Battle of the Pills

Wednesday, Jul 20

Sadie wins the occasional battle in our take-your-pills confrontations, but I will win the war.  What a dog.  Currently, she’s having baby food with her breakfast–macaroni and cheese is her favorite :)–because that way I can mix in the powders for her kidneys and liver and she’ll still eat.  Provided that I add in little bits of freshly-fried bacon, of course.  The meat can’t be cooked ahead of time and stored in the fridge, either, because she’ll turn up her muzzle at that.

Spoiled rotten dog.  As I often tell her, it’s a good thing I love spoiled rotten dogs.  🙂

The African violet seems hail and hearty in its new pot–the leaves look glossy and there are new blooms forming in the center, so I think the delicate transplant process was a success.  The gardenia is expanding before our very eyes, now that it has room to grow.  Both plants need a lot of light and watering from the bottom, as they don’t like to be wet.

I had a wonderful writing day yesterday, and plan on another today–in fact, it will be even better because I don’t have to go to the dentist.

I’ve committed to doing 10 minutes of “free-writing” every day before I start the chapter–free-writing being exactly what it sounds like.  Stream of consciousness stuff.  I set a timer and I just write, as fast as I can navigate the keyboard, without worrying about punctuation or typos or anything like that.  Not judging.  It quiets the evil critic in my mind and by the time I start in with the actual book, I’m rolling.  It works like a charm and, since the author of the book (Peter Elbow, “Writing with Power”) where I discovered the technique promises it gets better with regular use, I’m onboard for that.  Starting, for me, is the hardest part–and this is a way of having already started, so to speak.

We are enjoying lovely summer weather again–yesterday was gloriously rainy.  🙂  I love a good downpour and a slate-gray sky–just not days and days of them in a row.

And that’s the news from my kitchen table.  Be happy and be well.  Easier said than done?  Trying making a list of the things you’re grateful for–and you’ll be surprised how fast your mood improves.

Ciao for now, friends.

About Linda

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West.

Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

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