#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

These are a few of my favorite things…

Some of which, I feel compelled to point out, are not actually things, but living beings.  :)  (Also, they’re not necessarily listed in order of preference.)

1. Dogs, cats, horses–and all other living creatures.

2. Trees–there’s something to that tree-hugging thing.  It looks silly, I admit, but it grounds me, big-time.

3. Gemstones and crystals.  (Duh)

4. Audiobooks and book-books

5. Candles–they give me a sense of the sacred

6. Art supplies of almost any kind


8. Torani sugar-free flavorings–especially Black Cherry, which jazzes up a diet cola or glass of plain water without messing up my Weight Watchers plan.

9. Weight Watchers and their Simply Filling program.  HOO-HAW, I can DO this!

10. 3×5 index cards, dividers and boxes to hold them.  I have switched from the traditional to-do list to a system I learned years ago, from the Slob Sisters, who were very popular organizational experts back in the day, and probably still are.  (They have other names but I can’t recall what they are.)  The SS recommended making an index card for each daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly task, their focus being housekeeping.  There were appropriate dividers for the days of the week, etc.  Basically, every morning, (I used the method for years before, lucky me, I could afford help) I would lay out the cards on a counter or the kitchen table and, as I completed each job, I would refile the corresponding card under the next day.  This gave me a huge sense of satisfaction AND a very clean house.  :)  Now, I’ve resurrected the idea, but I use it for things like devotional time, blogging, listening to the Daily Audio Bible, exercising, etc.  If I have a once-in-a-while task, I make a card for that, too, and simply discard it when finished.  Two caveats here: 1) It’s important to include something, no matter how small, that is just for you–mine simply says, “Make art”.  2) They just don’t make index cards like they used to, and that bugs me.

11. All kinds of music–from Verdi’s FOUR SEASONS to the Beatles to Big Band–to good ole Country.  Music peps me up when my energy is low, and inspires me when I’m writing or brainstorming.  (I don’t listen when I’m revising or reading–too distracting.)

12. Flowers–especially daffodils, tulips and PEONIES.  :)

13. Going to Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or JoAnn’s.

14. Glass jars full of pretty stones, buttons or craft supplies.

15. Making and receiving artist trading cards.  I’ve been at this for about four years now, and I’ve amassed quite a collection of OPCs (other people’s cards) and filled binder after binder with my own work.

16. Insights–most often they arrive while I’m writing my Morning Pages.

17. Dancing.  (Peek in my window some fine day and, before you get arrested or are wrestled to the ground by one of the ranch hands, you might see me boogying all over the place–much to the consternation of Bernice and the kitties.)

18. QVC (guess this qualifies as a guilty pleasure, like the next item on the list.) I mostly buy clothes (they’re good quality and often unique), household gadgets, like pressure cookers, etc.

19. Playing slot machines and, of course, winning.  :)  I’m extremely lucky, if I do say so myself, but it’s wise to remember: nobody, but nobody, beats ‘the house’ (casino)–except for those very rare winners of a progressive jackpot, and I wonder if that’s really good fortune or a terrible curse.  Like a big score on the lotto, enormous windfalls can be destructive.

20.  Writing to you.  Thanks for ‘listening’.  :)


58 comments to “These are a few of my favorite things…”

  1. Judy Eagle
      · March 11th, 2014 at 1:04 pm · Link

    I love daffodils, china lilys and peonies, especially peonies.

  2. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · March 11th, 2014 at 1:10 pm · Link

    The daffodils are already blooming here :wink:

    Thanks for all the inspiring ideas from your list.

  3. Rita Crofoot
      · March 11th, 2014 at 1:13 pm · Link

    Oh, I love that 20 is still open, to possibilities.

  4. Maryjane Hoffman
      · March 11th, 2014 at 1:16 pm · Link

    Love your list! What awesome ideas too! Have a great day and enjoy!!

  5. Heather Charity
      · March 11th, 2014 at 1:19 pm · Link

    What a GREAT idea – the cards…I may try that and see what I can actually get accomplished! Thanks!!! :-P

  6. Rosemary
      · March 11th, 2014 at 1:23 pm · Link

    Linda, it made me chuckle to acknowledge the similarities of our “things I Love and Admire” lists. Have a great week.

  7. DONNA
      · March 11th, 2014 at 1:23 pm · Link

    I love animals & tulips & cherry blossoms. Glad spring is around the corner. Everything will be in bloom!

  8. judy
      · March 11th, 2014 at 1:23 pm · Link

    Love the blog today. You have all the good stuff down. So glad you are back on your feet.

