#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Weight Watchers Report: UP .4

Yes, this week I am up nearly half a pound–I suspect water retention, since my rings were tighter this morning.  In any case, I am not concerned–though I might be if a pattern forms.  :)

We are having the MOST beautiful weather here in Spokane–they’re actually predicting 83 degrees for Friday.  Yeehaw, I can get behind that.  The tulips are in full bloom now, and the colors are so lovely, it breaks my heart to look at them.

On the last blog I mentioned that I was listening to a novel, THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF…but I ended up switching to a memoir called (I think), LISTEN TO THE SQUAWKING CHICKEN–and it’s GREAT.  The author is Chinese-American, and the book is an account of her relationship with her Chinese mother.  There is lots of humor, as you might guess from the title, but some serious stuff, too.  I think those of us who live in the Western Hemisphere forget how much harder life is in other parts of the world.  I don’t know about you, but I can always use a reminder to be grateful.  It’s so easy to *itch and moan, to “awfulize”, as the late Zig Ziglar used to say, when the fact is that most of us, no matter where we are on the economic scale, have a roof over our heads, enough of the basics–and too much of certain things.  (Food, in my case.)  Yes, I know we have some serious issues to deal with here in the US and Canada, but–and this is a big but–the poverty endured in other countries is almost beyond the scope of imagination, even for our poor.

I will probably to back to the novel eventually, but I was tired and the read was just too downbeat for evening fare.

Norma Stanforth, a lot of us are praying for you.  Please don’t lose hope.

We have a nice community going for us here, methinks.  I am always touched by the care and concern so many of you show for other citizens of our online town.  (Shall we name it Parable?)

Speaking of Parable, the new book, THE MARRIAGE PACT, the first story in the brand-new BRIDES OF BLISS COUNTY series, will be available on the last Tuesday of May.  (How can it be May already?  This still feels a new year to me, and it’s nearly half over!)

That’s my news for today, gang.

Keep being yourselves.  You’re wonderful.


45 comments to “Weight Watchers Report: UP .4”

  1. Diane Vought
      · April 30th, 2014 at 4:40 pm · Link

    Not to worry about the weight. I was up 2.6 lbs with a friend to witness! ;-)

  2. Marilyn Hurst
      · April 30th, 2014 at 4:45 pm · Link

    Have a good day!

  3. DONNA
      · April 30th, 2014 at 4:45 pm · Link

    The first four months did go by fast. Although I am glad winter is behind us. Looking forward to your new series – keep em coming.

  4. Virginia Horton
      · April 30th, 2014 at 4:48 pm · Link

    We are having rainy cool weather here right now. We have had several nice days and now we are getting rain. Don’t worry about the weight, I tend to loose a few lbs during warmer weather.

  5. Debbie C
      · April 30th, 2014 at 5:02 pm · Link

    Just listened to my weatherman and even though we have lots of flooding today the forecast looks promising with the 70’s for tomorrow afternoon. It’s been a very cold winter here in the east and I’m looking forward to some warm sunshine. I agree that this is a wonderful community and we have a wonderful leader/inspiration at the helm. Have a wonderful evening Linda!

  6. Gloria
      · April 30th, 2014 at 5:03 pm · Link

    Good Blog today, Linda. I am starting another Dororetha Benton Frank book…Bull Island.

    You’ll lose that small amount of weight and more by next Wednesday. But, if you think it is water weight, drink some water with lemon juice in it. Make sure you stay home, though. If it works for a person, it really works.

    Take care!

  7. Diana E.
      · April 30th, 2014 at 5:10 pm · Link

    Just a slight blip in you journey, I’m so proud of you Linda and enjoy your week to week progress.
    Its beautiful here, too. I’ve got roses just showing color and its so exciting! Blessings.

  8. Patricia Taylor
      · April 30th, 2014 at 5:12 pm · Link

    It’s in the 40’s here today. Where did Spring go? Too cold after enjoying 70-80’s. Sorry about the weight gain. Celery is suppose to be a natural diuretic.

  9. Ruby Norwood
      · April 30th, 2014 at 5:32 pm · Link

    Linda don’t think twice about .4 it’s like you said probably fluid. I think all of us retain fluid in the summer I know I do. The tulips are beautiful here in South Carolina also. I can’t wait until Marriage Pact comes out, come on last Tuesday in May!!!

  10. Cathy Barton
      · April 30th, 2014 at 5:44 pm · Link

    Wish I had your weather-rain here. Can’t wait to read the new series.

  11. Jennifer Damone
      · April 30th, 2014 at 5:50 pm · Link

    We are supposed to have nicer weather here by the end of the week. I tell you low 40’s and rain the past two days has been horrible. Hope this weather gets it together soon!

  12. Linda (Lindy) Park
      · April 30th, 2014 at 6:00 pm · Link

    It’s 80 right now here in Tigard, OR. You can have all the heat you want but I don’t want it at all! I don’t care for the temps that get over 70 deg. You would think I would like the heat since I grew up and spent my first 51 years in Southern California but I never liked it then and I still dislike it.

