#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

The Case of the Vanishing Week

They say time flies when you’re having fun–well, it ALSO flies when you’re coping with minor health issues and Murphy’s Law Unchained.  :) 

We are still enjoying fantastic weather, and as I write this, in my new office, I can look out and see part of the pasture, where April, the Arabian mare, is in full view.  In the middle ground are my aspen trees and, just outside the window, pink magnolias are in bloom.  Beautiful!

Bernice hasn’t quite adjusted to the new work space; she has a bed in here and often hangs out while I write, but I see she’s wandered off to do other Yorkie-type things.  Whatever it is that Yorkies do, that is.  :)  If she’s not asleep, she’s busy!

Plans for the weekend: I’m going to write, as I have some catching up to do after being sick, etc., and I plan to whip up a roast beef dinner for the crew as well.  I might make another batch of hummus, too, in my handy-dandy Vita-Mix machine–BEFORE I try out a recipe for dog treats I stumbled across in the 2013 edition of “Farmer’s Almanac”.  At 13, Bernice is a picky eater.  She occasionally eats Mighty Dog, but mostly she expects me to chop up some liverwurst or fry a boneless, skinless chicken thigh.  She’s not spoiled or anything.  I have some wonderful new soap molds, too–and I’m trying to think of ways to share them with you, at least visually.

Cha-Cha, one of the kitties, is off getting her spring haircut today.  When she comes back, she’ll have her lion-look going for her.  :)  We call her Chach of the Jungle when she’s just had a trim.  :)  It’s so cute–I’ll be tweeting a picture of her.

Earlier in the renovation process, there was a hole in the wall in the back of my bathroom towel closet, and Cha-Cha and Jitterbug both crawled in to explore.  Jitterbug, who isn’t the brightest penny in the piggy bank, would forget the way out, and I’d have to set a plate of cat food on the closet floor and, at the same time, call her repeatedly.  Now, the hole has been sealed, and both kitties have lodged complaints.  Me, I’m just relieved.

I sat in one of my rocking chairs on the deck this morning, after devotions, just quietly hanging out with God, and it was so lovely and peaceful.  No words, no worries–just Him and me.  And the tulips and the daffodils and the sugar-bowl blue sky….

I’ve begun journaling in the way suggested in “Write Your Soul,” and that’s doing a lot to dispell the last of the winter blues.  I expect the extra copies I ordered to arrive soon and, when they do, we’ll be setting up a giveaway right here on the blog.

Writing does heal the soul and, of course, so does reading.  I have a new Mary Higgins Clark on my nightstand; finished Joy Fieldings’ “Shadow Creek” during the visit to Point Roberts. 

Life is good, even when it’s challenging.  :)

Enjoy your weekend, my friends.  May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. 

(I was raised on the King James version, can you tell?)


16 comments to “The Case of the Vanishing Week”

  1. Hilda
      · April 26th, 2013 at 2:23 pm · Link

    Yeah, the good old King James – 600 year old words! Although I will say, a literary person such as you undoubtedly has no trouble understanding it; when words are your “art” you “get them, right? I had an epiphany while reading your blog: that’s why I love to sit outside in my rocking chair staring at sky, the trees, and the birds: it’s where I feel closest to God! Wow, I never thought of that before but it’s true!!! Thanks for helping me realize that! Berniece must be such good company for you. When are you going to adopt your next puppy? Surely that’s on your to-do list….? One of the gals at my office is seling Lab puppies but my darling pitbull would get kind of jealous. I don’t want to put him through that!

    Linda, have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Lorrie
      · April 26th, 2013 at 3:45 pm · Link

    Have a blessed weekend.

  3. Norma Stanforth
      · April 26th, 2013 at 4:03 pm · Link

    Hi Linda, i like Mary Higgin Clark books too! I sounds like you have a nice view to look at. King James was what my grand parents and my family and i grew up on also. Linda and all my friends, i hope you have a gorgeous weekend. God bless each and everyone of you.
    As always your friend
    Norma S.

  4. Juanita Rice
      · April 26th, 2013 at 5:04 pm · Link

    (I was raised on the King James version, can you tell?)

