#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Weight Watchers Report, Etc.

This morning I was down 1.2 pounds, so I’m happy.  :)

Last evening, while Bernice and I were returning from our walk, I caught a glimpse of red on some tomato plants over by the greenhouse–yeehaw!  I scored some nice ones, and carried them back to the house.  Made a sandwich (yum) with one and sliced another to have with my supper.  Delicious!!!  No such thing as too many fresh-from-the-vine tomatoes.

As promised, here’s the name of the woman who wrote DOLLBABY: Laura Lane McNeal.  I so loved this book!  Another favorite I could compare it to is THE KITCHEN HOUSE.  I seem to be on a Marie Antoinette kick at the moment–I think I downloaded three different biographies.  Recently, I listened to one about her daughter, Marie Therese–I can’t seem to find the title at the moment.  Anyway, it was fascinating–I had no idea that any of the doomed royals’ children survived to adulthood, but M.T. lived long enough to see two of her uncles restored to the French throne, though the Bourbon dynasty didn’t last.  She was an incredibly intelligent woman, charming and very, very brave.  She endured several years in prison, under horrendous conditions.  Her only living sibling, a small boy, died in the same prison.  Had he lived, he would have been Louis IVII.  Although this story is terribly sad, it was also a tribute to courage and forgiveness-Marie Therese’s father, King Louis the IVI, publically forgave his killers–from the scaffold.  The Queen–who NEVER said ‘let them eat cake”, by the way–faced her own death with dignity.  Contrary to popular belief, Marie Antoinette was a very generous woman who gave a great deal of food and money to the poor, all during her reign.

Alas, I ramble.  :)

That’s about it for today, my friends.  Be well, be safe and always, always be kind.

26 comments to “Weight Watchers Report, Etc.”

  1. Virginia Horton
      · August 13th, 2014 at 6:33 pm · Link

    Congrats on your weight loss, keep up the good work. I am like you there is nothing better then a fresh tomatoe off the vine. I have been eating them every night myself.

  2. Shirley Miller
      · August 13th, 2014 at 6:45 pm · Link

    I really admire you, Linda, for keeping on keeping on. Just as we all know, it’s not a “diet,” it’s making consistently healthy choices. Good for you.
    We plant tomatoes at our house because it’s the best way to have plenty of green tomatoes. Yumm, I love fried green tomatoes. My Mom says it’s because I was born in August and she ate so many during the weeks before I was born. She loved their tart flavor.
    Of course, the ripe ones have their own charm. :-) I’m glad you’re enjoying your garden.

  3. Michele B
      · August 13th, 2014 at 7:17 pm · Link

    Did they finally prove through DNA that is was the dauphin that died in that prison? Poor little guy.

    According to family legend, there was another Bourbon that survived. Having first come to America with Lafayette, he managed to return and get his wife out of the country, she was pregnant and gave birth in Maine to a son. Her husband never made it back out of France and she changed her name out of fear of discovery. I have one of the two cufflinks, passed down through the generations that is supposed to be proof of that claim. I confirmed the cufflink to be authentic, for age and royal markings. There were, however, a great many pretenders out there so perhaps it is just a myth. I talked to my brother once about DNA testing to see if we could confirm. In the end, we decided that we do not want to know. True or not, we’ve decided continue with the story-telling tradition for the next generation.

  4. Norma Stanforth
      · August 13th, 2014 at 7:18 pm · Link

    Linda, i knew that you would loss some of the weight that you had gain. Congratulation on your loss. Keep up the great job.
    God’s blessing to all.
    As always your friend,

  5. Janie
      · August 13th, 2014 at 7:25 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the discipline to stay with the WW plan. We are having fresh sliced tomatoes on a fried egg sandwich tonight. One of our favorite ways to enjoy that garden fresh taste. I have just enjoyed reading the Montana Creed brothers trilogy.

  6. Leanna
      · August 13th, 2014 at 7:45 pm · Link

    I love fresh off the vine tomatoes. We are going to try planting some fall tomatoes (I live in Texas). I love the longer growing season here.

  7. Diana E.
      · August 13th, 2014 at 7:52 pm · Link

    Congratulations, Linda. Found your blog very interesting today. Blessings.

  8. Ruby Norwood
      · August 13th, 2014 at 7:54 pm · Link

    Congrats on your weight loss, and I thought I was the only one that liked a fresh tomato sandwich. Enjoyed the blog! hope everyone has a good evening.

  9. Gloria
      · August 13th, 2014 at 7:57 pm · Link

    Ya done good, Linda…real good!

    Me, not so much. I’m still gaining, and I hate it.

