#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

What happened to quilting?

Yesterday I received an email from a long, long-time friend and faithful blog-reader, asking what ever happened to all that quilting I was planning to do.  :)  A reasonable question, actually–thanks, Jeanie Beanie– and the answer is: I’m still planning to quilt.  The creation I have in mind has a LOT of pieces, and even with my handy-dandy Accuquilt machine, it takes time to cut out enough of them to lay out the design.  Hobby-wise, it’s been all rocks, all the time around here, it’s true, though I still make a lot of artist trading cards in my free time, too. 

Plans for today include: writing a chapter of the new book, tossing a chuck roast into the oven, and keeping warm.  :)  It’s been seriously cold lately, and getting colder.

I finished listening to “The Book Thief” last night–very good story, emotionally gripping and really original.  It might be one I have to buy in printed form, for my keeper shelf, though I’m 99 percent sure I won’t be going to the movie.   I’m allergic to violence, and while one can’t avoid it entirely, in a book, printed or audio, there’s a little buffer zone.   A movie, on the other hand, is in-your-face huge, with Dolby sound and Technicolor.

OK, yes–I know it’s just a movie.  I’ve been hearing that all my life.  But I happen to be an empath, and an oversensitive one at that.  I get involved, on every level and, for that hour and a half, the story onscreen is all too real to me.

When I go to the show, as we said back in the day, I want unbuttered popcorn and a pleasant experience.  (SAVING MR. BANKS looks promising.  I love Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson.)  My question is, what ever happened to Doris Day and Rock Hudson/James Garner?  What ever happened to DARBY O’GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE?  SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON?  THE SHAGGY DOG?

Alas, they’re gone with the wind.

:) ( never promised not to make bad jokes.)

On another subject, yesterday was my Weight Watchers meeting–down 2.2 pounds, which is not bad for Thanksgiving week.  :)  I enjoyed my holiday dinner and, of course, the leftovers, and did not once feel deprived.  I don’t see how I could ask for more–I love that I can have my glass of wine every afternoon, too.  Goal weight is still a long way off, but that’s okay, because I’m not planning on quitting the WW plan at any point in the future.  There’s no finish-line.  This is a sane, healthy way to eat, and since I travel a lot, I need the flexibility.  I’ve been tremendously inspired by several members of our particular group who’ve maintained their weight loss for a long time–a year in one case, three years in another.  Their advice?  Stay accountable by weighing in, show up for the meetings, ideally on a weekly basis.

Sounds good to me.  :) 

The Christmas tree is up, but not fully decorated.  It’s the artificial variety, with the lights already wired in–I grew up with fresh trees, and I love the way they smell, but since I read a book called THE EDUCATION OF LITTLE TREE (your fault, Robyn Carr, because if you recommend a book, I read it), I can’t bear to have the real thing.

Like I said, I’m oversensitive.

It’s part of the package.


41 comments to “What happened to quilting?”

  1. Deborah Rae Nelson
      · December 5th, 2013 at 2:39 pm · Link

    I am absolutely with you on the violent movies. I make sure, for myself, that they are few and far between.

    We’re buried in snow here in Santa Fe today. Well….. that’s different.

    Stay warm~ Deborah

  2. Ruby Norwood
      · December 5th, 2013 at 2:41 pm · Link

    I have the same kind of Christmas tree Linda. We quit with the live ones a long time ago. I know you said it was cold there today, it is 70% here in South Carolina today. All last week barely made it out of the 40’s. Enjoyed your blog today, which I do every day.

  3. Laura Ann Harris
      · December 5th, 2013 at 2:52 pm · Link

    Linda, I commend you on your 2.2 weight loss. Especially over Thanksgiving. Stay warm!

  4. Juanita Rice
      · December 5th, 2013 at 2:53 pm · Link

    Linda, I am TOTALLY with you on the violence thing! I once refused to read a college class book because of the violent content. (Professor was tolerant enough to pass the three of us who refused to read it.) If hubby is watching something violent on tv I escape to another room. Like you, I live the story…especially when I’m reading.