    You can expect fluctuations in weight like you had so you are right not to worry. Better reports next week!

  13. Lorraine Pitts
      · April 30th, 2014 at 6:13 pm · Link

    Can’t wait for your book!!!! You rock!!

  14. Rita
      · April 30th, 2014 at 6:27 pm · Link

    Just got my chakra balancer bracelet,it’s lovely thanks for recommending it.

  15. Pamela Devereux
      · April 30th, 2014 at 6:44 pm · Link

    A little water retention happens to the best of us. Stay strong on Weight Watchers.

    I am sure that if you held a contest on who wakes up with the strangest cases of bead head, you might not win. That you & your sister joke about it, is good to hear.

    Just wanted to let you know I received the book and the stone. As I saw the stone, it brought me back to my freshman year at college. They had all these booths set up selling all kinds of jewelry & stones. I bought a ring in almost the same stone with a silver band. I will have to look it up.

    Thank you!!

    Have a great day!!!

  16. Lois Rotella
      · April 30th, 2014 at 6:51 pm · Link

    We are having heavy rain here in the east. Don’t worry about the half pound. Next week it will be ok.
    I am looking forward to your next series. Right now I am reading a mystery by B B Haywood. It is called Town in a Strawberry Swirl. I enjoy her books. They ate light reading but interesting. It takes place in Maine.
    Have a great thrusts.

    • Lois Rotella
        · April 30th, 2014 at 6:52 pm · Link

      Meant to say have a hreat thrusday. Sorry for the misspelling.

  17. Patrice
      · April 30th, 2014 at 7:26 pm · Link

    Don’t be discouraged with the weight gain, it is small and as you said may be water retention.
    It is hot here already, due to high humidity. But the jasmine is blooming and it’s all good! Always something to be grateful for – always for me anyway. :) There has been a lot of wild weather to the north. Keeping all folks in the path of bad weather in my prayers.
    Have a great rest of the week! :)

  18. Laurie Sullivan
      · April 30th, 2014 at 8:12 pm · Link

    I received my bracelets today and am wearing them. They didn’t have any cleaning instructions in it though. I’ll have to notify them. I’m hoping they work! One pound up is ok. Sometimes or bodies need a break. You’ll catch up. Hang in there.

  19. Susan Lee
      · April 30th, 2014 at 9:16 pm · Link

    I can’t wait for the new book. I will get it as soon as it comes out. Thanks for writing and thanks for the blog.

  20. Leanna
      · April 30th, 2014 at 10:09 pm · Link

    Don’t met the weight gain discourage you. I am really looking forward to the marriage pact.

  21. Terri Shortell
      · April 30th, 2014 at 11:27 pm · Link

    Parable sounds like a good name for our community. Glad your weather is nice. Missouri is wet and cold. :( I’m sure you’re right about the extra weight being water retention. It happens every once in a while. I’ll also offer my prayers for those who need it. Could everyone also pray for Arkansas. They experienced a lot of damage and injuries during these storms we have been having. Several people were also taken from their loved ones. Thanks. :cry:

  22. Cindy Zint
      · April 30th, 2014 at 11:39 pm · Link

    My mom and I will be looking forward to the last Tuesday in May…thanks for the heads up! As each birthday passes, time seems to fly faster! Have a sparkling and Blessed Thursday! :-)

  23. Ann Bartholomew
      · May 1st, 2014 at 12:59 am · Link

    Instead of joining WW, I’ve opted the exercise route. How many miles do I need to ride the stationary bike to lose a pound? Just wondering. WW might be the answer for me. You have certainly had great success.

  24. Kelley Morrow
      · May 1st, 2014 at 1:01 am · Link

    Hello Linda, glad you are doing great. Keep up with good outlook! You are a inspiration to all your readers! Here in Arkansas I feel so blessed and I am reminding myself constantly to be Grateful. Can’t wait for the new story!!! Have a good night

  25. Lea Williams
      · May 1st, 2014 at 1:11 am · Link

    .4 is nothing really. I bet you have a nice drop next week or whenever you go again. Our weather is fantastic this week. Love it. Blessings.

  26. Jo-Ann
      · May 1st, 2014 at 7:02 am · Link

    Hi:) Can’t wait for the new books to come out. I off to the store this morning as it’s payday for me. Have a wonderful day! Time to start rereading somebooks. Thinking about getting a e-reader as I still just read books. Does anyone have a tip on what to buy? Thanks

  27. Jo-Ann
      · May 1st, 2014 at 7:02 am · Link

    Hi:) Can’t wait for the new books to come out. I off to the store this morning as it’s payday for me. Have a wonderful day! Time to start rereading somebooks. Thinking about getting a e-reader as I still just read books. Does anyone have a tip on what to buy? Thanks.

