#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

The view from Wednesday morning….

The day ahead looks pretty promising, actually.  :)  I will be missing Weight Watchers this week, though I’m sticking to the program for sure.  I’m so close to finishing the book I’ve begun to refer to as “The Never-ending Story” that I just can’t leave my office.

Yesterday, I saw my doctor–routine, there isn’t much that can be done about this bug–and Jen and I had dinner with a very good friend, Renee Kinsey–Renee is a flight attendant, and her route took her through Spokane, so we met her at her hotel and had a good visit.  She’ll be passing through again in the near future, I’m delighted to say.  Since I don’t live far from the airport, I hope she’ll occupy one of my newly renovated guest rooms.  :)  Since I’m always imposing my medicinal jewelry on friends and family, I presented Renee with a lovely Labradorite–keywords, protection and personal magic.

The weather yesterday was rainy–but most of us agreed that rain beats snow, hands down.  Is it spring yet????

I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before–my happy light stopped working.  Man, was I bummed, because it really helped keep SAD at bay.  I bought a replacement, however, and it works very well, plus it’s more compact.  The first company is taking the broken unit back, so that’s good.  Lots of paperwork involved with the project.

On the gemstone front, I received some sterling silver ring and pendant settings (eBay) last night, along with a special tool for closing the prongs that hold the stone in place.  I couldn’t resist playing jeweler–I had a few stones waiting to be set–and as I write this, I’m wearing a lovely citrine on my left hand.  On my right (I didn’t set this one myself), I’m sporting a lovely ametrine, which is a cross between a citrine and an amethyst.  Both are purported to be helpful when one is finishing a major project.  :)  I’ll be giving away one of my pendants each week–starting last week–colorful dolomite cabochons dyed to look like jade.  Now, at first, I wasn’t too wild about the idea of faux jade, but as it happens, dolomite has a real buzz of energy when I hold it.  I’ll tell you a little more about dolomite soon—if you are absolutely overwhelmed with curiosity :), you can Google this major-mineral and get the low-down.

I’m listening to another of the Great Courses on my iPod every night–this one is The Lives and Works of the English Romantic Poets.  Very interesting–Lord Byron was even more of a bad-boy than I thought.  Listening makes me want to read some of the poetry–Keats, Coleridge, Shelley, etc.  Talented people, these poets, but weird, too–and very competitive with each other. 

I love the Great Courses and have several more in my que to listen to in the near future.  I really enjoyed “Jesus and the Gospels” and “The Lost Civilizations of South America.”  Obviously, I enjoy variety.  :)  I plan to learn about the major religions, mysticism, nutrition, Robert E. Lee and his generals, too.  No doubt, I’ll take in a few novels among the lectures, just for a change of pace.  I’ve downloaded “The Winter People”, by Jennifer McMahon and a real classic self-help book, “Wake Up and Live”, by Dorothea Brande–read this one years ago, and it was amazingly helpful, so I decided I could use a refresher course.

That’s the news from the Triple L, my friends.  I’m feeling a tad bit better every day–thanks for your prayers and kind words.

52 comments to “The view from Wednesday morning….”

  1. Leanna
      · February 19th, 2014 at 12:46 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you are feeling better!

  2. Ann Bartholomew
      · February 19th, 2014 at 12:49 pm · Link

    You may not like everything you learn about Robert E. Lee. My son tells me Lee said he only read non-fiction because fiction weakens the mind, and that explains my mental state! I’ve ignored the warning and continue to read every Linda Lael Miller book I can fine. :wink:

    • Hilda
        · February 19th, 2014 at 1:03 pm · Link

      YOU TELL HIM, GIRL!!! Excellent! LOL!

  3. Linda (Lindy) Park
      · February 19th, 2014 at 12:50 pm · Link

    Morning. I’m glad you are feeling better but don’t try to do too much too soon.
    Just requested Wake up and Live from my library. I was disappointed that it didn’t come in ebook or large print but I will struggle and try to read it anyway. I’m visually impaired so I usually only request ebook or large print formats. I hope the books gives me some insight and help. Thanks for sharing.

    • linda
        · February 21st, 2014 at 7:22 pm · Link

      It’s quite an old book. It is available as an audiobook, however–I got mine on iTunes.

  4. judy
      · February 19th, 2014 at 12:52 pm · Link

    Nice comments today. Take care and don’t rush into anything.

  5. Ange
      · February 19th, 2014 at 12:53 pm · Link

    Hi Linda – I adore your books! When ever I get a new one I read the whole thing in one sitting. Then I’m said it’s over! I have a question please. Where is a good place to research all gems/minerals to find out what goodness surrounds them? Example: Rose quartz is calming…etc.

    Thank you!


    • linda
        · February 21st, 2014 at 7:22 pm · Link

      I recommend THE BOOK OF STONES and THE CRYSTAL BIBLE, for starters.

  6. Dennis
      · February 19th, 2014 at 1:06 pm · Link

    Wonderful!! Keep getting stronger!

