Wednesday, Sep 02

Abraham Lincoln once said that most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. I guess the simplest stuff is the easiest to forget.

I’ve had a lot of great experiences in my life–and there are more to come. Still, I get the most joy from the simple things–the company of my beloved dogs, cats and horses–a book, painting or recipe that works–talking shop with my writer-daughter, Wendy, witnessing a comeback, like the one Whitney Houston is making on Good Morning, America even as I write this. A voice like that one should never be silenced.

I’m trying a new (for me) recipe, and it’s quite a process. It’s white bread, from a Paula Deen cookbook–I haven’t made bread from scratch in YEARS. It begins with a starter, that sits at room temperature for 24 hours, and then for another 12, before I can even start the kneading and rising process, let alone the baking. Look for a picture of the finished product on my Twitter page in a couple of days. 🙂 Lately, I’ve been posting dog pictures and flowers from my garden. I cut some zinnias today that are so beautiful, I almost can’t stand it.

Sister Sally, the non-nun, pointed out that I gave the wrong title for the wonderful Julia Cameron book I mentioned yesterday, and I corrected it on that post, but I want to repeat it. This is an important book and if you’re struggling spiritually, or you know someone who is, you need to read it: “Faith and Will-Weathering the Storms in Our Spiritual Lives.”

Books. Flowers. Cats sleeping in the sunshine.

It’s the simple things, gang.


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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