  28. Anita C
      · May 1st, 2014 at 8:40 am · Link

    Water weight is normal – as others here in Parable have said, it will be better next week! I am envious of your sunshine and 83 degrees – it’s a wet and chilly week here in Wisconsin. Looking on the bright side, our May flowers should be fantastic! I’ve been reading Nora Roberts ‘The Collector’ and really enjoyed it. Now I will be reading Carla Neggers ‘Cider Brook.’ Looking forward to ‘The Marriage Pact’ too! Have a nice Thursday Linda and fellow Parableites!

  29. Brenda I
      · May 1st, 2014 at 9:40 am · Link

    You’re right, we really are blessed! If you have time, there’s a children’s book that you should read entitled “Tulips” by Jay O’Callahan if you haven’t read it already. The title character Pierre is very mischievous. I look forward to reading “The Marriage Pact.

  30. Becky in Hauser, Idaho
      · May 1st, 2014 at 10:29 am · Link

    Took my granddaughters Paige 4yrs, and Ashlyn 8 months, on 2 walks yesterday to enjoy the beautiful weather. We saw some beautiful tulips, and enjoyed the scent of some flowering trees too! Can’t wait for your new book release at the end of the month! Love you Linda!

  31. Joyce M.
      · May 1st, 2014 at 11:30 am · Link

    Glad you are on the other side of the US. East coast is getting clobbered. Since Tuesday we have gotten more than 6 inches of rain. I personally am fine but it is scary.

  32. Juanita Rice
      · May 1st, 2014 at 1:44 pm · Link

    Thank you for the info on The Marriage Pact, Linda! Putting it on my calendar. :)

  33. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · May 1st, 2014 at 4:17 pm · Link

    Down half a pound. And great weather! Can’t beat that :-)

  34. Janis Jones
      · May 1st, 2014 at 7:13 pm · Link

    Hello Linda, Good to hear you are well. I was wondering if you have written a book about Melissa O’Ballivan? I would really like to find it if you have. I enjoy your stories so very much. I laugh and cry during every one of them. Thanks so much for your wonderful novels.

    • Valdi M
        · May 22nd, 2014 at 6:09 pm · Link

      read A Creed in Stone Creek

  35. Linda Holmes
      · May 1st, 2014 at 9:36 pm · Link

    I wish it was going to be 83 here. I live in a suburb of Chicago and it is only going to be in the fifties on Friday. But then the weather is always changing. Should be in the seventies Monday and Tuesday. The average high for this time of year is 65 today it was only 48.

    I can’t wait to read your new book and to hear what the surprise is.

    Linda :-P

  36. Norma Stanforth
      · May 1st, 2014 at 11:05 pm · Link

    Hi Linda and everyone, I thank you all for the prayers that means a lot to me, and i appreciate them all very much. I have been here for a month, I hope i can go home soon. Linda, with you rings being tight it sounds like you are holding water. Again thank you all and blessing to all.
    As always your friend,

    • Gloria
        · May 2nd, 2014 at 8:54 pm · Link

      Keep up the faith, Norma. I pray you do get to go home and soon. God is still in the Miracle business.

      • Gloria
          · May 2nd, 2014 at 9:03 pm · Link

        No, Norma, I’m in SC, but I wanted to send you a card. I just now went back and read last Friday’s comments and saw where you’d answered my comment.

        It was good to hear from you, and I am praying for you.

  37. ,carol
      · May 2nd, 2014 at 11:38 pm · Link

    Hi! Praying for Norma! Its been raining here for the last 5days and my backyard is flooded so glad it didn’t come into the house like a lot of others or worse like is Alabama tornados! Anyways, sunshine is on it way for the weekend and warmer temps here in north fla.! Have a nice weekend!

  38. Marilyn Fish
      · May 3rd, 2014 at 12:09 pm · Link

    One of my favorite Zig Ziglar quotes is, “stop your stinkin’ thinkin’ to be happy.” He has so many others.

  39. Roberta Giordano
      · May 5th, 2014 at 3:42 pm · Link

    Hi Linda. I have sent a couple emails to you through your web site but I have not gotten any responses. I wrote because I have signed up for emails for your blog and I never receive any or any notifications. Can you help me with this. Thank you and hope you have a nice week.

  40. Valdi M
      · May 5th, 2014 at 5:19 pm · Link

    The thing I like most about the weather in Idaho is that you never get a chance to get bored by it. Just as soon as you think you have a handle on it it changes. Rain, floods, drought, wind, sunshine, clouds, desert heat, mountain cool, it is all here and all in the same day. We can ski in the morning and dune buggy in the afternoon, without driving more than 30 miles. If you don”t like the weather wait 5 minutes, It will change.

  41. Valdi M
      · May 5th, 2014 at 5:30 pm · Link

    Janis, I was just looking at my books and found that the book about Melissa O’Ballivan is “A Creed in Stone Creek”. I am looking forward to the new series.

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