  7. Sara Resta
      · February 19th, 2014 at 1:09 pm · Link

    Robert E. Lee’s brain might have been enlightened, rather than weakened, had he been able to get his hands on an advance copy of “Gone With the Wind”!

  8. Teresa
      · February 19th, 2014 at 1:13 pm · Link

    Happy light? Hadn’t heard of that. Bsides keeping SAD away whats it supposed to do, well sides making ya happy? Hopefully you’re on tail end of bug. Keep feeling better.

  9. Patrice
      · February 19th, 2014 at 1:14 pm · Link

    Glad you are feeling better! I am enjoying my copy of Big Sky Secrets today. The sun has come out here and can feel spring in the air….although I know it is still the dead of winter just about everywhere else!

    I am wearing two pendants today, a clear quartz point that has a small rhodochrosite cabechon in the silver band and an old favorite amethyst teardrop smooth shape with a small sunstone in the setting. One given and received with love and one “found” me at a crystal shop long ago, so I guess they’re both old favorites! :) I just feel happy with them today. I seem to be gravitating toward amethyst and since this is both my birthstone and February stone it seems appropo. I’m enjoying reading up on crystal properties again but I am a bit flibbertygibbet about actually applying the healing properties to them. Lol

  10. Gloria
      · February 19th, 2014 at 1:23 pm · Link

    Linda, I too, am curious about your happy light and where to get one and how it works and……….

    I also am curious about the name of your ranch. I understand two “L”s, but where does the third one come from? Or…maybe I don’t know where any of them came from, but was guessing Linda Lael, but Miller does not make an “L”. ??????

    I’m glad you’re feeling better, but is missing WW like missing church? You skip a day here and a day there, and the next thing you know…you’re just not going anymore. I’m glad you’re sticking to the diet, though. I need to be on a diet and exercising, but I’m not…I’m sitting here to talking to you, right after eating. :lol:

    Have a good and Godly day and rest of the week.

    • linda
        · February 21st, 2014 at 7:24 pm · Link

      The ranch name is based on Linda Lee Lael, my original name.

      • linda
          · February 21st, 2014 at 7:26 pm · Link

        As for the “happy light”, this is my nickname for a full-spectrum light that simulates sunshine and seems to cheer up the brain. I got mine from FullSpectrumSolutions.com, but there are lots of them on the market.

        • Gloria
            · February 21st, 2014 at 7:30 pm · Link

          Thank you and thank you!!! I’m not sure if the bulb I bought is the right thing, or if I need more than a bulb, but my doctor told me to buy a “daylight” bulb. I’ll check into the place you said.

  11. Marie Jones
      · February 19th, 2014 at 1:26 pm · Link

    Glad you’re feeling better. That crud is the pits!

  12. Diana E.
      · February 19th, 2014 at 1:27 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better, just take it easy so you don’t have another relapse. Sending healing wishes and blessings.

  13. Teresa Fordice
      · February 19th, 2014 at 1:56 pm · Link

    glad to hear you are feeling better – and love your new hobby to dabble with the sterling and stones!! Love ebay and that you can find most anything there!!

  14. Ruby Norwood
      · February 19th, 2014 at 2:01 pm · Link

    So glad to hear you are feeling better. I think we all need a happy light at times . I can’t believe as busy as you are, you are taking the time to make pendants to give away to your fans. You are an amazing lady.

  15. Ruby Norwood
      · February 19th, 2014 at 2:01 pm · Link

    So glad to hear you are feeling better. I think we all need a happy light at times . I can’t believe as busy as you are, you are taking the time to make pendants to give away to your fans. You are an amazing lady.

    • Ruby Norwood
        · February 19th, 2014 at 2:06 pm · Link

      Sorry About posting twice, My computer is acting up today.

  16. Sue Hodge
      · February 19th, 2014 at 2:07 pm · Link

    You are one busy lady. Glad you are feeling better, just keep writing great books.

  17. Terri Shortell
      · February 19th, 2014 at 2:09 pm · Link

    Glad you’re feeling better. The lessons your listening to sound very interesting. I’m going to look into gemstones. Could use health and energy boost. Can’t wait for your next story. Enjoy the non snowy weather. lol

  18. Billiesue Sanders
      · February 19th, 2014 at 2:14 pm · Link

    So glad you are better, Linda.
    We have jonquils in Knoxville this week !
    Take care.


    • linda
        · February 21st, 2014 at 7:27 pm · Link

      I am SO jealous!

  19. marilyn
      · February 19th, 2014 at 2:16 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better, keep using the Happy light. I never thought of getting setting on e-bay thanks for the thought, I have a few aquamarines that need to be placed into settings, I’ll be checking that out.

    Have a great week.

  20. Terrie Fulk
      · February 19th, 2014 at 2:40 pm · Link

    The weather here in Illinois is up and down. The past two days we have had temps in upper 40s. Tomorrow we are suppose to be around 60. That means severe thunderstorms are in store for us. I am glad to hear you are feeling better. Hope the rest of the week keeps going in your favor.

