#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Thanksgiving and more

Today is Weight Watchers day–I expect to do okay, even though I indulged a little more than I probably should have during the recent visit to Seattle.  :)  Thing is, I didn’t go wild, so it’s all good.  I tend to alternate between a very good week (last week, an amazing 6 pounds) and a leveling-out week anyway.

We’re doing a very casual Thanksgiving at the Triple L–much of the crew is Canadian, and they had their Thanksgiving back in October, so they’re not ready for another holiday dinner just yet, especially with Christmas so close.  I’m cooking up a small turkey–around here, we like the leftovers better than the actual dinner–for Wendy, Jeremy and I, and we’ll probably do some crafting or watch a movie.  Maybe both.  Mom is dining with friends at her retirement center.

For me, every day is Thanksgiving, because I have so much to be grateful for–a God who loves me, a wonderful family, a whole bunch of great friends, my cats, horses and Porkie-Yorkie, Bernicie, a career I love, a country I would die for, good health and, of course, all of you.  You are truly a blessing to me–I love your comments and being part of our virtual community. 

Let’s call our online town Parable, just for the heck of it.  :)

The more I learn about gemstones, the more I want to know.  :)  It’s amazing, how this new interest just keeps unfolding.

I have another EMDR appointment this afternoon, and I’m looking forward to it, big-time.  Last week’s session was almost miraculous.  I continue to get questions about this form of therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and I’m definitely no expert, since this will only be my third visit.  That said, if you search “EMDR” on Youtube, or just Google the term, you’ll find basic information, short videos, etc.

I know a few of you have experience with EMDR.  Did it help you?  If so, how?

I continue to listen to “The Goldfinch”, by Donna Tartt–I had to be strict with myself and unplug at a (fairly) reasonable hour last night, because my inclination was to just keep listening, on and on.  Such a good story–the kind that makes me desperate to know what happens next.  :)  I love books like that, whether they’re in audio or printed form.

One of you mentioned my former fascination with Julia Child and her fabulous beef bourginon (probably misspelled)–I’ve been turning that recipe over in my mind recently, pondering how I might lower the Points value without spoiling the flavor.  It occurs to me, belatedly of course, that I can go to the WW website, type in the recipe, and find out almost instantly how many Points to subtract from my daily total–currently 28, though I start with 24, allowing for my one 5 oz glass of wine later in the day.  :)  If I remember correctly, the site even suggests ways to modify the recipe–life is good.

Speaking of life being good, I’m nearing the end of my second year of listening to the Daily Audio Bible.  If you were thinking of beginning the podcast on January 1 (Sally, this means you), this would be a good time to mark your calendar.  www.dailyaudiobible.com.  Brian Hardin, who does the reading, except for rare occasions when his wife, Jill, fills in for him, offers wonderful commentaries and always a prayer–I’ve learned so much.  (If you’re joining the DAB family, a word of advice.  Hang in there.  The Old Testament can be a challenge.  :) But this is truly worth doing.)

Be blessed.

I’ll be back either tomorrow or Friday.



37 comments to “Thanksgiving and more”

  1. Maryjane Hoffman
      · November 27th, 2013 at 12:06 pm · Link

    Wow! Another busy day but lots of rewards to be had with WW and EMDR. Wishing you and your family and friends a safe and Very Happy Thanksgiving!! God Bless!!

  2. Becky Johnson Strobaugh
      · November 27th, 2013 at 12:10 pm · Link

    Thanksgiving has always been extra special for us because my parent’s anniversary is the 27th. Since my Dad passed in 2000 we’ve kept up tradition and been there especially for Mama. So thankful we can be together (most of us, we’re always missing one or two because of in-law families).

