#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

The Finish Line is in Sight!

I planned on working this weekend, simply because I’m so close to wrapping up “Big Sky Wedding”.  I don’t know when I’m going to learn.  :)  I NEED my weekends to refuel my heart, mind and soul.  I need to cook, putter, play with my art supplies, all the things I do to unwind.  This particular Saturday and Sunday were all about cooking–and planning things to cook.  I made stuffed green peppers from a recipe I found online, low fat and all that, and guess what.  They were TERRIBLE.  Very dry, lower in flavor than they were in fat, and the quinoa I substituted for the rice should have been pre-cooked, regardless of the instructions.  The stuff remained raw and, to use my mother’s colorful term for pasta or any other food that isn’t quite done, “boney”.  In a word, YUK. 

So it’s back to the old drawing board.  Like Edison, who, when asked how he felt about having racked up 10,000 failures before he came up with a functional light bulb, replied that now he knew 10,000 things that wouldn’t work.  When it comes to stuffed peppers, I guess I have 9,999 failures to go before I come up with something palatable.  :)

The guest bathroom is nearly finished–just need the towel racks put up and we’re in business.  This bit of renovation inspired me so much that we came up with more projects–take out the row of cupboards between the kitchen and the breakfast room, for instance.  It’s amazing how much difference it made, opening that space.  The energy flow is unrestricted now, and the room seems bigger.  I would have had that done a long, long time ago if I’d known how great it was going to be.  Next up, we’re tackling closets, then replacing the tub, sink and toilet in the other guest room, down at the end of the hall, which is shared by two bedrooms.  One of those rooms will be transformed–ugly carpet ripped up and replaced with hardwood, walls repainted, etc.–into a nice little office for me.  From there, I’ll be able to look out at the horses, and that will be absolutely wonderful.

In other news, as they say on TV, Wendy and I didn’t go to “Rock of Ages”–she came down with a nasty bug and had to stay home, and I stayed home, too, to AVOID catching a nasty bug.  :)

The weather is lovely this morning, sunny and crisp.  I can just FEEL those bulbs gearing up to bust loose and dazzle me with colorful flowers.

As for the food plan, well, I worked out every day and did my strength training routine faithfully–and lost less than a pound.  Am I discouraged?  NO.  This used to happen in Weight Watchers, too–a good loss one week, zip the next.  It goes with the territory.  I CAN testify, however, that exercise has benefits that go way beyond being skinny, and I’d do it anyway, because it makes me feel so good.  And I’m also meditating–my beloved editor, Joan, will be so proud of me.  :)  When one is a natural-born flibberty-gibbet, as I am, it helps to spend a little while getting centered.

And now, to Parable and Three Trees for a few hours, where the crew is waiting to tell more of their story.

Be kind.  It’s really true that what the world needs now is love, sweet love.

11 comments to “The Finish Line is in Sight!”

  1. Juanita Rice
      · February 11th, 2013 at 1:42 pm · Link

    My husband wants to try quinoa so I was happy to see your comments about it.

    Sounds like things are moving along at the ranch! :)

  2. Kathleen O
      · February 11th, 2013 at 2:08 pm · Link

    I have never hear or cooked with quinoa… And I have had my share of cooking dispruptions… But I try again.. In fact I just got a recipe for a Ham & Cheese Pot Pie that I am going to try.. I can only guess what will happen with my first try. I am not the greatest with pie crust.

    Can’t wait for more from Parable and Three Trees…

  3. Sherry Wallace
      · February 11th, 2013 at 2:23 pm · Link

    Flibbery-gibbet?? Ha-that’s an expression I’ve never heard of before! I love renovating houses, too. Wish I were there to show you some beautiful ideas of faux finishing that I’ve done for years! That can transform room :-)

    • Hilda
        · February 12th, 2013 at 3:35 am · Link

      Hi, Sherry. Have you ever seen The Sound of Music? When the nuns are singing “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” that’s in one of the lines in the song. They use that expression to say that she’s flighty or she doesn’t pay attention or take things seriously, that she’s kind of off in her own world. It’s a cute song.

  4. Dawn roberts
      · February 11th, 2013 at 2:32 pm · Link

    I agree, ALWAYS pre-cook or soak Quinoa, if using with beef, soak in beef broth and the same for chicken.
    I have been waiting for your books, so have had to find other authors, some good, some great, some well, not so good. So, please finish the book, I’m waiting and not so patiently :-? :roll:

  5. Carolyn Dunn
      · February 11th, 2013 at 2:34 pm · Link

    Can’t wait to read BIG SKY WEDDING. I’m finishing up BIG SKY RIVER now. You have no idea how much I love love your books!!

  6. Patricia Drain
      · February 11th, 2013 at 4:45 pm · Link

    Haven’t started the Big Sky Series yet, because I’m reading the Calder Series by Janet Daily. By the time I read the Big Sky Series I hope The big Sky Wedding will be out. I believe I have read almost every book you have written. So glad when a new one come out.

  7. Norma Stanforth
      · February 11th, 2013 at 5:14 pm · Link

    Linda, i am so proud of you. You are doing a fantastic job with your food plan,even though some of it doesn’t turn out so good! I bet with all your remodeling your home, is starting to look fantastic? Linda do not get discourage, with your weight and let that old devil in, you just keep up the great work!! Can’t wait to read “The Big Sky Wedding”. God bless each and everyone. I really appreciate everyone one this blog. Yes that is true , what the world needs now is love sweet love, that is for sure if more people had love for each other would help a lot.
    Norma Stanforth

  8. Gloria
      · February 11th, 2013 at 6:32 pm · Link

    Linda, I just finished reading Wanton Angel, thanks to Sam, and I about cried my eyes out on page 275 when Eli let loose some of the grief over his dead son. I knew exactly how he felt.

    Between Eli’s/my grief and seeing a For Sale sign in front of my youngest son’s house, I just about lost it completely.

    I also read LauraLee and Angel Fire, also thanks to Sam. I received those, along with Willow, which I’m reading next, Just Kate, and Together, just last Wednesday. I had to finish 3 magazines before I started on the books by you. And, so far, I’ve enjoyed everyone of them. Thank you for writing them and Sam for making it possible for me to read them.

    I’d like to see the changes in your house. And, even though it is a sin to envy, I do envy you being able to re-do the things you don’t like about your home. I’d love to be able to fix my old house, just to make it livable. I’m sure God understands and will forgive me for being envious…will you?

    And, I have a question…I know that a hurdy-gurdy is some kind of musical intrument usually played on the streets, but what is it when it pertains to a dance?

    Thanks, again, Linda and Sam.

    God Bless you both!

    • Hilda
        · February 12th, 2013 at 3:49 am · Link

      Hi, Gloria. I was curious and found “hurdy gurdy” and checked out the Wikipedia article. Very interesting article, there were several pictures and a lot of history which I just glanced over. It’s a curious instrument! There wasn’t anything in the article about dance, but I could easily have missed it. It seems the only relationship to dance is that maybe people danced folk dances while the instrument was played?

      • Gloria
          · February 12th, 2013 at 3:58 pm · Link

        Thanks Hilda, but in Wanton Angel, it said that they only danced the waltz. I’m still curious.

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