 6th, 2013 at 3:51 pm · Link

    Interesting information about the gemstones. Congrats to Jenni on her new kittie. I am going to be wrapping presents this weekend and mailing them out next week. Then I can relax a little and read some books. Have a good weekend everyone.

  6. judy
      · December 6th, 2013 at 4:19 pm · Link

    You always have interesting comments. Congrats on the new kittie. I am crocheting my great-granddaughters a little bag to carry and will put little things in it for christmas. Have a good weekend and good luck on the soup.

  7. carole
      · December 6th, 2013 at 4:31 pm · Link

    I’ve heard that stones can heal, its quite interesting like to hear more-been working hard lately so hopefully this weekend I can grab a book and read and relax alittle! I have a few books on my Christmas list so I hope that someone will get them for me, if not I’ll buy them myself! Have a nice weekend writing!

  8. Denise King
      · December 6th, 2013 at 6:46 pm · Link

    Good evening Linda, well my daughter, goddaughter and I are finally going to see The Best Man Holiday, then go to lunch and a little Christmas shopping, that’s it for me this weekend. Stay Blessed and enjoy your weekend.

  9. Connie Johnson
      · December 6th, 2013 at 7:11 pm · Link

    New baby kitties are so wonderful.

  10. Ruby Norwood
      · December 6th, 2013 at 7:18 pm · Link

    Very good information on those Stones, had know idea some of them were poison. I have heard that stones could heal but did not know all the things you do with them. Tell Jenni to take care of Little Dorie. Have a great weekend!!!

  11. Norma Stanforth
      · December 6th, 2013 at 8:44 pm · Link

    So you have a new member to your home now. What color is your kitten and i know you said it was fluffy, so you name her Dorie.Thanks for telling us that the gemstone could be poisonous.
    Hope you all have a great weekend and God blessings.
    As always your friend,

    • linda
        · December 9th, 2013 at 1:49 pm · Link

      Actually, Dorie is Jenni’s cat, and she’s full grown. And quite adorable!

  12. Jim
      · December 7th, 2013 at 10:17 am · Link

    Hi Linda!
    You coming out to NFR? Hope to see you there!

    • linda
        · December 9th, 2013 at 1:48 pm · Link

      I’ll be there for a few days–heading for the Justin Crisis Luncheon and Cowboy Christmas.

  13. Sandra Wheeler
      · December 7th, 2013 at 10:19 am · Link

    I do enjoy your blogs about gemstones. I enjoy everything else to, but I think you have hit my curiosity button on the stones. I gotta learn more. Have a pleasant weekend Linda.

  14. harriet vick
      · December 7th, 2013 at 10:38 am · Link

    I learn so much from you! I had no idea that malachite was poisonous. I love the stone so will respect it from now on!

  15. Elizabeth
      · December 7th, 2013 at 4:10 pm · Link

    There is an old children’s folk story called Stone Soup. I love that story!

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