Irene’s Visit

Monday, Apr 07

On Friday morning, we drove out to the lake house. As there are a variety of stresses in my life right now, it was restorative for me–even though it SNOWED. In April, yet! On the way, we stopped off at Spokane Art Supply, where I bought some really cool stuff for collage.

We talked and talked–books, families, the biz, art. On Saturday, we decided to explore Coeur d’Alene a little. I used the navigation system in my truck for the first time (Sam Smith showed me how to do that while we were in Seattle–thanks, Buddy!) and found Creative Elements, this wonderful stamp and papercraft store out in CDA. We had lunch at Red Lobster–(points well-spent for one of their fabulous cheese biscuits, a plain salad, and halibut.)

We returned to the lake house then, and talked more, mapping out a plan for writing projects of the future. That afternoon, we took in a movie–something I rarely do. We saw “21”, and while it didn’t change my life, I did enjoy the experience. I had forgotten that movies are a good way to get away from it all for a couple of hours, and much cheaper than going to the casino! 🙂 After the movie, we had Mexican food–my absolute favorite–and I ate half of everything and charged myself 10 points. You have to guesstimate sometimes, but this is what I love about Weight Watchers. There are no forbidden foods–you just have to plan, and be prepared to pay for them with points.

Yesterday, Tom from Ambassador, my favorite car service and my favorite driver, came to fetch Irene off to the airport, for her return to New York. We had a lovely time, and I was a little tearful when she left. I consoled myself with the other half of Saturday night’s chicken enchiladas!

Today, I am back in harness and ready to roll.

Make it a good day. The choice is up to you. As my hero, Abraham Lincoln, once said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” And he was certainly in a position to know–no one ever faced greater challenges.

How happy are you going to be today?

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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