  21. Patricia Taylor
      · February 19th, 2014 at 3:38 pm · Link

    Happy to hear you are feeling better.

  22. Tia
      · February 19th, 2014 at 5:43 pm · Link

    So glad you’re feeling better. I’m trying to embrace the winter weather and jump up and down for joy when we get temps in the thirties :)
    Spring is right around the corner

  23. Patricia Taylor
      · February 19th, 2014 at 5:44 pm · Link

    Thankful that you are feeling better.

  24. Laura Davidson
      · February 19th, 2014 at 6:16 pm · Link

    WOO HOO!!! So glad you are feeling better. :D

  25. Cathy Fortier
      · February 19th, 2014 at 6:16 pm · Link

    Good to hear that you are feeling better! :wink: :-D

  26. Lea Williams
      · February 19th, 2014 at 6:18 pm · Link

    So so happy you are feeling better. It takes a while. Bless you as you go about your day today with the sunshine.

  27. Emily
      · February 19th, 2014 at 6:23 pm · Link

    So glad you are feeling better. Prayer works!

  28. Lois Rotella
      · February 19th, 2014 at 7:57 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. Looking forward to your next book. Just think spring is about 25 days from now. Flowers, green grass, and leaves on the trees.

  29. Debbie C
      · February 19th, 2014 at 7:59 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you’re feeling a little better. As always love hearing about the gemstones. Don’t do too much too soon.

  30. Roberta Giordano
      · February 19th, 2014 at 8:06 pm · Link

    Glad you are feeling better. Where can I read about the the stones you talk about. Would like to find something for my hubby that might help him heal better.

    • linda
        · February 21st, 2014 at 7:29 pm · Link

      See today’s blog (Friday, February 21) for name of one of my favorite gemstone reference books.

  31. Rita
      · February 19th, 2014 at 8:24 pm · Link

    Interesting blog,Linda,glad you are getting better.I have a lovely pendant that has some bluish highlights,and is supposed to have something to do with the seven chakras. I must learn more about it. Fascinating!!!

  32. Diane Sallans
      · February 19th, 2014 at 9:28 pm · Link

    once you get those bugs they do take a while to get out of our systems. I’m very curious about the gemstones and will be watcing as you give us more info. :-D

  33. Pam Brewer
      · February 19th, 2014 at 9:43 pm · Link

    Wonderful to hear you are improving. With regards to the gemstones, is there a website where I can check out the different stones, and perhaps find some place close to my location to purchase them? I am truly intrigued!

    • linda
        · February 21st, 2014 at 7:29 pm · Link

      See Feb 21 blog for a favorite reference book

  34. Kelley Morrow
      · February 19th, 2014 at 11:03 pm · Link

    Linda, so glad you are feeling better! The world is a happier place because of your stories and I can’t wait for a new one! I have recently fallen in love with Labradorite and love the thought of some personal magic!

  35. Tinna
      · February 20th, 2014 at 3:03 am · Link

    Glad your feeling better! You’ve been missed!

  36. Dotty Weis
      · February 20th, 2014 at 9:40 am · Link

    Hi Linda
    If your are interested in Robert E Lee and his generals read The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara it’s about the battle of Gettysburg and it tell about what each important person was doing before the war and what happened to them after the war

  37. Brenda
      · February 20th, 2014 at 10:34 am · Link

    It’s good to hear that you’re feeling better each day. Linda, a REAL GOOD song to lift your spirits is entitled “HAPPY” by Pharrell Williams. It can be found on youtube or you can probably download it. The song is up for Oscar nomination on March 2 for Despicable Me 2. I love hearing this song, it brightens my day and I hope that it does the same for you!

  38. susan Leech
      · February 20th, 2014 at 12:45 pm · Link

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. Praying for you and hope you soon have a full recovery. Sue Leech

  39. Virginia Horton
      · February 20th, 2014 at 3:47 pm · Link

    So glad you are feeling better. I couldn’t get into your site yesterday for some reason but made it today. The weather here has been nice the past couple of day and I got to take a few walks. Today its in the med 60’s but very windy but we have some bad storms headed our way. But all good things must come to an end because they say next week will be cold and more snow. :cry: :( You never know around here.

    • linda
        · February 21st, 2014 at 7:31 pm · Link

      My website was being updated for a while yesterday.

  40. Marlene Kubick
      · February 20th, 2014 at 10:47 pm · Link

    I hope the days are better and better for you. I just found a review of a new novel by an author I’ve never come across before. The novel is Somerset by Leila Meachum. It caught my eye because of the cover and also, my neighbor’s first name is Leila…not too common. I’m assuming she is a new novelist since there only seems to be 3 novels by her. Just wondered if you were familiar with her. I’m drawn because her first book, Roses, covers one hundred years of a family….as “someone” else we know has a tendency to write about families. :)

    • linda
        · February 21st, 2014 at 7:31 pm · Link

      She’s new to me, too.

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