    You are right…Saving Mr. Banks does look promising. I figure DH lived through (and enjoyed) Last Vegas; he’ll also live through Mr. Banks. :)


  5. Terrie Fulk
      · December 5th, 2013 at 2:53 pm · Link

    Linda, I am the same way with a real tree. I grew up with them, but since I am sensitive to plant life I can’t bring myself to get one pre-cut. I also have discovered in my “older years” I have developed an allergy to them. We started getting the tree up last night, but when my niece discovered that we were missing some of the decorations and we could not locate them in the house, and would have to wait until her better half got off of work today, it put a standstill to our decorating. My niece is very OCD about her decorating she has an order in which it is done and with things missing we just stopped :lol: . We are expecting some really nasty weather in our part of the country from tonight through to the weekend. We have been batting down the hatches for this event. Hope you have a good weekend.

  6. Janet Finlayson
      · December 5th, 2013 at 2:55 pm · Link

    Linda, you are my “favorite” author, I become so engrossed in your books, that I’m truly disappointed when I come to the end of the book. Not because of the story of course, but because the story has come to an end. But I have to admit that I have some other authors whose books I also enjoy reading and was so excited that you mentioned Robin Carr in your blog today. She’s another writer who can write a great story and get you all engrossed with the characters. Also Debbie Macomber, who you also call a friend is another. Jodi Thomas and Janet Chapman are another couple of writers I enjoy reading. Sorry I guess I shouldn’t be naming other authors on your blog, but I admit Linda Lael Miller is at the top of my list, everyday, and it so nice to know that some of you know each other and are friends. Have a great day! 8-O :-P

  7. Lois Rotella
      · December 5th, 2013 at 2:56 pm · Link

    Linda, I also love those movies. I don’t like violence in movies either. I love movie musicals also. I get involved in my books also. Sometime I dream of the books I read so I certainly don’t want to see violent movies.

    I need to get my decorations up for christmas but first I need to mail some packages to the family who are not close by.

    Have a great day !!

  8. Denise King
      · December 5th, 2013 at 2:57 pm · Link

    Good afternoon Linda, the second most busiest author I know :) you and Beverly Jenkins, makes me tired just reading your blogs , but I Love you both so keep them coming.. Surprisingly it’s rather warm here in Philadelphia, so I’m just going to enjoy it while I can. Have a nice day.

  9. Carolyn Jacobs
      · December 5th, 2013 at 3:00 pm · Link

    Congrats on your weight loss. I am going around the 2nd time and I will never quit going again. Good luck to you!

  10. Linda Pegher
      · December 5th, 2013 at 3:20 pm · Link

    I do agree with you about going to a show to find enjoyment. I loved Doris Day, Judy Garland, Micky Rooney movies. In fact I just bought a Doris Day collection from Amazon. I don’t mind violence as long as there is also humor. Love Die Hard, Red, Under Siege, Star Wars, Star Trek, etc. Series. What I refuse to pay to watch are all the movies with filthy language and violence for violence sake. I hated the Godfather series. I refuse to watch movies which glorify the “bad guys” like gangster and mobster movies. I don’t know if you care for cartoons, but I loved “The Croods”. As far as Disnry goes, don’ forget “Ole Yeller”. Saddest movie ever. Now a days, Hollywood thinks a “good” movie has to be “dark” which to me means dreary and boring. I will not pay to become depessed. These are also the reasons that I love your books – always upbeat and a lot of humor. Please keep them coming.

  11. Carol Miller White
      · December 5th, 2013 at 3:21 pm · Link

    Linda, congratulations on another week of weight loss, especially Thanksgiving week! I don’t like violent books, movies, etc. either. Or in real life . . .

  12. judy
      · December 5th, 2013 at 3:41 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss. I love the old movies. Don’t have my tree up yet. Have a good day. Love your Blog.

  13. pat Yates
      · December 5th, 2013 at 4:15 pm · Link

    God Bless Over-sensitive People! Haven’t been to a movie theater in years because I can’t stand the violence either ( or the language!). Haven’t put my tree up yet. Grands are living with me till their house is finished and my first granddaughter’s birthday is Dec. 7 and she waits till then to put their tree up. I have always put mine up the day after Thanksgiving. When your babies say but” Nannie it’s tradition to put it up on Mom’s birthday” What do you do but give over!