    I planted 2 tomato plants, got 2 small tomatoes off one of the vines, and that was it. Something ate my 2 cucumber plants and tried to eat the tomatoes, but although I still have 2 vines, after pruning them, I haven’t even had a bloom. :(

    Have a good rest of the week.

  10. judy
      · August 13th, 2014 at 8:16 pm · Link

    Glad you weight is down. It nice and cool here in Mo.

  11. Lois Rotella
      · August 13th, 2014 at 8:33 pm · Link

    Continue the good work with weight watches. Enjoy your tomatoes and I wish I could grow them.

  12. Roberta Giordano
      · August 13th, 2014 at 8:38 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the weight lost. My husband as been getting many tomatoes and really enjoys them. Have a great week!

  13. Nadine Spradlin
      · August 13th, 2014 at 8:58 pm · Link

    I love a good tomato sandwich , my husband has to have bacon & lettuce with his or creamed corn & homemade biscuits. when I was young my mama had a garden , back then it was good to take salt to the garden pick a tomato , wipe it off and eat it right there. Have a good day tomorrow & a great week-end . as always looking forward to the new book …..

  14. Ann Bartholomew
      · August 13th, 2014 at 9:57 pm · Link

    Tomatoes fresh from the vine are the best. I’m glad to get a new view of Marie Antoinette. She is most often painted with a bad brush.

    I just finished re-reading McKettrick’s Choice. What a character Lorelei is – burning her wedding gown and riding See Saw to Mexico and back, then to Arizona. Gotta love the McKettricks.

  15. Linda Lattin
      · August 14th, 2014 at 12:37 am · Link

    Congratulations. You have done extremely well on weight watchers and it shows. You look fantastic.

  16. Rita Crofoot
      · August 14th, 2014 at 1:06 am · Link

    Fresh produce from the garden is one of summers best pleasures, it taste so much better when you put in the hard work and concern, but the time spent is what makes it so memorable. I have also returned to canning after quite a few years, and do it now because I enjoy it, not just necessity. Wishing you lots more juicy tomatoes this year.

  17. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · August 14th, 2014 at 5:43 am · Link

    Ah, fresh tomatoes from the vine. Reminds me of my grandmother’s garden :wink:

  18. Kim Rudisill
      · August 14th, 2014 at 7:58 am · Link

    WTG! The weigh in last time had to have been water, but you are still on track. Keep up the good work! :-D

  19. DONNA
      · August 14th, 2014 at 8:41 am · Link

    Keep up the good work with WW. I also love tomatos off the vine. This summer I was lucky to receive a bunch from a friend who has tomato plants in the back yard.

  20. marilyn
      · August 14th, 2014 at 8:57 am · Link

    Glad to hear the weight is back down, I totally understand about the ripe from the vine toms…. I have two right now that need another day and they are going to be my dinner! and isn’t history fun!!! so many things to learn.

    Have a wonderful week.

  21. Andrea Lammly
      · August 14th, 2014 at 9:44 am · Link

    Hard to beat fresh tomatoes from the garden for summertime meals. I’ve got Doll Baby on my “to read list” now. Saw your great review and a few others. Happy day and thoughts to all. :)

  22. Dotty Weis
      · August 14th, 2014 at 12:12 pm · Link

    Thanks for the interesting history lesson and good job with the WW

  23. cheryl Morgan
      · August 14th, 2014 at 1:47 pm · Link

    Glad to hear someone else talk about Mrie Antionette. Did you know that Louis XVIII was having fertility issues and was circumcised at age 38? Whether it is true or not, I cannot remember the source. The cake was a yeast cake which was supposedly nutricious when they had no flour. The Bourbon family is in Spain now and they are very well respected. There is a duke of Paris somewhere who would be a king. WWII created a rift and In think a grandson is or was the heir. Before retirement and a hobby of reading your books, I was a high school French Teacher. Maybe other readers have better information. :?:

  24. Laura Lane McNeal
      · August 14th, 2014 at 8:26 pm · Link

    Thank you much for mentioning me on your blog! You’re a doll!
    Laura Lane McNeal

  25. Violette Ruffley
      · August 14th, 2014 at 9:12 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the weight lost. Good you! It helps to remember it did not go on over night and it will drop pound for pound as you continue with your admirable determination.

    I want to thank you for your literary creativity, your books have long been among my favorites.

    Bless you always in all ways.

  26. Brenda I.
      · August 15th, 2014 at 7:44 pm · Link

    I do so enjoy fresh tomatoes from the garden. I wash one off and can eat it just like an apple. I think that you meant Marie Therese’s brother would have been Louis XVII.

    Have a Good Day!

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