    Since you all like leftovers better, why not cook a day or so ahead? Then you have Thanksgiving on the day with the leftovers you love. :)

    • linda
        · November 29th, 2013 at 1:39 pm · Link

      What a great idea! I’ll make a mental note for next year. :)

  3. Janet
      · November 27th, 2013 at 12:20 pm · Link

    Thanks so very much for the link to the daily audio bible, going to give it a try, it’s already on my “favorites”, ready for January 1st, but I’ll start before then, to be in the habit, lol. Thanks for share you day to day with us, believe me, we enjoy reading about them about as must as you do doing them. :-P. Hoping everyone has a wonderfully Happy Thanksgiving, be safe, and of course, saves room for pumpkin pie!!!! :lol: :wink:

  4. sam
      · November 27th, 2013 at 12:23 pm · Link

    Just to say “Happy Thanksgiving” to you and yours Linda, hope you have a good day :)

  5. Sherry Wallace
      · November 27th, 2013 at 12:36 pm · Link

    We are all so blessed with living in this free country of ours, our family & friends & of course our pets :). Have a safe & happy Thanksgiving, Linda

  6. Gloria
      · November 27th, 2013 at 12:41 pm · Link

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Linda, and to all of your family, helpers, and friends. And, to all the Blogger Family.

  7. Carolyn Jacobs
      · November 27th, 2013 at 1:15 pm · Link

    Just hit my 10% plus some the other night! Happy Thanksgiving! :lol:

  8. Nadine Spradlin
      · November 27th, 2013 at 1:29 pm · Link

    I guess it’s un American , but I do not like Turkey. I usually cook pork roast, , take all the fat off cut it in small pieces & put Bar- B -Q sauce on it . stick it in the oven for a while . make cornbread dressing with the broth , along with the other goodies , we have a wonderful dinner . Oh yes Linda I’m looking forward to January & the next Parable book .I Hope you have an outstanding Thanksgiving Day .

  9. Pat Parker
      · November 27th, 2013 at 1:41 pm · Link

    Thank you for the suggestion of the Daily Audio Bible. I just received my 2014 copy of the Guideposts Daily Devotions. I love that publication and missed it last year-I guess they sold out. So life it looking good.
    I have written myself a reminder.
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Pat Parker

  10. Patricia Stout
      · November 27th, 2013 at 1:45 pm · Link

    Have a Grand and Glorious Thanksgiving.

  11. Leanna
      · November 27th, 2013 at 1:47 pm · Link

    Happy Thanksgiving! I made pumpkin pecan pie yesterday. Today I will make mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. I will have a cornish game hen on Thanksgiving as I will be the only meat eater.

  12. Diana E
      · November 27th, 2013 at 2:31 pm · Link

    Good blog again today. Hope weight watchers goes well and you enjoy your treatment. Will be looking forward to hearing all about them soon. Happy Thanksgiving to all and God’s Blessings.

  13. marilyn
      · November 27th, 2013 at 2:53 pm · Link

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone at the Triple L…. may you be be granted many blessings and wonderful light on your daily journey.

    Happy Holidays.

  14. Ruby Norwood
      · November 27th, 2013 at 3:04 pm · Link

    Good blog again today Linda. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and all of the blog family.


  15. Lois Rotella
      · November 27th, 2013 at 3:05 pm · Link

    Happy Thanksgiving to all !! I am not making turkey this year as I will be alone. I am making a cornish game hen and the things that go with turkey. Just making it smaller an not much left over. Wishing everyone a blessed day, and be safe if you are traveling.

  16. Jessica Laas
      · November 27th, 2013 at 3:14 pm · Link

    Good luck with the recipe change. I too am on 28 points for WW. Thank you for the link for the daily bible reading. Will give it a try. Prefer to follow along in the Old Testament while someone reads. I sure they will pronounce all the names correctly. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  17. Terrie Fulk
      · November 27th, 2013 at 3:35 pm · Link

    Happy Thanksgiving to you Linda and your family. I always love reading your blogs. You have some wonderful insight on some things and you also introduce us to a variety of different things. :lol:

  18. Juanita Rice
      · November 27th, 2013 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Happy Thanksgiving, Linda. :)

  19. Suzanne Mongan
      · November 27th, 2013 at 4:12 pm · Link

    I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!!! I will be spending the day with my 3 sisters, and my nieces and nephews. In fact one of these nephews is my great nephew and he is 10 months old and such a cute little guy. I am so thankful for my family and that all of us are healthy. Take care!

  20. Connie Johnson
      · November 27th, 2013 at 4:21 pm · Link

    Happy Thanksgiving, hope your holiday is a good one.

  21. Karen McClung
      · November 27th, 2013 at 4:23 pm · Link

    I am planning to try the daily audio bible.
    We do a “conversation” every Sunday afternoon.
    Small group but we do get into interesting discussions.