  14. Lorraine Pitts
      · December 5th, 2013 at 4:18 pm · Link

    Oh, I love quilts! My mother in law made beautiful ones piece by piece. I am re-reading Deadly Gamble. I love, love, love this book!!! Thank you for such a good read.

  15. Joanie gonsalves
      · December 5th, 2013 at 4:43 pm · Link

    With you Linda waaaay too much violence on screen
    Today. Grew up with Lassie and Disney
    Waiting patiently. NOT. For secrets. When is it on stands?

  16. Kathy Andrews
      · December 5th, 2013 at 4:54 pm · Link

    I am with you on wanting to be entertained at the movies and am sensitive to violence. I do plan to see The Book Thief. I read the book years ago, but my book club is reading it this month so I will watch the movie as a refresher so I can participate in the discussion. Very impressed with your weight loss over the Thanksgiving week!

  17. Vicky Shirey
      · December 5th, 2013 at 5:29 pm · Link

    Congratulations on the 2.2 lbs. That is quite impressive for Thanksgiving week! Keep up the good work. As always, I enjoy the opportunity to peek into your life. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Leanna
      · December 5th, 2013 at 6:13 pm · Link

    Are you also exercising in addition to the Weight Watchers plan? I hope you are able yo maintain your weight loss.

  19. Diana E
      · December 5th, 2013 at 6:22 pm · Link

    Congratulations, Linda on your weight loss. Thats just great. I agree with you about the violence. I don’t get to the “show” very often any more, its just too loud for me. I’ve been watching alot of Christmas Hallmark movies lately, love the mushy happy ever after ones, just seems to improve my feelings of joy and hapiness. Guess thats why I like reading Romance novels too!!!

  20. Nadine Spradlin
      · December 5th, 2013 at 6:29 pm · Link

    I’m loving the Christmas movies on Hallmark Chanel. Even more than that I really enjoy a Good Book .The last live tree that we put up for Christmas, when it started to shed , lets just say when we had new carpet installed there was still part of that Cedar tree in the old carpet. like Linda Pegher I love your books, always on the lookout for any that I might not have . They are all keepers ! we haven’t been to a movie in many years .

  21. Cecelia Kelsey
      · December 5th, 2013 at 6:44 pm · Link

    I am in total agreement with you on the movies with violence. If I watch a movie with a lot of violence, I know I am going to have a sleepless night! My husband always says it is not real but sure feels real to me at the time. I do not do horror movies and I do not read Stephen King though he is a good writer I am told.

  22. Jan Buckles
      · December 5th, 2013 at 6:53 pm · Link

    Congratulations on being down 2.2 pounds! That’s so great, and especially over Thanksgiving. You’re such an encouragement.

  23. Barb Zachow
      · December 5th, 2013 at 6:54 pm · Link

    What are these artist cards you always speak of?

    • linda
        · December 6th, 2013 at 2:34 pm · Link

      Artist trading cards–they’re the standard trading card size, 2.5 by 3.5 inches, and you can see examples at ATCswanted.com, among other places.

  24. Norma Stanforth
      · December 5th, 2013 at 7:19 pm · Link

    Well Linda, i think the package is a pretty nice package. I liked Doris Day, Rock Hudson,and James Garner and The Shaggy Dog, and part of them i think are gone with the wind. I am so glad that you are doing so good with your weight. God blessings to everyone.
    As always your friend,

  25. Carolyn Jacobs
      · December 5th, 2013 at 7:46 pm · Link

    I have decided I don ‘to want to receive all these emails. How do I opt out? :(

    • linda
        · December 6th, 2013 at 2:35 pm · Link

      If you go to the page where you signed up, you should be able to cancel your subscription.

  26. Bridget
      · December 5th, 2013 at 7:50 pm · Link

    Reading about your weight loss with WW is inspiring me to join again, to get back on track and to be healthier!