  9. Kathy Hendrickson
      · March 11th, 2014 at 1:24 pm · Link

    I love your list! Springtime is my favorite time of the year. It is the time of new beginnings. We broke a record for snowfall and cold temperatures in my corner of the world in Illinois this past winter. I can’t wait for the daffodils and crocus’ to show their beautiful flowers to the sun and the world. My list would include my grandchildren, friends, books, HGTV, old western movies and television shows and gardening.

  10. Patricia Taylor
      · March 11th, 2014 at 1:36 pm · Link

    I see we have similar likes, too. I have an affinity with horses, rocks especially crystals and I love trees. I just bought myself some cut daffodils to lift my spirits from the winter that seems will never end. You gave me a great idea how to display some of my rock collection. I’m going to put them in glass jars instead of stored in boxes. I already have a vase of shells. I love things of nature. I also have a Yorkie. She is 13 years old but you would never know it.

    • linda
        · March 12th, 2014 at 12:00 pm · Link

      My Yorkie is 13, too–14 in April. She’s feisty!

  11. Jeanne Wagner Shaw
      · March 11th, 2014 at 1:48 pm · Link

    No ‘raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens’? :>)

    • linda
        · March 12th, 2014 at 12:01 pm · Link

      Of course! And I like brown paper packages tied up with string, too :)

  12. Marilyn Fish
      · March 11th, 2014 at 1:52 pm · Link

    You sound like me!

  13. Diana E.
      · March 11th, 2014 at 1:53 pm · Link

    Love your list, very inspiring. Daffodils are up, tulips will soon follow and my Daffney, smells sooooooo good. I love peonies too but have never tried to plant any.
    I am also a QVC junkie since I don’t like to shop anymore. I would really like to see pictures of your ATCs. Have a wonderful day. Blessings.

  14. Lynn Allen
      · March 11th, 2014 at 2:17 pm · Link

    Love the idea from the Slob Sisters, thank you for sharing all of you favorite things. We have most of them in common.

  15. Lorraine Pitts
      · March 11th, 2014 at 2:19 pm · Link

    What an interesting person you are! You make me want to get up, get out and do more. Thanks for that. Love your books! Have a great week.

  16. Lorraine Pitts
      · March 11th, 2014 at 2:20 pm · Link

    What an interesting person you are! You make me want to get up, get out and do more. Thanks for that. Love your books! Have a great week. :oops:

  17. Debbie C
      · March 11th, 2014 at 2:32 pm · Link

    I just spotted 2 of my bulbs popping up in the front of my home. A sure sign spring is here. Thanks for sharing your favorite things.

  18. Linda (Lindy) Park
      · March 11th, 2014 at 2:38 pm · Link

    I’m with you on the animals, flowers, trees and MUSIC! I can’t live without any of those, especially music of all kinds. I tend toward country too but love all kinds of music (except for rap).

    I can no longer do crafts easily as I’m going blind and have lost total sight in my right eye. I have macular degeneration and cataract building in my left eye too. I really miss being able to do crafts but I still have my Large Print books my eReader, and my computer to keep me happy.

  19. Carol s
      · March 11th, 2014 at 2:42 pm · Link

    When I was a little girl( many years ago) my Mother had a big shoe box of all kinds of buttons. My three sisters and I would spend hours on a rainy day playing with them. The box had every shape and size you could ever imagine. The buttons are long gone although the memories will last forever.

  20. Laura Ann Harris
      · March 11th, 2014 at 2:49 pm · Link

    Hi Linda

    I totally agree with the Weight Watchers plan. I lost 4.5 lbs the first week!!!! I’m also a big fan of Qvc. Friday Night Beauty is awesome!

  21. Sherry Marks
      · March 11th, 2014 at 2:49 pm · Link

    I love your list of favorite things. Some of those are favorites of mine also. I love country music, and crafting. I could spend all day in hobby lobby or Joann’s!!! I can’t wait for flowers to start sprouting, spring is on the way. I love spending time with my grandson. We love potting flowers and gardening. God bless and take care.

  22. Lois Rotella
      · March 11th, 2014 at 2:50 pm · Link

    Now that I am almost retired, I think the index card list is a good idea. It will keep my day organized and fun. I enjoyed seeing your list and that no 20 is open to whatever. Have a great day and peace for all.

  23. Dotty Weis
      · March 11th, 2014 at 2:52 pm · Link

    I would just like to win a little something sometime, even though like you say the odds are against you

  24. Juanita Rice
      · March 11th, 2014 at 2:56 pm · Link

    Some of my favorite things!! :)

  25. Helen Gaines
      · March 11th, 2014 at 2:59 pm · Link

    We love your blogs, books, etc. it is very informative.

  26. Ann Bartholomew
      · March 11th, 2014 at 3:02 pm · Link

    RE #12: I bet they are more specifically white peonies. I have know this a couple of years with all your references to white peonies. Ex: McKettrick’s Heart

  27. Judy from Michigan
      · March 11th, 2014 at 3:03 pm · Link

    You always talk about the horses and the ranch hands. You never talk about riding the horses. Do you? I’d never be able to find time to write if it were me. lol.

