#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Wednesday’s News

Today was Weight Watchers day, and I’m thrilled to report that I lost 4.4 pounds this week!  Jen, Wendy and I went to lunch at a favorite Mexican restaurant afterward–I had a chicken enchilada, my favorite, along with rice and beans.  Delicious.  Of course none of these items are on the Power Foods list, but that’s one of the wonderful things about this program.  It’s flexible.  I ate about half of what I was served and avoided the torilla chips and bean dip the waiter served as soon as we sat down.

In between these two events, I stopped off at JoAnn’s to buy more of the metal artist trading card blanks I found there last week.  (If I find something I really like, I tend to buy it in bulk.  Guess you could call it a Costco mindset.  :)  )  Naturally, several other interesting items found their way into my shopping cart–some nifty paper punches, glitter in two scrumptious colors (magenta and turquoise), and some plastic sheets I can paint on and then shrink in the oven.  (Another experiment–and experiments are one of my favorite things–#20, I guess.)

The weather is perfectly gorgeous today, cold but sunny.  It sure raises a person’s spirits.  Haven’t spotted any sprouts in the tulip/daffodil beds, but I’m trusting them to show up soon. 

I read a book last night–yes, the kind with pages–called “The Little Book of True Ghost Stories”, by Echo Bodine.  VERY interesting.  I don’t see ghosts, and I don’t want to, but I’m what you might call a sensitive.  If there’s a shift in the energy, negative or positive, I’m aware of it.  I’m sure this is actually pretty common.  Black tourmaline, strategically placed, seems to even things out, and many people, including moi, believe it is a stone of protection, and an extremely powerful one at that.  When I have aches and pains, I carry rock crystal in my pockets or rub the sore area gently with either rose quartz or moss agate.  Although it would be difficult, if not impossible, to name a favorite, both rose quartz and moss agate are go-to stones for me, along with jasper and labradorite.  I can feel the energy in these (and most other) stones just by holding my hand a few inches above them.  Jasper is wonderfully calming, and so is labradorite–plus, the latter is absolutely lovely to look at, filled with light and colors that seem to shift and change, like a very small universe, full of Hubble-bright galaxies, or a hologram.

I’m constantly giving gemstone pendants to friends and family–in fact, Debbie Macomber tweeted a photo today, and she’s wearing the moss agate I gave her.  :)  It’s worth looking up the picture just to see that wonderful, light-up-a-room smile of hers.

I miss my good friend, can you tell?



24 comments to “Wednesday’s News”

  1. Gwen
      · March 12th, 2014 at 11:02 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss! I am stuck at a plateau right now so…I too have been watching for my tulip and crocuses bulbs to show up. My pugs look at me like I am crazy when I stand there, staring at the ground.

  2. judy
      · March 12th, 2014 at 11:05 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight lose. I have Easter Lilies in bloom now.

  3. Debbie C
      · March 12th, 2014 at 11:17 pm · Link

    Just looked at the twitter picture. That moss agate stone is beautiful!!! It looks great on Debbie Macomber. I have 2 bulbs poking their way up. Good sign with snow due in the morning that spring will be here soon. Congrats on the weight loss.

  4. Terri Shortell
      · March 12th, 2014 at 11:25 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss. Proud of your accomplishment. :lol: You are an inspiration to others. You have kept me going with my weight loss ambitions. I actually put on a pair of pants today and they were really baggy. They used to be tight. :-P Thank you for being who you are. Have a great spring.

  5. Lorraine Pitts
      · March 12th, 2014 at 11:27 pm · Link

    Love your post! Congrats on the weight loss!!!!

  6. Juanita Rice
      · March 12th, 2014 at 11:27 pm · Link

    The sun was setting on a lovely warm day and I heard the robins talking to each other when we came home from an early dinner. There may be nests in the making out there. ;)

  7. Gloria
      · March 13th, 2014 at 12:52 am · Link

    You are doing great on the weight loss, Linda!! Keep it up. Do you have a goal in mind, other than to be healthier?

    My yard at my old house was so bright and sunny yesterday, from above from the sun, and on the ground wilh all the bright yellow blooms.

    As mentioned yesterday, I picked some and shared them with my cousin, and I called over this past evening to my “neighbor’s” and invited her to walk down and pick the rest of them as we are expeciting temps to be 32 tonight and/or tomorrow night. I wanted someone to enjoy them.

    Keep up the good work!

  8. Linda (Lindy) Park
      · March 13th, 2014 at 1:57 am · Link

    You have such an interesting blog every time you post. I do so enjoy reading them along with all your books.