    And a good Amen to that, Linda! :)

  5. Debra
      · April 26th, 2013 at 5:52 pm · Link

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Janice Hougland
      · April 26th, 2013 at 6:46 pm · Link

    I liked your description of “hangin’ out with God in the peace and quiet,” Linda. Sometimes, especially in the midst of a nature scene or walk, I will feel an uplifting of joy so sharp it’s as if God has touched me to tell me He’s been listening. Those choice moments make all the others, even the hard ones, worth while. We are privileged to live in God’s world, aren’t we? Janice — jdh2690@gmail.com

  7. Kathleen O
      · April 26th, 2013 at 7:07 pm · Link

    This week did go by quick. I think because there was a lot on for me this week.. which is highly unusual.
    It will be a quiet weekend, so I am going to get in some reading done.

  8. Sybel D. Scott de Pech
      · April 26th, 2013 at 7:20 pm · Link

    Dear Linda Lael,

    My dear husband of almost 30 years now has been pushing me, encouraging me and nagging at me to finish college that I started in 1979 before I married him. He used to be an employment counselor when we first moved to Fort Wayne, IN from Mexico.
    He had an Official Application Form from 2009 from your organization among his papers and put it on the coffee table of our home a few weeks ago.
    Today I sat down to look up your web site and after reading about your books I decided to “get to know you” by reading your blog. I was so touched and blessed by reading your blog about the Vanishing Week.
    I am soon to be 53 & we have been blessed with 3 amazing boys, ages 28, 25 and 19(all this summer 2013). Two of them are in college and I’d dearly love to go also this fall, God willing.
    I’m going to start writing my 500 word essay and come back to your web site to await the 2013 application form & guidelines.
    Thanks for sharing your gift and for your lovely message in your blog.
    May God our Heavenly Father continue to inspire you, keep you and refresh your heart each new day as you seek His face.
    Sybel ♪

    • Juanita Rice
        · April 27th, 2013 at 4:30 pm · Link

      Oh, Sybel! Do go back to school! You will so enjoy the experience. :)

  9. Ida C
      · April 26th, 2013 at 8:04 pm · Link

    I agree Linda, KJV is the ‘real’ Bible as far as my generation is concerned. I even enjoy the archaic language! Enjoy your weekend.

  10. Gloria
      · April 26th, 2013 at 8:41 pm · Link

    Have a good and Godly weekend, Linda, and everyone else.

    I’m glad someone is getting sunshine…I’m in for several days of rain, if the computer knows what it’s talking about. And, I have to move more stuff for my D-I-L. I don’t know where my tarp is, either. :-?

  11. Sherry Wallace
      · April 26th, 2013 at 9:10 pm · Link

    Yes, God is good – all the time !! Glad you are enjoying His Spring beauty up your way. I know it was long getting there! Your house renovations are coming right along, & how wonderful it will be when all is finished – finally – & worth it :-). You have an Arabian horse, you said, so what breed are your others? What an inspiring new office view you have, horses, trees, flowers – awesome!!
    Have a wonderful restful weekend.
    God bless & keep you,

  12. sam
      · April 27th, 2013 at 8:06 am · Link

    Linda, I do enjoy your blog :)
    As a Sir Winston Churchill fan, I thought you would like to know that (“Accross the pond”) in 2016, he will be featured on our 5 pound notes. On the news programme, people were saying they will be calling it “A Winston” instead of “A Fiver” ;)
    Enjoy your week-end!

    • Juanita Rice
        · April 27th, 2013 at 4:36 pm · Link

      Sam, I did see that somewhere! So the five pound note will have a name. :) And you know me…I will remember that better than I remember whose faces are on our own money. ;)

  13. Carole Sklenar
      · April 27th, 2013 at 10:43 am · Link

    Am so glad that things are looking up in the health dept as well as the reno’s. And lucky you to have such beautiful weather. We’ve had rain here in Kansas for two days now and we had just melted away the last of the snow from the last snow storm. Oh well, this is Kansas. Do so enjoy your blog and your wonderful books. God’s blessings to you.

  14. Kathy Copeland
      · April 27th, 2013 at 12:25 pm · Link

    Have a great weekend.Looking out your new office window sounds beautiful.A perfect place to be.Spring is one of Gods great Blessings.

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