    And, is WW easier with the new Simple Plan? I have tried and failed many times on WW. Just wondering if I should give it another shot. :-P

    • linda
        · March 12th, 2014 at 12:04 pm · Link

      I use WW Simply Filling plan, and I LOVE it. There have been some good changes,too–fruit are all free.

  28. Ruby Norwood
      · March 11th, 2014 at 3:05 pm · Link

    Wow, I love your list. The index cards I use myself sometimes. I also do several others that you do, but I am not as organized as you are, but you do inspire me. As for the flowers, trees, animals and music I love.

  29. Emily
      · March 11th, 2014 at 3:26 pm · Link

    What a fun blog!

    I love all flowers, dogs (I am allergic to cats), Horses (I am also allergic to them) :cry: Trees are the best for many reasons, and I love your blog!

    Have a great day writing! :-D

  30. Virginia Horton
      · March 11th, 2014 at 3:31 pm · Link

    I love your favorite things and there were a lot of them I love also.

  31. Vicky
      · March 11th, 2014 at 3:36 pm · Link

    It is interesting to read your favorite things. Some are my favorite things too! Small world! Thanks for sharing.

  32. Lori
      · March 11th, 2014 at 3:52 pm · Link

    We have a lot of things in common ! No wonder we all love your books!! I agree about music, I listen stuff that was recorded before I was born! Hope you have a great week on WW . I am thinking about trying it again. I need inspiration to keep going, have lost 30 lbs since last June, want to loose 20 more.

  33. Lea Williams
      · March 11th, 2014 at 3:54 pm · Link

    I love daffodils, tulips and buttercups, I love to dance. I love music most kinds anyway. Nothing that makes my head rattle, I love jewelry, bracelets and rings in particular, I love love love my horses and dogs and cats. Love spring. So there is my list. Blessings

  34. Betty Hamilton
      · March 11th, 2014 at 4:11 pm · Link

    What a wonderful list. It is the list of a well rounded person!

  35. Roberta Giordano
      · March 11th, 2014 at 5:29 pm · Link

    My favorite is when my grandchildren come to visit ! Just wish it could be at least once a year. And I love sunflowers.

  36. Eileen Tallach
      · March 11th, 2014 at 5:33 pm · Link

    Dogs period. I stopped reading after that!

    thanks for sharing as always :)

    Eileen ET

  37. Terri Shortell
      · March 11th, 2014 at 6:16 pm · Link

    I love your books and now I know we appreciate a lot of the same things. I’ll take your word on the dancing. Don’t want to be arrested although being wrestled to the ground by a cowboy sounds intriguing. :lol: Enjoy the beautiful weather. 8)

  38. midge watkins
      · March 11th, 2014 at 6:42 pm · Link

    Linda, except for a couple items, your list could have been mine. I’m a gatherer of stuff to do stuff with. However, get-
    ing to the doing stuff part eludes me. Need to get that sorted
    out. Instead of the slots, I’m enjoying horse racing on TVG.
    I also belong and make a few cheap show bets during the week.
    Love to watch the horses. One of my favorite things in the
    first part of spring is using the shedding blade on my horses.
    Your ranch hands probably do that for you, but you don’t know
    what you’re missing! Hair in your mouth, eyelashes, nose, all
    over the corral or barn(I have two white horses, so it looks
    like a sheep shearing pen) and white hair in my brown hair that
    makes me think I have more grey hair! Have a wonderful
    spring. I’m reading “Shotgun Bride” and loving it.

  39. Cathy
      · March 11th, 2014 at 7:16 pm · Link

    I have to add quilting, my two doxies, and my antique car

  40. Norma Stanforth
      · March 11th, 2014 at 7:54 pm · Link

    Linda, (1) family,and friends, animals, and all of God’s creation is impotent (2) My next one would be crochet and books. I love to crochet and to read.(3) I like gemstone too, i like jewelry. I love the Audio books. Blessings to you.
    As always your friend,

  41. Barbara Murcray
      · March 11th, 2014 at 8:26 pm · Link

    What a great list to share. We have a lot on your list in common and I could add a few:
    1. Boating – out on the lake relaxing with family.
    2. Traveling – just got back from Costa Rica.
    3. Spending time with the Grand kids, I have seven.
    4. Crocheting blankets and giving them away to friends and family.
    5. Quilting working on a new design and having it come out just perfect.
    6. Friday nights are family night with the kids and grand kids. We all get together for dinner and catch up on what everyone is doing. That is the best!