  27. harriet vick
      · December 5th, 2013 at 10:13 pm · Link

    You certainly are doing a lot of wonderful things! You sound happy and that makes me smile. Thanks for this blog, it’s nice to be connected again!

  28. Lynda
      · December 5th, 2013 at 10:23 pm · Link

    I love reading your e-mails. I go to WW too. I am a lifetime, for 25 years. I do still go once a week. I found when I stop going on a regular basis, I creep up. So I just keep on going. Thanks again for your notes.

  29. Cheryl Messer
      · December 5th, 2013 at 10:43 pm · Link

    Little by little with the weight loss, slow and steady wins the race! You are doing it the healthy way! It took years to put it on….

    So there a name for throwing yourself into the movie or the book that you are consumed with?…emotions and all, huh? And I thought it was just me being over-sensitive, good to know I am not the only one who transforms herself into the characters feelings…

    As for the ‘artificial’ tree… lots of advantages, can put it up sooner, keep it up longer…. they now make these little green scented sticks that you hang inside the tree tat give it a real evergreen scent, mighty strong, so you only need one or two, but pretty good.

    Have a GREAT week!

  30. patricia hann
      · December 5th, 2013 at 11:17 pm · Link

    In most cases I like reading the book instead of watching it. And the book can be worst then the movie. although there is Stephen King. It took me 4 tries to get thru one of his books. (after I watch the movie). The one with Kathy Bates in it.

    • linda
        · December 6th, 2013 at 2:36 pm · Link

      I never could watch that one!

  31. Connie Johnson
      · December 6th, 2013 at 12:38 am · Link

    Love those old movies and old musicals. One of the reasons I love your books, they remind me of those movies.

    Great job losing weight the week of Thanksgiving.

  32. Barbara Martin
      · December 6th, 2013 at 1:58 am · Link

    That’s funny, cause I was just wondering today about your quilt and then you wrote about it.

  33. Emily
      · December 6th, 2013 at 9:00 am · Link

    Congratulations on your weight loss. Good for you!

    I was thinking about getting the “Book Thief”, so am glad to hear you have read it. I know what you mean about the movies. I miss Doris Day/Rock Hudson, and the rest of that era actors. Shows my age! :lol:

    I also like Robyn Carr’s books. I try to read them in series form, like I do yours.

    Our Christmas is up to come down on the 26th.

    Have a great week-end…………………

  34. Brenda Cates
      · December 6th, 2013 at 1:39 pm · Link

    Congrats on the weight loss! It’s cold here too, we just had about a half inch of ice followed by six-eight inches of snow. We are staying in and staying warm!

  35. Jean Burkacki
      · December 6th, 2013 at 9:33 pm · Link

    Hey Linda,

    You can reach you weight goal; a lot of patience. :D My mother was on the WW program for a lot of years. She always kept her weight down, but now she’s 78 with diabetes, heart problems, a little shorter now too, :) so it’s harder far her to keep her weight off, yet she keeps going. She believes that a person can accomplish anything they so desire. So our blessing are with you Linda. :D Keep on keeping on.

    I’ve still not put my tree up yet. I’m hoping that my two sons and their wives will come tomorrow to dig it out of storage. :P Maybe I’ll get my carpet shampooed and a few other things to boot. :D

    May the Lord be with you and yours. :)

    Jean B

  36. zola udell
      · December 7th, 2013 at 3:30 pm · Link

    Congrats! That’s quite a an accomplishment, to lose weight during the holidays. I’m curious. You say you’re allergic to violence, but when I checked out some of your earlier series, to me they seemed violent. When did your aversion begin?

    Keep up the good work. I finish Big Sky Wedding. It was sweet.

    • linda
        · December 9th, 2013 at 1:47 pm · Link

      I think as I got older, I became more sensitive to such things. And one can’t avoid it entirely, of course.

  37. marilyn
      · December 9th, 2013 at 4:44 pm · Link

    Disc, Disc, Disc… I’ve been ordering my favorite movies to view at home with my unbuttered popcorn, and puppy dog by my side. My next one to order and buy is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers! If you get the chance check the sale bin at the big box book store next time you are in a large town… I’ve found great finds there.

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