  22. zola udell
      · November 27th, 2013 at 4:40 pm · Link

    Yes, you and all of us have much to be thanksful for. Thanks for mentioning The Bible. The Old Testament can be challenging. But I like to mix in the New Testament to keep me going. Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day.

  23. Shirley
      · November 27th, 2013 at 5:04 pm · Link

    Happy Thanksgiving. I’m with you about the leftovers being better.

  24. Kathy Andrews
      · November 27th, 2013 at 7:57 pm · Link

    Happy Thanksgiving Linda!

  25. gloria bare
      · November 27th, 2013 at 8:55 pm · Link

    I like the name of online town. Parable. Wish I could live in a real town like that. Just want to wish you and your family a very happy thanksgiving.

  26. Marlene Kubick
      · November 27th, 2013 at 9:03 pm · Link

    Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Hope you are able to stay within your “points”. I know I won’t even be trying to hold back.

  27. Sal
      · November 28th, 2013 at 1:12 am · Link

    :wink: You are a blessing. I love you girl!

    • linda
        · November 29th, 2013 at 1:42 pm · Link

      I love you more. :)

  28. Barbara Martin
      · November 28th, 2013 at 1:17 am · Link

    I hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving. Mine will be filled with most of my loved ones and even my ex- husband who is dating my best friend from high school. What a hoot. Grateful that the currents don’t mind us being friends still since we still share a child and grandchildren. I like calling our online family Parable! :-o

    • Barbara Martin
        · November 28th, 2013 at 1:20 am · Link

      Forgot to say. About 20 years ago I was collecting rocks like you are now. I had some beautiful pieces made into jewelry. Nothing expensive, just wire wrapping. But beautiful to me. I need to read back up on it all. I’ve forgotten a lot.

  29. Alice Johnson
      · November 28th, 2013 at 3:25 am · Link

    Hope you & “family” have a wonderful Thanksgiving! My Thanksgiving turkey will be cooked on the rotisserie! Family scattered all over the world, as most military families are, so my daughter & I will have 4 friends for dinner. It will be a WW meal, all the way, there are so many great recipes out there now. Have a great Pumpkin Mousse recipe. Hooray! That is the great thing about WW, did not give up anything except fast food & too many cokes!! After all, it is not a diet, but a way of life!

    The Eye Movement thing interest me, after all,it is 3:20 am in S FL & this is the third time have been awake since 12:00 am. Tested for Sleep apnea, but I cannot sleep with that thing over my face… have claustrophobia, & did not realize it until the test.

    Love being part of Parable. After all, love those books ;) :-P

    • linda
        · November 29th, 2013 at 12:22 pm · Link

      My brother-in-law has sleep apnea, too, and cannot tolerate the mask. He’s being fitted for a mouthpiece that works the same way.

  30. Diane M
      · November 28th, 2013 at 8:29 am · Link

    Happy thanksgiving Linda to you and all your family. This is
    One day that I truly enjoy even when my own grown children cannot be with me. My mom and I are spending the day with moms brother and his family. My daughter is spending
    The day with her dad and stepmom as well as her own family. My son is spending the day alone at his dads cuz he couldn’t get time off work this week. I’m sure he will probably visit some friends.

    I have so enjoyed reading about the gemstones you have been collecting and creating jewelry with. I have heard of a lot of them but some of them I have not heard of. Thank you for this great blog.

    Also wishing all the great men and women serving this great nation of ours overseas and here on the home front a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. :)

  31. Robin Zander
      · November 29th, 2013 at 11:02 am · Link

    Since Christmas is right around the corner I treated my self by purchasing “A Springwater Christmas” for my kindle. I have lupus with joint problems in my hands and wrists making it difficult to hold a book. The kindle has been wonderfully helpful. I have owned and read your Christmas books each year for several years now and thankfully been able to enjoy them again this year electronically. I get to spend some Christmas time with the Creeds and McKettricks next.
    I hope your holidays are bright and full of peace and love.

  32. Barb Zachow
      · November 29th, 2013 at 6:48 pm · Link

    As one beader to another, my best stone sources are: Gemphora; Beads on Sale; Cherry Tree Beads; Beads of Cambay and it’s associated site Give Me More Beads. You may know of these already.

  33. If gonsalves
      · November 29th, 2013 at 6:50 pm · Link

    Date “secrets” will be on shelves please???

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