    I’m also a fan of Debbie Macomber. I read all her books too. I like seeing that authors like other authors, and often the same ones that I like too.

  9. Rosemary
      · March 13th, 2014 at 2:58 am · Link

    4.4 lbs – YAY, well done!

  10. Dennis
      · March 13th, 2014 at 6:48 am · Link

    congrats!! keep it going!!

  11. Lois Rotella
      · March 13th, 2014 at 7:39 am · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss ! Have a wonderful thrusday.

  12. Jeri H
      · March 13th, 2014 at 7:42 am · Link

    Good job on the weight loss. I am stuck at a plateau at this time. Its finally a little warmer in Iowa so I’ve been out walking this week. Hopefully that will do the trick. Love your books! Take care.

  13. Heather Charity
      · March 13th, 2014 at 7:58 am · Link

    WTG!! Sticking with it! You’re a terrific influence on all of us.

  14. Emily
      · March 13th, 2014 at 8:27 am · Link

    Congratulations on your weight loss. Super!!

    I can tell by your blogs that you are up-n-running! Great news.

    Have a great week.

  15. Ruby Norwood
      · March 13th, 2014 at 9:49 am · Link

    Yea Linda, 4.4 lbs. that is wonderful. I am going to look up Debbie Macomb Picture because I want to see that gemstone pendant.

  16. Rita
      · March 13th, 2014 at 11:20 am · Link

    Wow, 4+ lbs, I am so impressed!!! That is not easy. I am so stuck weight loss wise, right now. Winter is hard because I love to cook. I am really starting to think about golf and gardening though, so I know it will be better.

  17. Joyce M.
      · March 13th, 2014 at 11:38 am · Link

    It was up to 60 yesterday and today it is 23!

    Congrats on the weight loss. You are doing fantastic.

  18. Marlene Kubick
      · March 13th, 2014 at 12:15 pm · Link

    Way to go Linda!!!! You are doing great. I keep saying I’m going to watch what I eat and that’s EXACTLY what I do……I watch it go into my mouth. lol I’ve really got to get back to the little Anytime Fitness that is within walking distance from my condo. Isn’t that pathetic? So close, plus I have an exercise bike in my livingroom. :roll:

  19. Virginia Horton
      · March 13th, 2014 at 3:04 pm · Link

    So glad you are doing well with weight watchers. I need that I think. The weather has turned cold again here and I can’t get out and walk. Road my exercise bike yesterday but it mess up my hip. I have a bad hip that is going to have to be replace at sometime.

  20. Diana E.
      · March 13th, 2014 at 5:13 pm · Link

    Congratulations on your weight loss, Linda. Thats fantastic. Mexican food is one of my favorites, good choice. And you’re right WW is flexible. Sounds like your JoAnn’s visit was good too. Nope its warming up a bit for you, really great here in the Willamette Valley. I love spring………….Blessings.

  21. Bridget
      · March 13th, 2014 at 8:28 pm · Link

    You can find the most fun things at JoAnne’s. They are always coming out with something new for us to make things with. Although, I haven’t seen the metal trading card backs yet, I’ll have to check them out! Can’t wait for Spring to come!

  22. Norma Stanforth
      · March 13th, 2014 at 8:48 pm · Link

    Linda, congratulation on you weight lost i am so thrilled for you. Blessings to you.
    As always your friend,

  23. midge watkins
      · March 13th, 2014 at 10:23 pm · Link

    Great news on the wt watchers front. I can’t seem to lose that
    in a month w/o gaining it back. When I finally get over this
    cold turned never-ending cough, tho, I’m going to get “good
    weather” serious. I just finished “Shotgun Bride” and I really
    think it’s one of your best (if that’s an option). Great story!
    I’m starting “The Rustler” tonite. I have never seen a moss
    agate, so I will have to check that out. Take care and keep up
    the good work at Wt Watchers.

  24. Peggy Casey
      · March 28th, 2014 at 8:32 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss. I need to re-engage with Weight Watchers. I haven’t followed their plan since my daughter was 1 and she is 27 now. I have so many friends who have been plugging back in lately.
    You motivate me in so many ways… keep up the great work! I have had a bug for a few days and felt rotten so I haven’t been reading, but my eyes don’t feel as if they are burning out of my head so maybe I will grab one of your books that I had stashed in the RV and found last night when I went digging for backup cold medicine.
    I am hoping that I am feeling well enough to start working on my flowerbeds Sunday. Tomorrow I am heading up to Colville to watch my son compete in a track and field invitational. It will be so nice to be back “home” for a few hours!
    Have a wonderful week and keep up the great work!

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