  42. Gloria
      · March 11th, 2014 at 8:50 pm · Link

    Linda, I like that idea of the index cards for chores, but…I have so much that needs done that by the time I got it all on the index cards, I’d be so old, I couldn’t get any of it done. :-D

    Carol s was talking about her mama’s buttons…when I was in the second or 3rd grade, my granny gave me a round Prince Albert can of buttons, of all kinds. When I was in the 4th grade, we moved from one house to one across the creek, and somehow, the buttons were left behind.

    I was visiting the neighbor one day and I saw a round Prince Albert can on her mantle. I said I use to have one of those and described what was in it. She got up and handed me the can and there were all my precious buttons. She’d taken it out of the old store my Mama ran for a while.

    Guess what…it disappeared, AGAIN. Since I wasn’t in the habit of losing the few things I had, I have always wondered why my can of buttons kept disappearing, or got left behind. :?:

    My list of favorite things are too many to mention, but I like a lot of the same things you and the others like.

    I had to go to GA today to take care of a few things, and I saw trees in bloom, Blooming Quince, Yellow Bells, Jonquils, and other shrubs. It was beautiful and the temp was 80 and breezy. God provided such a beautiful day for us to enjoy.

    I went to my old hosue and picked heirloom Jonquils, and shared them with my cousin.

    So, one of my favorite things is a BEAUTIFUL day like today.

    I’m glad you’re feeling so much better.

    • Gloria
        · March 11th, 2014 at 8:53 pm · Link

      Oh my goodness…I didn’t realize I wrote so much. :-P Please forgive the length of the above.

      • Nadine Spradlin
          · March 11th, 2014 at 9:28 pm · Link

        My neighbor has a beautiful Tulip tree in full bloom,my Yellow bells are blooming , the Tulips have buds even the pear tree has buds . I live in Ga . it was beautiful day today, tomorrow is supposed to be damp & cooler , but that is a time to stay inside and read another of LLM’s books .

        • Gloria
            · March 12th, 2014 at 11:02 am · Link

          You got that right!

          If your part of GA is as beautiful as where I was, you are truly Blessed.

  43. Judi Schultz
      · March 11th, 2014 at 9:00 pm · Link

    Oooh peonies are my favorites. My grandmother used to grow tons of them and she always sent us home each visit with a giant bouquet of them.

  44. Beverly
      · March 11th, 2014 at 9:50 pm · Link

    I love to knit and sew. And of course read and read more. Especially anything you write. Would love to receive on of your cards that would be most awesome!

  45. ,carol
      · March 11th, 2014 at 11:29 pm · Link

    Hi! love your list, love rainy days to sit and read, and I too dance alone to my favorite music, love all kinds of music! love the beach, and walking my son’s 2 dogs! Have a nice Wednesday!

  46. Sue Ellis
      · March 11th, 2014 at 11:47 pm · Link

    Great list….a lot of my favorite things are on there too.

  47. Janet Clark
      · March 12th, 2014 at 1:12 am · Link

    Loved you list of favorite things…….
    I would have to add, baking, picture taking, rainbows and spending time with the 11 grandkids we have!
    I too have great memories with the button box. I have my grandmothers buttons and I still go thru it and look it over from time to time as do the grandkids…..they all seem to think it is something special!

  48. Joyce M.
      · March 12th, 2014 at 11:36 am · Link

    My favorite things are reading and spending time with my grandchildren.

  49. Ida C
      · March 12th, 2014 at 3:23 pm · Link

    Loved reading your list Linda and it sounds like you’re getting back to feeling like yourself!! Here in southern Ontario, we’ve had a snowstorm again today!! Enough already. Have a great day everyone! :-D

  50. hilda
      · March 12th, 2014 at 3:48 pm · Link

    We’re having a couple of Spring-like days in the Seattle area. I just got back from a jaunt to the Pike Place Market, where I bought myself a dozen cut tulips from a vendor who just happens to have his tulip fields and hothouses about 500 feet from my Dad’s property up in Whatcom County, WA. So I felt I was supporting my Dad’s neighbor and brightening up my desk! I wish everyone an early, long-lasting Spring! Let’s pray for a thaw in the parts of the country where they/you are still suffering! May the Lord be merciful.

  51. Terrie Fulk
      · March 12th, 2014 at 5:58 pm · Link

    Loved reading your “Few of My Favorite Things List”. We have some common likes. Peonies is one of them. They are some of my very favorite. I love it when I see them start to bloom. Animals, nature, books are some of the others. I like your idea of using index cards. I think I may try that useful idea. I’m glad to see you are feeling much better. <3

  52. Denise King
      · March 12th, 2014 at 9:14 pm · Link

    Some of my favorite things are books,I like the slots also and I win more than I lose :-) and spending time with my Nanas babies. Have a great night Linda

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